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Levels: B = Beginner, I = Intermediate, A = Advanced

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Advanced Level

Bringing the Garden Indoors
January 23-26, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Walking into Kathy’s workshop is like coming into a garden. Kathy brings an abundance of fresh flowers for the students to choose from to create a natural garden set up unique to their vision. Kathy starts each day with a demo, emphasizing the importance of design with a strong block in. She will talk about how to get transparency in flowers with clean color, how to block in leaves as a mass, and creating value patterns. For one of the demos, Kathy will bring in a plein air painting to demonstrate how to finish it in the studio using photos. The afternoons will be for the students to set up their own “garden still life” with Kathy assisting. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Kathy Anderson, www.kathyandersonstudio.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $550
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting What You See: The Alla Prima Approach to Painting
January 23-26, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Each day, Daniel will do a demonstration while discussing the skills necessary for creating beautiful still life paintings using "Alla Prima" methods. Following each mornings' demo, the students will set up still life compositions of their own and paint them from life while receiving one-on-one instruction. During this intensive course, students will receive insight into learning to see correctly and develop an adeptness in the following areas: composition, drawing, color, value and edges. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Daniel J. Keys, www.danieljkeys.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $625
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting the Portrait
January 23-26, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on every aspect of painting a portrait in oil—from drawing, values, edges, color, and the various techniques of thin to thick paint. This workshop will benefit the beginner to the advanced artist. Each morning, Scott will paint a three-hour demonstration focusing on a different aspect of painting. After lunch, students will paint a portrait, while Scott works with each student individually. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Scott Burdick, ScottBurdick.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $850 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting the Costumed Model in a Scene
January 23-27, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on blocking in the costumed figure in a scene; the lighting will be strong and dramatic. Susan does not want to focus on the portrait; instead there will be props, like tables and still life items, to integrate into the painting. Susan will demonstrate the mornings of day one, two and four with students painting in the afternoon. Students will spend the final two days working on a full color study. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Susan Lyon, www.susanlyon.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $750 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

Realistic Painting mastery
January 23-27, 2017 (2:30-5:30PM) — Master painter Fernando Gonzalez has been passionate about super realistic paintings for over 30 years. His art is full of sensibility and delight the viewer with rich colors, depth and dazzling luminosity that radiates from the inside the painting. If you are an acrylic or oil painter looking to add more profundity to your painting, color brilliance and realism at its best, this workshop is for you. The workshop is offered in the charming Colonial town San Miguel de Allende. Paint in the Cristi Fer Art Studio, explore this jewel of Mexico in your free time. This little town will surprise you with all it has to offer, historical churches, flowers, shopping, mariachi music in park. Register early 6 max. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Oil Painting Tools & Techniques
January 23 - April 17, 2017 (Mondays, 6-9pm) — An encyclopedia of painting information for the beginning or advanced oil painter! Examine the techniques of blending, glazing, scumbling, and s’graffito. Materials instruction includes demonstrations on preparing mediums and surfaces, and an overview of paint colors and brands. Color theory and mixing, and methods of realistic painting will be addressed. Drawing experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Life Painting and Drawing
January 24 - April 18, 2017 (Tuesdays, 9am-12pm) — Explore contemporary and traditional realism in drawing and oil painting. Learn fundamental elements of figure drawing including anatomy, quality of line, tone, composition, design, proportion and space. Students will work from nude models, starting with short poses and continuing to extended poses to develop finished paintings. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Douglas Martenson
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
January 24-27, 2017 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a 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. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting Secrets of the Renaissance Masters
January 25 - April 19, 2017 (Wednesdays, 9am-12pm) — Learn the painting secrets of the Renaissance masters! Based on the historic treatises of Giorgio Vasari and others, learn traditional methods for preparing canvases and panels, the nature of ancient pigments and their modern equivalents, the use of brushes and tools, and transparent and opaque painting techniques in tempera and oil. Drawing/painting experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Robert P. Waddington
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting Over the Line
January 25 - April 19, 2017 (Wednesdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — Advance beyond confined lines and hard edges to a more liberated way of painting in this open studio environment. Paint from personal subject matter to find your own visual language. Work intuitively and discover new possibilities through unforeseen occurrences. Examples from contemporary and modern art will broaden your understanding of innovative painting. Painting experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Portrait Painting
January 26 - April 20, 2017 (Thursdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — This class covers all aspects of painting a traditional portrait. Learn how to achieve a likeness, model light and shade, mix flesh tones, and apply paint. Includes demonstrations, and insights into the history of portraiture. Valuable information for all levels. Drawing experience required. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Ted Xaras
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Portrait Drawing and Painting
January 26 - April 20, 2017 (Thursdays, 6-9pm) — Learn to draw or paint the portrait with confidence. Drawing instruction will address head structure, proportions and features. Students have the option to progress to oil painting, focusing on value, flesh tones, and paint application. Students may work in the medium of their choice, including watercolor and pastel. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Ted Xaras
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Studio Landscape Painting Workshop
January 26-28, 2017 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Class will begin with topics on materials, palette, and composition. We will cover various techniques of drawing along with preliminary charcoal sketches, value and color studies, and fundamentals of color mixing in order prepare for the final painting. Classical approach of monochromatic under painting, directed observation and application of color, followed by glazing techniques will be discussed and shown. Class will consist of lectures; slide analysis, and Individual critiques, while the student paints his or her own landscape. Students will bring their own reference material to paint from, whether it is a photograph or a small color sketch. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Chris Groves
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $495.
Email: Mary Anderson
Phone: 912.634.8414

Advanced Level

Composition, Color and Creative Cacophony
January 27-29, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Join Charlie Hunter and Mitch Baird for an intensive, fast-moving and fun workshop focusing on the common elements and painting techniques utilized by two very different artists to create dynamic, successful paintings. Charlie Hunter is known for his near-monochromatic palette, while Mitch Baird is unafraid to utilize a full range of color. Seemingly disparate in approach, both artists emphasize a common devotion to the fundamental principles of painting – drawing, values, edges and composition. Daily demos and short lectures will reinforce these core precepts, followed by lots of hands-on painting time and a critique session at the end of each day in which successes, challenges and various approaches are discussed. Individual attention is a high priority, as well as laughs, irreverence and lots of enthusiasm. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Charlie Hunter & Mitch Baird
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $625
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
January 27-29, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Carolina Painter's Guild
Email: David Kessler
Phone: 3364183038

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Women's Art and Writing Retreat
January 27-29, 2017 (4:00 p.m. Friday-2:00 p.m. Sunday) — Join other women for a weekend of art, writing, and connection in a beautiful woodland setting. Includes four workshops, six meals, hotel-style lodging, and supplies. Single or double occupancy rates offered. Visit website


Location: Eagle Creek, OR
Instructor: Heather Anderson and Anne Paris
Sponsor: Art Friends
Cost: $395-$425
Email: Anne Paris
Phone: 503-329-3813

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Landscape Painting: Beyond the Photograph
January 27-29, 2017 (9-4) — Learn to fill your paintings with light and energy. The study and interpretation of light is the foundation of all representational painting; capturing light, design, value structure, color theory and exquisite paint quality will be the focus of this workshop. Working from your own photo reference, you will learn how to redesign the elements of the photo to create a more dynamic and compelling painting. Demonstrations, discussion of materials, techniques and common problems will be a part of this 3 day workshop. The workshop is open to all skill levels and styles. The main focus is on oil painting, however all mediums are welcome. Class will be held indoors and will be limited to 8-10 people. Visit website


Location: Milford, PA
Instructor: Peter Fiore
Sponsor: Peter Fiore Workshops
Cost: $325
Email: Barbara Fiore
Phone: 570-491-2610

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Capturing the Light
January 30 - February 3, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Tim began his career painting outside, but now spends as much time painting in the studio. In this workshop, most time will be spent in the studio, with some painting time spent outdoors as well, weather permitting. Tim is best known for the light in his paintings coupled with strong composition. The primary focus will be how to convey the sense of strong sunlight in a painting by identifying, clarifying and pushing the values. Exercises will be used to help simplify these concepts. Students will also work on achieving clean color in their paintings, and utilize value patterns to aid in developing successful compositions. Tim will demonstrate each day, and work with students individually on their paintings throughout the day. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Timothy Horn, www.timhornart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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From Plein Air to Studio
January 30 - February 3, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Learn to paint landscapes in the most direct way possible using alla prima techniques developed by Sargent, Sorolla, and Zorn. Turn your small outdoor studies into larger studio paintings. This five-day workshop will teach students how to sketch, paint, and photograph in the field, and how to use references to produce a more carefully considered work in the comfort of your studio. Students will draw, paint, and photograph as a group in the Tonto National Forest. Later, students will spend two days working on a large painting in the studio with instructor assistance. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Thomas Jefferson Kitts, www.thomaskitts.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Cape Cod School Underpainting with Mike Rooney
February 1-22, 2017 (Wednesdays, 10am-1pm) — It’s all about temperature, and we’re not talking about the tropical sunshine. Rooney walks his students through the classic Cape Cod School approach to building an underpainting. By selecting colors with the right values, you’ll ensure your painting has the successful foundation it needs to become a finished piece. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Mike Rooney
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $135, $110 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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"Landscape on Location"
February 1-4, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This class will focus on painting the landscape on location. We will work on careful observation of color, creating more dynamic paintings, and using clean and purposeful paint application. The key to better plein air painting is learning to simplify a complex landscape, using rich color and a painterly brushstroke. We will start each day with a discussion of a different lesson and a morning exercise designed around that lesson. Each afternoon will be used for painting time while Colin works with students one-on-one. This class will be a fun way to expand upon your painting skills and understanding in a beautiful environment. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction. Visit website


