Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"3 day Watercolor: Painting Landscape"
December 12-14, 2017
 

The main focus of this workshop is Vlad's theory of 3 stages and 3 colors which are the core of his upcoming DVD "Watercolor Impressions". Subjects: How to add striking details to make your painting seem alive. How to paint the essence of old medieval European towns.
 
Location: Palm Beach, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $320/$360
Sponsor: Palm Beach Watercolor Society
Website, email, 561-498-3605


"Creating Space on a Flat Surface with John Miller"
January 6, 2018
 

Spend a morning with artist and designer John Miller exploring how to create space in 2D artwork. In this class, you’ll discuss a variety of methods to create visual space regardless of media. For example, in drawing, you’ll discuss the difference between linear perspective and color contrast perspective, and how the two options change when painting or printing. Students will also discuss how to create a composition, how to use aerial perspective, study how light affects distance, and more. The class size is extremely limited, so John will work mostly one-on-one with students.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: John Miller
Cost: $20
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Principles of Painting"
January 8-12, 2018
 

This workshop is an intense five days of inspiration, hard work and productive learning. The main principles Moore covers are design, color, composition, and edges. Beginning with slide lectures in the morning, he isolates each element with the help of computer technology and focuses on a different principle each day. Lectures are followed by painting exercises and/or demonstrations of the principles being taught. Students are encouraged to apply lessons to subject matter of their choice, whether landscapes, still life, or figure. Exercises are geared toward learning the principles, not toward producing a finished painting. Demos will be done in oil.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Moore, www.rmoorefineart.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Composition, Color and Creative Cacophony"
January 12-14, 2018
 

Join Charlie Hunter and Mitch Baird for an intensive, fast-moving and fun workshop focusing on the common elements and painting techniques utilized by two very different artists to create dynamic, successful paintings. Charlie Hunter is known for his near- monochromatic palette, while Mitch Baird is unafraid to utilize a full range of color. Seemingly disparate in approach, both artists emphasize a common devotion to the fundamental principles of painting/drawing, values, edges and composition. Daily demos and short lectures will reinforce these core precepts, followed by lots of hands-on painting time and a critique session each day in which successes, challenges and various approaches are discussed. Individual attention is a high priority, as well as laughs, irreverence and lots of enthusiasm.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mitch Baird & Charlie Hunter
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Bold Landscapes in Plein Air & Studio with Katie Dobson Cundiff"
January 13-15, 2018
 

Join Katie Dobson Cundiff, well-known impressionist artist and instructor at the Ringling School on Saturday, January 13th – Monday, January 15th as she instructs students in her style of Bold and Colorful Landscapes. Each workshop day Katie will paint a demo followed by special attention at each student's easel. This class is limited in student size and will fill fast. You will be painting in the studio and plein air. A "Meet & Greet" will be held at the gallery on Friday evening, Jan. 12th. She currently serves as President for Plein Air Painters of the Southeast.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Katie Dobson Cundiff
Cost: $465.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Suggesting Reality"
January 15-19, 2018
 

Through lecture and demonstration, this workshop will not only reinforce an understanding of composition and form, but will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; how the artist may represent nature in order to reflect on his or her perceptions, experiences and values while also contemplating the important power of symbol and abstraction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Fresh Ideas About Observation and Abstraction"
January 20-21, 2018 (snow dates January 27-28)
 

Located in historic downtown Staunton, BSSS is committed to providing high quality art instruction. Instructor Bill Scott will work with experienced painters on ways they can structure pictorial space by relying primarily on color. “In my own painting practice, I am an abstract painter but my pictures are based on observation,” Bill explains. “If you are patient and trust me to not steer you wrong, I will likely succeed in proposing new ways you can approach painting and fresh ideas you can consider.” Bill has had a remarkable career as a writer, gallery director, art historian, and painter. He worked in the studio of Joan Mitchell and has contributed essays to catalogs for exhibitions of Berthe Morisot’s paintings.
 
Location: Staunton, Virginia
Instructor: Bill Scott
Cost: BSSS Members: $200; BSSS non-members: $230
Sponsor: Beverley Street Studio School (BSSS)
Website, email, 540-886-8636


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

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


"Painting Over the Line"
Wednesdays, January 24 - April 18, 2018
 

Advance toward a more liberated way of painting in this open studio environment. Paint from personal subject matter to find your own visual language, informed by examples from contemporary and modern art. Painting experience recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Exploring Abstraction with Chris Groves"
January 25-27, 2018
 

This workshop will cover how to simplify and deconstruct your paintings by understanding the concepts of both Abstraction and Realism. We will work on finding that space that exists between the two artistic genres in order to create more sophisticated, complex and refined paintings. The goal will be to move beyond the mere replication of a scene to convey message and meaning through composition, tone and brushstrokes. We will cover various aspects of materials and technique from palette color selection to the application of paint onto the canvas. Understanding artists' ideas from diverse artistic styles will help develop and improve how you progress in your own painting process and ultimately enhance the quality of your work.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Chris Groves
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Discover the Joy of Creativity"
January 29 - February 1, 2018
 

