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"Learn to Crochet a Sunny Hat"
April 23, 2024
 

Students will learn how to make a crochet sunny hat in this intermediate crochet course. This course is designed specifically for folks who already know how to crochet. Students should bring $35 cash for materials, which will be provided for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Berta Karapetyan
Cost: $65
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Drawing Basics Boot Camp"
April 23, 2024
 

This course is designed for those who have always had an interest in drawing but don't know where to start. Don't know how to draw? No problem! This class will introduce you to the basics of drawing using step-by-step instructions. The workshop will begin with an introduction to the materials. There will be a focus on developing a value scale and how to apply it to accurately drawn objects. A variety of drawing techniques will be introduced: Hatching, Cross-Hatching and Stippling. You'll be keeping your own sketchbook like a professional artist in no time!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Allison Luce
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Landscape Painting in Studio: All Mediums"
Wednesdays, April 24 - June 5, 2024
 

Working from your own reference material, we will spend each week focusing on a particular aspect of landscape painting. Individual techniques will be held each session in a supportive atmosphere. Syllabus will be provided. Please bring painting materials to the first class. All mediums welcomed.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Bonnie Mettler
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Pottery for Adults & Teens"
Wednesdays, April 24 - May 29, 2024
 

In this class we will learn to throw a variety of functional pottery forms. This will include cups, mugs, bowls, plates, jars, and more. We will learn the basics of different pottery forms found in most kitchens around the world. Beginners and advanced students are welcome.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ryan Wheeler
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Progressing with Watercolor"
Thursdays, April 25 - May 23, 2024
 

This course is designed to deepen your understanding of watercolor painting. Building on basic techniques, this class focuses on how to effectively edit and paint any subject from photographs. Composition, value structure and using a limited palette from the color wheel to paint a successful painting will be covered. This session is highly recommended for students with a good understanding of fundamental watercolor techniques. Personalized feedback and guidance will be offered throughout this six-week session with a critique at the end. If you're looking to refine your skills and take your watercolors to the next level, "Progressing with Watercolor" will help you achieve your artistic goals.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Radhika Srinivas
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Fluid Magic: Techniques for Painting Water"
April 25, 2024
 

Join acclaimed watercolor artist Yong Hong Zhong in 'Fluid Magic: Techniques for Painting Water' as he unveils the secrets behind capturing mesmerizing aquatic compositions. In this immersive workshop, participants will discover Zhong's unique approach to capturing the dynamic essence of water. Through step-by-step demonstrations and personalized guidance, students will learn essential techniques for depicting reflections, ripples, and the play of light on water surfaces. Whether you're a beginner seeking to master the fundamentals or an experienced artist aiming to refine your skills, this class offers a transformative journey into the enchanting world of watercolor painting.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Yong Hong Zhong
Cost: $79
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Still Life in the Interior"
April 26-28, 2024
 

This workshop will focus on the problem of combining the genres of still-life and interior painting into a single picture. We will start by addressing the problem of finding a subject and the practical and formal problems of setting up a still life. We will discuss how to organize and simplify complex information, how to have a unified sense of light throughout the picture and how to perceive color and tone relationships. We will also cover aspects of drawing that will help in the creation of a convincing sense of space. Students are welcome to bring their own objects or work with objects on hand at the center.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Peter Van Dyck
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Sketch-on-the-Go"
April 27, 2024
 

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


"'Blooming Beautiful' Flowers of the Pyrenees with Mary Dillon"
April 27 - May 4, 2024
 

Join Mary Dillon on this fabulous botanical art retreat! An explosion of colour arrives in the pastures and woodlands surrounding Clos Mirabel in late April. Fields of bee orchids, pyramid orchids and early purple orchids on the lower slopes of the Pyrenees lead to alpine plants like gentians, saxifrages and butterworts dotting the upper slopes. Simple observational drawing techniques will help us to explore and examine the structure and habit of our subjects. Using controlled wet and damp watercolour techniques and finishing with dry techniques, we will work in layers, practicing painting in a simple but systematic way. I will also help you grow in confidence in how you use and choose colour.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Mary Dillon
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 450€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Figure Sculpture Workshop"
April 27, 2024
 

Join Colleen O'Donnell for a "day-in-the-clay" and learn to sculpt the human figure. Learn the techniques and tools of figure sculpture through demonstration and hands-on sculpting from the model. Explore anatomy, proportion, design and expression with air-dry clay (no armature required). Expressive possibilities will emerge as your skills develop.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 1-267-514-8647


"1 Day Plein Air Workshop with Vlad"
April 28, 2024
 

Don't miss this dynamic and focused mini workshop designed to simplify the process of outdoor painting and bring a fresh perspective to your artwork. Workshop features: Learn how to choose subjects for a painterly style, and gain a deeper understanding of the subject to capture its essence. Discover techniques for identifying and highlighting focal areas in your composition, allowing you to convey your intended message with clarity and impact. Explore the art of rearranging elements within your painting to achieve a sense of harmony and balance. Discover Vlad's "Train Method," a valuable approach that encourages a painterly style by keeping brushwork loose and spontaneous. Benefit from individual attention and feedback to address your specific needs and challenges.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $180
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Expressive Watercolors - Flowers to Figures"
April 28 - May 2, 2024
 

Join award-winning artist Janet Rogers at the picturesque Connecticut River Valley Inn in historic Glastonbury, CT. Experience hands-on instruction, inspiration, and camaraderie in a dynamic workshop. Beginning with fresh flowers as inspiration, progress to capturing the head and figure. Through engaging drawing and painting exercises, develop a loose, natural approach for more spontaneous and expressive paintings. Learn to depict translucent flesh tones and capture the gesture of the person, including painting children. All levels welcome! Explore more about this workshop and our beautiful property and register now by clicking the link below. Limited spots available!
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Janet Rogers
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Expressive Loose Watercolors - Flowers to Figures"
April 28 - May 2, 2024
 

Join Janet in this beautiful setting at the Connecticut River Valley Inn, in historical Glastonbury, CT. Fresh flowers will greet you in the studio as we paint together and progress to interpreting the head and figure in a loose and expressive style. Janet is a true "hands-on" national instructor!!! All levels are welcome! Sign up at Artists Rising Creativity Retreats.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 386-451-8441


"Go With The Magical Flow Of Poured Acrylics"
April 29, 2024
 

Fluid acrylics are a very liberating painting medium, and the pour technique is just the beginning. In this workshop, we will experiment with various additives that make the paint do amazing things as if by magic. This workshop will focus on how to control and enhance the “look” obtained—and take the design to satisfying conclusion. The flow makes it all happen and the resulting fascinating bright, and nuanced forms are wonderfully beautiful and other-worldly. Come prepared to be amazed and delighted!! All materials— 5 or 6 surfaces of varying sizes will be provided for a $20 fee. (Half hour lunch time; bring your bag lunch or purchase nearby.)
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Open Life Drawing Studio with Model"
Mondays, April 29 - June 10, 2024
 

Work independently in the drawing medium of your choice! This monitored studio is designed to give students the opportunity to work from live nude models without instruction, allowing you time to explore and experiment. Just as in any life drawing session the poses will range from short gestures gradually building to longer poses at the end. This is an extraordinary opportunity for you to develop and extend your drawing skills.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Leslie Bowen, Monitor
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"3-Day Comprehensive, Loose & Romantic Watercolor"
April 29 - May 1, 2024
 

Mon-Weds April 29-May 1 2024 from 9:30am-3:30pm. $210 Art League of OC Members, $260 Non-Members. This 3-day course is designed to introduce students to the essential techniques and ideas required to produce dramatic watercolor paintings. Students are instructed from the “ground-up” with respect to the importance of tools, materials and application techniques. Topics include how to develop dynamic, narrative compositions, dramatic light, mood and color harmony. Live, step by step, instructor demonstration paintings are sequentially replicated by the students with instructor’s guidance and encouragement.
 
Location: Ocean City, Maryland
Instructor: Leo Kahl
Cost: $210 ALOC Members, $260 Non-Members
Sponsor: Art League of Ocean City
Website, email, 410-524-9433


"Exploring Mixed Media & Collage"
Tuesdays, April 30 - June 4, 2024
 

This class will introduce students to acrylics, watercolor, inks, pastels, crayons and collage materials. Learn to play with these mediums and express yourself in your own unique way. Students will explore texture, shape, line and color with a focus on composition and design. Come unleash your creative spirit!
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Laurie Daddona
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Watercolor: Enjoy the Process!"
Tuesdays, April 30 - June 4, 2024
 

Watercolor painting is spontaneous, fun, elusive, and challenging! Students experience the excitement of watercolors, integrating the elements of design, color, composition, and light., as they learn to enjoy the "process of painting" and develop their own personal style.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Laurie Daddona
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Art Sales Academy - Mastering Face to Face Art Sales"
Tuesdays, April 30 - May 21, 2024
 

Are you an artist looking to elevate your understanding of face to face direct art sales at exhibitions? Join us for an immersive and practical short course designed to equip you with the essential skills and strategies for selling art effectively. The Visual Arts Association (VAA) proudly presents the Art Sales Academy, a four-week programme that will empower you with the knowledge and tactics used by leading galleries and experts in the art sales industry.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Visual Artists Association
Cost: £165 plus 20% VAT. Members of the VAA £110 plus 20% VAT
Sponsor: Visual Artists Association
Website, email


"Plein Air Workshop with Ken Christensen"
April 30 - May 3, 2024
 

Classes will be four consecutive afternoons, painting on-site in four different locations in the Morro Bay/ Los Osos area. We will meet at my home/studio for an introductory meet and greet and a complimentary lunch at noon on the 30th. Then, each day, we will meet on-site at a designated location. Subjects will be selected for variety, with possible sites being the coast, mountains, boats, and houses. Each day I will paint a demonstration painting, explaining my technique and showing you, step by step, my process. Then each student will do their own painting and I will coach and guide each student with personal attention. All levels of artists are welcome.
 
Location: Baywood-Los Osos, California
Instructor: Ken Christensen
Cost: $390
Website, email, 805-528-1498


"Classical Painting and Instruction"
Tuesdays, April 30 - May 21
 

Study with other artists who are committed to bringing their painting to the next level. Award-winning artist and instructor Gayle Levee will work with you to improve your brushwork, color, composition and drawing. This class is limited to ten students. Oil painters and acrylic painters are welcome.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"A Traditional Approach to Painting & Drawing"
Wednesdays, May 1 - June 12, 2024
 

Using simple everyday objects in thoughtful well-lit compositions, students create fresh and dynamic paintings. Through instruction, demos, and examining the work of master and contemporary painters, students begin with a direct painting approach and proceed in clear stages. The course covers the key ingredients of great painting, including composition, paint handling, edges, value and color relationships, and modeling form. Students will develop a solid and dependable approach to painting, providing a strong foundation to build upon. Level: Appropriate for beginner and intermediate painters. The returning student is free to work on independent projects whether still life, landscape, or the figure.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sasha Diehl
Cost: $270
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"A Conversation with The Landscape, a Pastel Workshop"
May 1-3, 2024
 

Really getting to know a landscape, instead of just identifying elements of it, makes us better, more sensitive landscape painters. Each landscape has a personality and something to say. It’s when we begin to really understand why a landscape draws us in and captures our imagination that we become better able to advance from simply copying the obvious aspects of the landscape to incorporating mood and atmosphere and those hard-to-define qualities that take a landscape painting from average to extraordinary. The studio portion of this workshop will focus on learning ways to create paintings that have their own voice, and the optional plein air day will focus on gathering thoughts and information, along with creating small paintings for future reference material.
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Lyn Asselta
Cost: $520
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Nature's Palette: Techniques for Depth in Watercolor Landscapes"
May 2, 2024
 

Join watercolor artist Dan Mondloch for a workshop focused on mastering the art of mixing greens in landscapes and establishing depth through atmosphere. Mondloch will utilize innovative teaching methods, including digital tools like Photoshop, to demonstrate how to accurately perceive and replicate colors found in nature. Participants will learn practical techniques, receive color charts, and engage in hands-on exercises to enhance their watercolor skills. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from a master and elevate your landscape paintings!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Dan Mondloch
Cost: $79
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Still Life Painting Workshop"
May 3-4, 2024
 

Qiang’s approach to still life painting will be demonstrated with particular focus on creating dramatic set ups by observing the light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas. Using demonstrations and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process of creating energetic paintings by manipulating values, colors, edges, and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to his or her current skill level and personal goals in art. The workshop is designed for indoor practice with live settings. Qiang has developed computer tools to help artists to see color more accurately and simplify the painting process. He will share his color study and introduce the tools in this workshop.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Qiang Huang
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Online Expressions in Paint: Oil/Acrylic"
Fridays, May 3 - June 7, 2024
 

In this course, we will be painting small, loose paintings of varied subject matter comprised from images that students will submit. Learn how to break down an image to its most important aspects and not getting tied up in detail from the start. Composition, color mixing and painting technique will be addressed in a fun and relaxing painting experience! All skill levels welcome.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Stefanie Lieberman
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Painting Holidays: Mixed Media Workshop with Ali Hargreaves"
May 4-11, 2024
 

During this fun painting holiday in South West France, Ali will introduce a variety of additional media to watercolours including the exploration of interesting surfaces such as tissue paper, gesso and watercolour ground. She will encourage you to experiment and then guide you through planning and executing paintings. Ali is extremely innovative and will introduce you to interesting techniques with collage, acrylic inks and pen work that may be incorporated in to your work. Her lessons are always fun and her paintings and demonstrations are full of colour and texture. You will be painting and sketching “En plein air” as well as in the studio. Artists of all abilities are welcome and will be given plenty of one-to-one tuition.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Ali Hargreaves
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £300 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Watercolor Workshop"
May 4-5, 2024
 

Interested in learning 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, and/or their own source material. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"A Conversation With The Landscape, 1-Day of Plein Air Painting with Pastels"
May 4, 2024
 

Really getting to know a landscape, instead of just identifying elements of it, makes us better, more sensitive landscape painters. Each landscape has a personality and something to say. It’s when we begin to really understand why a landscape draws us in and captures our imagination that we become better able to advance from simply copying the obvious aspects of the landscape to incorporating mood and atmosphere and those hard-to-define qualities that take a landscape painting from average to extraordinary. The studio portion of this workshop will focus on learning ways to create paintings that have their own voice, and the optional plein air day will focus on gathering thoughts and information, along with creating small paintings for future reference material.
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Lyn Asselta
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Postcards from Provence"
May 4-11, 2024
 

This watercolor painting workshop in Provence is open to both beginners and more advanced painters. There will be classes both in basic watercolor techniques as well as specific travel journaling methods. Travel journaling is the complete opposite of how many of us travel these days: taking photos after photos with our phones. Travel Journaling gives us a chance to slow down, to sketch scenes around us, and to add color to our travel journals. Provence is the artist's dream destination. During the days, we will explore Luberon, and its spectacular countryside of vineyards and orchards, fascinating "perched" hill-top villages, outstanding natural produce and the light of Van Gogh and Cezanne. You will see why artists of all calibers are drawn to this alluring area.
 
Location: Bonnieux, Provence, France
Instructor: John Keeling and Lo Peyron Mathews
Cost: $3,590
Sponsor: Alpine Creative Tours
Website, email, 970-846-9000


"Mosaic Workshop"
May 4-11, 2024
 

Intro: brief history of mosaic – main mosaic techniques – focus on the direct method. Materials: learn how to use various materials, adhesives and alternative supports. In this course you will use: glass, lava stone, terracotta, resin, concrete, natural stones and recycled materials. Tools: knowledge and usage of the key tools (hardie, hammer, glass cutter and pliers). Processes: theoretical and practical study of 1) Ceramization of the lava stone – 2) Application of the gold leaf – 3) Usage of resin. Advanced: how to design and realize more complex things like 3D works, land art, jewelry and luminous works. End of course: creation of a unique and fully customized mosaic work of art, for each student.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Michele Picone
Cost: € 2600
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Chasing the Painter’s Light to the Tuscan Landscape!"
May 4-11, 2024
 

Join Alyssa for a week of immersing yourself in the sights, sounds, and local color of the Tuscan landscape. Based in Beautiful Cortona, experience all the wonders Tuscany has to offer – the rolling countryside, picturesque hill towns, and breathtaking vistas through the eyes of the artist! With Alyssa’s guidance as a veteran plein-air painter and teaching artist who has spent the past two decades sharing her passion for travel and landscape painting throughout the US and Europe, this will be a week like no other! Get ready to improve your artistic knowledge, expand your creativity, build connections, and embed your experiences and memories of your Italian adventure in the beautiful artworks you create!
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Alyssa DeLaBruere
Cost: From $3850.00 per person, all inclusive
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-407-7127


"Color Theory Through Drawing"
May 4, 2024
 

Paloma Martinez bases her artistic practice on color theory, and is excited to share her passion for it. This workshop explores color and its theory through drawing and a detailed lecture. Students will learn how to use color to manipulate drawing composition, create harmony, and to contextualize their desired aesthetic and conceptual framework. Students will be provided an array of materials to deepen their understanding of color (i.e. pastels, color pencils, color cut-outs, watercolors) and will also obtain guidance on how to use these materials.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Paloma Martinez
Cost: $75 / $60 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Travel to Western Sicily and learn en Plein Air Oil Painting"
May 4-11, 2024
 

Come join Andrew Lattimore, as you explore the exciting and varied history of Sicily’s diverse architecture, stunning landscape, fabulous food and rich culture! We’ll be staying in Marsala at Salinara, an 18th-century villa owned by our gracious hosts, Yumi and Adriano. It is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves and is only a 10-minute walk to the Mediterranean sea. Each day we’ll enjoy an early morning breakfast following a full day of painting, exploring the sights and sounds of Sicily. We’ll paint the captivating landscape at the villa but we will also take day excursions to the city of Marsala, the Marsala Salt Pans, Erice, and the Park of Selinunte.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Andrew Lattimore
Cost: From € 2175
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Online: Color Fusion Master Class"
May 4, 2024
 

"Color Fusion: Mastering Color Mixing on Paper" First in the Series of Three One-Day Master Classes on "Painting Old Towns: Mastering Watercolor Techniques". Often, I've noticed an excess of gray and muddled hues on my palette, and when these overmixed paints transfer to the watercolor paper, it can lead to undesirable results. To address this issue, I deliberately blend my colors directly on the paper to avoid these outcomes.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Yeliseyev Studio
Website, email, 1-941-330-6865


"Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 5-10, 2024
 

If you want to improve your painting skills, you need to get outside and paint! Learning to paint on-location is not only fun and exciting, but can help you with your studio work. In addition, painting in beautiful Santa Fe will provide a deeper more meaningful experience. During this workshop, Brienne will demonstrate and explain her painting process for plein air painting, sharing some great exercises and practices. If you are new to plein air painting, it can be scary and hard to know where to start, know what to paint, and how to deal with the elements. Don’t worry! Brienne will teach and guide you through the process of painting with watercolors on-location. Her enthusiasm about watercolor and plein air is infectious.
 
Location: Santa Fe & Ghost Ranch, New Mexico
Instructor: Brienne M. Brown
Cost: $1,690
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Oil and or Gouache Workshop"
May 5-12, 2024
 

Come join me for an amazing week of plein air painting in Costa Brava, Spain! We will have gorgeous views to paint of secluded rocky coves, cute medieval villages, stunning rugged landscapes, and incredible turquoise waters. It is also a place to enjoy delicious food and vibrant culture. Students can work in gouache or oil in this workshop. I will be doing daily demos and assisting you with your paintings. I enjoy teaching and will be there with you to help strengthen your painting skills and artistic voice. We will focus on design, color mixing, and capturing the mood of the day by understanding atmospheric perspective. This workshop is open to beginner and intermediate students.
 
Location: Costa Brava/Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Ellen Howard
Cost: $3,790
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Uniquely Umbria! Pastel Painting in Inspirational Italy"
May 5-12, 2024
 

Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. Draw inspiration from the magnificent countryside, the fragrant flora, the beautiful food and drink or the charm of the Agriturismo La Malvarina using soft pastel. Learn the basics or improve your pastel painting skills in the morning and in the afternoon, explore this gorgeous region steeped in history, art and culture. Each morning will begin with a demonstration of tips and techniques for pastel application as well as instruction about various surfaces and types of pastels. After the demo, each student will receive individual instruction at the easel. Students will take their art pieces home in clear bags suitable for travel. Are you ready to express your vision of Italy?
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Joycelyn Schedler
Cost: 2600 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Watercolor to Quilt"
May 5-9, 2024
 

Create abstract watercolor paintings using eight different painting techniques. Combine these techniques and multiply the fun. Play with bubbles, cups, rubber cement, masking fluid, air, gravity, stamps, and ink to produce a collection of colorful paintings. Then, choose one favorite and crop it to find the most dynamic part. Katie shows how to enlarge the area, make templates, and turn that watercolor creation into a fabulous art quilt. Learn how to choose and place the fabrics, building from the top down, until you have a quilt that looks like a watercolor painting! The best part? No painting experience is needed, so jump in and turn yourself into a painter and art quilter all in one exciting class!
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Katie Pasquini Masopust
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"The Magic of the Visual Journal"
May 7, 2024
 

Every artist should have a visual journal (aka a sketchbook) but once they have one, then what? Debi will share the ways she creates visual journals that act as learning tools, scrapbooks, travel memories and a storehouse for creative ideas! This class is perfect for students of all levels - you don't want to miss this one! In addition to the registration fee, students should bring a visual journal (new or old with blank pages), any memories or items they want to collage into their journal, and $10 cash to pay the instructor for the rest of the materials that you'll need, which she will provide for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $40
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Whispers of Spring: Painting Cherry Blossoms"
May 8, 2024
 

"Whispers of Spring: Painting Cherry Blossoms" with Cindy Briggs is a delightful class that invites you to capture the essence of cherry blossoms in full bloom. Under Cindy's expert guidance, you will explore various watercolor techniques to bring these delicate flowers to life on your canvas. From mastering color blending to creating intricate petal details, this class is perfect for beginners and enthusiasts alike. Join us for a journey into the beauty of springtime blooms and unleash your creativity with watercolor!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $79
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Pine Needle Basket Making (Intermediate Level)"
May 9, 2024
 

Join local pine needle basket maker Karen McCarthy for this exciting half-day workshop designed for students who have taken a beginner pine needle basket class or who are already familiar with making pine needle baskets. Students can bring in new or unfinished work and will learn how to start a basket around different bases, how to do a variety of stitches, and how to add beads or other findings. If you'd like to start a basket around your own cabachon or a unique piece of jewelry or something else, the instructor will email instructions after you register for the class.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Karen McCarthy
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Mosaic Side Tables"
Thursdays, May 9-23, 2024
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting 3-week class where students will learn to create a beautiful mosaic side table suitable for a plant or cup of coffee! Price includes all materials, just bring yourself. We recommend long sleeves and pants and close toed shoes. This workshop is appropriate for students of all levels.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Crafting Compelling Art Prize Applications and Artist Statements"
May 9, 2024
 

Curious to find out how you can master writing about your art? It is an industry-standard that artists must often provide context for their work through an artist statement for art prize applications. Join us on the 9th of May 2024 for an exclusive online masterclass designed for artists, "Crafting Compelling Art Prize Applications and Artist Statements." Hosted by Karen van Hoey Smith, Art Director, this masterclass is a valuable opportunity to gain insights from renowned panellists Karen Turner, Dubel Art Prize Finalist, and Josephine Zentner, Jackson's Art Prize winner.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: VAA with Karen Turner
Cost: £19.99 Non member. Free to Premium members of the VAA
Sponsor: Visual Artists Association
Website, email


"Color Secrets - A Plein Air Painting Workshop"
May 9-11, 2024
 

Are your paintings muddy and well, …kinda grey? In this in-person plein-air workshop, you will learn how color secrets can transform your paintings! Debra will teach you how to achieve rich color and bold fluid strokes to capture the light and drama in your paintings. Enjoy personalized, upbeat instruction. Debra Huse is an award-winning, impressionist oil painter. Painting primarily En Plein Air, she is acclaimed for her joyful use of color and bold brushwork. Her work has been featured on the cover of Southwest Art Magazine, in Art of the West, Plein Air and Fine Art Connoisseur Magazines and has been exhibited in over 25 museums.
 
Location: Carmel, California
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $595.00
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website


"Dutch Florals: A Vanishing Tradition - An Intensive Course"
Fridays, May 10 - October 11, 2024
 

Embark on a remarkable journey into the historical and artistic depths of Dutch flower painting with Carlo Russo, a master of traditional realism. This intensive course is an exclusive opportunity to study the nuanced genre of 17th-century Dutch flower painting under the tutelage of an artist renowned for his exceptional still life and floral paintings. This meticulously designed course spans over six months, comprising 12 intensive sessions, each lasting three hours. The program is divided into engaging modules that progressively build your expertise in this specialized art form. This course warmly welcomes artists at all levels, from beginners to those experienced with oil painting. Throughout the course, Carlo Russo will provide personalized feedback and insights.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carlo Russo
Cost: $1,795
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Painting with Pastels"
Fridays, May 10-24, 2024
 

Join instructor Robert Wortmann for this 3-week pastel course designed for those who want to learn about the pastel medium! In this course, students will first explore the variety of soft pastels and the surfaces that can be used to create paintings. These exercises will be used to get students to quickly familiarize themselves with the medium. Then Robert will show and encourage students to experiment with techniques that we can use to create the results we desire. After these steps, students will create their own original works with the help and guidance of the instructor. This class is appropriate for beginner and intermediate level pastel students. The instructor will adjust lessons according to each students skill level.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Robert Wortmann
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 10-15, 2024
 

Join Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling in Santa Fe and have a creative life experience. You’ll enjoy inspiring locations, daily painting demonstrations, personalized instruction, and encouraging support from Cindy and Theresa. “We show you how to simplify and design your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Create colorful paintings en Plein Air with an emphasis on celebrating your own unique point of view”. Demonstrations will be in watercolor, however, Theresa and Cindy welcome all mediums to this workshop and will be able to assist you with critiques.
 
