Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Wine, Paint, Pots & Plants, an Artistic Night Out"
October 28, 2021
 

Join us for a fun evening of wine and painting! With art instruction by Andrea Smith, of 7th & Palm, each student will be guided through painting their own terra cotta pot, perfect to keep or give away as a unique and special gift! Every student will leave with a completed pot and will be given a live plant to accompany their new creation! Let loose and unwind with a glass of wine and get your creativity flowing. No experience is required to join in on the fun so grab your girlfriends, your significant other, or come by yourself so you don't miss out! Price includes all materials.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Andrea Smith
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Collage Workshop"
October 30, 2021
 

Welcome to the wonderful world of collage! Collage is a flexible, adaptive way to work that can refresh your way of seeing and using materials. We will work with everyday materials such as magazines, old papers, old artwork (if available) and non-toxic, water-based supplies. We will discuss color and composition as we combine papers and mixed media to create our pieces. Includes both demonstrations and examples, as well as regular feedback from the instructor.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Fran Gallun
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Watercolor Impressions - From Flowers to Figures"
November 1-4, 2021
 

The charming and historic LaFonda Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico will be the setting for this exciting watercolor workshop. Fresh flowers for each student will be the beginning of this adventure into loose and flowing paintings. We will progress to painting some landscape elements and move to the head and figure. Janet's workshops are extremely popular throughout the US and Europe. This is a unique opportunity to improve your skills, bring life to your paintings and discover intuitive design and color. Janet will also have class "show and tell" in addition to working individual with each person.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Cost: $550.00
Sponsor: Miriam Joseph
Website, email, 505-890-5000


"Painting into Abstraction"
November 1-4, 2021
 

This course is for realist painters wanting to incorporate more abstract expression in their work and for abstract painters seeking guidance in developing their expression. The focus will be on accessing one's inner voice to inform abstract expression while learning unique techniques developed by Marianne Mitchell to create luminous light and color in oil paint. The relationship between emotional expression, compositional skill and technical facility will be emphasized in discussion and demonstration while each student is supported on their artistic journey throughout the workshop. Acrylic painters are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Marianne Mitchell, www.mariannemitchell.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstract Painting Class"
Tuesdays, November 2 - December 14, 2021
 

No class on Nov 23. Abstract art is not the literal representation of our world and the things in it. It is taking them to a place where they are represented in various ways using the visual language of shape, form, color, line, texture to form a composition pleasing to the eye but not in its recognized reality. It could have the feeling of drama, serenity, excitement, lyrical etc. There are different degrees of abstraction. It can be derived simply from shapes, lines and color or from distorting reality. We will have fun exploring abstraction in its various forms in this class. No art experience is necessary but it can help if you are already making art of some kind.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $185 Member | $215 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Artrageous Paint Pouring Classes"
Wednesdays, November 3 - December 1, 2021
 

No class on Nov 24. Learn all about the hot new painting method of pouring paint! Jenni will teach you the ins and outs of paint pouring and plenty of tricks that will create amazing and unique results. She has been pouring and experimenting with this technique for three years now and is so excited with the results. All ages welcome. Come and join Jenni for this fun workshop and let the pouring begin!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Jenni Messina
Cost: $115 Member | $145 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Open Studio, Advanced Abstract"
Wednesdays, November 3 - December 15, 2021
 

No class on Nov 24. Learn to paint like the masters by a former Ringling instructor in your medium of choice with simple techniques. Depth and perspective, light and shadow will be covered with personal instruction and demonstrations. Easy subject materials will be provided. A delightful method of creating beach scenes, seascapes, landscapes, florals, abstract, etc. will be introduced. Seasoned artists or complete novices will enjoy these classes. Students can bring their own materials or materials can be purchased from the instructor. Be prepared to have fun while learning.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Barbara Eisenberg
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"The Art of Cookie Decorating: Wedding Dress Cookies"
November 3, 2021
 

Pastry Chef, Jami Wright, will share tips and techniques that will give you insider secrets to professional cookie decorating! We'll incorporate the fundamentals of art... shape, line, color, and texture using fondant and royal icing to make tiny pieces of edible art. Sweet! All supplies are included in the cost, even the wine! Just bring yourself and be ready to have a great time!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jami Wright
Cost: $70
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Open Abstract Impressionism"
Wednesdays, November 3-17, 2021
 

