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Plein Air Pastel and Watercolor
April 30, 2017 (9-5pm) — Learn the basics of drawing with pastel and watercolor, ideal for plein air, as you work along the picturesque Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The instructor will demonstrate techniques, reference art historical examples, and encourage personal expression. Amenities will be available along the way. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $115, Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Advanced Level

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

Advanced Level

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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The Tuscan Landscape - Plein Air
May 12-21, 2017 — Experience the art and beauty of Florence and the peacefulness of the hill town of Fiesole. Enjoy the gorgeous sites of Tuscany on our day trip to the medieval city of Siena. Best of all, enjoy all of this through the eyes and under the direction of master pastelist, Marla Baggetta. This is a very unique opportunity to spend 10 days painting and touring with Marla. She will help you interpret the landscape and to become a better pastelist with personal one-on-one coaching. You will visit Roman/Etruscan ruins, a private garden, a winery, etc… but in Italy it’s often anywhere you are that is a feast for the eyes. Workshop limited to only 8 participants. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Marla Baggetta
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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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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Advanced Level

Exploring Abstraction in Pastels & Acrylic
May 16-19, 2017 (8:30am-3:30pm) — Have you always wanted to work abstractly but did not know how to begin? Then this workshop is for you! Award winning, Master Pastelist Debora Stewart will lead artists through a thorough process of developing abstractions from start to finish. Workshop will include intuitive and expressive exercises for artists, creating abstracts from source material such as photos and drawings, color studies, elements of art, color theory, use of underpainting to aid in abstract development, use of surfaces and grounds, combining abstraction and realism to create florals, landscape, portraits and more. You will also learn how to create a series of works and evaluate your paintings and bring them to conclusion. The workshop contains artist demonstrations, informative discussions and thorough handouts for each participant. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Debora Stewart, www.deborastewart.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $495 by March 16th; $545 after March 16th
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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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 in Cape May, New Jersey
May 18-21, 2017 (9am-5pm) — 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

Beginner Level

Pastel Portraits and Beyond
May 19-21, 2017 (9am–4pm) — Create a finished 11" x 14" pastel portrait of your favorite subject(s), human or animal, using French Soft Pastels. Work from multiple photographs as well as Plein-air or natural backgrounds to build a free-flowing portrait in a meaningful setting. Final portraits will capture not only the spirit of your subject, but will reflect the memories and love for a particular natural backdrop. We’ll discuss using color composition to evoke emotion and how to build a pastel portrait from a charcoal sketch, adding hard pastels, then finalizing with soft French pastels. You will make your portraits "sing" on the final day with the application of highlights and light effects particular to the mood of your piece. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Marie Fritz Perry
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $350
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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


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

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


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

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


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

Advanced Level

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


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

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The Figure in Florence - Pastel and Oil
June 3-11, 2017 — Experience the Renaissance city of Florence, Italy for 9 days while studying the figure with Margaret at The Florence Academy of Art studio. This trip is a combination of exploring the treasures of the city while learning how to perfect your pastel painting. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Margaret Dyer
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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


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

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Intermediate Level
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Pastel Drawing and Painting
June 5-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Learn everything you need to know about soft pastels while working from the still life, figure models, and cityscape views. Instruction will cover technique, use of light and its effect on color, types of pastels, paper selection to create various effects, fixing and transporting finished drawings, and important safety issues. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

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Media on Paper
June 5 - July 3, 2017 (Mondays, 1-4pm) — Learn everything you need to know about materials and techniques for working on paper. Explore pencils, charcoals, pastels, inks and watercolors from a variety of subjects. Instruction addresses presentation, storage, and health risks. Includes a visit to PAFA’s Center for the Study of the American Artist to view master works on paper. Lab fee covers most materials. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $225, Lab Fee: $35
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
June 5-8, 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: Lac Du Flambeau, WI
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Dillman's Art Retreats
Email: Stephanie
Phone: 715-588-3143

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Let’s Boss Around Color (Pastel, Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor)
June 12-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Many artists are afraid to turn up the colour volume in their paintings. Most artists become stuck painting only the colours they see and are missing out on taking their work to the next level — and to making artistic statements. This session will help you bring more creative interest to your work no matter what subject matter you enjoy painting. During our time together we will also touch on these foundational topics as they relate to colour: harmony, values, underpainting and the power of greys. There will be many exercises designed to ground your learning by doing! There will also be time to work on your own paintings with plenty of support as you gain insight into a new way of looking at and bossing around colour. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Christine Camilleri
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $300
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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