If you feel that your artwork has become stale and a little predictable, this workshop is calling your name. Larisa will walk students through the process of creating dynamic paintings while rediscovering the joy of creativity. Each day of the workshop students will focus on different subjects: still life, landscape, cityscape, and animals. In addition to the basic principles of painting such as composition, design, values and color mixing, this workshop will teach students how to paint a credible and convincing painting full of energy. Using photo references and flower arrangements, students will learn how to simplify and use structure, colors, and values to create dynamic compositions.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Larisa Aukon, www.aukonlarisa.com
Cost: $540
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Capturing the Light"
January 29 - February 2, 2018
 

Tim is best known for the light in his paintings coupled with strong composition. The primary focus will be how to convey the sense of strong sunlight in a painting by identifying, clarifying and pushing the values. Exercises will be used to help simplify these concepts. Students will also work on achieving clean color in their paintings, and utilize value patterns to aid in developing successful compositions. There will be discussions on materials, scene selection and brushwork. During the workshop, Tim will create a demonstration painting each day, and work with students individually on their paintings throughout the day. Most of the time will be spent in the studio, with some painting time spent outdoors as well, weather permitting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Timothy Horn, www.timhornart.com
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"A Stroll Through the Galleries: Brain Health and the Power of Art"
4 Thursdays: February 1, March 1, April 5 & May 3
 

Viewing and discussing art stimulates the brain to build new pathways and help with memory loss. Dona Duncan, registered Art Therapist, will facilitate small group discussions about artworks in the PAFA museum, as well as participants’ thoughts and feelings, in a comfortable, homey atmosphere. Learn about the artists’ life stories and painting styles, as you practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques. Feel free to sketch if you wish! Continue the conversion in the PAFA Café over a coffee or snack – like an art club!
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Dona Duncan
Cost: $25 or $10 per session
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Unspoken Rules of Color"
February 2-4, 2018
 

In the beginning we are all told to paint what we see. If we understand the rules of color creating that illusion of what we see will become a little closer to reality. This is a hands-on workshop and brief demonstrations will be given to exercise the objective. Students will work from the live model as reference.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Maczuga, www.michaelmaczuga.com
Cost: $395 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Lecture: Bad Paintings by Great Artists"
February 2, 2018
 

At popular demand Gary will be back for his 3rd art history presentation at WICA and once again this one promises to be a highly interesting and entertaining event. Gary Faigin has been an educator, lecturer and public speaker for over three decades. His breadth of understanding in the visual arts as a practitioner, historian and educator, combined with his enthusiastic speaking style, make him a warm and accessible speaker for audiences of all ages.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Gary Faigin, www.garyfaigin.com
Cost: $20
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Weekend Warriors Workshop"
February 3-4, 2018
 

Join us in my studio to work with outstanding models in an inspiring atmosphere! This popular painting workshop focuses on the Figure and Portrait in a series of Alla Prima exercises designed to help artists at all levels to strengthen their brushwork, color-mixing, and observation skills.
 
Location: Crockett, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $250 (includes model costs)
Website, 415-307-9796


"Painting with Light, Color & Joy"
February 9-11,2018
 

Fill your oil paintings with light and color learning how to see, mix and express color seamlessly. Join Sara Beth and learn the secrets of color and light by: 1.creating color charts to take home and use in your studio; 2. create multiple reference studies to apply the secrets and finally; 3. complete a beautiful still life painting. Open to all levels of artist. Sara Beth has been painting for 17 years. In addition, she has a Ph.D. in optics and hence a technical as well as artistic understanding of light and color. She spent three years studying with Murat Kaboulov, a Russian Impressionist, along with several students of the great Russian artist Serge Bongart. Visit sarabethfair.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Sara Beth Fair
Cost: $275 Museum members/ $300 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"The Art of Seeing: Making a Painting Work"
February 27 - March 2, 2018
 

A good painting tells as much about the artist as the painting itself. Ned will talk about the whole process of putting a painting together. Students will start with the small idea and value composition studies. Next, students will learn the use of a color study and then move on to the finished work. Students will also do direct painting without preliminary studies. The emphasis will not be on the finished piece but on the process of making a more successful painting. Remember, most paintings are ruined at the start, not at the end, as not enough preliminary thought is given to them. Students will work on counter- change, color harmony and the balance of masses and shapes in size, value and color.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ned Mueller, www.nedmueller.com
Cost: $550 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Weekend Warriors Workshop"
March 3-4, 2018
 

Join us in my studio to work with outstanding models in an inspiring atmosphere! This popular painting workshop focuses on the Figure and Portrait in a series of Alla Prima exercises designed to help artists at all levels to strengthen their brushwork, color-mixing, and observation skills.
 