This class is designed for artists with some experience in abstract/impressionism or experienced painters looking to learn more about the abstract/impressionistic style. This class will help refine your skills, and techniques will be shown with hands-on direction. The purpose of the class is for artists to find new skills/or to enhance existing ones in order to accomplish different types of works that best fit their level of experience and their desire to engage in the unknown. Please bring any and all current paintings/examples you may wish to have evaluated/critiqued or that you want to try.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Art Cornell
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Abstract Landscape and Nature-Based Painting With Oil and Cold Wax"
November 4-7, 2021
 

This 3.5-day workshop introduces mediums including Galkyd, Galkyd Gel, and Cold Wax as an addition to your current oil painting practice. The workshop blends instructor demos with guided exercises and personal experimentation and exploration. You will gain hands-on experience using new techniques, materials, and tools. Demos will include work on paper, wood panel, and stretched linen. Individual and group discussion focuses on composition, seeing and reacting, abstracted and simplified shapes, using unique and unconventional color, and unique and unconventional mark-making. Group and individual critiques throughout the workshop offer an opportunity to share ideas and learn from others. Class size is limited to ensure personal attention and ample one-on-one discussion time with the instructor.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Russell
Cost: $435.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Collage Collective Class"
Thursdays, November 4 - December 16, 2021
 

No class on Nov 25. Each class will include show and tell of student work (Voluntary), a discussion of a different collage artist each week, a teacher demo, and playtime. Over time, we will explore a variety of styles and methods of collage, often with a sprinkle of mixed media. A materials kit will be suggested each week with the materials needed to complete the project which will be demonstrated the following week.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"ArtVenture - Decorative Wood Slices"
November 4, 2021
 

Mixed Media. Students will create designs and paintings on 2-3 wood slices. The subjects can range from landscapes, holiday themes, florals, galaxies or animals. They will use acrylic paints and pens for the finer details. All supplies included plus an Art Center apron.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Charlotte Jordan
Cost: $55 Member | $65 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Charcoal: Expressive Mark-Making, A Painter's Approach to Drawing"
November 5-6, 2021
 

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


"Electro-Etching Steel Jewelry"
November 6-7, 2021
 

Mild steel is a wonderful metal for jewelry. It is inexpensive, easy to work, lightweight, and tough. Electro-etching is a safe and inexpensive way to add texture and pattern to metal. Day One: Learn the basics of using mild steel. We’ll go over three types of “resists” to apply patterns: hand-drawn designs directly on the metal, laser-printed patterns, and adhesive backed vinyl. You’ll electro-etch your pieces in a salt water solution using batteries or a bench-top power supply. Day Two: Create jewelry from your etched steel with Deb available to help, or etch more pieces. We also introduce etching steel texture plates for a rolling mill. Finally, explore patinas and methods to seal your pieces.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Donaghue
Cost: $255.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Expressive Watercolors - Flowers, Faces and Figures"
November 8-12, 2021
 

The Grande Cayman Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC will be our location for this exciting five-day workshop with views of the beach! Please join us where we will be diving into watercolors to experience the joy of having fresh flowers for each of us to begin this unique learning opportunity to "loosen up". After exploring flowers and some landscape elements, we will progress to interpreting the head and figure using photographs (your own or Janet's) to gain an intuitive and spontaneous approach. Skill-building, application of paint, intuitive color and design will combine to create a lovely atmosphere. "Show and Tell" is a fun sharing time with each other as well as individual attention.
 
Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS and Steve Rogers, AWS
Cost: $575.00
Sponsor: Rebecca Z Artist Studio Gallery
Website, email, 843-450-2307


"Gelli Plate Printing"
November 8, 2021
 

Students will learn to make a variety of prints using gel plates and items commonly found in the home or studio. The instructor will demo a variety of techniques. Learn by observing, doing, and experimenting.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $90 Member | $110 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting Loose & Furious Myakka-Like Scenes"
November 11-12, 2021
 

Joseph can demonstrate remarkable boldness in painting landscapes and offer gentle critiques that will have you painting with better design, vivid color, and pure spunk than you thought you ever could. He has a no fear attitude about painting. Learn to simplify and edit your views, create more nuance in color from a limited palette and paint boldly. He will generously share his knowledge and vast experience of drawing and painting nature. Each student can supply their own reference photos to paint from or use reference photos and drawings Joseph will supply to you. Joseph’s demonstrations will be done in acrylic paint. Join us! We have big fun!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $180 Member | $220 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Photo Encaustic: Advanced Image Alterations"
November 11-14, 2021
 

The first day will start with a series of exercises on sample images and papers to explore methods of image alterations such as painting with water media, inks, image deconstruction, even stitching and collage. The remainder of the workshop will be a combination of demonstrations of ways to work with encaustic and student work time. Throughout the workshop we will focus on working with monochromatic or black and white photos, exploring various other materials and methods to add in controlled color and tones. Building layer upon layer to create rich and tactile surfaces that will push final works into a true sense of the term mixed media. Limit 5 students to give everyone a safe distance to work.
 
Location: LaGrange, Illinois
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $610M/ $660NM
Sponsor: La Grange Art LEague
Website, email, 708-352-3101


"Tempera Painting Workshop"
November 13, 2021
 

Artists from Ancient Egypt through Medieval Europe to American Masters such as Andrew Wyeth and James Gurney have used tempera – the technique of mixing dry pigments with egg yolk, glue or casein – to create paintings with intricate detail and luminous, jewel-like color. Learn all aspects of the medium including the characteristics of each binder, brushes and surfaces, mixing and storing paint, and both layered and direct, gestural, painting methods. Work from a still life or your own drawings and photographs.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Cost: $105
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 2675148647


"ArtVenture - Save Me a Place"
November 16, 2021
 

Floor Cloth (Placemats) – Art is not just for walls…art can look great on your table as well! Learn how to make placemats in the technique of floor cloths. Students will design and paint them, creating beautiful pieces of art that will add color and character to any kitchen or dining room. All supplies included plus an Art Center apron.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Barbara Gerdeman
Cost: $55 Member | $65 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Wine, Paint, Pots & Plants, an Artistic Night Out"
November 18, 2021
 

Join us for a fun evening of wine and painting! With art instruction by Andrea Smith, of 7th & Palm, each student will be guided through painting their own terra cotta pot, perfect to keep or give away as a unique and special gift! Every student will leave with a completed pot and will be given a live plant to accompany their new creation! Let loose and unwind with a glass of wine and get your creativity flowing. No experience is required to join in on the fun so grab your girlfriends, your significant other, or come by yourself so you don't miss out! Price includes all materials.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Andrea Smith
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"ArtVenture - Framed Again"
December 1, 2021
 

Mixed Media. Students will work with wood panels, to make distinctive and creative frames for displaying photos, poems, letters, or other special works.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Amy Karki
Cost: $55 Member | $65 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Doing What Comes Naturally: A Creativity Workshop"
December 4, 2021
 

Do you have the urge to make something but don't know where to start? Do you dabble and try different things but aren't getting anywhere? A series of practical, playful exercises will help you figure out what you like and how to get started doing it. Explore ways to recognize and value your unique, artistic gift. No previous experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Carol Cole
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery & Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Eco-Printing on Paper & Fabric"
December 6, 2021
 

Students will learn basic eco printing on paper and wool. While the student materials are cooking, we will work with prepared eco prints to make a piece that will be suitable for framing. Students are welcome to bring additional plant material to use and papers. As this is an all-day workshop lunch will be ordered and brought in (Cost less than $10 including tip). Please bring cash if you wish to order lunch or bring your own lunch. We have a refrigerator that lunches and drinks if needed. Supply Fee: $10 All Materials Provided (plant material, paper, fabric)
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $90 Member | $110 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Pinhole Photography"
December 11, 2021
 

Pinhole photography imparts a unique look and the process is both fascinating and fun. In this one-day workshop you'll learn to capture beautiful images on silver using nothing more than a tiny aperture and readily-available DIY materials. The workshop will cover basic theory and creative ways of working with the medium. You'll get to try out various pinhole photography techniques, including working with instant film and light painting. Participants will build their own highly-functional 35mm pinhole cameras and see how they can develop their film at home using a non-toxic coffee-based developer. All materials and necessary tools are provided.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: RA Friedman
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"ArtVenture - Doodle All Day"
December 15, 2021
 

