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"Beginning Paper Clay"
Tuesdays, April 23 - May 28, 2024
 

Jerry Bennett, a leading international paper clay artist, will conduct a hands-on course which will provide an opportunity for students to explore and experience new approaches to functional pottery and sculptural forms using paper clay. Join Jerry as he guides you through how to make paper clay (or fiber clay) and bonding slips for hand-built forms. This course expands your understanding of this unique material by adding various clay fibers to create functional pottery and sculptural forms. Gain valuable insights as Jerry shares practical, problem-solving advice related to your studio work, such as fixing broken work and preventing cracks. Tuition includes the first bag of porcelain clay, glazes and firing fees for work completed in class.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jerry Bennett
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Green Man Ornamental Wall Plaque"
Tuesdays, April 23 - May 28, 2024
 

Create an enchanting green man plaque for your garden. They also make a great gift for a friend or family! Learn the subtle techniques of relief sculpture from sculpting instructor Jennifer Frudakis-Petry. With her 40 years of experience, and your own imagination you too can complete your own decorative depiction of the leafy Celtic mask known as a green man. Tuition includes a bag of clay, plus glazes and firing fees for work completed as a part of this class.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jennifer Frudakis-Petry
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Pottery for Adults & Teens"
Tuesdays, April 23 - May 28, 2024
 

In this class we will learn to throw a variety of functional pottery forms. This will include cups, mugs, bowls, plates, jars, and more. We will learn the basics of different pottery forms found in most kitchens around the world. Beginners and advanced students are welcome.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ryan Wheeler
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Sculpture for the Home & Garden"
Tuesdays, April 23 - May 28, 2024
 

Imagine making a one-of-a-kind piece of sculpture for your home or garden. With guidance from professional sculptor, you can make a variety of sculptures from animals to a decorative relief sculpture or a figurative piece. Learn sculpting techniques while creating something special. Books and pictures will be supplied for inspiration or bring your own. Class tuition includes your first bag of stoneware clay as well as glazes and firing fees for coursework completed in class. Clay is available at Wayne Art Center. All skill levels welcome.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jennifer Frudakis-Petry
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Jewelry 101/Let's Get Started"
Tuesdays, April 23 - June 4, 2024
 

Ever wanted to try your hand at the craft of jewelry making? Make a ring? Fabricate a pendant? Set a stone? We can do all that and much more at the Wayne Art Center’s fully equipped jewelry studio. You will be introduced to a different technique weekly that will give you enough skills to produce a finished piece of work. Toolboxes supplied. Students will purchase sterling silver.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Christopher Darway
Cost: $290
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Metal Clay Madness"
Tuesdays, April 23 - June 4, 2024
 

Metal clay is an art product made from very fine powdered metal mixed with a non-toxic binder and water. Its consistency is like ceramic porcelain clay. You work it wet or dry. When dried it can be filed and sanded. After drying, the work is fired in a kiln to produce a solid piece of silver. Heat resistant stones can be fired in place. We will be using “Art Clay” brand from Japan. This 4-week studio class will cover the history of metal clay, different clay brands and formulas, tools, wet and dry work, silicon rubber mold making, stone setting technique, metal clay paste with glass, kiln firing temperatures and reconstituting dried metal clay.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Christopher Darway
Cost: $290
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Pottery for Adults & Teens"
Wednesdays, April 24 - May 29, 2024
 

In this class we will learn to throw a variety of functional pottery forms. This will include cups, mugs, bowls, plates, jars, and more. We will learn the basics of different pottery forms found in most kitchens around the world. Beginners and advanced students are welcome.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ryan Wheeler
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Still Life in the Interior"
April 26-28, 2024
 

This workshop will focus on the problem of combining the genres of still-life and interior painting into a single picture. We will start by addressing the problem of finding a subject and the practical and formal problems of setting up a still life. We will discuss how to organize and simplify complex information, how to have a unified sense of light throughout the picture and how to perceive color and tone relationships. We will also cover aspects of drawing that will help in the creation of a convincing sense of space. Students are welcome to bring their own objects or work with objects on hand at the center.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Peter Van Dyck
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Expressive Loose Watercolors - Flowers to Figures"
April 28 - May 2, 2024
 

Join Janet in this beautiful setting at the Connecticut River Valley Inn, in historical Glastonbury, CT. Fresh flowers will greet you in the studio as we paint together and progress to interpreting the head and figure in a loose and expressive style. Janet is a true "hands-on" national instructor!!! All levels are welcome! Sign up at Artists Rising Creativity Retreats.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 386-451-8441


"1 Day Plein Air Workshop with Vlad"
April 28, 2024
 

Don't miss this dynamic and focused mini workshop designed to simplify the process of outdoor painting and bring a fresh perspective to your artwork. Workshop features: Learn how to choose subjects for a painterly style, and gain a deeper understanding of the subject to capture its essence. Discover techniques for identifying and highlighting focal areas in your composition, allowing you to convey your intended message with clarity and impact. Explore the art of rearranging elements within your painting to achieve a sense of harmony and balance. Discover Vlad's "Train Method," a valuable approach that encourages a painterly style by keeping brushwork loose and spontaneous. Benefit from individual attention and feedback to address your specific needs and challenges.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $180
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Go With The Magical Flow Of Poured Acrylics"
April 29, 2024
 

Fluid acrylics are a very liberating painting medium, and the pour technique is just the beginning. In this workshop, we will experiment with various additives that make the paint do amazing things as if by magic. This workshop will focus on how to control and enhance the “look” obtained—and take the design to satisfying conclusion. The flow makes it all happen and the resulting fascinating bright, and nuanced forms are wonderfully beautiful and other-worldly. Come prepared to be amazed and delighted!! All materials— 5 or 6 surfaces of varying sizes will be provided for a $20 fee. (Half hour lunch time; bring your bag lunch or purchase nearby.)
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"3-Day Comprehensive, Loose & Romantic Watercolor"
April 29 - May 1, 2024
 

Mon-Weds April 29-May 1 2024 from 9:30am-3:30pm. $210 Art League of OC Members, $260 Non-Members. This 3-day course is designed to introduce students to the essential techniques and ideas required to produce dramatic watercolor paintings. Students are instructed from the “ground-up” with respect to the importance of tools, materials and application techniques. Topics include how to develop dynamic, narrative compositions, dramatic light, mood and color harmony. Live, step by step, instructor demonstration paintings are sequentially replicated by the students with instructor’s guidance and encouragement.
 
Location: Ocean City, Maryland
Instructor: Leo Kahl
Cost: $210 ALOC Members, $260 Non-Members
Sponsor: Art League of Ocean City
Website, email, 410-524-9433


"Exploring Mixed Media & Collage"
Tuesdays, April 30 - June 4, 2024
 

This class will introduce students to acrylics, watercolor, inks, pastels, crayons and collage materials. Learn to play with these mediums and express yourself in your own unique way. Students will explore texture, shape, line and color with a focus on composition and design. Come unleash your creative spirit!
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Laurie Daddona
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"A Conversation with The Landscape, a Pastel Workshop"
May 1-3, 2024
 

Really getting to know a landscape, instead of just identifying elements of it, makes us better, more sensitive landscape painters. Each landscape has a personality and something to say. It’s when we begin to really understand why a landscape draws us in and captures our imagination that we become better able to advance from simply copying the obvious aspects of the landscape to incorporating mood and atmosphere and those hard-to-define qualities that take a landscape painting from average to extraordinary. The studio portion of this workshop will focus on learning ways to create paintings that have their own voice, and the optional plein air day will focus on gathering thoughts and information, along with creating small paintings for future reference material.
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Lyn Asselta
Cost: $520
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"A Conversation With The Landscape, 1-Day of Plein Air Painting with Pastels"
May 4, 2024
 

Really getting to know a landscape, instead of just identifying elements of it, makes us better, more sensitive landscape painters. Each landscape has a personality and something to say. It’s when we begin to really understand why a landscape draws us in and captures our imagination that we become better able to advance from simply copying the obvious aspects of the landscape to incorporating mood and atmosphere and those hard-to-define qualities that take a landscape painting from average to extraordinary. The studio portion of this workshop will focus on learning ways to create paintings that have their own voice, and the optional plein air day will focus on gathering thoughts and information, along with creating small paintings for future reference material.
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Lyn Asselta
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Postcards from Provence"
May 4-11, 2024
 

This watercolor painting workshop in Provence is open to both beginners and more advanced painters. There will be classes both in basic watercolor techniques as well as specific travel journaling methods. Travel journaling is the complete opposite of how many of us travel these days: taking photos after photos with our phones. Travel Journaling gives us a chance to slow down, to sketch scenes around us, and to add color to our travel journals. Provence is the artist's dream destination. During the days, we will explore Luberon, and its spectacular countryside of vineyards and orchards, fascinating "perched" hill-top villages, outstanding natural produce and the light of Van Gogh and Cezanne. You will see why artists of all calibers are drawn to this alluring area.
 
Location: Bonnieux, Provence, France
Instructor: John Keeling and Lo Peyron Mathews
Cost: $3,590
Sponsor: Alpine Creative Tours
Website, email, 970-846-9000


"Mosaic Workshop"
May 4-11, 2024
 

Intro: brief history of mosaic – main mosaic techniques – focus on the direct method. Materials: learn how to use various materials, adhesives and alternative supports. In this course you will use: glass, lava stone, terracotta, resin, concrete, natural stones and recycled materials. Tools: knowledge and usage of the key tools (hardie, hammer, glass cutter and pliers). Processes: theoretical and practical study of 1) Ceramization of the lava stone – 2) Application of the gold leaf – 3) Usage of resin. Advanced: how to design and realize more complex things like 3D works, land art, jewelry and luminous works. End of course: creation of a unique and fully customized mosaic work of art, for each student.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Michele Picone
Cost: € 2600
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Chasing the Painter’s Light to the Tuscan Landscape!"
May 4-11, 2024
 

Join Alyssa for a week of immersing yourself in the sights, sounds, and local color of the Tuscan landscape. Based in Beautiful Cortona, experience all the wonders Tuscany has to offer – the rolling countryside, picturesque hill towns, and breathtaking vistas through the eyes of the artist! With Alyssa’s guidance as a veteran plein-air painter and teaching artist who has spent the past two decades sharing her passion for travel and landscape painting throughout the US and Europe, this will be a week like no other! Get ready to improve your artistic knowledge, expand your creativity, build connections, and embed your experiences and memories of your Italian adventure in the beautiful artworks you create!
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Alyssa DeLaBruere
Cost: From $3850.00 per person, all inclusive
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-407-7127


"Travel to Western Sicily and learn en Plein Air Oil Painting"
May 4-11, 2024
 

Come join Andrew Lattimore, as you explore the exciting and varied history of Sicily’s diverse architecture, stunning landscape, fabulous food and rich culture! We’ll be staying in Marsala at Salinara, an 18th-century villa owned by our gracious hosts, Yumi and Adriano. It is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves and is only a 10-minute walk to the Mediterranean sea. Each day we’ll enjoy an early morning breakfast following a full day of painting, exploring the sights and sounds of Sicily. We’ll paint the captivating landscape at the villa but we will also take day excursions to the city of Marsala, the Marsala Salt Pans, Erice, and the Park of Selinunte.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Andrew Lattimore
Cost: From € 2175
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Watercolor to Quilt"
May 5-9, 2024
 

Create abstract watercolor paintings using eight different painting techniques. Combine these techniques and multiply the fun. Play with bubbles, cups, rubber cement, masking fluid, air, gravity, stamps, and ink to produce a collection of colorful paintings. Then, choose one favorite and crop it to find the most dynamic part. Katie shows how to enlarge the area, make templates, and turn that watercolor creation into a fabulous art quilt. Learn how to choose and place the fabrics, building from the top down, until you have a quilt that looks like a watercolor painting! The best part? No painting experience is needed, so jump in and turn yourself into a painter and art quilter all in one exciting class!
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Katie Pasquini Masopust
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Color Secrets - A Plein Air Painting Workshop"
May 9-11, 2024
 

Are your paintings muddy and well, …kinda grey? In this in-person plein-air workshop, you will learn how color secrets can transform your paintings! Debra will teach you how to achieve rich color and bold fluid strokes to capture the light and drama in your paintings. Enjoy personalized, upbeat instruction. Debra Huse is an award-winning, impressionist oil painter. Painting primarily En Plein Air, she is acclaimed for her joyful use of color and bold brushwork. Her work has been featured on the cover of Southwest Art Magazine, in Art of the West, Plein Air and Fine Art Connoisseur Magazines and has been exhibited in over 25 museums.
 
