Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


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

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


"Abstraction as Experience"
July 30 - August 2, 2018
 

Manipulate space, deconstruct form, and re-invent your visual world. This workshop will explore different form and space-making systems as they relate to contemporary abstraction. Whether working with the element of chance or through formal structure, you will expand your knowledge of materials, techniques, and abstraction as a visual language. Valerie will introduce a variety of concepts relating to abstraction with the context of historical and contemporary approaches to painting and drawing. As you respond to a broad range of problems and visual prompts, emphasis will be placed on experimentation, invention, and developing your unique aesthetic and interests. Group discussions will provide constructive feedback. Open to acrylic and water-mixable oil painters.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Valerie Jenkins, www.ValerieSJenkinsArt.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting the Figure (all media welcome)"
July 30 - August 1, 2018
 

Award-winning artist, Peggi Kroll-Roberts worked as a fashion and advertising illustrator before making the transition into fine art. Using intense color and value to accentuate her subject, she moved into fine art with a bold palette, a love for small paintings and a very loose style that achieves a lot with a few very energetic brush strokes. She prefers to suggest reality than render it. Peggi will work with students in the medium of their choice - acrylic, watercolor, oil or gouache.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Peggi Kroll Roberts
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


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

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


"Pictures from Paper"
August 3-4, 2018
 

Enhance your creativity, invention, and self-expression in this process-based exploration of collage. You will utilize a variety of dry and wet media, including water-based paint and ink, drawing materials, acrylic mediums, printed media, and other found 2D materials, to develop technical skills and to discover the specific expressive potential inherent in collage. Learn and gain hands-on experience through demonstrations, slide presentations, project prompts, personal projects, discussions, and critiques. You will work on multiple small projects over the course of two days, providing many opportunities to develop both aesthetics and expressive content.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leah Schreiber Johnson, www.LeahSchreiber.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Color Matters"
August 4-5, 2018
 

Elevate the role of color in your paintings. Examine how artists use color temperature, intensity, value, and relationships; as well as techniques for initiating and maintaining color’s importance. Demonstrations, presentations and individual attention will help students develop a personal exploration of color in their work. All levels and styles are welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi, kassemamoudi.com
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Exploring the Still Life: Painting from Life"
August 6-7, 2018
 

This still life based workshop will focus on the various techniques and methodologies involved in creating studies, compositions, and developed paintings. Hone your individual painting skills as you address the formal, technical, and conceptual concerns of oil and acrylic painting in an atmosphere that encourages creativity. Working from subject matter of your choosing, your first task will be considering the materiality and arrangement of still life objects in regards to generating a composition. From there, Frank will demonstrate and discuss painting approaches, including underpainting, overpainting, textural development, glazing, and finishing tips. Critique and advice will be shared throughout the process to build skill and create dynamic compositions.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Frank Trankina, www.FrankTrankina.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Abstraction: From the Concrete to the Universal and Back Again"
August 6-7, 2018
 

Designed for advanced painters, this workshop addresses the technical and conceptual issues of working with abstraction. Pursuing the relationship of non-representational and representational art, and the parallels of abstract images and lived experiences, you will explore the connections between your work and life, as well as the lives of others through the medium of painting. Beginning with a group discussion of previously completed work as a point of departure, Steven will share his own experience as an artist and educator and how they inform one another. Slideshows, discussions, and critique will supplement independent work and one-on-one interaction. Discover the ways abstraction reflects your own experience, and investigate the way you connect you to the world around you.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Steven Husby, StevenHusby.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"5 Paintings in 5 Days, Painting Vacation in Mexico"
August 6-10, 2018
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all it is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


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

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


"Beyond Green: Exploring Color Through Landscape"
August 8-11, 2018
 

Using the landscape as inspiration, this workshop will enrich and expand your understanding of color. Explore the science and psychology behind it, your perception in regards to nature, as well as color theory and relationships. Working with the medium of your choice, you will reference photos to create individual and rich landscape compositions that explore color interaction and perception. Painting techniques such as layering, glazing, optical color mixing, and broken brushstrokes will be demonstrated and discussed. Individual and group instruction, slide lectures on historical and modern approaches to color in the landscape, and critiques will augment this engaging workshop. Possible media include oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor, colored pencil, and pastel.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nina Weiss, www.NinaWeiss.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


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

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Winston Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


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

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


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
August 13-17, 2018
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $650.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Premium Colorado Plein Air"
August 19-24, 2018
 

Join Randall Sexton as he shares his own technique and joy of painting on location, en plein air. While the fundamentals of painting en plein air will be reviewed, demonstrated, and discussed, the class is designed to encourage the experienced artist to stretch their own boundaries, in an effort be “in the moment” in any location. Join us for this Premium Workshop: 6-8 student maximum with all the perks. All-inclusive, private room, three meals daily, appetizers after class, and wine or beer with happy hour and with dinner. We can accommodate any dietary issues you may have. Don't miss this great opportunity! Primarily an oil painter, Randall is open to other mediums in the class. Students of all levels are welcome.
 
Location: Pueblo, Colorado
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Art In the Aspens Workshops
Website, (719) 545-2795


"Catalyst Art Retreat - Summer Edition - Tuscan villa with studio"
August 19-25, 2018
 

Imagine swimming in marble-bouldered rivers, cooling dips and beers at the pool, and warm evenings dining beneath a pergola with one of the best views in the world. You'll have access to a huge, beautifully lit art studio. On the last evening we'll host an art exhibition. Visual artists, crafters, and makers are welcome. We welcome all skill levels, but studio time will be self-directed. An artist mentor is available to lend a hand when needed. What's Included: 6 nights accommodations at Casa Berti; Transfers to/from Pisa Airport or Lucca; Breakfast buffet, lunch, snacks, and dinner (Includes beer, wine, liquor); Studio access; Art salons and impromptu studio activities; Day trip to Lucca with lunch; Art exhibition; Taxes, fees, and gratuities.
 
Location: Lucca, Italy
Instructor:
Cost: 2,500/3,000€
Sponsor: Catalyst Art Retreat
Website, email


"No Press Required: Adding Printed Texture and Surprise to Your Paintings"
August 20-21, 2018
 

Combining printmaking techniques with painted compositions offers a way to continually surprise yourself and loosen up, resulting in unexpected textures and happy accidents. This process-based workshop will encourage you to take risks, experiment, and incorporate new visual elements in your existing work. Focusing on printmaking methods that do not require a press, Carolyn will demonstrate trace monotypes, stencils, rubber stamps and linoleum, gel medium “surprises”, and rubbings. A spirit of experimentation and collaboration will be encouraged as you work quickly to combine and layer different techniques to achieve a variety of effects. A group critique will close the workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carolyn Swiszcz, www.CarolynSwiszcz.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Acrylic Painting Methods"
August 20-21, 2018
 

Designed to introduce students to the technical and expressive possibilities of acrylic painting, this comprehensive workshop will provide a framework in compositional strategies, color theory, and paint application. Morning demonstrations, as well as collaborative and individual technical exercises will help you to gain familiarity with the handling and concepts of acrylic-based painting. The remainder of each day will focus on more complex paintings, the first being representational and the second being abstract, with individualized feedback and assistance from Wendi throughout. Group discussions of completed works will close each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Wendi Turchan, www.WendiMichelleTurchan.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting and Drawing Holidays"
August 20-26, 2018
 

During the course the students will receive a minimum of 22 hours a week of tutoring and 24 hours a day access to the studio. The groups are kept small, up to 10 students. Every person regardless of their level will receive a tailored program putting the focus in their interests and wishes in a friendly, relaxed and inspiring atmosphere. Our local chefs will make delicious traditional Spanish dishes and international dishes using mediterranean ingredients. The price includes accomodation, main meals, art materials and equipment, tutoring, transfers from and to the airport and a visit to the nearby village. We also offer discounts to partners.
 