Location: Orange County, CA
Instructor: Colin Page
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Cost: $650
Email: Debra Huse Gallery
Phone: 949.723.6171

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Advanced Level

Exploring Abstract Painting
February 3 - April 7, 2017 (Fridays, 9am-12pm) — Broaden your understanding of the history and possibilities of abstraction, through a variety of stimulating projects. Learn to find inspiration in the natural world, artworks, symbolic abstraction, and gesture. Oil/acrylic painting will be supported by drawing and sketchbook studies. Drawing and painting experience required. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Lisa Sylvester
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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Intermediate Level

The Unspoken Rules of Color
February 3-5, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In the beginning we are all told to paint what we see. If we understand the rules of color creating that illusion of what we see will become a little closer to reality. This is a hands-on workshop and brief demonstrations will be given to exercise the objective. Students will work from the live model as reference. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michael Maczuga, www.michaelmaczuga.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level

Beginning Painting
February 4 - April 8, 2017 (Saturdays, 9am-12pm) — A practical introduction to the materials and techniques of oil painting. Learn palette layout, color mixing, methods of paint application, and the selection, handling and clean-up of materials. Investigate issues of color and composition through the still life and portrait. Suitable for absolute beginners and those with limited painting experience. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Allison Syvertsen
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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High School Portfolio Preparation: Painting
February 4 - April 8, 2017 (Saturdays, 10am-1pm) — Add color and variety to your portfolio by developing your painting skills in oil or acrylic. Students will work from direct observation using the still life and human figure/portrait models to explore the fundamentals of painting including the selection and care of materials, painting techniques, and color mixing. Instruction will emphasize principles of composition, the modeling of forms through values and color relationships. Note: This class will utilize nude figure models. Open to high school students currently enrolled in 9th - 12th grades. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: David Wilson
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $425, Non-Credit: $425
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Classical Portrait Painting
February 5 - April 9, 2017 (Sundays, 10am-1pm) — Create luminous portraits using time-tested materials and traditional painting procedures established during the Renaissance. Step-by-step instruction will demonstrate how to begin and develop a portrait painting from start to finish. Open to all levels and an excellent choice for students wishing to learn glazing techniques. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Ernie Norcia
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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Plein Air to Studio, Oil 3-Day Workshop
February 6-8, 2017 (9am - 4pm) — For one day students will paint Plein Air and learn how to choose a subject, edit, and capture the essence of the scene. The other two days will be spent in the studio where students will learn how to bring their Plein Air experience into the studio using studies and photographs. Bill will talk about the advantages of photography as well as the pitfalls. Whether painting outdoors or indoors students will understand the principals of good shapes, values and edges. Farnsworth is a Signature member of The Oil Painters of America, American Society of Marine Artist’s, and The American Society of Impressionists. FineArt Views: “Sensitive and full of human emotion, the heartfelt work of Farnsworth takes us to inner depths.” Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Bill Farnsworth
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Cost: $425
Email: Marina
Phone: 941-330-6865

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Painting Landscapes from Photographs
February 6-9, 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 well thought out composition. Students will learn to create a feeling of 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. Photographs will be supplied by the instructor. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $500
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting Outdoors in Gold Canyon, Arizona
February 6-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This landscape workshop will emphasize working from life. During the workshop, most time will be spent painting on location in Gold Canyon, Arizona, which will allow for closer proximity to painting locations. Dan will cover the process of gathering essential information and editing in the field. The importance of how to start a painting will be stressed since a correct start makes the entire process less difficult. Dan will also cover the importance of a solid foundation in design, drawing, values and color. Please come prepared with the supplies to do at least two paintings a day. Individual attention, demos, and some laughter are included in the cost! Portable easel and transportation required. Visit website


Location: Gold Canyon, AZ
Instructor: Dan Young, www.danyoungstudio.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $575 + $20 park fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

Painting the Inspired Portrait and Figure in Oil
February 6-10, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this oil painting workshop is to define and organize the essential structure of a clarified visual approach as students paint the portrait along with the clothed and nude figure. Students will explore abstract value patterns, visual concepts, form and edges with feeling and movement while developing their aesthetic sensibilities. The workshop will include demonstrations, individualized instruction and visual presentation intended to renew and expand each student's visual vocabulary. Good drawing skills and a strong grasp of painting fundamentals are recommended. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Johanna Harmon, www.johannaharmon.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $625 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting A Modern Still-Life
February 6-10, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Students will begin with canvas and brush selection, toning or not toning the canvas, and palette choices. Further topics covered will be: how to set up the painting, composition, what to paint first, color coordination and harmony, background selection, drawing with paint, and seeing the proper values. Clinton will explain alla prima vs glazing, the finer details, checking angles vs measuring, getting personality into your painting, the tricks of the trade, and the finishing touches. There will be several demos throughout the workshop including: a drawing demo, painting alla prima, glazing techniques and materials, and a short but thorough demo on color and how to use it. Personal instruction will be given to each student throughout each day. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Clinton Hobart, www.clintonhobart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $675
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

How to Construct a Painting in the Studio
February 6-10, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, Joseph will guide students through his process for constructing a painting in the studio setting, showing the various phases a painting goes through from conception to completion. Joseph will guide students in a step-by-step process that encompasses the proper use of materials. He will speak on the proper use of photo reference, how to develop a concept as a tool for storytelling, as well as the technical challenges on how to compose and design a painting. Joseph will work one-on-one as well as paint along with students in order to demonstrate his process. Students will primarily work from appropriate photographs provided by the instructor, each working in the same process as Joseph does in his studio setting. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Joseph Lorusso, www.josephlorussofineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $800
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting with a Knife
February 7-10, 2017 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Focus on using the knife. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

Beginner Level

Beginners & Collectors Only
February 7-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — No experience necessary! Have you always wanted to try painting? Get personal, hands-on insights into all that a painter must consider to create. Start from the beginning, as Debra teaches you step by step about setting-up the easel, design and composition, the color wheel, the palette, how to hold the brush to apply paint, and mixing with the palette knife. We will paint along together one step at a time and make the fundamentals fun. This is a wonderful class for beginning painters, collectors, or anyone who loves art. The workshop will take place indoors in a very comfortable setting. Each participant will go home with a small framed completed painting or three! Visit website


Location: Newport Beach, CA
Instructor: Debra Huse
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Cost: $400
Email: Debra Huse
Phone: 949.723.6171

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The Healing Power of Art
February 9 - April 13, 2017 (Thursdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — Discover the restorative power of art with Dona Duncan, registered art therapist. Art-making can bene?t those suffering from memory loss, depression, PTSD, or the frustrations of daily life by reducing stress, improving communication skills, and unlocking creative blocks. Includes light meditation and relaxation techniques, viewing and discussing works in the PAFA galleries, and in-studio drawing and painting. No experience necessary. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Dona Duncan, Registered Art Therapist
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Light, Color and Composition En Plein Air
February 10-12, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Mike will cover the important fundamentals of composition, color relationships, lighting, atmospheric perspective, simplification and shape design through the use of gouache and oil paints. 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 in their works. Mike will start off the three-day workshop with a three-hour lecture covering: color, composition design, lighting design, simplification and atmospheric perspective. Day two will be a full session of outdoor painting with a demo in gouache and day three will be an outdoor session and include another demo in oil. Mike will give individual hands on instruction during the workshop. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mike Hernandez, www.mikehernandez-art.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $300
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Creative Coping: Art as Expression for Teens
February 11 - March 4, 2017 / March 18 - April 8, 2017 (Saturdays, 1:30-3:30pm) — Finally, a class that focuses on the issues of being a teenager! Learn to improve your communication skills for better relationships with friends, parents, teachers and others through expressive drawing and painting, group discussion, and optional role-playing. Issues of bullying in schools, feeling different, repressed anxiety, and anger management will also be addressed. Open to anyone seeking a comfortable, creative means of building confidence and self-expression – no prior art experience required. Open to high school students currently enrolled in 9th - 12th grades. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Dona Duncan, Registered Art Therapist
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $195 for 4 weeks or $350 for 8 weeks
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Composition in Plein Air: working with water-mixable oils
February 11-13, 2017 (9am - 4pm) — Charlie Hunter’s distinctive plein air work turns heads and raises questions. Why water-mixable oils? Is it true that a squeegee is involved? 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. Most importantly, there will be discussion and mutually-supportive critique sessions at the end of each day’s painting. We’ll learn and laugh a lot each day while staying true to the credo of have big fun; make big mess. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Charlie Hunter
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Cost: $400
Email: Marina
Phone: 941-330-6865

