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Landscape at Morris Arborteum
June 2-30, 2017 (Fridays, 10:30am-3:30pm) — Enjoy painting the diversity found at Morris Arboretum, an extraordinary 92-acre public garden. Picturesque subject matter includes foliage and flowers in a garden setting, tree specimens, and outdoor sculpture. Lessons in painting will be accompanied by demonstration and lecture. All media welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $350
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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European Impressions in Watercolor
June 2, 2017 (10am - 3pm) — How to paint the essence of old medieval European towns. The main focus of this workshop is Vlad's theory of 3 stages and 3 colors which are the core of his upcoming DVD "Watercolor Impressions". Visit website


Location: Bradenton, FL
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Keeton's Art Supply
Cost: $75
Email: Frank
Phone: 941-747-2995

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Redwood Coast: Plein Air Painting Workshop
June 2-4, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Hosted by the Redwood Art Association in Humbolt County, CA this three day workshop focuses on the power of Plein Air to keep you in the moment. Open to all level, the workshop is designed to challenge all artists to push their boundaries to paint with more confidence. 15 Student Max. Visit website


Location: Carmel, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Redwood Art Association, www.redwoodart.us
Cost: $425 for RAA members / $475 for non-members
Email: Claudia

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


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

Advanced Level

Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana
June 3-10, 2017 (All Day) — During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the “Campagna”, to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in the town of Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,700 - US$2,950
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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


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

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


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

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Painting by the Riverside
June 4 - July 9, 2017 (Sundays, 10am-3pm) — Feature the vibrant possibilities of still and moving water in your landscape compositions. Nearby parks and waterfronts provide varied subject matter, including foliage and watercraft. Learn to capture color and changing light at Bartram’s Garden, the Brandywine River Museum and other select locations. Instruction is geared to oil painting, but all media are welcome (No class on July 2). Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $350
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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


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

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Painting Cruise
June 5-9, 2017 — Cruise into history by joining this exciting 4 day painting cruise to the “island of freedom”. Itinerary: 4-day Cuba & Bahamas sailing roundtrip Miami w/ overnight in Havana and open bar! Workshop includes: two 3-hour painting sessions (one each day) in Havana; one 3-hour painting session in Bahamas; one session on board and plenty of time to pick Vlad’s brain during other times! Visit website


Location: Miami, FL
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Email: Marina
Phone: 941-330-6865

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Painting Cruise
June 5-9, 2017 — Cruise into history by joining this exciting 4 day painting cruise to the “island of freedom”. Itinerary: 4-day Cuba & Bahamas sailing roundtrip Miami w/ overnight in Havana and open bar! Workshop includes: two 3-hour painting sessions (one each day) in Havana; one 3-hour painting session in Bahamas; one session on board and plenty of time to pick Vlad’s brain during other times! Visit website


Location: Havana, Cuba
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Email: Marina
Phone: 941-330-6865

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On Location in Idaho – Simplifying the Elements
June 5-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Join us for a week of painting on location. The variety of ‘plein air’ painting locations around Declo, Idaho is virtually unlimited. The quaint and very paintable town of Albion and the alpine environment of Mount Harrison sit just to the south while the Snake River and southern Idaho farmland border us on the north. Students will enjoy growth and fellowship as they study the landscape with design principles in mind and ordered color palettes. Students will be encouraged to identify and simplify masses while focusing upon dynamic shapes. They will have access to Robert’s 10,000 square foot studio and gallery for critiques, after hours painting, and in the event of inclement weather. Visit website


Location: Declo, ID
Instructor: Robert Moore, www.rmoorefineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Sketchbook to Studio
June 5-9, 2017 — In this workshop you will learn how to sketch on location in preparation for more studied studio pieces. After working on-site you will return to the studio, equipped with sketches and photographs, to begin a refined painting. Iain will show you how to translate the expressive energy from your sketch into a dynamic and thoughtful studio piece. You will learn how to choose dynamic views, create a pleasing composition, and most importantly how to edit information that is not needed to tell a story in your painting. There will be plenty of one-on-one time with Iain, as well as individual and group critiques. Visit website


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

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Paint the Town: Architecture, Street Scenes, and Cars
June 5-7, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Using the beautiful and charming setting of Door County, this workshop will focus on capturing the perspective, patterns, and atmosphere found in architectural locales. While working en plein air, learn how to approach these venues with confidence through the use of compositional strategies and techniques for translating what you see to canvas. During this workshop you can expect to paint 1-2 plein air pieces per day, offering you time to practice seeing and arranging the basic shapes of cars, light posts, and buildings. You will utilize a limited palette and learn how to use color to create atmosphere and believable space. Light permitting, we may return to a location twice to have at least one developed and finished piece. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Sketching on Location
June 6-11, 2017 — This delightful journey to two of the world’s oldest and most sophisticated cities is a creative adventure you don’t want to miss! Your days will be spent drawing and painting in a relaxed, fun environment with a group of like-minded travelers. Each day, we’ll go to a charming locale and Jane will demonstrate drawing and painting with watercolor. She’ll gently guide beginners and experienced alike to see and capture the details and memories in a straightforward, intuitive approach. Jane will also show you how to enhance your drawings with creative page layouts and journaling. Ooh the pages of your journals awash with color, architecture and beautiful gardens, a treasure to cherish for years to come! Visit website


Location: Montreal & Québec, Canada
Instructor: Jane LaFazio, janelafazio.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $2,925 Shared, $500 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Watercolour Landscape Course
June 8-15, 2017 — This watercolour painting course is the perfect retreat for anyone wanting to explore their artistic potential, relax and rejuvenate through 3 yoga sessions. Enjoy the beauty of unrivaled views and tranquil sceneries with its many vineyards and olive groves dotted across the wide open landscape. With beautiful seasonal colours, greens and yellows lighting up the fields and rolling-hills at this time of year you won’t be short of inspiration. All materials are provided. Your experienced painting tutor will help you develop your confidence and skills. We will also visit ancient hill-top towns, the sea-side and historic cities where we sit and paint and simply soak up the atmosphere. Visit website


Location: Force, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $1,900
Email: John Skelcher
Phone: 00393349034401

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Landscape Painting from Start to Finish: Creating Atmosphere, Space and Light
June 8-10, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The sky is an ocean of atmosphere many miles deep, a transparent sea of air. As we look out into the vista, we may not be conscious of actually seeing the air but we plainly see its effects on the landscape. When painters began to go outside and use natural lighting, we found that nature's value scale was immeasurably beyond our own puny value scale. Learn how to make a true representation of any scene in nature using "relative" rather than "absolute" or actual values and color relationships. Expect concept lectures, demonstration and individual instruction as Doug winds students through the myriad of knowledge needed for artists to develop their skills for painting beautiful and believable space. Students will be paintings from photos. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Doug Diehl
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $375
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Dynamic Landscape with John MacDonald
June 9-11, 2017 (9am-5pm) — This workshop will focus on the process of using photographs, sketches, and/or plein air studies executed on location to create dynamic paintings in the studio. Students will explore the uses and limitations of photographs as reference material and methods of enlarging studies and sketches for larger studio paintings. This course will take participants through the entire process of creating a strong landscape painting: from building an effective composition to working with value and color and, finally, to finishing with sensitively chosen details. Emphasis will be placed on proper seeing – looking closely at the existing color and tonal relationships – and on understanding and manipulating what is seen. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: John MacDonald
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $595
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Painting Castles and Gardens in the Loire Valley
June 9-16, 2017 — Embark on this eight day painting holiday which takes you on a journey of discovery through some of the most prominent chateaux and gardens of this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, appropriately named "the garden of France." Your paintings will be inspired by some of the grandest and most beautiful architectural structures in France like Chenonceau, Clos Luce and Amboise. What better places to create memories with paint! And let's not forget the Gourmet French food and wine!! The fee includes the Watercolor Painting and Journal Sketching Workshop (ink & watercolor), accommodation, all breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners including drinks, as well as entrance fees to all sites on the tour and a personal bilingual guide throughout the week. Visit website


Location: Loire Valley, France
Instructor: Sonja Hamilton, www.sonjahamilton.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Plein Air Painting with Eric Jacobsen
June 10-11, 2017 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Loosen up your style and paint expressive landscapes. This workshop is disigned to help painters of all levels, from beginner on up. The focus will be on organizing and simplifying your subject and on making key decisions that will enable you to successfully paint the landscape. Demonstrations will be given. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Eric Jacobsen, jacobsenfineart.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $310
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Tonalism Workshop in Ireland
June 10-12, 2017 (9:00 - 4:00) — Are you drawn to mysteries of the landscape at sunrise or sunset? Maybe a grey day makes your heart sing as well as a bright one? If so, this Tonalist workshop is for you. Beginners (yes, beginners!) will appreciate this method as well as the more experienced painter. Tonalist painting can be achieved through passion, an open mind and allowing the process to take you on a poetic journey. Learn about the deep tones, mystery and colors of Tonalism while embracing the ancient ethereal land of Ireland. Instructor Teri Canelle will guide you and share her knowledge of this technique in her unassuming way. Explore this workshop and come away with the joy of knowing you, too, can paint! Visit website


Location: Castletownbere, Ireland
Instructor: Teri Canelle
Sponsor: artisticXcursions
Cost: $325.00
Email: Nancy Marsh
Phone: 352.999.2000

