Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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
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"Diving into the Abstract"
February 23-24, 2018
 

Abstraction is very easy for some painters and very challenging for others to understand. In this class, students will be guided to make a step toward this fascinating subject. Students will build the quintessential skills and visual vocabulary to navigate in the creative realm of the abstract. The focus in the class will be on color relationships, various angles of composition and texture. Expect exciting dramatic improvement in your composition and color relationships and discover a new way to see the world around you. Students will leave this class inspired and ready to create a new masterpiece!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Larisa Aukon, www.aukonlarisa.com
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Sarasota / Anna Maria Island - Finding your focus outdoors"
March 1-2, 2018
 

I often see artists confused about what to focus on outdoors. Some truly don't know where to begin painting something in front of them. A better solution is not to paint a specific subject, instead, look for 'light'. An ordinary object in the right light becomes extraordinary! When you have excitement starting your painting, you can more easily carry that through to the finished piece, instead of deciding at the finish what you can do to make the painting more exciting. Learn to find a strong composition, value pattern, and you'll learn how to work with color temperature for atmospheric effects.
 
Location: Sarasota /Anna Maria Island, Florida
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, IPAP
Cost: $325.00
Sponsor: Baldini Art & Visualization Workshops
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 in studio 9-5


"Naples and Nature Plein Air Painting"
March 1-3 & 5-7
 

Paint with us on site at cafés, historic cottages and along the coast of Naples, Florida. The active spirit of the town is enhanced with architecture, city docks, colorful flowers and figures. Nature features palms, flowers and southwest Florida’s subtropical vegetation. Demonstrations and individual instruction in inspiring settings. Shea's popular workshops are in New England, Florida and Italy. He has exhibited nationally with the American Artists Professional League and the Salmagundi Club. He has been contracted by Warner Brothers and the Boston Pops, featured in numerous publications, on CNN and displays paintings in several galleries.
 
Location: Naples, Florida
Instructor: Kevin Shea
Cost: $375. / $695.
Sponsor: Kevin Shea Fine Art
Website, email, 978-387-8105


"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
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"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


"Loosen Up With Andy: Three-day W/C workshop with Andy Evansen"
March 8-10, 2018
 

Andy has received numerous prestigious awards for his work from AWS, TWSA, NWS and others. His paintings have appeared in numerous watercolor and art magazines. He has become a sought-after workshop instructor who paints and teaches internationally. Come and join us for this inspiring three-day workshop in Chicago!
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Andy Evansen
Cost: $435 Includes a light breakfast each day
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Studio
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"Sunrise Sunset Plein Air Painting Weekend Retreat"
March 9-11, 2018
 

Paint or sketch on remote tranquil beaches, restful marshlands and quaint villages of Mathews Countiy, Virginia. Capture low light, long shadows, and brilliant colors of the March sky. Early spring while the landscape colors are muted, skies are dramatic. Billowy clouds, stunning colors, light and shadows present wonderful inspiration for paintings. You don't have to be an expert. CreativSOUP Weekend Retreats for novice & advanced women artists in any painting or sketching media. Nurture your innate creative nature. Apply by Midnight Feb. 2nd.
 
Location: Cobbs Creek, Virginia
Instructor: Dorothy Fagan
Cost: $295
Sponsor: The Painting Lesson
Website, email, 804-366-0990


"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
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"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


"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
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"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


"Encaustic Effects with Acrylics"
March 23-25, 2018
 

Learn to create the wax-like look of encaustic painting with the durability of acrylics. Mimic the soft, luminous effects of beeswax by applying acrylic paints and gels, layer upon layer. Cut and bury paper images and stenciled patterns deep below the surface and create lovely soft translucent layers atop them. Become familiar with encaustic-like wax formulas, explore a variety of applications and create a whole new feeling in your artwork. Open to all levels of painting experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bonnie Cutts
Cost: $370
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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
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"Adding the "You" Factor to Your Paintings 2"
March 26-28, 2018
 

This workshop is all about making unique, personal, and creative paintings. We will explore options and strategies for you to try on that will include still life, figure, and landscape examples of each concept as well as a look at the art history behind it. Plan on bringing personal photos or sketches of subject matter that you love to paint or would love to paint. The subject will be the jumping off place – the real subject will be YOU. Our focus will be on seeing and thinking abstractly, crafting a beautifully designed painting, and finding and expressing that thing that is your own.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Donna Zagotta
Cost: $345
Sponsor: Artensity
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"Lay It Down & Leave It Alone"
April 3-6, 2018
 

Are your paintings muddy? Not sure what do next? Debra can help! Learn to stop futzing and simplify your design, plan your focal point, and get clean color. Debra will teach you how to mix a bigger pile of paint and get it onto the canvas without overworking it. People want to see your brushstrokes! Enjoy stress-free, fun techniques to achieve fresh and organized paintings. We will be painting outdoors in beautiful Southern California locations. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction.
 