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Grand Canyon Winter Workshop
February 12-18, 2017 (8am - 4pm) — All-inclusive 6 day, 6 night oil painting workshop, art vacation. Private accommodations at Thunderbird Lodge on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, meals at Bright Angel Lodge, and instruction are all included (excludes travel). The studio, located within Thunderbird Lodge, looks out into the Grand Canyon. The winter season provides some of the most magnificent colors within the canyon walls. An inspirational location to nurture an artistic soul. Thunderbird Lodge is in a prominent location in the center of the historic district of Grand Canyon Village. It is nestled between the historic El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodges. Restaurants, gifts shops, Kolb Studio, Vercamps Visitor Center and the Bright Angel Trail Head are all within walking distance. Visit website


Location: Grand Canyon, AZ
Instructor: Paula Swain
Sponsor: Sedona Joe's Art Retreats
Cost: $2,975
Email: Scott Hairston
Phone: 832-212-1165

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Plein Air with Mark Boedges
February 13-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — "When I paint I am trying to tell the truth about my subject. Every time I put brush to canvas I am trying to find what is essential about that scene and to give it life on the canvas. Invariably, a significant part of this goal is achieved by simply rendering an authentic light. Whether direct sunlight or indirect ambient light, I aim to capture the particular effect that the light is having on my subject on that day and at that time -everything else in my painting flows from this." This workshop will focus primarily on giving students the tools to render authentic light by carefully using correct values and rigorously maintaining color temperature relationships between light and shadow. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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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Taking Your Figure and Still Life Painting to the Next Level
February 13-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is designed to create a relaxed, informative, yet intense working environment. Romel will demonstrate his approach to painting the figure and still life from life, using his direct fluid painting style with heavy emphasis on the use of improving color, drawing skills, value relationships, understanding edges and capturing the "feeling" of light. Students will learn to use the elements that make a painting stronger and more exciting: creative use of color and edges, visual movement, paint application, distribution of abstract shapes and strong design. Students will also learn how to combine working from life and photographs to create a finished piece. Techniques of past great artists like Sargent, Zorn, and Sorolla will also be discussed. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Romel de la Torre, www.romeldelatorre.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
February 14-17, 2017 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a 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. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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The Figure: Arriving at Full Color
February 18-22, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This advanced workshop will explore alla prima painting in a progressive study from bold, accurate monochromatic structure, reinterpreting this into color temperature, followed by directly relating these practices to sensitive full-color understanding. There will be two short demos and one longer demo, along with a great deal of one-on-one instruction at the student's easel. This intensive workshop will also avail opportunities for open discussions of questions that sincere, passionate figural painters encounter. Together with Rose, students will navigate what it is to be a painter who strives to be an artist. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Rose Frantzen, www.oldcityhallgallery.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $800 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Basics of Oil Painting
February 20-23, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Qiang's approaches to still life painting will be demonstrated with particular focus on composing dramatic set-ups by observing the light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas. Using demonstrations, presentation, and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process of creating energetic paintings by manipulating values, colors, edges and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to their current skill level and personal goals in art. This workshop is designed for indoor practice with live settings. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Qiang Huang, www.qiang-huang.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $595
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Quick Sketch Figure Painting
February 20-24, 2017 (9am-4pm) — English professes, "Immediacy is important not only because it is often the nature of people, but for me, it is the most instinctive way to paint." In this workshop, students will concentrate on developing their ability to paint quickly and accurately, a skill that can be useful in many situations. Students will work from models in natural situations (chatting, playing music, walking around, but not strictly "posed") both indoors and outdoors. The goal of this workshop is not to create a finished painting, but numerous very quick, spontaneous, yet controlled studies. Many studies may even be wiped out during the day, as students practice their oil sketching technique. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Kim English
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
February 21-24, 2017 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a 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. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
February 22-24, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Fernandina Beach, FL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Island Art Association
Email: David Kessler
Phone: 3364183038

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Abstraction/Intention 2017
February 22-25, 2017 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — In this all medium four-day workshop, Larry Moore will provide skills to help develop intent and authenticity (through a series of progressive steps) and then bring it with authority. Intent of the class is to break your routine way of doing things in order to help you to think differently. For starts we will be doing small studies using ink and watercolor on heavy w/c paper sketchpads out doors. Then work out from the studies with different materials. Working small to large in studio, he will focus on what makes a painting tick; what makes you tick and what you can bring to your work. You will progress to a large format in this class. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Larry Moore
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $495.
Email: Mary Anderson
Phone: 912.634.8414

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Understanding Skies and Reflections: Landscape Painting in Oil or Pastel
February 24-26, 2017 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) — Improve your landscape painting and join Michael Story for this 3-day workshop as you use the sky as a dramatic design element in your painting's composition. Observe and learn to interpret various skies and cloud formations and how they reflect in water. You will also apply different painting techniques in oil or pastel to capture depth, movement and mood in your work. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Michael Story, www.michaelstory.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $395
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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The Translucent Subject & Solvent-Free Oil Painting with Melissa Weinman
February 25-26, 2017 — Fruit, flowers, and glass are beautiful subjects because they glow. It is their illusive translucent nature that allows them to transmit light and color, but also makes them such challenging subjects. In this two-day workshop we’ll learn and practice the mechanics of translucence, and how it varies from painting opaque and transparent subjects. We accomplish this by painting small studies while developing a still life painting. I’ll also coach you through compositional strategies and demonstrate oil painting techniques with both brush and palette knife. Additionally, you’ll learn to oil paint without toxic fumes from petroleum distillates. Please do not bring solvents like turpentine or odorless mineral spirits to class. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Melissa Weinman
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $260
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Portrait Painting FAQ
February 25-27, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This advanced workshop will explore "Alla Prima" portrait painting and the frequently asked questions that can best help artists to navigate what they are seeing. What questions can artists ask themselves to better see the colors, values, edges, and proportions of the model? How can these questions contribute to a sensitive relationship between seeing, attention, and the quality of the experience with the model? Along with a demo, there will be a great deal of one-on-one instruction at the student's easel. This intensive workshop will also avail opportunities for open discussions of questions that sincere, passionate portrait painters encounter. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Rose Frantzen, www.oldcityhallgallery.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $575 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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2 Day Workshop with Hai-Ou Hou
February 25-26, 2017 (9am - 3pm) — Hai-Ou Hou was born in Beijing where she studied painting and ceramics at the prestigious Central Institute of Fine Art and Design. She accepted a teaching post at the Hubei Fine Art Institute where she taught painting and design. After immigrating to the United States, she received her Master of Fine Arts from Towson University. Hai-Ou’s work has been widely published and exhibited both nationally and internationally and hangs in many museum, corporate, and private collections. She is the recepient of numerous fine arts honors and awards. In this workshop she will be teaching Color Mixing Theory and Color Design: how to compose with color and the value. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Hai-Ou Hou
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Cost: $295
Email: Marina
Phone: 941-330-6865

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
February 27-28, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Key Largo, FL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Ocean Reef Art League
Email: Sherri Harris
Phone: 305-509-2359

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Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
February 28 - March 3, 2017 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a 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. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Capturing the Light in Floral Still Life
February 28 - March 3, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will show students how to create stronger paintings by gaining a better understanding of how to produce and use dramatic light effects. Included in the workshop are ways to improve backgrounds, edges and composition, all of which contribute to the mood of the painting and the emotional response of the viewer. Multiple still life arrangements will be provided using a variety of fresh flowers. Ways to set up objects to create pleasing compositions will be discussed, and students may choose to compose their own arrangements if they wish. Joni makes it her mission to give each student as much individual attention as possible. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Joni Falk, www.jonifalk.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $495
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting the Figurative Subject
February 28 - March 3, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Working from the model, students will explore the art of painting portraits, nude, and costumed subjects. Through lecture and demonstration students will gain a further understanding of the interrelated components of painting: shape, value, color and edges. "The gamut of paint is far smaller than the gamut of our visual reality. Values, color and edges must be painted relative to one another; not piecemeal." These concepts and suggestions regarding value, color and edge relationship will be reinforced through exercises designed for that purpose. A direct simplified interpretation will be encouraged. A consideration of the temperature of the light source will precede painting the subjects in both cool and warm light sources. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $500 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Art of Seeing: Making a Painting Work
February 28 - March 3, 2017 (9am-4pm) — A good painting tells as much about the artist as the painting itself. Ned will talk about the whole process of putting a painting together; from the first concept to small idea and value composition studies, the use of a color study and on to the finished painting. Students will also do direct painting without preliminary studies. The emphasis will not be on the finished piece but on the process of making a more successful painting. Remember, most paintings are ruined at the start, not at the end, as not enough preliminary thought is given to them. Students will work on counter-change, color harmony and the balance of masses and shapes in size, value and color. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Ned Mueller, www.nedmueller.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $550 + $35 Model Fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Small Studies to Large Studio Paintings with Mike Rooney
March 1-29, 2017 (Wednesdays, 10am-1pm) — In this class you’ll learn how to paint successful paintings by planning your painting with thumbnail sketches, learning to take “smart” photos, doing multiple color studies, and then painting a large version from these references. It’s that easy! Use thumbnail sketches, “smart” photos, and color studies to plan larger works. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Mike Rooney
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $165, $135 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Still Life Painting
March 2-4, 2017 — David Gray, will come to teach his remarkable oil painting technique on Whidbey Island. This class will really benefit students who have a firm grasp of drawing and oil painting basics, and who wish to take their Still Life painting techniques to the next level. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: David Gray
Sponsor: WIFAS
Cost: $660
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 206-571-0442

