Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Photography: Understanding Exposure and Learning to See Creatively"
July 16-20, 2018
 

Based in part on Bryan’s bestselling books, this workshop will surely boost your level of expertise. Your camera bag is a virtual gold mine of compelling compositions. Any subject can be turned into a compelling shot, no matter how mundane, if you apply the vast and creative principles that are offered in this workshop on seeing creatively! At the end of this 5 day workshop, you will have realized just how much there really is to see and shoot, even in your own backyard or kitchen! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from an internationally known instructor, photographer, best-selling author and star of countless Adorama TV videos, all in an amazing, new location on Madeline Island, in beautiful Lake Superior!
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bryan F Peterson
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Addition & Subtraction: Abstract Painting Workshop"
July 21-22, 2018
 

Join us for this 2 day workshop with Portland artist Haley Nannig. Haley will lead us through exercises and demonstrations of her methods working in layers, leading you to experiment with your own style in the creation of abstract works. We'll explore the conversation between artist and canvas using color theory, paint, spray paint and stencils. Students will learn about pouring, blocking in/out, peeling back, and painting on nontraditional surfaces. This workshop is designed for painters who have some basic experience with color mixing and composition, but the material will be accessible to artists of all levels. All of this and the ability to explore beautiful Portland, Maine.
 
Location: Portland, Maine
Instructor: Haley Nannig
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Still Life Studio
Website, email, 207-899-6972


"Under the Influence …. of Your Art Journal"
July 21-22, 2018
 

The last several years I have focused my artistic efforts into my art journal. This has awakened my voice in a new direction and I now find tons of inspiration within its pages. Let your Art Journal be your guide in this 2-day class as we develop numerous mixed media paintings using our art journals as a springboard. I have several exercises that will help you explore multiple ideas based on one journal spread – hence leading to a body of work of larger pieces. Join me in an exploration of color, composition and style as we push our artistic limits to the next level.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Beth Shaw
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Monhegan Island - Art & Visualization workshop"
July 23-27, 2018
 

Here's your chance to stay and work on the magical, mystical island of Monhegan, long known for creative, spiritual and life altering forces with like minded individuals seeking the essence of oneness and serenity with nature. Experience the ancient romanticism long known to artists, poets, writers and musicians that is Monhegan, the island that time forgot... Get in touch with your inner creative force in a reality most artists just dream about. Learn to find a strong composition, value pattern, and you'll learn how to work with color temperature for atmospheric effects.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, IPAP
Cost: $597.00
Sponsor: Baldini Art & Visualization Workshops
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 in studio 9-5


"Monhegan Island - Art & Visualization workshop"
July 23-24, 2018
 

Here's your chance to stay and work on the magical, mystical island of Monhegan, long known for creative, spiritual and life altering forces with like minded individuals seeking the essence of oneness and serenity with nature. Experience the ancient romanticism long known to artists, poets, writers and musicians that is Monhegan, the island that time forgot... Get in touch with your inner creative force in a reality most artists just dream about. Learn to find a strong composition, value pattern, and you'll learn how to work with color temperature for atmospheric effects.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, IPAP
Cost: $325.00
Sponsor: Baldini Art & Visualization Workshops
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 in studio 9-5


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
July 23-27, 2018
 

Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Get started with new ideas in a way that is fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
July 30 - August 3, 2018
 

Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Get started with new ideas in a way that is fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Quilting: Designing From Nature"
July 30 - August 3, 2018
 

Quilts you design are a great complement to the wonderful range of traditional (and modern!) quilts that entice us. Our most memorable quilts are often those that speak to special times, places, things, and people in our lives. Using your photographs as the place to begin the design process offers a personalized and memorable look to your quilts. Based on the design methods developed by Ruth McDowell, this class takes you through the design process – from photo to pictorial quilt. This style of quilt emphasizes the use of patterned cotton fabrics in unique ways yet is grounded in traditional piecing methods. The result is a quilt design with a somewhat abstract quality that is uniquely your own.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ann P Shaw, annshawquilting.com
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Pictures from Paper"
August 3-4, 2018
 

Enhance your creativity, invention, and self-expression in this process-based exploration of collage. You will utilize a variety of dry and wet media, including water-based paint and ink, drawing materials, acrylic mediums, printed media, and other found 2D materials, to develop technical skills and to discover the specific expressive potential inherent in collage. Learn and gain hands-on experience through demonstrations, slide presentations, project prompts, personal projects, discussions, and critiques. You will work on multiple small projects over the course of two days, providing many opportunities to develop both aesthetics and expressive content.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leah Schreiber Johnson, www.LeahSchreiber.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Abstraction: From the Concrete to the Universal and Back Again"
August 6-7, 2018
 

Designed for advanced painters, this workshop addresses the technical and conceptual issues of working with abstraction. Pursuing the relationship of non-representational and representational art, and the parallels of abstract images and lived experiences, you will explore the connections between your work and life, as well as the lives of others through the medium of painting. Beginning with a group discussion of previously completed work as a point of departure, Steven will share his own experience as an artist and educator and how they inform one another. Slideshows, discussions, and critique will supplement independent work and one-on-one interaction. Discover the ways abstraction reflects your own experience, and investigate the way you connect you to the world around you.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Steven Husby, StevenHusby.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Quilting: Composition Quartet"
August 6-10, 2018
 

Challenge yourself compositionally and learn four different ways to construct fused quilts: squares/rectangles, curvilinear design, cut-and-collage, and landscape. Using step-by-step directions with many creative options, you’ll make 4 quilts (about 16” x 20” or larger) using Sue’s fusible techniques. She will also cover fusible basics, working with non-traditional fabrics, quilting, blocking, and binding. By the end of this workshop experience, construction ideas will abound!
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Benner
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
August 9-11, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Winston Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"California Vibe Portraiture"
August 13-17, 2018
 

Shake it up with David Lobenberg. Apply watercolor with splatters, swabs, slaps, splats, and slashes to that portrait you’ve be waiting to paint or use one of David’s outline drawings. Come flood, blossom, and create textures with a style that is about gesture, expressive color, soft transparency and hard opacity. You’ll paint several studies with step-by-step demonstrations from painting start to painting finish. David’s watercolor paintings can be found in private, public, and corporate collections across the country. His work has been featured in American Artist, Southwest Art, and American Art Collector magazines and several others.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Artistic Expression: A Bold Approach to Watercolor"
August 13-16, 2018
 

