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Fun Watercolor Techniques for Texture & Design
May 4 & 5, 2017 (9 to 4) — Never painted? Have fun and learn color theory, design, and techniques for texture utilizing the unique qualities of watercolor. These methods can be applied to flowerscapes, abstracts, landscapes, the figure or any subject matter. Take class in the cultural and artistic center of Santa Fe, NM in a private studio with all of Dawn's creativity. Explore galleries, museums, restaurants, and nature in your free time (bring your own supplies or materials provided for $35). Watch for Dawn's creations produced into women's clothing at Beall's Florida.com, launching in May, 2017. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Dawn Davis
Sponsor: Dawn Davis Watercolors
Cost: $275
Email: Dawn Davis
Phone: 505-699-7314

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Watercolor Botanicals
May 5, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Botanicals have been popular for hundreds of years and never go out of style. For the student who enjoys instant gratification, you will walk away with four 5 x 7 paintings and two 8 x 10 paintings that are ready to frame. They make wonderful gifts and are easy to create as no two flowers grow exactly alike. The morning will be spent studying different types of leaves and petals and drawing our impressions of our favorite plants and flowers. The afternoon will be spent painting, after an easy-to-follow demonstration in color mixing and control. Lastly, students will add wet-into-wet matching borders and some fine details which will add sophistication to their work. Students will be working from life and photos. Visit website


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

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Nature Journaling with Cynthia Quinn
May 20-21, 2017 (9:30am-4:30pm) — 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. Cynthia has been teaching this popular class for a number of years to students of all levels of experience. Beginners are welcome. Visit website


Location: Prairie du Sac, WI
Instructor: Cynthia Quinn
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Cost: $125
Email: Kristina Coopman
Phone: 608-643-5215

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Painting Fundamentals: Exploring Tonal Relationships
May 22-24, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This three-day workshop is for the beginning oil painter and those wishing to revisit this most fundamental aspect of painting. In painting, the terms “tone” and “value” refer to the lightness or darkness of a color. Most painters would agree, well-related “values” are more important than color in painting. In this class, students will work in monochrome (a single dark color plus white). Working from simple still life arrangements, students will learn how to compare and relate the values of the motif. This class will also address the topics of drawing and the use of tools and materials. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $350
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
May 22-26, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Rated #1 by TripAdvisor! Experienced painters and facilitators, painter muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu, founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching vacation in the Heart of Mexico. The studio is located in historic building full of old world inspirational details. We will incorporate sketching, plein air, studio painting in acrylics. Great adventure for your first visit to Mexico or San Miguel de Allende. This little town is full of excitement, music, color, parades and joy! You have the option to take the workshop in English or Spanish if you wish to brush off on the native tang and customs. Expert individualized instruction for all levels. Register early groups are max. 6 Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez, Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Botanical Sketching in Watercolor and Ink
May 22 & June 2, 2017 (Fridays, 10 a.m. -2:30 p.m.) — Capture the essence of flowers, foliage, and your surroundings in this two-day class using simple, quick techniques and portable materials. You will be guided in an intuitive approach to sketching with pen, layering watercolor washes, and gathering tips that can be applied to everyday sketching. The first day we work in the classroom beginning with fun warm-up exercises starting with pen and moving onto color. In the next session we will travel to the beautiful Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge to work from seasonal flora. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Lisa Snow Lady, www.lisasnowlady.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $230
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
May 27 - June 3, 2017 (10am-6pm) — 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 in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 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 French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Still Life: Classic Principles in Oil Painting
May 31 - August 2, 2017 (Wednesdays, 6-9pm) — Learn the fundamentals of oil painting techniques and visual perception through the art of still life painting. Tackle spatial structure, chiaroscuro, composition, and color through a variety of appealing arrangements. Work from a diverse array of forms, colors and textures to build a solid foundation of painting skills for future endeavors. All levels welcome. Basic drawing skills recommended. Visit website


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

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Painting Fundamentals: Exploring Color
May 31 - June 2, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This three-day workshop is for the beginning oil painter and those wishing to revisit the topic of “color” in painting. Any given color has the components of “hue” (red, yellow or blue), “value” (relative lightness or darkness) and “chroma” (brightness or dullness). All three components must be considered for the color to be correctly mixed. The color of any surface is affected by the “temperature” of the light source. Generally, the light source may be either “warm” (like direct sunlight) or “cool” (like a light from a north facing window). Working from simple still life arrangements, students will learn to mix and relate color in their paintings. The topics of drawing and the use of tools and materials will also be addressed, as needed. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $350
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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


