Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Becoming Spontaneous in Your Painting"
September 21-23, 2017 Thursday - Saturday
 

If you are the kind of person who acts first and thinks about it later, your friends are likely to describe you as spontaneous, which means that you behave in a very natural way, without prompting or premeditation…Linda Ellen Price will focus on teaching you to become a more spontaneous painter and learn not to rely on reference material. In her work she uses quick gestures to create paintings that range from colorful street scenes, vibrant tropical creations, to figures in sepia. They reflect her vivid imagination and endless fascination with paint and color. In this workshop she will focus on color theory, missing color and adding punch to you your paintings.
 
Location: St.Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Linda Ellen Pricee
Cost: $450.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Plein Air Painting, Lake Como Italy"
September 23-30, 2017
 

Outstanding views, places to paint and a lovely hotel in Varenna on the lake. Includes a day at the Belaggio and other exciting cultural excursions. All three delicious meals a day and wine, lodging, transportation to painting sites and entry fees are included. Cost: $2900 per student double occupancy (airfare not included) and $2400 non painting guest.
 
Location: Varenna, Italy
Instructor: Sara Linda Poly
Cost: $2900/$2400
Sponsor: Studio B
Website, email, 443-988-1818


"Mixed Media Drawing"
Saturdays, September 23 - December 2, 2017
 

Explore the dynamic possibilities for your drawings by mixing materials and techniques, guided by traditional and contemporary methods. Combine pastel, chalk, ink and watercolor to create harmonious compositions that promote the subtle contrasting qualities of each medium, while drawing from the still life and figure models. Prior drawing experienced required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor:
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor and pastels in Spectacular Spain"
September 24-30, 2017
 

This watercolor and pastel course is for all levels, beginners will find Anne Kerr an ideal teacher with her laid back, fun, highly informative approach, the more advanced artist will be gently encouraged to try something new. Plein aire and some studio work included. Anne's course are always popular because they are relaxed and fun. It is Anne's belief that the way we see and interpret our own surroundings is very individual and with this attitude she encourages everyone to paint in their own style. It does not matter whether you are a total beginner or a more advanced artist, you will be motivated and urged to work at your own pace. Fully inclusive stay in private high-class accommodation.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Anne Kerr
Cost: 1395 €uros
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Holidays
Website, email, 0034 96221 7226


"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!
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Plein Air Painters of America
Cost: $1,500
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Figure Drawing Retreat - Traverse City, Michigan"
September 28 - October 1, 2017
 

The focus of this retreat is figure drawing. International ArtisTTable artists/instructors, Tali Farchi and Royce Deans will lead art workshops, demos, and provide individual instruction by request. Experienced artists will be challenged and anyone that wants to spend a lot of time working from the model is welcome. Days will be divided up between shorter in studio poses in the morning. Afternoons weather permitting, we will take the model out into the landscape. Evenings we will do a long pose for the entire retreat. Our week will conclude with an artist reception to show off what we created.
 
Location: Traverse City, Michigan
Instructor: Royce Deans, Tali Farchi
Cost: $580.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Mixed Media Workshop"
September 29 - October 8, 2017
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Judith White
Cost: AUD $4275.00pp
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Website, email, 61-8-93881513


"Paint Rural Indiana with Michael Chesley Johnson"
September 29-30, 2017
 

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.
 
Location: Valparaiso, Indiana
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Art Barn
Website, email, 219-462-9009


"Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana"
September 30 - October 7, 2017
 

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


"Painting the Light of Italy"
September 30 - October 8, 2017
 

Come with us to Italy and paint its light, landscape, and people. Learn how to use expressive color to paint Florence and the countryside; filling your paintings with light and atmosphere. This workshop is meant to be a local experience so we try to incorporate free time while still giving you highlights of the most obvious points of interest, but since there’s so much to see and do in Florence one could stay a lifetime and still feel like you needed more. This is the feast the city offers and it will linger in your mind and feelings long after you leave.
 
