Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Naples and Nature Plein Air Painting"
March 1-3 & 5-7

Paint with us on site at cafés, historic cottages and along the coast of Naples, Florida. The active spirit of the town is enhanced with architecture, city docks, colorful flowers and figures. Nature features palms, flowers and southwest Florida’s subtropical vegetation. Demonstrations and individual instruction in inspiring settings. Shea's popular workshops are in New England, Florida and Italy. He has exhibited nationally with the American Artists Professional League and the Salmagundi Club. He has been contracted by Warner Brothers and the Boston Pops, featured in numerous publications, on CNN and displays paintings in several galleries.
Location: Naples, Florida
Instructor: Kevin Shea
Cost: $375. / $695.
Sponsor: Kevin Shea Fine Art
Website, email, 978-387-8105

"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
March 9-11, 2018

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
Location: Ft. Walton Beach, Florida
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Arts and Design Society
Website, email

"Freedom in Watermedia"
March 12-15, 2018

There's a complex simplicity in Stan Kurth's paintings that is both paradoxical and straightforward. As he works with multiple layers of watercolor and gesso, his provocative images emerge. Ambiguity and form coalesce into a singular, cohesive vision that holds the viewer spellbound. Stan has drawn and painted most all his life and lives with the conviction "fear not" as he evolves in his work, garnering numerous awards and accolades throughout the years. Stan is a signature member of the National and San Diego watercolor societies, as well as the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona and the Arizona Watercolor Federation. He teaches workshops and shares his process with many artist communities and organizations.
Location: Miami, Florida
Instructor: Stan Kurth
Cost: $315 MWS Member; $375 Non- Member; Earlybird Price
Sponsor: Miami Watercolor Society
Website, email, 305-607-5447

"Watercolor Plein Air 1-day Workshop 'Freedom of a Brushstroke'"
March 12, 2018

Every painting is like a poetry, the less words wasted the more powerful message it conveys. What's 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. Limited space!
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865

"Watercolor Plein Air: Florida water, gardens and more"
March 17-19, 2018

Join Vladislav for 3day workshop in picturesque Sarasota this Spring! Escape hustle and bustle of winter for painting vacation in the Suncoast! We are going to visit and paint variety of places. Our subjects will be boats, gardens, bay views and more. What is required to quit tight illustrative coloring? All of this and many other techniques will be the subject of this intensive workshop on location.
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $360
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865

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

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

"Use of Color, watercolor"
March 28, 2018

The focus of this workshop will be unique method of mixing watercolors developed by Vladislav for his students during the Renaissance School of Art educational program. This method was successfully implemented in all Vlad’s works and clarifies the approach to otherwise complicated use of color. The goal of the method is to simplify and give the beginners and intermediate level students clarity in understanding color and its implementation. The workshop will start with lecture and demo of the method. Then Vladislav will work step by step with students painting a beautiful image from photograph taken in Paris last summer. Reference materials will be provided.
Location: Bradenton, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $75
Sponsor: Keeton's Office and Art Supply
Website, email, 1.800.833.4735

"Let's Paint"
October 15-18, 2018

Paul Jackson discovered his passion for watercolor at an early age, receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1992. Relentlessly pursuing his creative dreams, he received top honors in national and international competitions along the way. Throughout this journey Paul contributes his art to a vast library of magazines and books. He is a Signature member of the American and National Watercolor Societies and an Honor Member of the Missouri Watercolor Society. Whatever the subject Paul captivates his audience with genuine emotion, intensity and finesse that energize each of his creations. This workshop will help you reach the next level of artistic confidence and ability, with his guidance through a painting, illustrating principles of design, color, value and composition.
Location: Miami, Florida
Instructor: Paul Jackson
Cost: $350 MWS Members; $410 Non- Members; Early Bird Price
Sponsor: Miami Watercolor Society
Website, email, 305-607-5447


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