Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Learn to paint in awesome Albania!"
September 22-30, 2017
 

Albania is a real gem in Europe that pleasantly surprises the first time visitor. So many awe-inspiring places wherever you look: from the Ottoman architecture of ancient cities to its virgin, azure beaches to archeological sites and modern seaside towns. We travel from Tirana towards the south, stopping by and staying overnight at its points of interest. We produce sketches as well as finished paintings along the way while enjoying local delicacies and the warm hospitality of our local hosts. This is one memorable journey. Come while it's still undiscovered by too many tourists! All levels and non-painting partners welcome! Excludes flights. Booking now!
 
Location: Tirana, Albania
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas watercolorist
Cost: £959 / person based on 2 persons sharing a room
Website, email, +44 208 458 3583 or +44 7564 906 850


"Plein Air Painting, Lake Como Italy"
September 23-30, 2017
 

Outstanding views, places to paint and a lovely hotel in Varenna on the lake. Includes a day at the Belaggio and other exciting cultural excursions. All three delicious meals a day and wine, lodging, transportation to painting sites and entry fees are included. Cost: $2900 per student double occupancy (airfare not included) and $2400 non painting guest.
 
Location: Varenna, Italy
Instructor: Sara Linda Poly
Cost: $2900/$2400
Sponsor: Studio B
Website, email, 443-988-1818


"Sketch on the Go"
September 23, 2017
 

Capture the active life of the city and its rich architecture. This is an excellent workshop for anyone who wants to learn to sketch on the bus or train, in cafés and public parks, or while traveling abroad. Topics include perspective, gauging proportions by eye, gesture figure drawing, and methods for simplifying form. All levels welcome. Rain date: September 30.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Mixed Media Drawing"
Saturdays, September 23 - December 2, 2017
 

Explore the dynamic possibilities for your drawings by mixing materials and techniques, guided by traditional and contemporary methods. Combine pastel, chalk, ink and watercolor to create harmonious compositions that promote the subtle contrasting qualities of each medium, while drawing from the still life and figure models. Prior drawing experienced required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor:
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor and pastels in Spectacular Spain"
September 24-30, 2017
 

This watercolor and pastel course is for all levels, beginners will find Anne Kerr an ideal teacher with her laid back, fun, highly informative approach, the more advanced artist will be gently encouraged to try something new. Plein aire and some studio work included. Anne's course are always popular because they are relaxed and fun. It is Anne's belief that the way we see and interpret our own surroundings is very individual and with this attitude she encourages everyone to paint in their own style. It does not matter whether you are a total beginner or a more advanced artist, you will be motivated and urged to work at your own pace. Fully inclusive stay in private high-class accommodation.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Anne Kerr
Cost: 1395 €uros
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Holidays
Website, email, 0034 96221 7226


"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


"Plein Air Painters of America Master Workshops"
September 25-29, 2017
 

This unique experience allows students to study with two world-class artists in one week. Classes are designed to build on advanced concepts. Monday-Tuesday: first instructor Wednesday-Thursday: second instructor Friday: Paint-out and critique with third instructor. In the evenings enjoy gourmet dinners & wine followed by roundtable discussions. Classes will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Upon registering, students must select two instructors/classes and an alternative. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you will want to participate in with other painters of your caliber!
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Plein Air Painters of America
Cost: $1,500
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Watercolor Workshop in Tuscany with Dodie Davis & Vitalia Tours"
September 25 - October 4, 2017
 

Our 10-day watercolor workshop this fall is a unique combination of activities, food, wine, excursions and painting workshops. Tuscany is quintessential Italy and an artist’s dreamscape with amazing scenery: Patchwork quilts of fields and vineyards, hills dotted with cypress and iridescent olive groves, interspersed with winding roads and medieval towns. Mother Nature’s palette, the astonishing landscape, the exquisite changing light and shadow, are all sources of inspiration. Throughout the countryside, autumn colors are at their peak: Leaves and vines provide a dazzling display of colors from plums. to rich reds, deep gold, and browns. This workshop is ideal for beginners and experts, as instructor Dodie Davis presents a relaxed itinerary allowing for experimentation and play at all levels.
 
Location: Tuscany (with Venice Add-on), Italy
Instructor: Dodie Davis
Cost: $4100 ($250 discount if booked before July 31, 2017)
Sponsor: Vitalia Tours
Website, email, 408-314-3273


"Painting Fall Colors"
September 25, 2017
 

In September, the colors change in Colorado. This painting uses a straw and tissue to create the basic part of the changing colors in this painting. Have fun enjoying watercolors with a few unique techniques.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting Note Cards"
September 26, 2017
 

This day of painting note cards combines various watercolor techniques on a small format. Have fun making note cards with liquid watercolors, string, mask, plastic wrap and more.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Watercolor Plunge"
Wednesdays, September 27 - October 25, 2017
 

If you have little or no experience in watercolor, now is the time to take the plunge! Acquire a thorough grounding in basic watercolor techniques and materials, including papers, pigments, and transparent and opaque painting methods.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Rosati
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"A Traveler's Sketchbook at Lake Como"
September 27 - October 4, 2017
 

Capture quick studies of the dramatic scenery, colorful architecture, bustling people and more during your time on this magical trip to Lake Como. This week-long session will cover the basic concepts of atmosphere and linear perspective, capturing people, objects, and dramatic light. With pen and paper in hand, you’ll quickly document the sites while sitting in a café or viewing the grand alps as they melt into the majestic Lake Como. Add a touch of watercolor to enhance your sketches. Your art supplies are light and easy to tote making this ideal for all levels of artists. The traveler’s sketchbook is a wonderful way to document your trip in a carefree way.
 
Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Jo Ellen Reinhardt
Cost: From $3440.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 0039 33144229047


"John Salminen Urban Realism Watercolor Workshop"
September 27-30, 2017
 

In this exclusive offering, acclaimed watercolorist John Salminen will share his approach to painting urban scenes in watercolor. Perfect for beginners or intermediate level painters, or even accomplished artists looking for a new technique, John will guide participants in all aspects of painting a representational cityscape during this four day workshop. Topics will include choosing a subject, adding mood and emotional content, lighting for dramatic effect, using photo references in a meaningful way, and most importantly, enhancing representational paintings through design. The workshop will include demonstrations, critiques, and lots of one-on-one time with the instructor. Whether you have never painted a cityscape or you are an experienced urban painter, this workshop will be an invaluable opportunity to gain new insights.
 
Location: Brea, California
Instructor: John Salminen
Cost: $600
Sponsor: City of Brea Art Gallery
Website, email, (714) 990-7731


"Figure Drawing Retreat - Traverse City, Michigan"
September 28 - October 1, 2017
 

The focus of this retreat is figure drawing. International ArtisTTable artists/instructors, Tali Farchi and Royce Deans will lead art workshops, demos, and provide individual instruction by request. Experienced artists will be challenged and anyone that wants to spend a lot of time working from the model is welcome. Days will be divided up between shorter in studio poses in the morning. Afternoons weather permitting, we will take the model out into the landscape. Evenings we will do a long pose for the entire retreat. Our week will conclude with an artist reception to show off what we created.
 
Location: Traverse City, Michigan
Instructor: Royce Deans, Tali Farchi
Cost: $580.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Plein Air Painting at Bartram's Garden"
Thursdays, September 28 - November 2, 2017
 

Work en plein air at beautiful and 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: $275
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"In-Depth Watercolor"
Fridays, September 29 - December 8, 2017
 

Enrich your knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Thoroughly investigate a wide range of watercolor materials and techniques from your choice of landscape, still life, portrait, and figure subjects. Open to watercolorists of all levels and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: For Credit: $950, Non-Credit: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Mixed Media Workshop"
September 29 - October 8, 2017
 

Italy is a familiar destination to many artists, but this workshop will be a unique art experience. Assisi is a hilltop town with all the beauty, charm and history we associate with Italy without the crowds of more touristy areas. Australia’s leading mixed media artist, Judith White is the tutor on this art practice-focused workshop. Included in the ten day itinerary are select activities to enrich your experience of the region. Art sessions are interspersed with a visit to the famous Basilica, the home of a private collector, a rambling castle, Roman houses, artisans plus exploring, sketching and shopping the cobbled streets all with valley views never more than a stroll away.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Judith White
Cost: AUD $4275.00pp
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Website, email, 61-8-93881513


"Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana"
September 30 - October 7, 2017
 

During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the “Campagna”, to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in the town of Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum.
 
Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: US$2,700 - US$2,950
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Painting the Light of Italy"
September 30 - October 8, 2017
 

Come with us to Italy and paint its light, landscape, and people. Learn how to use expressive color to paint Florence and the countryside; filling your paintings with light and atmosphere. This workshop is meant to be a local experience so we try to incorporate free time while still giving you highlights of the most obvious points of interest, but since there’s so much to see and do in Florence one could stay a lifetime and still feel like you needed more. This is the feast the city offers and it will linger in your mind and feelings long after you leave.
 
Location: Florence and Fiesole, Italy
Instructor: Vianna Szabo
Cost:
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Painting on the Brandywine"
October 1, 2017
 

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: $115
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Workshop"
October 2-6, 2017
 

Workshop to be conducted at the beautiful Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg, CA. Designed for beginner-intermediate students. Basics will be reviewed as needed for beginners and new techniques will challenge those at the intermediate level. Personal assistance for all.
 