Driven by risk-taking and watercolor fundamentals, this workshop focuses on translating your unique observations and interpretations of subject matter to paper. By setting a secure foundation in value, color, composition, and technique, you will be encouraged to explore a more loose and dynamic approach to the medium. Dan will demonstrate traditional techniques passed down from the masters, as well as how to take advantage of the unique and spontaneous properties of watercolor. There will be time each day to work independently as you establish your own personality as a painter. Dan will be available for individual guidance and support, in addition to leading a group critique in a friendly environment.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Daniel Danielson, www.DanDanielson.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Strong Design & Bold Strokes in Watercolor"
August 16-18, 2018
 

Every human being is born with a creative potential and a unique destiny. . . discover their real talents and find the resources and inspiration to make a living at the work they are most equipped to do. Keith explains that his watercolors are an attempt to communicate not only what he sees visually but also what he feels and senses. To watch Keith paint is to see the blank paper come to life with strong design, bold colors, and a unique “painterly” style that combines wit, philosophy, and reporting into a single work of art. His approach to watercolor painting encourages the student to loosen up and paint with confidence. Skill Level: Beginners through all levels of advancement.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Keith Andry
Cost: $450 Museum members/ $475 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Premium Colorado Plein Air"
August 19-24, 2018
 

Join Randall Sexton as he shares his own technique and joy of painting on location, en plein air. While the fundamentals of painting en plein air will be reviewed, demonstrated, and discussed, the class is designed to encourage the experienced artist to stretch their own boundaries, in an effort be “in the moment” in any location. Join us for this Premium Workshop: 6-8 student maximum with all the perks. All-inclusive, private room, three meals daily, appetizers after class, and wine or beer with happy hour and with dinner. We can accommodate any dietary issues you may have. Don't miss this great opportunity! Primarily an oil painter, Randall is open to other mediums in the class. Students of all levels are welcome.
 
Location: Pueblo, Colorado
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Art In the Aspens Workshops
Website, (719) 545-2795


"The Alchemy of Painting, Exploring Expressive Painting & Mixed Media"
August 20-25, 2018
 

In this workshop, we will explore our deepest knowing by stilling the body through short meditations and guided visualization - gently nudging us to the places that hold a deep reservoir of imagery. We will begin from the ground up making handmade gesso then using dry pigments in combination with paint. Lauren will guide you through a series of idea-generating techniques and gestural exercises that lead to understanding the balance found between technique and intuition. Spontaneous mark-making, collage and painting techniques will all be employed to broaden our visual vocabulary and art making dexterity. Our materials will be quality paper, boards, handmade gesso, dry pigment, collage materials, glues, oil sticks, cold wax and oil paint.
 
Location: Canton, North Carolina
Instructor: Lauren Mantecon
Cost: $1675 USD
Sponsor: Cullowhee Arts
Website, email, 828-342-6913


"Paper, Rock, Scissors: Dimensional Paintings on Paper and Fabric"
August 20-25, 2018
 

This dynamic paper, paint and textiles-based workshop will feature painting, printing, marbling, heat transfer, collage and stitch techniques on various substrates to build texture and create strong visual impact. The session kicks off with methods of painting and printing on a variety of papers and fabrics to lay down a base of color and pattern from which to build. Use acrylic, fabric paints, and dyes, and apply with brushes, sponges, and rollers; take advantage of the stunning natural surroundings to print with solar (sun) dyes using resist processes; experiment with marbling and add in details with oil pastels and drawing tools. Inspiration for mark making will be all around us!
 
Location: Canton, North Carolina
Instructor: Leisa Rich
Cost: $1,675 USD
Sponsor: Cullowhee Arts
Website, email, 828-342-6913


"East Meets West"
August 20-24, 2018
 

Strengthen your artwork with the limitless creative possibilities of Chinese and watercolor painting. Lian will teach his approach on design, composition and color with clear, practical easy-to-follow demonstrations and instruction. The first 2 days, you will practice “Chinese Brush Painting” in a spontaneous style and then in detail. The following 3 days, your skills will continue to develop with Lian’s one-of-a-kind color pouring, blowing, and blending method. Participate in helpful critiques as he takes you step by step through several paintings. Lian is the author of four Chinese Painting Instructional Books.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Making a Lasting Impression: Painting the Impressionist Landscape"
August 22-25, 2018
 

The impressionist, neo-impressionist, and post-impressionist artists created stunning paintings that still inform our sense of color and style today. Using neo-impressionist color and paint applications as a jumping off point, you will develop vibrant and innovative painting methods through a series of landscape-based works. Develop your own unique style while discovering the philosophy, techniques, and color palette used by many of the impressionist masters. Free from rigid formulas, concepts will be quickly individualized through the process of painting. Short slide talks will introduce you to the works of important impressionist and contemporary painters, while demonstrations will delve into color theory. Acrylic will be used in this workshop, however all techniques can later be applied to oil, watercolor, and pastel.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Miles Bair, www.MilesBair.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
August 23-25, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, email, 616-897-7842


"Art Journal Play"
August 24, 2018
 

This class will be full of play and mixed media exploration. We will transform an ordinary book into a fun, personal journal using collage, background painting, lettering and many more techniques. You will have access to a variety of supplies and ephemera. There is only a very small list of tools you will need to bring (see website).
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Geiser
Cost: $105
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Journal Starters Sampler 1"
August 25, 2018
 

Have you wanted to art journal but don’t know where to start? Are you a seasoned journaler looking for more creative tools to expand your artistic journey? This class will focus on a method of journaling in which a photographic image is utilized as a starting point to spark an idea. You will learn skills to help you develop new ideas for your journaling. Students will be given the opportunity to explore different mixed media techniques to push their creativity.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Rae Nugent
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Fast, Loose & Bold Painting"
August 27-31, 2018
 

In this workshop you will learn how to loosen up and use bigger brushes and more paint for a bolder, more painterly approach. We will also take color to new unexpected places by working with simplified values. Join us for targeted instruction and training - this may open the door to an exciting new level of creativity and artistic expression. This workshop is suited to acrylic and oil painters alike.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Patti Mollica
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Art Cottage Personalized Painting Retreats"
January - August
 

Perfect for one or two women ~ Immerse yourself a world away at Dorothy Fagan’s breath-taking Art Cottage Studio by Chesapeake Bay. Customized Lessons in oils, pastels, watercolor, drawing, fabric painting, acrylics, or mixed media. Enjoy every season on the private pond. Paint in the studio or en plein air with Dorothy at her favorite gardens, coastal marsh sanctuary, riverfront, woodlands, farms and vineyard locations. Relax on the expansive adjoining deck, or visit artisan studios down the lane. Walk to the Chesapeake Bay, or sit on the dock on Queen’s Creek and meditate, sketch, or paint the sunset. Wade in the shallows on the beach at the mouth of the Piankatank River. Paint the sunrise over Hills Bay.
 