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Sarasota - Anna Maria 2 day Painting Workshop
March 2-3, 2017 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Sarasota and surrounding area. Here's your chance to stay and take a workshop in the beautiful Sarasota, Florida area. Each day starts with a morning demonstration and lecture focusing on creativity, bold composition and atmosphere. You will learn to make quick decisions and simplify for the most impact. We will discuss Color relationships, detail, form and edges and 'what you want to say with your work' Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: J. R. Baldini
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $325.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Phone: 800.393.7270 studio 9-5 weekdays

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Paint the Desert Lakes of Arizona
March 3-5, 2017 (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — Join national artist Kevin McCain and visit the desert lakes in the Salt River Valley. In this desert oasis, Kevin will teach the approaches of outdoor landscape painting also known as plein air. Surrounded by the beauty of the giant saguaro cactus you will learn to capture the colors of the Arizona desert. Create powerful and expressive paintings by simplifying colors and values. You will capture the illusion of light quickly and confidently. Come explore one of the most unique places of the American west. Visit website


Location: Mesa , AZ
Instructor: Kevin McCain
Sponsor: Kevin McCain Studios
Cost: $300.00
Email: Kevin McCain
Phone: 480-309-0039

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Alla Prima Portrait and Portrait Sketch
March 6-8, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Each of the three days, students will have opportunity to explore the fundamentals of painting, using "Alla Prima" methods to faithfully render the human head. Topics will include, drawing, values, color and color temperature, edges, composition, as well as brushwork, setting up and lighting the model, and capturing a likeness. Daniel will demonstrate each morning, followed by student painting time, critiques, and one-on-one instruction. Day one will also include a digital presentation featuring an in-depth look into the foundations of sound painting, further enhancing the learning experience. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Daniel J. Keys, www.danieljkeys.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $500 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Capturing the Expressive Qualities of the Alla Prima Portrait
March 6-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will be a comprehensive study into painting the portrait "Alla Prima" in oils. Michelle will do a demonstration each morning while discussing the key elements that make up not only an accurate portrait, but a compelling portrait painting. The fundamentals of painting are key to achieving a solid effect of light and form in paint, but great portraiture goes beyond this and captures a sense of breath and aliveness in the finished painting. Students will paint after the morning demo and Michelle will give individual help to each student as they work from a live model, not only advising on the current painting, but helping the student as a whole achieve the next desired level in their work. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michelle Dunaway, www.dunawayfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $625 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Creating Strong Figure Compositions from the Live Model Utilizing Abstraction Principles
March 6-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Michael will instruct on the process of creating structurally sound paintings from a live model. The emphasis of the workshop will be placed on producing “finished” paintings by addressing the principles of abstract design and motifs. Importance will also be placed on creating a strong sense of light and form utilizing his approach to color and light theory. Michael will take students step-by-step through his process of setting up the model, analyzing shapes, creating a black and white compositional study, determining a color palette, and finally executing a well-designed vibrant figure painting. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michael Steirnagle, www.steirnagle.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $495 + $50 Model Fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Inspired Painting
March 6-10, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will spend the week inspired by beautiful things…either from the model in a vignette or an alluring still life. It is the student’s choice to paint something different each day or to delve deeper into the subject over several days. Nancy will demonstrate from the model on Monday and a still life on Wednesday. She will discuss her process as well as the concepts of composition, intent, value, color and application. Students will paint with one-on-one instruction and guidance. Nancy believes everyone has their own way of seeing the world and works to help students to develop their own voice and style. Suitable for all levels, but some experience necessary. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $635 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
March 7-10, 2017 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a 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. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying, and Expression
March 9-11, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The workshop will consist of one-on-one instruction, demonstrations, critiques, and plenty of time for students to paint. Derek will do a demo each morning with the students painting in the afternoons. Students will use oils to paint from photographs and still-lifes. Derek will cover topics such as the power of warm and cool, complementaries, color-theory, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, and loosening brushwork. There will be a strong emphasis on seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships and how fear can ultimately keep you from expression. Visit website


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

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An Indoor Garden
March 9-11, 2017 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — In this three-day workshop, Kathy will demo each morning from a fresh flower still life. Each afternoon the students will set up their own “indoor garden”. The main focus will be capturing the transparency of flowers and learning how to paint leaves by massing them in with close values. Kathy is an OPA signature member and a nationally known, award winning artist, who has been a charter member of the Putney Painters with Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik since 2000. She is represented nationwide by some of the top galleries, and is much sought after as a guest artist in many prestigious national shows. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Kathy Anderson
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $495.
Email: Mary Anderson
Phone: 912.634.8414

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Art of the Figure Sketch
March 13-16, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Join Timothy Rees as he presents his thinking and methods behind his delicate and colorful figure oil paintings. Students will explore a thoughtful approach to rendering out a highly realistic figure painting, touching on such topics as initial studies, handling color, and working out drawing issues. On the last day, students will focus on the design process, learning how to simplify, abstract objects, and apply paint in various ways on a separate canvas before applying it to their figure painting. By foiling realism and abstraction together, students will end with a painting that is both powerful and beautiful. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Timothy Rees, www.reesfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $500 + $50 Model Fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Putting Radiant Light into Your Paintings
March 13-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will use still life as a means to study light, the artist's greatest gift. Using the Russian impressionist tradition of comparing and contrasting students will paint indoors in both warm and cool light. The emphasis will be on putting warm and cool colors next to each other in such a way that creates a sense of radiant light and harmonious color unity no matter what the subject matter is. Make colors sing! Students will spend time examining photo references for evidence of warm or cool light and 17 different light effects that happen out in the real world. Think of this workshop as the study of light. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Susan Diehl, www.susandiehl.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $635
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Discover a New Way of Seeing Color
March 13-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop introduces a way of seeing and using color to paint outdoor light; capturing the time and type of day by expressing the various light keys of nature. The first two days students will paint outdoor still life (crucial study that will prepare us to tackle the landscape on Wednesday and Thursday). On Friday students will study the clothed figure outdoors. Students are encouraged to bring original artwork or photos and talk to Camille about their vision as artists during the week. Camille is an acknowledged authority on color that regularly serves as an entry and awards judge. Besides being a much sought after workshop instructor, she also offers weekly classes at her studio in Northern California. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Camille Przewodek, www.przewodek.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $675 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Expression and Response en Plein Air
March 13-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Lori’s sold-out workshops are a testament to her approachable, giving nature, energetic demonstrations, and hands-on teaching style. Her paintings are a personal and genuine response to her subject, and she encourages and teaches her students how to do the same. Students will leave this workshop excited; ready to experiment more on their own; and, above all, pointed toward meaningful, personal, artistic growth. Students will receive a free copy of Putnam’s booklet “Plein Air, Right from the Start.” The workshop will include lectures and demonstrations, individual painting time, personalized instruction and group discussions aimed to promote your progress. While demonstrations and advice on technique will be geared toward oil painters, artists who are more comfortable working in other mediums are welcome. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Lori Putnam, loriputnam.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $750
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Head Study
March 13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop students will learn a variety of techniques to create a convincing head study. Jerry will provide a thorough investigation of the individual forms of the head and teach students how to make them come together as an integrated whole. Students will also learn to use an approach to help first identify the large shapes and then go into the details. The core of instruction will be focused on drawing, values, edges, planes of the head and composition. Before the workshop, a booklet of information will be emailed to all students to help prepare for the class. Bring your chosen medium: charcoal, pastel, oil, acrylic or digital. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jerry Salinas, www.salinasart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Landscape from the Masters
March 13 - April 17, 2017 (Mondays, 12:30-3:30pm) — Artists from the Renaissance through today have shaped and transformed their craft through copying works of their predecessors. Apply this time-honored tradition to landscape painting in order to gain a better understanding of mark-making, composition, space and color. Explore your discoveries outside in an excursion to paint the surrounding landscape. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $295
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Image to Abstract 2
March 14-16, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is for the painter ready to push his or her work beyond the point of recognizable subject matter into the realm of pure abstraction. Mark will start with traditional representational approaches and move through progressively more abstract techniques until arriving at purely non-objective paintings. Special attention will be paid to the elements of composition as they apply to abstract painting. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos during the workshop. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
March 15-18, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Fresno, CA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Fresno Art Hub
Email: Diane Breuer

