Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"CE Preview Saturday: Art as Therapy -- Mindful Meditation Painting"
January 6, 2018
 

Practice mindful painting with registered art therapist and artist, Dona Duncan. Learn to combine creativity with light meditation so you can paint with a calm mind. Open to all ages. This course is presented as a sample of PAFA's Spring 2018 multi-week courses with Dona Duncan. Pre-registration required. Space is limited. New student attendees will receive a 10% tuition discount on a Spring 2018 CE class or workshop!
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Dona Duncan
Cost: Tuition-free with a $10 materials fee (all supplies provided)
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
January 18-20, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Forstall Art Supply
Website, email, 205-870-0480


"Fresh Ideas About Observation and Abstraction"
January 20-21, 2018 (snow dates January 27-28)
 

Located in historic downtown Staunton, BSSS is committed to providing high quality art instruction. Instructor Bill Scott will work with experienced painters on ways they can structure pictorial space by relying primarily on color. “In my own painting practice, I am an abstract painter but my pictures are based on observation,” Bill explains. “If you are patient and trust me to not steer you wrong, I will likely succeed in proposing new ways you can approach painting and fresh ideas you can consider.” Bill has had a remarkable career as a writer, gallery director, art historian, and painter. He worked in the studio of Joan Mitchell and has contributed essays to catalogs for exhibitions of Berthe Morisot’s paintings.
 
Location: Staunton, Virginia
Instructor: Bill Scott
Cost: BSSS Members: $200; BSSS non-members: $230
Sponsor: Beverley Street Studio School (BSSS)
Website, email, 540-886-8636


"Painting Light & Atmosphere"
January 24-26, 2018
 

Discover Michael’s masterful yet simple method of completing successful paintings in a short period of time. Learn how to best capture the light of the day and use value as the key to create incredible distance and depth. We will complete a group of small paintings on location using Michael’s super simple palette, focusing on composition, design, color, and value. This workshop is open to all levels of experience. We will be painting on location in Newport Beach & Laguna Beach. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction. Please contact the Debra Huse Gallery to enroll.
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Michael Obermeyer
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Website, email, 949-723-6171


"Painting Over the Line"
Wednesdays, January 24 - April 18, 2018
 

Advance toward a more liberated way of painting in this open studio environment. Paint from personal subject matter to find your own visual language, informed by examples from contemporary and modern art. Painting experience recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Exploring Abstraction with Chris Groves"
January 25-27, 2018
 

This workshop will cover how to simplify and deconstruct your paintings by understanding the concepts of both Abstraction and Realism. We will work on finding that space that exists between the two artistic genres in order to create more sophisticated, complex and refined paintings. The goal will be to move beyond the mere replication of a scene to convey message and meaning through composition, tone and brushstrokes. We will cover various aspects of materials and technique from palette color selection to the application of paint onto the canvas. Understanding artists' ideas from diverse artistic styles will help develop and improve how you progress in your own painting process and ultimately enhance the quality of your work.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Chris Groves
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Discover the Joy of Creativity"
January 29 - February 1, 2018
 

If you feel that your artwork has become stale and a little predictable, this workshop is calling your name. Larisa will walk students through the process of creating dynamic paintings while rediscovering the joy of creativity. Each day of the workshop students will focus on different subjects: still life, landscape, cityscape, and animals. In addition to the basic principles of painting such as composition, design, values and color mixing, this workshop will teach students how to paint a credible and convincing painting full of energy. Using photo references and flower arrangements, students will learn how to simplify and use structure, colors, and values to create dynamic compositions.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Larisa Aukon, www.aukonlarisa.com
Cost: $540
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Photo Tour Sedona, Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Monument Canyon"
February 7-17, 2018
 

Join Patrick Mahoney for a week of photography in lively and inspiring Phoenix/Scottsdale, beautiful and colorful Sedona,the majestic and awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, colorful Sedona, Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, and Monument Valley! This is a small-group experience open to all levels of photographers. Participants should plan to bring all photographic gear including plenty of battery, memory cards, laptop and downloading gear. All capturing devices are accepted...from digital SLRs to point and shoot to smartphones! Plan to dress for variable conditions! Phoenix/Scottsdale is warm/hot by day and cool evenings. Sedona can be cold, and the Grand Canyon can still experience a mix of winter conditions!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Guide/Photographer Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From US$3399.00 per person double occ. ask Single price
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


"Mindful Meditation Painting"
Thursdays, February 8 - April 12, 2018
 

Are you afraid to paint because you think it's too late in life? Are you struggling with memory loss or anxiety? Mindful Painting consists of combining creativity with a light form of meditation to promote a sense of relaxation. Applying a calm mind while painting releases you to express your thoughts and feelings on canvas while discovering gifts of creativity that can carry through to your daily life. Make an original artwork to take home, whether a large modern painting, still life, or pet portrait - whatever you choose. Share stories and listen to music while painting freely in this welcoming small group environment led by Dona Duncan, artist and registered Art Therapist. No experience necessary.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Dona Duncan
Cost: $195 for 10 weeks or $25 per session
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting with Light, Color & Joy"
February 9-11,2018
 

