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"Mosaics Outside: Steppingstone or Terra Cotta Patio Birdbath"
July 16, 2024
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting 1-Full-Day Class and create your own personalized mosaic steppingstone or mosaic terra cotta patio birdbath for your yard. Ryan will teach students to use tools to cut or use pre-made tiles to make a decorative focal point for your home. The first half of this workshop, students will design, cut and glue, the second half the instructor will give a grouting demonstration and let students make finishing touches. This workshop includes all of your materials, just bring yourself. We recommend wearing long sleeves, pants and close toed shoes! The instructor will complete grouting for the students and finished pieces will be ready for pickup on Friday of the following week.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting With Color and Fire - encaustics workshop"
July 18-19, 2024
 

This 2-day workshop will cover the basics of working with encaustics. We will go over tools and materials, safety, history, and different techniques. You’ll learn what you need to set up an encaustic art studio at home. Two different approaches of this exciting form of art will be explored; photo encaustic and encaustic collage. All materials are included (except your images.)
 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Instructor: Jaimie Ladysh
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Degallery
Website, email, +1(979)704-3090


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

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


"Sunday Painting with Susan"
Sundays, July 21 - August 25, 2024
 

Take an energetic painting journey on Sunday afternoons with Susan Sullivan in this live Zoom class! Learn the basics of direct, alla prima, oil painting and layering techniques as you create paintings from your own still life, window view/landscape, self-portrait, and more. Lessons include setting up a still life and other subjects, lighting, drawing and composition, using warm and cool color, color mixing, brush work and using the palette knife. Receive helpful feedback and critique along the way. All levels welcome in this informative and fun class!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Susan Sullivan
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Cold Wax and Oil workshop"
July 22-23, 2024
 

Cold Wax and Oil workshops with Ezshwan in beautiful San Miguel de Allende. Cold wax stimulates experimentation, texture and playful layering. We use brayers, stencils, silicone brushes and more. The possibilities are endless. No experience necessary. Take your creativity to new heights while working with an internationally collected artist in her private studio. No prior art experience is necessary.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Ezshwan Winding
Cost: $360
Sponsor: Ezshwan
Website, email, 52 415 115 9646


"Kids Summer Art Classes: Bon Appetit"
July 22 & 29 (10am - 12pm)
 

Using templates and lightboxes, students will learn to sketch adorable cats or dogs, then customize their furry friends with their favorite foods. With newspaper, modge podge, canvas, and vibrant acrylic paints, children will bring their creations to life on canvas. They'll also get to express themselves further by choosing contrasting colors or patterns for the background or foreground. Let your child's imagination flourish in this fun-filled class!
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Caroline Duran
Cost: $70 - 2 Classes
Sponsor: The New Studio for the Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Kids Summer Art Classes: Animals in Color | Ages 9 - 12"
July 22 & 29 (1pm - 3pm)
 

Explore the fundamentals of composition while capturing inspiration from reference photos. Through hands-on activities, artists will use transfer paper to overlay contour outlines and value placements onto a vibrant underpainting. Tailored to individual skill levels, mediums will vary from pastels, markers, oil, or chalk pastels to acrylic paints. Progressing through levels, students will experiment with pastels over photos, marker sketches on paper, and advance to acrylics or a combination on canvas.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Caroline Duran
Cost: $70 - 2 Classes
Sponsor: The New Studio for the Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Kids Summer Art Classes: Watercolor and Ink Lighthouse"
July 25 & August 1 (10am - 12pm)
 

Using provided templates, students will craft their own lighthouse compositions against vibrant backgrounds. Through the magic of watercolors, they'll bring their artwork to life with splashes of color and depth. Once dry, students will wield Sharpies to add intricate textures and patterns, adding an extra layer of detail to their masterpiece. Let imaginations soar and creativity flow in this fun-filled class!
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Caroline Duran
Cost: $70 - 2 Classes
Sponsor: The New Studio for the Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Painting on Glass: The Triple Dipper Platter"
July 26, 2024
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own triple dipper platter using glass as your canvas. No painting experience is necessary! This is a fun workshop so bring a friend and create something new! Once you’ve finished your creations, Kathy will take them to her studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished plates to the Academy for you to pick up a week later. In addition to the registration cost, students should bring $20 cash to pay the instructor for their materials, which she will provide for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


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

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


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

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


"Intuitive Abstraction"
July 27, 2024 | 10a-1p | Register by: July 20
 

Explore the possibilities and rewards of intuitive abstract painting. Connect with your inner creativity through mindful attention to your feelings and imagination. The class will survey various tools and techniques the artist uses to create intuitive abstract expressions on paper and canvas. Enjoy the act of painting for painting’s sake and discover the potential of this art practice. Kit fee includes: paint, paper, canvas. Artist Bio: Jenever Graham is a mixed media artist based in Madison, Wisconsin. Graham grew up in Florida and since early adulthood has traveled throughout the States and lived in many places. Her background is in anthropology and archival science, and she has created art all her life in one form or another.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jenever Grahm
Cost: $90 + $10 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Gallery
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Beginner's Acrylics: Open Studio"
July 27, 2024
 

This workshop is designed for students who have previously taken an acrylic painting class with Cherie Blickenstaff and wish to enhance their past projects. Cherie will provide personalized instruction, guiding you through the process of finishing or refining any of your previous class paintings. If you have new ideas, feel free to bring your reference materials and start fresh on a new canvas. Cherie will supply all the paint colors used in her classes, paint pens for detailed work, and Gloss and Satin varnish to seal any completed paintings. Additionally, extra canvases will be available for those eager to explore new concepts. Join us and take your acrylic paintings to the next level with Cherie's expert guidance!
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Cherie Blickenstaff
Cost: $60
Sponsor: The New Studio for the Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Mosaics Turtles"
July 27, 2024
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting Half-Day workshop perfect for students of any level! Students will make their very own mosaic turtle mixed media, glass and found objects. Ryan will show you how to design & execute the creation of your own personal piece! The instructor will grout the works and have them ready for pick up the following Friday (10am to 2pm). All of the materials you need for this workshop are included in the price. Just bring yourself. We recommend wearing pants, long sleeves and close toed shoes to this class for safety reasons.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


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

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


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

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


"Cold Wax and Oil"
August 1-4, 2024
 

Join Anne Hebebrand for three days of working with cold wax and oil paint. Whether you are a newcomer to this medium or more experienced, you're welcome to participate at any skill level. She will offer guidance and ample demonstrations, allowing you to progress at your own pace. Students will delve into various techniques, composition, color theory and editing. Explore unique techniques including building layers, working with contrast, veils of color, brayer and transfer techniques, mark-making, masking and stenciling, reductive techniques, compression and blotting. Workshop setting is in a barn at the Haley House in Kittery Maine, ten minutes from Portsmouth, New Hampshire and one hour away from Logan Airport in Boston. All meals provided.
 