Location: Florence and Fiesole, Italy
Instructor: Vianna Szabo
Cost:
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
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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!
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2350
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 1-800-611-4789


"Capturing Fall Colors in Pastel"
October 5-6, 2017
 

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


"The Figure in a Painting"
October 5-7, 2017
 

The workshop will be taught using traditional painting techniques. Working with a live model and from photos, students will explore drawing, composition, proportion, value and color. Emphasis will be on developing form using light and shadow. For those who are bewildered by color or want to speed up and become less tight in their work, this is an excellent class to take. The class is open to all mediums.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Margaret Dyer
Cost: $495.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Pastel Portraiture with Ellen Eagle"
October 6-8, 2017
 

Learn everything you need to know about pastel portraiture with Ellen Eagle, noted author of Pastel Painting Atelier and instructor at the Art Students League in New York. Be inspired by the artist’s passion for the medium, and her extensive knowledge of its history and applications. In addition to methods of executing a successful portrait, topics such as studio set-up, pastel varieties, tools, and surfaces will be addressed. The workshop will include a visit to PAFA's Center for the Study of the American Artist, where Eagle will discuss rarely-exhibited pastel works from PAFA's collection. Ideal for the dedicated portraitist or those seeking to enhance their knowledge of pastel and color.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ellen Eagle, www.elleneagleportraits.com
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Abstracting Nature in Your Chosen Medium"
October 9 - November 19, 2017
 

Delve into the art of abstraction, using nature as your initial subject matter. Learn to move in a new direction, away from representational and toward a more abstract style, thus broadening artistic inner vision and creative vocabulary. Participants will choose a subject in nature (flowers, water, sky, etc.) and create an abstract composition while focusing on a single artistic element (color, shape, line, etc.). Participants will begin by taking photographs of the week's topic and then create an abstract work in their chosen medium. The instructor will present a video lecture each week, which will include a demonstration. and photographs of in-process and finished work will be posted by participants. Online discussion, comments, and critiques will be encouraged.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Candace Law
Cost: $190
Sponsor: Shanti Arts
Website, email, 207-837-5760


"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!
 
Location: Amalfi, Italy
Instructor: Mary Garrish
Cost: $3600-Single occupancy/Private bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Website, email, 1-321-626-2717


"Painting a Landscape in the Studio"
October 12-14, 2017
 

The focus will be on improving as a painter by emphasizing composition, design, value and color temperature and learning how to utilize these basic elements to express and complete a successful painting regardless of subject matter. We will look at ways to improve composition to best portray what the artist wants to communicate to the viewer. The workshop will also explore how to better “see” nature and subject matter, as well as address various aspects of painting including materials, set-up, color mixing, paint application methods, surfaces, techniques and the fundamentals of design and composition. Emphasis will be on helping students discover their own personal style and process in creating their work...open to all mediums.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Mark Horton
Cost: $495.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"ABsTraCtioN and InTenTioN with Larry Moore"
October 12-14, 2017
 

This 3 day studio workshop focuses on "What" you choose to paint and "How" you paint it. We will play with new surfaces, new paint ideas and new tools with an emphasis on thinking and painting more abstractly. We concentrate on color, surface, edge, mark making, composition, methods, and materials, define intent and lots more. It’s fun, creative play along with thought systems that help you look at what you are doing in an all new way. Learning without boundaries. Larry uses a teaching technique that is designed to push you into new territory where learning lives. With a series of unique exercises (from his book) designed to encourage play and hone the voice of the artist. All mediums welcome.
 
Location: Crockett, California
Instructor: Larry Moore, www.larrymoorestudios.com
Cost: $525
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"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
October 13-15, 2017
 

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!
 
Location: New Braunfels, Texas
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost:
Sponsor: New Braunfels Art League
Website, email, 210-861-0751


"Elements of Landscape"
October 14-21, 2017
 

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


"Mixed Media in Spectacular Spain"
October 15-21, 2017
 

This art holiday combines outdoor painting and studio based workshops with Robert Dutton. Catering for artists who want to further advance their skills. With a relaxed and confident style, students of mixed levels of ability will gain confidence to develop their own style with many media, in a superb location. Learning skills in a relaxed environment students quickly settle in and create really exciting paintings following his expressive and impressionistic style. Whilst having a rewarding creative experience students are left feeling invigorated and inspired. With Robert's in depth knowledge, command of many differing types of media combined with expert guidance and personal mentoring you will develop your creative ideas in many different and exciting ways.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Robert Dutton
Cost: 1245 Euros. Private en-suite room and all meals.
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Holidays
Website, email, 0034 96221 7226