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


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

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Color and Light Watercolor workshop with Marjorie Glick in Deer Isle
June 11-16, 2017 (9:30-3:00) — Bring your work to the next level as you explore watercolors elusive qualities of transparency and spontaneity with an accomplished artist who loves to teach. Learn to see and mix luminous color, and compose dynamic compositions. 5 day plein air watercolor workshop on the coast of Maine in beautiful Deer Isle- a haven for artists. It is a magical place with many islands amid sparkling blue waters, moss covered spruce forests and dramatic peach granite outcroppings. Daily demonstrations, individualized instruction and group critiques. Marjorie Glick is a painter of large scale lush colored realism watercolors. Her work has been described as being timelessly elegant and complex and is prized for its beauty and reverence for nature. For more info contact marjorieglick@mac.com Visit website


Location: Stonington, ME
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $600
Email: Marjorie Glick
Phone: 617-787-3086

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Pastel Landscape/Seascape Painting
June 12-16, 2017 (9:00am to 4:00pm) — Painting in the Land of Enchantment - Cloudcroft, New Mexico. Join Douglas House in a painting adventure. Has your spirit ever been elevated to new heights by listening to great music or by being witness to a wondrous landscape and wishing you could create that beauty by painting? Well you can, just as great masters. Instructor demonstrations and critiques will teach students how to create different levels of distance within their plein air paintings or photographed landscapes using color, perspective, detail and thoughtfully developed compositions practicing and exploring various techniques with individualized advice and focused direction from the instructor in this studio and plein air workshop. You can see Doug's work at www.douglashousefineart.com Visit website


Location: Cloudcroft, NM
Instructor: Douglas L. House
Sponsor: Cloudcroft Art Workshops
Cost: $450.00
Email: Linda Shiplett
Phone: 915-490-5071

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


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

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Studio Italia
June 14-24, 2017 — A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and all media. Plein-air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that some participants have joined us three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of $3.075 CAD (around $2350 US as of October 2016) includes ten-night double accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Only three places left. Visit website


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

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Capturing the Light: Painting in Hope Valley near Lake Tahoe, CA
June 15-18, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Frustrated with trying to catch the ever-changing light condition while painting outdoors? Always wanted to learn about plein air painting but have been afraid to try? Need some inspiration to kick-start your work? This workshop is for you! Join Kathleen Dunphy, award-winning oil painter, for an intensive workshop of painting landscapes on location. Kathleen will walk you through her process for creating dynamic, light-filled paintings. All levels welcome, beginner to professional. This workshop starts with a comprehensive lecture on the fundamentals of good painting and tips for plein air work. Workshop includes lectures, hand-outs, demonstrations, lots of one-on-one instruction and painting on location with a variety of subject matter. Visit website


Location: Lake Tahoe, CA
Instructor: Kathleen Dunphy, kathleendunphy.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $750
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Elements of Landscape
June 17-24, 2017 (All Day) — The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual “elements” of landscape. “Elements” is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, easels & equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Rain or shine. Call 212-780-3216 Visit website


Location: Murlo, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,450 - US$2,810
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Italian Landscapes Painting Workshop with Yoga & Cooking
June 17-24, 2017 — Indulge in a variety of creative experiences and recharge your batteries through the power of Yoga. If you are passionate about all things Italian, then this course is for you. We will spend 6 mornings and two afternoons drawing, sketching and painting the beautiful local scenery and ancient hill-top towns. Your experienced and patient tutor will demonstrate and guide you through the use of various media. A great opportunity for beginners to explore different media and techniques. Experienced painters can create in stunning new surroundings and are invited to venture away from familiar media. Three 2 hour Hatha Yoga and and one fun cooking class are also included. Visit website


Location: Force, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $1,900
Email: John W. Skelcher

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Painting in Provence: Painting retreat for all artists
June 18-25, 2017 — Join us for a relaxed week of plein-air painting and fun among artists (all skill levels and all media are welcome) in the beautiful setting of Provence. Everything will be taken care of so you can fully immerse yourself in beautiful locations while enjoying the camaraderie of other artists without having to worry about the logistics. Spend your time painting, taking photos for future paintings and learning many of the customs and traditions of the area - and of course, enjoying the food and wine! There will not be any instruction on the trip, only artists painting together. This exceptional retreat for artists will take you to several beautiful locations during the week where you can choose the view that inspires you. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $2,990
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Watercolor Secrets of Russian Painting
June 19-23, 2017 — During this workshop, you will learn how to use the Alla Prima approach to create expressive works in watercolor. Konstantin will share his knowledge of this classic approach while utilizing contemporary techniques including wet-on-wet, dry brush, glazing, splashing, and masking. Students will also learn how to create convincing works without needing advanced drawing skills. The class schedule will include 2-3 painting demonstrations per day and opportunities to paint a variety of subjects. Students will learn distinct approaches for florals, landscapes, seascapes, interiors and portraits. This class will be mainly studio based with some opportunities to paint en Plein Air. Visit website


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

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Classic Black and White Photography with Your Digital Camera
June 19-21, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Discover Door County the way Ansel Adams discovered Yosemite. This seminar will investigate the history of black and white fine art film photography to inform your digital captures. The work of early practitioners Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Walker Evans, and Margaret Bourke-White will be discussed, followed by field expeditions and post-process editing. Armed with your digital camera or smartphone, you will explore the Door County landscape and create your own classic photographs. Afterward, you will translate your work into black-and-white images using editing software. Philip will guide you through the process of controlling contrast, cropping, stitching images together to create panoramas, creating sepia tones and vignettes, and adding grain for a vintage look. You will have the opportunity to make archival inkjet prints to take home. Visit website


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

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Fun Watercolor Techniques with Dawn Davis
June 20-22, 2017 (9am to 4pm) — Learn how Dawn gets all of her different edges with wet into wet and glazing. She will teach, composition, design, color theory and multiple fun ways to get special effects. Landscapes and flowerscapes. Join the fun in her Santa Fe studio. All levels welcome. You will have finished paintings to take home and frame! Enjoy wonderful Santa Fe restaurants, museums, and ambience in your spare time. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Dawn Davis
Sponsor: Dawn Davis Watercolors
Cost: $395.00
Email: Dawn Davis
Phone: 505-699-7314

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Keep It Simple and Strong: Painting Outdoors En Plein Air in Watercolor
June 26-30, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — Designed for those who would like to gain a better understanding of methods and techniques to create paintings with strong impact. The goal is to capture the essence of the subject quickly through the simplification process while painting en plein air. The process of simplification begins with visualization. Through various exercises and demonstrations, Keiko shows how you can take the initial inspiration to an expressive painting that is strong in composition and content. Seeing things with an artist’s eye includes: the preliminary drawing, editing a complex subject, what makes a good design, relationship of tonal values and colors, and a variety of techniques in paint application and brush handling. We will paint different subject(s) every day, en plein-air weather permitting. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, ktanabefineart.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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Infusing Life into Watercolor Landscapes
June 26-30, 2017 — In this five-day watercolor workshop, award winning Taiwanese artist and instructor Chien Chung-Wei will teach you how to identify and use simplified compositional design, structure and tones in your work to create interest and depth. Students can expect to take inspiration from the sights and scenes of Madeline Island and the surrounding areas while painting en Plein Air. Studio painting will also take place throughout the week. Chung-Wei’s teaching will focus mainly on the key elements of design rather than technique-based instruction, making this class best-suited for intermediate to advanced level artists. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level

Painting en Plein Air with Intention: 100 Strokes or Less
June 27-30, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Discover an innovative approach to plein air painting that encourages you to be thoughtful, yet direct as you create a painting, from start to finish, in 100 strokes or less. With no opportunity to rework, this method helps you to form a clear intention with each piece. You will learn to capture the spirit of your surroundings quickly and with a limited palette. The first two days of this workshop will be devoted to completing quick studies. Deliberately counting each stroke, whether the mark is small or stretches across the entire canvas and back, these studies will provide you with practice in your decision-making process. The following two days will be spent on location applying the same methods while working on more developed, final pieces. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Tim Deibler, www.TimDeibler.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $410, Non-Members: $445
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Capturing The Light and Atmosphere
June 27-29, 2017 — This workshop’s main objective is to teach artists how to see and paint with more confidence, to learn how to create wonderfully energized plein air paintings which capture the unique light and atmosphere the artist envisioned from the moment of their inspiration. Each day will include a demo, short lecture, AM painting scene, PM painting scene, solid individual guidance and valuable critiques, group critique optional. Drawing, Composition, Value, Color, Edges and Paint and Surface Manipulation will be covered. Oil, Acrylic and Watercolor mediums are welcome. Limited to 8 to 12 students. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Joseph Gyurcsak, www.josephgyurcsak.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $350
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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2 day Watercolor Painting Workshop
June 27-28, 2017 — European impressions in watercolor: How to paint the essence of old medieval European towns. The main focus of this workshop is Vlad's theory of 3 stages and 3 colors which are the core of his upcoming DVD "Watercolor Impressions". Visit website


Location: Stevensville, MD
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Chesapeake Fine Art Studio
Cost: $295
Email: Hai-Ou Hou
Phone: 410 200-8019

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Open Air Fundamentals
July 1-8, 2017 (All Day) — Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Call 212-780-3216 Visit website


Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,300 - US$2,660
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Painting the light of the Amalfi Coast
July 1-10, 2017 — Enjoy the spectacular nature and charming villages of the Amalfi Coast in this plein air painting workshop organized by the Amalfi Coast Festival and led by artist Gonzalo Ruiz-Navarro. Highlights: Maximum 12 students, all levels and mediums, art-related excursions, present your work at Festival exhibitions, join a vibrant community of visual and performing artists, lodging in 4-start hotel, daily concerts in local venues, special guest program for spouses and friends. Workshop will focus on 3 aspects: 1) Use of value and color to create the impression of light and achieve natural harmony in your paintings; 2) Compositional strategies to build a strong, expressive design; 3) Use of linear and aerial perspective to create the illusion of volume and depth. Visit website


Location: Amalfi Coast, Italy
Instructor: Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Sponsor: Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival
Cost: $2,975
Email: Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Phone: +1 202 468 9953

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Stitched Art Workshop in Greece
July 2-9, 2017 — We invite you to explore one of the world’s most beautiful, historic, and meaningful places: Greece, the cradle of modern civilization and home to spectacular scenery. Join talented textile artist Natalya Aikens and learn how to create hand stitched textural landscapes on the fly, to interpret the scenes before us with stitches and fabric, instead of with brushes and paints. As we wander the storied streets of Greece, we’ll pick out a special spot and make a thread sketch of the scene. We’ll snap a few pictures of the scene and later, in the hotel, we’ll work on the details while looking at our pictures as reference. Over the course of our workshop, we’ll balance sightseeing with sketching, creating and stitching. Visit website


Location: Nafplio, Greece
Instructor: Natalya Aikens, www.artbynatalya.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $3,295 Shared, $700 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 4-7, 2017 (8-12) — Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 505-303-0702

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Plein Air Landscape Painting
July 5-7, 2017 — Curtis’s workshop is designed for students of all levels who wish to improve their skills by focusing on the fundamentals of oil painting outdoors. Each day will begin with a brief discussion on a key principle of plein air painting: orientation, color value and design, after which students will work on their own composition while Curtis circulates to give personal instruction to each student. On the third day, there will be no discussion; the class will begin work immediately, and then break one hour earlier to allow for a group critique at the end of the day. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: David P. Curtis
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $300
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

Intermediate Level

Composition in Plein Air
July 6-8, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this fast-paced workshop, you will explore the distinctive plein air painting process of using a limited palette of water-mixable oils, non-traditional instruments, and composition as a storytelling tool. Charlie’s approach to painting will encourage you to try new techniques, observe your subject matter carefully, and enjoy yourself. Charlie will begin each morning with an outdoor painting demonstration that highlights methods and materials, the importance of drawing, and compositional strategies. Afternoons will be spent developing your work independently, using whatever methods you wish. At the end of each day, you will gather at the School for a spirited group critique and discussion of your progress. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Charlie Hunter, www.Hunter-Studio.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $410, Non-Members: $445
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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The Philadelphia Landscape
July 9 - August 6, 2017 (Sundays, 9am-2pm) — Craft your personal vision of Philadelphia’s picturesque landscape. Learn to build form, mix color, and create space with perspective, light and shadow. Instruction will address tips for working on-site and the history of painting the city. Locations in North Broad, Northern Liberties, Roxborough, and West Philadelphia will offer parking, shade, provisions and facilities. All media welcome. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Plein Air with Marjorie Glick in Orr's Island, Maine
July 9-13, 2017 (9:30-3:00) — Enjoy a watercolor workshop in a relaxing setting at an old family summer home known as Crow’s Nest. Crow’s Nest is nestled on top of a hill overlooking Harpswell Sound, with spectacular views from the large porch of sunset and water. Orr’s Island is a wonderful place to paint because of its varied scenery of quiet coves, rugged coastline, and quintessential New England buildings. Daily demonstrations, individualized instruction and critiques. Visit website


Location: Orrs Island, ME
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $450 workshop, $410 lodging
Email: Marjorie Glick
Phone: 617-787-3086

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5-Day Plein Air Workshop
July 10-14, 2017 — This workshop introduces the Prismatic Palette and its use in helping to capture the myriad light effects faced when painting en plein air. Correct use of the Prismatic Palette helps you judge values, using warm and cool tones to bring objects forward or push objects back, to depict light and shadow, and to describe the time as well as the type of day. The week will be spent painting outdoors at Joe’s favorite Island locations. Students can expect to paint two images daily — one in the morning and another in the afternoon. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Joe Paquet
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $850
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Intermediate Level

Landscapes Imagined and Observed
July 10-11, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Driven by playful exploration, this workshop will examine the visual language of the landscape. Utilizing strategies to simplify compositions, distill imagery, and invent space, you will create a series of plein air sketches and paintings to later be used as reference for abstraction and experimentation in the studio. You will begin by documenting the surrounding landscape while working on-site with sketching and painting materials; exploring composition and identifying value and color. You will then bring your observed work into the studio to use as inspiration for landscapes of your own imagining. A lecture and series of exercises will help you select your favorite moments from the plein air works, such as palette combinations, shapes, mark-making, or imagery, to inform a new painting. Visit website


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 11-14, 2017 (8-12) — Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 505-303-0702

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Best Techniques and Composition for Stunning Digital Images
July 17-21, 2017 (9am-12pm) — Learn to see and compose images utilizing the principles of design and digital techniques. You will examine the subjects of contemporary trends, master photography, and compositional strategies to draw conclusions and lead your practice to a higher level. This workshop begins by vieweing a range of photography, including your images, examples of Daniel’s work, and those of well-known artists. Learn how to combine and utilize visual elements to create a truly expressive photograph. Students will practice these skills out in the beautiful Door County landscape. Open to all digital camera formats and skill levels. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Daniel Anderson, www.DanielAndersonPhotography.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $245, Non-Members: $265
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Oil Painting Concepts and Techniques En Plein Air
July 17-21, 2017 — This workshop will focus on oil painting techniques in working directly from observation in the Maine landscape. The following concepts will be covered: 1) Approaches to composition in drawing and painting from observation such as gesture, tonal design, proportion, and atmospheric color harmony. 2) Materials and techniques in oil painting such as grounds, pigments, solvents, palette organization, and color mixing. 3) Landscape painting as a practice and as a source for other work. While this workshop is open to all levels, some experience in Drawing and/or Painting from observation is required. Limited to 12 students. See website for art supply list. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Christine Lafuente, www.christinelafuente.com
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $675
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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Painting Door County Barns en Plein Air
July 17-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The barns and pieces of rural architecture around Door County offer an opportunity to capture history on canvas. Their weathered boards and drooping roofs convey the character of the structures themselves, as well as the people who worked the land. This plein air workshop will focus on creating paintings that are structurally accurate, filled with authentic light, and vibrant in color. Kyle will discuss and demonstrate a variety of concepts, including the importance of drawing for accurate representation, how to identify and control value and color temperature to capture natural light, and how to mix and see color specific to your subject matter’s unique color harmony. Practice these skills, and more, out in the field with Kyle available for individualized feedback. Visit website


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

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Paint Rockland, Maine, with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 17-21, 2017 (8:30-4:30) — Join top plein air painter, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting scenic Midcoast Maine. Think boats, the working waterfront and vistas! Michael will teach you how to capture the moment without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day, you’ll start in the studio learning basic principles and exploring the fundamentals for painting outdoors. Once in the field and following a demonstration, you will be set free to paint, using the tools Michael has discussed, and he will offer personal help at your easel. Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $650
Email: Lyn Donovan
Phone: 207-594-4813

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The Poetic Landscape
July 19-21, 2017 (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) — Learn methods that will help you look past the overwhelming details of the landscape and compose a well-edited painting with a concise visual message. We’ll also address how to make every stroke count, considering the particulars of how you apply pigment to surface and how the quality of the application will contribute to your painting’s message. A generous, talented, humble and beloved instructor, Barbara welcomes pastel painters and oil painters alike. If you work in both media—great. Barbara takes time to work individually with students at their easels. Her demonstrations are wonderful, informative, and she is full of great tips and tricks she’s learned over her many years as a professional and teaching artist. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke, barbarajaenicke.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $400
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Shape-Shifting: Abstracting Nature in Watermedia
July 19-22, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, you will examine the natural world through the lens of abstraction. Focusing on the relationships of color and shape within the landscape, instead of individual objects, will lead you to practical solutions in shifting your painting practice toward more innovative avenues of expression. Using design principles as the underpinning of each composition, you will work from sketches and photo references. In addition to sharing technical strategies in watermedia, Dale will demonstrate how to use subjects as a source for abstraction by simplifying images and breaking them down to their core visual elements. This workshop will consist of demonstrations, slide lectures, individual instruction, and group critiques. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Dale Laitinen, www.DaleLaitinen.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $485, Non-Members: $520
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Landscape / Seascape Painting Workshop - Pastels or Oils
July 20-22, 2017 (9:00am - 4:00pm) — Located on Magnificent Aquidneck Island in Narragansett Bay – Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Join Douglas House in this grand painting adventure. Has your spirit ever been elevated to new heights by listening to great music or by being witness to a wondrous landscape and wishing you could create that beauty by painting? Well you can, just like the great masters. Instructor demonstrations will teach students how to create beautiful landscapes or seascapes using color, perspective, detail and thoughtfully developed compositions practicing and exploring various techniques with individualized advice and focused direction. You can see Doug's work at www.douglashousefineart.com Visit website