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

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Beginning Oil Painting
June 3 - August 5, 2017 (Saturdays, 1-4pm) — A thorough introduction to the methods and materials of oil painting for the novice and those with limited painting experience. Working from still life arrangements, learn to mix color and use light and shadow to model form. Instruction will cover basic painting techniques, use of tools, and selection of materials. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Adventures in Southwest France
June 5-12, 2017 — Castles, quaint villages, delicious French Cuisine, vineyards, luscious landscapes, painting, photography, sketching - a dream workshop in the breath-taking unspoiled region of the Lot Dordogne in Southwest France. Domaine du Haut Baran is a popular artist retreat in a restored 18th Century Manor Home with modern conveniences. It is also equipped with a complete modern studio where we can work all hours. Easels, tables, chairs, stools are provided. Maximum is 12 students. Janet and Steve Rogers are the instructors and both will be available throughout the trip to help and instruct. William and Rosalie Haas are our hosts. William will be our guide and friend to help us enjoy our painting and travel adventures. Demonstrations, individual help for all levels. Visit website


Location: Puy l'Eveque, France
Instructor: Janet and Steve Rogers
Sponsor: Rogers Art
Cost: $2875.00
Email: Janet Rogers
Phone: 386-451-8441

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Watercolor Sketching on Location
June 6-11, 2017 — This delightful journey to two of the world’s oldest and most sophisticated cities is a creative adventure you don’t want to miss! Your days will be spent drawing and painting in a relaxed, fun environment with a group of like-minded travelers. Each day, we’ll go to a charming locale and Jane will demonstrate drawing and painting with watercolor. She’ll gently guide beginners and experienced alike to see and capture the details and memories in a straightforward, intuitive approach. Jane will also show you how to enhance your drawings with creative page layouts and journaling. Ooh the pages of your journals awash with color, architecture and beautiful gardens, a treasure to cherish for years to come! Visit website


Location: Montreal & Québec, Canada
Instructor: Jane LaFazio, janelafazio.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $2,925 Shared, $500 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Colored Pencil: Design, Drama, Detail of Nature
June 10-11, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Whether novice or veteran in colored pencil, discover and become proficient with a new layering technique that allows you to capture drama and detail beyond what you thought possible with colored pencil. We’ll take a broad look at contemporary colored pencil artists, try various stroke applications, begin a unique color match strip (determining what pencils to use for specific colors within subjects) which many keep as a life-long reference tool, have plenty of one-on-one time, and design and begin a final original artwork, leaving the workshop confident in the ability to complete it with excellence. Rhonda teaches colored pencil, graphite and acrylic workshops nationwide. You can view her work at www.rnass.com. Visit website


Location: Prairie du Sac, WI
Instructor: Rhonda Nass
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Cost: $175
Email: Kristina Coopman
Phone: 608-643-5215

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Painting the Floral Still Life
June 12-15, 2017 — This 4-day class will focus on painting the floral still life in oils. Florals can be a daunting subject and we will try to make sense of the beautiful forms which have fascinated and frustrated artists for centuries. Since flowers and plants tend to move from day to day and even hour to hour the students will draw and paint directly on the canvas with the brush only. The focus will be on capturing the essentials of the still life and finishing areas wet in to wet. I will give frequent demonstrations and critique as we explore the unique nature of flowers and plants in paint. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Carlo Russo, www.carlorussoart.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $600
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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


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

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


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

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Introduction to Botanical Watercolor: Painting Pears
June 15-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Discover the traditional techniques of botanical illustration in this watercolor-based workshop. Using the pear as inspiration, you will learn how to select materials, draw the form, and layer watercolor to achieve desired color, texture, and volume. Through a series of demonstrations, Mary Anne will guide you through the drawing and painting process from start to finish. Brushes, papers, and paints will be explained, as well as color theory, drawing transfers, and paint application. A review of all work will close the workshop, in addition to a lecture on the direction of contemporary botanical art and artists. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Mary Anne O'Malley, www.MAOMalley.wordpress.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Painting Luscious Floral and/or Still Life with Effigies
June 22-25, 2017 — This class teaches still life painting using both direct and indirect methods. Students will receive a lecture and two instructor demos, and be given the opportunity to make two such paintings using this method with instructor critiques, all while observing and painting. Drawing, composition, value, color and edges will be discussed as well as art materials. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Teresa Oaxaca, www.teresaoaxaca.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $620
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Still Life Workshop in Oil
June 22-24, 2017 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Still-life painting approaches will be demonstrated. Focus will be on dramatic design and composition. Students will learn how to apply bold and loose brush strokes. Through demonstrations, presentation, and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process, how to create energetic paintings, and addresses how to manipulate values, color, edge and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to his/her current skill level and personal goals in art. Qiang is a guest artist with the Putney Painters, and has painted multiple times with the modern masters of representational art, Richard Schmidt and Nancy Guzik. Qiang’s paintings are known for their remarkable accuracy and expressive brush strokes. He is a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Qiang Huang
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Email: Mary Anderson
Phone: 912.634.8414

