Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
February 17-21, 2020
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Abstract Painting B: Experimenting, Risk Taking and Growth"
February 17-21, 2020
 

Regardless of style, at a primal level good paintings move us because of the underlying abstract language -- the use of line, space, value, color, and texture. Whether it's Rembrandt or Rothko, Cassatt or Mitchell, Degas or Diebenkorn, the power of the image is the abstraction underneath. This course is an intensive exploration of image structure to help you connect with viewers more powerfully. Students will not be taught to paint like the instructor. Instead, you will be encouraged to explore, take risks, and become the best version of yourself as an artist. As we look at masterworks from art history you will be inspired and challenged in a fun, upbeat atmosphere.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Slonim, davidmichaelslonim.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Like the Masters"
Mondays, February 17 - March 23, 2020
 

This class is designed to take the students' skills to the next level of their current abilities. Students will learn proper brush control techniques including blending of colors, learn color perspective, vertical roundness, proper color mixing, etc. Learn to paint watercolor on canvas or paper and oil and acrylic painting on canvas or panel. Daily, I will demonstrate brush techniques, provide hands-on guidance and give individual critiques during class.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Renee DiNapoli
Cost: $175 for Members | $205 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Pushing Boundaries: A Fresh New Look"
Tuesdays, February 18 - March 24, 2020
 

This class is designated to discover and explore mixed media techniques, while learning how to paint in a more loose and fresh way. Students will gain an understanding of the work as a result between the planned and the accidental. The goal is to connect with creativity while understanding the process by way of searching, playing and introspection. Daily exploring of fluid acrylics, Layers of color. Positive and negative painting. Different Collage techniques, Painting our own papers. Learn new ways to use soft pastels and gold leaf during this class.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Victoria Mayol
Cost: $175 for Members | $205 for Non-Members | $5 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting in Full Color"
Wednesdays, February 19 - March 25, 2020
 

This class combines intermediate painters and advanced painters into one class. Mediums in order of preference are oil, water-soluble oil, and acrylic. Although watercolor is not the best medium for this approach, you can very easily apply this new knowledge to your watercolor painting. We will work from photographs in the studio. Julie will walk students through each image (with a new one chosen each week) in her step by step proven method as seen in her recent book, Fire & Light. Students are welcome to paint the image that Julie is painting or paint what they would like.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Julie Hanson
Cost: $205 for Members | $235 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser"
February 19-21, 2020
 

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: Quincy, Florida
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $375 GACM/TAWS Members, $405 nonmembers
Sponsor: Gadsden Arts Center & Museum
Website, email, (850) 627-5023


"Studio Colombia Art & Eat 2020 by Walk the Arts"
February 19-27, 2020
 

Join our eight-night workshop and experience the stunning Caribbean coast from Puerto Colombia (Barranquilla) to Cartagena. Learn the fundamentals of perspective drawing and watercolors and have a taste of Colombian Caribbean food and culture. After an art class, try the Mojarra con Arroz con Coco with a cold Colombian beer or Aguardiente. Paint on the beach just like Gauguin was doing in Tahiti. Visit a few restaurants’ kitchens and learn from their chefs. Take part in a street food tour. Stay in comfortable and centrally located hotels. Price of CAD 2500 (around US$1900) includes eight-night double accommodation, all ground transportation, all breakfasts, one lunch, two suppers, an art street food tour, art instruction, cooking classes/demonstrations, art supplies and more.
 
Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$1900
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Surreal Wallpaper Murals"
February 22, 2020
 

This workshop is designed to introduce beginning and seasoned mixed media artists to different techniques in creating a 2D large scale collage on textured wallpaper. Students will learn to let their art lead them through intuitive decision making and just let the work flow creating a 6 foot tall mixed media collage on textured wallpaper.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Jane Harris
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members | $10 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Step by Step Painting, Lowcountry Herons"
February 22, 2020
 

Join international artist and instructor Addison Palmer for this exciting class and follow step by step in completing your own copy of one of Addison's fameous herons.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Addison Palmer
Cost: $80 / $72 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Spontaneous Abstraction"
February 22-23, 2020
 

Feeling frustrated in front of a blank canvas, unsure of how to start or what to paint? This workshop will focus on techniques to enable you to start painting with con?dence by tapping into your intuitive process and ?nding inspiration more easily. Demonstration and critique will enhance your knowledge of the painting process.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Experience the Wonders of Water-Based Media"
February 24-28, 2020
 

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 Solberg, www.mortenesolberg.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Loose Landscapes with Water & Structure"
Tuesdays, February 25 - March 31, 2020
 

Every object in a landscape painting involves the use of perspective which means buildings, roads, trees, people, boats, paths…well you get the drift. It is simple to learn and your paintings will be easier and improve drastically. Learn how Joseph chooses subjects, organizes and edits his ideas to get the most dynamic, expressive paintings. Learn to be bold and confident using a fully loaded larger brush. He will share generously his knowledge of painting in each class with demonstrations and feedback. Remember Joseph chooses poetry over exactness, so be bold. He will supply photo references and students are welcome to bring their own. This is an easy going, casual class for all levels of painters.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $185 for Members | $215 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Full-Day Artist Workshop New Zealand"
February 29, 2020
 

Learn, Explore, Create and Express in this full-on, full-day painting workshop designed to bring out the best artist in you! You will be surrounded by other inspiring artists while working in the newly renovated big bright Maker Workshop at the Arts Centre in Christchurch. This 8-hour workshop includes a morning of learning techniques, followed by gourmet box lunch break in the gardens, before an afternoon of inspiration and creation! The day is led by Canadian Artist/Instructor and GOLDEN Artist Educator, Sandra Iafrate who will focus on offering techniques to elevate your artistic skills level through learning-by-doing and she will guide you in creating unique work which speaks to your individual goals and vision.
 
Location: Christchruch, New Zealand
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $185.NZD
Sponsor: The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora
Website, email


"Art, Sea & Soul Retreat"
March 1-8, 2020
 

Create Magic in Mahahual! Isn’t it time you made you a priority?! Fuel your vision for 2020! Art, Beauty, Beach Time, Swimming, Yoga, Culture, Rejuvenation, Fun! Stay at boutique beach club in Yucatan Peninsula, along Caribbean aquamarine waters. Daily art workshops, time for swimming, yoga, biking, whatever you need to do you! Open to all levels from brand new artists to experienced! Visit Tulum and Laguna Bacalar. Maggie Standley is a professional artist who has been leading art workshops for 25 years. She participated in Puerto Rico’s Santurce es Ley Mural Festival in 2016, has exhibited around the country and maintains a working studio in Burlington, VT, Wingspan Studio.
 
Location: Mahahual, Mexico
Instructor: Maggie Standley
Cost: $1430
Sponsor: Wingspan Studio
Website, email, 802-233-7676


"Fast & Furious Painting: Myakkalike Landscapes"
March 2, 2020
 

Many of my paintings are done from what I see in my own neighborhood within walking distance to a canal, park, golf course, pond and even my own back yard. My reference photos and paintings will be from these environs but students are also welcome to bring their own. It’s more about how you paint than what you paint. I choose poetry and creativity over correctness and am willing to change course as my painting progresses. We’ll focus on using a loose, colorful and expressive painting technique. Skill and confidence will follow while putting pizazz into your paintings. This will be a fun, easy going, workshop where you can’t have too much fun. Each student will get ample personal guidance.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"5 Paintings in 5 Days Acrylic Painting in Puerto Vallarta"
March 2-6, 2020
 

Offered by successful and experienced artists and instructors in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. You will learn or review the elements of art, composition and essentials of color. Explore painting in a variety of styles in the context of several topics. All levels of experience are invited to participate. Perfect combination of creative fun and relaxation time! Workshop designed with the “artist on vacation” twist. In the morning we paint, and afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping and restaurants of this fabulous city full of wonders. To make your travel easier all materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Naples and Nature"
March 2-4, & 9-11
 

“Naples and Nature” Plein Air Painting Workshop Kevin Shea In Naples paint with us on site at cafés, historic cottages and along the gulf coast of Florida where the atmosphere is enhanced with architecture, city docks, colorful flowers and figures. Nature features palms, mangroves, and flowers in southwest Florida’s subtropics. Demonstrations and individual instructions in inspiring settings. Shea conducts his popular workshops in New England, Florida and Italy. He has exhibited nationally with the American Artists Professional League and the Salmagundi Club. He has been contracted by Warner Brothers and the Boston Pops, featured in numerous publications, on television and displays paintings in several galleries.
 
Location: Naples, Florida
Instructor: Kevin Shea
Cost: $375 each, $695 for both
Sponsor: Kevin Shea Fine Art
Website, email, 978-387-8105


"Dancing Entrepreneur Innovative Visionary Business Class"
March 4-18, 2020
 

Calling all entrepreneurs, visionaries with heart and those getting started with their business! Join us for a class where we dance between worlds, weaving within the traditional and feminine framework of a business plan to create a vision aligned with your values and create a 16-card deck for inspiration for your business, as well as a full-color 8-page book. We hope you will join us!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Shiloh Sophia with Mary MacDonald
Cost: $295 or 3 pay of $100
Website, email


"Landscape, Beyond the Photograph"
Thursdays, March 5-19, 2020
 

Paint landscapes in the medium of your choice pushing them beyond your photo reference with color and design. Do small value sketches in your sketchbook to decide which reference would make the most successful painting. Demos and individual help daily. Class will vote on painting plein aire day 3.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Don & Joyce Nagel
Cost: $120 / $108 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Anna Maria Island - Sarasota Florida"
March 5-6, 2020
 

Outdoor Painting from Life. Oil/Acrylic art workshop. 2 day workshop only. Here's your chance to stay and take a workshop in the beautiful Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Florida area. Each day focuses on creativity, bold composition, getting atmosphere in your paintings. You will learn to make quick decisions and simplify for the most impact. We will discuss Color relationships, detail, form and edges and 'what you want to say with your work' More info on website.
 
Location: Anna Maria & Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Founder
Cost: $335.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270


"Portrait Painting"
March 5-6, 2020
 

This workshop is designed to improve composition, color use and likeness of the subject in portrait painting. Students will learn how to apply underpainting, color layers and texture in their choice of oils or acrylic. During this workshop we will compare and demonstrate techniques in each medium that build a portrait from the initial sketch to a finished painting. Students will work from a live model or their own photo reference.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Craig Carl
Cost: $185 for Members | $215 for Non-Members | $33 Model Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
March 6, 2020
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Creative Soul Courses"
Begins March 6, 2020
 

Learn how to super charge your creativity by connecting the path between your art, heart and soul. You have 7 videos of painting instruction, 5 audios to enhance your creative thinking, guided visualizations, writing exercises and daily support to deepen the connection between your story and how you express it. Follow along with the online course or go at your own pace that fits your schedule. All course material is available to you for a full year.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"Go With the Flow: Very Beginner Fluid Acrylics"
March 7, 2020
 

Fluid acrylic is a very liberating painting medium—and the pour technique is just the beginning. We will experiment with various additives that make the paint do amazing things as if by magic. This workshop will focus on how to control and enhance the “look” obtained—and take the design to satisfying conclusion. The possibilities for amazing paintings are endless—and the flow helps make it happen. All materials—including 4 canvases will be provided for a $20 fee. Additional canvases can be purchased at the Academy for $7. (Half hour lunch time; bring your bag lunch or purchase nearby.) No experience required.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $80 / $72 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
March 9-11, 2020
 

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 also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Hickory, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Hickory Museum of Art
Website, email, 828-327-8576


"Open Abstract & Impressionism with Art Cornell"
Wednesdays, March 11 - April 1, 2020
 

Join us for open abstract and impressionism. In this weekly class, students will explore both non-objective and objective abstract painting, using different methodds in each creation. Demonstration and 1 on 1 attention will be given.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Art Cornell
Cost: $160 / $144 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Mediterranean Plein Air Painting Vacation"
March 14-21, 2020
 

Travel to Cyprus and paint en plein air in and around the beautiful village of Pano Lefkara. Get inspired by stunning mountain ranges and sea shores, olive and lemon groves, unique architecture, signature Venetian merchant houses, medieval convents and monasteries, narrow cobbled streets, traditional courtyards, and brightly colored doorways. UpTrek painting retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — 5 days of painting tuition — full-time art tutor on hand — air-conditioned transportation for daily excursions — art materials provided for all mediums— 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners — lunches and dinners served with a bottle of wine for two people to share — wine and olive oil tasting — traditional silversmith and lacemaking demonstration — airport transfers
 
