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Capturing Spring in Watercolor
May 31 - June 2, 2017 (9am-12:30pm) — Focusing on the colors, shapes, and textures of springtime florals and landscapes, create watercolor paintings with Kari as your guide. You will use negative painting methods and shapes to explore compositional strategies. In addition to demonstrations and guided painting sessions, Kari will discuss colors found in spring landscapes and painterly techniques to depict orchards, daffodils, trilliums, and tulips. You will have the opportunity to work independently in the afternoons. Open to beginning students and above, however some prior drawing experience is recommended to get the most out of this workshop. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kari Anderson, www.KariAndersonWatercolors.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $175, Non-Members: $195
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Landscape at Morris Arborteum
June 2-30, 2017 (Fridays, 10:30am-3:30pm) — Enjoy painting the diversity found at Morris Arboretum, an extraordinary 92-acre public garden. Picturesque subject matter includes foliage and flowers in a garden setting, tree specimens, and outdoor sculpture. Lessons in painting will be accompanied by demonstration and lecture. All media welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $350
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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In-Depth Watercolor - Session 1
June 2-30, 2017 (Fridays, 9am-5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: James Toogood
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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European Impressions in Watercolor
June 2, 2017 (10am - 3pm) — How to paint the essence of old medieval European towns. 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". Visit website


Location: Bradenton, FL
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Keeton's Art Supply
Cost: $75
Email: Frank
Phone: 941-747-2995

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Capturing the Tuscan Light in Plein Air
June 3-10, 2017 — Come and paint en plein air in the warmth of the Tuscan sun in Cortona, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Tuscany! 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. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: William Rogers CSPWC TWSA SCA
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 3314229047

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Travel Journaling in Tuscany
June 3-10, 2017 — Day 1 arrive and enjoy wine tasting and dinner. Day 2 Arezzo Antique Market. Day 3 workshop after breakfast building our foundations for our unique Travel journals. After lunch we will walk about Cortona to explore thrift store, stunning places for photos and places of interest for supplies! Day 4 tips and techniques to implement into our journals. Day 5 Florence and tour the Uffizi Gallery. Day 6 is dedicated to studio time! In the evening hands-on Tuscan cooking class and dinner! Day 7 our last day to finish up our Travel Journals-make sure you have saved a postcard from your excursion we will be doing something fun! Be ready for a week of paint, stamping, decoupage and so much more! Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Chris Nichols Randall
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3290.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 3314229047

Advanced Level

Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana
June 3-10, 2017 (All Day) — 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. Visit website


Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,700 - US$2,950
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Plein Air in Tuscany's Val d'Orcia with Larry Moore
June 3-10, 2017 — Join a small group of artists for plein air painting, camaradie, and fun in the classically beautiful Val d'Orcia region of Tuscany. Photos of the Val d'Orcia grace the covers of almost every book about Tuscany. I promise that the beauty of this area will not disappoint! Neither will you be disappointed in the instruction provided by artist Larry Moore. Larry is a wonderful artist and a great teacher! Workshop is open to all mediums as Larry is well versed in all. Workshop is limited to a maximum of 8 participants to allow maximum one-on-one time between instructor and student. All levels are welcome. Artist fee includes 7 nights private room and bath, all breakfasts, and 4 group dinners. Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Larry Moore
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Cost: $2950/Single Occupancy-Private Bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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


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

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Painting by the Riverside
June 4 - July 9, 2017 (Sundays, 10am-3pm) — Feature the vibrant possibilities of still and moving water in your landscape compositions. Nearby parks and waterfronts provide varied subject matter, including foliage and watercraft. Learn to capture color and changing light at Bartram’s Garden, the Brandywine River Museum and other select locations. Instruction is geared to oil painting, but all media are welcome (No class on July 2). Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $350
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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


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

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Media on Paper
June 5 - July 3, 2017 (Mondays, 1-4pm) — Learn everything you need to know about materials and techniques for working on paper. Explore pencils, charcoals, pastels, inks and watercolors from a variety of subjects. Instruction addresses presentation, storage, and health risks. Includes a visit to PAFA’s Center for the Study of the American Artist to view master works on paper. Lab fee covers most materials. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $225, Lab Fee: $35
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting Cruise
June 5-9, 2017 — Cruise into history by joining this exciting 4 day painting cruise to the “island of freedom”. Itinerary: 4-day Cuba & Bahamas sailing roundtrip Miami w/ overnight in Havana and open bar! Workshop includes: two 3-hour painting sessions (one each day) in Havana; one 3-hour painting session in Bahamas; one session on board and plenty of time to pick Vlad’s brain during other times! Visit website


Location: Miami, FL
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Email: Marina
Phone: 941-330-6865

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting Cruise
June 5-9, 2017 — Cruise into history by joining this exciting 4 day painting cruise to the “island of freedom”. Itinerary: 4-day Cuba & Bahamas sailing roundtrip Miami w/ overnight in Havana and open bar! Workshop includes: two 3-hour painting sessions (one each day) in Havana; one 3-hour painting session in Bahamas; one session on board and plenty of time to pick Vlad’s brain during other times! Visit website


Location: Havana, Cuba
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Email: Marina
Phone: 941-330-6865

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting the Figure from Photographs
June 5-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Ted Nuttall
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $720 by April 5th; $770 after April 5th
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
June 5-8, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — 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! Visit website


Location: Lac Du Flambeau, WI
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Dillman's Art Retreats
Email: Stephanie
Phone: 715-588-3143

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Sketchbook to Studio
June 5-9, 2017 — In this workshop you will learn how to sketch on location in preparation for more studied studio pieces. After working on-site you will return to the studio, equipped with sketches and photographs, to begin a refined painting. Iain will show you how to translate the expressive energy from your sketch into a dynamic and thoughtful studio piece. You will learn how to choose dynamic views, create a pleasing composition, and most importantly how to edit information that is not needed to tell a story in your painting. There will be plenty of one-on-one time with Iain, as well as individual and group critiques. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level

Experimental Approaches to Paint Media
June 5-7, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this multi-faceted workshop, you will examine abstraction, materials, and process. Experimental methods with traditional media will provide you with techniques and inspiration to incorporate into your creative practice. Wendi will guide you through a series of explorations, including material investigations, collaborations, and personal expression exercises. These experiments will act as a framework for a set of finished, more complex works that address your individual artistic pursuits. Each day will include demonstrations, slide lectures of the work of contemporary artists, group discussion on making and defining art, and one-on-one instruction. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Wendi Turchan, www.WendiMichelleTurchan.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Advanced Level

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


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

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Watercolour Landscape Course
June 8-15, 2017 — This watercolour painting course is the perfect retreat for anyone wanting to explore their artistic potential, relax and rejuvenate through 3 yoga sessions. Enjoy the beauty of unrivaled views and tranquil sceneries with its many vineyards and olive groves dotted across the wide open landscape. With beautiful seasonal colours, greens and yellows lighting up the fields and rolling-hills at this time of year you won’t be short of inspiration. All materials are provided. Your experienced painting tutor will help you develop your confidence and skills. We will also visit ancient hill-top towns, the sea-side and historic cities where we sit and paint and simply soak up the atmosphere. Visit website


Location: Force, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $1,900
Email: John Skelcher
Phone: 00393349034401