Location: Crockett, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $250 (includes model costs)
Website, 415-307-9796


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying, and Expression"
March 5-7, 2018
 

This three-day workshop is for all skill levels. The first half of each day Penix will paint a painting from a photo to demonstrate his process from start to finish. The second half of the day the students will paint with Penix’s guidance. Students will use oils or acrylics, and have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of boats, cityscapes, figures and fish. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos. Penix will cover topics such as the power of warms and cools, complementaries, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, light and shadow and the power of suggestion. There will be a strong emphasis on seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Derek Penix, www.derekpenix.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Creating Strong Figure Compositions from the Live Model Utilizing Abstraction Principles"
March 5-8, 2018
 

Michael will instruct on the process of creating structurally sound paintings from a live model. The emphasis of the workshop will be placed on producing “finished” paintings by addressing the principles of abstract design and motifs. Importance will also be placed on creating a strong sense of light and form utilizing his approach to color and light theory. Michael will take students step-by-step through his process of setting up the model, analyzing shapes, creating a black and white compositional study, determining a color palette, and finally executing a well-designed vibrant figure painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Steirnagle, www.steirnagle.com
Cost: $495 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint with an Understanding of the Masters"
March 5-9, 2018
 

Robert Johnson is an OPA Master. This workshop will focus on developing an understanding of the essential elements of painting that have been passed on through the centuries from teacher to student, master to apprentice, and artist to artist. Brush strokes will be heavily emphasized as means to depict form, achieve expressive power, and maintain a painting’s feeling of spontaneity and life. Robert will teach the importance of an understanding of values, edges, light and color to create a powerful and memorable painting. Still lifes, florals and the portrait will be the subject matter of the workshop and students can choose the subject or subjects they wish to paint. Robert will demonstrate the still life and portrait. The class is open to all levels.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Johnson, www.robertjohnsonart.com
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


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

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


"Advanced Abstraction with Larry Moore"
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


"Painless Perspective Workshop"
March 10-11, 2018
 

Perspective is at the heart of good drawing and painting, allowing us to translate the observable world into a believable two-dimensional image. Learn its basic principles and methods in clear, easy-to-understand language, without special tools or complex geometry. Apply these principles to still life, interiors and cityscape views. Basic drawing experience recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Cost: Non-Credit: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Putting Radiant Light into Your Paintings"
March 12-16, 2018
 

This workshop will use still life as a means to study light, the artist’s greatest gift. Using the Russian impressionist tradition of comparing and contrasting, students will paint indoors in both warm and cool light. The emphasis will be on putting warm and cool colors next to each other in such a way that creates a sense of radiant light and harmonious color unity no matter what the subject matter is. Make colors sing! Students will spend time examining photo references for evidence of warm or cool light and 17 different light effects that happen out in the real world. Think of this workshop as the study of light…beyond the plaster cast.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan Diehl, www.susandiehl.com
Cost: $635
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Discover a New Way of Seeing Color"
March 12-16, 2018
 

This workshop will introduce a way of seeing and using color to paint outdoor light; capturing the time and type of day by expressing the various light keys of nature. The first two days, students will paint outdoor still life (crucial study that will prepare students to tackle the landscape on Wednesday and Thursday). On Friday students will study the clothed figure outdoors. Camille is an acknowledged authority on color that regularly serves as an entry and awards judge. She has been a regularly featured, on-stage demonstrator at Plein Air Magazine’s Plein Air Convention, and an invited instructor, lecturer, and panelist on the Hensche-Hawthorne approach to seeing and painting color at American Artist’s Weekend with the Masters.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Camille Przewodek, www.przewodek.com
Cost: $675 +$50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Basics of Color"
Tuesdays, March 13 - May 1, 2018
 

Mixing too much paint, for too long, with poor results? Learn to use color effectively! Explore color mixing, value, temperature and pigment variations through exercises and observational painting. Instruction covers oil color palettes, painting methods, grounds, materials, and terminology. Apply your visual vocabulary of color to all painting media. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Cost: Non-Credit: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Art and Film Lecture Series"
Wednesdays, March 14 - April 11, 2018
 

Explore the relationship between film, photography and painting. Examine how film stills relate to painting through composition, tone, value/lighting, symbolic color, and visual cues. Learn to recognize elements that convey information and drive visual narrative in order to build critical skills for viewing images in all media and for developing compositions in your own artwork.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Clarissa Shanahan
Cost: Non-Credit: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Essentials of Composition for Representational Painters"
March 16-18, 2018
 

For many artists, composition remains the most elusive area of their practice. Why? Because its energies are fundamentally abstract and often hidden beneath the surface of the painting. The goal of this workshop is to make the invisible visible — to discover the underlying energies that drive a composition. We will take a “real world” approach to composition by learning to work with the shapes and forces we actually see. Working from both photographs and life, with practical exercises, ongoing critiques, and analysis of master compositions, you will learn: how value differences are used to identify the shapes a composition is built upon; the essential principle of intervals; the power of the “picture window” in selection and arrangement; movement and directional energy; and how to activate negative space.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Fresh Still Life"
March 19-21, 2018
 

Bring freshness to your still life. Award-winning artist Amanda Fish will teach you how to use thin layers of transparent colors to create rich, luminescent still life paintings. Discover secrets in simplifying your palette and brush work that will keep your paintings looking fresh. We will discuss the importance of light, color, harmony, and composition. Amanda will give a morning demonstration, with students painting in the afternoon. Everyone will be working from the same photograph. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction. Please contact the Debra Huse Gallery to enroll.
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Amanda Fish
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Website, email, 949-723-6171


"Studio - Painting Convincing Water with Tom Nielsen"
March 22-24, 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


