Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Super Realism"
Mondays, January 22 - April 16, 2018
 

Create hyper realistic paintings in the tradition of 60s and 70s greats Chuck Close, Robert Bechtel and Audrey Flack. Learn photo-realistic oil painting techniques of image projection, depth of field, soft and sharp focus edges, and selective enhancement while working from your own photo references. Drawing and painting experience is required for this advanced painting class. Includes a visit to Chuck Close Photographs, on view in the PAFA museum through April 8.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Robert P. Waddington
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing from Photographs"
Wednesdays, January 31 - February 28, 2018
 

The photograph can be a helpful resource to the artist, not only for capturing fleeting subjects, but also for creating varied visual and optical effects. Learn to incorporate photographic elements including depth of field, distortion, focus and contrast into drawing from life and your own source material. Includes discussions about photo-based art, and a visit to Chuck Close Photographs, on view in the PAFA museum through April 8. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Clarissa Shanahan
Cost: Non-Credit: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


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

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


"Portrait Photography"
Tuesdays, February 6 - April 10, 2018
 

Experiment with a variety of styles of portrait photography, including street, studio, family, candid, narrative, and staged. Use both historical and contemporary methods to explore a personal theme or interest. Learn how to think creatively about how lighting and composition can change the meaning of a photograph. Includes a visit to Chuck Close Photographs, on view in the PAFA museum through April 8.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Julia Staples
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395; Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Photo Tour Sedona, Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Monument Canyon"
February 7-17, 2018
 

Join Patrick Mahoney for a week of photography in lively and inspiring Phoenix/Scottsdale, beautiful and colorful Sedona,the majestic and awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, colorful Sedona, Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, and Monument Valley! This is a small-group experience open to all levels of photographers. Participants should plan to bring all photographic gear including plenty of battery, memory cards, laptop and downloading gear. All capturing devices are accepted...from digital SLRs to point and shoot to smartphones! Plan to dress for variable conditions! Phoenix/Scottsdale is warm/hot by day and cool evenings. Sedona can be cold, and the Grand Canyon can still experience a mix of winter conditions!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Guide/Photographer Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From US$3399.00 per person double occ. ask Single price
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


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

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


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

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


"San Francisco Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
April 3-8, 2018
 

Join us in San Francisco for five fun-filled days of painting iconic sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the colorful Queen Anne-style “Painted Ladies”. All the logistics will be taken care of – all you have to do is relax and enjoy as we sketch our way through the city. Then we’ll venture out of town for a visit to the spectacular wine country of Sonoma to paint scenes that echo the colors and look of Tuscany. And you’ll record it all in your own unique travel journal. Our focus will be on illustrated watercolor journaling. The workshop is suitable for all levels, but some experience with drawing and watercolor would be helpful.
 
Location: San Francisco, California
Instructor: Leslie Fehling, www.lesliefehling.com
Cost: $1,490
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"San Francisco Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
April 8-13, 2018
 

Each day will include demonstrations of elements of landscape painting with lots of personal instruction. Develop your ability to look at the complexity of the scene in front of you, and focus your vision so that you can design a good painting that speaks of the essence of the scene, rather than merely reporting the things in it. Every painting should have a concept, and your composition, colors and techniques must work towards bringing your concept to life. The goal of Evelyn’s workshops is to share her painting knowledge and experience with each student in the way that will best help them to further their own personal development.
 
Location: San Francisco, California
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Cost: $1,490
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


"Plein Air Painting on the Delaware"
Wednesdays, April 11 - May 16, 2018
 

Paint the spectacular views of the Delaware River from the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing. Museum access offers the opportunity to tour the collection, see boat builders in action, and access the facilities. Includes a session on the river in the museum’s excursion boat, à la Claude Monet! Parking/transportation available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Plein Air Painting at Bartram's Garden"
Thursdays, April 19 - May 24, 2018
 

Work en plein air at historic Bartram’s Garden, home of America’s first botanist, John Bartram. Learn to capture light and shadow; create a convincing sense of space; and depict trees, flowers and buildings. Drawing and painting techniques will be demonstrated for oil and gouache. Free parking and restrooms available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Larry Francis
Cost: Non-Credit: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


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

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


"Plein-Air Sketching in Santa Barbara with Brenda Swenson"
April 29 - May 4, 2018
 

Join us for an unforgettable painting workshop in beautiful Santa Barbara! The focus of the workshop will be on sketching with watercolor on location. Brenda Swenson will provide daily demonstrations, friendly critiques, and one on one help. She is the author of two books on watercolor, and is in demand to demonstrate and teach her painting techniques to groups nationwide and abroad. Each location offers a multitude of views to please any artist! All levels of painting experience welcome.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.SwensonsArt.net
Cost: $1795 painters, $1595 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Painting on the Brandywine"
May 6, 2018
 