Intermediate Level

Watercolor on Panel: A Whole New Way of Thinking
June 8-10, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Mat Barber Kennedy, www.MatBarberKennedy.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $470, Non-Members: $505
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Painting Castles and Gardens in the Loire Valley
June 9-16, 2017 — Embark on this eight day painting holiday which takes you on a journey of discovery through some of the most prominent chateaux and gardens of this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, appropriately named "the garden of France." Your paintings will be inspired by some of the grandest and most beautiful architectural structures in France like Chenonceau, Clos Luce and Amboise. What better places to create memories with paint! And let's not forget the Gourmet French food and wine!! The fee includes the Watercolor Painting and Journal Sketching Workshop (ink & watercolor), accommodation, all breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners including drinks, as well as entrance fees to all sites on the tour and a personal bilingual guide throughout the week. Visit website


Location: Loire Valley, France
Instructor: Sonja Hamilton, www.sonjahamilton.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Florence Watercolour Workshop
June 10-17, 2017 — Treat yourself to this fantastic opportunity to paint watercolours in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas. With this tour, you will learn to compose interesting urban scenes with famous landmarks as your focal points which will wow your friends and family alike! Locations may include the Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce, Il Duomo, The Boboli Gardens and views of the Arno. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: from $2,000
Email: John W. Skelcher
Phone: 00393349034401

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Watercolor Painting in Tuscany
June 10-17, 2017 — 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. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Zan Barrage
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3290.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 33144229047

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Color and Light Watercolor workshop with Marjorie Glick in Deer Isle
June 11-16, 2017 (9:30-3:00) — Bring your work to the next level as you explore watercolors elusive qualities of transparency and spontaneity with an accomplished artist who loves to teach. Learn to see and mix luminous color, and compose dynamic compositions. 5 day plein air watercolor workshop on the coast of Maine in beautiful Deer Isle- a haven for artists. It is a magical place with many islands amid sparkling blue waters, moss covered spruce forests and dramatic peach granite outcroppings. Daily demonstrations, individualized instruction and group critiques. Marjorie Glick is a painter of large scale lush colored realism watercolors. Her work has been described as being timelessly elegant and complex and is prized for its beauty and reverence for nature. For more info contact marjorieglick@mac.com Visit website


Location: Stonington, ME
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $600
Email: Marjorie Glick
Phone: 617-787-3086

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Let’s Boss Around Color (Pastel, Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor)
June 12-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Many artists are afraid to turn up the colour volume in their paintings. Most artists become stuck painting only the colours they see and are missing out on taking their work to the next level — and to making artistic statements. This session will help you bring more creative interest to your work no matter what subject matter you enjoy painting. During our time together we will also touch on these foundational topics as they relate to colour: harmony, values, underpainting and the power of greys. There will be many exercises designed to ground your learning by doing! There will also be time to work on your own paintings with plenty of support as you gain insight into a new way of looking at and bossing around colour. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Christine Camilleri
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $300
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Plein Air Safari - Zambia
June 12-23, 2017 — Adventure painting in the heart of Africa. This is an Art Safari: paint the landscape, sketch animals from life, photograph, and see amazing creatures in safe, stable, beautiful Zambia - "The Real Africa". This is a trip of a lifetime! Please write me an email: ringkat@usa.net, and I will send you the PDF describing the package. Visit website


Location: S. Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Instructor: non-instructed
Sponsor: Katerina Ring (with Abbondanza Toscana)
Cost: $5160 sharing
Email: Katerina Ring
Phone: 0039 339 6852860

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Composition Can Be Fun!
June 14-15, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Good composition makes your paintings stand out. Whether a painting is a still life, a landscape, wildlife, people, or an abstract — the underlying structure holds the painting together. Knowing compositional design tools can make you more creative, not less! You’ll also spend more time painting and less on fixing! Together we will identify the compositional and design tools at your disposal and put you in the designer seat. Among many things we will learn how to make Notans and thumbnails using photo references. You’ll find out how to use line, shape, values, colours, textures and so much more to help your creative story take shape. You’ll learn by doing and work on your own paintings to strengthen your compositional skills. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Christine Camilleri
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $300
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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


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

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Intermediate Level

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


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

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Advanced Level

Elements of Landscape
June 17-24, 2017 (All Day) — 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 Visit website


Location: Murlo, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,450 - US$2,810
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Italian Landscapes Painting Workshop with Yoga & Cooking
June 17-24, 2017 — Indulge in a variety of creative experiences and recharge your batteries through the power of Yoga. If you are passionate about all things Italian, then this course is for you. We will spend 6 mornings and two afternoons drawing, sketching and painting the beautiful local scenery and ancient hill-top towns. Your experienced and patient tutor will demonstrate and guide you through the use of various media. A great opportunity for beginners to explore different media and techniques. Experienced painters can create in stunning new surroundings and are invited to venture away from familiar media. Three 2 hour Hatha Yoga and and one fun cooking class are also included. Visit website


Location: Force, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $1,900
Email: John W. Skelcher

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Watercolor Workshop
June 17-18, 2017 (9am-5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: James Toogood
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $215
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Watercolor Painting Workshop in Italy
June 18-28, 2017 — Are you ready for your Italy Adventure? Fly into Milan, Malpensa airport and we will bring you to Bellagio.....a beautiful gem at the very center of the Lake Como region. We will base here for 10 nights, and explore the surrounding villages by ferry as we discover the many painting venues that this heavenly location has to offer. Visit website


Location: Bellagio, Italy
Instructor: Mel Stabin, AWS, NWS
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Email: Cris Weatherby
Phone: 858-518-0949

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
June 19-22, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — 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! Visit website


Location: Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Cuyahoga Valley Art Center
Email: Linda Nye
Phone: 330-928-8092

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All About Watercolor
June 19-23, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — Sterling demonstrates and discusses a variety of topics and techniques, finishing a painting in each morning demo. Some of the topics include: how to paint a wide variety of subjects, developing a strong composition, the expressive use of colors, overlapping shapes and much more. Participants are encouraged to find their own style with Sterling's gentle guidance along the way. A supportive and fun atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable to ask questions or request assistance with their painting. This inspiring experience will include constructive individual and group critiques. Sterling is well-versed in representational and abstract styles. Sterling is a contemporary watermedia master and has been teaching national and international painting workshops for over fifteen years. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Sterling Edwards
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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Watercolor Secrets of Russian Painting
June 19-23, 2017 — During this workshop, you will learn how to use the Alla Prima approach to create expressive works in watercolor. Konstantin will share his knowledge of this classic approach while utilizing contemporary techniques including wet-on-wet, dry brush, glazing, splashing, and masking. Students will also learn how to create convincing works without needing advanced drawing skills. The class schedule will include 2-3 painting demonstrations per day and opportunities to paint a variety of subjects. Students will learn distinct approaches for florals, landscapes, seascapes, interiors and portraits. This class will be mainly studio based with some opportunities to paint en Plein Air. Visit website


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

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Fun Watercolor Techniques with Dawn Davis
June 20-22, 2017 (9am to 4pm) — Learn how Dawn gets all of her different edges with wet into wet and glazing. She will teach, composition, design, color theory and multiple fun ways to get special effects. Landscapes and flowerscapes. Join the fun in her Santa Fe studio. All levels welcome. You will have finished paintings to take home and frame! Enjoy wonderful Santa Fe restaurants, museums, and ambience in your spare time. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Dawn Davis
Sponsor: Dawn Davis Watercolors
Cost: $395.00
Email: Dawn Davis
Phone: 505-699-7314

