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Awaken Your True Creativity Within
April 27-30, 2017 (9:30-4:30pm) — A weekend experience located in the beautiful central coast of California geared towards nourishing and uncovering your inner artist. Through the art of mixed media you will learn how to trust your creative intuition. I take you step-by-step in the process of learning how to combine collage, different acrylic applications, your own photography, layering and found objects. I also coach you through the creative process so you don’t feel intimidated when exploring your own creativity. Mixed media art is the ideal medium to explore your creative side without the pressure of having to be artistic or create a perfect piece of art. We invite accidents or mistakes to happen, while finding beauty in imperfections. Visit website


Location: Cambria, CA
Instructor: Lisa Agaran
Sponsor: True Creativity Within
Cost: $595.00
Email: Lisa Agaran
Phone: 626-470-7278

Intermediate Level

Sculptural Art Jewelry with Gail Stouffer
April 29-30, 2017 (9:00 am - 5.00 pm) — In this 2-day workshop students will create and sculpt their own 2-sided, reversible glass pieces, and then using traditional and alternative metalsmithing techniques, they’ll create and develop 2-sided reversible sterling silver metal clay settings for those pieces. Each piece created will be original and uniquely their own creation. Students will learn kiln formed glass techniques as well as the necessary cold working, sanding, and carving methods to turn their glass, clay, stone, and/or found object pieces into faceted sculptural gems. Students will learn to work with Sterling silver metal clay 960 to create the setting and findings for their “jewels.” Metalsmithing techniques include: cold connections, tube and standard rivets, bail construction, annealing, and soldering metal clay. Visit website


Location: Pheonix, AZ
Instructor: Gail Stouffer
Sponsor: Milkweed Arts
Cost: $325.00
Email: Warren Norgaard
Phone: 602-341-6580

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
April 29 - May 6, 2017 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. 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, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. 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
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
May 1-5, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Advanced Level

Image to Abstract 3
May 2-4, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is for the artist interested in exploring various approaches to creating completely abstract, non-representational paintings. Students will apply classical academic compositional strategies such as color theory, value structure, line, shape, proportion, contrast, repetition, harmony, unity, and more. Through a series of short exercises, students will experiment with multiple approaches to abstract painting including direct painting, layering, expressive mark-making, and geometric ordering. Acrylic paint is the preferred medium (due to its fast drying time) but oil, gouache, pastel, or watercolor are also acceptable. It is also acceptable to use an iPad/tablet with drawing software. Participation in “Image to Abstract” 1 or 2 is not required. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Sketching & Color in Tuscany & Umbria
May 3-10, 2017 — Capture the essence of Tuscany’s and Umbria’s Medieval and Renaissance aged and mellow structures with pen and color! This workshop offers many demos, handouts with samples of pen strokes and how to incorporate them into your work, instruction on simplified perspective, good composition and adding color…all while immersed in the genuine atmosphere of Tuscany and Umbria. Morning and afternoon sessions provide ample time to practice, ask questions, share, critique and of course work out “in the field”. This is a very portable and relaxed workshop suitable for all levels. We will be based in Cortona with day trips to Siena, Montepulciano and Assisi!! Visit website


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

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Encaustic Journey in Tuscany!
May 3-10, 2017 (sessions daily) — Shelley’s Encaustic Workshop will give students of all levels an opportunity to explore the ancient art method of Encaustics in a contemporary existence. Students will learn the basics as well as advanced applications of Encaustic, the process of using melted beeswax, pigments and damar resin to create richly colored paintings using alternate media processes. We will learn the history, safety and versatility of this intense medium that invites you to experiment! We will engage in various methods and techniques including fusing, incising, collage, mixed media, image transfers, imbedding, mark-making, shellac burn and incorporating your preferred medium. This is the ideal class for beginners and seasoned artists alike as we embark upon this journey of learning Encaustic in Tuscany. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Shelley Jean
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3099.00
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 3314229047

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Intermediate Level

Fun Watercolor Techniques for Texture & Design
May 4 & 5, 2017 (9 to 4) — Never painted? Have fun and learn color theory, design, and techniques for texture utilizing the unique qualities of watercolor. These methods can be applied to flowerscapes, abstracts, landscapes, the figure or any subject matter. Take class in the cultural and artistic center of Santa Fe, NM in a private studio with all of Dawn's creativity. Explore galleries, museums, restaurants, and nature in your free time (bring your own supplies or materials provided for $35). Watch for Dawn's creations produced into women's clothing at Beall's Florida.com, launching in May, 2017. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Dawn Davis
Sponsor: Dawn Davis Watercolors
Cost: $275
Email: Dawn Davis
Phone: 505-699-7314

Advanced Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
May 5-7, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — This is an advanced level mentorship workshop where students spend time working on a consistent body of paintings over three days. David is completely focused on helping each student achieve their goals. Visit website


Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Cost: $595
Email: David Kessler
Phone: 336-418-3038

Beginner Level

Basic Encaustic with Photographs
May 6, 2017 (9am to 4pm) — Encaustic in its most basic interpretation means hot melted wax applied to an absorbent surface. Encaustic is typically bees wax mixed with damar resin and pigments. Painting with encaustic has continued through the ages and has relatively recently been discovered by photographers. The application of encaustic to digital pigment prints transcends the photographic process adding depth, luminescence and providing the opportunity for greater artistic expression. This workshop will cover the history of encaustic, preparing digital images for printing, preparation of boards, application of encaustic medium and care of encaustic art. Visit website


Location: Johnson City, TX
Instructor: Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully
Sponsor: A Smith Gallery
Cost: $175.00
Email: Amanda Smith
Phone: 512-422-4080

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Kimberley Creative Writing Adventure
May 6-12, 2017 (10am) — Explore the rugged beauty of the remote Australian outback on this challenging creative writing adventure. Experience life on a Kimberley 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 at a private billabong. Activities include sunset champagne and canapés, barramundi fishing, bull buggy ride, whip cracking, aboriginal cave art, one night camp, final night party. View the itinerary and details online. Inclusions: 6 night's accommodation. All meals. 24 hour tea and coffee. Workshop tuition over five days. Land transfers. All activities as per the itinerary. Exclusions: Flights, Alcohol, Mandatory travel insurance. Visit website


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

Beginner Level

More Encaustic with Photographs
May 7, 2017 (9am to 4pm) — The simple application of wax to photographs is miraculous in how it transforms the image. However, this can be just the beginning. Wax can be incised, carved, pigmented and be a vehicle for collage using an amazing amount of substances. In this class, we will explore the more conceptual and creative aspects of working in this medium. This workshop will cover incising in the wax with various tools, handcoloring with color pigment, image transfer onto the wax with inkjet copies and graphite paper, layering of images with tissue paper on boards, finishing the sides of the boards and proper hanging techniques. Visit website


Location: Johnson City, TX
Instructor: Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully
Sponsor: A Smith Gallery
Cost: $175.00
Email: Amanda Smith
Phone: 512-422-4080

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Wet, Loose Watercolors with Carol Carter
May 7-9, 2017 (9:00 - 4:00) — Learn how to achieve wet, loose watercolors along with the brilliance of color and the purity of paint application. Come and join us for three days of inspiration and learning with Internationally know artist, Carol Carter. Limited enrollment of only 14 participants. Reserve your spot now! Visit website


Location: Chicago, IL
Instructor: Carol Carter
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Cost: $435.00
Email: Ingrid E. Albrecht
Phone: 312-320-0833

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Bird Drawing
May 7, 2017 (10 am - 4pm) — Spend the day drawing your favorite bird in this workshop with artist and avian enthusiast Lauren Levato Coyne. Workshop will cover bird anatomy, how light effects plumage, and how to interpret this information for a successful drawing. Students may opt to draw on a maple panel or paper substrate but colored pencil will be the primary medium. Visit website


Location: LaGrange, IL
Instructor: Lauren Levato Coyne
Sponsor: LaGrange Art League
Cost: $95 members/ $105 non memebers
Email: Registrations
Phone: 708-352-3101

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Painting Treasures of the Cinque Terre
May 14-21, 2017 (sessions daily) — Study with Carolyn and capture the adventures of plein air painting colorful landscapes in the beautiful and picturesque Cinque Terre, Italy. Discover how painting from life helps us to see and observe the affects of light and atmosphere. Learn how to simplify your subject while painting more quickly and accurately, with special attention placed on learning to see masses, as opposed to line, and form, rather than detail. This workshop is for anyone interested in learning to develop creative, painterly paintings with clean, rich color, mood, and dynamic compositions. There will be group critiques at the end of each day. Visit website