Location: Villanueva de la Vera, Spain
Instructor: Granada Munoz
Cost: 1400€
Sponsor: Las Paulinas
Website, email, 0044 7480 219 108


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
August 20-24, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


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

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


"Making a Lasting Impression: Painting the Impressionist Landscape"
August 22-25, 2018
 

The impressionist, neo-impressionist, and post-impressionist artists created stunning paintings that still inform our sense of color and style today. Using neo-impressionist color and paint applications as a jumping off point, you will develop vibrant and innovative painting methods through a series of landscape-based works. Develop your own unique style while discovering the philosophy, techniques, and color palette used by many of the impressionist masters. Free from rigid formulas, concepts will be quickly individualized through the process of painting. Short slide talks will introduce you to the works of important impressionist and contemporary painters, while demonstrations will delve into color theory. Acrylic will be used in this workshop, however all techniques can later be applied to oil, watercolor, and pastel.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Miles Bair, www.MilesBair.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
August 23-25, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, email, 616-897-7842


"Mixed Media & Photography at Mission San Juan Capistrano"
August 23-25, 2018
 

Learn how to integrate your own photography with the mixed media process. With our cameras we will visit the historical landmark of the Mission San Juan Capistrano capturing dramatic imagery. We will then spend the remaining time working on our mixed media pieces. During the weekend you will be working on two 12 x 12 in. wood panels. I will show you step-by-step how to combine collage, your own photography, acrylic painting, layering, texturizing, adhering found objects and more. Some acrylic painting or mixed media experience is helpful, but not required. Join me in this unique & creative workshop. With mixed media you have the freedom to explore your creativity. You’ll be surprised at what you can create.
 
Location: San Clemente, California
Instructor: Lisa Agaran
Cost: $375.00
Sponsor: San Clemente Art Supply
Website, email, 626-470-7278


"Impressionism In Action"
August 26-29, 2018
 

Colley Whisson believes "It is not what you paint but how you paint it". He has a strong belief that he is not copying nature but giving expression to visual ideas. Colley teaches the fundamentals needed to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and sensitivity to the subject. Colley's workshops are conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. In this workshop, he will focus on tone, composition, brushwork, color saturation, and pay special attention to the importance of edges. Colley employs a step-by-step process, demonstrating to all levels of students the best approach to constructing a painting. Weather permitting, Colley will conduct an outdoor demonstration to show his approach to working on site, or 'en plein air'.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Colley Whisson, www.colleywhisson.com
Cost: $625 before June 1, $675 after June 1
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Fast, Loose & Bold Painting"
August 27-31, 2018
 

In this workshop you will learn how to loosen up and use bigger brushes and more paint for a bolder, more painterly approach. We will also take color to new unexpected places by working with simplified values. Join us for targeted instruction and training - this may open the door to an exciting new level of creativity and artistic expression. This workshop is suited to acrylic and oil painters alike.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Patti Mollica
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


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

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


"Art Cottage Personalized Painting Retreats"
January - August
 

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


"Painting Without A Brush"
August 31 - September 1, 2018
 

Discover new methods, techniques, and tools in this process-based exploration of acrylic painting. Emphasis will be placed on creating visually interesting marks and compositions. Through demonstrations and discussions, learn several brushless techniques of painting using traditional and non-traditional tools to achieve unique effects. Working from photographic references of subject matter of your choosing, create paintings filled with new marks and expression. All levels welcome. Experienced painters will have the opportunity to push the boundaries of their painting practice, while beginners will develop skill.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Beki Borman, www.BekiBorman.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Interactions of Color and Composition"
August 31 - September 1, 2018
 

Discover the impact that fundamental principles of design and color theory have in composing successful images. This workshop will introduce the exciting effects of color interaction, harmonious and discordant color schemes, composition strategies, and various underpainting techniques to create rich, dynamic paintings. Demonstrations and lectures with visual references will present concepts in color and design concepts, including line, shape, value, and compositional balance. Prompts and color experiments will offer the opportunity to put these concepts into action in your preferred painting medium. Cynthia will provide group instruction and individualized attention, as well as lead daily critiques. This workshop is open to oil, acrylic, and watercolor painters of all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Hayes, CynthiaHayesArt.blogspot.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"5 Paintings in 5 Days, Painting Vacation in Mexico"
September 3-7, 2018
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all it is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Making Great Paintings from Photographs"
September 5-8, 2018
 

Using photo references, this workshop will address the challenges and advantages of working in such a manner. Bring your paintings to life as you develop a sensibility for selecting imagery, utilizing a bright and complementary palette, and employing Impressionist-based painting methods. Daily demonstrations will address the importance of thumbnail sketches, road maps for dynamic compositions, underpainting techniques, paint application, movement and focal points, and color. Bring a large selection of photo references that explore a variety of subject matter, including landscape, architecture, and figures.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shelby Keefe, www.StudioShelby.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Freedom in Watermedia"
September 6-8, 2018
 

This workshop is designed to help students (beginning, intermediate or advanced) paint in an intuitive manner starting without preconceived notions or outcome. There will be no preliminary planning or drawing. The process will dictate direction as students use a variety of materials and techniques to implement color, texture, line, shape and value. The process starts with arbitrary mark making. Students will continue working transparent to opaque building layers with watercolor, acrylic, gesso and other materials. There will be ongoing evaluation of work in progress and the use of compositional design elements. It is entirely possible finished work may be figurative or representational but the goal is to produce aesthetically pleasing work which is unique and reflective of the artist’s mind.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Stan Kurth, NWS
Cost: $325.00
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, email, (616) 897-7842, Ext. 352


"Plein air painting in the High Tatras in Slovakia"
September 6-11, 2018
 

A very picturesque painting holiday in the High Tatra Mountains in today’s Slovakia or ‘Hungarian Uplands’ as known to native Hungarians. A truly magnificent mountain range with its hidden tarns, lakes and waterfalls as well as the many challenging peaks. We sketch and paint by the crystal clear waters of mountain lakes, we take the cable car up to some of the peaks to enjoy breathtaking views and we’ll do some easy, scenic hiking. No better place than this to practice your painting skills, take photographs and enjoy some fresh air. Booking now for September 2018!
 
Location: Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €569 / person sharing a room. Excl. flights
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991, +44 7564906850


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 6-8, 2018
 

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


"Express Yourself in Watermedia with Mark Mehaffey"
September 7-9, 2018
 

Explore your creativity on three painting surfaces: watercolor paper, YUPO and a paper that has been gessoed. Mark will take us on a unique journey exploring these different painting surfaces and what they have to offer, all the while paying attention to design and composition.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Mark Mehaffey
Cost: $435 Includes a light breakfast each day
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Studio
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"Plein Air with Allison Watson in Sardinia, Italy"
September 8-14, 2018
 

Allison travels to Italy from her home in Florida, to share with us her passion and talent for plein-air painting. Allison began working as a studio artist in her early twenties, and has since worked as an animator, illustrator, textile artist, licensed interior decorator, and art teacher. Allison paints from her own photographs of Florida, as well as other remote places from her kayaking and hiking travels. As a lifelong environmentalist, her creations manifest her love of nature. Allison’s works are represented in over 700 public and private collections in the United States and abroad. She has taught painting for 30 years, during which time she has had more than 30 solo exhibits, including in museums, universities and private galleries.
 