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Gouache on the Go
June 22-24, 2017 (10am-5pm) — Often, time or space is an issue while we are on the road and desire to paint quickly disappears under the heavy burden of small complications. This workshop will transform your next adventure! Gouache on the Go is a perfect workshop for those who prefer to stop, see, absorb the world around, and paint, instead of taking a picture. In this workshop, students will learn how to handle this highly portable and versatile medium. Larisa is a classically trained artist, an expert on color mixing and a talented, experienced teacher. Expect to improve your painting technique, explore the world of color and change your view on composition. Learning how to work with gouache is a also wonderful skill for oil painters. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Larisa Aukon, www.aukonlarisa.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Artistic Expression: A Bold Approach to Watercolor
June 26-27, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Driven by risk-taking and watercolor fundamentals, this workshop focuses on translating your unique observations and interpretations of subject matter to paper. By setting a secure foundation in value, color, composition, and technique, you will be encouraged to explore a more loose and dynamic approach to the medium. Dan will demonstrate traditional techniques passed down from the masters, as well as how to take advantage of the unique and spontaneous properties of watercolor. There will be time each day to work independently as you establish your own individual personality as a painter. Dan will be available for individual guidance and support, in addition to leading a group critique in a friendly environment. Visit website


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

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


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

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Keep It Simple and Strong: Painting Outdoors En Plein Air in Watercolor
June 26-30, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — Designed for those who would like to gain a better understanding of methods and techniques to create paintings with strong impact. The goal is to capture the essence of the subject quickly through the simplification process while painting en plein air. The process of simplification begins with visualization. Through various exercises and demonstrations, Keiko shows how you can take the initial inspiration to an expressive painting that is strong in composition and content. Seeing things with an artist’s eye includes: the preliminary drawing, editing a complex subject, what makes a good design, relationship of tonal values and colors, and a variety of techniques in paint application and brush handling. We will paint different subject(s) every day, en plein-air weather permitting. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, ktanabefineart.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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Infusing Life into Watercolor Landscapes
June 26-30, 2017 — In this five-day watercolor workshop, award winning Taiwanese artist and instructor Chien Chung-Wei will teach you how to identify and use simplified compositional design, structure and tones in your work to create interest and depth. Students can expect to take inspiration from the sights and scenes of Madeline Island and the surrounding areas while painting en Plein Air. Studio painting will also take place throughout the week. Chung-Wei’s teaching will focus mainly on the key elements of design rather than technique-based instruction, making this class best-suited for intermediate to advanced level artists. Visit website


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

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"Watercolor Impressions - The Head & Figure" - Week II, Session II
June 26-30, 2017 (9:00am to 4:00pm) — Cloudcroft - a quaint mountain village in New Mexico - is the unique setting for this dynamic workshop. Janet Rogers is an award-winning Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society and others - and a professional and National Instructor. Janet shares easily her love of watercolors in a spontaneous "alla prima" and impressionistic style of interpreting the head and figure. Participants will learn a natural, fluid, gestural, intuitive approach in this exciting workshop, which is designed to help artists of all levels. Artists will learn new skills through many demonstrations, class instruction and painting time, one-on-one help, class "show & tell", and through fun and loose exercises. A no-fear zone! Janet is known for her passionate dedication in her workshops! Visit website


Location: Cloudcroft, NM
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: Cloudcroft Art Workshops
Cost: $495
Email: Linda Shiplett
Phone: 915-490-5071

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Capturing The Light and Atmosphere
June 27-29, 2017 — This workshop’s main objective is to teach artists how to see and paint with more confidence, to learn how to create wonderfully energized plein air paintings which capture the unique light and atmosphere the artist envisioned from the moment of their inspiration. Each day will include a demo, short lecture, AM painting scene, PM painting scene, solid individual guidance and valuable critiques, group critique optional. Drawing, Composition, Value, Color, Edges and Paint and Surface Manipulation will be covered. Oil, Acrylic and Watercolor mediums are welcome. Limited to 8 to 12 students. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Joseph Gyurcsak, www.josephgyurcsak.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $350
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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2 day Watercolor Painting Workshop
June 27-28, 2017 — European impressions in watercolor: How to paint the essence of old medieval European towns. 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". Visit website


Location: Stevensville, MD
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Chesapeake Fine Art Studio
Cost: $295
Email: Hai-Ou Hou
Phone: 410 200-8019

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Open Air Fundamentals
July 1-8, 2017 (All Day) — Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Call 212-780-3216 Visit website


Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,300 - US$2,660
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Painting the light of the Amalfi Coast
July 1-10, 2017 — Enjoy the spectacular nature and charming villages of the Amalfi Coast in this plein air painting workshop organized by the Amalfi Coast Festival and led by artist Gonzalo Ruiz-Navarro. Highlights: Maximum 12 students, all levels and mediums, art-related excursions, present your work at Festival exhibitions, join a vibrant community of visual and performing artists, lodging in 4-start hotel, daily concerts in local venues, special guest program for spouses and friends. Workshop will focus on 3 aspects: 1) Use of value and color to create the impression of light and achieve natural harmony in your paintings; 2) Compositional strategies to build a strong, expressive design; 3) Use of linear and aerial perspective to create the illusion of volume and depth. Visit website


Location: Amalfi Coast, Italy
Instructor: Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Sponsor: Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival
Cost: $2,975
Email: Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Phone: +1 202 468 9953

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


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

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


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

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The Extended Pose
July 5 - August 9, 2017 (Wednesdays, 9am-5pm) — Draw or paint the life model in single morning/afternoon poses for the entire course in order to develop accurate form, measurement, value, color, creative composition and narrative. Lecture and discussion will address historical and contemporary methods/materials, supplemented by examples from the PAFA collection. All levels and all media welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $950, Non-Credit: $595
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Mixed Media Workshop
July 6-14, 2017 (10am) — With instruction by Australia’s leading mixed media artist, Judith White, a much sought after tutor, immerse in the rugged beauty of the remote Australian outback. A challenging art adventure for those wishing to experience a Kimberley cattle station, meet colourful characters and access sacred locations not open to the public. Judith has had over 40 solo exhibitions throughout Australia and in Japan, with major commissions for the Olympic Co-ordination authority, Walker Corporation, Southern Pacific Petroleum, Attorney General Department of NSW, and the Hilton Hotel, Sydney. Judith has won many major awards including the Mosman Art Prize, the Margaret Fesq Memorial Art Prize, Manly Daily Art Prize, the Maitland Art Prize and the Fleurieu Peninsula McLaren Vale Prize. Visit website


Location: Wyndham, Australia
Instructor: Judith White
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: $4199pp AUD
Email: Rachel Dillon
Phone: 61-8-93881513

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Contemporary Watercolor Collections
July 6-8, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, you will conceive of and create a sequence of images that push the medium of watercolor in new and unexpected ways. A wide variety of traditional and expressive painting approaches and materials will be explored and combined to showcase the wonderful flexibility of this medium. Kaye will provide demonstrations on applying and layering washes, wet-on-wet techniques, drybrush, watercolor transfers, traditional and non-traditional surfaces and tools, dry pigments, and altered surfaces. These techniques will provide a jumping off point for you to explore the medium independently with Kaye available for individualized feedback. Using simple and effective book-binding methods, pieces will be bound together into one-of-a-kind artist books at the close of the workshop. Visit website


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

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In-Depth Watercolor - Session 2
July 7 - August 11, 2017 (Fridays, 9am-5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: James Toogood
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Watercolor Plunge
July 8-9, 2017 (9am-5pm) — This workshop is designed for those with little or no experience in watercolor. Acquire a thorough grounding in basic watercolor techniques and materials, including papers, brushes and pigments. Learn transparent and opaque painting methods, and gain the confidence to continue to working with watercolor beyond the workshop. Take the plunge, a lifeguard will be on duty! Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Anthony Rosati
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $215
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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