Location: Healdsburg, California
Instructor: Phyllis Rapp
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Phyllis Rapp
Website, email


"Plein-Air Sketching in Santa Fe with Brenda Swenson"
October 2-7, 2017
 

Join us for an unforgettable painting workshop! Santa Fe, New Mexico is called “Land of Enchantment” for a good reason. It’s a destination known to artists for its picturesque landscape, historical architecture, galleries, light, museums and food. 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. We’ll visit and sketch the Historic District, picturesque old churches, colorful nooks and side streets of Santa Fe. Each location offers a multitude of views to please any artist! All levels of painting experience welcome.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.SwensonsArt.net
Cost: $1595 painters, $1395 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Capturing Wildlife in Watercolor"
October 2-4, 2017
 

This workshop will provide a foundation in illustrating wildlife in watercolor from initial drawing through final washes. Learn how to render form and build color and value with confidence. Through lectures and demonstrations, Peggy will guide you through the process of drawing your image, mixing your palette, laying down transparent washes, removing and replacing imagery, pouring backgrounds, building up neutrals and color, and developing your composition. Animal and bird specimens will be provided by the Field Museum for reference, or you may bring your own images or sketches of natural subject matter.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Peggy Macnamara, www.PeggyMacnamara.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Exploring Approaches to Abstract Painting"
October 2-4, 2017
 

Dedicated to abstract painting strategies, this workshop will explore composition, materiality, and expression. Focusing on the use of line, shape, and color, discover and enhance your ability to create images that are uniquely personal, fresh, and loose. In addition to demonstrations and discussions, Gail will lead you through a variety of exploratory challenges, including using both images and sound as reference material, brush handling exercises, and experimenting with combining media. Leave with new approaches and techniques to apply to your current practice. This workshop is open to watercolor and acrylic painters.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gail Speckmann, www.GailSpeckmann.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Animals, Figures, and Backgrounds"
October 3-6, 2017
 

Over four days, students will breathe life into their paintings by going outside the lines and “getting loose” with their techniques. Each day will begin with a demonstration, followed by plenty of painting time with lots of individual attention from Kim. She will focus on helping students gain confidence painting the human/animal form or portrait, upgrade their ability, and learn to be more analytical of their own paintings. Techniques will include painting shapes and the application of paint with correct values; leaving lost and found edges for interest and movement; and integrating the foreground with the background to make a cohesive painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Value, Shape, and Color"
October 3-5, 2017
 

This three-day watercolor workshop in beautiful downtown Bend, Oregon with instructor Mary Marquiss will focus on three design elements – value, shape and color - building blocks that create strong paintings. Marquiss will step students through the painting process from start to finish with an emphasis on following personal choices and individual style. Each day will begin by "warming up" on 140-pound cold press watercolor paper with an exercise specific to that day's painting before working on 300-pound cold press watercolor paper. After the morning sessions, Mary will circulate among the students to answer questions and offer suggestions on moving their work forward.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Mary Marquiss, www.marymarquiss.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"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


"Pencil Drawing with Watercolor and Ink"
Tuesdays, October 3 - December 5, 2017
 

Elevate your drawings with washes of tone and color in watercolor and ink in order to produce vibrant mixed media work in the tradition of Cézanne and Rodin. Learn graphite and pen-and-ink drawing techniques as well as watercolor and wash painting methods, referencing historical and contemporary examples. Basic drawing experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Hiro Sakaguchi
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Large Format Watercolors"
October 5-7, 2017
 

Challenge the notions of watercolor painting as you translate your skills from traditional- to large-scale. In this workshop, you will develop techniques, methods, and a workflow for approaching and completing what can be an intimidating project. Through a series of demonstrations and one-on-one conversations, Michael will share his methodologies, including preparation of surfaces, studio setup, selection of painting tools, and efficient painting techniques. In addition, there will be time each day to put these concepts into practice and experience the reward of laying down an eight-foot wash and watching it travel across the surface. Students should have an understanding of watercolor fundamentals and expect to expend some physical energy in this process.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Ireland, www.IrelandWatercolors.com
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Urban Landscape"
October 6-7, 2017
 

Studio/Plien Air. What is required to quit tight illustrative coloring which is a trademark of beginners and start painting like a pro? All of this and many other techniques will be the subject of this intensive workshop. You are going to learn how to mix and apply watercolors without fear of being inaccurate. Vlad will show you the shortcuts to the path when every brushstroke applied is significant in its impact on the viewer. He will show you the importance of one detail above the other and therefore how to be selective in your painting process. Every painting is like a poetry, the less words wasted the more powerful message it conveys.
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost:
Sponsor: Western Ohio Watercolor Society
Website, email


"En Plein Air Art Retreat - Beaver Island, Michigan"
October 7-14, 2017
 

Come paint on the largest island in Lake Michigan. International ArtisTTable artists/instructors, Tali Farchi and Royce Deans will lead art workshops, demos, and provide individual instruction by request. Included are tickets for the ferry to the island and trips to all the inspiring places on this enchanted isle. Experienced artists will be challenged and those new to plein air will be nurtured along their way. There will be plenty of time for you to explore your own creativity. You will enjoy deliciously prepared healthy meals and lodging adjacent to the city beach where we will see the sunrise everyday. Our week will conclude with an artist reception for all on the island to see what we created during our stay.
 
Location: Beaver Island, Michigan
Instructor: Royce Deans, Tali Farchi
Cost: $1410.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Watercolor and Brusho in Spectacular Spain"
October 8-14, 2017
 

Join Joanne Boon Thomas for a unique week of painting, with watercolor and brusho. Prepare to be dazzled at the amazing effects that can be produced, it literally causes a visual and sensory explosion on the page, enough to drive the most sane and sensible artist wild with excitement and passion. Be delighted at its sheer boldness and astonishing reaction to water. Joanne is a generous artist, guiding you through her loose style of watercolour painting. While painting on location sharing her invaluable tips and techniques that will leave you feeling confident and inspired. There will be demonstrations and lots of one on one tuition throughout the week. Fully inclusive stay in spectacular Valencia, Spain with high-class private accommodation.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Joanne Boon Thomas
Cost: 1395 €uros private en suite room
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Holidays
Website, email, 0034 96221 7226


"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


"Watercolor: Uniquely Contemporary Figurative Design"
October 9-13, 2017
 

In Jeannie’s watercolor workshops she shares the many aspects of her art through versatile projects and extended experimentation. As a student you are encouraged and inspired to hone your own unique style and improve upon your current skills. You will also discover the freedom of intuitive painting and go beyond simple illustration to create paintings worthy of exhibition. Students will explore the interplay between the figurative subject(s) and their backgrounds, natural design in reference materials, effective cropping impact, pigment maintenance, intentional and spontaneous marks. Each day begins with a demo pertaining to the day’s project, such as exploring unconventional ways of representation, figures with obscured and intertwined backgrounds, etc. Artists receive plenty of personal attention and painting time.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire, www.jeanniemcguire.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Painting Autumn in Watercolor"
October 9-11, 2017
 

Explore watercolor’s ability to capture the rich autumnal landscape, including the magnificent color of trees, clouds, and the ever-changing skies. Learn how to build layers, use glazes, and let the white of your paper add dimension to your compositions. This morning workshop combines demonstrations, guided painting sessions, individual instruction, as well as the opportunity to work independently in the afternoons. Open to beginning students and above, some prior drawing experience is recommended to get the most out of this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kari Anderson, www.KariAndersonWatercolors.com
Cost: Members: $175, Non-Members: $195
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor Painting"
October 9-12, 2017
 

The workshop sessions begin each morning at 9:00 a.m. when Couch completes a painting, explaining what he is doing, and why, as he paints. The “mysteries” of design will be unraveled for you while you learn watercolor painting! Students paint in the afternoons, after which Couch critiques all the day’s completed work, including his own. He has written three books on watercolor. His first, titled Watercolor: You Can Do It was published by North Light Publishing in 1987. In 1989 a follow-up book on technique was published by the same publisher. A third book, on design, titled Tony Couch’s Keys to Successful Painting was also published by North Light. Visit tonycouch.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Tony Couch
Cost: $425 Museum members/ $450 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"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


"'The essence of scenery' Watercolor Studio Workshop"
October 10-12, 2017
 

3-day workshop In-Studio. Academically trained master watercolorist Vladislav Yeliseyev will show you how to quickly capture the essence of the scenery with dynamic and powerful impressionistic approach. The artwork’s main message must be heard loud and clear and Vlad will show you how it is done in watercolor. Vlad is a professional drawing and watercolor teacher year round at Renaissance School of Art in Sarasota Florida and he knows how to make progress with his students. It does not matter if you are the beginner, intermediate or advanced level because his method of teaching through an individual approach.
 
Location: The Villages, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost:
Sponsor: The Villages - Art Center Florida
Website, email, 352-753-1383


"Painting a Landscape in the Studio"
October 12-14, 2017
 

The focus will be on improving as a painter by emphasizing composition, design, value and color temperature and learning how to utilize these basic elements to express and complete a successful painting regardless of subject matter. We will look at ways to improve composition to best portray what the artist wants to communicate to the viewer. The workshop will also explore how to better “see” nature and subject matter, as well as address various aspects of painting including materials, set-up, color mixing, paint application methods, surfaces, techniques and the fundamentals of design and composition. Emphasis will be on helping students discover their own personal style and process in creating their work...open to all mediums.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Mark Horton
Cost: $495.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"ABsTraCtioN and InTenTioN with Larry Moore"
October 12-14, 2017
 

This 3 day studio workshop focuses on "What" you choose to paint and "How" you paint it. We will play with new surfaces, new paint ideas and new tools with an emphasis on thinking and painting more abstractly. We concentrate on color, surface, edge, mark making, composition, methods, and materials, define intent and lots more. It’s fun, creative play along with thought systems that help you look at what you are doing in an all new way. Learning without boundaries. Larry uses a teaching technique that is designed to push you into new territory where learning lives. With a series of unique exercises (from his book) designed to encourage play and hone the voice of the artist. All mediums welcome.
 
