Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


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

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


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

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


"Experimental Collage"
June 6-7, 2020
 

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


"Intuitive Abstract Painting Workshop"
June 10-12, 2020
 

This workshop is designed for all who long for artistic expression. The purpose of intuitive painting is to free oneself of all judgments about them as an artist and learn to trust one’s inborn creativity and intuition. All preconceived ideas about art, making art, painting, formal training, history and theory of art, as well as students’ own ideas about their creativity, artistic abilities and success in artistic endeavors will become irrelevant. In a relaxed and rule-free atmosphere, they will make a number of nonobjective (abstract) paintings. Students will use acrylic paint and a variety of tools usually not associated with painting, such as: cut cardboard, pieces of cloth, sponges, combs, twigs, even the palms of their hands.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dorota Lagida-Ostling
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


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

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


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

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


"Unique Affordable Artist Workshop/Photoshoot"
July 8-11, 2020
 

Two ranches located in scenic Northwest Nebraska are hosting this workshop. 1860's village, stage coach, sod house, cattle, horses, diverse scenery and period-clothed models. Instructions, lodging and food are included in the price. Three artists will be available for instruction. Our mission is to provide a vast collection of material for present and future works of art. See Our Heritage Guest Ranch on Facebook for more details.
 
Location: Crawford, Nebraska
Instructor: Marilyn Jean Norman and Linda Dabbs
Cost: $575
Sponsor: Our Heritage Guest Ranch and High Plains Homestead
Website, email, 308-430-1239


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Portrait and Figure"
July 20-22, 2020
 

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


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

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


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

A fun art workshop in an exotic location, but not an ocean away, only 10 miles of ocean to reach tiny Monhegan Island, Maine. Let us help you reconnect with the 'confident you' that you've put aside to do 'the stuff that happens in life'...don't just go with the flow, live life like you do in your happiest moments. Realize, this is not just a workshop in learning or relearning to paint, it's a workshop to help you remember where you left yourself. Remembering your core of who you truly are - awesome, just the way you are.,'the tiny island that time forgot' step off the boat and into a way of life that existed in the 1960's.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Founder
Cost: $335.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Gel Plate Monoprinting"
July 24, 2020
 

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


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

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


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

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


"Mixed Media Magic"
July 24, 2020
 

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


"Introduction to Hand Lettering"
July 24, 2020
 

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


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

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


"Intermediate Hand Lettering"
July 25, 2020
 

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


"Street Photography"
July 25, 2020
 

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


"Expressive Landscape Painting"
July 25, 2020
 

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


"Bold, Expressive Color"
July 25, 2020
 

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


"Woven Accents"
July 25, 2020
 

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


"Gel Plate Monoprinting"
July 25, 2020
 

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


"Copper and Alternative Book Covers"
July 26, 2020
 

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


"Exploring Alcohol Inks"
July 26, 2020
 

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


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

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


"The Landscape in Abstraction"
July 26, 2020
 

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


"Waxing Hot and Cold"
July 26, 2020
 

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


"Chalk and Fabric Lettering"
July 26, 2020
 

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


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

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


"Study with a Master Series: Power of Pastel"
July 30 - August 1, 2020
 

Learn everything needed to know about this medium and how to control it. Workshop will focus on understanding light by painting still lifes and then the portrait from models. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Christine Swann
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Website, email, 4127414405


"The Texture Guidebook"
August 1, 2020
 

Over the past two decades of writing art technique books, I have found that many artists stick with what they know works. In order to grow and experience more adventure in painting even advanced painters need to push themselves to discover new techniques. Learning a lot of acrylic texture techniques in one day can be a challenge, but when you learn the techniques by creating a book you will have an instant referral at your fingertips. Another win is that there is no pressure to make a finished composition. It is fun to layer some pastes and gels, add collage or stencil, fuse some pieces together and learn how to alter the surface so you can draw or write onto your pages.
 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Art Unraveled
Website, email


"Double Delight"
August 2, 2020
 

Expand your perceptions by adding two paintings on top of each other. This class will result in some amazing art that you create using acrylic on panel and then add another transparent painting on Plexiglas on top. You will connect the two with fasteners that will also work as a stand-off for hanging the art. Imagine that the clouds are really creating shadows as the light passes through the first layer. The water shimmers behind the tress in the foreground and the abstract textures are multidimensional. You will learn about some unusual materials that can spark new ideas for future projects. This is a fascinating way to work with composition and color mixing.
 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Art Unraveled
Website, email