Location: Kittery, Maine
Instructor: Anne Hebebrand
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Anne Hebebrand
Website, email, 857-930-9849


"Full Day Artist Retreat 2024"
August 3, 2024
 

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


"Full Day Artist Retreat 2024"
August 4, 2024
 

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


"The Painterly Landscape Painting Retreat"
August 4-8, 2024
 

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


"Mosaics 201: Lazy Susan, Serving Tray or Picture Frame"
August 9, 2024
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting 1-Full-Day Class and create your own personalized mosaic project for yourself, or as the perfect gift! Ryan will teach students to use tools to cut or use pre-made tiles to make a decorative focal point for your home. The first half of this workshop, students will design, cut and glue, the second half the instructor will give a grouting demonstration and let students make finishing touches. The price of this workshop includes all of your materials, just bring yourself. We recommend wearing long sleeves, pants and close toed shoes! The instructor will complete grouting for the students and finished pieces will be ready for pickup on Friday of the following week.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Spontaneous Abstraction"
August 10-11, 2024
 

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


"Monotype Workshop"
August 10-11, 2024
 

Monotypes are an expressive and accessible entry into printmaking: draw or paint an image on a Plexiglas plate or other surface and then print it on paper or fabric to create a one-of-a-kind artwork. Instruction will cover both hand-printing and press techniques, as well as water- and oil-based colors. Tuition includes a $10 lab fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Tony Rosati
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Studio O Canada - Landscape Art Workshop in the Ottawa region"
August 17, 2024
 

This unique one-day art workshop in the Ottawa region (Gatineau Hills) is more than an introduction to plein air painting as you will learn to interpret and depict the landscape in a personal way. The reflection about the intertwining of two realities, nature’s and yours as the viewer, will lead to a synthesis of both on canvas. The cost of CAD 440, plus applicable taxes, includes entrance ticket and one-hour art history lecture at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) in Ottawa, transportation to our workshop site in the Gatineau Hills, 3 to 4 hour plein air painting coaching in the medium of your choice, a 5-course gourmet dinner including pairing wines and transportation back to Ottawa.
 
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: CAD$ 440
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Make a Succulent Mini-Garden"
August 24, 2024 | 10a-12p | Register by: August 21
 

This class provides an introduction to succulent varieties and how to reproduce and care for them. Everyone will take home their own mini garden that they planted in a pot made by artist Alyssa Martz! Kit fee covers the artist-made pot, succulent cuttings, potting soil.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Dickey
Cost: $50 + $25 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Gallery
Website, email, 608-643-5215


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

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


"Contemporary Abstract Art: Letting Loose"
August 26, 2024
 

Embrace experimentation! This workshop was created to help aspiring artists become more confident, allowing the beginner abstract painter to take chances and have fun! Experimenting with paint and techniques is vital to the creative process, so enjoying the act of painting is just as important as the outcome. Students will experiment and create several pieces throughout the workshop using acrylic paints and mediums on paper and canvas. What's important is, not to go home with a masterpiece, but to learn to let your natural instincts take over with no fear of making a mistake. After all it's only paint so you can always change it if you don't like it! So, why not get started now?
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Pat McGreevey
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Mosaic Pendants"
August 31, 2024
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting Half-Day workshop perfect for students of any level! Students will make their very own mosaic necklace pendant with mixed media, glass and found objects. Ryan will show students how to design & execute the creation of their own personal one-of-a-kind mosaic pendant! The instructor will grout the works and have them ready for pick up the following Friday. All your materials for this class are included in the cost, just bring yourself! We recommend wearing long pants, sleeves and close toed shoes to this class.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


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

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


"Rendering the Invisible Visible & Contemporizing your Work of Art"
Wednesdays, September 4 - December 16, 2024
 

A live online art class that offers a unique fusion of painting, art history/theory, philosophy, weekly assessments, and engaging peer discussions. This painting class of 11 sessions of 3 hours each is a stimulating weekly online art course emphasizing self-expression and will certainly take your art to the next level. Although this class is for everyone, participants should be at ease with the medium of their choice. Since stories link us all, we aim to empower you to fully articulate fresh narratives. The teaching begins at your proficiency level (from beginner to advanced) and together as a group, we move on. Our schedule is suitable for participants from North America and Australia. The cost is CAD 420 (around US$310).
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$310
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 8006114789


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

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


"Indigenous Arts Beaded Keychains"
September 7, 2024 | 11a-3p | Register by: September 5
 

Learn the basics of beadwork to create a beaded keychain from start to finish. Instruction includes: preparing needle and thread, “wrap stitch” technique, replacing thread, and attaching a key ring. Kit fee includes: Paracord, beads, needle, thread, beesewax, leather and key ring. Instructor Bio: Shekoli, Katsitsya’?tahts niyukyats. On^yote?a.ka.ni?i okhale? wakenyaht^niwaki?talo.t^. Hello, my name is Paige Morningstar Skenandore, and my Indian name roughly translates to, “she extends out a flower.” I am an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, and I am turtle clan. She has been teaching beadwork for several years and runs a small business, Moody NDN.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Paige Skenandore
Cost: $70 + $15 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Gallery
Website, email, 608-643-5215


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

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


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

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


"Mosaics 101: Flowerpot, Coasters or Small Square"
September 12, 2024
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting Half-Day workshop perfect for students of any level! Students will make their very own mosaic project using mixed media, glass and found objects. Ryan will show you how to design & execute the creation of your own personal piece! Your choices of projects to mosaic for this class are a mini 2D panel, a set of 2 coasters, or a 4" flowerpot. All of the materials you end for this workshop are included in the price. Just bring yourself. We recommend wearing pants, long sleeves and close toed shoes to this class for safety reasons. The instructor will grout the works and have them ready for pick up the following Friday.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Courage On Canvas Retreat"
September 13-17, 2024
 