"Plein Air Painting in Newport, Rhode Island"
October 16-20, 2017
 

Don’t miss this opportunity to paint on location at one of the east coast’s premier sailing ports, led by plein air painter extraordinaire Joseph Sweeney and local architect and watercolorist, John Grosvenor. Newport offers everything the landscape painter could want: breathtaking seascapes, sailing ships, cliff walks, and historic architecture. Learn to paint efficiently out-of-doors with tips on choosing a prime location, capturing the weather and light, and setting up a seascape palette. All media are welcome, including oil, acrylic, pastel, and watercolor. The course features visits to great cliff-side estates of Newport including Castle Hill, the Vanderbilt Grace Hotel, and private estates by special arrangement. Between painting sessions, there will be ample time to explore the picturesque town of Newport.
 
Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney, www.joesweeneyart.com
Cost: For Credit: $875, Non-Credit: $695
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The five secrets of landscape painting with Edward Povey"
October 16-19, 2017
 

Edward Povey has forty years experience as a professional artist. He is a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy, has been commended by the Institute of Art in Chicago, and was followed by the BBC. He has shown in New York, London, Brussels, France, Holland, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and has collectors in twenty countries. He is also recognized as an inspired and deeply informed teacher. The structure of the workshop is All Inclusive at a luxury lodge in Texas' beautiful hill country. 4 nights lodging, meals and wine are all included. All media can be used and the class is appropriate for all levels of experience.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Edward Povey
Cost: $1,550
Sponsor: Wimberley Artist Workshop
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
October 20-22, 2017
 

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.
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost:
Sponsor: Lafayette Art Association
Website, email, 337-849-6791


"Albert Handell Sedona Mentoring Program"
October 22-28, 2017
 

Each day participants will paint at locations that Mr. Handell knows intimately. In the mornings, he will show you step-by-step how he starts and works through a painting till finish. You will see for yourself what and how he emphasizes, what is important, what “un-essentials” he eliminates and how he keeps to the theme of the painting till finished. If you wish, you will be able to paint the same subject he is painting. In the afternoon, painting on location with help at each artist’s easel. Each evening participants will meet to review the day’s painting, have nightly critiques, and receive suggestions for the next day’s painting, and all career-building information will be kept to the evenings.
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Albert Handell
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-983-8373


"'Jam Session' Pastel Class"
October 23-25, 2017
 

Ever wonder why we "play" music but do art "work"? Come and practice improvising in this playful, interactive workshop. The ability to be spontaneous, receptive and in the moment is vital in our creative process. In this workshop you'll train your brain to readily engage the spontaneous mode, strengthening it to become an equal partner in your art making. Through an interaction of skills, knowledge and goals, and letting go and allowing the painting to paint itself. In this workshop, you'll focus on the process of painting as you move quickly through a series of evolving exercises very carefully constructed to allow you to set aside thinking and lose yourself in what you see developing on your paper.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Diana Sanford
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Doug Dawson Plein Air Painting in Sedona"
October 30-November 3, 2017
 

Join this legendary master for a week of painting the red rocks of Sedona! Each day begins with a demonstration. Dawson demonstrates two approaches to painting as well as how to construct black and white and color thumbnails. Includes: Two activities that will accelerate your mastery of painting. 3 types of designs that characterize compelling paintings. The principles that are used to create the illusion of depth in a landscape. A systematic approach to plein air painting. The advantages of and short comings of plein air and studio landscape. The principle of the common color. The underlying concept of color harmony. How to solve color problems as you paint. Different approaches to under-painting.
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Doug Dawson
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, (303) 421-4584


"Drawing the Portrait with Judith Carducci"
October 30 - November 1, 2017
 

Drawing the portrait with a touch of color! If you ever wanted to learn how to make your portraits more structurally solid and amazing, this is the workshop for you! In this workshop master portrait artist, Judith Carducci, will help you explore drawing the human head accurately. The focus will be on good drawings done with charcoal on mid-value paper then gradually progressing to using a small amount of color in the light areas. This process helps you get a handle on good form without the confusion of a full color palette, yet having the satisfaction of using some color.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Judith Carducci
Cost: $395 plus $50 model fee
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website


"Plein Air on the Island"
November 2-4, 2017
 

This is a 3-day outdoor painting workshop for intermediate to advanced painters working in oils, pastels or acrylics. During the course of the workshop however, Marc will only be demonstrating in oil paints, but is proficient in the other mediums, and will be happy to work with students using them. His exercises will help you strengthen your current abilities, and expose those skills that need strengthening. The exercises will focus on the importance of Value, Color, Design and Concept. Marc works with each individual student at their own level, and spends a lot of time with each student at their easel, giving individual instruction. He also demos everything that he asks you to do.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Marc Hanson
Cost: Wait List
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 2-4, 2017
 

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.
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $595
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Oil Pastels"
November 4-5, 2017
 

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.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Wilcoxson
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 7-9, 2017
 

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!
 