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Instructor: Dorothy Fagan
Cost: $300
Sponsor: The Painting Lesson
Website, email, 804-366-0990


"Painting Without A Brush"
August 31 - September 1, 2018
 

Discover new methods, techniques, and tools in this process-based exploration of acrylic painting. Emphasis will be placed on creating visually interesting marks and compositions. Through demonstrations and discussions, learn several brushless techniques of painting using traditional and non-traditional tools to achieve unique effects. Working from photographic references of subject matter of your choosing, create paintings filled with new marks and expression. All levels welcome. Experienced painters will have the opportunity to push the boundaries of their painting practice, while beginners will develop skill.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Beki Borman, www.BekiBorman.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Freedom in Watermedia"
September 6-8, 2018
 

This workshop is designed to help students (beginning, intermediate or advanced) paint in an intuitive manner starting without preconceived notions or outcome. There will be no preliminary planning or drawing. The process will dictate direction as students use a variety of materials and techniques to implement color, texture, line, shape and value. The process starts with arbitrary mark making. Students will continue working transparent to opaque building layers with watercolor, acrylic, gesso and other materials. There will be ongoing evaluation of work in progress and the use of compositional design elements. It is entirely possible finished work may be figurative or representational but the goal is to produce aesthetically pleasing work which is unique and reflective of the artist’s mind.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Stan Kurth, NWS
Cost: $325.00
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, email, (616) 897-7842, Ext. 352


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 6-8, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Carlsbad, California
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Live Your Art Studio
Website, email


"Express Yourself in Watermedia with Mark Mehaffey"
September 7-9, 2018
 

Explore your creativity on three painting surfaces: watercolor paper, YUPO and a paper that has been gessoed. Mark will take us on a unique journey exploring these different painting surfaces and what they have to offer, all the while paying attention to design and composition.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Mark Mehaffey
Cost: $435 Includes a light breakfast each day
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Studio
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 10-12, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Merced, California
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Merced Art Center
Website, 209-388-1090


"Autumn in Vermont"
September 12-15, 2018
 

Join Randall for his annual return to the quintessential New England backdrop of Landgrove Vermont. Close to the Vermont Country Store in Weston, between Manchester and Brattleboro, this plein air workshop is a favorite of past and returning attendees. All levels welcome, visiting students are encouraged to spoil themselves at the Langrove Inn that hosts the workshop series.
 
Location: Landgrove, Vermont
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600 per person
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Website, (802) 824-6673


"The Portrait and The Figure"
September 13-15, 2018
 

Join Mary Whyte for an extraordinary workshop in watercolor in Indianapolis, IN. Using live clothed models, Mary will demonstrate and guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines. She has been awarded the Portrait Society of America's Gold Medal.
 
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Bold Interpretations of Traditional Quilt Blocks"
September 17-21, 2018
 

Each quilt reflects the personality of its maker. By the shapes we prefer or colors and patterns we choose, how we finish a quilt ultimately puts our fingerprints on a quilt. In this class you will study Indian folk art quilts and American antique scrap quilts. Sujata will discuss bold and abstract interpretations of traditional quilt blocks as well as the process of making do. From the examples provided, each participant will choose one or two traditional quilt blocks or geometric shapes as design elements for a quilt top. The focus will be on template-free shapes and organic-piecing methods. Sujata will demonstrate traditional Indian Kantha stitching; discuss organic hand quilting and bias binding for students to finish the quilt.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sujata Shah
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 21-23, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: New Braunfels, Texas
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: New Braunfels Art League
Website, email, 830-629-8022


"Shibori and Alternative Resist Methods: Low tech and High tech, organic and man-made"
September 24-28, 2018
 

This 5-Day workshop will explore the fundamentals of shibori resist, traditional techniques to contemporary variations such as sewing machine stitch on a wide range of fabric surfaces and combinations of opposite fibers including cotton, wool, silk, organza, and polyester. Yoshiko will be available to guide you through this exploration process. She will use easy to follow Michel Garcia’s organic indigo vat 1-2-3; fiber reactive dye to enhance the degumming effect on silk organza; disperse dye to venture into heat transfer printing. Participants are asked to bring small fabric in various fiber or other dye-able materials in different texture, pattern, and opacity/ transparency to gain own visual vocabulary.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Yoshiko I. Wada
Cost: $915
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Creating Abstracts From the Ground Up Workshop/Retreat"
September 24-28, 2018
 

Want to paint Abstracts but haven't a clue how to begin or know when an abstract is finished? Discover luscious quiet colors so your abstracts will stand out. This fabulous workshop will guide you through creating an Abstract painting from beginning to end. Come join me in Taos, New Mexico for this special retreat filled with information, growth and creativity. Watch the evening New Mexico light caress the adobe walls filling the air with a soft apricot glow...it is this light that inspires us to enter our soul. For more information email gwen@gwenfox.com or call 575-751-0183
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Gwen Fox
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Gwen Fox
Website, email, 575-751-0183


"Creative Anarchy: The Art of Compression"
September 28, 2018
 

This is a streamlined writing workshop that focuses on getting at the heart of what you want to say. We combine Brian's unique way of distilling layers of story into a few words with Fia's eye on the body as it engages in the practice of creating something new. Together we challenge common ideas of creativity that get in the way of your imagination; guide you in practices that get to the essence of what you want to say in your writing; and offer physical feedback throughout the workshop, to encourage a more whole-body response to any creative process. During the second half of the workshop, we'll focus on compression, saying more with fewer words.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Brian Andreas
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Play with Pébéo Mixed Media"
September 28, 2018
 

Wanting to expand your experience of Mixed Media by Pébéo or even experience it for the first time? Through demonstrations, group instruction and hands-on experience, you will learn the essentials of working with Mixed Media by Pébéo liquid oil paints also known as “Magic in a Bottle”. You will have an opportunity to combine the Pébéo Mixed Media products in two artworks of your own design. The self-expressing nature of the Pébéo liquid oil paints will invite you to explore endless possibilities that are fun and exciting! If you are someone who likes to introduce new products and techniques into your creative expression while having fun, this workshop is for you!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Candace French
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Surface Design Journey with Natural Dyes"
September 28, 2018
 

