Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Zen Houses"
June 23-24, 2018
 

Be a part of a hot new contemporary acrylic painting workshop with author, instructor, and mixed media artist, Jodi Ohl. Zen Houses merges two of Jodi's most popular classes: "Zen Painting" and "Funky Little City Scapes" with new twists and turns sure to please artists at every level. Learn contemporary painting techniques on a unique surface, how to draw whimsical illustrations, and water media approaches using specialty acrylic paint. Work on 3-4 full size projects plus several warm up exercises and discover how to add depth and character to your painting through tried and true techniques that will enhance your overall painting skills. Most supplies included.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Cost: $320
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Materials and Methods of Acrylic Painting"
June 25-28, 2018
 

Immerse yourself in the fundamentals of acrylic painting in this comprehensive workshop aimed at artists who are just beginning their pursuit of the medium. Paint chemistry, materials and tools, techniques, and color theory will help you to establish a painting toolkit and the ability to take your practice to the next level. Through demonstrations and hands-on experience, Shane will share a variety of techniques and concepts, including the application and manipulation of paint and surfaces, identifying and controlling color, value, temperature, and saturation, and creating compositions from both observation and invention. The workshop will conclude with a day of guided open exploration with individualized feedback from Shane throughout.
 
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


"Order Within Chaos: New Paths in Abstract Painting"
June 25-28, 2018
 

Investigate the possibilities within your paintings by fostering an abstract and non-objective approach to art making. With the goal of achieving a point of balance in each composition, you will alternate between working spontaneously and methodically. Conversations surrounding the history of painting will provide your work with context. Through morning demonstrations and exercises, explore Emmett’s philosophy that abstraction holds all creative expression. Each morning, Emmett will share a multitude of ways to begin an abstract painting, as well as how to maintain engagement throughout the process. You will be encouraged to work independently in the afternoon with Emmett available for individualized feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Emmett Johns, www.EmmettJohns.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


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

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


"Plein Air: Painting the Beartooth Range, Montana"
June 25-29, 2018
 

Landscape painting is mostly about learning how to see; how to interpret, compare and edit the shapes and colors of the scene. We will try to see things in more of an “Abstract” way. In other words to not see literally the mountains, trees, grass, water, etc. but to see them as an interesting and beautiful arrangement of shapes and colors. This is to see them more as an artist which opens up more possibilities for things to paint and also helps us find our own voice. Students will work on what makes a plein air painting work; the mood, rhythm and movement along with an interesting and compelling arrangement of values, masses and color. Portable equipment and transportation required.
 
Location: Beartooth Range, Montana
Instructor: Ned Mueller, www.nedmueller.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Possibilities with Acrylics"
June 30, 2018
 

From art store to big, box store varieties, the versatility of acrylic paint is still unexplored by most artists. Experience the wide range of supports, applications, and tools that can be used to create your ideas in this demonstration/hands-on workshop.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella, anthonyciambella.blogspot.com
Cost: $35
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Home Studio"
June 30, 2018
 

Setting up an art studio in your home or apartment can be challenging, but a lot can be accomplished in a small space. Topics include efficiency, lighting, ventilation, storage, safety and waste disposal. Includes demonstrations on brush care, paint storage, varnishing and framing. Useful information for artists of all levels.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella, anthonyciambella.blogspot.com
Cost: $35
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
July 3-6, 2018
 

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


"Plein Air Painting at the Riverton Yacht Club"
July 6-8, 2018
 

Paint on location at the historic Riverton Yacht Club in New Jersey, on the banks of the Delaware River. Instruction will include tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. All media welcome. Parking and restrooms available.
 
Location: Riverton, New Jersey
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney, www.joesweeneyart.com
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Philadelphia Landscape"
Sundays, July 8 - August 5, 2018
 

Craft your personal vision of Philadelphia’s picturesque landscape. Learn to build form, mix color, and create space with perspective, light and shadow. Instruction will address tips for working onsite and the history of painting the city. Locations in North Broad, Roxborough, and West Philadelphia will offer parking, shade, provisions and facilities. All media welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Larry Francis
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Plein Air on the Delaware"
July 9-13, 2018
 

