Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Daring Color"
March 9-12, 2020
 

Anne Abbgot, AWS, NWS, has the number one selling watercolor book, "Daring Color". Anne will be doing a 4-Day workshop for Miami Watercolor Society. She will focus on a different one of her paintings and painting style each day. Anne will be teaching her famous "Daring Color" technique of dropping color into color. You will learn about pigments and color mingling. She will also teach computer-altered images and how to use your computer to make your photo into an award winning painting. To Register go to miamiwatercolor.org/workshops/
 
Location: Miami, Florida
Instructor: Anne Abgott
Cost: $345 members, $405 non-members - early bird prices
Sponsor: Miami Watercolor Society
Website, email, 954-646-8698


"Animal Sculpture at the Zoo"
Saturdays, March 14 - April 18, 2020
 

Compose clay sculptural studies of animal subjects on location at the Philadelphia Zoo. Begin with rapid three-dimensional sketches and progress to extended sculptural renderings in order to identify boney landmarks and convey the gesture of a variety of species. Comparative anatomy, materials, and techniques will be addressed, as well as methods for capturing expression. Zoo admission not included.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Diane Collins
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Techniques and Composition for Dramatic Wildlife Painting"
March 16-20, 2020
 

Join this intensive, five-day workshop and discover approaches and techniques for creating dynamic wildlife paintings. Beginning with an abbreviated lecture on the principles of design and composition and the fundamentals of painting and how they translate into dramatic wildlife paintings, Dustin will then guide students through the process of creating a wildlife work from concept to completion — each day focusing on a fundamental aspect of the process. Techniques for overcoming the limitations of reference photography and using reference and field studies to realize the student’s idea, understanding form, design, and color to create drama as well as introducing painting techniques that will enhance one’s work are just some of the vital components of wildlife painting that will be covered in this workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dustin Van Wechel, www.dustinvanwechel.com
Cost: $635 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Animals in your Landscape"
Tuesdays, March 31 - May 19, 2020
 

Times: 9:00 am to Noon or 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Our location in the Tennessee countryside affords us the opportunity to sketch cattle and other animals from life. We will study animal anatomy, gesture and proportion. You will then learn how to incorporate these studies into your landscape paintings.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"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, www.Rodzullo.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor: Depicting the Natural World"
May 2-3, 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


"Istrian Illustration, Drawing, and Painting Retreat"
May 5-12, 2020
 

Travel to Istria, Croatia, and learn to draw, paint, and illustrate from a professional painter and illustrator. Explore watercolor techniques, paint en plein air, and find your inspiration in the stunning Istrian peninsula, with its hilltop medieval villages and unspoiled forests and valleys. UpTrek painting retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — All meals (breakfasts, light lunches, dinners) — Daily illustration, drawing and painting classes, workshops, and plein air sessions with professional artist Irena Sophia (adapted for a wide range of levels, from beginner to advanced) — Art supplies — Use of standard easels and art boards — 6 mindfulness meditation sessions — 4 restorative yin yoga classes — Truffle hunt — Guided Motovun/Montona tour
 
Location: Istria, Croatia
Instructor: Irena Sophia
Cost: $2,900
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Art by the Sea: Painting Vacation on the Stunning Dalmatian Coast"
June 2-9, 2020
 

Travel to Croatia and learn to draw and illustrate from a professional painter and illustrator, explore soft pencil and watercolor techniques, and find your inspiration on Croatia's stunning Dalmatian Coast, among wondrous medieval buildings, picturesque bays, and rocky crags overlooking the turquoise Adriatic Sea. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, daily illustration, drawing, and painting workshops with artist Irena Sophia, art supplies, guided Vodice tour, guided tour of Šibenik, guided Prvic Island tour, airport transfers from Zadar or Split.
 
Location: Vodice, Croatia
Instructor: Irena Sophia
Cost: $1320
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Seascape En Plein Air Painting and Illustration Retreat in Croatia"
June 23-30, 2020
 

Travel to Croatia and learn to draw and illustrate from a professional painter and illustrator, explore soft pencil and watercolor techniques, and find your inspiration on Croatia's stunning Dalmatian Coast, among wondrous medieval buildings, picturesque bays, and rocky crags overlooking the turquoise Adriatic Sea. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, daily illustration, drawing, and painting workshops with artist Irena Sophia, art supplies, guided Vodice tour, guided tour of Šibenik, guided Prvic Island tour, airport transfers from Zadar or Split.
 
Location: Vodice, Croatia
Instructor: Irena Sophia
Cost: $1,320
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"Appasionata"
July 19-25, 2020
 

Come create with us in beautiful Le Marche, where the sun is shining, the wine is flowing and the laughter is infectious! This experience is not as much about making perfect art as it is about the joyful act of creating. Absolutely no experience necessary! Bethany Ekblad provides the perfect adventure for those who simply want to play around with art for the sheer joy of it. With forgiving techniques designed to help your creativity shine, you will surprise yourself with the impressive results you can get with just a few simple instructions. The atmosphere in her classes is totally relaxed and totally fun.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Bethany Ekblad
Cost: $3,000
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"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, www.PeggyMacnamara.com
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, www.SusanPloughe.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art by the Sea: Painting and Illustration on the Dalmatian Coast"
September 1-8, 2020
 

Travel to Croatia and learn to draw and illustrate from a professional painter and illustrator, explore soft pencil and watercolor techniques, and find your inspiration on Croatia's stunning Dalmatian Coast, among wondrous medieval buildings, picturesque bays, and rocky crags overlooking the turquoise Adriatic Sea. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, daily illustration, drawing, and painting workshops with artist Irena Sophia, art supplies, guided Vodice tour, guided tour of Šibenik, guided Prvic Island tour, airport transfers from Zadar or Split.
 
Location: Vodice, Croatia
Instructor: Irena Sophia
Cost: $1,320
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art by the Sea: Painting Vacation on the Stunning Dalmatian Coast"
September 15-22, 2020
 

Travel to Croatia and learn to draw and illustrate from a professional painter and illustrator, explore soft pencil and watercolor techniques, and find your inspiration on Croatia's stunning Dalmatian Coast, among wondrous medieval buildings, picturesque bays, and rocky crags overlooking the turquoise Adriatic Sea. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, daily illustration, drawing, and painting workshops with artist Irena Sophia, art supplies, guided Vodice tour, guided tour of Šibenik, guided Prvic Island tour, airport transfers from Zadar or Split.
 
Location: Vodice, Croatia
Instructor: Irena Sophia
Cost: $1,320
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Alla Prima with Jennifer Gennari"
October 7-13, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered what creates that "spark" in a portrait? That something special that turns a regular study into a portrait that looks like it can breathe? In this four-day course, you will learn not only the traditional method of establishing value, and exploring color, but also what to look for in your subject that will breathe an extra bit of life into the portrait. Over the course of the workshop we will work in an alla prima style. Using this technique, we will complete entire paintings in one session or two without waiting for the paint layers to dry completely. Using this technique we will discover the energy and life that can be injected into your work.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Jennifer Gennari
Cost: $3,500
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"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"
Anytime
 

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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