Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"Painting the Story in Still-Life"
April 30 - May 2, 2018
 

Every painting, even the humble still life, has a story in it. It’s told by what subject we choose to paint, how we present that subject, and how we paint it. Finding what interests us in a subject and how we connect to it drives that story, and directs how the painting is made. We’ll work on small still life paintings to explore the process—from thumbnail sketches, lighting the subject, considerations of composition, to the application of oil paint to build form with light, color and mark. We will walk the line between technique and intuition, using the still life as a way to explore paint and why we make art.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Scott Conary
Cost: $420
Sponsor: Artensity
Website, email


"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


"Image to Abstract II"
May 4-6, 2018
 

This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction to his or her work, while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide the student through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class. Prints may be used and/or laptop/iPad (especially if it has photo-editing software). There will be at least one session painting from a still life set-up. Paint with oils or acrylics.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.markdanielnelson.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Studio - Floral Still Life with Robert Johnson"
May 17-19, 2018
 

Robert Johnson is a much sought-after instructor. He teaching experience includes the Art Students League of New York, Scottsdale Artists School and Pros Art School in Alberta, Canada, to mention only a few. He studied with David Leffel at Art Students League of New York and Master Painter Lajos Markos. He is a certified copyist of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. An expansive list of shows going back to 1991, include the Salmagundi Club in New York, Oil Painters of America, Washington Society of Portrait Artist-US Senate Office Building and Knickerbocker Artists in New York and Washington.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Robert A. Johnson
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Carlo Russo Paints the Still Life"
May 18-21, 2018
 

In this 4 day class we will explore some of the key elements in creating a successful still life painting. The instructor will cover subjects such as composition, object selection, color harmony, painting technique, materials and more. Often the success of a painting is determined before a mark is ever made on the canvas. In this class, the instructor will share his insights, experience, and expertise on how to create a harmonious, well designed and successful picture. Each day the instructor will demonstrate for the class to give a deeper understanding of the techniques involved.
 
Location: Ashburn, Virginia
Instructor: Carlo Russo
Cost: $495
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Website, email, 571-236-0047


"Nature Journaling with Cynthia Quinn"
May 19-20, 2018
 

Combine your interests in art and nature by starting a sketchbook journal in this two-day workshop. Start with the basics of drawing fundamentals, then begin to explore using various media. Pen and ink, watercolor pencil, and watercolor techniques will be presented along with ways to incorporate words or poems, and decorative borders. Cynthia will present many examples from her journals, give brief demonstrations to generate ideas and will work one on one with students to assist as you get started.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Quinn
Cost: $150
Sponsor: River Arts Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France"
May 26 - June 2, 2018
 

Imagine painting in a 17th century château in the middle of wine country in rural France. Relax, unwind, discover and deepen your artistic creativity. All-inclusive, quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing, and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of International artist Mike Snow. Discover untapped painting skills and grow your artistic talents with this intense immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 €
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, +33 5 56 24 34 22


"Still Life: Interpreting Photos to Create Contemporary Impressionist Paintings"
May 29-31, 2018
 

Learn to create beautiful, dramatic and moody still life paintings.The emphasis is going to be on composition, correct values, color temperature and edges. There will be short demos and plenty of individual attention throughout the three-day workshop. Photo references are going to be provided, or you can bring your own, keeping the composition simple (about four or less objects) with a strong light contrast. Participants will be encouraged to interpret rather than replicate a photo, using vibrant brush marks, tools, imagination and creativity. We’ll have fun and be inspired!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Vanya Allison, vanyaallison.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Fundamentals - Session 1"
Wednesdays, May 30 - June 27, 2018
 

Embrace the beauty and versatility of watercolor through a variety of approaches. Discussions and in-depth demonstrations will acquaint beginners and those with limited experience with the basic materials and techniques. Working from still-life subjects, students will be encouraged to engage with the medium to find their own personal means of expression. Students may take Sessions 1 & 2 (10 weeks): $395 non-credit or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor:
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"Still Life Painting"
Sundays, June 3 - August 12, 2018
 