Location: Cinque Terre, Italy
Instructor: Carolyn Lewis
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 3314229047

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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
May 15-19, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Exploring Abstraction in Pastels & Acrylic
May 16-19, 2017 (8:30am-3:30pm) — Have you always wanted to work abstractly but did not know how to begin? Then this workshop is for you! Award winning, Master Pastelist Debora Stewart will lead artists through a thorough process of developing abstractions from start to finish. Workshop will include intuitive and expressive exercises for artists, creating abstracts from source material such as photos and drawings, color studies, elements of art, color theory, use of underpainting to aid in abstract development, use of surfaces and grounds, combining abstraction and realism to create florals, landscape, portraits and more. You will also learn how to create a series of works and evaluate your paintings and bring them to conclusion. The workshop contains artist demonstrations, informative discussions and thorough handouts for each participant. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Debora Stewart, www.deborastewart.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $495 by March 16th; $545 after March 16th
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
May 17-21, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Wandering with India Flint: New Mexico
May 22 - June 1, 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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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
May 22-26, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Rated #1 by TripAdvisor! Experienced painters and facilitators, painter muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu, founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching vacation in the Heart of Mexico. The studio is located in historic building full of old world inspirational details. We will incorporate sketching, plein air, studio painting in acrylics. Great adventure for your first visit to Mexico or San Miguel de Allende. This little town is full of excitement, music, color, parades and joy! You have the option to take the workshop in English or Spanish if you wish to brush off on the native tang and customs. Expert individualized instruction for all levels. Register early groups are max. 6 Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez, Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Lay it Down and Leave It Alone
May 23-26, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Stop futzing! Learn how to mix a bigger pile of paint and get it onto your brush and off onto the canvas without overworking it. People want to see your brushstrokes. We will also be working with a palette knife. This class is often held outdoors to better enjoy the beautiful spring weather in Southern California. Space is limited to ten students to ensure individual attention and instruction. Visit website


Location: Newport Beach, CA
Instructor: Debra Huse
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Cost: $550
Email: Debra Huse
Phone: 949.723.6171

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Painting Watercolor Memories of the Cinque Terre
May 24-31, 2017 (sessions daily) — During the week we will visit the Cinque Terre and we will stay at Pensione Sorriso in Vernazza. We will also visit the villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola and Monterosso with quality time for plenty of painting at each of the towns we visit. And, in true Toscana Americana Workshops style, we will explore the local Italian culture, cuisine and wines while dining in local restaurants never far from the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea! This is bound to be a wonderful week with plenty of opportunity to paint "plein air" in a relaxed and inspirational setting! Visit website


Location: Cinque Terre, Italy
Instructor: Sandy Delehanty
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 3314229047

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La Rusticana, "A Plein Air Feast"
May 26-28, 2017 (9am-4pm) — A Plein Air Feast (for all the senses) this workshop is hosted by La Rusticana Vineyards in Los Gatos, California. A work of art in itself the vineyard was created by Frank and Marilyn D'Orsa with great inspiration from Tuscany, Italy. A four star lunch is prepared each day by Chef Franca Coletta. Randall will be painting with oil for his demos, but this workshop is open to other mediums (and all levels). Visit website


Location: Los Gatos, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $475
Email: Sara Langone

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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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting Over the Line - Session 1
May 31 - June 28, 2017 (Wednesdays, 12-4pm) — Advance toward a more liberated way of painting in this open studio environment. Paint from personal subject matter to find your own visual language. Work intuitively and discover new possibilities through unforeseen occurrences. Examples from contemporary and modern art will broaden your understanding of innovative painting. Painting experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $295
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Intermediate Level

Abstraction as Experience
June 1-3, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Manipulate space, deconstruct form, and re-invent your visual world. This workshop will explore different form and space making systems as they relate to contemporary abstraction. Whether working with the element of chance or through formal structure, you will expand your knowledge of materials, techniques, and abstraction as a visual language. Valerie will introduce a variety of concepts relating to abstraction within the context of historical and contemporary approaches to painting and drawing. As you respond to a broad range of problems and visual prompts, emphasis will be placed on experimentation, invention, and developing your unique aesthetic and conceptual interests. Group discussions will provide analytical and constructive feedback. Open to acrylic and water-mixable oil painters. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Valerie Jenkins, www.ValerieSJenkinsArt.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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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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Advanced Level

Master Class with Bill Scott
June 3-4, 2017 (9am-5pm) — Work with renowned painter Bill Scott and learn approaches to painting that emphasize the sensuous yet thoughtful abstract construction of space. Color will be the focus as participants paint from an expansive still life environment. Known for his complex and gorgeously rich abstract paintings based on nature, Scott has had many solo exhibitions in Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco and London, and has received numerous honors and awards. He is represented by Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Bill Scott
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $695
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Plein Air in Tuscany's Val d'Orcia with Larry Moore
June 3-10, 2017 — Join a small group of artists for plein air painting, camaradie, and fun in the classically beautiful Val d'Orcia region of Tuscany. Photos of the Val d'Orcia grace the covers of almost every book about Tuscany. I promise that the beauty of this area will not disappoint! Neither will you be disappointed in the instruction provided by artist Larry Moore. Larry is a wonderful artist and a great teacher! Workshop is open to all mediums as Larry is well versed in all. Workshop is limited to a maximum of 8 participants to allow maximum one-on-one time between instructor and student. All levels are welcome. Artist fee includes 7 nights private room and bath, all breakfasts, and 4 group dinners. Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Larry Moore
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Cost: $2950/Single Occupancy-Private Bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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Capturing the Tuscan Light in Plein Air
June 3-10, 2017 — Come and paint en plein air in the warmth of the Tuscan sun in Cortona, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Tuscany! Discover the effects of light in painting the beautiful countryside around Cortona en plein air. William (Bill) Rogers will demonstrate in both the oil and watercolor mediums. He will help painters of all levels develop a more acute sense of observation as well as learn techniques to simplify and translate their observations into paint. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: William Rogers CSPWC TWSA SCA
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 3314229047

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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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Printmaking Workshops in Italy
June 3-10, 2017 (9-6) — This is a full-time immersion program which gives participants the opportunity to explore several aspects of the print medium and experiment combinations of printmaking techniques. Emphasis is placed on the experimental and visual possibilities that printmaking offers, allowing participants to develop their intellectual, creative and critical abilities through a variety of processes used in combination or on their own. From monoprints to etchings, linocuts, transfers, and chine collé. Visit website


Location: Pescara, Italy
Instructor: Colleen Corradi Brannigan
Sponsor: Dedalo
Cost: €500 course only - €950 food and accommodation included
Email: Colleen Corradi
Phone: 39 3930317233

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Watercolor Adventures in Southwest France
June 5-12, 2017 — Castles, quaint villages, delicious French Cuisine, vineyards, luscious landscapes, painting, photography, sketching - a dream workshop in the breath-taking unspoiled region of the Lot Dordogne in Southwest France. Domaine du Haut Baran is a popular artist retreat in a restored 18th Century Manor Home with modern conveniences. It is also equipped with a complete modern studio where we can work all hours. Easels, tables, chairs, stools are provided. Maximum is 12 students. Janet and Steve Rogers are the instructors and both will be available throughout the trip to help and instruct. William and Rosalie Haas are our hosts. William will be our guide and friend to help us enjoy our painting and travel adventures. Demonstrations, individual help for all levels. Visit website


Location: Puy l'Eveque, France
Instructor: Janet and Steve Rogers
Sponsor: Rogers Art
Cost: $2875.00
Email: Janet Rogers
Phone: 386-451-8441