Have you been feeling… drained and unable to create? Trapped in a routine? Awaken your imagination at the Courage on Canvas artist retreat! Five days of creating, connecting, and growth will build a purpose-driven momentum that you will take home with you. Each day of the retreat features creative mindfulness exercises led by host Dionne Woods and artist and educator Kelly Wiler that will have you lowering your walls and picking up a paintbrush to connect with your art and others. They will help you reclaim your power and feel empowered to take action in your life. The best part? You won’t be doing it alone. Join us for five days of mindset, creativity, inspiration, connection, friendship, and courage!
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Cost: Dionne Woods & Kelly Wiler
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Mosaic Workshop"
September 14-21, 2024
 

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


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

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


"Exploring Color: Screenprint Monotype"
September 14, 2024 | 11a-3p | Register by: August 20
 

This class will focus on using screenprinting to create abstract figures, objects, or landscapes as an introduction to screen printing and monotyping. Providing an opportunity to explore an infinite amount of ways to create prints though basic fundamentals of printmaking through a non-toxic process. Instructor Bio: Roberto Torres Mata is first generation artist from Huntington Beach, California, and Rockford, Illinois, currently active in Madison, Wisconsin. He explores the complexities of migration from human and animal movements by using multi-media to further understand the issues of migration at the border. His work has been exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Figge Art Museum, Chazen Museum of Art, and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Roberto Torres Mata
Cost: $100 + $65 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Gallery
Website, email, 608-643-5215


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

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


"Oil Painting Techniques"
Wednesdays, September 18 - October 23, 2024
 

Create luminous color and depth in your painting! Learn traditional underpainting techniques, transparent and translucent layering methods, and wet-into-wet alla prima painting. Practice these techniques by making a series of small-scale paintings from your own source material or invention. Receive helpful feedback and critique along the way. In addition, you will learn about artists’ palettes, the development of colors and mediums, the mass production of art materials, as well as display, storage, and health issues.
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Mixed Media Collage Painting"
Thursdays, September 19 - October 24, 2024
 

Explore your creativity, open your senses and sharpen your mind to new realms of art-making with noted artist Mikel Elam. Mikel will help you articulate your vision and bring it to concrete reality in the form of a finished work. Explore techniques new and old with paint, paper, found objects and ephemera to best express both representational and abstract perspectives. Channel ideas of progressive artists from the past and present including Henri Matisse, Romare Bearden, Cecily Brown, Joan Mitchell while finding your own voice.
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Mikel Elam
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Painting Holidays: Discover the Joys of Mixed Media with Jenny Muncaster"
September 21-28, 2024
 

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


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

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


"Abstract Immersive Collections"
September 22-26, 2024
 

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


"Mosaic Exterior Home Decore Sign: Initials or Street Number"
September 24, 2024
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting Half-Day workshop perfect for students of any level! Students will make their very own exterior sign for your home with either your initial or your house number. Ryan will show you how to design & execute the creation of their own personal piece! The instructor will grout the works and have them ready for pick up the following Monday (10am to 2pm). All of the materials you need for this workshop are included in the price. Just bring yourself. We recommend wearing pants, long sleeves and close toed shoes to this class for safety reasons.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Painting Clinic with Tom Csaszar"
September 28, 2024
 

Are you stuck on a painting and don't know what to do? Bring a problem painting or two to this workshop and artist and educator Tom Csaszar will help you find a solution. The day will begin with a critique and discussion to illuminate the issues in your painting and possible strategies to remedy them. Next you can work on your painting, or an alternative sketch or drawing, in your chosen media. You will work alongside the instructor and the group in this second part of the workshop, with ongoing feedback and discussion. Ideal for painters of all levels in all media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, and gouache.
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Tom Csaszar
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Flowerpalooza"
September 29 - October 4, 2024
 

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Watercolor Painting"
October 7-10, 2024
 

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Mosaic Side Tables"
Tuesdays, October 15, 22, 29, 2024
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting 3-week class where students will learn to create beautiful mosaic side table suitable for a plant or cup of coffee! This workshop is appropriate for students of all levels. Price includes all materials, just bring yourself. We recommend long sleeves and pants and close toed shoes.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Umbria Art History"
weekly, May to October 2024
 

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


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

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


"Pop-Up Holiday Cards Workshop"
October 19, 2024
 

Create your own pop-up cards for birthdays, holidays and more! Learn the basics of folding and paper manipulation, the building blocks for the creation of more advanced three-dimensional constructions. Create fantastic pieces that can be later transformed into amazing books, exhibited as single sculptures, or gifted as one-of- a-kind card creations - perfect for the holidays!
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Alicia Mino Gonzalez
Cost: $85
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Abstract Painting Concepts"
October 20, 2024
 

During this workshop day you will review several approaches to abstract expressionism with master painter Charles Wallis. Wallis is a classically trained professional artist. His abstract paintings are in collections of people around the world. You will create two abstract paintings during the workshop using two different approaches. You will need two 16X20 canvases, a 2” brush, a #8 brush, a 6’ squeegee and masking tape. You also need acrylic full body acrylic paint in magenta, medium yellow, sky blue, orange, permanent red, brilliant purple and black.
 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Instructor: Charles Wallis
Cost: $180
Sponsor: Degallery
Website, email, +1(979)704-3090


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

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


"Using Design & Color in your Paintings"
October 23-25, 2024
 

June will work with each person individually as well as with the group. Each participant will be working from photographs, either their own or one of June’s. She will bring her personal collection of photographs that she has painted from & that will make good paintings. June will concentrate on color and design so landscapes and figurative pieces will all be acceptable subjects. She will also address values, drawing, lighting, & other topics related to making great paintings. She will critique your art and you can also bring a finished painting for a critique. She takes each participant where they are and helps them to move up to the next level in their art.
 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Instructor: June Dudley
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Degallery
Website, email, +1(979)704-3090


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

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


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

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


"Mosaic Workshop"
October 26 - November 2, 2024
 

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


"Mosaic Pendants"
October 26, 2024
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting Half-Day workshop perfect for students of any level! Students will make their very own mosaic necklace pendant with mixed media, glass and found objects. Ryan will show students how to design & execute the creation of their own personal one-of-a-kind mosaic pendant! The instructor will grout the works and have them ready for pick up the following Friday. All your materials for this class are included in the cost, just bring yourself! We recommend wearing long pants, sleeves and close toed shoes to this class.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