Location: Portsmouth, RI
Instructor: Douglas L. House
Sponsor: Portsmouth Arts Guild
Cost: $350.00
Email: Suzanne Lewis
Phone: 401-293-5278

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Creating Abstract Landscapes with Water-Mixable Oils
July 21-22, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Use the visual language of color and design to foster an abstract approach to landscape painting. You will learn techniques involving color mixing, brush handling, and when to employ tightness versus looseness in a composition. Discover methods for keeping your work as fresh as possible, while simultaneously building a foundation in abstraction. Rob will share the versatility of water-mixable oils through demonstrations, exercises, and individualized attention. You can expect to complete a series of experiments concerning composition, design principles, and expression. Visit website


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

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Atmospheric Watercolors
July 21-24, 2017 — Bring your painting skill to a higher level! Learn how to paint luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal values, color and edge. In this class, Frank will share advanced painting techniques to create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Topics will include design and composition, color and lighting, positives and negatives, simplification of shape, and atmospheric effects. Frank works in a direct, loose style influenced by the Old World masters. Typical in his art are color mixes and light that evoke nostalgia while remaining absolutely in the present. Frank's watercolor workshops reach beyond technique, encouraging individual expression and observing the elusive balance of forces that create beauty in painting. All levels are welcome but students should have an understanding of the watercolor medium. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Frank Eber, www.frankeber.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $500
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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


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

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Plein Air Painting on the Delaware
July 24-28, 2017 (10am-3pm) — Paint the spectacular views of the Delaware River from the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing. Museum access offers the opportunity to tour the collection, see boat builders in action, and access the facilities. Includes a session on the river in the museum’s excursion boat, à la Claude Monet! Parking/transportation available. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney, www.joesweeneyart.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 24-28, 2017 (8-12) — Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 505-303-0702

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Oils: Essential Plein Air
July 24-28, 2017 — Join Bryan Mark Taylor on stunning Madeline Island in Lake Superior for this five day Plein Air Painting workshop. He will guide you through an incredible week of painting with the unique light and color only the Island affords! Bryan’s workshops are for professional and aspiring artists who want to develop an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of outdoor painting through accelerated learning techniques based on the latest scientific research. The workshop will focus the artist on effectively capturing light, atmosphere and mood in paint while using strong composition and color harmony. Visit website


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

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Painting Landscapes from Photographs
July 24-26, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will paint a landscape in the studio using photographs. The goal will be to create simple designs that have a strong foundation and a well thought out composition. Students will learn to create a feeling of the landscape that gives the painting life, instead of just copying a photograph. Linda will discuss how to paint from your focal point out while paying attention to values, composition and edges. This workshop will include instructor demonstrations and plenty of individual attention. In past workshops, students have been very inspired by the amount of photographs supplied by the instructor, which include subject matter from Grand Canyon, desert vistas, interior forest and high mountain scenes. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $375
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Plein Air Painting in Colorado
July 24-28, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Join Mark for a five-day intensive plein air workshop in the beautiful Rocky Mountains outside of Boulder, Colorado. Mark will take his students high into the mountains, just west of Boulder, to paint crashing streams and epic vistas. Students will watch Mark demo each day, and then receive personalized one-on-one critiques of their work as they paint. Portable equipment and transportation required. Visit website


Location: Boulder, CO
Instructor: Mark Boedges, www.markboedges.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Discover Oil Painting
July 28-29, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Discover the joy of painting in oil! Students will study both transparent and opaque applications of oil in order to achieve rich, glowing color. The basics of oil painting will be presented with a simple landscape as inspiration, using one of the methods featured in her North Light Book Discover Oil Painting. A photo will be provided, but students are welcome and encouraged to paint from their own reference material. There will be demos, exercises, critique and lots of painting time. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Landscape Painting From Memory
July 29-30, 2017 (9am to 4pm) — Spend time outdoors observing color, light, form, and line within the surrounding landscape, then move into the studio to work from memory. Expand your visual language and explore new directions in painting through sensory perception. Emphasis will be on interpreting color, energy, texture, emotion and sense of place within the painted canvas. Donna will support individual artistic growth by providing feedback on works in progress. Open to artists working in all paint media. Visit website


Location: Grand Marais, MN
Instructor: Donna Bruni
Sponsor: Donna Bruni Art | Studio 600
Cost: $190.00
Email: Donna Bruni Cox
Phone: 612-281-2863

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


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

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Learning to See Your Subject en Plein Air
July 31 - August 3, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The act of seeing is a crucial skill for any artist. In this workshop, you will explore the specifics of learning to see your subject matter, interpret its visual elements, and translate that information to canvas. The fundamental principles of plein air painting will be emphasized, as you work to capture form, atmosphere, and space. Mitch will provide demonstrations on a variety of topics, including creating sound compositions, identifying value and color, and using edge. You will work en plein air to apply these concepts. If there is inclement weather, you will work in the studio. Individual attention will be a high priority. This workshop is open to oil and acrylic painters, however all demonstrations will be done in oil. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.MitchBaird.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $515, Non-Members: $550
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Be Brave and Have Fun with Watercolour
July 31 - August 4, 2017 — In this workshop you will work with Herman to develop your own artistic vision, and develop approaches to solve compositional challenges. The intention of this class is to meet you exactly where you are and to support the production of work that expands your practice in a personal way. There will be plenty of individual instruction throughout the week, and Herman will include lecture, discussion and demonstrations of particular techniques. You will learn about colour mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges. You will be exploring landscapes, waterscapes and streetscapes, focusing on various techniques. Visit website


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

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A Central Oregon Summer
July 31 - August 4, 2017 (9 AM - 4 PM Mon - Thur 9 AM - 3 PM Friday) — Pastel Society of America Hall of Fame pastelist Richard McKinley will demonstrate how to produce a concise field-sketch on location with pastel and how underpainting techniques can expand creativity, both on location and in studio. Forming the initial concept to the final pastel marks necessary to make a painting work will be covered. Through individual attention, group critiques, and class discussions, you will leave with a clear understanding of the universal basics of painting. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Richard McKinley
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $755
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Freedom of Brushstroke in Watercolor
July 31 - August 3, 2017 — Academically trained master watercolorist Vladislav Yeliseyev (Vlad) will show you how to quickly capture the essence of the scenery with dynamic and powerful impressionistic approach. The artwork’s main message must be heard loud and clear and Vlad will show you how it is done in watercolor. Vlad is a professional drawing and watercolor teacher year round at Renaissance School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and he knows how to make progress with his students. It does not matter if you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced level because his method of teaching is through an individual approach. Vlad developed color mixing techniques specifically tailored for his students so their journey to fine arts would be enjoyable and effective. Visit website


Location: Landgrove, VT
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Landgrove Inn - InView Center for the Arts
Cost: $480
Email: Thomas
Phone: 800.669.8466

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Watercolor Painting
August 1-3, 2017 — Paint the summer colors at this beautiful and historic location overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River Valley while relaxing in the comfort of the Gibson House Inn. This workshop will focus on plein air landscape painting with some classroom instruction and will be open to all abilities. Born 1954, in Rochester, NY, Robert O'Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for thirty years. Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on landscape and architectural studies. The artist finds beauty in the ordinary, subtle reminders of everyday life in rural New England. In his own words, he is driven "to capture the vanishing landscape in my paintings" before they disappear forever as a result of the steady hand of "progress." Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Robert O'Brien, www.robertjobrien.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $275
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 1-4, 2017 (8-12) — Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 505-303-0702

Intermediate Level

Vision It! Capture it! Finish It!
August 3-6, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop we will explore the three phases of artful image creation. There will be daily location shooting, where John will work with you to achieve the images that spark your inner artist and tell your story. The field shooting sessions will be followed by midday critique sessions to hone in on effective ways to improve your images. During the afternoon sessions you will learn powerful post-processing techniques create images that will capture the viewer’s imagination. Join us for a week of exploration into the powerful storytelling ability of photographs in the beautiful setting of Whidbey Island. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Landscape on Rice Paper
August 5, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this one-day workshop, students will paint beautiful, colorful landscapes in watercolor on rice paper. The crinkles in the rice paper add lovely abstract shapes. These work very well depicting foliage and the paintings resemble batiks. The morning will consist of a color harmony and composition lesson and demonstration of this exciting technique. Students will receive individual instruction and will mount their rice paper onto watercolor paper and continue layering color for a stunning landscape. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Linda Pullinsi, www.lindapullinsi.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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Door County's Golden Hour
August 7-10, 2017 (11am-4pm) — The moments just after sunrise and just before sunset yield dramatic light known as the Golden Hour. At that time of day, the sun’s rays are warmer, more diffuse, and its low angle creates spectacular conditions. Painters and photographers alike seek this ephemeral quality of light and relish in the moment. This hands-on workshop encourages exploration during the Golden Hour while instilling fundamental photographic techniques. This workshop encompasses a balanced curriculum structured around daily explorations and studio instruction. You will develop technical skills with conceptual assignments offering creative challenges. Mornings and evenings are reserved for photography. Midday will be spent in and around the studio, where the focus will be on core photographic principles, image design, critical discussions, and the history of the medium. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Travis Roozée, www.TravisRoozee.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $485
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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


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

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


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 8-11, 2017 (8-12) — Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 505-303-0702