Fall in love with the art of still life oil painting! Learn the fundamentals of painting the still life from observation through both direct-painting and glazing and scumbling techniques. Explore composition, drawing, and color through lectures and demonstrations. Excellent for beginners or for experienced artists seeking to expand their skills within this diverse genre. (No class on July 22)
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Meghan Cox, meghancox.net
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Beginning Oil Painting"
Mondays, June 4 - August 13, 2018
 

If you’ve never painted before, or your skills are a little rusty, this class is for you! Learn to oil paint with confidence by acquiring a grounding in the basics! Materials, methods, and color mixing will be presented through demonstrations and examples as you work from an array of colorful still life arrangements. (No class on July 2)
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan, kaplanpicturemaker.com
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"Still Life into Abstraction with Bill Scott"
June 16-17, 2018
 

Work with renowned painter Bill Scott and learn approaches to painting that emphasize the sensuous yet thoughtful abstract construction of space. Color will be the focus as participants paint from an expansive still life environment. Known for his complex and gorgeously rich abstract paintings based on nature, Scott has had many solo exhibitions in Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco and London, and has received numerous honors and awards. He is represented by Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Bill Scott
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Alla Prima Still Life Painting with Christine Lafuente"
June 18-22, 2018
 

Brooklyn-based painter and PAFA alum Christine Lafuente considers her paintings “poetic responses to visual experience.” Responding to the still life motif, learn how to build an oil painting directly, with the emphasis on color. The workshop will begin with a painting demonstration, followed by painting sessions in which students will be guided through a series of focused procedures: composing a painting and establishing tonal design, mixing color, achieving harmony and palette organization, applying large color masses, and using principles of oil viscosity to build form into wet-into-wet painting.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Christine Lafuente
Cost: For Credit: $1075, Non-Credit: $850
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"Still Life Drawing with Charcoal / Subtractive Drawing Technique"
June 23-25, 2018
 

In this workshop students will engage in the process of drawing using the technique of subtractive drawing. We will be working on gesso primed paper utilizing a variety of drawing tools including brushes, an array of erasures, sandpaper, exacto knives and turpentine. Beginning with a solid black prepared paper students will render through direct observation the form and light of the still life while giving consideration to just how much visual information is necessary for the image to be convincing.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Evelyn Woods, www.evelynwoodsart.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Alla Prima Still Life Painting with Christine Lafuente"
June 25-29, 2018
 

Brooklyn-based painter and PAFA alum Christine Lafuente considers her paintings “poetic responses to visual experience.” Responding to the still life motif, learn how to build an oil painting directly, with the emphasis on color. The workshop will begin with a painting demonstration, followed by painting sessions in which students will be guided through a series of focused procedures: composing a painting and establishing tonal design, mixing color, achieving harmony and palette organization, applying large color masses, and using principles of oil viscosity to build form into wet-into-wet painting.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Christine Lafuente
Cost: For Credit: $1075, Non-Credit: $850
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Still Life: From Drawing to Painting"
June 29-30, 2018
 

This workshop will focus on the different stages of capturing a still life with particular attention to accurate drawing and color. Hone your individual skills as you address formal and technical concerns within your work through various approaches to the subject matter. Engaging in the process from beginning to end, you will design and light a still life with the goal of achieving balance and rhythm. Color temperature will be addressed, as there will be a setup in warm light and one in cool light. From there, you will gain hand-on practice composing and drawing from the still life in charcoal. Color will be added using either oil paint or pastel.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Latala, www.LatalaArt.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Botanical Drawing and Painting"
July 9-13, 2018
 

Explore flowers and other natural forms, beginning with line and value drawing and progressing to full-color rendering in watercolor and mixed media. Topics will include sighting techniques, line quality, tone and value, creation of depth, composition, texture, and basic color. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Linda Gist
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Still Life & Portrait Painting"
July 9-13, 2018
 

Add color to your portfolio by developing your painting skills in oil or acrylic. Work from still life arrangements and portrait models to explore the fundamentals of painting including the selection and care of materials, painting techniques, and color mixing. Instruction will emphasize composition, value, and color relationships.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wilson, www.davidcampbellwilson.com
Cost: For Credit: $425, Non-Credit: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Fundamentals - Session 2"
Wednesdays, July 11 - August 8, 2018
 