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

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The Philadelphia Landscape
July 9 - August 6, 2017 (Sundays, 9am-2pm) — Craft your personal vision of Philadelphia’s picturesque landscape. Learn to build form, mix color, and create space with perspective, light and shadow. Instruction will address tips for working on-site and the history of painting the city. Locations in North Broad, Northern Liberties, Roxborough, and West Philadelphia will offer parking, shade, provisions and facilities. All media welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $350
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Watercolor Plein Air with Marjorie Glick in Orr's Island, Maine
July 9-13, 2017 (9:30-3:00) — Enjoy a watercolor workshop in a relaxing setting at an old family summer home known as Crow’s Nest. Crow’s Nest is nestled on top of a hill overlooking Harpswell Sound, with spectacular views from the large porch of sunset and water. Orr’s Island is a wonderful place to paint because of its varied scenery of quiet coves, rugged coastline, and quintessential New England buildings. Daily demonstrations, individualized instruction and critiques. Visit website


Location: Orrs Island, ME
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $450 workshop, $410 lodging
Email: Marjorie Glick
Phone: 617-787-3086

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Botanical Drawing and Painting
July 10-14, 2017 (9am-5pm) — Explore flowers and other natural forms, beginning with line and value drawing and progressing to full-color rendering in watercolor and mixed media. Topics will include sighting techniques, line quality, tone and value, creation of depth, composition, texture, and basic color. All levels welcome. Visit website


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

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Nature Journal
July 10-14, 2017 — You will spend time outdoors, sketching and painting from nature, using pencil, pen and watercolor. Jane will show you basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor techniques, which will become the heart of your nature journal. Using Madeline Island’s flowers, pods, leaves, and rocks, as subjects for your drawings, you’ll also carve original stamps, create mono-prints and add collage to your journal. By the end of the week, your journal (made fine watercolor paper) will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of your week on the Island. Visit website


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

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
July 10-14, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — 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! Visit website


Location: Cloudcroft, NM
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Cloudcroft Art Workshops
Email: Jan Rasch
Phone: 575-682-2889

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The Portrait and The Figure
July 11-13, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Explore the wonders of watercolor with an inspirational three-day workshop in Laguna Beach, California. Mary will cover the fundamentals of getting a likeness, planning dynamic compositions, mixing clean colors, achieving value balance and creating paintings with emotion. Her daily demonstrations from life and one-on-one assistance will guide you to making your best paintings ever. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines. She has been awarded the Portrait Society of America's Gold Medal. Visit website


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

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Abstraction through Observation
July 12-15, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will combine the methodologies of observational and abstract painting to begin works of art. Encouraged to experiment and gain an understanding of the unique properties of watercolor, gouache, and acrylic paint media, you will explore resists, collage, hard-edge taping, and process. Find inspiration in historical and contemporary artists who use both observation and abstraction in their work, including Agnes Martin, Richard Diebenkorn, Philip Guston, Mary Heilman, and Henri Matisse. Compositional and conceptual prompts will provide you with springboards for developing new approaches to art making. Group critiques will take place throughout the workshop and offer an opportunity to discuss the elements and principles of design in relation to your progress. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Liz Smith, www.LizSmithArt.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $420, Non-Members: $455
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Watercolor: Painting the Essence
July 17-19, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — 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 designs in their own personal statements. 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. Daily demonstrations and critiques leave ample time for painting and individual assistance. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Barbara Nechis, barbaranechis.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $459
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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Fun Watercolor Techniques with Dawn Davis
July 17-18, 2017 (9am to 4pm) — Dawn will share her many special techniques with you. Painting with a lot of water and free flowing pigment, you will create a painting or two to take home. Using resist, stamping, lifting out and incorporating design and color theory will expand your skills. Bring your own materials or materials provided for additional $50 for the two days. Enjoy the magic of Santa Fe in your time off! All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Dawn Davis
Sponsor: Dawn Davis Watercolors
Cost: $275.00
Email: Dawn Davis
Phone: 505-699-7314

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New & Exciting Techniques in Watercolor
July 18-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Each day, Lian begins the workshop with teaching basic techniques, such as composition and coloring. He then demonstrates his techniques, including 'Color Pouring and Blending'. He stops at different stages so students can practice and retain the painting process. In addition, there will be daily critiques and individual assistance, with lots of time to paint. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Lian Zhen
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Shape-Shifting: Abstracting Nature in Watermedia
July 19-22, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, you will examine the natural world through the lens of abstraction. Focusing on the relationships of color and shape within the landscape, instead of individual objects, will lead you to practical solutions in shifting your painting practice toward more innovative avenues of expression. Using design principles as the underpinning of each composition, you will work from sketches and photo references. In addition to sharing technical strategies in watermedia, Dale will demonstrate how to use subjects as a source for abstraction by simplifying images and breaking them down to their core visual elements. This workshop will consist of demonstrations, slide lectures, individual instruction, and group critiques. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Dale Laitinen, www.DaleLaitinen.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $485, Non-Members: $520
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Atmospheric Watercolors
July 21-24, 2017 — Bring your painting skill to a higher level! 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 works in a direct, loose style influenced by the Old World masters. Typical in his art are color mixes and light that evoke nostalgia while remaining absolutely in the present. Frank's watercolor workshops reach beyond technique, encouraging individual expression and observing the elusive balance of forces that create beauty in painting. All levels are welcome but students should have an understanding of the watercolor medium. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Frank Eber, www.frankeber.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $500
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

Intermediate Level

Sense of Place
July 24-26, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Moving beyond the traditional rectangular, flat sheet of paper, this workshop investigates the relationship between experiences in the landscape and representing those experiences in the studio. With consideration for the viewer’s interaction, create works that encompass space, tactility, and personal content. Through demonstrations, readings, and lectures, you will be introduced to the idea of creating a sense of place through materials and forms. Emphasis will be placed on the ‘production’ of work. This workshop is more of an exploration of a process or way of approaching the creation of work than a tutorial on how to paint or draw. Using found materials, as well as photographs, paintings, and drawings, students will create a unique document that expresses their understanding of a place. Visit website


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

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
July 28-30, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — 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! Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Binders Art
Email: Marion Hood
Phone: 404-237-6331

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Flowing Features
July 28, 2017 (9am–4pm) — If you’ve found creating facial features intimidating, this is the class for you! Explore creating features of the face with water soluble products including, pencils, drawing tools, pens, and watercolors. Create many studies of each feature before moving on to an intriguing portrait of your choice. Students will be guided through several exercises that will build upon each other that you can use as studies for your future portrait work! Be brave. Be Bold. Be adventurous! This class will go beyond the cutesy facial features but still add touches of whimsy and color. Demonstrations will focus on realism with a slant above fanciful. Explore how effective drawing what you see rather than what you believe you see is! Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $160
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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


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

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Discover Originality Within Your Work
July 28-29, 2017 (9:00 - 4:00) — During this two-day workshop, Australian Master Artist, Herman Pekel, will meet the artists where they are and support the production of work that expands their practice in a personal way. Individual instruction will be plentiful and discussions and lectures of particular techniques will be included. Many tips will be given. Expect to be challenged, to be brave, and to have fun! Limited enrollment! Visit website


Location: Chicago, IL
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Cost: $360
Email: Ingrid E. Albrecht
Phone: 312-320-0833