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“Painting Landscape” Plein Air Workshop
March 15-18, 2017 (9am - 4pm) — Paint PleinAir with nationally recognized and award-winning artist Mark Boedges. "Given the priority of authentic light in my work, it is this element that I like to focus on during the three-day workshop. As such, we will focus on value and color temperature relationships above all else. There is no question that good drawing is paramount to our effort since nothing wrecks a painting faster than drawing errors. But I typically tell students that no one needs to spend good money to have me tell them to measure harder. Our time is better spent on the more difficult and crucial concepts of value and color temperature. Elements such appropriate edges, surface texture, composition, and others will also be discussed." Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Mark Boedges
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Cost: $475
Email: Marina
Phone: 941-330-6865

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“Plein Air Painting; Approaches and Techniques”
March 18-19, 2017 (9am - 4pm) — We’ll work on how to paint the landscape and figure on location out of doors. I will discuss how to approach the subject even before picking up a brush, how to think about composition and color harmony. Then we will cover materials and color choices, and then how to block in the painting, and how to move it forward from there. At the end we will discuss how to complete the painting in the studio, if necessary, and when and how photo references can be helpful. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: George Van Hook
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Cost: $275
Email: Marina
Phone: 941-330-6865

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Hope Town, Abaco Bahamas Plein Air Oil
March 18-25, 2017 — Class: M-Thursday March 20-23. Cottage: Sat-Sat March 18-25. Treat yourself to a week of study in the Bahamas. Hope Town is a small settlement in the Abacos. It’s blue water, white sand, lovely people, casual! A handful of restaurants. One grocery store. Demos daily, discussion of concept, theme, composition, color mixing. And there will be plenty of time for painting and photographing. And beaching and dining and relaxing. Ahhh... How to get to Hope Town: Fly into Marsh Harbor, Abaco The Bahamas Delta now has a direct from Atlanta to MHH. Short Ferry over to Hope Town Meals are independent. We will have one group cooked dinner at my house. Visit website


Location: Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas
Instructor: Karen Hewitt Hagan
Sponsor: Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
Cost: $550 for class + $800 lodging in group cottage
Email: Karen Hewitt Hagan or Allison Hull
Phone: 843-901-8124

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Figure Painting
March 19 - April 30, 2017 (Sundays, 9:30am-4pm) — Paint in oil from the life model to make full-figure, head, and torso studies. Anatomy, composition, proportion, light and shadow, color, painting technique and history will be covered through lecture and demonstration. Basic drawing experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Painting in the Desert - Shacharut, Israel
March 19-26, 2017 — This retreat may be the most unusual offering from the ArtisTTable to date. Like the retreats before, we are sure this one will be worth it. We specialize in taking "creative minds to inspiring places" and that means we make every part of our adventures entirely site specific. Whether you draw, paint, photograph, sculpt or write, this first ArtisTTable retreat to Israel our focus will be on responding to the landscape through individual expression. Visit website


Location: Shacharut, Israel
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Cost: $1410.00
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231-883-1681

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
March 20-24, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Gualala, CA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Gualala Art Center
Email: Lamar Van Gunten

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
March 21-24, 2017 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a 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. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Investigating the Modern Portrait
March 22-26, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this course will be advanced life painting and drawing methods to investigate the underlying rhythm, expression and emotion of the modern portrait. Students will work to develop clarity of vision essential for accurate observation; learning to focus on what is in front of them without being overwhelmed. Students will explore the uniqueness of individual features and their relationship to each other as part of a coherent whole. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the structure of the model, as well as the artist’s analysis and interpretation. All questions will be answered both visually and verbally. The majority of instruction will be one-on-one coaching, in order to help diagnose any stumbling blocks that students may have. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: David Jon Kassan, www.davidkassan.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $700 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Still Life Oil Painting
March 23-25, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) — Qiang’s approaches to still-life painting will be demonstrated with particular focus on composing dramatic setups by observing the light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas. He will explain his process of creating energetic paintings by manipulating values, colors, edges, and brushwork. Qiang Huang (pronounced as Chong Wong) was born and raised in Beijing China and now lives in Austin. He has studied art from multiple master artists like David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw. Since 2004 his paintings have been selected continuously for the 14th, 15th, 16th and 18th Oil Painters of America’s National Juried Exhibitions. Visit qh-art.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Qiang Huang
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $525 Museum members/ $550 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Exploring Your Landscape Painting Skills in the Studio
March 23-26, 2017 — This plein air workshop is for intermediate to advanced 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. Marc works with each individual student at their own level, and spends a lot of time with each student at their easel giving individual instruction. He also demos everything that he asks you to do. You’ll leave the workshop having spent the time studying the basic elements of painting... Drawing, Value, Color, Edges and Design... with one other element, possibly the most important one of all... Concept... being explored and discussed at length. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Marc Hanson, www.marchansonart.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $650
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Adding the You Factor to Paintings
March 27-29, 2017 (9:30 - 4:30) — The emphasis of this lively workshop zeroing in on the most important factor of all in your work – You! You will learn how to create and rely on a personal rather than a rule-based approach. Each day's lesson will focus on an individual aspect for getting there: seeing and personalizing shapes, abstract understructures, non-representational value patterns, creative color schemes, and more. Donna will also discuss the advantages of using a medium that allows for spontaneity, improvisation, correction, and revision. She will be using watercolor and white gouache in her demonstrations, but students are free to work in any media. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Donna Zagotta
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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Painting with Emphasis on Light and Color: Still Life and Figure
March 27-31, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will emphasize capturing and understanding the variety of lights through color relationship. By doing so the local colors, such as fresh tones will be eliminated. The same principles apply to all subjects. Still life is always the best subject to learn about color relationships and constructing planes. This knowledge and skill are essential in portraiture, not only to capture the likeness, but the light that will help set up a painting's harmony, mood, and atmosphere. This workshop will also include a focus on design and the art of setting up a still life. Students will have the option to work from the live model, as well as still life throughout the week. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Sunny Apinchapong-Yang, apinchapong.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Figure in Oil: In Studio and Plein Air
March 27-31, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, the figure will be the subject matter; however, the focus will be on improving drawing skills and seeing values and colors correctly, along with understanding their relationships to each other. There will be daily demonstrations emphasizing the big shapes and establishing their relationships correctly. This provides a springboard to adding additional information, if the individual artist desires. Students will address design and technique in a manner in which the individual artist may express themselves in a personal way. Students will experience many specific assignments, which will help them to "get to the point a little more quickly." Be ready to cover a lot of canvas and to "learn through earnest mileage." Students will receive plenty of one-on-one instruction. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Peggi Kroll-Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $685 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Realistic Painting mastery
March 27-31, 2017 (2:30-5:30PM) — Master painter Fernando Gonzalez has been passionate about super realistic paintings for over 30 years. His art is full of sensibility and delight the viewer with rich colors, depth and dazzling luminosity that radiates from the inside the painting. If you are an acrylic or oil painter looking to add more profundity to your painting, color brilliance and realism at its best, this workshop is for you. The workshop is offered in the charming Colonial town San Miguel de Allende. Paint in the Cristi Fer Art Studio, explore this jewel of Mexico in your free time. This little town will surprise you with all it has to offer, historical churches, flowers, shopping, mariachi music in park. Register early 6 max. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
March 28-31, 2017 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a 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. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Florals in Oil with Michele Van Maurik
March 31 - April 1, 2017 (10am-4pm) — Master oil painter Van Maurik walks students through her process step by step. Working from reference photos, students receive specific instruction on composition, use of color, light and brushwork. No one is left behind and even the most timid beginner will leave with an accomplished painting and new methods of approaching oils. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Michele Van Maurik
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $190, $165 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Studio Painting with Michele Usibelli
April 1-2, 2017 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) — In this intense three-day workshop, students will work on using field studies and other reference materials to create studio paintings. The class will start with an abbreviated lecture on the fundamentals of sound painting, including a discussion of the importance of drawing, value, design, and color. Students will also focus on seeing in terms of mass and form rather than detail and line. From these fundamentals, students will proceed to work on their own studio pieces. Students should bring reference materials such as plein air sketches, field studies and photographs. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Michele Usibelli, micheleusibelli.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $375
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country
April 2-8, 2017 (9-4) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson and Doug Tweddale for a week of plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, students will be able to benefit from two masters of oil and pastel. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Workshop length is five full days. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson & Doug Tweddale
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $475
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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The Philadelphia Landscape
April 2 - May 7, 2017 (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, provisions and facilities. All media welcome. Visit website