Location: Carmel, California
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $595.00
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website


"Travel to Western Sicily and learn en Plein Air Oil Painting"
May 11-18, 2024
 

Come join Andrew Lattimore, as you explore the exciting and varied history of Sicily’s diverse architecture, stunning landscape, fabulous food and rich culture! We’ll be staying in Marsala at Salinara, an 18th-century villa owned by our gracious hosts, Yumi and Adriano. It is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves and is only a 10-minute walk to the Mediterranean sea. Each day we’ll enjoy an early morning breakfast following a full day of painting, exploring the sights and sounds of Sicily. We’ll paint the captivating landscape at the villa but we will also take day excursions to the city of Marsala, the Marsala Salt Pans, Erice, and the Park of Selinunte.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Andrew Lattimore
Cost: From € 2175
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"A Traveler's Sketchbook in Tuscany & Umbria!"
May 11-18, 2024
 

Join us for this weeklong plein air workshop in beautiful Tuscany and Umbria. Create vignette sketches and paintings of the dramatic vistas, colorful architecture, bustling people and more during your time on this magical trip to Cortona, Italy. Morning and afternoon sessions, followed by individual instruction, will cover the basic concepts of atmospheric and linear perspective, capturing people, architecture, and dramatic lighting. With pen and paper in hand, you’ll quickly document the sites. Add a touch of watercolor to enhance your sketches. Your art supplies are light and easy to tote making this ideal for all levels of artists. The traveler’s sketchbook is a wonderful way to document your trip in a carefree way.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Jo Ellen Reinhardt
Cost: From $3850.00 per person, all inclusive
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-407-7127


"The Provence Experience"
May 11-18, 2024
 

Join us in 2024, as Kathleen Lanzoni takes a group of watercolor painters on this trip to Provence. We will be painting the fascinating towns and beautiful scenery. You will receive personal painting instruction each day. Whether you are a novice or experienced painter, this trip will be fun and an educational experience for all! We will stay in Bonnieux, and we will visit many of the scenic towns in the Luberon area: Roussillon, Lourmarin, l’Isle sur la Sorgue, and Gordes. Spectacular countryside of vineyards and orchards, fascinating “perched” hill-top villages, outstanding natural produce and the light of Van Gogh and Cezanne. You will soon see why we love this area and are excited to take groups to enjoy Provence.
 
Location: Bonnieux, Provence, France
Instructor: Kathleen Lanzoni
Cost: $3,790
Sponsor: Alpine Creative Tours
Website, email, 970-846-9000


"Makers' Retreats: Experimental Botanical Embroidery with Lora Avedian"
May 11-18, 2024
 

Join textile artist Lora Avedian for a week of playful experimentation with textiles and hand embroidery, learning how to draw with stitch. We will look at a variety of classic hand embroidery and embellishment techniques, and will learn how to play with scale and materials to create different qualities of line, 3D relief and texture. You will learn how to combine this with three-dimensional fabric flowers using Lora’s fabric pleater. This will be an intensive and experimental week where you can learn Lora’s trade tips and tricks to create an original and dynamic mixed-media textile design of your own. This will be an opportunity for anyone who wants to explore what can be done with this very traditional craft.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Lora Avedian
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £445 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"The Painterly Landscape in Pastel"
May 12-16, 2024
 

If you have been trying to loosen up and create painterly pastel paintings, this workshop is for you! Through demonstrations and daily exercises, we will work on layering color to create a prismatic and painterly pastel painting. Focus is on value, color and edges which all contribute to building this effect.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Robin Thornhill
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Aesthetic Design Tools for Landscape Painting"
May 13-15, 2024
 

Jill Carver will discuss how unity and variety are paramount to create overall harmony in a painting, exploring design tools relating to the core components of shape, value and color. Not only will she be explaining how to manage each of these elements but also how to explore the visual ‘what-if’s’, experiment, and identify ways to produce personal, poetic, intentional paintings. Jill embraces the notion that creativity - and fun - are rooted in the design choices we make. She will also explain how the choice of design/compositional tools should be dictated by the subject matter and what an individual artist wishes to say about it. Jill will structure the workshop through set exercises, slide-shows, lectures, demos and brainstorming discussions.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill Carver
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Watercolor on Aquaboard: An Introductory Workshop"
May 16, 2024
 

Discover the enchanting world of watercolor on aquaboard with the talented artist, Daniela Werneck. In this immersive class, you'll receive an introduction to the unique surface of aquaboard and have the opportunity to create a captivating portrait in Daniela's distinctive signature style. Daniela will guide you through the techniques and secrets of working with aquaboard, ensuring that you gain a solid understanding. Embrace the beauty of Daniela's renowned style, characterized by its rich colors, graceful lines, and exquisite details. Under her expert guidance, you'll learn to capture the essence and character of your subject, bringing it to life in a way that is uniquely your own. This class welcomes all levels of expertise.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Daniela Werneck
Cost: $79
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Creating Layers, Creating Stories: Mixed Media Coptic Bound Art Journals"
May 17-19, 2024
 

Create keepsake journals with beautiful, handmade pages and covers in this engaging retreat. These all-inclusive 3 day retreats feature intimate group instruction (max 8 participants), serene Flint Hills setting, balanced schedule with instruction, work time, family style meals, free time and social gathering. Lessons will include cyanotype printing, block carving and printing, paper marbling, botanical printing, collage, collating and composition, and Coptic bookbinding.
 
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Instructor: Hollie Blakeney
Cost: $595.00
Sponsor: Flint Hills Arts & Happiness
Website, email, 785-840-7940


"Paint, Tour or Cook Retreat in Sicily"
May 18-25, 2024
 

Lori will be your guide on painting excursions. She will lead happy hour critiques and lessons on most evenings. Mark will be your cooking instructor and guide to visit local markets and wineries. This is a flexible retreat. You will be able to decide in which activities you want to indulge yourself, all, some, or none! For example, you may be coming just to paint and learn and none of the other options interests you. Or, perhaps you decide to skip a day of painting and join the cooking group instead. Only for a small group of Artist Friends.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Lori Putnam & Mark Putnam
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Traditions in Landscape Painting"
Sundays, May 19 - June 30, 2024
 

In this visually rich and interactive class, students will be guided through the development of the color and styles of contemporary landscape painting from its beginnings in the 16th century to the modern era, with a focus on historical Dutch landscape painting, the English and French plein air painters, the Impressionist landscape, and early modern forms of personal expression in the genre. Each class will include a visual history of the topic, color palettes, the materials and techniques of each approach, and a video demonstration by the instructor. Working from master copies and photos, as well as observational painting, will be addressed. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the development of landscape painting while developing individualized painting approaches and personal style.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Al Gury
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Monotype: The Painterly Print Intensive"
May 20-24, 2024
 

Monotypes are an expressive and accessible entry into printmaking: draw or paint an image on a Plexiglas plate or other surface and then print it on paper or fabric to create a one-of-a-kind artwork. Instruction will cover both hand-printing and press techniques, as well as water- and oil-based colors. Tuition includes a $20 lab fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Tony Rosati
Cost: $470
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Woodcut & Relief Printmaking"
Tuesdays, May 21 - June 25, 2024
 

Printing from a drawing carved into wood or a linoleum block is the oldest and most straightforward form of printmaking. The direct nature of this process makes it an ideal introduction to printmaking for beginners, while artists of all levels enjoy its potential for intricate detail and graphic impact. This six-week course is the perfect condensed exploration into this striking technique. All aspects of the process will be covered, including drawing on the block, carving your design and printing black-and white and color prints. All levels welcome. Tuition includes a $20 lab fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ron Wyffels
Cost: $315
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Narrative Painting for Fine Art and Illustration (Water-Media)"
Thursdays, May 23 - June 27, 2024
 

Develop your artistic voice through a series of drawing and painting projects with artist and award-winning illustrator, Kate Samworth. Work from observation, memory, and imagination to learn to clearly communicate your ideas through pictures. Content includes demonstrations in perspective drawing, working from reference materials, and developing the palette best suited to the intention of each work of art. Weekly feedback from instructor and group conversations/critiques will cultivate new ideas and promote understanding of course concepts. Students will work in drawing materials and the water-based color media of their choice.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kate Samworth
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Alternative Media for Illustrators"
Thursdays, May 23 - June 27, 2024
 

Refine your visual communications skills and experiment with personal style through unconventional media. In other words, this is creative playtime for adults. This course is designed for creative professionals who are eager to expand their personal mark-making language, strengthen their capacity for visual problem solving, and develop unique strategies for managing creative block. Students will be challenged with creating illustrative two- and three-dimensional work using found materials in addition to experimenting with DIY printmaking methods. Through various group exercises and individual assignments, this class will encourage artistic growth through critical thinking and process-related risk.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: James Heimer
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Photographing Key West from A Different Viewpoint"
May 23, 2024
 

Photograph Key West with a different viewpoint, looking for beauty in less-picturesque spaces of the city. Denise Burge draws upon her 32 years of experience in teaching art to lead a workshop that is packed with experiential and fun learning. The afternoon begins in the classroom with some showcasing of images and writing samples to get students in the right frame of mind. The group will then proceed outdoors to spend some time photographing before meeting up to discuss the day’s discoveries. This experience aims to sensitize artists to the deeper beauty of eroded and overgrown form, vernacular spaces, and the beautiful effect of light on a surface as surprising as a sidewalk.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Denise Burge
Cost: $75 / $60 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Painting on Glass"
May 24, 2024
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own 13”x 6” or 8”x 8” plate using glass as your canvas. No painting experience necessary! This is a fun workshop so bring a friend and create something new! Once you’ve finished your creations, Kathy will take them to her studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished plates to the Academy for you to pick up a week later. Students should bring $15 cash for materials the day of the workshop, which will be provided for you by the instructor.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Metal Sculpture"
Saturdays, May 25 - June 29, 2024
 

This six-week course teaches the basic skills needed for making metal sculpture. Learn fundamental methods of cutting, bending and welding metal such as sawing, heating, and MIG welding. Students will be encouraged to explore the medium with directness and spontaneity to gain a knowledge and understanding of its complexion. Note: Tuition includes a $25 lab fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Steve Nocella
Cost: $320
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Makers' Retreats: Discover Lino Cut with Emily Robertson"
May 25 - June 1, 2024
 

