Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
February 17-21, 2020
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Abstract Painting B: Experimenting, Risk Taking and Growth"
February 17-21, 2020
 

Regardless of style, at a primal level good paintings move us because of the underlying abstract language -- the use of line, space, value, color, and texture. Whether it's Rembrandt or Rothko, Cassatt or Mitchell, Degas or Diebenkorn, the power of the image is the abstraction underneath. This course is an intensive exploration of image structure to help you connect with viewers more powerfully. Students will not be taught to paint like the instructor. Instead, you will be encouraged to explore, take risks, and become the best version of yourself as an artist. As we look at masterworks from art history you will be inspired and challenged in a fun, upbeat atmosphere.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Slonim, davidmichaelslonim.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Impressions -Flowers - Session I"
February 17-18, 2020
 

Fresh flowers in the studio are the inspiration for this workshop! Janet will demonstrate various "fun" exercises to interpret flowers in a loose and expressive manner. Discovering the unique "nature" of individual flowers as well as interpreting the bouquet are among the highlights. - Letting the medium of watercolor lead students to new adventures in the flowing of color! Demos and hands-on help!
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Cost: $300.00
Sponsor: The New Studio of Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-452-5710


"Anne Abgott, AWS, NWS at Gold Coast Watercolor Society - South Florida"
February 18-20, 2020
 

Join us in sunny Fort Lauderdale, FL for the fabulous Anne Abgott with her daring mastery of color and more! You will learn to exaggerate the possibilities of an image using Design, Photoshop, Power Repetition, Balance, Color Games, and Mingling. Paint a different image each day. All will be learned as you work from Anne’s photo or your own photo. All Levels are welcome. You will never fear watercolor again! Get more info/Sign up with PayPal on our website or contact Teresa Kirk at swgfl@aol.com/ 954-436-2858
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Instructor: Anne Abgott, AWS, NWS
Cost: $350 Members / $395 Nonmembers
Sponsor: Gold Coast Watercolor Society
Website, email, 954-436-2858


"Pushing Boundaries: A Fresh New Look"
Tuesdays, February 18 - March 24, 2020
 

This class is designated to discover and explore mixed media techniques, while learning how to paint in a more loose and fresh way. Students will gain an understanding of the work as a result between the planned and the accidental. The goal is to connect with creativity while understanding the process by way of searching, playing and introspection. Daily exploring of fluid acrylics, Layers of color. Positive and negative painting. Different Collage techniques, Painting our own papers. Learn new ways to use soft pastels and gold leaf during this class.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Victoria Mayol
Cost: $175 for Members | $205 for Non-Members | $5 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser"
February 19-21, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is not only about painting abstract compositions, but also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting in their studios.
 
Location: Quincy, Florida
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $375 GACM/TAWS Members, $405 nonmembers
Sponsor: Gadsden Arts Center & Museum
Website, email, (850) 627-5023


"Studio Colombia Art & Eat 2020 by Walk the Arts"
February 19-27, 2020
 

Join our eight-night workshop and experience the stunning Caribbean coast from Puerto Colombia (Barranquilla) to Cartagena. Learn the fundamentals of perspective drawing and watercolors and have a taste of Colombian Caribbean food and culture. After an art class, try the Mojarra con Arroz con Coco with a cold Colombian beer or Aguardiente. Paint on the beach just like Gauguin was doing in Tahiti. Visit a few restaurants’ kitchens and learn from their chefs. Take part in a street food tour. Stay in comfortable and centrally located hotels. Price of CAD 2500 (around US$1900) includes eight-night double accommodation, all ground transportation, all breakfasts, one lunch, two suppers, an art street food tour, art instruction, cooking classes/demonstrations, art supplies and more.
 
Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$1900
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Watercolor Impressions - The Head and Figure"
February 19-21, 2020
 

Demonstrations, Class instruction, individual assistance, "show and tell" all weave into class painting time. Special emphasis on achieving a fresh look of translucent flesh tones in the figure with unique color changes - no fear - plenty of helps - all levels - working from photos and a model. Seeing in new ways and bringing life into our paintings - naturally!
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Cost: $375.00
Sponsor: The New Studio of Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-452-5710


"Turn the Mundane into a Showstopper (Sunny Cottage)"
February 22-23, 2020
 

Let me show you how I convert a mundane reference photo into a work of art that makes the viewer stop in their tracks! You will learn to become freer in your color choices and painting style! I'll share many painting tidbits throughout our 2 days together so that you come away with a wealth of knowledge...bonus! (Note: I’ll send you our reference photo as well as a copy of one of my finished paintings to use as our inspiration. You’ll print out both to bring with you, and you’ll draw our scene onto your w/c paper ahead of time.)
 
Location: Palm Coast, Florida
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Flagler County Art League
Website, email, (386) 986-4668


"Spontaneous Abstraction"
February 22-23, 2020
 

Feeling frustrated in front of a blank canvas, unsure of how to start or what to paint? This workshop will focus on techniques to enable you to start painting with con?dence by tapping into your intuitive process and ?nding inspiration more easily. Demonstration and critique will enhance your knowledge of the painting process.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Impressions - Flowers and Landscape - Session I"
February 24-26, 2020
 

Fresh flowers in the studio will be the inspiration for the beginning of this workshop. We will explore the organic and natural qualities of color and paint to create floral shapes. Also the landscape will be another source of inspiration (from photos - either yours or Janet's. Demonstrations and individual help will weave throughout the workshop, with an emphasis on letting the medium lead the student to new adventures in watercolor. (Plein air in studio) Goals will be to discover new color, keep the white paper - paint directly and naturally and "show and tell"
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting Loose Landscapes with Water & Structure"
Tuesdays, February 25 - March 31, 2020
 

Every object in a landscape painting involves the use of perspective which means buildings, roads, trees, people, boats, paths…well you get the drift. It is simple to learn and your paintings will be easier and improve drastically. Learn how Joseph chooses subjects, organizes and edits his ideas to get the most dynamic, expressive paintings. Learn to be bold and confident using a fully loaded larger brush. He will share generously his knowledge of painting in each class with demonstrations and feedback. Remember Joseph chooses poetry over exactness, so be bold. He will supply photo references and students are welcome to bring their own. This is an easy going, casual class for all levels of painters.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $185 for Members | $215 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting Children in Watercolor - Session II"
February 27-28, 2020
 

This workshop is for all levels. Lessons will be geared to capture the innocence of children in their faces (helps provided) - (you may bring your own reference material and Janet will have some photos and drawings) and we will also discover the gestures of children through some fun drawing and painting exercises. We will be working from limited palettes in order to "unify" and "simplify" our paintings. Demonstrations, individual attention will weave into our painting time. Janet's unique style has been called "inspirational and organic". Janet is also a National Instructor around the United States and in Europe.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting on Glass with Kathy Oda"
February 28, 2020
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own 13”x6” 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, I will take them to my studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished plates to the Academy for you to pick up a week later.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $40 / $36 for Members / Plus $12 supply fee
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Full-Day Artist Workshop New Zealand"
February 29, 2020
 

Learn, Explore, Create and Express in this full-on, full-day painting workshop designed to bring out the best artist in you! You will be surrounded by other inspiring artists while working in the newly renovated big bright Maker Workshop at the Arts Centre in Christchurch. This 8-hour workshop includes a morning of learning techniques, followed by gourmet box lunch break in the gardens, before an afternoon of inspiration and creation! The day is led by Canadian Artist/Instructor and GOLDEN Artist Educator, Sandra Iafrate who will focus on offering techniques to elevate your artistic skills level through learning-by-doing and she will guide you in creating unique work which speaks to your individual goals and vision.
 
Location: Christchruch, New Zealand
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $185.NZD
Sponsor: The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora
Website, email


"Art, Sea & Soul Retreat"
March 1-8, 2020
 

Create Magic in Mahahual! Isn’t it time you made you a priority?! Fuel your vision for 2020! Art, Beauty, Beach Time, Swimming, Yoga, Culture, Rejuvenation, Fun! Stay at boutique beach club in Yucatan Peninsula, along Caribbean aquamarine waters. Daily art workshops, time for swimming, yoga, biking, whatever you need to do you! Open to all levels from brand new artists to experienced! Visit Tulum and Laguna Bacalar. Maggie Standley is a professional artist who has been leading art workshops for 25 years. She participated in Puerto Rico’s Santurce es Ley Mural Festival in 2016, has exhibited around the country and maintains a working studio in Burlington, VT, Wingspan Studio.
 
Location: Mahahual, Mexico
Instructor: Maggie Standley
Cost: $1430
Sponsor: Wingspan Studio
Website, email, 802-233-7676


"Bringing the Outdoors In: Painting Expressive Landscapes in Oil"
March 2-6, 2020
 

This unique five-day workshop experience with award-winning, contemporary American Impressionist, Eric Jacobsen, is intended to hone students painting skills and expand their creative language. Emphasis will be on risk taking, abstract design, and mark making, the three necessary components to take one’s work to the next level and separate oneself from the “pack”. Students will learn to see like a poet and unlock their true creative potential. Students are encouraged take a journey into new artistic territory and open up the possibility for a purer, honest, and unique result for their paintings. Sign up now!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eric Jacobsen, www.jacobsenfineart.com
Cost: $655 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Kogan Method"
March 2-12, 2020
 

This three-part course explores Simon Kogan’s process of creating 2D and 3D works of art that have form, structure, mass, energy, mood, and movement. Students will use composition and design to create art that has presence, expression and emotion. Join Simon on this artistic exploration of anatomy and drawing, sculpture, and painting and how the Kogan Method gives you the skills and freedom to take your art to the next level! In this three-part course, students will start with the understanding and use of line, then advance to form and space, and finish with the final workshop culminating in application of color.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $1075 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"5 Paintings in 5 Days Acrylic Painting in Puerto Vallarta"
March 2-6, 2020
 

Offered by successful and experienced artists and instructors in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. You will learn or review the elements of art, composition and essentials of color. Explore painting in a variety of styles in the context of several topics. All levels of experience are invited to participate. Perfect combination of creative fun and relaxation time! Workshop designed with the “artist on vacation” twist. In the morning we paint, and afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping and restaurants of this fabulous city full of wonders. To make your travel easier all materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Naples and Nature"
March 2-4, & 9-11
 

“Naples and Nature” Plein Air Painting Workshop Kevin Shea In Naples paint with us on site at cafés, historic cottages and along the gulf coast of Florida where the atmosphere is enhanced with architecture, city docks, colorful flowers and figures. Nature features palms, mangroves, and flowers in southwest Florida’s subtropics. Demonstrations and individual instructions in inspiring settings. Shea conducts his popular workshops in New England, Florida and Italy. He has exhibited nationally with the American Artists Professional League and the Salmagundi Club. He has been contracted by Warner Brothers and the Boston Pops, featured in numerous publications, on television and displays paintings in several galleries.
 
Location: Naples, Florida
Instructor: Kevin Shea
Cost: $375 each, $695 for both
Sponsor: Kevin Shea Fine Art
Website, email, 978-387-8105


"Guided Visual Journals"
March 3, 2020
 

Participants will learn a variety of visual art techniques and experiment with them in their visual journals. From drawing, to painting, to collage, the visual journal will become a storehouse of creative ideas and inspirations.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $40 / $36 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Wine & Design: Wine & Hand Zentangles"
March 4, 2020
 

Join us for these exciting evening sessions. Let loose and unwind with a glass of wine and get your creativity flowing. No experience required to join in on the fun so grab your girlfriends, your significant other or come by yourself so you don't miss out! Price includes all materials and wine!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $50 / $40 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Dancing Entrepreneur Innovative Visionary Business Class"
March 4-18, 2020
 

Calling all entrepreneurs, visionaries with heart and those getting started with their business! Join us for a class where we dance between worlds, weaving within the traditional and feminine framework of a business plan to create a vision aligned with your values and create a 16-card deck for inspiration for your business, as well as a full-color 8-page book. We hope you will join us!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Shiloh Sophia with Mary MacDonald
Cost: $295 or 3 pay of $100
Website, email


"Anna Maria Island - Sarasota Florida"
March 5-6, 2020
 

Outdoor Painting from Life. Oil/Acrylic art workshop. 2 day workshop only. Here's your chance to stay and take a workshop in the beautiful Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Florida area. Each day focuses on creativity, bold composition, getting atmosphere in your paintings. You will learn to make quick decisions and simplify for the most impact. We will discuss Color relationships, detail, form and edges and 'what you want to say with your work' More info on website.
 
Location: Anna Maria & Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Founder
Cost: $335.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270


"Creative Soul Courses"
Begins March 6, 2020
 

Learn how to super charge your creativity by connecting the path between your art, heart and soul. You have 7 videos of painting instruction, 5 audios to enhance your creative thinking, guided visualizations, writing exercises and daily support to deepen the connection between your story and how you express it. Follow along with the online course or go at your own pace that fits your schedule. All course material is available to you for a full year.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"Go With the Flow: Very Beginner Fluid Acrylics"
March 7, 2020
 

Fluid acrylic is a very liberating painting medium—and the pour technique is just the beginning. 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 possibilities for amazing paintings are endless—and the flow helps make it happen. All materials—including 4 canvases will be provided for a $20 fee. Additional canvases can be purchased at the Academy for $7. (Half hour lunch time; bring your bag lunch or purchase nearby.) No experience required.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $80 / $72 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Matisse Inspired Collage"
March 9, 2020
 

Contour drawings of real life objects will be drawn on colored paper, cut out and glued to Bristol paper in images inspired by Henri Matisse. The student may then decide to produce a collage like a Matisse to use for the Art League of Hilton Head’s Fabulous Fakes event in April.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Joyce Nagel
Cost: $40 / $36 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Daring Color"
March 9-12, 2020
 

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


"Open Abstract & Impressionism with Art Cornell"
Wednesdays, March 11 - April 1, 2020
 

Join us for open abstract and impressionism. In this weekly class, students will explore both non-objective and objective abstract painting, using different methodds in each creation. Demonstration and 1 on 1 attention will be given.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Art Cornell
Cost: $160 / $144 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Expressive Brushwork En Plein Air"
March 14-21, 2020
 

Join us for an all-inclusive workshop above and beyond the ordinary experience in a relaxing and romantic fishing village near Puerto Vallerta, Mexico. The Casa de los Artistas is a perfect venue for immersing yourself in culture, art, and nature. To be in the moment as much as humanly possible is what we so often strive to do. Painting plein air is a good way to get there. Join California artist Randall Sexton for a fun week of “choice moments” while painting the various scenes close to La Casa.
 
Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Mexico
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $2,195
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas
Website, email, 1-877-860-3500


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
March 16-20, 2020
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Steve Rogers, AWS, NWS at Gold Coast Watercolor Society - South Florida"
March 17-19, 2020
 

Join us in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida with Steve Rogers, AWS, NWS, as we discover the pure joy of painting Intuitive Abstract Painting with Fluid Acrylics, Watercolor Pencils and Crayons and more. Letting go and realizing that there are no rules, using an understanding of Design and Color Theory. All of which will be thoroughly explained and illustrated. Then the fun begins! Lots of intuitive painting time with help finding your direction and finally what it takes to pull an Abstract together. More info. / Sign up with Paypal at our website or contact Teresa Kirk at swgfl@aol.com -954-436-2858
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Instructor: Steve Rogers, AWS, NWS
Cost: $350 Members / $395 Nonmembers
Sponsor: Gold Coast Watercolor Society
Website, email, 954-436-2858


"Landscape and Seascape Painting Retreat on Mexico's Stunning Beaches"
March 18-25, 2020
 

Travel to Mexico, take part in artist-led landscape, seascape and still life painting workshops, paint en plein air and get inspired by the stunning Mexican backcountry, with its colorful villages, pristine beaches, and unspoiled tropical jungles. 8 days — Available in English — All levels — Max. 10 people — Oils, Acrylics — Landscape, Seascape, Still Life. UpTrek Painting Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation (one night in a Puerto Vallarta hotel, six nights at an ocean-side country house); all meals; painting instruction and workshops with artist Sheree Jones; most art supplies; entertainment; a field trip to the Jungle; morning yoga and meditation classes; transportation from/to Puerto Vallarta.
 
Location: Los Cocos, Nayarit, Mexico
Instructor: Sheree Jones
Cost: $1,800
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Mastering Skies & Reflections in Oil, Acrylic or Pastel"
March 19-22, 2020
 

Master your landscape painting and join South Carolina artist Michael Story for this four day workshop as we use the sky and water as a dramatic design element in our painting’s composition. You’’ll begin your painting with an initial charcoal drawing, followed by a color wash applied over the image. Starting with shadow colors, you’ll begin blocking in your painting, then progressing dark to light to completion. Building final layers of color and avoiding muddy mixtures, you’ll achieve fresh, bright color while capturing depth, drama and mood to your work. He will demonstrate and provide photo reference to paint from if desired along with color exercises you may complete after the workshop. For more information, visit michaelstory.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Michael Story
Cost: $525 Museum members/ $575 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"New York City Art Tour offered since 1993"
March 19-22, 2020
 

A flexible bus trip to New York City from Ottawa offered since 1993. Participants from the United States can join us in NYC. Three nights and four days in Midtown Manhattan visiting the Met, the MoMa, the Guggenheim, the Whitney, the Chelsea Galleries and more. A great opportunity to travel with a group of art lovers and an art historian on board. Price per person of New York Art Trip 2020 (March 19-22) in a double room is CAD 880 (around US$670 at the current exchange rate). We also offer single, triple and quad accommodation. Price includes three nights at a hotel in Midtown Manhattan, transportation Ottawa-New York City-Ottawa and transportation to all museums and galleries on schedule.
 
Location: New York City, New York
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$670
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Discovering Your Visual Language"
March 21, 2020
 

Develop personal imagery and symbolism in this exploratory workshop. Create content by mark-marking on paper and discover your unique visual voice. Collage imagery with paint and other media to add texture and contrast. Learn to develop personal imagery and symbolism. Better understand multi-dimensional collage and mixed media. The first half of class will be drawing based, where the “parts” are made to later collage. The second half of the day 1 - 2 artworks will be made on canvas or canvas board.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Julie Kanapaux
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Eco-Printing Two Day Workshop"
March 27-28, 2020
 

Learn the exciting, unpredictable, and beautiful art of eco-printing, a contact printing process using botanical materials such as leaves and flowers on natural fabrics. We’ll experiment with natural dyes and simple shibori to create even more complex cloth to compliment the eco-prints. Covers tips and techniques for making our bundles and creating clear prints. Suitable for all fiber and textile artists, as the finished prints may be incorporated into many types of fiber art and craft, as well as clothing and scarves. All silk scarves, cotton, linen, and wool fabrics, dyes, and other materials and supplies are included. Class is held at 209 Franklin St., Natchez, MS.
 
Location: Natchez, Mississippi
Instructor: Pat Armstrong
Cost: $145.00
Sponsor: Mississippi School of Folk Arts
Website, email, 601-334-9759


"Painting on Glass with Kathy Oda"
March 27, 2020
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own 13”x6” 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, I will take them to my studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished plates to the Academy for you to pick up a week later.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $40 / $36 for Members / Plus $12 supply fee
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Spencer Meagher Watercolor Painting Workshop"
March 28-29, 2020
 

Spencer Meagher is a nationally known Plein Air and Studio artist based in Mount Vernon, IL. He travels all over the U.S. attending competitions and teaching workshops. The Northbrook Arts Commission in Northbrook, IL in collaboration with the Northbrook Park District sponsors this workshop. It will be held at the Village Green Center, 1810 Walters Avenue, Northbrook on Saturday, March 28 & Sunday, March 29th , 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.
 
Location: Northbrook, Illinois
Instructor: Spencer Meagher
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Northbrook Arts Commission
Website, email, 847-921-5239


"Exploring Embellishment with Lisa Binkley"
March 28-29, 2020
 

Have you ever wanted to embellish fabric but weren’t sure where to start? Here’s your chance to give it a try in this two-day workshop. Begin with a small printed fabric panel that is just begging to be embellished. Explore a variety of bead embroidery stitches, thread embroidery stitches, and approaches to design while developing unique embellishment plans for a mini quilt or embellished panel. The finished panel can be completed as a small wall quilt, made into a decorative pillow, or incorporated into an embellished handbag or jacket. Students receive group instruction as well as one-on-one assistance learning new stitches and developing their own original embellishment design. Suitable for experienced beginners through advanced stitchers.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Binkley
Cost: $205/person + $40 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Jane Slivka: Freedom of Acrylics"
March 30 - April 1, 2020
 

Jane’s love of life bubbles up and over through her motivational artistry approach, as she teaches students to just relax and have a good time. They truly enjoy her outlook and her methodology that enables the connection between the artist and their art to flow openly without reservation. Jane demonstrates and vividly describes to her students how to utilize color with confidence. As a student, you can look forward to painting still life, landscapes, figures, and if time permits, you might even explore the exciting form of abstraction. Jane's students leave with more than a few canvases in hand; they leave with a sense of accomplishment, a new appreciation for their own abilities and the motivation to keep on painting.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Jane Slivka, www.janeslivkagallery.com
Cost: $375 for Members | $415 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Figurative Painting (2 Weeks)"
March 30 - April 10, 2020
 

Milt Kobayashi will take students through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the effect light has on form. By mid-week, he will be taking students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Cost: $1370 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figurative Painting"
March 30 - April 3, 2020
 

Milt Kobayashi will take students through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the effect light has on form. By mid-week, he will be taking students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Cost: $785 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Unlocking the Mysteries of Acrylic Mixed Media"
April 1-20, 2020
 

Texture, layers, color and materials are the words of the story your creative muse is writing. In this course you will learn the language of acrylic and mixed media, to enhance your artistic story. The world will open as you explore your authentic voice and awaken your creative soul. All skill levels are welcome, and I especially encourage new painters along with experienced artists looking to add freshness and excitement to their art. The only requirement is that you come with an open mind and create with fresh eyes as we explore unusual ways to use fabrics, tools and mediums. You will uncover the mysteries of how acrylic gels and pastes can add dimension to your mixed media work.
 
Location: Ballarat, Australia
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Sponsor: Fibre Arts Australia
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"Unique Art Retreat: Painting the Clouds with Sunshine in Scotland"
April 3-10, 2020
 

Travel to Scotland for a unique cloudscape, skyscape, and seascape art retreat. Take part in artist-led painting workshops, paint en plein air, stay in a beautiful 1840 family-run country house hotel, and enjoy daily meals, morning yoga sessions, and other inspiring treats. 8 days - All levels - Max. 10 people - Watercolors, Acrylics, Oils - Cloudscape, Skyscape, Seascape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 6 days of artist-led painting workshops with artist Kate Cunningham, all materials, round-the-clock access to art studio, sketchbook journal, 6 morning yoga sessions, intro session to creative writing, transfers from/to Arbroath train station, minibus transportation, additional activities (such as a musical and poetry evening) might be added to the program.
 
Location: Arbroath, Angus, Scotland
Instructor: Kate Cunningham
Cost: $2,040
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Prints and Places Printmaking Retreat"
April 5-12, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn printmaking with a master fine art printmaker in the picturesque village of Castiglione a Casauria, set at the foot of the Abruzzi mountains. UpTrek retreat inclusions: receive 40 hours expert tuition, complete with accommodation, home-made meals served with local wines, trips and visits, as well as all the materials needed for the printmaking workshops. You will explore various printmaking techniques and create your own prints from scratch under the guidance of an experienced artist.
 
Location: Castiglione a Casauria, Italy
Instructor: Colleen Corradi Brannigan
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"5 Paintings in 5 Days Acrylic Painting in Puerto Vallarta"
April 6-10, 2020
 

Offered by successful and experienced artists and instructors in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. You will learn or review the elements of art, composition and essentials of color. Explore painting in a variety of styles in the context of several topics. All levels of experience are invited to participate. Perfect combination of creative fun and relaxation time! Workshop designed with the “artist on vacation” twist. In the morning we paint, and afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping and restaurants of this fabulous city full of wonders. To make your travel easier all materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Figurative Painting"
April 6-10, 2020
 

Milt Kobayashi will take students through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the effect light has on form. By mid-week, he will be taking students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Cost: $785 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
April 9-16, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore different painting styles and techniques, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. Art retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Painting holiday in rural Spain"
April 13-19, 2020
 

Develop your artistic skills and enjoy a week’s break in the unspoiled heart of Spain. Beautiful countryside and rural villages provide an abundance of subjects to paint or sketch. During the week, you will receive a minimum of 22 hours tutoring in a reduced group (max 10 participants) and have 24 hour access to the studio. This friendly, relaxed and creative holiday offers a flexible selection of options scheduled for the week so every student’s needs and interests are met. All materials and equipment are provided. In addition there is a culinary element to this holiday, with deliciuos mediterranean food. This is a chance to celebrate all the tastes and traditions of Extremadura, guided by inspiring local hosts.
 
Location: Villanueva de la Vera, Cáceres, Spain
Instructor: Granada Munoz
Cost: 1250€
Sponsor: Las Paulinas CB
Website, email, 0034 667 617 493


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
April 13-17, 2020
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Painting from the Heart"
April 17-19, 2020
 

What makes a painting memorable? What makes you want to enter, explore and never leave that two-dimensional surface? Why does it touch your heart? Using a series of freeing exercises, we will delve into this idea. Learn to create a dialogue with the painting where you are responding to the painting rather than following the photo's plan for you. Learn that your memory is your greatest asset as it unlocks the door to your personal vision. Open up and allow it to rule. Through it you can enter the journey of making your work a more personal experience.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Loriann Signori
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Observation & Imagination: Painting the Figure"
April 18-19, 2020
 

Abstract and representational artists of all levels are invited to explore techniques and concepts in painting with an emphasis on individual development of style, theme and expression. Working from the life model in an interior arrangement, discover how an objective image can be transformed into a personal statement through the process of painting and engaging your imagination. Investigate the metaphorical meaning in figure painting through representational and abstract approaches. Individual and group critique, discussion and a PowerPoint presentation of works from old masters and contemporary artists will complement studio activity. Ying Li’s uncompromising sense of personal vision combined with complete abandon in the possibilities of paint make her work style the epitome of painterliness.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ying Li, www.yinglistudio.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Creation, Contemplation, & the Sacred Circle"
April 18 & 19, 2020
 

The power of creating within the sacred circle of the mandala continues to call us—for healing the broken, disjointed parts of ourselves toward a more integrated whole. Franciscan priest Richard Rohr says, “We are called to become wholemakers.” Combining the solitude of contemplative creativity with the natural landscape of MoonTree studios, we’ll join together for music, inspirational readings and reflection questions to “prime the pump” for self-expression and transformation. This two-day workshop will build sequentially, each mandala drawing giving expression to what is stirring within. A variety of media will be provided to enhance the “wholemaking” process. If you have favorite colored pencils or gel pens, please bring them along, as well as your journal.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Vera Smucker Shenk
Cost: member $50; non-member $55 (includes lunch and materials)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"April in Taos, New Mexico"
April 18-24, 2020
 

This is an exceptional opportunity for advanced painters and intermediate to advanced level photographers to retreat, learn and share their perceptions and responses to the environment of Taos, New Mexico. We will stay at the incomparable Mable Dodge Luhan House and absorb its structures and surrounding landscape. This location has inspired many artists, writers, dancers and others who celebrated the arts in the early to mid 20th century. We will explore and create in this place that nurtured the work of such luminaries as Georgia O’Keefe, D.H. Lawrence, Willa Cather, Ansel Adams, John Marin and others in the very home that provided both haven and inspiration for so many creative souls.
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Lisa Pressman & Barbara Tyroler
Cost: $2,600 private room & bath; $2,100 shared room
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Suggesting Reality"
April 20-24, 2020
 

By observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to his or her character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experiences. This workshop will explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Participants will explore systems of dividing the space within the rectangle, distributing the lines and forms of the subject. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; the important power of content, symbol and abstraction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Suggesting Reality & Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety"
April 20 - May 1, 2020
 

By observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to his or her character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experiences. This workshop will explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Participants will explore systems of dividing the space within the rectangle, distributing the lines and forms of the subject. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; the important power of content, symbol and abstraction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $1200 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Encaustic Collage and Mixed Media Workshop"
April 23-25, 2020
 

Encaustic and paper are an incredibly versatile match. This workshop will begin to explore the possibilities of combining a variety of paper types and weights with encaustic medium and paints, as well as pigment sticks and other materials, to create works with a optical depth, luminosity, and a painterly quality. We will begin by making a few of our own papers through various processes such as rust printing and ink drawing. All base mediums and paints will be supplied for use, however, students will be encouraged to also bring a variety of found papers and other materials to include in their work. Students do not need prior experience with encaustic painting, but general art making experience is helpful.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, email, (616) 897-7842


"Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety"
April 27 - May 1, 2020
 

By observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to his or her character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experiences. This workshop will explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Participants will explore systems of dividing the space within the rectangle, distributing the lines and forms of the subject. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; the important power of content, symbol and abstraction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Lakescape Oils Painting Vacation in England"
April 27 - May 1, 2020
 

The painting holiday includes daily demonstrations, one-to-one tuition, and critique sessions. Under the guidance of professional painter Colin Halliday, you will be encouraged to exceed your creativity, express you own style and learn how to master light, space, tones and balance techniques, among many others. 5 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Max. 10 people - Expert art tutor - Oils, acrylics, mixed media - Landscape, Lakescape. UpTrek Painting Holiday 2020 inclusions: 4 nights of accommodation, all meals, 5 full days of painting tuition with artist Colin Halliday, wine during dinner, transfers for daily painting trips.
 
