Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Carrie Waller - Painting Glass"
July 28-29, 2017
 

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.
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Instructor: Carrie Waller
Cost: $225.00
Sponsor: Helen K Beacham Fine Art
Website, email, 843-408-5240


"All that Glitters!"
July 29, 2017
 

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


"Botanical Watercolor"
August 5, 2017
 

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.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $85
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"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.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sterling Edwards
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
August 7-11, 2017
 

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


"Arranging and Painting the Still Life"
August 14-16, 2017
 

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


"The Still Life: From Studies to Final Painting"
August 17-19, 2017
 

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


"Watercolor Basics with Cynthia Quinn"
August 19-20, 2017
 

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.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Quinn
Cost: $125
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Still Life Painting / Arts Benicia"
August 19-20, 2017
 

Intro to Still Life Painting: Learn to organize, compose, and paint still life with basic but fun set-ups. Creating the illusion of dimensional form, glass, capturing light and color / values will be covered. The class is focused in oil, but open to other mediums.
 
Location: Crockett, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $240 Non members, $225 Members
Sponsor: Arts Benicia
Website, email, 707-747-0131


"Intuitive Painting, Transcending the Subject"
August 21-25, 2017
 

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: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Gardens of Portland"
August 26-27, 2017
 

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.
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
Instructor: Jack Graham
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
September 4-8, 2017
 

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


"Painting the Still Life and Figure in Oils, Gouache, or Watercolor"
September 4-6, 2017
 

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.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Peggi Kroll-Robers
Cost:
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Exploring Florals in Watercolor"
September 6-8, 2017
 

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


"Painting & mixed media art retreats in 17th century château in SW Fr"
September 16-23, 2017
 

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


"Painting holidays in a rural paradise"
September 18-24, 2017
 

In this seven day painting workshop in a friendly, relaxed and inspiring atmosphere you will have the freedom to sketch and paint around the countryside and the authentic rural spanish village with houses made of wood and masonry, harmonised through a series of overhangs. The groups are kept small, no more than 10 students and we offer 24 hours access to the studio and a minimun of 22 hours of tutoring per week. Included in the price are the transfers from Madrid airport, accomodation in rooms with ensuite bathrooms, meals, all materials and equipment and a visit to the neraby village. The finca has an outdoor pool, jakuzzi, dinning room, a large living room and terraze and the painting studio.
 
Location: Villanueva de la Vera, Spain
Instructor: Granada Munoz
Cost: £1220
Sponsor: Las Paulinas
Website, email, 0044 7480 219 108


"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.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Fabio Cembranelli
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Colorful Cactus"
September 24, 2017
 

This class will be painting the Colorful Cactus using the Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus Watercolors and India Ink. In this lesson you will learn how to use liquid watercolors in a misting fashion. The paint is dropped on the surface then spread with a fine mist sprayer. The India corrals the paint. This is a fun and efficient way to paint using watercolors.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"The Essence of Light Oil Painting"
September 25-29, 2017
 

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.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Brian Davis
Cost: $725
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Flora and Fauna: Mini Collage Class (8 x 8 and 10 x 10)"
September 26, 2017
 

In this one-day workshop, you will learn how to create a painterly collage by adhering torn tidbits of paper over the top of an acrylic underpainting. Please bring a reference photo of a simple song bird or simple floral with a colorful background. Suggestions are Cardinals, Bluebirds, Robins, Gold Finches, Painted Bunting, Zebra Finch and daisies, lilies, roses, or wildflowers. These simple flora and fauna offer bright colors and shapes that are easy to render in collage. In addition to learning how to do a basic underpainting for collage, you will also learn how to tear paper to eliminate white edges and use paper pieces like brush strokes.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting & mixed media art retreats in 17th century château in SW Fr"
September 30 - October 7, 2017
 

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


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
October 2-6, 2017
 

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


"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.
 
Location: Siena, Italy
Instructor: Karen Olson, renukostyle.com
Cost: $3,215 Shared, $3,625 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Studio Italia "
October 3-13, 2017
 

A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and all media. Plein-air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that some participants have joined us three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of $3.150 CAD (around $2350 US as of October 2016) includes ten-night double accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Register now!
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2350
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 1-800-611-4789


"Master Workshop with Juliette Aristides"
October 4-6, 2017
 

Learn 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.
 
Location: Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Instructor: Juliette Aristides, aristidesarts.com
Cost: $460 including lunches and model fee
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"David Cheifetz - Focus Mastered in Still Life Oil Painting"
October 6-9, 2017
 

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.
 
