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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Watercolor to Quilt"
May 5-9, 2024
 

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Painting on Glass"
May 24, 2024
 

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


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

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


"Drawing Auto-Biographical Comics"
May 27, 2024
 

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"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


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

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


"Spontaneous Abstraction"
August 10-11, 2024
 

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


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

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


"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


"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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


 

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