Location: Keswick, Lake District, England
Instructor: Colin Halliday
Cost: $1,480
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Open Studios"
Thursdays, November thru April
 

Make room for your creativity this winter! On Thursday evenings, Peninsula School of Art opens its studios to artists of all levels interested in the self-directed creation of work. Explore life drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and metals in a communal setting that fosters creative conversation, knowledge sharing, and offers the opportunity to be a part of a unique community. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: $10/night per person
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"5 Paintings in 5 Days Acrylic Painting in Puerto Vallarta"
May 4-8, 2020
 

Offered by successful and experienced artists and instructors in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. You will learn or review the elements of art, composition and essentials of color. Explore painting in a variety of styles in the context of several topics. All levels of experience are invited to participate. Perfect combination of creative fun and relaxation time! Workshop designed with the “artist on vacation” twist. In the morning we paint, and afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping and restaurants of this fabulous city full of wonders. To make your travel easier all materials are included. Register early, only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


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

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


"Roaming Art Vancouver Island Painting Holiday"
May 9-16, 2020
 

Welcome to an artist's paradise! Located on the east coast of Vancouver Island on the shores of the Salish Sea. Join us while we explore super-natural British Columbia and you learn how to document your travels in a sketchbook journal. Each day you will receive instruction to help you create a memorable journal of your adventures. You will stay in a shared 2 Bdrm. cottage on the beach and all transportation to painting sites will be provided. Accommodation and pick up from the airport (Comox or Nanaimo) is included. Join us for 6 days of painting fun for $3250 Cdn. and keep your memories forever!
 
Location: Bowser, BC, Canada
Instructor: Carla Flegel
Cost: $3250.00
Sponsor: Roaming Art Painting Journeys
Website, email, 1.250.607.7038


"A Taste for Art Painting Vacation"
May 10-17, 2020
 

Travel to Spain, sketch and paint under a widely exhibited professional painter's guidance, get inspired by the natural wonders of Sierra de Montánchez and unleash your creative potential on a guided painting retreat in a tranquil part of Extremadura. Inclusions: accommodation in a charming finca, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners served with local wine, landscape painting workshops with painter Noëlle Griffiths (30 hours tuition), use of studio equipment, art materials, airport transfers from Madrid and/or Seville, all transportation in Sierra de Montánchez, guided tour of Trujillo.
 
Location: Sierra de Montánchez, Extremadura, Spain
Instructor: Noëlle Griffiths
Cost: $950
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
May 11-15, 2020
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Post-Impressionist Provence Painting Retreat in France"
May 11-18, 2020
 

Travel to Provence and learn to paint and sketch in the once home and inspiration of Post-Impressionists Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne. Complete your artistic journey with trips to renowned Van Gogh and Cézanne sites, enjoy art workshops, attentive painting tuition, accommodation, and meals. 8 days | Available in English, Dutch, Hebrew | All levels | Max. 14 people | Watercolors, Acrylics, Gouache | Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation; 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 2 dinners; painting and drawing classes, workshops and demonstrations with artists Tali Farchi and Royce Deans; daily excursions; transport to and from painting locations; welcome art supplies kit; transfers from/to Avignon TGV train station.
 
Location: Arles, France
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Cost: $1,870
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Mix It Up On Canvas, Mixed Media and Collage"
May 12-14, 2020
 

Participants will create mixed media/collage paintings on canvas using an intuitive process, starting with no preconceived or elaborate planning. The process will dictate direction as students use a variety of collage materials and techniques to implement color, texture (real and implied), line, shape and value. Instruction will start with semi-arbitrary application of collage materials in combination with acrylic, gesso, acrylic mediums and assorted mark making tools. There will be regular comments and evaluation as work progresses concerning relationships between design elements and principles. The goal is a mixed media/collage painting which is visually pleasing and aligned with the artist’s personal aesthetic. A critique will be held at the end of the last day.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Stan Kurth
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, email, 616-897-7842


"Expressive Brushwork in Oil & Acrylic!"
May 13-16, 2020
 

Award Winning Artist Workshops was created for artists with a desire to study with the highest caliber instructors. Join California artist Randall Sexton at the McDowell Arts Center for a 4-Day workshop in "Expressive Brushwork." Brushwork is your other “Voice”…Your Signature... It is recognizable whether you know it or not. Think of painting as if weaving a tapestry…overlapping the negative shapes with positive shapes (and visa versa) to create the edges of shapes….and to define the shapes in the process.
 
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $575
Website, email, 1-877-860-3500


"Figurative & Landscape Painting in Acrylic or Oil"
May 14-17, 2020
 

Two days painting landscape paintings and two days portrait paintings. Completing a painting each day. Learn to perceive and simplify shape and color while creating a painting. Visually interpret relationship of shape, value and color. Donna Bland will start a demo painting, then begin a step-by-step process to completing a painting each day. Each artist will be able to complete exercises in color mixing which will help to learn mixing and find the correct color. Bland lives and paints in the Austin, Texas area. Painting daily in her studio, plein air or teaching a workshop, subjects are unlimited. No words to describe the joy in painting outdoors in the Texas Hill Country, Colorado or Mexico. Visit donnabland.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Donna Bland
Cost: $475 Museum members/ $525 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"The Joy of Art: Creative Tuscany Tour"
May 14-25, 2020
 

Travel to Tuscany and experience an art adventure like no other. Explore Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, and San Leo, learn fun and easy artistic techniques in several mediums, admire masterpieces of the Renaissance period, visit magnificent churches and hidden Tuscan villages — all while enjoying fantastic accommodation, local wines, and delicious meals.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Bethany Ekblad
Cost: $3995
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40 0757 302 302


"The Mixed Media Ultimate Weekend"
May 15-17, 2020
 

This workshop is for 3 days and I will bring the plaster and wax, Ampersand has the Claybord panels and I will send you a short supply list. We begin with Plaster, Wax and Wow, a learning journey on getting acrylic gels and plaster to play well together. You will create incredible layers on top of Claybord. We will even build on fabrics with plaster and then everything gets sealed with wax. So luscious. The second project is called Color Mixing for Composition. You will super charge your color and composition vocabulary and experience how to use color as your composition tool. The third project is called Deep Focus and s will strengthen your creative muscle with practices to use every day.
 
Location: Buda, Texas
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Ampersand
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"Aquarelle Storytelling: Plein-Air Painting Vacation in Spain"
May 16-23, 2020
 

Travel to Valle de Albaida, Valencia, and explore various methods and techniques used to create atmosphere in a watercolor painting. Study with artist Keiko Tanabe and paint en plein air in historic towns, medieval villages, ancient castles, rice fields, coastal marinas, olive and orange groves. 8 days | Available in English | All levels| Max. 10 people | Watercolors | Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: daily painting classes, workshops, and demonstrations with artist Keiko Tanabe; 7 nights of accommodation; all meals with soft and alcoholic drinks (wine and beer); water, coffee, tea, assorted beverages; aperitifs each evening with local specialties; airport transfers; painting on location trips; private transport to painting locations; access to a fully equipped studio.
 
Location: Valencia, Spain
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: $1,640
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
May 16-23, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore different painting styles and techniques, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. Art retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Abstract Painting with Natural Pigments: Black, White, and Blue"
May 18-22, 2020
 

In this course students will reinterpret nature’s deep imagery and essence employing matter from nature itself, within a limited palette. Paint, ink and home-made gesso will be made from inorganic and organic sources including pine soot, shells and earth minerals. In this water-based abstract painting workshop, students will explore 3 important natural pigments in historic Asian painting: sumi ink (tree soot), gofun (shell white) and indigo suihi enogu (indigo dyed gofun). Our focus will be on creating interesting, abstract work, with an evident material presence, while celebrating the unique attributes of our storied, significant materials. Urauchi (Kozo paper backing techniques) will also be covered. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Snow Hill, Maryland
Instructor: Judith Kruger
Cost: $700 + $145 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
May 23-30, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Annual Retreat"
May 28-31, 2020
 

This annual workshop retreat is held in my personal studio. It is limited to only 8 artists and many folks return every year to refresh their inspiration and tune up their creative muscles. It is an action packed four days but we also relax on the deck or by the pond. Find inspiration in the garden, renew friendships and make new best friends. As you can tell it is about more than just painting techniques. The time in Santa Fe is very special and we use it to refill the well and inspire our muse. We also eat delicious food, find art on every corner and bask in the beauty of the mountains. Join us!
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $900
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying, and Expression"
June 1-3, 2020
 

Students will use oils (acrylics are allowed, as well) to paint from photos. They will have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of trees, boats, cityscapes, figures, koi, hanging fruit. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos if they choose. Penix will cover topics like how to make your paintings more 3-dimensional, the power of warms and cools, color theory, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, elements of light and shadow, the power of suggestion and finally painting how you see versus just copying a photograph.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Derek Penix, www.derekpenix.com
Cost: $495 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


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

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


"Process Painting: Come to the Table"
June 4-7, 2020
 

No previous art experience is required. You need only bring your willingness and longing to engage with creativity. Process Painting highlights the creative process as a method of self-exploration and discovery; it is not a traditional painting class. The emphasis is the process, not what appears on the paper. Using tempera paint, this form of spontaneous expression provides an opportunity to deepen the connection and the divine. The facilitator acts as a support and witness to the process by asking open-ended questions. A safe and sacred container is created by the absence of product focused commentary. Through intuitive image making, Process Painting allows access to the flow of life giving energy which summons the painter to greater consciousness and wholeness.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Karen McClard
Cost: member $375; non-member $400 (includes materials and lunch)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Spontaneity in Your Painting in Acrylic or Oil"
June 5-6, 2020
 

Join Linda Ellen Price for a fun workshop to take your art to the next level. Learn about color theory and mixing colors. Instruction will include still life, figurative and purely imaginative work. Discover ways to loosen up your brushwork through impressionistic techniques. Demos and individual assistance at each easel provided throughout the two-day workshop. A student of Russian artist Max Heldman, her travels to Russia and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg were inspirational to her painting. Her works are part of both private and public collections throughout the United States, Canada, South America and Europe. Price is represented by Beverly McNeil Gallery in Birmingham and Portraits Inc. For more information, visit lindaellenprice.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Linda Ellen Price
Cost: $275 Museum members/ $300 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Picturesque Portugal: Landscape Painting and Drawing Vacation"
June 6-12, 2020
 

Travel to Portugal and learn to paint or draw while staying in a beautifully renovated farmhouse. Immerse yourself in blissful tranquility and enjoy breathtaking views, delicious vegetarian meals, and first class art tutoring in a variety of mediums. You will receive tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, daily vegetarian breakfasts, lunches and dinners, 18 hours of painting and drawing tuition with a professional artist, art materials (graphite pencils, chalk pastels, charcoal, ink, watercolor, acrylic paints, brusho), optional afternoon guided nature walks, and transfers to and from Faro Airport at a predetermined time.
 
Location: S.B. de Messines, Portugal
Instructor: Tracy-Jane Pooler
Cost: $970
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Experimental Collage"
June 6-7, 2020
 

This action packed class will expand your concept of collage. You will begin with a process I call Scribble to Structure. This is a mixed media process on paper that will loosen up your creative muscles. You will be working with pencils, paints, pastels and paper. You will learn some unusual ways to move the paint. Color combinations and composition skills will be explored. This is one of my favorite ways to begin a creative journey. On day two you expand your vocabulary with new materials for collage including fabrics and transparent papers you will create. You will learn how to make your collages look like Encaustic if you wish, and how to get crackles to stay on papers too.
 
Location: Palisade, Colorado
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $305
Sponsor: Rocky Mountain Collage Society
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"The Poetics of Mixed Media"
June 8-9, 2020
 

The use of mixed media can broaden your mark-making abilities and expand the content of your work. Through a mixture of practical, technical, and experimental approaches to two-dimensional media, learn how to incorporate different materials into a dynamic studio practice and discuss materials’ relationship to ideas and concepts of art making. This workshop begins with two main categories of 2D materials – graphic or drawing materials and water-based materials. With this foundation, explore different techniques incorporating these materials and mix them together to create a wider range of marks, applications, and aesthetics of combining media. Create multiple tests of materials and techniques, as well as at least one personal, finished artwork that is discussed before the end of the final day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Benjamin Gardner, www.BenjaminAGardner.com
Cost: Members: $230, Non-Members: $255
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Building Momentum in the Studio"
June 10-13, 2020
 

Explore the strengths and limitations of your work in an environment where all approaches to painting and drawing are welcome. Develop new directions, build momentum, and gather feedback from a variety of perspectives. This workshop is equally divided between discussions, working sessions, and critiques. Discussions and critiques provide guidance about materials, process, and content to help you expand your skills, see new possibilities, and set future goals. Working sessions give you hands-on practice to investigate feedback. Expect to work independently at your own pace each day. With over thirty years of teaching experience, Kristy is well versed in all painting and drawing media, and ready to give individualized technical, formal, and conceptual assistance. This workshop is geared toward students with considerable painting experience.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristy Deetz, KristyDeetz.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Simplify the Complex"
June 10-13, 2020
 

Leave limitations behind, expand your creativity, and strengthen your personal point of view in this workshop focused on exploring the power of suggestion. Using fresh, wet watercolor, learn how to identify and capture only the most relevant characteristics of your chosen subject matter. Each morning begins with a series of exercises dedicated to loosening up, building confidence in your individual aesthetic and mark-making, and practicing different ways of seeing. Daily group discussions address overarching topics in painting, such as composition, while demonstrations and personalized instruction guide you through the practice and development of these skills in more finished paintings. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Monica Fogg, www.MonicaFogg.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Stunning Moorish Torrox: Watercolors Art Retreat in Spain"
June 12-19, 2020
 

Travel to sunny Andalucia, Spain and learn to paint using watercolors in the lovely whitewashed town of Torrox. Spend your days painting in gorgeous settings, improve your technique while you relax on the beach, paint in Malága and in the beautiful lost village of El Acebuchal. 8 days • Available in English • All levels • Max. 10 people • Watercolors • Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of Moorish-style accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, drinks (water, wine), expert tuition, trips for painting on location, airport transfers at pre-arranged times.
 