Location: Sardinia, Italy
Instructor: Allison Watson, allisonwatson.com
Cost: $3,435 Shared, $3,895 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


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

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


"Plein Air Painting Workshop"
September 9-12, 2018
 

Chris Morel will teach a four-day outdoor painting workshop based in the heart of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Taos, NM. This painting workshop will focus on painting outdoors directly from life. Morel will start with a demo explaining his outdoor painting techniques to students. Instruction will touch on many subjects such as composition, value, color mixing, subject matter choices, and simplification in order to execute paintings on location. Some painting may be done in his studio in case of inclement weather (Please make sure to bring landscape reference photos.) Participants will need to provide their own transportation as the group will be driving to different locations in and around the Taos area throughout the week.
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Chris Morel, www.morelart.com
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
September 10-14, 2018
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $650.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Heart and Soul Summer Art Retreat"
September 10-17, 2018
 

Join artist Nancy Hache on a 7 day summer art retreat in beautiful Wakefield Quebec. We will be staying at the elegant, Les Trios Erables Inn, in the heart of town. It is an elegant inn with stately rooms, tranquil gardens and lovely verandas that will allow you space to let your artistic energies flow and fill your heart and soul with creativity! Previous experience painting with acrylics is not required. My Heart and Soul art retreats are for the new artist, wanting to learn the basics, intermediate artists, wanting to learn more about techniques and more accomplished artists who are seeking new inspiration! For more information go to www.nancyhache.com or email me at nancyjhache@icloud.com
 
Location: Wakefield, Quebec, Canada
Instructor: Nancy Hache
Cost: $1750 to $2700
Sponsor: Heart and Soul Art Retreats
Website, email


"Plein Air Painting: The How and Why of Landscape Painting"
September 10-14, 2018
 

This five day workshop will focus on painting on location (plein air) as a form of study and not as a performance art. Working on location started hundreds of years ago as a way of studying the mutable effects of weather and atmosphere and to help painters develop a closer, truer and more intimate relationship with nature. The practice is intended to heighten the artist's knowledge of nature and to elevate the artistic sensibility to it. We will discuss and examine not only "how" to create work outdoors, but also "why". This conceptual aspect of painting is the very essence of artistic intent. All media are welcome, however the daily demos will be conducted in oil.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Don Demers
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 10-12, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Merced, California
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Merced Art Center
Website, 209-388-1090


"Autumn in Vermont"
September 12-15, 2018
 

Join Randall for his annual return to the quintessential New England backdrop of Landgrove Vermont. Close to the Vermont Country Store in Weston, between Manchester and Brattleboro, this plein air workshop is a favorite of past and returning attendees. All levels welcome, visiting students are encouraged to spoil themselves at the Langrove Inn that hosts the workshop series.
 
Location: Landgrove, Vermont
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600 per person
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Website, (802) 824-6673


"Modern Impressionism-In-Action 2018"
September 13-16, 2018
 

Colley’s students will be learning techniques to paint subjects such as Landscapes, Interiors, Seascapes and Urban Scenes. With Colley’s easy-going nature he will help guide you towards producing works that are bold, confident, and skilfully handled paintings filled with light. Students will be covering topics such as edges, tonal values, composition, brushwork, color saturation and focal points. We will be experimenting with techniques that will allow us to infuse abstract brush treatment into a realistic image.
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: Colley Whisson
Cost: $615
Sponsor: Painting Miles
Website, email


"On the Horizon - Imposing Order in an Abstract Painting"
September 15-16, 2018
 

Imposing order in a chaotic abstract work can be difficult. Remembering the rule of thirds is always helpful, offering several methods to define a horizon line. Whether low or high, a horizon line helps to convey a sense of atmosphere and place in abstract works. Create a painting based on a horizon line, working with Golden fluid acrylics to build your painting with thin glazes of color. Learn mark-making techniques using high flow acrylics and fine line applicator tools to define the horizon line. We may also explore pan pastels and charcoal marks, great tools for adding a complimentary color or emphasizing tonality. You will receive ample individual attention and leave with a painting that is truly your own expression.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $255
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Gourmet Artists Retreat in Southwest France"
September 15-22, 2018
 

Imagine painting in a 17th century château in the middle of wine country in rural France. Relax, unwind, discover and deepen your artistic creativity. All-inclusive, quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing, and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of International artist Mike Snow. Discover untapped painting skills and grow your artistic talents with this intense immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 €
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, +33 5 56 24 34 22


"Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals"
September 15-22, 2018
 

Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, most meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum.
 
Location: Murlo, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500 - $2,860
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Working Together: Methods in Combining Media"
September 17-18, 2018
 

Driven by exploration and materials, this workshop will present various methods for combining collage and painting. Discover how this approach can be applied to both abstract and representational work. This workshop will begin with a series of discussions, demonstrations, and exercises introducing basic collage techniques and how to combine media successfully. Learn how to work with your collection of images, including previously made drawings and paintings, found print material, and hand colored and textured papers, directly and quickly to develop new compositions. An informal group discussion will take place at the end of each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Willadsen, SaraWilladsen.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
September 17-21, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


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

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


"A Clear Guide to Creative Studio Painting"
September 19-22, 2018
 

Expand your ability to translate and capture imagery on canvas as you strengthen your observation skills, build a reliable process for planning, and develop your unique voice. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced painter, this workshop will help you to identify a focus in your painting practice through positive approaches to art making and a new pattern for success. Each morning, Tom will demonstrate a variety of topics, including planning compositions, handling and selecting materials, and paint application. Working from provided photo references, you will paint for the remainder of each day with Tom available for individualized instruction and feedback. This workshop is open to painters working in oil, acrylic, and pastel.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Nachreiner, www.TomNachreiner.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 21-23, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: New Braunfels, Texas
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: New Braunfels Art League
Website, email, 830-629-8022


"Paint in Southern Albania"
September 23-27, 2018
 

Albania offers the perfect setting for a painting holiday as it is still little known by most travellers. Its landscape is truly breathtaking and the people are some of the friendliest in Europe. It also has many natural wonders and ancient architecture to inspire you. We will be based in Saranda in the South from where we travel to different points of interest by our cosy minibus. An informal art holiday suitable for painters of any levels as well as non-painting partners. Paint and draw while enjoying the stunning virgin beaches. Small group and a dedicated artist tutor and guide. 100% payment protection. Fully compliant with the Package Travel Regulation. Flights and accommodation excl.
 
Location: Saranda, Albania
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €375 (excl. flights and accommodation)
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +442034882991


"Creating Abstracts From the Ground Up Workshop/Retreat"
September 24-28, 2018
 

Want to paint Abstracts but haven't a clue how to begin or know when an abstract is finished? Discover luscious quiet colors so your abstracts will stand out. This fabulous workshop will guide you through creating an Abstract painting from beginning to end. Come join me in Taos, New Mexico for this special retreat filled with information, growth and creativity. Watch the evening New Mexico light caress the adobe walls filling the air with a soft apricot glow...it is this light that inspires us to enter our soul. For more information email gwen@gwenfox.com or call 575-751-0183
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Gwen Fox
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Gwen Fox
Website, email, 575-751-0183


"Niagara Falls- Finding your focus outdoors"
September 24-25, 2018
 

I often see artists confused about what to focus on outdoors. Some truly don't know where to begin painting something in front of them. A better solution is not to paint a specific subject, instead, look for 'light'. An ordinary object in the right light becomes extraordinary! When you have excitement starting your painting, you can more easily carry that through to the finished piece, instead of deciding at the finish what you can do to make the painting more exciting. Learn to find a strong composition, value pattern, and you'll learn how to work with color temperature for atmospheric effects.
 