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


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

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Zen Painting
July 29-30, 2017 (9am–4pm) — In this unique workshop by Jodi Ohl, truly soothe your artistic soul through a ‘Zen-full’ Painting experience. Go beyond the doodle and create amazing surreal flowing shapes and patterns, full of drama and depth. Recharge your artistic spirit. Reconnect with inner peace. Relax. It’s just paint. Learn to free your mind while unleashing your Zen-ful artistic spirit! You’ll create several 6 x 6 pieces before diving into a larger main painting. Some of the many things we will be focusing on: Creating lines with drama, using shading and negative spaces to build depth, creating texture with writing instruments, how to incorporate water colors with acrylics, tips and techniques for working on unique surfaces, along with much, much more! Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $330
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Be Brave and Have Fun with Watercolour
July 31 - August 4, 2017 — In this workshop you will work with Herman to develop your own artistic vision, and develop approaches to solve compositional challenges. The intention of this class is to meet you exactly where you are and to support the production of work that expands your practice in a personal way. There will be plenty of individual instruction throughout the week, and Herman will include lecture, discussion and demonstrations of particular techniques. You will learn about colour mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges. You will be exploring landscapes, waterscapes and streetscapes, focusing on various techniques. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $800
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Freedom of Brushstroke in Watercolor
July 31 - August 3, 2017 — Academically trained master watercolorist Vladislav Yeliseyev (Vlad) 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 a beginner, intermediate or advanced level because his method of teaching is through an individual approach. Vlad developed color mixing techniques specifically tailored for his students so their journey to fine arts would be enjoyable and effective. Visit website


Location: Landgrove, VT
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Landgrove Inn - InView Center for the Arts
Cost: $480
Email: Thomas
Phone: 800.669.8466

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Watercolor Painting
August 1-3, 2017 — 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." Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Robert O'Brien, www.robertjobrien.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $275
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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All That Glitters: Methods in Metallic Leaf
August 2-5, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Discover new methods and materials in this process-based exploration of gold, silver, and copper metallic leaf. You will be challenged and encouraged to incorporate metal leaf into your existing body of work, be it printmaking, painting, drawing, watercolor, or pastel; resulting in dynamic pieces and expanded possibilities in your creative practice. Learn the properties and application of metal leaf through technical demonstrations, studio exercises, and group discussion. Develop your techniques while working on several small pieces over the course of the workshop related to art making prompts. For those who are interested in a more self-directed experience, you will work from content of your choosing. Come with a willingness to experiment without attachment to specific outcomes, and enjoy an informal learning atmosphere. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Miles Bair, www.MilesBair.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $400, Non-Members: $435
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level

Watercolor from the Beginning
August 3, 2017 (10am–4pm) — Learn everything you need to build a strong foundation for getting started in watercolor. Receive detailed information on paper, paint and brushes explained clearly and demonstrated with helpful visual aids. Practice mixing colors, learn how to do basic washes and find out about special techniques unique to watercolor. This class is excellent preparation for the Color Theory Through Watercolor class on Saturday, August 6. Sign-up for both classes to fully immerse yourself in this wonderful medium. Visit website


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

Beginner Level

Color Theory Through Watercolor
August 4, 2017 (10am–4pm) — Understanding color is essential to creating work that captivates the eye and evokes certain moods or emotions. Through a series of fun exercises you will learn to understand tints, shades and tone, the color wheel, complementary colors, warm and cool colors and color schemes. You will make useful charts and swatches that can be used for future reference. Whether you are just starting out or have some experience with watercolor, this class will help you masterfully mix color, no matter what your medium or level of experience. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Landscape on Rice Paper
August 5, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this one-day workshop, students will paint beautiful, colorful landscapes in watercolor on rice paper. The crinkles in the rice paper add lovely abstract shapes. These work very well depicting foliage and the paintings resemble batiks. The morning will consist of a color harmony and composition lesson and demonstration of this exciting technique. Students will receive individual instruction and will mount their rice paper onto watercolor paper and continue layering color for a stunning landscape. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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Painting on Location in Santorini, Greece
August 9-15, 2017 — For artists who crave the open air, who love landscapes and sunsets, who draw inspiration from ancient architecture and historical sites, Greece is a destination that stirs the soul. Santorini is a place of startling beauty and the wisdom of the millennia. It is a place where a single, timeworn cobblestone has seen more life, more color, more history than we could ever experience in a lifetime. It is a place that burrows into our hearts, demands attention, and brands us with memories and experiences that inspire new creativity. If you have ever dreamed of swimming on a rooftop, or of painting under a golden sun… If you have ever wished to put memory and experience to canvas… join us! Visit website


Location: Santorini, Greece
Instructor: Susan Nichter, susannichter.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $3,825 Shared, $4,425 Single
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Sketch the Different Flavors of Montreal
August 9-16, 2017 (9:30-2:30) — Montreal is a beautiful, almost European city, right here in North America! It's my home town! Acceptable Media: Pen & Ink, Watercolor, Gouache, water-soluble crayons, or graphite. Skill Level: From beginners (with at least some minimal experience in sketching or painting...not necessarily experience in plein air) up to advanced levels are invited. Includes: Shared accommodations in a quaint yet updated Montreal apartment, workshop instruction for 6 days, continental breakfast every day, and 2 dinners. Not included: Airfare, travel to and from the airport, lunches, 5 dinners, Metro or bus fares, sightseeing, museum or garden entry fees, and personal expenses. Visit website


Location: Montreal, Canada
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Sponsor: Helen K Beacham Fine Art
Cost: $1500.00
Email: Helen K Beacham
Phone: 843-408-5240

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
August 10-12, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — 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! Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment
Email: Marcia Freedland
Phone: 334-221-5883

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Painting the Bluffs of Whidbey with Mike Hernandez in Gouache or Oil
August 11-13, 2017 — Mike will cover the important fundamentals of composition, color relationships, lighting, atmospheric perspective, simplification and shape design through the use of gouache. This is a great workshop for anyone interested in painting plein air and would like to learn how to capture a sense of natural and/or stylized lighting/color into their work. Mike will start off the 3-day workshop with a lecture on Friday morning and demos in the afternoon, covering color, composition design, lighting design, simplification and atmospheric perspective. Lecture will include still digital images. Day two and three will be a full session of outdoor painting. Mike will go around and give hands on instruction during the class. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Mike Hernandez
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $450
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Kimberley Artist's Adventure with Nada Murphy
August 13-19, 2017 (10am) — Explore the rugged beauty of the iconic Kimberley region on this challenging artist's adventure. Experience life on an outback cattle station, get to know colourful characters, access locations not open to the public, travel deep into the landscape and encounter unique wildlife. Stay in a Bush Hut or shared Bunkhouse room with one night camped beside a pristine, private billabong. Average 2 art workshop sessions per day over five days. Visit website


Location: Wyndham, Australia
Instructor: Nada Murphy
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: $3295pp AUD
Email: Rachel Dillon
Phone: 61-8-93881513

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Be Brave and Have Fun
August 14-18, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Learn to get started with new ideas in a way that is fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! His works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level

Creating Depth Through Value, Color and Tone
August 14-18, 2017 — 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. The techniques you will learn in Frank’s workshop transcend the watercolor medium, as they are applicable to oils, acrylics, tempera, and pastels. Visit website


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

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


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

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Free-Flowing Watercolor Painting
August 18-19, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Expand upon your use of watercolor materials and techniques while walking the line between representation and abstraction. You will emphasize and explore the natural properties of watercolor with vibrant fluid color, surprising textures, and dynamic compositions. Join Rob as he shares his methods and techniques to create large, loose, flowing watercolors. Plenty of individual attention and time will be provided for practicing new skills. Visit website


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

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
August 18-20, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — 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! Visit website


Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Cost: $350
Email: David Kessler
Phone: 336-418-3038