Embrace the beauty and versatility of watercolor through a variety of approaches. Discussions and in-depth demonstrations will acquaint beginners and those with limited experience with the basic materials and techniques. Working from still-life subjects, students will be encouraged to engage with the medium to find their own personal means of expression. Students may take Sessions 1 & 2 (10 weeks): $395 non-credit or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor:
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Still Life: When Composition Meets Color"
July 11-14, 2018
 

Delve into the foundations of any successful painting in any medium - composition and color. Whether you are a seasoned painter or just beginning, this workshop will break down the planning phase and give you the confidence to take control of the design, color, and application of paint within your work. Each day’s focus will be related to a morning lecture and demonstration, including composition, cropping, viewpoint, edge, color theory, and a limited palette. Working from photo references and still life setups, you will work through a series of exploratory exercises and small paintings, in addition to working one-on-one with Kathy. This workshop is open to all painting media and skill levels, however instructor demonstrations will be completed in oil.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathy Hirsh, www.KathyHirsh.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Still Life: Structure and Variation"
July 16-20, 2018
 

Still life will be the starting point for exploration of pictorial structure, space and invention. This will lead us to create images in the simplest terms: a series of shapes and colors made of paint (not a beach ball or a flower). We will generate permutations of the chosen motif through reduction and analysis. As we walk the line between accuracy and abstraction, we will see through and around the meaning of things to grasp relationships between objects and space. Mediums will include graphite, charcoal, ink, acrylic or oil paint, and collage. The personal voice of each painter will come through in the diverse results. Looking at historical and contemporary still life paintings will place the practice in a larger context.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Catherine Kehoe, www.catherinekehoe.com
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Need More Life in your Still-Life?"
July 18-19, 2018
 

This class will encourage students to think past mere rendering and deeper into the development of a painting. Emphasis will be on creating mood through their compositions and incorporating emotion into their work. How to describe form and light with paint is just the beginning, how to transcend the subject matter is a whole other ball of wax. The critical elements of a well-designed painting will be practiced and discussed as they relate to the still-life. The lessons of composition, form, value, edges, paint quality, subtlety, and personal interpretation will be ongoing topics. Demonstrations, discussions, and FUN are also very important aspects of the workshop. Students will receive plenty of individualized instruction to help them reach their personal goals.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Fundamentals: Color as Light"
July 28-29, 2018
 

Learn how to create compelling observational oil paintings through simple steps, with all techniques demonstrated and explained. Working from still life subjects, learn to use “color as light” and how color choices, color mixing, and brush stroke contribute to a painting’s expressive effect. Ideal for beginners and those looking to enhance their observational painting skills.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sean Hildreth
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Creating Vibrant Light and Color in Pastel"
August 3-4, 2018
 

Create a uniquely personal presence in your pastel paintings using the significance of color and light. Learn how to identify and mix color and tone, as well as layer material to achieve a rich, glowing, and convincing sense of light. Working from provided still life arrangements, including simple forms, fruit, vegetables, and reflective objects, you will gain confidence and better understand how to assemble compositions, render form, depict color, and handle materials. Rosalie will provide lectures, demonstrations, and one-on-one instruction throughout the process. No experience in pastel is required, however a basic drawing background is helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rosalie Beck, www.RosalieBeck.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Exploring the Still Life: Painting from Life"
August 6-7, 2018
 

This still life based workshop will focus on the various techniques and methodologies involved in creating studies, compositions, and developed paintings. Hone your individual painting skills as you address the formal, technical, and conceptual concerns of oil and acrylic painting in an atmosphere that encourages creativity. Working from subject matter of your choosing, your first task will be considering the materiality and arrangement of still life objects in regards to generating a composition. From there, Frank will demonstrate and discuss painting approaches, including underpainting, overpainting, textural development, glazing, and finishing tips. Critique and advice will be shared throughout the process to build skill and create dynamic compositions.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Frank Trankina, www.FrankTrankina.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Plein Air Flower Painting"
August 9-11, 2018
 

