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"Drawing Basics Boot Camp"
April 23, 2024
 

This course is designed for those who have always had an interest in drawing but don't know where to start. Don't know how to draw? No problem! This class will introduce you to the basics of drawing using step-by-step instructions. The workshop will begin with an introduction to the materials. There will be a focus on developing a value scale and how to apply it to accurately drawn objects. A variety of drawing techniques will be introduced: Hatching, Cross-Hatching and Stippling. You'll be keeping your own sketchbook like a professional artist in no time!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Allison Luce
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Sketch-on-the-Go"
April 27, 2024
 

Capture the active life of the city and its rich architecture. This is an excellent workshop for anyone who wants to learn to sketch on the bus or train, in cafés and public parks, or while traveling abroad. Topics include perspective, gauging proportions by eye, gesture figure drawing, and methods for simplifying form. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"'Blooming Beautiful' Flowers of the Pyrenees with Mary Dillon"
April 27 - May 4, 2024
 

Join Mary Dillon on this fabulous botanical art retreat! An explosion of colour arrives in the pastures and woodlands surrounding Clos Mirabel in late April. Fields of bee orchids, pyramid orchids and early purple orchids on the lower slopes of the Pyrenees lead to alpine plants like gentians, saxifrages and butterworts dotting the upper slopes. Simple observational drawing techniques will help us to explore and examine the structure and habit of our subjects. Using controlled wet and damp watercolour techniques and finishing with dry techniques, we will work in layers, practicing painting in a simple but systematic way. I will also help you grow in confidence in how you use and choose colour.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Mary Dillon
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 450€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Open Life Drawing Studio with Model"
Mondays, April 29 - June 10, 2024
 

Work independently in the drawing medium of your choice! This monitored studio is designed to give students the opportunity to work from live nude models without instruction, allowing you time to explore and experiment. Just as in any life drawing session the poses will range from short gestures gradually building to longer poses at the end. This is an extraordinary opportunity for you to develop and extend your drawing skills.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Leslie Bowen, Monitor
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Postcards from Provence"
May 4-11, 2024
 

This watercolor painting workshop in Provence is open to both beginners and more advanced painters. There will be classes both in basic watercolor techniques as well as specific travel journaling methods. Travel journaling is the complete opposite of how many of us travel these days: taking photos after photos with our phones. Travel Journaling gives us a chance to slow down, to sketch scenes around us, and to add color to our travel journals. Provence is the artist's dream destination. During the days, we will explore Luberon, and its spectacular countryside of vineyards and orchards, fascinating "perched" hill-top villages, outstanding natural produce and the light of Van Gogh and Cezanne. You will see why artists of all calibers are drawn to this alluring area.
 
Location: Bonnieux, Provence, France
Instructor: John Keeling and Lo Peyron Mathews
Cost: $3,590
Sponsor: Alpine Creative Tours
Website, email, 970-846-9000


"Color Theory Through Drawing"
May 4, 2024
 

Paloma Martinez bases her artistic practice on color theory, and is excited to share her passion for it. This workshop explores color and its theory through drawing and a detailed lecture. Students will learn how to use color to manipulate drawing composition, create harmony, and to contextualize their desired aesthetic and conceptual framework. Students will be provided an array of materials to deepen their understanding of color (i.e. pastels, color pencils, color cut-outs, watercolors) and will also obtain guidance on how to use these materials.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Paloma Martinez
Cost: $75 / $60 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"The Magic of the Visual Journal"
May 7, 2024
 

Every artist should have a visual journal (aka a sketchbook) but once they have one, then what? Debi will share the ways she creates visual journals that act as learning tools, scrapbooks, travel memories and a storehouse for creative ideas! This class is perfect for students of all levels - you don't want to miss this one! In addition to the registration fee, students should bring a visual journal (new or old with blank pages), any memories or items they want to collage into their journal, and $10 cash to pay the instructor for the rest of the materials that you'll need, which she will provide for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $40
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"A Traveler's Sketchbook in Tuscany & Umbria!"
May 11-18, 2024
 

Join us for this weeklong plein air workshop in beautiful Tuscany and Umbria. Create vignette sketches and paintings of the dramatic vistas, colorful architecture, bustling people and more during your time on this magical trip to Cortona, Italy. Morning and afternoon sessions, followed by individual instruction, will cover the basic concepts of atmospheric and linear perspective, capturing people, architecture, and dramatic lighting. With pen and paper in hand, you’ll quickly document the sites. Add a touch of watercolor to enhance your sketches. Your art supplies are light and easy to tote making this ideal for all levels of artists. The traveler’s sketchbook is a wonderful way to document your trip in a carefree way.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Jo Ellen Reinhardt
Cost: From $3850.00 per person, all inclusive
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-407-7127


"Croatia Painting and Cultural Tour with Vlad!"
May 15-22, 2024
 

Indulge in the inspiration of narrow limestone streets, unique baroque buildings, and the mesmerizing Adriatic shimmer. Join Vlad for an artistic sojourn in Croatia, blending creativity with leisure. Whether seasoned or aspiring, all artists and non-painters are welcome! Workshop is optional. You are welcome to paint independently. Workshop features: daily demonstrations and lectures for workshop participants on composition, color mixing and painting techniques. Ideal for all skill levels, this workshop offers small groups and individual guidance. You will discover Croatia's charm as our itinerary unfolds, exploring old towns, shimmering marinas, and vibrant gardens. A breathtaking boat ride and a guided tour of Dubrovnik await. Plus, indulge in the local culinary delights, savoring the essence of the region.
 
Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $3490
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


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

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


"Foundations of Art 101"
Sundays, May 19 - June 30, 2024
 

Al Gury, Professor of Painting and Drawing at PAFA, presents the foundational basics of art making. This course is designed for individuals who are new to or just beginning to study art, or for those desiring a refresher in the basic elements, with a goal of imparting a solid and practical understanding of essential topics and practices. Topics will include the materials of drawing and painting, drawing shapes, measuring, forms, perspective, depth, use of line, understanding light and shade, and composition. Exercises will include the basics of charcoal and pencil drawing, use of pastel, color concepts, and how oil paints work. Subjects will include still lifes, interior spaces, portraits, and life drawing through the use of masterworks.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Al Gury
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Observational Drawing Practices"
Tuesdays, May 21 - June 25, 2024
 

Strengthen and hone your foundational drawing skills through a series of one- and two-day projects. Topics of concern will be design, structure of space, perspective, and light and shade. Subjects will include interior space, single objects and still life arrangements, and the life model. All levels from beginner to advanced are welcome. Note: Tuition includes a $15 models fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn
Cost: $310
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Figurative Open Studio: 2D"
Thursdays, May 23 - June 27, 2024
 

This comprehensive figure-focused class offers an open atelier structure in which students of all levels may pursue personal work from models in their choice of drawing or painting media. Concepts of proportion, anatomy, gesture, and light and shade will be discussed and critiqued individually, depending on the student’s experience. Model set-ups will range from croquis (short poses) to extended poses. All media are welcome for students with prior experience; drawing recommended for beginners. Note: Tuition includes a $35 models fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn
Cost: $330
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Narrative Painting for Fine Art and Illustration (Water-Media)"
Thursdays, May 23 - June 27, 2024
 

Develop your artistic voice through a series of drawing and painting projects with artist and award-winning illustrator, Kate Samworth. Work from observation, memory, and imagination to learn to clearly communicate your ideas through pictures. Content includes demonstrations in perspective drawing, working from reference materials, and developing the palette best suited to the intention of each work of art. Weekly feedback from instructor and group conversations/critiques will cultivate new ideas and promote understanding of course concepts. Students will work in drawing materials and the water-based color media of their choice.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kate Samworth
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Urban Landscape Drawing"
Fridays, May 24 - June 28, 2024
 

Capture Philadelphia’s picturesque historic and commercial architecture, using fundamental observational drawing techniques. Learn simple methods for applying the principles of linear and atmospheric perspective to your drawings, giving them dimension and depth. Students at all experience levels are welcome, with instruction designed to appeal both to those who enjoy portraying landscape subjects in the open air and to students seeking to hone their basic drawing skills. This course takes place in easy-to-access Central Philadelphia and University City locations. Restrooms are available near all sites. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to drawing locations.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Figure Painting: Alla Prima and Limited Palette"
Saturdays, May 25 - June 29, 2024
 

Painting the human form from observation is one of the cornerstones of PAFA's long tradition of rigorous instruction. Working from the nude model, investigate color mixing, proportion, and composition using oil paint as a medium. Focusing on alla prima painting techniques and a limited flesh-tone palette, learn to model the human form through gesture, shape, volume, and temperature – excellent for painted sketches and preparatory studies, foundations for extended work, or an introduction/refresher to figure painting. Intended for all skill levels, this course also offers the valuable opportunity for more advanced students to continue to hone their skills to deepen their understanding of the language of painting. Instruction will be geared toward oil, but students may draw-only, or use other appropriate media.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wilson
Cost: $330
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting Lake Como in Watercolor"
May 25 - June 1, 2024
 

A Sketchbook Journaling Workshop with Karen Ramsay. Come join us and capture Lake Como in watercolor! As we fill our art travel journals with sketching and watercolors, Karen will give us tips and tricks for improving this special skill. Sketching on location, while traveling, is an art form that you can take with you on every future trip and the sketches that you create will become a treasured visual diary of your travel. During the week, we will guide you to the finest spots along the shores of the picturesque Lake Como with its charming lakeside towns, its Renaissance architecture, Italian villas and terraced gardens. Lake Como has a timeless beauty where you will find endless inspiration to create art!
 
Location: Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Karen Ramsay
Cost: $3,890
Sponsor: Alpine Creative Tours
Website, email, 970-846-9000


"Van Gogh & Cezanne in the Provence"
May 26 - June 2, 2024
 

This retreat will take you to where Van Gogh and Cézanne painted many masterpieces. You will be inspired by the rich locations of Arles, Saint Remi, and Aix-en-Provence. Your Hosts Tali Farchi (NL) and Shay Avivi (IL) are accomplished painters and teachers, providing art instruction to enrich your creative process. They’ll share information about these master's lives and how they worked. The ArtisTTable has hosted hundreds of artists of all levels and backgrounds. During this retreat, we will stay in the center of Arles giving easy access to this historic city. This all-inclusive art retreat boasts delicious meals, exclusive day trips, and lots of art-making. It will be a trip you won't forget.
 