Location: Spring Island, South Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost:
Sponsor: Spring Island
Website, email, 843-987-3403


"Pastels: Inside/Outside – The Best of Both"
November 8-11, 2017
 

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.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Liz Haywood-Sullivan
Cost: $625 Museum members/ $650 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"The Art of Clean Color"
November 13-16, 2017
 

Stephanie Birdsall is a member of the Putney Painters, founded by Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik. Her paintings in oil and pastel are based on Schmid’s color charts, featured in “Alla Prima.” Working with flowers, leaves and fruit, this workshop will either introduce the student to color mixing or help the advanced students hone their color mixing skills. Students will concentrate on beautiful, intentional brushstrokes, paint quality along with edges and values. The subject matter will be from life. Each day will start with a 25 stroke painting to warm up and practice intentional brush strokes and color. Stephanie will assist in still life set ups and instruct students on how to look for the rhythm and fall of light on the subject.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Stephanie Birdsall, www.stephaniebirdsall.com
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Classic pastel workshop with Rita Kirkman"
November 13-16, 2017
 

Rita Kirkman’s classic pastel workshop focuses on painting small and often to rapidly improve your skills and expand your knowledge. Learn to capture light with an innovative underpainting technique. Receive helpful hints and tips from Rita’s 40 years of experience with pastel, including how to creatively interpret your photos, and how to stay productive with your art within a busy lifestyle. Grow your grasp of value, temperature, color, and composition in a relaxed and fun atmosphere! The workshop takes place at Creekhaven Inn, a luxury artist retreat in historic Wimberley, TX. Includes lodging, meals and wine! Attendance limited to 13.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Rita Kirkman
Cost: $1,410
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
November 14-17, 2017
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop limited to 6 participants in four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Lodging package for $800 (incl. tuition) also available, but limited, so don't hesitate!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Landscapes in Pastel: Creating Beautiful Light"
November 28 - December 2, 2017
 

The development of dynamic landscape paintings will be the focus of this workshop. Susan will share ideas about composition, effective color relationships, and creating believable natural light in your paintings. Daily demos will also include value studies, working successfully from photo reference, and framing techniques. Students can expect to produce a new painting each day. Susan will conduct daily demonstrations, individual instruction with each student, and provide an environment for individual growth. “You’ll be painting the soul of the subject, not the details!”
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan Ogilvie, www.susanogilvie.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure in Pastels"
January 5-7, 2018
 

In this three-day workshop, Margaret teaches a simple step-by-step pastel painting method. Working with live models, students explore drawing, composition, anatomy, proportion, value, color, and pastel application. Emphasis is on developing form using light and shadow, and layering color for a translucent effect. This workshop is for students who want to learn about color and who want to speed up and become less tight in their work. Students do not need prior pastel experience.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Margaret Dyer, www.margaretdyer.com
Cost: $395 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"'Into the Light' Introduction to Pastels"
January 8-9, 2018
 

Artist/Instructor, Jan Thompson discovered the pure soft pigment sticks called pastel at the early age of 16 and has spent the last fifty-five years creating artwork in her own vibrant, colorful style. Working with pastels whether you are a beginner or experienced artist, Jan will show you how to create 3-D illusions on a flat surface. Jan’s original pastels and prints reflect the beauty of her mountain community and the western way of life. Her award-winning artwork is becoming highly collectible. She is a member of the Pastel Society of Colorado and a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Janet R. Thompson
Cost: $180 for TCA Members, $205 for Nonmembers
Sponsor: Tubac Center of the Arts
Website, email, 520-398-2371