Location: Orange County, California
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Website, email, 949.723.6171


"Making a Mosaic Vase with Mary Dickey"
Sundays, April 8 & 15, 2018
 

Join artist Mary Dickey for this two-part class on making mosaic vases! Students should each bring their own glazed ceramic (i.e. not glass) vase they want to use, and Mary will show you how to add mosaic pieces to enhance and transform the original vase.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Dickey
Cost: $55
Sponsor: River Arts Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"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


"Watercolor & Beyond"
April 10-12, 2018
 

This workshop is limited to 5 people and much individual attention will be given. Whether you are a beginner or experienced painter, you will have fun learning Dawn's many wet into wet watercolor techniques and creating your own finished painting. See student testimonials. Beautiful Santa Fe, NM is the setting. In your spare time, visit museums, galleries, and choose from over 200 restaurants! Dawn also paints for Bealls Florida. See her tropical themed paintings in the "Art & Sol" collection at BeallsFlorida.com. Also visit her website at DawnDavisWatercolors.com
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Dawn Davis
Cost: $395.00
Sponsor: Dawn Davis Watercolors
Website, email, 505-699-7314


"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
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"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


"The Fabric Vessel"
April 14-15, 2018
 

Explore the 3-D nature of the fibers media! Using a template (we’ll have several forms you may choose from), you will begin by making a felt box - and then you’ll be free to branch out with your own ideas for embellishment. Making one of these small (3” – 6”) vessels allows you to incorporate many media into your project—everything from beading and embroidery to applique and painting. Really, the sky is the limit! If you’d like, bring your own special beads, sequins and buttons as well as favorite fabrics, yarns and threads to incorporate into your unique container.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ellen Donaldson Allen
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Eco Printing"
April 16-17, 2018
 

Eco Printing is a process using leaves, flowers, fruits, vegetables and other natural materials to create amazing colorful prints on paper or fabric. Through a process of steaming or emersion, the natural tannins plants are printed onto the surface through pressure, contact, and a chemical reaction. This produces a wide-range of colors resulting in a never-ending surprise. No artistic experience is necessary to take this class - just the willingness to experiment, a love of surprises, and a joy for nature.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Trish McKinney
Cost: $245
Sponsor: Artensity
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"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
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"Abstract Landscape and Nature-Based Painting with Oil and Cold Wax"
April 19-22, 2018
 

This workshop introduces mediums including Galkyd, Galkyd Gel, and Cold Wax. The workshop blends demos with guided exercises and personal experimentation and exploration. Gain hands-on experience using new techniques, materials, and tools. Demos will include work on paper, wood panel, and stretched linen. Individual and group discussions focus on composition, seeing and reacting, abstracted and simplified shapes, using unconventional color, and unique mark-making. Painting the landscape in abstract allows for individual interpretation of what you see in a scene. Through distilling and simplifying the elements, your paintings become a translation of your personal experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Russell
Cost: $435
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"How to Paint Fast, Loose and Bold"
April 20-22, 2018
 

In this workshop you will learn how to loosen up and apply your paint in a gestural, painterly manner. If you feel that you are concentrating too much on small details at the expense of a bolder, more dramatic outcome, this step-by-step workshop will help you to learn what to paint and more importantly, what to leave out. You will practice using bigger brushes, more paint and working faster. We will take color to new unexpected places by working with various colors and departing from realism. Join us for three days of instruction and training – this may open the door to an exciting new level of creativity and artistic expression.
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: Patti Mollica
Cost: $415
Sponsor: Painting Miles
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"Go Make a Kite and Fly It!"
April 21, 2018
 

