Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Painting The Figure With Expression"
September 23-26, 2020
 

In this class we’ll focus on figurative painting from a live model and photos. We’ll explore techniques for creating colorful, abstract patterns with a sense of movement and energy by first making a quick underpainting in acrylic, then painting into it with oil paint. For photo reference, I encourage using images with energy and motion in them, i.e. athletes, boxers, dancers, etc. Large brushes and a plastic scraper will be used to apply paint generously and to also scrape away to reveal the underlying acrylic underpainting. I’ll also be talking about edges and how blurring the line between main subject and background helps in creating an abstract pattern of forms, color and dynamism.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: David Shevlino, www.davidshevlino.com
Cost: $475
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"A sketchbook and lino cut journey with Jane Smith"
September 25 - October 02, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Jane Smith
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Bold and Uninhibited: Oil and Cold Wax Painting"
September 25-27, 2020
 

Paint abstract pieces adventurously and intuitively in this three-day workshop! We'll work on oil paper and wood panels to create with joy and abandon. I'll show you all the basics as well as many of my favorite techniques. You'll explore the layering process to create richly colored and textured pieces. You'll also create quick and daring works on paper. We'll use a variety of tools to experiment with texture and layers. We'll cover preparing your panels, including with Venetian plaster for added texture. You'll learn ways to present your pieces and will leave with some finished pieces and with work in progress. Whether you're new to the medium or experienced, you'll find something in this workshop to inspire you.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Serena Barton
Cost: $430
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Plein Air Pastel and Watercolor"
Sundays, September 27 - October 25, 2020
 

Draw and paint outdoors, on-location! Learn the basics of drawing and painting with watercolor and pastel, ideal for plein air, as you work on Logan Square and other choice locations along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The instructor will demonstrate techniques, reference art historical examples, and encourage personal expression. Amenities will be available along the way. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Collage & Mixed Media (Online)"
Thursdays, October 1 - November 19, 2020
 

From newspapers to toys and old clothes, artists use almost any materials for their works. This course will guide you through the endless variety of tools, adhesives and supports available, and how to select which will work best for you. This live Zoom class includes weekly presentations on a variety of subjects related to two- and three-dimensional mixed media, along with exhibition and storage strategies.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Autumn Painting Retreat in Virginia"
October 8-13, 2020
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020: 5 nights of accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals for the duration of your stay (breakfast, lunch, dinner), sStudio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph).
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1731
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Fly Away Home: Creating a Mixed Media Artist Book"
October 9-11, 2020
 

Gather to create a book that is dedicated to the birds, insects, and the winged creatures that we all love. We will begin with texturing our pages, using gesso and modeling paste. Then we will scratch and scrape and mark our surfaces in unique ways. Next, we will add color and collage to our pages, using all my favorite techniques and my nature-based stencil designs, and make our own stamps. Lastly, we will add our focal points and details that will make our pages sing, including hand stitching and some more detailed mark making. We will use a very simple technique to bind our pages into a single artist book that tells your own unique story.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Roxanne Evans Stout
Cost: $440
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Believing Art, Process and Series - Collage"
October 22-25, 2020
 

Students will explore surface techniques building their own collage palette that will stretch new awareness and growth. Everyone will be working with harmony, values, differences, and the relationships of design elements, each pulling from their own feelings, experiences of inter-connectedness to mind, body, spirit. Emphasis will be on working in a series. As we get older, we grow self-conscious and judgmental, believing that art is not good unless it's realistically recognizable. Collage, design, and mixed media offer up a playful experimental atmosphere that is safe for all to find a deeper meaning to the art-making process. Students' collage works will emerge and evolve on watercolor paper and wood panel, fused with heat and tack-iron method.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Lein-Svencner
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Botanical Drawing & Painting (Online)"
Tuesdays, October 27 - December 1, 2020
 

Explore flowers and other natural forms, beginning with line and value drawing and progressing to full-color rendering in watercolor and mixed media. Topics will include sighting techniques, line quality, tone and value, creation of depth, composition, texture, and basic color. All levels welcome. This Canvas course will include a weekly live Zoom session every Tuesday, 10 am – 12 p.m.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Linda Gist
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Abstract Landscape and Nature-Based Painting with Oil and Cold Wax"
November 5-8, 2020
 

