Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"The Fine Arts Wildlife Painting Class"
April 11, 18, 25, 2020

This 3 hours class will run for three consecutive Saturdays, totaling 9 hours in all. The course will cover prep and paint mixing techniques as well as composition. For each class we will work through the process of creating a piece of art based on the photo of a particular subject, from the initial sketch to the final layer process. Join a class today and begin with this wonderful wildlife painting, titled Youthful Tiger Games.
Location: Albany, New York
Instructor: John J Catalfamo
Cost: $350.00
Sponsor: Albany Fine Arts
Website, email, 518-221-5945

"Modeling the Horse and other Animals"
April 20-23, 2020

Students will have the option of choosing the animal they would like to sculpt from dogs and cats to horses and wildlife. Students will learn fast, effective armature building, and Rod's techniques for modeling heart and souls into their animals. Rod's known for his expressive animal sculptures, based on solid proportions, but not derived from extensive math or measuring. All reference will be from photos, models, and studying other art. Students can expect to finish a medium sized clay model, suitable for bronze casting. Rod Zullo, Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, has years of experience teaching sculpture. Many of Rod's students have advanced in their careers because of his mentoring and enthusiastic approach to living as an artist.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rod Zullo,
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Watercolor: Depicting the Natural World"
May 9-10, 2020

The natural world is an infinite and fantastic source of inspiration for the artist, and the versatility and luminosity of watercolor make it the perfect means of expression. Learn essential drawing and watercolor techniques to create both quick field sketches and detailed, finished artworks. Subject matter will include flowers, plants, animals and landscapes. Reference images will be gathered through observational sketches and photography. An ideal workshop for those interested in both the fine arts and the illustration field.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632

"Adult Guided Open Studio, Painted Animals"
June 2, 2020

This is a popular class in that students will be guided on how to draw, measure and paint their pets or a favorite animal! Sign up soon because this class always fills up fast. All levels are invited to particpate!
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $40 / $36 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738

"Youth: Painted Animals and Pattern Fun"
June 2, 2020

For kiddos ages 5 to 15. Join us this winter for these exciting classes, each of which focus around a famous artist or style. Each week will incorporate the elements of art and principles of design. Often, math and language arts concepts will be reiterated for a full on arts integrated lesson.
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $30 / $27 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738

"Study with a Master Series: Birds in Sculpture"
June 23-25, 2020

The class begins with a discussion of bird anatomy, comparative anatomy, the principles of aerodynamics, the importance of drawing and assembling shapes, and how to achieve the illusion of movement in sculptures of birds in flight. Sandy will help students determine the difference between a sculpture that is technically adequate & one that has spirit & life. All aspects of modeling in oil-based clay will be explored and beginning students are welcome. Students will work from computer imagery, photography, drawings, field guides, & a printed workbook. Sandy has instructed bird sculpture for over 35 years and is recognized as one of America’s leading wildlife artists.
Location: Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sandy Scott
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Website, email, 412-741-4405

"Unique Affordable Artist Workshop/Photoshoot"
July 8-11, 2020

Two ranches located in scenic Northwest Nebraska are hosting this workshop. 1860's village, stage coach, sod house, cattle, horses, diverse scenery and period-clothed models. Instructions, lodging and food are included in the price. Three artists will be available for instruction. Our mission is to provide a vast collection of material for present and future works of art. See Our Heritage Guest Ranch on Facebook for more details.
Location: Crawford, Nebraska
Instructor: Marilyn Jean Norman and Linda Dabbs
Cost: $575
Sponsor: Our Heritage Guest Ranch and High Plains Homestead
Website, email, 308-430-1239

"Charles Wilson Peale and Natural History Illustration"
July 13-17, 2020

Explore Philadelphia’s rich tradition of natural history illustration through fascinating museum visits and hands-on art-making with award-winning artist, illustrator and PAFA alumna Kate Samworth. Follow the path of Charles Wilson Peale, the painter, scientist, inventor, and naturalist who established the nation’s first natural history museum in 1786, in an effort to collect and catalogue all living things. Visit the American Philosophical Society and the Library Company of Philadelphia and others to view prints, paintings and ephemera related to the exploration of the natural world at the end of the Enlightenment era. Return to PAFA to create your own nature illustration of flora and fauna with a new understanding of the role of those who collected, preserved, identified and depicted living things through history.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kate Samworth
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632

"Finding the Soul of Forgotten Materials"
July 24-26, 2020

This three-day workshop encourages students to experiment with innovative and intuitive ways of creating structures and forms using organic, found and recycled materials. Students are invited to think about shapes and forms and bring these ideas to the workshop. Using unusual techniques developed by Geoffrey to overcome construction challenges, you will create a variety of forms of your choice. You'll be asked to bring some of their own favorite materials. This class is perfect for beginners seeking an introduction to creating curious objects as well as intermediate and advanced students wishing to reach the next level and break out of their comfort zone. Students will learn to use hand and power tools such as drills, band saws, and sanders.
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Geoffrey Gorman
Cost: $525 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963

"Koi Fish"
July 26, 2020

Painting the water and these colorful fish are easy with a few tips and painting with Liquid watercolors. In this class you will learn how to layer paint to create depth in water, use mask to protect the white of the paper and paint in details and shadows in the water. After we finish the Koi fish painting we will complete a smaller painting using the same skills.
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963