"The Six Essential Skill Sets of Drawing"
March 23-25, 2018
 

In this three-day intensive workshop, California artist David Lobenberg will cover the six primary skill sets of drawing: angles, proportion, position, contours, values, and shapes. David will present, discuss, and demonstrate each skill set, then follow up with an exercise specifically designed to effectively practice each. The presentation order of skill sets is designed to be cumulative, so participants can continue to practice previously taught skills in their exercises as they simultaneously work with the most recently taught skills. Participants will be provided with visual learning tools and handouts as part of the workshop format. This class is for the novice who wants to learn how to draw, as well as for those who struggle with drawing and want to become better at it.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: David Lobenberg, lobenbergart.com
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Painting with Emphasis on Light and Color: Still-Life, Figure and Landscape"
March 26-30, 2018
 

This workshop will emphasize capturing and understanding the variety of lights through color relationship. By doing so, the local colors such as flesh tones will be eliminated. The same principles apply to all subjects. Still life is always the best subject to learn about color relationships and constructing planes. The knowledge and skill are essential in portraiture, not only to capture the likeness, but also the light that influences the subject. This will help to set up the harmony, mood and atmosphere. This workshop will also include a focus on design and the art of setting up still lifes. Throughout the week, students will have the option to work from models, still lifes, and landscapes projected on TV monitors or any preferred references.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sunny Apinchapong-Yang
Cost: $700 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint Sedona Arizona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
March 27-30, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of 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 AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Composing in Color"
April 2-6, 2018
 

Paint is a colored substance, spread on a surface. The magic of painting is turning paint into color. Making the colors tell a story, giving a viewer butterflies, mesmerizing – that is composing in color. Students will start with simple still life, progress to the model and then into complex settings. Students will whisper a mood with the color and learn to let the color talk.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Weekend Warriors Workshop"
April 7-8, 2018
 

Join us in my studio to work with outstanding models in an inspiring atmosphere! This popular painting workshop focuses on the Figure and Portrait in a series of Alla Prima exercises designed to help artists at all levels to strengthen their brushwork, color-mixing, and observation skills.
 
Location: Crockett, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $250 (includes model costs)
Website, 415-307-9796


"The Pillars of Watercolor"
April 8-10 and/or April 12-14, 2018
 

Seeking answers and understanding? This workshop will explain all aspects of successful painting using frequent demonstrations and detailed analysis. We will explore a range of subject including composition and design, effectively using light and dark values, color mixing, edges, brush stroke techniques and much more. Stimulate and expand your insight into the magic of watercolors! This workshop is for resilient outdoor painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion, Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique and Watercolour Masterclass. His work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist’s Magazine. Join us in Santa Fe, NM on the historic plaza.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Color Confidence"
April 12-15, 2018
 

Learn to mix the exact colors that you want. Experience the delight and joy of color mixing as you become successful and efficient with color mixing while discovering colors you didn’t know existed. This workshop will help you identify what color you want to mix and then how to mix it efficiently. We will examine how color theory works, and why it doesn’t work so well sometimes. Time will be spent mixing color and making small studies. Creativity is sometimes chaotic, but color mixing doesn’t have to be, it can be a tool to express your creativity and this class will make it just that. This is a class for all painting media.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jane Jones, www.janejonesartist.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Advance Your Pastel and Oil Painting Techniques"
April 13-15, 2018
 

This three-day course will include: A slide presentation and lecture on painting in pastels and oils including people, still-life, interiors, urbanscapes, and landscapes; Discussions on painting materials, surfaces, developing your painting style, and working methods unique to pastels and oils; Demos emphasizing composition, color, and technique; and Daily individual critiques of students’ works in progress. Additional topics explored include solving common painting problems, experimenting with new approaches to painting, working from photographs, studio lighting, framing pastels and oils, and making use of the internet in your career. Also included is a lecture on creative ways to promote and sell your art. This course is designed for each student to work at his/her own pace in pastels and or oils.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Desmond O’Hagan, desmondohagan.com
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Gallery-Going"
Fridays, April 20 - May 4, 2018
 

Interested in visiting galleries or collecting art, but don’t know where to start? Explore Philadelphia’s diverse gallery scene with PAFA faculty-artist Lisa Sylvester for an insider’s view of the artist/gallery relationship. Visit artist-run, commercial, and alternative exhibition spaces, as well as local artists’ studios, for the latest art in the city.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Lisa Sylvester
Cost: Non-Credit: $75
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Felicia Forte Paints Alla Prima Still Life and Portrait"
April 27-29, 2018
 

Alla Prima painting, or wet into wet, single session painting is a stimulating method which teaches you to be present in every brush stroke, focusing only on the essentials—ultimately giving you great dexterity and control. With demonstration and gentle critique, Felicia will challenge you to correctly observe and record the fundamentals: shapes, values, edges and color. In this workshop Felicia will combine portraiture, the subject that she was first interested in and with which she gained her skill with her current interests in still life, interiors and abstraction. Felicia is an inspired and creative teacher—with 9 years of teaching experience, she interacts with each student according to their experience and strengths. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Felicia Forte, www.feliciaforte.com
Cost: $480
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Passion for the Palette"
April 28-29, 2018
 