Location: Lefkara, Cyprus
Instructor: Anna Kakoulli, Georgia Michaelides Saad
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Paint a Selfie"
March 16, 2020
 

Bring a photo of yourself, or a mirror to use to paint a likeness of yourself. This half day workshop is in the medium of your choice. A demonstration along with individual help will be given to each student. Students should have drawing experience along with experience working in whatever medium they wish to use.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Joyce Nagel
Cost: $40 / $36 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
March 16-20, 2020
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Fundamentals of Studio Landscape Painting"
March 16-20, 2020
 

This time-tested curriculum is designed for the serious student wishing to develop further fundamentals in landscape painting, including a greater understanding for values, color mixing, atmospheric perspective, and composition including design organization and emphasis. The focus will also be on developing more fluid brushwork and a personal statement in representing outdoor subject matter. The class is intended for beginning through advanced levels, and students will learn a reliable step-by-step, systematic shorthand for either studio or on-location painting. Though we will accomplish eight to ten painting studies during the course of the week, the primary focus will be on imparting the necessary information for self-evaluation and growth far beyond the scope of the five-day workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: John Poon, www.johnpoon.net
Cost: $655 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Steve Rogers, AWS, NWS at Gold Coast Watercolor Society - South Florida"
March 17-19, 2020
 

Join us in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida with Steve Rogers, AWS, NWS, as we discover the pure joy of painting Intuitive Abstract Painting with Fluid Acrylics, Watercolor Pencils and Crayons and more. Letting go and realizing that there are no rules, using an understanding of Design and Color Theory. All of which will be thoroughly explained and illustrated. Then the fun begins! Lots of intuitive painting time with help finding your direction and finally what it takes to pull an Abstract together. More info. / Sign up with Paypal at our website or contact Teresa Kirk at swgfl@aol.com -954-436-2858
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Instructor: Steve Rogers, AWS, NWS
Cost: $350 Members / $395 Nonmembers
Sponsor: Gold Coast Watercolor Society
Website, email, 954-436-2858


"Landscape and Seascape Painting Retreat on Mexico's Stunning Beaches"
March 18-25, 2020
 

Travel to Mexico, take part in artist-led landscape, seascape and still life painting workshops, paint en plein air and get inspired by the stunning Mexican backcountry, with its colorful villages, pristine beaches, and unspoiled tropical jungles. 8 days — Available in English — All levels — Max. 10 people — Oils, Acrylics — Landscape, Seascape, Still Life. UpTrek Painting Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation (one night in a Puerto Vallarta hotel, six nights at an ocean-side country house); all meals; painting instruction and workshops with artist Sheree Jones; most art supplies; entertainment; a field trip to the Jungle; morning yoga and meditation classes; transportation from/to Puerto Vallarta.
 
Location: Los Cocos, Nayarit, Mexico
Instructor: Sheree Jones
Cost: $1,800
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Mastering Skies & Reflections in Oil, Acrylic or Pastel"
March 19-22, 2020
 

Master your landscape painting and join South Carolina artist Michael Story for this four day workshop as we use the sky and water as a dramatic design element in our painting’s composition. You’’ll begin your painting with an initial charcoal drawing, followed by a color wash applied over the image. Starting with shadow colors, you’ll begin blocking in your painting, then progressing dark to light to completion. Building final layers of color and avoiding muddy mixtures, you’ll achieve fresh, bright color while capturing depth, drama and mood to your work. He will demonstrate and provide photo reference to paint from if desired along with color exercises you may complete after the workshop. For more information, visit michaelstory.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Michael Story
Cost: $525 Museum members/ $575 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Figuring Abstractly"
March 30, April 25, May 30
 

Working from photographs (provided by me or you can bring your own) to “draw with paint”, rendering to an abstracted figure on a wooden panel. You will learn various ways to get the sketch down quickly, choosing a palette. We will start with a value sketch on the panel. You will learn to keep the piece interesting with movement, balance, value and varying shapes within the piece.
 
Location: Los Angeles, California
Instructor: Donna Weathers
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Donna Weathers
Website, email, 310-428-2386


"Discovering Your Visual Language"
March 21, 2020
 

Develop personal imagery and symbolism in this exploratory workshop. Create content by mark-marking on paper and discover your unique visual voice. Collage imagery with paint and other media to add texture and contrast. Learn to develop personal imagery and symbolism. Better understand multi-dimensional collage and mixed media. The first half of class will be drawing based, where the “parts” are made to later collage. The second half of the day 1 - 2 artworks will be made on canvas or canvas board.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Julie Kanapaux
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Surreal Wallpaper Murals"
March 26, 2020
 

This workshop is designed to introduce beginning and seasoned mixed media artists to different techniques in creating a 2D large scale collage on textured wallpaper. Students will learn to let their art lead them through intuitive decision making and just let the work flow creating a 6 foot tall mixed media collage on textured wallpaper.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Jane Harris
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members | $10 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
March 26-28, 2020
 

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 also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, email, 616-897-7842


"Painting without a Brush"
March 27, 2020
 

Can you paint a large painting without a brush? Let’s try out some unorthodox tools to create an exciting work. Supply list: Instructor will contact students about class materials a few weeks before the class date.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Barbara Eisenberg
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Flowers 101"
March 28, 2020
 

Join international artist and instructor Addison Palmer for this exciting class and learn how to perfect painting flowers. Addison will give a lot of one on one individual attention in this class. Come prepared to paint in the medium of your choice (oil or acrylic). Addison works primarily in acrylic.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Addison Palmer, www.addisonpalmer.com
Cost: $80 / $72 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Jane Slivka: Freedom of Acrylics"
March 30 - April 1, 2020
 

Jane’s love of life bubbles up and over through her motivational artistry approach, as she teaches students to just relax and have a good time. They truly enjoy her outlook and her methodology that enables the connection between the artist and their art to flow openly without reservation. Jane demonstrates and vividly describes to her students how to utilize color with confidence. As a student, you can look forward to painting still life, landscapes, figures, and if time permits, you might even explore the exciting form of abstraction. Jane's students leave with more than a few canvases in hand; they leave with a sense of accomplishment, a new appreciation for their own abilities and the motivation to keep on painting.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Jane Slivka, www.janeslivkagallery.com
Cost: $375 for Members | $415 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting Like the Masters"
Mondays, March 30 - April 20, 2020
 

This class is designed to take the students' skills to the next level of their current abilities. Students will learn proper brush control techniques including blending of colors, learn color perspective, vertical roundness, proper color mixing, etc. Learn to paint watercolor on canvas or paper and oil and acrylic painting on canvas or panel. Daily, I will demonstrate brush techniques, provide hands-on guidance and give individual critiques during class.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Renee DiNapoli
Cost: $115 for Members | $145 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Unlocking the Mysteries of Acrylic Mixed Media"
April 1-20, 2020
 

Texture, layers, color and materials are the words of the story your creative muse is writing. In this course you will learn the language of acrylic and mixed media, to enhance your artistic story. The world will open as you explore your authentic voice and awaken your creative soul. All skill levels are welcome, and I especially encourage new painters along with experienced artists looking to add freshness and excitement to their art. The only requirement is that you come with an open mind and create with fresh eyes as we explore unusual ways to use fabrics, tools and mediums. You will uncover the mysteries of how acrylic gels and pastes can add dimension to your mixed media work.
 
Location: Ballarat, Australia
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Sponsor: Fibre Arts Australia
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"Unique Art Retreat: Painting the Clouds with Sunshine in Scotland"
April 3-10, 2020
 

Travel to Scotland for a unique cloudscape, skyscape, and seascape art retreat. Take part in artist-led painting workshops, paint en plein air, stay in a beautiful 1840 family-run country house hotel, and enjoy daily meals, morning yoga sessions, and other inspiring treats. 8 days - All levels - Max. 10 people - Watercolors, Acrylics, Oils - Cloudscape, Skyscape, Seascape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 6 days of artist-led painting workshops with artist Kate Cunningham, all materials, round-the-clock access to art studio, sketchbook journal, 6 morning yoga sessions, intro session to creative writing, transfers from/to Arbroath train station, minibus transportation, additional activities (such as a musical and poetry evening) might be added to the program.
 
Location: Arbroath, Angus, Scotland
Instructor: Kate Cunningham
Cost: $2,040
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
April 3, 2020
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
April 3-4, 2020
 

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 also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Greenville, South Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Greenville Center for Creative Arts
Website, email, 864-735-3948


"Painting Cyprus: Art Retreat in the Stunning Village of Lefkara"
April 4-11, 2020
 

Travel to Cyprus and paint en plein air in and around the beautiful village of Pano Lefkara. Get inspired by stunning mountain ranges and sea shores, olive and lemon groves, unique architecture, signature Venetian merchant houses, medieval convents and monasteries, narrow cobbled streets, traditional courtyards, and brightly colored doorways. UpTrek painting retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — 5 days of painting tuition — full-time art tutor on hand — air-conditioned transportation for daily excursions — art materials provided for all mediums — 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners — lunches and dinners served with a bottle of wine for two people to share — wine and olive oil tasting — traditional silversmith and lacemaking demonstration — airport transfers
 
Location: Lefkara, Cyprus
Instructor: Anna Kakoulli, Georgia Michaelides Saad
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Intuition and Design to Create What's Next"
April 6-7, 2020
 

Do you have a few paintings that "failed" or are just not so loved? In this 2 day workshop we will work from pieces you previously started and continue with a new composition from there. You will discover new life for your old paintings as Stanka teaches you her techniques on reimagining through intuition and design. All genre of subject matter welcome. Stanka will work in oil, but acrylic painters are welcome. This workshop is not geared for beginners.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Stanka Kordic
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"5 Paintings in 5 Days Acrylic Painting in Puerto Vallarta"
April 6-10, 2020
 

Offered by successful and experienced artists and instructors in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. You will learn or review the elements of art, composition and essentials of color. Explore painting in a variety of styles in the context of several topics. All levels of experience are invited to participate. Perfect combination of creative fun and relaxation time! Workshop designed with the “artist on vacation” twist. In the morning we paint, and afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping and restaurants of this fabulous city full of wonders. To make your travel easier all materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Acrylic Landscapes"
April 6-10, 2020
 

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 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
April 9-16, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore different painting styles and techniques, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. Art retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Painting holiday in rural Spain"
April 13-19, 2020
 

Develop your artistic skills and enjoy a week’s break in the unspoiled heart of Spain. Beautiful countryside and rural villages provide an abundance of subjects to paint or sketch. During the week, you will receive a minimum of 22 hours tutoring in a reduced group (max 10 participants) and have 24 hour access to the studio. This friendly, relaxed and creative holiday offers a flexible selection of options scheduled for the week so every student’s needs and interests are met. All materials and equipment are provided. In addition there is a culinary element to this holiday, with deliciuos mediterranean food. This is a chance to celebrate all the tastes and traditions of Extremadura, guided by inspiring local hosts.
 
Location: Villanueva de la Vera, Cáceres, Spain
Instructor: Granada Munoz
Cost: 1250€
Sponsor: Las Paulinas CB
Website, email, 0034 667 617 493


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
April 13-17, 2020
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Painting Florals Large and Loose"
April 13-15, 2020
 

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, www.kristaeaton.com
Cost: $345 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Pennsylvania Landscape Tradition: New Hope"
Wednesdays, April 15 - May 13, 2020
 

Learn the essentials of landscape painting in the New Hope/Lambertville countryside, the area made famous by Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, and other masters of Pennsylvania Impressionism. Topics include color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound painting practices. Locations will include Daniel Garber’s historic farmstead, Cuttalossa Farm! Painting outdoors can be a daunting experience for the newcomer. When learning the intricacies of this art it pays to learn from someone who has 20 years experience in the field. In this class Joseph Sweeney will be your guide.
 