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

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


"Learning Different Approaches to Abstract Painting"
Wednesdays, October 30 - November 20, 2024
 

This class is for students that want to work in abstract form. Whether you are new to abstract painting, or are an advanced student, you will gain insights into refining your skills. Blending, color, focal point, negative space, lines, texture, composition, balance, all come into play. Critique will be done to better understand what works in a particular piece and perhaps what to leave out to create a painting that is original and engaging.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Art Cornell
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Sculpture"
Wednesdays, October 30 & November 6, 2024
 

Get your hands into your artwork! We will create high relief and low relief sculptures working in clay or sand, followed by casting the design in durable plaster. Finished work is suitable to be displayed on a wall and will have an imbedded hook for this purpose! Use of tools, technique, methods and considerations for bas and haute relief forms followed by the fascinating method of plaster casting are the focus of this workshop! Alexandra is an experienced sculptor working in stone, wood, clay and plaster. Join us for this exciting class to learn invaluable tips and techniques! Students should bring $10 cash to pay the instructor for materials, all of which she will supply for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor Floral"
November 1 & 2, 2024
 

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


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

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


"Printmaking"
November 2-3, 2024
 

Relief block printing is a fascinating method to make multiple originals of your graphic image by carving the forms and patterns into a block of linoleum or soft latex. Wonderful variations of color are achieved as we use ink our blocks in numerous colors and handprint on papers—both solid and transparent. Imagine the possibilities! In addition to the registration cost, students should bring $20 cash to pay the instructor for materials, all of which she will supply for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Contemporary Abstract Art: Letting Loose"
November 4, 2024
 

Embrace experimentation! This workshop was created to help aspiring artists become more confident, allowing the beginner abstract painter to take chances and have fun! Experimenting with paint and techniques is vital to the creative process, so enjoying the act of painting is just as important as the outcome. Students will experiment and create several pieces throughout the workshop using acrylic paints and mediums on paper and canvas. What's important is, not to go home with a masterpiece, but to learn to let your natural instincts take over with no fear of making a mistake. After all it's only paint so you can always change it if you don't like it! So, why not get started now?
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Pat McGreevey
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Mosaic a 4 or 5 Letter Word"
November 9, 2024
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting Half-Day workshop perfect for students of any level! Students will make their very own sign for their house mosaicking the 4 or 5 letter word of your choice on wood! The instructor will grout the works and have them ready for pick up the following Friday (10am to 2pm). All of the materials you need for this workshop are included in the price. Just bring yourself. We recommend wearing pants, long sleeves and close toed shoes to this class for safety reasons.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Acrylic Pouring Magic"
November 9, 2024
 

Fluid acrylics are a very liberating painting medium, and the pour technique is just the beginning. In this workshop, we will experiment with various additives that make the paint do amazing things as if by magic. This workshop will focus on how to control and enhance the “look” obtained—and take the design to satisfying conclusion. The flow makes it all happen and the resulting fascinating bright, and nuanced forms are wonderfully beautiful and other-worldly. Come prepared to be amazed and delighted! In addition to the registration fee, students should bring $20 cash to pay for supplies, all of which will be provided for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting on Glass"
November 22, 2024
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own 8" x 8" plate using glass as your canvas. No painting experience is necessary! This is a fun workshop so bring a friend and create something new! Once you’ve finished your creations, Kathy will take them to her studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished plates to the Academy for you to pick up a week later. In addition to the registration cost, students should bring $20 cash to pay the instructor for their materials, which she will provide for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting on Glass: Magnificent Minis"
November 22, 2024
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own mini glass dishes using glass as your canvas. No painting experience is necessary! This is a fun workshop so bring a friend and create something new! Once you’ve finished your creations, Kathy will take them to her studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished dishes to the Academy for you to pick up a week later. Students will complete 4 to 5 dishes depending on time. In addition to the registration cost, students should bring $20 cash to pay the instructor for their materials, which she will provide for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Master Class with Bill Scott: Still Life Into Abstraction"
November 23 & 24, 2024
 

Don't miss this opportunity to work with renowned painter Bill Scott to explore the sensuous yet thoughtful abstract construction of space in this two-day, intensive studio workshop. Color will be the focus as participants paint from an expansive still life environment with special prompts from Scott. This workshop is designed for intermediate/advanced painters.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Bill Scott
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Painting & Poetry Workshop"
December 1, 2024
 

Do you jot down writings as you paint? Or maybe you have an ongoing writing practice. Join poet and artist Cathleen Cohen and explore the link between painting and poetry. Deepen and expand your creative process even if you've never written a poem before! Draw and paint with watercolor and write in response to helpful prompts in a supportive environment. Examine how artists like Jean Arp, Kenneth Patchen and Wassily Kandinsky linked the written word and visual art. No experience necessary; all levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Cathleen Cohen
Cost: $75
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Mosaic Holiday Ornaments"
December 7, 2024
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting half-day workshop perfect for students of any level! Students will make their very own mosaic ornament with mixed media, glass and found objects. Ryan will show students how to design & execute the creation of their own personal one-of-a-kind gift or keepsake. In addition to the registration fee, students should bring $25 cash to pay the instructor for materials, all of which will be provided for you. Students can opt to bring an extra $10 if they wish to complete 2 ornaments. Please wear long sleeves, pants and close toed shoes. The instructor will grout the works and have them ready for pickup by Friday of the following week.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Posca Pencils in Alcohol Inks"
December 9, 2024
 