"Plein air pastel with Clive Tyler"
January 15-18, 2018
 

Clive Tyler has a passion for painting en plein air. His pastel paintings, rich with light and color, are created in a classical style, capturing the heart of the western landscape. An 'environment' painter, Tyler paints outdoors as much as possible, immersing himself in his locales, re-creating the experience of place. Winning numerous awards, Clive Tyler's paintings were recently published in the book, "Landscapes: 89 Painters' Perspectives". He exhibits his work in several museum exhibitions including the Buffalo Bill Cody Western Museum in WY, the Booth Western Art Museum in GA and the Brinton Museum in WY. The workshop structure is All Inclusive with lodging, meals and wine in the package. The Venue is Wimberley in Texas' beautiful Hill Country.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Clive Tyler
Cost: $1,550
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"Landscape / Seascape Painting Workshop - Pastels or Oils"
January 24-31, 2018
 

Join Douglas House in this grand painting adventure. Has you spirit ever been elevated to new heights by listening to great music or by being witness to a wondrous landscape or seascape and wish you could create that beauty in painting? Well you can, just like the great masters. Instructor demonstrations and critiques will teach students how to create beautiful landscapes or seascapes using color, perspective, detail and thoughtfully developed compositions practicing and exploring various techniques with individualized advice and focused direction. You can see Doug's work at www.douglashousefineart.com.
 
Location: Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
Instructor: Douglas L. House
Cost: $1500.00 Plus Registration
Sponsor: Casa Buena Art Retreats
Website, email, 612-396-5795


"Painting Outdoors in Gold Canyon, Arizona"
February 5-8, 2018
 

This landscape workshop will emphasize working from life. During the workshop, most of the time will be spent painting on location in Gold Canyon, Arizona, which will allow for closer proximity to painting locations. Dan will cover the process of gathering essential information and editing in the field. The importance of how to start a painting will be stressed since a correct start makes the entire process less difficult. Dan will also cover the importance of a solid foundation in design, drawing, values and color. Students should come prepared with the supplies to do at least two paintings a day.
 
Location: Gold Canyon, Arizona
Instructor: Dan Young, www.danyoungstudio.com
Cost: $575
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Private Painting Intensive Study with Michael Chesley Johnson"
February 19 - April 13, 2018
 

Join Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert in an intense, one-on-one program. In addition to guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his private studio, taking your art to the next level. All your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day plus consultation for three months after the program. An internationally-recognized artist, Michael paints the Southwest, coastal Maine and the Canadian Maritimes in oil and pastel. An author of art instruction books and videos, he writes frequently for The Artist’s Magazine and Pastel Journal. Signature Member, American Impressionist Society, Pastel Society of America, Pastel Artists Canada.
 
Location: Near Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
February 19-23, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
February 26 - March 2, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
March 5-9, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Advanced Abstraction"
March 7-10, 2018
 

Larry Moore, an established nationally recognized artist and illustrator brings his 40 years of experience in picture making and broad based art history knowledge to the table. He works in oil, acrylic, pastel and gouache. Larry has an entertaining and generous teaching style that students appreciate. Larry will demonstrate his approach to abstracting the landscape and his thinking process for designing a compelling painting. This 4-day workshop will focus on finding abstract shapes from nature and small studies and creating good design. This class will cover all the components of a good painting: composition, line, edge, shape, color, value, surface, eye flow and the language of the brush without all the rendering and pesky drawing stuff.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Larry Moore
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
March 12-16, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
March 19-23, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Studio - Painting Convincing Water"
March 22-29, 2018
 

This will be a three-day studio intensive study of all aspects of getting water to look right in your painting. All mediums are welcome, however demonstrations will be in oil. This will be a course for artists already experienced in their medium and have a desire to learn the how and why's of painting water. Tom is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artist and currently sits on their Board.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Tom Nielsen
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Let Fechin Help You Paint Sunflowers"
March 23-24, 2018
 

Teacher Judith Spitz has always believed that painting “with the Masters” should be a vital part of every artist’s training. Towards that end, the student will spend the first day of class painting from Nicolai Fechin’s Sunflowers. In that capacity, the student will get a more complete understanding of the basis of Great Paintings (value, color, temperature, edges, and of course composition). On the second day, the students will set up their own still life of Sunflowers, keeping in mind the principles they learned. In this way the student and the teacher will take a journey of learning and understanding to make great paintings. Judith will demonstrate along the way. Students can work in oil or pastel.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Judith Spitz, www.judithspitz.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Pastels, Portraits, Shapes, Colors and Values 2"
March 23-24, 2018
 