Location: Torrox, Andalucia, Spain
Instructor: Klaus Hinkel
Cost: $1,200
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Abstract Drawing and Painting on Unconventional Surfaces"
June 14-19, 2020
 

In this workshop students will prepare their supports using a variety of materials (cement, plaster, collaged papers) as ground layers for painting and drawing. Then using pigment sticks, carbon, charcoal, paint (oil or acrylic), a variety of mediums with the student’s choice of oil based media or water base, (cold wax, alkyds, solvents for oil, or water based mediums for acrylic – oil pigment sticks may be used with oil painting or as a top layer on acrylics). All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Sara Post
Cost: $700 + $50 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Advanced Painting"
June 14-19, 2020
 

Take your painting to a higher level of commitment and meaningfulness with Lisa Pressman’s Master Class. Lisa is known for her intuitive and conceptual abstract paintings – always with a subconscious narrative that reveals itself along the way. She has a unique gift of working with her students and helping them to discover underlying themes or emotions in their work. Her workshops are often transformative, as she helps her students excavate what is “really going on” in their work. Our focus will be on content, inspirations and moving out of your comfort zone. We will be revisiting the fundamentals of design along with “freeing up” exercises, group collaborations, power points and demos that show new ways to approach your paintings.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Cost: $900 + $95 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Collage, Fiber, and Encaustic"
June 14-19, 2020
 

Whether you have a story to tell or want to dig deeper into your own artistic motivations, we will look at how the pieces of our histories come together to influence how we work and what we create. Using fabric and paper, we will make our own collage materials to embed into encaustic. Techniques will include many fabric, paper and encaustic processes such as gestural mark-making, batik, sun printing, image transfer, staining and stenciling. Topics of discussion and slide presentations will include working with modules and in a series, layering and depth, transparency and opacity, repetition and pattern, display and finishing options. Emphasis will be placed on cultivating your own visual language. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Susan Stover
Cost: $800 + $50 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Painting – Oil & Cold Wax"
June 14-19, 2020
 

Based upon Jim’s successful approach Process; Purpose; Passion this workshop explores the versatility and limitless possibilities of combining oil paint with cold wax medium. Unlike encaustic, cold wax is used at room temperature to both extend the paint and serve as a medium. Learn how to combine these media successfully, as well as incorporate pigment sticks, powdered pigments, and more to create rich textures and resonant fields of color. Beginning with technical demonstrations and hands-on exercises, you will gain a basic understanding of the properties and handling of the medium. Once comfortable with the basics, you will look at form and content, such as deliberate and accidental mark making, starting points, and working in a series.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: James Scherbarth
Cost: $675 + $65 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Alternative Printmaking Explorations"
June 14-19, 2020
 

This printmaking class is designed to explore each individual artist’s personal vision using the processes that will be presented during the class. The class is for artists with no printmaking experience to advanced printmakers. The emphasis will be on found materials and using found surfaces to develop print imagery that reflects each artist’s vision. Materials such as cardboard, recycled wood, and plastics will be used and incorporated into making printing plates. The class will also cover encaustic collagraph, carborundum printing, some silkscreen, chine colle, and drypoint and investigate how these processes can be used with found materials. The class uses non-toxic materials and multi-color printmaking will be covered. Students need only to bring pencils, pens, and erasers.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Jeff Hirst
Cost: $775 + $125 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
June 15-24, 2020
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group discussions, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2580) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Lucignano, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Limited single rooms available for a supplement. Please find testimonials on our website.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2580
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
June 17-24, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Figure Portrait Drawing and Painting"
June 17-23, 2020
 

Students will learn the techniques and procedures of drawing figures and heads with charcoals. In short and long pose practices, students will improve their skill in drawing accurate human proportions, anatomy, and shading, as well as the application of various line works, edge control, lost and found, composition and design. Different techniques introduced in his book will also be explained and practiced in class. Students will then practice traditional, as well as contemporary, ways of painting human figures/portraiture. From limited color palette for quick paintings, to full color palette long time paintings. Demos and individual help will show students how to mix good colors to paint realistically; as well as expressive, contemporary approaches.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Henry Yan
Cost: $3,399
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"Cold Wax & Oil Paints Workshop: Forms, Textures, Layers & Content"
June 19-21, 2020
 

This 3-Day Workshop is the perfect opportunity to discover and or develop new and different Cold Wax painting skills. We will “push the limits” of this wonderful medium and welcome the surprises along the way. Once comfortable with the basic techniques, through a series of directed exercises, we will look at form and content, deliberate and accidental mark making, starting points and working in series. Technique demonstrations combined with student experimentation, group discussions, presentations, and printed resources add to the experience, raising awareness and appreciation for the content and the meaning of constraint and simplification in art. This workshop will enliven your art practice and unleash your creative voice!
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jorge Luis Bernal
Cost: $560.00
Sponsor: Encaustic Art Institute
Website, email, 505-989-3283


"Artistic Voice Mixed Media Retreat in Greece"
June 20-29, 2020
 

Travel to Greece for an enlightening one-week mixed media art retreat with expert artist coaching. Experiment with painting, drawing and collage and develop your artistic perspective. 8 days | Available in EN, GR, NL, FR, DE | All levels | Max. 6 people | Wheelchair accessible | Mixed media | Figurative, Abstract. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation; all meals; beverages (coffee, mineral water, tea, juices); painting and mixed media classes, workshops and presentations with artist Annette Luycx; transfers to/from Metamorfosi train station; art supplies; studio space.
 
Location: Afidnes, Attica, Greece
Instructor: Annette Luycx
Cost: $970
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Ceramics: Raw Elegance"
June 21-26, 2020
 

This workshop will focus on throwing and hand building techniques that emphasize the raw earthy characteristics of clay while maintaining a sense of elegance in form. By utilizing the potters wheel, slab construction, and drape molds, students will use textures to give sophisticated pottery vessels a guttural feel. In finding a balance between grace and brute, students will create work that has depth while maintaining beauty.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Scott McClellan
Cost: $675 + $75 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Drawing Marathon: a week of intensive drawing for all levels"
June 21-26, 2020
 

Using a wide of variety of materials and numerous exercises Walker’s aim for the week will be to help you explore and investigate possibilities of making interesting and diverse drawings. “We will work both from observation, and from imagination employing a range of strategies and devices to expand our approach to drawing. We will look at creating research notebooks/sketchbooks throughout the week.” Drawings from various artists both contemporary and historical will also be referenced. A week of focus and exploration with drawing will bring about surprising results – the possibilities are endless!
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Hazel Walker
Cost: $675 + $50 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Painting: Simplify the Landscape"
June 21-26, 2020
 

How do we select places to paint? How do we compose and adjust relationships in the landscape to fit our ideas of an invented reality? We will begin drawing from direct observation, composing quick sketches to simplify the landscape. We will discuss perspective, scale shifts, light source, value and space – all integral concepts to composing a compelling drawing. Paintings will be made later in the day, working from the same location. The light will change but the overall composition will remain. The personal approach of each student will infuse paintings that are invented and abstracted representations of the landscape. Classroom discussions will focus on other landscape painters who use a variety of ideas around color and abstraction in their work.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Celia Reisman
Cost: $675 + $50 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Painting: Process, Perception and the Still Life"
June 21-26, 2020
 

This course will explore observational painting as a meditative and investigative practice that is more about process than product. Through individual still life setups, we will seek truth in the observed world while questioning how the physical construction of a painting might invoke the deeper nature of our perceptions. This course will use the subject of still life as an opportunity to question and expand the formal elements of our painting practice. Each student will begin by composing their own still life set-up that will evolve throughout the course. We will discuss and practice elements of composition, mark-making, and our ability to render light and form in a controlled environment.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Jeremy Durling
Cost: $675 + $55 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Papermaking Possibilites – for the Artist or Craftsperson"
June 21-26, 2020
 

This workshop will cover a wide range of techniques in making handmade paper, from learning to beat fiber in a Hollander beater, pigmenting pulps, sheet formation on moulds and deckles, as well as experimenting with pulp painting and pulp transfer methods. We will also make paper that have dried plants, flowers and other fibers and inclusions added into sheets for stationary, or a variety of artmaking applications. Students will work with cotton, abaca and sisal fibers to experience a range of qualities in handmade paper, which can ultimately be used for printmaking, drawing, book arts, or other purposes in the studio. All levels welcomed!
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Georgia Deal
Cost: $675 + $45 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Painting Beyond Local Color"
June 22-23, 2020
 

Designed for painters of all levels and media, this workshop moves beyond local color to investigate how an imaginative approach to your palette can result in landscape paintings that are expressive and readable. Beginning with the nuts and bolts of value and color, complete a series of small exercises that strengthen your observation and drawing skills, introduce you to color theory and color harmonies, and dive into emotional associations of color. On the second day, begin working on a larger landscape painting of your choosing, using underpainting, contrast, expressive color, and color interaction to create the mood you want to evoke. The workshop concludes with a group critique. Open to all levels and all paint media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shannon Estlund, ShannonEstlund.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"In Series: Developing a Body of Work"
June 22-23, 2020
 

Designed to help you identify and explore new opportunities, this two-day workshop encourages growth through the development of a multi-work project. Discover how to create a cohesive body of work, gather feedback and inspiration for next steps, and build momentum in your painting practice. Through group discussions and presentations of contemporary artists’ work, learn the differences between a thematically guided series, a series based in formal variation, and art that is truly serial in nature. Meet with Tom one-on-one and work through exercises to help you identify and focus the scope of your work. Leave this workshop with a conceptual direction and the early stages of a new and thoughtful series. Open to those working in acrylic, oil, watercolor, and mixed media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Berenz, www.TomBerenz.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


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

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


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
June 24 - July 1, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Contemporary Portraiture"
June 24-27, 2020
 

Portraits are one of the most intimidating subjects to paint. Creating a simplified process not only helps you to paint with confidence, but also gives you the freedom to explore a more contemporary approach that is entirely your own. By investigating a range of styles that are prevalent in portraiture, such as impressionistic, naturalistic, and realistic, this workshop unpacks what makes a successful portrait. This workshop begins with a series of demonstrations and guided explorations. Working from a live model each day, emphasis is placed on exploring various media, such as oils, acrylics, colored pencils, and markers, to expand your own unique artistic expression of what contemporary portraiture means to you. Open to all levels and painting and drawing media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jonathan Aller, www.JonathanAller.com
Cost: Members: $495, Non-Members: $535
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art History as Inspiration"
June 24-27, 2020
 

Using art history as a point of departure, this workshop explores methods for finding and using inspiration to create unique, individual works of art. Discover likely and even unlikely sources of inspiration in the various genres and moments discussed and identify approaches that best fit with your personal interests and goals. The first three days begin with a brief lecture on a specific time and place in art history, focusing on the unique aesthetics, key artists, and later influences of each period, followed by time to write, sketch, and discuss your interpretation of the day’s topic. Spend the remainder of each day working independently to create at least one original work, breaking for in-progress discussion. Open to all levels and media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Wendi Turchan, www.WendiMichelleTurchan.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"One Painting in One Day-Doors of Mexico"
Offered Thursdays, September thru June, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
 

Easy and fun this workshop is for any lever of experience! At Cristi Fer Art Gallery in Puerto Vallarta. Beginners and novice have been amazed by their results. Working with acrylics we’ll pain a typical Mexican door starting with a professional photo as starting point. Participants learn composition, color, painting strategies, practice drawing, painting, gain confidence and finish a unique original painting. As a professional painter, workshop facilitator and instructor of 30 years, I have worked with individuals at all levels of experience. What is required is a spirit of adventure, open mind, willingness to make mistakes and have fun. If you consider having a painting day with your family and friends while in Puerto Vallarta, contact us in advance.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $75.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email


"Ceramics: Make Your Mark"
June 28 - July 2, 2020
 

During this workshop we will spend four intensive days of both pot making and exploring mark making to build a painterly surface on our forms. Using the rich history of earthenware covered in white slip as a blank canvas, we will journey through layering underglaze washes with personal marks to build a painterly surface. Focusing primarily on drinking vessels, we will explore color theory, composition and the use of sgraffito lines to define the foreground colors. We will move quickly with a purpose to make pots that will be energized and ready for bold color!
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Sara Truman
Cost: $600 + $65 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Mixed Media and Encaustic: Fiber & Structure"
June 28 - July 2, 2020
 

With an emphasis on mixed-media, this workshop is specially created to address the interests of artists working in fiber and fiber related techniques such as quilting, weaving and surface design. The basics of working in encaustic will be covered and expanded. Lorraine will demonstrate encaustic application techniques that can be used to enhance or create; structure, texture, color mixing, layers, surface manipulation, and the creation of pattern using stencils, candy molds and tjaps. Working two or three dimensionally, participants will be encouraged to develop a personal vocabulary and explore their individual interests. By combining the infinite possibilities of encaustic in combination with fiber structures, surfaces and stitch, each student’s interest can be explored.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Lorraine Glessner
Cost: $650 + $65 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Painting: Interiors / Exteriors with the Figure"
June 28 - July 2, 2020
 

In this workshop, we will weave the figure into the fabric of the painting. We will use color to structure space and establish atmosphere, both interior and exterior. Into this light condition we will integrate the Figure. We will work with the model in-doors with windows, and out-doors in a nearby garden. Our processes will combine drawing and painting from direct observation, and working in the studio from our studies done from life. We will create specific light with color, painting to painting, and within one work. We will ask, what happens when exterior and interior light meet? On what part of the painting do we wish to focus?
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Louise Bourne
Cost: $600 + $95 lab fee (includes model fee)
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"On-The-Go Ink and Wash Sketching"
June 29 - July 3, 2020
 

Preserve your memories in a reminiscent and unparalleled way. A photograph is evidence of your visit, but a sketch of the same will bring back the feeling of the day, the smell of the local cafe and the feel of the culture. David Lobenberg will teach the six universal skill sets of drawing, as well as, critical compositional, color, and value strategies. David’s watercolor paintings can be found in private, public, and corporate collections across the country. His work has been featured in American Artist, Southwest Art, and American Art Collector magazines to name a few.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Plein Air Lakescape Painting Vacation"
June 29 - July 3, 2020
 

The painting workshop includes daily demonstrations, one-to-one tuition, and critique sessions. Under the guidance of professional painter Colin Halliday, you will be encouraged to exceed your creativity, express you own style and learn how to master light, space, tones and balance techniques, among many others. 5 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Max. 10 people - Expert art tutor - Oils, acrylics, mixed media - Landscape, Lakescape. UpTrek Painting Holiday 2019 inclusions: 4 nights of accommodation, all meals, 5 full days of painting tuition with artist Colin Halliday, wine during dinner, transfers for daily painting trips.
 