Spend a day with your inner child making a beautiful Japanese-style Suruga kite ... then fly it! Alfred Stark, known for his Japanese-style woodcuts, will teach you to split and plane a piece of bamboo to get delicate spars for gluing and tying to the back of light, but strong, paper. Alfred will help you paint your kite using sumi ink and a mix of watercolor and rice paste on beautiful, Japanese, Sekishu paper. He will bring images from actual Japanese kites for inspiration. Your completed kite will be perfectly weighted and balanced for flying. It's fun, educational, and you'll take home a lovely kite to fly the skies or grace your living room wall.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Alfred Stark
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"From Table Decor to Floor: Up-cycled Doily Rug"
April 21-22, 2018
 

Clean out your closet! Turn those unused tee shirts into a really large doily – one that will keep your toes happy as you use it underfoot as a rug. We’ll first learn several ways to make tee shirt yarn – a great up-cycled way to keep your old tees out of the landfill. Next we’ll consider color and pattern, and then commence crocheting on the big scale. Expect to make a wonderfully textured round rug up to 36” in diameter, or several smaller rugs if you choose. Embellishment, such as adding trendy tassels, fringe, or flowers, will be addressed on day two. Intermediate knowledge of crochet technique is necessary to complete this project in the time allowed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Katie Schutte
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Book Making Workshop with the Madison Bone Folder's Guild"
April 21, 2018
 

Students in this class will be making painted papers to use for covers in the construction of a Cross Structured book style, which is an exposed stitch binding. The covers will be painted from a selection of different techniques and medias. Students may choose which media look they prefer for their covers. Each binding is hand stitched by the students creating a unique hand bound book. Two books will be completed in this class.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Madison Bone Folder's Guild members
Cost: $70
Sponsor: River Arts Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"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


"Expressionist Painting Retreat with Dorothy Fagan"
April 27-30, 2018
 

Create Your Own Customized Retreat footsteps from the Chesapeake Bay at a tranquil art cottage by the pond. Select from a complete menu from painting in watercolor, oil, or pastel, to journaling dreams, exploring, visiting artisan shops, eating, napping, and enjoying the good company of creative souls. Get full details (and amazing photos) about this inspirational cottage with sunroom studio, woodland gardens, ... this is not your average painting workshop! Close to the coastal marshes, beaches, amazing gardens, wildlife sanctuaries ... you will think you have died and gone to painter's heaven.
 
Location: Cobbs Creek, Virginia
Instructor: Dorothy Fagan
Cost: $1200
Sponsor: The Painting Lesson
Website, email, 804-366-0990


"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


"Compelling Points of View: Two-day W/C Workshop with Bill G.Hook"
May 11-12, 2018
 

The success of a painting starts with your initial vision before you pick up a pencil or brush. The key is learning how to understand and capture this vision in your artwork. Bill will share how he uses his sketchbook and camera to study, plan and create powerful engaging images. You will learn how to see and develop the potential in a flat or disappointing image and create a powerful statement.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Bill G. Hook
Cost: $325 Includes a light breakfast each day
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Studio
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"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


"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


"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


"Niagara Falls USA - Finding your focus outdoors"
June 4-5, 2018
 

I often see artists confused about what to focus on outdoors. Some truly don't know where to begin painting something in front of them. A better solution is not to paint a specific subject, instead, look for 'light'. An ordinary object in the right light becomes extraordinary! When you have excitement starting your painting, you can more easily carry that through to the finished piece, instead of deciding at the finish what you can do to make the painting more exciting. Learn to find a strong composition, value pattern, and you'll learn how to work with color temperature for atmospheric effects.
 
Location: Niagara Falls, New York
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, IPAP
Cost: $297.00 +tx
Sponsor: Baldini Art & Visualization Workshops
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 in studio 9-5


"Contemporary Themes in Abstraction"
June 4-5, 2018
 

Participate in an engaging dialogue surrounding the content and direction of your work, as well as larger art historical concerns and contemporary trends in abstract painting. Emphasis will be placed on agency and studio practice development, including material, process, and conceptual and thematic specificity. In addition to working independently in the studio each day, you will participate in individual critiques, material development, and digital presentations related to themes in contemporary and historical abstraction.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Smith III, www.LeslieSmith3.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Strategies for Painting Success"
June 5-8, 2018
 

Learn to simplify a complicated scene with ease! Debra will teach you the secrets to successfully painting trees, beaches, water, umbrellas, clouds, and flowers. Learn to master foreground to distance and the use of silhouettes for drama. Turn a day scene into night. There will be lots of fun strategies to explore together! We will be painting outdoors in beautiful Southern California locations. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction.
 