Explore how the science and psychology of color play key roles in composing dynamic visual narratives, and learn how to tailor your palette to support your work’s message. Work from still life arrangements with colored lights for brilliant optical effects with emotional resonance. Open to all media.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan, www.michelleoosterbaan.com
Cost: Non-Credit: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Natural Elements: Painting with the Masters, Old and New Techniques"
May 3-6, 2018
 

David Dunlop is the engaging host and writer of the 13-show national PBS television series, “Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop,” for which he won an Emmy and a CINE Golden Eagle Award in 2009. Day 1. We learn to paint illusions of translucent water with reflections that shimmer and quiver – John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer and J.M.W. Turner. Day 2. Luminous and Intimate Nature. Day 3. Perspective with Expression from Turner’s paintings of Venice to Monet’s Paris to contemporary artists’ visions. Day 4. From Representation to Abstraction. Media include acrylic, oil and watercolor. Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Visit daviddunlop.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David Dunlop
Cost: $600 Museum members/ $625 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Plein Air - Garden Vignettes with Laurel Daniel"
May 3-5, 2018
 

Develop your plein air skills as we paint a variety of private and public gardens on St. Simons Island. Emphasis will be on catching light and shadows, seeing color, achieving depth with perspective, editing and simplifying forms and capturing a sense of place. Sessions will include demos and gentle critiques. Enjoy the tradition of painting "en plain air" as we observe the relationship between color and value in the landscape. Explore new solutions with temperature and mood, using a limited palette. Sessions will include demos and gentle critiques as we approach the landscape with fresh eyes. Laurel’s expertise is teaching her students to work solvent-free in the Alla Prima method.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Laurel Daniel
Cost: $450.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"The Portrait and The Figure"
May 8-10, 2018
 

Using live models, Mary will demonstrate and guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines. She has been awarded the Portrait Society of America's Gold Medal.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Monotype Workshop with Stuart Shils"
May 18-20, 2018
 

Experience the joys and possibilities of monotype printmaking with an emphasis on color and abstraction in the shaping of the visual image. Through the monotype process, students will understand pictorial structure (design) and mood as the keys to visual coherence and graphic strength. Working from window views and in-studio drawings, students will employ graphic shorthand and visual memory to generate imagery that captures the essence of places and moments through color and form, exploring the intimate relationship between observation and abstract structure. Rather than enforcing Shils’ style, instruction will encourage artists to create prints that promote their personal voice and expression. Space is limited to 10 students.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Stuart Shils
Cost: $950
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Fiber Arts Workshop with Katie Pasquini Masopust"
May 21-25, 2018
 

Katie is a very popular teacher who presents her unique contemporary quilting theories and techniques in workshops worldwide. In this workshop, you'll explore the creative possibilities of working in a series. Participants bring a couple of pieces to the workshop from which to build a series of additional works. We will first evaluate the pieces made in advance and discuss their potential for development into a series. Participants then form a plan of their own considering color, composition, and elements of design, such as contrasts of size, contrast of temperature, contrast of values, engaging the edge, negative space, etc. Each piece in your series builds on the previous one.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Katie Pasquini Masopust, www.katiepm.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Charles Reid Watercolor Workshop"
May 28 - June 1, 2018
 

Learning to simplify and avoid overworking are the goals of the class. Charles will demonstrate drawing and painting each morning, and the class will paint in the afternoon while he circulates the room with his experienced eye. Subjects will include still life, live model, and working from photos. Charles will help you concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than on individual isolated objects as well as "Direct Painting” using as few over-washes as possible. The object is to be able to achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value without the overworked dead feeling. It’s strongly advised that each student review two of his books (prior to the workshop): “Charles Reid’s Watercolor Secrets” and “Charles Reid’s Watercolor Solutions”.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Charles Reid, www.charlesreidart.com
Cost: $849 (plus $50 model fee)
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Realistic Watercolor Landscapes"
June 1-2, 2018
 

Learn to paint the dogwood tree and incorporate it into realistic watercolor landscapes. Using both wet-in-wet technique and detailed dry brush, Alan Shuptrine will teach how to literally “sculpt” a floral subject into a painting from back to front, and utilize the white of the paper to create dramatic light and shadow. Unlike most watercolorists who gradually add pigment to paper (from light-to-dark), Shuptrine was influenced by Andrew Wyeth, and his father, Hubert Shuptrine, who painted from dark-to-light, much like an oil painter. Don’t miss this unique opportunity! Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced. On view at the Huntsville Museum of Art – Alan Shuptrine: Appalachian Watercolors of the Serpentine Chain from May 13 to August 5, 2018.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Alan Shuptrine
Cost: $275 Museum members/ $300 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"The Structure of Perception and the Perception of Structure"
June 1-3, 2018
 

This class is intended to push the mid-range to advanced painter even further. Each day brings a concentrated and comprehensive work schedule, but will also be fun and productive. Emphasis will be placed on: 1) examining the perceptual processes in front of nature; 2) the editorial response that follows in the head of the painter and how that takes form graphically; and 3) perhaps most importantly, on shaking up and/or questioning what is meant by “finish.” We will not be concerned with making anything pretty, sellable or trophy-like. Daily demonstrations will address how to: establish an immediate formal direction, develop unity, use editorial discrimination, analyze light, and develop color. Drawing and compositional strategy will also be a focus.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Stuart Shils, stuartshils.com
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"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