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Composing the Landscape
August 8-10, 2017 — In this workshop we will learn about composition, editing the landscape and choosing the important elements. Using values and color to complete your idea. You will also learn some ideas about how to deal with the changing light, and getting the most out of your subject. The palette and color mixing will be discussed. I will begin the day with a demonstration to help students navigate the landscape after the demo. I will give individual critique to the class as they paint. One evening we will have a group critique. We shall work on the grounds or in a location that is close to the Gibson house. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: T. M. Nicholas
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $350
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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Painting on Location in Santorini, Greece
August 9-15, 2017 — For artists who crave the open air, who love landscapes and sunsets, who draw inspiration from ancient architecture and historical sites, Greece is a destination that stirs the soul. Santorini is a place of startling beauty and the wisdom of the millennia. It is a place where a single, timeworn cobblestone has seen more life, more color, more history than we could ever experience in a lifetime. It is a place that burrows into our hearts, demands attention, and brands us with memories and experiences that inspire new creativity. If you have ever dreamed of swimming on a rooftop, or of painting under a golden sun… If you have ever wished to put memory and experience to canvas… join us! Visit website


Location: Santorini, Greece
Instructor: Susan Nichter, susannichter.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $3,825 Shared, $4,425 Single
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Sketch the Different Flavors of Montreal
August 9-16, 2017 (9:30-2:30) — Montreal is a beautiful, almost European city, right here in North America! It's my home town! Acceptable Media: Pen & Ink, Watercolor, Gouache, water-soluble crayons, or graphite. Skill Level: From beginners (with at least some minimal experience in sketching or painting...not necessarily experience in plein air) up to advanced levels are invited. Includes: Shared accommodations in a quaint yet updated Montreal apartment, workshop instruction for 6 days, continental breakfast every day, and 2 dinners. Not included: Airfare, travel to and from the airport, lunches, 5 dinners, Metro or bus fares, sightseeing, museum or garden entry fees, and personal expenses. Visit website


Location: Montreal, Canada
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Sponsor: Helen K Beacham Fine Art
Cost: $1500.00
Email: Helen K Beacham
Phone: 843-408-5240

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Painting the Bluffs of Whidbey with Mike Hernandez in Gouache or Oil
August 11-13, 2017 — Mike will cover the important fundamentals of composition, color relationships, lighting, atmospheric perspective, simplification and shape design through the use of gouache. This is a great workshop for anyone interested in painting plein air and would like to learn how to capture a sense of natural and/or stylized lighting/color into their work. Mike will start off the 3-day workshop with a lecture on Friday morning and demos in the afternoon, covering color, composition design, lighting design, simplification and atmospheric perspective. Lecture will include still digital images. Day two and three will be a full session of outdoor painting. Mike will go around and give hands on instruction during the class. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Mike Hernandez
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $450
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Modern Impressionism In Action
August 12-15, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Colley Whisson believes "It is not what you paint but how you paint it". He has a strong belief that he is not copying nature but giving expression to visual ideas. Colley teaches the fundamentals needed to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and sensitivity to the subject. Colley's workshops are conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. In this workshop, he will focus on tone, composition, brushwork, color saturation, and pay special attention to the importance of edges. Colley employs a step-by-step process, demonstrating to all levels of students the best approach to constructing a painting. Weather permitting, Colley will conduct an outdoor demonstration to show his approach to working on site, or 'en plein air'. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Colley Whisson, www.colleywhisson.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $625 by June 1; $675 after June 1
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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Kimberley Artist's Adventure with Nada Murphy
August 13-19, 2017 (10am) — Explore the rugged beauty of the iconic Kimberley region on this challenging artist's adventure. Experience life on an outback cattle station, get to know colourful characters, access locations not open to the public, travel deep into the landscape and encounter unique wildlife. Stay in a Bush Hut or shared Bunkhouse room with one night camped beside a pristine, private billabong. Average 2 art workshop sessions per day over five days. Visit website


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

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Landscape Astro-Photography
August 14-18, 2017 — This is a 5-day workshop and will include an ‘Introduction to Capturing the Night Sky’, three nights of shooting under the stars, and two days of post processing tutorials. We will concentrate on capturing the Milky Way, creating star trails, light painting, panoramas, depth-of-field blending, composites, aurora borealis (if visible), time-lapse photography and create time-lapsed videos. You will receive a comprehensive, 70 page booklet with step-by-step instructions about all phases of photographing and post processing for personal reference. You will leave this course with a deep understanding of the night sky and a thorough combination of skills, tools, and resources to move forward with your abilities. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Brad Goldpaint
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $1,200
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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5-Day Plein Air Painting Workshop in Beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada
August 14-18, 2017 (9 am-5 pm) — Join artist James Middleton for a 5-day outdoor painting workshop on the beautiful South Shore of Nova Scotia, Canada. The workshops offer a good balance between friendly interchange and education. They will be a relaxed, yet informative experience for all participants. Subjects covered: • Various ways to start a painting. • Making quick field sketches to determine compositions. • Making preliminary value sketches. • Types of light and value planes. • Understanding cool/warm colours. • Simplifying detail for a more powerful statement. • Understanding edges (soft, hard and lost). • Creating atmospheric perspective. And more. If you are coming from out-of-province, I recommend staying a few extra days – or even longer – to enjoy the spectacular Bluenose Coast! Visit website


Location: LaHave, Canada
Instructor: James Middleton
Cost: $477.00 USD
Email: James Middleton
Phone: 902-693-2093

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


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

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Creating Depth Through Value, Color and Tone
August 14-18, 2017 — Learn how to paint luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal values, color and edge. In this class, Frank will share advanced painting techniques to create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Topics will include design and composition, color and lighting, positives and negatives, simplification of shape, and atmospheric effects. The techniques you will learn in Frank’s workshop transcend the watercolor medium, as they are applicable to oils, acrylics, tempera, and pastels. Visit website


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

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Capturing Beauty in Door County
August 14-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, learn the theory behind, and how to use, nature’s Golden Grids to improve your photographs and compositions. Discussion will be based on design principles, such as color, composition, shape, framing, and light, as well as how the brain processes images. Each day, you will explore iconic and dramatic scenery around Door County while taking photographs. Images will be discussed between shooting locations. The most successful images will be highlighted and featured on the Capturing Door County Flick’r page. A signed release form is required. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Jim Kropp, www.CapturingBeautyBooks.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $400, Non-Members: $435 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Calvin Liang Artist Workshop
August 15-18, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Award-winning artist Calvin Liang will be teaching with a focus on painting on location from direct observation. Plein air painting is a foundational part of training the eye to better understand the concepts of composition, design, and color harmony. Plan a composition that will most effectively capture your vision. See and use warm and cool color in landscape. Learn to command hardness and softness of the edges to create space in a painting. Consider the reasons for different paint textures and brushstroke direction. Simplify the subject through the use of design, value, color, and drawing and get the best results in a short time. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction. Visit website


Location: Newport Beach, CA
Instructor: Calvin Liang
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Cost: $650
Email: Debra Huse Gallery
Phone: 949.723.6171

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 15-18, 2017 (8-12) — Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 505-303-0702

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Modern Impressionism-In-Action
August 17-20, 2017 — Colley will ensure that each student has the fundamentals to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and a sensitivity to our subject. Colley will be focusing his attention on tone, composition, brushwork, color saturation and paying special attention to the importance of edges. Colley will employ a step-by-step process allowing all students the best chance to see the way a painting is constructed. His workshop will be conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. Students of all skill levels in oil & acrylic are welcome. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Colley Whisson, www.colleywhisson.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $650
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Watercolor Basics with Cynthia Quinn
August 19-20, 2017 (9:30am-4:30pm) — This class will cover the following topics, time permitting and based on student interest: Pigment properties, Masking & lifting techniques, Color mixing using the color wheel, Brushwork & texture options, Wash & glazing techniques, Working from photos & from life, Making shadows. You can bring photos of things you’d like to paint, or actual objects. Cynthia Quinn has been painting in oils and watercolor for 25 years, and is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. The reason she paints? She never tires of the challenges and how it develops awareness of the world around her. Visit website


Location: Prairie du Sac, WI
Instructor: Cynthia Quinn
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Cost: $125
Email: Kristina Coopman
Phone: 608-643-5215

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Discover a New Way of Seeing Color
August 21-25, 2017 (9am-4:30pm) — We'll start out the first two days doing still life study out of doors which will prepare us to tackle the landscape. Next two days we'll be on location painting the landscape. I'll be teaching the structure of the landscape - what is important to include as well as what to leave out. On the last day we'll do color studies of the figure (in the Hensche/Hawthorne "mudhead" tradition). We'll focus on the development of strong starts, and expressing the big masses, light key and aerial perspective with color. I'll be doing demos throughout the workshop. Each day you'll do a color study before lunch, followed by one or two color studies in the afternoon. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Camille Przewodek
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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Painting the Impressionist Landscape
August 21-25, 2017 — Once you enter the glorious world of Impressionist color you will never go back. I believe, as Henry Hensche did, that Impressionism is the universal foundation of beautiful color in all contemporary painting today. If you are a beginning artist, I am delighted to have the opportunity to introduce you to the joys of painting 'en plein aire.' If you have been painting for a long time and wish to take your work to new and greater heights, then you have come to a great starting place. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Lois Griffel, www.loisgriffel.com
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $750
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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Oils: Plein Air from Dawn to Dusk
August 21-25, 2017 — Leon’s specialty is his ability to capture the brilliant color and light available during morning and evening, so students should be prepared for possible early morning and evening sessions to take advantage of Madeline Island’s unique light and colors available during these times. The basics of perspective and tone will be reviewed, along with the more subtle and interesting aspects of painting, such as composition and the effects of light, shadow and color that will bring your painting alive and create more wow factor. Visit website


