Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Drawing and Painting Animals (Ages 6-8)"
July 29 - August 1, 2019
 

In this workshop, students will learn how to use fundamental art elements to accurately draw and paint their favorite animals. Photo references, as well as possible class visits from furry, scaly, or feathered friends will provide inspiration throughout the week. Children will use graphite, oil pastel, watercolor, tempera, and more to capture these animals and their environments.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Needle Felting Animals"
August 1, 2019
 

Learn to make three-dimensional felt sculptures of animals using the needle-felting technique, working with barbed needles to turn wool fibers into a more condensed material. The class will start with an overview of wool types and needles that are used for felting. We will then experiment with various felting techniques and will work on prepping the wool and creating a wire skeleton for your sculpture. In the second half of the class we will add wool to the skeleton and apply the needle-felting techniques to complete the felt piece. All materials (wool and wool accents, felting needles, foam pads and wires for creating the skeleton) will be provided by the instructor.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tamara Tsurkan
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Songbirds in Collage One-Day Small Format 10 x 10"
August 3, 2019
 

A comprehensive one-day workshop that will take you through the collage process step-by-step. A great prerequisite to this class is the Gel Plate Monoprinting for Collage Paper, so that you can bring your own papers to class, however, I will provide a sampling of papers for sharing for those who do not make their own papers. Colors of provided papers will, of course, be limited. You may also bring colored, decorative papers from the art supply store, or papers you may have already painted or monoprinted. No magazines, scrapbook paper, or shiny paper please. At the end of this workshop, you will have the skills and confidence to create an impressionistic, painterly collage - your very own Paper Painting!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting Retreat: Get Inspired by the Normandy Countryside"
September 1-7, 2019
 

Travel to Normandy, immerse in a tutored painting retreat, walk in Monet and Pissarro's footsteps, discover new perspectives on artistic techniques, and get inspired by the picturesque Normandy countryside and the scenic Parc Naturel Régional de Normandie-Maine. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation in a charming farmhouse designed as an homage to famous French painters, daily home-cooked meals, local wine and cider, daily painting workshops with artist Angela Birchall (classes and workshops in the mornings, guided en plein air in the afternoons), art supplies.
 
Location: Orne, Normandy, France
Instructor: Angela Birchall
Cost: $1,260
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Dare to Express: Creative Painting Retreat in France"
September 5-12, 2019
 

Travel to France and develop your creative potential with expert guidance from professional painters. Work in your preferred medium, explore different techniques, and get inspired by Gascony's charm. 8 days - Available in English, French, Spanish - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Art supplies - Max. 6 people - Watercolor, charcoal, pastels, acrylics - Figurative, Abstract painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 12.5 hours of tuition with professional painters, art supplies, chateau and vineyard visit for wine tasting session, Armagnac tasting session, visit to the town of Condom, visit to an art gallery exhibition, visits to local French market, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: F. Cairo, R. Tamber, F. Golden
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Charming Gascony: Creative Painting Retreat in France"
September 14-21, 2019
 

Travel to France and develop your creative potential with expert guidance from professional painters. Work in your preferred medium, explore different techniques, and get inspired by Gascony's charm. 8 days - Available in English, French, Spanish - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Art supplies - Max. 6 people - Watercolor, charcoal, pastels, acrylics - Figurative, Abstract painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 12.5 hours of tuition with professional painters, art supplies, chateau and vineyard visit for wine tasting session, Armagnac tasting session, visit to the town of Condom, visit to an art gallery exhibition, visits to local French market, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: F. Cairo, R. Tamber, F. Golden
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Bringing Animals to Life with Bill Suys"
September 24-27, 2019
 

Bringing an animal to life is both joyful and powerful. Through demonstrations, examples, and individual attention, this 4-day workshop will enhance each student’s ability to develop and execute paintings that will bring animals to ‘life’ while also building form, structure and surface. Regardless of current level of expertise, participants will leave with a better awareness and understanding of painting in general, along with a deeper appreciation of ways to breathe spirit and personality into the characters that populate their paintings. Bill will address keys to both artistic and technical growth that will apply to all facets of one’s work, improving the result while bringing greater joy and depth to the process. 9:00am - 4:00pm (Tuesday through Friday)
 
Location: Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Bill Suys
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Website, email, 412-741-4405


"Dare to Express: Creative Painting Retreat in France"
October 5-12, 2019
 

Travel to France and develop your creative potential with expert guidance from professional painters. Work in your preferred medium, explore different techniques, and get inspired by Gascony's charm. 8 days - Available in English, French, Spanish - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Art supplies - Max. 6 people - Watercolor, charcoal, pastels, acrylics - Figurative, Abstract painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 12.5 hours of tuition with professional painters, art supplies, chateau and vineyard visit for wine tasting session, Armagnac tasting session, visit to the town of Condom, visit to an art gallery exhibition, visits to local French market, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: F. Cairo, R. Tamber, F. Golden
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Painting Retreat: Walk in Monet and Pissarro's Footsteps"
October 6-12, 2019
 

Travel to Normandy, immerse in a tutored painting retreat, walk in Monet and Pissarro's footsteps, discover new perspectives on artistic techniques, and get inspired by the picturesque Normandy countryside and the scenic Parc Naturel Régional de Normandie-Maine. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation in a charming farmhouse designed as an homage to famous French painters, daily home-cooked meals, local wine and cider, daily painting workshops with artist Angela Birchall (classes and workshops in the mornings, guided en plein air in the afternoons), art supplies.
 