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


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

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Watercolors from A to Z
August 21-25, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This will be a watercolor workshop for all skill levels. There will be a wide variety of watercolor techniques that will be discussed and demonstrated including positive and negative painting, composition, using creative colors, glazing, charging color, and many more. I will begin each day with a demonstration painting so that you will see a wide variety of subject matter and styles. My preferred method of painting is to use large brushes for most of the painting and complete the painting will a small amount of detail towards the end using smaller brushes. The end result is a watercolor painting that is loose and fresh with expressive brushwork. Each student will have the afternoon to work on their own painting with assistance when needed. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Sterling Edwards, www.sterlingedwards.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $895
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Intuitive Painting, Transcending the Subject
August 21-25, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Learn to take advantage of transparent watercolor to create loose, intuitive, free and spontaneous effects in your paintings. Join Fabio Cembranelli and explore wet-on-wet techniques, practicing how to paint with no preliminary drawing. You will learn how to take advantage of your own mistakes and capture the essentials of each subject. Participants will be encouraged use their personal view, moving through the bridges that connect unexpected effects, shapes, colors, tones, lines and textures. Fabio is a regular contributor to several art magazines in South America, US, UK, Norway, France, Japan and Australia. Visit website


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

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Painting the Figure from Photographs
August 21-25, 2017 — Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. In this class, Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills confidence so you can 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. Visit website


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

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
August 23-25, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — 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! Visit website


Location: West Jefferson, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Florence Thomas Art School
Email: Kathleen Janowiak
Phone: 336-846-3827

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Watercolor Unleashed! Watercolor on Canvas
August 25-26, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Is watercolor on canvas new to you? Explore techniques to conquer this challenging watercolor support that allows framing without glass or mat. Painting methods – both traditional and non-traditional – will be presented during the workshop. Students will learn to use minimal “acrylic underpinnings” to set the stage for vibrant colors in their paintings and pave the way for loose watercolor washes on the canvas. A landscape scene will be used for the demo painting and a photo will be provided for use, but students are always welcome to paint from their own reference material. There will be demos, exercises, critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all! Visit website


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

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Watercolor Plein Air with Marjorie Glick in Deer Isle, Maine
August 27-31, 2017 (9:30-3:00) — This workshop is geared towards all levels and will focus on how color and paint handling can be used to create your own interpretation of the landscape. Each day begins with a demonstration that will address the specifics of the landscape at hand, followed by painting on your own with individual guidance from Marjorie. This magical coastal landscape is an inspiring place to paint and sets the stage for you to have a wonderful artistic experience with an accomplished artist who loves to teach. The schedule is both structured and flexible to allow you to set your own pace with ample time to just feel the breeze and savor the moment. Visit website


Location: Stonington, ME
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $550
Email: Marjorie Glick
Phone: 617-787-3086

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From Watercolor to Quilt
August 28 - September 1, 2017 — Abstract watercolor paintings will be created the first day using 10 different painting techniques that will leave the student with many paintings to choose from. Techniques include, transparent layered shapes, resists, rubber cement drawing resist, washes, glazing, dropping in of colors, surface treatments using soap bubbles, rubbing alcohol and grids, etc. One painting will be chosen and cropped to find the most dynamic part. This will be drawn to make templates, then enlarged, and translated with fabrics into a quilt using Katie’s turned edge technique or the students preferred technique. When the quilt is done it will look like a watercolor painting! Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Katie Pasquini Masopust
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670.00
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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


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

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Seeking the Spontaneous in Watercolor
August 28 - September 1, 2017 — During this workshop you will explore the light and shade on waterscapes, landscapes, and street scenes on and around beautiful Madeline Island. There will be a focus on subjects containing movement, color and light with the emphasis on freeing up and building strength to the watercolor. Technique will be explored as will brush handling skills. It will suit the keen devotee of watercolor and those who wish to push on further. David's workshops are taught in a relaxed atmosphere and he encourages all who attend to stay positive and enjoy the journey in watercolor. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $800
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Plein-Air Painting Workshop in Italy
September 3-10, 2017 — For artists, Italy speaks to the soul; it burrows deep, inspiring wonder and awe, infusing our spirits, nourishing creation and instilling within us indelible experiences we will carry forever. Join us for en plein air, sketching and painting in the Italian countryside! We will draw inspiration from the local architecture and landscapes, creating an intimate and artistic travelogue of our experience. Immersed in the food and wine of the region and a warm community of chefs, artists and local peoples, this promises to be an authentic and enriching personal voyage. Our workshop is dedicated to painting guidance with sketching and watercolors; instruction with composition, light & shadow, line & form, color & palette, and creative approaches to utilizing techniques. Visit website


Location: Chianti, Italy
Instructor: Lori Dell, loridell.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $4,295 Shared, $700 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Painting in Italy
September 3-11, 2017 — This Artists-Adventure is to an ancient hilltop village in Italy to explore, paint, and eat gourmet Italian cuisine all while staying in an historic 16th Century Villa located in a beautiful, quiet, ancient, medieval village. This exciting journey is for painters and non-painters alike. Artists will find inspiration everywhere in this beautiful undiscovered region of Italy. We will be offering plein-air painting instruction with professional artist Sharon Rusch Shaver, Italian cuisine cooking classes, horseback riding and winery tours and tastings as well as other optional activities for our guests. Private en-suite fully appointed guestrooms overlooking the ancient Umbrian valley available. Visit website


Location: Trevi, Italy
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Sponsor: Adventure-Artists
Cost: $3,475
Email: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Phone: 615-451-7304

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Painting in Provence: Travel Watercolor Sketching
September 4-11, 2017 — Join Deborah Rubin for 8 days in the heart of Provence. Learn to sketch and paint in a journal, travel to great places, and have fun all at the same time! This class is for anyone and everyone who wants to record travel experiences in a personal way. You will use minimal materials: a small watercolor journal, small case of paints, ink pen, and two brushes, all in a small carrying case or tote bag. Learning to travel sketch is learning to see as well. You will start with small subjects and build to larger imagery by the end of the week adding elements of design like color, contrast, and composition. Maximum of 12 particpants. Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Deborah Rubin, www.deborahrubin.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting Color and Light in Plein Air Watercolor
September 4-8, 2017 — Beginners and advanced painters alike will learn about light and color and the way juicy and vibrant watercolor behaves, "dealing with dark values in watercolor", "secrets of painting reflections" and much, much more. Lots of student painting time along with personal help is available every day. We'll all learn a lot and have fun painting plein air watercolors in the spectacular setting of Acadia National Park. Steve Rogers AWS, NWS, TWSA has conducted watercolor workshops for nearly 40 years throughout the US and Europe. His paintings have won hundreds of awards in juried competitions including the National Watercolor Society Purchase Award -"Best of Show" in 2006 and four awards in the American Watercolor Society. See website for art supply list. Visit website


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

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


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

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Residency on the Greek Island of Skopelos
March - November — The residency lasts 2 weeks - 2 months and is designed for the artist that wants to not only develop their work but also interact and be inspired by the Greek culture. Applications must be submitted and approved by our board of directors. The studio is set high on the hill overlooking the Aegean Sea and the neighboring island of Alonissos. Typically artists have transformative experiences in Skopelos and at SkopArt. Visit website


Location: Skopelos, Greece
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Cost: Starting at $500
Email: Jill Somer
Phone: 40 24240 24143

Intermediate Level

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


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

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Painting in Belgium: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 6-13, 2017 — 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. In this workshop you will learn how to judge the ratio of pigment and water in order to get the desired color and value the first time, combine pigments for glowing, transparent mixtures, and use your brush most effectively. Visit website


Location: Flanders, Belgium
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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From Story to Picture Book
September 7-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Explore the world of visual storytelling in this engaging workshop. Focusing on the relationship between word, image, pacing, format, and design, you will create a handbound picture book dummy based on a concept of your choosing. A variety of styles, materials, and techniques used in book illustration will be covered, as well as the children’s book publishing process. Laura will share her experience and techniques through discussion, demonstrations, exercises, and individualized feedback as you develop your ideas and put them on paper. Visit website