Drawing. Develop a few doodles into cartoon characters using pencil and watercolor. Use your images for T-shirts, greeting cards or short stories and start a new career! All supplies included plus an Art Center apron.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Allison Lehti
Cost: $55 Member | $65 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Mixed Media Watercolor Workshop"
December 18-19, 2021
 

Use India ink and watercolor to create drama and mystery from nocturnal and low-light subjects in this two-day, in-person workshop. Learn to develop a drawing on rag paper from photo references then layer ink and watercolor to develop a deep, rich surface. Add gouache and drawing media for contrast and definition.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Michael Kowbuz
Cost: $185
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"The Secrets to Great Abstract Paintings"
January 5-7, 2022
 

Learn, let loose, and have fun! Every good painting is good due to its strong foundational abstraction, whether it’s representational, contemporary or abstract. Whatever your style or goal, in this upbeat class you will learn important compositional structure strategies using line, shape, value, texture and color. And then, wham! We’re going to paint, paint, paint! Come enjoy the fun as we play, experiment and discover the joy of understanding abstract painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Suzie Black, www.suzieblack.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Artrageous Paint Pouring Classes"
Wednesdays, January 5-26, 2022
 

Learn all about the hot new painting method of pouring paint! Jenni will teach you the ins and outs of paint pouring and plenty of tricks that will create amazing and unique results. She has been pouring and experimenting with this technique for three years now and is so excited with the results. All ages welcome. Come and join Jenni for this fun workshop and let the pouring begin!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Jenni Messina
Cost: $115 Member | $145 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Intro to Acrylic Pour Painting"
January 8, 2022
 

Acrylic Pouring is a fun way to create abstract art to enrich your life and enhance your home. Each student will learn how to select and mix colors with pouring medium, choose one of several methods, and complete 1-3 paintings. Students will have the opportunity to try 3 of these different pouring techniques: Dirty Pour, Open cup, Dutch Pour, Flip cup, and Smashes. Each student will create up to 3 canvases during class, depending on the speed with which you work.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Ringelstetter
Cost: $85
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Mixed Media Painting Explorations"
January 10-12, 2022
 

Let’s explore new paint delivery systems for the purpose of creating random marks and shapes…you’ll discover that what shows up has great value for constructing meaningful content! Inspiring demonstrations will excite you to become more aware of the power and intricacies of value, shape, line and color. You will learn to appreciate your own distinctive creative voice and create a series of uniquely personal paintings.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joan Fullerton, www.joanfullerton.com
Cost: $550 Member | $590 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Open Studio, Advanced Abstract"
Wednesdays, January 12 - February 16, 2022
 

Learn to paint like the masters by a former Ringling instructor in your medium of choice with simple techniques. Depth and perspective, light and shadow will be covered with personal instruction and demonstrations. Easy subject materials will be provided. A delightful method of creating beach scenes, seascapes, landscapes, florals, abstract, etc. will be introduced. Seasoned artists or complete novices will enjoy these classes. Students can bring their own materials or materials can be purchased from the instructor. Be prepared to have fun while learning.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Barbara Eisenberg
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Collage Collective Class"
Thursdays, January 13 - February 17, 2022
 

Each class will include show and tell of student work (Voluntary), a discussion of a different collage artist each week, a teacher demo, and playtime. Over time, we will explore a variety of styles and methods of collage, often with a sprinkle of mixed media. A materials kit will be suggested each week with the materials needed to complete the project which will be demonstrated the following week.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying, and Expression"
January 17-21, 2022
 

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, and 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: $725 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Wine, Paint, Pots & Plants, an Artistic Night Out"
January 20, 2022
 

Join us for a fun evening of wine and painting! With art instruction by Andrea Smith, of 7th & Palm, each student will be guided through painting their own terra cotta pot, perfect to keep or give away as a unique and special gift! Every student will leave with a completed pot and will be given a live plant to accompany their new creation! Let loose and unwind with a glass of wine and get your creativity flowing. No experience is required to join in on the fun so grab your girlfriends, your significant other, or come by yourself so you don't miss out! Price includes all materials.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Andrea Smith
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Exploring Alcohol Inks"
January 26, 2022
 