Location: Keswick, Lake District, England
Instructor: Colin Halliday
Cost: $1,480
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Exploring Acrylics: Process, Concepts, and Experimentation"
June 29 - July 2, 2020
 

Acrylic paint is the most flexible painting medium available; uniquely capable of being modified for a variety of art making needs. Designed for intermediate painters, this workshop explores how to combine acrylic painting techniques with your individual interests and goals. Discover how the medium can not only illustrate your ideas but embody and drive them as well. This workshop begins with a review of the basics of acrylic emulsion, as well as color issues unique to acrylic painting. Daily demonstrations, focused exercises, and guided experimentation address additive, subtractive, and layering techniques that capitalize on the properties of acrylic paint, including staining, pouring, image transfers, hard-edge techniques and masking, glazing, tissue collage, decal painting, and stamping. One-on-one instruction and group discussions.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chris Hyndman, chrishyndmanstudio.com
Cost: Members: $455, Non-Members: $495
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour"
June 30 - July 11, 2020
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence followed by a four-day art history tour in Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media. Small groups, personalized instruction and intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3700 or the equivalent in USD at the time full payment (around US$2800) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, Gaudís sites, Picasso museum, Miró Museum, etc.).
 
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2800
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, (800) 611-4789


"Maximum Impact with Minimum Brushwork"
July 5-8 and/or 9-12, 2020
 

Learn how to paint 'alla Prima, realist, impressionist, tonal watercolor's with Amanda Hyatt. Come put on the paint with confidence and without deliberation. Her subject matter will include landscapes, seascapes, street scenes, still life, figurative work and en plein air work. By the end of the course you should be exhilarated, having experienced a 'no rules, only handy hints' method to tackling watercolor in a fresh, loose and new exciting way. Be prepared to experience freedom and renewed motivation with your art. Amanda has numerous DVDs and is author of Watercolour: Tonal Impressionism.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Amanda Hyatt - USA Workshop Debut
Cost: $695 each
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"An Exercise in Abstraction"
July 6-7, 2020
 

Explore the philosophy that abstraction holds all creative expression in this fast-paced two-day workshop. Alternating between working spontaneously and working methodically, discover the inherent possibilities within your paintings. Demonstrations and instructor-led exercises each morning introduce you to abstract and non-objective approaches to art making, while group conversations on the history of painting provide you and your developing work with context. You are encouraged to work more independently in the afternoon with Emmett providing individualized feedback throughout.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Emmett Johns, www.EmmettJohns.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Mastering Drawing and Wax Painting"
July 6-12, 2020
 

Veri Apriyatno is a master in drawing, and his works are admired all over the world. The Facebook Page, Drawing Pencil, which was originally a fan community of Veri’s artworks, has now even reached more than 13 million fans from almost every country. Veri is passionate about sharing knowledge and experiences with his fans and anyone who wants to become an artist, and his workshops are always full. Veri is also a master in wax art, both sculpture and painting. There are few artists who possess the craftsmanship to paint with wax, but Veri is one of those very experts. Veri will hold a 5-day workshop in Italy encompassing in-depth drawing topics. Besides diving into the world of drawing with Veri, the tour will focus on enjoying the natural beauty, food, and Italian culture.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Veri Apriyatno
Cost: $3,500
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"Setting it Up: Creative Settings in Jewelry"
July 8-11, 2020
 

In this workshop, develop interesting, fun compositions that explore a variety of settings to showcase alternative materials, found objects, cabochons, and faceted gemstones in rings or pendants. Learn how to use basic jewelry making techniques to design and fabricate rivets, as well as an assortment of bezel, reverse tab, prong, and tube settings. Daily demonstrations, handouts, and plenty of hands-on practice introduce you to a variety of setting techniques, as well as fabrication fundamentals, including soldering, sawing, filing, surface textures, and finishing methods using polishing compounds or patinas. Expect to leave this workshop with at least one completed piece. Open to all skill levels. Bring in a special object from home or alternative material you’re looking to transform into jewelry.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Johnson, LisaJohnsonStudio.com
Cost: Members: $455, Non-Members: $495
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Drawing on Clay"
July 8-11, 2020
 

Build a personal vocabulary of imagery and learn how to use your ceramic work as a tool for storytelling in this hands-on workshop. Discover how keeping a sketchbook, even for those not confident in their drawing skills, can influence and enrich the surfaces of your ceramic pieces. Each day explores both drawing and ceramic concepts, including idea generation through exercises on paper, developing a daily drawing practice, hand-built construction methods, and surface decoration. Learn how to create simple functional forms using hump molds and templates, as well as how to transfer your unique images to the surfaces of your pieces using colorful underglazes and sgraffito. Discover how ceramics can be a fun and unexpected canvas. No prior drawing or ceramics experience required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Molly Anne Bishop, www.MollyAnneBishop.com
Cost: Members: $485, Non-Members: $525
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Composite Image: Experimenting with the Still Life"
July 8-11, 2020
 

Explore unique and creative ways of looking at, composing, and constructing photographic works in this four-day workshop. Learn the basics of studio lighting, Photoshop, compositing images, and inkjet printing as you experiment with the concept of the still life. Engage in technical demonstrations and exercises, discussions on contemporary still life photography, independent and collaborative work, and critiques. In the first two days, source objects, gain familiarity with lighting and Photoshop, and experiment with using multiple images to create a work. The final two days alternate between producing images behind the camera and editing works in Photoshop. Leave this workshop with a large-scale inkjet print, new technical knowledge, and the ability to interpret and create an image in fresh, innovative ways.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathleen Hawkes, www.KathleenHawkes.com
Cost: Members: $460, Non-Members: $500
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Couleurs de la Vie Painting Vacation"
July 9-16, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Kaye Parmenter
Cost: $1,080
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Try It: Screen Printing"
July 11, 2020
 

Designed for those interested in trying screen printing for the first time, this workshop guides you through the process of creating an image, exposing silkscreens, mixing ink, and printing your image on paper. Walk away with new skills and the motivation to continue exploring your creative interests. PenArt provides all of the tools and materials needed.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $45, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting in The Dark with Neysa Grassi"
July 11-12, 2020
 

Paint your way through the mystery and uncertainty of the art-making process in this intuitive, practical and empowering workshop with acclaimed artist and PAFA graduate faculty member, Neysa Grassi. Dispel the voices of criticism in your head, and learn to perceive doubt as a valid means of investigation rather than a destructive force. Work in gouache and mixed media on paper to discover the freedom that comes from generating imagery without preconceived outcomes. Discussion of painting practices and feedback on students’ previous work will supplement studio activity. Instruction will be presented on an artist-to-artist basis, whether participants are beginners or seasoned artists.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Neysa Grassi
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Susan kae Grant: Mapping the Unconscious: Zen Bookmaking"
July 12-16, 2020
 

This retreat is about the study of bookmaking as an art form, using dreams and memories to inform the content of your own unique book. In this retreat, we concentrate on using the subconscious to inspire the production of handmade artists' books that balance form and content in provocative ways. Enjoy Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan kae Grant
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Lorraine Glessner: Exploring Landscape Through Encaustic & The Mark"
July 12-16, 2020
 

Utilizing the natural luminosity, textural and layering possibilities of encaustic, participants will experiment with innovative materials, drawing and marks to depict the spirt and essence of the land. The mark of nature combined with encaustic painting creates timeless works which reference memory, change and time. Enjoy Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Glessner
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Medieval Countryside Painting Vacation in England"
July 12-19, 2020
 

Travel to England, discover your artistic expression under expert guidance and immerse in tutored studio and outdoor painting sessions. Wander through the picturesque coast of southwest England and find the inspiration for your next artworks. UpTrek Medieval Countryside Painting Vacation 2020 with professional artist Lynda Appleby includes: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 6 days of painting tuition with artist Lynda Appleby, transfers for daily trips, tea and biscuits during studio breaks.
 
Location: Dunster, Somerset, England
Instructor: Lynda Appleby
Cost: $820
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Landscape, Still Life and Portrait"
July 13-17, 2020
 

Learn how light affects the temperature of colors and values, as well as how to use the transparency of watercolor to allow the glow of the paper to shine through. Fealing Lin will teach you to combine impressionistic brushstrokes and semi-abstract techniques to elicit life and movement in your paintings. She will help you relax and enjoy the process as you discover the spontaneity of watercolor. Fealing's techniques are fun and challenging; the possibility of compositions and expressions are unlimited. She is a signature member of the NWS, TWSA, Watercolor West, and many others.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Fealing Lin
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
July 14-21, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Return to the Drawing Board: Hypothesis and Experimentation"
July 17-18, 2020
 

Drawing has historically been considered a medium used to translate thought. Sketches are made to realize or communicate ideas, concepts, maps, and “more refined” works in multiple media. The contemporary art world has excitedly embraced drawing as a means unto its own. It is an empowering medium in which to play, experiment, and dare to fail. Through various experimental exercises and prompts, explore non-traditional approaches to drawing, idea generation, collage, and materials. This workshop begins with material and historical demonstrations of traditional and contemporary drawing, collage, and photo-transfer methods. This workshop is best suited for artists familiar with 2D and/or 3D materials and who are interested in investigating new generative pursuits.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Erin Washington, erinwashington.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Encaustic Monotype: India ink Graphite and Carbon Workshop"
July 18-19, 2020
 

This workshop offers artists the opportunity to explore and discover new shapes and ideas while using a “Monochrome Approach.” Mark-making expressions (gestural marks) help direct the artist to focus on process-oriented abstraction using patterns and emotions as a source of inspiration to create a narrative. To begin, we explore the line, negative space and expression through a series of directed exercises using India ink, charcoal and graphite. We then look and discuss the power of color to convey and communicate meanings and content. This workshop will offer discussions/demos, studio painting time, as well as individual critique concerning your own personal direction in your art making.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jorge Luis Bernal
Cost: $395.00
Sponsor: Encaustic Art Institute
Website, email, 505-989-3283


"Finding Artistic Voice: Mixed Media Retreat in Greece"
July 18-25, 2020
 

Travel to Greece and find your artistic voice throughout an enlightening one-week mixed media art retreat with expert artist coaching. Experiment with painting, drawing and collage and develop your artistic perspective. 8 days | Available in EN, GR, NL, FR, DE | All levels | Max. 6 people | Wheelchair accessible | Mixed media | Figurative, Abstract. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation; all meals; beverages (coffee, mineral water, tea, juices); painting and mixed media classes, workshops and presentations with artist Annette Luycx; transfers to/from Metamorfosi train station; art supplies; studio space.
 
Location: Afidnes, Attica, Greece
Instructor: Annette Luycx
Cost: $970
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Appasionata"
July 19-25, 2020
 

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


"Monhegan Island, Maine Art & Visualization Workshop Retreat"
July 20-24, 2020
 

A fun art workshop in an exotic location, but not an ocean away, only 10 miles of ocean to reach tiny Monhegan Island, Maine. Let us help you reconnect with the 'confident you' that you've put aside to do 'the stuff that happens in life'...don't just go with the flow, live life like you do in your happiest moments. Realize, this is not just a workshop in learning or relearning to paint, it's a workshop to help you remember where you left yourself. Remembering your core of who you truly are - awesome, just the way you are.,'the tiny island that time forgot' step off the boat and into a way of life that existed in the 1960's.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Founder
Cost: $ 597.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270


"Monhegan Island, Maine Art & Visualization Workshop Retreat"
July 20-21, 2020
 

A fun art workshop in an exotic location, but not an ocean away, only 10 miles of ocean to reach tiny Monhegan Island, Maine. Let us help you reconnect with the 'confident you' that you've put aside to do 'the stuff that happens in life'...don't just go with the flow, live life like you do in your happiest moments. Realize, this is not just a workshop in learning or relearning to paint, it's a workshop to help you remember where you left yourself. Remembering your core of who you truly are - awesome, just the way you are.,'the tiny island that time forgot' step off the boat and into a way of life that existed in the 1960's.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Founder
Cost: $ 597.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270


"The Journey Sketchbook"
July 20-23, 2020
 

Capture images and memories in a personal manner as you learn how to create and use a plein air journey sketchbook for your travels near and far. Put aside expectations and let your hand record what you see; unleashing your creative spirit to explore new media, ideas, and possibilities. Discover how your journey sketchbook can be a springboard for creating new works in the studio. Spend half of each day outdoors using a variety of art tools and prompts, including viewfinders, value sketches, vignettes, sketch walks, 10-minute images, written recordings, and more, to fill your journey sketchbook. Use pencil, watercolor, ink pens, and watercolor pencils for your plein air work. The second half of each day is spent in the studio.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Borcherding
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Portrait and Figure"
July 20-22, 2020
 

Join Mary Whyte for an extraordinary workshop in watercolor in Bend, OR. Using live models, Mary will demonstrate and guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines. She has been awarded the Portrait Society of America's Gold Medal.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $1095
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
July 21-28, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Suminagashi Marbling: From Patterned Paper to Finished Painting"
July 23-25, 2020
 

Explore this fascinating Japanese paper marbling technique using water-based boku. The name suminagashi literally means spilled ink. Liz will teach you to create intricate, patterned rice papers using this ancient method and then learn how to use these papers to build gorgeous layered collages and finished paintings using acrylic paints. Liz will provide students with examples, suggestions, and plenty of feedback in this one-of-a-kind workshop. No prior marbling experience needed, but participants should have basic acrylic painting skills. Liz’s work has been published in Watercolor Artist Magazine, Artist’s Magazine, and the North Light publications AcrylicWorks4 and AcrylicWorks6.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Liz Walker
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Mixed Media Magic"
July 24, 2020
 