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

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Trinity Plein Air Retreat 2017
September 10-15, 2017 — Paint along side local Artist Elizabeth Burry, in this unique retreat designed for the novice to the expert artist who would like to combine their love of painting with exploring & experiencing one of the most scenic areas of Newfoundland & Labrador. This is not an instructional workshop however there will be time dedicated each afternoon to group sharing with fellow painters. Spend your time learning and painting, living, relaxing & enjoying unique experiences to make your week one to remember. This retreat is designed with a focus on multiple afternoon & evening activities, while allowing time for individual expression and exploration in morning painting sessions. Visit website


Location: Trinity NL, Canada
Instructor: Elizabeth Burry
Sponsor: Elizabeth Burry Studios
Cost: varies
Email: Elizabeth
Phone: 709-697-1061

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Don Andrews
September 10-21, 2017 — Join us for an unforgettable painting workshop in France! All levels of painting experience welcome. Don is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota. His paintings have received numerous awards in national competitions, including many awards from the American Watercolor Society. A nationally known artist and teacher, Don has conducted over 200 painting workshops throughout North America and Europe. He is the author of Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Watercolor, and Rough Sketches, as well as the video, Making Watercolor Glow. Don's newest book is called, Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor. Visit website


Location: Honfleur and Dinan, France
Instructor: Don Andrews
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $3,695 painters, $3,495 non-painters
Email: Cris Weatherby
Phone: 858-518-0949

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
September 11-14, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — 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! Visit website


Location: Whidbey Island, WA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Email: Lisa Bernhardt
Phone: 360-678-3396

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Staying Afloat in Watercolor
September 11-15, 2017 (9 AM - 4 PM Mon - Thur 9 AM - 3 PM Friday) — Capture the fleeting moments! David will show you the best way to tackle painting the rugged coastline, the sea with its character, the calm waters and boats in the beautiful harbor, and street scenes along the harbor and about the city offering movement, color, and atmosphere. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results. Visit website


Location: Monterey, CA
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795 (includes $100 food vouchers)
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Watercolor: Big & Bold
September 11-15, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — Learn Birgit's big & bold techniques, and create your own designs. We will take a morning field trip to gather source material at the beach down the street. With our numerous sketches and photos we will walk back to the studio and 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. Birgit is always on hand for any assistance with the process. 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. Open to all skill levels, but knowledge of watercolor is helpful. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Birgit O'Connor, www.birgitoconnor.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting Trip - Provence, France
September 11-18, 2017 — Watercolor Painting Tour/Workshop with French Escapade. “Don’t Be a Tourist – Be Our Guest!” We will stay in a restored farmhouse located in the heart of Provence, in a very charming non-touristy village. Provence is that perfect environment where color and light meet together to produce stunning results waiting to be expressed on watercolor paper. The artwork's main message must be heard loud and clear and I will show you how it is done in even the most complicated settings en Plein Air. There will be demos, one on one instructions and plenty of time to paint and make friends. This is your chance to paint a painting you always dreamed of… Visit website


Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Plein Air in Santorini, Greece
September 13-19, 2017 — For those who love the open air, panoramic landscapes, the golden sun, and the turquoise Aegean, there is plein air painting. For those who love culture, history, and unforgettable cuisine, there is Santorini - a feast for your senses and your canvas. It is as beautiful today as it was millennia ago: a place of hilltop vistas and crashing waves, amazing sunsets and ancient cityscapes. If these possibilities stir your creative soul and awaken your wanderlust, then welcome to a workshop tailor-made for you. Come, revel in the glory of Greece with us. Step out into the salty sea air. Sip wine with us. Climb ruins and walk volcanoes with us. Paint plein air with us! Visit website


Location: Santorini, Greece
Instructor: Allison Watson
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $3,295 Shared, $3,995 Single
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Text & Texture: Making Expressive Textures with Calligraphic Marks
September 14-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — I have a passion for textures, especially textures found in nature. In this workshop, we will experience the usage of tools as extensions of our hand. We will start by creating marks with different writing tools and different objects. Then we will design alphabets with those new marks to write our chosen texts in various ways. We’ll examine writing speed, pressure, the directions of strokes, and the relationship between letters. Study of layering, tones, basic design layout and composition, and use of line and space in Japanese calligraphy will be presented for making effective textures. All exercise sheets will be temporarily bound for further experiments. Some calligraphy and/or lettering experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Yukimi Annand
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $550 plus $20 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Open Air Fundamentals
September 16-23, 2017 (All Day) — Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Call 212-780-3216 Visit website


Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,300 - US$2,660
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Sketchbook Travel Journaling in Cortona, Italy
September 16-23, 2017 — What better place to join the visual journaling craze than beautiful Cortona, Italy? Let Caroline guide you through the techniques of quick drawing, collaging and watercolor painting as we record the sights around us. She will show you how to look for telling details and edit larger views, combining travel tickets, postcards, maps and photos for finished journal pages. With Cortona as our homebase, and a local expert as our guide, we will explore Tuscan hill towns, experience an authentic Italian cooking class, and savor exceptional meals and nightly wine tastings, filling our journals with creativity as we go. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Caroline Coolidge Brown
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3290.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 33144229047

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 18-25, 2017 — Join Michael Reardon for 8 days of painting under the Provencal sun. Each day will begin with a demo from Michael followed by one-on-one instruction. The small size class will ensure plenty of individual attention. The day concludes with an informal review of the day's work over a glass of wine, watching the day slide into evening. Michael Reardon has been painting in watercolor for over 25 years. An avid traveler, he uses watercolor to record his observations, convey a sense of place and light and communicate his impressions of the built, natural, and imagined worlds. Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Michael Reardon, www.mreardon.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

Intermediate Level

Painting Outside the Lines
September 18-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Watercolor has the ability to convey fresh, spontaneous statements that allow both the artist and viewer to move from reality to abstraction and back again. This workshop will encourage students to create paintings that are bold and loose, yet rooted in the traditional design elements of value, color, form, and space. Each morning, Gordon will demonstrate watercolor painting techniques and discuss design philosophy. Afterward, you will have time to explore those concepts independently and discuss progress one-on-one with Gordon. A critique in a relaxed and positive environment will close the workshop. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Gordon France, www.GordonFrance.net
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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Painting holidays in a rural paradise
September 18-24, 2017 — In this seven day painting workshop in a friendly, relaxed and inspiring atmosphere you will have the freedom to sketch and paint around the countryside and the authentic rural spanish village with houses made of wood and masonry, harmonised through a series of overhangs. The groups are kept small, no more than 10 students and we offer 24 hours access to the studio and a minimun of 22 hours of tutoring per week. Included in the price are the transfers from Madrid airport, accomodation in rooms with ensuite bathrooms, meals, all materials and equipment and a visit to the neraby village. The finca has an outdoor pool, jakuzzi, dinning room, a large living room and terraze and the painting studio. Visit website


Location: Villanueva de la Vera, Spain
Instructor: Granada Munoz
Sponsor: Las Paulinas
Cost: £1220
Email: Granada
Phone: 0044 7480 219 108

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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. Visit website


Location: Varenna, Italy
Instructor: Sara Linda Poly
Sponsor: Studio B
Cost: $2900/$2400
Email: Betty Huang
Phone: 443-988-1818

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Intermediate Level

Colorful Cactus
September 24, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $240 - $260
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

Advanced Level

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! Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Plein Air Painters of America
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $1,500
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Beginner Level

Painting Fall Colors
September 25, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $240 - $260
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