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
June 24 - July 1, 2017 (10am-6pm) — 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 in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 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 French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Capturing Vibrant Flowers in Watercolor Pencil
June 26-27, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Become more confident and proficient in the medium of watercolor pencil in this hands-on workshop. Employing color theory, contour drawing, and techniques specific to the medium, you will learn to use watercolor pencil to draw flowers in your surrounding landscape. Through demonstrations and discussions, Maren will share how to compose an image, layer color, and paint flowers with depth and dimension. You will practice while drawing out in the field, as well as working from photographs in the studio. By the end of this workshop, you will have completed at least one painting and be equipped with the knowledge to continue using watercolor pencils in drawing a variety of subjects. Visit website


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

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Still Life Workshop with Christine Lafuente
June 26-30, 2017 (9am-5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Christine Lafuente
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $950, Non-Credit: $750
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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


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

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


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

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From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
July 3-7, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Watercolor Unleashed! Paint a White Flower
July 8, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Learn to use light and airy washes in multiple transparent colors to paint a white flower that is many colors of the rainbow, yet appears as a "white" flower, with the sun shining through its translucent petals. A photo will be provided but students are welcome and encouraged to paint from their own reference material whenever they wish. There will be demonstrations of techniques suitable for the subject matter, exercises, critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all! Visit website


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

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Botanical Drawing and Painting
July 10-14, 2017 (9am-5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Linda Gist
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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The Portrait and The Figure
July 11-13, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Explore the wonders of watercolor with an inspirational three-day workshop in Laguna Beach, California. Mary will cover the fundamentals of getting a likeness, planning dynamic compositions, mixing clean colors, achieving value balance and creating paintings with emotion. Her daily demonstrations from life and one-on-one assistance will guide you to making your best paintings ever. 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. Visit website


Location: Laguna Beach, CA
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Torrit Grey Workshop: Still Life and Portrait
July 11-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Join nationally recognized portrait artist and Gamblin Dedicated Workshop Instructor Chris Saper for a fun and exciting three-day workshop using just Black, White, and Torrit grey pigments to explore and enhance your skills in seeing and handling values in oil painting. Both still life and live model portrait options will be available, so the class is well suited for painters of every level. This is a perfect class for both students who are new to oils, and for experienced painters who want structured opportunities to strengthen their skills. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Chris Saper, www.chrissaper.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Need More Life in your Still-Life?
July 19-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Carrie Waller - Painting Glass
July 28-29, 2017 (9:30-3:30) — Carrie Waller almost needs no introduction! She’s won many awards for her bold, dramatic and vibrant paintings, many of which are based on lights, shadows and colors seen through glass. She is widely known for her award-winning paintings of incandescent light bulbs, an idea that struck a chord with her when they were banned from further production. Carrie’s been living in Japan with her military family for the past two years, but she’s coming back to the States for a family visit (and our workshop) in 2017. Carrie is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the Louisiana Watercolor Society, and the Mid-Southern Watercolorists, and an associate member of the National Watercolor Society. Visit website


Location: Charleston, SC
Instructor: Carrie Waller
Sponsor: Helen K Beacham Fine Art
Cost: $225.00
Email: Helen K Beacham
Phone: 843-408-5240