Alcohol inks are a very special medium. It’s so exciting getting to watch the inks flow! Anyone, no matter your experience level, can create with this medium! Each painting is totally unique, bright, and powerful. Alcohol inks have a color intensity & personality unmatched by other mediums. In this workshop, Julie will walk you through the steps to beautiful vibrant paintings. You’ll be learning some new techniques and colors with Piñata Inks in the afternoon! We'll be using the inks on Yupo paper as well as on tiles for amazing effects! Students should bring $15 cash for supplies, which will include, inks, Yupo, tiles, everything needed to manipulate the inks, and anything else you’ll need!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Julie Schroeder
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Alcohol Inks and Beyond"
January 27, 2022
 

This medium is very special. It’s so exciting to watch the inks move and flow! Anyone can do it, no need to have experience! Each painting is totally unique, bright, and powerful. Alcohol inks have a color intensity and personality unmatched by any other medium. Join us as Julie walks you through the steps to creating beautiful and vibrant paintings. We'll also be using some new colors, and learning some new and exciting techniques by combining the effects of acrylic inks with alcohol inks! We'll be using the inks on Yupo paper as well as on tiles for amazing effects! Students should bring $15 cash for materials which will all be provided to you by the instructor.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Julie Schroeder
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Outrageous Color in Landscape Painting"
January 27-28, 2022
 

Focus on learning to use a loose, colorful and expressive painting technique in your landscapes. Learn to organize and edit scenes to achieve better compositions. Improve your skill and confidence while putting pizazz into your paintings with bold color. His paintings start fast and end slowly and thoughtfully. Joseph always chooses poetry over correctness in his paintings. Students should have their own photo references. This is an easy going, casual workshop for all levels of painters. He believes in patience, good humor, and boundless encouragement. He starts each day with a 30-minute demo in acrylic while sharing tips, techniques and procedures. Each day will end with an always, gentle class critique.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $180 Member | $220 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Simplified Beginnings - Mixing Color for Portraits with a Limited Palette"
January 28, 2022
 

In this one-day workshop, students will concentrate on mixing flesh tones from only three colors, discovering the beautiful array of color that only the primaries provide. The students will sketch the portrait onto the canvas at home beforehand. This will enable the class to quickly dive into mixing beautiful flesh tones as demonstrated by Jean. Time will be spent seeing the correct values and mixing those values in color. The portrait will be divided into a pattern of light and shadow and you will be shown how to mix an average flesh tone for each. Next students will mix an array of half tones, accents and highlights, following Jean’s demonstration. Beautiful flesh tones are easier than you think!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jean Hildebrant, www.jeanhildebrant.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Photo Essay Workshop"
Wednesdays, February 2-16, 2022
 

Students will learn and utilize photographic skills to create an effective and cohesive photo essay or series. Over the course of the workshops, photographic concepts (exposure basics, depth of field, composition, etc.) will be explored in addition to the journalistic ideas and structure of a small body of work that is either narrative or thematic. At the conclusion of the course, students will present their work for feedback and critique. As this is an all day workshop lunch will be ordered and brought in. Cost less than $10 including tip. Please bring cash if you wish to order lunch or bring your own lunch.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Amy Karki
Cost: $135 Member | $165 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Open Abstract Impressionism"
Wednesdays, February 2-16, 2022
 

This class is designed for artists with some experience in abstract/impressionism or experienced painters looking to learn more about the abstract/impressionistic style. This class will help refine your skills, and techniques will be shown with hands-on direction. The purpose of the class is for artists to find new skills/or to enhance existing ones in order to accomplish different types of works that best fit their level of experience and their desire to engage in the unknown. Please bring any and all current paintings/examples you may wish to have evaluated/critiqued or that you want to try.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Art Cornell
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Artrageous Paint Pouring Classes"
Wednesdays, February 2-23, 2022
 