Location: Crockett, California
Instructor: Larry Moore, www.larrymoorestudios.com
Cost: $525
Website, email


"Watercolor Unleashed! Rocks, Pebbles and Boulders"
October 13-14, 2017
 

Learning to draw and paint individual rocks and learning to combine many rocks and pebbles into a single collective shape that says “rocks” without detailing each is crucial to successful landscape painting. This class will focus on the challenge of painting a landscape in which rocks, boulders and pebbles are a significant feature. A photo will be provided but the student is always welcome to paint from their own reference material. There will be demonstrations of techniques suitable for the subject, exercises, ongoing critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all. All levels are welcome and encouraged to attend.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
October 13-15, 2017
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun!
 
Location: New Braunfels, Texas
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost:
Sponsor: New Braunfels Art League
Website, email, 210-861-0751


"Elements of Landscape"
October 14-21, 2017
 

The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual “elements” of landscape. “Elements” is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, easels & equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Rain or shine. Call 212-780-3216
 
Location: Murlo, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: US$2,450 - US$2,810
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Mixed Media in Spectacular Spain"
October 15-21, 2017
 

This art holiday combines outdoor painting and studio based workshops with Robert Dutton. Catering for artists who want to further advance their skills. With a relaxed and confident style, students of mixed levels of ability will gain confidence to develop their own style with many media, in a superb location. Learning skills in a relaxed environment students quickly settle in and create really exciting paintings following his expressive and impressionistic style. Whilst having a rewarding creative experience students are left feeling invigorated and inspired. With Robert's in depth knowledge, command of many differing types of media combined with expert guidance and personal mentoring you will develop your creative ideas in many different and exciting ways.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Robert Dutton
Cost: 1245 Euros. Private en-suite room and all meals.
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Holidays
Website, email, 0034 96221 7226


"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


"Plein Air Painting in Newport, Rhode Island"
October 16-20, 2017
 

Don’t miss this opportunity to paint on location at one of the east coast’s premier sailing ports, led by plein air painter extraordinaire Joseph Sweeney and local architect and watercolorist, John Grosvenor. Newport offers everything the landscape painter could want: breathtaking seascapes, sailing ships, cliff walks, and historic architecture. Learn to paint efficiently out-of-doors with tips on choosing a prime location, capturing the weather and light, and setting up a seascape palette. All media are welcome, including oil, acrylic, pastel, and watercolor. The course features visits to great cliff-side estates of Newport including Castle Hill, the Vanderbilt Grace Hotel, and private estates by special arrangement. Between painting sessions, there will be ample time to explore the picturesque town of Newport.
 
Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney, www.joesweeneyart.com
Cost: For Credit: $875, Non-Credit: $695
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The five secrets of landscape painting with Edward Povey"
October 16-19, 2017
 

Edward Povey has forty years experience as a professional artist. He is a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy, has been commended by the Institute of Art in Chicago, and was followed by the BBC. He has shown in New York, London, Brussels, France, Holland, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and has collectors in twenty countries. He is also recognized as an inspired and deeply informed teacher. The structure of the workshop is All Inclusive at a luxury lodge in Texas' beautiful hill country. 4 nights lodging, meals and wine are all included. All media can be used and the class is appropriate for all levels of experience.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Edward Povey
Cost: $1,550
Sponsor: Wimberley Artist Workshop
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"Watercolor: Fast & Loose"
October 16-20, 2017
 

This is a workshop for those who wish to loosen up in watercolor. Painting techniques and a philosophy of design will encourage bold, loose paintings. Eric believes most painting problems are the violation of an elementary painting principle. Discussions will be easily understood and very helpful. It is recommended that the student have some previous watercolor experience. There will be ample time for students to try the concepts presented in a safe and supportive environment. Daily individual and group critiques enhance the learning experience. Eric will do a completed painting demonstration daily. Subject matter may include land, marine, and streetscapes, florals and interiors.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Eric Wiegardt, ericwiegardt.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Watercolor on Panel: A Whole New Way of Thinking"
October 19-21, 2017
 

By replacing the traditional paper surface with a treated panel, you will find great freedom and energy as you reexamine the typically unforgiving medium of watercolor. Through this process you will gain a deeper commitment to looking and planning, techniques for accurate spontaneity, direct painting without linework, and by painting subtractively. Key techniques and objectives, including preparing panel surfaces, planning compositions, and material handling, will be demonstrated and discussed. In addition, you will have time to practice techniques and produce a finished painting of your own composition. Mat will be available for feedback, stories, and tid-bits. This workshop is designed for students with a solid foundation in watercolor.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mat Barber Kennedy, www.matbarberkennedy.com
Cost: Members: $375, Non-Members: $410
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
October 20-22, 2017
 

This workshop is for advanced students seeking to develop a consistent body of work in a series of paintings done during the course of the workshop. David helps each student reach their goals for the work.
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost:
Sponsor: Lafayette Art Association
Website, email, 337-849-6791


"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


"Carmel-by-the-Sea Creative Retreat"
October 23-29, 2017
 

Enjoy beautiful and nourishing environments to paint, write, create, and allow your voice to come to your written projects, journals, and books. As creatives, we all need creative time, space and creative energy to write. This retreat is for you if you need to get away, ground yourself, discover and expand your talents. How: Retreat includes Cindy Briggs Watercolor Workshop Oct 23-27, Creative Writing with Carol Frazier, Yoga and Inspiration with Camden Hoch, Writing for Your Brand with Kelley Lefmann of Flood Tide Consulting, Gratitude Journaling, Creative Exploration, One delicious group lunch, Catered Party with Internationally Famed Artist and Author Simon Bull …and more!
 
Location: Carmel-By-the-Sea, California
Instructor: Cindy Briggs, Carol Frazier, Camden Hoch
Cost: $935
Sponsor: Cindy Briggs and Carol Frazier
Website, email, 541-420-9463


"Carmel-by-the-Sea Watercolor & Creative Writing with Cindy Briggs"
October 23-26, 2017
 

Nourish your art and soul on the California Coast in this Carmel-by-the-Sea Watercolor Workshop with creative poetic writing and more. You will discover how to create a creative watercolor journal incorporating sketching, painting, writing, and mixed media or choose to just paint all week. Excursions to a variety of locations which may include: Carmel by the Sea, Carmel Beach, Carmel Valley, Mission Ranch, Carmel Mission, local vineyards, etc. Workshop Package includes lessons and demonstrations by Cindy Briggs with personalized instruction, Bonus: Creative Writing Sessions to incorporate into your journal with writer, composer, jazz singer and creative coach – Carol Frazier, Combine with Compose Yourself Workshop October 26-29 and save $200. Limited to 10 participants.
 
Location: Carmel-By-the-Sea, California
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $485
Sponsor: Cindy Briggs Art
Website, email, 541-420-9463


"Image to Abstract"
October 24-26, 2017
 

Designed for the representational painter, this workshop offers an introduction to adding elements of abstraction to your work, while remaining firmly rooted in traditional painting techniques. Learn how to distill and sift through visual information to arrive at a clear final image that aligns with your artistic goals and creative vision. Working from photographic references and still life arrangements, Mark will guide you through a series of progressive exercises regarding the abstraction process. Slideshows, discussions, assignments, and critiques will supplement demonstrations and individualized feedback. Gain confidence in your decision-making and discover new artistic possibilities within your practice. This workshop is open to oil, acrylic, and watercolor painters.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.MarkDanielNelson.com
Cost: Members: $415, Non-Members: $450
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 2-4, 2017
 

This is a mentorship workshop for advanced level students who desire to create a consistent body of work over the course of the workshop. Students work on their own projects with established goals. David assists each student in achieving their goals.
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $595
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"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


"Light | Composition | Emotion – Painting the Still Life”"
November 6-10, 2017
 

In Ted’s daily demonstrations and presentations, he shares his personal approach to painting. He introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. Significant time is allowed for one-on-one instruction in an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive. Ted encourages, in each participant, a renewed enthusiasm for his or her art, regardless of their skill level.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost:
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 7-9, 2017
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun!
 
Location: Spring Island, South Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost:
Sponsor: Spring Island
Website, email, 843-987-3403


"Watercolors in Spectacular Spain"
November 12-18, 2017
 

This course objective is to learn how to interpret and synthesize townscapes and landscapes, directly with watercolor while learning a variety of techniques and different forms of working. Teaching is personalized, so that no matter what your level, Michal will guide everyone, gently and progressively through the workshop. You will learn the importance of having a good recognition of the lightest and darkest areas of your scene. Michal will show you his simple techniques of how to create magnificent plein aire paintings. Within the course there will be at least two excursions in and around Valencia in which you will be able to put into practice the studies learned in the studio.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Michal Jasiewicz
Cost: 1395 Euros. Single private en-suite room.
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Holidays
Website, email, 0034 96221 7226


"Achieving the Freedom of Brushstroke"
November 13-15, 2017
 

3 day Watercolor: Painting Landscape - Studio. What is required to quit tight illustrative coloring which is a trademark of beginners and start painting like a pro? All of this and many other techniques will be the subject of this intensive workshop. You are going to learn how to mix and apply watercolors without fear of being inaccurate. Vlad will show you the shortcuts to the path when every brushstroke applied is significant in its impact on the viewer. He will show you the importance of one detail above the other and therefore how to be selective in your painting process.
 