Unleash your creativity by combining art media to create incredibly diverse and unique art. Try a variety of materials including acrylic paint, pastel, colored pencil and watercolor. Overcome any fear you may have of the "blank canvas" with "brushless" painting. Prepare substrates with paint and paper that will become a background layer for image transfer processes. Learn image transfer techniques to include photographs in your mixed media pieces. Learn how to think about what types of images work best with your art. Learn about gelli plate print-making and art journaling techniques to make individual pages that can stand alone or bind together in a book.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Heidi Sussman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Exploring Mixed Media by Pebeo"
July 24 & 25, 2020
 

Explore the amazing world of Mixed Media by Pébéo! Experience these self-expressing liquid oil paints, textures and different mediums. Discover surprising ways and new techniques to create exciting effects. Aspects of abstract composition and what makes an abstract piece "work" will be shared. Demonstrations, individual instruction, printed resources and a hands-on introduction to each product will build your experience and appreciation in working with Mixed Media by Pébéo. We will create at least two works of art while sparking new ideas for continuing the exploration. All levels of experience with acrylics and mixed media are welcome. This is a wonderful workshop for any artist wanting to broaden their use of acrylics and Mixed Media by Pébéo.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Candace French
Cost: $435 - $500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Introduction to Hand Lettering"
July 24, 2020
 

Take a deep dive into introductory hand lettering. In this workshop, we'll demystify handwriting and hand lettering, learn a script alphabet, learn hand lettering terminology, practice two distinct lettering styles (faux-ligraphy and brush lettering), learn how to connect letters to make artful words, experiment with playful variations to add to your lettering practice, incorporate stylized number designs, sketching techniques, and familiarize yourself with key tools to lettering practice. This class will include demonstrations, practice time, personalized coaching and a small finished project.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Natalie Keller Pariano
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Gel Plate Monoprinting"
July 24, 2020
 

Are you frustrated with the fact that you have the Gel Plate but haven't mastered it? Are you afraid to even open it? This class is for you! I know how frustrating it can be when you don't get the results you want or expect. It's difficult trying to figure things out on your own - let's do this together! In this workshop you will learn how to create painterly, rich, layered collage papers with the Gel Press Monoprinting Plate.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Shadow Boxes with Torch Fire Enameling"
July 24, 2020
 

Using copper sheeting, students will create unique torch fired enameled pieces of jewelry. Students will learn many ways to create a shadowbox necklace from copper. Patinas will enhance the surface and allow for unique results. Once several shadow boxes are made, students will create inserts for the box using torch fire enameled surfaces. Fold form techniques will be used to create depth and interest with some of the inserts. Cold connections including wire rivets, eyelets, brads, ties and weaving techniques, will be used to assemble the pieces. Brooches, necklaces and earrings will all be made and students will go home with many samples and finished work. Fun and fast paced.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


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

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


"Oil and Cold Wax Painting"
July 24-26, 2020
 

Based upon his program Process - Purpose - Passion, Jim will introduce you to his approach to creating personal and authentic abstract art. With a process based upon layering and color interactions, we will use cold wax medium, tube oils, pigment sticks, powdered pigments and a variety of implements to create rich textures, resonant color fields and develop our personal mark making. This workshop is suited for those with some prior painting experience and who enjoy the sharing, flexibility & happenstance of a group environment. All levels of experience with oils & cold wax are welcome. The focus of the workshop is on the process itself more than achieving a "finished" painting.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: James Edward Scherbarth
Cost: $525 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Dynamic Design in Collage with Books"
July 24-26, 2020
 

In this 3-day workshop, we seek to unravel the mysteries of great abstract composition using collage processes and the fascinating material of deconstructed old books. Collage is the ideal medium for exploring composition and I am loading our backpack with 3 powerful "technologies" to make your exploration fruitful. While there are a handful of principles of design, some are more important than others - we will start with the most powerful ones. These fundamental principles will strengthen your work and give you a foundation to build on.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Melinda Tidwell
Cost: $525 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Twist and Turn Chain and Revolutionary Pendant"
July 24-26, 2020
 

Day One will be an introduction to basic silver soldering. By the end of this class, students will have an understanding of necessary tools and materials to successfully solder simple joints. Students will complete one 22" necklace. Days Two & Three will take your ring making skills to another dimension by creating a dynamic piece with independently moving parts. Students will learn the tricks that will make this seemingly impossible soldering job easier. We will finish off the piece by adding interest with a double sided semi-precious stone bead.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Cost: $525 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Quilt Experiments: In Search of Our Creative Edge"
July 24-26, 2020
 

Creativity is a constant cycle. You'll experiment with ways to build up layers of fabric using quilting, stitching, applique, rearranging, deconstructing, and collage. We'll start each day by making 12" square flat panels of thick quilting. These panels are the structures that are like your prepared canvases. They'll be used for our experiments. We'll cut parts out, reconfigure them, and start to add three-dimensional elements. Directed exercises will constantly transform the artwork & challenge you! You will discover unexpected combinations, learn new techniques, and begin something magnificent. Please note: You will be learning the techniques necessary for building a three-dimensional vessel, but you will not be building one in this class.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kay Khan
Cost: $525 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Daily Painting, Embrace the Practice"
July 24, 2020
 

This workshop will embrace the importance of a daily practice as a path to improving creativity and image making skills. Through a combination of demos, in-class assignments and individual instruction, each student will learn techniques to create fresh, deliberate marks. Guided by an artist who has made over 3500 daily, consecutive paintings (so far), you'll embrace the painting process while learning tricks to stay inspired and motivated as well as generate ideas for your own daily practice. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Lisa Daria Kennedy
Cost: $240- $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Bold, Expressive Color"
July 25, 2020
 

This workshop will focus on how to make those colors sing! Heighten your perception and use of color by learning ways to exaggerate and enhance what you see. We'll tap into a personal color palette, take control of value, and generate clean, bold and unexpected color solutions. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Lisa Daria Kennedy
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Woven Accents"
July 25, 2020
 

Using copper and silver sheeting, and wires, students will learn to connect and design using weaving, tying, and wire techniques. Unique patinas and applications will be used to create and design in unexpected and innovative ways. Several will be made during the class time and materials to do more at home.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Gel Plate Monoprinting"
July 25, 2020
 

Are you frustrated with the fact that you have the Gel Plate but haven't mastered it? Are you afraid to even open it? This class is for you! I know how frustrating it can be when you don't get the results you want or expect. It's difficult trying to figure things out on your own - let's do this together! In this workshop you will learn how to create painterly, rich, layered collage papers with the Gel Press Monoprinting Plate.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Creating Illuminated Letters and Decorative Borders"
July 25, 2020
 

In this fun class you'll learn valuable methods to create uniquely illuminated initial letters, decorative borders, and fanciful marginalia--similar to medieval illuminated manuscripts! These exciting techniques can be used in designing your own paper products--greeting cards, bookmarks, postcards, scrap book pages, book illustrations, etc. The applications are endless! In addition, you'll learn valuable approaches to color, so that your designs, and your other artworks, will be highly attractive and effective.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Intermediate Hand Lettering"
July 25, 2020
 

Ready to level up your lettering? If you've been practicing your strokes and doodling up a storm with your lettering skills, you're ready to take the next step! Break the barrier between basic lettering and super rad lettering! In this workshop, we'll focus on techniques that will improve not only your letter forms, but layout, composition, sketching and flourishing! This workshop will include demonstrations, coaching, troublshooting, and one-on-one support - plus a "thank you" gift from Natalie. Participants will receive 2 workbooks - yes two!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Natalie Keller Pariano
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Street Photography"
July 25, 2020
 

Learn the techniques and skills of street photography while exploring beautiful downtown Denver. All you need is your cell phone - both iPhone and Android users have the opportunity to participate in this exciting and informative workshop where you will learn to create compelling images while you explore an urban environment. The day will consist of discussion about photography with an emphasis on street photography followed by a photo shoot of the city where we will explore Denver, a visually evocative city, brimming with countless photographic possibilities! After our photo shoot, we will come back and learn how to edit our photos using imaging applications that are available to both iPhone and Android users.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Heidi Sussman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Expressive Landscape Painting"
July 25, 2020
 

The foundation of this workshop lies in traditional landscape painting, however, the resultant paintings will be anything but traditional! This workshop is rooted in the formal qualities of landscape painting and uses these principles as means to abstract. The first half of the workshop will be spent exploring automatic drawing techniques, compositional studies, and non-traditional color palettes. The later half will be spent working on a larger, more involved painting. The sequential layout of this class will give students the tools and confidence to take chances and make informed decisions on the canvas.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"The Landscape in Abstraction"
July 26, 2020
 

There's no feeling quite like throwing a big bold brush stroke right across your canvas! This workshop will explore highly abstract landscape painting with a focus on intuitive mark, color, layering and texture. Together, we will transform simple reference imagery into rich, energetic, abstract paintings. The first half of the workshop will be spent creating a small series of mini abstracts, the latter half will be spent working on a larger, more involved painting. We will use non-traditional tools for paint application, take risks, and visit the great question of all: "Is my painting finished?"
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Waxing Hot and Cold"
July 26, 2020
 

This workshop is for those who wish to learn how to add hot wax (encaustics) and cold wax to their mixed media art practice. Whether you want to use wax as a painting medium or to add it to enhance photographs, the mood and texture you can achieve with wax is like no other medium. This class will show how you can use both hot and cold wax to accomplish outstanding results. Health and safety issues will be addressed. Detailed lecture about techniques and demonstration of process will be offered. Handouts will be supplied for students to take home.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Heidi Sussman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Exploring Alcohol Inks"
July 26, 2020
 

Explore flowing vivid colors as you play with Alcohol Inks and create something beautiful. You will be guided through demos and given lots of individual attention. Tips on how to work with the inks on a tile or non-porous surface to direct the design will be shared. Printed materials and group sharing will inspire deeper exploration. All levels of experience are welcome. This is a wonderful workshop for any artist wanting to experience Alcohol Inks for the first time or broaden their use of Alcohol Inks.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Candace French
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Chalk and Fabric Lettering"
July 26, 2020
 

Ever wonder how artists are able to achieve impeccably hand lettered projects for weddings, events, home decor and more? In this workshop, we'll learn the secrets of creating beautifully hand lettered projects for your gifts, your home and your work. No hand lettering experience is required! Learn to achieve gorgeous chalked designs with a variety of techniques that are easily applicable for beginners and a few simple tools. You'll leave with a fully finished chalkboard design to display in your own home. In the second half of our workshop, we'll discuss and practice the broad applications of hand lettering on fabric, which offers endless possibilities. You'll leave with a finished wall hanging and a dish towel set!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Natalie Keller Pariano
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Copper and Alternative Book Covers"
July 26, 2020
 

Using canvases as the base for books, boxes and wall art, students will create several wall art pieces incorporating copper sheeting, wire, screen, foil and other interesting materials. Students will collage using papers and woven elements. Several book styles will be options using papers, mica and canvas and creating a metal door and hinge. Patinas, texturing and metal applications will also be covered. The focus of this class is to create interesting wall collages and learn to utilize copper for book covers. It is a low-tech process with fabulous results! Students should be able to make several during class.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"The Bigger Picture/Loosening Up"
July 26, 2020
 

Let's paint the bigger picture! Discover approaches to fill a big canvas. This workshop combines demos, in-class assignments and individual instruction to teach students the techniques to create an engaging composition with fresh, deliberate marks on a big canvas. Using observational painting as our launching point, we'll embark with energetic composition and image building exercises designed to tap into each participant's personal voice. The practice of working direct from life results in a heightened awareness and a lasting impression of the moment. We'll paint freer and bolder and let our personalities inspire what we see in our immediate surroundings. Through painting and observational exercises, we'll analyze what influences our choices and how to incorporate our personal voice in our work.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Lisa Daria Kennedy
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Watercolors in Italy"
July 26 - August 1, 2020
 

Learn how to paint with fluidity and color during this watercolor workshop. You’ll work on capturing the Italian landscape with brilliant color and pure paint application. You’ll be inspired by Carol’s daily demonstrations and experiments to create wet, loose watercolors . Carol will focus on Italian imagery and interesting points of view. Workshop will include individual instruction and group critique. Carol will also talk about what makes interesting photographs while on sightseeing tours.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Carol Carter
Cost: $3,500
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"Intuitive Explorations with Acrylic and Collage"
July 27-31, 2020
 

Come discover your own unique artistic voice with Joan Fullerton. Learn how to coax hints of reality from an abstract background, how to control values and colors for emotional emphasis, and how to suggest rather than delineate. Come explore working intuitively, responding to what shows up, working in a series, and utilizing neutrals for more ethereal abstracts! Unconventional methods of instruction will open new avenues of creativity and encourage genuine expression. Join us for inspiring demonstrations, lectures, encouragement and practice. Joan's work has been in galleries, juried shows and museums since the early 70’s.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Joan Fullerton
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Abstraction Demystified"
July 27-30, 2020
 

During this hands-on workshop, take an in-depth look at strategies for creating compelling abstract drawings and paintings. Expand your knowledge of materials, strengthen your understanding of historical and contemporary abstraction, and identify your individual interests and direction within the genre. Daily presentations led by Shane introduce you to fundamental concepts of abstraction and a variety of artists. Visual prompts and exercises encourage you to experiment with different approaches, including working with the element of chance or through a formal structure, and, ultimately, invent a new visual language. Expect to work on a number of pieces each day. Individualized instruction and group discussions provide constructive feedback throughout the week. Painters of all levels welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shane Walsh, ShaneWalshPaintings.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Collage"
July 31 - August 1, 2020
 

With its stream of endlessly reproducible images, materials, patterns, and information, the medium of collage has a unique history and vital connection to contemporary life. Explore basic approaches to collage, including organizing collections of images and materials and taking them apart and piecing them together in new pictorial images or abstract designs. Presentations of works by modern and contemporary artists introduce you to the limitless possibilities, while technical demonstrations and exercises explore the material processes and concepts presented. Exercises are specific, but also allow for individual interpretation and play. Work with images and materials that you collected prior to class. This initial image collection is a vital aspect of the collage process. Open to students of all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Oresky, www.MelissaOresky.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Exploring Mixed Media in Watercolor and Acrylic"
August 1-3, 2020
 

Get hopping with a variety of interesting approaches to mixed media. Designed to support and nudge you to play with process and let go of the outcome, so you can absorb a smorgasbord of mixed media techniques. The techniques you choose will become "tools" in your personal "toolbox". We will focus on process and playful experimentation, creating impressionistic textures and patterns and painting using your own unique voice. Rebecca been a fine artist for over 40 years, leading workshops in the US, China, Thailand and Japan. Her work has been exhibited in Australia, China, Japan and the U.S.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Rebecca Sentgeorge
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Abstract Alchemy: Black, White and Warm Metallics"
August 6-11, 2020
 

In this course students will reinterpret nature’s deep imagery and essence employing matter from nature itself, within a limited palette. Paint, ink and home-made gesso will be made from inorganic and organic sources including pine soot, shells and earth minerals. Metallic leafing and alchemic oxidation techniques will be introduced for warmth and depth. These arcane processes have been employed for thousands of years on cave walls, scrolls and aboriginal works. A variety of painting and collage techniques will be covered. We will work on Eastern and Western papers as well as wood panels. Asian paper sizing, backing and mounting techniques will be covered. This meaningful, process-driven, ecological work truly nurtures the heart and spirit. All skill levels are welcome.
 