Location: Santa Fe & Ghost Ranch, New Mexico
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $1,690
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Travel to Western Sicily and learn en Plein Air Oil Painting"
May 11-18, 2024
 

Come join Andrew Lattimore, as you explore the exciting and varied history of Sicily’s diverse architecture, stunning landscape, fabulous food and rich culture! We’ll be staying in Marsala at Salinara, an 18th-century villa owned by our gracious hosts, Yumi and Adriano. It is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves and is only a 10-minute walk to the Mediterranean sea. Each day we’ll enjoy an early morning breakfast following a full day of painting, exploring the sights and sounds of Sicily. We’ll paint the captivating landscape at the villa but we will also take day excursions to the city of Marsala, the Marsala Salt Pans, Erice, and the Park of Selinunte.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Andrew Lattimore
Cost: From € 2175
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Workshop"
May 11-18, 2024
 

Join David on a Watercolor Journey, in the beautiful Provence. You will be learning the most valuable watercolor concepts and techniques. This workshop will save you countless hours of trial & error by demonstrating approaches in an easily understood manner that will open new doors of discovery and creativity. David will discuss outdoor equipment options, considerations when choosing a composition, value study options to help prepare for the painting process, and provide numerous demonstrations and individual attention. Regardless of your level of experience, you’re almost guaranteed to leave with a handsome work of art, and the skills, concepts, and confidence to take your paintings to a higher level.
 
Location: Provence, France
Instructor: David R. Smith
Cost: $3,990
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Abstracted Landscapes"
May 11, 2024
 

Unleash a new level in your painting! Choose a photograph of your own and explore methods and techniques for abstracting a scene from a small value or color study to a larger contemporary piece. A short demo, art examples and individual instruction will be provided throughout the day. Students may work in oil or acrylic. Please bring several photos to choose from and include one small (6 x 6 to 8 x 10) and one large (16 x 20 to 24 x 36) substrate with your supplies.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Abby Ober
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"A Traveler's Sketchbook in Tuscany & Umbria!"
May 11-18, 2024
 

Join us for this weeklong plein air workshop in beautiful Tuscany and Umbria. Create vignette sketches and paintings of the dramatic vistas, colorful architecture, bustling people and more during your time on this magical trip to Cortona, Italy. Morning and afternoon sessions, followed by individual instruction, will cover the basic concepts of atmospheric and linear perspective, capturing people, architecture, and dramatic lighting. With pen and paper in hand, you’ll quickly document the sites. Add a touch of watercolor to enhance your sketches. Your art supplies are light and easy to tote making this ideal for all levels of artists. The traveler’s sketchbook is a wonderful way to document your trip in a carefree way.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Jo Ellen Reinhardt
Cost: From $3850.00 per person, all inclusive
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-407-7127


"The Provence Experience"
May 11-18, 2024
 

Join us in 2024, as Kathleen Lanzoni takes a group of watercolor painters on this trip to Provence. We will be painting the fascinating towns and beautiful scenery. You will receive personal painting instruction each day. Whether you are a novice or experienced painter, this trip will be fun and an educational experience for all! We will stay in Bonnieux, and we will visit many of the scenic towns in the Luberon area: Roussillon, Lourmarin, l’Isle sur la Sorgue, and Gordes. Spectacular countryside of vineyards and orchards, fascinating “perched” hill-top villages, outstanding natural produce and the light of Van Gogh and Cezanne. You will soon see why we love this area and are excited to take groups to enjoy Provence.
 
Location: Bonnieux, Provence, France
Instructor: Kathleen Lanzoni
Cost: $3,790
Sponsor: Alpine Creative Tours
Website, email, 970-846-9000


"Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
May 11-16, 2024
 

Join me for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Santa Fe. 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. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 15 participants).
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Brenda Swenson
Cost: $1,690
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Makers' Retreats: Experimental Botanical Embroidery with Lora Avedian"
May 11-18, 2024
 

Join textile artist Lora Avedian for a week of playful experimentation with textiles and hand embroidery, learning how to draw with stitch. We will look at a variety of classic hand embroidery and embellishment techniques, and will learn how to play with scale and materials to create different qualities of line, 3D relief and texture. You will learn how to combine this with three-dimensional fabric flowers using Lora’s fabric pleater. This will be an intensive and experimental week where you can learn Lora’s trade tips and tricks to create an original and dynamic mixed-media textile design of your own. This will be an opportunity for anyone who wants to explore what can be done with this very traditional craft.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Lora Avedian
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £445 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Online: Use of Color and Contrast Master Class"
May 11, 2024
 

"Mastering The Use of Color and Contrast" Second in the Series of Three One-Day Master Classes on "Painting Old Towns: Mastering Watercolor Techniques". The impact of a painting on its viewer often hinges on well-defined focal areas, which immediately capture attention. These areas convey the artist's narrative or highlight significant objects that caught the artist's eye.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Yeliseyev Studio
Website, email, 1-941-330-6865


"The Painterly Landscape in Pastel"
May 12-16, 2024
 

If you have been trying to loosen up and create painterly pastel paintings, this workshop is for you! Through demonstrations and daily exercises, we will work on layering color to create a prismatic and painterly pastel painting. Focus is on value, color and edges which all contribute to building this effect.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Robin Thornhill
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Uniquely Umbria! Pastel Painting in Inspirational Italy"
May 12-19, 2024
 

Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. Draw inspiration from the magnificent countryside, the fragrant flora, the beautiful food and drink or the charm of the Agriturismo La Malvarina using soft pastel. Learn the basics or improve your pastel painting skills in the morning and in the afternoon, explore this gorgeous region steeped in history, art and culture. Each morning will begin with a demonstration of tips and techniques for pastel application as well as instruction about various surfaces and types of pastels. After the demo, each student will receive individual instruction at the easel. Students will take their art pieces home in clear bags suitable for travel. Are you ready to express your vision of Italy?
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Joycelyn Schedler
Cost: 2600 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Aesthetic Design Tools for Landscape Painting"
May 13-15, 2024
 

Jill Carver will discuss how unity and variety are paramount to create overall harmony in a painting, exploring design tools relating to the core components of shape, value and color. Not only will she be explaining how to manage each of these elements but also how to explore the visual ‘what-if’s’, experiment, and identify ways to produce personal, poetic, intentional paintings. Jill embraces the notion that creativity - and fun - are rooted in the design choices we make. She will also explain how the choice of design/compositional tools should be dictated by the subject matter and what an individual artist wishes to say about it. Jill will structure the workshop through set exercises, slide-shows, lectures, demos and brainstorming discussions.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill Carver
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Creating Dynamic Still Life Paintings in Oil"
May 13-15, 2024
 

Still life painting can be highly rewarding, but it can also be intimidating. Perhaps your past attempts to paint fruit have looked flat and formless. Maybe the colors in your flowers have appeared "chalky" or "muddy." Perhaps you've struggled to arrange a good still life in the first place! If these difficulties sound familiar, I'm excited to show you how to conquer these challenges and many more in this information-packed workshop. Learn how to identify and accurately capture the most subtle color changes. Learn how to make fruit and other objects look 3-D. And learn how to draw your viewer's eye from across the room with the 5 Principles for Powerful Paintings!
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Adam Clague
Cost: $475
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Three-Day Color Boot Camp"
May 15-17, 2024
 

We will start out the first day doing still life study out of doors which will prepare us to tackle the landscape. Second day we will be on location painting the landscape. I will be teaching the structure of the landscape—what is important to include as well as what to leave out. On the last day we will do color studies of the figure. We will concentrate on the development of strong starts, and focus on expressing the big masses, light key and aerial perspective with color. I will be doing demos throughout the workshop. You will do a color study before lunch, followed by one or two color studies in the afternoon.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Camille Przewodek
Cost: $550 plus a model fee
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Painting Spring Blooms"
Wednesdays, May 15 - June 19, 2024
 

This 6-week class will focus on painting simple spring blooms. Please bring your favorite spring flowers and a small simple vase. We will work from life and from photos to capture the essence of these floral forms. The approach will vary between direct quick studies and longer layered paintings. Level: intermediate to advanced. Medium: all mediums welcome, instructor works in oils. Supply list: bring your preferred brushes and paints, fresh flower(s) and a small vase.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Claudia Rilling
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Plein Air Painting - Color and Light"
Wednesdays, May 15 - June 19, 2024
 

Enjoy a laid-back atmosphere as we study the flora, fauna, and man-made structures in and around the Wayne Art Center Grounds. We will work in the plein air tradition of painting. Each week a new "study" will be completed. Prior plein air painting experience required (or please practice using your equipment in the weeks leading up to the class).
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Claudia Rilling
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Oil Painting: Core Techniques"
Wednesdays, May 15 - June 26, 2024
 

Whether you are new or returning to oil painting, learn its materials and techniques and how to apply them effectively in this comprehensive foundational course. Instruction will discuss and demonstrate a range of colors, paint brands, and painting mediums and demystify painting conventions such as “fat over lean” and “thick over thin.” Working from still-life subject matter, begin with simple “direct” alla prima sketches, and then advance to “indirect” layering approaches of building upon a tonal underpainting – first with a limited selection of transparent and opaque colors, and later with a more extended palette. Develop methodologies for the process of making a painting, including managing color and value, and constructing an engaging composition. Previous drawing experience recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Croatia Painting and Cultural Tour with Vlad!"
May 15-22, 2024
 

Indulge in the inspiration of narrow limestone streets, unique baroque buildings, and the mesmerizing Adriatic shimmer. Join Vlad for an artistic sojourn in Croatia, blending creativity with leisure. Whether seasoned or aspiring, all artists and non-painters are welcome! Workshop is optional. You are welcome to paint independently. Workshop features: daily demonstrations and lectures for workshop participants on composition, color mixing and painting techniques. Ideal for all skill levels, this workshop offers small groups and individual guidance. You will discover Croatia's charm as our itinerary unfolds, exploring old towns, shimmering marinas, and vibrant gardens. A breathtaking boat ride and a guided tour of Dubrovnik await. Plus, indulge in the local culinary delights, savoring the essence of the region.
 
Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $3490
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Photographing the Lowcountry: Port Royal Wetlands"
May 15, 2024
 

Have you always loved snapping pictures of our beautiful Lowcountry, but consider yourself an amateur? Do you ever find yourself wishing you had a little more knowledge on how to capture the best photographs every time? Well worry no longer because this class was specifically designed for people like you! Join local instructor and photographer, Kendra Natter, and learn the ins and outs of capturing the best photographs every time! In this course, Kendra will take students to some of Beaufort's most iconic spots, specifically the beautiful shrimp boats.
 
Location: Beaufort, South Carolina
Instructor: Kendra Natter
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor on Aquaboard: An Introductory Workshop"
May 16, 2024
 

Discover the enchanting world of watercolor on aquaboard with the talented artist, Daniela Werneck. In this immersive class, you'll receive an introduction to the unique surface of aquaboard and have the opportunity to create a captivating portrait in Daniela's distinctive signature style. Daniela will guide you through the techniques and secrets of working with aquaboard, ensuring that you gain a solid understanding. Embrace the beauty of Daniela's renowned style, characterized by its rich colors, graceful lines, and exquisite details. Under her expert guidance, you'll learn to capture the essence and character of your subject, bringing it to life in a way that is uniquely your own. This class welcomes all levels of expertise.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Daniela Werneck
Cost: $79
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 16-21, 2024
 

You probably fell in love with making art before a painting holiday occurred to you. Classroom lessons, online sessions, or time in the studio are typically safe environments in which to learn. But once we venture outdoors to paint, the light can be dramatic, the air is filled with sights, sounds, and smells of nature. While this can all be new, it enriches the painting experience even more. When we arrive in Santa Fe, my job is to help you capture the nuances of our surroundings with confidence. Even before departure I’ll provide practical pointers on what to bring, what to leave behind. You’ll discover when we’re together that my plein-air workshops are jam-packed with helpful tips. Join us!
 
Location: Santa Fe & Ghost Ranch, New Mexico
Instructor: Randy Hale
Cost: $1,690
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein Air Painting the Landscapes in Oil"
May 16, 2024
 

Stepping outside and painting the landscape can be exhilarating, but it can also feel overwhelming! In this plein air workshop, I will share the powerful principles you need to break down a scene into manageable chunks, establish your center of interest or "focal point" and create a dynamic, engaging composition. I'll begin the workshop with a demonstration of key plein air principles. In the afternoon, you'll be able to paint the landscape, and I will offer my thoughts and assistance. Please join me for this fun, informative plein air workshop in the great outdoors.
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Adam Clague
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Creating Layers, Creating Stories: Mixed Media Coptic Bound Art Journals"
May 17-19, 2024
 

Create keepsake journals with beautiful, handmade pages and covers in this engaging retreat. These all-inclusive 3 day retreats feature intimate group instruction (max 8 participants), serene Flint Hills setting, balanced schedule with instruction, work time, family style meals, free time and social gathering. Lessons will include cyanotype printing, block carving and printing, paper marbling, botanical printing, collage, collating and composition, and Coptic bookbinding.
 
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Instructor: Hollie Blakeney
Cost: $595.00
Sponsor: Flint Hills Arts & Happiness
Website, email, 785-840-7940


"Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
May 17-22, 2024
 

Join me for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Santa Fe. 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. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 15 participants).
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Brenda Swenson
Cost: $1,690
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"In-Depth Watercolor, Session 1"
Fridays, May 17 - June 21, 2024
 

Enrich your knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Thoroughly investigate a wide range of watercolor materials and techniques from your choice of landscape, still life, portrait, and figure subjects. Open to watercolorists of all levels and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Color Theory Meets Pigment Reality Workshop"
May 18, 2024
 

Color is perhaps the most misunderstood and confusing element of painting for people. This workshop will focus on color’s theoretical underpinnings —how it works and why it works— and how to apply these principles when faced with the reality of painting with artist's pigments. Key elements of understanding and mixing color effectively will be covered. Participants will work to develop their own vocabulary of color through making color studies and scales, and paint from a still life to practice seeing, relating and mixing colors. This workshop is designed for beginning through intermediate painters who are looking to gain a greater understanding of color and the color mixing process. Participants may choose to work in oil or acrylic.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Bruce Garrity
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 1-267-514-8647


"Painting Big - Enlarging Roses, Petals and Leaves with Úrsula Romero"
May 18-25, 2024
 

The week will begin with a walk around the enchanting grounds of Clos Mirabel, where you will source your fragrant roses and lushious leaves. Back in the studio, Úrsula will guide you through the process of how to create a large, supersized painting of your chosen flower, petal or leaf. You will learn more about the structure of flowers and how to use different paper types, brushes and paints and how to take risks with your art. Úrsula will show you how to paint black backgrounds in watercolour, how to light subjects and how to mix natural greens, browns and greys. How to create textures using dry brushes and how to layer watercolours without them turning muddy.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Úrsula Romero
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 450€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Step by Step Painting: Carolina Wren"
May 18, 2024
 

Join nationally and internationally acclaimed artist and instructor, Addison Palmer, for this 1-day painting workshop where you will paint your own beautiful Carolina Wren. Tips and techniques will be shared as Addison discusses, shape, value, contrast, color mixing, shadow and more! Students of all levels will enjoy this workshop and leave with a completed painting! This workshop is designed for students of all levels. Addison will be using heavy acrylics for this workshop! Those using other mediums are welcome to join, however, the processes Addison uses may not be applicable to your medium due to transparency and/or drying times. Use of heavy acrylics is highly encouraged.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Addison Palmer
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Paint, Tour or Cook Retreat in Sicily"
May 18-25, 2024
 

Lori will be your guide on painting excursions. She will lead happy hour critiques and lessons on most evenings. Mark will be your cooking instructor and guide to visit local markets and wineries. This is a flexible retreat. You will be able to decide in which activities you want to indulge yourself, all, some, or none! For example, you may be coming just to paint and learn and none of the other options interests you. Or, perhaps you decide to skip a day of painting and join the cooking group instead. Only for a small group of Artist Friends.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Lori Putnam & Mark Putnam
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Dynamic Still Life in Tuscany"
May 18-25, 2024
 

“One of the greatest things in the world is to train ourselves to see beauty in the commonplace.” - Charles Hawthorne. Sarah Sedwick is an oil painter whose still lifes celebrate the beauty of the everyday, inspired by color combinations and dynamic composition. Her paintings explore the undercurrents of meaning we impart to the objects around us - whether through a system of personal emotional symbolism or a buildup of familiarity over time.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Sarah Sedwick
Cost: From $3850.00 per person, all inclusive
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-407-7127


"Online: Calligraphy & Drybrush Master Class"
May 18, 2024
 

"Mastering Calligraphy & Drybrush Techniques" Third in the Series of Three One-Day Master Classes on "Painting Old Towns: Mastering Watercolor Techniques". In my in-person workshops, I've observed that many students struggle to complete their paintings to their satisfaction, which can lead to frustration. One critical factor often overlooked is the importance of adding finishing touches to the artwork.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Yeliseyev Studio
Website, email, 1-941-330-6865


"Traditions in Landscape Painting"
Sundays, May 19 - June 30, 2024
 

In this visually rich and interactive class, students will be guided through the development of the color and styles of contemporary landscape painting from its beginnings in the 16th century to the modern era, with a focus on historical Dutch landscape painting, the English and French plein air painters, the Impressionist landscape, and early modern forms of personal expression in the genre. Each class will include a visual history of the topic, color palettes, the materials and techniques of each approach, and a video demonstration by the instructor. Working from master copies and photos, as well as observational painting, will be addressed. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the development of landscape painting while developing individualized painting approaches and personal style.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Al Gury
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Foundations of Art 101"
Sundays, May 19 - June 30, 2024
 

Al Gury, Professor of Painting and Drawing at PAFA, presents the foundational basics of art making. This course is designed for individuals who are new to or just beginning to study art, or for those desiring a refresher in the basic elements, with a goal of imparting a solid and practical understanding of essential topics and practices. Topics will include the materials of drawing and painting, drawing shapes, measuring, forms, perspective, depth, use of line, understanding light and shade, and composition. Exercises will include the basics of charcoal and pencil drawing, use of pastel, color concepts, and how oil paints work. Subjects will include still lifes, interior spaces, portraits, and life drawing through the use of masterworks.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Al Gury
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Monotype: The Painterly Print Intensive"
May 20-24, 2024
 

Monotypes are an expressive and accessible entry into printmaking: draw or paint an image on a Plexiglas plate or other surface and then print it on paper or fabric to create a one-of-a-kind artwork. Instruction will cover both hand-printing and press techniques, as well as water- and oil-based colors. Tuition includes a $20 lab fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Tony Rosati
Cost: $470
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Doors of Mexico Acrylic Painting Workshops in Guanajuato"
May 20-24, 2024
 

The colors and brilliant light of Mexico have enchanted and attracted many artists! Enjoy it while painting some of the iconic doors of the area. Workshop is designed for all levels of painting experience. We’ll cover: fundamentals of color mixing, composition, elements of art, 5 essential painting techniques. Apply it in the context of 3 Mexican Doors paintings. Studio painting. Choose from a variety of photo references. At Cristi Fer Art Studio, in Guanajuato GTO, Mexico. You will be surrounded by dazzling light, Mexican charm, street venders, amazing architecture, mariachi music and great food. Your instructor maestro Fernando Gonzalez, has over 35 years of painting experience, and is in collections in US, Canada, and Mexico. Only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Guanajuato, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art
Website, email, 322-153-1906


"Photography 101"
May 20, 2024
 

Do you love snapping photographs but consider yourself an amateur? Do you own a nice camera but don't know how to use it or, maybe you know how to use it but only its basic functions? Well look no farther for help because this class was designed specifically for you! Academy instructor and Lowcountry photographer Kendra Natter will help students learn the different functions of their digital camera so that they know how to use it in the most efficient manner going forward.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kendra Natter
Cost: $60
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor Trees"
May 21, 2024
 

Join Debi as she walks you through dry and wet media and the joy that comes when those media come together! If you're looking to add some wow factors to your own body of work, taking it to that next level, or, if you want to learn a few new techniques, this is the perfect class for you! In addition to the registration fee, students should bring $10 cash to pay the instructor for the materials that you'll need, which she will provide for you. This workshop is appropriate for all levels of students.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $40
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Observational Drawing Practices"
Tuesdays, May 21 - June 25, 2024
 

Strengthen and hone your foundational drawing skills through a series of one- and two-day projects. Topics of concern will be design, structure of space, perspective, and light and shade. Subjects will include interior space, single objects and still life arrangements, and the life model. All levels from beginner to advanced are welcome. Note: Tuition includes a $15 models fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn
Cost: $310
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Woodcut & Relief Printmaking"
Tuesdays, May 21 - June 25, 2024
 

Printing from a drawing carved into wood or a linoleum block is the oldest and most straightforward form of printmaking. The direct nature of this process makes it an ideal introduction to printmaking for beginners, while artists of all levels enjoy its potential for intricate detail and graphic impact. This six-week course is the perfect condensed exploration into this striking technique. All aspects of the process will be covered, including drawing on the block, carving your design and printing black-and white and color prints. All levels welcome. Tuition includes a $20 lab fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ron Wyffels
Cost: $315
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Croatia Painting and Cultural Tour with Katie!"
May 22-29, 2024
 

Join Katie for an artistic sojourn in Croatia, blending creativity with leisure. Whether seasoned or aspiring, all artists and non-painters are welcome! Workshop is optional. You are welcome to paint independently. Workshop features: daily demonstrations and lectures for workshop participants on creativity and composition, covering fundamentals to advanced techniques. Work directly from observation, learning to simplify for impact. Ideal for all skill levels, this workshop offers small groups and individual guidance. You will discover Croatia's charm as our itinerary unfolds, exploring old towns, shimmering marinas, and vibrant gardens. A breathtaking boat ride and a guided tour of Dubrovnik await. Plus, indulge in the local culinary delights, savoring the essence of the region.
 
Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Instructor: Katie Dobson-Cundiff
Cost: $3490
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Captivating Landscapes: Painting Trees in Perspective"
May 22, 2024
 

Make your landscapes come alive with natural beauty and realism. In this immersive workshop, you will delve into the techniques and principles essential for creating realistic and vibrant tree compositions that breathe life into your watercolor landscapes. Stephanie Bower will guide you through the fundamentals of perspective drawing and its application in depicting trees realistically, which will help enhance your understanding and proficiency in painting trees from various perspectives. Master the techniques for creating depth and dimension in your tree compositions using light, shadow, and color. Develop your observational skills to capture the intricate details and textures of tree bark, foliage, and branches. Discover tips and tricks for creating atmospheric effects and conveying a sense of distance in your watercolor paintings.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Stephanie Bower
Cost: $79
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Figurative Open Studio: 2D"
Thursdays, May 23 - June 27, 2024
 

This comprehensive figure-focused class offers an open atelier structure in which students of all levels may pursue personal work from models in their choice of drawing or painting media. Concepts of proportion, anatomy, gesture, and light and shade will be discussed and critiqued individually, depending on the student’s experience. Model set-ups will range from croquis (short poses) to extended poses. All media are welcome for students with prior experience; drawing recommended for beginners. Note: Tuition includes a $35 models fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn
Cost: $330
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Landscape Oil Sketch - Summer Session"
Thursdays, May 23 - June 20, 2024
 

The oil sketch is a traditional way for painters to execute preparatory ideas and quickly capture initial impressions – perfect for plein air painting! Learn useful techniques for rapidly encapsulating color and form while working directly from observation. Locations with shade and restrooms include Bartram’s Garden along the Schuylkill River and the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, near Philadelphia International Airport. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to painting locations.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Narrative Painting for Fine Art and Illustration (Water-Media)"
Thursdays, May 23 - June 27, 2024
 

Develop your artistic voice through a series of drawing and painting projects with artist and award-winning illustrator, Kate Samworth. Work from observation, memory, and imagination to learn to clearly communicate your ideas through pictures. Content includes demonstrations in perspective drawing, working from reference materials, and developing the palette best suited to the intention of each work of art. Weekly feedback from instructor and group conversations/critiques will cultivate new ideas and promote understanding of course concepts. Students will work in drawing materials and the water-based color media of their choice.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kate Samworth
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Alternative Media for Illustrators"
Thursdays, May 23 - June 27, 2024
 

Refine your visual communications skills and experiment with personal style through unconventional media. In other words, this is creative playtime for adults. This course is designed for creative professionals who are eager to expand their personal mark-making language, strengthen their capacity for visual problem solving, and develop unique strategies for managing creative block. Students will be challenged with creating illustrative two- and three-dimensional work using found materials in addition to experimenting with DIY printmaking methods. Through various group exercises and individual assignments, this class will encourage artistic growth through critical thinking and process-related risk.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: James Heimer
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Photographing Key West from A Different Viewpoint"
May 23, 2024
 

Photograph Key West with a different viewpoint, looking for beauty in less-picturesque spaces of the city. Denise Burge draws upon her 32 years of experience in teaching art to lead a workshop that is packed with experiential and fun learning. The afternoon begins in the classroom with some showcasing of images and writing samples to get students in the right frame of mind. The group will then proceed outdoors to spend some time photographing before meeting up to discuss the day’s discoveries. This experience aims to sensitize artists to the deeper beauty of eroded and overgrown form, vernacular spaces, and the beautiful effect of light on a surface as surprising as a sidewalk.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Denise Burge
Cost: $75 / $60 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Painting on Glass"
May 24, 2024
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own 8" x 8" plate using glass as your canvas. No painting experience is necessary! This is a fun workshop so bring a friend and create something new! Once you’ve finished your creations, Kathy will take them to her studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished plates to the Academy for you to pick up a week later. In addition to the registration cost, students should bring $20 cash to pay the instructor for their materials, which she will provide for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Urban Landscape Drawing"
Fridays, May 24 - June 28, 2024
 

Capture Philadelphia’s picturesque historic and commercial architecture, using fundamental observational drawing techniques. Learn simple methods for applying the principles of linear and atmospheric perspective to your drawings, giving them dimension and depth. Students at all experience levels are welcome, with instruction designed to appeal both to those who enjoy portraying landscape subjects in the open air and to students seeking to hone their basic drawing skills. This course takes place in easy-to-access Central Philadelphia and University City locations. Restrooms are available near all sites. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to drawing locations.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Figure Painting: Alla Prima and Limited Palette"
Saturdays, May 25 - June 29, 2024
 

Painting the human form from observation is one of the cornerstones of PAFA's long tradition of rigorous instruction. Working from the nude model, investigate color mixing, proportion, and composition using oil paint as a medium. Focusing on alla prima painting techniques and a limited flesh-tone palette, learn to model the human form through gesture, shape, volume, and temperature – excellent for painted sketches and preparatory studies, foundations for extended work, or an introduction/refresher to figure painting. Intended for all skill levels, this course also offers the valuable opportunity for more advanced students to continue to hone their skills to deepen their understanding of the language of painting. Instruction will be geared toward oil, but students may draw-only, or use other appropriate media.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wilson
Cost: $330
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Metal Sculpture"
Saturdays, May 25 - June 29, 2024
 

This six-week course teaches the basic skills needed for making metal sculpture. Learn fundamental methods of cutting, bending and welding metal such as sawing, heating, and MIG welding. Students will be encouraged to explore the medium with directness and spontaneity to gain a knowledge and understanding of its complexion. Note: Tuition includes a $25 lab fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Steve Nocella
Cost: $320
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Makers' Retreats: Discover Lino Cut with Emily Robertson"
May 25 - June 1, 2024
 

Throughout the week you will be introduced to the art of lino cut printmaking with Emily Robertson. Drawing inspiration from the luxuriant, natural environment of Clos Mirabel and its surrounds, Emily will guide you in the creation of your own lino cut prints. She will demonstrate the full lino printmaking process; drawing designs, carving & printing by hand. This course is suitable for any level of experience. You will be taught techniques that can easily be used for work you can create back home, as well as ways to improve the quality and even consistency of your prints.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Emily Robertson
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 450€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Oil painting adventure in Sicily"
May 25 - June 1, 2024
 

Join us for another amazing painting adventure with Lori Putnam and Kevin Macpherson in Sicily. Western Sicily's splendid atmosphere offers you the opportunity to discover hundreds of picturesque painting spots. Together with Kevin's and Lori's charm and inspiration, we are certain you will have a wonderful time. At the end of the week, you will leave this adventure excited, ready to experiment more on your own; and, above all, pointed toward meaningful, personal artistic growth. Plein air experience strongly recommended. Only for a small group of Artist Friends.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Lori Putnam & Kevin Macpherson
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Painting Lake Como in Watercolor"
May 25 - June 1, 2024
 

A Sketchbook Journaling Workshop with Karen Ramsay. Come join us and capture Lake Como in watercolor! As we fill our art travel journals with sketching and watercolors, Karen will give us tips and tricks for improving this special skill. Sketching on location, while traveling, is an art form that you can take with you on every future trip and the sketches that you create will become a treasured visual diary of your travel. During the week, we will guide you to the finest spots along the shores of the picturesque Lake Como with its charming lakeside towns, its Renaissance architecture, Italian villas and terraced gardens. Lake Como has a timeless beauty where you will find endless inspiration to create art!
 
Location: Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Karen Ramsay
Cost: $3,890
Sponsor: Alpine Creative Tours
Website, email, 970-846-9000


"Van Gogh & Cezanne in the Provence"
May 26 - June 2, 2024
 

This retreat will take you to where Van Gogh and Cézanne painted many masterpieces. You will be inspired by the rich locations of Arles, Saint Remi, and Aix-en-Provence. Your Hosts Tali Farchi (NL) and Shay Avivi (IL) are accomplished painters and teachers, providing art instruction to enrich your creative process. They’ll share information about these master's lives and how they worked. The ArtisTTable has hosted hundreds of artists of all levels and backgrounds. During this retreat, we will stay in the center of Arles giving easy access to this historic city. This all-inclusive art retreat boasts delicious meals, exclusive day trips, and lots of art-making. It will be a trip you won't forget.
 
Location: Arles, France
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Shay Avivi
Cost: 3,100$
Sponsor: Artist Table
Website, email, +31624903316


"Figure Drawing Workshop"
May 26, 2024
 

Don’t miss this opportunity to work with renowned artist, educator and author Roberto Osti! Gain confidence in your ability to render the human form and handling of materials. Proportions, anatomy and methods of measuring will be emphasized as you draw with the instructor from a live model. Media and techniques include graphite on white paper, charcoal on white paper, charcoal and chalk on toned paper.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 1-267-514-8647


"Drawing Auto-Biographical Comics"
May 27, 2024
 

Draw on your experience to create graphic renderings of your life. Ajuan shares the works of several comic creators, showing how this diverse group of individuals draw themselves. Students compare the artists’ self portraits with the artists’ press photos, while Ajuan discusses the strategies veteran comic creators use to create a character to represent themselves on the page. Participants will then use the same strategies to create drawings of themselves, and using a handful of autobiographical writing prompts, create a 4- to 6-panel autobiographical comic.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Ajuan Mance
Cost: $85 / $70 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Comprehensive Portrait Sculpture"
Tuesdays, May 28 - July 2, 2024
 

Modeling the portrait in clay is a foundational skill of traditional sculpture. Working from a model, learn to create a portrait from composition to completed sculpture. Instruction for this uniquely comprehensive course will encompass learning to build an armature, modeling the form in clay, and casting in plaster to preserve the finished artwork. Topics of study will include proportion, composition, structure, and simplified sculptural form.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Morgan Dummitt
Cost: $590
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Plunge"
Tuesdays, May 28 - July 2, 2024
 

Join Tony Rosati, PAFA BFA faculty and accomplished watercolorist, in this live Zoom class designed for those with little or no experience in watercolor. Acquire a thorough grounding in basic watercolor materials and techniques, including papers, brushes and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Gain the confidence to progress in your skills and enjoyment in the medium, in future studies or personal expression.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Tony Rosati
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Masters' Guide to Abstract Painting"
Tuesdays, May 28 - July 30, 2024
 

Abstraction in art can look like a variety of different things, from the painterly glow of a Turner seascape to the flattened patterns of a Matisse interior to Pollock’s nonobjective drip technique. Learn from master artists throughout modern art history by trying on their techniques to find your own personal style! Explore different paint application methods, color interactions, and compositional tactics as you take on different subjects, including still life, interiors, landscape, and the figure or self-portrait…using the examples of Helen Frankenthaler, David Hockney, Mickalene Thomas, and other master artists to guide you. Each session will include lecture and artist examples, in-class painting time, and one-on-one feedback from the instructor. Open to all media and levels but drawing experience recommended.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Susan Sullivan
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting over the Line"
Wednesdays, May 29 - August 7, 2024
 

Learn to explore new possibilities and paint more intuitively under the guidance of artist/critic/mentor Kassem Amoudi! Work from personal subject matter (objects, images, emotions, or ideas) to find your own visual language, informed by examples from contemporary and modern art. Examine how to use concepts of color, harmony, focal point, space, and mark-making as powerful tools of personal expression. Open painting is heavily supported by critiques and advice from the instructor as he works one-on-one with each student to guide them in their personal style and goals. This course is excellent for students pursuing abstract or nonobjective imagery, seeking knowledgeable feedback and a focused community painting environment. Painting experience recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Lithography"
Wednesdays, May 29 - August 7, 2024
 

Lithography is a versatile printmaking process that allows for a complete range of drawing effects: contour line, hatching/cross-hatching, painterly wash applications, expressive mark-making, and reductive techniques. Learn all aspects of the lithographic process through step-by-step demonstrations and hands-on practice: preparing a traditional stone or lightweight aluminum plate; creating your own drawing from observation, imagination or photographic transfer using a range of drawing materials; selecting paper; printing in black-and-white and color; and editioning your prints. Note: Tuition includes a $20 lab fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ron Wyffels
Cost: $470
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Screenprinting and Beyond"
Thursdays, May 30 - August 8, 2024
 

The versatile nature of screenprinting lends itself to printing on paper, fabric and other surfaces. For the beginner, this course will cover all aspects of the process including screen preparation, image development, and printing techniques. Printmakers with experience may propose independent projects. Note: Tuition includes $20 lab fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Tony Rosati
Cost: $470
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Loosen Up Your Paintings"
May 30 - June 1, 2024
 

This workshop is for all skill levels from beginner to advanced. Penix will cover topics such as the power of warms and cools, complementaries, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, elements of light and shadow, the power of suggestion and seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships. There will be a strong emphasis on making your paintings more three-dimensional. Students will use oils (other mediums are welcome) to paint from photos. They will have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of boats, cityscapes, figures, birds, hanging fruit and fish. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos if they choose.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Derek Penix
Cost: $550
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Workshop"
June 1-8, 2024
 

Come and paint in beautiful Provence with Carol Carter. Carol will share her unique watercolor technique, painting from background to foreground, using dynamic and inventive color. Each day in the studio, Carol will share her watercolor techniques while teaching site specific tutorials. The workshop will provide templates, reference photos and materials information. Painting workshop from 9 am to noon followed by conclusion and small critique till about 1pm. In the afternoon, we will visit some villages in Provence that will be the topic of our next day painting: time for photography and sketching. Relax, enjoy, learn a new watercolor technique or two among the camaraderie of other artists while savoring gourmet food and French wines.
 
Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Carol Carter
Cost: $3,990
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Stone Carving"
Saturdays, June 1 - August 10, 2024
 

Explore the possibilities of stone carving by using traditional and nontraditional methods. All processes from rough carving to polishing will be covered, and various tools and techniques will be demonstrated. Develop proficiency in basic tool use including manual carving, pneumatic carving, sawing, grinding, and sanding. Open to all levels. Tuition includes $20 lab fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Steve Nocella
Cost: $470
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Plein Air Painting in Gouache"
Saturdays, June 1-29, 2024
 

Gouache (opaque watercolor paint) is the perfect medium for landscape painting in the open air! Painters of all levels will fall in love with it as a portable, fast-drying, and easy-to-clean-up alternative to oils. Explore gouache’s subtle but vibrant color and versatile application methods as you portray the beauty of Philadelphia’s parks in your own personal style. Learn techniques for choosing a composition, mixing color, and working efficiently outdoors as you complete a series of rapid sketches and at least one sustained painting. Open to all levels. Painting locations featuring shade, restrooms, and other amenities may include Wissahickon Park in Mt. Airy, Washington Square Park near Independence Hall, and Bartram's Garden in Southwest Philadelphia. Students are responsible for their own transportation.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Makers' Retreats: Untamed Improvisation - Quilting Retreat with Sheila Frampton-Cooper"
June 1-8, 2024
 

Come, share your passion for quilting & painting on fabric with like-minded enthusiasts against the backdrop of France’s serene landscapes, vivacious culture, and historical charm. Join us as we explore inspiring landscapes and captivating landmarks, gathering creative inspiration for your fiber art masterpieces. These instructive and invigorating journeys will enhance not only your understanding of motifs but also your ability to integrate and juxtapose elements within your fiber art compositions. One of the course’s key aspects is the development of your personalized idea book - a valuable resource for organizing and archiving your artistic vision. We will discuss its creation and utility, ensuring that your book successfully captures your observations and serves as a vital tool for future artistic endeavors.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Sheila Frampton-Cooper
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + $1,100 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Finding Your Voice in Watercolor"
June 2-7, 2024
 

Watercolor paintings can be so much more than a checklist of watercolor techniques. David goes beyond paint application basics and shows how to construct strong, vibrant, personality-filled paintings. David firmly believes that planning does not destroy creativity, but creates opportunity. Daily one-on-one critiques and demos will be vital to helping you find your watercolor voice.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: David Daniels
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Bold & Beautiful Watercolors"
June 5-7, 2024
 

Join us for a transformative three-day workshop with award-winning artist Andy Evansen. During this immersive class, Andy will lead you on a journey to explore the vast possibilities and potential of watercolor. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced artist, his expertise and teaching style will help you discover new techniques, refine your skills, and gain confidence in your artistic abilities. Through a series of hands-on exercises, demonstrations, and personalized feedback, you'll learn how to capture the essence and atmosphere of landscapes in watercolor. Andy's approach emphasizes boldness, beauty, and creativity, encouraging you to push the boundaries of traditional watercolor techniques and express your unique artistic vision. Join us and discover the full extent of your artistic capabilities!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Any Evansen
Cost: $340
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Figure as a Point of Departure Workshop"
June 7-9, 2024
 

If you are tired of getting lost in the details and traditional modes of representational painting and want to take a risk by exploring new ways of expressing the human form, this class is for you. Learn to paint and draw the human figure in a looser, more expressionistic contemporary manner. Expert instruction and advice from the instructor will push students to work more intuitively, allowing unplanned marks and passages to become artistic breakthroughs. Examples of contemporary ways of using the figure will be provided to enhance your understanding of the abstract qualities of space, line and color. Sessions include live painting time, with critiques and advice from the instructor. Open to all levels of figure drawing/painting experience.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Botanical Drawing and Painting with Catherine Watters"
June 8-15, 2024
 

Join Catherine Watters for one week of drawing and painting the incredibly diverse flora of Clos Mirabel, using watercolours and/or coloured pencils to capture the colours and textures of the plants. Discover the fascinating world of Botanical Art, starting with a walk around the magnificent property to choose your subject. A variety of plants will be in bloom including Roses, Hydrangeas, Iris, Lupin, Lilies and numerous fruits and vegetables growing in the Orchard. Catherine will introduce her 10 stages to successfully illustrate a subject. You will carefully observe, measure and draw your subject focusing on form, light and texture. All levels of experience are welcome.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Catherine Watters
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 450€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Mosaic Workshop"
June 8-15, 2024
 

Intro: brief history of mosaic – main mosaic techniques – focus on the direct method. Materials: learn how to use various materials, adhesives and alternative supports. In this course you will use: glass, lava stone, terracotta, resin, concrete, natural stones and recycled materials. Tools: knowledge and usage of the key tools (hardie, hammer, glass cutter and pliers). Processes: theoretical and practical study of 1) Ceramization of the lava stone – 2) Application of the gold leaf – 3) Usage of resin. Advanced: how to design and realize more complex things like 3D works, land art, jewelry and luminous works. End of course: creation of a unique and fully customized mosaic work of art, for each student.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Michele Picone
Cost: € 2600
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 9-16, 2024
 

Join acclaimed watercolorist and instructor, Margie Samuels, for a magical week painting in the breathtaking French Alps! Each morning will start with a brief review of the watercolor skills that you will be using in that day’s plein air landscape. These lessons, focusing on various techniques, will take your watercolor painting to the next level. Each day participants will be given a “painting challenge,” where you can carry these new skills into the plein air landscape that you are creating. With a maximum size of just 15 students, there will be plenty of opportunity for individual instruction. Each location will include an on-site demonstration by Margie where you will get to see the steps it takes to bring your painting to life.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Margie Samuels
Cost: $3,990
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
June 10-19, 2024
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Nine full days of plein air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, and gastronomy in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our teaching approach and groups limited to eight participants allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3975 (around US$ 3000) includes instruction, 9-night accommodation in single and double rooms (limited single rooms available at no extra cost), all breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.), train ticket to Florence, and a tour to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Lucignano, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3000
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Pen & Watercolor Illustration in Tuscany!"
June 12-19, 2024
 

Picture yourself sitting in an outdoor cafe in one of the piazzas, sketchbook in hand, immersed in capturing the life around you while enjoying a cappuccino. Let me share the techniques I use in my work using a very portable means of sketching - pen and ink and watercolor – to record the beautiful, sensitive lines of an old building or the bold strokes of a street scene. Learn to zoom in on the important elements when working in the field to create interesting compositions and lasting memories with texture and rich washes of color! This class covers pen and ink and watercolor wash techniques, composition and simple perspective.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Ann Thomas
Cost: From $3,850.00 per person all-inclusive
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-407-7127


"Fine Art Mentorship with Mary Whyte"
Wednesdays, June 12 - November 20, 2024
 

Embark on a transformative artistic journey alongside the acclaimed artist Mary Whyte in an exclusive six-month mentorship course crafted to elevate your artistic abilities and unlock your true creative potential. Building on the foundation of Mary's Portraiture Masterclass, this course takes a deep dive into the intricacies of her video series, allowing you to seamlessly integrate its fundamental lessons into the creation of your own art. Mary will offer bi-weekly personalized feedback, providing invaluable insights to refine your technique and sharpen your artistic vision. This ongoing interaction serves as a catalyst for growth, offering expert guidance tailored to your unique artistic journey. Gain inspiration and knowledge that will deepen your understanding of the creative process.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $2195
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Photographing the Lowcountry: Pickney Island Wildlife Refuge"
June 12, 2024
 

Have you always loved snapping pictures of our beautiful Lowcountry, but consider yourself an amateur? Do you ever find yourself wishing you had a little more knowledge on how to capture the best photographs every time? Well worry no longer because this class was specifically designed for people like you! Join local instructor and photographer, Kendra Natter, and learn the ins and outs of capturing the best photographs every time! In this course, Kendra will take students around Pickney Island capturing the beautiful foliage and wildlife.
 
Location: Beaufort, South Carolina
Instructor: Kendra Natter
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Finding Freedom with Intuitive & Playful Watercolor"
June 13, 2024
 

Join Angela Fehr for an immersive journey into intuitive, playful watercolor painting. This dynamic class encourages experimentation and spontaneity, helping you unlock your creativity and express yourself with confidence. Perfect for beginners and experienced artists alike, Angela's expert guidance will inspire you to explore new techniques and embrace your unique artistic vision. Join us for "Finding Freedom with Intuitive & Playful Watercolor" and discover the joy of painting without limits.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Angela Fehr
Cost: $79
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Photography 101"
June 14, 2024
 

Do you love snapping photographs but consider yourself an amateur? Do you own a nice camera but don't know how to use it or, maybe you know how to use it but only its basic functions? Well look no farther for help because this class was designed specifically for you! Academy instructor and Lowcountry photographer Kendra Natter will help students learn the different functions of their digital camera so that they know how to use it in the most efficient manner going forward.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kendra Natter
Cost: $60
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting Holidays: Gestural Figure and Essential Still Life Watercolour with Wendy Artin"
June 15-22, 2024
 

Join international artist and art educator Wendy Artin at Clos Mirabel in South West France for a week-long painting workshop. During this class, emphasis is put on watercolour techniques and live drawings. Painting instruction will explore the finer details of nature through wet washes, colour, light and form. All levels are welcome. We will spend 5 mornings painting the live model for 2 hours, with poses ranging from 30 seconds to 20 minutes. After personally picking a still life subject from the gardens, we will paint preparatory sketches and work on longer paintings, experimenting with wet on wet, edge control, composition, shadows, and colour. There will be one free day for visiting the surrounding area or painting on one’s own.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Wendy Artin
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 500€ tuition fee + 50€ model fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Sculpture Casting Workshop"
June 15-22, 2024
 

An exploratory course in the art of casting and mold-making. Learn to cast a relief of your face, torso, feet or hands in plaster gauze with various finishes to create a memorable self-portrait. Fabricate one or more reusable molds in latex rubber, silicone, and polyurethane rubber with mother-molds. Experiment with various materials to cast your forms from the fabricated molds. Assemble cast forms into a cohesive sculpture or a repetitive compositional design. Materials will be supplied. Take home all artwork made. This is a wonderful opportunity to create art in a beautiful setting with gorgeous views, delicious cuisine, accommodating lodging and enjoy the magical atmosphere that is truly special of the Umbria region of Italy. Course taught in English.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Wascher
Cost: 2500 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Painting in Provence: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
June 15-22, 2024
 

There’s a bookshelf in my studio that holds more than 30 travel sketchbooks. Every time I browse through them, memories of a specific place come flooding back — and not just the sights. Sounds, scents and flavours, snippets of conversations with a farmer, the taste of my morning coffee and brioche — it’s all still there, fresh in my mind, the moment I crack open a sketchbook. That’s what I love best about travel sketching. How the act of putting pencil and paint to paper enriches the total experience, and preserves it forever. Come sketch with me in Provence, where we’ll capture this historic region’s beauty and character in our sketchbooks.
 
Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf
Cost: $3,990
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Abstracted Landscapes"
June 15, 2024
 

Unleash a new level in your painting! Choose a photograph of your own and explore methods and techniques for abstracting a scene from a small value or color study to a larger contemporary piece. A short demo, art examples and individual instruction will be provided throughout the day. Students may work in oil or acrylic. Please bring several photos to choose from and include one small (6 x 6 to 8 x 10) and one large (16 x 20 to 24 x 36) substrate with your supplies.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Abby Ober
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Painting in the Dutch Landscape"
June 16-23, 2024
 

Many of the Dutch painters were influenced by the light in the flat countries. In June we will meet in Zwolle, the Netherlands and the surrounding which is in the area of the Overijssel north-east province. Not only painting and sketching are in the program, but also stone carving, Monotype and print workshops, and exciting local stuff that a regular tourist won't be able to see or do, as Tali Lives here. She is very involved in the "Arty" scene and will introduce you to artists, places, landscapes, private gardens, and local homes. This all-inclusive art retreat boasts delicious meals, exclusive day trips, and lots of artmaking and Plein air painting. It will be a trip you won't forget.
 
Location: Zwolle, The Netherlands
Instructor: Tali Farchi
Cost: 3,100$
Website, email, +31624903316


"Perfectly Imperfect Mark Making"
June 16-20, 2024
 

Our world moves very fast. This retreat-like workshop focuses on slowing down and relishing in process rather than product. Supplies needed are minimal and no machine is necessary. Small compositions will be created with an emphasis on how to use the hand stitch as a major design element. So grab a bag of fabric scraps and your favorite hand sewing tools, and jump on board. This is not a technique workshop where you learn how to hand stitch. The focus is on using the stitch line as mark making on cloth. The stitch marks are the brush strokes that make the composition complete. Each day opens with a design presentation. Students will explore personal mark making preferences, with the power of parallel play in groups.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Deborah Fell
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Lush and Lively Colored Pencil"
June 17-21, 2024
 

Discover the "pointed potential" of colored pencil! Kristy Kutch, author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil, The New Colored Pencil, and the featured artist in 4 instructional DVDs, has taught colored pencil workshops nationwide. She provides an informative and enjoyable in-person classroom atmosphere. Both "traditional" (waxy) and watercolor pencils will be included, with fascinating "painterly" techniques for both types of pencils. Explore a wide range of compatible papers and boards which lend themselves beautifully to this dynamic medium. There will be demonstrations, individual attention, many materials to sample, and a generous cache of take-home supplies for each student. Enjoy an unforgettable workshop in the Blue Ridge Mountains with a gracious, helpful staff and a top-notch studio atmosphere.
 
Location: Boone, North Carolina
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Cheap Joe's Art Stuff
Website, email, 800-227-2788


"Summer Solstice Plein Air Watercolor Workshop"
June 18-21, 2024
 

Through plein air painting, discover what moves you most and how to make your mark based on the adventure of seeing, guided by a popular instructor, New York/Key West artist Susan Sugar. Each evening begins with a group critique with the goal of becoming comfortable sharing your process with other painters. After the group critique, students disperse to paint on their own while Susan circulates from person to person, offering individual counsel, as needed. The workshop culminates with a final critique and potluck at Sugar’s home/studio Turtle House and an exhibition of student work hosted by The Studios of Key West at a later date.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Susan Sugar
Cost: $275 / $225 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Painting in Provence: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
June 22-29, 2024
 

There’s a bookshelf in my studio that holds more than 30 travel sketchbooks. Every time I browse through them, memories of a specific place come flooding back — and not just the sights. Sounds, scents and flavours, snippets of conversations with a farmer, the taste of my morning coffee and brioche — it’s all still there, fresh in my mind, the moment I crack open a sketchbook. That’s what I love best about travel sketching. How the act of putting pencil and paint to paper enriches the total experience, and preserves it forever. Come sketch with me in Provence, where we’ll capture this historic region’s beauty and character in our sketchbooks.
 
Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf
Cost: $3,990
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolour Workshop - Landscape Painting with Qi Yang"
June 22-29, 2024
 

The Work of Qi Yang challenges two painting conceptions of Western and Eastern arts constantly. Yang merges Zen, together with German Expressionism that emphasizes emotion in the paintings through lines, colors, composition and technique. This workshop offers painting combined with poetic thinking for the Italian landscape – from the region Toscana to Assisi. We will at first learn to sketch nature directly in front of beautiful surroundings, for example, trees, forests, mountains, waters and ancient castles, churches, old houses, etc. After sketching the techniques of aquarelle and color ink will be taught, both of which can be used either separately or as mixed technique. Accompanied with the workshop the art theory of the composition on the landscape painting will be taught.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Qi Yang
Cost: 2600 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Sculpture Casting Workshop"
June 22-29, 2024
 

An exploratory course in the art of casting and mold-making. Learn to cast a relief of your face, torso, feet or hands in plaster gauze with various finishes to create a memorable self-portrait. Fabricate one or more reusable molds in latex rubber, silicone, and polyurethane rubber with mother-molds. Experiment with various materials to cast your forms from the fabricated molds. Assemble cast forms into a cohesive sculpture or a repetitive compositional design. Materials will be supplied. Take home all artwork made. This is a wonderful opportunity to create art in a beautiful setting with gorgeous views, delicious cuisine, accommodating lodging and enjoy the magical atmosphere that is truly special of the Umbria region of Italy. Course taught in English.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Wascher
Cost: 2500 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Painless Perspective Workshop"
June 22-23, 2024
 

Perspective is at the heart of good drawing. It allows us to transform the 3D world into a believable 2D image, and it need not be difficult to understand. With still life and interiors as subject matter, learn basic principles and simple methods presented in clear language and without the need for special tools or complex geometry. This workshop serves as a good foundation for further study in drawing. A modest amount of previous drawing experience is recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Makers' Retreats: Conversations between Drawing and Thread with Chloe Briggs & Angela Maddock"
June 22-29, 2024
 

This workshop brings together two artists, Chloe Briggs & Angela Maddock, in an immersive week of drawing and textile making. Inspired by the gardens and landscape of Clos Mirabel in South West France, you will be encouraged to develop your individual style with the support and guidance of these skilled and generous practitioner/tutors. Chloe will share her enthusiasm for drawing and love of colour and Angela will share many textile making techniques, including embroidery stitches, couching, applique and trapunto quilting.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Chloe Briggs & Angela Maddock
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £450 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Still Life with Water Mixable Oils"
June 22, 2024
 

Wondering what Water Mixable (Soluble) Oil paints are all about? Known for blurring the line between watercolor and oil paintings, Beth Bathe's unparalleled style evokes feelings of nostalgia, like an old sepia-toned photograph. Beth uses unconventional tools including squeegees and Q-tips, along with her brushes focusing on composition, values, edges, and drawing rather than color. During this one-day intensive workshop, Beth shares her unique technique with students. In the morning Beth will do a demo from a still life setup and show how she uses simple apps on her phone to simplify forms, enhance value and emphasize composition. In the afternoon students will work from similar still life setups. This workshop is for all level of painters.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Beth Bathe
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Botanical Drawing and Painting Intensive"
June 24-28, 2024
 

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. Tuition includes a $15 materials fee for floral subjects, provided. 
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Linda Gist
Cost: $465
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2024"
June 25 - July 6, 2024
 

A unique art workshop/art tour open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Seven days of plein-air painting, art history/theory lectures, and gastronomy in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence followed by four days visiting Barcelona’s top art sites and enjoying Catalan cuisine. The price of CAD 4475 per person (around US$ 3350) includes instruction,11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 healthy lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from the Manosque train station to our lodge, transportation to all painting sites, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrance fees to all sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Miró Museum, etc.). Limited single rooms for a supplement of CAD 850 around US$ 650.
 
Location: Alpes de Haute-Provence, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3350
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2024"
June 25 - July 6, 2024
 

A unique art workshop/art tour open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Seven days of plein-air painting, art history/theory lectures, and gastronomy in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence followed by four days visiting Barcelona’s top art sites and enjoying Catalan cuisine. The price of CAD 4475 per person (around US$ 3350) includes instruction,11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 healthy lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from the Manosque train station to our lodge, transportation to all painting sites, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrance fees to all sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Miró Museum, etc.). Limited single rooms for a supplement of CAD 850 around US$ 650.
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3350
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Studio Painting: Beyond the Basics"
June 26-28, 2024
 

The Beyond the Basics series is designed to explore, more in depth, some specific aspects of painting; aspects that are beyond a painter’s general knowledge. In this class we will focus on “Selection”…what to paint, how to organize your subject matter on the canvas, and how to select the color scheme. A color booklet of notes and four weeks of online guidance will be provided as a follow up to class.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $550
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"French Village Art Immersion"
June 26 - July 6, 2024
 

Join us for a 10-night French village art immersion experience in the beautiful and diverse Occitanie region in the South of France. Cristina Metelli and Catherine Mackenzie will provide instructions and guidance, inviting you to explore realistic and expressive drawing and oil painting techniques in-studio and outdoors. We will start with a one-day in-studio workshop, followed by sketching and painting in beautiful nearby locations. Our en plein air sites will include Mediterranean fishing ports, rustic villages, the Canal du Midi and the stunning Haute Languedoc. For fun and inspiration, we will visit local artists, galleries, wineries and produce markets, and include some free time for relaxation, exploring the local village, or continuing your own painting in-studio or by the pool.
 
Location: Roujan, France
Instructor: Cristina Metelli
Cost: 2550 Euros
Sponsor: Cerulean Studio
Website, email, +61408858320


"Painting on Glass: The Triple Dipper Platter"
June 28, 2024
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own triple dipper platter using glass as your canvas. No painting experience is necessary! This is a fun workshop so bring a friend and create something new! Once you’ve finished your creations, Kathy will take them to her studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished plates to the Academy for you to pick up a week later. In addition to the registration cost, students should bring $20 cash to pay the instructor for their materials, which she will provide for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor Workshop"
June 29-30, 2024
 

Interested in learning 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, and/or their own source material. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting Holidays: Trees of Indian Miniature Painting with Samantha Buckley"
June 29 - July 6, 2024
 

Join Samantha Buckley for an exciting painting workshop exploring the traditional techniques of Indian miniature painting. The park and gardens of Atelier Clos Mirabel including century old trees, will inspire your artwork and provide a relaxing setting for this week-long creative retreat in South West France. During this course, students will discover the traditional techniques of Indian miniature painting, focusing in particular on the wonderful world of trees. Exploring the pattern, texture and colour, students will learn how to prepare and burnish their paper in the traditional Indian way, as well as make paints from pigments. The delicate technique of Prataj (shading) will also be taught using the very fine Indian squirrel hair brush unique to this art form.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Samantha Buckley
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £400 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Monoprint/Etching"
Mondays, July 1 - August 5, 2024
 

This course presents basic intaglio and monotype printing techniques including monoprint, drypoint, etching, aquatint, collograph and polymer plate methods. Image embellishments will include embossing, chine collé, collage, paper plates and mixed media techniques. All levels welcome; experienced students may continue independent work. Tuition includes a $20 lab fee. 
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Tony Rosati
Cost: $315
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Holistic Figure Drawing"
Tuesdays, July 2 - August 6, 2024
 

Develop your ability to render the human form through the time-honored combination of anatomical study and life drawing with noted artist and author Roberto Osti.  Learn the methods and technical skills traditionally associated with beautiful figure drawing, such as measuring, tonal rendering, anatomical structuring, and establishing the effects of light on the figure, using graphite on white paper, charcoal and chalk on toned paper, reduction techniques, and the trois crayons technique. Through the instructor’s in-depth anatomical drawing demonstrations and work from the life model, learn the structural aspects of the human form: basic landmarks, essential volumes, and proportional relationships. Progress to the main muscle groups to identify their surface effects and aesthetic characteristics, and how they influence mass and movement.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: $590
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Impasto Painting"
Tuesdays, July 2 - August 6, 2024
 

Impasto is a technique in which paint is applied in very thick layers, often with visible brush or painting-knife strokes, to impart texture, expression, or even sculptural effects.  Impasto techniques have been an essential part of painting history, from the underlying vigorous brushwork of Renaissance artists to the distinctive mark-making of past and contemporary masters such as Rembrandt, Van Gogh, de Kooning, Soutine, Lucian Freud, and Auerbach. Learn techniques to build a thick, textured surface to find your own unique impasto style in this course.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Charles Muldowney
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Abstract Drawing/Mixed-Media: 10 Rules for Art Students"
Tuesdays, July 2 - August 6, 2024
 

Artist, philosopher, and influential 20th-century composer John Cage, along with artist and educator Sister Corita Kent, developed a set of 10 Rules for Students and Teachers to encourage artistic production. Learn to apply these valuable guidelines to your own creative processes to find useful and meaningful ways of generating ideas, moving past ruts or stumbling blocks, and maintaining a steady and productive studio practice.  This hands-on drawing/mixed-media class will utilize engaging exercises to challenge you to go beyond your comfort zone and find inspiration in chance and impediments. Work on paper in your choice of media from imagination or prompts to explore means of building abstract imagery through personal means of mark-making and layering.  Instruction will be supplemented by discussions.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing from Photos"
Tuesdays, July 2 - August 6, 2024
 

Learn strategies to translate your photographs into drawings that both retain the photo’s realism and promote your personal expression. Using colored pencil, explore tactics for accurately translating your imagery to your drawing surface; identifying, mixing, and layering color to achieve vibrant effects; creating realism through the study of texture, light, and contrast; and employing addition and subtraction techniques to expand your range of mark-making. Work from your choice of photographic subject matter – a great option for students seeking to make art from personal experiences, capture family and friends, or expand their interests and skills in landscapes, animals, or other subject matter not easily accessible. This course is excellent for beginners or those interested in colored pencil or photorealistic drawing techniques.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Alicia Mino
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Oil Painting: Comprehending Color"
Wednesdays, July 3 - August 14, 2024
 

Without question, every oil painter benefits from color mixing instruction:  Understanding how to accurately see, mix, and adjust color not only allows you to achieve the results you want in your work but also enables you to avoid the pitfalls of wasting paint though inaccurate and poorly understood pigment mixing.  Explore key methods and principles for effective color mixing, using a limited palette to create prismatic hues and earth tone colors. Instruction will address the role of light in the visual perception of color, as well as subtractive and additive color systems. Work from varied still life arrangements to put your color comprehension into practice, and advance your painting skills for all subject matter. 
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Plein Air Painting in Valley Forge"
Wednesdays, July 3-31, 2024
 

Enjoy open-air painting in beautiful Valley Forge National Historical Park, a painter’s delight of lush scenery and historic architecture! Located in Montgomery County, 35 minutes northwest of Center City Philadelphia, the park features great views of the Schuylkill River, Valley Creek, the Valley Forge Farm, Mt. Joy, Mt. Misery, and many valleys, cabins, and colonial houses, with ample parking and access to restrooms. Working from diverse landscape subject matter, students will learn the essential materials, tools, techniques, and strategies for painting on site. Instruction will cover a variety of plein air approaches, including painting with a knife and brush, painting from an imprimatura, Macchiaioli painting, and working from sketches to block in local color.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Charles Muldowney
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Essential Drawing Techniques"
Wednesdays, July 3 - August 14, 2024
 

Draw what you see competently and with confidence. Drawing is not only the basis for other creative endeavors like painting and sculpting, but also a powerful means of describing the world around you and expressing yourself. Instruction will address fundamental concepts including line, shape, perspective, value, and composition. Draw from still life objects, the life model, and more while learning the proper use of drawing materials, sight-measuring methods to accurately gauge proportions and space, shading techniques to develop three-dimensional form and contrast, and means of developing personal expression. Ideal for beginners and those in need of a refresher. Tuition includes a $10 models fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: $305
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor: Depicting the Natural World"
Wednesdays, July 3 - August 2, 2024
 

The natural world is an infinite and fantastic source of inspiration for the artist, and the versatility and luminosity of watercolor make it the perfect technique for recording nature in a fresh and fun way.  In this course, learn fundamental drawing techniques and essential watercolor techniques to create both quick field sketches and detailed, finished artworks. Subject matter will include flowers, plants, and animals. Reference images will be gathered through observational sketches and photography.  An ideal course for those interested in both the fine arts and the Illustration field.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing with Ink"
Wednesdays, July 3 - August 2, 2024
 

Drawing with ink offers a wealth of descriptive and expressive possibilities for fine art and illustration purposes. Learn pen, brush, and quill techniques to create rich values, crisp lines, textural or decorative effects, and atmospheric washes. Hatching, cross-hatching, stippling, and wash methods will be covered, as well as preparatory drawing and corrective strategies. Students will work from still-life, interiors, and photos with demonstrations, critiques, and posted content from the instructor toward helping each individual realize their goals in the medium.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David Wilson
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting Holidays: Painting the Figure in Nature with Mario Andres Robinson"
July 6-13, 2024
 

Join Mario Andres Robinson at Atelier Clos Mirabel in South West France for a week of painting. This workshop will focus on accurately drawing and painting a portrait outdoors with a live model. Classes will take place in the studio and on location. Students will render the subject in a comprehensive manner, executing a detailed drawing of the model and learning how to employ a monochromatic block-in to properly identify the values of the subject. The class will culminate with a full application of color, using thin glaze layers of watercolor. The objective is to demonstrate how a methodical approach increases the depth and sense of realism in paintings. The tutor will give a demonstration and provide personal instruction.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Mario Andres Robinson
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + $550 tuition fee + $35 Model fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Watercolor atmospheric landscape in Sicily"
July 6-13, 2024
 

Join us for a week of landscape watercolor painting in the Sicilian seaside with Prafull B. Sawant. Prafull Sawant is an Indian contemporary artist, he has long been considered one of the foremost Realistic artists in the world. He is best known for his Plain Air atmospheric landscapes that captures the light to create the mood and space of the scene. We are so proud that he’s coming to SALINARA for the first time. Daily painting excursions to surrounding salt pans, local markets, vineyards, villages such as the medieval town Erice, and Archeological Park of Selinunte, one of the most flourishing classical civilizations of the Mediterranean area. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Prafull B. Sawant
Cost: From € 2050
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Mosaic Workshop"
July 6-13, 2024
 

Intro: brief history of mosaic – main mosaic techniques – focus on the direct method. Materials: learn how to use various materials, adhesives and alternative supports. In this course you will use: glass, lava stone, terracotta, resin, concrete, natural stones and recycled materials. Tools: knowledge and usage of the key tools (hardie, hammer, glass cutter and pliers). Processes: theoretical and practical study of 1) Ceramization of the lava stone – 2) Application of the gold leaf – 3) Usage of resin. Advanced: how to design and realize more complex things like 3D works, land art, jewelry and luminous works. End of course: creation of a unique and fully customized mosaic work of art, for each student.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Michele Picone
Cost: € 2600
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"From Start to Finish: Figure Painting in Oils Workshop"
July 6-13, 2024
 

Embark on a captivating artistic journey in this hands-on five-day workshop where you’ll learn to create a stunning figure painting from the initial concept to the final brushstroke. Through comprehensive instruction, personalized guidance, and collaborative discussions, you’ll experience the exhilarating process of bringing a figure painting to life using the expressive medium of oil.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Trisha Lambi
Cost: € 2600
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Photographing the Lowcountry: Sea Pines of Hilton Head"
July 6, 2024
 

Have you always loved snapping pictures of our beautiful Lowcountry, but consider yourself an amateur? Do you ever find yourself wishing you had a little more knowledge on how to capture the best photographs every time? Well worry no longer because this class was specifically designed for people like you! Join local instructor and photographer, Kendra Natter, and learn the ins and outs of capturing the best photographs every time! In this course, Kendra will take students around Sea Pines of Hilton Head capturing the beautiful scenes, wildlife and foliage of our amazing Island.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kendra Natter
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Urban Sketching Workshop in Mexico"
July 8-12, 2024
 

Urban sketching is a skill anybody can learn! It will change the way you perceive the world. Whether you are a novice or a sketcher who feels they can do better, this workshop is for you. The focus is on black and white. It is the foundation of all sketching styles. Build confidence and practice urban sketching to capture the essence of the place by learning: What to look for, How to start the sketch, How to simplify the busy surroundings. Your Facilitator: Cristiana Mar is an experienced artist, architect, and educator, teaching adults, leading workshops in US and Mexico since 1989. Our location is Guanajuato, World Heritage city, the capital of Guanajuato state.
 
Location: Guanajuato, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Mar
Cost: $500.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art
Website, email, 322-153-1906


"Developing Personal Visual Archetypes"
July 8-9, 2024
 

Often, Southern folklife is represented visually as a whole in redundant cliches. The repainted tropes strip away all meaning, beauty and dignity, and unfortunately, result in a loss of interest and respect, with the real danger of having no societal contribution. Nonney shares new visual archetypes that are based on specifics – regional folklife, folklore and indigenous flora and fauna, but with an added personal twist. These twists reclaim individuality, and use modernism coupled with tradition to create a new depiction of Southern Art. Create your own new archetypes influenced by her presentation.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Nonney Oddlokken
Cost: $80 / $65 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Paint the Evening City"
Tuesdays, July 9-30, 2024
 

Learn to paint the unique effects of evening light and activity of Center City and University City, Philadelphia. Discover techniques for managing the shifting light and shadows of the setting sun as it plays across the city’s historic architecture. This plein air option is perfect for summer painting, allowing artists to take advantage of cooling evening temperatures and the subtle or dramatic palette of sunset and dusk. Previous painting experience required. Restrooms near all locations. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to painting locations.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Summer Solstice Plein Air Watercolor Workshop"
July 9-12, 2024
 

Through plein air painting, discover what moves you most and how to make your mark based on the adventure of seeing, guided by a popular instructor, New York/Key West artist Susan Sugar. Each evening begins with a group critique with the goal of becoming comfortable sharing your process with other painters. After the group critique, students disperse to paint on their own while Susan circulates from person to person, offering individual counsel, as needed. The workshop culminates with a final critique and potluck at Sugar’s home/studio Turtle House and an exhibition of student work hosted by The Studios of Key West at a later date.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Susan Sugar
Cost: $275 / $225 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Classical Painting and Instruction"
Tuesdays, July 9-30
 

Study with other artists who are committed to bringing their painting to the next level. Award-winning artist and instructor Gayle Levee will work with you to improve your brushwork, color, composition and drawing. This class is limited to ten students. Oil painters and acrylic painters are welcome.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Impressionist Oil Painting: How to Paint Fast with Oils"
July 9-11, 2024
 

Learn how to paint quickly in oils with wet-on-wet or alla prima in an impressionistic way. Carol will share her process for first blocking in large simple shapes before laying down colors. You will learn how to define values, identify your light source, establish a point of focus, and how to use color effectively in your paintings. You will learn how to crop and interpret your reference photographs for strong composition and understand the relationships between value, color temperature and color intensity. These methods will allow participants to quickly paint a fresh, loose looking painting! Students will practice using their own photo resources. There will be a demonstration, personalized teaching and individualized feedback.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Carol Iglesias
Cost: $180
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Drawing as the Foundation for Painting "
July 10-12, 2024
 

Don’t let your struggles with your drawing skills hold you back from successful paintings. Face your fears head on and come prepared to learn practical approaches for any subject matter. Everyone learns differently, so this topic will be approached from many angles. Drawing is a most important skill for any artist. Appropriate for all levels.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Foundry: An Introduction"
Thursdays, July 11 - August 15, 2024
 

This course will cover all aspects of the foundry process. Demonstrations and hands-on instruction will be given in wax modeling and casting, ceramic shell techniques, bronze pouring, metal chasing, TIG welding and patination. All levels welcome. Note: Tuition includes a $65 lab fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Morgan Dummitt
Cost: $605
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Portrait in Oil"
Thursdays, July 11 - August 15, 2024
 

Paint portraits from a variety of models using the direct painting method. Examine the proportions and volumes of the head, as well as the placement, structure, and characteristics of the facial features, through preliminary drawings and demonstrations. Develop color using a limited palette to understand how to use chroma, temperature, value, tint, and tone. Instruction will address materials, composition, paint handling, and color mixing, blending, and theory. Homework assignments working from photos, Masterworks, or oneself/others will encourage students to learn to make personal aesthetic and technical choices and to practice concepts addressed in class. Open to all levels, this course is excellent for beginners as well as experienced students who want to review fundamental techniques or who simply enjoy painting portraits from life.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: $590
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pour, Peel, and Paint: Abstract Techniques in Acrylics"
Thursdays, July 11 - August 15, 2024
 

Push the boundaries of what it means to paint with acrylics in this exciting exploration into experimental techniques. Explore the fluid, sculptural, assembled possibilities of acrylics! This hands-on, one-of-a-kind journey will take you places that you never thought you would go in acrylic painting: pour paint to make layers of color that can be peeled up, sculpted into three-dimensional forms, or collaged and layered into other works. Create flexible tiles of acrylic color that can be snipped, shaped, and assembled into mosaics or applied to a variety of surfaces for artistic or decorative effects. Discover a myriad of alternative supports, brushes, and methods of paint application to incorporate abstract effects into your current body of work.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor: The Color-Focused Still Life"
Thursdays, July 11 - August 15, 2024
 

Explore both the versatility of watercolor and the exciting possibilities of color through still life painting. Learn to capture form with the freshness and fluidity of all prima techniques. Promote color in your work through instruction on color properties, mixing, and basic theory, as well as how to use hues in combination to create impactful compositions. Discussions and in-depth demonstrations will enforce all content so that students gain the facility and freedom to use color and painting techniques as means of personal expression.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Fundamentals of Oil Painting"
Thursdays, July 11 - August 15, 2024
 

Are you intimidated by the idea of oil painting? This course will help the beginning painter gain confidence in a variety of techniques including direct and indirect painting; color mixing; using mediums, solvents and additives; and painting with a brush and palette knife. Subject matter will include still life, portrait, interior spaces, landscape, and a master copy. Zoom class times will be comprised of group lectures and demonstrations, as well as studio painting time where the instructor will work one-on-one to guide students toward successful compositions. Drawing experience required.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Susan Sullivan
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"All About Acrylics"
Fridays, July 12 - August 16, 2024
 

This complete acrylic painting course covers basics to advanced methods. Learn to use quick-drying acrylics expertly in thin, transparent layers as well as thicker, more opaque applications that produce textural and impasto effects. Materials like fluid mediums, gels, and pastes will be demonstrated, along with both brush and palette knife techniques. Several different color palettes will be introduced as students work from still life subjects. This course is ideal for students looking for a non-toxic, flexible painting medium, as well as anyone seeking to explore acrylics’ excellent potential for representational and abstract work. Drawing experience is recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"In-Depth Watercolor, Session 2"
Fridays, July 12 - August 16, 2024
 

Enrich your knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Thoroughly investigate a wide range of watercolor materials and techniques from your choice of landscape, still life, portrait, and figure subjects. Open to watercolorists of all levels and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Photography 101"
July 12, 2024
 

Do you love snapping photographs but consider yourself an amateur? Do you own a nice camera but don't know how to use it or, maybe you know how to use it but only its basic functions? Well look no farther for help because this class was designed specifically for you! Academy instructor and Lowcountry photographer Kendra Natter will help students learn the different functions of their digital camera so that they know how to use it in the most efficient manner going forward.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kendra Natter
Cost: $60
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Land Art and Mindfulness Workshop"
July 13-14, 2024
 

Nature can stimulate creativity and mindfulness, and likewise mindful creativity can amplify one’s appreciation of nature. Improve your ability to be conscious in and with nature by creating a temporary artwork in a natural setting using the materials found there. Making an artwork onsite not only amplifies attention to the beautiful details of one’s surroundings, but also the ephemeral, or impermanent, nature of land work releases the artist from preconceived ideas or pressures of making a lasting "product" so that they can be concerned only with creating in the moment. Students will create their works in Montgomery County's peaceful Fort Washington State Park, and afterward photograph it or make a short video to preserve the memory.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Figure Painting: The Extended Pose"
Saturdays, July 13 - August 7, 2024
 

Paint from a life model in a single pose for the entire course. Extended time with a single subject allows students to work with the instructor to tailor exercises that address their individual interests, including the development of one large image or several smaller studies. The first session will include time for gestural and thumbnail drawings in preparation for the model’s final placement. Instruction will cover a variety of topics including glazing, broken color, surface texture, composition and design, the relationship of the figure to the environment, the creation of atmosphere and color harmony, disrupted realism, and open- versus closed-form painting. All levels welcome. Students are welcome to draw-only, or use other appropriate media, if they wish.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wilson
Cost: $330
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Handquilting"
Saturdays, July 13 - August 3, 2024
 

The act of hand-stitching is a meditative and relaxing process that produces beautiful and unique results without any machine required. Learn the techniques of slow-stitching by creating your own small (wall-hanging)-sized quilt. All techniques will be taught by hand, but students are welcome to bring personal sewing machines if they wish. The following methods will be taught: Patchwork, Applique (raw edge and turned edge), Traditional quilting & tied quilting, and Binding.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sheryl Kessler
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor in the Park"
Sundays, July 14 - August 18, 2024
 

Capture the colors of summer en plein air through vibrant watercolor! Become comfortable and confident with the practice of working outdoors at picturesque Lemon Hill, Laurel Hill, and other select locations around the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Fairmount Park. Instruction will cover means of accurately and expressively depicting outdoor sites, watercolor painting techniques, color mixing, and the history and capabilities of water media. All levels welcome. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to painting locations.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Alla Prima Portrait Drawing and Painting"
Sundays, July 14 - August 18, 2024
 

Al Gury, Professor of Painting and Drawing at PAFA and noted author of Alla Prima, Color for Painters, and Foundations of Drawing, presents this in-depth approach to the skills, materials, colors, history, and techniques of alla prima portrait painting and drawing. Working from photographs, masterworks, or available models, learn concepts that will not only improve your portrait painting and drawing, but also grow your confidence in your artistic practice. Video demonstrations, images, and written instructions on the online learning platform Canvas will be supplemented by critiques and weekly discussions. Oil painting will be the primary focus, but all media are welcome as well as all levels of experience.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Al Gury
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Composition in Drawing and Painting"
Sundays, July 14 - August 18, 2024
 

An in-depth approach to understanding and using composition by Al Gury, Professor of Painting and Drawing at PAFA, and noted author of Alla Prima, Color for Painters, and Foundations of Drawing. This class presents practical skills and strategies for making strong compositions. Composition, the arrangement of images, shapes, forms, colors, values to form visual balance and strength within the pictorial frame of an artwork, will be explored through projects using still life, interiors, portraits, and landscapes. Each class will contain explanations of the visual compositional strategies in both historic and contemporary art, and extensive tactics for problem-solving and solutions, as well as a weekly assignment and critique of personal work. All media and levels of experience are welcome.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Al Gury
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Floral Arrangement: Creating Fused Flower Quilts"
July 14-19, 2024
 

Making beautiful flowers, concentric patterns, block design, and experimenting with exotic fabrics are all included in this class. Learn Sue’s layered construction technique for cutting, assembling, and arranging flowers as she has done in her extensive Flower Series quilts. This class will give you the opportunity to use gorgeous fabrics and expansive color—plus, the construction method can be applied to other designs. Create a study quilt (about 16”x16”), then move on to a larger, more involved art quilt with surprising complexity and power. (Those who are taking this class a second time can expand on these concepts.)
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Sue Benner
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Seeing - The Power of a True Artist"
July 17-19, 2024
 

To be a successful artist, it is essential to see things accurately. Enhancing the skills of perception enables the artist to draw or paint anything! For centuries, artists have utilized various aids to seeing. Participants in this workshop have the opportunity to use these aids, allowing for skillful observation and to recreate what they see on paper or canvas. Various ways to measure, make comparisons, define values, see shapes, and identify colors are explored. Regardless of current abilities, completing this workshop significantly transforms the participant’s capacity to view the world as with “new eyes.” With improved powers of perception, they can create artworks of ever-increasing levels of expertise! This workshop was designed for beginner students, intermediate students and advanced students.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Robert H. Way
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Exploring Colored Pencil Potential"
July 18-20, 2024
 

Come to the majestic north shore of Lake Superior! This course focuses on "painting from a point", using a variety of pencils and surfaces to create dynamic, vividly-drawn paintings. Products used include: watercolor pencils and waxy/oily colored pencils. Surfaces include papers, boards, and even sanded papers. Featuring an abundance of colored pencils and free art materials, this workshop is full to the brim with personal attention, demonstrations, and techniques that are sure to increase your repertoire. Some drawing experience preferred. Kristy Kutch is an experienced workshop instructor, the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil. She is the featured artist on four instructional DVDs. Kristy is also the author of the book The New Colored Pencil.
 