"Patti Mollica Acrylic Workshop: Fast, Loose and Bold Painting"
June 5-8, 2018
 

Through a series of targeted exercises you will learn to paint confidently, using brilliant color, gestural brushwork and strong compositions. Whether you're a beginner or an accomplished artist, some of the skills you'll hone in this workshop include: How to see limited values clearly, how to translate your design into exciting and endless (& fearless color possibilities), bravura brushwork and eliminating the needless brushstrokes, how to paint small but necessary details with big brushes, the importance of grays & colorful grays, and much more. Learn how to get your fundamentals in place, right from the start - to create dramatic, eye-catching paintings/compositions with ease and confidence.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Patti Mollica, pattimollica.com
Cost: $559
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Painting and Drawing with Charles Reid"
June 11-15, 2018
 

A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice “direct painting”, using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try. Charles is the author of Charles Reid’s Watercolor Secrets and Charles Reid’s Watercolor Solutions, and many more. He is a member of the National Academy of Design.
 
Location: Savannah, Georgia
Instructor: Charles Reid
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"The Color of Light"
June 12-16, 2018
 

This renowned workshop is designed for both amateur and professional photographers who wish to strengthen their ability to see and work in color. Through daily shooting assignments, critiques and discussions, participants acquire techniques to become more sensitive to light and its effects on color, composition, texture, pattern, and design. While covering the use and quality of natural light, the main focus is on investigating color from a personal point of view. Arthur guides and inspires participants to help refine an individual style for creative fulfillment. The workshop begins with an intensive review of each participant’s images and a discussion of personal and career goals. Arthur leads group critiques and spends individual time with each participant addressing their photography.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Arthur Meyerson
Cost: $1000
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Painting and Drawing with Charles Reid"
June 18-22, 2018
 

A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice “direct painting”, using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try. Charles is the author of Charles Reid’s Watercolor Secrets and Charles Reid’s Watercolor Solutions, and many more. He is a member of the National Academy of Design.
 
Location: Savannah, Georgia
Instructor: Charles Reid
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Watercolor 101: Plein Air Painting for Beginners"
June 26-28, 2018
 

This workshop will cover the foundation of watercolor painting, including how to apply the paint, wet the paper, mix colors and understand color relationships, perform various washes, and create hard and soft edges. Each day starts with morning instruction in the inn emphasizing one or two specific techniques as well as painting composition and finishing. These inside lessons will include practice exercises so that students feel comfortable applying these techniques when we go outside later in the day. Once we’re outside, Margie will do a demonstration painting. Although all students of all painting levels are welcome, this workshop is designed specifically for beginners, or those watercolor painters who want a solid review of the basics of this art form.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Margie Samuels, margiesamuelswatercolor.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"The Travel Magazine Story"
June 28 - July 1, 2018
 

Led by a professional travel photographer and art director, this workshop describes the process of a travel magazine story, from inception to print. The planning that goes into shooting a travel story, necessary and preferred equipment, tips for working on the ground in foreign countries, and submitting images to the client magazine. On the magazine side, photo editing and layout concerns will be described as a peek into the magazine editing process. During the course of the workshop, students will shoot a travel story on Whidbey Island, making use of the surrounding natural and cultural beauty. Photos will be critiqued daily as each student works towards completing a photo story. Individual portfolio review sessions will be available.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Kevin Miyazaki & Korena Bolding Sinnett
Cost: $1200
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
July 3-6, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of 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. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
July 10-13, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of 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. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
July 23-27, 2018
 

Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Get started with new ideas in a way that is fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
July 24-27, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of 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. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
July 30 - August 3, 2018
 

Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Get started with new ideas in a way that is fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
July 31 - August 3, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of 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. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"One Thousand Collages Abstraction and the Figure - Without a Model"
August 3-5, 2018
 

An exploration of pure abstraction and the abstraction in the figure through collage. We will draw and paint by means of collage. What we put down on paper are real things that we can adjust, just as we pose the model in our studio. It is this abstraction that we must adjust if we are working purely abstractly or if we are working from life. Next, we will move into the third dimension and make figures from corrugated cardboard. We will work with them and, with our rediscovered freedom, without them. All on a path away from copying and rendering towards a more exciting, and ultimately, a more real picture of what we find beautiful in the human figure and the world.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Ken Kewley, kenkewley.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Intuitive Painting, Transcending the Subject"
August 6-10, 2018
 

Learn to take advantage of transparent watercolor to create loose, intuitive, free and spontaneous effects in your paintings. Join Fabio Cembranelli and explore wet-on-wet techniques, practicing how to paint with no preliminary drawing. You will learn how to take advantage of your own mistakes and capture the essentials of each subject. Participants will be encouraged use their personal view, moving through the bridges that connect unexpected effects, shapes, colors, tones, lines and textures. Fabio is a regular contributor to several art magazines in South America, US, UK, Norway, France, Japan and Australia.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Fabio Cembranelli
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
August 7-10, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of 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. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"California Vibe Portraiture"
August 13-17, 2018
 