Location: Niagara Falls, Canada
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, IPAP
Cost: $297.00 +tx
Sponsor: Baldini Art & Visualization Workshops
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 in studio 9-5


"Text + Texture - Making Expressive Textures with Calligraphic Marks"
September 28-30, 2018
 

Are you interested in incorporating calligraphic marks and textures into your artwork and/or creating calligraphic textures as your expression? Are you interested in making calligraphic marks with unfamiliar tools? In this workshop, we will experience the usage of tools as extensions of our hand. We will start by creating marks with different writing tools and different objects. Then we will design alphabets with those new marks to write our chosen texts in various ways. We'll examine writing speed, pressure, the directions of strokes, and the relationship between letters for making effective textures. Study of layering, tones, basic design layout and composition, and use of line and space in Japanese calligraphy will be presented for creating evocative textural art pieces.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Yukimi Annand
Cost: $580-$710
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Paper Play!"
September 28, 2018
 

In this class we’ll be exploring and creating on provided papers in order to create works of art papers to use as is or in your art creations. We’ll be making full, large sheets as well as collage fodder. There will be lots of demos and then time to use all sorts of shared materials from stamps and stencils, paints, mark making tools, pens, gelli pads, inks etc. Learn how to make repeat patterns on paper, guided abstract pages, and monoprint techniques. You’ll leave with lots of one of a kind papers to use as gift wrap or book covers (great if you’ll be joining us in Art Journal Play class), collage fodder or anything else you dream up.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Pam Garrison
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Doodle Draw"
September 28, 2018
 

Create beautiful sketches which combine doodling and painting as only Portland, Oregon based artist, Jennifer Mercede can inspire you to do! You will spend time in what Jennifer calls the 'BC Zone' or doing blind contour drawings. Your subjects will be inspired by the nature and the city of Denver. By letting go of the final outcome, you will develop your ability to experiment and grow as an artist. My classes focus on process. While you may walk away with a piece of art ready to hang on your wall, you may also walk away with a few pieces started & ready to inspire many more hours of creating.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jennifer Mercede
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Expressive Painting"
September 29-30, 2018
 

In this expressive painting & drawing class, we will begin with mark making exercises to get you creating outside the box. Through various guided activities, we will practice letting go of the outcome. Learn to be expressive with your strokes. Experiment and let your intuition guide your artistic choices as we create abstract paintings on wood in a safe, encouraging environment. In this class you have permission to play. My classes focus on process. While you may walk away with a piece of art ready to hang on your wall, you may also walk away with a few pieces started & ready to inspire many more hours of creating.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jennifer Mercede
Cost: $435-$500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Exploring Mixed Media"
September 29 -30, 2018
 

Explore the amazing world of mixed media! Experience texture, mediums, and new techniques. Discover surprising ways to create exciting effects! Aspects of abstract composition and what makes an abstract piece "work" will be shared. Take away four works of art and ideas for continuing the fun!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Candace French
Cost: $435-$500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting by Heart"
September 29-30, 2018
 

Learn to manipulate and apply paint onto a canvas in a maximalist approach so that you can build up layers, causing the canvas to transition from a “young” canvas to a “mature” canvas. Also learn a minimalist approach of building up layers where less of the canvas is covered. On Day 2, we will select a canvas from the first day to deliberately paint a subject using a photo reference (portrait, figure, flowers, etc.). on top of the canvas in ways that will excite you and empower you as a painter. Learn to coax out stories or concepts that the canvas may be projecting out, through the marks that were made.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jenny Doh
Cost: $435-$500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Historic Itineraries for Advanced Painters, Civita Castellana"
September 29 - October 6, 2018
 

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


"5 Paintings in 5 Days, Painting Vacation in Mexico"
October 1-5, 2018
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all it is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Rocky Mountain Plein Air"
October 1-5, 2018
 

Fall painting plein air workshop in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, ensuite accommodations, ground transfers to sites, welcome dinner, expert direction for intermediate and beginners, with artist Sharon Rusch Shaver. This workshop will help you grow in an amazing location where we will have the ability to work inside after painting outside plein air. Plein air is a challenge, and artists can fall into bad habits that can be rectified quickly when shown a few tricks of the trade. Successful artist Sharon Rusch Shaver will guide you with her 40 years of gaining awards and accreditation on an international level. Join us!
 
Location: Estes, Colorado
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Cost: $1,450
Website, email, 615-451-7304


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

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


"Awaken Your True Creativity Mixed Media Retreat"
October 4-7, 2018
 

Join me on a weekend experience designed towards nourishing and uncovering your inner artist. Through the art of mixed media, you not only spend 3 days creating your own mixed media pieces, the weekend will also include found objects gathering & photographing at Moonstone Beach, Creativity enhancing yoga breaks (optional), Lunches (Friday, Saturday & Sunday), Snacks & Drinks, All art materials, Henna Tattoos…and more.
 
Location: Cambria, California
Instructor: Lisa Agaran
Cost: Before May 10 - $495, After May 10 - $595
Sponsor: True Creativity Within
Website, email, 626-470-7278


"Laura and Billy’s Excellent Painting Adventure - Italy 2018"
October 6-13, 2018
 

Replenish your Art Spirit through constructive positive energy. Ten years running, Laura Martinez-Bianco and William Noonan guide these small group week-long plein air painting workshops. Join us this year in the exquisite mystical countryside of Umbria. Individualized instruction allows you to set goals and challenges, while working at your own pace in the media of your choice. The camaraderie of the group benefits seasoned professionals as well as absolute beginners. Italy is sure to inspire; the sights, sounds and tastes will fill your senses. Price is all inclusive excluding travel to Perugia. US $2,950 includes; art instruction, 7 nights double occupancy, all meals, transportation from Perugia to all painting and cultural sites.
 
Location: Perugia, Italy
Instructor: Laura Martinez-Bianco & William Noonan
Cost: $2,950 US$ all inclusive except travel to Perugia
Sponsor: L&B's Excellent Painting Adventures
Website, email, 845-542-6472


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
October 8-12, 2018
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $650.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Painting Revisited"
October 8-11, 2018
 

Whether you haven’t had the time to paint in a while or are feeling a little rusty, this workshop will revisit a variety of painting basics related to oils and acrylics. Composition, color theory, setting up a palette, selecting materials and tools, and many other topics will be reviewed. Painting from still life setups and photo references, you will gain hands-on practice observing and translating information to canvas, developing compositions, and identifying and mixing colors and values with Jacque as your guide. A gentle critique of all paintings will close the workshop each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacque France, www.JacqueFrance.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
October 11-13, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Binders Art
Website, email


"Amalfi Coast - Plein Air with Larry Moore"
October 13-20, 2018
 

Spend a week with a small group of artists as we paint and enjoy the beauty and culture of the Amalfi Coast! October is a great time to visit Amalfi, with the temperatures mild and the crowds down! Notable and talented artist, Larry Moore, will be teaching for 5 full days. Class size is limited to 8 participating artists to allow maximum time between individual artists and teacher! We will visit different coastal locations for painting daily. Workshop includes daily breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinners, airport transfers, and all transportation of artists to painting locations. Class is open to all mediums and all levels! Hope to see you there!
 
Location: Amalfi Coast, Italy
Instructor: Larry Moore
Cost: $3750 Single Occupancy/Private Bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Website, email, 1-321-626-2717


"Advanced Plein Air Landscape Seminar"
October 13-20, 2018
 

Our Advanced Seminar will offer experienced painters the opportunity to work intensively all day without the disruption of movements. We will have exclusive use of a spectacularly situated farm which will enable participants to develop longer term and larger scale works if desired. Two instructors, Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson, will be available to work with participants. Critiques will be held daily. Slide shows on issues relevant to landscape painting will be held two evenings. Fees include most materials, surfaces and equipment, accommodations, all meals, field trip, local transportation. Reduced fees for extended stays.
 
Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500 - $2,860
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
October 15-19, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Sketch and walk in the stone forests of the Meteora in Greece"
October 22-26, 2018
 

In such magnificent scenery we walk and sketch the imposing, natural rock formations with their monasteries perched on top. On our art pilgrimage we visit all 6 monasteries from where the view of the forests below are just breathtaking as they transform into vivid gold and magenta colours by the end of October. A truly unique place in Europe and a must-see! Every day we visit different monasteries and sketch along the way in our preferred medium. Your guide and art tutor is available to help and advise at all times. Suitable for anyone interested in art, nature, photography, walking. €370 per person (excl. flights and accommodation). Painting Getaways fully complies with the Package Travel Regulations 1992.
 
Location: Kalampaka, Greece
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €370 (excl. flights and accommodation)
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +442034882991


"Abstracting the Landscape"
October 22-25, 2018
 

Modernize your paintings to be more joyful and “happy.” Students will learn to abstract the landscape from appropriate photos which will be supplied by Claudia. Students will learn effective composition, the use of cool and warm colors, vibrant color mixing, and experimenting. Claudia will give demonstrations, individual instruction and critiques. The students will have the opportunity to complete a painting each day. The goal: learn, have fun and fall in love with acrylic paints!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Claudia Hartley, claudiahartley.com
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstract Painting"
October 25-27, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges, and center of interest. This workshop is not only about painting abstract compositions, but also about learning to loosen up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting in their studios.
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: David Kessler
Cost: $385
Sponsor: Painting Miles
Website, email


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
October 25-27, 2018
 

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


"Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain"
October 27 - November 3, 2018
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 €
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, +34 856 830 008


"All About Color – Concept, Perception, and Usage (5 days)"
October 29 - November 2, 2018
 

It’s never too early or too late to learn more about color! In this workshop, students will explore color theory and color mixing. They will learn about individual pigments, their place on the palette, as well as paint transparency and opacity. The workshop will emphasize identifying the value, intensity and temperature of color. Other topics addressed will include color perspective, concepts for creating the illusion of space, mixing techniques, the illusion of transparency, and mediums that create color effects. The goal is to study a practical way of developing and thinking about discovery and invention in color mixing. Students will acquire concepts to fill their color needs, which through use will become fluid and subconscious.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan & Doug Diehl
Cost: $635 + $35 materials fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"All About Color – Concept, Perception, and Usage (3 days)"
October 29-31, 2018
 

It’s never too early or too late to learn more about color! In this workshop, students will explore color theory and color mixing. They will learn about individual pigments, their place on the palette, as well as paint transparency and opacity. The workshop will emphasize identifying the value, intensity and temperature of color. Other topics addressed will include color perspective, concepts for creating the illusion of space, mixing techniques, the illusion of transparency, and mediums that create color effects. The goal is to study a practical way of developing and thinking about discovery and invention in color mixing. Students will acquire concepts to fill their color needs, which through use will become fluid and subconscious.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan & Doug Diehl
Cost: $415 + $35 materials fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Still Life"
October 29 - November 2, 2018
 

Loosen up your style and paint expressive still life. Learn the craft of setting up a still life by focusing on overall design, appropriate lighting, material selection and placement. Further enhance your work by paying attention to composition, values, temperature and paint quality. Eric will discuss composition, color, edges, and the use of expressive brush strokes to give life and energy to one’s painting. The atmosphere will be informal and friendly. Eric will provide individual instruction throughout the workshop. Beginner to advanced students are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eric Jacobsen, www.jacobsenfineart.com
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Figure with Expression"
October 29 - November 2, 2018
 

In this workshop, students will start with a loose, quick acrylic underpainting, then work over it in oil paint. The acrylic paint dries within a few minutes, making it ideal for underpainting. On the first morning there will be a demonstration, then the class will paint from the model. Painting over an underpainting allows for more building up of paint so that parts can be scraped and wiped away to expose the underlying tones and forms. This process lends itself to an expressive, more abstract approach, while creating an interplay between tones, forms, and color. In addition to brushes, students will be using plastic scrapers to add and remove paint.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Shevlino, www.davidshevlino.com
Cost: $655 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Day of the Dead Art Adventure in Mexico 2018"
October 29 - November 3, 2018
 

This special workshop offered in colonial town San Miguel de Allende includes: Intro to urban sketching, great photo opportunities painting and shopping. See the Heart of Mexico through an artist perspective, workshop in mono-type painting, ofrenda (Mexican altar), and paint your own skull. Plus, an afternoon of shopping in the famous artisan market and one full day visiting to Guanajuato, Guanajuto the historical and unique Colonial city. Register early, this workshop fills up fast! Only 9 per workshop. All levels of painting experience welcomed. Best way to experience San Miguel for the first time! Instructors: Painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Marinescu are internationally renowned artists who have being teaching since 1989, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Cost: $1250 most materials included, 1Day road trip, shopping
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 52-415-121-2311


"Plein Air with Marc Hanson"
November 1-3, 2018
 

This is a 3-day outdoor painting workshop for intermediate to advanced painters working in oils, pastels or acrylics. Marc has designed his workshops so that students will benefit from exercises he’s created. The exercises will focus on the importance of Value, Color, Design and Concept. He also demos everything that he asks you to do. You will leave the workshop having spent concentrated time studying the basic elements of painting…Drawing, Value, Color, Edges and Design…with one other element, possibly the most important one of all…Concept…being explored and discussed at length.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Marc Hanson
Cost: $625.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 1-3, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Winston Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"The Bigger Picture"
November 3-4, 2018
 

Let’s paint the bigger picture. This two-day intensive workshop combines demos, in-class assignments, and individual instruction to teach students the techniques to create fresh, deliberate marks on a big canvas. Using observational painting as our launching point, we’ll embark each day with energetic painting exercises designed to tap into each participant’s personal voice. The practice of working directly from life results in a heightened awareness and a lasting impression of the moment.
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: Lisa Daria
Cost: $380
Sponsor: Painting Miles
Website, email


"5 Paintings in 5 Days, Painting Vacation in Mexico"
November 5-9, 2018
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all it is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 52-415-121-2311


"Painting into Abstraction"
November 6-9, 2018
 

This course is for realist painters wanting to incorporate more abstract expression in their work and for abstract painters seeking guidance in developing their expression. Addressing methods for handling both acrylic and oil paint mediums, the focus will be on embracing abstraction while learning unique techniques developed by Marianne Mitchell to create luminous layers of transparent and opaque color. The relationship between emotional expression, compositional skill, and technical facility will be emphasized in discussion and demonstration while each student is supported on their artistic journey throughout the workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Marianne Mitchell, www.mariannemitchell.com
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying & Expression"
November 7-9, 2018
 

This three-day workshop is for all skill levels. The first half of each day Penix will demonstrate his process in oil from start to finish. The second half of the day students will paint with Penix’s guidance. Students may use oils or acrylics. They will have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of boats, cityscapes, figures and fish. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos. 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 and the power of suggestion. There will be a strong emphasis on seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Derek Penix, www.derekpenix.com
Cost: $415
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstraction Workshop - Studio"
November 7-10, 2018
 

There is some left-brain activity that can help unleash the right side of your brain to accomplish all of this and the Larry Moore workshop – “Abstraction and Intention” will do just that. This is a 4-day workshop with ample time to not only learn some new concepts and tools but also to really put them to work for you. The lessons will become more solid with that extra day of workshop exercises under the helpful, teaching eye of this national/international, sought-after teacher. This workshop could be a game changer for your artwork.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Larry Moore
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