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

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Master Class with Patricia Traub: Avian Drawing
June 14-16, 2017 (9am-3:30pm) — Join esteemed PAFA faculty member Patricia Traub in this unique bird-drawing workshop. Focused drawing studies of bird anatomy and feather structure will supplement work from live avian subjects, including both seed-eating varieties and birds of prey, provided by the Academy of Natural Sciences. Referencing Old Master drawing techniques, students will work in graphite, charcoal, and colored chalk and pastel on toned papers. Students are invited to present both their in-class work and paintings or drawings from home for critique and advice. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of methods to make finished paintings beyond the workshop by using gesture drawing and studies in combination with photography. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Patricia Traub
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $695
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Composition Can Be Fun!
June 14-15, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Good composition makes your paintings stand out. Whether a painting is a still life, a landscape, wildlife, people, or an abstract — the underlying structure holds the painting together. Knowing compositional design tools can make you more creative, not less! You’ll also spend more time painting and less on fixing! Together we will identify the compositional and design tools at your disposal and put you in the designer seat. Among many things we will learn how to make Notans and thumbnails using photo references. You’ll find out how to use line, shape, values, colours, textures and so much more to help your creative story take shape. You’ll learn by doing and work on your own paintings to strengthen your compositional skills. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Christine Camilleri
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $300
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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


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

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Creating Vibrant Light and Color in Pastel
June 15-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Create a uniquely personal presence in your paintings using the power and significance of color and light. Using the still life as a reference, this workshop will cover tonal and color mixing in pastel with an emphasis on layering color to achieve a rich, glowing sense of light. Explore these concepts further through compositional strategies, identifying value, utilizing color schemes, and creating depth. Working from provided still life arrangements, including simple forms, fruit, vegetables, and reflective objects, you will gain confidence and better understand how to assemble compositions, render form, depict color, and handle materials. Rosalie will provide lectures, demonstrations, and one-on-one instruction throughout the process. No experience in pastel is required, however a basic drawing background is helpful. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
June 19-22, 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: Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Cuyahoga Valley Art Center
Email: Linda Nye
Phone: 330-928-8092

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Vibrant Color and Vital Energies: Mixed Media Figure Painting
June 19-21, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Capture the energy, vitality, and essence of the living model in layers of paint and pastel. Expand your observational skills in this workshop focused on painting and drawing from a live model. Using various underpainting strategies, spontaneous gestural mark-making, and playful color, create dynamic mixed media works of the figure. Each day you will spend approximately four to five hours painting and drawing from a live model. Different poses, vantage points, and lighting will be utilized. Demonstrations and lecture topics will include use of line, value, planar analysis, and how to apply color theory in your figurative works. Through relaxed and supportive critiques, you will gain insight and see improvement. Those with some drawing experience will benefit the most from this workshop. Visit website


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

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Colorful Pastels from Photographs
June 22-24, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Pastel is a fantastic medium and has the ability to merge painting with drawing. This workshop is about color, value, and expression. If you already have a good collection of pastels, bring them. If you are new to the medium, Amery is happy to help you get started. Students are encouraged to bring in a variety of photos with a good balance of light and shadow, as well as simple shapes. Amery will also provide a number of pictures for the class. The first day will begin with a demo, after which students will work on the same subject as Amery. The remaining days, students will work on a subject of their choice. Students will receive plenty of individual instruction. Visit website


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

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Portrait in Pastels Workshop
June 24-25, 2017 (9am-5pm) — The immediate subtlety that can be achieved through soft and hard pastel is particularly suited for the portrait study. Learn historical and contemporary techniques of hatching, blending, layering and color mixing to rendering convincing portraits. Discussion and demonstration of various surfaces, pastels and mixed media techniques included. Drawing experience recommended. Visit website


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

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Pastel Painting En Plein Air with Nancie King Mertz
June 30 - July 10, 2017 — Join Master Pastelist, Nancie King Mertz, for a plein air painting tour in the south of France! The River Aude, fields of wildflowers, vineyards, old towns and abbeys are just some of the subjects we will paint during this 11 day, 10 night workshop in the beautiful Languedoc region of France. We will have transportation to painting sites and 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. Nancie will share tips and techniques used to create her award-winning work. Her teaching method is very one-on-one, helping the artist develop their personal style while learning to capture the light in a rapid, confident manner. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Nancie King Mertz, nanciekingmertz.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3700
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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