Location: New Hope, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Observation & Imagination: Painting the Figure"
April 18-19, 2020
 

Abstract and representational artists of all levels are invited to explore techniques and concepts in painting with an emphasis on individual development of style, theme and expression. Working from the life model in an interior arrangement, discover how an objective image can be transformed into a personal statement through the process of painting and engaging your imagination. Investigate the metaphorical meaning in figure painting through representational and abstract approaches. Individual and group critique, discussion and a PowerPoint presentation of works from old masters and contemporary artists will complement studio activity. Ying Li’s uncompromising sense of personal vision combined with complete abandon in the possibilities of paint make her work style the epitome of painterliness.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ying Li, www.yinglistudio.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Art by the Sea: Painting Vacation in the Eastern Mediterranean"
April 18-25, 2020
 

Travel to Cyprus and paint en plein air in and around the beautiful village of Pano Lefkara. Get inspired by stunning mountain ranges and sea shores, olive and lemon groves, unique architecture, signature Venetian merchant houses, medieval convents and monasteries, narrow cobbled streets, traditional courtyards, and brightly colored doorways. UpTrek painting retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — 5 days of painting tuition — full-time art tutor on hand — air-conditioned transportation for daily excursions — art materials provided for all mediums — 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners — lunches and dinners served with a bottle of wine for two people to share — wine and olive oil tasting — traditional silversmith and lacemaking demonstration — airport transfers
 
Location: Lefkara, Cyprus
Instructor: Anna Kakoulli, Georgia Michaelides Saad
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Plein Air Drawing and Painting"
Sundays, April 19 - May 24, 2020
 

Capture the picturesque beauty of the Philadelphia landscape. Learn to create a convincing sense of space, light and time of day while depicting streetscapes, trees, water and sky. Color mixing and painting techniques for oil and gouache will be demonstrated, but all drawing/painting media are welcome. A mixture of urban and park locations will offer engaging subjects with parking, shade, provisions and facilities available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Larry Francis
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Mastering Water Media: Acrylic and Watercolor"
April 20-24, 2020
 

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. The still life, landscape, sky-scape, and architectural subjects will all be focused on as well as adding figures into a painting. 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.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $630 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
April 22-24, 2020
 

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 also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $395
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Open Studios"
Thursdays, November thru April
 

Make room for your creativity this winter! On Thursday evenings, Peninsula School of Art opens its studios to artists of all levels interested in the self-directed creation of work. Explore life drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and metals in a communal setting that fosters creative conversation, knowledge sharing, and offers the opportunity to be a part of a unique community. 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.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: $10/night per person
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
May 1, 2020
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
May 1-3, 2020
 

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 also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Tubac School of Fine Art
Website, email, 520-398-2589


"Painting in Provence: Acrylic & Oil Painting Workshop"
May 2-9, 2020
 

This workshop is open to painters of all levels. We will focus on painting poppies and other spring flowers and the landscape around us. We will create a formal botanical painting to get to know some of our subjects better, followed by both traditional and contemporary still life compositions with flowers. You will learn fresh color mixing techniques, brush stroke techniques and how to compose your paintings in a new and creative way. I will take the time to sit with beginners before and after classes in order to get them acquainted with their paints! And to ‘mix it up’ we will spend a messy day learning how to create sustainable mixed media work while incorporating our Provence inspiration surrounding us!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $3,390 ($450 off if you sign up before Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Les Beaux-Arts Creative Painting Retreat in France"
May 2-9, 2020
 

Travel to France and develop your creative potential with expert guidance from professional painters. Work in your preferred medium, explore different techniques, and get inspired by Gascony's charm. 8 days - Available in English, French, Spanish - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Art supplies - Max. 6 people - Watercolor, charcoal, pastels, acrylics - Figurative, Abstract painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 12.5 hours of tuition with professional painters, art supplies, chateau and vineyard visit for wine tasting session, Armagnac tasting session, visit to the town of Condom, visit to an art gallery exhibition, visits to local French market, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: F. Cairo, R. Tamber, F. Golden
Cost: $1450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Painting in Provence"
May 2-9, 2020
 

Learn from International award-winning landscape and flower painter, Sandra Iafrate. Artist quality paints are supplied! Book before Nov. 30 and get $450.off your booking (spaces are limited). Join me on this magical week-long workshop, where we stay in a restored historical mill in heart of the charming village of Fontaine de Vaucluse. We will focus on botanical painting and drawing, the beautiful spring fields bursting with wildflowers and quaint vignettes of the Provence villages: window boxes, cobbled streets and Provence life! We will also follow along the footsteps of Van Gogh and be inspired by the same subjects and landscapes. Contact the artist prior to Nov. 30 to learn more and get special rate.
 
Location: Fontaine de Vaucluse, France
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $3,390
Website, email


"Watercolor, Oil, and Acrylic Painting Workshop in Cyprus"
May 2-9, 2020
 

Travel to Cyprus and paint en plein air in and around the beautiful village of Pano Lefkara. Get inspired by stunning mountain ranges and sea shores, olive and lemon groves, unique architecture, signature Venetian merchant houses, medieval convents and monasteries, narrow cobbled streets, traditional courtyards, and brightly colored doorways. UpTrek painting retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — 5 days of painting tuition — full-time art tutor on hand — air-conditioned transportation for daily excursions — art materials provided for all mediums — 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners — lunches and dinners served with a bottle of wine for two people to share — wine and olive oil tasting — traditional silversmith and lacemaking demonstration — airport transfers
 
Location: Lefkara, Cyprus
Instructor: Anna Kakoulli, Georgia Michaelides Saad
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"5 Paintings in 5 Days Acrylic Painting in Puerto Vallarta"
May 4-8, 2020
 

Offered by successful and experienced artists and instructors in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. You will learn or review the elements of art, composition and essentials of color. Explore painting in a variety of styles in the context of several topics. All levels of experience are invited to participate. Perfect combination of creative fun and relaxation time! Workshop designed with the “artist on vacation” twist. In the morning we paint, and afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping and restaurants of this fabulous city full of wonders. To make your travel easier all materials are included. Register early, only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Oil and Acrylic with Alex Kelly"
May 5-12, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from an accomplished artist with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils and acrylics. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, three daily meals, tea and coffee making facilities in the main house and studio available at all times, painting and drawing classes, workshops, and sessions with Alex Kelly, local wine and wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport at pre-arranged times.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Alex Kelly
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting Holiday in Tuscany"
May 9-16, 2020
 

On this painting holiday artists will be tutored in sessions of fun and creativity by the London-based artist Gina Southgate. Working alongside Gina, you'll learn numerous, simple, effective techniques to incorporate into your own unique and striking artworks. With 30 years' experience Gina is best known for her live paintings of jazz, and she brings this energy to her landscapes and abstracts. You will be hosted at the farmhouse Antico Borgo La Torre, in the tranquil and enchanting surroundings of the Tuscan countryside. The property includes Chianti vineyards, olive trees and a small private lake. Guests will enjoy comfortable rooms, a large natural garden, a 20 metre swimming pool, and wonderful local food.
 
Location: Florence (countryside), Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Gina Southgate
Cost: €1100
Sponsor: Antico Borgo La Torre
Website, email, +39 3206275789


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
May 11-15, 2020
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Van Gogh and Cézanne in Provence"
May 11-18, 2020
 

Join us in Provence to paint from the very same places that Vincent Van Gogh painted in Arles, and St. Remy, and where Paul Cézanne worked in Aix-en-Provence. You will be inspired as these great artists were, so many years ago. You will be treated to stories from history while in these special locations that will serve as rich backdrop for the paintings you will make in the enchanting light that is found in Provence. The fee includes transportation from Avignon TGV train station to the hotel in Arles, ground transport to our daily locations to St. Paul’s Mausole in St. Remy and Cézanne’s studio in Aix-en-Provence. Breakfast, lunch and your first and last dinner.
 
Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $2100 (Register before 01 December 2019 - $1950)
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 1 231-883-1681


"Post-Impressionist Provence Painting Retreat in France"
May 11-18, 2020
 

Travel to Provence and learn to paint and sketch in the once home and inspiration of Post-Impressionists Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne. Complete your artistic journey with trips to renowned Van Gogh and Cézanne sites, enjoy art workshops, attentive painting tuition, accommodation, and meals. 8 days | Available in English, Dutch, Hebrew | All levels | Max. 14 people | Watercolors, Acrylics, Gouache | Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation; 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 2 dinners; painting and drawing classes, workshops and demonstrations with artists Tali Farchi and Royce Deans; daily excursions; transport to and from painting locations; welcome art supplies kit; transfers from/to Avignon TGV train station.
 
Location: Arles, France
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Cost: $1,870
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
May 13-16, 2020
 

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 also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Garland, Texas
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Current Artist Workshop
Website, email, 214-543-4958


"Expressive Brushwork in Oil & Acrylic!"
May 13-16, 2020
 

Award Winning Artist Workshops was created for artists with a desire to study with the highest caliber instructors. Join California artist Randall Sexton at the McDowell Arts Center for a 4-Day workshop in "Expressive Brushwork." Brushwork is your other “Voice”…Your Signature... It is recognizable whether you know it or not. Think of painting as if weaving a tapestry…overlapping the negative shapes with positive shapes (and visa versa) to create the edges of shapes….and to define the shapes in the process.
 
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $575
Website, email, 1-877-860-3500


"Figurative & Landscape Painting in Acrylic or Oil"
May 14-17, 2020
 

Two days painting landscape paintings and two days portrait paintings. Completing a painting each day. Learn to perceive and simplify shape and color while creating a painting. Visually interpret relationship of shape, value and color. Donna Bland will start a demo painting, then begin a step-by-step process to completing a painting each day. Each artist will be able to complete exercises in color mixing which will help to learn mixing and find the correct color. Bland lives and paints in the Austin, Texas area. Painting daily in her studio, plein air or teaching a workshop, subjects are unlimited. No words to describe the joy in painting outdoors in the Texas Hill Country, Colorado or Mexico. Visit donnabland.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Donna Bland
Cost: $475 Museum members/ $525 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"The Mixed Media Ultimate Weekend"
May 15-17, 2020
 

This workshop is for 3 days and I will bring the plaster and wax, Ampersand has the Claybord panels and I will send you a short supply list. We begin with Plaster, Wax and Wow, a learning journey on getting acrylic gels and plaster to play well together. You will create incredible layers on top of Claybord. We will even build on fabrics with plaster and then everything gets sealed with wax. So luscious. The second project is called Color Mixing for Composition. You will super charge your color and composition vocabulary and experience how to use color as your composition tool. The third project is called Deep Focus and s will strengthen your creative muscle with practices to use every day.
 
Location: Buda, Texas
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Ampersand
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"Plein Air Painting in Ireland with Joe Sweeney"
May 16-23, 2020
 

Join Joseph Sweeney on a plein air painting getaway in scenic Donegal, Ireland, homeland of Joe’s ancestors, the Mac Sweeney’s! Located along the breathtaking, unspoiled northwest coast of Ireland, Donegal’s high sea cliffs offer sweeping vistas ideal for plein air painting! Draw and paint historic Donegal Castle, the spectacular Slieve League Cliffs, and St. John’s Point Lighthouse. Instruction will focus on oil, acrylic, and pastel; experienced watercolorists also welcome. Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements.
 
Location: Donegal, Ireland
Instructor: Joe Sweeney
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"For the Love of Light: Mediterranean Plein Air Painting Vacation"
May 16-23, 2020
 

Travel to Cyprus and paint en plein air in and around the beautiful village of Pano Lefkara. Get inspired by stunning mountain ranges and sea shores, olive and lemon groves, unique architecture, signature Venetian merchant houses, medieval convents and monasteries, narrow cobbled streets, traditional courtyards, and brightly colored doorways. UpTrek painting retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — 5 days of painting tuition — full-time art tutor on hand — air-conditioned transportation for daily excursions — art materials provided for all mediums — 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners — lunches and dinners served with a bottle of wine for two people to share — wine and olive oil tasting — traditional silversmith and lacemaking demonstration — airport transfers
 
Location: Lefkara, Cyprus
Instructor: Anna Kakoulli, Georgia Michaelides Saad
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
May 16-23, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore different painting styles and techniques, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. Art retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Plein Air Painting with George Strickland"
May 19-20, 2020
 

The class will have time spent outdoors painting small studies. Students will use those to make more finished paintings in the School studio. The class will include demos and lots of individual attention to each participant. The class will cover many aspects of the painting process...both plein air and in-studio so be prepared for a fun, yet full art experience.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: George Strickland
Cost: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
May 20-22, 2020
 

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 also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Ingram, Texas
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Hill Country Arts Foundation
Website, email, 830-367-5121


"Plein Air Painting with George Strickland"
May 21-22, 2020
 

The class will have time spent outdoors painting small studies. Students will use those to make more finished paintings in the School studio. The class will include demos and lots of individual attention to each participant. The class will cover many aspects of the painting process...both plein air and in-studio so be prepared for a fun, yet full art experience.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: George Strickland
Cost: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Dutch Landscape Painting Vacation"
May 22-27, 2020
 

Travel to the Netherlands, learn to draw and paint from professional painters, explore the graceful Dutch canals and landscapes, and unleash your creativity through landscape painting sessions, demonstrations, and workshops. 6 days | Available in English, Dutch, Hebrew | All levels | Max. 12 people | Watercolors, Acrylics, Gouache | Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 5 nights of accommodation; 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 2 dinners; painting and drawing classes, workshops and demonstrations with artists Tali Farchi and Royce Deans; transport to and from painting locations/excursions; visit to the Museum de Fundatie (entrance included); local tour; art supplies welcome kit.
 