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

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After Van Gogh - Arles/St. Remy, France
April 3-10, 2017 — "After Van Gogh" takes you to Arles and St. Remy in the Provence Region of France where Vincent Van Gogh painted many of his most important works. Vincent traveled to Arles in 1888 in search of the very special light that is found there. In 1889 he moved to St. Remy where he committed himself to the asylum in Saint-Paul-de-Mausole where he lived until May of 1890. These locations around the region are truly inspiring and moving. As you draw and paint in these places, you will feel the breezes and hear the birds that Vincent heard. It will put your creativity into a magical place that will urge to make your own art with a renewed passion. Visit website


Location: Arles/St. Remy, France
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Cost: $1410.00
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231-883-1681

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
April 3-5, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Ocean City, MD
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Art League of Ocean City
Email: Katrin Huber
Phone: 410-524-9433

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Intuitive Color with Oil Painting
April 3-5, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Students attending this workshop will be experimenting with color. They will have the opportunity to try a number of color combinations and to be in an environment where exploration is encouraged. Francis will demonstrate oil painting application and cover the use of photo reference, drawing from a projected image and under drawing for the painted image. Francis will discuss and demonstrate how to achieve atmospheric perspective. Students will work on thumbnails and small painting compositions before attempting a finished painting. For those students with very little painting experience, this workshop will be fun and an opportunity to try oil painting. For more advanced students, this workshop will be a place to further their skills with color and compositional arrangements. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Francis Livingston
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Figurative Painting
April 3-7, 2017 (10am-5pm) — Milt Kobayashi will take students through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the affect light has on form. By midweek, he will be taking students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully, enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $750 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Figurative Painting (2 Week)
April 3-14, 2017 (10am-5pm) — Milt Kobayashi will take students through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the affect light has on form. By midweek, he will be taking students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully, enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $1300 + $100 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Image to Abstract I
April 4-6, 2017 (9:30 - 4:30) — This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction to his or her work, while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide students through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class. Prints may be used and/or laptop/iPad (especially if it has photo-editing software). There will be at least one session painting from a still life set-up. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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Luminous Colors with Underpainting and Glazing
April 6-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Luminous color! As artists we are quickly attracted to and entertained by color. Creating jewel-like luminous colors is the focus of this workshop. Master artists of the past used the technique of underpainting and glazing to make their colors as beautiful and luscious as possible. Artists have traditionally used relatively slow drying media for this technique, but in this workshop students will be using an alkyd medium, which dries more quickly and is much easier and convenient to use. Students will work from still life photographs and drawings provided by Jane. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jane Jones, www.janejonesartist.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Carlo Russo - Painting Flowers Successfully
April 6-9, 2017 (9:30am to 4:30pm) — Would you like to paint beautiful florals confidently and more easily? Instruction is private, in my home studio, limited to 12 students. Carlo will teach you how he overcomes the unique challenges and difficulties florals can present. Learn how a good approach is key to painting flowers successfully. Avoid common mistakes. Each day in the workshop you will learn techniques for painting thoroughly, but with speed and accuracy. Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to come and learn. Visit website


Location: Ashburn, VA
Instructor: Carlo Russo
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Cost: 495
Email: Debra Keirce
Phone: 571-236-0047

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Plein Air in Southern Utah
April 7-10, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Kate Starling lives in the town of Rockville, Utah, just outside Zion National park, and has spent 20 years painting the area’s canyons and along its back roads. Join Kate for a four day workshop to explore the beauty of the high desert and paint with her at some of her favorite spots. She demonstrates (in oil, but all mediums are accepted in this workshop) the outdoor painting techniques required in capturing the shifting light and color of the outdoors. Working in small to mid-size format the class will paint several field studies with a focus on composition, value, color, and cohesion of the major masses. Visit website


Location: Rockville, UT
Instructor: Kate Starling, www.kstarling.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $495
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
April 9-11, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Chestertown, MD
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Chestertown RiverArts
Email: Andy Goddard
Phone: 410-778-6300

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Power of Landscape
April 10-14, 2017 (10am-5pm) — This workshop is an opportunity for art students to concentrate on creating a beautiful and powerful landscape, and learn about principles of composition. Using landscape photo references, students will learn how to choose the right format and size for their painting along with how to use structure, rhythm, and values to create dynamic compositions. Students will work their way to the challenging aspect of completing the painting using a few simple guidelines. Along the way students will play with colors and discover what helps to create coherent painting and what makes it stand out. The workshop will begin with a short guidance and demonstration and ends with the group discussion time. Plenty of time will be devoted to individual instruction. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Larisa Aukon, www.aukonlarisa.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Figurative Painting
April 10-14, 2017 (10am-5pm) — Milt Kobayashi will take students through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the affect light has on form. By midweek, he will be taking students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully, enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $750 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Color Secrets
April 11-14, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Achieve color harmony! Explore new ways to paint white using color and discover alternatives to grey in shadows. Master the art of mixing color while perfecting value. Learn how to warm up a color or cool it down and how to neutralize a color and show it off with its compliment. We will conquer clouds, skys, moutains and fields! The workshop will take place indoors in a very comfortable setting for both beginning and intermediate painters. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country
April 11-14, 2017 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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The Pennsylvania Landscape Tradition
April 12 - May 24, 2017 (Wednesdays, 10am-4pm) — Learn the essentials of landscape painting in the New Hope countryside, the area made famous by Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, and other masters of Pennsylvania Impressionism. Topics include color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound painting practices. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Plein Air Painting at Bartram's Garden
April 13 - May 18, 2017 (Thursdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — This class will be held at historic Bartram’s Garden, home of America’s first botanist, John Bartram. Work en plein air in the medium of your choice to capture light and shadow, and to create a convincing sense of space and form, including a variety of trees, flowers and buildings. Drawing and painting techniques will be demonstrated for oil and gouache. Plenty of free parking and restrooms available on site. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Larry Francis
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $295
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Preparing Supports for Painting
April 15, 2017 (9am-12pm) — Learn the correct methods to prepare stable, archival supports for painting in oil or acrylics. Stretching canvas, preparing wood panels, and applying size and ground layers will be demonstrated. Alternative supports such a metal and plastics will be explored. Useful information for all levels. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $50
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Oil Painting: Clean and Simple
April 17-19, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Howard Carr is considered a master of color and an outstanding teacher who emphasizes the simplicity of how a painting works and how to do it. Pure, clean, luminous results in your landscapes are taught step-by-step, from beginning to end, with daily demonstrations and individual instruction. Each day will begin with a question-and-answer session followed by an hour-long painting demonstration. Students will spend the remainder of the day painting at their easel with personalized instruction. The subject matter will be landscape painting from photographs. Howard will demonstrate daily, and give individual critiques throughout the workshop. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Howard Carr
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Capturing Facial Expression
April 18, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This one-day workshop will focus on capturing the expressive quality of a face. There will be discussion of the structure of the face with examples of various artists’ portraits showing different approaches. Cynthia will demonstrate drawing the structure of the face with oil, then applying color. Students will first do a series of short studies from different angles with a limited palette in both drawing & painting in order to see and capture the essence of the portrait. Finally, there will be a 3 hour pose for a longer exploration of the portrait. The objective is to learn to quickly see and respond to the uniqueness of each facial angle and expression. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Cynthia Peterson, www.cynthiapetersonfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 Model Fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting Floral Still Life in Oil and Acrylics
April 20-22, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students may work in oil or acrylic since Krista is proficient in both. Paint from contemporary floral still life setups to further develop your skills in drawing, value, color and edges - all in a fun and relaxed environment. Students can work on smaller surfaces to capture portions of setups if they want to complete more paintings during the workshop. Each day, Krista will warm up the class with a demo, sharing her tips to create depth and dimension in a painting with a strong focal point. As an added bonus, Krista will share an overview with the class on how to successfully market and sell art online. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Krista Eaton, www.kristaeaton.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Image to Abstract
April 21-23, 2017 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) — This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction to his or her work, while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide the student through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class. Prints may be used and/or laptop/iPad (especially if it has photo-editing software). There will be at least one session painting from a still life set-up. Paint with oils or acrylics. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.markdanielnelson.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $395
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Provence au Printemps
April 22-29, 2017 (9-4 daily) — A Unique Opportunity for 6 Painters - Immerse yourself in a small group mentoring workshop. Benefit from highly individualized and personalized instruction. Take your work to the next level, while enjoying camaraderie with other painters. Enjoy springtime in Provence. The poppies will be in bloom! Visit website


Location: Noves, France
Instructor: Julie Houck
Sponsor: Plein Air Journeys LLC
Cost: $2,250.00
Email: Julie Houck
Phone: 808-280-6083