Alcohol inks have such a color intensity & personality unmatched by other mediums. It's not like any other art form. It’s so exciting to watch the inks move & flow & it happens right in your hands! Anyone can do it…no need to have experience. Each painting is totally unique, bright & powerful. Julie will walk you through all the steps. We'll be using the inks on Yupo paper as well as on tiles for amazing effects! Alcohol Inks can be applied on various surfaces like Yupo paper, glossy paper, metal, shrink plastic and glass. The ink is acid-free, fade-resistant & fast-drying. Students should bring $20 cash to pay instructor, who will provide all the materials you need.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Julie Schroeder
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting on Glass: Magnificent Minis"
December 13, 2024
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own mini glass dishes using glass as your canvas. No painting experience is necessary! This is a fun workshop so bring a friend and create something new! Once you’ve finished your creations, Kathy will take them to her studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished dishes to the Academy for you to pick up a week later. Students will complete 4 to 5 dishes depending on time. In addition to the registration cost, students should bring $20 cash to pay the instructor for their materials, which she will provide for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting on Glass"
December 13, 2024
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own 8" x 8" plate using glass as your canvas. No painting experience is necessary! This is a fun workshop so bring a friend and create something new! Once you’ve finished your creations, Kathy will take them to her studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished plates to the Academy for you to pick up a week later. In addition to the registration cost, students should bring $20 cash to pay the instructor for their materials, which she will provide for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Collage Workshop"
December 14, 2024
 

Enhance your creativity with the highly individual medium of collage! Learn how to bring together random materials to create your own unique images, patterns and textures. Alicia will guide you through the process as you compose a layout, create surfaces, gather materials according to color, texture and pattern, and paste up your composition. Enjoy a day of artistic exploration and have fun discovering the numerous ways to manipulate paper, cardboard, fabric and more!
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Alicia Mino Gonzalez
Cost: $85
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Art Journaling: Visual Storytelling"
January 24 & 25, 2025
 

In this two-day workshop, we will explore the many different sides of art journals from getting past the blank pages to tips and techniques in capturing your words and imagery. An art journal is a combination of visual and written imagery that captures thoughts, ideas and images in a visual way. They can be travel logs, dream diaries, art techniques, therapy logs, storybooks, or anything. Anything goes in an art journal from using mixed media and collage, to paint, to pen and charcoal. For more information, visit lesliewoodarts.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Leslie Wood
Cost: $350 Museum members/ $400 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Spontaneity in Your Painting in Acrylic or Oil"
February 7 & 8, 2025
 

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. Both a portrait painter and a painter of creative works, Linda Ellen was a student of Russian artist Max Heldman, her travels to Russia and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg were inspirational to her painting. She is a member of several art organizations including Oil Painters of America and Portrait Society of America. Her works are part of both private and public collections throughout the United States, Canada, South America and Europe. For more information, visit lindaellenprice.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Linda Ellen Price
Cost: $400 Museum members/ $450 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Open Impressionism - Acrylic Landscape Painting"
February 9, 2025
 

Charles Wallis is an accomplished painter and was even recognized by the Texas House of Representatives with a resolution acknowledging his contribution to the art world in Texas. We all love the works of the French and other impressionists. You will create an impressionist landscape under the direction of Wallis during this one-day workshop. The painting will be done in acrylic paints.
 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Instructor: Charles Wallis
Cost: $180
Sponsor: Degallery
Website, email, +1(979)704-3090


"Studio Colombia Art & Eat - Art and Food Workshop in South America"
February 18-26, 2025
 

Join our unique art workshop in South America and experience the stunning Caribbean coast from Puerto Colombia (Barranquilla) to Cartagena. Learn perspective drawing and the fundamentals of watercolors and taste the best of Colombian Caribbean food and culture. After an art class, try a "mojarra con arroz con coco" with a cold Colombian beer. Sketch on the beach, attend cooking demonstrations by local chefs, join a street food tour, and more. The price of CAD 3050 per person (around US$2250) includes eight-night double accommodation in well rated hotels, all ground transportation, all breakfasts, one lunch, two suppers, one street food tour, art instruction, cooking presentations, art supplies, and more. Single rooms available for CAD 810 (around US$ 600).
 
Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2250
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Natural Abstract"
March 5-7, 2025
 

Expand your artist’s eye by learning different ways of seeing, loosen your grip on realism, and move into an exploration of essence. In this workshop, you’ll interpret your observations of the surrounding natural environment to create abstract art that is wholly your own. With an iterative approach, you’ll lean into different mediums, including watercolor, graphite, oil pastel and cut paper, to distill the characteristics of landscape. Along the way, creative process insights are shared that can free your hand and strengthen your visual voice. This workshop is appropriate for all levels of students.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Meg Kaczyk
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"New York Art Tour - Bus Tour from Ottawa to NYC"
March 20-23, 2025
 

A fun and flexible bus art tour to New York City from Ottawa offered since 1993. 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. Participants from all over the US can join us in NYC. Price per person in a double room is CAD 1000 (around US$730 at the current exchange rate). We also offer single, triple and quad accommodation. Price includes three nights at a well-rated hotel in Midtown Manhattan, deluxe bus transportation Ottawa-New York -Ottawa and transportation to all museums and galleries on schedule.
 
Location: New York City, New York
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 730
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


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

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


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

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


"Intuitive Acrylic Painting and Collage"
April 6-11, 2025
 

Want more expressive art? Want more confidence in yourself and your art? Want to have a transformative experience with like-minded people? This class will take you beyond predictable painting methods. We will experiment with innovative techniques and a mindset of relaxed awareness, which have been designed to cultivate curiosity and self-confidence. Inspiring demos, lots of time to paint, and group critiques will reinforce design and mindset objectives. Critiques will model how to discuss paintings with non-judgmental language that educates you to “see” more and to appreciate whatever might show up so that you and your art will flourish. Discussions will address confidence, procrastination, vulnerability, curiosity, courage, inspiration, and more! All levels of experience are encouraged to attend.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Joan Fullerton
Cost: $1144 + Materials fee
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Postcards from the French Pyrénées with Lucie Duclos"
April 19-26, 2025
 

Join Lucie Duclos for a fun week exploring the joys of mixed media. Immerse yourself in the amazing landscape of the majestic Pyrenees and create a series of postcards while exploring a variety of mixed media techniques. Discover new ways to create unique collage materials/fodder and experiment with painting, stamping, mark making, collaging, stencilling, printmaking, masking, drawing and stitching. Your postcard series will be like a travel journal, a way of observing and recording the colours, shapes, patterns and textures that shape our beautiful surroundings. The tone of this workshop is playful and experimental and is open to all levels, all you need is an open mind to explore and discover new horizons!
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Lucie Duclos
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + $550 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Peaceful Painting: Abstract Watercolor & Mixed Media Botanicals"
April 27 - May 2, 2025
 