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

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


"Paint the Red Rock Country of Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
November 13-16, 2018
 

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


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
November 19-23, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
November 19-23, 2018
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $650.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"5 Paintings in 5 Days, Painting Vacation in Mexico"
December 3-7, 2018
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all it is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 52-415-121-2311


"Image to Abstract 1"
December 4-6, 2018
 

This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide students through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class (printed photos may be used and/or images from a laptop/iPad). There will be at least one session painting from a still life set up. This class is open-media but the instructor will demonstrate using acrylics.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.markdanielnelson.com
Cost: $415
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
December 10-14, 2018
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $650.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
December 17-21, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
January 14-18, 2019
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $750.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Heart and Soul Art Retreat"
January 19 - February 2, 2019
 

Join artist Nancy Hache on her “fifth annual” Heart and Soul Art Retreat, at the magnificent Hacienda Camino Al Mar in beautiful Bucerias Mexico. Let your artistic energies flow and fill your heart and soul with creativity in beautiful sunny Mexico! Previous experience painting in acrylics is not required. My Heart and Soul retreats are for the new artist, wanting to learn the basics, intermediate artists, wanting to learn more about techniques and more accomplished artists who are seeking new inspiration! Go to www.nancyhache.com to see all retreat details.
 
Location: Bucerias, Mexico
Instructor: Nancy Hache
Cost: $4400 US to $5100 US
Sponsor: Heart and Soul Art Retreats
Website, email


"5 Paintings in 5 Days, Painting Vacation in Mexico"
January 21-25, 2019
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all it is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 52-415-121-2311


"Abstraction Workshop - Studio"
January 31 - February 3, 2019
 

Whether you are a realist, impressionist, pop-surrealist or abstract artist, learning how to really think about what you are doing, what your purpose is, your message and your visual language, is paramount to originality and authenticity. This 4-day class will help you break out of your usual routine and discover new directions in your work. You will be challenged, you will consider things you have never considered and you’ll end up with a much better picture of who you are and what you have to say… and how to say it. And you will learn a system of thought to take wherever you wish to go. All levels welcome, all mediums. There will be growth.
 
Location: St Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Larry Moore
Cost: $575.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Abstract Painting: Experimenting, Risk Taking and Growth"
February 4-8, 2019
 

All great paintings in every style and time period are built on the abstract structure underneath the image -the use of line, space, value, color, and texture. At a primal level, it is this abstract language that moves us. Abstract painting explores the power of the purely visual. Students will not be taught to paint like the instructor. Instead, students will be encouraged to explore, take risks, and become the best version of themselves as artists. Students will be encouraged and inspired in a fun, upbeat atmosphere and go home ready to create their best work yet.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Slonim, davidmichaelslonim.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"5 Paintings in 5 Days, Painting Vacation in Mexico"
February 11-15, 2019
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all it is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 52-415-121-2311


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
February 11-15, 2019
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $750.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Experience the Wonders of Water-Based Media"
February 25 - March 1, 2019
 

This is an experimental workshop allowing abstract design to dictate the subject matter. This is usually done with a combination of watercolor, acrylic, gouache and gesso (white). This workshop will include painting figures, wildlife, and florals. Mort will demo each morning and will work with students in the afternoon. He may request to paint directly on student’s work with their approval. Mort will be giving a slide presentation to explain his process. Each student may bring three pieces of their own work for class critique.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Morten E. Solberg, www.mortenesolberg.com
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Art of Seeing: Making a Painting Work"
February 26 - March 1, 2019
 

A good painting tells us as much about the artist as the painting itself. Ned will talk about the whole process of putting a painting together; from the first concept to small idea and value composition studies, the use of a color study, and on to the finished painting. Students will also do direct painting without preliminary studies. The emphasis will not be on the finished piece but on the process of making a more successful painting. Students will work on counter-change, color harmony, and the balance of masses and shapes in size, value, and color. The last day there will be two models for those who want to apply the week’s knowledge to painting the figure.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ned Mueller
Cost: $575 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying & Expression"
March 4-6, 2019
 

This three-day workshop is for all skill levels. The first half of each day Penix will demonstrate his process in oil from start to finish. The second half of the day students will paint with Penix’s guidance. Students may use oils or acrylics. They will have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of boats, cityscapes, figures and fish. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos. 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 and the power of suggestion. There will be a strong emphasis on seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Derek Penix, www.derekpenix.com
Cost: $415
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
March 8-12, 2019
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $750.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"5 Paintings in 5 Days, Painting Vacation in Mexico"
March 11-15, 2019
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all it is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 52-415-121-2311


"Fundamentals of Studio Landscape Painting"
March 11-15, 2019
 

This time-tested curriculum is designed to help students develop a better understanding of the fundamentals of color, composition, value, paint application, and atmospheric perspective pertaining to landscape painting. Discussions on design will focus on the subjects of emphasis and pattern, with a goal to create more dynamic compositions. Students will also learn a reliable, step-by-step system for creating larger studio works from start to finish, with a working knowledge of color and value. In addition to any prerequisite studies, this workshop will set as a goal one to three completed paintings for the week depending on the size of the canvas. Instruction will include lecture and slide presentation, demonstrations, critiques, and one-on-one time with each student.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: John Poon, www.johnpoonstudio.com
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Image to Abstract 2"
March 12-14, 2019
 

This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide students through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class (printed photos may be used and/or images from a laptop/iPad). Photo editing software is also helpful but not required. Students will have the option to paint from a still life set up.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.markdanielnelson.com
Cost: $415
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Architecture & Southern Landscape"
March 14-16, 2019
 

In this workshop we will paint architecture in the southern landscape en plein air. We will discuss the plein air process and a few things to simplify that process by eliminating excessive gear and materials. In addition, we will have in depth conversations on perspective, using a viewfinder, composition selection, lighting, the notan sketch. Each day will begin with a demo and discussion and end with a critique of the days work. In between these session will be time for the students to draw, sketch and do the exercises. More time will be spent on finished paintings as the workshop progresses using the sketches and exercises done earlier in the workshop.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: David Boyd
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Figurative and Still Life Workshop"
March 18-22, 2019
 

Cynthia has a reputation for her comprehensive teaching style. For students who have not had the opportunity to attend one of her classes, Cynthia teaches with an effective and inspiring process; her method of teaching is supportive and nurturing, asking for the student to search for their personal truth, requiring sensitivity, stamina, commitment, and bravery. Her instruction includes personal attention as well as group critiques and demonstrations, focusing on composition, color, mark making, brush strokes, personal themes, and emotional content.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Cynthia Packard, www.packardgallery.com
Cost: $950 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting on Location - Taking your painting to the next level"
March 21-23, 2019
 

Throughout the workshop the instructor will demonstrate his approach to painting en plein air while aiding students on an individual and group basis. There will be critiques and assessments (how much depending on time allotment), so come prepared to ask questions, take notes and paint! It should be fun and relaxed but also a learning experience for all. Objectives: - Expand your purposes beyond the basics of shape, color, value and edges, into more complex principles and elements of design. - Develop your knowledge of wet-on-wet oil painting, and ways to use your tools. - Introduce you to painting larger canvases outdoors, and in multiple sessions. - Demonstrate how to add nocturnal painting to your repertoire.
 