Location: Ft. Myers, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $315/$355
Sponsor: Ft. Myers Beach Art Association
Website, email


"From the Garden"
November 14-17, 2017
 

Presented by SAWG (Southern AZ Watercolor Guild) and held at the Radisson Suites in Tucson, AZ, this workshop is open to all skill levels. Birgit's soft yet dramatic style reminds one of Georgia O'Keefe. Her philosophy as an artist is observation, emotional connection to her subject, and the healing nature of creating art to give the viewer a new perspective. Her beautifully mastered topics are Florals, Landscapes and Nature. Members of SAWG are offered a discounted price; you may become a member and receive the lower workshop price up to October 3, 2017.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Birgit O'Connor
Cost: $395/$495
Sponsor: Southern AZ Watercolor Guild
Website, email, (520) 743-3389


"Capturing Antarctica with Keith Grant"
November 17-28, 2017
 

Join master painter Keith Grant, Artist in Residence, for a once in lifetime voyage to Antarctica. Keith has been capturing the stunning beauty of Arctic & Antarctic landscapes since he first visited Iceland in the ’60s. He’ll be sketching with you on board and on zodiac landings, both in groups and one-on-one. Your home away from home will be the comfortable and stylish all-suite Hebridean Sky, a 118-passenger mega-yacht, equipped for adventure. You’ll be accompanied by first a first-class expedition team of experts in all things Antarctic. The voyage also includes a pre-departure hotel night at the Arakur Resort and Spa in Ushuaia, Argentina.
 
Location: Antarctica, Antarctica
Instructor: Keith Grant
Cost: from $7,295
Sponsor: Polar Latitudes
Website, email


"European Impressions in Watercolor"
November 17, 2017
 

1 day In-Studio. What is required to quit tight illustrative coloring which is a trademark of beginners and start painting like a pro? All of this and many other techniques will be the subject of this intensive workshop. Learn Vlad's 3 stages and 3 colors approach which are the core of his new DVD "Impressions in Watercolor ". The focus of this workshop will be on how to paint the essence of old medieval European towns. Photo references will be provided. After short demonstration in the morning Vlad will work with each participant individually. For more details and registration contact Keeton's Art Supply at 941-747-2995.
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $75
Sponsor: Keeton's Art Supply
Website, email, (941) 747-2995


"Watercolor: Bold and Sassy!"
November 17-18, 2017
 

During this workshop, students will learn to paint exciting and expressive watercolors! Students will be painting flowers from fresh arrangements that Grace will bring in on the first day. On day two, students will be painting from a vegetable still life. Students will have the option of working from the floral arrangement again on the second day, instead of the vegetable still life, if they so choose. Over the two days, it will be sure to be a fun and lively workshop for anyone who wants to get bold and sassy in their watercolor painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Grace Haverty, gracehavertyart.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Saturated Wet Watercolor"
November 17-18, 2017
 

Students will experience an exciting way to paint in watercolor as they begin with a loose, abstract painting and then lift paint from the damp surface to create movement and flow, thinking only in terms of warm and cool, light and dark. Students will then slowly refine the painting by both lifting and adding paint. The saturated wet application allows easy lifting, gives soft edges, and maintains a unified background. This two day workshop will give students a real sense of this method, as timing is extremely important. Details like scales and eyes are added at the very end. The results are rich, vibrant paintings that have a few tight details surrounded by loose, painterly color.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Pullinsi, www.lindapullinsi.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Workshop"
November 18-19, 2017
 

Interested in acquiring or improving your watercolor skills? All materials and techniques will be discussed, including the selection of papers, brushes, and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Students will work from still-life, portrait models or their own source material. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"'Freedom of The Brushstroke' watercolor en plein air"
November 30, 2017
 

3-day workshop En Plein Air. Join me in picturesque Sarasota this Fall! We are going to paint a variety of subjects such as Florida landscape, boats, marinas... What is required to quit tight illustrative coloring? All of this and many other techniques will be the subject of this intensive workshop on location. Vlad will share with you his best approaches to working outdoors starting with location and “point of view” so to speak. It will all start with his demo with detailed explanation along the way. Special attention of this particular workshop will be the choice of color which may be different from what’s there and loose painterly style watercolor techniques.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $360
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, (941) 330-6865


"Etegami Workshop"
December 2, 2017
 

Etegami is a Japanese-inspired folk art that combines words with ink and watercolor painting on postcards, to send or cherish as a visual diary. With the motto “Clumsy is fine. It is good to be clumsy,” Etegami allows both novices and experienced artists to experience a fun and refreshing form of image-making.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Nancy Bea Miller
Cost: $105, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


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

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


"Painting Figures and Animals from a Photo Reference"
December 13-15, 2017
 

This 3-day workshop will concentrate on painting animal and human figures as well as the application of paint with correct values, leaving lost and found edges for interest and movement, and integrating the foreground with the background to make a cohesive painting. Participants will learn to leverage their contour drawing as a guide (not a border) as the basis for building form with the use of glazes and washes. This is an excellent workshop for gaining confidence in painting both animal and human forms, upgrading your painting ability, and learning to be more analytical of your own and other’s paintings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Light, Color and Composition en Plein Air"
January 26-28, 2018
 

Mike will cover the important fundamentals of composition, color relationships, lighting, atmospheric perspective, simplification and shape design through the use of gouache and oil paints. This is a great workshop for anyone interested in painting plein air and would like to learn how to capture a sense of natural or stylized light into their works. Mike will start off the three-day workshop with a three-hour lecture covering: color, composition design, lighting design, simplification and atmospheric perspective. Day two will be a full session of outdoor painting with a demo in gouache, and day three will be an outdoor session and include another demo in oil. Mike will give individual hands on instruction during the workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mike Hernandez, www.mikehernandezart.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Strength and Flow of Watercolor"
January 31 - February 12, 2018
 

Adventure with David Taylor and Art in the Mountains on this amazing cruise workshop. Free up and explore the freshness and simplicity of watercolor, working spontaneously, in a free and flowing manner. Using watercolor to produce magical results and a variety of subject matter, we will explore the light and shade on seascapes, landscapes, street scenes and more. David will focus on subjects containing movement, color and light with the emphasis on freeing up and building strength to the watercolor. Come along and enjoy the journey and take that leap. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine.
 
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $795, cruise is separate
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"The Strength and Flow of Watercolor"
January 31 - February 12, 2018
 

Adventure with David Taylor and Art in the Mountains on this amazing cruise workshop. Free up and explore the freshness and simplicity of watercolor, working spontaneously, in a free and flowing manner. Using watercolor to produce magical results and a variety of subject matter, we will explore the light and shade on seascapes, landscapes, street scenes and more. David will focus on subjects containing movement, color and light with the emphasis on freeing up and building strength to the watercolor. Come along and enjoy the journey and take that leap. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine.
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $795, cruise is separate
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"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


"Wiegardt’s Painterly Watercolors"
February 12-16, 2018
 

This is a workshop for those who wish to loosen up in watercolor. Painting techniques and a philosophy of design will encourage bold, loose paintings. Eric believes most painting problems are the violation of an elementary painting principle. Lectures will be easily understood and helpful. It is recommended that students have minimal previous experience. There will be ample time for students to try the concepts presented in a safe environment. Eric will do a completed painting demonstration daily. Subject matter may include land, marine, streetscapes, florals and interiors.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eric Wiegardt, www.ericwiegardt.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Painting Workshop with Kathleen Conover"
February 14-24, 2018
 

Join Kathleen Conover, a master watercolorist, for an inspring painting workshop in the colorful and enchanting ciites of Panajachel and Antigua. Panajachel, on beautiful Lake Antigua, is a morning's drive from Guatemala City and a World away from the big city vibe. This is a small city of very friendly people as well as many ex-pat artists. We will take a ferry to the villages on the other side of the lake to paint, take photos and shop. The city of Antigua has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cobblestone streets and the Spanish Baroque architecture recall the beginnings of this city in the 16th century. Join us for an unforgettable painting experience!
 
Location: Panajachel and Antigua, Guatemala
Instructor: Kathleen Conover
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Michael Holter"
February 19-22, 2018
 

Texas artist, Michael Holter works in both watercolor and oil. Michael's work has received numerous awards and can be found in private and corporate collections in the US and several foreign countries. His current work is in two categories: watercolor figurative and oil landscapes (both plein air and studio). Although Michael has been painting most of his life, his work experience spans a wide range of creative endeavors, from art teacher, creative director and businessman in fine art and commercial art. Michael has owned and operated two galleries. The workshop's structure is All Inclusive with 4 nights at a luxury lodge in Texas' beautiful Hill Country with meals and wine included for one price.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Michael Holter
Cost: $1,550
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"Watercolor Sketching on Location: Cuba with Jane LaFazio"
February 20-26, 2018
 

Jane is known for her fun-loving creative teaching style. 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 (yes, she can teach you to draw) and experienced alike to see and capture the details and memories in a straightforward, intuitive approach with pen and watercolor. You’ll create a set of watercolor journal pages as unique as your own handwriting. Jane will show you how to enhance your drawings with creative page layouts and journaling. You’ll bring home a priceless collection of small watercolors depicting your experiences and memories of your trip.
 