Location: Orne, Normandy, France
Instructor: Angela Birchall
Cost: $1,260
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Layering the Light with Rita Kirkman"
November 6-8, 2019
 

Infuse your pastel paintings with the life and warmth of sunlight with Kirkman's creative under-painting technique. By completing several small paintings you will quickly grasp the concepts of value and temperature that create a believable and beautiful impression of light! Related principles such as design and color will inspire discussion, as well as how to creatively interpret your photos and stay productive in your busy lifestyle.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Rita Kirkman
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Painting for the Love of Animals and the Landscape"
November 11-14, 2019
 

This workshop will focus on animal portraiture and landscape. The first two days will focus on animals, capturing their amazing spirit on canvas. Whether painting a portrait of a cow, lamb, or one’s beloved pet(s), students will take advantage of the beauty of animals to work on creating good composition, interesting brushwork and focus on values, edges, and color mixing. The last two days, students will continue to explore the techniques talked about in the animal portrait section to develop exciting landscape paintings. Julee will stress the idea of taking risks, being energetic in one’s painting marks, and approaching their painting fearlessly. Students will work from their own photos and studies. Please bring good photos with interesting light and subject matter.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Julee Hutchison, www.juleehutchison.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Wildlife Painting"
December 3-6, 2019
 

The emphasis of the workshop will be on drawing and painting wildlife. Photographs will be used during the workshop. Greg will bring a supply of good photos and students may bring in their own photos. The workshop will include plenty of drawing and painting time, and students will have ample time for problem-solving with Greg. Throughout the four days, Greg will demonstrate painting with commentary as he goes along and will critique work for students who desire it. Greg will also self-critique his own work to give students an awareness of his procedures, progress, mistakes, etc.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Gregory Beecham, www.gbeecham.com
Cost: $600 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Debra Keirce - 4 Steps to a Realistic Painting"
December 4-7, 2019
 

In this workshop we will use modern materials in a way that I believe the old masters would have used them. My method optimizes speed and realism, using ancient concepts. My process is independent of subject matter. That means that you can apply it to still life, portrait, landscape, floral, pet paintings or anything you are working on. All skill levels welcome. I am limiting the workshop to 12 students, because I want this to be intimate for everyone. I will spend as much time with you as you like. We will be in the very comfortable and well lit back rooms of Seaside Art Gallery, surrounded by the work of master artists.
 
Location: Nags Head, North Carolina
Instructor: Debra Keirce
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Seaside Art Gallery
Website, email, 252-441-5418


"Birds in Sculpture"
December 9-13, 2019
 

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. Students will learn how to construct an armature for blocking in birds in flight. Sandy will help students determine the difference between a sculpture that is technically adequate and one that has spirit and life. All aspects of modeling in oil-based clay will be explored and beginning students are welcome. Students will learn the importance of assembling strong, meaningful shapes and how eliminating unimportant details can create the bird’s essence. Students will work from computer imagery, photography, drawings, field guides, and a printed workbook.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sandy Scott, www.sandyscott.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Animals, Figures and Backgrounds"
December 16-19, 2019
 

Over four days, students will breathe life into their paintings by going outside the lines and “getting loose” with their techniques. Each day will begin with a demonstration, followed by plenty of painting time with lots of individual attention from Kim. She will focus on helping students gain confidence painting the human/animal form or portrait, upgrade their ability, and learn to be more analytical of their own paintings. Techniques will include painting shapes and the application of paint with correct values, leaving lost and found edges for interest and movement, and integrating the foreground with the background to make a cohesive painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Cost: $420 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Dog as Fine Art"
January 27-30, 2020
 

Last year’s class was so successful, Johanne decided there needed to be four days of No Fear Painting! Dogs are front and center in this dynamic workshop. If you are looking to up your game this is the class for you. Several live animals participate to inspire and inform your efforts. There will be plenty of demos but everyone jumps right in on the first day with fun, mind altering exercises. You won’t even know you’re working but results will be apparent as each day we build on previous work. You will fall in love with a limited palette as it will quickly move you forward preparing you for a full complement of color on the last day.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Johanne Mangi, www.johannemangi.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Bringing Animals to Life"
February 3-7, 2020
 

Bringing an animal to life is both joyful and powerful. Through daily demonstrations, examples and individual attention, this five-day workshop will enhance your ability to develop and execute paintings that will bring animals to “life”. Most importantly, you will leave with a better awareness and understanding of seeing, drawing and painting in general, while building a deeper appreciation of ways to breathe spirit and personality into the characters that populate your paintings. Bill will address the keys to both artistic and technical growth that will apply to all facets of your work, while bringing greater joy to the process, and improving the result.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: William Suys, www.williamasuys.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"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


"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


 

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