Fill your oil paintings with light and color learning how to see, mix and express color seamlessly. Join Sara Beth and learn the secrets of color and light by: 1.creating color charts to take home and use in your studio; 2. create multiple reference studies to apply the secrets and finally; 3. complete a beautiful still life painting. Open to all levels of artist. Sara Beth has been painting for 17 years. In addition, she has a Ph.D. in optics and hence a technical as well as artistic understanding of light and color. She spent three years studying with Murat Kaboulov, a Russian Impressionist, along with several students of the great Russian artist Serge Bongart. Visit sarabethfair.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Sara Beth Fair
Cost: $275 Museum members/ $300 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Art as Expression for Teens"
Saturdays, February 10 - March 31, 2018
 

Being a teenager in the world today presents many challenges: bullying in schools, social media overload, being over-scheduled, communicating effectively with family and friends, not to mention anxiety from the news and politics. Find freedom and release your frustrations through creative expression, whether making an abstract painting or a comic strip - anything that brings you joy! Join our little group, share your story, feel safe, create, and make new friends. Guided by Dona Duncan, registered Art Therapist and artist.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Dona Duncan
Cost: Non-Credit: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
February 12-15, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Bluffton, South Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Society of Bluffton Artists
Website, email


"Creativity Workouts"
Mondays, thru February 12, 2018
 

Boost your spontaneity, intuition and gain easier access to that 'pleasure zone' while breaking out of creative ruts. We begin each weekly session with short (and accessible) mind, body exercises as a warm-up then we immediately dive into the creative exercises. Kat has accumulated over 60 art exercises organized by themes and given in a supportive, fun and inspiring atmosphere. Participating in this full 10-week program is guaranteed to build your intuitive confidence and/or inspire an unstoppable desire to create! Non-artists and professional artists alike will benefit from scheduling time for these Creativity Workouts. The exercises can be repeated in any sequence for a quick creative re-boost and refresher at any time. Holiday Break: 11/27/17 - 1/1/18.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Kat Masella, katmasella.com
Cost: $399 for 10 weeks
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
February 21-23, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Fort Smith Regional Art Museum
Website, email


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying, and Expression"
March 5-7, 2018
 

This three-day workshop is for all skill levels. The first half of each day Penix will paint a painting from a photo to demonstrate his process from start to finish. The second half of the day the students will paint with Penix’s guidance. Students will use oils or acrylics, and have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of boats, cityscapes, figures and fish. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos. Penix will cover topics such as the power of warms and cools, complementaries, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, light and shadow and the power of suggestion. There will be a strong emphasis on seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Derek Penix, www.derekpenix.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Creating Strong Figure Compositions from the Live Model Utilizing Abstraction Principles"
March 5-8, 2018
 

Michael will instruct on the process of creating structurally sound paintings from a live model. The emphasis of the workshop will be placed on producing “finished” paintings by addressing the principles of abstract design and motifs. Importance will also be placed on creating a strong sense of light and form utilizing his approach to color and light theory. Michael will take students step-by-step through his process of setting up the model, analyzing shapes, creating a black and white compositional study, determining a color palette, and finally executing a well-designed vibrant figure painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Steirnagle, www.steirnagle.com
Cost: $495 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint with an Understanding of the Masters"
March 5-9, 2018
 

Robert Johnson is an OPA Master. This workshop will focus on developing an understanding of the essential elements of painting that have been passed on through the centuries from teacher to student, master to apprentice, and artist to artist. Brush strokes will be heavily emphasized as means to depict form, achieve expressive power, and maintain a painting’s feeling of spontaneity and life. Robert will teach the importance of an understanding of values, edges, light and color to create a powerful and memorable painting. Still lifes, florals and the portrait will be the subject matter of the workshop and students can choose the subject or subjects they wish to paint. Robert will demonstrate the still life and portrait. The class is open to all levels.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Johnson, www.robertjohnsonart.com
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"A Modern Approach to Watercolor"
March 5-9, 2018
 

Antonio Masi is the president of the American Watercolor Society and International renowned painter. The goal of this workshop is to show the untapped power of watercolor. The focus will be on how to approach this medium from a contemporary point of view, powerful, emotional and delicate, not the traditional transparent way. Antonio applies watercolor in a thick and juicy manner, giving his subjects a startling boldness. Learn how attention to details and unusual perspective make for poetic, moody works with strong textural qualities. Antonio’s morning demonstrations will show the materials he uses (paints, paper, palette, brushes, etc.), his set-up and how he applies colors. The remainder of the day will be one-to-one instruction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Antonio Masi, www.antoniomasi.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
March 6-8, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Fairhope, Alabama
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Eastern Shore Art Center
Website, email


"Don’t Be Afraid to Alter Reality When Interpreting Nature"
March 7-9, 2018
 

An artist’s goal is not merely to copy what we see and want to paint. To interpret nature, we arrange and simplify what is in front of us, making it pleasing to the eye and harmonious in color and design. As painters, we are poets in the visual sense, conveying the beauty that surrounds us. Karl Dempwolf is a modern Monet who will inspire you and demonstrate his unique techniques to capture the beauty and grandeur of a scene. Set yourself free to create from nature’s inspiration! We will be painting on location in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction. Please contact the Debra Huse Gallery to enroll.
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Karl Dempwolf
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Website, email, 949-723-6171


