Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Learn to paint in awesome Albania!"
September 22-30, 2017
 

Albania is a real gem in Europe that pleasantly surprises the first time visitor. So many awe-inspiring places wherever you look: from the Ottoman architecture of ancient cities to its virgin, azure beaches to archeological sites and modern seaside towns. We travel from Tirana towards the south, stopping by and staying overnight at its points of interest. We produce sketches as well as finished paintings along the way while enjoying local delicacies and the warm hospitality of our local hosts. This is one memorable journey. Come while it's still undiscovered by too many tourists! All levels and non-painting partners welcome! Excludes flights. Booking now!
 
Location: Tirana, Albania
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas watercolorist
Cost: £959 / person based on 2 persons sharing a room
Website, email, +44 208 458 3583 or +44 7564 906 850


"Sketch on the Go"
September 23, 2017
 

Capture the active life of the city and its rich architecture. This is an excellent workshop for anyone who wants to learn to sketch on the bus or train, in cafés and public parks, or while traveling abroad. Topics include perspective, gauging proportions by eye, gesture figure drawing, and methods for simplifying form. All levels welcome. Rain date: September 30.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


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

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


"Colored Pencil: Design, Drama, Detail of Nature"
September 25-26, 2017
 

Whether a novice or veteran in colored pencil, discover and become proficient with layering techniques that allow you to capture drama and detail beyond what you thought possible of the medium. Examining the work of contemporary colored pencil artists, you will experiment with various stroke applications, produce a color match strip, and design and begin a final composition. Rhonda will provide individualized feedback throughout the workshop and boost your confidence in your ability to complete your work with excellence.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass, www.RNass.com
Cost: Members: $220, Non-Members: $240
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Drawing and Designing Costumes"
September 26, 2017
 

This step-by-step workshop will have you designing and drawing costumes and clothing styles from the past—or wherever your imagination takes you! Draw costumes for fun, fashion design, children’s books, paper dolls, whatever! It’s easy once you discover these illustration secrets.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"A Traveler's Sketchbook at Lake Como"
September 27 - October 4, 2017
 

Capture quick studies of the dramatic scenery, colorful architecture, bustling people and more during your time on this magical trip to Lake Como. This week-long session will cover the basic concepts of atmosphere and linear perspective, capturing people, objects, and dramatic light. With pen and paper in hand, you’ll quickly document the sites while sitting in a café or viewing the grand alps as they melt into the majestic Lake Como. Add a touch of watercolor to enhance your sketches. Your art supplies are light and easy to tote making this ideal for all levels of artists. The traveler’s sketchbook is a wonderful way to document your trip in a carefree way.
 
Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Jo Ellen Reinhardt
Cost: From $3440.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 0039 33144229047


"Figure Drawing Retreat - Traverse City, Michigan"
September 28 - October 1, 2017
 

The focus of this retreat is figure drawing. International ArtisTTable artists/instructors, Tali Farchi and Royce Deans will lead art workshops, demos, and provide individual instruction by request. Experienced artists will be challenged and anyone that wants to spend a lot of time working from the model is welcome. Days will be divided up between shorter in studio poses in the morning. Afternoons weather permitting, we will take the model out into the landscape. Evenings we will do a long pose for the entire retreat. Our week will conclude with an artist reception to show off what we created.
 
Location: Traverse City, Michigan
Instructor: Royce Deans, Tali Farchi
Cost: $580.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"The Extended Pose"
Thursdays, September 28 - December 7, 2017
 

Draw or paint the life model in a single pose for the entire length of the course, and gain an understanding of what it takes to produce a finished artwork. Students will be guided in initiating an individual project using drawn/painted studies before embarking on a single, larger-scaled work. Instruction will involve accurate measurement, value, color, composition and narrative content. Lecture and demonstration will address historical and contemporary methods and materials. All levels and all media are welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Classical Figure Drawing"
Fridays, September 29 - December 8, 2017
 

Explore the classical ideal through drawing from both sculpture in PAFA’s Cast Hall and the life model. Learn to comprehend and appreciate the differences between an idealized form and a living model. Students will work in charcoal and chalk on toned paper, with emphasis on line, value, shape, size, and texture.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ernie Norcia
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Mixed Media Workshop"
September 29 - October 8, 2017
 