Throughout the week you will be introduced to the art of lino cut printmaking with Emily Robertson. Drawing inspiration from the luxuriant, natural environment of Clos Mirabel and its surrounds, Emily will guide you in the creation of your own lino cut prints. She will demonstrate the full lino printmaking process; drawing designs, carving & printing by hand. This course is suitable for any level of experience. You will be taught techniques that can easily be used for work you can create back home, as well as ways to improve the quality and even consistency of your prints.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Emily Robertson
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 450€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Oil painting adventure in Sicily"
May 25 - June 1, 2024
 

Join us for another amazing painting adventure with Lori Putnam and Kevin Macpherson in Sicily. Western Sicily's splendid atmosphere offers you the opportunity to discover hundreds of picturesque painting spots. Together with Kevin's and Lori's charm and inspiration, we are certain you will have a wonderful time. At the end of the week, you will leave this adventure excited, ready to experiment more on your own; and, above all, pointed toward meaningful, personal artistic growth. Plein air experience strongly recommended. Only for a small group of Artist Friends.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Lori Putnam & Kevin Macpherson
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Painting Lake Como in Watercolor"
May 25 - June 1, 2024
 

A Sketchbook Journaling Workshop with Karen Ramsay. Come join us and capture Lake Como in watercolor! As we fill our art travel journals with sketching and watercolors, Karen will give us tips and tricks for improving this special skill. Sketching on location, while traveling, is an art form that you can take with you on every future trip and the sketches that you create will become a treasured visual diary of your travel. During the week, we will guide you to the finest spots along the shores of the picturesque Lake Como with its charming lakeside towns, its Renaissance architecture, Italian villas and terraced gardens. Lake Como has a timeless beauty where you will find endless inspiration to create art!
 
Location: Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Karen Ramsay
Cost: $3,890
Sponsor: Alpine Creative Tours
Website, email, 970-846-9000


"Drawing Auto-Biographical Comics"
May 27, 2024
 

Draw on your experience to create graphic renderings of your life. Ajuan shares the works of several comic creators, showing how this diverse group of individuals draw themselves. Students compare the artists’ self portraits with the artists’ press photos, while Ajuan discusses the strategies veteran comic creators use to create a character to represent themselves on the page. Participants will then use the same strategies to create drawings of themselves, and using a handful of autobiographical writing prompts, create a 4- to 6-panel autobiographical comic.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Ajuan Mance
Cost: $85 / $70 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Masters' Guide to Abstract Painting"
Tuesdays, May 28 - July 30, 2024
 

Abstraction in art can look like a variety of different things, from the painterly glow of a Turner seascape to the flattened patterns of a Matisse interior to Pollock’s nonobjective drip technique. Learn from master artists throughout modern art history by trying on their techniques to find your own personal style! Explore different paint application methods, color interactions, and compositional tactics as you take on different subjects, including still life, interiors, landscape, and the figure or self-portrait…using the examples of Helen Frankenthaler, David Hockney, Mickalene Thomas, and other master artists to guide you. Each session will include lecture and artist examples, in-class painting time, and one-on-one feedback from the instructor. Open to all media and levels but drawing experience recommended.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Susan Sullivan
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting over the Line"
Wednesdays, May 29 - August 7, 2024
 

Learn to explore new possibilities and paint more intuitively under the guidance of artist/critic/mentor Kassem Amoudi! Work from personal subject matter (objects, images, emotions, or ideas) to find your own visual language, informed by examples from contemporary and modern art. Examine how to use concepts of color, harmony, focal point, space, and mark-making as powerful tools of personal expression. Open painting is heavily supported by critiques and advice from the instructor as he works one-on-one with each student to guide them in their personal style and goals. This course is excellent for students pursuing abstract or nonobjective imagery, seeking knowledgeable feedback and a focused community painting environment. Painting experience recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Lithography"
Wednesdays, May 29 - August 7, 2024
 

Lithography is a versatile printmaking process that allows for a complete range of drawing effects: contour line, hatching/cross-hatching, painterly wash applications, expressive mark-making, and reductive techniques. Learn all aspects of the lithographic process through step-by-step demonstrations and hands-on practice: preparing a traditional stone or lightweight aluminum plate; creating your own drawing from observation, imagination or photographic transfer using a range of drawing materials; selecting paper; printing in black-and-white and color; and editioning your prints. Note: Tuition includes a $20 lab fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ron Wyffels
Cost: $470
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Screenprinting and Beyond"
Thursdays, May 30 - August 8, 2024
 

The versatile nature of screenprinting lends itself to printing on paper, fabric and other surfaces. For the beginner, this course will cover all aspects of the process including screen preparation, image development, and printing techniques. Printmakers with experience may propose independent projects. Note: Tuition includes $20 lab fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Tony Rosati
Cost: $470
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Stone Carving"
Saturdays, June 1 - August 10, 2024
 

Explore the possibilities of stone carving by using traditional and nontraditional methods. All processes from rough carving to polishing will be covered, and various tools and techniques will be demonstrated. Develop proficiency in basic tool use including manual carving, pneumatic carving, sawing, grinding, and sanding. Open to all levels. Tuition includes $20 lab fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Steve Nocella
Cost: $470
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Plein Air Painting in Gouache"
Saturdays, June 1-29, 2024
 

Gouache (opaque watercolor paint) is the perfect medium for landscape painting in the open air! Painters of all levels will fall in love with it as a portable, fast-drying, and easy-to-clean-up alternative to oils. Explore gouache’s subtle but vibrant color and versatile application methods as you portray the beauty of Philadelphia’s parks in your own personal style. Learn techniques for choosing a composition, mixing color, and working efficiently outdoors as you complete a series of rapid sketches and at least one sustained painting. Open to all levels. Painting locations featuring shade, restrooms, and other amenities may include Wissahickon Park in Mt. Airy, Washington Square Park near Independence Hall, and Bartram's Garden in Southwest Philadelphia. Students are responsible for their own transportation.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Makers' Retreats: Untamed Improvisation - Quilting Retreat with Sheila Frampton-Cooper"
June 1-8, 2024
 

Come, share your passion for quilting & painting on fabric with like-minded enthusiasts against the backdrop of France’s serene landscapes, vivacious culture, and historical charm. Join us as we explore inspiring landscapes and captivating landmarks, gathering creative inspiration for your fiber art masterpieces. These instructive and invigorating journeys will enhance not only your understanding of motifs but also your ability to integrate and juxtapose elements within your fiber art compositions. One of the course’s key aspects is the development of your personalized idea book - a valuable resource for organizing and archiving your artistic vision. We will discuss its creation and utility, ensuring that your book successfully captures your observations and serves as a vital tool for future artistic endeavors.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Sheila Frampton-Cooper
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + $1,100 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Finding Your Voice in Watercolor"
June 2-7, 2024
 

Watercolor paintings can be so much more than a checklist of watercolor techniques. David goes beyond paint application basics and shows how to construct strong, vibrant, personality-filled paintings. David firmly believes that planning does not destroy creativity, but creates opportunity. Daily one-on-one critiques and demos will be vital to helping you find your watercolor voice.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: David Daniels
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Figure as a Point of Departure Workshop"
June 7-9, 2024
 

If you are tired of getting lost in the details and traditional modes of representational painting and want to take a risk by exploring new ways of expressing the human form, this class is for you. Learn to paint and draw the human figure in a looser, more expressionistic contemporary manner. Expert instruction and advice from the instructor will push students to work more intuitively, allowing unplanned marks and passages to become artistic breakthroughs. Examples of contemporary ways of using the figure will be provided to enhance your understanding of the abstract qualities of space, line and color. Sessions include live painting time, with critiques and advice from the instructor. Open to all levels of figure drawing/painting experience.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Mosaic Workshop"
June 8-15, 2024
 

Intro: brief history of mosaic – main mosaic techniques – focus on the direct method. Materials: learn how to use various materials, adhesives and alternative supports. In this course you will use: glass, lava stone, terracotta, resin, concrete, natural stones and recycled materials. Tools: knowledge and usage of the key tools (hardie, hammer, glass cutter and pliers). Processes: theoretical and practical study of 1) Ceramization of the lava stone – 2) Application of the gold leaf – 3) Usage of resin. Advanced: how to design and realize more complex things like 3D works, land art, jewelry and luminous works. End of course: creation of a unique and fully customized mosaic work of art, for each student.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Michele Picone
Cost: € 2600
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
June 10-19, 2024
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Nine full days of plein air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, and gastronomy in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our teaching approach and groups limited to eight participants allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3975 (around US$ 3000) includes instruction, 9-night accommodation in single and double rooms (limited single rooms available at no extra cost), all breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.), train ticket to Florence, and a tour to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Lucignano, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3000
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Pen & Watercolor Illustration in Tuscany!"
June 12-19, 2024
 

Picture yourself sitting in an outdoor cafe in one of the piazzas, sketchbook in hand, immersed in capturing the life around you while enjoying a cappuccino. Let me share the techniques I use in my work using a very portable means of sketching - pen and ink and watercolor – to record the beautiful, sensitive lines of an old building or the bold strokes of a street scene. Learn to zoom in on the important elements when working in the field to create interesting compositions and lasting memories with texture and rich washes of color! This class covers pen and ink and watercolor wash techniques, composition and simple perspective.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Ann Thomas
Cost: From $3,850.00 per person all-inclusive
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-407-7127


"Fine Art Mentorship with Mary Whyte"
Wednesdays, June 12 - November 20, 2024
 

Embark on a transformative artistic journey alongside the acclaimed artist Mary Whyte in an exclusive six-month mentorship course crafted to elevate your artistic abilities and unlock your true creative potential. Building on the foundation of Mary's Portraiture Masterclass, this course takes a deep dive into the intricacies of her video series, allowing you to seamlessly integrate its fundamental lessons into the creation of your own art. Mary will offer bi-weekly personalized feedback, providing invaluable insights to refine your technique and sharpen your artistic vision. This ongoing interaction serves as a catalyst for growth, offering expert guidance tailored to your unique artistic journey. Gain inspiration and knowledge that will deepen your understanding of the creative process.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $2195
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Finding Freedom with Intuitive & Playful Watercolor"
June 13, 2024
 

Join Angela Fehr for an immersive journey into intuitive, playful watercolor painting. This dynamic class encourages experimentation and spontaneity, helping you unlock your creativity and express yourself with confidence. Perfect for beginners and experienced artists alike, Angela's expert guidance will inspire you to explore new techniques and embrace your unique artistic vision. Join us for "Finding Freedom with Intuitive & Playful Watercolor" and discover the joy of painting without limits.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Angela Fehr
Cost: $79
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Painting in Provence: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
June 15-22, 2024
 

There’s a bookshelf in my studio that holds more than 30 travel sketchbooks. Every time I browse through them, memories of a specific place come flooding back — and not just the sights. Sounds, scents and flavours, snippets of conversations with a farmer, the taste of my morning coffee and brioche — it’s all still there, fresh in my mind, the moment I crack open a sketchbook. That’s what I love best about travel sketching. How the act of putting pencil and paint to paper enriches the total experience, and preserves it forever. Come sketch with me in Provence, where we’ll capture this historic region’s beauty and character in our sketchbooks.
 
Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf
Cost: $3,990
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Perfectly Imperfect Mark Making"
June 16-20, 2024
 

Our world moves very fast. This retreat-like workshop focuses on slowing down and relishing in process rather than product. Supplies needed are minimal and no machine is necessary. Small compositions will be created with an emphasis on how to use the hand stitch as a major design element. So grab a bag of fabric scraps and your favorite hand sewing tools, and jump on board. This is not a technique workshop where you learn how to hand stitch. The focus is on using the stitch line as mark making on cloth. The stitch marks are the brush strokes that make the composition complete. Each day opens with a design presentation. Students will explore personal mark making preferences, with the power of parallel play in groups.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Deborah Fell
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Painting in Provence: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
June 22-29, 2024
 

There’s a bookshelf in my studio that holds more than 30 travel sketchbooks. Every time I browse through them, memories of a specific place come flooding back — and not just the sights. Sounds, scents and flavours, snippets of conversations with a farmer, the taste of my morning coffee and brioche — it’s all still there, fresh in my mind, the moment I crack open a sketchbook. That’s what I love best about travel sketching. How the act of putting pencil and paint to paper enriches the total experience, and preserves it forever. Come sketch with me in Provence, where we’ll capture this historic region’s beauty and character in our sketchbooks.
 
Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf
Cost: $3,990
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Makers' Retreats: Conversations between Drawing and Thread with Chloe Briggs & Angela Maddock"
June 22-29, 2024
 

This workshop brings together two artists, Chloe Briggs & Angela Maddock, in an immersive week of drawing and textile making. Inspired by the gardens and landscape of Clos Mirabel in South West France, you will be encouraged to develop your individual style with the support and guidance of these skilled and generous practitioner/tutors. Chloe will share her enthusiasm for drawing and love of colour and Angela will share many textile making techniques, including embroidery stitches, couching, applique and trapunto quilting.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Chloe Briggs & Angela Maddock
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £450 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2024"
June 25 - July 6, 2024
 

A unique art workshop/art tour open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Seven days of plein-air painting, art history/theory lectures, and gastronomy in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence followed by four days visiting Barcelona’s top art sites and enjoying Catalan cuisine. The price of CAD 4475 per person (around US$ 3350) includes instruction,11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 healthy lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from the Manosque train station to our lodge, transportation to all painting sites, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrance fees to all sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Miró Museum, etc.). Limited single rooms for a supplement of CAD 850 around US$ 650.
 
Location: Alpes de Haute-Provence, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3350
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2024"
June 25 - July 6, 2024
 

A unique art workshop/art tour open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Seven days of plein-air painting, art history/theory lectures, and gastronomy in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence followed by four days visiting Barcelona’s top art sites and enjoying Catalan cuisine. The price of CAD 4475 per person (around US$ 3350) includes instruction,11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 healthy lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from the Manosque train station to our lodge, transportation to all painting sites, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrance fees to all sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Miró Museum, etc.). Limited single rooms for a supplement of CAD 850 around US$ 650.
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3350
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting Holidays: Trees of Indian Miniature Painting with Samantha Buckley"
June 29 - July 6, 2024
 

Join Samantha Buckley for an exciting painting workshop exploring the traditional techniques of Indian miniature painting. The park and gardens of Atelier Clos Mirabel including century old trees, will inspire your artwork and provide a relaxing setting for this week-long creative retreat in South West France. During this course, students will discover the traditional techniques of Indian miniature painting, focusing in particular on the wonderful world of trees. Exploring the pattern, texture and colour, students will learn how to prepare and burnish their paper in the traditional Indian way, as well as make paints from pigments. The delicate technique of Prataj (shading) will also be taught using the very fine Indian squirrel hair brush unique to this art form.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Samantha Buckley
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £400 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Monoprint/Etching"
Mondays, July 1 - August 5, 2024
 

This course presents basic intaglio and monotype printing techniques including monoprint, drypoint, etching, aquatint, collograph and polymer plate methods. Image embellishments will include embossing, chine collé, collage, paper plates and mixed media techniques. All levels welcome; experienced students may continue independent work. Tuition includes a $20 lab fee. 
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Tony Rosati
Cost: $315
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Abstract Drawing/Mixed-Media: 10 Rules for Art Students"
Tuesdays, July 2 - August 6, 2024
 

Artist, philosopher, and influential 20th-century composer John Cage, along with artist and educator Sister Corita Kent, developed a set of 10 Rules for Students and Teachers to encourage artistic production. Learn to apply these valuable guidelines to your own creative processes to find useful and meaningful ways of generating ideas, moving past ruts or stumbling blocks, and maintaining a steady and productive studio practice.  This hands-on drawing/mixed-media class will utilize engaging exercises to challenge you to go beyond your comfort zone and find inspiration in chance and impediments. Work on paper in your choice of media from imagination or prompts to explore means of building abstract imagery through personal means of mark-making and layering.  Instruction will be supplemented by discussions.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor atmospheric landscape in Sicily"
July 6-13, 2024
 

Join us for a week of landscape watercolor painting in the Sicilian seaside with Prafull B. Sawant. Prafull Sawant is an Indian contemporary artist, he has long been considered one of the foremost Realistic artists in the world. He is best known for his Plain Air atmospheric landscapes that captures the light to create the mood and space of the scene. We are so proud that he’s coming to SALINARA for the first time. Daily painting excursions to surrounding salt pans, local markets, vineyards, villages such as the medieval town Erice, and Archeological Park of Selinunte, one of the most flourishing classical civilizations of the Mediterranean area. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Prafull B. Sawant
Cost: From € 2050
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Mosaic Workshop"
July 6-13, 2024
 

Intro: brief history of mosaic – main mosaic techniques – focus on the direct method. Materials: learn how to use various materials, adhesives and alternative supports. In this course you will use: glass, lava stone, terracotta, resin, concrete, natural stones and recycled materials. Tools: knowledge and usage of the key tools (hardie, hammer, glass cutter and pliers). Processes: theoretical and practical study of 1) Ceramization of the lava stone – 2) Application of the gold leaf – 3) Usage of resin. Advanced: how to design and realize more complex things like 3D works, land art, jewelry and luminous works. End of course: creation of a unique and fully customized mosaic work of art, for each student.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Michele Picone
Cost: € 2600
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"From Start to Finish: Figure Painting in Oils Workshop"
July 6-13, 2024
 

Embark on a captivating artistic journey in this hands-on five-day workshop where you’ll learn to create a stunning figure painting from the initial concept to the final brushstroke. Through comprehensive instruction, personalized guidance, and collaborative discussions, you’ll experience the exhilarating process of bringing a figure painting to life using the expressive medium of oil.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Trisha Lambi
Cost: € 2600
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Urban Sketching Workshop in Mexico"
July 8-12, 2024
 

Urban sketching is a skill anybody can learn! It will change the way you perceive the world. Whether you are a novice or a sketcher who feels they can do better, this workshop is for you. The focus is on black and white. It is the foundation of all sketching styles. Build confidence and practice urban sketching to capture the essence of the place by learning: What to look for, How to start the sketch, How to simplify the busy surroundings. Your Facilitator: Cristiana Mar is an experienced artist, architect, and educator, teaching adults, leading workshops in US and Mexico since 1989. Our location is Guanajuato, World Heritage city, the capital of Guanajuato state.
 
Location: Guanajuato, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Mar
Cost: $500.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art
Website, email, 322-153-1906


"Developing Personal Visual Archetypes"
July 8-9, 2024
 

Often, Southern folklife is represented visually as a whole in redundant cliches. The repainted tropes strip away all meaning, beauty and dignity, and unfortunately, result in a loss of interest and respect, with the real danger of having no societal contribution. Nonney shares new visual archetypes that are based on specifics – regional folklife, folklore and indigenous flora and fauna, but with an added personal twist. These twists reclaim individuality, and use modernism coupled with tradition to create a new depiction of Southern Art. Create your own new archetypes influenced by her presentation.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Nonney Oddlokken
Cost: $80 / $65 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Pour, Peel, and Paint: Abstract Techniques in Acrylics"
Thursdays, July 11 - August 15, 2024
 

Push the boundaries of what it means to paint with acrylics in this exciting exploration into experimental techniques. Explore the fluid, sculptural, assembled possibilities of acrylics! This hands-on, one-of-a-kind journey will take you places that you never thought you would go in acrylic painting: pour paint to make layers of color that can be peeled up, sculpted into three-dimensional forms, or collaged and layered into other works. Create flexible tiles of acrylic color that can be snipped, shaped, and assembled into mosaics or applied to a variety of surfaces for artistic or decorative effects. Discover a myriad of alternative supports, brushes, and methods of paint application to incorporate abstract effects into your current body of work.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Land Art and Mindfulness Workshop"
July 13-14, 2024
 

Nature can stimulate creativity and mindfulness, and likewise mindful creativity can amplify one’s appreciation of nature. Improve your ability to be conscious in and with nature by creating a temporary artwork in a natural setting using the materials found there. Making an artwork onsite not only amplifies attention to the beautiful details of one’s surroundings, but also the ephemeral, or impermanent, nature of land work releases the artist from preconceived ideas or pressures of making a lasting "product" so that they can be concerned only with creating in the moment. Students will create their works in Montgomery County's peaceful Fort Washington State Park, and afterward photograph it or make a short video to preserve the memory.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Handquilting"
Saturdays, July 13 - August 3, 2024
 

The act of hand-stitching is a meditative and relaxing process that produces beautiful and unique results without any machine required. Learn the techniques of slow-stitching by creating your own small (wall-hanging)-sized quilt. All techniques will be taught by hand, but students are welcome to bring personal sewing machines if they wish. The following methods will be taught: Patchwork, Applique (raw edge and turned edge), Traditional quilting & tied quilting, and Binding.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sheryl Kessler
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Floral Arrangement: Creating Fused Flower Quilts"
July 14-19, 2024
 

Making beautiful flowers, concentric patterns, block design, and experimenting with exotic fabrics are all included in this class. Learn Sue’s layered construction technique for cutting, assembling, and arranging flowers as she has done in her extensive Flower Series quilts. This class will give you the opportunity to use gorgeous fabrics and expansive color—plus, the construction method can be applied to other designs. Create a study quilt (about 16”x16”), then move on to a larger, more involved art quilt with surprising complexity and power. (Those who are taking this class a second time can expand on these concepts.)
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Sue Benner
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Botanical Printing & Dyeing"
July 21-25, 2024
 

During this workshop students learn about the history of dyeing and printing with plants; how to prepare fabric/fiber for dyeing and printing; ways to secure and alter dye color on cloth; and many ways to get patterns and images on fabric with a variety of mordants and plant materials. We begin by gathering as many of our printing and dyeing plants as possible from the surrounding area. Then we explore dyeing solid and mottled colors with botanical pigments both individually and in combination; printing plant materials onto fabrics; eco-printing and dyeing together; and using some simple shibori techniques in conjunction with eco-printing and dyeing.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Lisa Binkley
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Making and Printing Linocuts"
July 26-27, 2024
 

The workshop will show participants how to make a relief print without a press. There will be a visual lecture showcasing the variety of artists working in this medium and the history of relief printmaking from both fine art imagery making and commercial use. Jennifer Basile also introduces the materials on which these lino-blocks can be printed, guiding participants toward the best surface for their work. Participants will create works of art or repeat patterns that can be printed numerous times to make other artworks beyond their relief image.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Jennifer Basile
Cost: $110 / $85 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Mixed Media Collage Workshop"
July 27-28, 2024
 