"Advanced Abstraction with Larry Moore"
March 7-10, 2018
 

Larry Moore, an established nationally recognized artist and illustrator brings his 40 years of experience in picture making and broad based art history knowledge to the table. He works in oil, acrylic, pastel and gouache. Larry has an entertaining and generous teaching style that students appreciate. Larry will demonstrate his approach to abstracting the landscape and his thinking process for designing a compelling painting. This 4-day workshop will focus on finding abstract shapes from nature and small studies and creating good design. This class will cover all the components of a good painting: composition, line, edge, shape, color, value, surface, eye flow and the language of the brush without all the rendering and pesky drawing stuff.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Larry Moore
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
March 9-11, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Ft. Walton Beach, Florida
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Arts and Design Society
Website, email


"Freedom in Watermedia"
March 12-15, 2018
 

There's a complex simplicity in Stan Kurth's paintings that is both paradoxical and straightforward. As he works with multiple layers of watercolor and gesso, his provocative images emerge. Ambiguity and form coalesce into a singular, cohesive vision that holds the viewer spellbound. Stan has drawn and painted most all his life and lives with the conviction "fear not" as he evolves in his work, garnering numerous awards and accolades throughout the years. Stan is a signature member of the National and San Diego watercolor societies, as well as the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona and the Arizona Watercolor Federation. He teaches workshops and shares his process with many artist communities and organizations.
 
Location: Miami, Florida
Instructor: Stan Kurth
Cost: $315 MWS Member; $375 Non- Member; Earlybird Price
Sponsor: Miami Watercolor Society
Website, email, 305-607-5447


"Contemporary Approaches to Mixed Media Art"
March 12-15, 2018
 

Joan is especially gifted in helping students gain more freedom in the creative process and discover their own unique artistic voice. Join us for inspiring demonstrations, lectures, encouragement and practice. You’ll learn how to coax hints of reality from an abstract background, how to control values and colors for emotional emphasis, and how to suggest rather than delineate. You’ll explore working intuitively, responding to what shows up, working in a series, mixing and utilizing neutrals for softer, more ethereal abstracts. We’ll touch on notions of confidence, procrastination, vulnerability, curiosity, courage, talent, play, inspiration, intuition, your mean critic, metaphor, symbolic elements, competition, marketing, your belief systems, finding balance, and more! There’ll be plenty of time for “playing” and creating along with individual attention and guidance.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Joan Fullerton
Cost: $500 plus $10 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Image to Abstract 2"
March 13-15, 2018
 

This workshop is for the painter ready to push his or her work beyond the point of recognizable subject matter into the realm of pure abstraction. Students will start with traditional representational approaches and move quickly through progressively more abstract techniques, eventually arriving at purely non-objective paintings. Special attention will be paid to the elements of composition as they apply to abstract painting. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos during the workshop. Printed photos and/or digital images on laptop/iPad may be used for reference. Students will have the option to paint from a still life set up.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.markdanielnelson.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Gouache on the Go"
March 13-14, 2018
 

This workshop will transform your next adventure, be it by land, sea, or air! Gouache on the Go is perfect for those who prefer to stop and see, to absorb the world around them, and to paint. It is tailored to those who appreciate staying and painting in the moment instead of taking a picture and a shortcut to their destination. Larisa is a classically trained artist, and expert on color mixing. A talented and experienced teacher, she is known for generously sharing her extensive knowledge and her down to earth teaching style. Elevate your painting technique and explore the world of color, while increasing your understanding of composition.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Larisa Aukon, www.aukonlarisa.com
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Fresh Still Life"
March 19-21, 2018
 

Bring freshness to your still life. Award-winning artist Amanda Fish will teach you how to use thin layers of transparent colors to create rich, luminescent still life paintings. Discover secrets in simplifying your palette and brush work that will keep your paintings looking fresh. We will discuss the importance of light, color, harmony, and composition. Amanda will give a morning demonstration, with students painting in the afternoon. Everyone will be working from the same photograph. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction. Please contact the Debra Huse Gallery to enroll.
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Amanda Fish
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Website, email, 949-723-6171


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
March 21-23, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona
Website, email


"Sashiko: Japanese Hand Stitching for Beginners"
March 22, 2018
 

Sashiko (literally “little stabs”) is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan. Traditionally used to reinforce points of wear or to repair worn places or tears with patches, this running stitch technique is often used for purely decorative purposes in quilting and embroidery. Sashiko embroidery was used to strengthen the homespun clothes of olden times. Worn out clothes were pieced together to make new garments by using simple running stitches. These clothes increased their strength with this durable embroidery. Modern day sashiko stitching is not restricted to the traditional indigo colored fabric but uses a variety of color combinations, and it is considered a beautiful surface embellishment for fabrics.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maday Delgado
Cost: $80
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Improvisational Stitching"
Saturdays, March 24 - April 14, 2018
 

Stitching is a uniquely textural and versatile form of mark-making. Explore its potential as textile art in a welcoming community environment. Learn over twenty basic embroidery stitches, fabric collage, and techniques for drawing with needle and thread. Create embroideries for display on their own or incorporation into sewing projects and multimedia artworks.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sheryl Kessler
Cost: Non-Credit: $195; Lab Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Bead Embroidery: Beyond the Basics"
March 24, 2018
 