"Animal Sculpture – Realistic and Abstract Techniques in Clay"
August 8-9, 2020

Join Jennifer Mally for a two-day workshop exploring techniques to create two different ceramic animal sculptures. The first day we will explore how to make a realistic animal sculpture by building an armature and accurately forming an animal from its bone and muscle structure. The second day we play with abstraction by cutting out representational animal shapes from plywood. We will slump-form a left and a right side of an animal and put the sides together to create a free-standing 3-D animal that can be altered and embellished. Included in the class are 25 lbs. of high-fire stoneware clay for each student along with all tools and materials. Jennifer will offer demos and bring handouts and reference books.
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jennifer Mally
Cost: $245
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292

"Capturing Wildlife in Watercolor"
August 17-18, 2020

In this workshop, build a foundation in illustrating wildlife in watercolor from the initial drawing through the final washes. Sharpen your observational skills, learn how to render form, and gain confidence in the use of color and value. Through lectures and demonstrations, Peggy guides you through the process of drawing your image, mixing your palette, laying down transparent washes, removing and replacing imagery, pouring backgrounds, building up neutrals and colors, and developing your composition. Animal and bird specimens are provided by the Field Museum for reference, or you may bring your own images or sketches of natural subject matter.
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Peggy Macnamara,
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455

"Developing Artistry with Animals as Inspiration"
August 19-22, 2020

Hone your observational and painting abilities as you delve into the world of capturing animals on canvas. Discover how to create paintings that are fresh and lifelike by choosing a dynamic point of view, using color to promote interest, varying brushwork for different effects, and capturing the essence of your subject without obsessing over detail. Develop skills that transfer to any subject matter. A variety of painting approaches are demonstrated and discussed each day. Explore each concept with Susan’s assistance. In addition to practicing established methods, tackle inventive exercises that expand your artistry and promote creativity. Expect to take home a series of studies to inspire you when designing your own projects. Previous oil painting experience is required.
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Ploughe,
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455

"Lucy Levenson Textile Course"
September 7-10, 2020

We are delighted to welcome British textile artist Lucy Levenson to tutor an inspirational four-day workshop from 7th September 2020. The course will be located in the stunning Medieval Templar Chapel studio at La Chapelle D'Escrimis in South West France. Lucy's work is vibrant and uplifting, she will teach you to create your own 18 x 18 inch version of her latest design 'Hare in Flower Meadow". Your panel will be made using vintage fabrics, hand sewn embroidery silks and fabric paint. All equipment and materials will be provided. All levels of experience welcomed. Small class. At the conclusion of the course you will have the skills and knowledge to continue your own textile creations.
Location: Condom, France
Instructor: Lucy Levenson
Cost: £700
Website, email

"Quick Sketch Watercolors"
thru December 31, 2020

Discover how to draw with flowing lines and flowing colors. This online Quick Sketch Watercolors Workshop includes 10 Watercolor basics videos, 10+ lesson modules with subjects from the US and Europe, animals to landscapes and sunflowers. Bonus Plein Air Lesson. Live Paint-Along Webinars and previously recorded webinar bonuses with Cindy and a group Facebook Page for sharing the journey.
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $297
Sponsor: CindyBriggs
Website, email, 541-420-9463

"Painting Animals in Watercolor"
February 22-23, 2021

Depict the majestic nature of animals with a focus on emotive compositions. Dylan will guide the workshop in how to create more than a likeness of the subject but to also convey a mood and message. Using sketches to establish a synchronized order of importance, learn how to make artistic decisions to create an effective composition and communicate what is important to the viewer. Daily demonstrations on how to use color studies and the principals of creating depth and realism as well as Dylan’s signature technique for achieving beautiful skin tones by juxtaposing colors will all be covered in this intensive two-day workshop.
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Dylan Scott Pierce,
Cost: $275 for Members | $305 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032

"Painting Waterbirds in Watercolor"
February 24-25, 2021

Capture the grace and beauty of waterbirds while also conveying a mood and message. Using sketches to establish a synchronized order of importance, Dylan will explain how to make artistic decisions to create an effective composition and communicate what is important to the viewer. Daily demonstrations on how to use color studies will help students discover the unexpected ways of expressing one's message. Principles of creating depth and realism will also be demonstrated.
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Dylan Scott Pierce,
Cost: $275 for Members | $305 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032

"Capture Ecuador with Kristy Kutch"
March 8-20, 2021

Ecuador is incredible: highlands, snow-capped mountains, volcanoes, and waterfalls. Under the guidance of this experienced tour company, visit Inca markets and stay in historic haciendas (with modern amenities.) The Galapagos Islands, 600 miles west of South America, are the crown jewel of the natural world. They offer a fantastic range of unique creatures. Staying aboard the magnificent cruise ship M/V Santa Cruz, participants will enjoy the guidance of a naturalist, plus options for hiking, snorkeling, and glass bottom boat tours. Since the Galapagos are environmentally protected, some art media are not allowed. Colored pencil and graphite pencil are permitted and encouraged. Kristy Kutch, an experienced instructor and author, will guide the group in sketching and capturing these unique experiences.
Location: Quito, Galapagos Islands
Instructor: Kristy A. Kutch
Cost: $8,550 per person
Sponsor: Explore Amazing Places
Website, email, 623-888-1314

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

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


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