Location: Zwolle, Netherlands
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Cost: $1,310
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting the Dutch Landscape"
May 22-27, 2020
 

There is a long and rich history of art in The Netherlands. There you will understand all of the of the variety the Dutch landscape has to offer; farmland, lakes, wooded pathways, dykes, canals, classic Dutch architecture and windmills. The artists, and founders of the ArtisTTable, Royce Deans and Tali Farchi will be your hosts on this trip. Included in the fee for this retreat is transportation from the Zwolle train station to the luxury Bilderberg Wientjes Hotel in Zwolle, and all the ground transport to the many locations that we will be painting. Breakfast at the hotel and lunches on locations daily, and your first and last dinner. Plus an ArtisTTable goodie bag with a sketchbook.
 
Location: Zwolle, Netherlands
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $1500 (Register before 31 December 2019 - $1380)
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 1 231-883-1681


"Alternative Artmaking"
May 23-24, 2020
 

This is a class created for artists with a mind for experimenting with materials and having those materials help direct their artistic explorations. It is for all ages as it requires imagination and unconventional thinking more than skill. The majority of art work we encounter in the world reflects a division between media and subject, where the media is used to create the illusion of something. In our quest for representation and illusion, we often miss the potential of various media to exercise wonderful internal qualities. Like swimming with the current, it’s also often easier to use the natural qualities of a material to locate composition than to bend it against its will.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shane McAdams
Cost: $105
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
May 23-30, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Painting Retreat: Walk in Monet and Pissarro's footsteps"
May 24-30, 2020
 

Travel to Normandy, immerse in a tutored painting retreat, walk in Monet and Pissarro's footsteps, discover new perspectives on artistic techniques, and get inspired by the picturesque Normandy countryside and the scenic Parc Naturel Régional de Normandie-Maine. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation in a charming farmhouse designed as an homage to famous French painters, daily home-cooked meals, local wine and cider, daily painting workshops with artist Angela Birchall (classes and workshops in the mornings, guided en plein air in the afternoons), art supplies.
 
Location: Orne, Normandy, France
Instructor: Angela Birchall
Cost: $1,260
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Annual Retreat"
May 28-31, 2020
 

This annual workshop retreat is held in my personal studio. It is limited to only 8 artists and many folks return every year to refresh their inspiration and tune up their creative muscles. It is an action packed four days but we also relax on the deck or by the pond. Find inspiration in the garden, renew friendships and make new best friends. As you can tell it is about more than just painting techniques. The time in Santa Fe is very special and we use it to refill the well and inspire our muse. We also eat delicious food, find art on every corner and bask in the beauty of the mountains. Join us!
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $900
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"Plein Air Painting in Cape May"
May 28-31, 2020
 

Join Joe Sweeney for a plein air painting retreat in beautiful Cape May, New Jersey! Experience small town hospitality while painting Cape May Point, the Cove with sweeping vistas, Cape May Lighthouse, and Sunset Beach. Includes tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. Morning and evening painting times will leave the afternoons free to relax on the beach – the perfect artist’s getaway! Instruction geared towards oil, acrylic and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome. Times variable. For more information and recommended accommodations, email joesweeney5@gmail.com
 
Location: Cape May, New Jersey
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying, and Expression"
June 1-3, 2020
 

Students will use oils (acrylics are allowed, as well) to paint from photos. They will have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of trees, boats, cityscapes, figures, koi, hanging fruit. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos if they choose. Penix will cover topics like how to make your paintings more 3-dimensional, the power of warms and cools, color theory, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, elements of light and shadow, the power of suggestion and finally painting how you see versus just copying a photograph.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Derek Penix, www.derekpenix.com
Cost: $495 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Spontaneity in Your Painting in Acrylic or Oil"
June 5-6, 2020
 

Join Linda Ellen Price for a fun workshop to take your art to the next level. Learn about color theory and mixing colors. Instruction will include still life, figurative and purely imaginative work. Discover ways to loosen up your brushwork through impressionistic techniques. Demos and individual assistance at each easel provided throughout the two-day workshop. A student of Russian artist Max Heldman, her travels to Russia and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg were inspirational to her painting. Her works are part of both private and public collections throughout the United States, Canada, South America and Europe. Price is represented by Beverly McNeil Gallery in Birmingham and Portraits Inc. For more information, visit lindaellenprice.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Linda Ellen Price
Cost: $275 Museum members/ $300 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Picturesque Portugal: Landscape Painting and Drawing Vacation"
June 6-12, 2020
 

Travel to Portugal and learn to paint or draw while staying in a beautifully renovated farmhouse. Immerse yourself in blissful tranquility and enjoy breathtaking views, delicious vegetarian meals, and first class art tutoring in a variety of mediums. You will receive tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, daily vegetarian breakfasts, lunches and dinners, 18 hours of painting and drawing tuition with a professional artist, art materials (graphite pencils, chalk pastels, charcoal, ink, watercolor, acrylic paints, brusho), optional afternoon guided nature walks, and transfers to and from Faro Airport at a predetermined time.
 
Location: S.B. de Messines, Portugal
Instructor: Tracy-Jane Pooler
Cost: $970
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Experimental Collage"
June 6-7, 2020
 

This action packed class will expand your concept of collage. You will begin with a process I call Scribble to Structure. This is a mixed media process on paper that will loosen up your creative muscles. You will be working with pencils, paints, pastels and paper. You will learn some unusual ways to move the paint. Color combinations and composition skills will be explored. This is one of my favorite ways to begin a creative journey. On day two you expand your vocabulary with new materials for collage including fabrics and transparent papers you will create. You will learn how to make your collages look like Encaustic if you wish, and how to get crackles to stay on papers too.
 
Location: Palisade, Colorado
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $305
Sponsor: Rocky Mountain Collage Society
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"The Poetics of Mixed Media"
June 8-9, 2020
 

The use of mixed media can broaden your mark-making abilities and expand the content of your work. Through a mixture of practical, technical, and experimental approaches to two-dimensional media, learn how to incorporate different materials into a dynamic studio practice and discuss materials’ relationship to ideas and concepts of art making. This workshop begins with two main categories of 2D materials – graphic or drawing materials and water-based materials. With this foundation, explore different techniques incorporating these materials and mix them together to create a wider range of marks, applications, and aesthetics of combining media. Create multiple tests of materials and techniques, as well as at least one personal, finished artwork that is discussed before the end of the final day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Benjamin Gardner, www.BenjaminAGardner.com
Cost: Members: $230, Non-Members: $255
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Building Momentum in the Studio"
June 10-13, 2020
 

Explore the strengths and limitations of your work in an environment where all approaches to painting and drawing are welcome. Develop new directions, build momentum, and gather feedback from a variety of perspectives. This workshop is equally divided between discussions, working sessions, and critiques. Discussions and critiques provide guidance about materials, process, and content to help you expand your skills, see new possibilities, and set future goals. Working sessions give you hands-on practice to investigate feedback. Expect to work independently at your own pace each day. With over thirty years of teaching experience, Kristy is well versed in all painting and drawing media, and ready to give individualized technical, formal, and conceptual assistance. This workshop is geared toward students with considerable painting experience.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristy Deetz, KristyDeetz.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Oil and acrylic with artist Stuart Wiliams"
June 12-19, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Stuart Wiliams
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Intuitive Abstract Painting"
June 12-14, 2020
 

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 also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Fort Smith Regional Art Museum
Website, email, 479-784-2787


"Painting in Gascony: A Creative Retreat in France"
June 13-20, 2020
 

Travel to France and develop your creative potential with expert guidance from professional painters. Work in your preferred medium, explore different techniques, and get inspired by Gascony's charm. 8 days - Available in English, French, Spanish - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Art supplies - Max. 6 people - Watercolor, charcoal, pastels, acrylics - Figurative, Abstract painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 12.5 hours of tuition with professional painters, art supplies, chateau and vineyard visit for wine tasting session, Armagnac tasting session, visit to the town of Condom, visit to an art gallery exhibition, visits to local French market, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: F. Cairo, R. Tamber, F. Golden
Cost: $1450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Cypriot Inspiration: Painting Workshop in Stunning Lefkara"
June 13-20, 2020
 

Travel to Cyprus and paint en plein air in and around the beautiful village of Pano Lefkara. Get inspired by stunning mountain ranges and sea shores, olive and lemon groves, unique architecture, signature Venetian merchant houses, medieval convents and monasteries, narrow cobbled streets, traditional courtyards, and brightly colored doorways. UpTrek painting retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — 5 days of painting tuition — full-time art tutor on hand — air-conditioned transportation for daily excursions — art materials provided for all mediums — 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners — lunches and dinners served with a bottle of wine for two people to share — wine and olive oil tasting — traditional silversmith and lacemaking demonstration — airport transfers
 
Location: Lefkara, Cyprus
Instructor: Anna Kakoulli, Georgia Michaelides Saad
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Abstract Drawing and Painting on Unconventional Surfaces"
June 14-19, 2020
 

In this workshop students will prepare their supports using a variety of materials (cement, plaster, collaged papers) as ground layers for painting and drawing. Then using pigment sticks, carbon, charcoal, paint (oil or acrylic), a variety of mediums with the student’s choice of oil based media or water base, (cold wax, alkyds, solvents for oil, or water based mediums for acrylic – oil pigment sticks may be used with oil painting or as a top layer on acrylics). All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Sara Post
Cost: $700 + $50 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Advanced Painting"
June 14-19, 2020
 

Take your painting to a higher level of commitment and meaningfulness with Lisa Pressman’s Master Class. Lisa is known for her intuitive and conceptual abstract paintings – always with a subconscious narrative that reveals itself along the way. She has a unique gift of working with her students and helping them to discover underlying themes or emotions in their work. Her workshops are often transformative, as she helps her students excavate what is “really going on” in their work. Our focus will be on content, inspirations and moving out of your comfort zone. We will be revisiting the fundamentals of design along with “freeing up” exercises, group collaborations, power points and demos that show new ways to approach your paintings.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Cost: $900 + $95 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
June 15-24, 2020
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group discussions, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2580) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Lucignano, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Limited single rooms available for a supplement. Please find testimonials on our website.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2580
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
June 17-24, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Historic Art Destination Painting Retreat"
June 17-22, 2020
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media.
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1731
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"La Rusticana, 'A Plein Air Feast'"
June 19-21, 2020
 

A Plein Air Feast (for all the senses) this workshop is hosted by Award Winning La Rusticana Vineyards in Los Gatos, California. A work of art in itself the stunning hillside vineyard was created by Frank and Marilyn D'Orsa with great leanings towards Tuscany, Italy. The landscape is abundant with billowing floral terraces, fountains, and sculptures amidst the grape vines. As if that’s not enough, a four star lunch is served each day! Randall will be painting with oil for his demos, but this three day workshop is open to other mediums. The class is open to all levels, but at least some prior plein air experience is highly recommended.
 
Location: Los Gatos, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $495
Sponsor: La Rusticana Vineyards
Website, email, (408) 371-3067


"Artistic Voice Mixed Media Retreat in Greece"
June 20-29, 2020
 

Travel to Greece for an enlightening one-week mixed media art retreat with expert artist coaching. Experiment with painting, drawing and collage and develop your artistic perspective. 8 days | Available in EN, GR, NL, FR, DE | All levels | Max. 6 people | Wheelchair accessible | Mixed media | Figurative, Abstract. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation; all meals; beverages (coffee, mineral water, tea, juices); painting and mixed media classes, workshops and presentations with artist Annette Luycx; transfers to/from Metamorfosi train station; art supplies; studio space.
 
Location: Afidnes, Attica, Greece
Instructor: Annette Luycx
Cost: $970
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"En Plein Air Painting in Italy with John Skelcher"
June 20-26, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to draw and paint from a professional painter and expert tutor, explore different painting techniques and find your inspiration among scenic hilltop settlements, olive groves, and vineyards. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: daily tuition, accommodation in a restored farmhouse, traditional Italian meals, all the art materials and equipment you need, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks, daily aperitivi, transfer on arrival and departure day at specified times from San Benedetto del Tronto train or bus station.
 