Fresh indigo and natural dye materials from the fields and farm and easy accessible pantry products will be on hand to enhance the learning and dyeing process as participants learn new ways and expand skills with natural dyes. History of dye use, ways to create beautiful fabric and paper designs incorporating traditional and experimental techniques will be covered. Expect to leave with recipes, new ideas, test samples, a completed wall hanging and the confidence to dye at home. An introduction to batik and paste resist is provided and this technique may be explored. Explore and learn about other artists who use this medium and the current movement connecting art and agriculture sustainability.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Catherine Cross Tsintzos
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Doodle Draw"
September 28, 2018
 

Create beautiful sketches which combine doodling and painting as only Portland, Oregon based artist, Jennifer Mercede can inspire you to do! You will spend time in what Jennifer calls the 'BC Zone' or doing blind contour drawings. Your subjects will be inspired by the nature and the city of Denver. By letting go of the final outcome, you will develop your ability to experiment and grow as an artist. My classes focus on process. While you may walk away with a piece of art ready to hang on your wall, you may also walk away with a few pieces started & ready to inspire many more hours of creating.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jennifer Mercede
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Chain Making – Intro to Metal Working"
September 28, 2018
 

Introduction to basic soldering and fusing silver. By the end of this class students will have an understanding of necessary tools and materials to successfully solder and fuse simple joints. Students will complete one spiral bracelet and one ball and loop bracelet.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Enamel Portraits: Memories Captured"
September 28, 2018
 

Memories play such an important role in who we are. Do you have a memory of a place, person, pet, or time in your life you would like to honor and turn into a keepsake? Using liquid enamel, photography, and enamel decals and paints we will create a wearable work of art to honor your memories. Settings will be provided and there is no metalsmithing experience required. If you prefer to make our own setting, tools and materials will be provided for that, too! This workshop can be combined with day two and/or three to create one memory necklace with a sterling silver chain and charm accents.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kirsten Denbow
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Paper Play!"
September 28, 2018
 

In this class we’ll be exploring and creating on provided papers in order to create works of art papers to use as is or in your art creations. We’ll be making full, large sheets as well as collage fodder. There will be lots of demos and then time to use all sorts of shared materials from stamps and stencils, paints, mark making tools, pens, gelli pads, inks etc. Learn how to make repeat patterns on paper, guided abstract pages, and monoprint techniques. You’ll leave with lots of one of a kind papers to use as gift wrap or book covers (great if you’ll be joining us in Art Journal Play class), collage fodder or anything else you dream up.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Pam Garrison
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Transformations in Oil and Cold Wax"
September 28-29, 2018
 

Creating abstract art with oil paint and cold wax medium involves taking a journey into yourself and your world --without a map. The process is intuitive, bold and full of discovery. Your pieces will take on lives of their own through the many layers of oil and cold wax you apply, addition of mixed media elements, and the areas you choose to scrape away. There are many opportunities for happy accidents and unexpected joys. Each oil and cold wax piece is a result of a moment in time and space where elements converge in a one-time-only way.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Serena Barton
Cost: $430-$500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Text + Texture - Making Expressive Textures with Calligraphic Marks"
September 28-30, 2018
 

Are you interested in incorporating calligraphic marks and textures into your artwork and/or creating calligraphic textures as your expression? Are you interested in making calligraphic marks with unfamiliar tools? In this workshop, we will experience the usage of tools as extensions of our hand. We will start by creating marks with different writing tools and different objects. Then we will design alphabets with those new marks to write our chosen texts in various ways. We'll examine writing speed, pressure, the directions of strokes, and the relationship between letters for making effective textures. Study of layering, tones, basic design layout and composition, and use of line and space in Japanese calligraphy will be presented for creating evocative textural art pieces.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Yukimi Annand
Cost: $580-$710
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Art Journal Play"
September 29-30, 2018
 

Learn to make art journals by creating book covers and hand-binding them with a simple long stitch binding method. We’ll spend the rest of the time playing in our art journals! I’ll bring all my favorite supplies to share and demo the favorite techniques I use in my art journals. We’ll cover lettering, pen work, collage, colors, composition and more all on the pages of our art journals. We’ll use acrylic paints and inks, watercolors, markers, pencils, stamps and stencils etc. etc. Leave with your own handmade journal, endless ideas for working in it, and discover new tools and techniques that will inform and expand your creative expression in all your art pursuits!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Pam Garrison
Cost: $435-$500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Precious Metal Clay and Gemstone Charm Necklace"
September 29, 2018
 

Precious Metal Clay is made of very small particles of metal with a binder that allows you to use it like clay. We will roll, stamp, cut, and mold the clay into charms that we will kiln fire. Use these charms alongside gemstone beads for a colorful accent in your jewelry! Letter and image stamps will be available for you to stamp your favorite quote or image for a truly meaningful one of a kind piece. This workshop can be combined with day one and/or three to create one memory necklace with a sterling silver chain and charm accents.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kirsten Denbow
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Geometric (Morning session – Necklace; Afternoon session – Earrings)"
September 29, 2018
 

So, you know how to solder, but sometimes you just can’t get it right? Learn some highly irregular tricks to fix messy soldering. You will get a chance to put it to the test and by the end of the class, have geometric pieces to use on a modern bracelet or necklace. You will finish one or more pendants; however, beading will be finished on your own after the class. (Bead stringing will not be taught.) In the second half of the day we will utilize skills learned in the morning to make earring jackets but with an extra challenge, soldering pins. Soldering fine points is a technique in itself. Students will be challenged to stretch their experience.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting by Heart"
September 29-30, 2018
 

Learn to manipulate and apply paint onto a canvas in a maximalist approach so that you can build up layers, causing the canvas to transition from a “young” canvas to a “mature” canvas. Also learn a minimalist approach of building up layers where less of the canvas is covered. On Day 2, we will select a canvas from the first day to deliberately paint a subject using a photo reference (portrait, figure, flowers, etc.). on top of the canvas in ways that will excite you and empower you as a painter. Learn to coax out stories or concepts that the canvas may be projecting out, through the marks that were made.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jenny Doh
Cost: $435-$500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Expressive Painting"
September 29-30, 2018
 

In this expressive painting & drawing class, we will begin with mark making exercises to get you creating outside the box. Through various guided activities, we will practice letting go of the outcome. Learn to be expressive with your strokes. Experiment and let your intuition guide your artistic choices as we create abstract paintings on wood in a safe, encouraging environment. In this class you have permission to play. My classes focus on process. While you may walk away with a piece of art ready to hang on your wall, you may also walk away with a few pieces started & ready to inspire many more hours of creating.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jennifer Mercede
Cost: $435-$500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Printmaking Throw Down"
September 29, 2018
 