Allen will focus on the elements of shape, value and color in creating an expressive portrait painting. The first day will start with a demonstration where he will talk about facial structure and proportion followed by specially designed exercises to help students better understand pastels and the relationships of color, value and shape. The remaining first and second day, participants will work from the model and apply the principles that have been discussed. For more advanced students, there will be discussion on creating more beautiful paintings through the manipulation of edges and value/color. Allen will work individually with each student to help them find solutions to their problems. Allen’s thoughtful and positive approach will guide students to create more successful paintings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Allen Garns, www.allengarns.com
Cost: $200 + $35 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Alla Prima: Painting the Portrait & Figure from Life"
March 26-30, 2018
 

This workshop is designed to create a relaxed, fun, informative, yet intense working environment. Romel will demonstrate every morning his approach to painting the portrait & figure from life, using alla prima (a style of painting where the painting is completed while the paint is still wet) with the emphasis on the use of improving color, drawing skills, value relationships, understanding edges and capturing the “feeling” of light. Learn to use the elements that make a painting stronger and exciting: creative use of color & edges, visual movement, paint application/brush handling, distribution of abstract shapes and strong design. In addition, Romel will explain how to set up the model & lighting and how to best use photography.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Romel de la Torre, www.romeldelatorreart.com
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
March 26-30, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
April 2-6, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
April 9-13, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Art and Culture in the Balearic Islands, Mallorca, Spain"
April 14-21, 2018
 

A Plein Air Painting Retreat. Our days are filled with on-site drawing and painting capturing the colors of the sea and the abundant vegetation of this famous Mediterranean island. Evenings are time for talks over a glass of wine about the history and culture of Mallorca. Excursions include a visit to the Robert Graves museum in Deya, the local farmer's market and other historical sites. Guided hikes are available. Our home base is La Serranía in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains.
 
Location: Pollensa, Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov and Jorge Anchondo
Cost: $1950
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Website, email, 970 318-8444


"Oil and pastel plein air with Lorenzo Chavez"
April 16-19, 2018
 

Lorenzo Chavez was born and raised in the southern most point of the Rockies in New Mexico. His first inspirations and foundation as a young artist were formed by the local landscape and the art history in New Mexico. Lorenzo now makes his home in Parker, Colorado and uses this location as a base to travel and paint the American West and Southwest. Using pastel and oil mediums, his hope is to carry on the art traditions of American painters such as the Taos Society of Artists and the American Impressionists. The structure of the workshop is oil or pastel and plein air in an All inclusive format. The price includes tuition, luxury lodging for 4 nights, meals and wine.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Lorenzo Chavez
Cost: $1,550
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"Landscape in the Studio"
April 26-28, 2018
 

Artists will receive challenging group and individualized instruction in studio painting. Dee will observe the artists’ works and help them to improve rather than change their individual styles. The emphasis will be on learning to see value changes, color temperatures, and composition. We will be building arrangements of abstract shapes that will form a strong foundation for the painting. There will be extensive studies on color temperature and value that will make the students’ paintings “sing” and vibrate with evocative color. The remainder of the day will be spent painting and Dee will be working with artists on an individual basis. Instruction will be with oils, however all mediums are welcome.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Dee Beard Dean
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"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.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Gail Sibley, www.gailsibley.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein air painting with Skip Whitcomb"
May 7-10, 2018
 

“Once you internalize the language of painting you see the world differently. It never leaves you. The veil of rational order is lifted and what hangs in the air are sensations of painted possibilities. On good days, some would call it poetry.” An accomplished outdoor painter, Whitcomb has received numerous awards for his landscape paintings in oil and pastel, his work resides in major public and private collections. He has had several one-man shows and participated in numerous gallery invitational and museum exhibitions throughout the country. Graduated Art Center College of Design. The structure of the workshop is All Inclusive with 4 nights luxury lodging, meals, wine and tuition built into the price.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Skip Whitcomb
Cost: $1,550
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"Pastel Painting in Michigan with Michael Chesley Johnson"
May 7-9, 2018
 

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.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Great Lakes Pastel Society
Website, email, (616) 897-7842