Paint the spectacular views of the Delaware River from the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing. Museum access offers the opportunity to tour the collection, see boat builders in action, and access the facilities. Includes a session on the river in the museum’s excursion boat, à la Claude Monet! Parking and use of the facilities will be available (Tuition includes museum admission).
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor:
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Still Life & Portrait Painting"
July 9-13, 2018
 

Add color to your portfolio by developing your painting skills in oil or acrylic. Work from still life arrangements and portrait models to explore the fundamentals of painting including the selection and care of materials, painting techniques, and color mixing. Instruction will emphasize composition, value, and color relationships.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wilson, www.davidcampbellwilson.com
Cost: For Credit: $425, Non-Credit: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
July 10-13, 2018
 

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


"The Figure as Point of Departure - Session 2"
Wednesdays, July 11 - August 8, 2018
 

Tired of getting lost in the details of traditional figure painting? Then this class is for you! Learn expressive painting techniques to render the life model in a looser and more contemporary manner, creating a lively surface while boosting your creativity, technique and skill. All levels welcome. Students may take Sessions 1 & 2 (10 weeks): $395 non-credit or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi, kassemamoudi.com
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting Over the Line - Session 2"
Wednesdays, July 11 - August 8, 2018
 

Advance toward a more liberated way of painting in this open studio environment. Paint from personal subject matter to find your own visual language. Work intuitively and discover new possibilities through unforeseen occurrences. Examples from contemporary and modern art will broaden your understanding of innovative painting. Painting experience recommended. Students may take Sessions 1 & 2 (10 weeks): $395 non-credit or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi, kassemamoudi.com
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Still Life: When Composition Meets Color"
July 11-14, 2018
 

Delve into the foundations of any successful painting in any medium - composition and color. Whether you are a seasoned painter or just beginning, this workshop will break down the planning phase and give you the confidence to take control of the design, color, and application of paint within your work. Each day’s focus will be related to a morning lecture and demonstration, including composition, cropping, viewpoint, edge, color theory, and a limited palette. Working from photo references and still life setups, you will work through a series of exploratory exercises and small paintings, in addition to working one-on-one with Kathy. This workshop is open to all painting media and skill levels, however instructor demonstrations will be completed in oil.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathy Hirsh, www.KathyHirsh.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Life Painting and Drawing"
Thursdays, July 12 - August 9, 2018
 

Draw or paint the life model in single morning/afternoon poses for the entire course in order to develop accurate form, anatomy, value, color, creative composition and narrative. Lecture and discussion will address historical and contemporary methods/materials, supplemented by examples from the PAFA collection. All levels and all media welcome. Advanced students may work independently. Full- or half-day. Half-day registration is available for this course, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 5 p.m., for $275 non-credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
July 13-15, 2018
 

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


"Drawing and Painting: Open Studio - Session 2"
Saturdays, July 14 - August 11, 2018
 

Explore your personal drawing or painting projects with individual guidance in a supportive atelier-style environment. Work in your choice of any painting or drawing media from the still life, figure models, PAFA’s cast collection, skeleton models for anatomical study, or your own references. Old master and modern painting methods will be discussed. Full- or half-day. Half-day registration is available for this course, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 5 p.m., for $275 non-credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Robert P. Waddington
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Advanced Mentoring Workshop: Painting and Drawing"
July 16-19, 2018
 

Explore the strengths and limitations of your current practice in an environment where all approaches to painting and drawing are welcome. Develop new directions, build momentum, and gather feedback regarding your work. This workshop will be equally divided between critiques and working sessions with an emphasis on investigating issues that come up during discussions. Critiques, lectures, and discussions will provide guidance about process and content in order to expand choices, skills, and goals. Additionally, contemporary practices and theory will be touched upon, as well as readings and short writing assignments. This workshop is geared toward artists who have 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


"High School Intensive: Figure Painting"
July 16-20, 2018
 

Figure painting is one the most versatile and popular subjects taught at PAFA. Learn to paint the life model in oil/acrylic, focusing on human anatomy and proportions, paint handling, materials, and design. Prerequisite: Painting I: Still Life and Portrait (July 9-13) or prior basic painting experience. Note: This class will utilize nude models.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wilson, www.davidcampbellwilson.com
Cost: For Credit: $425, Non-Credit: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Under the Influence …. of Your Art Journal"
July 21-22, 2018
 