Learn easy and new ways to incorporate screen print, monotype and carved stamped designs and marbling into your paper and fabric creations. From calling cards to napkins, experience the fun of printing your own designs. Learn about design and composition, the elements of art, repeat pattern, fabric flow, tool use, vocabulary, inks, creating your own paints and more. Consider designing your own logo for printing onto your fabrics and packaging. The first half of the class will be creating papers and fabrics that can be incorporated into one large or several smaller hand-made books.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Catherine Cross Tsintzos
Cost: $240-4270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Exploring Mixed Media"
September 29 -30, 2018
 

Explore the amazing world of mixed media! Experience texture, mediums, and new techniques. Discover surprising ways to create exciting effects! Aspects of abstract composition and what makes an abstract piece "work" will be shared. Take away four works of art and ideas for continuing the fun!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Candace French
Cost: $435-$500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Creative Anarchy: The Art of Compression"
September 29, 2018
 

This is a streamlined writing workshop that focuses on getting at the heart of what you want to say. We combine Brian's unique way of distilling layers of story into a few words with Fia's eye on the body as it engages in the practice of creating something new. Together we challenge common ideas of creativity that get in the way of your imagination; guide you in practices that get to the essence of what you want to say in your writing; and offer physical feedback throughout the workshop, to encourage a more whole-body response to any creative process. During the second half of the workshop, we'll focus on compression, saying more with fewer words.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Brian Andreas
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Creative Anarchy: The Art of Compression"
September 30, 2018
 

This is a streamlined writing workshop that focuses on getting at the heart of what you want to say. We combine Brian's unique way of distilling layers of story into a few words with Fia's eye on the body as it engages in the practice of creating something new. Together we challenge common ideas of creativity that get in the way of your imagination; guide you in practices that get to the essence of what you want to say in your writing; and offer physical feedback throughout the workshop, to encourage a more whole-body response to any creative process. During the second half of the workshop, we'll focus on compression, saying more with fewer words.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Brian Andreas
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Botanical Contact Print"
September 30, 2018
 

Prepare your own handmade book filled with handmade paper and layered with fall foliage and fibers from the garden and fields like pods, seeds and items that can be used to create natural botanical contact prints engaging with the contact print process. Learn about plants, vats, steamers, natural dyes, paper, fabrics for bundling and steaming, iron blankets, iron water, along with natural dye processes with falls bounty of black walnut, chestnut, fresh indigo leaves, yellow root, acorns, pantry items and more. Learn technical terms and experience hands on techniques that will have you ready to enjoy the experience again and again on your own after the workshop.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Catherine Cross Tsintzos
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Boxed Up! – Hollow Forms"
September 30, 2018
 

This fabricating class will touch on multiple skills that can be used to enhance any smithing project. Create a contemporary ring while refining your sawing, shaping and soldering techniques. Students will be encouraged to create their own designs. If you are looking to challenge this class will surely impress. Every step will refine your skills and give you experience with that tool (saw) you have been avoiding.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Fused, Hammered & Connected Argentium Silver Chains"
September 30, 2018
 

Argentium silver is an alloy of sterling silver that can be fused and resists tarnish. It makes beautiful handmade chains! The fact that it can be fused means you can easily make a wide range of chains without soldering! This workshop will show you several designs that can be made in Argenitum wire. You can make a stand-alone chain or combine it with your artwork from day one and/or two for a fabulous, meaningful, one of a kind statement piece!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kirsten Denbow
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Luminous Landscapes in Oil and Cold Wax"
September 30, 2018
 

Discover the translucent beauty of painting with oil and cold wax medium! Experiment with free and bold abstract landscapes with this delicious medium and Arches oil paper. Unlike with hot wax, you need no appliances to achieve maximum cold wax goodness. You can add and scrape off layers as you want to, so no need to be concerned about mistakes! You’ll work on several pieces at once, using tools such as squeegees, bamboo skewers, rubber jar openers, combs, and more. In addition to painting, we’ll explore incising, using paint sticks, painting knives, oil pastels, and adding collage elements. Join me in exploring this unusual and interactive medium. You’ll leave with several gorgeous pieces!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Serena Barton
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Studio Hand Quilting"
October 1-5, 2018
 

Improvisation is key to successful design and developing your style in stitches. Hand quilting offers a look at the handwork of the artist. It sculpts the quilt top enhancing the visual and textural presentation of the quilt. A rich textile tradition offers a starting place to inform our contemporary ideas. We will address the fundamentals and beyond so you can enjoy slow stitching in a hoop, a frame, or without either. Your designs will be your own freeform wanderings, engaging you from start to finish. No marking or templates are necessary. Our primary focus is the design and process of quilting by hand in which you will create original quilting lines and themes making a whole cloth wall quilt.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Beal
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Quilting: Tell Me A Story"
October 1-5, 2018
 

Life is a pathway, a road map of sorts, filled with people and places and memories, a rich tapestry of learning and experience. In this class Sue invites you to stitch your story in cloth using this simple ‘house and road’ design as a creative framework. Discover the complexity of Sue’s approach to creative stitching as she guides you through this process. Begin by texturizing a background of soft, hand dyed wool with simple stitching and fabric layering techniques. Build layer upon layer, embellishing your piece with wool, silk velvet, silk dupioni, linen and cotton fabrics. Experiment with an array of specialty threads using embroidery stitches and stitch combinations, each stitch and new technique adding depth and texture to your work.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Figurative Design in Watercolor"
October 4-6, 2018
 

Challenge yourself to go beyond your comfort level in designing figures in watercolor with Jeannie McGuire! You as a participant in this workshop will be inspired to imagine a story, character and persona of the people in your reference photos. You will explore the interplay between the figures and their backgrounds, intentional and spontaneous marks, and the freedom to change one's mind.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire
Cost: $435 Includes a light breakfast each day
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Studio
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"Finding The Soul of Forgotten Materials"
October 4-7, 2018
 

Experiment with innovative and intuitive ways of creating a variety of structures and forms using organic, found and recycled materials. During this workshop students are invited to think about shapes and forms that hold particular interest and bring these ideas to the workshop. We will look at alternative construction methods using wire, screws and basic woodworking techniques to assemble our forms and we will also learn how to sculpt and shape carving foam, which is the armature for each sculpture.
 