Location: Force, Le Marche, Italy
Instructor: John Skelcher
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting: Simplify the Landscape"
June 21-26, 2020
 

How do we select places to paint? How do we compose and adjust relationships in the landscape to fit our ideas of an invented reality? We will begin drawing from direct observation, composing quick sketches to simplify the landscape. We will discuss perspective, scale shifts, light source, value and space – all integral concepts to composing a compelling drawing. Paintings will be made later in the day, working from the same location. The light will change but the overall composition will remain. The personal approach of each student will infuse paintings that are invented and abstracted representations of the landscape. Classroom discussions will focus on other landscape painters who use a variety of ideas around color and abstraction in their work.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Celia Reisman
Cost: $675 + $50 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Painting Beyond Local Color"
June 22-23, 2020
 

Designed for painters of all levels and media, this workshop moves beyond local color to investigate how an imaginative approach to your palette can result in landscape paintings that are expressive and readable. Beginning with the nuts and bolts of value and color, complete a series of small exercises that strengthen your observation and drawing skills, introduce you to color theory and color harmonies, and dive into emotional associations of color. On the second day, begin working on a larger landscape painting of your choosing, using underpainting, contrast, expressive color, and color interaction to create the mood you want to evoke. The workshop concludes with a group critique. Open to all levels and all paint media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shannon Estlund, ShannonEstlund.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"In Series: Developing a Body of Work"
June 22-23, 2020
 

Designed to help you identify and explore new opportunities, this two-day workshop encourages growth through the development of a multi-work project. Discover how to create a cohesive body of work, gather feedback and inspiration for next steps, and build momentum in your painting practice. Through group discussions and presentations of contemporary artists’ work, learn the differences between a thematically guided series, a series based in formal variation, and art that is truly serial in nature. Meet with Tom one-on-one and work through exercises to help you identify and focus the scope of your work. Leave this workshop with a conceptual direction and the early stages of a new and thoughtful series. Open to those working in acrylic, oil, watercolor, and mixed media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Berenz, www.TomBerenz.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
June 24 - July 1, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Contemporary Portraiture"
June 24-27, 2020
 

Portraits are one of the most intimidating subjects to paint. Creating a simplified process not only helps you to paint with confidence, but also gives you the freedom to explore a more contemporary approach that is entirely your own. By investigating a range of styles that are prevalent in portraiture, such as impressionistic, naturalistic, and realistic, this workshop unpacks what makes a successful portrait. This workshop begins with a series of demonstrations and guided explorations. Working from a live model each day, emphasis is placed on exploring various media, such as oils, acrylics, colored pencils, and markers, to expand your own unique artistic expression of what contemporary portraiture means to you. Open to all levels and painting and drawing media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jonathan Aller, www.JonathanAller.com
Cost: Members: $495, Non-Members: $535
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"One Painting in One Day-Doors of Mexico"
Offered Thursdays, September thru June, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
 

Easy and fun this workshop is for any lever of experience! At Cristi Fer Art Gallery in Puerto Vallarta. Beginners and novice have been amazed by their results. Working with acrylics we’ll pain a typical Mexican door starting with a professional photo as starting point. Participants learn composition, color, painting strategies, practice drawing, painting, gain confidence and finish a unique original painting. As a professional painter, workshop facilitator and instructor of 30 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 Puerto Vallarta, contact us in advance.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $75.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email


"Painting: Interiors / Exteriors with the Figure"
June 28 - July 2, 2020
 

In this workshop, we will weave the figure into the fabric of the painting. We will use color to structure space and establish atmosphere, both interior and exterior. Into this light condition we will integrate the Figure. We will work with the model in-doors with windows, and out-doors in a nearby garden. Our processes will combine drawing and painting from direct observation, and working in the studio from our studies done from life. We will create specific light with color, painting to painting, and within one work. We will ask, what happens when exterior and interior light meet? On what part of the painting do we wish to focus?
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Louise Bourne
Cost: $600 + $95 lab fee (includes model fee)
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Exploring Acrylics: Process, Concepts, and Experimentation"
June 29 - July 2, 2020
 

Acrylic paint is the most flexible painting medium available; uniquely capable of being modified for a variety of art making needs. Designed for intermediate painters, this workshop explores how to combine acrylic painting techniques with your individual interests and goals. Discover how the medium can not only illustrate your ideas but embody and drive them as well. This workshop begins with a review of the basics of acrylic emulsion, as well as color issues unique to acrylic painting. Daily demonstrations, focused exercises, and guided experimentation address additive, subtractive, and layering techniques that capitalize on the properties of acrylic paint, including staining, pouring, image transfers, hard-edge techniques and masking, glazing, tissue collage, decal painting, and stamping. One-on-one instruction and group discussions.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chris Hyndman, chrishyndmanstudio.com
Cost: Members: $455, Non-Members: $495
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour"
June 30 - July 11, 2020
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence followed by a four-day art history tour in Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media. Small groups, personalized instruction and intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3700 or the equivalent in USD at the time full payment (around US$2800) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, Gaudís sites, Picasso museum, Miró Museum, etc.).
 
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2800
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, (800) 611-4789


"Painting Retreat in Normandy with Angela Birchall"
July 5-11, 2020
 

Travel to Normandy, immerse in a tutored painting retreat, walk in Monet and Pissarro's footsteps, discover new perspectives on artistic techniques, and get inspired by the picturesque Normandy countryside and the scenic Parc Naturel Régional de Normandie-Maine. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation in a charming farmhouse designed as an homage to famous French painters, daily home-cooked meals, local wine and cider, daily painting workshops with artist Angela Birchall (classes and workshops in the mornings, guided en plein air in the afternoons), art supplies.
 
Location: Orne, Normandy, France
Instructor: Angela Birchall
Cost: $1,260
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"An Exercise in Abstraction"
July 6-7, 2020
 

Explore the philosophy that abstraction holds all creative expression in this fast-paced two-day workshop. Alternating between working spontaneously and working methodically, discover the inherent possibilities within your paintings. Demonstrations and instructor-led exercises each morning introduce you to abstract and non-objective approaches to art making, while group conversations on the history of painting provide you and your developing work with context. You are encouraged to work more independently in the afternoon with Emmett providing individualized feedback throughout.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Emmett Johns, www.EmmettJohns.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"People and Places: a painting retreat in Deux- Sèvres, France"
July 6-10, 2020 (tuition dates)
 

Portraiture and the human figure coupled with stunning landscapes, gardens and architecture have captured the imagination and inspired many artists over the centuries. We will begin our art retreat by looking at a variety of paintings from different times and places for inspiration. Each day will have a different focus making full use of our beautiful surroundings in a 17th century manor house with full board accommodation using a variety of media. Come and inspire your creativity.
 
Location: Melle, France
Instructor: Heather Ford
Cost: £800
Sponsor: Tess Goodliffe
Website, email, +33 (0)617448321


"Floral Still Life in Oils/Acrylics"
July 7-9, 2020
 

Learn to paint gorgeous floral arrangements with various pretty objects. Tatiana will lead you through the blocking-in starting stage toward final touches; pointing out how to set up a still life and what to look for during the process. Valuable information will be provided about all visual elements (Nailing values, Color Theory, Edge specifics and Unifying Design) throughout all painting stages; How to paint specific types of flowers while unifying complex flower arrangements into a solid and effective design. Daily demos and plenty of individual attention.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Tatiana Yanovskaya-Sink
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Couleurs de la Vie Painting Vacation"
July 9-16, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Kaye Parmenter
Cost: $1,080
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
July 10-11, 2020
 

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 also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Art Alliance of Greensboro
Website, email, 336-373-2725


"Landscape Painting in Italy with John Skelcher"
July 11-17, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to draw and paint from a professional painter and expert tutor, explore different painting techniques and find your inspiration among scenic hilltop settlements, olive groves, and vineyards. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: daily tuition, accommodation in a restored farmhouse, traditional Italian meals, all the art materials and equipment you need, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks, daily aperitivi, transfer on arrival and departure day at specified times from San Benedetto del Tronto train or bus station.
 
Location: Force, Le Marche, Italy
Instructor: John Skelcher
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Loli Alvaro Oils and Acrylics"
July 12-18, 2020
 

I will be pleased to see you here at my art retreat in Valencia, Spain, for this abstract painting course in oils and acrylic. You may choose to paint in either one or enjoy learning the techniques I use in each one. I thoroughly enjoy painting in these two media and I am sure that you will have a week to remember. We will mix and apply paint to express our moods and feelings while creating artwork to be proud of. Please join me and have a great time. Full accommodation, complimentary airport transfers, all meals, 5 days tuition, 6 night stay in private, en-suite, air-conditioned room. A €175 deposit will secure your place.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Loli Alvaro
Cost: From €1295
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034610857136


"Medieval Countryside Painting Vacation in England"
July 12-19, 2020
 

Travel to England, discover your artistic expression under expert guidance and immerse in tutored studio and outdoor painting sessions. Wander through the picturesque coast of southwest England and find the inspiration for your next artworks. UpTrek Medieval Countryside Painting Vacation 2020 with professional artist Lynda Appleby includes: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 6 days of painting tuition with artist Lynda Appleby, transfers for daily trips, tea and biscuits during studio breaks.
 
Location: Dunster, Somerset, England
Instructor: Lynda Appleby
Cost: $820
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Water-Based Paintings: Materials and Techniques in Acrylic and Acryla Gouache"
July 13-16, 2020
 

This workshop introduces a range of concepts in painting and drawing with water-based media. Focusing on the materials of acrylic and Acryla gouache, learn the traditional techniques specific to each, as well as experimental approaches. Leave this workshop with an understanding of how to use these materials in both representational and abstract applications on paper, canvas, and panels. Beginning with simple observational exercises, Geoffrey introduces basic acrylic and gouache painting techniques step-by-step. Gain hand-on practice and explore all that these media are capable of through still life, landscape, and/or abstract pursuits with practical instruction and feedback throughout. If time allows, learn more about Geoffrey’s painting process, including an explanation of the techniques used to create his work. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Geoffrey Todd Smith, www.GeoffreyToddSmith.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
July 14-21, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
July 15-17, 2020
 

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 also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $395
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Acrylic Painting Vacation in the South of France"
July 16-23, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Occitanie, France
Instructor: Gregory Wellman
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Finding Artistic Voice: Mixed Media Retreat in Greece"
July 18-25, 2020
 

Travel to Greece and find your artistic voice throughout an enlightening one-week mixed media art retreat with expert artist coaching. Experiment with painting, drawing and collage and develop your artistic perspective. 8 days | Available in EN, GR, NL, FR, DE | All levels | Max. 6 people | Wheelchair accessible | Mixed media | Figurative, Abstract. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation; all meals; beverages (coffee, mineral water, tea, juices); painting and mixed media classes, workshops and presentations with artist Annette Luycx; transfers to/from Metamorfosi train station; art supplies; studio space.
 