Shake it up with David Lobenberg. Apply watercolor with splatters, swabs, slaps, splats, and slashes to that portrait you’ve be waiting to paint or use one of David’s outline drawings. Come flood, blossom, and create textures with a style that is about gesture, expressive color, soft transparency and hard opacity. You’ll paint several studies with step-by-step demonstrations from painting start to painting finish. David’s watercolor paintings can be found in private, public, and corporate collections across the country. His work has been featured in American Artist, Southwest Art, and American Art Collector magazines and several others.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Advanced Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
August 13-17, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this Advanced workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of 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 advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; depth in the landscape; and more. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups. Experienced painters please.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"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


"Strong Design & Bold Strokes in Watercolor"
August 16-18, 2018
 

Every human being is born with a creative potential and a unique destiny. . . discover their real talents and find the resources and inspiration to make a living at the work they are most equipped to do. Keith explains that his watercolors are an attempt to communicate not only what he sees visually but also what he feels and senses. To watch Keith paint is to see the blank paper come to life with strong design, bold colors, and a unique “painterly” style that combines wit, philosophy, and reporting into a single work of art. His approach to watercolor painting encourages the student to loosen up and paint with confidence. Skill Level: Beginners through all levels of advancement.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Keith Andry
Cost: $450 Museum members/ $475 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"East Meets West"
August 20-24, 2018
 

Strengthen your artwork with the limitless creative possibilities of Chinese and watercolor painting. Lian will teach his approach on design, composition and color with clear, practical easy-to-follow demonstrations and instruction. The first 2 days, you will practice “Chinese Brush Painting” in a spontaneous style and then in detail. The following 3 days, your skills will continue to develop with Lian’s one-of-a-kind color pouring, blowing, and blending method. Participate in helpful critiques as he takes you step by step through several paintings. Lian is the author of four Chinese Painting Instructional Books.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Paint Mount Desert Island, Maine, with Michael Chesley Johnson"
August 21-24, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this all-level workshop near Acadia National Park with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; depth in the landscape; and more. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Bernard, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Website, email, 207-460-4119


"Chromaticity: Flat and Glowing"
August 22-26, 2018
 

In this fiber workshop we will be delving into the relationship between color and light in fabric, creating cloth that can convey pure, glowing color, that appears luminous when used, and creating partnered hues that are less glowing, less luminous, to be used as contrast in compositions. To this end, students will learn three methods of creating flat/glowing pairs in hand dyed cloth with Procion MX dyes, using color recipes provided as well as color inspiration they bring from personal inspiration files such as paint chips, photographs, and swatches. In addition, we will learn four ways to create solid or nearly solid fabrics—two using low water immersion techniques and two using machines.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Carol Soderlund
Cost: $650 plus $50 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Machine Felting Master Class"
August 27-31, 2018
 

As always the principal emphasis during the class is how to control your materials, using the Felting Frame to do all the hard work. Control of line, colour and form. Another major aspect of this master class is interpreting and composing the images by painting and drawing with wool fibres. Other principles covered are fine workmanship and felting quality. During the class we will touch on a few different artistic techniques such as composition, proportion and colour theory as necessary. Learn to play with colours and contrast, light and shade, not forgetting colour contrast and composition. We’ll help you find your focal point in the design, and work around it until you find a comfortable balance. Do something that inspires you!
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Karoliina Arvilommi
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Brusho and Beyond"
August 27-31, 2018
 

Get ready to be amazed. Learn fun techniques to add eye-catching hues and dazzling textures to your paintings with Ward Jene Stroud. Brusho is an ink and dye based crystal powdered water media with limitless potential for expression and experimentation. Ward will instruct on composition, color, brushwork and more while you compose paintings in a fun, safe, nonjudgmental and relaxed environment! You will feel like your learning from an old friend, not to mention Ward's excitement for life and love of art are infectious. He has produced three Instructional DVDs/Videos, Brusho and Beyond.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Ward Jene Stroud
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Advanced Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
August 28-31, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this Advanced workshop on Coastal Maine with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; depth in the landscape; and more. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups. Experienced painters only please.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"The Portrait and The Figure"
September 13-15, 2018
 

Join Mary Whyte for an extraordinary workshop in watercolor in Indianapolis, IN. Using live clothed models, Mary will demonstrate and guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines. She has been awarded the Portrait Society of America's Gold Medal.
 
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Katherine Chang Liu Workshop: Creativity Mentoring for All Media"
September 16-22, 2018
 

KKatherine teaches one of the most sought after open studio workshops in this country. This is a workshop aiming to sort and focus your efforts as Katherine works with each artist individually providing an in-depth review, discussing with each artist options to make his/her artistic efforts more personal and more in keeping with the artist's strengths. Her students call her "The Art Whisperer" because Katherine gets to each artist's ideas & strengths quickly and guides each artist's development of those ideas with insight and encouragement. Bring what you usually use in your own studio and also the source material you need for your work. Katherine also brings her many Powerpoint programs to feature various topics and developments in contemporary art.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Katherine Chang Liu, www.katherinechangliu.com
Cost: $997
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Japanese Gardens of Portland"
October 17-20, 2018
 