For me there is nothing more joyful and relaxing than making art! I love allowing my intuition to guide me as I develop a work of art. I also find so much inspiration in nature, and I love including natural forms and textures, along with botanical elements, in my artwork. I invite you to join me to develop a series of abstract watercolor & mixed media paintings. Over the course of the workshop, I will demonstrate and provide guidance through many of my favorite painting techniques. We’ll create custom blends of color, learn techniques for layering and adding texture to our watercolors, explore the fundamentals of composition, and take lots of inspiration from the Connecticut springtime blooms.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Jocelyn Benford
Cost: $1144 + Materials fee
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"What If Retreat"
May 4-9, 2025
 

A mixed media workshop discovering your language though materials, process and observation. This workshop is based on demonstrations of a variety of materials, prompts and exercises to get to the core of personal meaning. The focus is on exploration, intuition, and pushing out of your comfort zone. Directives include formal elements such as line, shape, space, color, and composition with fast-paced timing based on discovery rather than finished products. Techniques will focus on markmaking, layering, collaging, excavating, combining materials, and more. Materials include: dirt, coffee, natural materials, inks, acrylic mediums and paint plus cold wax and R&F Pigment Sticks. Participants will create many small works to let go of the "precious" mentality. Freedom of expression is emphasized!
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Cost: $1144 + Materials fee
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Expressive Mixed-Media Florals"
May 18-23, 2025
 

During this exciting retreat, you will learn to paint florals, looking at colour, composition and techniques and how to approach flower painting creatively with a focus on the process rather than the outcome. Victoria will demonstrate a wide variety of materials and show you how to be explorative and experimental, letting go of the fear of making mistakes. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced level artist, you’ll develop the confidence and skills to creatively loosen up, be more spontaneous, and let go of self-doubt. You’ll be provided with a huge array of gorgeous flowers as inspiration. Quick and easy exercises will introduce you to collage and mixed media techniques. Victoria will be on hand, offering support and advice.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Victoria Johnson
Cost: $1144 + Materials fee
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Figure Sculpture (Ages 12-18+ yrs)"
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Students will develop sculptural skills, learn how to work with different sculptural materials, learn about the history of sculptural arts, and learn to incorporate basic principles of aesthetics into sculpture. All levels welcome. All materials included. Classes are offered on Saturdays.
 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Cost: $35 per class or $140/month
Sponsor: Degallery
Website, email, +1(979)704-3090


"Acrylic Painting (Ages 14-18+ yrs)"
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Express yourself in color with exciting, fun, and fulfilling acrylic painting classes! Degallery offers art classes for all levels—total beginners included! In our warm and inspiring art studio and gallery, you will learn a wide variety of artistic painting techniques. From color mixing, composition, and texture to still life, landscape, portraits, and more, unleash your creativity with the guidance of expert, professional art instructors. Our unique learning approach offers one-on-one, nurturing painting instruction to every student, according to personal needs and interests. Our classes are non-judgmental and encouraging, and we see a very fast learning curve in every one of our art classes. Classes are offered on Mondays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm CDT.
 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Cost: $35 per class
Sponsor: Degallery
Website, email, +1(979)704-3090


"Beginner's Oil Painting (Ages 14-18+ yrs)"
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It's never too late to create! Oil paints are sumptuous, exciting, and one of the most popular painting mediums used by artists throughout the world. In this intimidation-free total beginner's oil painting class, you will: • Learn and master the most important oil painting class techniques • Relax, de-stress, and get inspired with encouraging art instruction • Learn to express yourself through oil painting • Explore important painting techniques, such as: color mixing, color value, composition, glazing, brushwork, paint application, texture, and more • Paint from still life, landscape, abstraction, and what inspires you most • Receive nurturing one-on-one expert painting instruction customized to your needs and goals. Classes are offered on Mondays and Tuesdays.
 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Cost: $35 per class
Sponsor: Degallery
Website, email, +1(979)704-3090


"Beginner Watercolor"
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Enjoy an evening of experimentation and fun while you learn the fundamentals of watercolor. You will learn basic watercolor techniques while you paint a wide range of subjects such as still life, landscape, florals, animals, etc. Watercolor techniques you will learn include basic washes, values, texture, glazing, color mixing, mingling, and more. You can expect tips and guidance throughout the painting process. All materials included. Classes are offered on Wednesdays.
 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Cost: $35 per class or $140/month
Sponsor: Degallery
Website, email, +1(979)704-3090


"Intermediate Watercolor"
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Join a fun watercolor class with the professional instructor. If you are looking for critiques and guidance from the instructor or a fun gathering alongside other watercolor lovers, this class would be perfect for you. You will learn watercolor techniques while you paint a wide range of subjects such as still life, landscape, florals, animals, etc. No basic painting exercises or demonstrations are given so participants should have some experience with watercolor but need not be advanced. All materials included. Classes are offered on Wednesdays.
 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Cost: $35 per class or $140/month
Sponsor: Degallery
Website, email, +1(979)704-3090


"Beginner's Drawing & Painting Class"
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It's never too late to create! When available, we keep registration open in our art classes so you may join a class that has already started. Don't worry, we will catch you up! Taste it all in this drawing and painting class for beginners! Artistic expression in the form of painting and drawing expression is exciting, energizing, and incredibly freeing! Discover your authentic inner-artist and your creative passion in this popular ongoing beginner’s art class. Discover art techniques including color mixing, composition, paint application, personal self-expression, line, form, shading and more! Get inspired from subject matter such as still life, landscape, abstraction, realism, and your personal creativity. Classes are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Cost: $35 per class
Sponsor: Degallery
Website, email, +1(979)704-3090


"Cartoon & Anime Drawing (Ages 8-17 yrs)"
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Are you a creator, artist and storyteller? Explore your interest in captivating illustrations and stories. through our cartoon and anime classes. Classes are offered on Fridays.
 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Cost: $30 per class or $85/month
Sponsor: Degallery
Website, email, +1(979)704-3090


"Knitting & Crochet (Ages 12-18+ yrs)"
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Warm up your winter with this easy and fun class for beginners as you learn how to knit or crochet. Even if you have never picked up a piece of yarn, you can learn to create a simple blanket or scarf to either give or enjoy yourself. Pick up this creative hobby to fill your winter with warmth. Classes are offered on Saturdays.
 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Cost: $30 per class or $120/month
Sponsor: Degallery
Website, email, +1(979)704-3090