Location: Canton, North Carolina
Instructor: Judith Kruger
Cost: $1,975 includes tuition, lodging & meals; Materials fee: $165
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Paint Bigger: From the Ground Up"
August 6-11, 2020
 

By using unconventional materials (rags, sticks, scrapers) as well as brushes we are given the opportunity to loosen our grips on what we think painting should be. Gestural movement, mark making, shape and color will all be explored and how we create a composition. This is not limited to just abstraction. Landscape- abstract landscape- how we approach a portrait all will be considered. We will however use our imaginations as a reference point. Relying on memory of place or emotions to be our guide. Content will be explored and encouraged as an intuitive and organic process. We will still our minds through morning meditations that are focused on connecting to your inner muse.
 
Location: Canton, North Carolina
Instructor: Lauren Mantecón
Cost: $1,975 includes tuition, lodging & meals; Materials fee: $25
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"4 X 4: Abstraction By Design"
August 6-11, 2020
 

In this 4 1/2 – day workshop we will be creating a modular (4 over 4) panel installation. Each panel should work on their own and be integral to the installation as well. We will establish a limited color palette with both our collage papers and paint. This parameter allows us to fully focus on our design, mark making and balance skills, as well as allowing a manageable interplay between our panels.
 
Location: Canton, North Carolina
Instructor: Michael Schemchuk
Cost: $1,975 includes tuition, lodging & meals; Materials fee: $65
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Enhancing your Creative Vision with Photography"
August 6-11, 2020
 

Join us on this 5-day photographic journey to explore techniques and strategies that sharpen your vision and enrich your photographic skills. Capture the beauty of the natural landscape of the Lake Logan mountain retreat center and engage in deep personal renewal with a fresh sense of inspiration and confidence, experimenting with new techniques to build strong and evocative imagery. Included during the retreat are morning mindfulness sessions, nature walks, yoga sessions, massage by appointment, a nighttime fire circle, and personal space for reflection and communing with nature. Lake Logan has everything necessary to support a rich and nourishing week that combines time for your creative work, solitude, and connectivity with nature and other artists and writers.
 
Location: Canton, North Carolina
Instructor: Barbara Tyroler
Cost: $1,975 includes tuition, lodging & meals; Materials fee: $25
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Tangle Philly: A Retreat of Creative Mindfulness"
August 7-9, 2020
 

Most people can name a specific moment in their lives when something changed it forever. For artists and writers, we agree that learning and creating in community has enriched our lives in so many different ways. We have experienced fun, personal, mental and emotional life-changing growth. Around the world, we explore adding Zentangle to our mixed media art and use it as an opening exercise in our writing practice. It is intentional, abstract art and a safe place to create, even when you aren’t an artist. Conscious Creations Art Studio, in Exton, is the home of Philly Area Zentangle® (2012) This retreat weekend promises to enlighten, broaden skills, and enhance your creative spirit.
 
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Cost: $500.00
Sponsor: Conscious Creations Art Studio
Website, email, 484-889-8668


"Art To Heart - Heart To Art"
August 8-16, 2020
 

9Days/8Nights. Explorations in Painting from the Landscape to the Abstracted Landscape. Immersed in the Balinese environment, in the most supportive and relaxed atmosphere, this meditative Retreat & Art Workshop hosted by the luxurious Villa Selat will offer solid instruction from the first time artist to the most advanced artist looking to find new inspiration. Each day will start with an invitational meditation, gourmet breakfast and a three hour group workshop. Afternoons will offer excursions, bodywork/treatments, down time or some on location painting sessions. All Gourmet meals, transportation, luxury accommodations, excursions and workshop - everything is included.
 
Location: Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Instructor: Yvette Gellis
Cost: shared luxury accommodation- $2500, Single - $3500
Sponsor: www.villaselat.com
Website, email, 818-631-8237


"Art of the Picture Book"
August 9-14, 2020
 

Children's books are simple. Anyone can create one, right? But looks are deceiving. Picture books are a uniquely challenging and potent art form, where both words and images work in tandem to create a story. For anyone eager to acquire or deepen the necessary skills--from inception of an idea to a working manuscript—Art of the Picture Book is an ideal opportunity. Award-winning author-illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh is the author of many titles, including Separate Is Never Equal, Pancho Rabbit and The Coyote, and The Princess and the Warrior. His latest book, Soldier For Equality, received an honorable mention for writing from the Pura Belpré Award earlier this year.
 
Location: Williamstown, Massachusetts
Instructor: Duncan Tonatiuh
Cost: $900- $1200
Sponsor: Buxton School
Website, email, 413 884-2110


"Chaos to Order!"
August 10-14, 2020
 

Starting a painting with color, texture, gestural marks and layers may seem like “chaos”, but it delivers vital energy that is both fun and intuitive. Kathleen Conover will teach you to bring great design and composition, the elements that bring “order” to the rich start, and turn your paintings into an attention-getting and expressive finishes. Applying strong design and compositional skills are the focus. Beginner or advanced, you are encouraged to discover and explore your unique expression and personal imagery in realism, abstraction or non-objective. Kathleen is a signature member of AWS, NWS, ISEA and TWSA.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Kathleen Conover
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
August 12-19, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Between Abstraction and Representation"
August 14-15, 2020
 

In what ways do you tolerate abstraction in your visual field? How can you reinterpret the world around you? What does it mean to combine different kinds of representation within the same picture plane? Explore the continuum of abstraction and representation in painting in this two-day workshop. Working through a series of studies based in observation, experiment with different ways to abstract the world around you, including using reflective objects for distortion, looking through a lens or kaleidoscope, projecting images onto three-dimensional objects, and exploring how the manipulation of paint and surface can also create an abstraction. Look at the work of historical and contemporary artists and examine how they handle the space between representation and abstraction. Open to all paint media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Jane Duffy, www.MaryJaneDuffy.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Voice and Vision: Exploring Ceramic Forms and Surface Decoration"
August 19-22, 2020
 

In this four-day workshop, join Megan and JD Jorgenson for an exciting collaboration between form and surface. Designed to add to your technical vocabulary, explore a range of approaches for forming and surfacing ceramic objects. Each morning focuses on making objects on the wheel and using press molding techniques with JD as your guide. While each afternoon explores finish and surface with Megan. Surface processes include stamping, inlay, and image transfer using screen printing and block printing techniques. This workshop emphasizes experimentation and finding unique expressions in clay.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Megan and JD Jorgenson
Cost: Members: $515, Non-Members: $555
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Artiste d'Occitanie: Plein Air Painting Vacation"
August 23-30, 2020
 

Travel to France and learn to paint and sketch en plein air with expert tuition from a professional artist. Capture the captivating Occitan landscapes and improve your artistic composition skills in the charming French countryside. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, all meals (breakfasts, lunches and dinners with wine), painting and drawing workshops with a professional artist, a trip to Albi, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Cordes-Vindrac train station.
 
Location: Cordes-sur-Ciel, France
Instructor: Mark Warner
Cost: $1,870
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Printmaking in Italy"
August 24-31, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn printmaking with a master fine art printmaker in the picturesque village of Castiglione a Casauria, set at the foot of the Abruzzi mountains. UpTrek retreat inclusions: receive 40 hours expert tuition, complete with accommodation, home-made meals served with local wines, trips and visits, as well as all the materials needed for the printmaking workshops. You will explore various printmaking techniques and create your own prints from scratch under the guidance of an experienced artist.
 
Location: Castiglione a Casauria, Italy
Instructor: Colleen Corradi Brannigan
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Responsive Drawing"
August 24-27, 2020
 

Drawing is the cornerstone of all representational work, the basis for painting, and an end in itself. Yet for so many, drawing is an unimaginative and inexpressive process. In this workshop, Mat shares his philosophy and approach to drawing as a rich art form and great aid in establishing dynamic and emotionally charged images. Learn how to read the work as it emerges and let the work tell you what it needs; bridging the gap between technical proficiency and artistic liberation. Work through intuitive exercises designed to reset your expectations and limitations of drawing and help you build confidence. Expand your language of line and tone as you draw with your fingers, erasers, and pencils in new ways. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mat Barber Kennedy, www.MatBarberKennedy.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
September 1-8, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


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

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


"A Taste for Art Painting Vacation"
September 4-11, 2020
 

Travel to Spain, sketch and paint under a widely exhibited professional painter's guidance, get inspired by the natural wonders of Sierra de Montánchez and unleash your creative potential on a guided painting retreat in a tranquil part of Extremadura. Inclusions: accommodation in a charming finca, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners served with local wine, landscape painting workshops with painter Noëlle Griffiths (30 hours tuition), use of studio equipment, art materials, airport transfers from Madrid and/or Seville, all transportation in Sierra de Montánchez, guided tour of Trujillo.
 
Location: Sierra de Montánchez, Extremadura, Spain
Instructor: Noëlle Griffiths
Cost: $950
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
September 8-15, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Spectacular Costa del Sol: Watercolors Painting Retreat"
September 8-15, 2020
 

Travel to sunny Andalucia, Spain and learn to paint using watercolors in the lovely whitewashed town of Torrox. Spend your days painting in gorgeous settings, improve your technique while you relax on the beach, paint in Malága and in the beautiful lost village of El Acebuchal. 8 days • Available in English • All levels • Max. 10 people • Watercolors • Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of Moorish-style accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, drinks (water, wine), expert tuition, trips for painting on location, airport transfers at pre-arranged times.
 
Location: Torrox, Andalucia, Spain
Instructor: Klaus Hinkel
Cost: $1,200
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Painting the Colors, Textures and Horizons of Italy"
September 9-15, 2020
 

Come on a fabulous painting and touring excursion in Le Marche, Italy. This area is a cultural and creative wonderland. We’ll focus our eyes on the stunning countryside and villages. This is an abstract painting class, although students’ work could be semi-realistic. We’ll study the contrast and tonality of the various textures and colors of the rich landscape and structures. We’ll work in acrylics, using fluid and textural mediums to create both visual and actual textures. We’ll study the horizon lines in our photos and build our paintings there. We’ll explore our emotional response to the beauty of the area and paint from that perspective. A few writing exercises will help bring to the surface our responses to our travels.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $3,499
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"Abstract Landscape Painting with Oil and Cold Wax Medium"
September 14-17, 2020
 

Broaden your language of painting by exploring new methods of working with oil and cold wax medium. In this workshop, you are encouraged to experiment and add unique texture, mark-making, and layering to your process to create surfaces that are rich, complex, and engaging. While demonstrations introduce a variety of techniques, the majority of class time is reserved for hands-on experimentation through prompts and individually driven explorations. Mark provides one-on-one critiques to help connect group exercises with each student’s unique goals. Demonstrations and examples are landscape-based, however artists with a focus on abstraction or other imagery are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Russell, MarkRussellStudio.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Exploring Ceramic Forms Inspired by the French Ceramic Tradition"
September 14-23, 2020
 

This workshop combines travel in the Cote d’Azure, the cultural region of Southeastern France, with carefully selected art inspired field trips. With a full two-weeks in Saint-Raphaël, we will have the ultimate experience of exploring museums, ancient sites and the beauty of the region and at the same time explore new ideas in clay. This is a wonderful way to learn on location and manifest your impressions in clay. Since the Atelier (studio) is set up for slab work and wheel throwing, you can be a beginner or an advanced ceramic artist and be able to work at your own pace. Patrick “Pat” is an exceptional educator and able to work with students’ individual ideas.
 
Location: Saint-Raphaël, France
Instructor: Patrick Taylor
Cost: $1,800
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Drawing to Mixed Media – On Site to Studio"
September 14-23, 2020
 

Drawing on location or “en plein air,” is a sensory experience that allows us to absorb the multi-layered aspects of a site: the temperature, sounds, warmth of the sun or cool of the shadows. Back in the studio we will work on Arches Oil paper with dry media – graphite, pastel, graphix chunks, charcoal and other materials provided for our experimentations. We will layer with thin veils of cold wax medium, fixing the dry medium and permitting additional embellishments with oil pastel. Our Day Trips will inspire us to see the region through the eyes of artists who have come before us, who all found the light, textures and temperature of this region to be the muse for their creative work.
 
Location: Saint-Raphaël, France
Instructor: Norma Hendrix
Cost: $1,800
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Bricolage: A Low-Tech Approach to Sculpture"
September 14-17, 2020
 

Bricolage is defined as something constructed from a diverse range of objects. In this low-tech sculpture workshop, gain the confidence to start to build without any technical skills and learn basic art principles and problem-solving. Beginning with a simple box, Don guides you through the process of building in and around it with found objects and items you make in class to create a successful art object. Through presentations and discussions, learn about assemblage, collage, cabinets of curiosities, reliquaries, low-tech materials and tools, how to find and use a variety of found objects, and other reference knowledge. Open to artists of all levels and backgrounds.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Don Krumpos, www.YonderArtLand.com
Cost: Members: $465, Non-Members: $505
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


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

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


"Autumn in Vermont"
September 16-19, 2020
 

Join Randall for his annual return to the quintessential New England backdrop of Landgrove Vermont. Close to the Vermont Country Store in Weston, between Manchester and Brattleboro, this plein air workshop is a favorite of past and returning attendees. All levels welcome, visiting students are encouraged to spoil themselves at the Langrove Inn that hosts the workshop series.
 