The last several years I have focused my artistic efforts into my art journal. This has awakened my voice in a new direction and I now find tons of inspiration within its pages. Let your Art Journal be your guide in this 2-day class as we develop numerous mixed media paintings using our art journals as a springboard. I have several exercises that will help you explore multiple ideas based on one journal spread – hence leading to a body of work of larger pieces. Join me in an exploration of color, composition and style as we push our artistic limits to the next level.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Beth Shaw
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Addition & Subtraction: Abstract Painting Workshop"
July 21-22, 2018
 

Join us for this 2 day workshop with Portland artist Haley Nannig. Haley will lead us through exercises and demonstrations of her methods working in layers, leading you to experiment with your own style in the creation of abstract works. We'll explore the conversation between artist and canvas using color theory, paint, spray paint and stencils. Students will learn about pouring, blocking in/out, peeling back, and painting on nontraditional surfaces. This workshop is designed for painters who have some basic experience with color mixing and composition, but the material will be accessible to artists of all levels. All of this and the ability to explore beautiful Portland, Maine.
 
Location: Portland, Maine
Instructor: Haley Nannig
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Still Life Studio
Website, email, 207-899-6972


"Monhegan Island - Art & Visualization workshop"
July 23-27, 2018
 

Here's your chance to stay and work on the magical, mystical island of Monhegan, long known for creative, spiritual and life altering forces with like minded individuals seeking the essence of oneness and serenity with nature. Experience the ancient romanticism long known to artists, poets, writers and musicians that is Monhegan, the island that time forgot... Get in touch with your inner creative force in a reality most artists just dream about. Learn to find a strong composition, value pattern, and you'll learn how to work with color temperature for atmospheric effects.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, IPAP
Cost: $597.00
Sponsor: Baldini Art & Visualization Workshops
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 in studio 9-5


"Monhegan Island - Art & Visualization workshop"
July 23-24, 2018
 

Here's your chance to stay and work on the magical, mystical island of Monhegan, long known for creative, spiritual and life altering forces with like minded individuals seeking the essence of oneness and serenity with nature. Experience the ancient romanticism long known to artists, poets, writers and musicians that is Monhegan, the island that time forgot... Get in touch with your inner creative force in a reality most artists just dream about. Learn to find a strong composition, value pattern, and you'll learn how to work with color temperature for atmospheric effects.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, IPAP
Cost: $325.00
Sponsor: Baldini Art & Visualization Workshops
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 in studio 9-5


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Pictures from Paper"
August 3-4, 2018
 

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


"Color Matters"
August 4-5, 2018
 

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Impressionism In Action"
August 26-29, 2018
 

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


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

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


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

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


"Art Cottage Personalized Painting Retreats"
January - August
 

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Freedom in Watermedia"
September 6-8, 2018
 

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Autumn in Vermont"
September 12-15, 2018
 

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Doodle Draw"
September 28, 2018
 

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


"Paper Play!"
September 28, 2018
 

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


"Painting by Heart"
September 29-30, 2018
 

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


"Expressive Painting"
September 29-30, 2018
 

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


"Exploring Mixed Media"
September 29 -30, 2018
 

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


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

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


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

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


"Painting Revisited"
October 8-11, 2018
 

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


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

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


"Abstracting the Landscape"
October 22-25, 2018
 

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


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

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


"Abstract Painting"
October 25-27, 2018
 

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Painting from Life and from Photos"
October 29 - November 2, 2018
 

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


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

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


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

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


"The Bigger Picture"
November 3-4, 2018
 

Let’s paint the bigger picture. This two-day intensive workshop combines demos, in-class assignments, and individual instruction to teach students the techniques to create fresh, deliberate marks on a big canvas. Using observational painting as our launching point, we’ll embark each day with energetic painting exercises designed to tap into each participant’s personal voice. The practice of working directly from life results in a heightened awareness and a lasting impression of the moment.
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: Lisa Daria
Cost: $380
Sponsor: Painting Miles
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"Painting into Abstraction"
November 6-9, 2018
 

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


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

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


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

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Jerry's Artarama-Art of the Carolinas
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"Paint the Red Rock Country of Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
November 13-16, 2018
 

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Fundamental Art Skills"
Monday - Friday - year round
 

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


"Open Studios"
November thru April
 

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


"Private Painting Lessons in Watercolor or Acrylic"
By Appointment
 

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


 

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