Location: Grand Marais, Minnesota
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Grand Marais Art Colony
Website, email, 218-387-2737


"The Portrait in Pencil Workshop"
July 20-21, 2024
 

Using inexpensive materials, this hands-on workshop will introduce the concepts and methods needed to create a strong sense of dimension and likeness in your portrait drawings. Explore the proportions and planes of the head, neck and shoulders. Learn how to create a structural foundation and how to easily manage anatomy by breaking down forms into simple geometric shapes. Instruction will address different strategies for creating a finished tonal portrait as well as tips and tricks that will help you draw like a pro! Note: Tuition includes a $10 models fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: RA Friedman
Cost: $205
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Botanical Printing & Dyeing"
July 21-25, 2024
 

During this workshop students learn about the history of dyeing and printing with plants; how to prepare fabric/fiber for dyeing and printing; ways to secure and alter dye color on cloth; and many ways to get patterns and images on fabric with a variety of mordants and plant materials. We begin by gathering as many of our printing and dyeing plants as possible from the surrounding area. Then we explore dyeing solid and mottled colors with botanical pigments both individually and in combination; printing plant materials onto fabrics; eco-printing and dyeing together; and using some simple shibori techniques in conjunction with eco-printing and dyeing.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Lisa Binkley
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Mastering Loose Brushwork in Watercolor"
July 22-25, 2024
 

This workshop offers a comprehensive exploration of watercolor painting techniques with a focus on loose brushwork. The workshop begins with a dedicated session on value sketching techniques. Participants will gain insights into the importance of preliminary sketches, and understanding the relationships between values and colors before delving into the painting process. One key aspect of the workshop is the exploration of color choices based on Vlad's mixing color theory. Participants will learn to translate the properties of primary colors into nuanced water-color mixes.
 
Location: Boone, North Carolina
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Cheap Joe's Art
Website, email, 828-263-5451


"Painting on Glass: The Triple Dipper Platter"
July 26, 2024
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own triple dipper platter using glass as your canvas. No painting experience is necessary! This is a fun workshop so bring a friend and create something new! Once you’ve finished your creations, Kathy will take them to her studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished plates to the Academy for you to pick up a week later. In addition to the registration cost, students should bring $20 cash to pay the instructor for their materials, which she will provide for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Making and Printing Linocuts"
July 26-27, 2024
 

The workshop will show participants how to make a relief print without a press. There will be a visual lecture showcasing the variety of artists working in this medium and the history of relief printmaking from both fine art imagery making and commercial use. Jennifer Basile also introduces the materials on which these lino-blocks can be printed, guiding participants toward the best surface for their work. Participants will create works of art or repeat patterns that can be printed numerous times to make other artworks beyond their relief image.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Jennifer Basile
Cost: $110 / $85 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Mixed Media Collage Workshop"
July 27-28, 2024
 

Collage has the incredible capacity to combine disparate materials, text, and imagery into a single, coherent composition that is textural, colorful, and visually interesting or even surprising. It also can serve as a great means of personal expression, story-telling, or self-exploration, combining objects from the artist’s life or surroundings. Explore the many ways you can create your own imagery through mixed media collage by examining composition, communication, and assembling techniques. Experiment with found objects, images, photo transfer, paint, ink, and dry media on various surfaces. Examine the collage and mixed media work by master artists such as Pablo Picasso, Hannah Hoch, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Richard Hamilton, Miriam Schapiro and Anselm Kiefer. This course is open to all levels. No prior experience necessary.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Susan Sullivan
Cost: $105
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting Workshop with Qi Yang"
July 27 - August 3, 2024
 

Expressionistic Painting was the historic revolution of German art movement in the late 1970s and the 80s, which was one of the most important streams of the abstract figurative painting in the world. In this workshop you will learn figurative painting in an abstract style. The figure here means either the human or animal or imaginative figurations, whatever you like. It is free from your own idea and will be shaped from your insight feeling. And which abstraction of the figuration you prefer to paint – if you generate figurative form by drawing with lines, colors or by sketching with color stains of abstraction, could be individual and personal decided for your best choice.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Qi Yang
Cost: 2600 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Create Floral Mandalas with Procreate"
July 28 - August 1, 2024
 

Come… relax your creative spirit through the magic of Procreate’s rotational symmetry. It’s easy to learn and it creates stunning results. This workshop is perfect for both Procreate enthusiasts and for those who have been curious about learning this amazing drawing App. Come…explore the fantasy of florals…the possibilities of Procreate, and the meditative power of the Mandala. This experience will restore you creatively —in both mind and spirit.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Beth Buffington
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Storytelling Through Mixed Media Collage"
July 29-30, 2024
 

The workshop includes a short lecture and presentation highlighting storytelling through mixed media collage with the use of historical imagery. Participants will observe a demonstration and view artwork made by the artist instructor. A hands-on session follows, covering the use of mixed media collage including examples of methods and projects as well as reference materials for the classroom. Lavett Ballard is a female mixed media visual artist, art historian, curator and author. She holds a dual Bachelor’s in Studio Art and Art History with a minor in Museum Studies from Rutgers University- Camden and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Ballard’s art has been commissioned twice as a cover for Time Magazine.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Lavett Ballard
Cost: $100 / $75 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Portrait Painting from a Photograph"
August 1-2, 2024
 

Dianne Hebbert leads a portrait painting workshop. Students are invited to bring in a printed or digital copy of a photograph they would like to translate into a painting. The class begins with the drawing and moves into developing the acrylic painting, going over the grid method, under paintings, and finally, how to add personal details to finalize your painting. Regardless of skill level, there’s something for everyone to learn. Dianne Hebbert is a Nicaraguan-American artist based in New York. She works primarily in painting, printmaking and installation art. As a Miami native she attended New World School of the Arts before she earned her BFA in Painting and Drawing from Purchase College and her MFA in Printmaking from Brooklyn College.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Dianne Hebbert
Cost: $110 / $85 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"The Art of Watercolor Workshop"
August 3-4, 2024
 

Discover the beauty and versatility of watercolor through colorful and thoughtful still life arrangements. Discussions and in-depth demonstrations will acquaint beginners and those with limited experience with basic watercolor painting materials and techniques. A variety of approaches will be explored, and students will be encouraged to engage with the medium to find their own personal means of expression.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Full Day Artist Retreat 2024"
August 3, 2024
 

This workshop will focus on working in abstraction while considering some basic fundamentals exploring composition, colour and expressive brushwork. This event is held at my Niagara-on-the-Lake studio. The studio is bright and spacious, and registration is limited to 10 people. Outdoor painting may be an option, weather permitting. In this workshop you will learn how to plan work as well as work intuitively to create a loose and confident painting which speaks to your unique style. No lugging of paints and materials! All GOLDEN Artist quality paints and mediums are included along with 16”x20” canvas. A healthy artisan lunch is included and all beverages. All participants will take home their abstract work along with an Artist Pack gift.
 
Location: Niagara, Canada
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Cost: $185
Website, email


"The Painterly Landscape Painting Retreat"
August 4-8, 2024
 

This unique painting retreat is a rare opportunity to join Alain in the beautiful setting of the CT River Valley to loosen up your landscapes! We’ll work both in the studio and outdoors on the grounds and gardens of the beautiful CT River Valley Inn. This workshop is designed to empower you with successful strategies for loosening up your landscapes with bold marks and fresh color. Learn to simplify complex scenes into clear shapes, values, and edges. Organize these shapes into strong design and color combinations using bold, expressive marks to interpret your environment for a lush painterly look. Discover innovative approaches to color through the use of underpainting techniques and interpretive color strategies that will break you out of your routine.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Alain Picard
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Classical Painting and Instruction"
Tuesdays, August 5-27
 

Study with other artists who are committed to bringing their painting to the next level. Award-winning artist and instructor Gayle Levee will work with you to improve your brushwork, color, composition and drawing. This class is limited to ten students. Oil painters and acrylic painters are welcome.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Photographing the Lowcountry: Hunting Island State Park"
August 7, 2024
 

Have you always loved snapping pictures of our beautiful Lowcountry, but consider yourself an amateur? Do you ever find yourself wishing you had a little more knowledge on how to capture the best photographs every time? Well worry no longer because this class was specifically designed for people like you! Join local instructor and photographer, Kendra Natter, and learn the ins and outs of capturing the best photographs every time! In this course, Kendra will take students to some of the most iconic spots and help them capture moments they'll be able to re-live forever.
 
Location: Beaufort, South Carolina
Instructor: Kendra Natter
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor Sketching Workshop in France"
August 10-17, 2024
 

Join Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling in Giverny and have a creative life experience. You’ll enjoy inspiring locations such as Monet’s garden, daily painting demonstrations, personalized instruction, and encouraging support from Cindy and Theresa. We show you how to simplify and design your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Create colorful paintings en Plein Air with an emphasis on celebrating your own unique point of view.
 
Location: Watercolor Painting Workshop, France
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $3,990
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Spontaneous Abstraction"
August 10-11, 2024
 

Many artists can feel frustrated in front of a blank canvas, unsure of how to start and what to paint. This workshop offers a step-by-step technique which will enable you to paint with confidence by tapping into your intuitive process and finding inspiration more easily. Experienced instruction and advice from the instructor will push students to take chances and explore unexpected directions and accidental marks as a means of achieving artistic discoveries. Demonstration of different drawing and painting techniques will enhance your knowledge of the process of painting. Students will utilize line, color and space, as well as the possibilities of editing, to create busy/calm areas and focal points in their paintings. Painting experience recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing Fundamentals Intensive"
August 12-16, 2024
 

If you’ve never drawn before, or your skills are a little rusty, then this class is for you. Learn to draw what you see with confidence. Work from still life arrangements, interior spaces, and the human figure to master the drawing elements: shape, contour line, composition, light and shadow, texture and perspective. Instruction will guide students through sight-drawing and measuring techniques, use of materials, shading methods, and ways of defining form and space. This course is excellent as a foundation for future study, including for painting and other disciplines. Note: Tuition includes a $35 models fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Phyllis Laver
Cost: $485
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Photography 101"
August 14, 2024
 

Do you love snapping photographs but consider yourself an amateur? Do you own a nice camera but don't know how to use it or, maybe you know how to use it but only its basic functions? Well look no farther for help because this class was designed specifically for you! Academy instructor and Lowcountry photographer Kendra Natter will help students learn the different functions of their digital camera so that they know how to use it in the most efficient manner going forward.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kendra Natter
Cost: $60
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Flora & Fauna in Watercolor"
August 15-17, 2024
 

The first day. Students will focus on the fauna, watercolor techniques, positive and negative space, fur, scales, feathers, eyes, claws, paws, texture, and other details of curiosity. Day Two. The focus will be on the flora, some select plants of the region, watercolor techniques, wildflowers, garden blossoms, leaves, shapes, color, texture, light, dark, positive shapes, negative space and other details of the wonder and magic of watercolor. Day Three. Students will bring the plants and animals together. Each artist will create two sketches using the plants and animals of their choice. For more information, visit patbankswatercolors.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Pat Banks
Cost: $500 Museum members/ $550 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Watercolor Sketching Workshop in France"
August 17-24, 2024
 

Join Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling in Giverny and have a creative life experience. You’ll enjoy inspiring locations such as Monet’s garden, daily painting demonstrations, personalized instruction, and encouraging support from Cindy and Theresa. We show you how to simplify and design your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Create colorful paintings en Plein Air with an emphasis on celebrating your own unique point of view.
 
Location: Watercolor Painting Workshop, France
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $3,990
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Art adventure in Ireland with celebrated Irish Artist Hugh O'Neill"
August 18-24, 2024
 

All your art materials and easel are supplied free at the painting locations as part of the price so you can relax and have fun as you learn and tour. We are celebrating 26 years of total success, positive testimonials and 100 percent customer satisfaction. If you are thinking of traveling all the way from USA to Europe for an art workshop holiday, you will definitely want to be with the magically talented and experienced Hugh O'Neill. Enjoy daily Individualized instruction with informative painting demonstrations You will visit and experience castles, beaches by the Irish Sea, St Patrick's first church, art theory lectures, touring beautiful coastal areas of County Down in Ireland.
 
Location: County Down, Ireland
Instructor: Hugh O'Neill
Cost: $1600
Website, email, 561-718-1294


"From Tone to Color: watercolor workshop"
August 19-22, 2024
 

Join Vladislav at Landgrove Inn - an authentic 1810 farmhouse in a luxuriant New England landscape. Stay with fellow students and instructor, sharing delicious meals and leisure in this authentic setting. Known as "the soul of Vermont," Landgrove Inn restaurant has become a favorite place for locals and workshops attendees to meet and enjoy one of the special creations by Langrove Inn Chef! This workshop is designed to help participants develop their skills in creating visually compelling artworks. Participants will learn how to use different watercolor techniques to create a range of values, from light to dark, and how to apply these values to create depth, dimension and focal areas in their paintings.
 
Location: Landgrove, Vermont
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Landgrove Inn
Website, email, 800.669.8466


"Doors of Mexico Acrylic Painting Workshops in Guanajuato"
August 19-23, 2024
 

The colors and brilliant light of Mexico have enchanted and attracted many artists! Enjoy it while painting some of the iconic doors of the area. Workshop is designed for all levels of painting experience. We’ll cover: fundamentals of color mixing, composition, elements of art, 5 essential painting techniques. Apply it in the context of 3 Mexican Doors paintings. Studio painting. Choose from a variety of photo references. At Cristi Fer Art Studio, in Guanajuato GTO, Mexico. You will be surrounded by dazzling light, Mexican charm, street venders, amazing architecture, mariachi music and great food. Your instructor maestro Fernando Gonzalez, has over 35 years of painting experience, and is in collections in US, Canada, and Mexico. Only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Guanajuato, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art
Website, email, 322-153-1906


"3-Day Plein Air"
August 19-21, 2024
 

Gouache is a water-based medium that continues to grow in popularity. Watercolor artists will take to it because it mixes with water and oil painters will understand its opaque quality. Our instructor Bernard Dellario uses it in a painterly, intuitive way, Bernie describes his style as “abstract with a foothold in reality.”
 
Location: Marietta, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Bernie Dellario
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Susquehanna Art Workshops
Website, email, 717-314-9551


"Art on the Water"
August 24 - September 1, 2024
 

Special Interest 9 day Plein Air Painting/Sketching Workshop in Grand Canyon National Park *Painting White Water, Side Canyons and Botany * Managing artwork in the wilderness, Setting up quick compositions *Talks on Art History in Grand Canyon *Workshops on sketching, limiting colors and quick composition
 
Location: Grand Canyon, Arizona
Instructor: Ani Eastwood with Grand Canyon Expeditions
Sponsor: Grand Canyon Expeditions Company
Website, email, 1-800-544-2691


"In-Class Workshop Charcoal and Pastels"
August 26-27, 2024
 

Learn how to draw figures, and how to make expressive drawings by participating in this 2-day intense workshop with Mashiul. Students will have the opportunity to learn from short dynamic gestural poses to long poses of a life model.
 
Location: Marietta, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Mashiul Chowdhury
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Susquehanna Art Workshops
Website, email, 717-314-9551


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
August 31 - September 7, 2024
 

The wonderful views and landscapes of the French Alps seem to be just made for watercolor. All the incredible villages, lakes and mountains are just begging to be caught on the tip of your brush. Moving from place to place, we will find the best locations to create vibrant and sunny watercolors. Every day will be a discovery for you—and a new opportunity for painting in watercolor. In addition to traditional watercolor techniques, I will introduce you to my personal methods and secrets. Join us for relaxation and enjoyment of the French Alps with a very rich and informative workshop in the open air.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Michael Solovyev
Cost: $3,990
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"A Sense of Place in Tuscany"
September 4-11, 2024
 

Join Alison for a week of joyful exploration of Place, in the beautiful city of Cortona. Sitting in ancient squares, by fountains, or in cafes, I’ll show you some simple ways to capture buildings. In markets we’ll talk about how to include figures in your sketches. Overlooking vistas of vineyards and far off hills, we’ll explore how to simplify the scene to focus on important elements and create depth. Drawing and painting on loose pages rather than in a watercolour journal, allows us to loosen up and have fun with experimental techniques and a variety of media. We’ll work with watercolour, pen, ink, marker, on different papers, to create images, which we will curate into a concertina book.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Alison Watt
Cost: From $3,790.00 per person all-inclusive
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-407-7127


"Embracing Chaos - Techniques in Abstraction and Figurative Work"
September 5-9, 2024
 

Do you have moments of complete frustration with your work? We all do. In this course Melinda will help you to embrace those moments and learn to work with the idea of Chaos and ‘The Uglies’ in your paintings in order to achieve rich work with history and lasting interest. Are you looking for more personal expression? We will look at setting Creative and Conceptual Intentions in order to create meaningful, individual work. We will focus on the importance of contrast in our work by looking at the Elements of Design which will give you concrete ideas in abstraction. These Elements, mixed with several approaches to Figurative Abstraction will spark your creativity and give you lots to work on going forward.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Melinda Cootsona
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Oil Painting Workshop in Spain"
September 8-15, 2024
 

While learning the importance of oil painting techniques and principles (values, edges, composition, etc.), enjoy the joy of actually painting Spain en plein air! The enthusiasm for painting the beaches, cliffs and boats will be contagious! Kathie will walk through her process of narrowing down the choices of subject matter and then demo before it’s time for you to get your brushes wet too… and she will be right alongside cheering you on with personal instruction and encouragement! There is a reason why you want to paint. Kathie will work to help you tap that desire by throwing herself into the entire experience and beauty of the Costa Brava!
 
Location: Costa Brava/Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Kathie Odom
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"In-Class: With an Eye to Color"
September 9-11, 2024
 

The primary focus of this 3-day in-classroom workshop will be on color. While Cynthia is known as a palette knife painter and will give a knife demo, the aim of the workshop is to help people find their own visual voice. What separates you from your fellow painters, what are your particular skills and strengths from which to grow?
 
Location: Marietta, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Cynthia Rosen
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Susquehanna Art Workshops
Website, email, 717-314-9551


"Colored Pencil: Delicate to Dynamic"
September 9-12, 2024 (9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.)
 

Sharpen your colored pencils for workshop fun in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin- post-summer rush but still during the mild September weather. Kristy Kutch, a supportive, generous teacher, is the author of "Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil" and "The New Colored Pencil". Kristy is featured in 4 instructional DVDs. Included are many aspects of this medium and its compatible surfaces. Create effects ranging from soft, transparent, and aqueous to dense and dramatic. Harbor Shores Hotel, on Geneva Lake, offers outstanding student discounts. Rooms feature mini-fridges, wet-bars, and microwaves. (Lodging reservations should be made separately. Inquire at 888-746-7371 to receive booking link. Mention this workshop for discount.) Bring an extra tote bag for samples; plan for this memorable workshop!
 
Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristy A. Kutch, C.P.S.A.
Sponsor: Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops
Website, email, 219-874-4688


"Belgium Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 11-18, 2024
 

Painting in Belgium – a dream come true! From quaint little buildings, to beaches, mossy canals and windmills. We get the chance to paint them all! You will be learning some of the most valuable skills in watercolor, such as working wet-on-wet, learning to recognize the moisture content of the paper and why the thickness of your paint mixture is so important. Watercolor is so much easier once you learn these little fundamentals. Our days are relaxed and informative (with lots of good food and laughter in the mix). If you are a first-time plein air painter (and afraid), you’ll find it painless! We will also be working in the studio with lots of demos, handouts and personal attention.
 
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Kathie George
Cost: $3,890
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Paint with Vincent in Ireland"
September 11-19, 2024
 

Join Vincent Crotty in Kinvara, County Galway, Ireland for a 5 day workshop along the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way. Escape to this charming coastal town and be free to immerse yourself in the scenery, the village, and the expertise of Vincent's workshop. Delve into plein air landscapes, streetscapes, seascapes and nocturnes. Learn how to tackle lighting conditions. We will take short excursions to the Burren and other scenic locations. All levels are welcome to join this unique opportunity.
 
Location: Kinvara, Ireland
Instructor: Vincent Crotty
Cost: $2850 + $500 for class
Sponsor: Susan's Custom Tours & Travel
Website, email, 774-238-2332


"Still Life Painting in Acrylic or Oil"
September 12-15, 2024
 

Using demonstrations each day and individual assistance at each easel, Donna will explain her process of creating vibrant paintings. She will demonstrate values and color mixing and composition. Donna always asks the goals set by her students so that she might help fulfill that goal. Bland lives and paints in the Austin, Texas area. She loves to learn, create and share what she has experienced in finishing a painting. No words to describe the joy in painting outdoors in the Texas Hill Country, Colorado or Mexico. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, the Austin Plein Air Painters, American Women Artists and Artists of Texas. For more information, visit donnabland.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Donna Bland
Cost: $600 Museum members/ $650 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Painting Lyrical Water"
September 13-15, 2024
 

Learn to paint exuberant, lively water so that the viewer can feel the light and hear the sounds! Featuring moving water as the primary subject matter, Barbara will present and demonstrate her approach to landscape painting. Skills covered include composition (especially pertaining to showcasing water in a painting), editing, value structure, color temperature, chroma, and edges. Emphasis will be on capturing brilliant light effects for moving water subjects such as waterfalls and rapids. Students can paint in either oil or pastel. Barbara will demonstrate both. Demonstrations will be in the morning, and students will paint in the afternoon with plenty of individual instruction. Open to all levels, although artists with at least some basic landscape painting experience will benefit most.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke
Cost: $550
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Mosaic Workshop"
September 14-21, 2024
 

Intro: brief history of mosaic – main mosaic techniques – focus on the direct method. Materials: learn how to use various materials, adhesives and alternative supports. In this course you will use: glass, lava stone, terracotta, resin, concrete, natural stones and recycled materials. Tools: knowledge and usage of the key tools (hardie, hammer, glass cutter and pliers). Processes: theoretical and practical study of 1) Ceramization of the lava stone – 2) Application of the gold leaf – 3) Usage of resin. Advanced: how to design and realize more complex things like 3D works, land art, jewelry and luminous works. End of course: creation of a unique and fully customized mosaic work of art, for each student.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Michele Picone
Cost: € 2600
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Illustrated Watercolor Journaling"
September 14-21, 2024
 

Just imagine….200 year old olive trees, charming hilltop villages, bustling outdoor cafés and window boxes overflowing with colorful flowers. Now, put yourself in the picture, sitting at a little café with your sketchbook and paints, sketching a window across the way, with its lace curtains, blue shutters, and red geraniums. Can you see it? Can you feel it? Well, why not experience it? Join me for an unforgettable painting holiday in Provence, a region famous for its stunning scenery and clear light which has captivated artists through the centuries. In this week-long workshop, we’ll relax and enjoy long autumn days sketching in this stunningly beautiful part of France. Capture once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the pages of your watercolor journals!
 