Location: Orange County, California
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Website, email, 949.723.6171


"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
Cost: Members: $ 450 / Non-Members: $ 490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email


"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


"Artists’ Revival Mixed Media Expressive Arts Retreat for Women"
June 17-23, 2018
 

Realign with your artistic spirit at the Historic Mabel Dodge Luhan House nestled at the foot of the Taos Indians’ Sacred Mountain. How would it be to claim time devoted solely to your art this year?! What Helen Wilson and Pamela Underwood have in store for you is an artists’ refuge; working in a New Mexico Studio, for the sole purpose of reconnecting, refueling and reviving your artistic self. Practice making art daily with guidance from professional artists, Pamela and Helen. Tap into the creative energy of Taos, New Mexico’s earth, air, water, and sky. Early Bird Promotion! Register before March 5, 2018, and get $100 off of your final balance due!
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Pamela Underwood & Helen Wilson
Cost: $2300 - $2500
Sponsor: Artists' Revival Retreat
Website, email


"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


"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


"Abstracts on Yupo"
June 22, 2018
 

Grunge Ink is a wildly popular and unique style of painting taught by mixed media author and instructor, Jodi Ohl. In this follow up workshop, Abstracts on Yupo, students travel new paths of abstract discovery with new projects, new challenges and even more depth of color and composition. Immerse yourself in a wild adventure of painting on an extraordinary surface: Yupo Paper! Using inks, acrylics, textured objects, drawing mediums, stencils and more, you will learn all of the basics and complete several full size abstract compositions over the course of the day. If you enjoy abstract painting, love texture, are intrigued by unique surfaces and just want to let loose and explore possibilities, this is the class for you!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Cost: $180
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"Deep Into Indigo Retreat"
July 13-15, 2018
 

A women's creative weekend getaway to learn Shibori, Batik, and other fabric resist techniques for dyeing with indigo. Great value! All food, beverages and lodging plus piles of fabric and paper to play with, unlimited access to prepared indigo dye vats, and gifts and prizes all for one low price!
 
Location: Westby, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jennifer Falkowski
Cost: $650 - $750
Website, email, 608-852-3970


"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


"Finding Your Inner Artist's Voice in Watercolor"
July 14-15, 2018
 

Are you interested in being more effective at what you are already doing? Do you want to loosen up or gain more control over your watercolors? Are you interested in discovering new motivation and your own unique subject matter for your artwork? In this workshop, you will explore both skills-based and creative process-based strategies for expanding your artwork, how to find your own authentic content and approach as an artist, and have lots of fun doing it.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Klebesadel
Cost: $150
Sponsor: River Arts Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Still Life: Structure and Variation"
July 16-20, 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


"Under the Influence …. of Your Art Journal"
July 21-22, 2018
 

The last several years I have focused my artistic efforts into my art journal. This has awakened my voice in a new direction and I now find tons of inspiration within its pages. Let your Art Journal be your guide in this 2-day class as we develop numerous mixed media paintings using our art journals as a springboard. I have several exercises that will help you explore multiple ideas based on one journal spread – hence leading to a body of work of larger pieces. Join me in an exploration of color, composition and style as we push our artistic limits to the next level.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Beth Shaw
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"Monhegan Island - Art & Visualization workshop"
July 23-27, 2018
 

Here's your chance to stay and work on the magical, mystical island of Monhegan, long known for creative, spiritual and life altering forces with like minded individuals seeking the essence of oneness and serenity with nature. Experience the ancient romanticism long known to artists, poets, writers and musicians that is Monhegan, the island that time forgot... Get in touch with your inner creative force in a reality most artists just dream about. Learn to find a strong composition, value pattern, and you'll learn how to work with color temperature for atmospheric effects.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, IPAP
Cost: $597.00
Sponsor: Baldini Art & Visualization Workshops
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 in studio 9-5


"Monhegan Island - Art & Visualization workshop"
July 23-24, 2018
 

Here's your chance to stay and work on the magical, mystical island of Monhegan, long known for creative, spiritual and life altering forces with like minded individuals seeking the essence of oneness and serenity with nature. Experience the ancient romanticism long known to artists, poets, writers and musicians that is Monhegan, the island that time forgot... Get in touch with your inner creative force in a reality most artists just dream about. Learn to find a strong composition, value pattern, and you'll learn how to work with color temperature for atmospheric effects.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, IPAP
Cost: $325.00
Sponsor: Baldini Art & Visualization Workshops
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 in studio 9-5


