Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

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

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

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

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

"Plein Air Painting in West Palm Beach, Florida"
March 12-16, 2018

Join Mark Boedges for a five-day intensive plein air workshop in beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida focusing on how to paint the brilliant sunshine. Students will watch Mark as he demos throughout to help push each student’s values and colors beyond what they thought possible. Mark will work with students individually to help them learn to use value contrast as well as color contrast to get the true glow of sunlight.
Location: West Palm Beach, Florida
Instructor: Mark Boedges,
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Watercolor Plein Air 1-day Workshop 'Freedom of a Brushstroke'"
March 12, 2018

Every painting is like a poetry, the less words wasted the more powerful message it conveys. What's 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. Limited space!
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865

"Watercolor Plein Air: Florida water, gardens and more"
March 17-19, 2018

Join Vladislav for 3day workshop in picturesque Sarasota this Spring! Escape hustle and bustle of winter for painting vacation in the Suncoast! We are going to visit and paint variety of places. Our subjects will be boats, gardens, bay views and more. What is required to quit tight illustrative coloring? All of this and many other techniques will be the subject of this intensive workshop on location.
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $360
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865

"Plein Air Workshop with George Van Hook: Approaches and Techniques"
March 20-22, 2018

George thinks of his paintings as primarily a visual response to the selected environment, be it landscape, figure or still life. “I want the color to be beautiful and the drawing firm and secure. The paintings are a marriage of external and internal forces – what emerges on the canvas should be a reflection of both the beauty of the world and the artist’s most inner response." Van Hook has been involved in Plein Air competitions, and has won numerous awards. He was invited by Plein Air magazine to be a live instructor at the Plein Air National Convention, 2015 in Monterrey, CA and released an instructional film, “How to Paint Impressionism Outdoors” by George Van Hook.
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: George Van Hook
Cost: $450/400
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865

"Use of Color, watercolor"
March 28, 2018

The focus of this workshop will be unique method of mixing watercolors developed by Vladislav for his students during the Renaissance School of Art educational program. This method was successfully implemented in all Vlad’s works and clarifies the approach to otherwise complicated use of color. The goal of the method is to simplify and give the beginners and intermediate level students clarity in understanding color and its implementation. The workshop will start with lecture and demo of the method. Then Vladislav will work step by step with students painting a beautiful image from photograph taken in Paris last summer. Reference materials will be provided.
Location: Bradenton, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $75
Sponsor: Keeton's Office and Art Supply
Website, email, 1.800.833.4735

"Composition In Plein Air: Working with Water-Mixable Oils"
February 25-26-27, 2018

Charlie Hunter’s distinctive plein air work turns heads and raises questions. Why water-mixable oils? And what about those Stim-U-Dents and Q-Tips we keep hearing about? All will be revealed in this fun and fast-moving workshop. There will be daily demos and plenty of time for painting; we’ll go over some simple, yet invaluable tools for accurate rendering, and Charlie will expound and instruct about how and why he uses water mixable oils. “Charlie Hunter has the uncanny ability to seize upon the most ordinary things, and transform them with his brush into bewitching jewels of design and artistic perception.” — Richard Schmid, 2017
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Charlie Hunter
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


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