Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Creative Kids Art Camp: Week 1 - All the Animals"
June 14-18, 2021
 

This camp is for younger campers, ages 6-10, of all skill levels and accomplishments. Our teachers are great at creatively adapting projects and working with variety of skill levels and dexterities. This week is all about animals in art through the ages. Campers will learn about and take inspiration from the earliest animal drawings found in caves, animals found in Renaissance paintings, modern art animal sculptures and everything in-between. We will make 2D and 3D works with a variety of materials and techniques. All supplies included.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Cost: $250/week for Members | $300/week for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Emerging Artists Art Camp: Week 1 - All the Animals"
June 14-18, 2021
 

Emerging Artists is a program for older campers (ages 11-15) to experiment with more complex art subjects and materials and create projects of their own design under the guidance of our skilled art teachers. This week is all about animals in art through the ages. Campers will learn about and take inspiration from the earliest animal drawings found in caves, animals found in Renaissance paintings, modern art animal sculptures and everything in-between. We will make 2D and 3D works with a variety of materials and techniques. All supplies included.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Cost: $250/week for Members | $300/week for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Bee and Butterfly in Watercolor (Online)"
June 25-26, 2021
 

This class is live and interactive on Zoom. Carol will share her unique watercolor technique, painting from background to foreground, using dynamic and inventive color. You will create 2 paintings, one butterfly and one bee.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carol Carter, www.carol-carter.com
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Animals (Online)"
Wednesdays, July 7 - August 11, 2021
 

Convey the subtle color, fluid line, and realistic volume of the human form through watercolor. Working from photo references alongside the instructor during live Zoom sessions, paint nude and clothed figure subjects, with guidance on achieving anatomical and proportional accuracy, mixing skin tone, using value to suggest light and volume, rendering clothing, and more. Instruction will feature demonstrations of fundamental watercolor techniques such as washes, gradations, textural effects, wet on wet, wet on dry, dry brush, and more.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Why Paint a Lion?"
Tuesdays, July 13-27, 2021
 

Guy Combes will not only demonstrate how he produces a simple oil painting, but also introduce ways that you can elevate your wildlife paintings, while remaining within the boundaries of realism. The first session will focus on subject and composition. Students are encouraged to bring any images that have special significance to them, that they would like to translate into a painting. The second session will be a demonstration of technique in both real time and time-lapse video showing palette mixing, paint application, glazing and finishing. In the third session, students are encouraged to show their work, either previously painted or produced as part of the class, and considerate critique will be given.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Guy Combes
Cost: $300 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Pet Portraits: Getting the Look of Your Subject for Dynamic Compositions"
July 23, 2021
 

This paint-along demo will focus on techniques to portray fur, hair, and eyes. How to get accurate proportions, and color and tonal relationships will also be covered. Alex will be painting in watercolor but the techniques covered are appropriate for all paint media. Paint along in your medium of choice.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alexandra Sharma
Cost: $8 for Members, $10 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting Birds In Watercolor"
August 9-30, 2021
 

Get loose, go outside the lines, and be unafraid of your watercolors! During this 4-week course, Kim will guide students through several different approaches to painting birds — a very direct painting approach, a wet into wet approach, and a unique “throwing paint” approach. Students will learn to relax and open up their creativity and imaginations. Although, continue to explore additional techniques around the making of shapes, using color combinations, simultaneously designing foreground and background, taking advantage soft and hard edges, students will gain confidence in reaching the point where they realize their painting is done.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Furry Animal Portraits"
September 12, 2021
 

In this workshop we will create in-depth watercolor portraits using masking fluid and gouache techniques. I’ll teach you step by step how to draw the shapes to make your special portrait. You can also trace your image if needed. Watercolor techniques using masking fluid will bring depth to the fur textures. Color temperature, intensity, and glazing will be discussed and practiced. Glaze layers will be achieved with layers of masking fluid to save lines and shapes. Toward the end of the workshop day we’ll unveil the hidden layers saved by the masking fluid. I’ll show you how to adjust the values and colors to bring forth a cohesive painting.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $160.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Pet Portrait Painting"
September 16-18, 2021
 

In this three-day workshop, students will complete a beautiful, fun portrait of their favorite fur baby! Working from your own photos, you will be guided every step of the way from the drawing stage, to the painting stage, and finishing off with the perfect background. Students will learn how to make a drawing from their photos, oil painting techniques that include textures and colors for fur, capturing expression and a likeness, being bolder with color, and adding a unique background to tie it all in. Stephanie Weaver is based out of Huntsville, AL. She paints realistic landscapes, still life, pet and children’s portraits with a preference of oils. Visit stephanieweaverartist.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Stephanie Weaver
Cost: $400 Museum members/ $425 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Fly Away Home: Creating a Mixed Media Artist Book"
September 24-26, 2021
 

Create a book dedicated to the winged creatures that we all love by diving into the concepts of nests and what home means to us in our hearts. We will begin with texturing our pages, using gesso and modeling paste. Then we will mark up our surfaces in unique ways, adding texture to our backgrounds. Next, we will add color and collage to our pages using instructor favorite techniques, nature-based stencil designs, and make our own stamps. Lastly, we will add focal points and details that will make our pages sing, including hand stitching and some more detailed mark making. We will use a simple technique to bind our pages into an artist book that tells your own unique story.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Roxanne Evans Stout
Cost: $440.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Reflections in Water - Birds Watercolor Workshop"
October 19-21, 2021
 

Water reflections can be fascinating. The water can act like glass and give an almost perfect reflection of the object or distort the objects due to movement of the surface. This workshop will focus on a swan and its reflection in the water. Students will learn methods to create the puzzle-like reflections in the water by using masking, layering, and wet-on-wet techniques. Next the subject of the reflection, the swan, will be explored as Students learn techniques for creating a realistic likeness of the bird. (image is an example)
 
Location: Harahan, Louisiana
Instructor: Lorraine Watry
Cost: $350.00/$400.00
Sponsor: Louisiana Watercolor Society
Website, email


"Nature Journaling: Artist Books"
April 9-10, 2022
 

Learn to make an accordion folded, standing booklet with your nature illustrations on both sides. We’ll start with a 4×6?, 4-panel prefolded accordion style booklet made from watercolor paper. Cynthia will do several demonstrations to show how to draw, use ink pens, paint in watercolor or use watercolor pens, make collage, and add calligraphy. Each person will create a unique nature art booklet that will stand vertically for display. No previous experience needed.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Quinn
Cost: $150 + $10 supply fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


 

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