"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


"Pictures from Paper"
August 3-4, 2018
 

Enhance your creativity, invention, and self-expression in this process-based exploration of collage. You will utilize a variety of dry and wet media, including water-based paint and ink, drawing materials, acrylic mediums, printed media, and other found 2D materials, to develop technical skills and to discover the specific expressive potential inherent in collage. Learn and gain hands-on experience through demonstrations, slide presentations, project prompts, personal projects, discussions, and critiques. You will work on multiple small projects over the course of two days, providing many opportunities to develop both aesthetics and expressive content.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leah Schreiber Johnson, www.LeahSchreiber.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Abstraction: From the Concrete to the Universal and Back Again"
August 6-7, 2018
 

Designed for advanced painters, this workshop addresses the technical and conceptual issues of working with abstraction. Pursuing the relationship of non-representational and representational art, and the parallels of abstract images and lived experiences, you will explore the connections between your work and life, as well as the lives of others through the medium of painting. Beginning with a group discussion of previously completed work as a point of departure, Steven will share his own experience as an artist and educator and how they inform one another. Slideshows, discussions, and critique will supplement independent work and one-on-one interaction. Discover the ways abstraction reflects your own experience, and investigate the way you connect you to the world around you.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Steven Husby, StevenHusby.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"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


"Artistic Expression: A Bold Approach to Watercolor"
August 13-16, 2018
 

Driven by risk-taking and watercolor fundamentals, this workshop focuses on translating your unique observations and interpretations of subject matter to paper. By setting a secure foundation in value, color, composition, and technique, you will be encouraged to explore a more loose and dynamic approach to the medium. Dan will demonstrate traditional techniques passed down from the masters, as well as how to take advantage of the unique and spontaneous properties of watercolor. There will be time each day to work independently as you establish your own personality as a painter. Dan will be available for individual guidance and support, in addition to leading a group critique in a friendly environment.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Daniel Danielson, www.DanDanielson.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Premium Colorado Plein Air"
August 19-24, 2018
 

Join Randall Sexton as he shares his own technique and joy of painting on location, en plein air. While the fundamentals of painting en plein air will be reviewed, demonstrated, and discussed, the class is designed to encourage the experienced artist to stretch their own boundaries, in an effort be “in the moment” in any location. Join us for this Premium Workshop: 6-8 student maximum with all the perks. All-inclusive, private room, three meals daily, appetizers after class, and wine or beer with happy hour and with dinner. We can accommodate any dietary issues you may have. Don't miss this great opportunity! Primarily an oil painter, Randall is open to other mediums in the class. Students of all levels are welcome.
 
Location: Pueblo, Colorado
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Art In the Aspens Workshops
Website, (719) 545-2795


"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


"Making a Lasting Impression: Painting the Impressionist Landscape"
August 22-25, 2018
 

The impressionist, neo-impressionist, and post-impressionist artists created stunning paintings that still inform our sense of color and style today. Using neo-impressionist color and paint applications as a jumping off point, you will develop vibrant and innovative painting methods through a series of landscape-based works. Develop your own unique style while discovering the philosophy, techniques, and color palette used by many of the impressionist masters. Free from rigid formulas, concepts will be quickly individualized through the process of painting. Short slide talks will introduce you to the works of important impressionist and contemporary painters, while demonstrations will delve into color theory. Acrylic will be used in this workshop, however all techniques can later be applied to oil, watercolor, and pastel.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Miles Bair, www.MilesBair.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Art Journal Play"
August 24, 2018
 

This class will be full of play and mixed media exploration. We will transform an ordinary book into a fun, personal journal using collage, background painting, lettering and many more techniques. You will have access to a variety of supplies and ephemera. There is only a very small list of tools you will need to bring (see website).
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Geiser
Cost: $105
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Journal Starters Sampler 1"
August 25, 2018
 

Have you wanted to art journal but don’t know where to start? Are you a seasoned journaler looking for more creative tools to expand your artistic journey? This class will focus on a method of journaling in which a photographic image is utilized as a starting point to spark an idea. You will learn skills to help you develop new ideas for your journaling. Students will be given the opportunity to explore different mixed media techniques to push their creativity.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Rae Nugent
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"Art Cottage Personalized Painting Retreats"
January - August
 