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Experimental Approaches to Paint Media
June 5-7, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this multi-faceted workshop, you will examine abstraction, materials, and process. Experimental methods with traditional media will provide you with techniques and inspiration to incorporate into your creative practice. Wendi will guide you through a series of explorations, including material investigations, collaborations, and personal expression exercises. These experiments will act as a framework for a set of finished, more complex works that address your individual artistic pursuits. Each day will include demonstrations, slide lectures of the work of contemporary artists, group discussion on making and defining art, and one-on-one instruction. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Wendi Turchan, www.WendiMichelleTurchan.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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From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
June 5-9, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Vintage Rose 2017 Quiltworx Technique of the Month
June 5-9, 2017 — Learn to piece the newest technique of the month designed by Quiltworx/Judy Niemeyer and taught by certified instructor Jackie Kunkel. You will have the choice to piece either the queen size or wall size quilt and will learn Judy Niemeyer's paper piecing techniques in this unique class! Learn curved piecing, floating points, template layout sheets, and so much more! Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Jackie Kunkel
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
June 5-8, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Lac Du Flambeau, WI
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Dillman's Art Retreats
Email: Stephanie
Phone: 715-588-3143

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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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Watercolor Painting in Tuscany
June 10-17, 2017 — Let’s go paint under the Tuscan sun in beautiful Cortona, Italy. We will work to capture not only the beauty and color of the ancient hills, but also bring out the emotion and flavour of the place in our paintings. We will work daily on different scenes and manage to build a substantial portfolio of paintings by the end of the week. This will be a trip of a life-time. Something you will never forget and cherish all the time. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Safari - Zambia
June 12-23, 2017 — Adventure painting in the heart of Africa. This is an Art Safari: paint the landscape, sketch animals from life, photograph, and see amazing creatures in safe, stable, beautiful Zambia - "The Real Africa". This is a trip of a lifetime! Please write me an email: ringkat@usa.net, and I will send you the PDF describing the package. Visit website


Location: S. Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Instructor: non-instructed
Sponsor: Katerina Ring (with Abbondanza Toscana)
Cost: $5160 sharing
Email: Katerina Ring
Phone: 0039 339 6852860

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Travel Journal: Creating with Hand Dyed Wools and Textural Fabrics
June 12-16, 2017 — You will use your own life experiences to create a one of a kind ‘Fabric Journal Quilt’ to document your own life experiences using textural fabrics, hand dyed wools, embellishments and ethnic beads. Start with a textural pieced background using a combination of hand dyed wools and an appliquéd tree trunk which will be filled with your own journey. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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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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Studio Italia
June 14-24, 2017 — 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 $3.075 CAD (around $2350 US as of October 2016) 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. Only three places left. Visit website


Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Cost: US$2350
Email: Monica Marquez
Phone: 1-800-611-4789

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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
June 19-23, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Creative Texture: Creating Backgrounds with Monochromatic Texture
June 19-23, 2017 — Learn many techniques as you explore mono chromatic texture. Create a 20” bird block layering the background with fabrics and ribbons and then create a unique layered appliqué. Finish by exploring stitches and beading to create an embellished textural surface. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
June 19-22, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Cuyahoga Valley Art Center
Email: Linda Nye
Phone: 330-928-8092

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All About Watercolor
June 19-23, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — Sterling demonstrates and discusses a variety of topics and techniques, finishing a painting in each morning demo. Some of the topics include: how to paint a wide variety of subjects, developing a strong composition, the expressive use of colors, overlapping shapes and much more. Participants are encouraged to find their own style with Sterling's gentle guidance along the way. A supportive and fun atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable to ask questions or request assistance with their painting. This inspiring experience will include constructive individual and group critiques. Sterling is well-versed in representational and abstract styles. Sterling is a contemporary watermedia master and has been teaching national and international painting workshops for over fifteen years. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Sterling Edwards
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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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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Abstraction from Nature: Small to Big
June 23-25, 2017 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — This 3 day studio class is designed to help you with finding your voice and gaining freedom in paint. We explore all of the characteristics that make a great painting: intent, paint, color, mark making, drawing, shape, edge, methods and materials and we do it at the fun sizes, 30×30 to 40×40 on the easel or on the floor. This class will start with the same processes as in all my classes, small studies to larger studies to big stuff. The big paintings are done with house paints, acrylics, tempera, whatever is cheap and plentiful. We also will be using different tools to create with; brooms, mops, sponges, brushes, squeegees, and more. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Larry Moore
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $450
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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One Theme, Many Possibilities
June 26-30, 2017 — Discover a multitude of creative possibilities with Kerr’s simple silk screen and direct dye painting workshop. You’ll experiment with one motif/idea during this workshop week. Embrace and trust the unexpected and unpredictable. Use the screen in an intuitive, experimental manner as well as in a stencil based, more traditional way. Working with the same image allows you to focus on personal expression and mark making; you can be loose, playful, serious, tight, neat, messy, simple, complex, monochromatic or colorful. Expect to come away with personal rather than technique based forms of expression. Visit website


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

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"Watercolor Impressions - The Head & Figure" - Week II, Session II
June 26-30, 2017 (9:00am to 4:00pm) — Cloudcroft - a quaint mountain village in New Mexico - is the unique setting for this dynamic workshop. Janet Rogers is an award-winning Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society and others - and a professional and National Instructor. Janet shares easily her love of watercolors in a spontaneous "alla prima" and impressionistic style of interpreting the head and figure. Participants will learn a natural, fluid, gestural, intuitive approach in this exciting workshop, which is designed to help artists of all levels. Artists will learn new skills through many demonstrations, class instruction and painting time, one-on-one help, class "show & tell", and through fun and loose exercises. A no-fear zone! Janet is known for her passionate dedication in her workshops! Visit website


Location: Cloudcroft, NM
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: Cloudcroft Art Workshops
Cost: $495
Email: Linda Shiplett
Phone: 915-490-5071

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Order into Chaos: New Paths in Abstract Painting
June 28 - July 1, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Investigate the possibilities within your paintings by fostering an abstract and non-objective approach to art making. With the goal of achieving a point of balance in each composition, you will alternate between working spontaneously and methodically. Conversations surrounding the history of painting will provide your work with context. Through demonstrations and exercises, explore Emmett’s philosophy that abstraction holds all creative expression. Each morning, Emmett will share a multitude of ways to begin an abstract painting, as well as how to maintain engagement throughout the process. You will be encouraged to work independently in the afternoons with Emmett available for individualized feedback. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Emmett Johns, www.EmmettJohns.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $440, Non-Members: $475
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour
July 3-14, 2017 — A seven-day painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media and to accompanying partners. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of $3585 CAD around $2685 US as of October 2016) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums on schedule. Register now! Visit website


Location: Manosque, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Cost: US$2685
Email: Monica Marquez
Phone: 1-800-611-4789

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Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour
July 3-14, 2017 — A seven-day painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media and to accompanying partners. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of $3585 CAD around $2685 US as of October 2016) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums on schedule. Register now! Visit website


Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Cost: US$2685
Email: Monica Marquez
Phone: 1-800-611-4789

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From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
July 3-7, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Painting Over the Line - Session 2
July 5 - August 2, 2017 (Wednesdays, 12-4pm) — Advance toward a more liberated way of painting in this open studio environment. Paint from personal subject matter to find your own visual language. Work intuitively and discover new possibilities through unforeseen occurrences. Examples from contemporary and modern art will broaden your understanding of innovative painting. Painting experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $295
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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Creativity and Self-Awareness Through Art
July 8 - August 5, 2017 (Saturdays, 9am-2pm) — This course is designed to foster self-awareness, wellness, and enhanced consciousness through creating art. Written and drawn entries of dreams, thoughts, and feelings in a journal/ sketch book will serve as the basis for class studio work in drawing, painting, collage and sculpture. Lab fee will cover basic materials. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Elizabeth Hill
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $350, Lab Fee: $25
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Transformations in Oil and Cold Wax
July 10-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Creating abstract art with oil paint and cold wax medium involves taking a journey into yourself and your world –without a map. Your pieces will take on lives of their own through the many layers of oil and cold wax you apply, addition of mixed media elements, and the areas you choose to scrape away. There are many opportunities for happy accidents and unexpected joys. I’ll show you lots of techniques for adding layers, textures, graphic touches and atmosphere to your work. Mix and match techniques in your own way to develop your own style. You’ll learn how to use ordinary household tools to incise and make marks, how to scrape back for a dramatic look, and how to unify your compositions. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Serena Barton
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500; Material Fee: $55
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Animal Artistry Through Applique
July 10-14, 2017 — This retreat is for quilters at an intermediate level, who have a basic understanding of appliqué techniques. David creates highly detailed images for his award winning quilts by using simple shapes, and letting the fabric create texture to achieve a ‘painted’ effect. David will show you how to adapt a photograph into a wall quilt, using hand-appliqué and piecing techniques. A great deal of time is spent on tracing and pattern drawing, along with fabric selection - which is key to his process. He will show you how to get beautiful results by letting the fabric do all the hard work. David will also show you his appliqué technique for invisible stitching, and will finish up with quilting and binding options. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
July 10-14, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Cloudcroft, NM
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Cloudcroft Art Workshops
Email: Jan Rasch
Phone: 575-682-2889