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Painting the Salt Marshes of Ipswich, MA
April 23-28, 2017 (All Day) — Our only USA based workshop focuses on painting the salt marshes of the Crane Estate, a National Historic Landmark. These unique and pristine landscapes were immortalized in the work of Martin Johnson Heade and Arthur Wesley Dow in the late 19th century. We will be based at the Inn at Castle Hill. The 4 day program will be open to all levels of artistic experience. The class will be divided in two groups reflecting experience level. One will emphasize basic principles and technique, the other, composition and artistic intent. Instruction will be supported by slide presentations and daily reviews of work. 2 Instructors/20 student max. Fees include workshop only. Call 212-780-3216 Visit website


Location: Ipswich, MA
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: $550
Email: Maddine Insalaco
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Painting the Figure in the Landscape with Tina Garrett
April 26 - May 6, 2017 — Join us for an unforgettable painting holiday in scenic southern France! We’ll stay at the beautifully restored luxury private hotel, Montfaucon, where we will enjoy gourmet dinners & breakfasts and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Tina Garrett has earned a Master Artist designation through the National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society Signature Member Guild and an ARC Associate Living Master designation by the Art Renewal Center. She has exhibited in galleries across the U.S. as well as the Museum of Modern Art Europe (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Tina Garrett, www.tinagarrett.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3700
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Design and Painting
April 27-29, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, Mike will demonstrate his process and approach to painting with a model morning paint demo. The afternoon will be devoted to painting life models. Mike will demonstrate his technique of “drawing” with paint as well as show other techniques or “tricks” to simplify the figure, which can be a daunting task for many oil painters. He will discuss the balance between representational technique and instinctive design decisions that can transform an academic figure study. The idea is to better enhance and evolve your own personal style by remaining free to manipulate the painting as you envision it. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michael Carson
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $350 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Landscape Painting: Methods, Approaches and Strategies
April 29, 2017 (9am-5pm) — This workshop offers a concise exploration of landscape painting from a variety of approaches: alla prima and plein air vs. indirect painting; academic vs. conceptual. Experience a variety of materials, equipment, design ideas, techniques and styles. Includes a visit the PAFA museum to view historic examples and an outdoor painting session (weather permitting). Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Charles Muldowney
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $125
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Reflected Light and Foreign Color
May 1-5, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will be useful for students of all levels, from beginner to advanced, who want to learn a simple 10 color palette (taught to Dan by James Reynolds) using a subject that requires no drawing skills. Dan will work over any piece as requested by the student if the painting is not too large (18×24 inches or less), and the student is required to bring all their own reference material. Dan will help beginners select good reference materials. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Dan Mieduch, danmieduch.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $675
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Realistic Painting mastery
May 1-5, 2017 (2:30-5:30PM) — Master painter Fernando Gonzalez has been passionate about super realistic paintings for over 30 years. His art is full of sensibility and delight the viewer with rich colors, depth and dazzling luminosity that radiates from the inside the painting. If you are an acrylic or oil painter looking to add more profundity to your painting, color brilliance and realism at its best, this workshop is for you. The workshop is offered in the charming Colonial town San Miguel de Allende. Paint in the Cristi Fer Art Studio, explore this jewel of Mexico in your free time. This little town will surprise you with all it has to offer, historical churches, flowers, shopping, mariachi music in park. Register early 6 max. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Image to Abstract 3
May 2-4, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is for the artist interested in exploring various approaches to creating completely abstract, non-representational paintings. Students will apply classical academic compositional strategies such as color theory, value structure, line, shape, proportion, contrast, repetition, harmony, unity, and more. Through a series of short exercises, students will experiment with multiple approaches to abstract painting including direct painting, layering, expressive mark-making, and geometric ordering. Acrylic paint is the preferred medium (due to its fast drying time) but oil, gouache, pastel, or watercolor are also acceptable. It is also acceptable to use an iPad/tablet with drawing software. Participation in “Image to Abstract” 1 or 2 is not required. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting Napa Valley En Plein Air: California
May 3-6, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Join Bryan Mark Taylor for four days in beautiful New York City. Students will experience the energy of painting the city that never sleeps. This Plein Air Painting Workshop is for artists who want to develop an in depth understanding of the fundamentals of outdoor painting through demonstrations (in oil), lectures, practices, and critique. The workshop will focus the artist on effectively capturing light, atmosphere, and mood in paint while using strong composition and color harmony. Portable equipment required. Visit website


Location: New York City, NY
Instructor: Bryan Mark Taylor, www.bryanmarktaylor.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $495 + $245 Transportation
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
May 5-7, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — This is an advanced level mentorship workshop where students spend time working on a consistent body of paintings over three days. David is completely focused on helping each student achieve their goals. Visit website


Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Cost: $595
Email: David Kessler
Phone: 336-418-3038

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Building Landscape Harmony with Color Strategies, Limited Palettes and Color Groups
May 6 & 7, 2017 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — Landscape is an endless source of color inspiration, yet successful landscape painting is only partially about referencing the colors we see in nature. More often than not, a successful depiction of landscape light is based on the implementation of a color strategy or “color plan.” Although we will reference photos in this workshop, we never copy photographic color; instead, we learn to build color harmony by becoming color strategists and inventors. You can work with your own photographs or work with those provided by the instructor. This is not a class for first-time painters; however, it is ideally suited for plein air or studio landscape painters who want to expand their color vocabulary. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $295
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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The Schuylkill Landscape
May 6-7, 2017 (9-4pm) — Investigate the delightful practice of painting outdoors, or en plein air, on the grounds of beautiful Laurel Hill Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark that features terraced grounds, Victorian monument sculpture, and wonderful views of the Schuylkill River. Receive instruction in classic plein air oil painting techniques and complete paintings depicting morning and afternoon light. Oil colors, painting supports, solvent and medium will be provided by the instructor. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Patrick Connors
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $225, Lab Fee: $25
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Painting in Spain: Watercolor & Oil Painting Workshop
May 8-15, 2017 — Susan Blackwood has a love of painting and teaching others to paint and draw. Oils and watercolors are her preferred mediums, and she has been painting plein air for years. Painting on location captures all of the senses and each painting done plein air becomes a memory that will never be forgotten. “I would love to show you how to create successful paintings that you will enjoy years after you go home. Painting in Spain will be full of wonderful opportunities to take your paintings (watercolors or oils) to a new level. I have lots of easy methods to show you how to paint villages, buildings, boats and water. I can’t wait to share them with you”. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Susan Blackwood, www.susanblackwood.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Spain: Oil Painting Workshop
May 8-15, 2017 — In this workshop we will focus on capturing the unique and spectacular light and subjects of the Costa Brava. No matter how long one has been painting, there is always something new to learn! Every morning, I will demonstrate and lecture for about an hour and explain the day’s lesson, it will then be your turn to explore the many exciting subjects and compositions to be painted. Students will have individual attention at their own easel and a positive critique to give you some food for thought at the end of the day of painting. This will be a fun and memorable painting holiday for all! I really look forward to meeting and painting with all of you! Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Howard Friedland, www.howardfriedland.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting the Clothed Figure in the Environment: An Energized Start and Graceful Finish
May 9-12, 2017 — In this workshop, students will work from a live model to vigorously apply paint in simplified blocks. Using a limited palette, students will paint with both thin and thick paint, in conjunction with wiping paint out, to achieve a successful drawing. Students will then work on pushing values to paint in the fall of light and add a three dimensional effect. Using a grey toned canvas with paint scumbled over it, in conjunction with thick paint in the lighter areas, a fully realized figure can be achieved. Paint manipulation and brush handling will be discussed and demonstrated. Seth will discuss how this leads directly into a multiple layered studio figure painting. Seth will also discuss the similarity between painting from life and from photographs. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Seth Haverkamp
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $550 plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Painting Treasures of the Cinque Terre
May 14-21, 2017 (sessions daily) — Study with Carolyn and capture the adventures of plein air painting colorful landscapes in the beautiful and picturesque Cinque Terre, Italy. Discover how painting from life helps us to see and observe the affects of light and atmosphere. Learn how to simplify your subject while painting more quickly and accurately, with special attention placed on learning to see masses, as opposed to line, and form, rather than detail. This workshop is for anyone interested in learning to develop creative, painterly paintings with clean, rich color, mood, and dynamic compositions. There will be group critiques at the end of each day. Visit website


Location: Cinque Terre, Italy
Instructor: Carolyn Lewis
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 3314229047

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In the Field: Painting the High Valleys of the Wasatch Front
May 15-18, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Russell Case is looking forward to sharing some of his favorite locations to paint near his home in northern Utah. The countryside is full of mountains and rolling hills dotted with farms. Students will spend the majority of time in the field, but will be returning to the studio for critiques and discussions/demos. In this workshop Russell will be presenting his approach and philosophy of painting, which he says, “Is subject to change without notice.” All levels are welcome. *If you are just starting out please communicate with Russell prior to the workshop to go over painting rigs and tools that you will need for the week. Having the right gear for painting in the field can save time, money and a whole lot of frustration. Visit website