This workshop will consist of plein air in some of Whidbey Island's beautiful gardens, and also one or two studio days. I will show you how to simplify a flower scene. I will demo in the morning, and the students will paint in the afternoon. On the second day we will return to the site and I will demo on how to finish a painting. The students will either work on the same painting or start a new one, whichever they prefer. For the studio day, I will again demo, with the focus on how to design a floral still life that has a fresh and natural look with lots of movement. The students then will set up their own still lifes.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Kathy Anderson, www.kathyandersonstudio.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Arranging and Painting the Still Life"
August 13-15, 2018
 

This three-day workshop offers oil painting students the opportunity to paint a considered and finished still life. Students will be guided through the process, from the set up to completion. The topics of design, arrangement, and lighting will be discussed at length prior to the execution of a finished interpretation.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"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


"Painting and Drawing Holidays"
August 20-26, 2018
 

During the course the students will receive a minimum of 22 hours a week of tutoring and 24 hours a day access to the studio. The groups are kept small, up to 10 students. Every person regardless of their level will receive a tailored program putting the focus in their interests and wishes in a friendly, relaxed and inspiring atmosphere. Our local chefs will make delicious traditional Spanish dishes and international dishes using mediterranean ingredients. The price includes accomodation, main meals, art materials and equipment, tutoring, transfers from and to the airport and a visit to the nearby village. We also offer discounts to partners.
 
Location: Villanueva de la Vera, Spain
Instructor: Granada Munoz
Cost: 1400€
Sponsor: Las Paulinas
Website, email, 0044 7480 219 108


"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


"Cure the Blues…And Whites"
August 21-22, 2018
 

In this two-day class, we will focus on answers to the problems of painting pattern on pottery and porcelain, giving you the tools you need to be successful. The critical elements of a well-designed painting will be practiced and discussed as they relate to the still life. The lessons of composition, form, value, edges, paint quality, subtlety, and personal interpretation will be ongoing topics. Demonstrations, discussions, and fun are also very important aspects of the class. Students will receive plenty of individualized instruction to help them reach their personal goals.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Rose Painting Workshop"
August 22-24, 2018
 

Garden roses are some of the most beautiful forms in the botanical world. They have been cultivated for centuries and bear little resemblance to the stiff generic varieties that are commonly available. In this intensive workshop painters will have an opportunity to study their complex geometry and exquisite color subtlety. The course will include an indirect method of painting and the introduction of a specific limited palette. A brief slide lecture on the history of the genre will inspire us as we explore this timeless motif. Previous painting experience is encouraged.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Kathleen Speranza
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Gourmet Artists Retreat in Southwest France"
September 15-22, 2018
 

Imagine painting in a 17th century château in the middle of wine country in rural France. Relax, unwind, discover and deepen your artistic creativity. All-inclusive, quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing, and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of International artist Mike Snow. Discover untapped painting skills and grow your artistic talents with this intense immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 €
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, +33 5 56 24 34 22


"Tulips"
September 28, 2018
 

This lesson will be painting Tulips using the Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus Watercolors. In this class, you will learn how to blend paint using liquid watercolors, plastic wrap and water…and yes, we will be using a few brushes too. This workshop should be called "Splat Twist and Turn" because that is what we do to blend the paint!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"The Sunflower"
September 29, 2018
 

In this class, the brightness of the flower is created with a splattering of colors. How do we splatter paint? With a splatter screen and liquid watercolors. Participants will learn how to use a splatter screen and a basting brush to create and blend colors. Also, you will learn how to use India Ink with watercolors to create an image.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Exploring Mixed Media"
September 29 -30, 2018
 

Explore the amazing world of mixed media! Experience texture, mediums, and new techniques. Discover surprising ways to create exciting effects! Aspects of abstract composition and what makes an abstract piece "work" will be shared. Take away four works of art and ideas for continuing the fun!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Candace French
Cost: $435-$500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Splattering Fall Leaves"
September 30, 2018
 

This time of the year, the leaves put on a show with an amazing display of great colors. Learn how to put on paper this very colorful season. In this class participants will learn how to make leaves through splattering liquid watercolor, outlining leaves with India Ink, and layering paint to create shadows. This is a very fun way to paint leaves!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Felicia Forte Paints Alla Prima Still Life and Portrait"
October 5-7, 2018
 

Alla Prima painting, 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 under her belt. She will interact with each student according to their experience and strengths. All levels welcome!
 