"Fiber Web Painting"
August 3, 2020
 

This unique painting class uses various fibers to move the paint and make implied textural layers. The student will learn how to use transparent colors to create vibrant layers, how to add shadows for depth, unusual ways to incorporate stencils and some other fun painting materials that will be used to add to the composition. You will learn how to add color without covering and what to use for texture and opacity. In this course you will learn about color mixing, how to create transparent layers, composition tips and making transparent collage papers. The newcomer to painting will find this mixed media course welcoming and friendly. The advanced student will discover new ways to add unusual textures to any style of acrylic painting.
 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Art Unraveled
Website, email


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

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


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

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


"Mastering Skies & Reflections in Oil, Acrylic or Pastel"
August 27-30, 2020
 

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


"Autumn in Vermont"
September 16-19, 2020
 

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Expressive Brushwork in Oil & Acrylic!"
October 14-17, 2020
 

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


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

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


"The Portrait and The Figure"
November 8-15, 2020
 

Picture yourself sitting at Mary Whytes' dinner table in Mary's home. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get to know the artist up close. Come paint and tour with internationally acclaimed watercolorist, Mary Whyte. Mary will 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. Enjoy lots of painting action, one-on-one instruction, wonderful meals and wine, and Southern activities! Come, learn of Mary's beginning on John's Island, with a trip down Bohicket Road and the inspiration behind her life's work.
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $4500 All inclusive
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Discover the Pure Joy of Intuitive Abstract Painting"
November 9-10, 2020
 

Discover the pure joy of painting intuitive abstract painting with Golden Fluid Acrylics plus watercolor pencils and watercolor crayons. Letting go and realizing that there are no rules depends entirely on understanding design and color theory, so these will be thoroughly explained and illustrated. Then the fun begins! Lots of intuitive painting time will help you in finding your direction and what it takes to pull an abstract painting together.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Steve Rogers, watercolorsbyrogers.com
Cost: $225 for Members | $255 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"The Secrets of Painting Reflections in Transparent Watercolor"
November 11-12, 2020
 

In this workshop Steve will give students the tools to create painterly and believable watercolors; but more importantly, he seeks to take them beyond merely “copying” their subject. “An artist needs to also paint from his heart and seek to communicate the emotional and spiritual beauty of God’s creation.” Steve paints and teaches in a very straightforward traditional manner because he believes he can most honestly say what he wants to with his brush and juicy watercolor paint. Workshop participants will learn about light and color and the way watercolor behaves, dealing with dark values in watercolor, painting reflections and much, much more. Steve has enjoyed teaching watercolor for over 40 years.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Steve Rogers, watercolorsbyrogers.com
Cost: $225 for Members | $255 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Re-Covering Your ArtFull Self: Altered Book Workshop"
November 18-22, 2020
 

Spend 4-1/2 fun-filled days with internationally known artist LorriMarie Jenkins, learning mixed media techniques. Transform an old book into an amazing 3-D art piece. Explore layering, adding secret doors, pockets, windows, and learn collage building tips. LorriMarie encourages you to leave “perfection” at the door and to be playful during this ArtFull event. No prior “art” experience needed! Show up with your book and your favorite images…then enjoy the journey of the Altered Book Workshop.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: LorriMarie Jenkins, lorrimariejenkins.com
Cost: $575 for Members | $635 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"The Beauty of the Mark"
January 18-20, 2021
 

In this three-day workshop students will do exercises that will help them to make their own unique marks as a surprise element for their work. Journey with Teresa and explore the beauty of the mark and then to build upon that markmaking process taking that work to a whole new level. Students will play with these ideas along with the possibilities that will open up as they work transparently and with opaque paint. Anything goes: landscapes, still life, figurative work or abstract, this workshop will engage intuitive creativity. Demos, group discussion and constructive critiques are a part of this workshop. This workshop is for acrylic based and watercolor based artists.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Teresa Kirk, www.teresakirk.com
Cost: $390 for Members | $430 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting"
February 8-10, 2021
 

Burridge’s popular “Loosen Up” workshops nurture individual success and personal enrichment with a big emphasis on daily painting projects at your own pace. It is stress-free, but be warned; you could end up with too much enthusiasm for painting. This Burridge flagship workshop offers a variety of painting subjects for everyone. Designed for the professional painter who is stuck in a style as well as for the novice who wants to conquer their fear of painting. Starting each day with multiple, small “warm-up painting exercises” and up to larger-format paintings, Burridge’s positive approach towards the act of painting will inspire you to loosen up, have fun again and paint more! Expect an intense, concentrated and lively workshop.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Robert Burridge, robertburridge.com
Cost: $450 for Members | $490 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage"
February 11-14, 2021
 