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


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

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Botanical Watercolor
August 5, 2017 (10am–4pm) — This workshop teaches basis watercolor techniques through a series of exercises designed to help the participant understand the different color properties and improve brush control. Information on paper, paint and drawing techniques used in botanical art will be discussed. Basic drawing skills are required for drawing the botanical specimen from which to paint an elegant botanical. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $85
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Watercolors from A To Z
August 7-11, 2017 — Spend five days on beautiful Madeline Island with world renowned watercolor artist Sterling Edwards. In this workshop you will learn a multitude of creative watercolor techniques and how to apply them when painting a floral, landscape, seascape, or buildings. Sterling's style of teaching is laid back, fun, and inspirational. All skill levels are invited to this creative and informative class. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Sterling Edwards
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
August 7-11, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Arranging and Painting the Still Life
August 14-16, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This three-day workshop offers students of oil painting the opportunity to paint a considered and finished still life arrangement. Students will be guided through the process, from arrangement to completion. The topics of design, arrangement and lighting will be discussed at length prior to the execution of a finished interpretation. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $350
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Still Life: From Studies to Final Painting
August 17-19, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on the different stages of still life painting with particular attention to the generation of ideas and composition through sketches and studies completed in drawing media, watercolor, and gouache. Hone your painting skills as you address the formal, technical, and conceptual concerns within your work through various methodologies. When working with the still life, you must consider the objects’ materiality, as well as the arrangement and juxtaposition of objects. Sift through ideas quickly as you complete a series of thumbnails and studies. Further develop those compositions and ideas as you translate them to larger scale. Use a variety of oil painting methods, including underpainting, direct painting, color manipulation, textural development, and glazing. Instruction will include demonstrations, lectures, and individualized feedback. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Frank Trankina, www.FrankTrankina.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $385, Non-Members: $420
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Watercolor Basics with Cynthia Quinn
August 19-20, 2017 (9:30am-4:30pm) — This class will cover the following topics, time permitting and based on student interest: Pigment properties, Masking & lifting techniques, Color mixing using the color wheel, Brushwork & texture options, Wash & glazing techniques, Working from photos & from life, Making shadows. You can bring photos of things you’d like to paint, or actual objects. Cynthia Quinn has been painting in oils and watercolor for 25 years, and is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. The reason she paints? She never tires of the challenges and how it develops awareness of the world around her. Visit website


Location: Prairie du Sac, WI
Instructor: Cynthia Quinn
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Cost: $125
Email: Kristina Coopman
Phone: 608-643-5215

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Advanced Level

Intuitive Painting, Transcending the Subject
August 21-25, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — 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. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Fabio Cembranelli
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Gardens of Portland
August 26-27, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Field locations: Swan Island Dahlias & Portland Japanese Garden. These two locations, though drastically different offer some of the best possible experience for both landscape and close up photography. This is certainly not the Grand Canyon, or Death Valley National Park, where the expanse is the order of the day. Here we will learn to take our time, look, see and take in the beauty all around us, and “work the subject” to come away with nothing less than amazing, almost surreal images. If you own a macro lens, certainly bring it. However, great close up images are available with all lenses available. Great images can be made with telephoto lenses. I strongly suggest using a tripod. Visit website


Location: Portland, OR
Instructor: Jack Graham
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $350
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolor Impressions
August 28 - September 1, 2017 — Fresh flowers in the studio will be the inspiration for the beginning of this dynamic workshop – progressing to the portrait and figure. Through a series of “fun” painting exercises, students will develop a more loose and natural approach – giving them an opportunity to be more spontaneous and expressive in their paintings. A few drawing exercises will be included for the portrait. We will work with photographs and progress to the model. Janet will demonstrate her intuitive approach throughout the workshop and work individually with each student. Some of the goals for the workshop will be to discover new color and design, applying transparent flesh tones, finding the “life” in paintings, and for students to experience their own unique “connections” in watercolor. Visit website


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

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From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
September 4-8, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Painting the Still Life and Figure in Oils, Gouache, or Watercolor
September 4-6, 2017 (9:30-4:30) — In this studio workshop we will address the fundamentals of Design, Drawing, Value and Color through simple exercises that will help us reach the point quickly. These create building blocks to move into a painting. Getting a good start is utmost important to a successful experience. Our subjects will be Still Life and the Costumed model. We will put in a lot of mileage, a key to finding your our voice in your work. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Peggi Kroll-Robers
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

Intermediate Level

Exploring Florals in Watercolor
September 6-8, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Experiment with a bright and rich spectrum of color as you create fresh and spontaneous floral paintings of flowing watercolor. The subject matter inspires a varied palette from which students will discover new approaches to the medium. This workshop will consist of daily demonstrations, individual painting time, and exercises focused on developing floral studies and skills in brush handling, color mixing, and the method of negative painting. You will gain inspiration from Bridget’s photos, still life setups, and the School’s surrounding gardens. Visit website