Location: Havana, Cuba
Instructor: Jane LaFazio
Cost: $4,525 Shared, $5,125 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Scratchboard with Watercolor: Combining Drawing with Painting"
February 24-25, 2018
 

In this two-day workshop, artist, Rick Wheeler will instruct students on the techniques of Scratchboard. Scratchboard is a pre-inked black surface with a coating of white clay underneath which is exposed when the ink is scratched into. The finished scratched drawing can then be enhanced with ink or watercolor. Rick Wheeler is an award winning professional artist. He holds a B.A. in Fine Art, with a minor in Integrative Studies from Prescott College, Arizona, as well as an A.A. in Graphic Design. He studied drawing, painting, and illustration at San Francisco Art Institute and San Francisco Academy of Art University. Both “fine art” and “commercial art” approaches proved valuable, and helped broaden his perspectives into the art world.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Rick Wheeler
Cost: $150 TCA Members, $175 Nonmembers
Sponsor: Tubac Center of the Arts
Website, email, 520-398-2371


"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
February 26 - March 2, 2018
 

Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted’s daily demonstrations and presentations, he shares his personal approach to painting. Plus he introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. In an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive, Ted encourages, in each participant, a renewed enthusiasm for his or her art regardless of their skill level.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Painting Workshop with Judy Morris"
March 4-10, 2018
 

San Miguel is a place like no other for a painter's inspiration with its beautiful colors, unique architecture and intriguing people. Author of Watercolor Basics: Light, Judy has developed lessons for her travel workshops to help participants capture the colors, textures, & ambiance of the location. As you tour the best possible sites you will be given daily “prompts” to stimulate your creativity and have lessons that complement each painting day. Judy shows you how she captures inspiration in her sketch books. She shares her successful painting process both on location and in the studio, and her “check list for success” will help guide you through the painting process.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Judy Morris, www.judymorris-art.com
Cost: $1,695 painters, $1,495 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"A Modern Approach to Watercolor"
March 5-9, 2018
 

Antonio Masi is the president of the American Watercolor Society and International renowned painter. The goal of this workshop is to show the untapped power of watercolor. The focus will be on how to approach this medium from a contemporary point of view, powerful, emotional and delicate, not the traditional transparent way. Antonio applies watercolor in a thick and juicy manner, giving his subjects a startling boldness. Learn how attention to details and unusual perspective make for poetic, moody works with strong textural qualities. Antonio’s morning demonstrations will show the materials he uses (paints, paper, palette, brushes, etc.), his set-up and how he applies colors. The remainder of the day will be one-to-one instruction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Antonio Masi, www.antoniomasi.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Advanced Abstraction"
March 7-10, 2018
 

Larry Moore, an established nationally recognized artist and illustrator brings his 40 years of experience in picture making and broad based art history knowledge to the table. He works in oil, acrylic, pastel and gouache. Larry has an entertaining and generous teaching style that students appreciate. Larry will demonstrate his approach to abstracting the landscape and his thinking process for designing a compelling painting. This 4-day workshop will focus on finding abstract shapes from nature and small studies and creating good design. This class will cover all the components of a good painting: composition, line, edge, shape, color, value, surface, eye flow and the language of the brush without all the rendering and pesky drawing stuff.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Larry Moore
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Line & Shine - Watercolor"
March 10, 2018
 

In this intermediate level watercolor workshop, artist, Barbara Borgwardt will guide students into the line of design. Using a reflective metal as a reference, you will learn to depict “shine.” Some watercolor experience is necessary. Originally from Milwaukee Wisconsin, Barbara was a professional fashion illustrator and an instructor of fashion illustration and design for over 25 years. Since she has moved to Arizona she continues her transparent watercolor painting, exhibiting and teaching. In 2015 Barbara received an award at the National Watercolor Society’s 95th International Exhibit. This piece was also selected for the National Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibit. Barbara has won many other awards, including the Masters Meed Award, 2008, 2011, 2012 at the Tubac Center of the Arts.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Barbara Borgwardt
Cost: $120/Members, $145/Nonmembers
Sponsor: Tubac Center of the Arts
Website, email, 520-398-2371


"Watercolor Painting Workshop with Betty Carr"
March 11-17, 2018
 

Our beautiful hotel, Posada de la Aldea, is located in the heart of San Miguel just across from the Art Institute, close to many restaurants, a pharmacy and lovely shops. You can walk from the hotel to the Central Square in about 10 minutes. Each morning, the hotel will provide a delicious buffet for breakfast. There is a huge studio room upstairs for our use, and everywhere you look you will see an inspiration for a painting here at the hotel and in the town. All levels of painting ability are welcomed in this workshop. Betty's long experience as an instructor will help you to choose a subject and create a composition whether you are new to watercolor or an experienced painter.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $1,695 painters, $1,495 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Gouache on the Go"
March 13-14, 2018
 

This workshop will transform your next adventure, be it by land, sea, or air! Gouache on the Go is perfect for those who prefer to stop and see, to absorb the world around them, and to paint. It is tailored to those who appreciate staying and painting in the moment instead of taking a picture and a shortcut to their destination. Larisa is a classically trained artist, and expert on color mixing. A talented and experienced teacher, she is known for generously sharing her extensive knowledge and her down to earth teaching style. Elevate your painting technique and explore the world of color, while increasing your understanding of composition.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Larisa Aukon, www.aukonlarisa.com
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Sketching for the Artist on the Go"
March 16-18, 2018
 

Students will learn how they can paint a sweet little 15 to 60 minute study while at a cafe with friends, relaxing at the pool, or on a park bench. By the end of this class students will be ready to paint on the go almost anywhere. Students will learn different ways to handle the watercolor medium, layering for value and how to not overwork their paintings. Students will meet at the school the first morning and will head out to paint on location throughout the valley.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Workshop with George Van Hook: Approaches and Techniques"
March 20-22, 2018
 

George thinks of his paintings as primarily a visual response to the selected environment, be it landscape, figure or still life. “I want the color to be beautiful and the drawing firm and secure. The paintings are a marriage of external and internal forces – what emerges on the canvas should be a reflection of both the beauty of the world and the artist’s most inner response." Van Hook has been involved in Plein Air competitions, and has won numerous awards. He was invited by Plein Air magazine to be a live instructor at the Plein Air National Convention, 2015 in Monterrey, CA and released an instructional film, “How to Paint Impressionism Outdoors” by George Van Hook.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: George Van Hook
Cost: $450/400
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Studio - Painting Convincing Water"
March 22-29, 2018
 

This will be a three-day studio intensive study of all aspects of getting water to look right in your painting. All mediums are welcome, however demonstrations will be in oil. This will be a course for artists already experienced in their medium and have a desire to learn the how and why's of painting water. Tom is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artist and currently sits on their Board.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Tom Nielsen
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Experience the Wonders of Water-Based Media"
March 26-30, 2018
 

This is an experimental workshop allowing abstract design to dictate the subject matter. This is usually done with a combination of Watercolor, Acrylic, Gouache and Gesso (white). This workshop will include painting figures, wildlife, and florals. Mort will demo each morning and will work with students in the afternoon. He may request to paint directly on student’s work with their approval. Mort will be giving a slide presentation to explain his process. Each student may bring three pieces of their own work for class critique.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Morten E. Solberg, www.mortenesolberg.com
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"How to Paint Loose and Atmospheric Watercolors"
April 2-6, 2018
 

Learn how to paint luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal values, color and edge. In this class, Frank will share advanced painting techniques to create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Topics will include design and composition, color and lighting, positives and negatives, simplification of shape, and atmospheric effects. Frank’s watercolor workshops reach beyond technique, encouraging individual expression and observing the elusive balance of forces that create beauty in painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Frank Eber, www.frankeber.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Composing in Color"
April 2-6, 2018
 

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


"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


"Plein Air in Southern Utah"
April 6-9, 2018
 

Kate Starling lives in the town of Rockville, Utah, just outside Zion National park, and has spent 20 years painting the area’s canyons and along its back roads. Join Kate for a four day workshop to explore the beauty of the high desert and paint with her at some of her favorite spots. She demonstrates (in oil) the outdoor painting techniques required in capturing the shifting light and color of the outdoors. Working in small to mid-size format the class will paint several field studies with a focus on composition, value, color, and cohesion of the major masses.
 
Location: Rockville, Utah
Instructor: Kate Starling, www.kstarling.com
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"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, Oregon
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"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


"Watercolor Portraits from Life"
April 9-11, 2018
 

In this workshop, Annette will guide students through her practical approach for drawing and painting the portrait in watercolor working from a live model. Annette will cover how to draw a convincing head through observation of facial structure, features, and shadow pattern. She will also explain materials, techniques for handling color, mixing flesh tones, brushwork, and controlling edges. Also discussed will be, understanding water to paint ratio, and how to control the medium when painting vertically. There will be a demo each morning with time for students to draw and paint in the afternoon. The first day, students will concentrate on smaller, quick studies to gain confidence with technique. This class is geared toward having fun, sharpening drawing skills, and painting expressively in watercolor.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Annette Smith, www.annettesmithfineart.com
Cost: $300 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Color Confidence"
April 12-15, 2018
 

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


"Art and Culture in the Balearic Islands, Mallorca, Spain"
April 14-21, 2018
 

A Plein Air Painting Retreat. Our days are filled with on-site drawing and painting capturing the colors of the sea and the abundant vegetation of this famous Mediterranean island. Evenings are time for talks over a glass of wine about the history and culture of Mallorca. Excursions include a visit to the Robert Graves museum in Deya, the local farmer's market and other historical sites. Guided hikes are available. Our home base is La Serranía in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains.
 
