Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


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

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


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

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


"San Francisco Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
April 3-8, 2018
 

Join us in San Francisco for five fun-filled days of painting iconic sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the colorful Queen Anne-style “Painted Ladies”. All the logistics will be taken care of – all you have to do is relax and enjoy as we sketch our way through the city. Then we’ll venture out of town for a visit to the spectacular wine country of Sonoma to paint scenes that echo the colors and look of Tuscany. And you’ll record it all in your own unique travel journal. Our focus will be on illustrated watercolor journaling. The workshop is suitable for all levels, but some experience with drawing and watercolor would be helpful.
 
Location: San Francisco, California
Instructor: Leslie Fehling, www.lesliefehling.com
Cost: $1,490
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"San Francisco Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
April 8-13, 2018
 

Each day will include demonstrations of elements of landscape painting with lots of personal instruction. 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. The goal of Evelyn’s workshops is to share her painting knowledge and experience with each student in the way that will best help them to further their own personal development.
 
Location: San Francisco, California
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Cost: $1,490
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Seeing and Capturing Your Subject: Painting the La Jolla Coastline"
April 16-20, 2018
 

What does the act of ‘seeing’ mean for an artist? Discover the answer while experiencing and painting the beauty of San Diego en plein air. Students will explore the specifics of observing a subject, interpreting the visual elements, and executing it all onto canvas. Mitch will discuss the way the optics of the eye work as well as seeing light, form, atmosphere and space. The fundamental principles of painting – composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will also be stressed. Students will sharpen their focus by pushing for simplification of form, shape, and the larger masses. Each day will begin with a demo, followed by a fun day of painting and personal instruction. Demonstrations will be in oil.
 
Location: San Diego, California
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein-Air Sketching in Santa Barbara with Brenda Swenson"
April 29 - May 4, 2018
 

Join us for an unforgettable painting workshop in beautiful Santa Barbara! 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. Each location offers a multitude of views to please any artist! All levels of painting experience welcome.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.SwensonsArt.net
Cost: $1795 painters, $1595 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Capturing the Light: Painting in Mendocino, California"
May 3-6, 2018
 

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 it? 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 in beautiful Mendocino, CA. 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. Portable equipment and transportation required.
 
Location: Mendocino, California
Instructor: Kathleen Dunphy, www.kathleendunphy.com
Cost: $775
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Napa Valley En Plein Air: California"
May 9-12, 2018
 

Join Bryan Mark Taylor for four days in the beautiful Napa and Sonoma wine country. This workshop is for painters who want to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of outdoor painting through demonstrations (in oil), lectures, practice, and critique. The workshop will focus on effectively capturing light, atmosphere and mood of the countryside while using strong composition and color harmony. A young and accomplished landscape painter, Bryan is currently working out of his Bay Area studio and teaching in the Graduate School at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. His work continues to evolve as a combination of traditional techniques and personal innovation. Time spent outdoors observing and pondering nature has become an essential part of his creative process.
 
Location: Napa Valley, California
Instructor: Bryan Mark Taylor, www.bryanmarktaylor.com
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Capturing the Light: Painting in Hope Valley near Lake Tahoe, CA"
August 1-4, 2018
 

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 it? 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. Kathleen demonstrates her painting technique and students get the opportunity to paint several studies.
 
Location: Carson Pass, California
Instructor: Kathleen Dunphy, kathleendunphy.com
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


 

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