Location: Fontaine de Vaucluse, France
Instructor: Leslie Fehling
Cost: $3,990
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolour Workshop with Mariette Egreteau"
September 14-21, 2024
 

Mariette Egreteau Martelli was born in France but now lives in Arezzo, where she has been a teacher for more than thirty years. She has a scientific background and has always been interested in the link between science and art, with her curiosity fully satisfied in the spectacle offered by nature. Light playing on ordinary objects, and the transparency of sky and water are her favourite subjects. She mostly uses watercolour to express herself, for its immediacy and union between water and light. She is bilingual in French and Italian and fluent in English.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Mariette Egreteau Martelli
Cost: 2600 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Makers' Retreats: Creating Hooked Textiles Inspired by the French Pyrenees with Graham Hollick"
September 14-21, 2024
 

Join Graham Hollick in the French Pyrenees for an immersive journey into the art of rug hooking. Whether you’re hooking your first thread or you’re seasoned in the craft, Graham will lead you through every step of the creative process. Throughout the week, you’ll have the chance to embark on inspiring excursions to the Pyrenees National Park, explore the historical tapestries at the Château de Pau, or take leisurely walks in the picturesque Clos Mirabel park, infusing your work with the magic of the surroundings. Acquire simple yet highly effective techniques such as collage, plein-air sketching, color matching, textiles analysis, and the use of textiles from recycled materials.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Graham Hollick
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 400€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Plein Air: See and Paint with Confidence"
September 16-18, 2024
 

You can learn to create wonderfully energized paintings, capturing the light and atmosphere of your subject. Joe's 3-day plein air workshop will fill you with confidence and vision to move you forward.
 
Location: Marietta, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Joe Gyurcsak
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Susquehanna Art Workshops
Website, email, 717-314-9551


"Create with Expression & Emotion with Giuliano Boscaini"
September 17-19, 2024
 

Come and express in paint with this dynamic artist from Italy. In order for this workshop to proceed ahead, due to the artist flying from Italy, reservations need to be made before February 29, 2024.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Giuliano Boscaini
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc. Studio
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"Painting Light in Watercolor"
September 19-21, 2024
 

In this workshop, our main focus will be on the art of capturing and portraying light. Light plays a vital role in bringing depth, atmosphere, and realism to any artwork. Participants will have the opportunity to explore a range of techniques that can be employed to effectively represent light, including glazing, wet-on-wet, and drybrush techniques.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, email, 1-941-330-6865


"Pastel Painting Workshop: The People and Landscapes of Umbria"
September 21-28, 2024
 

This pastel workshop is designed for the beginning and intermediate pastelist and will cover materials, basic design, color, and application. Some materials will be supplied. We will be painting from life and photographs taken on-site or in the surrounding areas of Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. This is a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of pastel painting as well as providing a challenge to those who already have a basic understanding of pastel technique. Expect plenty of encouragement and actionable advice. Enjoy a beautiful location with magnificent views and a special atmosphere that only Umbria can offer.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Neva Rossi Smoll
Cost: 2600 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Immersive watercolor workshop in Sicily"
September 21-28, 2024
 

Sicily – It's on everyone's bucket list, with colorful sunsets, olive groves, vineyards, and picturesque villages with narrow streets, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, it’s a painters paradise… And it will be our home for 7 days. The workshop is hosted by the retreat center Salinara. Our daily watercolor routine will include daily demonstrations by Gary, along with time for individual instruction. Afternoons will vary between painting time, exploring the region on your own, or possible one of the many activities offered through Salinara – on designated days Gary will conduct group critique over cocktails before the evening meal.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Gary Tucker
Cost: From 2300 $
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Painting Holidays: Discover the Joys of Mixed Media with Jenny Muncaster"
September 21-28, 2024
 

Join Jenny Muncaster for a fun week of inspiration and discovery. Jenny is committed to making creativity available to everyone, during this week-long painting holiday she will introduce you to different techniques using a whole range of wonderful art materials. Combining traditional & non-traditional methods & tools for exploring line, painting, print, texture & collage in your work. Using these new skills, capture & interpret your subject matter to create totally original artwork inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Clos Mirabel in the French Pyrenees. At the end of the workshop, you will have gained a tool kit of creative skills & techniques, a new artistic energy, and a portfolio of paintings to be proud of!
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Jenny Muncaster
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 350€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Abstract Immersive Collections"
September 22-26, 2024
 

Immerse yourself in a deep dive into the creative process of Abstract Painting with elements of collage and mixed media. Students who have a desire to find their own personal voice and style while learning the fundamentals of painting with acrylics (and mixed media) in an abstract manner, will find many opportunities to flourish in this robust workshop. Jodi Ohl, artist and author of “Abstracts in Acrylic and Ink,” will guide students through a variety of inspiring chats, comprehensive demonstrations, and provide personal guidance daily. Students can expect to work on multiple pieces on both paper and canvas (or hardboard) to develop their own personal style and build on their body of existing work.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Watercolor Sketching Workshop in Spain"
September 22-29, 2024
 

We will be a lovely small group where I can work with you individually to ensure that every aspect of the experience meets your expectations. There will be plenty of opportunity to have your questions answered and have fun along the way. I will show you how to make fast improvements by sharing my most successful tips for watercolour sketching. You will receive plenty of demonstrations and examples to support you along the way. Learn how to sketch confidently, understand paint consistency and application and mix wonderful glowing colours! The subjects covered will be truly inspirational – including beautiful beaches, cliffs, boats, botanical garden, local scenes and sketching the everyday such as your lunch.
 
Location: Costa Brava/Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Judy Salleh
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"In-Class and Plein Air: Watercolor"
September 23-25, 2024
 

This intensive 3-day workshop covers all the important elements of painting like composition, value, and color, along with the intricacies of watercolor. Two days in classroom and one day to practice plein air.
 
Location: Marietta, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Yong Hong Zhong
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Susquehanna Art Workshops
Website, email, 717-314-9551


"Exploring the Spirit of Place"
September 24 - October 2, 2024
 

Join artist and instructor, Loriann Signori, in this intuitive Pastel workshop to study landscape painting while experiencing the rich atmosphere of Fiesole and Florence, Italy. Loriann will guide her students into transforming their experiences and observations into an understanding of the character and atmosphere of "place".
 
Location: Florence and Fiesole, Italy
Instructor: Loriann Signori
Cost: $3950.00
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Handmade in Oaxaca Art+Culture: watercolor, mixed media, collage"
September 27 - October 6, 2024
 

Workshop focuses on the handmade - work you make, and the beautiful art & handicrafts made in Oaxaca. In the art class, we'll work in watercolor, adding locally sourced natural pigments to our palette. We'll also create pieces with mixed media & collage, using paper scraps, old magazines, maps & newspaper, bits of ephemera. We'll paint our own little wooden mask with instruction from a master mask maker. Includes field trips to a Sunday market, studio visits with an accomplished Oaxacan painter/printmaker, a papermaking studio, a master painter & mask maker, an art center housed in a renovated textile factory, and a guided street art walk - all mixed in with art instruction and creative play time.
 
Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
Instructor: Pedro Cruz Pacheco + Corrie McCluskey
Cost: $2475 (includes lodging + field trips)
Sponsor: Oaxaca Dreams / Talismán Oaxaca
Website, email, 707-327-2747


"Expressive Abstracts in Oil and Cold Wax"
September 28-30, 2024
 

This workshop will teach you how to paint with cold wax and oil in an abstract way. You will learn everything I know about this technique. We will work with several abstract compositions and learn about various materials, surface effects and techniques used to create unique pieces. Color harmony will also be part of this workshop. This workshop is geared towards the beginner to intermediate levels. Many demonstrations are given along with personal help and critique. Be sure to bring all supplies the first day!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Linda Benton McCloskey
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting Beautiful Fruit on Vellum with Denise Walser-Kolar"
September 28 - October 5, 2024
 

Learn my approach to painting on vellum during this five-day workshop at the beautiful Clos Mirabel in South West France. We will begin by doing some exercises on small bits of vellum to learn technique and to get a feel for painting on this surface. We will explore the grounds of Clos Mirabel to choose painting subjects. Apples, pears, plums, figs, kiwis, and berries will be at their peak this time of the year. You might also choose to do a Hoefnagel inspired painting of the treasures you find in the gardens. This class is designed for students new to vellum as well as for more experienced vellum painters – to learn new tricks and techniques.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Denise Walser-Kolar
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 450€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Capturing light and atmosphere with watercolor in Sicily"
September 28 - October 5, 2024
 

Keiko Tanabe is a Japanese contemporary artist who has won multiple awards. We are so proud that she’s coming to SALINARA for the fourth time. Come to enjoy a masterful tuition by Keiko Tanabe. Subject matters will be landscape, Mediterranean seascape, old historic city scape, and indoor locations in the authentic 18th century farmhouse where the participants will stay. Sicily is 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 a unique atmosphere and stimulate your creativity. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: From € 2050
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Landscape Atelier"
September 28-30, 2024
 

Learn how to use color to create light and distance, enhance your design and bring your paintings to life, whether you paint realism or abstract. Using demonstrations and personal instruction, I will help you to understand the principles of rhythm and focal point, how to use color to lead your viewer’s eye around the canvas, and how to understand perspective. Oil painters and acrylic painters welcome.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levée
Cost: $525
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Pastel Painting Workshop: The People and Landscapes of Umbria"
September 28 - October 5, 2024
 

This pastel workshop is designed for the beginning and intermediate pastelist and will cover materials, basic design, color, and application. Some materials will be supplied. We will be painting from life and photographs taken on-site or in the surrounding areas of Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. This is a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of pastel painting as well as providing a challenge to those who already have a basic understanding of pastel technique. Expect plenty of encouragement and actionable advice. Enjoy a beautiful location with magnificent views and a special atmosphere that only Umbria can offer.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Neva Rossi Smoll
Cost: 2600 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Painting Mallorca in Watercolor"
September 28 - October 5, 2024
 

A Sketchbook Journaling Workshop with Karen Ramsay. Come join us and capture Mallorca in watercolor! As we fill our art travel journals with sketching and watercolors, Karen will give us tips and tricks for improving this special skill. Sketching on location, while traveling, is an art form that you can take with you on every future trip. The daily sketches that you create will become a treasured visual diary of your travel. During this week in Mallorca, we will explore the island, its many scenic areas - from the gorgeous views over the Mediterranean Sea to the small towns in the Tramuntana mountain range: the artist town of Deia, the scenic towns of Fornalutx and Valldemossa and the capital Palma.
 
Location: Valldemossa, Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Karen Ramsay
Cost: $3,890
Sponsor: Alpine Creative Tours
Website, email, 970-846-9000


"A Retreat for Artists - Umbria 2024"
September 28 - October 5, 2024
 

This exclusive retreat is designed to cater to experienced artists seeking a fresh, inspiring location to delve into their process and develop as artists. Nestled in the heart of Italy, Umbria’s breathtaking beauty is characterized by rolling hills covered in olive groves and vineyards, enchanting medieval villages perched atop hills, and ancient stone bridges over meandering rivers. The studio provided for the artists is spacious with natural light, ensuring the perfect creative environment. As part of the experience, artists will have the opportunity to explore neighboring villages, discover hidden gems, and capture the essence of this timelessly picturesque region on their canvases. Artists will be accommodated in a charming villa, offering single ensuite rooms and delectable meals.
 
Location: Umbria, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Cost: 1950 GBP
Website, email


"Flowerpalooza"
September 29 - October 4, 2024
 

I love painting florals!!! And I work in different techniques and mediums… including watercolor, acrylics, and alcohol inks. At this retreat, I will share all kinds of approaches to capturing the joyous spirit of flowers!!! We will play with drawing, stenciling, collaging and painting my very favorite subject matter… glorious flowers!!! It will be a Flowerpalooza!!! Any skill level is completely welcome!!! From beginner to established. I really enjoy bringing out the creativity in everyone at my retreats. And we will laugh, share and maybe even dance a little?? Being with kindred spirits is pure joy!!!
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Lori Siebert
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
October 1-10, 2024
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Nine full days of plein air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, and gastronomy in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our teaching approach and groups limited to eight participants allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3975 (around US$ 3000) includes instruction, 9-night accommodation in single and double rooms (limited single rooms available at no extra cost), all breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.), train ticket to Florence, and a tour to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Lucignano, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3000
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Classical Painting and Instruction"
Tuesdays, October 1-22
 

Study with other artists who are committed to bringing their painting to the next level. Award-winning artist and instructor Gayle Levee will work with you to improve your brushwork, color, composition and drawing. This class is limited to ten students. Oil painters and acrylic painters are welcome.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Sponsor: On Track Studios
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"Painting Cruise: Italian Riviera and France"
October 3-12, 2024
 

5-star Painting and Cultural Cruise - Italian Riviera and France! 9 nights: from Barcelona to Rome. All Mediums | All Levels | Non-Painters | Independent Painters. Welcome to our exciting painting cruise across three countries! Embark on an extraordinary 5-star Mediterranean cruise, an artistic journey that unfolds from Barcelona to Rome. This luxurious voyage includes enchanting stops along the picturesque Italian Riviera and captivating destinations in France. As you sail through azure waters and experience the opulence of a 5-star cruise, immerse yourself in unique painting adventures at each port of call. Ports of Call: Barcelona, Marseille (Provence), Nice, Santa Margherita (Portofino), La Spezia (Cinque Terre, Florence, Pisa), Naples and Rome.
 
Location: Mediterranean Cruise, Italy
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: see website
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Painting Cruise: Italian Riviera and France"
October 3-12, 2024
 

5-star Painting and Cultural Cruise - Italian Riviera and France! 9 nights: from Barcelona to Rome. All Mediums | All Levels | Non-Painters | Independent Painters. Welcome to our exciting painting cruise across three countries! Embark on an extraordinary 5-star Mediterranean cruise, an artistic journey that unfolds from Barcelona to Rome. This luxurious voyage includes enchanting stops along the picturesque Italian Riviera and captivating destinations in France. As you sail through azure waters and experience the opulence of a 5-star cruise, immerse yourself in unique painting adventures at each port of call. Ports of Call: Barcelona, Marseille (Provence), Nice, Santa Margherita (Portofino), La Spezia (Cinque Terre, Florence, Pisa), Naples and Rome.
 
Location: Mediterranean Cruise, France
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: see website
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Painting Cruise: Italian Riviera and France"
October 3-12, 2024
 

5-star Painting and Cultural Cruise - Italian Riviera and France! 9 nights: from Barcelona to Rome. All Mediums | All Levels | Non-Painters | Independent Painters. Welcome to our exciting painting cruise across three countries! Embark on an extraordinary 5-star Mediterranean cruise, an artistic journey that unfolds from Barcelona to Rome. This luxurious voyage includes enchanting stops along the picturesque Italian Riviera and captivating destinations in France. As you sail through azure waters and experience the opulence of a 5-star cruise, immerse yourself in unique painting adventures at each port of call. Ports of Call: Barcelona, Marseille (Provence), Nice, Santa Margherita (Portofino), La Spezia (Cinque Terre, Florence, Pisa), Naples and Rome.
 
Location: Mediterranean Cruise, Spain
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: see website
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Knowing Watercolor Techniques"
Oct 4, Nov 1, Dec 6, Jan 3, Feb 7, Mar 7
 

In this advanced mentorship-style course with renowned artist Hazel Soan, we venture deeper into the captivating realm of watercolor artistry. The goal is to empower you with the knowledge and skills necessary to apply these techniques confidently and achieve the desired artistic effects. Whether you're continuing your journey from our initial program or embarking on this second stage independently, this course promises to enhance your grasp of watercolor techniques and inspire a newfound trust in the medium's ability to bring your artistic visions to life. Join us and elevate your watercolor artistry to the next level.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Hazel Soan
Cost: $545
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Watercolour Workshop with Mariette Egreteau"
October 5-12, 2024
 

Mariette Egreteau Martelli was born in France but now lives in Arezzo, where she has been a teacher for more than thirty years. She has a scientific background and has always been interested in the link between science and art, with her curiosity fully satisfied in the spectacle offered by nature. Light playing on ordinary objects, and the transparency of sky and water are her favourite subjects. She mostly uses watercolour to express herself, for its immediacy and union between water and light. She is bilingual in French and Italian and fluent in English.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Mariette Egreteau Martelli
Cost: 2600 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Sicily Painting Holiday 2024"
October 6-13, 2024
 

Discover the sun-drenched landscape of Sicily on this painting holiday that takes you on an artistic journey through the island's vibrant culture, stunning cathedrals, and picturesque fishing villages. From the baroque architecture to the surrounding olive groves and white sandy beaches, there is no shortage of inspiration for any artist. Your stay will be at an authentic yet modern villa in the south-east of the island, surrounded by almond, olive, and pomegranate trees. Your painting supplies, sketchbook, pencils, boards, and easels are provided in a spacious studio where you'll enjoy daily painting classes and excursions to some of the island's most stunning destinations.
 
Location: Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: 1899 GBP
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"Watercolor Painting"
October 7-10, 2024
 

The workshop sessions begin as Couch completes a painting, explaining what he is doing, and why, as he paints. Students paint in the afternoons, after which Couch critiques all the day’s completed work, including his own. An optional slide show/lecture on the principles of design – including color and composition – will be presented in the afternoon of the first day. Couch has won over 70 national awards and his work has been included in three annual exhibitions of the National Academy of Design. For more information, visit tonycouch.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Tony Couch
Cost: $600 Museum members/ $650 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Urban Sketching Workshop in Mexico"
October 8-12, 2024
 

Urban sketching is a skill anybody can learn! It will change the way you perceive the world. Whether you are a novice or a sketcher who feels they can do better, this workshop is for you. The focus is on black and white. It is the foundation of all sketching styles. Build confidence and practice urban sketching to capture the essence of the place by learning: What to look for, How to start the sketch, How to simplify the busy surroundings. Your Facilitator: Cristiana Mar is an experienced artist, architect, and educator, teaching adults, leading workshops in US and Mexico since 1989. Our location is Guanajuato, World Heritage city, the capital of Guanajuato state.
 
Location: Guanajuato, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Mar
Cost: $500.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art
Website, email, 322-153-1906


"Learning to Paint the Head"
October 8-11, 2024
 

This class is designed as a skill-building workshop. We will take a deep dive into drawing, proportions, value, edges, and likeness. Class exercises will train you for painting better portraits. A color booklet of notes and four weeks online guidance will be provided as a follow up to the class in order to help you with that portrait you have been wanting to do.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $590
Sponsor: On Track Studios
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"Colors & Textures in The Pastel Landscape"
October 11-13, 2024
 

This workshop will elevate your artistic journey with successful strategies for creating painterly landscapes. 10 steps for success will be accentuated. Eve will demonstrate how to choose effective reference photos while activating your scene using underpainting techniques. She will do two demos per day utilizing different techniques. You will learn how to choose dynamic compositions using thumbnails, 3 to 5 simple shapes, values and edges. We will cover harmony, tips for loosening your painting style, art apps for success, as well as many tips and tools. A constructive and encouraging appraisal will wrap up our workshop!
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Eve Miller
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor Plein Air Painting Retreat in Sicily"
October 12-19, 2024
 

Join us for a plein air watercolour painting retreat in delightful and peaceful West-Sicily with Polish watercolorist Michal Jasiewicz. We are so proud that he’s coming to SALINARA for the second time. Michal will be your tutor during your stay at the stunning Salinara Art Farm, in the Trapani region. Daily painting excursions to surrounding salt pans, local markets, vineyards, villages such as the medieval town Erice, and Archeological Park of Selinunte, one of the most flourishing classical civilizations of the Mediterranean area. The workshop will take you through selecting a dramatic composition and simplifying it, tone, light, color theory, effects and how to build up a watercolour painting in a structured, demonstration-led setting. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Michal Jasiewicz
Cost: From € 1750
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
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"Painting Holidays: Painting in the French Pyrenees with Peter Keegan"
October 12-19, 2024
 

Join award winning artist and tutor Peter Keegan for what promises to be a delightful week of painting. Peter will both demonstrate and guide painters in the different ways they can create landscape paintings filled with colour, light and expression, using the magnificent views of the French Pyrenees mountains as well as the gardens and grounds of the beautiful Clos Mirabel estate as inspiration. Peter will cover many of the essential aspects of painting and drawing including creating strong compositions, understanding the power of tonal values, how to achieve rich colour harmony and how to loosen up your brushwork. Peter will be working in oils and gouache but artists are welcome to work in either oils, acrylics or gouache paints.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Peter Keegan
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £550 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Photo Real Fiber Art"
October 13-17, 2024
 

Photorealism is a genre of art that encompasses painting and drawing in which an artist studies a photograph and attempts to reproduce the image as realistically as possible in another medium. In this workshop, you will be reproducing an image of your choosing using Melissa’s award-winning techniques for transforming a photograph into a masterpiece of Fiber Art. You will learn to see as an artist does, select appropriate fabrics, build a pictorial quilt from an image using a raw edge applique method. You will then learn to enhance your work by adding depth, dimension and detail with inks. This is a technique class where we will be working only on the quilt top. No sewing involved.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Melissa Sobotka
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"The 2024 Venice Biennale and Istanbul Biennial Art Tour"
October 14-23, 2024
 

Join the 2024 Venice Biennale and Istanbul Biennial Art Tour, a unique 9-night art history trip in Italy and Turkey open to everyone, from artists and art lovers to students and lifelong learners. The cost of CAD $ 4 570 (around US$ 3420) includes 9-night double accommodation in well-rated and centrally located hotels in Venice and Istanbul; daily breakfast, group transportation to the sites on schedule (vaporetto, taxi, bus, ferry), flight from Venice to Istanbul, daily discovery walks in Venice and Istanbul, two-day entrance to the Venice Biennale and the Istanbul Biennial, entrances to the Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace, and the Blue Mosque, and the constant service of an art historian guide and a logistics responsible.
 
Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3420
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"The 2024 Venice Biennale and Istanbul Biennial Art Tour"
October 14-23, 2024
 

Join the 2024 Venice Biennale and Istanbul Biennial Art Tour, a unique 9-night art history trip in Italy and Turkey open to everyone, from artists and art lovers to students and lifelong learners. The cost of CAD $ 4 570 (around US$ 3420) includes 9-night double accommodation in well-rated and centrally located hotels in Venice and Istanbul; daily breakfast, group transportation to the sites on schedule (vaporetto, taxi, bus, ferry), flight from Venice to Istanbul, daily discovery walks in Venice and Istanbul, two-day entrance to the Venice Biennale and the Istanbul Biennial, entrances to the Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace, and the Blue Mosque, and the constant service of an art historian guide and a logistics responsible.
 
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3420
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Umbria Art History"
weekly, May to October 2024
 

Introducing history of art in Umbria – journey among the wonder. Day 1 Assisi – before and after Giotto: Cimabue and Pietro Cavallini. Investigation around art changings through the XIII century. Day 2 Spoleto – Alberto Sotio: unique XII century school of art in remote Umbria, how byzantine influences have produced masterpieces. Day 3 Montefalco – Benozzo Gozzoli: a piece of Florence in Umbria. Spello – Pinturicchio: artist of the most reach XVth century courts of Italian Renaissance. Day 4 Orvieto – From ‘300 to ‘500: three centuries in a single masterpiece, the Duomo of Orvieto and the ‘Fabrica’. Day 5 Perugia – briefing up: Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, eight centuries of History of Art in Umbria in one place.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Irene Maturi
Cost: € 2600
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Stained Glass Workshop"
biweekly, May to October 2024
 

Maddalena Forenza continues the tradition, having learnt the art of glass-painting from her mother. Her work can be admired on the counter facade of the Church of Santo Spirito in Perugia and in the Lemmo Rossi Scotti Castle at Santa Petronilla on the outskirts of Perugia. Course includes 9 half days of creative arts immersion with all materials and supplies, 14 nights full exclusive deluxe accommodation in Agriturismo La Malvarina, 14 gourmet dinners, and breakfasts each morning with fresh croissants, fruits & yogurt. When you are not painting, you can enjoy the swimming pool, set up some horse-back riding nearby, or enjoy sightseeing.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Maddalena Forenza
Cost: 3860 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
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"Fresco Workshop in Italy"
weekly, May to October except August
 

Learn fresco techniques and materials from Elvio Marchionni, a specialist in medieval painting techniques. His studies in 1963 at the Bernardino de Betto Art Institute in Perugia gave him a love for restoration and medieval art that he still has today. This fascinating workshop takes place, as in renaissance time, at the Artist atelier and the accomodation at the four stars Hotel Palazzo Bocci in Spello.
 
Location: Spello, Italy
Instructor: Elvio Marchionni
Cost: 2600 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
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"Finding Delight in Color"
October 16-18, 2024
 

This workshop reveals secrets even the old masters did not know! Participants discover the source of all color, elevating their powers of observation to permit identification of hues hiding in plain sight. With this heightened skill, students are better able to replicate colors seen without the frustration of endless experimentation, memorizing formulas, recipes, and complicated color systems or “happy accidents.” Special focus is placed on assisting the artist to determine the most suitable pigments for producing paintings of quality and unfailing harmony. This workshop was designed for beginner students, intermediate students and advanced students.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Robert H. Way
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Makers' Retreats: An Embroidered Journey with Sam Hunter"
October 19-26, 2024
 

Sam Hunter leads this bespoke tour, designed to allow you to enjoy the beauty of place, the harmony of a small group, and to discover the little-known treasures of South West France including the Pyrenees Atlantiques and the Béarn. The week includes tuition, creative instruction and collaboration with Sam as she helps you design and stitch the cover of a journal, taking inspiration from the week of activities. Throughout the week you will develop your journal content using writings, drawings, photos and ephemera that will serve as a cherished memento of your trip. Embroidery starter kits will be supplied, as well as a selection of gorgeous threads from our thread sponsors. Suitable for all levels. No prior artistic experience necessary.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Sam Hunter
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 750€ Tour + $997 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"4-Day Workshop: Creating Expressive & Dynamic Watercolor"
October 21-24, 2024
 

Mon-Thurs Oct 21-24, 2024 from 9:30am-3:30pm. $575 Art League of OC Members, $720 Non-Members. 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. Students will begin each day with a demonstration painting that will be finished before lunch. The daily demonstration will be different each day so that you will see a wide variety of subject matter and styles including landscapes, floral, stylized, and abstract. Edwards preferred method of painting is to use large brushes for most of the painting and complete the painting with a small amount of details towards the end using smaller brushes.
 