Location: Pollensa, Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov and Jorge Anchondo
Cost: $1950
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Website, email, 970 318-8444


"Mastering Water Media, Acrylic and Watercolor"
April 16-20, 2018
 

In this exciting workshop, students will explore painting techniques for capturing the luminous qualities of light in their work. Capturing the beauty of light through studying temperatures of light and shadow, visual movement and value/color relationship will be demonstrated daily. Still life, landscape, skyscape and architectural subjects will be in focus as well as adding figures in a painting. As a Master in the American Impressionist Society, Carr will be emphasizing the “how-tos” in achieving dynamic and impressionistic paintings using painterly brushwork in both watercolor and acrylic. Massing and organizing darks and lights, importance of drawing and the value sketch, atmospheric and linear perspective will also be covered. Individual instruction, daily demonstrations and critiques.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Landscape in the Studio"
April 26-28, 2018
 

Artists will receive challenging group and individualized instruction in studio painting. Dee will observe the artists’ works and help them to improve rather than change their individual styles. The emphasis will be on learning to see value changes, color temperatures, and composition. We will be building arrangements of abstract shapes that will form a strong foundation for the painting. There will be extensive studies on color temperature and value that will make the students’ paintings “sing” and vibrate with evocative color. The remainder of the day will be spent painting and Dee will be working with artists on an individual basis. Instruction will be with oils, however all mediums are welcome.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Dee Beard Dean
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"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 in Spain: Travel Journal Workshop"
April 30 - May 7, 2018
 

This region is a journaling artist’s paradise. My pre-trip instructions and photos will help you arrive ready to capture the experiences with a keen knowledge of design basics, drawing and unique planning page compositions. Developed as a ‘journal key’ this will also include ideas for cohesive graphics, page edges and calligraphy. Using watercolors as a primary medium, the fun begins with introducing multi-media, iridescent highlighting, aquarelle pencil, found collage/tracing, nature printing, pop-up 3-D sculpture, origami and more. Your pages will come alive and move in vibrant style, interactive surprises and tactile details as you learn to embrace the imagery into a cherished work of art. Join us as we explore the breathtakingly beautiful landscape and architecturally unique villages of the Costa Brava.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Cherry Sweig, www.cherrysweig.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Figures and Animals from a Photo Reference"
May 3-4, 2018
 

This 2-day workshop will concentrate on painting animals on Day 1 and human figures on Day 2 as well as the application of paint with correct values, leaving lost and found edges for interest and movement, and integrating the foreground with the background to make a cohesive painting. Participants will learn to leverage their contour drawing as a guide (not a border) as the basis for building form with the use of glazes and washes. This is an excellent workshop for gaining confidence in painting both animal and human forms, upgrading ones painting ability, and learning to be more analytical of your own and other’s paintings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"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


"Watercolor Sketching On Location: Italy with Anne Kullaf"
May 5-11, 2018
 

A watercolor sketch can say so much with a few properly placed strokes in just the right color and value. In this workshop, we will concentrate on identifying and capturing the essential elements of the places we visit–the things that evoke the unique feelings we experience during our travels that we will want to remember most when we return home. The sunlight on warm terra cotta, the petals of sunflowers and the old world feeling of the plazas, churches and fountains. Most important of all, we will have a relaxed learning experience in a supportive atmosphere where everyone is encouraged to learn at their own pace in one of the most beautiful places in the world!
 
Location: Siena, Italy
Instructor: Anne Kullaf
Cost: $3,595 Shared, $4,195 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"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


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 14-21, 2018
 

When you paint a place, you really get to know it. Plein Air is not just a record of what you see but how that place makes you feel. Join Kristi in a magical place and learn how to tell your story with the magical medium of watercolor. We will cover basic techniques which will give you the language needed to communicate visually. Design & composition is one of Kristi’s strong suits and she will demonstrate on site with lots of individual help as needed. We will strive for a relationship with the medium, learn to trust what the paint does on its own and recognize those “happy accidents” when they occur! Be brave & confident…no more wimpy watercolors!
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Kristi Grussendorf, kristigrussendorf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Capturing the Tuscan Light in Plein Air"
May 16-23, 2018
 

Discover the effects of light in painting the beautiful countryside around Cortona en plein air. William (Bill) Rogers will demonstrate in both the oil and watercolor mediums. He will help painters of all levels develop a more acute sense of observation as well as learn techniques to simplify and translate their observations into paint. Bill will start each onsite session with a different problem to resolve and will do a small demo to illustrate possible solutions. This will be followed by students working on their own projects while Bill circulates with a clipboard and a painting surface to show students, with mini side demos, particular strategies for their unique painting- such as colour mixing, paint handling, drawing, and composition.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: William Rogers CSPWC TWSA SCA
Cost: From US$2790.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


"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


"'The essence of scenery' Watercolor Studio in NY"
May 23-25, 2018
 

3-day workshop In-Studio. Academically trained master watercolorist Vladislav Yeliseyev will show you how to quickly capture the essence of the scenery with dynamic and powerful impressionistic approach. The artwork’s main message must be heard loud and clear and Vlad will show you how it is done in watercolor. Vlad is a professional drawing and watercolor teacher year round at Renaissance School of Art in Sarasota Florida and he knows how to make progress with his students. It does not matter if you are the beginner, intermediate or advanced level because his method of teaching through an individual approach.
 
Location: Newburgh, New York
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost:
Sponsor: Marguerite Meyerson
Website, email


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 25 - June 1, 2018
 

The most enjoyable painting I do is when I paint outdoors. There is an intimacy and sense of “being there” that only occurs when you take the time to slow down and record your surroundings in watercolor- and what surroundings we will have! Join me in Tuscany for a truly memorable week! We will tour daily with an easy schedule of demonstration, one on one critique, and group discussions designed to build your confidence and ability alike. You may paint or explore or do both on any given day. I will be there to guide you through my approach to painting en plein air and help you take your watercolors to the next level! Indulge your creative and adventurous spirit with a painting holiday in Tuscany!
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Iain Stewart, iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


"Realistic Watercolor Landscapes"
June 1-2, 2018
 

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


"Color and Light: Tuscany with Marjorie Glick (All Mediums)"
June 2-9, 2018
 

This will be a relaxing and inspiring painting workshop and artists’ re-treat in the Chianti Region of Tuscany, Italy. We will stay in an authentic 11th century monastery, San Fedele, which has been recently restored to modern first class lodging accommodations while retaining an old-world authenticity. We will paint daily, either on site or on short field trips to view charming villages, olive groves and the beautiful, romantic Tuscan country- side. The workshop is offered through Il Chiostro. Artists of all levels and mediums are welcome and will leave enriched by this experience.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $2950
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Website, email, 617-787-3086


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 3-10, 2018
 

Dreaming of painting in Provence? Join Kathy Rennell Forbes for daily painting demos and hands on instruction in the incandescent light of Provence. You will learn about composition, mixing colors and capturing the outdoor landscapes of the great masters. We will travel light with just a small bag of watercolor supplies and journal to paint your golden memories while exploring this magical destination. Kathy encourages your own painting style while sharing her watercolor secrets. There will be ample time to explore the area’s treasures and history while enjoying wine and conversation with Kathy and the group at the end of each day. This is a great workshop for beginner and intermediate painters who want to enhance their watercolors skills while traveling.
 
Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, artbykrf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"The Contemporary Impressionist Landscape"
June 3-5, 2018
 

In many ways, Impressionism still defines the way contemporary landscape painters approach color. The Impressionists filled their paintings with brilliant color and created an entirely new coloristic metaphor for depicting natural light. In this workshop, you will learn the key to working with this “color-priority” system: that in order for the purer colors to serve as a stand-in for the luminosity of natural light, darker tonalities are rejected in favor of lighter-value colors. Strong value contrasts are replaced by color contrasts. Impressionists worked from life, but in this workshop, we will work from photographs, in the more controlled environment of the studio, where you will be able to absorb lessons at a comfortable pace. Suitable for oil, acrylic, pastel or watercolor.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Watercolor Painting in Tuscany"
June 6-13, 2018
 

Let’s go paint under the Tuscan sun in beautiful Cortona, Italy. We will work to capture not only the beauty and color of the ancient hills, but also bring out the emotion and flavour of the place in our paintings. We will work daily on different scenes and manage to build a substantial portfolio of paintings by the end of the week. This will be a trip of a life-time. Something you will never forget and cherish all the time.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Zan Barrage
Cost: From US$2790.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


"Painting in Provence: Journal Sketching and Watercolor Workshop"
June 6-13, 2018
 

Join artist Sandy Delehanty for her 7th trip with French Escapade. Each day Jackie will find us a lovely location where we will sit in a shady spot, sketch the scene in front of us, and absorb the sounds and aromas around us. You will learn to capture the color of your surroundings in watercolor and add your thoughts in writing. You will return home with a lovely Story Book filled with memories of your trip and a new way of looking at the world. Immerse yourself in sketching, beauty, and fun during this weeklong escapade to beautiful Provence!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Sandy Delehanty, www.sandydelehanty.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Birgit O'Connor Watercolor Workshop"
June 11-15, 2018
 

Not only will you learn Birgit's big & bold techniques, you will also learn to compose your own. Students also have the opportunity to bring their own reference material to create new designs. We will take a morning field trip to gather source material at the beach down the street and with our numerous sketches and photos we will walk back to the studio to learn how to compose effective and exciting designs to paint large watercolors. Whatever the subject matter - students are always amazed with their results in Birgit's class. Have fun putting the water back into watercolor, watch color move as if by magic and learn to simplify what you see and say more with less.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Birgit O'Connor, www.birgitoconnor.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
June 11-15, 2018
 

Though often viewed as intimidating and challenging, painting the figure can be just as approachable as a still life and landscape, and brings with its accomplishment a unique satisfaction and reward. Ted will discuss the pitfalls and pluses of painting from photographic reference as well as how to achieve spontaneity, character, and life in your paintings. Class will include daily demonstrations and one-on-one interaction with class members. As Ted shares the specific techniques he uses to bring excitement to his figurative work, you will find your paintings taking on a new life. And, experience great fun in the process! Ted Nuttall is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and Watercolor West.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost:
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Studio Italia 2018"
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 we have participants who have joined us three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Price of $3.150 CAD (around $2520 US as of July 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!
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 2550
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, (800) 611-4789


"Painting Mediterranean Villages: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 14-21, 2018
 

Join me on this wonderful trip to the South of France! Having been there numerous times, I can say my love for this absolutely delightful region of France has stood the test of time. This will be my fourth time teaching for French Escapade. Medieval villages, narrow streets, the azur blue Mediterranean sea, friendly people, charming villages, scrumptious food and wine, everything conjured up in the image of Southern France awaits us! Please join us as we explore and paint outdoors while enjoying the joie de vivre the region has to offer. If you're looking for a cozy, personalized therefore very special painting holiday organized by a tour operator who is completely bicultural and bilingual, this is it.
 