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 22-25, 2017 (8-12) — Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 505-303-0702

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Seeing Expressive Color with Pastel & Oil
August 22-24, 2017 — Discover how to see beyond the obvious within the plein air landscape, and use expressive color to capture the essence of mood and atmosphere in sky, water, and more. Whether you work in pastel, oil, or both mediums, you will learn to see the depth of color and create a unique and personally expressive plein air painting. Skilled in both pastel and oil, Susan is a seasoned plein air painter that will lead you to your personal color expression in the medium of your choice. Each day will begin with a short demo focusing on methods that will aid in color expression. The use of underpainting and color mixing will be explored in both pastel and oil. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Susan Nicholas Gephart, www.snicholasart.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $275
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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


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

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The Pastel Landscape, from Plein Air to Studio
August 25-27, 2017 (9:30am-4:30pm) — This 3-day workshop will focus on gathering information through field sketches, small plein air paintings and color studies that will be used as your inspiration for further studio work. We will utilize the basics of composition and color in the field to inform and create more expressive, meaningful pieces in the studio. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Lyn Asselta, lynasselta.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $395
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Painting Canyon De Chelly: Arizona
August 25-27, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Paint the West! Canyon de Chelly is a stunning park. The atmosphere, composition, and breathtaking views set up for a dream-come-true painting location. Students will be along the rim of the canyon for many striking scenes which will also be easily accessed from your vehicle. There are a number of local lodging options and campgrounds to take advantage of, the School will supply a variety of recommended options. If you have been hesitant to make your move from studio painting to plein air painting, or if you are a more experienced artist, this is a great class for you. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Gardens of Portland
August 26-27, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Field locations: Swan Island Dahlias & Portland Japanese Garden. These two locations, though drastically different offer some of the best possible experience for both landscape and close up photography. This is certainly not the Grand Canyon, or Death Valley National Park, where the expanse is the order of the day. Here we will learn to take our time, look, see and take in the beauty all around us, and “work the subject” to come away with nothing less than amazing, almost surreal images. If you own a macro lens, certainly bring it. However, great close up images are available with all lenses available. Great images can be made with telephoto lenses. I strongly suggest using a tripod. Visit website


Location: Portland, OR
Instructor: Jack Graham
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $350
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Watercolor Plein Air with Marjorie Glick in Deer Isle, Maine
August 27-31, 2017 (9:30-3:00) — This workshop is geared towards all levels and will focus on how color and paint handling can be used to create your own interpretation of the landscape. Each day begins with a demonstration that will address the specifics of the landscape at hand, followed by painting on your own with individual guidance from Marjorie. This magical coastal landscape is an inspiring place to paint and sets the stage for you to have a wonderful artistic experience with an accomplished artist who loves to teach. The schedule is both structured and flexible to allow you to set your own pace with ample time to just feel the breeze and savor the moment. Visit website


Location: Stonington, ME
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $550
Email: Marjorie Glick
Phone: 617-787-3086

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"Carmel By The Sea" En Plein Air
August 28-31, 2017 (8:30am-4:30pm) — Paint along the Monterey and Carmel Coastline en plain air with Plein Air Painters of America member, Randall Sexton. Open to all levels, this 3 (or 4) day workshop is especially geared to encourage the experienced artist to reach greater heights in their work. Sexton will review the basics of solid picture making - while sharing his own methods for simplifying the complex. Three days (weather permitting) will be spent on location en plain air, while an (optional) fourth studio day will focus on simplifying the figure directly (with a model). Daily demonstrations will be followed up with individual assistance at the easel. Visit website


Location: Carmel, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Cost: $600 for 3 Days, $800 for 4 Days
Contact: Rich Brimer
Phone: 831.620.2955

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Five-Day Plein Air Workshop
August 28 - September 1, 2017 — This plein air workshop is for painters working in oils, pastels and acrylics. Marc works in all three mediums on location and in the studio, and is happy to instruct artists in any of the three. You’ll leave the workshop having spent five days studying the basic elements of painting: Drawing, Value, Color, Edges and Design and Concept. You may not go home with paintings that need framing, but you will go home with a portfolio full of valuable exercises that you can refer back to as you move forward in your own painting process. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Marc R. Hanson
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $850
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Seeking the Spontaneous in Watercolor
August 28 - September 1, 2017 — During this workshop you will explore the light and shade on waterscapes, landscapes, and street scenes on and around beautiful Madeline Island. There will be a focus on subjects containing movement, color and light with the emphasis on freeing up and building strength to the watercolor. Technique will be explored as will brush handling skills. It will suit the keen devotee of watercolor and those who wish to push on further. David's workshops are taught in a relaxed atmosphere and he encourages all who attend to stay positive and enjoy the journey in watercolor. Visit website


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 29 - September 1, 2017 (8-12) — Join top plein air painter, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and working waterfront. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals are assumed so we can move to the finer points. We will study design, color usage and work to achieve personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 505-303-0702

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Intro to Pastel Painters
September 2-4, 2017 (9-4) — 3 day landscape workshop for artists who have not yet had the opportunity to study with Richard McKinley. Workshop will provide opportunity to work in the field and indoors. Richard shares his vast knowledge thru slide presentations, demos, critiques and discussions. Visit website


Location: Chicago area, IL
Instructor: Richard McKinley
Sponsor: Chicago Pastel Painters
Cost: $445
Email: Tatijana Jacenkiw
Phone: 708-557-0797

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Plein-Air Painting Workshop in Italy
September 3-10, 2017 — For artists, Italy speaks to the soul; it burrows deep, inspiring wonder and awe, infusing our spirits, nourishing creation and instilling within us indelible experiences we will carry forever. Join us for en plein air, sketching and painting in the Italian countryside! We will draw inspiration from the local architecture and landscapes, creating an intimate and artistic travelogue of our experience. Immersed in the food and wine of the region and a warm community of chefs, artists and local peoples, this promises to be an authentic and enriching personal voyage. Our workshop is dedicated to painting guidance with sketching and watercolors; instruction with composition, light & shadow, line & form, color & palette, and creative approaches to utilizing techniques. Visit website


Location: Chianti, Italy
Instructor: Lori Dell, loridell.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $4,295 Shared, $700 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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


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

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Painting in Provence: Travel Watercolor Sketching
September 4-11, 2017 — Join Deborah Rubin for 8 days in the heart of Provence. Learn to sketch and paint in a journal, travel to great places, and have fun all at the same time! This class is for anyone and everyone who wants to record travel experiences in a personal way. You will use minimal materials: a small watercolor journal, small case of paints, ink pen, and two brushes, all in a small carrying case or tote bag. Learning to travel sketch is learning to see as well. You will start with small subjects and build to larger imagery by the end of the week adding elements of design like color, contrast, and composition. Maximum of 12 particpants. Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Deborah Rubin, www.deborahrubin.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting Color and Light in Plein Air Watercolor
September 4-8, 2017 — Beginners and advanced painters alike will learn about light and color and the way juicy and vibrant watercolor behaves, "dealing with dark values in watercolor", "secrets of painting reflections" and much, much more. Lots of student painting time along with personal help is available every day. We'll all learn a lot and have fun painting plein air watercolors in the spectacular setting of Acadia National Park. Steve Rogers AWS, NWS, TWSA has conducted watercolor workshops for nearly 40 years throughout the US and Europe. His paintings have won hundreds of awards in juried competitions including the National Watercolor Society Purchase Award -"Best of Show" in 2006 and four awards in the American Watercolor Society. See website for art supply list. Visit website


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

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


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

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Painting in Belgium: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 6-13, 2017 — Develop your ability to look at the complexity of the scene in front of you, and focus your vision so that you can design a good painting that speaks of the essence of the scene, rather than merely reporting the things in it. Every painting should have a concept, and your composition, colors and techniques must work towards bringing your concept to life. In this workshop you will learn how to judge the ratio of pigment and water in order to get the desired color and value the first time, combine pigments for glowing, transparent mixtures, and use your brush most effectively. Visit website


Location: Flanders, Belgium
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Next Level/Reunion Workshop
September 6-8, 2017 (9-4) — 3 day pastel landscape workshop for artists who have previously studied with Richard McKinley. Visit website


Location: Chicago area, IL
Instructor: Richard McKinley
Sponsor: Chicago Pastel Painters
Cost: $445
Email: Tatijana Jacenkiw
Phone: 708-557-0797

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


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

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Painting Barns and Buildings on Whidbey Island with TJ Cunningham
September 9-12, 2017 — During this comprehensive landscape class both plein air and studio painting will be thoroughly discussed. Often, work created in the studio lacks the energy of paintings created outdoors from direct observation. However, time constraints generally limit the design, finish, and size of a plein air piece. The focus of this class will be the process of taking information from both life studies and photographs and combining them into authentic, fully realized, studio paintings - bringing the best of both worlds together. TJ will give daily demonstrations and individual attention to each student over this four day workshop. We will spend most of the time outdoors painting Whidbey Island barns en plein air then finish the paintings in the studio. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: TJ Cunningham
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $550
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Trinity Plein Air Retreat 2017
September 10-15, 2017 — Paint along side local Artist Elizabeth Burry, in this unique retreat designed for the novice to the expert artist who would like to combine their love of painting with exploring & experiencing one of the most scenic areas of Newfoundland & Labrador. This is not an instructional workshop however there will be time dedicated each afternoon to group sharing with fellow painters. Spend your time learning and painting, living, relaxing & enjoying unique experiences to make your week one to remember. This retreat is designed with a focus on multiple afternoon & evening activities, while allowing time for individual expression and exploration in morning painting sessions. Visit website