Portray the autumn landscape en plein air in the medium of your choice along the banks of the picturesque Brandywine River. Bring a packed lunch or eat at Hank’s, a longtime haunt of Andrew Wyeth’s. The day concludes with a visit to the Brandywine River Museum (free admission on the first Sunday of the month). Free parking, restrooms and sheltered locations available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Cost: Non-Credit: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


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

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


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

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


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

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


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

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


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

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


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

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


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

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


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

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


"Self-directed Artist Retreat"
August 16-25, 2018
 

A personal immersion inspired by the positive, supported atmosphere of like-minded and self-motivated artists simply needing time away from their daily routine and plenty of well-lit and airy space to create. Ideal space to work big or with professional exhaust system or if you simply need time to focus and concentrate on your art without distractions or want to spend time with other artists or you just need a relaxing art vacation in a beautiful area filled with inspirational artists, galleries and museums. Maps to local sites are available at the studio to guide you to the popular scenic locations and artsy things to see and do.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor:
Cost: $30/day
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


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

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


"Creative Techniques & Personal Expression"
August 22-26, 2018
 

Join Nikon Legend behind the lens, Tony Sweet, and award winning nature photographer Susan Milestone, on a creative photography workshop on Whidbey Island, focusing on landscapes, flowers, and Coupeville. There will be daily location shooting, where Sue and Tony will be helping you to achieve the image you are imagining, critique sessions, compositional creativity, and software presentations. This workshop is limited to just 12 students, allowing much greater access to Tony and Susan. Participants are expected to have basic knowledge of exposure and to know how to operate their equipment. Bring a laptop computer with RAW processing and image editing software (Photoshop or Elements) in order to prepare images for critique, and any plugins you have.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Tony Sweet & Susan Milestone
Cost: $1,000
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


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

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


"Art Cottage Personalized Painting Retreats"
January - August
 

Perfect for one or two women ~ Immerse yourself a world away at Dorothy Fagan’s breath-taking Art Cottage Studio by Chesapeake Bay. Customized Lessons in oils, pastels, watercolor, drawing, fabric painting, acrylics, or mixed media. Enjoy every season on the private pond. Paint in the studio or en plein air with Dorothy at her favorite gardens, coastal marsh sanctuary, riverfront, woodlands, farms and vineyard locations. Relax on the expansive adjoining deck, or visit artisan studios down the lane. Walk to the Chesapeake Bay, or sit on the dock on Queen’s Creek and meditate, sketch, or paint the sunset. Wade in the shallows on the beach at the mouth of the Piankatank River. Paint the sunrise over Hills Bay.
 
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Instructor: Dorothy Fagan
Cost: $300
Sponsor: The Painting Lesson
Website, email, 804-366-0990


"TJ Cunningham Teaches Landscape Painting and a Trip to the NGA"
September 21-25, 2018
 

The focus of this workshop is learning to see reflected light and color in landscape painting. Working from life, TJ Cunningham will demonstrate his process during daily demonstrations and then assist attendees as they complete their own paintings. This focused, four day workshop will be conducted outdoors at various wooded sites in the Broadlands neighborhood of Ashburn, VA. We will locate close to ameneties and parking. All levels of experience are welcome. Composition, drawing, and basic value and color distribution will all be discussed. Optional: Join us for a day at the National Gallery of Art on the mall in DC 9/25.
 
Location: Ashburn, Virginia
Instructor: TJ Cunningham
Cost: $465
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Website, email, 571-236-0047


"Self-directed Artist Retreat"
September 23 - October 2, 2018
 

A personal immersion inspired by the positive, supported atmosphere of like-minded and self-motivated artists simply needing time away from their daily routine and plenty of well-lit and airy space to create. Ideal space to work big or with professional exhaust system or if you simply need time to focus and concentrate on your art without distractions or want to spend time with other artists or you just need a relaxing art vacation in a beautiful area filled with inspirational artists, galleries and museums. Maps to local sites are available at the studio to guide you to the popular scenic locations and artsy things to see and do.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor:
Cost: $30/day
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Photography as Meditation"
September 28-30, 2018
 

This workshop will examine how photography can be a form of meditation. Both deal with the present moment and call for a high degree of awareness. After a review of Zen and its connection to the arts we will see the relevance of Eastern thought to the photographic process. As well, the workshop will explore how learning to trust one’s ‘intuition’, directly relates to being more creative with a camera. And by cultivating a mindful attitude of ‘inner calm’ participants will find their work strengthened and more expressive. Field excursions in and around Coupeville will provide opportunities to nurture ‘slowness’ as an attribute of a more meditative approach to image-making. Join us for this stimulating workshop on taking your photography to a more contemplative level.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Robert Stahl
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


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

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


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

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


 

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