Location: Afidnes, Attica, Greece
Instructor: Annette Luycx
Cost: $970
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Illuminating the Everyday: The House as Subject"
July 20-23, 2020
 

This workshop focuses on how both the interior and exterior imagery of the home can become compelling subject matter for painting. Through the investigation of light, composition, perspective, and color, create paintings that bring out the inherent qualities of narrative and mystery found in the familiar space of home. A balanced curriculum of demonstrations, discussions of contemporary and historical art, and hands-on studio work address methods for approaching light, composition, point-of-view, color, and format. Work from personal photographs, direct observation, and your imagination throughout the week with Michael providing individualized feedback. This workshop is open to oil, acrylic, gouache, and watercolor painters, however all demonstrations are completed in oil.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Banning, www.MichaelBanning.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Monhegan Island, Maine Art & Visualization Workshop Retreat"
July 20-24, 2020
 

A fun art workshop in an exotic location, but not an ocean away, only 10 miles of ocean to reach tiny Monhegan Island, Maine. Let us help you reconnect with the 'confident you' that you've put aside to do 'the stuff that happens in life'...don't just go with the flow, live life like you do in your happiest moments. Realize, this is not just a workshop in learning or relearning to paint, it's a workshop to help you remember where you left yourself. Remembering your core of who you truly are - awesome, just the way you are.,'the tiny island that time forgot' step off the boat and into a way of life that existed in the 1960's.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Founder
Cost: $ 597.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270


"Monhegan Island, Maine Art & Visualization Workshop Retreat"
July 20-21, 2020
 

A fun art workshop in an exotic location, but not an ocean away, only 10 miles of ocean to reach tiny Monhegan Island, Maine. Let us help you reconnect with the 'confident you' that you've put aside to do 'the stuff that happens in life'...don't just go with the flow, live life like you do in your happiest moments. Realize, this is not just a workshop in learning or relearning to paint, it's a workshop to help you remember where you left yourself. Remembering your core of who you truly are - awesome, just the way you are.,'the tiny island that time forgot' step off the boat and into a way of life that existed in the 1960's.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Founder
Cost: $ 597.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
July 21-28, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Suminagashi Marbling: From Patterned Paper to Finished Painting"
July 23-25, 2020
 

Explore this fascinating Japanese paper marbling technique using water-based boku. The name suminagashi literally means spilled ink. Liz will teach you to create intricate, patterned rice papers using this ancient method and then learn how to use these papers to build gorgeous layered collages and finished paintings using acrylic paints. Liz will provide students with examples, suggestions, and plenty of feedback in this one-of-a-kind workshop. No prior marbling experience needed, but participants should have basic acrylic painting skills. Liz’s work has been published in Watercolor Artist Magazine, Artist’s Magazine, and the North Light publications AcrylicWorks4 and AcrylicWorks6.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Liz Walker
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"All-Inclusive Acrylic Painting Workshop with Gregory Wellman"
July 24-31, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Occitanie, France
Instructor: Gregory Wellman
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Mixed Media Magic"
July 24, 2020
 

Unleash your creativity by combining art media to create incredibly diverse and unique art. Try a variety of materials including acrylic paint, pastel, colored pencil and watercolor. Overcome any fear you may have of the "blank canvas" with "brushless" painting. Prepare substrates with paint and paper that will become a background layer for image transfer processes. Learn image transfer techniques to include photographs in your mixed media pieces. Learn how to think about what types of images work best with your art. Learn about gelli plate print-making and art journaling techniques to make individual pages that can stand alone or bind together in a book.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Heidi Sussman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"The Art of the Sketchbook"
July 24, 2020
 

Let's face it - life gets busy and studio time can be hard to come by. The key to maintaining a healthy studio practice lies in the sketchbook. This class explores the sketchbook as a portable art studio, a place to 'play' like nobody's watching, and a way of recording your personal process. Together, we'll embark on a creative journey starting with non-traditional warm-up exercises and resulting in standalone abstract works in your personal sketchbook. We'll explore color mixing, palette building, creative prompts, doodling, paint application and collage. Learn to take risks and work out ideas before starting on a big canvas. Most importantly, you'll learn to love the process in addition to the end result.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Daily Painting, Embrace the Practice"
July 24, 2020
 

This workshop will embrace the importance of a daily practice as a path to improving creativity and image making skills. Through a combination of demos, in-class assignments and individual instruction, each student will learn techniques to create fresh, deliberate marks. Guided by an artist who has made over 3500 daily, consecutive paintings (so far), you'll embrace the painting process while learning tricks to stay inspired and motivated as well as generate ideas for your own daily practice. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Lisa Daria Kennedy
Cost: $240- $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Bold, Expressive Color"
July 25, 2020
 

This workshop will focus on how to make those colors sing! Heighten your perception and use of color by learning ways to exaggerate and enhance what you see. We'll tap into a personal color palette, take control of value, and generate clean, bold and unexpected color solutions. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Lisa Daria Kennedy
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Italian Painting Retreat in Le Marche"
July 25-31, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to draw and paint from a professional painter and expert tutor, explore different painting techniques and find your inspiration among scenic hilltop settlements, olive groves, and vineyards. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: daily tuition, accommodation in a restored farmhouse, traditional Italian meals, all the art materials and equipment you need, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks, daily aperitivi, transfer on arrival and departure day at specified times from San Benedetto del Tronto train or bus station.
 
Location: Force, Le Marche, Italy
Instructor: John Skelcher
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Expressive Landscape Painting"
July 25, 2020
 

The foundation of this workshop lies in traditional landscape painting, however, the resultant paintings will be anything but traditional! This workshop is rooted in the formal qualities of landscape painting and uses these principles as means to abstract. The first half of the workshop will be spent exploring automatic drawing techniques, compositional studies, and non-traditional color palettes. The later half will be spent working on a larger, more involved painting. The sequential layout of this class will give students the tools and confidence to take chances and make informed decisions on the canvas.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"The Landscape in Abstraction"
July 26, 2020
 

There's no feeling quite like throwing a big bold brush stroke right across your canvas! This workshop will explore highly abstract landscape painting with a focus on intuitive mark, color, layering and texture. Together, we will transform simple reference imagery into rich, energetic, abstract paintings. The first half of the workshop will be spent creating a small series of mini abstracts, the latter half will be spent working on a larger, more involved painting. We will use non-traditional tools for paint application, take risks, and visit the great question of all: "Is my painting finished?"
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"The Bigger Picture/Loosening Up"
July 26, 2020
 

Let's paint the bigger picture! Discover approaches to fill a big canvas. This workshop combines demos, in-class assignments and individual instruction to teach students the techniques to create an engaging composition with fresh, deliberate marks on a big canvas. Using observational painting as our launching point, we'll embark with energetic composition and image building exercises designed to tap into each participant's personal voice. The practice of working direct from life results in a heightened awareness and a lasting impression of the moment. We'll paint freer and bolder and let our personalities inspire what we see in our immediate surroundings. Through painting and observational exercises, we'll analyze what influences our choices and how to incorporate our personal voice in our work.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Lisa Daria Kennedy
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Intuitive Explorations with Acrylic and Collage"
July 27-31, 2020
 

Come discover your own unique artistic voice with Joan Fullerton. Learn how to coax hints of reality from an abstract background, how to control values and colors for emotional emphasis, and how to suggest rather than delineate. Come explore working intuitively, responding to what shows up, working in a series, and utilizing neutrals for more ethereal abstracts! Unconventional methods of instruction will open new avenues of creativity and encourage genuine expression. Join us for inspiring demonstrations, lectures, encouragement and practice. Joan's work has been in galleries, juried shows and museums since the early 70’s.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Joan Fullerton
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Working and Thinking with Color"
July 27-30, 2020
 

This workshop helps you develop and expand the way you use color. Learn to intentionally and consciously navigate the spaces of hue, value, and intensity; consider color groupings and compositional strategies; and use color interaction to your advantage in your art and design practice. A subject in and of itself, explore color’s philosophical and cultural content as well. Demonstrations, discussions, and group work sessions begin with modern color theory and expand into observational, experimental, and process-based explorations of color. Work with acrylic paint and cut paper collage, as well as whatever digital apps you may have. Readings and videos on color supplement hands-on learning.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Oresky, www.MelissaOresky.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Abstraction Demystified"
July 27-30, 2020
 

During this hands-on workshop, take an in-depth look at strategies for creating compelling abstract drawings and paintings. Expand your knowledge of materials, strengthen your understanding of historical and contemporary abstraction, and identify your individual interests and direction within the genre. Daily presentations led by Shane introduce you to fundamental concepts of abstraction and a variety of artists. Visual prompts and exercises encourage you to experiment with different approaches, including working with the element of chance or through a formal structure, and, ultimately, invent a new visual language. Expect to work on a number of pieces each day. Individualized instruction and group discussions provide constructive feedback throughout the week. Painters of all levels welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shane Walsh, ShaneWalshPaintings.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Key Elements of Plein Air Painting"
July 28-30, 2020
 

Join George Van Hook, a nationally recognized artist who has won numerous Plein Air competitions and awards from around the country for his oils and watercolors. George stresses allaprima painting and using a loose and fast approach to capture the landscape in the first try. Participants will be meeting on location and painting all day from 9am-4pm with a lunch provided. Workshop includes live demos and individual attention. Please bring your own plein air equipment, supports, and media (oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic).
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: George Van Hook
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Shenandoah Valley Painting Retreat"
July 29 - August 3, 2020
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020: 5 nights of accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals for the duration of your stay (breakfast, lunch, dinner), sStudio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph)
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1731
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Exploring Mixed Media in Watercolor and Acrylic"
August 1-3, 2020
 

Get hopping with a variety of interesting approaches to mixed media. Designed to support and nudge you to play with process and let go of the outcome, so you can absorb a smorgasbord of mixed media techniques. The techniques you choose will become "tools" in your personal "toolbox". We will focus on process and playful experimentation, creating impressionistic textures and patterns and painting using your own unique voice. Rebecca been a fine artist for over 40 years, leading workshops in the US, China, Thailand and Japan. Her work has been exhibited in Australia, China, Japan and the U.S.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Rebecca Sentgeorge
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Painting Retreat: Find Inspiration in Normandy, France"
August 2-8, 2020
 

Travel to Normandy, immerse in a tutored painting retreat, walk in Monet and Pissarro's footsteps, discover new perspectives on artistic techniques, and get inspired by the picturesque Normandy countryside and the scenic Parc Naturel Régional de Normandie-Maine. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation in a charming farmhouse designed as an homage to famous French painters, daily home-cooked meals, local wine and cider, daily painting workshops with artist Angela Birchall (classes and workshops in the mornings, guided en plein air in the afternoons), art supplies.
 
Location: Orne, Normandy, France
Instructor: Angela Birchall
Cost: $1,260
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Alchemy and Art: The Magic of Yupo"
August 3-4, 2020
 

Yupo is a plastic surface that offers many interesting and exciting opportunities not possible with traditional paper substrates. This two-day workshop explores how a variety of water-based media, including watercolor, ink, and high-flow acrylic paint, interact with the Yupo substrate. Discover Yupo’s full potential through daily demonstrations and exercises. Exhaust the substrate’s limitations as you use traditional watercolor and acrylic processes and approaches, as well as more experimental techniques. Additionally, play with translucent Yupo in various collage processes. Group discussions offer the opportunity to share your findings and learn from your peers. Emphasis is placed on self-exploration and experimentation. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Brian Frink, www.BrianFrink.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Composition, Choice, and Care"
August 5-8, 2020
 

Designed for those ready to push themselves and take their practice to the next level, this workshop focuses on the relationship between how you paint, the choices you make regarding materials, process, scale, and context, and what those choices mean. Using composition and its role in the evolution of art history as a point of exploration, discover how to make the work only you can make, having isolated and elevated your own sensibility. Alternating between discussion and working time, develop an understanding and sensitivity toward your unique touch and choice. Study composition throughout history, observe how it has changed over time, discuss what those changes mean, and explore those insights through a variety of hands-on methods throughout the week.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Peter Fagundo, PeterFagundo.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Paint Bigger: From the Ground Up"
August 6-11, 2020
 

By using unconventional materials (rags, sticks, scrapers) as well as brushes we are given the opportunity to loosen our grips on what we think painting should be. Gestural movement, mark making, shape and color will all be explored and how we create a composition. This is not limited to just abstraction. Landscape- abstract landscape- how we approach a portrait all will be considered. We will however use our imaginations as a reference point. Relying on memory of place or emotions to be our guide. Content will be explored and encouraged as an intuitive and organic process. We will still our minds through morning meditations that are focused on connecting to your inner muse.
 
Location: Canton, North Carolina
Instructor: Lauren Mantecón
Cost: $1,975 includes tuition, lodging & meals; Materials fee: $25
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"4 X 4: Abstraction By Design"
August 6-11, 2020
 

In this 4 1/2 – day workshop we will be creating a modular (4 over 4) panel installation. Each panel should work on their own and be integral to the installation as well. We will establish a limited color palette with both our collage papers and paint. This parameter allows us to fully focus on our design, mark making and balance skills, as well as allowing a manageable interplay between our panels.
 
Location: Canton, North Carolina
Instructor: Michael Schemchuk
Cost: $1,975 includes tuition, lodging & meals; Materials fee: $65
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Art To Heart - Heart To Art"
August 8-16, 2020
 

9Days/8Nights. Explorations in Painting from the Landscape to the Abstracted Landscape. Immersed in the Balinese environment, in the most supportive and relaxed atmosphere, this meditative Retreat & Art Workshop hosted by the luxurious Villa Selat will offer solid instruction from the first time artist to the most advanced artist looking to find new inspiration. Each day will start with an invitational meditation, gourmet breakfast and a three hour group workshop. Afternoons will offer excursions, bodywork/treatments, down time or some on location painting sessions. All Gourmet meals, transportation, luxury accommodations, excursions and workshop - everything is included.
 