Location: Ocean City, Maryland
Instructor: Sterling Edwards
Cost: $575 ALOC Members, $720 Non-Members
Sponsor: Art League of Ocean City
Website, email, 410-524-9433


"Granada in my Sketchbook"
October 25 - November 1, 2024
 

Granada in the south of Spain is one of the most exciting, different, and welcoming cities I know. So much is going on there in the culture historically and present. We will work mostly in our sketchbooks and Journals during our week in Granada. Moving around with only a backpack and light stools will be easier. We’ll be sketching alleys and mountains, the old casbah, and the famous Alhambra from inside and its surroundings—Flamenco performances in local bars, also gardens, and urban views. We will stay in beautiful accommodation in the heart of the old city, and from there we will have access to our sketching adventure.
 
Location: Granada, Spain
Instructor: Tali Farchi
Cost: €2900
Sponsor: Artist Table
Website, email, +31 6 24903316


"Mosaic Workshop"
October 26 - November 2, 2024
 

Intro: brief history of mosaic – main mosaic techniques – focus on the direct method. Materials: learn how to use various materials, adhesives and alternative supports. In this course you will use: glass, lava stone, terracotta, resin, concrete, natural stones and recycled materials. Tools: knowledge and usage of the key tools (hardie, hammer, glass cutter and pliers). Processes: theoretical and practical study of 1) Ceramization of the lava stone – 2) Application of the gold leaf – 3) Usage of resin. Advanced: how to design and realize more complex things like 3D works, land art, jewelry and luminous works. End of course: creation of a unique and fully customized mosaic work of art, for each student.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Michele Picone
Cost: € 2600
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
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"Día de Muertos Art + Culture Workshop with watercolor, group altar"
October 26 - November 4, 2024
 

Experience a hands-on, deep dive into the authentic traditions of Day of the Dead. Start with a visit to a local mercado for altar decorations & offerings. Then spend your days painting imagery & symbolic representations of loved ones in watercolor to honor their memories, assemble a beautiful group altar, construct & decorate a traditional sand tapestry. Visit two cemeteries where Oaxaqueños lovingly adorn the graves of their ancestors & bring offerings to share with their spirits. Participate in a comparsa - the traditional Muertos parade. Field trips include artisan studio visits: tapetes (woven wool rugs), alebrijes (carved wooden objects), and women's red clay collective (who will invite us to see their own gorgeous Muertos altar).
 
Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
Instructor: Pedro Cruz Pacheco + Corrie McCluskey
Cost: $2200 (lodging included)
Sponsor: Oaxaca Dreams / Talismán Oaxaca
Website, email, 707-327-2747


"Painting Retreat in Sicily, “Spirit, Mind, Body”"
October 27 - November 3, 2024
 

We invite you to join us in this relaxed, beautiful, historic place. Give yourself this time and space to joyfully become a better painter! The setting of Salinara, with its rustic beauty, farm fresh meals, and interesting excursions provides the perfect environment for our “Spirit,Mind,Body” experience. Your artistic SPIRIT will be recognized, encouraged, and celebrated as you work with other creative participants. Your MIND will be engaged by discussions of Art within the group, and your problem solving skills will be challenged as you are improving your painting ability. Your BODY will be nourished with fresh food, walks, biking, and yoga sessions. The emphasis on this workshop is to help promote skill-building with your painting, regardless of your level.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Qiang Huang and Suzanne Enriquez Dougher
Cost: From 2000 $
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
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"Classical Painting and Instruction"
Tuesdays, October 29 - November 19
 

Study with other artists who are committed to bringing their painting to the next level. Award-winning artist and instructor Gayle Levee will work with you to improve your brushwork, color, composition and drawing. This class is limited to ten students. Oil painters and acrylic painters are welcome.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Watercolor Floral"
November 1 & 2, 2024
 

Join nationally renowned watercolor artist, Alan Shuptrine, for a floral/mist and lace watercolor workshop. Focusing on regional floral landscapes, Alan will teach students how to create a watercolor from dark to light using wet and dry-brush techniques, how to utilize lighting and distance to create your composition and applying detail in the foreground. A painter known for his watercolor technical ability, sensitive and thought-provoking paintings, Shuptrine has extended his reputation from a renowned master craftsman and water gilder to a nationally acclaimed watercolorist. For more information, visit alanshuptrine.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Alan Shuptrine
Cost: $400 Museum members/ $450 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Makers' Retreats: Linocut in Colour with Nick Morley"
November 2-9, 2024
 

Discover how to make linocuts in colour, using a variety of techniques. Starting with the basics of carving and printing, you will learn how to create a wide range of marks, patterns and textures to give your prints a unique look. Once you have mastered the basics, you will discover how to mix colours, control ink transparency and print in layers. You will also discover how to make beautiful colour blends to add depth and drama. Following on from the introductory sessions, you will work on your own project, with guidance from Nick, so you can explore linocut in the way you want. Nick will be on hand to give you advice and help you get the best results possible.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Nick Morley
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £500 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Taking Your Work to the Next Level"
November 6-8, 2024
 

Artists who are interested in improving their work often get stalled in their progress and just need a kick-start to get back on the path for excellence. This workshop is a chance to take a good honest look at your current work and consider what exactly needs improvement. The class will be divided into three parts: identification of the one area that most needs improvement, individualized exercises to address the problem, studio painting to put new ideas in to practice. Four weeks of online mentoring is included as a follow up to the class.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Equine Elegance: An Oil Painting Workshop on Horse and Animal portraits"
November 12-14, 2024
 

In this workshop led by award-winning artist Ernest Vincent Wood III, both novice and experienced painters will enhance their skills in capturing an animal’s essence. Participants will delve into the fundamental techniques and principles of oil painting, focusing specifically on the structure and unique characteristics of animals and horses. Through a series of demonstrations, guided exercises, and personalized instruction, participants will learn how to capture the detail of fur and hair and explore what makes animal and equine subjects come to life: light, color harmonies, brushwork, and emphasis on shape and structure. From the powerful presence of a horse to the quiet, peaceful sleeping cat or the joy on a dog’s face, students will learn how to convey emotion and character through their paintings.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Ernest Vincent Wood lll
Cost: $475
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Painting Holidays: Exploring Portraiture and Figure Painting in Watercolour with Micheal Solovyev"
November 16-23, 2024
 

Join Micheal Solovyev at Atelier Clos Mirabel and immerse yourself in the painting of portraits and figures. Very intensive workshops in a comfortable studio. We will learn the rules of portrait construction, the basics of colour mixing for portraits and figures, the use of backgrounds, and the rules of composition. Full working days of in-depth immersion in watercolour will allow you to master new techniques and methods. And, of course, you can expect plenty of personal assistance from the master!
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Micheal Solovyev
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 600€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Doors of Mexico Acrylic Painting Workshops in Guanajuato"
November 18-22, 2024
 

The colors and brilliant light of Mexico have enchanted and attracted many artists! Enjoy it while painting some of the iconic doors of the area. Workshop is designed for all levels of painting experience. We’ll cover: fundamentals of color mixing, composition, elements of art, 5 essential painting techniques. Apply it in the context of 3 Mexican Doors paintings. Studio painting. Choose from a variety of photo references. At Cristi Fer Art Studio, in Guanajuato GTO, Mexico. You will be surrounded by dazzling light, Mexican charm, street venders, amazing architecture, mariachi music and great food. Your instructor maestro Fernando Gonzalez, has over 35 years of painting experience, and is in collections in US, Canada, and Mexico. Only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Guanajuato, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art
Website, email, 322-153-1906


"Painting on Glass: Magnificent Minis"
November 22, 2024
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own mini glass dishes using glass as your canvas. No painting experience is necessary! This is a fun workshop so bring a friend and create something new! Once you’ve finished your creations, Kathy will take them to her studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished dishes to the Academy for you to pick up a week later. Students will complete 4 to 5 dishes depending on time. In addition to the registration cost, students should bring $20 cash to pay the instructor for their materials, which she will provide for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting on Glass"
November 22, 2024
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own 8" x 8" plate using glass as your canvas. No painting experience is necessary! This is a fun workshop so bring a friend and create something new! Once you’ve finished your creations, Kathy will take them to her studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished plates to the Academy for you to pick up a week later. In addition to the registration cost, students should bring $20 cash to pay the instructor for their materials, which she will provide for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting on Glass"
December 13, 2024
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own 8" x 8" plate using glass as your canvas. No painting experience is necessary! This is a fun workshop so bring a friend and create something new! Once you’ve finished your creations, Kathy will take them to her studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished plates to the Academy for you to pick up a week later. In addition to the registration cost, students should bring $20 cash to pay the instructor for their materials, which she will provide for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting on Glass: Magnificent Minis"
December 13, 2024
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own mini glass dishes using glass as your canvas. No painting experience is necessary! This is a fun workshop so bring a friend and create something new! Once you’ve finished your creations, Kathy will take them to her studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished dishes to the Academy for you to pick up a week later. Students will complete 4 to 5 dishes depending on time. In addition to the registration cost, students should bring $20 cash to pay the instructor for their materials, which she will provide for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Online Live: Paint Along with Vlad"
Sundays thru December 31, 2024
 

Sundays: Live online classes + recordings. Level: for all ambitious watercolor artists of all levels. Time: 2-5pm ET. Photo references and pencil layouts will be provided by email 2 days prior to each class. Video recording of the class will be available to replay and practice. You will: - learn Vlad's step-by-step approach to a loose watercolor painting - see how Vlad uses composition and values as part of the creative process - discover timeless traditional watercolor methods of application - explore Vlad's use of brushes and color mixing - complete one painting
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $40
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"The Ephemeral Subject: Mist & Haze in Soft Pastel"
January 27-29, 2025
 

Thankfully for artists, nature is not just blue skies. In this workshop, learn to create the subtle mysterious effects of mist and haze in your pastel landscape. Emphasis will be on use of tonal values, atmospheric perspective, planes in the landscape and handling of edges. The workshop will begin with a one-hour demo, followed by a tonal value exercise before beginning your pastel masterpiece. Each attendee will have plenty of instruction at their easel. Working from your own photos of mist and haze is encouraged. Each day attendees will leave with a finished painting. I will provide hand-outs for each attendee and specific books I love and refer to.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Lisa Regopoulos
Cost: $520
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"The Ephemeral Subject: Mist & Haze in Soft Pastel, 1 Day en Plein Air"
January 30, 2025
 

Thankfully for artists, nature is not just blue skies. In this workshop, learn to create the subtle mysterious effects of mist and haze in your pastel landscape. Emphasis will be on use of tonal values, atmospheric perspective, planes in the landscape and handling of edges. The workshop will begin with a one-hour demo, followed by a tonal value exercise before beginning your pastel masterpiece. Each attendee will have plenty of instruction at their easel. Working from your own photos of mist and haze is encouraged. Each day attendees will leave with a finished painting. I will provide hand-outs for each attendee and specific books I love and refer to.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Lisa Regopoulos
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Drawing the Portrait"
February 13, 2025
 

In this 1-Day workshop, Karen will lead students through her process of drawing the portrait from the initial measurements to the final stages of refining. Using a photo reference, she will begin with teaching strategies to accurately draw the head, place the features and indicate the major light and shadow shapes. Karen will demonstrate how to define the shadow and light regions which give the illusion of form. She will show how she compresses values for a strong design and how she makes corrections throughout, achieving an unmistakable likeness of her subject. Students also have the option to sign up for Karen’s 3-Day follow-up workshop, Painting the Portrait in Pastel.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Karen Wilharm
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Makers' Retreats: Stories in Stitches - Quilting Retreat with Sujata Shah"
April 5-12, 2025
 

Join internationally renowned Sujata Shah with like-minded passionate quilters. Whether you are a seasoned quilter or a beginner, this retreat promises a journey of self-expression and artistic exploration. Enjoy a weeklong immersive stitching experience unlike any other. Set amidst the serene Béarnais countryside, an unknown part of SW France, with its rolling hills, vineyards and majestic Atlantic Pyrénées, this retreat offers the perfect environment to unwind, connect with nature, and unleash your creativity. This perfect soothing setting combined with focused expert instruction will give you long lasting joy and motivate you to undertake more ambitious quilted art works.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Sujata Shah
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + $950 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Catch the charm of Sicily with expressive bold strokes and colourful"
April 5-12, 2025
 

Amit Kapoor is a leading master of watercolor in India. Join us for a unique and exceptional watercolor painting workshop in Sicily with the Indian artist Amit Kapoor. It’s a beautiful opportunity for you to live and paint with a master artist in an authentic Sicilian farmhouse located just 500 m from the Mediterranean sea. Participants will learn Amit’s techniques and process to paint Plein-Air and in studio, how to be expressive with bold brush strokes and colourful palette. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Amit Kapoor
Cost: From € 2150
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Creating Contrast Highlighting Highlights and Deepening Darks"
April 26 - May 3, 2025
 

Join Botanical Artist Ann Swan, RHS Gold Medalist and author of ‘Botanical Painting with Coloured Pencils’ for a week of Botanical drawing focused on creating contrast using coloured pencils. “In order to create realistic images we need to fully understand light and observe how it reacts with our subjects to describe their shapes.” Ann will show you how to interpret light and shade and to accurately capture these contrasting tonal values for a true sense of three-dimensional form and volume in your work. Ann will demonstrate ways of creating realistic highlights and sheen and help you choose convincing shade colours to create depth in shadows whilst maintaining vibrant colours so that your work will come to life on the page.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Ann Swan
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £400 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Techniques to make Botanical paintings more detailed with Michelle EunYoung Song"
May 3-10, 2025
 

Join Michelle EunYoung Song (SBA Fellow) for one week of botanical art using coloured pencils. Michelle will guide you on how to capture a beautiful moment at Clos Mirabel. Together, we will explore the grounds of Clos Mirabel which has an abundance of plants growing in May. Back in the studio, Michelle will guide you through a detailed study of your specimen. You will use pencil drawings in a sketchbook that will produce data for your detailed painting. You will also practice making the proper colour using coloured pencils. The tuition is exacting and clear so that by the end of the week you will have the capacity to create a more detailed botanical painting.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Michelle EunYoung Song
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 450€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Watercolor Sketching and Journaling"
May 4-9, 2025
 

Join me for an unforgettable painting holiday in Santa Fe, a region famous for its stunning scenery and captivating light. During the workshop, all of the logistics will be taken care of by my good friends at French Escapade. All we have to do is relax and enjoy our days spent sketching in this strikingly beautiful part of New Mexico. We’ll have plenty of time to capture once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the pages of our watercolor journals. My teaching will focus on illustrated watercolor journaling. You’ll learn how to add style and interest to your sketchbook pages through the use of unique page layouts and borders, and we’ll cover several fun new lettering styles. I’ll offer daily demonstrations of painting techniques.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Leslie Fehling
Cost: $1,690
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 8-15, 2025
 

Join me in Carmel and Pacific Grove, where we’ll experience the wild beauty of rugged Pacific shores, the enchanting fairy-tale cottages, and historic Mission architecture that make this place so unique. I’ve designed this workshop to give you confidence sketching wherever you happen to be. I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches loose, fresh and vibrant. And I’ll share my techniques for capturing the beauty that surrounds us, so you can savour it for years to come.
 
Location: Provence, France
Instructor: David Daniels
Cost: $3,790 before Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Oil Painting Workshop: Acrylics, gouache and pastel welcome"
May 9-16, 2025
 

I am so excited to teach you in this inspiring place while working outdoors in Plein Air as the Impressionist masters did! Paint the crystal blue Mediterranean waters with breathtaking vistas of the Catalonia coast, a hidden gem fishing village, botanical gardens, and medieval villages. As a painter and colorist, I have learned that the best way to achieve the feeling of light and color in your paintings is to paint outdoors. I will be your guide and teacher for an incredible week of painting, sightseeing, dining, and artistic community while we all learn and grow our artistry during the week. The experience of painting with other artists will be a treasure you carry with you for a lifetime.
 
Location: Costa Brava, Spain
Instructor: Rose Irelan
Cost: $3,790 before Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein Air Painting in Provence, France!"
May 15-22, 2025
 

Join me for an amazing week of plein air painting in magnificent Provence, France! This is ‘Red poppy season’ and we’ll explore and paint the exciting spring colors of glorious Provence. I’m super excited to teach you painting in such an inspiring place! We’ll paint flower fields, countryside villages, waterways and hillside castle towns, quaint, flower-filled alleyways, medieval churches, fountains and ancient archways. We’ll paint our impressions, dine exquisitely, share gorgeous sights and creative companionship, all while learning and growing our craft. I will share my methods for creating successful paintings with loose brushwork and exciting color harmonies. I will demo in oil primarily, but am proficient and happy to help with watercolor, acrylics and pastels as well.
 
Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Maggie Hellmann
Cost: $3,940 before Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Holidays: Plein air Painting Masterclass – The spirit of the Pyrenees Atlantiques"
May 17-24, 2025
 

A well-established contemporary plein air painter in Canada and the USA, Marc Grandbois offers his vision of personal expression through the beauty of nature. This class focuses on how to paint in plein air. Every student is led to better transpose his emotions related to place and time, into an image and to understand the subjective power of colors and gesture in painting. Marc will give a two-hour demonstration each morning en plein air in the Clos Mirabel park and surrounds. A large interior space will be available in case of bad weather. There will be a group critique on the last day for work to be shared by the group, creating both a supportive and exponential effect for future work.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Marc Grandbois
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 450€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 23-30, 2025
 

You probably fell in love with making art before a painting holiday occurred to you. Classroom lessons, online sessions, or time in the studio are typically safe environments in which to learn. But once we venture outdoors to paint, the light can be dramatic, the air is filled with sights, sounds, and smells of nature. While this can all be new, it enriches the painting experience even more. When we arrive on the Costa Brava, my job is to help you capture the nuances of our surroundings with confidence. Even before departure I’ll provide practical pointers on what to bring, what to leave behind. My plein-air workshops are jam-packed with helpful tips to help you make powerful statements through your art.
 
Location: Costa Brava, Spain
Instructor: Randy Hale
Cost: $3,790 before Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
May 26 - June 2, 2025
 

Join me for one week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Provence! Drawing while traveling is the best way to experience and remember a new place. Traveling is also a perfect opportunity to learn or hone your drawing skills. When we see new sights everything strikes us as unusual, memorable and inspiring. We have a natural desire to admire new vistas, taste new flavors, inhale unusual aromas and record these sensations through taking photos, but also through drawing and writing. For me, drawing while traveling is instinctual, and I am eager to share my passion to fully immerse yourself in a new place through the practice of travel sketching.
 
Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Rita Sabler
Cost: $3,940 before Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting the Poetic Landscape"
June 1-5, 2025
 

Barbara offers workshops in pastel or oil, or both, focusing on landscapes. Her workshops are primarily in the studio, but she may occasionally offer a plein air portion to a workshop if requested. All demos are in the studio. Her teaching style includes daily demonstrations, during which she talks through each step and allows questions. She provides exercises that have very specific objectives so that students are able to see achievable results and she offers plenty of individual assistance at the easel. Barbara holds Signature Memberships in Oil Painters of America and American Impressionist Society, is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, and an Eminent Pastelist with the International Association of Pastel Societies.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Painting in the French Alps: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
June 4-11, 2025
 

The wonderful views and landscapes of the French Alps seem to be just made for watercolor. All the incredible villages, lakes and mountains are just begging to be caught on the tip of your brush. Moving from place to place, we will find the best locations to create vibrant and sunny watercolors. Every day will be a discovery for you—and a new opportunity for painting in watercolor. In addition to traditional watercolor techniques, I will introduce you to my personal methods and secrets. Join us for relaxation and enjoyment of the French Alps with a very rich and informative workshop in the open air.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf
Cost: $3,840 before Nov 30
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Botanical Sketching and Painting with Lara Call Gastinger"
June 7-14, 2025
 

During this week of Botanical Sketching and Painting in the French Pyrénées with Lara Call Gastinger we will be observing, drawing and painting the local flora of Atelier Clos Mirabel. We will go through the process of how to create a botanical painting, starting with sketching and learning the important characteristics of plants. We will seek botanical inspiration from the acreage of Atelier Clos Mirabel and with a trip to the blooming meadows of the Pyrénées. After the first day of sketching, we will focus on using watercolours to capture the colours and textures of the plants. In the end, we will work on composition and how to create a finished botanical painting. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Lara Call Gastinger
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 450€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Ink, Print, Repeat"
June 8-13, 2025
 

Explore textile pattern design using DIY acrylic inks and textile paints that will leave your fabric with a soft hand and give you exactly the colors you want. Explore a multitude of ways to create richly textured “base” fabrics by applying acrylics inks with different types of brush-strokes, sponges, altering ink and water ratios, adding salt, mono-printing, and scrunching, as well as pleating, stitching, clamping and pole wrapping fabric with a variety of shibori techniques. Learn how to successfully print with foam, rubber and wood stamps. Master screen printing with thermofax screens, then apply pattern design principles using various types of repeats to print on your textured “base” fabrics. It’ll be a blast of inspiration, innovation, information and fun.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Judy Coates Perez
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Painting in the French Alps: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
June 11-18, 2025
 

The wonderful views and landscapes of the French Alps seem to be just made for watercolor. All the incredible villages, lakes and mountains are just begging to be caught on the tip of your brush. Moving from place to place, we will find the best locations to create vibrant and sunny watercolors. Every day will be a discovery for you—and a new opportunity for painting in watercolor. In addition to traditional watercolor techniques, I will introduce you to my personal methods and secrets. Join us for relaxation and enjoyment of the French Alps with a very rich and informative workshop in the open air.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf
Cost: $3,840 before Nov 30
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Illustrating the Plants of Clos Mirabel with Catherine Watters"
June 14-21, 2025
 

Join Catherine Watters for one week of drawing and painting the incredibly diverse flora of Clos Mirabel, using watercolours and/or coloured pencils to capture the colours and textures of the plants. Discover the fascinating world of Botanical Art, starting with a walk around the magnificent property to choose your subject. A variety of plants will be in bloom including Roses, Hydrangeas, Iris, Lupin, Lilies and numerous fruits and vegetables growing in the Orchard. Catherine will introduce her 10 stages to successfully illustrate a subject. You will carefully observe, measure and draw your subject focusing on form, light and texture. All levels of experience are welcome.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Catherine Watters
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 450€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Painting in the French Alps: Oil Painting Workshop"
June 18-25, 2025
 

While learning the importance of oil painting techniques (values, edges, composition, etc.), the joy of actually painting France en plein air won’t get lost on Kathie! The enthusiasm for painting the mountains, lakes and chalets with you will be contagious! Kathie will walk through her process of narrowing down the choices of subject matter and then demo before it’s time for you to get your brushes wet too… and she will be right alongside cheering you on with personal instruction and encouragement! There is a reason why you want to paint. Kathie will work to help you tap that desire by throwing herself into the entire experience and beauty of the French Alps!
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kathie Odom
Cost: $3,840 before Nov 30
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Holidays: Mood & Atmosphere in the Medium of Your Choice with Kevin Scully"
June 21-28, 2025
 

Join Kevin Scully at the beautiful Atelier Clos Mirabel estate in the French Pyrenees for a week of drawing and painting in the medium of your choice. During this painting holiday the emphasis will be on creating work that captures the sense of space and mood of our delightful surroundings, and producing paintings that are both loose in style, and enigmatic in atmosphere. Kevin Scully will be giving plenty of demonstrations as well as providing individual guidance in choosing the right materials, choosing a composition, tonal arrangement, and suitable colour schemes to help you produce some exciting paintings. Whether your favourite medium is oils, watercolours, acrylics, or pastels, the retreat is for painters of all levels of experience.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Kevin Scully
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + €400 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Loose and Free Watercolor Workshop"
June 22-29, 2025
 

In this watercolor workshop, I will help you discover new approaches to your works. Values and Color are the two main elements I will focus on and a dramatic sense of design. My personal style is basically a loose and carefree approach. Leaving a lot of the white of the paper, for me, is paramount in my watercolor work. We will work mostly from our own reference photos, in a relaxed studio environment. You can choose which genres best suit your personality - florals, landscapes, structures, etc. Critiques of the work and one-on-one directions will also be a part of this workshop. I hope you will join me in Bruges for this fantastic painting experience.
 
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Rae Andrews
Cost: $3,840 before Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Holidays: Paint Your Bliss! Painting in the French Pyrenees with Kat O’Connor"
June 28 - July 5, 2025
 

This class will encourage you to paint what inspires you. Focusing on elements of the environment at hand – landscape, architecture, food, culture, colour – we will create not just finished paintings but a library of source information for future development. This class is designed to help you get the most out of painting while traveling. Certain things peak each painter’s interest: Mountains in the distance, a garden, or a bowl of fruit. Students will choose their subject matter and Kat will work with each person individually to help them get the most out of their painting time. Group discussions and exercises will focus on finding dynamic compositions that best describe your unique experience of a particular location.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Kat O’Connor
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + $575 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Oil Painting Workshop in Bruges-Belgium"
June 29 - July 6, 2025
 

While learning the importance of oil painting techniques (values, edges, composition, etc.), the joy of actually painting Belgium en plein air won’t get lost on Kathie! The enthusiasm for painting medieval architecture and windmills with you will be contagious! Kathie will walk through her process of narrowing down the choices of subject matter and then demo before it’s time for you to get your brushes wet too… and she be right alongside cheering you on with personal instruction and encouragement! There is a reason why you want to paint. Kathie will work to help you tap that desire by throwing herself into the entire experience and beauty of this amazing city of Bruges!
 