Location: Trinity NL, Canada
Instructor: Elizabeth Burry
Sponsor: Elizabeth Burry Studios
Cost: varies
Email: Elizabeth
Phone: 709-697-1061

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Don Andrews
September 10-21, 2017 — Join us for an unforgettable painting workshop in France! All levels of painting experience welcome. Don is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota. His paintings have received numerous awards in national competitions, including many awards from the American Watercolor Society. A nationally known artist and teacher, Don has conducted over 200 painting workshops throughout North America and Europe. He is the author of Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Watercolor, and Rough Sketches, as well as the video, Making Watercolor Glow. Don's newest book is called, Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor. Visit website


Location: Honfleur and Dinan, France
Instructor: Don Andrews
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $3,695 painters, $3,495 non-painters
Email: Cris Weatherby
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Staying Afloat in Watercolor
September 11-15, 2017 (9 AM - 4 PM Mon - Thur 9 AM - 3 PM Friday) — Capture the fleeting moments! David will show you the best way to tackle painting the rugged coastline, the sea with its character, the calm waters and boats in the beautiful harbor, and street scenes along the harbor and about the city offering movement, color, and atmosphere. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results. Visit website


Location: Monterey, CA
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795 (includes $100 food vouchers)
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Painting Trip - Provence, France
September 11-18, 2017 — Watercolor Painting Tour/Workshop with French Escapade. “Don’t Be a Tourist – Be Our Guest!” We will stay in a restored farmhouse located in the heart of Provence, in a very charming non-touristy village. Provence is that perfect environment where color and light meet together to produce stunning results waiting to be expressed on watercolor paper. The artwork's main message must be heard loud and clear and I will show you how it is done in even the most complicated settings en Plein Air. There will be demos, one on one instructions and plenty of time to paint and make friends. This is your chance to paint a painting you always dreamed of… Visit website


Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Plein Air in Santorini, Greece
September 13-19, 2017 — For those who love the open air, panoramic landscapes, the golden sun, and the turquoise Aegean, there is plein air painting. For those who love culture, history, and unforgettable cuisine, there is Santorini - a feast for your senses and your canvas. It is as beautiful today as it was millennia ago: a place of hilltop vistas and crashing waves, amazing sunsets and ancient cityscapes. If these possibilities stir your creative soul and awaken your wanderlust, then welcome to a workshop tailor-made for you. Come, revel in the glory of Greece with us. Step out into the salty sea air. Sip wine with us. Climb ruins and walk volcanoes with us. Paint plein air with us! Visit website


Location: Santorini, Greece
Instructor: Allison Watson
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $3,295 Shared, $3,995 Single
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Photographing Door County's Night Sky
September 13-16, 2017 (1-4pm) — With low levels of light pollution, Door County is an excellent place to capture the night sky. The dark sky makes the stars bright and crisp, the Milky Way shimmer, and the Northern Lights dance. This workshop will introduce you to software, applications, and techniques that will improve your ability to capture the night sky. Before heading out on location, you will spend time in the studio with Dan as he shares his process. You will discuss best practices for capturing images using your DSLR, as well how to edit them with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. You will spend at least one night (weather and cloud dependent) on the beach at Newport State Park capturing a star trail and perhaps even the Northern Lights. Visit website


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

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Experiments in Mixed Media, Part II
September 14-15, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop may be taken with, or separately, from Part I. Students can expect to complete one or more paintings per day. Carol’s abstracted tree paintings are very popular and her step by step approach makes for a very high rate of student success. Emphasis will be placed on tonal relationships of dark on light, and light on dark. You will make fantastic foliage with course pumice gel and crackle paste, and you will use a variety of specialty papers to add texture, and create vibrant colorful landscapes. Carol’s Effortless Abstracts are a unique approach to abstraction that takes your left brain out of the equation. The random aspect of this method makes for delightfully unexpected results. Visit website


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

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Black & White Photography: The Art of Seeing
September 15-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop in Black & White photography will emphasize the cultivation of a poetic eye. Accordingly, an interpretive style will be advocated. And to reinforce this approach a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of composition and design will be provided as we consider the role of line, shape, texture, and depth along with light and time. Field excursions with the instructor will be conducted in Coupeville & vicinity. These field sessions will provide an opportunity for classroom evaluation. As well, one on one sessions with instructor Robert Stahl will be available to review material brought to the workshop (digital files and/or prints). Come join us for this stimulating workshop on the art of seeing deeply in Black and White. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Robert Stahl
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $400
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Palette Knife Landscape Painting: Lose the Brush!
September 15-16, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Embrace the freedom that comes from decisive, impasto knife application. Work went-into-wet in either oil or acrylic (oil is preferred). Plan, design, sketch and complete at least two or more compositions in the workshop. Reinforcement of traditional fundamentals including color theory, values, temperature management, large masses, focal point emphasis, simplification of detail and soft edges. All with a palette knife! No brushes allowed. Learn to identify and solve ‘problems’ ahead of time to ensure beautiful results. This is a fun, relaxed atmosphere that will push even the most advanced artists out of their comfort zones and open a new door to passionate expressionism. Use your own well-composed landscape, cityscape or seascape photographs or, use some provided by the instructor. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Renee Palmer Jones, www.RPJFineArt.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $225
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Open Air Fundamentals
September 16-23, 2017 (All Day) — Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Call 212-780-3216 Visit website


Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,300 - US$2,660
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 18-25, 2017 — Join Michael Reardon for 8 days of painting under the Provencal sun. Each day will begin with a demo from Michael followed by one-on-one instruction. The small size class will ensure plenty of individual attention. The day concludes with an informal review of the day's work over a glass of wine, watching the day slide into evening. Michael Reardon has been painting in watercolor for over 25 years. An avid traveler, he uses watercolor to record his observations, convey a sense of place and light and communicate his impressions of the built, natural, and imagined worlds. Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Michael Reardon, www.mreardon.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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


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

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Plein Air Painting at the Grand Canyon
September 18-22, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Is there any better place to plein air paint and explore the concepts of working outdoors than the Grand Canyon? We will be painting from the spectacular South Rim for 5 days with special access to the views! We will cover the concepts of learning to optically “see” your subject and interpret those visual elements in order to help execute the subject onto canvas. The fundamental principles of painting – composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will be stressed along with a special emphasis on atmosphere with this grand subject. Demos and short lectures will reinforce these concepts. Individual attention will be a high priority as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $675 + $75 park fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting holidays in a rural paradise
September 18-24, 2017 — In this seven day painting workshop in a friendly, relaxed and inspiring atmosphere you will have the freedom to sketch and paint around the countryside and the authentic rural spanish village with houses made of wood and masonry, harmonised through a series of overhangs. The groups are kept small, no more than 10 students and we offer 24 hours access to the studio and a minimun of 22 hours of tutoring per week. Included in the price are the transfers from Madrid airport, accomodation in rooms with ensuite bathrooms, meals, all materials and equipment and a visit to the neraby village. The finca has an outdoor pool, jakuzzi, dinning room, a large living room and terraze and the painting studio. Visit website


Location: Villanueva de la Vera, Spain
Instructor: Granada Munoz
Sponsor: Las Paulinas
Cost: £1220
Email: Granada
Phone: 0044 7480 219 108

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Landscape / Seascape Painting - Pastels or Oils
September 19-22, 2017 (9:00am - 4:00pm) — Join Douglas House in this grand painting adventure. Has your spirit ever been elevated to new heights by listening to great music or by being witness to a wondrous landscape and wishing you could create that beauty by painting? Well you can, just like the great masters. Instructor demonstrations and critiques will teach students how to create beautiful landscapes or seascapes using color, perspective, detail and thoughtfully developed compositions practicing and exploring various techniques with individualized advice and focused direction. You can see Doug's work at www.douglashousefineart.com Visit website


Location: Frankfort, MI
Instructor: Douglas L. House
Sponsor: Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts
Cost: Member $395.00, Non - Member $425.00
Email: Mercedes Michalowski
Phone: 231-352-4151

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


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

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Greg LaRock Artist Workshop
September 20-23, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Make your paintings look amazing in plein air! Join Greg LaRock for a fun-filled adventure exploring the world of design and perspective in the landscape. Make your paintings look believable and feel real. Learn to improve your drawing and understand angles to get better urban and natural landscapes. Greg will teach you the techniques to make the figures on your boardwalks and street scenes fall into place and your bluffs and beaches look solid. Learn to master distinct values and color temperature. If you struggle with your work and think it lacks the strength of believability, this workshop will fix that! Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting, Lake Como Italy
September 23-30, 2017 — Outstanding views, places to paint and a lovely hotel in Varenna on the lake. Includes a day at the Belaggio and other exciting cultural excursions. All three delicious meals a day and wine, lodging, transportation to painting sites and entry fees are included. Cost: $2900 per student double occupancy (airfare not included) and $2400 non painting guest. Visit website