Italy is a familiar destination to many artists, but this workshop will be a unique art experience. Assisi is a hilltop town with all the beauty, charm and history we associate with Italy without the crowds of more touristy areas. Australia’s leading mixed media artist, Judith White is the tutor on this art practice-focused workshop. Included in the ten day itinerary are select activities to enrich your experience of the region. Art sessions are interspersed with a visit to the famous Basilica, the home of a private collector, a rambling castle, Roman houses, artisans plus exploring, sketching and shopping the cobbled streets all with valley views never more than a stroll away.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Judith White
Cost: AUD $4275.00pp
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Website, email, 61-8-93881513


"High School Portfolio Preparation: Drawing"
Saturdays, September 30 - December 9, 2017
 

Ideal for teens who want to further their drawing skills and develop a strong body of work for their portfolios. Students will work in drawing media from the still life, PAFA’s historic cast collection and the human figure/portrait to learn principles of composition, value, perspective, and drawing techniques. Note: This class will utilize nude figure models.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sean Hildreth
Cost: For Credit: $425, Non-Credit: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Luminous, Lustrous Colored Pencil"
October 2-6, 2017
 

Discover the "pointed potential" of colored pencil! Kristy Kutch is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil; she is the featured artist in 4 instructional DVDs. Kristy teaches colored pencil workshops nationwide, providing an informative and enjoyable classroom atmosphere. Both "traditional" (waxy) and watercolor pencils are included, with fascinating "painterly" techniques for both types of pencils. Watersoluble wax pastels (which resemble larger crayons) are also featured. Explore a wide range of compatible papers and boards which lend themselves beautifully to this dynamic medium. Kristy's workshop features demonstrations, individual attention, many materials to sample, and a generous cache of supplies for each student. Enjoy an unforgettable workshop in a top-notch atmosphere.
 
Location: Boone, North Carolina
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost:
Sponsor: Cheap Joe's Art Stuff
Website, email, 800-227-2788


"Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain"
October 2-6, 2017
 

This intensive class, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, is designed for individuals with little or no prior drawing training and perhaps believe that learning to draw well is only possible for those lucky people with “inborn talent”. However, it has been proven that the global skill of drawing any perceived object, person or place requires five basic component perceptual skills. These skills are the perception of edges, spaces, relationships, lights and shadows, and the whole or gestalt. Each day begins with a lecture on one of the five skills required. After lectures, students participate in drawing exercises, with Brian’s instruction, through the day. The class will end with a critique of the day’s session. Visit drawright.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Brian Bomeisler
Cost: $1,600 for Museum members and non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


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

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


"En Plein Air Art Retreat - Beaver Island, Michigan"
October 7-14, 2017
 

Come paint on the largest island in Lake Michigan. International ArtisTTable artists/instructors, Tali Farchi and Royce Deans will lead art workshops, demos, and provide individual instruction by request. Included are tickets for the ferry to the island and trips to all the inspiring places on this enchanted isle. Experienced artists will be challenged and those new to plein air will be nurtured along their way. There will be plenty of time for you to explore your own creativity. You will enjoy deliciously prepared healthy meals and lodging adjacent to the city beach where we will see the sunrise everyday. Our week will conclude with an artist reception for all on the island to see what we created during our stay.
 
Location: Beaver Island, Michigan
Instructor: Royce Deans, Tali Farchi
Cost: $1410.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"The PAFA Figure Drawing Tradition"
Saturdays, October 7 - December 16, 2017
 

Grounded in PAFA’s philosophy that observational drawing skills are fundamental to all artistic endeavors, this online/in-studio figure drawing course combines the convenience of web-based learning with hands-on studio practice. Modeled after the historic 19th century Charles Bargue drawing course that was utilized by such iconic artists as Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso, this step-by-step instruction will be supported by weekly instructor feedback, a history of drawing materials and techniques, and a forum for group interaction. Life-model drawing sessions in the PAFA studios will supplement online coursework.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Intro to Zentangle: Focus through Creativity"
October 14, 2017
 

The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. This is a fun class that requires no prior artistic training or ability. If you can hold a pen and draw simple shapes, you can learn the patterns used! Students will learn the steps in the Zentangle method, see a lot of examples, practice patterns, and take home finished Zentangle drawings. This dynamic mindfulness activity can help to reduce stress, increase focus and creativity. Join Tess Imobersteg, Certified Zentangle Instructor and co-founder of the Wisconsin Tangle Arts Coalition for this great introductory class!
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tess Imobersteg
Cost: $40
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Creative Coping: Art as Expression for Teens"
Saturdays, October 14 - December 9, 2017
 