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The Portrait and The Figure
July 11-13, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Explore the wonders of watercolor with an inspirational three-day workshop in Laguna Beach, California. Mary will cover the fundamentals of getting a likeness, planning dynamic compositions, mixing clean colors, achieving value balance and creating paintings with emotion. Her daily demonstrations from life and one-on-one assistance will guide you to making your best paintings ever. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines. She has been awarded the Portrait Society of America's Gold Medal. Visit website


Location: Laguna Beach, CA
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Abstraction through Observation
July 12-15, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will combine the methodologies of observational and abstract painting to begin works of art. Encouraged to experiment and gain an understanding of the unique properties of watercolor, gouache, and acrylic paint media, you will explore resists, collage, hard-edge taping, and process. Find inspiration in historical and contemporary artists who use both observation and abstraction in their work, including Agnes Martin, Richard Diebenkorn, Philip Guston, Mary Heilman, and Henri Matisse. Compositional and conceptual prompts will provide you with springboards for developing new approaches to art making. Group critiques will take place throughout the workshop and offer an opportunity to discuss the elements and principles of design in relation to your progress. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Liz Smith, www.LizSmithArt.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $420, Non-Members: $455
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Deep Into Indigo: Playing with Patterns, Dye & Fabric
July 14-16, 2017 — Indigo dyeing retreat for women interested in experiencing the magical process of dyeing with indigo! Instruction in Japanese shibori fabric techniques, open access to indigo dyeing vats and, and gourmet dining. Visit website


Location: Westby, WI
Instructor: Jennifer Falkowski
Cost: Early Bird til June 15, 2017: $550; $650 after
Email: Jennifer Falkowski
Phone: 608-852-3970

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Abstract Explorations in Acrylic Painting
July 17-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Jo bases her fun-filled workshop on the belief that if you approach your art with a playful attitude, you will be more apt to keep making art, and the more art you make, the better your art will be. To facilitate this attitude of experimentation, you will be creating small “practice samples” that are no larger than 10” x 10”. Jo will open up her toolbox of exciting painting tools and materials; she will introduce you to the Resist Pen, Fineline Applicator Bottles, the mouth atomizer, pipettes, Clear Tar Gel, Acrylic Glazing Medium, and even stencils made from hot glue. You will work on a variety of surfaces including watercolor paper and Yupo that has been coated with white and black Gesso. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jo Toye
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Boro Transformed: Mending, Patching, Piecing and Stitching
July 17-21, 2017 — This workshop will explore the idea based on the traditional Japanese practice of using “boro” of tattered and mended rags to transform textile. The emphasis is not only to "make something," but to “have a dialog” with materials and processes you choose to work with. Indigo dyeing with sustainable methods will be included in the class, but will not be the main focus. Students should prepare to experiment and expand their own visual vocabulary while strengthening their personal creative process. A sustainable indigo vat with organic reducing agent will be taught. Visit website


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

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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
July 17-21, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Watercolor: Painting the Essence
July 17-19, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — Barabara's workshops are for all who want to gain a deeper understanding of the creative process of painting, are willing to be flexible, take risks, have fun, be intuitive and inventive. You will not be using rules and formulas yet still the emphasis will be on concept, color and design. Students receive tools to stimulate their creative imagination to produce original designs in their own personal statements. Nechis demonstrates a different method or idea each day, using various techniques to show you how to construct original paintings from both source material and your imagination. You may work with either abstract or realistic forms. Daily demonstrations and critiques leave ample time for painting and individual assistance. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Barbara Nechis, barbaranechis.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $459
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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Photograph & Explore Tuscany & Umbria
July 22-29, 2017 — This tour is designed to give the participants the opportunity to intimately explore and photograph in and around Tuscany & Umbria. As is typical of Tuscan hill-towns, Cortona is a walled city that, for purposes of defense, was built atop a prominent geographical point. Our excursions to Pienza & Montepulciano as well as Montalcino & the Val d'Orcia & Val d'Arbia and Lake Trasimeno (in Umbria) will give the participants an opportunity to photograph in these locations, broadening their understanding and appreciation of life in central Italy. The workshop is designed for all levels of photographer. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 978-632-0357

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Monhegan island, Maine Painting Workshop
July 24-28, 2017 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — The island atmosphere is relaxed & your learning curve is shortened with creative visualizations.In the past that these sessions hastened the quieting of the conscious mind, so that right brain learning commences more easily. More than that, you'll find the workshop demos and the work of the other participants shared at critiques in an atmosphere fostering your creativity, will allow you to bring your work forward in a new exciting way! Visit website


Location: Monhegan Island, ME
Instructor: J. R. Baldini
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $597.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Phone: 800.393.7270

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Monhegan Island, Maine 2 day Painting Workshop
July 24-25, 2017 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — The island atmosphere is relaxed & your learning curve is shortened with creative visualizations.In the past that these sessions hastened the quieting of the conscious mind, so that right brain learning commences more easily. More than that, you'll find the workshop demos and the work of the other participants shared at critiques in an atmosphere fostering your creativity, will allow you to bring your work forward in a new exciting way! Visit website


Location: Monhegan Island, ME
Instructor: J. R. Baldini
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $325.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Phone: 800.393.7270

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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

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
July 28-30, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Binders Art
Email: Marion Hood
Phone: 404-237-6331

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Discover Originality Within Your Work
July 28-29, 2017 (9:00 - 4:00) — During this two-day workshop, Australian Master Artist, Herman Pekel, will meet the artists where they are and support the production of work that expands their practice in a personal way. Individual instruction will be plentiful and discussions and lectures of particular techniques will be included. Many tips will be given. Expect to be challenged, to be brave, and to have fun! Limited enrollment! Visit website


Location: Chicago, IL
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Cost: $360
Email: Ingrid E. Albrecht
Phone: 312-320-0833

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Photograph & Explore Tuscany & Umbria
July 29 - August 5, 2017 — This tour is designed to give the participants the opportunity to intimately explore and photograph in and around Tuscany & Umbria. As is typical of Tuscan hill-towns, Cortona is a walled city that, for purposes of defense, was built atop a prominent geographical point. Our excursions to Pienza & Montepulciano as well as Montalcino & the Val d'Orcia & Val d'Arbia and Lake Trasimeno (in Umbria) will give the participants an opportunity to photograph in these locations, broadening their understanding and appreciation of life in central Italy. The workshop is designed for all levels of photographer. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 978-632-0357

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Shape Shifting
July 31 - August 4, 2017 — In this class we will study photographs and slides of a variety of historic and ethnic decorative objects to help uncover some of the motifs and symbols which may have powerful personal resonance. Each student will select historic motifs, shapes and images which they will manipulate and reinterpret into a unique statement in fabric and thread. By lifting an image from one time and place to another the student will begin to exercise the power to recognize their personal touch stones to imagination. The aim of the workshop is to nurture your intuitive skills. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Jane Sassaman
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670.00
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Abstract Acrylic Techniques
August 4-5, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Dedicated to abstract painting strategies, this workshop will explore composition and materiality. Through an overview of abstraction, learn how to simplify images into shapes, colors, and textures and translate that information into visually interesting abstract works. Beki will demonstrate a series of acrylic painting methods to help you find new and creative ways to apply paint while playing with design elements. You will practice basic painting techniques, as well as palette knife work, impasto, and glazing. Class discussions will explore a variety of topics, including how to know when an abstract composition is complete. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Beki Borman, www.BekiBorman.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $220, Non-Members: $240
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Watercolors from A To Z
August 7-11, 2017 — Spend five days on beautiful Madeline Island with world renowned watercolor artist Sterling Edwards. In this workshop you will learn a multitude of creative watercolor techniques and how to apply them when painting a floral, landscape, seascape, or buildings. Sterling's style of teaching is laid back, fun, and inspirational. All skill levels are invited to this creative and informative class. Visit website


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

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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