Location: Ashburn, Virginia
Instructor: David Cheifetz
Cost: $595
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios, LLC
Website, email, 571-236-0047


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

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


"Painting What You See: The Alla Prima Approach to Painting"
October 9-12, 2017
 

Each day, Daniel will do a demonstration while discussing the skills necessary for creating beautiful still life paintings using “alla prima” methods. Following each morning’s’ demo, students will set up still life compositions of their own and paint them from life while receiving one-on-one instruction. During this intensive course, students will receive insight into learning to see correctly and develop an adeptness in the following areas: composition, drawing, color, value and edges.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Daniel J. Keys, www.danieljkeys.com
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Vibrant Watercolor Painting"
October 9-12, 2017
 

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.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Soon Warren
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid"
October 16-20, 2017
 

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.
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Instructor: Charles Reid
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Inspired Painting"
October 16-20, 2017
 

In this workshop, students will spend the week inspired by beautiful things…either from the model in a vignette or an alluring still life. It is the student’s choice to paint something different each day or to delve deeper into the subject over several days. Nancy will demonstrate from the model on Monday and a still life on Wednesday. She will discuss her process as well as the concepts of composition, intent, value, color and application. Students will paint with one-on-one instruction and guidance. Nancy believes everyone has their own way of seeing the world and works to help students to develop their own voice and style.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, nancychabounfineart.com
Cost: $635 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Dive Into Color"
October 16-18, 2017
 

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


"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.
 
Location: Lucca, Italy
Instructor: Katerina Ring, www.katring.com
Cost: € 2690
Sponsor: Abbondanza Toscana
Website, email, 0039 339 6852860


"Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid"
October 23-27, 2017
 

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.
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Instructor: Charles Reid
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Painting Floral Still Life in Oil and Acrylic"
October 25-27, 2017
 

In this workshop, students may work in oil or acrylic since Krista is proficient in both. Students will paint from contemporary floral still life setups to further develop their skills. Value, color and edges will all be discussed in a fun and relaxed environment. Students can work on smaller surfaces to capture portions of setups if they want to complete more paintings during the workshop. Each day, Krista will warm up the class with a demo, sharing her tips to create depth and dimension in a painting with a strong focal point. After her demos, students will have plenty of time to work on their own studies or complete paintings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Krista Eaton, www.kristaeaton.com
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"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.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost:
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email, (+39) 3397757062


"Mark Polomchak Workshop and Retreat"
November 4-5, 2017
 

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.
 
Location: Mount Jackson, Virginia
Instructor: Mark Polomchak
Cost: $250.00
Sponsor: BJ Dickhute Studio/Thistle Farm Inc
Website, email, 540-333-2877


"Rich & Glowing Still Life"
November 6-7, 2017
 

Learn to paint thin layers of transparent color to create rich, luminescent still life paintings. Discover a fresh approach to sketching in and blocking out your still life. Amanda will show you how to simplify your palette and gain a better understanding of transparent and opaque colors. Painting from her own still life setup and a large format picture, Amanda will give a painting demonstration each morning. Each student will be provided with the same printed photograph to paint from. A different grouping of objects will be discussed and painted each day. Simple strategies and plenty of one-on-one instruction will help you master warm shadows, color harmony, brush work, and composition. Class size is limited to ensure individual instruction.
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Amanda Fish
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Website, email, 949.723.6171


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
November 6-10, 2017
 

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


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

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


"Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain"
November 18-25, 2017
 

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


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
December 4-8, 2017
 

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


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
January 1-5, 2018
 

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


"Fun, No Fear with Watercolors"
February 3-4, 2018
 

In this 2-day workshop, Tubac artist, Roberta Rogers helps students enjoy the fun of watercolor painting. Tubac artist, Roberta Rogers has resided in Arizona since 1970. A third generation watercolorist, Rogers holds a Master’s Degree in Art from California State University at Fresno. She is a juried member of the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society and a member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild. Her watercolor paintings capture the light and beauty found in every subject she paints. Her work is found in private and corporate collections, and available in Arizona galleries, currently showing at Purcell Gallery in Tubac and West of the Moon Gallery in Flagstaff.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Roberta Rogers
Cost: $175 TCA Members, $200 Nonmembers
Sponsor: Tubac Center of the Arts
Website, email, 520-398-2371


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
February 5-9, 2018
 

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


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

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


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
March 5-9, 2018
 

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


"Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain"
March 17-24, 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: Andalusia, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, 4054558073


"Watercolor Painting: Let the Colors Paint Themselves"
April 6-8, 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


"Drawing and Walking in the Tramuntanas, Mallorca, Spain"
April 7-14, 2018
 

An Art and Hiking Retreat. Spend a week exploring nature by walking and drawing along the pathways of this beautiful Mediterranean island. La Serrania, located in the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains, is the perfect place to start our adventure and then venture out to nearby beaches and coastal towns to hike and draw this incredible landscape. Evenings are filled with wine and conversation about the history and culture of Mallorca. Day trips include a visit to the Robert Graves Museum in Deya, a local farmer's market, and other sites of interest. Sketchbooks and drawing supplies are included.
 
Location: Pollensa, Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov and Jorge Anchondo
Cost: $1950
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Website, email, 970 318-8444


"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
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Studio - Still Life"
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


"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


"Painting Flowers"
September 21-23, 2018
 

This workshop will cover how I approach a floral painting from life. Due to the fleeting subject matter, I will walk the students through my entire process. Each morning will be spent discussing basic principles of the block-in and getting the gesture of the flowers from a live demonstration. From there, I will show you on your own work how to plan several steps ahead in your painting to achieve the highest level of finish throughout the course. There will be emphasis given to developing the painting combining the use of optical observation and conceptual form rendering techniques.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Michael Klein, www.michaelkleinpaintings.com
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"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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