Perfect for one or two women ~ Immerse yourself a world away at Dorothy Fagan’s breath-taking Art Cottage Studio by Chesapeake Bay. Customized Lessons in oils, pastels, watercolor, drawing, fabric painting, acrylics, or mixed media. Enjoy every season on the private pond. Paint in the studio or en plein air with Dorothy at her favorite gardens, coastal marsh sanctuary, riverfront, woodlands, farms and vineyard locations. Relax on the expansive adjoining deck, or visit artisan studios down the lane. Walk to the Chesapeake Bay, or sit on the dock on Queen’s Creek and meditate, sketch, or paint the sunset. Wade in the shallows on the beach at the mouth of the Piankatank River. Paint the sunrise over Hills Bay.
 
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Instructor: Dorothy Fagan
Cost: $300
Sponsor: The Painting Lesson
Website, email, 804-366-0990


"Painting Without A Brush"
August 31 - September 1, 2018
 

Discover new methods, techniques, and tools in this process-based exploration of acrylic painting. Emphasis will be placed on creating visually interesting marks and compositions. Through demonstrations and discussions, learn several brushless techniques of painting using traditional and non-traditional tools to achieve unique effects. Working from photographic references of subject matter of your choosing, create paintings filled with new marks and expression. All levels welcome. Experienced painters will have the opportunity to push the boundaries of their painting practice, while beginners will develop skill.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Beki Borman, www.BekiBorman.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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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"Express Yourself in Watermedia with Mark Mehaffey"
September 7-9, 2018
 

Explore your creativity on three painting surfaces: watercolor paper, YUPO and a paper that has been gessoed. Mark will take us on a unique journey exploring these different painting surfaces and what they have to offer, all the while paying attention to design and composition.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Mark Mehaffey
Cost: $435 Includes a light breakfast each day
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Studio
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"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


"Autumn in Vermont"
September 12-15, 2018
 

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.
 
Location: Landgrove, Vermont
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600 per person
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Website, (802) 824-6673


"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


"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


"Figurative Design in Watercolor"
October 4-6, 2018
 

Challenge yourself to go beyond your comfort level in designing figures in watercolor with Jeannie McGuire! You as a participant in this workshop will be inspired to imagine a story, character and persona of the people in your reference photos. You will explore the interplay between the figures and their backgrounds, intentional and spontaneous marks, and the freedom to change one's mind.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire
Cost: $435 Includes a light breakfast each day
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Studio
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"Watercolor & Beyond"
October 10-12, 2018
 

This workshop is limited to 5 people and much individual attention will be given. Whether you are a beginner or experienced painter, you will have fun learning Dawn's many wet into wet watercolor techniques and creating your own finished painting. See student testimonials. Beautiful Santa Fe, NM is the setting. In your spare time, visit museums, galleries, and choose from over 200 restaurants! Dawn also paints for Bealls Florida. See her tropical themed paintings in the "Art & Sol" collection at BeallsFlorida.com. Also visit her website at DawnDavisWatercolors.com
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Dawn Davis
Cost: $395.00
Sponsor: Dawn Davis Watercolors
Website, email, 505-699-7314


"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
Cost: $395
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


"Loosen Up + Expand"
October 17-20, 2018
 

Designed to help you break away from unwanted habits and tendencies, this workshop nurtures individual success and personal enrichment. An experimental and fast-paced approach will inspire you to loosen up and paint the way you’ve always wanted to. Emphasizing creative exploration, you will work your way through “get moving” exercises, small warm-up paintings, and larger-format pieces. Expect an intense, concentrated, and lively experience where you will create many works of art using spontaneity for maximum effect. Critiques will include direct, actionable advice for future work.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Marla Baggetta, www.MarlaBaggetta.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"The Bigger Picture"
November 3-4, 2018
 

Let’s paint the bigger picture. This two-day intensive workshop combines demos, in-class assignments, and individual instruction to teach students the techniques to create fresh, deliberate marks on a big canvas. Using observational painting as our launching point, we’ll embark each day with energetic painting exercises designed to tap into each participant’s personal voice. The practice of working directly from life results in a heightened awareness and a lasting impression of the moment.
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: Lisa Daria
Cost: $380
Sponsor: Painting Miles
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"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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