Creative tearing and paint splashing starts off this all new “Loosen Up Workshop.” Also, you will learn how to begin a new fresh body of work with your own artistic voice and point of view. Think “artist retreat,” producing a body of work, a series of paintings or your conceptual solo show. Robert Burridge, along with his famous daily handouts, demos and lectures, helps and guides you to paint the way you have always wanted to paint. Daily, you can expect warmup paint sketching, brief painting and lecture demos, constructive critiques and plenty of time to work on personal projects. Come prepared to paint!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Robert Burridge, robertburridge.com
Cost: $560 for Members | $640 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Negative Painting: Transforming Nature"
March 22-24, 2021
 

Get ready to explore painting outside the lines. Kemp guides students in this innovative approach to negative painting with techniques that transform imagery into evocative, stylized paintings that are built with layers of negative shapes. This stimulating workshop offers demonstrations, prepared notes and individual painting time guided by friendly, helpful advice. Subjects will focus on landscapes and birds. Kemp will be working with acrylics but watercolor painters who would like to explore acrylics are welcome!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Linda Kemp, www.lindakemp.com
Cost: $475 for Members | $515 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"A New Spin on Mixed Media"
March 29-31, 2021
 

This is a workshop for the experienced acrylic painter as well as the beginner! Squirting fluid acrylics onto a surface and spreading it with a credit card produces beautiful streaks of color! Karen has experimented with this so much that she has many no fail color formulas to get you off to a great start. Subjects are students' choice, but Karen will be demonstrating contemporary figures and animals. Students will get to doodle to their heart’s content in this workshop. Good design will be emphasized and lots of tricks to make the detail work easier. Students will have no trouble with the drawing, etc. because Karen has some easy tips. We will also be working with several different types of metallic special effects and will be studying Gustav Klimt’s as well as Van Gogh’s paintings!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Karen Knutson, www.karenknutson.com
Cost: $325 for Members | $365 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Jane Slivka: Freedom of Acrylics"
April 5-7, 2021
 

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


"The Pillars of Watercolor"
May 1-4, 2021
 

Seeking answers and understanding? This workshop will explain all aspects of successful painting using frequent demonstrations and detailed analysis. We will explore a range of subject including composition and design, effectively using light and dark values, color mixing, edges, brush stroke techniques and much more. Stimulate and expand your insight into the magic of watercolors! This workshop is for resilient outdoor painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion, Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique and Watercolour Masterclass. His work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist’s Magazine.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $855
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Watercolor Techniques"
June 12-15, 2021
 

Technique is everything and Michael Reardon will help you explore so many ways to strengthen your skills in landscape and cityscape watercolor painting. You will learn how to create a strong composition and use value to invoke a sense of light. Michael will teach you how to manipulate color for a full expressive effect. Join us for this 4-day workshop and you'll go home with an abundance of techniques that you can use the rest of your life. Michael is the Author of Painting Light and Color in Landscapes and Cityscapes, from North Light Books and has three instructional DVD’s.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Michael Reardon
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"The Importance of Tone"
June 16-20, 2021
 

Come join a week of exploring the beauty of color in oils. Designed for all levels of experience in oils, this is an exciting and informative workshop helping you to train your eye in the discipline of observation. There will be demonstrations each day based on the solid fundamental approach championed by the impressionists and realists. We will explore landscapes, streetscapes and waterscapes. Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists and 3 others. Herman's workshops are in high demand Australia wide and internationally. Early enrollment is encouraged.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"The Emotional Landscape"
June 20-24, 2021
 

Create powerful, emotionally impactful photographs that express a deeper connection to place, and ourselves. All levels of photographers welcome. This retreat is not about making ‘pretty' pictures or ‘postcard’ like records of one’s travels. It is about making a deeper, more authentic connection, then learning to express that connection through our photography. We will be using land, sky and water as well as ourselves to transform an emotional experience into a visual one. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, onsite lodging, and retreat center amenities. All in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Douglas Beasley
Cost: $975 tuition + meals (lodging packages available)
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Launching a Masterpiece, Lessons in Perspective"
June 21-23, 2021
 