Location: St Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Jason Sacran
Cost: $625.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Gourmet painting retreats on the Southern coast of Spain"
March 23-30, 2019
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 Euros
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Acrylic Landscapes"
April 1-5, 2019
 

Understanding the demands of the acrylic medium is the primary focus of this workshop. Hook will emphasize color, composition, atmospheric light, architectural elements, and an intuitive approach to painting. Students will receive individual instruction and critiques in the studio and should complete the workshop with a significant level of confidence working with acrylics. Photography as a visual source for landscape painting is an important part of the class. Photos will be provided.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: William Hook, www.williamhook.net
Cost: $840
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint the Red Rock Country of Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
April 2-5, 2019
 

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


"5 Paintings in 5 Days, Painting Vacation in Mexico"
April 8-12, 2019
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all it is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 52-415-121-2311


"Mastering Water Media: Acrylic and Watercolor"
April 15-19, 2019
 

Capturing the beauty of light through studying temperatures of light and shadow, visual movement, and value/color relationship will be demonstrated daily in this exciting workshop. As a Master in the American Impressionist Society, Carr will be emphasizing the “how to’s” in achieving dynamic and impressionistic paintings using painterly brushwork in both watercolor and acrylic. How to use confident, loose, and dramatic strokes in achieving dynamic paintings will be stressed throughout the week. Massing and organizing darks and lights, importance of drawing and the value sketch, atmospheric and linear perspective will also be covered. Betty will be providing the acrylic paints.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $630
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Gourmet painting retreats on the Southern coast of Spain"
April 20-27, 2019
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 Euros
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Landscape Painting: Plein Air to Studio"
April 22-25, 2019
 

This workshop is designed to help students make sense of the chaotic landscape. Since painting is about creating a work of art, learning to interpret what you see and not just copying what you see will be emphasized. Students will learn how to find a subject and then compose and simplify the information. Value, color, and edges will be used as students work towards larger studio paintings. Daily demonstrations by the instructor as well as individual attention will be given. Plein air studies, reference photographs, and sketches will become inspiration for larger studio work. Some experience in plein air is helpful, but there is something for everyone in this workshop. In the event weather prevents outdoor work, photographs will be used.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ann Larsen, www.annlarsen.com
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Florals Large and Loose"
April 29 - May 1, 2019
 

Come and join the fun of painting large, loose florals! Krista Eaton paints in a delightful contemporary style that works for both oil and acrylic painters. If you’ve thought about trying to paint something large, now’s the time. Students will create their own style, and learn to be free with their painting by focusing on large shapes rather than fussy details. Students will be amazed at the work they can create when they learn to paint fast and loose! All levels are welcome, even beginners.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Krista Eaton, kristaeaton.com
Cost: $345
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Exploring Abstraction in Pastels & Mixed Media"
May 13-17, 2019
 

Have you always wanted to work abstractly but did not know how to begin? Then this workshop is for you! Award winning, Master Pastelist Debora Stewart will lead artists through a thorough process of developing abstractions from start to finish. Workshop will include intuitive and expressive exercises for artists, creating abstracts from source material such as photos and drawings, color studies, elements of art, color theory, use of underpainting to aid in abstract development, use of surfaces and grounds, combining abstraction and realism to create florals, landscape, portraits and more. You will also learn how to create a series of works and evaluate your paintings and bring them to conclusion. The workshop contains artist demonstrations, informative discussions and thorough handouts for each participant.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Debora Stewart, www.deborastewart.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Paint Strokes in Tuscany"
June 5-12, 2019
 

Imagine the ambiance that will fill every sensory with excitement as you stand on the rolling hills in the wine country of Italy, surrounded by picturesque stone buildings, painting at your easel, with other likeminded artists, and for a whole week! Smell the fresh air of the country as your paint strokes capture what you see! Bobbi Baldwin will introduce you to some refreshing new ideas about how to approach a painting from the glorious city of Cortona and Lake Trasimeno in Umbria.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Bobbi Baldwin
Cost: From $3,499.00 all inclusive in Italy
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
June 14-24, 2019
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Ten full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group critiques and gourmet cuisine/wine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost is CAD 3250 or the equivalent in American dollars at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,520 as of March 2018). Cost includes: art instruction, ten-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting/visiting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Assisi, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2520
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"True Colors Five Day Workshop"
June 24-28, 2019
 

This five day workshop will open a floodgate of exciting new methods for creating acrylic and mixed media artwork. Join Kellee Wynne Conrad as she shares all the secrets to her luminous layered method of acrylic painting while at the same time digging deep into the creative process to help you discover your personal artistic style. From abstract florals to modern landscapes, Kellee hopes to ignite your passion for color while using the most versatile medium ever created: fluid acrylic paints. Watch paint drip, run and flow with a spray bottle, rubbing alcohol and high flow mediums. Play with graphite, charcoal and soft pastel to make your mark. Scrape, scratch, scumble and spray wet paint for altered effects.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kellee Wynne Conrad
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2019"
July 1-12, 2019
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne when the lavender is in its glory, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3685 around US$2830 as of March 2018) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule.
 
Location: Manosque, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2830
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2019"
July 1-12, 2019
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne when the lavender is in its glory, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3685 around US$2830 as of March 2018) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule.
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2830
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Plein Air Tuscany & Umbria"
July 6-13, 2019
 

Workshops include as many demos as participants may need, abundant one on one instruction with Spencer and daily critique sessions for those who wish to participate. And just to make sure the student has everything he or she needs to succeed in making better paintings, you’ll have the beauty of the Tuscan landscape to inspire you! Come and learn how to better express your artistic vision in a place that has inspired some of history’s giants, with an artist who genuinely loves to teach.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Spencer Meagher
Cost: From $3,149.00 all inclusive in Italy
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Painting Like Van Gogh"
July 17-25, 2019
 

In this exciting workshop for artists, we will be painting daily in the exact locations where Van Gogh walked, painted and had a gallery. The brilliant blues, warm golds, and lavender of southern France are what brought him to the area. Award-winning professional artist Sharon Rusch Shaver will offer guidance and demonstrations to capture subject matter that Van Gogh loved about the area. You will enjoy en-suite accommodations in an authentic historic Maison, ground transfers to sites, and gourmet chef-prepared meals. All mediums and levels of ability are welcome. Join us in 2019 for this exciting adventure for artists! Book early for special discounts!
 
Location: Arles, France
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Cost: $3,800
Website, email, 615-451-7304


"The Body of Work: Freedom and Focus"
July 22-26, 2019
 

Many artists feel that their work is all over the map, they are pulled in too many different directions, and that their creative output lacks a cohesive voice. I believe that you can work in many styles, and still have a unique and recognizable voice as an artist. In this workshop we will explore the issue of style and voice in the context of the body of work. You will choose your own focus and work deeply into it for the whole five days. Learn how deep focus allows you more freedom to explore, not less. Leave the workshop with a body of work in progress, and a broader appreciation of your own creative capacity.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Davies, janedaviesstudios.com
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Painting in the French Alps: Watermedia Painting Workshop"
August 25 - September 1, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! This is a mixed-media workshop, and I will demo in watercolor and/or acrylic with occasional dabblings into collage and texture. We’ll work both on location and in the studio. Our days are relaxed and informative (with lots of good food and laughing in the mix). If you are a first-time plein air painter (and afraid), you’ll find it painless! Advanced painters will discover new techniques and creative solutions with color & design, which will move your work to a new level. There will be demos, hand-outs and personal attention. The best part is our camaraderie, learning from each other, sharing our adventures and painting incredible memories.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kathie George, www.kathiegeorge.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watermedia Painting Workshop"
September 1-8, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! This is a mixed-media workshop, and I will demo in watercolor and/or acrylic with occasional dabblings into collage and texture. We’ll work both on location and in the studio. Our days are relaxed and informative (with lots of good food and laughing in the mix). If you are a first-time plein air painter (and afraid), you’ll find it painless! Advanced painters will discover new techniques and creative solutions with color & design, which will move your work to a new level. There will be demos, hand-outs and personal attention. The best part is our camaraderie, learning from each other, sharing our adventures and painting incredible memories.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kathie George, www.kathiegeorge.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Create History and Mystery with Mixed Media Layers"
September 16-20, 2019
 