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

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Painting & mixed media art retreats in 17th century château in SW Fr
September 16-23, 2017 (10am-6pm) — Mike Snow (painter/sculptor) & Liz Collins (painter/mixed media) join forces for a special joint artists retreat limited to a maximum of 10 people. Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, most meals and wine are included. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow & Liz Collins
Sponsor: Snow & White with Liz Collins
Cost: $1,695 (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Advanced Level

Capture the Fundamental Essence in Watercolor
September 18-22, 2017 — Fabio Cembranelli will guide you in developing loose and spontaneous watercolor techniques enhancing your own personal intuitive approach. Specific attention will be devoted to the following techniques: wet on wet, watercolor painting on damp paper, the importance of the white of the paper and how to save or restore it. How to enhance the focal point through composition rules, how to work fast and capture the essential, how to capture the freshness and beauty of flowers, light and shadow effects on windows, doors, gates and balconies. There will be daily demonstrations and critiques followed by individual attention for students. Visit website


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

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The Essence of Light Oil Painting
September 25-29, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Brian Davis will demonstrate the approach to painting in oils that has made his floral paintings renowned. He will talk about choosing a subject, composition, the use of a value painting, and the techniques of oil painting that contribute to the look of his works. You will watch Brian as he goes through the process of bringing a painting to life. You will also work on your piece. Brian will be there to answer questions and assist you with the creation of your class painting. For those who are interested, he will answer questions dealing with the art business. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Brian Davis
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $725
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Painting & mixed media art retreats in 17th century château in SW Fr
September 30 - October 7, 2017 (10am-6pm) — Mike Snow (painter/sculptor) & Liz Collins (painter/mixed media) join forces for a special joint artists retreat limited to a maximum of 10 people. Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, most meals and wine are included. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow & Liz Collins
Sponsor: Snow & White with Liz Collins
Cost: $1,695 (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Still Life Photography on Location in Italy
October 2-8, 2017 — Let me take you on a journey…in the light of the Tuscan countryside… a journey of self-discovery and artistic expression…using a wonderful medium – still life photography! Modern day still life photography is often connected with mindfulness, stillness, and playfulness. My own experience with the art form has led me to a place of emotional healing and growth. Our very being compels us to create. It is the means by which we make sense of the world. We will be taking time for journaling and a little poetry. And daily discussions on seeing the artist within, pushing past our inner critic, and discovering a sense of possibility. Each day, we will discuss technical aspects of still life photography, and explore the Tuscan countryside in the afternoons. Visit website


Location: Siena, Italy
Instructor: Karen Olson, renukostyle.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $3,215 Shared, $3,625 Single
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Master Workshop with Juliette Aristides at Keppel Castle
October 2-6, 2017 — Learn still life painting and portrait painting from the live model. Juliette Aristides will be our instructor. Founder and instructor of the Aristides Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA, she teaches workshops both nationally and internationally. She is the author of The Classical Drawing Atelier, The Classical Painting Atelier, and Lessons in Classical Drawing published by Watson-Guptill, NY and a frequent contributor to Artist’s Magazine. Aristides’ work has been featured in magazines such as Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, American Artist, and Gulf Connoisseur Magazine. Visit website


Location: Laag-Keppel, Netherlands
Instructor: Juliette Aristides, aristidesarts.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $950 including lunch and model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
October 2-6, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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


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

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David Cheifetz - Focus Mastered in Still Life Oil Painting
October 6-9, 2017 (9:30am to 4:30pm) — Learn to paint impressionistic still life with palette knife or brush. Instruction is private, in my home studio, limited to 10 students. David takes pride in his very personal, one on one teaching methods. You will be treated to a very personal learning experience. Learn how to master the focus in your artwork. Satisfy your curiosity about palette knife painting vs. brush painting. All skill levels are welcome. Visit website


Location: Ashburn, VA
Instructor: David Cheifetz
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios, LLC
Cost: $595
Email: Debra Keirce
Phone: 571-236-0047

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Vibrant Watercolor Painting
October 9-12, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The primary goal is understanding how to control water to paint in watercolor. Understanding the process and learning techniques will help you to achieve the result you want in the final painting. The hands on experience in every step, starts with demonstration of each step, and will allow artists to experience the limitless possibilities for creating watercolor paintings of beauty and joy. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Soon Warren
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Intermediate Level