Have you had some bead embroidery experience, or taken Lisa’s Beginning Bead Embroidery class and now want to learn even more beautiful techniques? Come to this one-day workshop with a pair of sharp scissors and your creative thinking. Students will receive a kit with beads, thread, and a sampler base, plus hand-outs. Students learn how to beautifully and securely incorporate larger beads, buttons, and cabochons into your quilts and bead embroideries. They also explore a variety of edge stitches and fringe techniques while creating a sampler to take home for future reference and inspiration.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Binkley
Cost: $110 ($80 class fee, $30 kit fee)
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
March 26-28, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Arizona Art Supply
Website, email


"Creativity Workout: Artistic Intuition Booster"
March 27-29, 2018
 

Boost your spontaneity, intuition and gain easier access to that 'pleasure zone' while breaking out of creative ruts. We begin each weekly session with short (and accessible) mind, body exercises as a warm-up then we immediately dive into the creative exercises. Kat has organized these 30 creativity exercises by themes and gives them in a supportive, fun and inspiring atmosphere. This 3-day format will inspire many new ideas for new work to keep you busy for quite some time. Non-artists and professional artists alike will benefit from scheduling time for these Creativity Workouts. These creativity exercises can be repeated in any sequence for a quick creative re-boost and refresher at any time.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Kat Masella, katmasella.com
Cost: $299 supplies included
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"The Pillars of Watercolor"
April 8-10 and/or April 12-14, 2018
 

Seeking answers and understanding? This workshop will explain all aspects of successful painting using frequent demonstrations and detailed analysis. We will explore a range of subject including composition and design, effectively using light and dark values, color mixing, edges, brush stroke techniques and much more. Stimulate and expand your insight into the magic of watercolors! This workshop is for resilient outdoor painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion, Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique and Watercolour Masterclass. His work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist’s Magazine. Join us in Santa Fe, NM on the historic plaza.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
April 13-15, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Conroe, Texas
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Conroe Art League
Website, email


"Introduction to Art Journaling: Just for a Season"
April 14, 2018
 

Art journaling is a personally expressive form of record-keeping. Learn how to transfer your creative ideas on paper through engaging prompts and practical tips. Complement your writing with drawing and other media, including watercolor. Using the four seasons as a starting point, draw from your life and memories to create a unique record.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Dressler Smith, dresslersmith.com
Cost: Non-Credit: $75
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
April 18-21, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Artist's Showplace
Website, email


"Earth, Wind, Fire"
April 20-24, 2018
 

Practices of intimate visual-journaling cultivate insight into the nature of the creative process and its multiple relations to emotional stories of loss and mend. Enriched by self trust and acceptance, images, photos, paper, paint, words, pen, line, thread, and many unconventional tools and materials entwine to make expressive, complex and extremely personal books. It’s all about one’s willingness to reveal vulnerability and rawness for the sake of true creative freedom, newness, and a deep sense of interconnectedness to all. Experiencing honest and joyous journeys takes precedence over producing beautiful outcomes. Ultimately, this process is about depicting the fluidity of life, about effortlessly carrying one’s self from one place to another and about connecting to a larger world than our own.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Orly Avineri
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


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

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


"Collaging the Book: Making Abstract Collage from Discarded Books"
April 30 - May 4, 2018
 

This 5 day workshop is an exploration into deconstructing discarded books and altering these materials for imaginative and surprising collage art. We will review 2D design fundamentals for abstract art, as well as common structures that can be a starting point for your work in collage. Discussion of tools and materials will be followed by a demonstration of collage construction techniques. Students will be constructing collages from altered book elements that I provide. Subsequent days they will be making their own. We will also be using thinned down acrylic to tint papers and also more opaque paint to obscure any print on the page.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Melinda Tidwell
Cost: $625 plus $25 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


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

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


"Natural Elements: Painting with the Masters, Old and New Techniques"
May 3-6, 2018
 

David Dunlop is the engaging host and writer of the 13-show national PBS television series, “Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop,” for which he won an Emmy and a CINE Golden Eagle Award in 2009. Day 1. We learn to paint illusions of translucent water with reflections that shimmer and quiver – John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer and J.M.W. Turner. Day 2. Luminous and Intimate Nature. Day 3. Perspective with Expression from Turner’s paintings of Venice to Monet’s Paris to contemporary artists’ visions. Day 4. From Representation to Abstraction. Media include acrylic, oil and watercolor. Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Visit daviddunlop.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David Dunlop
Cost: $600 Museum members/ $625 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
May 3-5, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Winston Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"The Portrait and The Figure"
May 8-10, 2018
 

Using live models, Mary will demonstrate and guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. 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.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


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

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


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
May 17-19, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment
Website, email, 256-533-0399


"Creative Soul"
May 18-20, 2018
 

In this 3 day workshop you will get the best of both worlds! Melody Ross’s Brave Girls Soul Restoration and No Excuses Art courses. As a Brave Girls Certified Instructor I will guide you through several life changing Soul Restoration courses that will open your heart and spirit while giving you tools to be the creative soul you were meant to be. We will explore drawing, painting, journaling and collage through my No Excuses Art Method. You will create a sacred art journal that will house your journey and become your Creative Soul Guide Book. This workshop will nurture your creative soul and artistic spirit and you will leave with a renewed sense of self and confidence.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Gina Armfield
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Fiber Arts Workshop with Katie Pasquini Masopust"
May 21-25, 2018
 