Location: Ashburn, Virginia
Instructor: Felicia Forte
Cost: $480
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Website, email, 571-236-0047


"Watercolor & Beyond"
October 16-18, 2018
 

This workshop is limited to 5 people and much individual attention will be given. Whether you are a beginner or experienced painter, you will have fun learning Dawn's many wet into wet watercolor techniques and creating your own finished painting. See student testimonials. Beautiful Santa Fe, NM is the setting. In your spare time, visit museums, galleries, and choose from over 200 restaurants! Dawn also paints for Bealls Florida. See her tropical themed paintings in the "Art & Sol" collection at BeallsFlorida.com. Also visit her website at DawnDavisWatercolors.com
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Dawn Davis
Cost: $395.00
Sponsor: Dawn Davis Watercolors
Website, email, 505-699-7314


"Watercolor Workshop"
October 19-21, 2018
 

This three-day workshop will be held in my studio on Whidbey Island in Langley and will focus on painting a still life in watercolor. On the first morning I will give a demonstration of my approach to painting in this medium that I enjoy so much. I will discuss my preferred methods and materials and the importance of the fundamentals of solid drawing and composition. We will also explore the unique properties that watercolor has to offer. After a lunch break, workshop participants will begin their paintings from a still life set up. Painting will continue for the following two days. Personal attention will be given to each participant and further demonstration will be provided as needed.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: James Tennison, www.jamestennison.com
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain"
October 27 - November 3, 2018
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 €
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, +34 856 830 008


"Painting the Still-Life"
October 27-28, 2018
 

Come and enjoy a fun and informative studio workshop with award-winning, Oregon-based artist Eric Jacobsen. In this workshop you will concentrate on the basic fundamentals of making a good still-life painting, choosing a subject, making a great design, editing the scene, and more. Eric will focus on simplifying and how to put energy and emotion into your paintings. The workshop will consist of informal lectures, demonstrations, critiques as well as plenty of individual instruction.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Eric Jacobsen, jacobsenfineart.com
Cost: $315
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Composition through Still Life"
November 1-4, 2018
 

In this workshop we will use still life to explore composition. We will consider the geometry of the arrangement, viewpoint, color, value relationships and balance in a series of small painted studies, working toward a composition that is constructed as a whole unit. Focus will be placed on satisfying and accurate drawing, value and color relationships. The workshop will be taught through lecture, demonstration and critique.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Zoey Frank, zoeyfrank.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"The Bigger Picture"
November 3-4, 2018
 

Let’s paint the bigger picture. This two-day intensive workshop combines demos, in-class assignments, and individual instruction to teach students the techniques to create fresh, deliberate marks on a big canvas. Using observational painting as our launching point, we’ll embark each day with energetic painting exercises designed to tap into each participant’s personal voice. The practice of working directly from life results in a heightened awareness and a lasting impression of the moment.
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: Lisa Daria
Cost: $380
Sponsor: Painting Miles
Website, email


"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


"Sketchbook Painting - Plein Air"
Begin any time
 

Marco credits his knowledge of light and colour with his obsession of painting outdoors. In this video workshop, Marco shows you his travel painting setup and how you can get great results and worthwhile study with minimal tools. The video features three paintings, each tackling a different type of outdoor subject matter. Topics include composition, light and shadow, colour temperatures, lightweight tools for easy setup and travel, and Marco's thoughts on why it's important to work from life. This workshop is the next best thing to shadowing an artist live while he explains what he's looking for, and how to translate it in the medium of paint. This lesson includes over 1 hour of video with commentary.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Marco Bucci
Cost: $20 USD
Sponsor: Marco Bucci Art
Website, email


"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


 

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