"Open Studio and Step by Step (Ages 14-18+ yrs)"
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Open studio Painting/Drawing for all levels of artists from 14 years old to 104 years old. Pick your project and enjoy painting/drawing with the help of a professional artist. Classes are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Cost: $35 per class
Sponsor: Degallery
Website, email, +1(979)704-3090


"Magic Fingers (Ages 2.5-4 yrs)"
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A great class for toddlers and their parents, providing the opportunity to spend quality time together in a fun and educational way! Your tot will use finger-painting and palm-drawing techniques, play with construction paper and bright beads, learn about the nature of different objects and create his or her own masterpieces. These techniques benefit toddlers’ color perception, stimulate development of memory, improve fine motor skills, coordination and the ability to concentrate. Classes are offered on Saturdays.
 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Cost: $20 per class or $60/month
Sponsor: Degallery
Website, email, +1(979)704-3090


"Young Talents (Ages 4-7 yrs)"
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At this age kids are already familiar with the basics of art, painting and crafting. Therefore, our goal is to show them a new type of versatile creativity. Our techniques help to train their taste and ability to focus, to dream and to create a real masterpiece on canvas, as well as using glass, ceramics, sand and water. Kids will learn the fundamentals of design and composition. They will play with line, value, color, shape, size, and direction. The principles we use in class are unity, conflict, dominance, repetition, alternation, balance, harmony, and gradation. Classes are offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Cost: $25 per class or $75/month
Sponsor: Degallery
Website, email, +1(979)704-3090


"Artists (Ages 7-13 yrs)"
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These classes are for older kids who enjoy art and wish to improve their skills. Painting (oil, acrylic, watercolors), drawing, sculpture, and many other creative techniques will be taught in these advanced classes. The classes are led by a well-known local artist whose work is represented in major galleries in the US and Europe. His sculpture is featured at the entrance of the College Station airport. Classes are offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Cost: $30 per class or $85/month
Sponsor: Degallery
Website, email, +1(979)704-3090


"Teen Art (Ages 11 yrs & up)"
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In this exciting and inspiring art adventure for budding artists, teens will tap into their creativity as they learn to express themselves through art. Receive one-on-one customized art instruction with professional artists. Explore a variety of painting, drawing and mixed-media art projects, materials and technique. Explore acrylic paint on canvas, oil pastels, charcoal, mixed-media expression, ink, portraiture and more! Learn artistic techniques such as line quality, composition, shading, texture, personal expression, color, art history, realism, abstraction and more! Celebrate with a group art exhibition of artwork created. Classes are offered on Mondays and Saturdays.
 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Cost: $35 per class or $95/month
Sponsor: Degallery
Website, email, +1(979)704-3090


"Botanical Offerings - A Floral Sketching and Painting Course"
May 25-30, 2025
 

Why flowers? I have always been drawn to painting flowers in my work. To me, flowers represent the healing power of beauty. I believe that the world could use a little more beauty (and art). I am delighted to share my love of flowers and my process of painting with all of you! Come arrange, sketch and paint flowers with me. During this five-day intensive workshop, we will explore shape, line, and color through a variety of expressions, including sketching, collage, and painting. We will use mixed media techniques to layer and create beautiful expressive florals. I will be walking artists through exercises to loosen up their process, create from a place of joy, play with color, and explore composition.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Wendy Brightbill
Cost: $1144 + Materials fee
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Painting the Poetic Landscape"
June 1-5, 2025
 

Barbara offers workshops in pastel or oil, or both, focusing on landscapes. Her workshops are primarily in the studio, but she may occasionally offer a plein air portion to a workshop if requested. All demos are in the studio. Her teaching style includes daily demonstrations, during which she talks through each step and allows questions. She provides exercises that have very specific objectives so that students are able to see achievable results and she offers plenty of individual assistance at the easel. Barbara holds Signature Memberships in Oil Painters of America and American Impressionist Society, is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, and an Eminent Pastelist with the International Association of Pastel Societies.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke
Cost: $1144 + Materials fee
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


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

Explore textile pattern design using DIY acrylic inks and textile paints that will leave your fabric with a soft hand and give you exactly the colors you want. Explore a multitude of ways to create richly textured “base” fabrics by applying acrylics inks with different types of brush-strokes, sponges, altering ink and water ratios, adding salt, mono-printing, and scrunching, as well as pleating, stitching, clamping and pole wrapping fabric with a variety of shibori techniques. Learn how to successfully print with foam, rubber and wood stamps. Master screen printing with thermofax screens, then apply pattern design principles using various types of repeats to print on your textured “base” fabrics. It’ll be a blast of inspiration, innovation, information and fun.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Judy Coates Perez
Cost: $1144 + Materials fee
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
June 10-19, 2025
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, and gastronomy in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our teaching approach and groups limited to eight participants allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating environment that fosters creativity. Cost of CAD 4175 (around US$ 3050) includes instruction, 9-night single or double accommodation (limited single rooms available at no extra cost), all breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.), train ticket to Florence, and a guided tour to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$3050
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour"
June 25 - July 6, 2025
 

A unique art workshop/art tour open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Seven days of plein-air painting, art history/theory lectures, and gastronomy in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence followed by four days visiting Barcelona’s top art sites and enjoying Catalan cuisine. The price of CAD 4700 per person (around US$ 3450) includes instruction, 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 healthy lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from the Manosque train station to our lodge, transportation to all painting sites,TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrance fees to all sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Miró Museum, etc.). Limited single rooms for a supplement of CAD 875 (around US$ 650),
 
Location: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence & Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$3450
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour"
June 25 - July 6, 2025
 

A unique art workshop/art tour open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Seven days of plein-air painting, art history/theory lectures, and gastronomy in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence followed by four days visiting Barcelona’s top art sites and enjoying Catalan cuisine. The price of CAD 4700 per person (around US$ 3450) includes instruction, 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 healthy lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from the Manosque train station to our lodge, transportation to all painting sites, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrance fees to all sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Miró Museum, etc.). Limited single rooms for a supplement of CAD 875 (around US$ 650).
 