Finally, a class that focuses on the issues of being a teenager! Learn to improve your communication skills for better relationships with friends, parents, teachers and others through expressive drawing and painting, group discussion, and optional role-playing. Issues of bullying in schools, feeling different, repressed anxiety, and anger management will also be addressed. Open to anyone seeking a comfortable, creative means of building confidence and self-expression – no prior art experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Dona Duncan, Registered Art Therapist
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Boot Camp"
October 16-20, 2017
 

Based on Elizabeth's rigorous classical training with an inclination towards contemporary work, she has been able to combine several approaches and will discuss their crossroads in her teaching. Elizabeth is an exciting and engaging instructor whose classes sell out regularly. She is truly passionate about teaching and enjoys helping students at any stage of artistic development. Discussion will be geared towards painters, but those more comfortable with drawing are welcome as well. Elizabeth will spend time demoing each day, as well as providing thoughtful individual feedback throughout the process of a portrait painting. Focus will be on structure, anatomy, drawing, light and color; using a sustained portrait pose as the foundation for the concepts presented.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Elizabeth Zanzinger, www.ezanzinger.com
Cost: $750 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portrait Drawing"
October 23-26, 2017
 

This workshop will focus on developing drawing skills for representational portraits and exploring the charcoal medium. Students will learn the key concepts of portraits as well as the fundamentals of head drawing. Sookyi will teach and share her knowledge of portrait drawing that includes the techniques of charcoal and other dry mediums. In 4 days, students will have 30 to 60-minute sketch sessions and 4 to 6-hour drawing sessions with live models. The instructor will draw alongside students at all times, so the students can watch the step-by-step demonstrations while working on their own drawings. She will also provide customized, one-on-one instructions to each student.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sookyi Lee, www.sookyilee.com
Cost: $450 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Picture Book Illustrating Workshop"
October 27-28, 2017
 

The purpose of this workshop is to give the student a hands-on, unforgettable experience in illustrating their own book, with their own text or with the text of their choice. The workshop will equip students with sufficient knowledge about all stages of the illustrating process: techniques, thumbnail sketches, page layout, text edit targeting specifically picture books, printing and binding, and self-publishing options for those who want to go big and continue the project on their own. During the workshop, a variety of examples of picture books illustrated by renowned illustrators representing different styles and approaches will be available to students as a source of inspiration. The workshop is designed for all students, including those with no artistic experience.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dorota Lagida-Ostling
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Anatomical Drawing with Roberto Osti"
October 28-29, 2017
 

The human body is one of the most fascinating and inspiring subjects an artist can depict, but because of its complexity it can also be very intimidating. Join Roberto Osti, artist, teacher and author of Basic Human Anatomy: An Essential Visual Guide to gain the confidence to understand and enjoy drawing the beautiful forms of the figure. Saturday will be devoted to study of the human form from a structural point of view: basic landmarks, essential volumes, and proportions and proportional relationships of body and its segments. Sunday will be dedicated to the study of the main muscle groups and aesthetic aspects they produce in the body. Each day will be divided into a lecture and then drawing from the model, with individual assistance from Mr. Osti.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"8 Days Sketching and Painting Vacation in Mexico"
October 29 - November 5, 2017
 

Immerse yourself in the Mexican culture and paint your heart out! Enthrall in the richness of color, Colonial architecture, narrow cable stone streets and enchant your senses: flowers, music, local flavor in the best of Mexico: San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato. Spend a week in a Mexican home, enjoy a trip to Guanajuato, paint in the studio of professional painters. The perfect painting vacation for solo traveler, girlfriends, groups, artist glides. With expert guidance engage in travel sketching and expressionist studio painting. All levels of experience welcomed from beginner to advance. Your instructors renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Marinescu, with 29 years of experience. They will lead you on an unforgettable art adventure. Max. 7 register early!
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Cost: $1750 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery & Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Drawing the Portrait with Judith Carducci"
October 30 - November 1, 2017
 

