Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Portrait and Figure Painting 'Weekend Warriors' Workshop"
February 5-6, 2022
 

These popular weekend classes focus on the figure/portrait in a series of exercises designed to challenge artists at every experience level. Working from life, students come away with a new understanding of the human form, color-mixing, composition, and paint-handling. Saturday is an “aerobic work-out” of short poses (25 to 40 minutes).... and Sunday consists of longer poses - (one in the AM and one in the PM). Each student is expected to bring their own easel (plein air set-up works great) and supplies (a supply list will be sent out upon registration).
 
Location: Benicia, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $275 (includes model fees)
Website, 415-307-9796


"Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
March 29 - April 3, 2022
 

Join me for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Santa Barbara. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"The Pillars of Watercolor"
April 7-8 and/or 9-10, 2022
 

Seeking answers and understanding? This workshop will explain all aspects of successful painting using frequent demonstrations and detailed analysis. We will explore a range of subject including composition and design, effectively using light and dark values, color mixing, edges, brush stroke techniques and much more. Stimulate and expand your insight into the magic of watercolors! This workshop is for resilient outdoor painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion, Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique and Watercolour Masterclass. His work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist’s Magazine.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $500 each or $950 for both
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Sketching and Journaling in Watercolor"
April 8-13, 2022
 

I’ll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in this wonderful town, as well as the distant and scenic on the magical coast of Santa Barbara. In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool (that will be provided). This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are, gazing at a street scene or the way the light grazes the trunk of a tree. We’ll work spontaneously, and I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful. Each day will start with a short demo and end with a critique, hopefully while sitting in a shady courtyard with a glass of wine in hand.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, www.shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Painting Workshop"
April 8-13, 2022
 

Join me on this wonderful trip to Santa Barbara! We will explore and paint outdoors while enjoying the joie de vivre the town has to offer. If you’re looking for a cozy, personalized therefore very special painting holiday organized by an experienced tour operator, this is it. Since we will be a small group, I can also closely work with each one of you for a semi-private painting experience. My teaching style consists of one hour demo once or twice a day followed by one-to-one support.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, www.ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
April 28 - May 3, 2022
 

Join me to learn watercolor sketching in beautiful Pasadena. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques.
 
Location: Pasadena, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel not included)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Capturing the Light: Painting in Hope Valley near Lake Tahoe, CA"
August 2-5, 2022
 

Frustrated with trying to catch the ever-changing light condition while painting outdoors? Always wanted to learn about plein air painting but have been afraid to try it? Need some inspiration to kick-start your work? This workshop is for you! Join Kathleen Dunphy, award-winning oil painter, for an intensive workshop of painting landscapes on location in beautiful Hope Valley, CA. Kathleen will walk you through her process for creating dynamic, light-filled paintings. All levels welcome. This workshop starts with a comprehensive lecture on the fundamentals of good painting and tips for plein air work. Workshop includes lectures, hand-outs, demonstrations, lots of one-on-one instruction and painting on location. Students will get the opportunity to paint several studies in this high-energy workshop.
 
Location: Hope Valley, California
Instructor: Kathleen Dunphy, www.kathleendunphy.com
Cost: $875 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
October 26-31, 2022
 

Join me for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Santa Barbara. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"On-The-Go Ink-n-Splash Sketching Workshop"
November 1-6, 2022
 

Close by or across the globe, travel light and capture your views with pop and zing. All it takes is a small watercolor palette (with five basic primary colors), a classic Ticonderoga pencil, a black office pen, a medium size watercolor brush, a small water container, and a medium-size sketch book. You are now at the ready to knock off joyful sketches! To keep those sketches rolling, I’ll teach you how to visually K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple) what you see and what you draw and paint.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Painting Workshop"
November 6-11, 2022
 

Join David on a Watercolor Journey, learning the most valuable watercolor concepts and techniques. This workshop will save you countless hours of trial & error by demonstrating approaches in an easily understood manner that will open new doors of discovery and creativity. David will discuss outdoor equipment options, considerations when choosing a composition, value study options to help prepare for the painting process, and provide numerous demonstrations and individual attention. Regardless of your level of experience, you’re almost guaranteed to leave with a handsome work of art, and the skills, concepts, and confidence to take your paintings to a higher level.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: David R. Smith, AWS
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


 

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