Collage has the incredible capacity to combine disparate materials, text, and imagery into a single, coherent composition that is textural, colorful, and visually interesting or even surprising. It also can serve as a great means of personal expression, story-telling, or self-exploration, combining objects from the artist’s life or surroundings. Explore the many ways you can create your own imagery through mixed media collage by examining composition, communication, and assembling techniques. Experiment with found objects, images, photo transfer, paint, ink, and dry media on various surfaces. Examine the collage and mixed media work by master artists such as Pablo Picasso, Hannah Hoch, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Richard Hamilton, Miriam Schapiro and Anselm Kiefer. This course is open to all levels. No prior experience necessary.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Susan Sullivan
Cost: $105
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Create Floral Mandalas with Procreate"
July 28 - August 1, 2024
 

Come… relax your creative spirit through the magic of Procreate’s rotational symmetry. It’s easy to learn and it creates stunning results. This workshop is perfect for both Procreate enthusiasts and for those who have been curious about learning this amazing drawing App. Come…explore the fantasy of florals…the possibilities of Procreate, and the meditative power of the Mandala. This experience will restore you creatively —in both mind and spirit.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Beth Buffington
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Storytelling Through Mixed Media Collage"
July 29-30, 2024
 

The workshop includes a short lecture and presentation highlighting storytelling through mixed media collage with the use of historical imagery. Participants will observe a demonstration and view artwork made by the artist instructor. A hands-on session follows, covering the use of mixed media collage including examples of methods and projects as well as reference materials for the classroom. Lavett Ballard is a female mixed media visual artist, art historian, curator and author. She holds a dual Bachelor’s in Studio Art and Art History with a minor in Museum Studies from Rutgers University- Camden and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Ballard’s art has been commissioned twice as a cover for Time Magazine.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Lavett Ballard
Cost: $100 / $75 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Full Day Artist Retreat 2024"
August 3, 2024
 

This workshop will focus on working in abstraction while considering some basic fundamentals exploring composition, colour and expressive brushwork. This event is held at my Niagara-on-the-Lake studio. The studio is bright and spacious, and registration is limited to 10 people. Outdoor painting may be an option, weather permitting. In this workshop you will learn how to plan work as well as work intuitively to create a loose and confident painting which speaks to your unique style. No lugging of paints and materials! All GOLDEN Artist quality paints and mediums are included along with 16”x20” canvas. A healthy artisan lunch is included and all beverages. All participants will take home their abstract work along with an Artist Pack gift.
 
Location: Niagara, Canada
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Cost: $185
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"The Painterly Landscape Painting Retreat"
August 4-8, 2024
 

This unique painting retreat is a rare opportunity to join Alain in the beautiful setting of the CT River Valley to loosen up your landscapes! We’ll work both in the studio and outdoors on the grounds and gardens of the beautiful CT River Valley Inn. This workshop is designed to empower you with successful strategies for loosening up your landscapes with bold marks and fresh color. Learn to simplify complex scenes into clear shapes, values, and edges. Organize these shapes into strong design and color combinations using bold, expressive marks to interpret your environment for a lush painterly look. Discover innovative approaches to color through the use of underpainting techniques and interpretive color strategies that will break you out of your routine.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Alain Picard
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Spontaneous Abstraction"
August 10-11, 2024
 

Many artists can feel frustrated in front of a blank canvas, unsure of how to start and what to paint. This workshop offers a step-by-step technique which will enable you to paint with confidence by tapping into your intuitive process and finding inspiration more easily. Experienced instruction and advice from the instructor will push students to take chances and explore unexpected directions and accidental marks as a means of achieving artistic discoveries. Demonstration of different drawing and painting techniques will enhance your knowledge of the process of painting. Students will utilize line, color and space, as well as the possibilities of editing, to create busy/calm areas and focal points in their paintings. Painting experience recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Flora & Fauna in Watercolor"
August 15-17, 2024
 

The first day. Students will focus on the fauna, watercolor techniques, positive and negative space, fur, scales, feathers, eyes, claws, paws, texture, and other details of curiosity. Day Two. The focus will be on the flora, some select plants of the region, watercolor techniques, wildflowers, garden blossoms, leaves, shapes, color, texture, light, dark, positive shapes, negative space and other details of the wonder and magic of watercolor. Day Three. Students will bring the plants and animals together. Each artist will create two sketches using the plants and animals of their choice. For more information, visit patbankswatercolors.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Pat Banks
Cost: $500 Museum members/ $550 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Art on the Water"
August 24 - September 1, 2024
 

Special Interest 9 day Plein Air Painting/Sketching Workshop in Grand Canyon National Park *Painting White Water, Side Canyons and Botany * Managing artwork in the wilderness, Setting up quick compositions *Talks on Art History in Grand Canyon *Workshops on sketching, limiting colors and quick composition
 
Location: Grand Canyon, Arizona
Instructor: Ani Eastwood with Grand Canyon Expeditions
Sponsor: Grand Canyon Expeditions Company
Website, email, 1-800-544-2691


"A Sense of Place in Tuscany"
September 4-11, 2024
 

Join Alison for a week of joyful exploration of Place, in the beautiful city of Cortona. Sitting in ancient squares, by fountains, or in cafes, I’ll show you some simple ways to capture buildings. In markets we’ll talk about how to include figures in your sketches. Overlooking vistas of vineyards and far off hills, we’ll explore how to simplify the scene to focus on important elements and create depth. Drawing and painting on loose pages rather than in a watercolour journal, allows us to loosen up and have fun with experimental techniques and a variety of media. We’ll work with watercolour, pen, ink, marker, on different papers, to create images, which we will curate into a concertina book.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Alison Watt
Cost: From $3,790.00 per person all-inclusive
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-407-7127


"Embracing Chaos - Techniques in Abstraction and Figurative Work"
September 5-9, 2024
 

Do you have moments of complete frustration with your work? We all do. In this course Melinda will help you to embrace those moments and learn to work with the idea of Chaos and ‘The Uglies’ in your paintings in order to achieve rich work with history and lasting interest. Are you looking for more personal expression? We will look at setting Creative and Conceptual Intentions in order to create meaningful, individual work. We will focus on the importance of contrast in our work by looking at the Elements of Design which will give you concrete ideas in abstraction. These Elements, mixed with several approaches to Figurative Abstraction will spark your creativity and give you lots to work on going forward.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Melinda Cootsona
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"In-Class: With an Eye to Color"
September 9-11, 2024
 

The primary focus of this 3-day in-classroom workshop will be on color. While Cynthia is known as a palette knife painter and will give a knife demo, the aim of the workshop is to help people find their own visual voice. What separates you from your fellow painters, what are your particular skills and strengths from which to grow?
 
Location: Marietta, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Cynthia Rosen
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Susquehanna Art Workshops
Website, email, 717-314-9551


"Still Life Painting in Acrylic or Oil"
September 12-15, 2024
 

Using demonstrations each day and individual assistance at each easel, Donna will explain her process of creating vibrant paintings. She will demonstrate values and color mixing and composition. Donna always asks the goals set by her students so that she might help fulfill that goal. Bland lives and paints in the Austin, Texas area. She loves to learn, create and share what she has experienced in finishing a painting. No words to describe the joy in painting outdoors in the Texas Hill Country, Colorado or Mexico. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, the Austin Plein Air Painters, American Women Artists and Artists of Texas. For more information, visit donnabland.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Donna Bland
Cost: $600 Museum members/ $650 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Mosaic Workshop"
September 14-21, 2024
 

Intro: brief history of mosaic – main mosaic techniques – focus on the direct method. Materials: learn how to use various materials, adhesives and alternative supports. In this course you will use: glass, lava stone, terracotta, resin, concrete, natural stones and recycled materials. Tools: knowledge and usage of the key tools (hardie, hammer, glass cutter and pliers). Processes: theoretical and practical study of 1) Ceramization of the lava stone – 2) Application of the gold leaf – 3) Usage of resin. Advanced: how to design and realize more complex things like 3D works, land art, jewelry and luminous works. End of course: creation of a unique and fully customized mosaic work of art, for each student.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Michele Picone
Cost: € 2600
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Makers' Retreats: Creating Hooked Textiles Inspired by the French Pyrenees with Graham Hollick"
September 14-21, 2024
 

Join Graham Hollick in the French Pyrenees for an immersive journey into the art of rug hooking. Whether you’re hooking your first thread or you’re seasoned in the craft, Graham will lead you through every step of the creative process. Throughout the week, you’ll have the chance to embark on inspiring excursions to the Pyrenees National Park, explore the historical tapestries at the Château de Pau, or take leisurely walks in the picturesque Clos Mirabel park, infusing your work with the magic of the surroundings. Acquire simple yet highly effective techniques such as collage, plein-air sketching, color matching, textiles analysis, and the use of textiles from recycled materials.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Graham Hollick
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 400€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Create with Expression & Emotion with Giuliano Boscaini"
September 17-19, 2024
 

Come and express in paint with this dynamic artist from Italy. In order for this workshop to proceed ahead, due to the artist flying from Italy, reservations need to be made before February 29, 2024.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Giuliano Boscaini
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc. Studio
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"Immersive watercolor workshop in Sicily"
September 21-28, 2024
 

Sicily – It's on everyone's bucket list, with colorful sunsets, olive groves, vineyards, and picturesque villages with narrow streets, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, it’s a painters paradise… And it will be our home for 7 days. The workshop is hosted by the retreat center Salinara. Our daily watercolor routine will include daily demonstrations by Gary, along with time for individual instruction. Afternoons will vary between painting time, exploring the region on your own, or possible one of the many activities offered through Salinara – on designated days Gary will conduct group critique over cocktails before the evening meal.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Gary Tucker
Cost: From 2300 $
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
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"Painting Holidays: Discover the Joys of Mixed Media with Jenny Muncaster"
September 21-28, 2024
 

Join Jenny Muncaster for a fun week of inspiration and discovery. Jenny is committed to making creativity available to everyone, during this week-long painting holiday she will introduce you to different techniques using a whole range of wonderful art materials. Combining traditional & non-traditional methods & tools for exploring line, painting, print, texture & collage in your work. Using these new skills, capture & interpret your subject matter to create totally original artwork inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Clos Mirabel in the French Pyrenees. At the end of the workshop, you will have gained a tool kit of creative skills & techniques, a new artistic energy, and a portfolio of paintings to be proud of!
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Jenny Muncaster
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 350€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Abstract Immersive Collections"
September 22-26, 2024
 

Immerse yourself in a deep dive into the creative process of Abstract Painting with elements of collage and mixed media. Students who have a desire to find their own personal voice and style while learning the fundamentals of painting with acrylics (and mixed media) in an abstract manner, will find many opportunities to flourish in this robust workshop. Jodi Ohl, artist and author of “Abstracts in Acrylic and Ink,” will guide students through a variety of inspiring chats, comprehensive demonstrations, and provide personal guidance daily. Students can expect to work on multiple pieces on both paper and canvas (or hardboard) to develop their own personal style and build on their body of existing work.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Handmade in Oaxaca Art+Culture: watercolor, mixed media, collage"
September 27 - October 6, 2024
 

Workshop focuses on the handmade - work you make, and the beautiful art & handicrafts made in Oaxaca. In the art class, we'll work in watercolor, adding locally sourced natural pigments to our palette. We'll also create pieces with mixed media & collage, using paper scraps, old magazines, maps & newspaper, bits of ephemera. We'll paint our own little wooden mask with instruction from a master mask maker. Includes field trips to a Sunday market, studio visits with an accomplished Oaxacan painter/printmaker, a papermaking studio, a master painter & mask maker, an art center housed in a renovated textile factory, and a guided street art walk - all mixed in with art instruction and creative play time.
 
Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
Instructor: Pedro Cruz Pacheco + Corrie McCluskey
Cost: $2475 (includes lodging + field trips)
Sponsor: Oaxaca Dreams / Talismán Oaxaca
Website, email, 707-327-2747


"Expressive Abstracts in Oil and Cold Wax"
September 28-30, 2024
 

This workshop will teach you how to paint with cold wax and oil in an abstract way. You will learn everything I know about this technique. We will work with several abstract compositions and learn about various materials, surface effects and techniques used to create unique pieces. Color harmony will also be part of this workshop. This workshop is geared towards the beginner to intermediate levels. Many demonstrations are given along with personal help and critique. Be sure to bring all supplies the first day!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Linda Benton McCloskey
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Capturing light and atmosphere with watercolor in Sicily"
September 28 - October 5, 2024
 

Keiko Tanabe is a Japanese contemporary artist who has won multiple awards. We are so proud that she’s coming to SALINARA for the fourth time. Come to enjoy a masterful tuition by Keiko Tanabe. Subject matters will be landscape, Mediterranean seascape, old historic city scape, and indoor locations in the authentic 18th century farmhouse where the participants will stay. Sicily is like a dream, colorful sunset, olive groves, lined vineyards, picturesque villages with narrow streets, churches, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, jovial, kind and friendly people, traditional foods and great local wine. Art, mixture of history and culture, nature create a unique atmosphere and stimulate your creativity. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: From € 2050
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Painting Mallorca in Watercolor"
September 28 - October 5, 2024
 

A Sketchbook Journaling Workshop with Karen Ramsay. Come join us and capture Mallorca in watercolor! As we fill our art travel journals with sketching and watercolors, Karen will give us tips and tricks for improving this special skill. Sketching on location, while traveling, is an art form that you can take with you on every future trip. The daily sketches that you create will become a treasured visual diary of your travel. During this week in Mallorca, we will explore the island, its many scenic areas - from the gorgeous views over the Mediterranean Sea to the small towns in the Tramuntana mountain range: the artist town of Deia, the scenic towns of Fornalutx and Valldemossa and the capital Palma.
 
Location: Valldemossa, Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Karen Ramsay
Cost: $3,890
Sponsor: Alpine Creative Tours
Website, email, 970-846-9000


"A Retreat for Artists - Umbria 2024"
September 28 - October 5, 2024
 

This exclusive retreat is designed to cater to experienced artists seeking a fresh, inspiring location to delve into their process and develop as artists. Nestled in the heart of Italy, Umbria’s breathtaking beauty is characterized by rolling hills covered in olive groves and vineyards, enchanting medieval villages perched atop hills, and ancient stone bridges over meandering rivers. The studio provided for the artists is spacious with natural light, ensuring the perfect creative environment. As part of the experience, artists will have the opportunity to explore neighboring villages, discover hidden gems, and capture the essence of this timelessly picturesque region on their canvases. Artists will be accommodated in a charming villa, offering single ensuite rooms and delectable meals.
 
Location: Umbria, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Cost: 1950 GBP
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"Flowerpalooza"
September 29 - October 4, 2024
 

I love painting florals!!! And I work in different techniques and mediums… including watercolor, acrylics, and alcohol inks. At this retreat, I will share all kinds of approaches to capturing the joyous spirit of flowers!!! We will play with drawing, stenciling, collaging and painting my very favorite subject matter… glorious flowers!!! It will be a Flowerpalooza!!! Any skill level is completely welcome!!! From beginner to established. I really enjoy bringing out the creativity in everyone at my retreats. And we will laugh, share and maybe even dance a little?? Being with kindred spirits is pure joy!!!
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Lori Siebert
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
October 1-10, 2024
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Nine full days of plein air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, and gastronomy in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our teaching approach and groups limited to eight participants allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3975 (around US$ 3000) includes instruction, 9-night accommodation in single and double rooms (limited single rooms available at no extra cost), all breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.), train ticket to Florence, and a tour to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Lucignano, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3000
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting Cruise: Italian Riviera and France"
October 3-12, 2024
 

5-star Painting and Cultural Cruise - Italian Riviera and France! 9 nights: from Barcelona to Rome. All Mediums | All Levels | Non-Painters | Independent Painters. Welcome to our exciting painting cruise across three countries! Embark on an extraordinary 5-star Mediterranean cruise, an artistic journey that unfolds from Barcelona to Rome. This luxurious voyage includes enchanting stops along the picturesque Italian Riviera and captivating destinations in France. As you sail through azure waters and experience the opulence of a 5-star cruise, immerse yourself in unique painting adventures at each port of call. Ports of Call: Barcelona, Marseille (Provence), Nice, Santa Margherita (Portofino), La Spezia (Cinque Terre, Florence, Pisa), Naples and Rome.
 
Location: Mediterranean Cruise, Italy
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: see website
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Painting Cruise: Italian Riviera and France"
October 3-12, 2024
 

5-star Painting and Cultural Cruise - Italian Riviera and France! 9 nights: from Barcelona to Rome. All Mediums | All Levels | Non-Painters | Independent Painters. Welcome to our exciting painting cruise across three countries! Embark on an extraordinary 5-star Mediterranean cruise, an artistic journey that unfolds from Barcelona to Rome. This luxurious voyage includes enchanting stops along the picturesque Italian Riviera and captivating destinations in France. As you sail through azure waters and experience the opulence of a 5-star cruise, immerse yourself in unique painting adventures at each port of call. Ports of Call: Barcelona, Marseille (Provence), Nice, Santa Margherita (Portofino), La Spezia (Cinque Terre, Florence, Pisa), Naples and Rome.
 
Location: Mediterranean Cruise, France
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: see website
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Painting Cruise: Italian Riviera and France"
October 3-12, 2024
 

5-star Painting and Cultural Cruise - Italian Riviera and France! 9 nights: from Barcelona to Rome. All Mediums | All Levels | Non-Painters | Independent Painters. Welcome to our exciting painting cruise across three countries! Embark on an extraordinary 5-star Mediterranean cruise, an artistic journey that unfolds from Barcelona to Rome. This luxurious voyage includes enchanting stops along the picturesque Italian Riviera and captivating destinations in France. As you sail through azure waters and experience the opulence of a 5-star cruise, immerse yourself in unique painting adventures at each port of call. Ports of Call: Barcelona, Marseille (Provence), Nice, Santa Margherita (Portofino), La Spezia (Cinque Terre, Florence, Pisa), Naples and Rome.
 
Location: Mediterranean Cruise, Spain
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: see website
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Knowing Watercolor Techniques"
Oct 4, Nov 1, Dec 6, Jan 3, Feb 7, Mar 7
 

In this advanced mentorship-style course with renowned artist Hazel Soan, we venture deeper into the captivating realm of watercolor artistry. The goal is to empower you with the knowledge and skills necessary to apply these techniques confidently and achieve the desired artistic effects. Whether you're continuing your journey from our initial program or embarking on this second stage independently, this course promises to enhance your grasp of watercolor techniques and inspire a newfound trust in the medium's ability to bring your artistic visions to life. Join us and elevate your watercolor artistry to the next level.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Hazel Soan
Cost: $545
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Watercolor Painting"
October 7-10, 2024
 

The workshop sessions begin as Couch completes a painting, explaining what he is doing, and why, as he paints. Students paint in the afternoons, after which Couch critiques all the day’s completed work, including his own. An optional slide show/lecture on the principles of design – including color and composition – will be presented in the afternoon of the first day. Couch has won over 70 national awards and his work has been included in three annual exhibitions of the National Academy of Design. For more information, visit tonycouch.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Tony Couch
Cost: $600 Museum members/ $650 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Urban Sketching Workshop in Mexico"
October 8-12, 2024
 

Urban sketching is a skill anybody can learn! It will change the way you perceive the world. Whether you are a novice or a sketcher who feels they can do better, this workshop is for you. The focus is on black and white. It is the foundation of all sketching styles. Build confidence and practice urban sketching to capture the essence of the place by learning: What to look for, How to start the sketch, How to simplify the busy surroundings. Your Facilitator: Cristiana Mar is an experienced artist, architect, and educator, teaching adults, leading workshops in US and Mexico since 1989. Our location is Guanajuato, World Heritage city, the capital of Guanajuato state.
 
Location: Guanajuato, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Mar
Cost: $500.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art
Website, email, 322-153-1906


"Colors & Textures in The Pastel Landscape"
October 11-13, 2024
 

This workshop will elevate your artistic journey with successful strategies for creating painterly landscapes. 10 steps for success will be accentuated. Eve will demonstrate how to choose effective reference photos while activating your scene using underpainting techniques. She will do two demos per day utilizing different techniques. You will learn how to choose dynamic compositions using thumbnails, 3 to 5 simple shapes, values and edges. We will cover harmony, tips for loosening your painting style, art apps for success, as well as many tips and tools. A constructive and encouraging appraisal will wrap up our workshop!
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Eve Miller
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor Plein Air Painting Retreat in Sicily"
October 12-19, 2024
 

Join us for a plein air watercolour painting retreat in delightful and peaceful West-Sicily with Polish watercolorist Michal Jasiewicz. We are so proud that he’s coming to SALINARA for the second time. Michal will be your tutor during your stay at the stunning Salinara Art Farm, in the Trapani region. Daily painting excursions to surrounding salt pans, local markets, vineyards, villages such as the medieval town Erice, and Archeological Park of Selinunte, one of the most flourishing classical civilizations of the Mediterranean area. The workshop will take you through selecting a dramatic composition and simplifying it, tone, light, color theory, effects and how to build up a watercolour painting in a structured, demonstration-led setting. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Michal Jasiewicz
Cost: From € 1750
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Photo Real Fiber Art"
October 13-17, 2024
 

Photorealism is a genre of art that encompasses painting and drawing in which an artist studies a photograph and attempts to reproduce the image as realistically as possible in another medium. In this workshop, you will be reproducing an image of your choosing using Melissa’s award-winning techniques for transforming a photograph into a masterpiece of Fiber Art. You will learn to see as an artist does, select appropriate fabrics, build a pictorial quilt from an image using a raw edge applique method. You will then learn to enhance your work by adding depth, dimension and detail with inks. This is a technique class where we will be working only on the quilt top. No sewing involved.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Melissa Sobotka
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Umbria Art History"
weekly, May to October 2024
 

Introducing history of art in Umbria – journey among the wonder. Day 1 Assisi – before and after Giotto: Cimabue and Pietro Cavallini. Investigation around art changings through the XIII century. Day 2 Spoleto – Alberto Sotio: unique XII century school of art in remote Umbria, how byzantine influences have produced masterpieces. Day 3 Montefalco – Benozzo Gozzoli: a piece of Florence in Umbria. Spello – Pinturicchio: artist of the most reach XVth century courts of Italian Renaissance. Day 4 Orvieto – From ‘300 to ‘500: three centuries in a single masterpiece, the Duomo of Orvieto and the ‘Fabrica’. Day 5 Perugia – briefing up: Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, eight centuries of History of Art in Umbria in one place.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Irene Maturi
Cost: € 2600
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Makers' Retreats: An Embroidered Journey with Sam Hunter"
October 19-26, 2024
 

Sam Hunter leads this bespoke tour, designed to allow you to enjoy the beauty of place, the harmony of a small group, and to discover the little-known treasures of South West France including the Pyrenees Atlantiques and the Béarn. The week includes tuition, creative instruction and collaboration with Sam as she helps you design and stitch the cover of a journal, taking inspiration from the week of activities. Throughout the week you will develop your journal content using writings, drawings, photos and ephemera that will serve as a cherished memento of your trip. Embroidery starter kits will be supplied, as well as a selection of gorgeous threads from our thread sponsors. Suitable for all levels. No prior artistic experience necessary.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Sam Hunter
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 750€ Tour + $997 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"4-Day Workshop: Creating Expressive & Dynamic Watercolor"
October 21-24, 2024
 

Mon-Thurs Oct 21-24, 2024 from 9:30am-3:30pm. $575 Art League of OC Members, $720 Non-Members. There will be a wide variety of watercolor techniques that will be discussed and demonstrated including positive and negative painting, composition, using creative colors, glazing, charging color, and many more. Students will begin each day with a demonstration painting that will be finished before lunch. The daily demonstration will be different each day so that you will see a wide variety of subject matter and styles including landscapes, floral, stylized, and abstract. Edwards preferred method of painting is to use large brushes for most of the painting and complete the painting with a small amount of details towards the end using smaller brushes.
 