Drawing the portrait with a touch of color! If you ever wanted to learn how to make your portraits more structurally solid and amazing, this is the workshop for you! In this workshop master portrait artist, Judith Carducci, will help you explore drawing the human head accurately. The focus will be on good drawings done with charcoal on mid-value paper then gradually progressing to using a small amount of color in the light areas. This process helps you get a handle on good form without the confusion of a full color palette, yet having the satisfaction of using some color.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Judith Carducci
Cost: $395 plus $50 model fee
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website


"Children's Book Illustration with David Wiesner"
November 11-12, 2017
 

Explore the visual language of picture books in this hands-on illustration workshop with Caldecott Medal-winning book creator, David Wiesner. Picture books are about how images work together, relate to each other, and convey information to create a whole that is greater than the individual elements. Learn how images move the reader through the book; how to create a compelling visual rhythm; how information and emotion are transmitted through the size, shape and number of images; and how design affects not only the look of the book, but the story elements as well. Drawing will be the primary focus of the class; a choice of stories will be available, but students may bring their own – original or public domain.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wiesner, www.davidwiesner.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Everything about Graphite"
November 11-12, 2017
 

Move beyond sketching with your No. 2 pencil to fully appreciate the variety of techniques and effects possible to achieve with graphite. Explore various forms of graphite, compatible surfaces, and methods of building tone through traditional and contemporary means, both dry and wet, while working from still life subjects. The materials fee includes basic materials.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Cost: $215, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Figure Drawing with Stephen Perkins"
November 13, 2017
 

This drawing workshop will appeal to anyone interested in the figure as an art form: sculptors, painters, draftsmen, and graphic artists alike. We'll focus on drawing the the entire figure including an emphasis on the the memory shapes of the figure by abstracting the figure into simpler geometry and planes. Working from the live female model and demonstrations, we'll start with gesture poses, progressing to straight line block-ins, and working up to longer poses, always emphasizing a structural/constructive approach to figure drawing and understanding of memory shapes. Stephen Perkins was trained in the classical method and currently teaches at his home atelier Florida and Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia.
 
Location: Oakland, California
Instructor: Stephen Perkins (stephenperkinsart.net)
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Dogtown Sculptors
Website, email


"Capturing Antarctica with Keith Grant"
November 17-28, 2017
 

Join master painter Keith Grant, Artist in Residence, for a once in lifetime voyage to Antarctica. Keith has been capturing the stunning beauty of Arctic & Antarctic landscapes since he first visited Iceland in the ’60s. He’ll be sketching with you on board and on zodiac landings, both in groups and one-on-one. Your home away from home will be the comfortable and stylish all-suite Hebridean Sky, a 118-passenger mega-yacht, equipped for adventure. You’ll be accompanied by first a first-class expedition team of experts in all things Antarctic. The voyage also includes a pre-departure hotel night at the Arakur Resort and Spa in Ushuaia, Argentina.
 
Location: Antarctica, Antarctica
Instructor: Keith Grant
Cost: from $7,295
Sponsor: Polar Latitudes
Website, email


"Design Boot Camp"
November 28 - December 1, 2017
 

Get ready to hunker down and explore the first and foremost demand of picture making and good design. Composition is not simply being able to fit the subject matter on the canvas. Good composition is creating a beautiful and dynamic visual statement through the adaptation of an intentional plan, a coordination of parts to produce a harmonious whole. Intent and purpose trumps all students in the planning of a painting. Students will go on an exploration of all the principles of design: proportion, dominance, subordination, movement, creating emphasis and space, all as a means to an end. Students will exploit the elements of art: value, line, texture, shape and color in our search for a unity of effect.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan & Doug Diehl
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Language and Practice of Life Drawing"
November 28 - December 2, 2017
 

Working from the live model in two sessions daily, students will gain confidence and fluency in this most essential discipline. Through lectures, demonstrations and personal interaction, Ned Jacob will share knowledge and insight that have made him, arguably, one of the most respected draftsman of his generation. Neophytes will welcome this opportunity to gain a sound introduction to figure drawing; professionals will value this focused five-day workshop to sharpen tools grown dull through neglect. Subjects discussed will be: hiring, posing and lighting the model; exploring the exquisite relationship between media and working surfaces; and using correct drawing posture. The use of charcoal, sanguine chalk and conte will also be discussed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ned Jacob, www.nedjacob.com/artist1.html
Cost: $795 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Drawing for Pleasure, 'A Quest for Seeing'"
November 29-30, 2017
 