Location: Landgrove, Vermont
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Website, (802) 824-6673


"Paraíso Creativo: Painting Vacation In Spain"
September 16-23, 2020
 

Travel to Spain and engage in sketching and painting lessons over lush corners of the Valencian countryside. Receive expert tuition, various painting demonstrations on location, workshops, complete with accommodation, home-cooked meals, daily en plein air painting trips, and private airport transfers. 8 days | Available in English, Dutch, Hebrew | All levels | Max. 8 people | Watercolors, Acrylics, Gouache | Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation; all meals with drinks ; water supplies; coffee, tea, assorted beverages throughout the day; painting and drawing classes, workshops and demonstrations; painting on location trips; private, air-conditioned transport to painting locations; access to a fully equipped studio; art supplies welcome kit; transfers from/to Valencia Airport or Alicante–Elche Airport.
 
Location: Benigánim, Valencia, Spain
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Cost: $1,870
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Couleurs de la Vie Painting Vacation"
September 17-24, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: David Wilcox
Cost: $1,080
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Tuscan Creative Experience with Bethany Ekblad"
September 17-28, 2020
 

Travel to Tuscany and experience an art adventure like no other. Explore Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, and San Leo, learn fun and easy artistic techniques in several mediums, admire masterpieces of the Renaissance period, visit magnificent churches and hidden Tuscan villages — all while enjoying fantastic accommodation, local wines, and delicious meals.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Bethany Ekblad
Cost: $3995
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Capturing Emotion and Expression in Watercolor"
September 18-19, 2020
 

Successful paintings start with a simple idea or thought. Using a “brain before brush” approach, find the freedom of expression and spontaneity in your paintings. Discover the lively, fluid characteristics of watercolor that make it the perfect medium for capturing an image’s mood or character. This workshop is designed for beginners who are just getting their feet wet, as well as experienced artists ready to bring a fresh liveliness to their watercolors. Demonstrations and plenty of painting time each day emphasize a relaxing, rewarding, and fun approach to the medium to help you find yourself in watercolor. You can do no wrong in this workshop as you discover how to paint more fluid, fresh watercolors.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Daniel Danielson, DanDanielson.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Charcoal: Expressive Mark-Making, A Painter's Approach to Drawing"
September 18-19, 2020
 

Students will explore charcoal as the perfect drawing medium for expressive mark making. Students will develop a personal approach to loose, aggressive mark making with a combination of additive and subtractive techniques using charcoal and erasers for mark making and developing grounds. The class will focus upon mark making as it relates to abstraction and later students may opt to explore the different ways these same techniques can be applied to observational drawing for a provocative and beautiful fusion of abstraction and realism. Gary Chapman is a Professor of Art - Drawing and Painting at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has had over 60 solo exhibitions. For more information, visit garychapmanart.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Gary Chapman
Cost: $295 Museum members/ $325 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


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

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


"Guatemala: Spirit of the Maya Photography Retreat"
September 23 - October 2, 2020
 

Join us in exploring gorgeous Guatemala, a land where the indigenous live as they have for centuries. The stunningly beautiful colonial town of Antigua will be our home base and introduction to outdoor markets, crafts, food and culture. Day trips will include visits to other local villages, photogenic ruins, shrines and cultural sites. We’ll end our journey with a few days exploring around majestic Lake Atitlan, completely surrounded by towering volcanoes, considered sacred to the Mayans. You can expect much light-heartedness and serendipity while learning from internationally recognized photographer, Douglas Beasley on how to better respond photographically to the world around you and how to make personal travel images with feeling, meaning and depth rather than anonymous pretty postcard pictures.
 
Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Instructor: Douglas Beasley
Cost: $3,220.00
Sponsor: Open Air Places
Website, email, 715-577-6857


"Learn the Art of Printmaking in Italy with Colleen Corradi Brannigan"
September 27 - October 4, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn printmaking with a master fine art printmaker in the picturesque village of Castiglione a Casauria, set at the foot of the Abruzzi mountains. Receive 40 hours expert tuition, complete with accommodation, home-made meals served with local wines, trips and visits, as well as all the materials needed for the printmaking workshops. You will explore various printmaking techniques and create your own prints from scratch under the guidance of an experienced artist.
 
Location: Castiglione a Casauria, Italy
Instructor: Colleen Corradi Brannigan
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting Tour in Italy"
September 30 - October 6, 2020
 

Join us for a fabulous painting and touring excursion in Le Marche, Italy. This area is a cultural and creative wonderland. Enjoy lunches and dinners with fellow artists and paint en plein air with magnificent views. Dennis Perrin is an internationally renowned and collected artist whose workshops have become exceedingly popular. His teachings go beyond the usual emphasis on traditional painting techniques to include visualization, imagination, and meditation, and Perrin strongly encourages his students to develop their own unique Personal Vision as artists. Local excursions, including a truffle hunt with a professional guide, will add further excitement to your experience.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Dennis Perrin
Cost: $3,699
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"Making Marks: Inventive Approaches to Unconventional Materials"
October 2-3, 2020
 

Often in an artist’s quest to represent their chosen subject matter with accuracy, they miss out on the unique characteristics of not only the material in hand, but other media that might better fit their ideas. In this process-based workshop, challenge convention and broaden the spectrum of materials used to make your work. See existing materials with new potential and discover new materials through experimentation. The first half of the workshop focuses on working through an array of materials, examining each for their natural qualities, noting the effects, and determining which are worth pursuing further. From there, Shane encourages you to work with one or two specific materials to tease out an individual composition or series of compositions.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shane McAdams, www.ShaneMcAdams.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
October 2-9, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Provencal Painting Retreat in France"
October 4-11, 2020
 

Travel to Provence and learn to paint and sketch in the once home and inspiration of Post-Impressionists Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne. Complete your artistic journey with trips to renowned Van Gogh and Cézanne sites, enjoy art workshops, attentive painting tuition, accommodation, and meals. 8 days | Available in English, Dutch, Hebrew | All levels | Max. 14 people | Watercolors, Acrylics, Gouache | Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation; 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 2 dinners; painting and drawing classes, workshops and demonstrations with artists Tali Farchi and Royce Deans; daily excursions; transport to and from painting locations; welcome art supplies kit; transfers from/to Avignon TGV train station.
 
Location: Arles, France
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Cost: $2,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"A Taste for Art Painting Vacation"
October 4-11, 2020
 

Travel to Spain, sketch and paint under a widely exhibited professional painter's guidance, get inspired by the natural wonders of Sierra de Montánchez and unleash your creative potential on a guided painting retreat in a tranquil part of Extremadura. Inclusions: accommodation in a charming finca, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners served with local wine, landscape painting workshops with painter Noëlle Griffiths (30 hours tuition), use of studio equipment, art materials, airport transfers from Madrid and/or Seville, all transportation in Sierra de Montánchez, guided tour of Trujillo.
 
Location: Sierra de Montánchez, Extremadura, Spain
Instructor: Noëlle Griffiths
Cost: $950
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
October 5-14, 2020
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group discussions, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2580) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Lucignano, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Limited single rooms available for a supplement. Please find testimonials on our website.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2580
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain"
October 5-9, 2020
 

This intensive class is designed for individuals with little or no prior drawing training and perhaps believe that learning to draw well is only possible for those lucky people with “inborn talent”. However, it has been proven that the global skill of drawing any perceived object, person or place requires five basic component perceptual skills. These skills are the perception of edges, spaces, relationships, lights and shadows, and the whole or gestalt. Global or whole skills, such as reading, driving and drawing, in time become automatic with the integration of the component skills. Instruction by Brian Bomeisler, Dr. Betty Edwards’ son. To view some of his and student artwork and biography, log onto drawright.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Brian Bomeisler
Cost: $1,200 members and non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Cyanotypes: From Analog to Digital"
October 7-10, 2020
 

Discover the magic of one of the earliest photographic processes – the cyanotype. Explore the local terrain, collecting and using objects from the landscape to create cameraless images, as well as capturing conventional lens-based photographic images using your digital camera. Emphasis is placed on experimentation in this hands-on workshop. This workshop balances time in the field and time in the studio. Learn the fundamentals of contact printing, including preparing chemistry, paper, and digital negatives. Edit and prepare files for digital negatives and use both the sun and an exposure unit to create cyanotype prints. Demonstrations, discussions, and individualized instruction address technical, formal, and conceptual concerns. This workshop requires a digital camera and laptop with Photoshop. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tomiko Jones, TomikoJonesPhoto.com
Cost: Members: $480, Non-Members: $520
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
October 9-16, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Intensive Painting and Color"
October 10-12, 2020
 

Betty Edwards and Brian Bomeisler have designed a practical three-day course in color as the next step and follow-up to Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Hands-on exercises focus on how to use color theory to achieve harmonious color, and how to see and efficiently mix specific desired hues. Students will work on still life paintings utilizing the theory and techniques they learn during the workshop. For this workshop, we work with acrylic paints because of their versatility, but the techniques can be applied to any painting mediums, oil paint, watercolor, pastel or colored pencils. Open to all skill levels. To view some of his and student artwork and biography, log onto drawright.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Brian Bomeisler
Cost: $975 Museum members and non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Watercolor Abstraction on a European Cruise from London to Athens"
October 10-25, 2020
 

Join us for a travel and painting adventure of a lifetime. Bonnie Broitzman and Art in the Mountains invite you to join us on this 15-day art adventure from London, England to Athens, Greece. Bonnie will provide instruction, demonstrations, individual help and critiques on days at sea so you can enjoy your off-ship excursions with your companion(s). No on-location painting experience is necessary. Enjoy travel adventures with other artists without hauling all kinds of equipment. Ports: London, LeHavre, Barcelona, Villafranche, Livorno, Civitavecchia, Naples, Mykonos, Rhodes, Kusadasi, Santorini, Athens.
 
Location: London to Athens, 6-Country Cruise
Instructor: Bonnie Broitzman
Cost: $555 (cruise is separate)
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Pattern and Decoration in Contemporary Painting"
October 16-17, 2020
 

More than merely pleasing to the eye, pattern provides a dynamic framework for formal and conceptual exploration. The desire for order is central to humanity and repeating decoration adorns every corner of life. This workshop urges you to consider the meditative, creative, and ubiquitous nature of pattern and incorporate it into your practice. Drawing inspiration from personal objects, the natural world, and past work, create a variety of pattern studies in your chosen medium. Demonstrations address techniques for pattern invention, the role of color, and spatial phenomena. Develop and execute a concept for the incorporation of pattern into at least one personal piece. Individualized instruction and feedback are provided as well as a facilitated group discussion. Some painting experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maria Rose Adams, www.MariaRoseAdams.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Process Painting: Come to the Table"
October 16-18, 2020
 

No previous art experience is required. You need only bring your willingness and longing to engage with creativity. Process Painting highlights the creative process as a method of self-exploration and discovery; it is not a traditional painting class. The emphasis is the process, not what appears on the paper. Using tempera paint, this form of spontaneous expression provides an opportunity to deepen the connection and the divine. The facilitator acts as a support and witness to the process by asking open-ended questions. A safe and sacred container is created by the absence of product focused commentary. Through intuitive image making, Process Painting allows access to the flow of life giving energy which summons the painter to greater consciousness and wholeness.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Karen McClard
Cost: member $225; non-member $250 (includes materials and lunch)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Beyond the Postcard Picture"
October 16-17, 2020
 

The world around us has changed, yet the creative approach to travel photography has remained largely the same. This workshop investigates a meditative approach to focusing and framing your images. Slow down, look deeper, and ignore the easy postcard shots. Challenge yourself to remove the clutter, obvious, and cliché from your frame to create memorable and powerful images of your surroundings. Through daily lectures, discussions, and plenty of hands-on practice in the field, discover how to capture your own interpretation of new and familiar scenes. Finish each day with a constructive critique; learning from both Angela and your peers. All skill levels welcome. Familiarity with your camera is recommended.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Angela Johnson, AngelaJohnsonArtist.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Earth’s Eye Painting Vacation"
October 19-23, 2020
 

The painting holiday includes daily demonstrations, one-to-one tuition, and critique sessions. Under the guidance of professional painter Colin Halliday, you will be encouraged to exceed your creativity, express you own style and learn how to master light, space, tones and balance techniques, among many others. 5 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Max. 10 people - Expert art tutor - Oils, acrylics, mixed media - Landscape, Lakescape. UpTrek Painting Holiday 2020 inclusions: 4 nights of accommodation, all meals, 5 full days of painting tuition with artist Colin Halliday, wine during dinner, transfers for daily painting trips.
 
Location: Keswick, Lake District, England
Instructor: Colin Halliday
Cost: $1,480
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"East Meets West: Chinese and Watercolor Painting"
October 22-25, 2020
 

Learn how to use Chinese brushes, ink and colors, as well as the theory of the Asian Art, and using the techniques to paint two styles of Chinese paintings (spontaneous style, half-detail-half-spontaneous style). Explore Zhen’s techniques “Color Pouring and Blending”, as well as learning basic techniques such as composition and coloring. There are 4-6 demos each day with student practices between that allow students to learn easier. There are critique sessions in which Zhen helps students by touching up their paintings. Skill Level: Open to all level students. Visit his website lianspainting.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Cost: $475 Museum members/$525 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Flowers Painting One Day Workshop"
Fridays all year around
 

This high-demand workshop is part of the One Painting in One Day series of painting workshops at Cristi Fer Art Gallery in Puerto Vallarta. It is a truly acrylic painting workshop where you’ll learn and practice the basics of composition, color and several techniques. The class is designed by internationally renowned painter Fernando Gonzalez. Learn the secrets of painting flowers with a master painter. If you’ll spend more than a week in PV register for several classes and learn even more since every session, we’ll have fresh flowers on display. Artists of all levels of painting abilities welcomed. Groups of 3+ can request a specific date. Materials included just bring your exuberance! Register in advance only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $75.00 includes all materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Fundamental Art Skills"
Monday - Friday - year round
 

Sherry Egger has a background in graphic art and has experience in a variety of mediums. Her work has been featured in The Colored Pencil Magazine and she was selected to do a technique demonstration article for this magazine in 2015. A popular instructor, she is comfortable with many different artistic mediums and her classes consist of not only pencilists but also those who paint in oil and acrylic. Her emphasis on fundamentals, values, and strong contrast bring both beginning artists as well as those who have been painting for years. Creativity is her strong suit and she is constantly experimenting with new techniques, new concepts and different mediums. Sherry instructs weekly classes at Anderson Gallery’s - Artist's Annex.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Sherry Egger
Cost: $40.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.506.2982


 

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