"Plein Air & Studio Workshop"
May 22-24, 2018
 

Painting the landscape in the studio and in the field each has its own limitations. As landscape artists, our objective must be to learn how to best utilize the advantages, and how to compensate for the inherent disadvantages, of each. This workshop will take place in both in the studio and at a nearby outdoor location, and students will practice exercises that will focus on the skills most crucial to each venue. Much of what we'll cover will emphasize simplifying the landscape into a concise visual message, looking past the overwhelming details of the landscape, especially in the beginning stages, and composing a well-edited painting. Instructor demos will be in the studio, and will include both oil and pastel.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke, www.BarbaraJaenicke.com
Cost: $435 until March 22; $485 after March 22
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Color and Light: Tuscany with Marjorie Glick (All Mediums)"
June 2-9, 2018
 

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.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $2950
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Website, email, 617-787-3086


"The Contemporary Impressionist Landscape"
June 3-5, 2018
 

In many ways, Impressionism still defines the way contemporary landscape painters approach color. The Impressionists filled their paintings with brilliant color and created an entirely new coloristic metaphor for depicting natural light. In this workshop, you will learn the key to working with this “color-priority” system: that in order for the purer colors to serve as a stand-in for the luminosity of natural light, darker tonalities are rejected in favor of lighter-value colors. Strong value contrasts are replaced by color contrasts. Impressionists worked from life, but in this workshop, we will work from photographs, in the more controlled environment of the studio, where you will be able to absorb lessons at a comfortable pace. Suitable for oil, acrylic, pastel or watercolor.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Studio Italia 2018"
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 we have participants who have joined us three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Price of $3.150 CAD (around $2520 US as of July 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!
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 2550
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, (800) 611-4789


"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.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $10.00
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email


"Paint Tuscany with Michael Chesley Johnson"
June 16-23, 2018
 

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.
 
Location: Certaldo Alto, Italy
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: € 2,200 and up
Sponsor: Artravelitaly
Website, email, +39 377 2709500


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2018"
July 2-13, 2018
 

A seven-day plein-air 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. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne when the lavender is in its glory, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of $3585 CAD (around US$2760 as of July 2017) 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!
 
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2760
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Fantastic Farm Landscapes in Pastel"
August 14-16, 2018
 

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.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Robert Carsten
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
August 25 - September 1, 2018
 

This workshop will satisfy the artistic soul in every artist. Not only is the scenery is to die for, (I mean it is the gorgeous French Alps after all), but our host (Jackie Grandchamps, founder of French Escapade) looks after us so well, you won’t want to go home! Although students are encouraged to work in whatever medium they prefer, Rae will be demonstrating her techniques in pastels and some watercolor; however she will give ‘at easel’ instruction in the medium of the individual’s choice. A painter of many genres, Rae’s style is loose and free in whatever media she chooses.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Rae Andrews, www.raeandrews.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting the Landscape in Tuscany & Umbria"
September 8-15, 2018
 

This workshop is open to artists of all media, though Judith will work in oils. Mineral spirits for oil painters is provided. An art supply shop is located in Cortona and offers a range of art supplies. The itinerary accommodates morning and afternoon art sessions with the exception of the full-day wine tour to Montalcino, Pienza & Montepulciano. Included is a day in Siena and a half-day trip to Lake Trasimeno! In the event of inclement weather in Cortona indoor space or covered outdoor space will be provided. Non-artists can enjoy sightseeing, shopping and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of classic Italian caffes and piazzas!! Don't forget to bring a camera to record your experience and bring your memories home!
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Judith D'Agostino
Cost: From US$3149.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


"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.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Cost:
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


"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.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Cost:
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


"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.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Cost:
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


"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.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Cost:
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


"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.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Cost:
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


"Open Painting Studio"
Ongoing
 

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!
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor:
Cost: $50 buys a 4-session punch card (Drop-in $15)
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"3 day immersive encaustic workshop"
To be arranged with client
 

This three day immersive encaustic workshop with award winning artist Tracey-Mae Chambers in beautiful Norfolk County Ontario. All experience levels are welcome and all supplies are included. A vegetarian lunch and wine as well as snacks and drinks are provided. Please see website for all details.
 
Location: Simcoe, Canada
Instructor: Tracey-Mae Chambers
Cost: $700
Sponsor: The Queen Bee Studio
Website, email, 226-440-2402


"Working in Pastel"
Every Thursday - year round
 

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.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Louise Eaton
Cost: $40 per session
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.270.4313


"Open Studios"
November thru April
 

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.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


 

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