Location: Ocean City, Maryland
Instructor: Sterling Edwards
Cost: $575 ALOC Members, $720 Non-Members
Sponsor: Art League of Ocean City
Website, email, 410-524-9433


"Granada in my Sketchbook"
October 25 - November 1, 2024
 

Granada in the south of Spain is one of the most exciting, different, and welcoming cities I know. So much is going on there in the culture historically and present. We will work mostly in our sketchbooks and Journals during our week in Granada. Moving around with only a backpack and light stools will be easier. We’ll be sketching alleys and mountains, the old casbah, and the famous Alhambra from inside and its surroundings—Flamenco performances in local bars, also gardens, and urban views. We will stay in beautiful accommodation in the heart of the old city, and from there we will have access to our sketching adventure.
 
Location: Granada, Spain
Instructor: Tali Farchi
Cost: €2900
Sponsor: Artist Table
Website, email, +31 6 24903316


"Mosaic Workshop"
October 26 - November 2, 2024
 

Intro: brief history of mosaic – main mosaic techniques – focus on the direct method. Materials: learn how to use various materials, adhesives and alternative supports. In this course you will use: glass, lava stone, terracotta, resin, concrete, natural stones and recycled materials. Tools: knowledge and usage of the key tools (hardie, hammer, glass cutter and pliers). Processes: theoretical and practical study of 1) Ceramization of the lava stone – 2) Application of the gold leaf – 3) Usage of resin. Advanced: how to design and realize more complex things like 3D works, land art, jewelry and luminous works. End of course: creation of a unique and fully customized mosaic work of art, for each student.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Michele Picone
Cost: € 2600
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Día de Muertos Art + Culture Workshop with watercolor, group altar"
October 26 - November 4, 2024
 

Experience a hands-on, deep dive into the authentic traditions of Day of the Dead. Start with a visit to a local mercado for altar decorations & offerings. Then spend your days painting imagery & symbolic representations of loved ones in watercolor to honor their memories, assemble a beautiful group altar, construct & decorate a traditional sand tapestry. Visit two cemeteries where Oaxaqueños lovingly adorn the graves of their ancestors & bring offerings to share with their spirits. Participate in a comparsa - the traditional Muertos parade. Field trips include artisan studio visits: tapetes (woven wool rugs), alebrijes (carved wooden objects), and women's red clay collective (who will invite us to see their own gorgeous Muertos altar).
 
Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
Instructor: Pedro Cruz Pacheco + Corrie McCluskey
Cost: $2200 (lodging included)
Sponsor: Oaxaca Dreams / Talismán Oaxaca
Website, email, 707-327-2747


"Painting Retreat in Sicily, “Spirit, Mind, Body”"
October 27 - November 3, 2024
 

We invite you to join us in this relaxed, beautiful, historic place. Give yourself this time and space to joyfully become a better painter! The setting of Salinara, with its rustic beauty, farm fresh meals, and interesting excursions provides the perfect environment for our “Spirit,Mind,Body” experience. Your artistic SPIRIT will be recognized, encouraged, and celebrated as you work with other creative participants. Your MIND will be engaged by discussions of Art within the group, and your problem solving skills will be challenged as you are improving your painting ability. Your BODY will be nourished with fresh food, walks, biking, and yoga sessions. The emphasis on this workshop is to help promote skill-building with your painting, regardless of your level.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Qiang Huang and Suzanne Enriquez Dougher
Cost: From 2000 $
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
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"Watercolor Floral"
November 1 & 2, 2024
 

Join nationally renowned watercolor artist, Alan Shuptrine, for a floral/mist and lace watercolor workshop. Focusing on regional floral landscapes, Alan will teach students how to create a watercolor from dark to light using wet and dry-brush techniques, how to utilize lighting and distance to create your composition and applying detail in the foreground. A painter known for his watercolor technical ability, sensitive and thought-provoking paintings, Shuptrine has extended his reputation from a renowned master craftsman and water gilder to a nationally acclaimed watercolorist. For more information, visit alanshuptrine.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Alan Shuptrine
Cost: $400 Museum members/ $450 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Makers' Retreats: Linocut in Colour with Nick Morley"
November 2-9, 2024
 

Discover how to make linocuts in colour, using a variety of techniques. Starting with the basics of carving and printing, you will learn how to create a wide range of marks, patterns and textures to give your prints a unique look. Once you have mastered the basics, you will discover how to mix colours, control ink transparency and print in layers. You will also discover how to make beautiful colour blends to add depth and drama. Following on from the introductory sessions, you will work on your own project, with guidance from Nick, so you can explore linocut in the way you want. Nick will be on hand to give you advice and help you get the best results possible.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Nick Morley
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £500 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Makers' Retreats: Stories in Stitches - Quilting Retreat with Sujata Shah"
April 5-12, 2025
 

Join internationally renowned Sujata Shah with like-minded passionate quilters. Whether you are a seasoned quilter or a beginner, this retreat promises a journey of self-expression and artistic exploration. Enjoy a weeklong immersive stitching experience unlike any other. Set amidst the serene Béarnais countryside, an unknown part of SW France, with its rolling hills, vineyards and majestic Atlantic Pyrénées, this retreat offers the perfect environment to unwind, connect with nature, and unleash your creativity. This perfect soothing setting combined with focused expert instruction will give you long lasting joy and motivate you to undertake more ambitious quilted art works.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Sujata Shah
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + $950 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Catch the charm of Sicily with expressive bold strokes and colourful"
April 5-12, 2025
 

Amit Kapoor is a leading master of watercolor in India. Join us for a unique and exceptional watercolor painting workshop in Sicily with the Indian artist Amit Kapoor. It’s a beautiful opportunity for you to live and paint with a master artist in an authentic Sicilian farmhouse located just 500 m from the Mediterranean sea. Participants will learn Amit’s techniques and process to paint Plein-Air and in studio, how to be expressive with bold brush strokes and colourful palette. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Amit Kapoor
Cost: From € 2150
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
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"Painting the Poetic Landscape"
June 1-5, 2025
 

Barbara offers workshops in pastel or oil, or both, focusing on landscapes. Her workshops are primarily in the studio, but she may occasionally offer a plein air portion to a workshop if requested. All demos are in the studio. Her teaching style includes daily demonstrations, during which she talks through each step and allows questions. She provides exercises that have very specific objectives so that students are able to see achievable results and she offers plenty of individual assistance at the easel. Barbara holds Signature Memberships in Oil Painters of America and American Impressionist Society, is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, and an Eminent Pastelist with the International Association of Pastel Societies.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Ink, Print, Repeat"
June 8-13, 2025
 

Explore textile pattern design using DIY acrylic inks and textile paints that will leave your fabric with a soft hand and give you exactly the colors you want. Explore a multitude of ways to create richly textured “base” fabrics by applying acrylics inks with different types of brush-strokes, sponges, altering ink and water ratios, adding salt, mono-printing, and scrunching, as well as pleating, stitching, clamping and pole wrapping fabric with a variety of shibori techniques. Learn how to successfully print with foam, rubber and wood stamps. Master screen printing with thermofax screens, then apply pattern design principles using various types of repeats to print on your textured “base” fabrics. It’ll be a blast of inspiration, innovation, information and fun.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Judy Coates Perez
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Makers' Retreats: Piece Flow Joy: Quilting From The Heart with Sherri Lynn Wood"
August 30 - September 6, 2025
 

Join Sherri Lynn Wood for a restorative week of abstract piecing at the beautiful Atelier Clos Mirabel in the French Pyrénées, designed to get you out of your head and into your hands and heart. Nurture a receptive approach to freestyle quilting where you become the conduit through which creativity and patterns flow and are expressed. Learn ruler-free piecing techniques and how to harness your rhythm of attention and emotional energy into shape, colour and pattern to tell the unfolding story of being you!
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Sherri Lynn Wood
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + $750 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Makers' Retreats: Exploring Lino Cut with Emily Robertson"
September 6-13, 2025
 

Throughout the week you will be introduced to the art of lino cut printmaking with Emily Robertson. Drawing inspiration from the luxuriant, natural environment of Clos Mirabel and its surrounds, Emily will guide you in the creation of your own lino cut prints. She will demonstrate the full lino printmaking process; drawing designs, carving & printing by hand. This course is suitable for any level of experience. You will be taught techniques that can easily be used for work you can create back home, as well as ways to improve the quality and even consistency of your prints.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Emily Robertson
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 450€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Watercolor Sketching and Journaling in Western Sicily"
September 20-27, 2025
 

Join Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling for their 2nd workshop at the stunning Salinara Art Farm on the west coast of Sicily. Sicily is a unique island that has been shaped by many cultures over many thousands of years. Excursions and painting to surrounding salt pans with colorful sunset, fisherman boats, local markets, picturesque villages with narrow streets, churches, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, jovial, kind and friendly people, traditional foods and great local wine, medieval hill town of Erice, Archeological Park of Selinunte with Greek temples. And many beaches where we can swim in the blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs
Cost: From € 3100
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
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"Painting Holidays: Exploring Mixed Media with Jenny Muncaster"
September 20-27, 2025
 

Join Jenny Muncaster for a fun week of inspiration and discovery. Jenny is committed to making creativity available to everyone, during this week-long painting holiday she will introduce you to different techniques using a whole range of wonderful art materials. Combining traditional & non-traditional methods & tools for exploring line, painting, print, texture & collage in your work. Using these new skills, capture & interpret your subject matter to create totally original artwork inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Clos Mirabel in the French Pyrenees. At the end of the workshop, you will have gained a tool kit of creative skills & techniques, a new artistic energy, and a portfolio of paintings to be proud of!
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Jenny Muncaster
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £350 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Makers' Retreats: From Photo to Embroidery with Sam Hunter"
September 27 - October 4, 2025
 