Learn all about the hot new painting method of pouring paint! Jenni will teach you the ins and outs of paint pouring and plenty of tricks that will create amazing and unique results. She has been pouring and experimenting with this technique for three years now and is so excited with the results. All ages welcome. Come and join Jenni for this fun workshop and let the pouring begin!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Jenni Messina
Cost: $115 Member | $145 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Fundamentals of Abstraction"
February 8-10, 2022
 

This workshop is for the painter ready to push his or her work beyond the point of recognizable subject matter into the realm of pure abstraction. Students will start with traditional representational approaches and move quickly through progressively more abstract techniques, eventually arriving at purely non-objective paintings. Special attention will be paid to the elements of composition as they apply to abstract painting. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments, and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and plan to take photos during the workshop. Printed photos and/or digital images on laptop/iPad may also be used. Students will have the option to paint from a still life set-up.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.markdanielnelson.com
Cost: $415 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Art of Illustration"
Saturdays, February 12-26, 2022
 

Students will explore various forms of illustration (pairings of text and imagery) including technical drawing, text to image translation, and the art of comic books. For the purposes of this class to illustrate means to illuminate. The prompts will challenge students to engage in storytelling and explore text/imagery relationships while simultaneously honing basic rendering skills. At times the student will be finding images to illuminate, enhance, or subvert the meaning of written language and at other times will be creating language as a result of creating an image. The interplay between text and images will be a constant in this class.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Turner Davis, www.turnergdavis.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Loose & Expressive: All Subjects"
Tuesdays, February 22 - March 29, 2022
 

Joseph will guide and encourage you in painting any subject and offer gentle critiques that will have you painting with better design, vivid color, and pure spunk than you thought possible. He emphasizes creativity and has a no fear attitude about painting. Fear of failure can prevent one from advancing. Learn more about brushes, palettes, paints and techniques. Learn to simplify in painting your subject, create varied pure color from a limited palette and leave out unnecessary detail. He will generously share his lifetime of knowledge in drawing and painting. Each student can supply their own reference sketches, photos or still life to paint from or use Joseph’s reference photos. Joseph’s demonstrations will be done in acrylics. Join us!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $185 Member | $215 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Open Studio, Advanced Abstract"
Wednesdays, February 23 - March 30, 2022
 

Learn to paint like the masters by a former Ringling instructor in your medium of choice with simple techniques. Depth and perspective, light and shadow will be covered with personal instruction and demonstrations. Easy subject materials will be provided. A delightful method of creating beach scenes, seascapes, landscapes, florals, abstract, etc. will be introduced. Seasoned artists or complete novices will enjoy these classes. Students can bring their own materials or materials can be purchased from the instructor. Be prepared to have fun while learning.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Barbara Eisenberg
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Collage Collective Class"
Thursdays, February 24 - March 31, 2022
 

Each class will include show and tell of student work (Voluntary), a discussion of a different collage artist each week, a teacher demo, and playtime. Over time, we will explore a variety of styles and methods of collage, often with a sprinkle of mixed media. A materials kit will be suggested each week with the materials needed to complete the project which will be demonstrated the following week.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Wine, Paint, Pots & Plants, an Artistic Night Out"
February 24, 2022
 

Join us for a fun evening of wine and painting! With art instruction by Andrea Smith, of 7th & Palm, each student will be guided through painting their own terra cotta pot, perfect to keep or give away as a unique and special gift! Every student will leave with a completed pot and will be given a live plant to accompany their new creation! Let loose and unwind with a glass of wine and get your creativity flowing. No experience is required to join in on the fun so grab your girlfriends, your significant other, or come by yourself so you don't miss out! Price includes all materials.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Andrea Smith
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Wiegardt’s Painterly Watercolors"
February 28 - March 4, 2022
 

This is a workshop for those who wish to loosen up in watercolor. Painting techniques and a philosophy of design will encourage bold, loose paintings. Eric believes most painting problems are the violation of an elementary painting principle. Lectures will be easily understood and helpful. It is recommended that the student have minimal previous experience. There will be ample time for students to try the concepts presented in a safe environment. Eric will do a completed painting demonstration daily. Subject matter may include land, marine, and streetscapes, florals and interiors.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eric Wiegardt, www.ericwiegardt.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Artrageous Paint Pouring Classes"
Wednesdays, March 2-23, 2022
 