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

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


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

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


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

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The Extended Pose
July 5 - August 9, 2017 (Wednesdays, 9am-5pm) — Draw or paint the life model in single morning/afternoon poses for the entire course in order to develop accurate form, measurement, value, color, creative composition and narrative. Lecture and discussion will address historical and contemporary methods/materials, supplemented by examples from the PAFA collection. All levels and all media welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $950, Non-Credit: $595
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Mixed Media Workshop
July 6-14, 2017 (10am) — With instruction by Australia’s leading mixed media artist, Judith White, a much sought after tutor, immerse in the rugged beauty of the remote Australian outback. A challenging art adventure for those wishing to experience a Kimberley cattle station, meet colourful characters and access sacred locations not open to the public. Judith has had over 40 solo exhibitions throughout Australia and in Japan, with major commissions for the Olympic Co-ordination authority, Walker Corporation, Southern Pacific Petroleum, Attorney General Department of NSW, and the Hilton Hotel, Sydney. Judith has won many major awards including the Mosman Art Prize, the Margaret Fesq Memorial Art Prize, Manly Daily Art Prize, the Maitland Art Prize and the Fleurieu Peninsula McLaren Vale Prize. Visit website


Location: Wyndham, Australia
Instructor: Judith White
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: $4199pp AUD
Email: Rachel Dillon
Phone: 61-8-93881513

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


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

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
July 10-14, 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: Cloudcroft, NM
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Cloudcroft Art Workshops
Email: Jan Rasch
Phone: 575-682-2889

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


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

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Show Me the Pigment: Oil/ Pastel (You Choose)
July 11-13, 2017 — Participants will work for 3 days with nationally recognized mixed media expert, Sean Dye. Many of the techniques explored come from Sean's work in his book The Mixed-Media Sourcebook. Students of all experience levels will feel at home in this hand-on exploration of age-old traditional oil, new water-soluble oils, or pastels. Through demonstration and slides Sean will explain how and why certain supplies were used. Please bring sketches or reference photos. Award winning Artist Sean Dye received his MFA from Pratt Institute. He teaches painting at the University of Vermont, and conducts popular workshops throughout North America. His work has appeared in The Artists Magazine, Pastel Artist International, International Artist, and The Pastel Journal. Visit website


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

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Head Study
July 12, 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 workshop. Students are instructed to bring their chosen medium. 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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Paint Rockland, Maine, with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 17-21, 2017 (8:30-4:30) — Join top plein air painter, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting scenic Midcoast Maine. Think boats, the working waterfront and vistas! Michael will teach you how to capture the moment without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day, you’ll start in the studio learning basic principles and exploring the fundamentals for painting outdoors. Once in the field and following a demonstration, you will be set free to paint, using the tools Michael has discussed, and he will offer personal help at your easel. Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Pastel Workshop
July 24-26, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Learn to capture light with innovative underpainting technique! You will work from your own photo references as well as some Rita will bring. Expect to complete 3-8 paintings during the workshop. Rita will demo and give one-on-one help at your easel. Any subject matter is welcome. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Rita Kirkman
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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


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

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


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
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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Chasing the Light
July 26-28, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will include discussions on pastel painting materials, surfaces, developing your painting styles and working methods unique to pastels. There will be daily demonstrations emphasizing composition, colour and technique. Using direct strokes on a textured surface to emphasize 'brushwork' we will learn how to simplify and achieve exciting impressionistic paintings that give our subjects a bit of punch! We will experiment with ways to introduce colour and light into our work. Each day will start with a demonstration with heaps of challenges and loads of individual help at the easel. Daily and individual critiques of students' work in progress will also take place. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Tony Allain, tonyallainfineart.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $450 by April 26th; $550 after April 26th
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
July 28-30, 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: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Binders Art
Email: Marion Hood
Phone: 404-237-6331

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All that Glitters!
July 29, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on the beautiful play of light and color on glass, metallic and shiny surfaces using oil, watercolor, pastel or charcoal. Cynthia, who is widely known for her colorful and meticulous paintings of glass reflections, will discuss and demonstrate how to capture these qualities on your canvas. Students will work from still-life set-ups that make use of glass, metal and colorful patterned fabric to see and portray the intriguing light and reflections they see. Cynthia will demonstrate in the beginning of the workshop, then students will work from the set-ups for their own paintings. Good drawing skills are strongly recommended for the best results in this workshop. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