Location: Brigham City, UT
Instructor: G. Russell Case, www.russellcase.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $550
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Studying the Old Masters
May 15-19, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will provide the opportunity to deeply study an old master painting (figurative or portrait) and learn various processes of the old masters. Students will do a small color study of the chosen work, develop an accurate drawing to work from, and then create the final painting. This experience will provide a better understanding of the painting process, how to draw for an underpainting and explore several different approaches to creating a painting from start to finish. The workshop will also cover the painting process used throughout the 19th century and by illustrators such as Norman Rockwell and Dean Cornwell. Additionally, the course will cover how to apply modern tools to this process and your own work. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Howard Lyon, www.howardlyon.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Art Escape 2017- A Painting Retreat in Denmark
May 16-23, 2017 — Join Canadian artist and Chef Melanie Smith for a relaxing week of fine Danish cuisine and oil painting in the rustic danish countryside. Visit website


Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Instructor: Melanie Smith
Sponsor: Mel Smith Studios
Cost: from 940€ to 1540€
Email: Melanie Smith
Phone: +45 60 52 16 60

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Plein Air Painting with Manon Sander
May 17-27, 2017 — During years spent studying oil painting under the tutelage of nationally known oil painters, Manon developed her own distinct style, described as “representational with an impressionistic touch”. Join us for a spectacular art tour in scenic southern France! You will have the opportunity to be inspired in and around the picturesque village of Limoux, with its medieval bridges and churches, colorful narrow streets and animated market days. We will venture out to our favorite surrounding towns where you will find stunning abbey ruins, towering castles, plentiful vineyards and dramatic changing landscapes. We will stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where we will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Manon Sander, manonsander.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3,700
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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TJ Cunningham Paints the Live Figure, Outdoors
May 17-21, 2017 (9:30am to 4:30pm) — The focus of this workshop is learning to see reflected light and color in plein air figure painting. Working from a clothed model TJ Cunningham will demonstrate his process during daily demonstrations and then assist attendees as they complete their own paintings. This focused, five day workshop will be conducted out doors with live models. All levels of experience are welcome. Flesh-tones, drawing, gesture and basic anatomy will all be discussed. Visit website


Location: Ashburn, VA
Instructor: T J Cunningham
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Cost: $485
Email: Debra Keirce
Phone: 571-236-0047

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Plein Air Painting in Cape May
May 18-21, 2017 — Join plein air painter Joe Sweeney for a painting retreat in Cape May, New Jersey. Experience small town hospitality while painting the landscape/seascape of Cape May, including Cape May Point, the Cove with sweeping vistas, Cape May Lighthouse, and Sunset Beach. Paint efficiently outdoors with tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. Instruction includes demonstrations and lectures on painting surfaces, materials, compositional drawing and color studies. Morning and evening painting times will leave the afternoons free to relax on the beach – the perfect artist’s getaway. Instruction geared towards oil, acrylic and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome. Visit website


Location: Cape May, NJ
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $595
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Powercolor Painting
May 19-22, 2017 (9:00am - 4:00pm) — Caroline Jasper's four-day workshop gives artists an opportunity to create a new piece each day, while mastering her exciting painting and color management strategies. Paint powerful works using productive methods. Discover unfamiliar, yet successful approaches to artistic improvement. With a focus on mastering color concepts to develop dramatic works that aren't over-worked, Caroline Jasper's painting tips and strategies lead to lifelong artistic success. Think about and work with color in unfamiliar and exciting ways. Gain essential truths about real versus wheel color. Learn Caroline's dual-hue palette strategies. Master advanced color interactions working on color ground. Along with a head full of color master concepts, take home powerful new paintings. Visit website


Location: Metairie, LA
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: David Art Center
Email: Adriana
Phone: 504-888-3630

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Plein Air Landscape Painting
May 19-21, 2017 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — Painting directly from observation is a difficult task under the best of circumstances. When we are outdoors, the problems are amplified due to uncontrollable factors such as the weather and the constantly moving light. The challenges don't stop there. Out on location, there is just an overwhelming amount of visual information that needs to be analyzed, processed and translated onto canvas in a limited amount of time. It's confusing and frustrating, and yet you keep going back for more, because you know it can be done. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Terry Miura, www.terrymiura.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $425
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Painting in Provence: Acrylic, Watercolor and Oil Painting Workshop
May 20-27, 2017 — Positively Plein Air!! For beginner to advanced - acrylic, oil and watercolor artists welcomed. Bonjour Provence! Let's walk in the footsteps of Van Gogh and immerse ourselves in the flavors and colors that inspired so many artists before us! With an approach based on fundamentals of values, composition and color, Kirah will introduce students to exercises and techniques that build brush confidence and achieve bold, fresh and loose results. Inspired by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist stylings, students will gain a better understanding of working with color temperature, complimentary color schemes, "broken color" and the dramatic impact in building contrast and dynamic landscape compositions. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Kirah Van Sickle, www.kirahfineart.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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The Landscape Sketch
May 20-21, 2017 (9-5pm) — Learn to transform plein air drawings to studio paintings. Draw outdoors from direct observation of the Philadelphia cityscape, then use your plein air studies and memory to create one or more studio paintings with emphasis on composition, color structure, painting technique and finding your personal voice. Visit website


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

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For Love or Money: Portraiture and the Pursuit of Excellence, with Chris Saper
May 22-25, 2017 — This four-day workshop is designed to provide hands-on skills necessary to paint portraits successfully. The course is focused on gaining painting skills by working from life with a special emphasis on seeing, mixing and painting color in light, and in shadow. Drawing skills and specific portrait measuring techniques will be emphasized to achieve likeness, giving students a solid plan to continue to work on improving their results. Artists are welcome in any medium. Chris has experience in pastel, charcoal, and oil painting. Topics include: producing excellent photographic resources from which to work, presenting yourself and your work effectively, client relations, understanding your market, embracing and sifting through social media and the Internet presence, and developing your own business plan. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Chris Saper, chrissaper.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $630 plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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The Landscape in Italy
May 23-31, 2017 — In Qiang’s landscape workshop, he will share his approach to creating dramatic landscape paintings. Qiang will introduce a limited palette of 6 simple colors and explain how to use them to mix almost all the colors possible. He will also describe how to manage linear perspective using both measurement and theory. Qiang will demonstrate how to effectively use a palette knife to create phenomenal textures for aged architectural structures. The workshop will focus on painting outdoors from life (Plein air) and how to paint from photos. Qiang will go over how he uses image processing software to modify photos to create effective references for landscape paintings. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Qiang Huang
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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Lay it Down and Leave It Alone
May 23-26, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Stop futzing! Learn how to mix a bigger pile of paint and get it onto your brush and off onto the canvas without overworking it. People want to see your brushstrokes. We will also be working with a palette knife. This class is often held outdoors to better enjoy the beautiful spring weather in Southern California. Space is limited to ten students to ensure individual attention and instruction. Visit website


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

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Documenting “Non-places”
May 27-28, 2017 (10am-12pm) — Godlewska challenges participants to look beyond the tropical veil of paradise to see the ordinary. Participants will wander Key West with Godlewska photographing or sketching everyday settings – “non-places”. Key West is a unique place but to serve people’s everyday needs, it requires ordinary areas such as parking lots, loading docks, and chain stores. Back in the classroom, participants will create one drawing or painting based on one of their photos or sketches. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Maja Godlewska, www.majagodlewska.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $75, $60 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Painting in Provence: Oil Painting Workshop
May 27 - June 3, 2017 — Join award-winning painter Jennifer McChristian for an inspiring eight day painting trip to the South of France. This workshop is for all levels of artists who want to learn the time-honored joy of painting "en plein air". What better way to learn this traditional art form than to step back in time to paint the pastoral Provencal countryside, just as they did a hundred years ago. Jennifer will teach you to interpret this magical environment in terms of paint, using light and color to create form. Color relationships, composition, simplifying and the benefits of painting outdoors will be discussed, as well as how to design and build a painting that carries an emotional impact. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Jennifer McChristian, jennifermcchristian.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Teresa Oaxaca - Painting Flowers in Oil
June 2-5, 2017 (9:30am to 4:30pm) — Learn to paint flowers alone or as part of interesting compositions. Instruction is private, in my home studio, limited to 12 students. Teresa will teach you how she creates beautiful alla prima floral paintings. Learn how mastering values and edges elevates your artwork. Take away tools and techniques you can use in underpainting, alla prima or direct painting methods. Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to come and learn. Visit website


Location: Ashburn, VA
Instructor: Teresa Oaxaca
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Cost: $495
Email: Debra Keirce
Phone: 571-236-0047

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Oil Painting: Inspiration and Desi