Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Weekend Warriors Workshop"
February 2-3, 2019

Join us in my studio to paint from life with outstanding models in an inspired atmosphere! This popular painting workshop focuses on the Figure and Portrait in a series of Alla Prima exercises designed to help artists at all levels to strengthen their brushwork, color-mixing, and observation skills. Individualized assistance.
Location: Crockett, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton,
Cost: $250 (includes model costs)
Website, 415-307-9796

"Freedom in Watermedia"
February 11-14, 2019

The Freedom in Watermedia workshop is designed to help all levels of students paint intuitively, starting with no preconceived notions or outcome. The process will dictate direction as students use a variety of techniques to implement line, value, color, texture, shape, size and direction. Instruction will start with arbitrary mark making and color application, working transparent to opaque building layers using a variety of mark making tools, watercolor, gesso and acrylic. There will be regular comments and evaluation of work in progress concerning relationships between the elements and principles of design. It is entirely possible finished work may be representational, but the goal is a painting which is visually pleasing and aligned with the artist's personal aesthetic.
Location: San Diego, California
Instructor: Stan Kurth, NWS
Cost: $500 For SDWS Members, $540 for Non Members
Sponsor: San Diego Watercolor Society
Website, email, 623-533-1580

"Mixed Media Gals Abstract Figures"
February 16, 2019

Mixed Media Gals brings in the fun of collage and mixed media and just letting go. I will provide images for you to get the concept of my technique across. If you have an image you really want to paint, please e-mail me ahead of time. Nudity Disclaimer: Most of the reference photos are of nude models (tasteful), but I will have photos of clothed figures.
Location: Los Angeles, California
Instructor: Donna Weathers
Cost: $200 ($50 deposit; $150 due one week before workshop)

"Painting the Portrait and the Figure"
March 25-27, 2019

Explore the wonders of watercolor with an inspirational three-day workshop in Dana Point, CA. Mary will cover the fundamentals of getting a likeness, planning dynamic compositions, mixing clean colors, achieving value balance and creating paintings with emotion. Her daily demonstrations from life and one-on-one assistance will guide you to making your best paintings ever.
Location: Dana Point, California
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $1095
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572

"San Francisco: On-The-Go Ink & Wash Watercolor Workshop"
March 31 - April 5, 2019

Join us for five fun-filled days of painting iconic sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the colorful Queen Anne-style “Painted Ladies”. All the logistics will be taken care of – just relax and enjoy as we sketch our way through the city. Then we’ll venture out of town for a visit to the spectacular wine country of Sonoma to paint scenes that echo the colors and look of Tuscany. In my plein air workshop, not only will you master the On-The-Go Sketching technique, but also critical compositional, color, and value strategies. And since your sketches will always start out with a pencil drawing, I will be adding the six universal skill sets of drawing into the workshop!
Location: San Francisco, California
Instructor: David Lobenberg,
Cost: $1,490
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713

"Watercolor, 'Let it Flow'"
April 15-17, 2019

Dawn Davis at the "C Gallery on Broadway", Long Beach, CA. A signature member of the NM and KS watercolor societies, Dawn teaches design concepts and color theory, along with the fun of using lots of water and many wet into wet techniques. Refinement and sharp edges happen after layers of transparent watercolor. Inspired by nature, Dawn's many students are always grateful for her sharing, as she holds nothing back, and she is grateful beyond measure for them. All levels welcome.
Location: Long Beach, California
Instructor: Dawn Davis
Cost: $395.00
Sponsor: C Gallery on Broadway
Website, email, 505-699-7314

"Awaken Your True Creativity Retreat"
April 25-28, 2019

A weekend experience located in the beautiful central coast of California geared towards nourishing and uncovering your inner artist. Through the art of mixed media you will learn how to trust your creative intuition. I take you step-by-step in the process of learning how to combine collage, fabric, acrylic painting, layering, and found objects. I also coach you through the creative process so you don’t feel intimidated when exploring your own creativity. Mixed media art is the ideal medium to explore your creative side without the pressure of having to be artistic or create a perfect piece of art. We invite accidents or mistakes to happen, while finding beauty in imperfections. Also included: yoga sessions, lunches and henna tattoos.
Location: Cambria, California
Instructor: Lisa Agaran
Cost: Early Bird $525 | Regular $625
Sponsor: True Creativity Within
Website, email, 626-470-7278

"'Go Figure' in the Landscape"
June 7-9, 2019

Hosted by the Redwood Art Association in Eureka CA, this three day retreat will focus on the figure en plein air. Exercises to incorporate figures into a scene will be combined with more portrait like staging of models out of doors.
Location: Humboldt, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton,
Cost: $425 for members, $475 for non-members (plus model fees)
Sponsor: Redwood Art Association
Website, email, 707-268-0755

"'Carmel By The Sea' En Plein Air"
October 28-31, 2019

Paint along the Monterey and Carmel Coastline en plain air with Plein Air Painters of America member, Randall Sexton. Open to all levels, this 3 (or 4) day workshop is especially geared to encourage the experienced artist to reach greater heights in their work. Sexton will review the basics of solid picture making - while sharing his own methods for simplifying the complex. Three days (weather permitting) will be spent on location en plain air, while an (optional) fourth studio day will focus on simplifying the figure directly (with a model). Daily demonstrations will be followed up with individual assistance at the easel.
Location: Carmel, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton,
Cost: $600 for 3 Days, $800 for 4 Days
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website, 831.620.2955


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