This is a workshop for anyone interested in improving their observational drawing skills. Tubac artist, Bobb Vann is a highly skilled and talented artist. In this 2 day workshop, Bobb will help students improve their drawing skills, The focus will be on specific subject matter and learning to observe more closely in order to draw with more accuracy. Bobb received formal art training at the Philadelphia College of Art. His versatility of artistic skills include illustration and design as well as painting and drawing. He was an Art Director, served as a judge in art shows, and taught art. He has won a number of awards for his art and has participated in numerous exhibitions.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Bobb Vann
Cost: $225 TCA members, $250 Nonmembers
Sponsor: Tubac Center of the Arts
Website, email, 520-398-2371


"Fundamentals of Comics Storytelling"
December 2-3, 2017
 

Comics is a kind of alchemy, blending text and images on the page to tell stories that make powerful impressions. Words and pictures play off of each other and swap roles in ways that provide the author a powerful range of expression. Learn how to master the basics of this rich visual language through a series of short exercises and slideshows. Investigate the principles of panel-to-panel storytelling, view examples of page and book design, and survey the traditional tools of the trade: India ink, pens and brushes, and bristol board.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Matt Madden
Cost: $495, Lab Fee: $15
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Manuscript Illumination"
December 3, 2017
 

Learn the pre-Medieval tradition of illuminating manuscripts, including the traditional processes of raised and flat gilded lettering and ornamentation. Produce your own illumination based on traditional and contemporary designs.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Clarissa Shanahan
Cost: $115, Lab Fee: $35
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting and Drawing the Horse in Sunlight"
December 4-8, 2017
 

Plein air painters and students will welcome the opportunity to work with this internationally known artist and teacher. In two sessions daily, through demonstration and personal instruction, students will learn sound methods and procedures in rendering the equine subject in sunlight. The understandings gained through this intensive five-day workshop will be useful in future practice when working sur le motif from all animal subjects, as well as coping with problems inherent in painting ever illusive effects of light and atmosphere. Those of all experience levels with a serious commitment to the subject will be welcome.
 
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Instructor: Ned Jacob, www.nedjacob.com/artist1.html
Cost: $795 + $50 horse model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Drawing and Painting the Nude Figure"
January 8-12, 2018
 

This workshop will introduce students to both drawing and painting exercises that Jeffrey Watts has developed and honed over the past 30 years at Watts Atelier of the Arts in Encinitas, CA. Jeff will walk the students through some of his most effective and tried methods for gesture drawing/painting, how to successfully paint from photos and Master Studies, as well as how to tackle the longer live model sessions. These exercises will help the students to start cultivating the confidence to further explore the most challenging of subjects on their own after returning home. Come prepared for Jeff’s intense one on one highly energetic and philosophic approach to one of his favorite subjects in both paint and charcoal.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jeffrey Watts, www.jeffreyrwatts.com
Cost: $850 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figure and Portrait Drawing with Charcoal"
January 15-19, 2018
 

This workshop will be focused on both short and long pose charcoal drawings from models. Different techniques mentioned in the book (Henry Yan’s Figure Drawing- Techniques and Tips) will be introduced and practiced, as well as some basic skills in drawing human anatomy and portraiture. Demonstrations and individual help will show students how to draw with beautiful line work; methods of placing tones for rendering images three dimensionally; design of realistic works with supporting abstract elements; and ways to draw with painterly approaches.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Henry Yan, www.henryyanart.com
Cost: $635 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Drawing the Portrait"
February 23-25, 2018
 

This workshop will concentrate on learning how to draw and construct a fine portrait. Students will work in conte as it is very flexible and useful in learning this process. Ned will teach some fairly easy steps to accurately render the proportions and structure of the head and models will be used to show the structure and changes in the facial planes. Ned will use strong light and shadow patterns to illustrate. Students will learn how to break the head down into simple value patterns and with the use of lost and found edges, make a compelling portrait. Ned will review the generic structure of the individual features of the face including: the eye, nose, mouth and ear.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ned Mueller, www.nedmueller.com
Cost: $395 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Scratchboard with Watercolor: Combining Drawing with Painting"
February 24-25, 2018
 