Location: Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Instructor: Yvette Gellis
Cost: shared luxury accommodation- $2500, Single - $3500
Sponsor: www.villaselat.com
Website, email, 818-631-8237


"Chaos to Order!"
August 10-14, 2020
 

Starting a painting with color, texture, gestural marks and layers may seem like “chaos”, but it delivers vital energy that is both fun and intuitive. Kathleen Conover will teach you to bring great design and composition, the elements that bring “order” to the rich start, and turn your paintings into an attention-getting and expressive finishes. Applying strong design and compositional skills are the focus. Beginner or advanced, you are encouraged to discover and explore your unique expression and personal imagery in realism, abstraction or non-objective. Kathleen is a signature member of AWS, NWS, ISEA and TWSA.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Kathleen Conover
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
August 12-19, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"6 Day Art Retreat in Virginia with Jan-Willem Boer"
August 13-18, 2020
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020: 5 nights of accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals for the duration of your stay (breakfast, lunch, dinner), sStudio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph)
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1731
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Between Abstraction and Representation"
August 14-15, 2020
 

In what ways do you tolerate abstraction in your visual field? How can you reinterpret the world around you? What does it mean to combine different kinds of representation within the same picture plane? Explore the continuum of abstraction and representation in painting in this two-day workshop. Working through a series of studies based in observation, experiment with different ways to abstract the world around you, including using reflective objects for distortion, looking through a lens or kaleidoscope, projecting images onto three-dimensional objects, and exploring how the manipulation of paint and surface can also create an abstraction. Look at the work of historical and contemporary artists and examine how they handle the space between representation and abstraction. Open to all paint media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Jane Duffy, www.MaryJaneDuffy.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Incorporating Water-Based Media with Oil Painting"
August 17-18, 2020
 

In this workshop, learn how to begin a painting with water-based media, such as acrylic or watercolor, and finish elements with oil paint. Application strategies for each medium are discussed and explored, as well as how paint application and visual approach relate to content in your work. Expect to complete two paintings over the course of this workshop. Preliminary studies to explore application potential accompany each piece. Your first painting begins with acrylic paint before incorporating oil paint, while the second begins with watercolor on an absorbent ground before finishing with oil. It is recommended that students either work from observation or from images of nature for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Trina May Smith, www.TrinaMaySmithArt.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting the Head from Life"
August 17-20, 2020
 

Painting from a live model is an effective way to improve skills in painting any subject matter. In this workshop you will receive instruction on drawing, design, proper value and color use, and edge control. To benefit most from this class an artist should have some drawing skills and a working knowledge of the medium they are using. The workshop will consist of power point presentations, lectures, demos, and every student will get individual instruction at their easel. While most of the demos/instruction are geared for oil painters, acrylic artists, familiar with their medium, will also benefit and are welcome. A full color booklet of class notes is included.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
August 20-22, 2020
 

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 also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $425 Museum members/ $475 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Discover Le Marche: Painting Retreat with John Skelcher"
August 22-28, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to draw and paint from a professional painter and expert tutor, explore different painting techniques and find your inspiration among scenic hilltop settlements, olive groves, and vineyards. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: daily tuition, accommodation in a restored farmhouse, traditional Italian meals, all the art materials and equipment you need, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks, daily aperitivi, transfer on arrival and departure day at specified times from San Benedetto del Tronto train or bus station.
 
Location: Force, Le Marche, Italy
Instructor: John Skelcher
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Artiste d'Occitanie: Plein Air Painting Vacation"
August 23-30, 2020
 

Travel to France and learn to paint and sketch en plein air with expert tuition from a professional artist. Capture the captivating Occitan landscapes and improve your artistic composition skills in the charming French countryside. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, all meals (breakfasts, lunches and dinners with wine), painting and drawing workshops with a professional artist, a trip to Albi, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Cordes-Vindrac train station.
 
Location: Cordes-sur-Ciel, France
Instructor: Mark Warner
Cost: $1,870
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting Retreat: Watercolor and Acrylic with Angela Birchall"
August 23-29, 2020
 

Travel to Normandy, immerse in a tutored painting retreat, walk in Monet and Pissarro's footsteps, discover new perspectives on artistic techniques, and get inspired by the picturesque Normandy countryside and the scenic Parc Naturel Régional de Normandie-Maine. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation in a charming farmhouse designed as an homage to famous French painters, daily home-cooked meals, local wine and cider, daily painting workshops with artist Angela Birchall (classes and workshops in the mornings, guided en plein air in the afternoons), art supplies.
 
Location: Orne, Normandy, France
Instructor: Angela Birchall
Cost: $1,260
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"10 Paintings in Acrylic"
August 28-29, 2020
 

An artist really learns to paint when given the freedom to let go of a subject and the expectations of a single painting. In this workshop, practice how to do just that through repetition and technique. Learn how to experiment and challenge yourself to find new methods for rediscovering your chosen subject. With Beki as your guide, paint the same subject ten times. See how your interpretation, style, and skills evolve from one painting to the next. The uses of acrylic paint are also covered as part of the journey. As a group, discuss color, value, style, method, history, and more. This workshop is open to all levels.
 
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


"Painting in Portugal"
August 28 - September 3, 2020
 

Join California-based painter and renowned art instructor Randall Sexton for an exciting week of landscape and figure painting in the beautiful region of Azeitão, Portugal. This all-inclusive 5 day/6 night trip is open to all skill levels from beginner to advanced. Spaces are limited as the group will be the exclusive guests at a 300 year-old villa just south of Lisbon. This fully renovated estate is surrounded by vineyards, cork trees, and olive orchards, and offers a breathtaking array of subjects from the intimate to the monumental. Away from tourists, you will be able to immerse yourself in a unique countryside and participate in daily painting demos/lectures and lots of and one-on-one painting instruction with Randy.
 
Location: Azeitão, Portugal
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $3200/single occ, $2900/double occ
Website, email, (919) 272-5958


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
September 1-8, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Paint + Image: Experimental Media"
September 2-5, 2020
 

The word ‘image’ continuously collects new context; confusing what a drawing, painting, or photograph could identify as. Existing on multiple levels, images cross geography, politics, memory, and physical space itself. In this workshop, build your knowledge of acrylic paint and alternative processes through the framework of understanding image, its functions, and utility. Beginning with a facilitated discussion about the properties of acrylic paint, review basic material usage by building color and/or value relationships. Demonstrations and discussions address acrylic paint’s wide range of applications and its ability to adapt and transform, while hands-on exploration investigates various alternative painting techniques, image transfer processes, and approaches for combining new materials with acrylics effectively. Lydia provides step-by-step guidance and individualized feedback each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lydia Dildilian, www.LydiaDildilian.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Creative Painting Retreat in Gascony, France"
September 3-10, 2020
 

Travel to France and develop your creative potential with expert guidance from professional painters. Work in your preferred medium, explore different techniques, and get inspired by Gascony's charm. 8 days - Available in English, French, Spanish - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Art supplies - Max. 6 people - Watercolor, charcoal, pastels, acrylics - Figurative, Abstract painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 12.5 hours of tuition with professional painters, art supplies, chateau and vineyard visit for wine tasting session, Armagnac tasting session, visit to the town of Condom, visit to an art gallery exhibition, visits to local French market, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: F. Cairo, R. Tamber, F. Golden
Cost: $1450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Italian Charm: Watercolor, Acrylics and Oil Painting Retreat"
September 5-11, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to draw and paint from a professional painter and expert tutor, explore different painting techniques and find your inspiration among scenic hilltop settlements, olive groves, and vineyards. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: daily tuition, accommodation in a restored farmhouse, traditional Italian meals, all the art materials and equipment you need, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks, daily aperitivi, transfer on arrival and departure day at specified times from San Benedetto del Tronto train or bus station.
 
Location: Force, Le Marche, Italy
Instructor: John Skelcher
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Mediterranean Light: Plein Air Painting Vacation in Cyprus"
September 5-12, 2020
 

Travel to Cyprus and paint en plein air in and around the beautiful village of Pano Lefkara. Get inspired by stunning mountain ranges and sea shores, olive and lemon groves, unique architecture, signature Venetian merchant houses, medieval convents and monasteries, narrow cobbled streets, traditional courtyards, and brightly colored doorways. UpTrek painting retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — 5 days of painting tuition — full-time art tutor on hand — air-conditioned transportation for daily excursions — art materials provided for all mediums — 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners — lunches and dinners served with a bottle of wine for two people to share — wine and olive oil tasting — traditional silversmith and lacemaking demonstration — airport transfers
 
Location: Lefkara, Cyprus
Instructor: Anna Kakoulli, Georgia Michaelides Saad
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Vita al Castello: Painting Retreat at the Castle"
September 6-12, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and paint en plein air in the magical setting of a medieval castle nestled in the "Green Heart of Italy", Umbria. You will enjoy delectable Umbrian wines and fine regional cuisine exceptionally prepared by a top chef. 7 days | Available in English | All levels | Max. 12 people | Oils, Acrylics | Landscape, Townscape, Still Life. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 6 nights of accommodation at castle, all meals, 25 hours of painting tuition with professional artist, Use of art studio, easels and art boards, trips to Gubbio and Assisi, trip to wine region and wine tasting, transfers for trips, and spa tax.
 
Location: Umbria, Italy
Instructor: Elena Romanzin
Cost: $1,660
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
September 8-15, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Painting the Colors, Textures and Horizons of Italy"
September 9-15, 2020
 

Come on a fabulous painting and touring excursion in Le Marche, Italy. This area is a cultural and creative wonderland. We’ll focus our eyes on the stunning countryside and villages. This is an abstract painting class, although students’ work could be semi-realistic. We’ll study the contrast and tonality of the various textures and colors of the rich landscape and structures. We’ll work in acrylics, using fluid and textural mediums to create both visual and actual textures. We’ll study the horizon lines in our photos and build our paintings there. We’ll explore our emotional response to the beauty of the area and paint from that perspective. A few writing exercises will help bring to the surface our responses to our travels.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $3,499
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"Try It: Acrylic Painting"
September 12, 2020
 

Designed for those interested in trying their hand at acrylic painting for the first time, this workshop teaches you how to mix paint, handle brushes, and translate what you see onto canvas. Walk away with new skills and the motivation to continue exploring your creative interests. PenArt provides all of the tools and materials needed.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $45, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Creative Break: Painting Retreat in Gascony, France"
September 12-19, 2020
 

Travel to France and develop your creative potential with expert guidance from professional painters. Work in your preferred medium, explore different techniques, and get inspired by Gascony's charm. 8 days - Available in English, French, Spanish - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Art supplies - Max. 6 people - Watercolor, charcoal, pastels, acrylics - Figurative, Abstract painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 12.5 hours of tuition with professional painters, art supplies, chateau and vineyard visit for wine tasting session, Armagnac tasting session, visit to the town of Condom, visit to an art gallery exhibition, visits to local French market, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: F. Cairo, R. Tamber, F. Golden
Cost: $1450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Sandra Duran Wilson: Awakening Your Creative Soul"
September 13-17, 2020
 

Learn about acrylic painting mediums and how to use them to enhance you vision, extend your paints, and create amazing texture while developing your own personal vocabulary of mark-making. Participants will have four wonderful days of digging deep into purpose and creating with intention, while learning new techniques to shape and fit your own vision and release whatever is holding you back from realizing your artistic dreams and desires. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in the peaceful surroundings of being in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Autumn in Vermont"
September 16-19, 2020
 

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
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Website, (802) 824-6673


"Paraíso Creativo: Painting Vacation In Spain"
September 16-23, 2020
 

Travel to Spain and engage in sketching and painting lessons over lush corners of the Valencian countryside. Receive expert tuition, various painting demonstrations on location, workshops, complete with accommodation, home-cooked meals, daily en plein air painting trips, and private airport transfers. 8 days | Available in English, Dutch, Hebrew | All levels | Max. 8 people | Watercolors, Acrylics, Gouache | Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation; all meals with drinks ; water supplies; coffee, tea, assorted beverages throughout the day; painting and drawing classes, workshops and demonstrations; painting on location trips; private, air-conditioned transport to painting locations; access to a fully equipped studio; art supplies welcome kit; transfers from/to Valencia Airport or Alicante–Elche Airport.
 
Location: Benigánim, Valencia, Spain
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Cost: $1,870
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"ArtisTTable Valencia Painting Workshop"
September 16-23, 2020
 

If you have never been to Spain, but you kind of like their music, this is an ArtisTTable art retreat you will not want to miss. Located at the phenomenal art villa Las Orquideas near Valencia. We will be treated to incredible views, vistas and lush gardens to paint. The property also includes an art studio we will have access too. We will take painting excursions from Las Orquideas to many beautiful spots the region as to offer. Your hosts will be the artists and ArtisTTable founders, Royce Deans and Tali Farchi. The fee includes your accommodations, and ground transportation. Plus an ArtisTTable goodie bag with a sketchbook, all of your meals, unless you decide to eat out.
 