Location: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence & Barcelona, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$3450
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Jumpstart Your Creativity"
July 6-11, 2025
 

Learn the basics of good design and explore exercises to unleash your creative process. Tap into your inner artist and apply principles to the creation of art quilts. This class promises to be very exciting and fulfilling. Each day begins with a different exercise in color and composition using a 12-inch square format. These exercises can serve as inspiration for larger pieces. We will explore composition with line and shape, addressing negative space, soft and hard edges, and the abstraction of realistic inspirations. For each daily class, we will explore a different design concept. Evening critiques of your work will also be held.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Katie Pasquini Masopust
Cost: $1144 + Materials fee
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Sketching Vivid Landscapes with Jenny Adam"
July 19-26, 2025
 

Experience the beauty of South West France through the lens of Urban Sketching! Immerse yourself in the playful world of mixed media landscapes guided by Sketchbook artist Jenny Adam. This dynamic workshop with Jenny Adam offers a harmonious blend of techniques, allowing you to simplify nature’s complexity while infusing your artwork with texture, color, and emotion. We will work on location, discovering the landscapes and villages, but also make time for exploring art in the comfort of the atelier. Course Highlights include: Playful Drawing Techniques, Understanding Media Properties, and Exploratory Exercises.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Jenny Adam
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 320€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Inspired By Nature Art Retreat"
July 20-25, 2025
 

I am constantly in awe and inspired by nature and I believe she’s our best teacher! I cannot wait to lead you in this exploratory workshop where we will use and study elements from nature to create a wide variety of beautiful art. From watercolor and stamped flowers, pressed elements and mark making in sketchbooks and journals, to mixed media, collage work and pattern play… it will be a wonderful, creative time together!! Whether you haven’t picked up a paintbrush since elementary school or you create art daily, I love teaching new techniques, sharing my process and favorite materials and I promise you will learn a lot, love what you create, and have fun and be inspired by nature!
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Caroline Simas
Cost: $1144 + Materials fee
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Storybook Illustration with Lauren A. Mills"
August 2-9, 2025
 

Create your own original artwork and discover a wonderful area of France. To create a believable vision of magic one needs to learn the visual tricks of a magician. Lauren combines 19th century style fairy paintings with naturalistic/botanical watercolors in her own illustrated children’s books such as in her retelling of Thumbelina and her book Fairy Wings. Students will learn the nuts and bolts of book illustration beginning with the layout of a picture book, utilizing compositional tools including the golden ratio, color, value, atmospheric perspective and emotional compositions. We will explore creating believable characters and putting them into naturalistic scenes by understanding how to combine varied references and understanding simplified methods of perspective, anatomical proportions, and consistent light and shadow.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Lauren A. Mills
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + $500 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Full Day Artist Retreat 2025"
August 2, 2025
 

This workshop will focus on working in abstraction while considering some basic fundamentals exploring composition, colour and expressive brushwork. This event is held at my Niagara-on-the-Lake studio. The studio is bright and spacious, and registration is limited to 10 people. Outdoor painting may be an option, weather permitting. In this workshop you will learn how to plan work as well as work intuitively to create a loose and confident painting which speaks to your unique style. No lugging of paints and materials! All GOLDEN Artist quality paints and mediums are included along with 16”x20” canvas. A healthy artisan lunch is included and all beverages. All participants will take home their abstract work along with an Artist Pack gift.
 
Location: Niagara, Canada
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Cost: $198
Website, email


"Make Your Own Happy Art Retreat"
August 3-8, 2025
 

A playful and colorful exploration of animals, heart-shaped art, and other whimsical things that create joy! We will get loose and let happiness flow onto our canvases! How does a cheery color-coordinated theme party sound for opening night? (e.g. - we dress up in our favorite pinks!) We’ll live, laugh, and… eat! There will be plenty of time to unwind, relax, chat, tell stories and/or listen to others’, and just get to know each other. Perhaps one or more long-lasting friendships will be made! Even if you don’t believe that you have it in you to paint complicated images, I’ll demonstrate for you some techniques that will make it easy. I will strive to make us all walk away smiling!
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Allison Luci
Cost: $1144 + Materials fee
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"The Art of Paper Folding and 3D Construction with Kate Colin"
August 16-23, 2025
 

Discover the Art of Paper Folding and 3D Construction with International Paper Artist Kate Colin. This course will consist of structured tuition combined with allocated time for guided exploration and development of personal projects which could be lighting, sculpture or functional pieces. This course is suitable for anyone interested in three-dimensional geometric form and working with paper as a base material. Suitable for all levels, students will be introduced to the basic principles of paper folding and learn all the necessary skills and techniques required to create a range of three-dimensional structures. There will also be a brief presentation about the history of paper folding and a review of some of its numerous contemporary applications.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Kate Colin
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £450 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Painting Holidays: Exploring Mixed Media with Jenny Muncaster"
September 20-27, 2025
 

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


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

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


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

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


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
October 1-10, 2025
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, and gastronomy in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our teaching approach and groups limited to eight participants allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating environment that fosters creativity. Cost of CAD 4175 (around US$ 3050) includes instruction, 9-night single or double accommodation (limited single rooms available at no extra cost), all breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.), train ticket to Florence, and a guided tour to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$3050
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


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

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


"Discovering Oil and Cold Wax"
October 12-17, 2025
 

Learn a non-traditional approach to oil painting or explore oils for the first time. Cold wax medium is an additive that thickens oil paint, speeds up the drying time (a bit), and neutralizes the paint so there’s no concern about “fat over lean” rules. We will be using R&F’s Pigment Sticks (compressed oil paints) along with tube oils to create paintings without brushes or smelly solvents. You will discover new tools and methods for creating rich and authentic small works on paper and Ampersand’s Gessoboard. With Arches oil paper as our primary substrate, you’ll have several paintings going at once. This workshop is fun, a bit messy, and will change the way you think about oil painting.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Julie Snidle
Cost: $1144 + Materials fee
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


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

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


"Story Painting"
Ongoing classes
 

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


"Painting Music Online"
Every Thursday
 

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


"Watercolor Explorer Program"
ongoing
 

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


"Representational Abstraction"
video course
 

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

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


"Flow in Watercolor Portrait"
video course
 

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


"Stories in Painting"
video course
 

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

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


"Fine Art Mentorship"
ongoing
 

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

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

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


"Seeing the Natural World"
video course
 

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


"Spring Botanicals"
video course
 

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


"Realism in Watercolor: A trip to Scotland"
video course
 

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


"The History and Techniques of Watercolor"
video course
 

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


 

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