Intermediate Level

All That Glitters: Methods in Metallic Leaf
August 2-5, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Discover new methods and materials in this process-based exploration of gold, silver, and copper metallic leaf. You will be challenged and encouraged to incorporate metal leaf into your existing body of work, be it printmaking, painting, drawing, watercolor, or pastel; resulting in dynamic pieces and expanded possibilities in your creative practice. Learn the properties and application of metal leaf through technical demonstrations, studio exercises, and group discussion. Develop your techniques while working on several small pieces over the course of the workshop related to art making prompts. For those who are interested in a more self-directed experience, you will work from content of your choosing. Come with a willingness to experiment without attachment to specific outcomes, and enjoy an informal learning atmosphere. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Miles Bair, www.MilesBair.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $400, Non-Members: $435
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
August 10-12, 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: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment
Email: Marcia Freedland
Phone: 334-221-5883

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


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

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Stunning Abstracts with Soft Pastels
August 14-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — We are going to have a great time working with soft pastels in a variety of experimental ways: under-paintings with acrylics, watercolors or pastel diluted with rubbing alcohol. (No petroleum-based solvents in this workshop.) We will be layering both dry and wet processes. Lots of exuberant mark making on several surfaces! Open to continuing artists of all levels and media and adventurous beginners who want to explore the versatility of this vibrant medium! Visit website


Location: Port Townsend, WA
Instructor: Mira White
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $600
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Creating Abstraction in Pastel or Acrylic
August 15-19, 2017 — This workshop will emphasize developing abstract paintings in pastel or acrylic. The majority of demonstrations will be provided in pastel with reference to acrylic painting. Students will learn a variety of ways to develop both non-objective and nature based abstractions. Time will be spent drawing from nature and taking these drawings back to the studio to create abstractions. Students will learn to "loosen up", be more expressive and work intuitively. All students will begin the week with expressive drawing exercises and drawing from nature. Students will then receive daily instruction in developing abstractions in pastel and or acrylic. Each day will end with group critique. Limited to 12 students. Visit website


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

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


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

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
August 18-20, 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: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Cost: $350
Email: David Kessler
Phone: 336-418-3038

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
August 23-25, 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: West Jefferson, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Florence Thomas Art School
Email: Kathleen Janowiak
Phone: 336-846-3827

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


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

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


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

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Painting in the French Alps: Painting retreat for all artists
August 25 - September 1, 2017 — Join us for a relaxed week of plein-air painting and fun among artists (all skill levels and all media are welcome) in the beautiful setting of the French Alps. Everything will be taken care of so you can fully immerse yourself in beautiful locations while enjoying the camaraderie of other artists without having to worry about the logistics. Spend your time painting, taking photos for future paintings and learning many of the customs and traditions of the area - and of course, enjoying the food and wine! There will not be any instruction on the trip, only artists painting together. This exceptional retreat for artists will take you to several beautiful locations during the week where you can choose the view that inspires you. Visit website


Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $2,790
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

Intermediate Level

Personal Landscapes: From Photography to Pastel
August 28-30, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Painting primarily from photographic references poses unique opportunities and challenges. Gain insight into how to use your references to achieve a desired final result that communicates your unique, inspired vision. Working from existing and new original landscape photos, learn to maximize the benefits and avoid the pitfalls of this working process. Colette will share technical and conceptual knowledge through lectures, demonstrations, guided field work, and individualized instruction. Emphasis will be placed on the ways pastel can encourage creative development in your chosen imagery. This workshop is designed for students with experience in the medium. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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The Ultimate Pastel Workshop
August 29-31, 2017 — Enhance your artistic ability, uncover sources of new inspiration and experience and befriend beauty in this extraordinary three-day workshop! Day one will be devoted to making you a better painter -- aware of the enormous artistic potential within each of us. We will explore technique, composition, design elements and more. We'll become familiar with the fourteen steps / pointers to a better painting as outlined in my recent Pastel Journal article, "Be Your Own Best Critic." On day two we will learn to realize sources of and pathways to our inspiration, and to develop ideas in multiple directions. We'll learn to use light-effects to compose, clarify and unify our creations. The dynamic qualities and uses of color will be our focus on day three. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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Residency on the Greek Island of Skopelos
March - November — The residency lasts 2 weeks - 2 months and is designed for the artist that wants to not only develop their work but also interact and be inspired by the Greek culture. Applications must be submitted and approved by our board of directors. The studio is set high on the hill overlooking the Aegean Sea and the neighboring island of Alonissos. Typically artists have transformative experiences in Skopelos and at SkopArt. Visit website