Location: Snow Hill, Maryland
Instructor: Geoffrey Gorman
Cost: $675 USD
Sponsor: Cullowhee Arts
Website, email, 828-342-6913


"Quilting: Double Vision and/or Fractured Curves"
October 8-12, 2018
 

This is a design class for beginners through intermediate quilters with colorful goals in mind! You will have the chance to design a Double Vision quilt by simply layering Shapes and Color for richly complex designs. Or if you prefer you can design a Fractured Curves quilt by fracturing quilts for easy, curvy and colorful results. Either design is available; make one, make both or a combination of the two - it's your choice! At the start of the class we will discuss and show you the many designs available to you, students will then determine their own direction for the week with lots of one-on-one direction from Louisa.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Louisa L. Smith
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Story Quilts: Creative Piecing Borders and Backgrounds"
October 8-12, 2018
 

Combine creative piecing with traditional techniques to design a quilt inspired by the ones you love! This workshop will take you out of the box with new takes on composition, interesting backgrounds, story creativity, color theory and more. Mary Lou’s approachable nature and teaching style make it easy to understand and apply these techniques into your own quilt. Techniques such as drawing, lettering, embellishing with old linens, jewelry and rick rack will all be integrated into this fun workshop.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Lou Weidman
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
October 11-13, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Binders Art
Website, email


"Let's Paint"
October 15-18, 2018
 

Paul Jackson discovered his passion for watercolor at an early age, receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1992. Relentlessly pursuing his creative dreams, he received top honors in national and international competitions along the way. Throughout this journey Paul contributes his art to a vast library of magazines and books. He is a Signature member of the American and National Watercolor Societies and an Honor Member of the Missouri Watercolor Society. Whatever the subject Paul captivates his audience with genuine emotion, intensity and finesse that energize each of his creations. This workshop will help you reach the next level of artistic confidence and ability, with his guidance through a painting, illustrating principles of design, color, value and composition.
 
Location: Miami, Florida
Instructor: Paul Jackson
Cost: $350 MWS Members; $410 Non- Members; Early Bird Price
Sponsor: Miami Watercolor Society
Website, email, 305-607-5447


"Watercolor & Beyond"
October 16-18, 2018
 

Dawn paints and teaches from the heart. She shares all of her layering techniques, design and color theory. Learn to paint by painting florals and landscapes and go home with a finished painting to frame! This class is appropriate for all levels but beginners probably have the most fun! Enjoy Santa Fe and it's many cultural opportunites in your time away from the studio.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Dawn Davis
Cost: $395.00
Sponsor: Dawn Davis Watercolors
Website, email, 505-699-7314


"Loosen Up + Expand"
October 17-20, 2018
 

Designed to help you break away from unwanted habits and tendencies, this workshop nurtures individual success and personal enrichment. An experimental and fast-paced approach will inspire you to loosen up and paint the way you’ve always wanted to. Emphasizing creative exploration, you will work your way through “get moving” exercises, small warm-up paintings, and larger-format pieces. Expect an intense, concentrated, and lively experience where you will create many works of art using spontaneity for maximum effect. Critiques will include direct, actionable advice for future work.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Marla Baggetta, www.MarlaBaggetta.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Alla Prima Clothed Figure & Portrait Painting"
October 18-21, 2018
 

This workshop is about painting the clothed figure and portrait alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. Then students will paint from the model. For the portrait, we’ll talk about the overall shape of the head and placing the features. Working on a toned ground, we’ll start by sketching and placing the subject on the canvas. Then we block in two simple values: light and dark tone. After that we begin adding mid-tones. By learning to simplify form, values and color, we begin to interpret and break down the figure into more understandable tones and shapes instead of becoming distracted by details. Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced. Visit davidshevlino.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David Shevlino
Cost: $500 Museum members/ $525 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
October 25-27, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Painting Miles
Website, email


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 1-3, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Winston Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"The Bigger Picture"
November 3-4, 2018
 

Let’s paint the bigger picture. This two-day intensive workshop combines demos, in-class assignments, and individual instruction to teach students the techniques to create fresh, deliberate marks on a big canvas. Using observational painting as our launching point, we’ll embark each day with energetic painting exercises designed to tap into each participant’s personal voice. The practice of working directly from life results in a heightened awareness and a lasting impression of the moment.
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: Lisa Daria
Cost: $380
Sponsor: Painting Miles
Website, email


"Painting into Abstraction"
November 6-9, 2018
 

This course is for realist painters wanting to incorporate more abstract expression in their work and for abstract painters seeking guidance in developing their expression. Addressing methods for handling both acrylic and oil paint mediums, the focus will be on embracing abstraction while learning unique techniques developed by Marianne Mitchell to create luminous layers of transparent and opaque color. The relationship between emotional expression, compositional skill, and technical facility will be emphasized in discussion and demonstration while each student is supported on their artistic journey throughout the workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Marianne Mitchell, www.mariannemitchell.com
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying & Expression"
November 7-9, 2018
 

This three-day workshop is for all skill levels. The first half of each day Penix will demonstrate his process in oil from start to finish. The second half of the day students will paint with Penix’s guidance. Students may use oils or acrylics. They will have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of boats, cityscapes, figures and fish. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos. Penix will cover topics such as the power of warms and cools, complementaries, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, elements of light and shadow and the power of suggestion. There will be a strong emphasis on seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Derek Penix, www.derekpenix.com
Cost: $415
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstraction Workshop - Studio"
November 7-10, 2018
 

There is some left-brain activity that can help unleash the right side of your brain to accomplish all of this and the Larry Moore workshop – “Abstraction and Intention” will do just that. This is a 4-day workshop with ample time to not only learn some new concepts and tools but also to really put them to work for you. The lessons will become more solid with that extra day of workshop exercises under the helpful, teaching eye of this national/international, sought-after teacher. This workshop could be a game changer for your artwork.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Larry Moore
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 9-11, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Jerry's Artarama-Art of the Carolinas
Website, email


"Nihonga: Then And Now"
November 12-16, 2018
 

In this course students will reinterpret nature’s deep imagery and essence employing matter from nature itself, within a limited palette. Paint, ink and home-made gesso will be made from inorganic and organic sources including pine soot, shells and earth minerals. Natural metallics will be introduced for warmth and depth. These arcane processes have been employed for thousands of years on cave walls, screens and scrolls, and aboriginal works. A variety of drawing, painting and collage techniques will be covered to cultivate individualized expression. This meaningful, process-driven, ecological (non-toxic, water-based) work truly nurtures the heart and spirit.
 