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Kathie Odom
Cost: $3,840 before Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Holidays: Watercolour Landscapes in the French Pyrenees with Micheal Solovyev"
July 5-12, 2025
 

Join international artist Micheal Solovyev for a week of landscape painting on the enchanting Clos Mirabel Estate in the French Pyrenees. During this painting holiday we will study Micheal Solovyev’s watercolour techniques in the studio, and learn the basics of constructing landscape space, colour, and rules for constructing a personal palette. Simultaneously, there will be plein air painting, so that you can fully enjoy the wonderful views of the French Pyrenees! You can always count on the individual attention of a master who will help you learn to convey your feelings using the living language of watercolour.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Micheal Solovyev
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 600€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Makers' Retreats: Piece Flow Joy: Quilting From The Heart with Sherri Lynn Wood"
August 30 - September 6, 2025
 

Join Sherri Lynn Wood for a restorative week of abstract piecing at the beautiful Atelier Clos Mirabel in the French Pyrénées, designed to get you out of your head and into your hands and heart. Nurture a receptive approach to freestyle quilting where you become the conduit through which creativity and patterns flow and are expressed. Learn ruler-free piecing techniques and how to harness your rhythm of attention and emotional energy into shape, colour and pattern to tell the unfolding story of being you!
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Sherri Lynn Wood
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + $750 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Makers' Retreats: Exploring Lino Cut with Emily Robertson"
September 6-13, 2025
 

Throughout the week you will be introduced to the art of lino cut printmaking with Emily Robertson. Drawing inspiration from the luxuriant, natural environment of Clos Mirabel and its surrounds, Emily will guide you in the creation of your own lino cut prints. She will demonstrate the full lino printmaking process; drawing designs, carving & printing by hand. This course is suitable for any level of experience. You will be taught techniques that can easily be used for work you can create back home, as well as ways to improve the quality and even consistency of your prints.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Emily Robertson
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 450€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Perfect Imperfection: Capturing decay & fading blooms in watercolour with Jarnie Godwin"
September 13-20, 2025
 

Study with Jarnie Godwin at Atelier Clos Mirabel during a 5-day botanical art workshop in the French Pyrenees ~ South West France. Enjoy wonderful surroundings, delightful accommodation and delicious meals. Jarnie Godwin will guide you into the ethereal mysteries of the fading bloom. As blooms begin to fade you will learn how to capture these intimate, fragile and fleeting moments of decay. Using a range of watercolour techniques, Jarnie will show you how to create the unique acute textures and colour transitions of decay and fading colour. You will learn more about the unique form and detail of fading flowers, and will gain confidence in using and manipulating watercolour to convey an intimate moment in time.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Jarnie Godwin
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £400 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Watercolor Sketching and Journaling in Western Sicily"
September 20-27, 2025
 

Join Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling for their 2nd workshop at the stunning Salinara Art Farm on the west coast of Sicily. Sicily is a unique island that has been shaped by many cultures over many thousands of years. Excursions and painting to surrounding salt pans with colorful sunset, fisherman boats, local markets, 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, medieval hill town of Erice, Archeological Park of Selinunte with Greek temples. And many beaches where we can swim in the blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs
Cost: From € 3100
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Painting Holidays: Exploring Mixed Media with Jenny Muncaster"
September 20-27, 2025
 

Join Jenny Muncaster for a fun week of inspiration and discovery. Jenny is committed to making creativity available to everyone, during this week-long painting holiday she will introduce you to different techniques using a whole range of wonderful art materials. Combining traditional & non-traditional methods & tools for exploring line, painting, print, texture & collage in your work. Using these new skills, capture & interpret your subject matter to create totally original artwork inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Clos Mirabel in the French Pyrenees. At the end of the workshop, you will have gained a tool kit of creative skills & techniques, a new artistic energy, and a portfolio of paintings to be proud of!
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Jenny Muncaster
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £350 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Makers' Retreats: From Photo to Embroidery with Sam Hunter"
September 27 - October 4, 2025
 

Sam Hunter leads this bespoke tour, designed to allow you to enjoy the beauty of place, the harmony of a small group, and to discover the little-known treasures of South West France including the Pyrenees Atlantiques and the Béarn. The week includes tuition, creative instruction and collaboration with Sam as she helps you design and stitch the cover of a journal, taking inspiration from the week of activities. Throughout the week you will develop your journal content using writings, drawings, photos and ephemera that will serve as a cherished memento of your trip. Embroidery starter kits will be supplied, as well as a selection of gorgeous threads from our thread sponsors. Suitable for all levels. No prior artistic experience necessary.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Sam Hunter
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 750€ Tour + $997 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Found & Gathered"
September 28 - October 3, 2025
 

Join me and immerse yourself in the creative process. The experience begins the moment you register as you source, find, and gather your own personal collection of papers, fibers, ephemera, and other bits & pieces that will become the basis of your creation. As the workshop begins and unfolds, we will gather together, both within the workshop space at The Connecticut River Valley Inn and at some special, local locations. You will spend your time transforming your treasures into a series of what might loosely be called artist books. Instruction will cover the range of techniques used in mixed media: surface designing, using paints and inks, hand stitching, book binding, rusting, dyeing, embossing, mark making, gel printing, collaging, creative layering, and more.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Seth Apter
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Painting Holidays: Painting Light in Oils with Jenny Aitken"
October 4-11, 2025
 

Award winning artist Jenny Aitken is passionate about the depiction of light in paint. She has taught thousands of students throughout her career, and recently written a book on the subject, Painting into the Light. During this week long atelier at Clos Mirabel in Jurançon, France, she will cover all her methods and techniques, both in the studio and plein air.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Jenny Aitken
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £500 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Immersive watercolor workshop in Sicily"
October 4-11, 2025
 

Sicily – It's on everyone's bucket list, with colorful sunsets, olive groves, vineyards, and picturesque villages with narrow streets, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, it’s a painters paradise… And it will be our home for 7 days. The workshop is hosted by the retreat center Salinara. Our daily watercolor routine will include daily demonstrations by Gary, along with time for individual instruction. Afternoons will vary between painting time, exploring the region on your own, or possible one of the many activities offered through Salinara – on designated days Gary will conduct group critique over cocktails before the evening meal. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Gary Tucker
Cost: From $2300
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Autumn Produce of the Pyrénées with Laura Silburn"
October 11-18, 2025
 

Join Laura Silburn at Atelier Clos Mirabel for a 5-day botanical art workshop in the French Pyrenees ~ South West France. Enjoy wonderful surroundings, accommodation and delicious meals. Explore the botanical delights of this flora-rich part of the world. Laura will help you examine a chosen plant or vegetable through careful observation and sketchbook work. You will then compose an image that reflects its natural character whilst observing botanical truth. You will be guided on how to take your drawings through to a completed botanical watercolour and shown techniques for dry-brush finishing. Laura has work at Kew Gardens, The Hunt Institute, the Florilegium of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, and the Eden Project Cornwall.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Laura Silburn
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Discovering Oil and Cold Wax"
October 12-17, 2025
 

Learn a non-traditional approach to oil painting or explore oils for the first time. Cold wax medium is an additive that thickens oil paint, speeds up the drying time (a bit), and neutralizes the paint so there’s no concern about “fat over lean” rules. We will be using R&F’s Pigment Sticks (compressed oil paints) along with tube oils to create paintings without brushes or smelly solvents. You will discover new tools and methods for creating rich and authentic small works on paper and Ampersand’s Gessoboard. With Arches oil paper as our primary substrate, you’ll have several paintings going at once. This workshop is fun, a bit messy, and will change the way you think about oil painting.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Julie Snidle
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Seasonal Treasures: Celebrating Fading Flowers, Fruit and Autumnal Leaves in Watercolour"
October 18-25, 2025
 

Join Julia Trickey at Atelier Clos Mirabel for a week-long botanical art workshop in the French Pyrenees ~ South West France. Enjoy wonderful surroundings, delightful accommodation and delicious meals. Using fruit and vegetables, flowers and leaves from the gardens and grounds of Atelier Clos Mirabel, we will explore how to make less-than-perfect botanical specimens centre stage. We will start by experimenting with wet-in-wet techniques to create initial form and merging colours, before considering other techniques used to deepen colours and add details. There will also be opportunity to work larger than life or with black backgrounds. Teaching by Julia Trickey will be delivered via live demonstrations, slide presentations and lots of individual support.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Julia Trickey
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £400 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Paper and Book Artistry"
October 19-24, 2025
 

Open to students of all artistic levels, Paper and Book Artistry is for those who are ready to ditch perfection, get messy, and play with no rules. Roben-Marie’s teaching style is friendly and easy going with a focus on having fun and playing with supplies in non-traditional ways. Join Roben-Marie in a lovely historic inn located in The Connecticut River Valley for an inspiring and joyful workshop designed to help you with creative play, building up a stash of amazing art papers, and exploring the mixing of different mediums and journal making. Paper and Book Artistry is more than creative time…it’s time brimming with togetherness and friendship.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Roben Marie Smith
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Painting Holidays: Exploring Vibrant Watercolours with Jude Scott"
November 8-15, 2025
 

Join Jude Scott for a fun week exploring watercolour in the beautiful grounds and surroundings of Clos Mirabel in South West France. On this painting holiday course you will experience topics such as the importance of tone, composition, colour and colour mixing, getting the best results from your brushes with some inventive mark making. Jude will demonstrate landscapes en plein air and look at the foundations of what makes a great landscape and how to demystify the process of achieving the all important, foreground, middle ground and background.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Jude Scott
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + AUD$825 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Painting the landscape (but seeing more)"
Ongoing classes
 

These ongoing classes series of 4 meetings each, are for you, who wish to improve your painting and sketching skills of the Landscape. Painting from your window or from images you took yourself. Will be available to participants of any level! Classes offer individual instruction and assignments. In addition, I will be open to specific requests for technique or any artistic "problem" that you may want to talk about and work out. Finding shapes, colors, and color values. Using the brush as an extension of your hand, we can work looser. The class is on Mondays. Duration 2 hours (it is an international group check your time zone on the site)
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Tali Farchi
Cost: $125 for 4 meetings
Sponsor: Artist Table
Website, email, 0031624903316


"Story Painting"
Ongoing classes
 

Storytelling versus Story Painting? Or maybe not versus? Let’s tell your story in a painting. In this class, we will learn how to tell your story, convey atmosphere, and feel, and understand colors, lines, focal-point, framing, and depth. You can add (or deduct) from the painting that will tell your story! Let us hear your tale! an ongoing class and instructions. From the prehistoric images in the caves to Edward Hopper... from the bible in pictures to the most modern painters of our times... We will set our subjects in 4 meetings. If you miss a class there will be a recording available.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Tali Farchi
Cost: $125 for 4 meetings
Sponsor: Artist Table
Website, email, 0031624903316


"Online Figure Drawing via Zoom"
Every Wednesday
 

An international group meets online via Zoom every Wednesday (check your time zone). Short and long poses, from 5-10 minutes and 20-30 minutes. Each week I invite a new model to pose. There is always some music in the background that I'm sharing too. 2 hours session. No instruction. At the end of the session, we show each other the work. Friendly atmosphere, everyone is welcome!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Open session hosted by Tali Farchi
Cost: $15 per session
Sponsor: Artist Table
Website, email, 0031624903316


"Painting Music Online"
Every Thursday
 

“Painting Music” is an intuitive painting and drawing, open session for everyone. No painting or drawing skills are needed. Move your paint as the music tells you... on a canvas or in your sketchbook. I create a one-hour playlist of the different subjects each week. You may paint one painting or 10 or as much as you want. No rules. You may interpret the music as figurative or abstract, anything goes! The camera of your device will be pointed to the working area, so we can also see the progress, and be inspired. After the session, we look at each other's artwork and talk about the process.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Tali Farchi
Cost: $10 per session
Sponsor: Artist Table
Website, email, 0031624903316


"Watercolor Explorer Program"
ongoing
 

Learn from the world's top watercolorists filmed in their studio and Plein-air on locations worldwide. Explore a range of techniques and weave dazzling new styles into your paintings through immersive video lessons, live workshops, and personal feedback. Engage with the artists live during weekly Zoom workshops. Instructors will take you behind the scenes as they create original works and answer your questions about their method and creative process. Hone your skills with thoughtfully designed projects and get feedback on your work from professional artists. Connect with a community of like-minded learners across all levels from around the world.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: 20+ top artists
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Representational Abstraction"
video course
 

An award-winning watercolor artist, John Salminen has spent multiple decades perfecting his techniques and instruction in this field. In this video course, John will demonstrate how you can capture representational abstraction. He will begin with a well-designed abstract foundation and introduce representational subject matter to that foundation. The course was filmed in John’s hometown of Duluth, Minnesota. Included in the course is one complete painting demonstration, filmed in a studio setting, for a total of 4+ hours. Whether you are looking to deepen your understanding of composition, use a new technique, or better understand the foundation of abstract painting, John will walk you through his process in a clear and informative way to enhance your understanding and improve your work.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: John Salminen
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Wildlife in Watercolor"
video course
 

Award-winning watercolorist, Carol Carter has spent her career expressing her creativity through the inventive use of color. In this video course, you will learn how to paint Carol’s strategic “cell painting” technique with fluidity, to create a unified watercolor with bold, dynamic, and inventive colors. You will gain confidence in painting more complex subjects by learning how to simplify the shapes and washes and to develop a unified statement. Included in the course are three complete painting demonstrations filmed in studio as well as additional tutorials of specific skills. Throughout the course, you’ll work on thoughtfully-designed exercises that help you hone your watercolor skills and projects that help you breathe life into your own paintings.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carol Carter
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Flow in Watercolor Portrait"
video course
 

In this video course, Stephen Zhang demonstrates the integrated process of applying watercolor techniques to build the human form. This course was filmed in Stephen's Studio and includes two complete portraiture demonstrations, as well as exercises and projects for you to practice and demonstrate your learning. This course is for artists at all levels who want to learn to display the human form through watercolor portraiture. Whether you are looking to develop your skills in brushwork and watercolor foundations, painting the human form, or understanding how to create flow in your work as a watercolorist, Stephen will cover it all in this course!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Stephen Zhang
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Stories in Painting"
video course
 

Enjoy lifetime access to this sequential video series that includes personal critiques from the artist for dynamic & engaging online education. This four-week class is designed to discuss content, meaning, intention, expression, communication of a personal, autobiographical, and narrative painting. I will demonstrate the techniques in executing a watercolor and imbuing it with emotion and symbolism. Every week, we will look at painting with a new lens.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carol Carter
Cost: $266
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Fine Art Mentorship"
ongoing
 

As an instructor, it is my sincere desire to help guide aspiring painters to find better ways to trust, develop, and listen to their artistic voice. This is not done by providing answers so much as in helping artists to ask the right questions. When we begin to grasp this and ask ourselves these fundamental questions, we are well on our way to making significant strides. The curriculum presents a comprehensive and sequential education of watercolor techniques while inspiring the development of your own unique style. The program has rolling admission; you can join anytime and start from the beginning of the curriculum. Each month you will progress through a new 4-8 hour video series while honing your style & technique.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Thomas W. Schaller
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Simplifying Landscapes"
video course
 

This video course is for artists at all levels who want to learn to paint natural landscapes or urban scenes with confidence. Whether you are looking to develop your plein-air skills, improve your ability to capture natural light and colors in your studio work, or enhance your natural and urban compositions - award-winning watercolorist Andy Evansen will cover it all! He guides you through the complete plein air painting process, from setting up on location, selecting a scene, understanding natural light and shadow, using simple shapes to create striking compositions, drawing with confidence, and finishing a painting. The course was filmed outdoors on location and includes three complete painting demonstrations with two charming landscapes and one bustling urban scene.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Andy Evansen
Cost: $109
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Water Scenes in Madrid"
video course
 

This course is for artists at all levels who want to learn to paint natural landscapes and waterscapes with confidence. Whether you are looking to develop your plein-air skills, improve your ability to capture natural light and colors in your studio work, or enhance your natural compositions - Pablo will cover it all in this course! An award-winning plein air artist, Pablo has spent over a decade specializing in the painting of water scenes. In this video course, Pablo will demonstrate how you can capture the ethereal flow, reflections, and color of water scenes. He’ll walk you through his set up, materials, palette, and explain his techniques for creating reflectivity, translucency, and fluidity in water scenes.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Pablo Ruben Lopez Sanz
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"The Art of the Illustrated Journal"
video course
 

In this video course, award-winning watercolorist, Brenda Swenson, will teach you to discover inspiration, awaken your senses, and tell your stories through illustrated journaling. You'll learn the fundamentals of watercolor, how to draw and paint from life and references, and how to find limitless artistic inspiration in everyday life. Included in the course are four demonstrations as well as lessons on watercolor, drawing, and font-writing techniques. Throughout the course, you’ll work on thoughtfully-designed projects that help you hone your illustration, sketching, and watercolor skills and breathe life into your own illustrated journal.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Brenda Swenson
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Californian Cityscapes"
video course
 

In this video course, award winning watercolorist, Keiko Tanabe walks you through her process of painting in Plein Air. She will share how she selects a scene, creates a striking composition, and uses value and color to create mood in her work. This course was filmed outdoors on location in San Diego California, and includes three complete painting demonstrations with two harbor scenes and one beach scene. This course is for artists at all levels who want to learn to paint natural seascapes with confidence. Whether you are looking to develop your plein-air skills, improve your ability to capture natural light and colors in your studio work, or enhance your compositions - Keiko will cover it all in this course!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: $65
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Drawing and Perspective"
video course
 

Learn with Thomas Schaller as he instructs on how to establish perspective and dimensionality in your work. Thomas W. Schaller AWS NWS TWSA ASAI, is an award-winning artist, architect, and author based in New York City. As a renowned architectural artist, he received a Graham Foundation Grant and was a two-time recipient of the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize. He has authored three books; the best-selling, and AIA award winner, Architecture in Watercolor (VNR – McGraw Hill) The Art of Architectural Drawing (J.Wiley and Sons), and Thomas W. Schaller, Architect of Light : Watercolor Paintings by a Master. (Penguin Random House)
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Thomas W. Schaller
Cost: $79
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"The Built Environment"
video course
 

During this video course, award-winning watercolorist, Thomas Schaller, demonstrates the way to express your experience of the built environment through watercolor painting. Tom will walk you through the process of discovering new methods to compose, simplify, and edit images of the built environment in dynamic ways. You will also examine the narrative power of one and two-point - as well as more unusual - perspective angles. The course was filmed in Tom's studio and includes three complete painting demonstrations for a total of 3+ hours of video lessons.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Thomas W. Schaller
Cost: $119
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Vibrant Street Scenes"
video course
 

In this video course, Michal Jasiewicz guides you through his creative processes both for painting plein-air and in-studio. Each demo begins with an explanation of selecting and analyzing a subject to plan for the composition. He will then explain his process step by step from the initial sketch through adding the finishing details. The course was filmed in Lucca, Italy. Included in the course are four complete painting demonstrations, two outdoors on location and two in-studio, for a total of 4+ hours of video content. Throughout the course, you’ll work on thoughtfully-designed exercises that help you hone your watercolor skills and projects that help you breathe life into your own paintings.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michal Jasiewicz
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Seeing the Natural World"
video course
 

In this video course, award-winning watercolorist, Thomas Schaller, will demonstrate how to capture the experience of the natural world through watercolor. Tom will guide you in your pursuit of developing your own creative voice by helping you discover various expressive ways to depict the effects of light, shadow, and atmosphere and most effectively paint the world around you. Tom will share his creative process and technique with you as he paints skies, water, reflections, and landscape elements. You will also develop various methods to paint atmospheric conditions like fog, night skies, rain, and more. The course was filmed in Tom's studio and includes two complete painting demonstrations for a total 3+ hours of video lessons.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Thomas W. Schaller
Cost: $119
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Loose & Vivid Landscapes"
video course
 

In this immersive video course, award-winning watercolorist, Andy Evansen, guides you through his entire painting process. The course begins with instruction on selecting scenes, as well as manipulating and using reference photos in the studio. In each of the painting demonstrations, Andy will focus on sketching and using value studies from the outset to identify the large shapes in a scene. He will then move on toward completing the color paintings. The course was filmed in Andy's home state of Minnesota and includes three complete painting demonstrations, two stunning landscapes and one serene street scene, for a total of 5+ hours of video content. This course is for artists at all levels.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Andy Evansen
Cost: $109
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Scenes in Italy"
video course
 

In this video course, Italian watercolorist, Igor Sava, takes you through his entire painting process. He will walk you through creating a story from a reference image and modifying the subject. You will also learn about Igor’s materials, compositional and design choices, mixing pigments to create warm and cool tones and more! This course was filmed in Italy. Included are 2 complete painting demonstrations filmed in studio for a total of 4+ hours of video content. Throughout the course, you’ll work on thoughtfully-designed exercises that help you hone your watercolor skills and projects that help you breathe life into your own paintings.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Igor Sava
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Watercolor Portraiture Masterclass"
video course
 

In this masterclass, world-renowned portrait artist Mary Whyte gives a comprehensive guide to mastering the skills of painting portraits in watercolor. This course will take you through each step on how to create a successful portrait, setting you on the path to creating your best work ever. Mary Whyte begins this course with a full demonstration, showing her process from beginning to end. The demonstration is followed by six focused learning modules, breaking down each stage of developing not only a successful portrait, but a painting with emotion that will endure. The course was filmed in Mary Whyte’s studio in Charleston, South Carolina.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"The History and Techniques of Watercolor"
video course
 

This course is for anyone that wants to learn about watercolor and how to paint in watercolor. Learn the history of watercolor and how to use the tools and techniques of watercolor to create stunning works of art. Watercolor is a very technique driven medium and I want to show you these techniques and how to use them so that your painting experience will be more successful and more enjoyable.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Laurin Mccracken
Cost: $39
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Everyday Life in Rome"
video course
 

In this video course, award-winning watercolorist Massimiliano Iocco guides you through the complete process of interpreting a scene to create a dynamic and engaging painting. You will see how Massimiliano focuses on the main subject of the scene and identifies which details to include, what to leave out and how to emphasize the main focus of the painting. The course was filmed outdoors in Rome, Italy. Included in the course are two complete painting demonstrations for a total of two and a half hours of instruction. Throughout the course, you’ll work on thoughtfully-designed exercises that help you hone your watercolor skills and projects that help you breathe life into your own paintings.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Massimiliano Iocco
Cost: $59
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Realism in Watercolor: A trip to Scotland"
video course
 

In this video course, award-winning watercolorist, John Salminen, will teach you how to capture the mood and atmosphere of a scene in watercolor. During John’s teaching tenure, he taught in Edinburgh, Scotland, for one year and fell in love with the incredible Scottish landscape. In his painting demonstration in this course, he has captured one small slice of what he found so appealing about the Scottish countryside. John will share his creative process of choosing a reference, sketching the scene, demonstrates various techniques including his techniques for masking and lifting, provide instruction on perspective, and how to create reflection and texture with watercolor. The course includes one complete painting demonstration for a total of 4 hours of video lessons.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: John Salminen
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Creative Figure Painting"
video course
 

In this video course, artist Rosso Crimson will demonstrate using a combination of classical painting skills, preliminary studies, and imagination to develop a full figure painting in oil which departs creatively from the initial photographic references. Rosso will share her creative process and techniques with you as she paints. The course was filmed in Rosso's studio in London, England and includes one complete painting demonstrations for a total 3+ hours of video lessons.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Rosso Crimson
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Spring Botanicals"
video course
 

Award winning watercolorist, Carol Carter has spent her career expressing her creativity through the inventive use of color. In this video course, Carol will demonstrate how you can push emotional content in your imagery and message. She’ll walk you through her set up, materials, palette, and techniques. She will cover: use of inventive color, control of water, compositional considerations, and value structure. The course was filmed in Carol’s studio in St. Louis Missouri. Included in the course are two complete painting demonstrations as well as additional tutorials of specific skills. Throughout the course, you’ll work on thoughtfully-designed exercises that help you hone your watercolor skills and projects that help you breathe life into your own paintings.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carol Carter
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Flow in Watercolor"
video course
 

In this video course, Anders Andersson shares his inner thoughts and techniques throughout the entire design process, breaking down each step in a way that makes it accessible and digestible for artists at any level. He hopes to edge you out of your comfort zone and leave you feeling confident and inspired. Painting with watercolor is unlike painting with any other medium. Anders says, “it’s all about curiosity, a journey through chaos and order.” Painting with watercolor teaches us to be okay with things we cannot control. Learning the soul of watercolor means tuning into the watercolor and allowing the watercolor to do its work. Join Anders on the journey of uncovering the personality of watercolor.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Anders Andersson
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Perspective for Painters with Stephanie Bower"
video course
 

All great art starts with a great foundation, which means the bones of your sketch or painting should be solid. In this video course, architect, author, and urban sketcher, Stephanie Bower, guides you through the concepts of perspective and how to apply them to your work. Following along with three complete painting demonstrations, you will apply all these concepts to scenes in Venice, Croatia, and France. After this class, you’ll never have to fear or fake perspective again, and you’ll start to see perspective everywhere. It will change the way you see the world! This course is for artists at all levels who want to improve the foundation of their watercolor work and increase their understanding of perspective.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Stephanie Bower
Cost: $69
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Textures in Watercolor"
video course
 

Award-winning watercolorist, Angus McEwan has spent his career focusing on achieving the sense of texture in realistic watercolor paintings. In this course, you will explore some of the main techniques Angus uses in the creation of his paintings. They can be loosely described as object based, atmospheric and textural, although there are common elements within each painting video. Included in the course are three complete painting demonstrations filmed in studio as well as additional tutorials of specific skills. Throughout the course, you’ll work on thoughtfully-designed exercises that help you hone your watercolor skills and projects that help you breathe life into your own paintings.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Angus McEwan
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


 

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