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The Importance of Tone
August 7-11, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Come join a week of exploring the beauty of color in oils. Designed for all levels of experience in oils, this is an exciting and informative workshop helping you to train your eye in the discipline of observation. There will be demonstrations each day based on the solid fundamental approach championed by the impressionists and realists. We will explore landscapes, streetscapes and waterscapes. Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists and 3 others. Herman's workshops are in high demand Australia wide and internationally. Early enrollment is encouraged. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Defining the Personal Narrative
August 7-11, 2017 — Under Susan's practiced tutelage, participants learn how to articulate and refine their vision by delving into symbolism, metaphor, and personal stories. In the process, we examine our own personal narratives, aesthetics, and psychology in image making. Through hands-on demonstrations, creative exercises tailored to each student, group discussions, photographing assignments, and portfolio reviews, we are encouraged and inspired to grow and reach the next level of our artistic achievement. We also discuss such practical topics as long-term project development, portfolio editing, marketing, publishing, and exhibitions. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Susan Burnstine
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $800
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
August 7-11, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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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

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
August 10-12, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment
Email: Marcia Freedland
Phone: 334-221-5883

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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
August 14-18, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Monoprint the Quilt: Surface Alteration with Textile Paint
August 14-18, 2017 — Monoprinting with textile paints can dramatically change the surface of your work, pushing your ideas into new creative territory. Using her fusible collage methods, Sue will demonstrate how to paint and print at different levels of construction, from manipulating a single piece of fabric to the entire surface of the quilt. Through experimentation with opaque and metallic paints, each participant will have the opportunity to create two works: one abstract and open-ended, the other more realistic and image-based. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Sue Benner
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Be Brave and Have Fun
August 14-18, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Learn to get started with new ideas in a way that is fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! His works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Contemporary Practices in Abstract Acrylics
August 14-16, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Expand your knowledge of contemporary abstract painting in this intensive workshop. Emphasis will be placed on creating visually interesting compositions from a formal point of view; focusing on color, value, line, shape, scale, and surface. Through lectures and demonstrations each morning, Ellen will share techniques specific to the acrylic medium, how to use color relationships to your advantage, and how to develop surfaces. Afternoons will be spent applying and practicing these concepts with Ellen available for individualized feedback. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Ellen Richman, www.EllenRichman.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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Creating Abstraction in Pastel or Acrylic
August 15-19, 2017 — This workshop will emphasize developing abstract paintings in pastel or acrylic. The majority of demonstrations will be provided in pastel with reference to acrylic painting. Students will learn a variety of ways to develop both non-objective and nature based abstractions. Time will be spent drawing from nature and taking these drawings back to the studio to create abstractions. Students will learn to "loosen up", be more expressive and work intuitively. All students will begin the week with expressive drawing exercises and drawing from nature. Students will then receive daily instruction in developing abstractions in pastel and or acrylic. Each day will end with group critique. Limited to 12 students. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Debora Stewart, www.deborastewart.com
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $595
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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Free-Flowing Watercolor Painting
August 18-19, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Expand upon your use of watercolor materials and techniques while walking the line between representation and abstraction. You will emphasize and explore the natural properties of watercolor with vibrant fluid color, surprising textures, and dynamic compositions. Join Rob as he shares his methods and techniques to create large, loose, flowing watercolors. Plenty of individual attention and time will be provided for practicing new skills. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Rob J. Williams, www.RobWilliamsStudio.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $220, Non-Members: $240
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
August 18-20, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Cost: $350
Email: David Kessler
Phone: 336-418-3038

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Branch Out
August 21-25, 2017 — Trees have been an inspiration for centuries for artists, poets and storytellers. Celebrate their beauty and diversity by using trees as a basis for composition and design! During this week on Madeline Island you will discover the different shapes, patterns, lines, textures, colours and symbolism of trees while experimenting with design and composition. Various piecing and appliqué techniques will be discussed so you can begin a beautiful quilt top. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Rosalie Dace
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Intuitive Painting, Transcending the Subject
August 21-25, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Learn to take advantage of transparent watercolor to create loose, intuitive, free and spontaneous effects in your paintings. Join Fabio Cembranelli and explore wet-on-wet techniques, practicing how to paint with no preliminary drawing. You will learn how to take advantage of your own mistakes and capture the essentials of each subject. Participants will be encouraged use their personal view, moving through the bridges that connect unexpected effects, shapes, colors, tones, lines and textures. Fabio is a regular contributor to several art magazines in South America, US, UK, Norway, France, Japan and Australia. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Fabio Cembranelli
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
August 23-25, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: West Jefferson, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Florence Thomas Art School
Email: Kathleen Janowiak
Phone: 336-846-3827

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Understanding Skies & Reflections: Landscape Painting in Oil/Pastel
August 24-26, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) — Improve your paintings by adding drama to your skies! Join Michael for three days as we use the sky as a dramatic design element within our landscape painting. We will observe and interpret cloud formations and how they reflect in water. We will also apply oil and/or pastel painting techniques to convincingly capture the mood of a scene. Michael will provide photo reference or students may bring their own. Michael Story earned a BFA in Fine Art from the University of South Carolina in 1976. He later traveled to New York, studying pastel and oil painting under internationally known artist, Daniel Greene. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Michael Story
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $400 Museum members/$425 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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.


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

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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

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Making Memory Cloths
August 26, 2017 (1:30–4:30pm) — Leslee Nelson was invited by the Voices of Women Museum, Durban, South Africa to share the Memory Cloth process in the United States. She will bring several of her embroidered Memory Cloths related to love, travel, family, forgiveness, and discoveries. She'll talk about them and invite you to share a memory of your own, as a starting point for your embroidery. The repetitive, rhythmic motion of embroidery leads to a meditative state that can shift our thinking about situations. You're invited to bring your own cloth napkin or handkerchief to sew on, but materials will be available. No experience necessary, but threading a needle and previous sewing helpful. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Leslee Nelson
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $55
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Intermediate Level

Personal Landscapes: From Photography to Pastel
August 28-30, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Painting primarily from photographic references poses unique opportunities and challenges. Gain insight into how to use your references to achieve a desired final result that communicates your unique, inspired vision. Working from existing and new original landscape photos, learn to maximize the benefits and avoid the pitfalls of this working process. Colette will share technical and conceptual knowledge through lectures, demonstrations, guided field work, and individualized instruction. Emphasis will be placed on the ways pastel can encourage creative development in your chosen imagery. This workshop is designed for students with experience in the medium. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Colette Odya Smith, www.ColetteOdyaSmith.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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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

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From Watercolor to Quilt
August 28 - September 1, 2017 — Abstract watercolor paintings will be created the first day using 10 different painting techniques that will leave the student with many paintings to choose from. Techniques include, transparent layered shapes, resists, rubber cement drawing resist, washes, glazing, dropping in of colors, surface treatments using soap bubbles, rubbing alcohol and grids, etc. One painting will be chosen and cropped to find the most dynamic part. This will be drawn to make templates, then enlarged, and translated with fabrics into a quilt using Katie’s turned edge technique or the students preferred technique. When the quilt is done it will look like a watercolor painting! Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Katie Pasquini Masopust
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670.00
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Intuitive Approaches to Abstract Acrylics
August 31 - September 2, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Driven by risk-taking and chance, this workshop provides an opportunity to open up your practice and push yourself to experiment. Using large brushes and non-traditional mark-making tools, you will discover how to paint loosely, yet intuitively. This workshop will begin with several experimental challenges led by Karen to help you arrive at a new place in your work. You will apply that spontaneity to more developed works that you can take home and be proud of. A constructive critique will close the workshop. Visit website


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

Beginner Level

Follow Suzy Birstein to Greek Island Paradise “Mia Muse”
September 1-16, 2017 — Envision your “Inner Muse” with ceramist Suzy Birstein, famed artist for the 2008 Academy Award nominees on the enchanting island of Skopelos, Greece where “Mama Mia” was filmed! Suzy is returning to Skopelos for a fifth time presenting her transformational figurative sculpture program “Mia Muse”! Suzy will demonstrate her unique hand building techniques combining inner structures with slabs, coils, pinching and textures to create imaginative figure/animal hybrids. Participants will have hands on experience discovering their artistic process and inner muse. Bisqued pieces will be surfaced with combinations of fired and cold surfaces, including colourful glazes, patinas and paints. Costs include: workshop instruction & studio, materials, firings, opening/closing dinners, group exhibit and breakfasts. Visit website