This 3 1/2 day workshop introduces mediums including Galkyd, Galkyd Gel, and Cold Wax. The workshop blends demos with guided exercises and personal experimentation and exploration. You will gain hands-on experience using new techniques, materials, and tools. Demos will include work on paper, wood panel, and stretched linen. Individual and group discussions focus on composition, seeing and reacting, abstracted and simplified shapes, using unique and unconventional color, and unique and unconventional mark-making. Group and individual critiques offer an opportunity to share ideas and learn from others. Painting the landscape in abstract allows for individual and unique interpretation of what you see in a scene. Through distilling and simplifying the elements, your paintings become a translation of your experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Russell
Cost: $435
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Bookbinding Workshop (Online)"
Saturdays, November 7-14, 2020
 

Learn how to turn your prints and drawings into artists’ books. Bookbinding only requires simple tools, is easily portable, and does not require a shop or studio, making it ideal for any artist working from home. Designed for beginners, this two-part workshop will introduce students to basic book structures including pamphlet, accordion, Japanese stab binding, and long stitch. Demonstration topics include incorporating printmaking into bookbinding and how to make your own paste, paper, and bookcloth. Course content will be presented in the form of short video tutorials, printable tutorials, and video conferencing with the instructor and other students. Video conferencing will take place over two Saturdays, with the rest of the course content available to students during the intervening week.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Shushana Rucker
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Discover the Pure Joy of Intuitive Abstract Painting"
November 9-10, 2020
 

Discover the pure joy of painting intuitive abstract painting with Golden Fluid Acrylics plus watercolor pencils and watercolor crayons. Letting go and realizing that there are no rules depends entirely on understanding design and color theory, so these will be thoroughly explained and illustrated. Then the fun begins! Lots of intuitive painting time will help you in finding your direction and what it takes to pull an abstract painting together.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Steve Rogers, watercolorsbyrogers.com
Cost: $225 for Members | $255 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Extraordinary Objects"
November 13-15, 2020
 

Over the course of three intensive days, we will delve into the meanings found objects bring to assemblages. We will discuss the process of collection and the power of the souvenir as we go out in the field to scout out fantastic objects to use in our work at thrift stores, flea markets, and antique shops. In the classroom we will cover basic assemblage techniques and students will build box assemblages from objects they bring to the classroom and/or unearth in the field. Attendees will work on finding their own voice in art making and what drives the sculptures they create. Some basic experience in creating assemblages is helpful, but not required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $430
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Beyond Description: Expressive Painting through Image Structure"
November 16-20, 2020
 

Your growth as an artist is my priority as we study great artists and unlock the universal secrets of image structure. At a primal level, it’s this abstract image structure that moves us-- the use of line, shape, space, value, color, and texture. This applies to any style or genre of painting because every good painting is good due to the underlying abstraction-- the power of the purely visual. Helping other artists exceed their own expectations is one of the most enjoyable things I do. The plan is always to help you reach your potential, painting your way, with your voice and vision, but better than ever before. You can paint representational or abstract. Oils, watercolors, collage, and acrylics welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Michael Slonim, davidmichaelslonim.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Re-Covering Your ArtFull Self: Altered Book Workshop"
November 18-22, 2020
 

Spend 4-1/2 fun-filled days with internationally known artist LorriMarie Jenkins, learning mixed media techniques. Transform an old book into an amazing 3-D art piece. Explore layering, adding secret doors, pockets, windows, and learn collage building tips. LorriMarie encourages you to leave “perfection” at the door and to be playful during this ArtFull event. No prior “art” experience needed! Show up with your book and your favorite images…then enjoy the journey of the Altered Book Workshop.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: LorriMarie Jenkins, lorrimariejenkins.com
Cost: $575 for Members | $635 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"The Beauty of the Mark"
January 18-20, 2021
 

In this three-day workshop students will do exercises that will help them to make their own unique marks as a surprise element for their work. Journey with Teresa and explore the beauty of the mark and then to build upon that markmaking process taking that work to a whole new level. Students will play with these ideas along with the possibilities that will open up as they work transparently and with opaque paint. Anything goes: landscapes, still life, figurative work or abstract, this workshop will engage intuitive creativity. Demos, group discussion and constructive critiques are a part of this workshop. This workshop is for acrylic based and watercolor based artists.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Teresa Kirk, www.teresakirk.com
Cost: $390 for Members | $430 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting"
February 8-10, 2021
 