Katie is a very popular teacher who presents her unique contemporary quilting theories and techniques in workshops worldwide. In this workshop, you'll explore the creative possibilities of working in a series. Participants bring a couple of pieces to the workshop from which to build a series of additional works. We will first evaluate the pieces made in advance and discuss their potential for development into a series. Participants then form a plan of their own considering color, composition, and elements of design, such as contrasts of size, contrast of temperature, contrast of values, engaging the edge, negative space, etc. Each piece in your series builds on the previous one.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Katie Pasquini Masopust, www.katiepm.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Wondrous Wax: Mixed Media Meets Melted Wax!"
May 25-28, 2018
 

This vibrant workshop combines multiple media techniques with melted beeswax on a variety of surfaces, emphasizing unity of design, texture and color. We work with a combination of both dry and wet media, including soft pastels, watercolor, oil paint/ sticks/ pastels, charcoal, graphite and collage. No acrylic media. All Imagery applicable. Use mediums of choice. Appropriate for continuing painters and collagists. Beginners in Encaustics are welcome! Instructor supplies the wax medium, wax paint, heating tools (griddles, heat guns, torches), practice surfaces and two panels per student.
 
Location: Mendocino, California
Instructor: Mira M. White
Cost: $460
Sponsor: Mendocino Art Center
Website, email, 800-653-3328


"Charles Reid Watercolor Workshop"
May 28 - June 1, 2018
 

Learning to simplify and avoid overworking are the goals of the class. Charles will demonstrate drawing and painting each morning, and the class will paint in the afternoon while he circulates the room with his experienced eye. Subjects will include still life, live model, and working from photos. Charles will help you concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than on individual isolated objects as well as "Direct Painting” using as few over-washes as possible. The object is to be able to achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value without the overworked dead feeling. It’s strongly advised that each student review two of his books (prior to the workshop): “Charles Reid’s Watercolor Secrets” and “Charles Reid’s Watercolor Solutions”.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Charles Reid, www.charlesreidart.com
Cost: $849 (plus $50 model fee)
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Realistic Watercolor Landscapes"
June 1-2, 2018
 

Learn to paint the dogwood tree and incorporate it into realistic watercolor landscapes. Using both wet-in-wet technique and detailed dry brush, Alan Shuptrine will teach how to literally “sculpt” a floral subject into a painting from back to front, and utilize the white of the paper to create dramatic light and shadow. Unlike most watercolorists who gradually add pigment to paper (from light-to-dark), Shuptrine was influenced by Andrew Wyeth, and his father, Hubert Shuptrine, who painted from dark-to-light, much like an oil painter. Don’t miss this unique opportunity! Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced. On view at the Huntsville Museum of Art – Alan Shuptrine: Appalachian Watercolors of the Serpentine Chain from May 13 to August 5, 2018.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Alan Shuptrine
Cost: $275 Museum members/ $300 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Patti Mollica Acrylic Workshop: Fast, Loose and Bold Painting"
June 5-8, 2018
 

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 (& fearless color possibilities), bravura brushwork and eliminating the needless brushstrokes, how to paint small but necessary details with big brushes, the importance of grays & colorful grays, and much more. Learn how to get your fundamentals in place, right from the start - to create dramatic, eye-catching paintings/compositions with ease and confidence.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Patti Mollica, pattimollica.com
Cost: $559
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
June 6-9, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Door County, Wisconsin
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email


"Birgit O'Connor Watercolor Workshop"
June 11-15, 2018
 

Not only will you learn Birgit's big & bold techniques, you will also learn to compose your own. Students also have the opportunity to bring their own reference material to create new designs. We will take a morning field trip to gather source material at the beach down the street and with our numerous sketches and photos we will walk back to the studio to 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. 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.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Birgit O'Connor, www.birgitoconnor.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Painting and Drawing with Charles Reid"
June 11-15, 2018
 

A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice “direct painting”, using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try. Charles is the author of Charles Reid’s Watercolor Secrets and Charles Reid’s Watercolor Solutions, and many more. He is a member of the National Academy of Design.
 
Location: Savannah, Georgia
Instructor: Charles Reid
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Painting and Drawing with Charles Reid"
June 18-22, 2018
 

A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice “direct painting”, using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try. Charles is the author of Charles Reid’s Watercolor Secrets and Charles Reid’s Watercolor Solutions, and many more. He is a member of the National Academy of Design.
 
Location: Savannah, Georgia
Instructor: Charles Reid
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Stunning Abstracts with Soft Pastels & Mixed Media"
June 18-22, 2018
 

Join Mira for a great time working with soft pastels in a variety of experimental ways: underpaintings with acrylics, watercolors or pastels diluted with rubbing alcohol. Learn to layer in both dry and wet processes. Set yourself free with exuberant mark making on several different types of surfaces as you explore abstract art. This class is open to all levels, including adventurous beginners who want to explore the versatility of this vibrant medium.
 