Location: Skopelos, Greece
Instructor: Suzy Birstein
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Cost: $1,900
Email: Jill Somer
Phone: 30 24240 24143

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Painting in Italy
September 3-11, 2017 — This Artists-Adventure is to an ancient hilltop village in Italy to explore, paint, and eat gourmet Italian cuisine all while staying in an historic 16th Century Villa located in a beautiful, quiet, ancient, medieval village. This exciting journey is for painters and non-painters alike. Artists will find inspiration everywhere in this beautiful undiscovered region of Italy. We will be offering plein-air painting instruction with professional artist Sharon Rusch Shaver, Italian cuisine cooking classes, horseback riding and winery tours and tastings as well as other optional activities for our guests. Private en-suite fully appointed guestrooms overlooking the ancient Umbrian valley available. Visit website


Location: Trevi, Italy
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Sponsor: Adventure-Artists
Cost: $3,475
Email: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Phone: 615-451-7304

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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
September 4-8, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
September 4-8, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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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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3D Sculpture Workshop
September 5-10, 2017 — Shannon Weber has been a self-educated, working studio artist and educator for 30 years working in 3D fiber sculpture. She is known as a tenacious maker and designer of "one-of-a-kind" woven objects and mixed media sculpture. Her avant-garde style of using obscure materials such as sea kelp, burnt wood, rocks, and vintage game board pieces along with other local finds such as rusted metal found along the side of the road set her sculptures apart. Learn to apply ancient techniques to achieve contemporary designs, using a mixture of repetitive layers, weaving, stitching, and cold connections along with painting and encaustic. Open yourself to experimenting with almost any material to see what becomes of it. Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Shannon Weber, shannonweber.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $2,625 Shared, $3,125-3,395 Single
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Expressive Brushwork: Calgary, Canada
September 7-10, 2017 (10am-4pm) — Hosted by Doug Swinton Arts in Calgary Canada this four day workshop is focused on brush handling. Combining plein-air work with studio work for three days and one day of figure painting. Sexton will be working with oil paint -but open to other mediums. Visit website


Location: Calgary, Canada
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Doug Swinton Arts
Cost: $729
Email: Doug Swinton Arts
Phone: 1-877-860-3500

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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

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
September 11-14, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Whidbey Island, WA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Email: Lisa Bernhardt
Phone: 360-678-3396

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Watercolor: Big & Bold
September 11-15, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — Learn Birgit's big & bold techniques, and create your own designs. We will take a morning field trip to gather source material at the beach down the street. With our numerous sketches and photos we will walk back to the studio and learn how to compose effective and exciting designs to paint large watercolors. Whatever the subject matter - students are always amazed with their results in Birgit's class. Birgit is always on hand for any assistance with the process. Have fun putting the water back into watercolor, watch color move as if by magic and learn to simplify what you see and say more with less. Open to all skill levels, but knowledge of watercolor is helpful. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Birgit O'Connor, www.birgitoconnor.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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Charcoal: Expressive Mark Making, A Painter's Approach to Drawing
September 15-16, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) — Students will explore charcoal as the perfect drawing medium for expressive mark making. Combine additive and subtractive techniques using charcoal and erasers for mark making and developing grounds. The workshop will focus upon mark making as it relates to abstraction and later students may opt to explore the different ways these same techniques can be applied to observational drawing for a provocative and beautiful fusion of abstraction and realism. Gary Chapman is a Professor of Art - Drawing and Painting at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has had over 60 solo exhibitions with institutions such as The Arts Center of St. Petersburg, Florida and the Indianapolis Art Center. Visit artist’s website at garychapmanart.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Gary Chapman
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $225 Museum members/$250 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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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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Capture the Fundamental Essence in Watercolor
September 18-22, 2017 — Fabio Cembranelli will guide you in developing loose and spontaneous watercolor techniques enhancing your own personal intuitive approach. Specific attention will be devoted to the following techniques: wet on wet, watercolor painting on damp paper, the importance of the white of the paper and how to save or restore it. How to enhance the focal point through composition rules, how to work fast and capture the essential, how to capture the freshness and beauty of flowers, light and shadow effects on windows, doors, gates and balconies. There will be daily demonstrations and critiques followed by individual attention for students. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Fabio Cembranelli
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $750
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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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

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Autumn in Vermont
September 20-23, 2017 (9am-3pm) — Join Randall for his annual return to the quintessential New England backdrop of Landgrove Vermont. Close to the Vermont Country Store in Weston, between Manchester and Brattleboro, this plein air workshop is a favorite of past and returning attendees. All levels welcome, visiting students are encouraged to spoil themselves at the Langrove Inn that hosts the workshop series. Visit website


Location: Landgrove, VT
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Contact: Tom or Maureen Checcia
Phone: (802) 824-6673

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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

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Fast, Loose and Bold Painting
September 25-29, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — Through a series of targeted exercises you will learn to paint confidently, using brilliant color, gestural brushwork and strong compositions. Whether you're a beginner or an accomplished artist, some of the skills you'll hone in this workshop include: how to see limited values clearly; how to translate your design into exciting and endless color possibilities; bravura brushwork and eliminating needless brushstrokes; how to paint small but necessary details with big brushes; the importance of grays & colorful grays; and more! Learn how to get your fundamentals in place, right from the start - to create dramatic, eye-catching paintings/compositions with ease and confidence. Patti has received numerous national awards and scholarships, and is represented in galleries from NY, NY to Carmel, CA. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Patti Mollica, pattimollica.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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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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A Traveler's Sketchbook at Lake Como
September 27 - October 4, 2017 — Capture quick studies of the dramatic scenery, colorful architecture, bustling people and more during your time on this magical trip to Lake Como. This week-long session will cover the basic concepts of atmosphere and linear perspective, capturing people, objects, and dramatic light. With pen and paper in hand, you’ll quickly document the sites while sitting in a café or viewing the grand alps as they melt into the majestic Lake Como. Add a touch of watercolor to enhance your sketches. Your art supplies are light and easy to tote making this ideal for all levels of artists. The traveler’s sketchbook is a wonderful way to document your trip in a carefree way. Visit website


Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Jo Ellen Reinhardt
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3440.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 33144229047

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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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Metal Clay & Metalsmithing Master Class
September 29 - October 1, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — This 3-day master class with Anne Mitchell will encompass the best techniques in metal clay and metalsmithing combined. Anne has become known for her clean designs that combine Silver Metal Clay and fine silver components. Projects will include: 1)Silver metal clay with semi-precious stone heavy gauge bezel pendant – Instruction will include constructing a silver metal clay base, firing, prongs, a heavy hand created bezel, bail, and chain. 2)PMC Hinged Locket - This precious metal clay construction will include hinges, pressure ball closure, and bail. 3)Forged Heart Pendant with Metal Clay Accents - Unlock the joy of working a piece of thick 8 gauge round wire to form this personalized heart pendant with rivet accents and bail. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Anne Mitchell
Sponsor: Stouffer Studios
Cost: $875.00
Email: Gail Stouffer
Phone: 210-887-6048

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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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Make Your Mark: A Quilter’s Mark Making Study
October 2-6, 2017 — Piece, applique and stitch to design expressive abstract textures in quilts. Pam likes to think about mark making in cloth as adding visual interest and movement to abstract quilts. Explore well placed or random lines, triangles, squares and circles as marks. Combining influences from antique quilts to modern art and music, Pam will guide you to construct expressive quilts of your own. Fond of saying she is from the Liberated School of Design, Pam uses techniques inspired by Gwen Marston to teach a process of quilt design and sewing without the need for patterns or templates. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Pam Beal
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
October 2-6, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Exploring Approaches to Abstract Painting
October 2-4, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Dedicated to abstract painting strategies, this workshop will explore composition, materiality, and expression. Focusing on the use of line, shape, and color, discover and enhance your ability to create images that are uniquely personal, fresh, and loose. In addition to demonstrations and discussions, Gail will lead you through a variety of exploratory challenges, including using both images and sound as reference material, brush handling exercises, and experimenting with combining media. Leave with new approaches and techniques to apply to your current practice. This workshop is open to watercolor and acrylic painters. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Gail Speckmann, www.GailSpeckmann.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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Watercolor Workshop
October 2-6, 2017 (10am to 3pm) — Workshop to be conducted at the beautiful Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg, CA. Designed for beginner-intermediate students. Basics will be reviewed as needed for beginners and new techniques will challenge those at the intermediate level. Personal assistance for all. Visit website