Location: Vence, France
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein Air Essentials"
Ongoing - web/online
 

Have you always wanted to paint en plein air, outdoors, but didn't know how to begin? Then this is the course for you! Online web course includes downloadable textbook and a series of videos to get you going. In this course, award-winning painter Michael Chesley Johnson will teach you the basics. Supplemental material available for more advanced painters. All levels of painter will benefit from this course.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $10.00
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email


"Paint Tuscany with Michael Chesley Johnson"
June 16-23, 2018
 

Join Michael Chesley Johnson for a relaxing, fun-filled week of exploring the Tuscan countryside with sketching materials in hand. You’ll visit ancient villages, artisan shops, wineries and markets, and delight in the unique experience of staying at Fattoria Bacio, a winery estate, at the start of a beautiful Tuscan summer. Michael's teaching will inspire you to dive in and explore these locations in the medium of your choice – and have fun doing it! Each day, he'll share his secrets of landscape sketching. Contributing Editor for The Artists Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Master Signature Member American Impressionist Society, Signature Member Pastel Society of America.
 
Location: Certaldo Alto, Italy
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: € 2,200 and up
Sponsor: Artravelitaly
Website, email, +39 377 2709500


"Watercolor Painting Workshop in Switzerland"
June 17-27, 2018
 

Mel Stabin is an internationally known teacher, author, and watercolorist. For over twenty-five years Mel has conducted watercolor workshops with groups on location throughout the country and abroad. We will fly into Zurich where we will stay overnight. The next morning we will go to beautiful Lauderbrunnen a village tucked into the Swiss Alps. While we will be surrounded by towering Alps and many waterfalls, the village is at a comfortable 2600ft so you will not have any problem with the altitude. We will stay in our village the whole time as there is much to paint and we will take a few day trips to the surrounding areas. See website for suggested watercolor supply list.
 
Location: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Instructor: Mel Stabin, www.melstabin.com
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Frank Eber Watercolor Workshop"
June 18-22, 2018
 

Frank shares watercolor techniques for creating balance and unity in your work. Time sensitive and challenging wet-on- wet and dry-on-wet approaches as well as composition will be addressed. There will be discussion and demonstration on composition as well as the 'state of mind' while painting. Frank breaks all this down to help students absorb all aspects of painting techniques. This will be an indoor and outdoor workshop as weather permits. Frank is an award-winning watercolor artist and Signature member of the American Watercolor Society (AWS), the National Watercolor Society (NWS), the Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA) and Watercolor West (WW). He is also a juried member of the prestigious California Art Club.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Frank Eber, www.frankeber.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Impressions of Umbria in Watercolor"
June 21 - July 5, 2018
 

Painting Trip. Join me for a painting workshop in a beautifully restored Capuchin monastery from the 16th century surrounded by olive groves in the foothills of the Apennines mountains. Lodging and great local meals by Umbrian chefs are included! Take tours in a modern bus available for us 24/7 for trips to the beautiful hill-towns of Umbria, Lazio and Tuscany. Classes are held in La Romita’s frescoed chapel, day trips (plein air painting and excursions) are held to the various scenic hill towns that dot the region, and all students experience the sweeping vistas, exquisite food, and warm hospitality that the region offers.
 
Location: Terni - Umbria Region, Italy
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost:
Sponsor: La Romita School of Art
Website, email, 1-855-4ROMITA (476-6482); 202-337-3120


"Watercolor Painting and Journaling Workshop in Provence"
June 23-30, 2018
 

Infuse the beauty, charm and colors of Provence into your watercolor paintings with the experienced guidance of instructors, Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs. They love teaching together and you get the benefit of two instructors in this small group workshop. Imagine painting in the height of lavendar season as you create captivating compositions with dynamic color statements, creative textures, luminescent light, and add calligraphy and your memories to your paintings if you wish. Recognized by Plein Air Magazine for their workshops and Daniel Smith Fine Art Watercolors for their mastery of watercolors, the duo expertly share how to enjoy the process, loosen up and manipulate both opaque and transparent watercolors.
 
Location: Avignon, France
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


"Painting in Provence: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
July 2-9, 2018
 

The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in Provence is the sheer breadth of subjects to choose from — that, and the near-magical light and colour of this unique part of the world. In our week together I'll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in villages and towns, as well as the distant and scenic in French landscapes. We'll sketch iconic market scenes, fields of lavender in bloom, hillside towns and panoramas. In true travel sketching tradition, we'll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool. This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are. We'll work spontaneously, and I'll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful.
 
Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2018"
July 2-13, 2018
 

A seven-day plein-air 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. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne when the lavender is in its glory, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of $3585 CAD (around US$2760 as of July 2017) 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!
 
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2760
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Watercolor Painting"
July 10-12, 2018
 

Paint the summer colors at this beautiful and historic location overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River Valley while relaxing in the comfort of the Gibson House Inn. This workshop will focus on plein air landscape painting with some classroom instruction and will be open to all abilities. Born 1954, in Rochester, NY, Robert O'Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for thirty years. Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on landscape and architectural studies. The artist finds beauty in the ordinary, subtle reminders of everyday life in rural New England. In his own words, he is driven "to capture the vanishing landscape in my paintings" before they disappear forever as a result of the steady hand of "progress."
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Robert O'Brien, www.robertjobrien.com
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Watercolor: Painting the Essence"
July 16-18, 2018
 

Barabara's workshops are for all who want to gain a deeper understanding of the creative process of painting, are willing to be flexible, take risks, have fun, be intuitive and inventive. You will not be using rules and formulas yet still the emphasis will be on concept, color and design. Students receive tools to stimulate their creative imagination to produce original design in their own personal statements. This workshop is also suitable for repeat students as the experience will be new and different every time. Nechis demonstrates a different method or idea each day, using various techniques to show you how to construct original paintings from both source material and your imagination. You may work with either abstract or realistic forms.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Barbara Nechis, barbaranechis.com
Cost: $449
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Watercolor Painting Workshop in Bali"
August 5-17, 2018
 

We are so excited to return to Bali, one of our favorite destinations! We will spend the first half of our time in Ubud in bungalows tucked into the forest where you will experience a new culture, dances, new foods, interesting traditions, museums and special ceremonies. You may also want to take advantage of the great shopping or a massage on the beach. We will also spend some time in Candi Dasa to relax, swim in the Indian Ocean or in the lovely pool at our hotel. Ken Goldman will help you fill your sketchbook with colorful memories of this wonderful island. We will work with light equipment so you are free to visit several spots each day to draw and paint.
 
Location: Bali, Indonesia
Instructor: Ken Goldman, NWS, AWS
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
August 25 - September 1, 2018
 

This workshop will satisfy the artistic soul in every artist. Not only is the scenery is to die for, (I mean it is the gorgeous French Alps after all), but our host (Jackie Grandchamps, founder of French Escapade) looks after us so well, you won’t want to go home! Although students are encouraged to work in whatever medium they prefer, Rae will be demonstrating her techniques in pastels and some watercolor; however she will give ‘at easel’ instruction in the medium of the individual’s choice. A painter of many genres, Rae’s style is loose and free in whatever media she chooses.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Rae Andrews, www.raeandrews.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Karlyn Holman Watercolor Workshop"
August 27-30, 2018
 

Karlyn's workshops welcome beginners, but also offer the experienced watercolorist advanced skills and problem solving. These are workshops students love to repeat! Lectures, demos and critiques are daily fare. Enthusiastic and informational demonstrations, critiques and individual guidance are part of the daily adventure. Karlyn Holman is completely immersed in the world of art and is a dedicated traveling workshop instructor. She has written five instructional books on watercolor.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Karlyn Holman, karlynholman.com
Cost: $549
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Exploring Watercolor"
August 27-30, 2018
 

Watercolor paintings can be so much more than a checklist of watercolor technique. David Daniels goes beyond the basics of paint application, and teaches how to construct strong, vibrant, personality filled paintings. Technique is very important to this discipline, but it is the composition of your painting that will engage your viewer. When strong compositions and thoughtful technique are combined, it is an unbeatable combination. David shows how to carefully construct a watercolor using preliminary sketches and value studies. He will also demonstrate his methods of using multiple glazes of wet-into-wet passages to achieve unsurpassed brilliance as well as the use of masking agents to achieve jewel-like clarity. This class is open to students of all levels of watercolor experience.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: David R. Daniels, mrwatercolor.com
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 2-9, 2018
 

Come explore the magnificient French Alps with us! In this workshop Frank will share intermediate and advanced watercolor plein air techniques based on tonal values that create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Whether painting a french market scene, a farm or landscape, learn the secrets to painting luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal value, color and edge! Basic watercolor background washes will be covered, as well as time sensitive and challenging wet-on-wet and dry-on wet techniques. Frank does numerous demos on site, broken up into parts, to help students keep up and absorb all aspects of painting techniques. Included are discussions and demonstrations on composition, direct color mixing, positive and negative painting as well as the 'state of mind' while painting.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Frank Eber, frankeber.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 3-10, 2018
 

We will paint and creatively savor the essence of Spain in all of its warm sunshine, vivid colors, and rich splendor by creating a simple, creative, handmade travel sketchbook. Trish will help you develop and translate some of your favorite moments from the sketches into paintings. Join us for an unforgettable art holiday in Spain!
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Trish McKinney, www.trishmckinney.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting the Landscape in Tuscany & Umbria"
September 8-15, 2018
 

This workshop is open to artists of all media, though Judith will work in oils. Mineral spirits for oil painters is provided. An art supply shop is located in Cortona and offers a range of art supplies. The itinerary accommodates morning and afternoon art sessions with the exception of the full-day wine tour to Montalcino, Pienza & Montepulciano. Included is a day in Siena and a half-day trip to Lake Trasimeno! In the event of inclement weather in Cortona indoor space or covered outdoor space will be provided. Non-artists can enjoy sightseeing, shopping and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of classic Italian caffes and piazzas!! Don't forget to bring a camera to record your experience and bring your memories home!
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Judith D'Agostino
Cost: From US$3149.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


"Keiko Tanabe Watercolor Workshop: Painting Outdoors En Plein Air"
September 10-13, 2018
 

Designed for those who would like to gain a better understanding of methods and techniques that create paintings with strong impact. The goal is to capture the essence of the subject through the simplification process. The ability to do so and quickly is especially useful when painting en plein air. The process of simplification begins with visualization. In representational art, this ability to see the result of a painting is instrumental in realizing an artist’s vision. Through various exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, Keiko shows how you can take the initial inspiration through the simplification process to an expressive painting that is strong in composition and content. We will paint different subjects every day, en plein-air weather permitting.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $559
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Paint Ireland with Watercolor Artist Angela Fehr"
September 10-15, 2018
 

What could be more of a dream come true for an artist than to paint the world? Join watercolor artist Angela Fehr for a destination workshop focused on growing your watercolor skills while exploring the scenery and villages of Ireland. This six-day workshop combines sightseeing and painting, as we explore Ireland; taking in the beauty of the natural landscape and historic sites in half-day tours, sketching en plein air on occasion, then returning to the studio to paint our impressions of what we’ve experienced through loose, intuitive painting focused on personal expression and heartfelt emotion. Join us in this cultural, historic and creative wonderland of coastal cliffs and postcard-perfect countryside.
 