Location: Snow Hill, Maryland
Instructor: Judith Kruger
Cost: $885 USD
Sponsor: Cullowhee Arts
Website, email, 828-342-6913


"Painting the Landscape in Oil"
November 15-17, 2018
 

Painting is always about controlling the viewer’s eye. Good composition and drawing is paramount to this effort. Students will focus on considering composition before the painting is started as well as the four planes of a landscape and inherent values. The workshop will be held indoors, and we will paint from resource photos. Perry Austin will demonstrate each day during the workshop. Students will create several studies of their own during the workshop that can be used for future reference or to create their own studio paintings. Other subjects will include using the camera to compose reference materials, color studies, en plein air studies and variations in composition. Skill Level: Open to all levels of students. Visit perryaustinfineart.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Perry Austin
Cost: $425 Museum members/ $450 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Watercolor Fun and Free at Tanque Verde Ranch"
November 26-30, 2018
 

Watercolor Fun and Free is a motivational workshop for beginning, as well as experienced painters. Karlyn offers enthusiastic, informational demonstrations and gives individual help enriched by sharing her original finished work. She is an upbeat instructor, who helps the students cultivate a loose, free style of working. She teaches with tireless energy and her high-spirited humorous teaching style makes beginners feel comfortable and challenges the advanced student. The real emphasis is on each student’s individual expression and development of their own painting style. The week will feature floral, landscape and abstract themes. Every day will begin with a demonstration, followed by individual help. Every painting will be critiqued.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Karlyn Holman
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Image to Abstract 1"
December 4-6, 2018
 

This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide students through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class (printed photos may be used and/or images from a laptop/iPad). There will be at least one session painting from a still life set up. This class is open-media but the instructor will demonstrate using acrylics.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.markdanielnelson.com
Cost: $415
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Quilting: Tell Me A Story"
January 7-11, 2019
 

Life is a pathway, a road map of sorts, filled with people and places and memories, a rich tapestry of learning and experience. In this class Sue invites you to stitch your story in cloth using this simple ‘house and road’ design as a creative framework. Discover the complexity of Sue’s approach to creative stitching as she guides you through this process. Begin by texturizing a background of soft, hand dyed wool with simple stitching and fabric layering techniques. Build layer upon layer, embellishing your piece with wool, silk velvet, silk dupioni, linen and cotton fabrics. Experiment with an array of specialty threads using embroidery stitches and stitch combinations, each stitch and new technique adding depth and texture to your work.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Cost: $970
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Suggesting Reality"
January 14-18, 2019
 

Through art, subjects become significant to us in unique ways, aesthetically and conceptually. This workshop will not only reinforce an understanding of composition and form, but will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; how the artist may represent nature in order to reflect on his or her perceptions, experiences and values while also contemplating the important power of symbol and abstraction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $685
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Quilting: Fabric Images"
January 14-18, 2019
 

Learn Susan’s innovative layering/collage method using your own photo as inspiration to make a quilt that pops! Patterns and templates will not be used. This five-day format is ideal for expanding on each student’s unique design. Susan will introduce different aspects of the quilt collage approach each day, using her own quilts as examples. Fabric selection and how it relates to the subject matter, construction, backgrounds and borders, quilting and finishing for display will be discussed.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Carlson
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Abstraction Workshop - Studio"
January 31 - February 3, 2019
 

Whether you are a realist, impressionist, pop-surrealist or abstract artist, learning how to really think about what you are doing, what your purpose is, your message and your visual language, is paramount to originality and authenticity. This 4-day class will help you break out of your usual routine and discover new directions in your work. You will be challenged, you will consider things you have never considered and you’ll end up with a much better picture of who you are and what you have to say… and how to say it. And you will learn a system of thought to take wherever you wish to go. All levels welcome, all mediums. There will be growth.
 
Location: St Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Larry Moore
Cost: $575.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Abstract Painting: Experimenting, Risk Taking and Growth"
February 4-8, 2019
 

All great paintings in every style and time period are built on the abstract structure underneath the image -the use of line, space, value, color, and texture. At a primal level, it is this abstract language that moves us. Abstract painting explores the power of the purely visual. Students will not be taught to paint like the instructor. Instead, students will be encouraged to explore, take risks, and become the best version of themselves as artists. Students will be encouraged and inspired in a fun, upbeat atmosphere and go home ready to create their best work yet.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Slonim, davidmichaelslonim.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Quiltworx University 2019 at Tanque Verde Ranch"
February 7-11, 2019
 

Six months before the workshop, our team will help guide you through the process of customizing your personal project using design elements never before released by Quiltworx. Use the Quiltster tool (6-month membership is included) to design a project on your own or work with our design team one-on-one to create your project. All projects (kits are purchased separately) will be completed using a wide range of current and popular fabric collections selected by the local quilt shop from companies such as Hoffman Fabrics, Timeless Treasures, Free Spirit, and more! We will prepare the kit for you, have it waiting at the event, and bring a team of instructors ready to teach whatever you need to know to make your design.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Judy Niemeyer
Cost: $1,175
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Folk Art in Santa Fe: Creating with Hand-Dyed Wool and Textural Fabrics"
February 17-22, 2019
 

Join Sue for six days of folk art bliss. You will spend your first day getting acquainted with the beautiful ambiance and culture of Santa Fe, and spend the afternoon at the Museum of International Folk Art. The Museum is home to over 130,000 folk art inspired objects from over 100 countries. While there, you will gather ideas and become inspired to continue on the journey to creating a one-of-a-kind piece of art. For the next five days, Sue will guide you through the design process, specifically on how to choose color, and techniques of layering and embellishing. At the end of the six days you will have the confidence to finish your folk art original.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Cost: $970
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Landscapes & Cold Wax ~ Studio"
February 22-24, 2019
 

Chris Groves will focus on Abstracting Landscapes & using Cold Wax in your paintings. This will be a 3-day studio class.
 