In this two-day workshop, artist, Rick Wheeler will instruct students on the techniques of Scratchboard. Scratchboard is a pre-inked black surface with a coating of white clay underneath which is exposed when the ink is scratched into. The finished scratched drawing can then be enhanced with ink or watercolor. Rick Wheeler is an award winning professional artist. He holds a B.A. in Fine Art, with a minor in Integrative Studies from Prescott College, Arizona, as well as an A.A. in Graphic Design. He studied drawing, painting, and illustration at San Francisco Art Institute and San Francisco Academy of Art University. Both “fine art” and “commercial art” approaches proved valuable, and helped broaden his perspectives into the art world.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Rick Wheeler
Cost: $150 TCA Members, $175 Nonmembers
Sponsor: Tubac Center of the Arts
Website, email, 520-398-2371


"8 Days Sketching and Painting Vacation in Mexico"
March 4-11, 2018
 

Immerse yourself in the Mexican culture and paint your heart out! Enthrall in the richness of color, Colonial architecture, narrow cable stone streets and enchant your senses: flowers, music, local flavor in the best of Mexico: San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato. Spend a week in a Mexican home, enjoy a trip to Guanajuato, paint in the studio of professional painters. The perfect painting vacation for solo traveler, girlfriends, groups, artist glides. With expert guidance engage in travel sketching and expressionist studio painting. All levels of experience welcomed from beginner to advance. Your instructors renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Marinescu, with 29 years of experience. They will lead you on an unforgettable art adventure. Max. 7 register early!
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Cost: $1750 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery & Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Developing the Figure through Drawing and Painting"
March 19-22, 2018
 

Learn how to paint the human figure starting with drawing and then progressing to painting from the life model. Students will learn a systematic technique by painting models holding short and long poses. The great paintings throughout history always have a beautiful balance of proportion, value, color and edge. These aspects are what give power and presence to your work. Aristides provides frequent demos, breaking down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps, as well as critique and instruction each session. Students will focus on how to start a drawing and develop Proportion, Value, Color, and Edge-work, which will help them to accurately capture a likeness within a limited time frame.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Juliette Aristides, www.aristidesarts.com
Cost: $550 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Drawing and Walking in the Tramuntanas, Mallorca, Spain"
April 7-14, 2018
 

An Art and Hiking Retreat. Spend a week exploring nature by walking and drawing along the pathways of this beautiful Mediterranean island. La Serrania, located in the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains, is the perfect place to start our adventure and then venture out to nearby beaches and coastal towns to hike and draw this incredible landscape. Evenings are filled with wine and conversation about the history and culture of Mallorca. Day trips include a visit to the Robert Graves Museum in Deya, a local farmer's market, and other sites of interest. Sketchbooks and drawing supplies are included.
 
Location: Pollensa, Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov and Jorge Anchondo
Cost: $1950
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Website, email, 970 318-8444


"Art and Culture in the Balearic Islands, Mallorca, Spain"
April 14-21, 2018
 

A Plein Air Painting Retreat. Our days are filled with on-site drawing and painting capturing the colors of the sea and the abundant vegetation of this famous Mediterranean island. Evenings are time for talks over a glass of wine about the history and culture of Mallorca. Excursions include a visit to the Robert Graves museum in Deya, the local farmer's market and other historical sites. Guided hikes are available. Our home base is La Serranía in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains.
 
Location: Pollensa, Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov and Jorge Anchondo
Cost: $1950
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Website, email, 970 318-8444


"Vivid, Versatile Colored Pencil"
April 20-22, 2018
 

Explore the fascinating range of colored pencils, both "dry" and water soluble. Kristy, a seasoned workshop instructor and author, has taught nationwide. She brings an enthusiasm for the medium and fosters a pleasant, supportive, informative classroom atmosphere. Enjoy frequent demonstrations, plenty of one-on-one time, and an abundance of samples: pencils, papers, boards, blenders. Come and explore the ever-expanding potential of colored pencil in an inviting, historic art center!
 