Location: Skopelos, Greece
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Cost: Starting at $500
Email: Jill Somer
Phone: 40 24240 24143

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
September 11-14, 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: Whidbey Island, WA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Email: Lisa Bernhardt
Phone: 360-678-3396

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The Figure in Pastels
September 11-15, 2017 — In Margaret’s workshops students are taught a traditional pastel painting technique. Working with clothed models, students will explore drawing, composition, anatomy, proportion, value, color and pastel application. Emphasis will be on developing form using light and shadow using Margaret’s easy step-by-step method. For those who are bewildered by color or are wanting to speed up and become less tight in their work, this is an excellent class to take. Students do not need prior pastel experience. Some drawing would be helpful, but not imperative. Visit website


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

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Controlling Color in Pastel
September 11-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Through value, saturation, and temperature, color has the capacity to define the presence of a painting. In this workshop, you will focus on learning to control all of these elements to create compositions that are dynamic and impactful. Gain confidence in your ability to identify these aspects of color and place them within your paintings. Workshop activities will include short demonstrations, color exercises, and the production of final pieces. Individualized feedback from Carol will be provided throughout the three days. Along with your supplies, please bring your own reference materials. Visit website


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

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The Beauty of Imperfection – Reveal the Magic
September 15-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — I dare you to be brave while exploring your inner voice, letting go of perfection and playing with a variety of materials to create bold expressive works of art. Using timed exercises to loosen up and reveal your innate intuition forces us to use bold strokes with wild abandon, creating happy little accidents that ‘Reveal the Magic.’ Students will work from landscape photos, still life objects and florals, and weather permitting, do some plein air sketching. Along with a variety of soft and hard pastels, and sanded pastel paper, other materials like ink, markers, brushes and graphite will be used. We will use a contemporary impressionist and abstract style as we explore shapes, composition, positive and negative space, and color. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jen Evenhus
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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


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

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The Art of Studio Painting from Photographs
September 21-23, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Motivated by gesture and expression, this workshop focuses on material, application, and composition. Using photographic references, you will break down each painting into manageable stages while implementing new techniques, identifying personal goals, and enjoying the process. Tom will demonstrate and guide you through a variety of concepts and techniques, as well as provide individualized instruction as you incorporate what you learn into your work. Using provided photo references, you will bring your work to the next level and begin in a new direction aligned with your artistic goals. This workshop is open to painters working in oil, pastel, or acrylic. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Tom Nachreiner, www.TomNachreiner.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $395, Non-Members: $430
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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


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

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Mixed Media Workshop
September 29 - October 8, 2017 (10am) — Italy is a familiar destination to many artists, but this workshop will be a unique art experience. Assisi is a hilltop town with all the beauty, charm and history we associate with Italy without the crowds of more touristy areas. Australia’s leading mixed media artist, Judith White is the tutor on this art practice-focused workshop. Included in the ten day itinerary are select activities to enrich your experience of the region. Art sessions are interspersed with a visit to the famous Basilica, the home of a private collector, a rambling castle, Roman houses, artisans plus exploring, sketching and shopping the cobbled streets all with valley views never more than a stroll away. Visit website


Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Judith White
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: AUD $4275.00pp
Email: Rachel Dillon
Phone: 61-8-93881513

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


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

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


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

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Unique Interpretations in Oil Pastel
October 2-4, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Oil pastels are pure pigments in a non-drying oil and wax binder, allowing for a wide array of techniques and applications, including layering, underpainting, sgraffito, and blending with solvents for a wash effect. This workshop offers an opportunity to develop your individual drawing and painting practice, as well as discover the compositional advantages of working with a limited palette. Throughout the workshop, George will demonstrate experimental methods and provide individualized instruction. A group discussion with constructive feedback from your peers will close each day. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
October 13-15, 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: New Braunfels, TX
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: New Braunfels Art League
Email: Sandy Oberg
Phone: 210-861-0751