Location: Cloudcroft, New Mexico
Instructor: Mira M. White
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Cloudcroft Art Workshops
Website, email, 915-490-5071


"Landscapes on the Loose"
June 19-20, 2018
 

In this workshop students will learn: Ways to create bold, loose and impetuous paintings and not pains-taking ones; How to use the important “artistic license” to suggest trees, rocks, beaches, branches, grasses, fields, flowers, skies and water; About aerial perspective to keep things loose and easy; To identify what attracts them to that landscape and then how to translate that focus into a painting; How to remove clutter — and add space; To recognize barriers to seeing creatively and free up visual exploration. Students will have time to work on their own with plenty of support as they gain insight into a new way of looking at loosening up landscape paintings.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Christine Camilleri, www.christinecamilleri.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
June 25-27, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Southport, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Associated Artists of Southport
Website, email


"Still Life: Structure and Variation"
July 9-13, 2018
 

Still life will be the starting point for exploration of pictorial structure, space and invention. This will lead us to create images in the simplest terms: a series of shapes and colors made of paint (not a beach ball or a flower). We will generate permutations of the chosen motif through reduction and analysis. As we walk the line between accuracy and abstraction, we will see through and around the meaning of things to grasp relationships between objects and space. Mediums will include graphite, charcoal, ink, acrylic or oil paint, and collage. The personal voice of each painter will come through in the diverse results. Looking at historical and contemporary still life paintings will place the practice in a larger context.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Catherine Kehoe, www.catherinekehoe.com
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Venetian Plaster and Acrylic Mixed Media Paintings"
July 12-15, 2018
 

Venetian Plaster plays well with acrylics, and here is the secret: one stays put when wet and the other can be removed. Simple, but there are many tips and tricks for combining the two. We are going to learn how to apply the plaster onto fabrics and then crackle the surface. You will learn how to create a background on panel using acrylic gels and pastes, layer color, add plaster and then start excavating. It is like a treasure hunt. I love this because it uses both sides of the creative brain. You follow the techniques, but then you intuitively layer and excavate. These techniques may be applied to any painting style.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $625 plus $30 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
July 13-15, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Art Alliance of Greensboro
Website, email


"Ro-zome: Patterns and Textures"
July 14-16, 2018
 

Rozome, the Japanese wax-resist process, has caught the interest of fiber artists around the world. It’s the rozome artists’ techniques in shading, control, and luminosity that set their work apart from the batik of other countries. In this special workshop you will explore the textural and pattern possibilities of Japanese ro-etching (wax etching), ro-fubuki (wax snowstorm), ro-roller (rolled wax pattern), momo-otoshi (rub and remove), shikibiki (wax trailing), ro-kata (wax stencil), han-bosen (half-resist) and bokashi, the Japanese shading technique that makes work glow with luminosity. You will work with the sansei-senryo acid dyes of the kimono industry and the natural dyes of soy and beeswax. All the wax and dye techniques taught are applicable to either silk or cotton fabric.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Kiranada Benjamin
Cost: $400 plus $45 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Watercolor: Painting the Essence"
July 16-18, 2018
 

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 design in their own personal statements. This workshop is also suitable for repeat students as the experience will be new and different every time. 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.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Barbara Nechis, barbaranechis.com
Cost: $449
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Abstract Acrylic Painting and the Spirit in Nature"
July 16-19, 2018
 

In this 4 day workshop you will practice abstract acrylic painting techniques that are connected to the spirit in nature. We will begin by identifying our spiritual and emotional connection to the four elements earth, air, fire and water. We will identify how each of these elements is sensed and perceived and then translated into abstract painting. Instruction will include demonstrations in acrylic painting techniques including painting with rust to create the patina of age, sumi ink and Stabillo pencils to create expressive mark making, handmade stenciling and printing to create patterns. The results are alive, authentic and exhilarating. Unveil the mysteries of abstraction by practicing techniques in form, rhythm and motion. Each student will receive individual instruction and group critique.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Diane Williams & Chuck Potter
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Ro-kata Intensive II: Wax-Resist Stencil"
July 18-22, 2018
 

This Ro-kata class offers many possibilities for creative, innovative design work on silk with Japanese acid dyes. Using Japanese kata-zome stencil-dyeing history for inspiration, we will further explore the four ways of interpreting one design in a cut stencil and add exploration of other design motifs, from floral to architecture to single image stencils. Throughout the week we will look at textural printing, shadow image, and matrix use. The class will include slides of Japanese kata-zome/ro-zome design for background information as well as actual examples from Kiranada’s collection. Come join us.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Kiranada Benjamin
Cost: $650 plus $35-45 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
July 23-27, 2018
 

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. 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! Herman's 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.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
July 30 - August 3, 2018
 

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. 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! Herman's 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.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"One Thousand Collages Abstraction and the Figure - Without a Model"
August 3-5, 2018
 

An exploration of pure abstraction and the abstraction in the figure through collage. We will draw and paint by means of collage. What we put down on paper are real things that we can adjust, just as we pose the model in our studio. It is this abstraction that we must adjust if we are working purely abstractly or if we are working from life. Next, we will move into the third dimension and make figures from corrugated cardboard. We will work with them and, with our rediscovered freedom, without them. All on a path away from copying and rendering towards a more exciting, and ultimately, a more real picture of what we find beautiful in the human figure and the world.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Ken Kewley, kenkewley.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Intuitive Painting, Transcending the Subject"
August 6-10, 2018
 

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.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Fabio Cembranelli
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Art Journaling: Three Journals in Three Days"
August 7-9, 2018
 

Come along on an art journey as we meander through the world of mixed media and collage with artist John Nelson Arbuckle. In this workshop you will explore exciting mixed-media and collage techniques that will enhance your art experiences in refreshing and exciting ways. In just three days you will create three art journals using paper, gesso, a variety of paints, ephemera, inks, recyclable materials, and much more. Everyone has a story to tell through art. Let’s tell yours!
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: John Arbuckle
Cost: $395 plus $25 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
August 9-11, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Winston Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"California Vibe Portraiture"
August 13-17, 2018
 