Location: St Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Chris Groves
Cost: $550.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Image to Abstract 2"
March 12-14, 2019
 

This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide students through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class (printed photos may be used and/or images from a laptop/iPad). Photo editing software is also helpful but not required. Students will have the option to paint from a still life set up.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.markdanielnelson.com
Cost: $415
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Quilting: The Textured Landscape in Santa Fe"
March 25-29, 2019
 

Design and construct your own landscape quilt, learning the key elements of design and experimenting with colour. The first project, a colour exercise, will be a small scene where the pattern will be provided. Focal point, perspective and other basic design principles will be discussed then you will begin to design your own wall hanging working from a photo, sketch or picture. Your design can be abstract or as realistic or anywhere in between. Consider piecing, stripping and mosaic options for different areas then using an overlay technique, construct your quilt. Fabric painting, fusing, invisible machine appliqué, free motion stitching and quilting techniques will be included.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Gloria Loughman
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Watercolor Fun and Free in Santa Fe"
March 25-29, 2019
 

Watercolor Fun and Free is a motivational workshop for beginning, as well as experienced painters. Karlyn offers enthusiastic, informational demonstrations and gives individual help enriched by sharing her original finished work. She is an upbeat instructor, who helps the students cultivate a loose, free style of working. She teaches with tireless energy and her high-spirited humorous teaching style makes beginners feel comfortable and challenges the advanced student. The real emphasis is on each student’s individual expression and development of their own painting style. The week will feature floral, landscape and abstract themes. Every day will begin with a demonstration, followed by individual help. Every painting will be critiqued.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Karlyn Holman
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Impressionistic Painting with Palette Knife & Brush"
April 4-6, 2019
 

“Learn to create dramatic paintings with palette knife and impressionistic brushwork. You will learn how to design a painting through value and strong composition that will lead your eye through the painting to tell a story. You are the director and in this class I will show you how to direct the viewers eye with value studies and strong compositional plans.” You will learn various techniques on how to hold the knife and make a great variety of marks. Information on paint manipulation and brushwork will also be included. Each morning there will be demos and in the afternoon Michele will spend time with each student helping them through the process.
 
Location: St Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Michele Byrne
Cost: $575.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Mixed Media: Santa Fe Journal"
April 15-19, 2019
 

The basis of this 5-day workshop will be sketching and painting on location around Santa Fe. Basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor will be taught, and will become the heart of our Santa Fe journals. Using the city’s Mexican, Indian and Spanish influences, we’ll draw flowers, buildings, food, farmers market treasures, and anything that we find that gives us a sense of place. We’ll also carve original stamps, create mono-prints, and add collage to our journals. Our handmade sketchbooks will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of our week in historic Santa Fe.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jane LaFazio
Cost: $650 + Materials: $35
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Suggesting Reality"
April 15-19, 2019
 

By observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to their character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experiences. Through lecture and demonstration, this workshop will not only reinforce an understanding of composition and form, but will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $685
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Exploring Abstraction in Pastels & Mixed Media"
May 13-17, 2019
 

Have you always wanted to work abstractly but did not know how to begin? Then this workshop is for you! Award winning, Master Pastelist Debora Stewart will lead artists through a thorough process of developing abstractions from start to finish. Workshop will include intuitive and expressive exercises for artists, creating abstracts from source material such as photos and drawings, color studies, elements of art, color theory, use of underpainting to aid in abstract development, use of surfaces and grounds, combining abstraction and realism to create florals, landscape, portraits and more. You will also learn how to create a series of works and evaluate your paintings and bring them to conclusion. The workshop contains artist demonstrations, informative discussions and thorough handouts for each participant.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Debora Stewart, www.deborastewart.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"The Body of Work: Freedom and Focus"
July 22-26, 2019
 

Many artists feel that their work is all over the map, they are pulled in too many different directions, and that their creative output lacks a cohesive voice. I believe that you can work in many styles, and still have a unique and recognizable voice as an artist. In this workshop we will explore the issue of style and voice in the context of the body of work. You will choose your own focus and work deeply into it for the whole five days. Learn how deep focus allows you more freedom to explore, not less. Leave the workshop with a body of work in progress, and a broader appreciation of your own creative capacity.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Davies, janedaviesstudios.com
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Mixed Media Botanical Sketchbook"
July 29 - August 2, 2019
 

Over our five days of creative instruction and guided play we will create a lovely, one-of-a-kind botanical sketchbook to document your days spent on Madeline Island. We will be using different papers, mediums and mark makers to create the pages of our book and then we’ll bind it together by hand. During the week we will cover: simple book making, signatures and binding, lettering, drawing, simple sketching, water coloring, expressive florals, mono printing, inks & nibs, flower pressing, color study and the difference tools and specific media make to your own creative style. Our subject focus will be the beauty surrounding us on Madeline Island, specifically the landscapes, flora and fauna that abounds.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Garrison, www.pamgarrison.com
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Birds and Blooms"
August 12-16, 2019
 

Collaging exotic birds in mixed media. An impressionistic painted backdrop sets the stage for exotic birds in colorful collaged plumage with a variety of media. Learn to create collage papers exclusively with Gelli Plate mono printing techniques. In addition to collage we will experiment with adding (and subtracting) charcoal, watercolor pencil, metallic leaf, pigment pens, and found objects such as string, yarn, wrappers, feathers, and anything else a magpie might steal!
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire, www.paperpaintings.com
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Create History and Mystery with Mixed Media Layers"
September 16-20, 2019
 

We have the luxury of time to explore and develop our most amazing art. Join me on this 5-day adventure for creating history and mystery. Make history using layers of acrylic mediums, collage and color. Learn how to veil imagery to elicit mystery. Colors evoke mood, texture creates a place where the eye can jump right in and gesture and movement keep you engaged. During this course you will learn how to use acrylic pastes, gels and mediums to create texture, learn how to use color to evoke a mood and incorporate alternative art materials to enhance your finished mixed media art. Every day will involve demonstrations and plenty of time to experiment, along with guided encouragement.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson, sandraduranwilson.com
Cost: $770 + $30 materials
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Fundamental Art Skills"
Monday - Friday - year round
 

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


"Open Studios"
November thru April
 

Make room for your creativity this winter. This is the time we open our light-filled, generously appointed studios to individuals and groups in search of a space for self-directed creativity. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work. If you have special equipment or studio needs, please let us know ahead of time. Shared studio space is available for rent Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy the luxury of an expansive workspace without having to set up or take down your materials during the continuous length of your rental. Other amenities include unlimited complementary hot coffee in our Guenzel Gallery and full kitchen privileges.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Private Painting Lessons in Watercolor or Acrylic"
By Appointment
 

Get personal one-on-one painting lessons from artist & teacher Ann Bell in her Houston studio at mutually convenient time and day. Ann has taught hundreds of people how to paint in watercolor and acrylic. You can begin to paint for fun in as little as one 4 hour lesson. Even if you have never painted before. Even if you can't draw a straight line. Even if you "don't have talent." Of course, expertise takes longer, but once you understand the basics, books, videos and group classes will make more sense. Individual attention speeds your progress. All materials are provided for your first lesson. Online classes are available if you can't come to Houston. Near downtown, close to all freeways.
 
Location: Houston, Texas
Instructor: Ann Bell
Website, email, 281-330-3827


 

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