Beginner Level

Painting Note Cards
September 26, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $240 - $260
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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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. Visit website


Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Jo Ellen Reinhardt
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3440.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 33144229047

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Mixed Media Workshop
September 29 - October 8, 2017 (10am) — 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. Visit website


Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Judith White
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: AUD $4275.00pp
Email: Rachel Dillon
Phone: 61-8-93881513

Advanced Level

Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana
September 30 - October 7, 2017 (All Day) — 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. Visit website


Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,700 - US$2,950
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Capturing Wildlife in Watercolor
October 2-4, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level

Exploring Approaches to Abstract Painting
October 2-4, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


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

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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. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.SwensonsArt.net
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $1595 painters, $1395 non-painters
Email: Cris Weatherby
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Watercolor Workshop
October 2-6, 2017 (10am to 3pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Healdsburg, CA
Instructor: Phyllis Rapp
Sponsor: Phyllis Rapp
Cost: $400
Email: Phyllis Rapp

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


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

Intermediate Level

Large Format Watercolors
October 5-7, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Michael Ireland, www.IrelandWatercolors.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Painting Autumn in Watercolor
October 9-11, 2017 (9am-12:30pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kari Anderson, www.KariAndersonWatercolors.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $175, Non-Members: $195
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Watercolor: Uniquely Contemporary Figurative Design
October 9-13, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — 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. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire, www.jeanniemcguire.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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Watercolor Painting
October 9-12, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. ) — 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. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Tony Couch
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $425 Museum members/ $450 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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


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

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Intermediate Level

Capturing Door County's Architecture
October 10-12, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, you will learn how to capture the essence of Door County’s charming structures as you explore techniques in pen and ink, watercolor, and colored pencil. Combine these mediums in vibrant sketches while out in the field, weather permitting. Through demonstrations, handouts, and individualized feedback, Ann will share how to simplify perspective in the field, create sound compositions, add color, and make marks that add texture and interest to your sketches. There will be ample time to practice, ask questions, and share and critique work. Leave this workshop with a new way of working that is incredibly portable and rewarding. Visit website


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

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
October 13-15, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — 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! Visit website


Location: New Braunfels, TX
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: New Braunfels Art League
Email: Sandy Oberg
Phone: 210-861-0751

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Elements of Landscape
October 14-21, 2017 (All Day) — 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 Visit website


Location: Murlo, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,450 - US$2,810
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid
October 16-20, 2017 (9 AM - 4 PM Mon - Thur, 9 AM - 3 PM Friday) — A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice “direct painting”, using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting in Newport, Rhode Island
October 16-20, 2017 (9am-5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Newport, RI
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney, www.joesweeneyart.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $875, Non-Credit: $695
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Watercolor: Fast & Loose
October 16-20, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — 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. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Eric Wiegardt, ericwiegardt.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

Advanced Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
October 20-22, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — 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. Visit website


Location: Lafayette, LA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Lafayette Art Association
Email: Susan Hamilton
Phone: 337-849-6791

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Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid
October 23-27, 2017 (9 AM - 4 PM Mon - Thur, 9 AM - 3 PM Friday) — A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice “direct painting”, using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level

Image to Abstract
October 24-26, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.MarkDanielNelson.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $415, Non-Members: $450
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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


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

Advanced Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
November 2-4, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — 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. Visit website


Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Cost: $595
Email: David Kessler
Phone: 336-418-3038

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


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

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
November 7-9, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — 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! Visit website


Location: Spring Island, SC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Spring Island
Email: Pam Brickell
Phone: 843-987-3403

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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. Visit website


Location: Ft. Myers, FL
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Ft. Myers Beach Art Association
Cost: $315/$355
Email: Kay Cowan

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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. Visit website


Location: Antarctica, Antarctica
Instructor: Keith Grant
Sponsor: Polar Latitudes
Cost: from $7,295
Email: Find an Antarctica Expert

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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. Visit website


Location: Palm Beach, FL
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Palm Beach Watercolor Society
Cost: $320/$360
Email: Adrienne Walker
Phone: 561-498-3605

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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! Visit website


Location: Panajachel and Antigua, Guatemala
Instructor: Kathleen Conover
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Email: Cris Weatherby
Phone: 858-518-0949

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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. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Judy Morris, www.judymorris-art.com
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $1,695 painters, $1,495 non-painters
Email: Cris Weatherby
Phone: 858-518-0949

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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. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $1,695 painters, $1,495 non-painters
Email: Cris Weatherby
Phone: 858-518-0949

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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. Visit website


Location: Pollensa, Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov and Jorge Anchondo
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Cost: $1950
Email: Meredith Nemirov
Phone: 970 318-8444

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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. Visit website


Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.SwensonsArt.net
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $1795 painters, $1595 non-painters
Email: Cris Weatherby
Phone: 858-518-0949

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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. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Cherry Sweig, www.cherrysweig.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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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! Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Kristi Grussendorf, kristigrussendorf.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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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! Visit website


Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Iain Stewart, iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Color and Light: Tuscany with Marjorie Glick (All Mediums)
June 2-9, 2018 (9:30-3:30) — 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. Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $2950
Email: Marjorie Glick
Phone: 617-787-3086

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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. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, artbykrf.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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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! Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Sandy Delehanty, www.sandydelehanty.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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


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

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Painting 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. Visit website


Location: Vence, France
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, ktanabefineart.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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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. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $10.00
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Tuscany with Michael Chesley Johnson
June 16-23, 2018 (all day) — 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. Visit website


Location: Certaldo Alto, Italy
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Artravelitaly
Cost: € 2,200 and up
Email: Claudia Bruhin
Phone: +39 377 2709500

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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. Visit website


Location: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Instructor: Mel Stabin, www.melstabin.com
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Email: Cris Weatherby
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Painting in Normandy: from Giverny to Honfleur
June 24-31, 2018 — This painting workshop in Normandy is an invitation to travel in time, and to discover the magic sites that were painted by famous artists at the turn of the 20th century. Landscapes and scenes of daily life were immortalized not only by Claude Monet, but also by William Turner, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, George Braque, Pablo Picasso and others. Every day will be an opportunity to learn about painting techniques, and enjoy local food and culture. Theresa and Cindy share how to loosen up your approach and manipulate watercolors with exciting results. Their workshops have been featured in Plein Air Magazine and Outdoor painter, and their mastery of color has been recognized by Daniel Smith. Visit website


Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Theresa Goesling & Cindy Briggs
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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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. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, shariblaukopf.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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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. Visit website


Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Rae Andrews, www.raeandrews.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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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. Visit website


Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Frank Eber, frankeber.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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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! Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Trish McKinney, www.trishmckinney.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Jan 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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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. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Georgia Mansur, www.georgiamansur.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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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). Visit website


Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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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). Visit website


Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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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. Visit website


Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Georgia Mansur, www.georgiamansur.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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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. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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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. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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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. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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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. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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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. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Open Painting Studio
Ongoing (Mondays, 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.) — 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! Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $50 buys a 4-session punch card (Drop-in $15)
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Art Coaching Workshop
One week, all year round (afternoon) — 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. Visit website


Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Marta Mandolini
Sponsor: Libremente Art
Cost: 950 €
Email: Marta Mandolini
Phone: 0034 619164632

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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. Visit website


Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Paul Raymonde
Sponsor: La Terraza Atico
Cost: from €400 EUR
Email: Paul Raymonde
Phone: +24611360131

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Mesmerizing with Metallic & Interference Paints
Begin any time (24/7 Online) — 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. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $85
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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Open Studios
November thru April (Tuesday-Saturday) — 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. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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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. Visit website


Location: Houston, TX
Instructor: Ann Bell
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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