Shake it up with David Lobenberg. Apply watercolor with splatters, swabs, slaps, splats, and slashes to that portrait you’ve be waiting to paint or use one of David’s outline drawings. Come flood, blossom, and create textures with a style that is about gesture, expressive color, soft transparency and hard opacity. You’ll paint several studies with step-by-step demonstrations from painting start to painting finish. David’s watercolor paintings can be found in private, public, and corporate collections across the country. His work has been featured in American Artist, Southwest Art, and American Art Collector magazines and several others.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Strong Design & Bold Strokes in Watercolor"
August 16-18, 2018
 

Every human being is born with a creative potential and a unique destiny. . . discover their real talents and find the resources and inspiration to make a living at the work they are most equipped to do. Keith explains that his watercolors are an attempt to communicate not only what he sees visually but also what he feels and senses. To watch Keith paint is to see the blank paper come to life with strong design, bold colors, and a unique “painterly” style that combines wit, philosophy, and reporting into a single work of art. His approach to watercolor painting encourages the student to loosen up and paint with confidence. Skill Level: Beginners through all levels of advancement.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Keith Andry
Cost: $450 Museum members/ $475 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Self-directed Artist Retreat"
August 16-25, 2018
 

A personal immersion inspired by the positive, supported atmosphere of like-minded and self-motivated artists simply needing time away from their daily routine and plenty of well-lit and airy space to create. Ideal space to work big or with professional exhaust system or if you simply need time to focus and concentrate on your art without distractions or want to spend time with other artists or you just need a relaxing art vacation in a beautiful area filled with inspirational artists, galleries and museums. Maps to local sites are available at the studio to guide you to the popular scenic locations and artsy things to see and do.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor:
Cost: $30/day
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"East Meets West"
August 20-24, 2018
 

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


"Abstract Explorations in Acrylic Painting"
August 20-23, 2018
 

If the word “experimentation” causes your artistic juices to start flowing, then this is the workshop for you. 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 and exploration, you will be creating small “practice samples” that are no larger than 10” x 10”. By working in this small manner, you will have more freedom to enjoy the process, learn the technique, and move away from your usual way of working. Jo will ignite your passion for “possibility” and rekindle your joy in the painting process.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jo Toye
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
August 23-25, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, email, 616-897-7842


"Machine Felting Master Class"
August 27-31, 2018
 

As always the principal emphasis during the class is how to control your materials, using the Felting Frame to do all the hard work. Control of line, colour and form. Another major aspect of this master class is interpreting and composing the images by painting and drawing with wool fibres. Other principles covered are fine workmanship and felting quality. During the class we will touch on a few different artistic techniques such as composition, proportion and colour theory as necessary. Learn to play with colours and contrast, light and shade, not forgetting colour contrast and composition. We’ll help you find your focal point in the design, and work around it until you find a comfortable balance. Do something that inspires you!
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Karoliina Arvilommi
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Brusho and Beyond"
August 27-31, 2018
 

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


"Color, Texture, Feeling"
September 6-9, 2018
 

By combining aggressive textures and unusual mediums with various “raw” materials the end result in abstract painting is the creative accomplishment. This method presents the magnetism that is the abstraction to mixed media. Many techniques, materials, compositions and, above all, emotion play off of each other when creating the piece. There is adventure in not knowing where you are going with it until you get there! You will become enlightened as you journey through this process. You must be able to let go of all painting habits to gain the knowledge of layering textures, color and feelings. Executing shapes by utilizing positive and negative space will be discussed. This is the cultivation that nurtures our souls.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jan Sitts
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 6-8, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Carlsbad, California
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Live Your Art Studio
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"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 10-12, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Merced, California
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Merced Art Center
Website, 209-388-1090


"The Portrait and The Figure"
September 13-15, 2018
 

Join Mary Whyte for an extraordinary workshop in watercolor in Indianapolis, IN. Using live clothed models, Mary will demonstrate and guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. 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.
 
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


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

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


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 21-23, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: New Braunfels, Texas
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: New Braunfels Art League
Website, email, 830-629-8022


"Self-directed Artist Retreat"
September 23 - October 2, 2018
 

A personal immersion inspired by the positive, supported atmosphere of like-minded and self-motivated artists simply needing time away from their daily routine and plenty of well-lit and airy space to create. Ideal space to work big or with professional exhaust system or if you simply need time to focus and concentrate on your art without distractions or want to spend time with other artists or you just need a relaxing art vacation in a beautiful area filled with inspirational artists, galleries and museums. Maps to local sites are available at the studio to guide you to the popular scenic locations and artsy things to see and do.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor:
Cost: $30/day
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Spontaneous Stitch"
October 4-5, 2018
 

There is something enchanting about hand-stitching. We are drawn to stitch and can almost feel the vitality of the person who created the sewn marks. The purpose of this workshop is to guide you through lively exercises for making your own work in a spontaneous and fresh manner. The two day session is filled with music, doodling, stitching and fun. I will present ideas and methods through samples, books, powerpoint presentations, and music. Students are encouraged to bring a small sampling (1 to 3) of their own stitched items to share with the group to help each of us gain a sense of community, sharing, and mutual respect. This is a nice kick-start session for building a meditative and purposeful style of hand-stitching.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Christine Mauersberger
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Zen Houses"
October 5-6, 2018
 