Location: Healdsburg, CA
Instructor: Phyllis Rapp
Sponsor: Phyllis Rapp
Cost: $400
Email: Phyllis Rapp

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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

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Studio Italia
October 3-13, 2017 — 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 $3.150 CAD (around $2350 US as of October 2016) 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$2350
Email: Monica Marquez
Phone: 1-800-611-4789

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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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Watercolor: Uniquely Contemporary Figurative Design
October 9-13, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — In Jeannie’s watercolor workshops she shares the many aspects of her art through versatile projects and extended experimentation. As a student you are encouraged and inspired to hone your own unique style and improve upon your current skills. You will also discover the freedom of intuitive painting and go beyond simple illustration to create paintings worthy of exhibition. Students will explore the interplay between the figurative subject(s) and their backgrounds, natural design in reference materials, effective cropping impact, pigment maintenance, intentional and spontaneous marks. Each day begins with a demo pertaining to the day’s project, such as exploring unconventional ways of representation, figures with obscured and intertwined backgrounds, etc. Artists receive plenty of personal attention and painting time. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire, www.jeanniemcguire.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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Watercolor Painting
October 9-12, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. ) — The workshop sessions begin each morning at 9:00 a.m. when Couch completes a painting, explaining what he is doing, and why, as he paints. The “mysteries” of design will be unraveled for you while you learn watercolor painting! Students paint in the afternoons, after which Couch critiques all the day’s completed work, including his own. He has written three books on watercolor. His first, titled Watercolor: You Can Do It was published by North Light Publishing in 1987. In 1989 a follow-up book on technique was published by the same publisher. A third book, on design, titled Tony Couch’s Keys to Successful Painting was also published by North Light. Visit tonycouch.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Tony Couch
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $425 Museum members/ $450 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Painting Italy's Amalfi Coast
October 10-17, 2017 — Spend a week with a small group of artists while painting and enjoying the culture and sights of the Amalfi Coast! Talented artist and instructor Mary Garrish will be teaching for 5 full days. You will visit different painting locations daily, including Positano, Ravello, Capri and more. Workshop is conveniently based in Amalfi in a 4-star hotel and all accommodations are superior rooms and single occupancy. Breakfast, 2 dinners, and all ground transportation is included. Workshop is strictly limited to 8 students to allow for lots of one-on-one time between student and instructor! Visit website


Location: Amalfi, Italy
Instructor: Mary Garrish
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Cost: $3600-Single occupancy/Private bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
October 13-15, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: New Braunfels, TX
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: New Braunfels Art League
Email: Sandy Oberg
Phone: 210-861-0751

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Watercolor: Fast & Loose
October 16-20, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — This is a workshop for those who wish to loosen up in watercolor. Painting techniques and a philosophy of design will encourage bold, loose paintings. Eric believes most painting problems are the violation of an elementary painting principle. Discussions will be easily understood and very helpful. It is recommended that the student have some previous watercolor experience. There will be ample time for students to try the concepts presented in a safe and supportive environment. Daily individual and group critiques enhance the learning experience. Eric will do a completed painting demonstration daily. Subject matter may include land, marine, and streetscapes, florals and interiors. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Eric Wiegardt, ericwiegardt.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
October 16-20, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Inspired by Tuscany, Paint with Katerina Ring
October 18-28, 2017 — Paint in plein air, in oils, while staying at a stunning villa in the hills above Lucca. This tour includes ten remarkable days in Tuscany to enjoy painting, kinship with your fellow artists and the wonders of one of the most beautiful regions of Italy. Visit website


Location: Lucca, Italy
Instructor: Katerina Ring, www.katring.com
Sponsor: Abbondanza Toscana
Cost: € 2690
Email: Paula Sullivan or Katerina Ring
Phone: 0039 339 6852860

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
October 20-22, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — This workshop is for advanced students seeking to develop a consistent body of work in a series of paintings done during the course of the workshop. David helps each student reach their goals for the work. Visit website


Location: Lafayette, LA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Lafayette Art Association
Email: Susan Hamilton
Phone: 337-849-6791

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Keiko Tanabe - Plein Air painting retreat
October 27 - November 3, 2017 — Capturing Light & Atmosphere in Watercolor. Keiko Tanabe is a Japanese contemporary artist who has won multiple awards, we are so proud that she’s coming to Sicily for the first time. Come to enjoy a masterful tuition by Keiko Tanabe, subject matters will be landscape, Mediterranean seascape, old historic city scape, indoor locations in the authentic villa where the participants will stay. Sicily it's like a dream, colorful sunset, olive groves, lined vineyards, picturesque villages with narrow streets, churches, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, jovial, kind and friendly people, traditional foods and great local wine. Art, mixture of history and culture, nature create an unique atmosphere and stimulate your creativity. Visit website


Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Sponsor: Salinara
Email: Yumi
Phone: (+39) 3397757062

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Autumn in Tuscany & Umbria Photography
October 28 - November 4, 2017 — Join us for a week devoted to capturing the essence of Autumn in Tuscany! With Cortona as our base, each day we will explore and photograph the rich area from Cortona's mountains to Montepulciano's vineyards and from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria to the Chianti area! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for photographers of all levels. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 978-632-0357

Advanced Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
November 2-4, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — This is a mentorship workshop for advanced level students who desire to create a consistent body of work over the course of the workshop. Students work on their own projects with established goals. David assists each student in achieving their goals. Visit website


Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Cost: $595
Email: David Kessler
Phone: 336-418-3038

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Michael Dupille - Watercolor Effects in Glass
November 3-5, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — In this workshop you will discover how to create imagery in glass that has the feel, vitality, and expressive qualities of a watercolor. Using glass as our "paint," we'll utilize the properties of the material to express its unique character; color, depth, and transparency. In addition, We'll learn exciting ways of implementing & altering dichroic glass to add spice, sparkle and interest to the pieces. Come and learn about color combinations, how to use colors (& frit) effectively, as well as multiple firing schedules. This is a great opportunity to pick up tons of technical knowledge from a innovator in the industry. This is not your average technique class, don't miss it!! Visit website


Location: San Antonio, TX
Instructor: Michael Dupille
Sponsor: Stouffer Studios
Cost: $725.00
Email: Gail Stouffer
Phone: 210-887-6048

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Mark Polomchak Workshop and Retreat
November 4-5, 2017 (10 AM - 4 PM) — Mark Polomchak has exhibited his watercolors in various art shows and galleries throughout the United States and Canada. This 2-day Workshop will feature Packet #11 from Mark’s website. The packet, photo, line drawing and instructions are included in the workshop fee. Mark will also be suggesting subjects for warming up and to become familiar with his technique. This workshop will hosted by the BJ Dickhute Studio located on the 50 acre Thistle Farm in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley. Limited on-site accommodations are available. A framer will also be available at extra cost. Surrounded by Civil War Battlefields, the Studio is minutes from Bryce Resort, the Shenandoah Caverns, Meems Bottom Covered Bridge and the New Market Battlefield. Visit website


Location: Mount Jackson, VA
Instructor: Mark Polomchak
Sponsor: BJ Dickhute Studio/Thistle Farm Inc
Cost: $250.00
Email: John
Phone: 540-333-2877

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Autumn in Tuscany & Umbria Photography
November 4-11, 2017 — Join us for a week devoted to capturing the essence of Autumn in Tuscany! With Cortona as our base, each day we will explore and photograph the rich area from Cortona's mountains to Montepulciano's vineyards and from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria to the Chianti area! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for photographers of all levels. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 978-632-0357

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From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
November 6-10, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
November 7-9, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Spring Island, SC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Spring Island
Email: Pam Brickell
Phone: 843-987-3403