We have the luxury of time to explore and develop our most amazing art. Join me on this 5-day adventure for creating history and mystery. Make history using layers of acrylic mediums, collage and color. Learn how to veil imagery to elicit mystery. Colors evoke mood, texture creates a place where the eye can jump right in and gesture and movement keep you engaged. During this course you will learn how to use acrylic pastes, gels and mediums to create texture, learn how to use color to evoke a mood and incorporate alternative art materials to enhance your finished mixed media art. Every day will involve demonstrations and plenty of time to experiment, along with guided encouragement.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson, sandraduranwilson.com
Cost: $770 + $30 materials
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
October 3-13, 2019
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Ten full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group critiques and gourmet cuisine/wine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost is CAD 3250 or the equivalent in American dollars at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,520 as of March 2018). Cost includes: art instruction, ten-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to painting/visiting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Assisi, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2520
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting in Tuscany"
October 4-11, 2019
 

Ciao Tuscany! Let’s immerse ourselves in the flavors and colors of Tuscany, famous for its rolling hills, olive groves, cypress trees, winding vineyards but also superb Renaissance art and of course Chianti wine. Join Kirah Van Sickle for a plein air adventure in watercolor, oil and acrylic painting. We will explore a myriad of journal sketching and alla prima painting techniques. With an approach based on fundamentals of values, composition and color, Kirah will introduce students to exercises and techniques that build brush confidence and achieve bold, fresh and loose results. Students will gain a better understanding of color temperature, limited palette and the dramatic impact in building contrast and dynamic landscape compositions. Join us in the heart of Italy!
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Kirah Van Sickle, www.kirahfineart.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Gourmet painting retreats on the Southern coast of Spain"
October 5-12, 2019
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 Euros
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Gourmet painting retreats on the Southern coast of Spain"
November 2-9, 2019
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 Euros
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Acrylic Painting"
Year Round
 

I have been a practicing artist for 30 years with years of experience teaching Advanced Art classes to students in the Los Angeles Area. I have been living in San Miguel de Allende for the past 5 years. I own and exhibit my work in Galeria San Francisco and I offer classes working in the studio of my sun filled gallery over looking the Jardin and the Parroquia in beautiful San Miguel de Allende.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Susan Santiago
Cost: $50 per 3 hour session, including all materials
Sponsor: Galeria San Francisco
Website, email, 415-152-0552


"One Painting in One Day-Doors of San Miguel"
Offered Tuesdays year around
 

Easy and fun this workshop is for any lever of experience! Beginners and novice have being amazed by their results. Working with acrylic paint we’ll pain a typical Mexican door starting with one of my professional photos or yours. Participants learn composition, color, painting strategies, practice drawing, painting, gain confidence and finish a unique original painting. As a professional painter, workshop facilitator and college instructor of 27 years, I have worked with individuals at all levels of experience. What is required is a spirit of adventure, open mind, willingness to make mistakes and have fun. If you consider having a painting day with your family and friends while in San Miguel, contact me in advance to make special arrangement.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $95 includes all materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Fundamental Art Skills"
Monday - Friday - year round
 

Sherry Egger has a background in graphic art and has experience in a variety of mediums. Her work has been featured in The Colored Pencil Magazine and she was selected to do a technique demonstration article for this magazine in 2015. A popular instructor, she is comfortable with many different artistic mediums and her classes consist of not only pencilists but also those who paint in oil and acrylic. Her emphasis on fundamentals, values, and strong contrast bring both beginning artists as well as those who have been painting for years. Creativity is her strong suit and she is constantly experimenting with new techniques, new concepts and different mediums. Sherry instructs weekly classes at Anderson Gallery’s - Artist's Annex.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Sherry Egger
Cost: $40.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.506.2982


"Open Studios"
November thru April
 

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


"Plein Air Essentials"
Ongoing - web/online
 

Have you always wanted to paint en plein air, outdoors, but didn't know how to begin? Then this is the course for you! Online web course includes downloadable textbook and a series of videos to get you going. In this course, award-winning painter Michael Chesley Johnson will teach you the basics. Supplemental material available for more advanced painters. All levels of painter will benefit from this course.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $19.99
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email


"Mesmerizing with Metallic & Interference Paints"
Begin any time
 

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


"Mixed Media Online Workshop"
Begin this online class at any time
 

Learn mixed media in the comfort of your own home, no matter where you live. You'll learn how to connect with your creative spirit as you express your personal ideas. In this online class, you'll watch videos to learn collage & simple printing techniques. You'll learn to cut a stencil & apply paint or texture through it. I'll explain clearly & show techniques in a series of short videos. You'll learn & have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new tools & techniques. You'll have so much fun making your mixed media paintings. The best art comes from creative play.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Website, email, 281-330-3827


"Express Yourself: Creative Well Being Online Class"
Begin any time
 

This online class has been designed by Art therapist Sophie Babeanu and visual Artist Sandrine Pelissier. We want you to have fun making art that is fulfilling. In this exciting adventure, you are going to explore and discover yourself. If you have the desire to create but are not sure where to start or what to do, this class will offer many possibilities for you to enjoy making art. Maybe you want to explore new subjects, artistic techniques, reduce stress, or simply be more creative. This class is self-paced and divided into 12 different themes: Relaxation, feelings, dreams, self-portraits, etc. The class contains lots of images and videos to help you with artistic skills and techniques.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sandrine Pelissier
Cost: $49-$79
Website


"Online Art Class: Painting Flowers from imagination in mixed media"
Begin any time
 

Learn how to express your own unique style by working from your imagination! In this online class you will be able to watch a series of videos that show the painting process from start to finish. You'll learn how to mount yupo paper on board, paint an abstract background, look for shapes and negative space, add color variation & patterns, and more. Students can work in liquid acrylic paints, or inks or watercolor. There are 9 exclusive videos in this class.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sandrine Pelissier
Cost: $49
Website


"Online Art Class: 26 weeks of Inspiration and Training"
Begin any time
 

Do you want to paint and draw more but are not sure where to start or what to paint? Do you want objective feedback on your art? Then this class might be for you, it is organized in 26 unit courses that will briefly give you an assignment for something to paint of draw. This is a text and pictures based class with links to tutorials and a few videos. If you take one class a week, it will last for 6 months and if you take one class every two weeks, it will last for one year. The goal is to get you inspired to draw and paint regularly as well as to try different techniques, explore different possibilities and expand your visual repertoire.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sandrine Pelissier
Cost: $79
Website


"Private Painting Lessons in Watercolor or Acrylic"
By Appointment
 

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


"Creative Collage Online Workshop"
Begin any time
 

Learn Creative Collage at home, any time. Connect with your creative spirit as you express your personal ideas. My camera is only 3 feet from my hands as I clearly show you my perfect-every-time collage technique and my easy ways of painting texture with acrylic paint. I share my thoughts & choices. I explain what I'm doing & why, in detail. Over 4 hours of instruction. You'll learn to make real paintings (not just things glued on a surface), even if you are a new painter. Watch videos as many times as you like for at least 6 months. You'll have fun making your own original collage paintings. The best art comes from creative play. Free vintage papers.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Website, email, 281-330-3827


 

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