Location: Manhasset (Long Island), New York
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost: $350, or $375 for non-members
Sponsor: The Art Guild of Port Washington, NY
Website, email, 516-304-5797


"Painting in Spain: Travel Journal Workshop"
April 30 - May 7, 2018
 

This region is a journaling artist’s paradise. My pre-trip instructions and photos will help you arrive ready to capture the experiences with a keen knowledge of design basics, drawing and unique planning page compositions. Developed as a ‘journal key’ this will also include ideas for cohesive graphics, page edges and calligraphy. Using watercolors as a primary medium, the fun begins with introducing multi-media, iridescent highlighting, aquarelle pencil, found collage/tracing, nature printing, pop-up 3-D sculpture, origami and more. Your pages will come alive and move in vibrant style, interactive surprises and tactile details as you learn to embrace the imagery into a cherished work of art. Join us as we explore the breathtakingly beautiful landscape and architecturally unique villages of the Costa Brava.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Cherry Sweig, www.cherrysweig.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Composite Drawing: Transcribing a Facial Memory into Art"
April 30 - May 4, 2018
 

Composite drawings are investigative tools meant to convey information about a suspect’s face. However, it is important not to overlook the technical aspects of good draftsmanship. Effective art technique and style both enhance the ability to capture a likeness, and increase the potential for recognition and identification in these drawings. This workshop will address three critical aspects of the composite drawing process: drawing, interviewing, and application within a law enforcement context. It comprises a range of drawing-intensive exercises that reinforce traditional drawing fundamentals such as facial proportion, value and shading. Additionally, practical exercises will explore distinctions of gender, ancestral heritage and expression. Photographic reference material will be utilized and instruction will be supplemented through a demonstration with a live model.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jorge Molina
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Understanding the Human Face"
April 30 - May 4, 2018
 

If you struggle to get the desired degree of likeness or just the right expression in your portraits, this might be the class for you! As artists, a better comprehension of the human face in all its complexity and variation can lend an added dimension to our portraits. This unique workshop will involve exercises in both drawing and sculpture. It benefits artists working in any medium who seek to accurately and naturalistically depict facial images. We will cover basic craniofacial anatomy, depiction of individual facial features, facial variations due to sex and ancestry, subtleties of growth and aging, along with the myriad expressions that can be read from our faces. Each artist will master new skills for greater insight into portraiture.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Karen T. Taylor, www.karenttaylor.com
Cost: $950
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting in Provence: Journal Sketching and Watercolor Workshop"
June 6-13, 2018
 

Join artist Sandy Delehanty for her 7th trip with French Escapade. Each day Jackie will find us a lovely location where we will sit in a shady spot, sketch the scene in front of us, and absorb the sounds and aromas around us. You will learn to capture the color of your surroundings in watercolor and add your thoughts in writing. You will return home with a lovely Story Book filled with memories of your trip and a new way of looking at the world. Immerse yourself in sketching, beauty, and fun during this weeklong escapade to beautiful Provence!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Sandy Delehanty, www.sandydelehanty.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil"
June 11-14, 2018
 

This workshop focuses on "painting from a point", using a variety of pencils and surfaces to create dynamic paintings. Products include: waxy/oily colored pencils, watercolor pencils, and wax pastels. Surfaces include papers, boards, even sanded papers. Featuring an abundance of colored pencils and materials, this workshop is full to the brim, with demonstrations and techniques that are sure to increase your repertoire. Kristy is a supportive, experienced instructor, the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil. She is also the featured artist on 4 instructional DVDs. Grand Marais is located on the north shore of Lake Superior- ideal for a summer getaway. Some drawing experience preferred.
 
Location: Grand Marais, Minnesota
Instructor: Kristy A. Kutch
Cost:
Sponsor: Grand Marais Art Colony
Website, email, 218-387-2737


"Lush and Lively Colored Pencil"
July 10-13, 2018
 

The majestic Oregon coast is calling! Kristy Kutch, author and longtime workshop instructor, invites you for four fascinating days, exploring the remarkable range of colored pencil techniques. Waxy/oily and water soluble colored pencils, plus watercolor crayons, will be featured, even combining them for "painterly" results. Giving frequent demonstrations, Kristy acquaints students with an abundance of related materials. Students receive a generous supply of products, including new items on the art scene. Classes are held (ocean-view classroom) at Newport Visual Arts Center. (Contact Kristy to register, not the Visual Arts Center.) Kristy Kutch is the author of the books Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil, as well as 4 instructional DVDs.
 