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


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

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
October 20-22, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — This workshop is for advanced students seeking to develop a consistent body of work in a series of paintings done during the course of the workshop. David helps each student reach their goals for the work. Visit website


Location: Lafayette, LA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Lafayette Art Association
Email: Susan Hamilton
Phone: 337-849-6791

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
November 2-4, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — This is a mentorship workshop for advanced level students who desire to create a consistent body of work over the course of the workshop. Students work on their own projects with established goals. David assists each student in achieving 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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Oil Pastels
November 4-5, 2017 (9am–5pm) — Oil pastels have a soft, buttery feel and are fun to work with. The color effects and textures that can be achieved are stunningly beautiful. Learn to prepare the substrate and under painting, to blend pastels for three dimensional effects and to layer oil pastels. Scrape away to reveal previous layers. Add to build up the painting surface and color quality. We’ll cover use of line and mark making, color theory as it relates to layering with oil pastels, and composition, negative and positive space, shapes, and the placement of objects. Learn the dialog of self-critique, how to collect ideas in sketchbooks, how to transfer ideas from a sketchbook to a painting. Must have some art experience, either at school or as a hobby. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Jane Wilcoxson
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $295
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
November 7-9, 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: Spring Island, SC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Spring Island
Email: Pam Brickell
Phone: 843-987-3403

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


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

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Painting in Spain: Pastel Workshop
April 30 - May 7, 2018 — Painting “en plein air” means being fully present to the experience of painting on location. As you observe and paint, every sight, sound, smell, and experience in the environment becomes part of your painting. That’s part of the joy that comes with working from life rather than a photo. We’ll go through the process of creating on location step-by-step, from choosing what you’re going to paint, to simplifying the scene, to drawing up a thumbnail, to blocking in the big shapes, and then to adding detail. We’ll go over the importance of understanding values and how this knowledge can liberate your colour choices and interpretation of a scene. The workshop is suitable for all levels but some experience with drawing and pastels would be helpful. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Gail Sibley, www.gailsibley.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Pastel Painting in Michigan with Michael Chesley Johnson
May 7-9, 2018 (9-4) — Join nationally-known artist Michael Chesley Johnson as he shows you how to paint the landscape on-location in pastel. In this plein air workshop, you'll start in the studio with basic principles, and then you'll move to the field where Michael will demonstrate his method for "capturing the moment" quickly and efficiently but without sacrificing mood and magic. After the demonstration, you'll have the opportunity to practice your new skills with Michael going from easel to easel offering plenty of personal help. Each day will offer at least one demo plus critiques of student work done in the workshop. Contributing editor, The Artists Magazine. Writer, Pastel Journal. Master Signature Member, American Impressionist Society. Signature Member, Pastel Society of America. Visit website


Location: Lowell, MI
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Great Lakes Pastel Society
Cost: $400
Email: Kathleen Bechtel
Phone: (616) 897-7842

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Color and Light: Tuscany with Marjorie Glick (All Mediums)
June 2-9, 2018 (9:30-3:30) — This will be a relaxing and inspiring painting workshop and artists’ re-treat in the Chianti Region of Tuscany, Italy. We will stay in an authentic 11th century monastery, San Fedele, which has been recently restored to modern first class lodging accommodations while retaining an old-world authenticity. We will paint daily, either on site or on short field trips to view charming villages, olive groves and the beautiful, romantic Tuscan country- side. The workshop is offered through Il Chiostro. Artists of all levels and mediums are welcome and will leave enriched by this experience. Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $2950
Email: Marjorie Glick
Phone: 617-787-3086

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Studio Italia offered since 1997
June 14-24, 2018 — A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and all media. Plein-air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that some participants have joined us three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of CAD 3.150(around US$ 2370 as of April 2017) includes ten-night double accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Register now! Visit website


Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Cost: US$2370
Email: Monica Marquez
Phone: 1-800-611-4789