Dive Into Color
October 16-18, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Rediscover fundamental color principles and learn new color relationships that will unite and enliven your work in this painting workshop. Expand your vocabulary as you work through basic color exercises to full color studies of still life arrangements. The stronger your skills are in the use and manipulation of color, the more impactful your final paintings will be. This workshop will begin with mixing paint and creating color charts to better understand color interaction, harmony, and discord. You will then move on to color temperature and scheme exercises with the still life, and finally on to paintings in full color. Instruction will include demonstration, group discussion, and individualized feedback. This workshop is designed for students with some oil painting experience. Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid
October 16-20, 2017 (9 AM - 4 PM Mon - Thur 9 AM - 3 PM Friday) — 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. Visit website


Location: Charleston, SC
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Intermediate Level

Inspired by Tuscany, Paint with Katerina Ring
October 18-28, 2017 — Paint in plein air, in oils, while staying at a stunning villa in the hills above Lucca. This tour includes ten remarkable days in Tuscany to enjoy painting, kinship with your fellow artists and the wonders of one of the most beautiful regions of Italy. Visit website


Location: Lucca, Italy
Instructor: Katerina Ring, www.katring.com
Sponsor: Abbondanza Toscana
Cost: € 2690
Email: Paula Sullivan or Katerina Ring
Phone: 0039 339 6852860

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid
October 23-27, 2017 (9 AM - 4 PM Mon - Thur, 9 AM - 3 PM Friday) — 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. Visit website


Location: Charleston, SC
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Keiko Tanabe - Plein Air painting retreat
October 27 - November 3, 2017 — Capturing Light & Atmosphere in Watercolor. Keiko Tanabe is a Japanese contemporary artist who has won multiple awards, we are so proud that she’s coming to Sicily for the first time. Come to enjoy a masterful tuition by Keiko Tanabe, subject matters will be landscape, Mediterranean seascape, old historic city scape, indoor locations in the authentic villa where the participants will stay. Sicily it's like a dream, colorful sunset, olive groves, lined vineyards, picturesque villages with narrow streets, churches, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, jovial, kind and friendly people, traditional foods and great local wine. Art, mixture of history and culture, nature create an unique atmosphere and stimulate your creativity. Visit website


Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Sponsor: Salinara
Email: Yumi
Phone: (+39) 3397757062

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Mark Polomchak Workshop and Retreat
November 4-5, 2017 (10 AM - 4 PM) — Mark Polomchak has exhibited his watercolors in various art shows and galleries throughout the United States and Canada. This 2-day Workshop will feature Packet #11 from Mark’s website. The packet, photo, line drawing and instructions are included in the workshop fee. Mark will also be suggesting subjects for warming up and to become familiar with his technique. This workshop will hosted by the BJ Dickhute Studio located on the 50 acre Thistle Farm in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley. Limited on-site accommodations are available. A framer will also be available at extra cost. Surrounded by Civil War Battlefields, the Studio is minutes from Bryce Resort, the Shenandoah Caverns, Meems Bottom Covered Bridge and the New Market Battlefield. Visit website


Location: Mount Jackson, VA
Instructor: Mark Polomchak
Sponsor: BJ Dickhute Studio/Thistle Farm Inc
Cost: $250.00
Email: John
Phone: 540-333-2877

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From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
November 6-10, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain
November 18-25, 2017 (10am-6pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Andalusia, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
December 4-8, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
January 1-5, 2018 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
February 5-9, 2018 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
March 5-9, 2018 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain
March 17-24, 2018 (10am-6pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Andalusia, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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


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

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Painting From Life (Emphasis on Drapery & Folds) - Self Study
Ongoing — In this self-study online class, Painting from Life will emphasize the mechanics of material through color, temperature, and abstraction. In addition, Ron will break down the drapery into its anatomy: the 7 folds principle and the fold characteristics of certain fabrics. You will also observe texture and reflection of light on the weave of fabrics from velvety materials to cloth with sheen. Although this class is taught traditionally, students may work digitally on their own. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ron Lemen
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Advanced Level

Sketching for Environment Design
Ongoing — Sketching and drawing rough and clean final layouts, interiors, buildings and other environment elements, for animation and concept art, will be discussed in this self-study course. In this online self-study course, there will be demos and lectures on perspective, blocking in scenes and simple composition. Prop design and sketching demos will also be included. In this class the student will learn: -Quick visualization of perspective and elements in a scene -How to build and design buildings and structures -How to visualize and draw quick interior spaces -Methods of developing sketches for props and vehicles Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Craig Elliott
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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


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

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