Location: Newport, Oregon
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost: $290, including welcome lunch, snacks, drinks
Sponsor: Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops
Website, email, 219-874-4688


"Wet or Dry: the Amazing Range of the Colored Pencil"
July 18-19, 2018
 

You are invited to scenic, historic Astoria, Oregon, where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean! Learn from Kristy Kutch, refining colored pencil techniques. Both waxy/oily and water soluble colored pencils are featured, even combining the two types of pencils for "painterly" results. Offering frequent demonstrations, Kristy acquaints students with a surprising variety of materials which are colored pencil compatible. Each student receives a generous supply of take-home products, including new additions to the art scene. Classes are held at Astoria Art Loft, directly above a wonderful art-supply store. Kristy Kutch is the author of the books Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil, plus 4 instructional DVDs.
 
Location: Astoria, Oregon
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost:
Sponsor: Astoria Art Loft
Website, email, 503-791-8444 or 503-338-6174


"Colored Pencil: Vivid and Versatile"
October 1-3, 2018
 

Explore colored pencil potential- both traditional (non-watercolor) and watercolor pencils. Kristy Kutch, author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil, is also featured in four instructional DVDs. She brings a wealth of experience and a friendly, supportive attitude that bolsters everyone- beginner to veteran. Kristy guides students through many techniques, with frequent demonstrations and access to large demonstrator sets of pencils. Come prepared to take home plenty of samples and goodies, too! This workshop will be held in a peaceful country studio setting with a small group (maximum 12). Students wishing to stay on-site should inquire about lodging at the nearby Lindenwood Retreat Center. Daily lunches are included in the price of the workshop.
 
Location: Donaldson (near Plymouth), Indiana
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost:
Sponsor: Moon Tree Studios, the Center at Donaldson
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Exploring Colored Pencil Potential"
November 8-10, 2018
 

Expand upon the "pointed potential" of colored pencil! Kristy Kutch, author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil, The New Colored Pencil, and the artist in 4 instructional DVDs, has taught over 200 colored pencil workshops. She provides an informative, supportive, and enjoyable atmosphere. Waxy "traditional" and water soluble pencils will be included, with fascinating "painterly" techniques for both types of pencils. Water soluble wax pastels, often called "watercolor crayons", will also be featured. Explore a range of compatible papers and boards- supplied as free samples- which lend themselves beautifully to this dynamic medium. There will be demonstrations, individual attention, many materials to sample, and a generous cache of take-home supplies for each student.
 
Location: Springfield (near Eugene), Oregon
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost:
Sponsor: Emerald Art Center
Website, email, 541-726-8595


"Art Coaching Workshop"
One week, all year round
 

In this Art Coaching Workshop you will explore your creativity through non- academic art exercises, using painting and drawing with mixed-media. You will develop trust in intuition, expand your sense of freedom and possibility, and explore unknown aspects of yourself as creator of meanings. The Art Coaching Workshop is a great opportunity for people with no experience, beginners as well as advanced artists. Play and flow are encouraged, using breathing, body work, relaxing techniques and sound design as well. The final artwork will be the result of your presence in the here and now, in the inspirational city of Barcelona. Fee includes all materials + 2 guided tours.
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Marta Mandolini
Cost: 950 €
Sponsor: Libremente Art
Website, email, 0034 619164632


"8 Days Sketching and Painting Vacation in Mexico"
Per request for groups of 4-6
 

Immerse yourself in the Mexican culture and paint your heart out! Enthrall in the richness of color, Colonial architecture, narrow cable stone streets and enchant your senses: flowers, music, local flavor in the best of Mexico: San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato. Spend a week in a Mexican home, enjoy a trip to Guanajuato, paint in the studio of professional painters. The perfect painting vacation for solo traveler, girlfriends, groups, artist glides. With expert guidance engage in travel sketching and expressionist studio painting. All levels of experience welcomed from beginner to advance. Your instructors renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Marinescu, with 29 years of experience. They will lead you on an unforgettable art adventure. Max. 7 register early!
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Cost: $1750 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery & Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"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


"Visual Journaling Online Workshop"
Begin any time
 

Visual Journaling offers an easy intuitive way to connect with your creative spirit, capture emotions & ideas, access inner knowledge, record life's special moments, and envision your future. This powerful tool is available to everyone, even non-artists, although many artists use it as a rich resource to develop new work & to access intuition. Carl Jung said "The soul speaks in images." You'll learn simple ways to create interesting color & texture on your pages, how to add images, personal photos & text. This powerful tool is yours forever after this introductory class. Watch online as many times as you like. Receive bonus journal if you register early. 6 weekly video lessons. Or receive all right away.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $75. Free journal
Website, email, 281-330-3827


 

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