Be a part of a hot new contemporary acrylic painting 2 day workshop hosted by: Author, Instructor, and Mixed Media Artist, Jodi Ohl. Zen Houses is a merging of two of Jodi’s most popular classes: “Zen Painting” and “Funky Little City Scapes” with new twists and turns sure to please artists at every level. Learn Contemporary Painting Techniques on a unique surface, How to draw whimsical illustrations, and Water Media approaches using specialty acrylic paint. Discover how to add depth and character to your painting through tried and true techniques that will enhance your overall painting techniques. Most supplies are included making it easy for students to join in the fun without investing in a lot of new products.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Cost: $350 plus $45 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Intuitive Stitch"
October 6-8, 2018
 

The class begins by focusing on how we can use free-form drawing to open our minds to our creative selves. The exercises help us to see in new ways and free us from restrictive thoughts. The exercises will flow from drawing to the creation of individual, small, hand-stitched works. We draw in the form of intuitive doodling on paper and translate those marks in stitch.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Christine Mauersberger
Cost: $475
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
October 11-13, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Binders Art
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"Let's Paint"
October 15-18, 2018
 

Paul Jackson discovered his passion for watercolor at an early age, receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1992. Relentlessly pursuing his creative dreams, he received top honors in national and international competitions along the way. Throughout this journey Paul contributes his art to a vast library of magazines and books. He is a Signature member of the American and National Watercolor Societies and an Honor Member of the Missouri Watercolor Society. Whatever the subject Paul captivates his audience with genuine emotion, intensity and finesse that energize each of his creations. This workshop will help you reach the next level of artistic confidence and ability, with his guidance through a painting, illustrating principles of design, color, value and composition.
 
Location: Miami, Florida
Instructor: Paul Jackson
Cost: $350 MWS Members; $410 Non- Members; Early Bird Price
Sponsor: Miami Watercolor Society
Website, email, 305-607-5447


"Alla Prima Clothed Figure & Portrait Painting"
October 18-21, 2018
 

This workshop is about painting the clothed figure and portrait alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. Then students will paint from the model. For the portrait, we’ll talk about the overall shape of the head and placing the features. Working on a toned ground, we’ll start by sketching and placing the subject on the canvas. Then we block in two simple values: light and dark tone. After that we begin adding mid-tones. By learning to simplify form, values and color, we begin to interpret and break down the figure into more understandable tones and shapes instead of becoming distracted by details. Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced. Visit davidshevlino.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David Shevlino
Cost: $500 Museum members/ $525 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
October 25-27, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Painting Miles
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"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 1-3, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Winston Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


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

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


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 9-11, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Jerry's Artarama-Art of the Carolinas
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"Painting the Landscape in Oil"
November 15-17, 2018
 

Painting is always about controlling the viewer’s eye. Good composition and drawing is paramount to this effort. Students will focus on considering composition before the painting is started as well as the four planes of a landscape and inherent values. The workshop will be held indoors, and we will paint from resource photos. Perry Austin will demonstrate each day during the workshop. Students will create several studies of their own during the workshop that can be used for future reference or to create their own studio paintings. Other subjects will include using the camera to compose reference materials, color studies, en plein air studies and variations in composition. Skill Level: Open to all levels of students. Visit perryaustinfineart.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Perry Austin
Cost: $425 Museum members/ $450 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Fundamental Art Skills"
Monday - Friday - year round
 

Sherry Egger has a background in graphic art and has experience in a variety of mediums. Her work has been featured in The Colored Pencil Magazine and she was selected to do a technique demonstration article for this magazine in 2015. A popular instructor, she is comfortable with many different artistic mediums and her classes consist of not only pencilists but also those who paint in oil and acrylic. Her emphasis on fundamentals, values, and strong contrast bring both beginning artists as well as those who have been painting for years. Creativity is her strong suit and she is constantly experimenting with new techniques, new concepts and different mediums. Sherry instructs weekly classes at Anderson Gallery’s - Artist's Annex.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Sherry Egger
Cost: $40.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.506.2982


"Open Studios"
November thru April
 

Make room for your creativity this winter. This is the time we open our light-filled, generously appointed studios to individuals and groups in search of a space for self-directed creativity. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work. If you have special equipment or studio needs, please let us know ahead of time. Shared studio space is available for rent Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy the luxury of an expansive workspace without having to set up or take down your materials during the continuous length of your rental. Other amenities include unlimited complementary hot coffee in our Guenzel Gallery and full kitchen privileges.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Private Painting Lessons in Watercolor or Acrylic"
By Appointment
 

Get personal one-on-one painting lessons from artist & teacher Ann Bell in her Houston studio at mutually convenient time and day. Ann has taught hundreds of people how to paint in watercolor and acrylic. You can begin to paint for fun in as little as one 4 hour lesson. Even if you have never painted before. Even if you can't draw a straight line. Even if you "don't have talent." Of course, expertise takes longer, but once you understand the basics, books, videos and group classes will make more sense. Individual attention speeds your progress. All materials are provided for your first lesson. Online classes are available if you can't come to Houston. Near downtown, close to all freeways.
 
Location: Houston, Texas
Instructor: Ann Bell
Website, email, 281-330-3827


 

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