Sam Hunter leads this bespoke tour, designed to allow you to enjoy the beauty of place, the harmony of a small group, and to discover the little-known treasures of South West France including the Pyrenees Atlantiques and the Béarn. The week includes tuition, creative instruction and collaboration with Sam as she helps you design and stitch the cover of a journal, taking inspiration from the week of activities. Throughout the week you will develop your journal content using writings, drawings, photos and ephemera that will serve as a cherished memento of your trip. Embroidery starter kits will be supplied, as well as a selection of gorgeous threads from our thread sponsors. Suitable for all levels. No prior artistic experience necessary.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Sam Hunter
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 750€ Tour + $997 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Found & Gathered"
September 28 - October 3, 2025
 

Join me and immerse yourself in the creative process. The experience begins the moment you register as you source, find, and gather your own personal collection of papers, fibers, ephemera, and other bits & pieces that will become the basis of your creation. As the workshop begins and unfolds, we will gather together, both within the workshop space at The Connecticut River Valley Inn and at some special, local locations. You will spend your time transforming your treasures into a series of what might loosely be called artist books. Instruction will cover the range of techniques used in mixed media: surface designing, using paints and inks, hand stitching, book binding, rusting, dyeing, embossing, mark making, gel printing, collaging, creative layering, and more.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Seth Apter
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Immersive watercolor workshop in Sicily"
October 4-11, 2025
 

Sicily – It's on everyone's bucket list, with colorful sunsets, olive groves, vineyards, and picturesque villages with narrow streets, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, it’s a painters paradise… And it will be our home for 7 days. The workshop is hosted by the retreat center Salinara. Our daily watercolor routine will include daily demonstrations by Gary, along with time for individual instruction. Afternoons will vary between painting time, exploring the region on your own, or possible one of the many activities offered through Salinara – on designated days Gary will conduct group critique over cocktails before the evening meal. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Gary Tucker
Cost: From $2300
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
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"Discovering Oil and Cold Wax"
October 12-17, 2025
 

Learn a non-traditional approach to oil painting or explore oils for the first time. Cold wax medium is an additive that thickens oil paint, speeds up the drying time (a bit), and neutralizes the paint so there’s no concern about “fat over lean” rules. We will be using R&F’s Pigment Sticks (compressed oil paints) along with tube oils to create paintings without brushes or smelly solvents. You will discover new tools and methods for creating rich and authentic small works on paper and Ampersand’s Gessoboard. With Arches oil paper as our primary substrate, you’ll have several paintings going at once. This workshop is fun, a bit messy, and will change the way you think about oil painting.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Julie Snidle
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Paper and Book Artistry"
October 19-24, 2025
 

Open to students of all artistic levels, Paper and Book Artistry is for those who are ready to ditch perfection, get messy, and play with no rules. Roben-Marie’s teaching style is friendly and easy going with a focus on having fun and playing with supplies in non-traditional ways. Join Roben-Marie in a lovely historic inn located in The Connecticut River Valley for an inspiring and joyful workshop designed to help you with creative play, building up a stash of amazing art papers, and exploring the mixing of different mediums and journal making. Paper and Book Artistry is more than creative time…it’s time brimming with togetherness and friendship.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Roben Marie Smith
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Story Painting"
Ongoing classes
 

Storytelling versus Story Painting? Or maybe not versus? Let’s tell your story in a painting. In this class, we will learn how to tell your story, convey atmosphere, and feel, and understand colors, lines, focal-point, framing, and depth. You can add (or deduct) from the painting that will tell your story! Let us hear your tale! an ongoing class and instructions. From the prehistoric images in the caves to Edward Hopper... from the bible in pictures to the most modern painters of our times... We will set our subjects in 4 meetings. If you miss a class there will be a recording available.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Tali Farchi
Cost: $125 for 4 meetings
Sponsor: Artist Table
Website, email, 0031624903316


"Painting Music Online"
Every Thursday
 

“Painting Music” is an intuitive painting and drawing, open session for everyone. No painting or drawing skills are needed. Move your paint as the music tells you... on a canvas or in your sketchbook. I create a one-hour playlist of the different subjects each week. You may paint one painting or 10 or as much as you want. No rules. You may interpret the music as figurative or abstract, anything goes! The camera of your device will be pointed to the working area, so we can also see the progress, and be inspired. After the session, we look at each other's artwork and talk about the process.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Tali Farchi
Cost: $10 per session
Sponsor: Artist Table
Website, email, 0031624903316


"Watercolor Explorer Program"
ongoing
 

Learn from the world's top watercolorists filmed in their studio and Plein-air on locations worldwide. Explore a range of techniques and weave dazzling new styles into your paintings through immersive video lessons, live workshops, and personal feedback. Engage with the artists live during weekly Zoom workshops. Instructors will take you behind the scenes as they create original works and answer your questions about their method and creative process. Hone your skills with thoughtfully designed projects and get feedback on your work from professional artists. Connect with a community of like-minded learners across all levels from around the world.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: 20+ top artists
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Representational Abstraction"
video course
 

An award-winning watercolor artist, John Salminen has spent multiple decades perfecting his techniques and instruction in this field. In this video course, John will demonstrate how you can capture representational abstraction. He will begin with a well-designed abstract foundation and introduce representational subject matter to that foundation. The course was filmed in John’s hometown of Duluth, Minnesota. Included in the course is one complete painting demonstration, filmed in a studio setting, for a total of 4+ hours. Whether you are looking to deepen your understanding of composition, use a new technique, or better understand the foundation of abstract painting, John will walk you through his process in a clear and informative way to enhance your understanding and improve your work.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: John Salminen
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Wildlife in Watercolor"
video course
 

Award-winning watercolorist, Carol Carter has spent her career expressing her creativity through the inventive use of color. In this video course, you will learn how to paint Carol’s strategic “cell painting” technique with fluidity, to create a unified watercolor with bold, dynamic, and inventive colors. You will gain confidence in painting more complex subjects by learning how to simplify the shapes and washes and to develop a unified statement. Included in the course are three complete painting demonstrations filmed in studio as well as additional tutorials of specific skills. Throughout the course, you’ll work on thoughtfully-designed exercises that help you hone your watercolor skills and projects that help you breathe life into your own paintings.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carol Carter
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Flow in Watercolor Portrait"
video course
 

In this video course, Stephen Zhang demonstrates the integrated process of applying watercolor techniques to build the human form. This course was filmed in Stephen's Studio and includes two complete portraiture demonstrations, as well as exercises and projects for you to practice and demonstrate your learning. This course is for artists at all levels who want to learn to display the human form through watercolor portraiture. Whether you are looking to develop your skills in brushwork and watercolor foundations, painting the human form, or understanding how to create flow in your work as a watercolorist, Stephen will cover it all in this course!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Stephen Zhang
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Stories in Painting"
video course
 

Enjoy lifetime access to this sequential video series that includes personal critiques from the artist for dynamic & engaging online education. This four-week class is designed to discuss content, meaning, intention, expression, communication of a personal, autobiographical, and narrative painting. I will demonstrate the techniques in executing a watercolor and imbuing it with emotion and symbolism. Every week, we will look at painting with a new lens.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carol Carter
Cost: $266
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Fine Art Mentorship"
ongoing
 

As an instructor, it is my sincere desire to help guide aspiring painters to find better ways to trust, develop, and listen to their artistic voice. This is not done by providing answers so much as in helping artists to ask the right questions. When we begin to grasp this and ask ourselves these fundamental questions, we are well on our way to making significant strides. The curriculum presents a comprehensive and sequential education of watercolor techniques while inspiring the development of your own unique style. The program has rolling admission; you can join anytime and start from the beginning of the curriculum. Each month you will progress through a new 4-8 hour video series while honing your style & technique.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Thomas W. Schaller
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"The Art of the Illustrated Journal"
video course
 

In this video course, award-winning watercolorist, Brenda Swenson, will teach you to discover inspiration, awaken your senses, and tell your stories through illustrated journaling. You'll learn the fundamentals of watercolor, how to draw and paint from life and references, and how to find limitless artistic inspiration in everyday life. Included in the course are four demonstrations as well as lessons on watercolor, drawing, and font-writing techniques. Throughout the course, you’ll work on thoughtfully-designed projects that help you hone your illustration, sketching, and watercolor skills and breathe life into your own illustrated journal.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Brenda Swenson
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Drawing and Perspective"
video course
 

Learn with Thomas Schaller as he instructs on how to establish perspective and dimensionality in your work. Thomas W. Schaller AWS NWS TWSA ASAI, is an award-winning artist, architect, and author based in New York City. As a renowned architectural artist, he received a Graham Foundation Grant and was a two-time recipient of the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize. He has authored three books; the best-selling, and AIA award winner, Architecture in Watercolor (VNR – McGraw Hill) The Art of Architectural Drawing (J.Wiley and Sons), and Thomas W. Schaller, Architect of Light : Watercolor Paintings by a Master. (Penguin Random House)
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Thomas W. Schaller
Cost: $79
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"The Built Environment"
video course
 

During this video course, award-winning watercolorist, Thomas Schaller, demonstrates the way to express your experience of the built environment through watercolor painting. Tom will walk you through the process of discovering new methods to compose, simplify, and edit images of the built environment in dynamic ways. You will also examine the narrative power of one and two-point - as well as more unusual - perspective angles. The course was filmed in Tom's studio and includes three complete painting demonstrations for a total of 3+ hours of video lessons.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Thomas W. Schaller
Cost: $119
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Seeing the Natural World"
video course
 

In this video course, award-winning watercolorist, Thomas Schaller, will demonstrate how to capture the experience of the natural world through watercolor. Tom will guide you in your pursuit of developing your own creative voice by helping you discover various expressive ways to depict the effects of light, shadow, and atmosphere and most effectively paint the world around you. Tom will share his creative process and technique with you as he paints skies, water, reflections, and landscape elements. You will also develop various methods to paint atmospheric conditions like fog, night skies, rain, and more. The course was filmed in Tom's studio and includes two complete painting demonstrations for a total 3+ hours of video lessons.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Thomas W. Schaller
Cost: $119
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"The History and Techniques of Watercolor"
video course
 

This course is for anyone that wants to learn about watercolor and how to paint in watercolor. Learn the history of watercolor and how to use the tools and techniques of watercolor to create stunning works of art. Watercolor is a very technique driven medium and I want to show you these techniques and how to use them so that your painting experience will be more successful and more enjoyable.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Laurin Mccracken
Cost: $39
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Realism in Watercolor: A trip to Scotland"
video course
 

In this video course, award-winning watercolorist, John Salminen, will teach you how to capture the mood and atmosphere of a scene in watercolor. During John’s teaching tenure, he taught in Edinburgh, Scotland, for one year and fell in love with the incredible Scottish landscape. In his painting demonstration in this course, he has captured one small slice of what he found so appealing about the Scottish countryside. John will share his creative process of choosing a reference, sketching the scene, demonstrates various techniques including his techniques for masking and lifting, provide instruction on perspective, and how to create reflection and texture with watercolor. The course includes one complete painting demonstration for a total of 4 hours of video lessons.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: John Salminen
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Spring Botanicals"
video course
 

Award winning watercolorist, Carol Carter has spent her career expressing her creativity through the inventive use of color. In this video course, Carol will demonstrate how you can push emotional content in your imagery and message. She’ll walk you through her set up, materials, palette, and techniques. She will cover: use of inventive color, control of water, compositional considerations, and value structure. The course was filmed in Carol’s studio in St. Louis Missouri. Included in the course are two complete painting demonstrations as well as additional tutorials of specific skills. Throughout the course, you’ll work on thoughtfully-designed exercises that help you hone your watercolor skills and projects that help you breathe life into your own paintings.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carol Carter
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


 

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