Burridge’s popular “Loosen Up” workshops nurture individual success and personal enrichment with a big emphasis on daily painting projects at your own pace. It is stress-free, but be warned; you could end up with too much enthusiasm for painting. This Burridge flagship workshop offers a variety of painting subjects for everyone. Designed for the professional painter who is stuck in a style as well as for the novice who wants to conquer their fear of painting. Starting each day with multiple, small “warm-up painting exercises” and up to larger-format paintings, Burridge’s positive approach towards the act of painting will inspire you to loosen up, have fun again and paint more! Expect an intense, concentrated and lively workshop.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Robert Burridge, robertburridge.com
Cost: $450 for Members | $490 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage"
February 11-14, 2021
 

Creative tearing and paint splashing starts off this all new “Loosen Up Workshop.” Also, you will learn how to begin a new fresh body of work with your own artistic voice and point of view. Think “artist retreat,” producing a body of work, a series of paintings or your conceptual solo show. Robert Burridge, along with his famous daily handouts, demos and lectures, helps and guides you to paint the way you have always wanted to paint. Daily, you can expect warmup paint sketching, brief painting and lecture demos, constructive critiques and plenty of time to work on personal projects. Come prepared to paint!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Robert Burridge, robertburridge.com
Cost: $560 for Members | $640 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Beyond Description: Expressive Painting through Image Structure"
February 15-19, 2021
 

Your growth as an artist is my priority as we study great artists and unlock the universal secrets of image structure. At a primal level, it’s this abstract image structure that moves us-- the use of line, shape, space, value, color, and texture. This applies to any style or genre of painting because every good painting is good due to the underlying abstraction-- the power of the purely visual. Helping other artists exceed their own expectations is one of the most enjoyable things I do. The plan is always to help you reach your potential, painting your way, with your voice and vision, but better than ever before. You can paint representational or abstract. Oils, watercolors, collage, and acrylics welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Michael Slonim, davidmichaelslonim.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"A New Spin on Mixed Media"
March 29-31, 2021
 

This is a workshop for the experienced acrylic painter as well as the beginner! Squirting fluid acrylics onto a surface and spreading it with a credit card produces beautiful streaks of color! Karen has experimented with this so much that she has many no fail color formulas to get you off to a great start. Subjects are students' choice, but Karen will be demonstrating contemporary figures and animals. Students will get to doodle to their heart’s content in this workshop. Good design will be emphasized and lots of tricks to make the detail work easier. Students will have no trouble with the drawing, etc. because Karen has some easy tips. We will also be working with several different types of metallic special effects and will be studying Gustav Klimt’s as well as Van Gogh’s paintings!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Karen Knutson, www.karenknutson.com
Cost: $325 for Members | $365 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
June 18-27, 2021
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, group discussions, and gastronomy in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. We limit the size of our groups to eight participants and we offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2500) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Lucignano, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Please read testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2500
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2021"
July 3-14, 2021
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence followed by a four-day art history tour in Barcelona. A unique learning experience open to artists of all levels and all mediums. Paint a varied range of subjects, from lavender and poppy fields to ochre cliffs and beautiful mountain scenery, visit Barcelona’s great art museums and architecture, and enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3700 (around US$2800) includes painting instruction, art history/theory lectures, 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso museum, Miró Museum, etc.). The perfect art holidays in France and Spain!
 
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2800
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Intuitive Explorations with Acrylic and Collage"
August 16-20, 2021
 

Come discover your own unique artistic voice with Joan Fullerton. Learn how to coax hints of reality from an abstract background, how to control values and colors for emotional emphasis, and how to suggest rather than delineate. Come explore working intuitively, responding to what shows up, working in a series, and utilizing neutrals for more ethereal abstracts! Unconventional methods of instruction will open new avenues of creativity and encourage genuine expression. Join us for inspiring demonstrations, lectures, encouragement and practice. Joan's work has been in galleries, juried shows and museums since the early 70’s.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Joan Fullerton
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Mixed Media Soul Sparks (Online)"
every Monday
 

Please join me every Monday for Mixed Media Soul Sparks on my YouTube channel. These are free demos on my You Tube channel, so sign up to see them.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: Free
Website, email, 505-954-4179


 

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