Location: Ballina, Ireland
Instructor: Angela Fehr
Cost: $3,125 Shared, $3,625 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 17-24, 2018
 

I am very passionate about sharing my creativity and art with others and helping them gain access to that part of themselves, whether they are a beginning artist or a seasoned professional. My students have given me the nickname "The Art Whisperer" so I hope that you will find something to inspire, move you to engage more each day with art and the creative process in my workshop. I will give you the tools you need to simplify what you see when painting on location and break it up into manageable shapes and values. We will build on those strong foundations and learn about colour mixing, colour harmony, colour temperature and mood to help express yourself fully and paint what you really feel.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Georgia Mansur, www.georgiamansur.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein Air Lake Como"
September 19-26, 2018
 

Capture the glorious colors of Italy’s Lake Como, in this week long plein air painting workshop with Victoria Brooks. Victoria teaches primarily in oil but also teaches in acrylic and watercolor. She will teach you how to paint water and reflections, capturing colorful architecture and quaint vignettes against grand skies and the cobalt blue of Lake Como. Victoria teaches the methods of simplicity to help you get the next level, whether you are a beginner or experienced painter you will grow as an artist and come home with beautiful painting studies to document your trip. She will work to encourage your personal style. Sharing the steps she takes, she will cover: Story, Composition, Technique, Color, Values and Edges.
 
Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Victoria Brooks
Cost: From US$3440.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 21-28, 2018
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Tuscany, Italy! We'll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Brenda Swenson is the author of two artists' books: Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have also been featured in numerous other books and magazines. Space is very limited (max 10 participants/workshop).
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 29 - October 6, 2018
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Tuscany, Italy! We'll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Brenda Swenson is the author of two artists' books: Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have also been featured in numerous other books and magazines. Space is very limited (max 10 participants/workshop).
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 30 - October 7, 2018
 

I am very passionate about sharing my creativity and art with others and helping them gain access to that part of themselves, whether they are a beginning artist or a seasoned professional. My students have given me the nickname "The Art Whisperer" so I hope that you will find something to inspire, move you to engage more each day with art and the creative process in my workshop. I will give you the tools you need to simplify what you see when painting on location and break it up into manageable shapes and values. We will build on those strong foundations and learn about colour mixing, colour harmony, colour temperature and mood to help express yourself fully and paint what you really feel.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Georgia Mansur, www.georgiamansur.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
October 3-13, 2018
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Ten full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group critiques and gourmet cuisine/wine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost is CAD 3150 or the equivalent in American dollars at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,550 as of Sept. 2017). Cost includes: art instruction, ten-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting/visiting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Assisi, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2550
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, (800) 611-4789


"San Miguel de Allende with Don Andrews"
Ocotober 28 - November 3, 2018
 

Join us for our first ever workshop celebration during the Day of the Dead. Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and celebrated by people of Mexican heritage in many other countries, especially the United States. The festival is celebrated with marigolds, paper decorations, food and people dressed in vibrant costumes with their faces painted. Don Andrews will be our instructor. He is a nationally known painter, author and instructor recognized for his figure paintings and his landscapes with glowing granular washes and vibrant light.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Don Andrews
Cost: $1,695 painters, $1,495 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


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

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


"Self-Study Painting Courses: Notan"
Begin your course any time
 

Why does a certain painting win first place in an art competitions? The answer lies a lot in the harmonious arrangement of black and white in the painting. A synthetic arrangement of dark and light creates an impression of beauty, regardless of either the colors used or of the subject matter. This is called "notan" from the Japanese word that means dark/light harmony. The idea is simple, but effective notan paintings are hard to do. It requires an understanding of dominant values and how to flatten values into a narrow value range. This course will help you strengthen your paintings with a simplified value transition structure.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Cost:
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


"Self-Study Painting Courses: Design & Composition"
Begin your course any time
 

This module introduces all the basic concepts in design and composition. We cover all the key principles and illustrate them with both examples of how to do it, and how not to do it. These courses cover important principles such as: how to layout the space in your painting effectively, how to increase the interest in your painting, how to control your viewer's eye movement, and how to utilize design elements effectively. A solid understanding of the principles in this module is essential to the visual music of your work.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Cost:
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


"Self-Study Painting Courses: Color"
Begin your course any time
 

Color is what makes a painting exciting, and color harmony is what makes a painting beautiful. However, color is a complex topic and takes years to master. Here are some of the things you will learn: Grays: how to use them to make your color stand out; Color notans: exploring color strategies faster; Complementary, analogous, triadic, and tonal color schemes; how to diagnose color harmony problems; The Munsell color wheel: how to get more accurate complements; Pigment biases: how to use biases to get purer colors; Limited palettes: how to get color harmonies quickly; and Color dragging.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Cost:
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


"Self-Study Painting Courses: Brushwork"
Begin your course any time
 

Brushwork (and how you apply dry media such as pastel or graphite) enhances the visual music of your work by giving it a second level of abstraction. If you zoom in on any part of the painting, it becomes an abstract painting in itself. This is one of those other skills that differentiates the real master artists. Here are some of the things you will learn in these courses: Basic brushwork techniques, Descriptive brushwork, Creating focal areas, Using suggestion, Edge variation, Optical color mixing.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Cost:
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


"Self-Study Painting Courses: Visual Poetry & Music"
Begin your course any time
 

In this course you will learn how to take into account both the abstract and representational aspects of a painting. A painting consists of visual poetry combined with visual music. The poetry of a painting is what the artist is trying to communicate to the viewer through his or her painting, and the emotion that is elicited from the viewer. The music of a painting is its sensuous, non-intellectual part. It derives from the physiological pleasure the human brain gets from making visual order out of the visual chaos of nature. Combine the two in the right way and you have a very powerful painting.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Cost:
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


"Open Painting Studio"
Ongoing
 

Have you wanted to spend more time painting? Has it been difficult to find a block of time or a place to be a bit messy? Join us at Winslow Art Center for our Open Painting Studio. Set aside a few hours to fearlessly drip paint with other painters! All mediums are welcome. Space is limited!
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor:
Cost: $50 buys a 4-session punch card (Drop-in $15)
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"5 Day Plein-Air Watercolor Workshop, Barcelona"
Year round
 

This is an opportunity to enjoy a 5-day plein-air intensive urban watercolor workshop in the heart of Barcelona. Professional artist Paul Raymonde and his wife Angela run this unusual city based painting course in one of Europe’s most beautiful metropolis'. The week's curriculum is carefully structured to cover all aspects of technique. Starting with simple value studies it rapidly progresses to full colour paintings. Classes are held in the mornings leaving visitors time to explore the sights and culture of Barcelona. All abilities are welcome.
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Paul Raymonde
Cost: from €400 EUR
Sponsor: La Terraza Atico
Website, email, +24611360131


"Mesmerizing with Metallic & Interference Paints"
Begin any time
 

Add drama, flair & mystery to your paintings with interference paints and metallics. Be dramatic or subtle. The choice is yours…limited only by your imagination. You’ll learn easily with close-up on demand video and clear explanations. The camera is 3 feet from my brush. You see each brushstroke. Watch as often as you like. You’ll learn something new and get new ideas every time you watch. Connect with your creative spirit & have fun. The best art comes from creative play. I designed this class for all levels of experience. I’ve included some basic painting instruction so beginners can benefit. Experienced painters will enjoy learning how to master these versatile paints.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $85
Website, email, 281-330-3827


"Art Coaching Workshop"
One week, all year round
 

In this Art Coaching Workshop you will explore your creativity through non- academic art exercises, using painting and drawing with mixed-media. You will develop trust in intuition, expand your sense of freedom and possibility, and explore unknown aspects of yourself as creator of meanings. The Art Coaching Workshop is a great opportunity for people with no experience, beginners as well as advanced artists. Play and flow are encouraged, using breathing, body work, relaxing techniques and sound design as well. The final artwork will be the result of your presence in the here and now, in the inspirational city of Barcelona. Fee includes all materials + 2 guided tours.
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Marta Mandolini
Cost: 950 €
Sponsor: Libremente Art
Website, email, 0034 619164632


"Open Studios"
November thru April
 

Make room for your creativity this winter. This is the time we open our light-filled, generously appointed studios to individuals and groups in search of a space for self-directed creativity. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work. If you have special equipment or studio needs, please let us know ahead of time. Shared studio space is available for rent Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy the luxury of an expansive workspace without having to set up or take down your materials during the continuous length of your rental. Other amenities include unlimited complementary hot coffee in our Guenzel Gallery and full kitchen privileges.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Private Painting Lessons in Watercolor or Acrylic"
By Appointment
 

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


 

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