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Pastels: Inside/Outside – The Best of Both
November 8-11, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) — Explore both studio and plein air pastel painting with instruction by internationally acclaimed artist, instructor, and author Liz Haywood- Sullivan. This intensive pastel workshop starts with one day in the studio where we will cover using her Good Bones structural system to painting and discussion of portability with pastels. The next two days we move into the outdoors. Our daily studies will involve direct observation of the landscape with instruction in choosing your subject and composition from life, aerial perspective, working with underpainting, correct drawing and sky and water valuework. In both settings Liz will start each day with a demonstration and there will be two group critiques. There will be plenty of daily individual instruction. Visit lizhaywoodsullivan.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Liz Haywood-Sullivan
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $625 Museum members/ $650 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Autumn in Tuscany & Umbria Photography
November 11-18, 2017 — Join us for a week devoted to capturing the essence of Autumn in Tuscany! With Cortona as our base, each day we will explore and photograph the rich area from Cortona's mountains to Montepulciano's vineyards and from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria to the Chianti area! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for photographers of all levels. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 978-632-0357

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Polymer Clay Animal Sculptures Workshop
November 16, 2017 (4-6pm) — Students in this class will learn magical techniques with colorful oven baked clay. You’ll be amazed what you can do! Learn three different techniques called “Millefiore canes” that you can slice up to reveal magical designs. Then use those slices to create a unique animal sculpture about 3 inches tall. You can choose any animal you want to make and it will turn out very colorful and patterned. Once you are finished your creation can be taken home and baked in your own oven. Visit website


Location: Prairie du Sac, WI
Instructor: Layl McDill
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Cost: $40
Email: Kristina Coopman
Phone: 608-643-5215

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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
November 20-24, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
December 4-8, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
December 18-22, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
January 1-5, 2018 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Intermediate Level
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From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
February 5-9, 2018 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
March 5-9, 2018 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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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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Self-Study Painting Courses: Notan
Begin your course any time — Why does a certain painting win first place in an art competitions? The answer lies a lot in the harmonious arrangement of black and white in the painting. A synthetic arrangement of dark and light creates an impression of beauty, regardless of either the colors used or of the subject matter. This is called "notan" from the Japanese word that means dark/light harmony. The idea is simple, but effective notan paintings are hard to do. It requires an understanding of dominant values and how to flatten values into a narrow value range. This course will help you strengthen your paintings with a simplified value transition structure. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Design & Composition
Begin your course any time — This module introduces all the basic concepts in design and composition. We cover all the key principles and illustrate them with both examples of how to do it, and how not to do it. These courses cover important principles such as: how to layout the space in your painting effectively, how to increase the interest in your painting, how to control your viewer's eye movement, and how to utilize design elements effectively. A solid understanding of the principles in this module is essential to the visual music of your work. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Color
Begin your course any time — Color is what makes a painting exciting, and color harmony is what makes a painting beautiful. However, color is a complex topic and takes years to master. Here are some of the things you will learn: Grays: how to use them to make your color stand out; Color notans: exploring color strategies faster; Complementary, analogous, triadic, and tonal color schemes; how to diagnose color harmony problems; The Munsell color wheel: how to get more accurate complements; Pigment biases: how to use biases to get purer colors; Limited palettes: how to get color harmonies quickly; and Color dragging. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Brushwork
Begin your course any time — Brushwork (and how you apply dry media such as pastel or graphite) enhances the visual music of your work by giving it a second level of abstraction. If you zoom in on any part of the painting, it becomes an abstract painting in itself. This is one of those other skills that differentiates the real master artists. Here are some of the things you will learn in these courses: Basic brushwork techniques, Descriptive brushwork, Creating focal areas, Using suggestion, Edge variation, Optical color mixing. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Visual Poetry & Music
Begin your course any time — In this course you will learn how to take into account both the abstract and representational aspects of a painting. A painting consists of visual poetry combined with visual music. The poetry of a painting is what the artist is trying to communicate to the viewer through his or her painting, and the emotion that is elicited from the viewer. The music of a painting is its sensuous, non-intellectual part. It derives from the physiological pleasure the human brain gets from making visual order out of the visual chaos of nature. Combine the two in the right way and you have a very powerful painting. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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One Painting in One Day-Doors of San Miguel
Offered Tuesdays year around (9:30 AM - 1 PM) — Easy and fun this workshop is for any lever of experience! Beginners and novice have being amazed by their results. Working with acrylic paint we’ll pain a typical Mexican door starting with one of my professional photos or yours. Participants learn composition, color, painting strategies, practice drawing, painting, gain confidence and finish a unique original painting. As a professional painter, workshop facilitator and college instructor of 27 years, I have worked with individuals at all levels of experience. What is required is a spirit of adventure, open mind, willingness to make mistakes and have fun. If you consider having a painting day with your family and friends while in San Miguel, contact me in advance to make special arrangement. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $95 includes all materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Animal Anatomy - Imaginatomy (Self-Study)
Ongoing — A class created by Rey Bustos to augment entertainment and character designers, by bringing in anatomy and mechanics into the thought process of character design. This course is designed for those who want to invent a completely imaginative animal or creature while keeping the same logic of human and animal anatomy. With Rey’s excitement and deep knowledge of all things anatomical, he will guide you first in drawing, then sculpting a creature from your imagination that will make sense in terms of realism. This is a great way to know how and why we are different from other animals, and how species evolve. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Rey Bustos
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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2D Anatomy
Ongoing — In this online self-study course, students analyze the important muscles needed to create convincing figures and learn about surface anatomy such as the fat distribution and the fascia that surrounds every inch of the living form. Through thought out, easily understood assignments, the student better understands the living form of the model and is able to more easily create from the imagination. Most importantly, the student will have the confidence to edit the living model and therefore interpret more poetically what he/she sees to make their drawing or painting more personal. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Rey Bustos
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Drawing From Imagination
Ongoing — Prepare to learn about how to draw using critical thinking and visualization in this online self-study course. Master Artist Glenn Vilppu teaches you that drawing does not occur on paper, but in the mind. He offers a fascinating insight on how to draw analytically while still managing to make it life like. You will find out what it takes to communicate the story your drawing is trying to tell, and how it can be best expressed. This is a great class for all artists; it even includes Glenn’s critiques of student work in this classroom video experience. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Glenn Vilppu
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Beginning Composition
Ongoing — In composition, there are no standardized or predetermined rules. Beginning Composition will introduce students to a unique and proven method of learning the fundamental concepts of composition and visual literacy. Students will be exposed to information and demonstrations that will enable them to see problems and correct their own compositions and become more visually expressive. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Bill Perkins
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Fantasy Illustration
Ongoing — Explore the aspects of Fantasy Illustration, including the successful design of the fantasy elements in an illustration such as costumes, props and architecture. Improving the structure and underlying emotional impact, and the composition of the illustrations will be discussed. Composition of real and limited space (graphical space) will be compared and experimented with. Creature and human character design though posing and integration into the composition will also be explored. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Craig Elliott
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818*708-9232

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Visual Development Fundamentals
Ongoing — In this online self-study course, learn the critical components of making great Concept Art by studying Film, Animation, Games and Painting, as well as developing your own project to flex your artistic muscle. You will select a classic story to redesign by choosing a style and creating that world with much reference and sketching, leading to a final concept painting. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Peter Markowski
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Introduction to Creature Design
Ongoing — In this self-study Creature Design course, we will fully develop 2-3 creatures using guided creativity while grounding students with real-world plausibility. Students will learn early stage ideation, rendering and color techniques to create new and original creatures from a blank page, all the way to a finished portfolio piece. We will go over more grounded earthly creatures all the way to creatively designed aliens. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Eric Ryan
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Sketching for Environment Design
Ongoing — Sketching and drawing rough and clean final layouts, interiors, buildings and other environment elements, for animation and concept art, will be discussed in this self-study course. In this online self-study course, there will be demos and lectures on perspective, blocking in scenes and simple composition. Prop design and sketching demos will also be included. In this class the student will learn: -Quick visualization of perspective and elements in a scene -How to build and design buildings and structures -How to visualize and draw quick interior spaces -Methods of developing sketches for props and vehicles Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Craig Elliott
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Introduction to Character Design
Ongoing — Introduction to Character Design caters to those who are new to or at an intermediate level in terms of design knowledge when it comes to characters. We will be producing 3 characters (and their 3 variants) that fit together in the same world based off of classic archetypes. There will be a significant amount of freedom but the instructor will act as an Art Director to help make your work coherent and imaginative. This class is structured in a way that helps you have 3 or more portfolio worthy images showing competent character design. Prerequisites: Significant understanding of human anatomy, some level of knowledge of animal anatomy, a decent foundation in the fundamentals of drawings/painting. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Eric Ryan
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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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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Community Open Studios
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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