Learn all about the hot new painting method of pouring paint! Jenni will teach you the ins and outs of paint pouring and plenty of tricks that will create amazing and unique results. She has been pouring and experimenting with this technique for three years now and is so excited with the results. All ages welcome. Come and join Jenni for this fun workshop and let the pouring begin!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Jenni Messina
Cost: $115 Member | $145 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Intuitive Painting with Ink, Watercolor & Gouache"
March 14-16, 2022
 

This workshop is designed to teach all levels of students to paint intuitively, starting without preconceived notions or outcome. There will be no preliminary planning or drawing. Process will dictate direction as students use watercolor, ink and gouache to implement elements and principles of design. Instruction will start with random ink marks, then color using a mixture of ink, watercolor and gouache to create a library of design elements. There will be regular comments and evaluation of work in progress concerning relationships between elements and principles. It is entirely possible finished work may be representational, but the goal is work which is compositionally pleasing and aligned with the artist's personal aesthetic.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Stan Kurth
Cost: $410 Member | $450 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting Water and Beaches"
March 17-18, 2022
 

Every object in a landscape painting involves the use of perspective which means buildings, roads, trees, people, boats, paths…well you get the drift. It is simple to learn and your paintings will be easier and improve drastically. Learn how Joseph chooses subjects, organizes and edits his ideas to get the most dynamic, expressive paintings. Learn to be bold and confident using a fully loaded larger brush. He will share generously his knowledge of painting in each class with demonstrations and feedback. Remember Joseph chooses poetry over exactness, so be bold. He will supply photo references and students are welcome to bring their own. This is an easy going, casual workshop for all levels of painters. He believes in patience, good humor, and boundless encouragement.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $180 Member | $220 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Paint, Paper, Paste: Mixed Media"
March 17, 2022
 

Busy yet satisfying abstract exercise. On two different weights of paper we’ll experiment using modeling paste with stencils - scratching into it, masking areas with tape, applying a strong color with tissue paper - layering on and covering up with acrylics and pondering composition. We’ll focus on a limited complimentary palette with lots of values, some created by adding newspaper and see where the practice takes us.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Allison Lehti
Cost: $45 Member | $65 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"The Traveler’s Creative Sketchbook"
March 19, 2022
 

Learn an exciting new way to bring your travels home. Creating a travel sketchbook can enhance one's experience and connection to this new world of exploration. Students will come home from their next trip with less photos, less stress and possibly some new ideas to incorporate into their everyday life and work. This class includes drawing, painting and writing, but no experience is necessary to learn Jane's favorite Travel Sketchbook techniques!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jane Barton, www.janebartonstudio.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Basics of Oil Painting"
March 21-24, 2022
 

Qiang’s approach to still life painting will be demonstrated with a particular focus on composing dramatic set-ups by observing light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas. Using demonstrations, presentation, and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process of creating energetic paintings by manipulating values, colors, edges and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to their current skill level and personal goals in art. This workshop is designed for indoor practice with live settings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Qiang Huang, www.qhart.com
Cost: $625 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Wine, Paint, Pots & Plants, an Artistic Night Out"
March 24, 2022
 

Join us for a fun evening of wine and painting! With art instruction by Andrea Smith, of 7th & Palm, each student will be guided through painting their own terra cotta pot, perfect to keep or give away as a unique and special gift! Every student will leave with a completed pot and will be given a live plant to accompany their new creation! Let loose and unwind with a glass of wine and get your creativity flowing. No experience is required to join in on the fun so grab your girlfriends, your significant other, or come by yourself so you don't miss out! Price includes all materials.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Andrea Smith
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Mega Mixed Media Workshop"
March 25, 2022
 

Beautiful colored and textured papers—acrylic paints—colored crayons and pencils—gloss or matte medium—string, feathers shells or any add-on that can be glued down—stretched canvas—all used to create exciting colorful or even monochromatic personal pieces of art! Layering techniques, drawing techniques, cutting techniques, ripping techniques, painting techniques and more will be demonstrated. Samples that may be studied will be available. This mode of putting together numerous materials to produce a unique and personal work of art is both satisfying and fun!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Kathryn Morrill
Cost: $90 Member | $110 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Abstracting the Landscape"
March 28-31, 2022
 