Treat yourself and your lenses to rich hues of red, gold and amber at the peak of autumn color in one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan: the Portland Japanese Garden. This workshop offers the unique opportunity to shoot in the Garden on three consecutive mornings from 8 to 10 am before it opens to the public, along with regular garden hours. There are five different types of tranquil gardens surrounded by stunning Japanese maples erupting in brilliant reds: a flat garden, strolling pond garden, tea garden, natural garden, and sand & stone garden. Your instructor for the week, Charles Needle, is a renown professional garden photographer and author, who will share tips on creating compelling garden photographs 1-on-1 in the field and classroom.
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
Instructor: Charles Needle
Cost: $795 (includes membership to garden)
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Alla Prima Clothed Figure & Portrait Painting"
October 18-21, 2018
 

This workshop is about painting the clothed figure and portrait alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. Then students will paint from the model. For the portrait, we’ll talk about the overall shape of the head and placing the features. Working on a toned ground, we’ll start by sketching and placing the subject on the canvas. Then we block in two simple values: light and dark tone. After that we begin adding mid-tones. By learning to simplify form, values and color, we begin to interpret and break down the figure into more understandable tones and shapes instead of becoming distracted by details. Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced. Visit davidshevlino.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David Shevlino
Cost: $500 Museum members/ $525 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Plein Air with Marc Hanson"
November 1-3, 2018
 

This is a 3-day outdoor painting workshop for intermediate to advanced painters working in oils, pastels or acrylics. Marc has designed his workshops so that students will benefit from exercises he’s created. The exercises will focus on the importance of Value, Color, Design and Concept. He also demos everything that he asks you to do. You will leave the workshop having spent concentrated time studying the basic elements of painting…Drawing, Value, Color, Edges and Design…with one other element, possibly the most important one of all…Concept…being explored and discussed at length.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Marc Hanson
Cost: $625.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Watercolor Painting: Let the Colors Paint Themselves"
November 9-11, 2018
 

Lian begins the workshop with teaching basic watercolor painting techniques – composition and coloring – “color pouring and blending” and “paint around.” There are four to six short demonstrations each day with practice sessions in-between. During critiques, Lian will help you understand possible next steps and how to touch up your paintings. Lian Quan Zhen is a highly sought-after workshop watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher in the United States and abroad. After immigrating to the United States in 1985, he received a BA from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and a master’s degree in architecture from MIT in 1996. Visit lianspainting.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Cost: $375 Museum members/ $400 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Paint Sedona Arizona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
November 13-17, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of 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 AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Painting the Landscape in Oil"
November 15-17, 2018
 

Painting is always about controlling the viewer’s eye. Good composition and drawing is paramount to this effort. Students will focus on considering composition before the painting is started as well as the four planes of a landscape and inherent values. The workshop will be held indoors, and we will paint from resource photos. Perry Austin will demonstrate each day during the workshop. Students will create several studies of their own during the workshop that can be used for future reference or to create their own studio paintings. Other subjects will include using the camera to compose reference materials, color studies, en plein air studies and variations in composition. Skill Level: Open to all levels of students. Visit perryaustinfineart.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Perry Austin
Cost: $425 Museum members/ $450 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Paint Sedona Arizona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
April 2-5, 2019
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of 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 AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Mentoring Program with Cary Jurriaans"
Ongoing
 

This coaching & mentoring program is for beginners and advanced youth to adult. This is not general instruction but rather a personal approach addressing the needs and goals of the individual at their level. In painting, we begin with a clear understanding of values using a limited palette. Drawing, composition and shading are essential for all observational art. Drawing will start with the basics, master copies and cast drawing.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Cary Jurriaans, caryjurriaans.com
Cost: $50 whole day; $25 half day
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Fundamental Art Skills"
Monday - Friday - year round
 

Sherry Egger has a background in graphic art and has experience in a variety of mediums. Her work has been featured in The Colored Pencil Magazine and she was selected to do a technique demonstration article for this magazine in 2015. A popular instructor, she is comfortable with many different artistic mediums and her classes consist of not only pencilists but also those who paint in oil and acrylic. Her emphasis on fundamentals, values, and strong contrast bring both beginning artists as well as those who have been painting for years. Creativity is her strong suit and she is constantly experimenting with new techniques, new concepts and different mediums. Sherry instructs weekly classes at Anderson Gallery’s - Artist's Annex.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Sherry Egger
Cost: $40.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.506.2982


"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


"Private Painting Lessons in Watercolor or Acrylic"
By Appointment
 

Get personal one-on-one painting lessons from artist & teacher Ann Bell in her Houston studio at mutually convenient time and day. Ann has taught hundreds of people how to paint in watercolor and acrylic. You can begin to paint for fun in as little as one 4 hour lesson. Even if you have never painted before. Even if you can't draw a straight line. Even if you "don't have talent." Of course, expertise takes longer, but once you understand the basics, books, videos and group classes will make more sense. Individual attention speeds your progress. All materials are provided for your first lesson. Online classes are available if you can't come to Houston. Near downtown, close to all freeways.
 
Location: Houston, Texas
Instructor: Ann Bell
Website, email, 281-330-3827


 

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