Location: Varenna, Italy
Instructor: Sara Linda Poly
Sponsor: Studio B
Cost: $2900/$2400
Email: Betty Huang
Phone: 443-988-1818

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Plein Air Painters of America Master Workshops
September 25-29, 2017 — This unique experience allows students to study with two world-class artists in one week. Classes are designed to build on advanced concepts. Monday-Tuesday: first instructor Wednesday-Thursday: second instructor Friday: Paint-out and critique with third instructor. In the evenings enjoy gourmet dinners & wine followed by roundtable discussions. Classes will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Upon registering, students must select two instructors/classes and an alternative. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you will want to participate in with other painters of your caliber! Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Plein Air Painters of America
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $1,500
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Painting Fall Colors
September 25, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — In September, the colors change in Colorado. This painting uses a straw and tissue to create the basic part of the changing colors in this painting. Have fun enjoying watercolors with a few unique techniques. Visit website


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

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


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

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Paint Rural Indiana with Michael Chesley Johnson
September 29-30, 2017 (9-4) — Join top plein air painter, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting rural Indiana. Art Barn is home to 60 acres of fields, woods, a pond, barn. Michael will teach you how to capture the moment without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day, you’ll start in the studio learning basic principles and exploring the fundamentals for painting outdoors. Following a demonstration, you will be set free to paint, using the tools Michael has discussed, and he will offer personal help at your easel. Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Valparaiso, IN
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Art Barn
Cost: $215
Email: Jane Bartos
Phone: 219-462-9009

Advanced Level

Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana
September 30 - October 7, 2017 (All Day) — During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the “Campagna”, to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in the town of Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,700 - US$2,950
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Plein-Air Sketching in Santa Fe with Brenda Swenson
October 2-7, 2017 — Join us for an unforgettable painting workshop! Santa Fe, New Mexico is called “Land of Enchantment” for a good reason. It’s a destination known to artists for its picturesque landscape, historical architecture, galleries, light, museums and food. The focus of the workshop will be on sketching with watercolor on location. Brenda Swenson will provide daily demonstrations, friendly critiques, and one on one help. She is the author of two books on watercolor, and is in demand to demonstrate and teach her painting techniques to groups nationwide and abroad. We’ll visit and sketch the Historic District, picturesque old churches, colorful nooks and side streets of Santa Fe. Each location offers a multitude of views to please any artist! All levels of painting experience welcome. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.SwensonsArt.net
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $1595 painters, $1395 non-painters
Email: Cris Weatherby
Phone: 858-518-0949

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


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

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Studio Italia
October 3-13, 2017 — A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and all media. Plein-air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that some participants have joined us three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of $3.150 CAD (around $2350 US as of October 2016) includes ten-night double accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Register now! Visit website


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

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Capturing Fall Colors in Pastel
October 5-6, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Using trees as your subject matter, you will use pastels to depict the brilliant yellows, oranges, and reds in the autumn landscape. Discover colorful complements and use of simultaneous contrast to make colors pop. Learn how to identify values that exist within a single tree and how to apply pastels to depict volume. This workshop will consist of exercises, brief demonstrations, and individual instruction in developing sensitivity to color complements through layering, cross-hatching, stippling, and juxtaposing color blocks. The majority of the time will be spent indoors with time outside for observation. This workshop is open to both beginning and intermediate students, however some experience with pastels is helpful. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level

Navigating the Landscape: Essential Elements
October 5-7, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The landscape is layered with subject matter, providing a range of visually interesting items to investigate and capture. In this workshop, you will focus on some of the most common elements, discovering what is important about each, and practicing techniques to paint them with confidence. During the first two days of this workshop, Susan will introduce and demonstrate a variety of methods for painting particular elements of the landscape, such as skies and clouds, trees and shrubs, buildings, water and reflection, and the illusion of distance. With plenty of time to practice, you will apply these skills to a more developed painting from your own photographic reference on the final day. Susan will provide individualized feedback throughout the workshop. Visit website


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

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The Autumn Landscape: Foliage and Rural Architecture
October 5-7, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The transition from green foliage to an explosion of color never ceases to be an amazing event. This workshop will focus on mindfully capturing the transformation of autumn, while exploring Door County’s preserved natural spaces and wild places in juxtaposition with agrarian and iconic buildings. Daily field trips, starting early, will take advantage of the natural elements in soft light. Sites will range from Sturgeon Bay to Washington and Rock Islands, including endless shoreline, open farmland, and dense forests; providing opportunities to document both the grand vistas and fine details. While in the field and studio, you will discuss the power of intention and purpose in your photographs through the use of composition, post-processing, and printing. Visit website


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

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Painting Autumn in Watercolor
October 9-11, 2017 (9am-12:30pm) — Explore watercolor’s ability to capture the rich autumnal landscape, including the magnificent color of trees, clouds, and the ever-changing skies. Learn how to build layers, use glazes, and let the white of your paper add dimension to your compositions. This morning workshop combines demonstrations, guided painting sessions, individual instruction, as well as the opportunity to work independently in the afternoons. Open to beginning students and above, some prior drawing experience is recommended to get the most out of this workshop. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kari Anderson, www.KariAndersonWatercolors.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $175, Non-Members: $195
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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


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

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Elements of Landscape
October 14-21, 2017 (All Day) — The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual “elements” of landscape. “Elements” is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, easels & equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Rain or shine. Call 212-780-3216 Visit website


Location: Murlo, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,450 - US$2,810
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid
October 16-20, 2017 (9 AM - 4 PM Mon - Thur, 9 AM - 3 PM Friday) — 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. Visit website


Location: Charleston, SC
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Plein Air Painting in Newport, Rhode Island
October 16-20, 2017 (9am-5pm) — Don’t miss this opportunity to paint on location at one of the east coast’s premier sailing ports, led by plein air painter extraordinaire Joseph Sweeney and local architect and watercolorist, John Grosvenor. Newport offers everything the landscape painter could want: breathtaking seascapes, sailing ships, cliff walks, and historic architecture. Learn to paint efficiently out-of-doors with tips on choosing a prime location, capturing the weather and light, and setting up a seascape palette. All media are welcome, including oil, acrylic, pastel, and watercolor. The course features visits to great cliff-side estates of Newport including Castle Hill, the Vanderbilt Grace Hotel, and private estates by special arrangement. Between painting sessions, there will be ample time to explore the picturesque town of Newport. Visit website


Location: Newport, RI
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney, www.joesweeneyart.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $875, Non-Credit: $695
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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


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

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Advanced Level

Albert Handell Sedona Mentoring Program
October 22-28, 2017 (9-5) — Each day participants will paint at locations that Mr. Handell knows intimately. In the mornings, he will show you step-by-step how he starts and works through a painting till finish. You will see for yourself what and how he emphasizes, what is important, what “un-essentials” he eliminates and how he keeps to the theme of the painting till finished. If you wish, you will be able to paint the same subject he is painting. In the afternoon, painting on location with help at each artist’s easel. Each evening participants will meet to review the day’s painting, have nightly critiques, and receive suggestions for the next day’s painting, and all career-building information will be kept to the evenings. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Albert Handell
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $800
Email: Albert Handell
Phone: 505-983-8373

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Advanced Level

Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid
October 23-27, 2017 (9 AM - 4 PM Mon - Thur, 9 AM - 3 PM Friday) — 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. Visit website


Location: Charleston, SC
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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


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

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


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

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Beyond Mud – Techniques of Working Wet-Into-Wet with Oil
October 28-29, 2017 — Every oil painter, at one time or another, has experienced the frustration of working in oil. We love its buttery consistency and blend-ability, but those are the same qualities that can lead to overworking and “mud.” Keeping your colors fresh and clear is not something that happens by accident – it’s a practice that involves a series of technical maneuvers that you must learn to apply with every stroke. This workshop covers everything you need to start improving your wet-into-wet practice: layering order and the principle of “thin … thicker … thickest”, paint consistency, transparency and opacity, pressure and touch, and the right kinds of brushes to use. You’ll practice several techniques and then do a painting of your own choosing, under Mitchell’s guidance. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $300 plus $10 Supplies Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Doug Dawson Plein Air Painting in Sedona
October 30-November 3, 2017 (9-5) — Join this legendary master for a week of painting the red rocks of Sedona! Each day begins with a demonstration. Dawson demonstrates two approaches to painting as well as how to construct black and white and color thumbnails. Includes: Two activities that will accelerate your mastery of painting. 3 types of designs that characterize compelling paintings. The principles that are used to create the illusion of depth in a landscape. A systematic approach to plein air painting. The advantages of and short comings of plein air and studio landscape. The principle of the common color. The underlying concept of color harmony. How to solve color problems as you paint. Different approaches to under-painting. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Doug Dawson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $625
Email: Doug Dawson
Phone: (303) 421-4584

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


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

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


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

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

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Advanced Level

Achieving the Freedom of Brushstroke
November 13-15, 2017 — 3 day Watercolor: Painting Landscape - Studio. What is required to quit tight illustrative coloring which is a trademark of beginners and start painting like a pro? All of this and many other techniques will be the subject of this intensive workshop. You are going to learn how to mix and apply watercolors without fear of being inaccurate. Vlad will show you the shortcuts to the path when every brushstroke applied is significant in its impact on the viewer. He will show you the importance of one detail above the other and therefore how to be selective in your painting process. Visit website


Location: Ft. Myers, FL
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Ft. Myers Beach Art Association
Cost: $315/$355
Email: Kay Cowan