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Plein Air Essentials
Ongoing - web/online — Have you always wanted to paint en plein air, outdoors, but didn't know how to begin? Then this is the course for you! Online web course includes downloadable textbook and a series of videos to get you going. In this course, award-winning painter Michael Chesley Johnson will teach you the basics. Supplemental material available for more advanced painters. All levels of painter will benefit from this course. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $10.00
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Tuscany with Michael Chesley Johnson
June 16-23, 2018 (all day) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for a relaxing, fun-filled week of exploring the Tuscan countryside with sketching materials in hand. You’ll visit ancient villages, artisan shops, wineries and markets, and delight in the unique experience of staying at Fattoria Bacio, a winery estate, at the start of a beautiful Tuscan summer. Michael's teaching will inspire you to dive in and explore these locations in the medium of your choice – and have fun doing it! Each day, he'll share his secrets of landscape sketching. Contributing Editor for The Artists Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Master Signature Member American Impressionist Society, Signature Member Pastel Society of America. Visit website


Location: Certaldo Alto, Italy
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Artravelitaly
Cost: € 2,200 and up
Email: Claudia Bruhin
Phone: +39 377 2709500

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Notan
Begin your course any time — Why does a certain painting win first place in an art competitions? The answer lies a lot in the harmonious arrangement of black and white in the painting. A synthetic arrangement of dark and light creates an impression of beauty, regardless of either the colors used or of the subject matter. This is called "notan" from the Japanese word that means dark/light harmony. The idea is simple, but effective notan paintings are hard to do. It requires an understanding of dominant values and how to flatten values into a narrow value range. This course will help you strengthen your paintings with a simplified value transition structure. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Design & Composition
Begin your course any time — This module introduces all the basic concepts in design and composition. We cover all the key principles and illustrate them with both examples of how to do it, and how not to do it. These courses cover important principles such as: how to layout the space in your painting effectively, how to increase the interest in your painting, how to control your viewer's eye movement, and how to utilize design elements effectively. A solid understanding of the principles in this module is essential to the visual music of your work. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Color
Begin your course any time — Color is what makes a painting exciting, and color harmony is what makes a painting beautiful. However, color is a complex topic and takes years to master. Here are some of the things you will learn: Grays: how to use them to make your color stand out; Color notans: exploring color strategies faster; Complementary, analogous, triadic, and tonal color schemes; how to diagnose color harmony problems; The Munsell color wheel: how to get more accurate complements; Pigment biases: how to use biases to get purer colors; Limited palettes: how to get color harmonies quickly; and Color dragging. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Brushwork
Begin your course any time — Brushwork (and how you apply dry media such as pastel or graphite) enhances the visual music of your work by giving it a second level of abstraction. If you zoom in on any part of the painting, it becomes an abstract painting in itself. This is one of those other skills that differentiates the real master artists. Here are some of the things you will learn in these courses: Basic brushwork techniques, Descriptive brushwork, Creating focal areas, Using suggestion, Edge variation, Optical color mixing. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Visual Poetry & Music
Begin your course any time — In this course you will learn how to take into account both the abstract and representational aspects of a painting. A painting consists of visual poetry combined with visual music. The poetry of a painting is what the artist is trying to communicate to the viewer through his or her painting, and the emotion that is elicited from the viewer. The music of a painting is its sensuous, non-intellectual part. It derives from the physiological pleasure the human brain gets from making visual order out of the visual chaos of nature. Combine the two in the right way and you have a very powerful painting. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Open Painting Studio
Ongoing (Mondays, 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.) — Have you wanted to spend more time painting? Has it been difficult to find a block of time or a place to be a bit messy? Join us at Winslow Art Center for our Open Painting Studio. Set aside a few hours to fearlessly drip paint with other painters! All mediums are welcome. Space is limited! Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $50 buys a 4-session punch card (Drop-in $15)
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Working in Pastel
Every Thursday - year round (10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Louise Eaton has worked in oils, watercolor, acrylic, tempera, pen & ink, and pastels. She has found pastels to be the perfect medium because it is direct, spontaneous and easy to work with. She has been teaching pastels and drawing classes for over 15 years. Registration is required. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Louise Eaton
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $40 per session
Email: Louise Eaton
Phone: 912.270.4313

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Community Open Studios
Thru April (Tuesday-Saturday) — Make room for your creativity this winter. This is the time we open our light-filled, generously appointed studios to individuals and groups in search of a space for self-directed creativity. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work. If you have special equipment or studio needs, please let us know ahead of time. Shared studio space is available for rent Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy the luxury of an expansive workspace without having to set up or take down your materials during the continuous length of your rental. Other amenities include unlimited complementary hot coffee in our Guenzel Gallery and full kitchen privileges. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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