Let's put paintings in perspective. You want your work to show mastery and a proper drawing will do this and make the journey so enjoyable. Steve Kleier will give you the tools to bring structure and meaning to your paintings. Using traditional and classic art skills that date from the renaissance, you will find proportion, capture the effects of light and create the illusion of depth. Come experience success and be inspired to launch masterpiece after masterpiece. Steve 's past clients include: Nike, Tektronix, US Bank, Stash tea, Microsoft and many more.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Steve Kleier
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
June 24-28, 2021
 

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: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Intuitive Painting, Transcending the Subject"
June 30 - July 3, 2021
 

Learn to take advantage of transparent watercolor to create loose, intuitive, free and spontaneous effects in your paintings. Join Fabio Cembranelli and explore wet-on-wet techniques, practicing how to paint with no preliminary drawing. You will learn how to take advantage of your own mistakes and capture the essentials of each subject. Participants will be encouraged use their personal view, moving through the bridges that connect unexpected effects, shapes, colors, tones, lines and textures. Fabio is a regular contributor to several art magazines in South America, US, UK, Norway, France, Japan and Australia.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Fabio Cembranelli
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture"
July 5-7, 2021
 

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: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Koi Joy"
July 9-11, 2021
 

Are you mezmerized and joyed by the incredibly beaurtiful, ballet-like motion, fluidity and grace of Koi? Come truly express yourself with David Lobenberg's bright colors and new and exciting paint application techniques You will use everything from stencils and pipettes to conte crayon and chalk markers to bring your Koi to life with curving and bending motions which convey these graceful creatures. 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: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Realism Through Design"
July 12-16, 2021
 

Use design to strengthen and enhance your paintings. John will help you in all aspects of painting a representational cityscape or town scene – choosing the subject, adding mood and creating emotional content, lighting the scene for dramatic effect, using photo references in a meaningful way and most importantly, strengthening and enhancing representational painting through design. This is an invaluable opportunity to gain new painting insights and lots of one-on-one individual help. John is a signature member of the AWS, TWSA, NWS and many more.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: John Salminen
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Methods in Abstractions"
July 21-25, 2021
 

What does it mean to work in an abstract manner? How does it feel? What does it look like? Amanda will help you find your unique way of translating your gestures into an abstract composition. Using traditional art principles, you will take risks and make informed decisions on the canvas, both in the workshop and long after. We will focus on composition, value, and color, but more importantly, your intuitions will guide the painting to completion. Amanda's work is in private collections worldwide and she blog's, sharing her studio practice, with over 25,000 people worldwide.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Abstract Landscape Painting"
July 27-31, 2021
 

How can you capture that energy and express those fleeting feelings of exhilaration, nostalgia, or serenity on canvas? Amanda will help you transform your reference imagery into rich, energetic, abstract paintings. She will teach the traditional rules of landscape painting and encourage you to break the rules. We will build unconventional color palettes and create marks and brushstrokes that will surprise ourselves. Come explore abstraction, color and mark-making through the lens of landscape painting. Artists will complete several mini-series of paintings on paper and 5-6 larger paintings on canvas over the course of this workshop.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Sketchbook to Studio, Recording Your Travels at a Higher Level"
August 6-10, 2021
 

Few things are more suited for travel than a sketchbook, pencil, and a small watercolor palette. In addition to traditional plein air work, Iain will focus on strengthening your skills using these tools to record your life through sketching in watercolor. The sounds, smells, sights, and people you come across will remain fresh in your mind as you look over the work you have done on site. There is no better way to relive your memories than a well used sketchbook. Iain Stewart is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Iain Stewart
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Staying Afloat in Watercolor"
September 6-10, 2021
 

Capture the fleeting moments David will show you the best way to tackle painting the rugged coastline, the sea with its character, the calm waters and boats in the beautiful harbor, and street scenes along the harbor and about the city offering movement, color, and atmosphere. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine.
 
Location: Newport, Oregon
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Study with a Master Series: Watercolor: Making Every Stroke Count"
August 13-15, 2020
 

I have a “go for the essentials and make every stroke count” approach to painting, no matter the medium. I believe this lends a sense of freshness and clarity to the work, especially watercolor. Emphasis in this workshop will be on helping students find the essential elements and qualities in the subject matter, and through demonstrations and group critiques show how to present them in a simple, direct way. The object is to eliminate extraneous information and details, and simplify the subject. Students will be encouraged to look beyond the representational aspect of the subject to the dynamics of contrast, light, movement, space; elements which help make paintings come alive. Students will work from their own photos or sketches.
 
Location: Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Bill Vrscak
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Website, email, 4127414405


"Fundamental Art Skills"
Monday - Friday - year round
 

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


 

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