Modernize your paintings to be more joyful and “happy.” Students will learn to abstract the landscape from appropriate photos which will be supplied by Claudia. Students will learn effective composition, the use of cool and warm colors, vibrant color mixing, and experimenting. Claudia will give demonstrations, individual instruction and critiques. The students will have the opportunity to complete a painting each day. The goal: learn, have fun and fall in love with acrylic paints!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Claudia Hartley, claudiahartley.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Pushing Color with Landscapes"
Tuesdays, April 5-26, 2022
 

Focus on learning to use a loose, colorful and expressive painting technique in your landscapes. Learn to organize and edit scenes to achieve better compositions. Improve your skill and confidence while putting pizazz into your paintings with bold color. His paintings start fast and end slowly and thoughtfully. Joseph always chooses poetry over correctness in his paintings. Students should have their own photo references. This is an easy going, casual workshop for all levels of painters. He believes in patience, good humor, and boundless encouragement. He starts each day with a 30-minute demo in acrylic while sharing tips, techniques and procedures. Each day will end with an always, gentle class critique.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $125 Member | $155 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Abstract It"
Tuesdays, April 5-26, 2022
 

On the surface, non-representational painting appears easy, giving you the freedom to do whatever you want. In practice, many painters find it takes considerable thought and study. Through the process, artists often end up throwing out more paintings than they keep or end up painting over them trying to find a little magic. This workshop will use a step-by-step approach of stacking layers of paint while keeping a flexible composition to arrive at an interesting destination. Students will push paint around using various techniques and strategies to build a work that is uniquely personal. The class with focus on the basic elements of visual art such as line, color, shape, texture, pattern, space, value, and form to communicate individual expression.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Max Hammond, www.maxhammond.net
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Artrageous Paint Pouring Classes"
Wednesdays, April 6-27, 2022
 

Learn all about the hot new painting method of pouring paint! Jenni will teach you the ins and outs of paint pouring and plenty of tricks that will create amazing and unique results. She has been pouring and experimenting with this technique for three years now and is so excited with the results. All ages welcome. Come and join Jenni for this fun workshop and let the pouring begin!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Jenni Messina
Cost: $115 Member | $145 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Open Studio, Advanced Abstract"
Wednesdays, April 6 - May 11, 2022
 

Learn to paint like the masters by a former Ringling instructor in your medium of choice with simple techniques. Depth and perspective, light and shadow will be covered with personal instruction and demonstrations. Easy subject materials will be provided. A delightful method of creating beach scenes, seascapes, landscapes, florals, abstract, etc. will be introduced. Seasoned artists or complete novices will enjoy these classes. Students can bring their own materials or materials can be purchased from the instructor. Be prepared to have fun while learning.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Barbara Eisenberg
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Collage Collective Class"
Thursdays, April 7-28, 2022
 

Each class will include show and tell of student work (Voluntary), a discussion of a different collage artist each week, a teacher demo, and playtime. Over time, we will explore a variety of styles and methods of collage, often with a sprinkle of mixed media. A materials kit will be suggested each week with the materials needed to complete the project which will be demonstrated the following week.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $115 Member | $145 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Loose & Expressive Painting Any Subjects"
April 14-15, 2022
 

Joseph is an award-winning artist known for his loose and expressive style of painting. He is completely unafraid of bold color and design and will help you put a fierce, creative freshness in your painting. The whole point is to enjoy the adventure. He paints in acrylic, oil, and watercolor and is eager to show you what you are capable of. Working from objects, photos and sketches, each day will be a new subject but approached to get the most from color, design and light. This is an easy going, casual workshop where each painter gets personal attention. He believes in patience, good humor, and boundless encouragement. Each day will end with an always, gentle class critique.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $180 Member | $220 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Loosening the Boundaries with Mixed Media"
May 16-18, 2022
 

What is your narrative? Let’s explore it together. Liven up and loosen up! Let’s jumpstart your creativity. See what inspiration comes in the process as well as what story evolves. Students will use acrylics, markers, mixed media including paper, magazines, personal photos, and finishing touches of oils and more, executing a very personal painting with your own symbolism. Come feel renewed excitement as your inspiration is piqued. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Suzie Black, www.suzieblack.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


 

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