Location: Valencia, Spain
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $2100 (Register before 01 February 2020 - $1950)
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 1 231-883-1681


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 16-18, 2020
 

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 also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $395
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Couleurs de la Vie Painting Vacation"
September 17-24, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: David Wilcox
Cost: $1,080
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"The Value of Values for Those Just Starting Out"
September 18-19, 2020
 

Your journey in painting begins in black and white. Much like a contractor works from a blueprint to build a house, painters work from small black and white value sketches to build a painting. Designed to help you build confidence behind the easel, this workshop introduces tools for simplifying scenes, creating value relationships, and using compositional strategies. Practice mixing values using a special value palette provided by Kyle, putting together striking compositions, and developing confident brushwork. Expect to work quickly on several canvases each day. Leave this workshop with a set of skills that directly relate to your next steps in full-color painting. Open to oil and acrylic painters. All demos are done in oil.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle Martin, Kyle-Martin.blogspot.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting and Drawing Vacation in Portugal"
September 19-25, 2020
 

Travel to Portugal and learn to paint or draw while staying in a beautifully renovated farmhouse. Immerse yourself in blissful tranquility and enjoy breathtaking views, delicious vegetarian meals, and first class art tutoring in a variety of mediums. You will receive tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, daily vegetarian breakfasts, lunches and dinners, 18 hours of painting and drawing tuition with a professional artist, art materials (graphite pencils, chalk pastels, charcoal, ink, watercolor, acrylic paints, brusho), optional afternoon guided nature walks, and transfers to and from Faro Airport at a predetermined time.
 
Location: S.B. de Messines, Portugal
Instructor: Tracy-Jane Pooler
Cost: $980
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Landscape, Seascape, Townscape Painting Workshop in Cyprus"
September 19-26, 2020
 

Travel to Cyprus and paint en plein air in and around the beautiful village of Pano Lefkara. Get inspired by stunning mountain ranges and sea shores, olive and lemon groves, unique architecture, signature Venetian merchant houses, medieval convents and monasteries, narrow cobbled streets, traditional courtyards, and brightly colored doorways. UpTrek painting retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — 5 days of painting tuition — full-time art tutor on hand — air-conditioned transportation for daily excursions — art materials provided for all mediums — 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners — lunches and dinners served with a bottle of wine for two people to share — wine and olive oil tasting — traditional silversmith and lacemaking demonstration — airport transfers
 
Location: Lefkara, Cyprus
Instructor: Anna Kakoulli, Georgia Michaelides Saad
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting Forest Interiors en Plein Air"
September 21-22, 2020
 

For the artist, the forest is a peaceful retreat of dancing shadow. In this two-day workshop, venture into the forest with your easel and capture the play of light and shadow during the early autumn color change. Learn how to see the forest as broad areas of value and color opposed to overwhelmingly complex information with Kyle’s guidance. Kyle presents a process to paint the large masses and shapes first, which acts as a foundation to place your dappled light onto. Discuss modern color theory, including the strengths and limitations of modern organic pigments, mineral pigments, and earth pigments. Plenty of time is dedicated to hands-on practice with Kyle available for individualized instruction. Open to oil and acrylic painters.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle Martin, Kyle-Martin.blogspot.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"A Clear and Complete Guide to Creative Studio Painting"
September 23-26, 2020
 

Gain confidence in your ability to translate your subject, as you strengthen your observational skills, build a reliable process for planning, and develop your unique voice. Whether you are a beginner or more experienced painter, this workshop helps you to identify a focus in your painting practice through positive approaches to art making and a new pattern for success. Tom demonstrates a variety of topics, including planning compositions, handling and selecting materials, and paint application. Working from provided photo references, paint for the remainder of each day with Tom available for individualized feedback. Open to oil, acrylic, and pastel painters of all levels. All demonstrations are done in oil, using walnut oil instead of mineral spirits.
 
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 24-27, 2020
 

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 also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Artisan Expo
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"Painting Tour in Italy"
September 30 - October 6, 2020
 

Join us for a fabulous painting and touring excursion in Le Marche, Italy. This area is a cultural and creative wonderland. Enjoy lunches and dinners with fellow artists and paint en plein air with magnificent views. Dennis Perrin is an internationally renowned and collected artist whose workshops have become exceedingly popular. His teachings go beyond the usual emphasis on traditional painting techniques to include visualization, imagination, and meditation, and Perrin strongly encourages his students to develop their own unique Personal Vision as artists. Local excursions, including a truffle hunt with a professional guide, will add further excitement to your experience.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Dennis Perrin
Cost: $3,699
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
October 2-9, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Acrylic Painting Methods for Beginners"
October 2-3, 2020
 

Designed to introduce students to the technical and expressive possibilities of acrylic painting, this two-day workshop develops conceptual and technical skill in tandem. Build a foundation in basic color theory and color mixing, paint application, and methods for using acrylic mediums. Mornings are dedicated to demonstrations and working through a series of technique-based exercises aimed to introduce you to traditional and experimental acrylic painting concepts. Each afternoon is spent producing one finished painting related to the morning’s exercises. Wendi provides individualized instruction and feedback throughout the painting process. Group discussions of completed works close each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Wendi Turchan, WendiMichelleTurchan.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Tuscany"
October 3-10, 2020
 

Join us for this wonderful painting holiday during Italian harvest led by award-winning artist Sandra Iafrate. See the vineyards at their ripe stages and smell the new autumn air as we paint in the Tuscan countryside and visit medieval towns nearby. Our stay is in an 18th century restored country house just outside of Sienna. Town visits to Sienna, Chiusure di Asciano and San Guismè will be part of our plein air explorations and inspiration! Most of our material is included in this trip. Professional-quality oil and acrylic paints and mediums are included, all meals, wine, excursions and accommodations. All painting levels are welcome from beginners to experienced artist, in this encouraging creative atmosphere. No extra fee for single room.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $2300.USD
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"Autumn Oils Painting with Alex Kelly"
October 3-10, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Alex Kelly
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Provencal Painting Retreat in France"
October 4-11, 2020
 

Travel to Provence and learn to paint and sketch in the once home and inspiration of Post-Impressionists Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne. Complete your artistic journey with trips to renowned Van Gogh and Cézanne sites, enjoy art workshops, attentive painting tuition, accommodation, and meals. 8 days | Available in English, Dutch, Hebrew | All levels | Max. 14 people | Watercolors, Acrylics, Gouache | Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation; 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 2 dinners; painting and drawing classes, workshops and demonstrations with artists Tali Farchi and Royce Deans; daily excursions; transport to and from painting locations; welcome art supplies kit; transfers from/to Avignon TGV train station.
 
Location: Arles, France
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Cost: $2,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
October 5-14, 2020
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group discussions, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2580) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Lucignano, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Limited single rooms available for a supplement. Please find testimonials on our website.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2580
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
October 7-9, 2020
 

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 also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Merced, California
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Merced Arts Center
Website, email, 209-388-1090


"Autumn Painting Retreat in Virginia"
October 8-13, 2020
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020: 5 nights of accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals for the duration of your stay (breakfast, lunch, dinner), sStudio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph).
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1731
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
October 9-16, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Historic Itineraries for Advanced Painters, Civita Castellana"
October 10-17, 2020
 

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, all 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 depending on occupancy
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Plein Air Painting Retreat in the Foothills of the Troödos Mountain"
October 10-17, 2020
 

Travel to Cyprus and paint en plein air in and around the beautiful village of Pano Lefkara. Get inspired by stunning mountain ranges and sea shores, olive and lemon groves, unique architecture, signature Venetian merchant houses, medieval convents and monasteries, narrow cobbled streets, traditional courtyards, and brightly colored doorways. UpTrek painting retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — 5 days of painting tuition — full-time art tutor on hand — air-conditioned transportation for daily excursions — art materials provided for all mediums — 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners — lunches and dinners served with a bottle of wine for two people to share — wine and olive oil tasting — traditional silversmith and lacemaking demonstration — airport transfers
 
Location: Lefkara, Cyprus
Instructor: Anna Kakoulli, Georgia Michaelides Saad
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Intensive Painting and Color"
October 10-12, 2020
 

Betty Edwards and Brian Bomeisler have designed a practical three-day course in color as the next step and follow-up to Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Hands-on exercises focus on how to use color theory to achieve harmonious color, and how to see and efficiently mix specific desired hues. Students will work on still life paintings utilizing the theory and techniques they learn during the workshop. For this workshop, we work with acrylic paints because of their versatility, but the techniques can be applied to any painting mediums, oil paint, watercolor, pastel or colored pencils. Open to all skill levels. To view some of his and student artwork and biography, log onto drawright.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Brian Bomeisler
Cost: $975 Museum members and non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Painting in Sicily"
October 11-18, 2020
 

Paint in Sicily with award-winning artist/instructor Sandra Iafrate. Sicily is an island of contrasts -from fertile volcanic land, ancient and arid ruins to baroque style architecture, it offers beautiful compositions for painters. Its stunning location in the middle of the Mediterranean means it is blessed with good weather, ideal for painting! This painting holiday is a complete artistic journey from start to finish. You will stay at authentic yet modern villas in the south-east of the island, surrounded by almond, olive and pomegranate trees. Your artist quality paints ($125. Value), sketchbook, pencils, boards and easels are provided in a spacious beautiful studio. Enjoy daily painting classes and excursions. All meals and accommodations are included. No extra fee for single room.
 
Location: Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $2300.USD
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"Pattern and Decoration in Contemporary Painting"
October 16-17, 2020
 

More than merely pleasing to the eye, pattern provides a dynamic framework for formal and conceptual exploration. The desire for order is central to humanity and repeating decoration adorns every corner of life. This workshop urges you to consider the meditative, creative, and ubiquitous nature of pattern and incorporate it into your practice. Drawing inspiration from personal objects, the natural world, and past work, create a variety of pattern studies in your chosen medium. Demonstrations address techniques for pattern invention, the role of color, and spatial phenomena. Develop and execute a concept for the incorporation of pattern into at least one personal piece. Individualized instruction and feedback are provided as well as a facilitated group discussion. Some painting experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maria Rose Adams, www.MariaRoseAdams.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Hidden Gem in the Eastern Mediterranean: Painting Retreat in Lefkara"
October 24-31, 2020
 

Travel to Cyprus and paint en plein air in and around the beautiful village of Pano Lefkara. Get inspired by stunning mountain ranges and sea shores, olive and lemon groves, unique architecture, signature Venetian merchant houses, medieval convents and monasteries, narrow cobbled streets, traditional courtyards, and brightly colored doorways. UpTrek painting retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — 5 days of painting tuition — full-time art tutor on hand — air-conditioned transportation for daily excursions — art materials provided for all mediums — 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners — lunches and dinners served with a bottle of wine for two people to share — wine and olive oil tasting — traditional silversmith and lacemaking demonstration — airport transfers
 
Location: Lefkara, Cyprus
Instructor: Anna Kakoulli, Georgia Michaelides Saad
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 4-6, 2020
 

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 also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 14-15, 2020
 

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 also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Art of the Carolinas
Website, email


"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


"Flowers Painting One Day Workshop"
Fridays all year around
 

This high-demand workshop is part of the One Painting in One Day series of painting workshops at Cristi Fer Art Gallery in Puerto Vallarta. It is a truly acrylic painting workshop where you’ll learn and practice the basics of composition, color and several techniques. The class is designed by internationally renowned painter Fernando Gonzalez. Learn the secrets of painting flowers with a master painter. If you’ll spend more than a week in PV register for several classes and learn even more since every session, we’ll have fresh flowers on display. Artists of all levels of painting abilities welcomed. Groups of 3+ can request a specific date. Materials included just bring your exuberance! Register in advance only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $75.00 includes all materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
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"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


"Online Art Mentoring-Customized Drawing, Painting and Mural Painting"
Anytime
 

The Online Art Mentorship is a long distance learning from the comfort of your home at the time that most suits your needs. You will be able to practice drawing, painting and/or mural painting at your own pace, getting systematic instructions and feedbacks on the art project you are working on. Note that, because of the nature of the one-to-one mentoring, each student will be taken great care and time in personalised critiques and lessons. This is a most affordable and time flexible learning practice which requires self-discipline and commitment. The students will need to be open to work under guidance and critique to be able to reach goals and experience art technique and creativity improvement.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Valeria Latorre
Cost: £150 or £250 per month
Website, email, 00393664977501


 

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