Location: Arles, France
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Shay Avivi
Cost: 3,100$
Sponsor: Artist Table
Website, email, +31624903316


"Figure Drawing Workshop"
May 26, 2024
 

Don’t miss this opportunity to work with renowned artist, educator and author Roberto Osti! Gain confidence in your ability to render the human form and handling of materials. Proportions, anatomy and methods of measuring will be emphasized as you draw with the instructor from a live model. Media and techniques include graphite on white paper, charcoal on white paper, charcoal and chalk on toned paper.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 1-267-514-8647


"Drawing Auto-Biographical Comics"
May 27, 2024
 

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


"Botanical Drawing and Painting with Catherine Watters"
June 8-15, 2024
 

Join Catherine Watters for one week of drawing and painting the incredibly diverse flora of Clos Mirabel, using watercolours and/or coloured pencils to capture the colours and textures of the plants. Discover the fascinating world of Botanical Art, starting with a walk around the magnificent property to choose your subject. A variety of plants will be in bloom including Roses, Hydrangeas, Iris, Lupin, Lilies and numerous fruits and vegetables growing in the Orchard. Catherine will introduce her 10 stages to successfully illustrate a subject. You will carefully observe, measure and draw your subject focusing on form, light and texture. All levels of experience are welcome.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Catherine Watters
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 450€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
June 10-19, 2024
 

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


"Pen & Watercolor Illustration in Tuscany!"
June 12-19, 2024
 

Picture yourself sitting in an outdoor cafe in one of the piazzas, sketchbook in hand, immersed in capturing the life around you while enjoying a cappuccino. Let me share the techniques I use in my work using a very portable means of sketching - pen and ink and watercolor – to record the beautiful, sensitive lines of an old building or the bold strokes of a street scene. Learn to zoom in on the important elements when working in the field to create interesting compositions and lasting memories with texture and rich washes of color! This class covers pen and ink and watercolor wash techniques, composition and simple perspective.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Ann Thomas
Cost: From $3,850.00 per person all-inclusive
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-407-7127


"Painting in the Dutch Landscape"
June 16-23, 2024
 

Many of the Dutch painters were influenced by the light in the flat countries. In June we will meet in Zwolle, the Netherlands and the surrounding which is in the area of the Overijssel north-east province. Not only painting and sketching are in the program, but also stone carving, Monotype and print workshops, and exciting local stuff that a regular tourist won't be able to see or do, as Tali Lives here. She is very involved in the "Arty" scene and will introduce you to artists, places, landscapes, private gardens, and local homes. This all-inclusive art retreat boasts delicious meals, exclusive day trips, and lots of artmaking and Plein air painting. It will be a trip you won't forget.
 
Location: Zwolle, The Netherlands
Instructor: Tali Farchi
Cost: 3,100$
Website, email, +31624903316


"Lush and Lively Colored Pencil"
June 17-21, 2024
 

Discover the "pointed potential" of colored pencil! Kristy Kutch, author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil, The New Colored Pencil, and the featured artist in 4 instructional DVDs, has taught colored pencil workshops nationwide. She provides an informative and enjoyable in-person classroom atmosphere. Both "traditional" (waxy) and watercolor pencils will be included, with fascinating "painterly" techniques for both types of pencils. Explore a wide range of compatible papers and boards which lend themselves beautifully to this dynamic medium. There will be demonstrations, individual attention, many materials to sample, and a generous cache of take-home supplies for each student. Enjoy an unforgettable workshop in the Blue Ridge Mountains with a gracious, helpful staff and a top-notch studio atmosphere.
 
Location: Boone, North Carolina
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Cheap Joe's Art Stuff
Website, email, 800-227-2788


"Painless Perspective Workshop"
June 22-23, 2024
 

Perspective is at the heart of good drawing. It allows us to transform the 3D world into a believable 2D image, and it need not be difficult to understand. With still life and interiors as subject matter, learn basic principles and simple methods presented in clear language and without the need for special tools or complex geometry. This workshop serves as a good foundation for further study in drawing. A modest amount of previous drawing experience is recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Makers' Retreats: Conversations between Drawing and Thread with Chloe Briggs & Angela Maddock"
June 22-29, 2024
 

This workshop brings together two artists, Chloe Briggs & Angela Maddock, in an immersive week of drawing and textile making. Inspired by the gardens and landscape of Clos Mirabel in South West France, you will be encouraged to develop your individual style with the support and guidance of these skilled and generous practitioner/tutors. Chloe will share her enthusiasm for drawing and love of colour and Angela will share many textile making techniques, including embroidery stitches, couching, applique and trapunto quilting.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Chloe Briggs & Angela Maddock
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £450 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Botanical Drawing and Painting Intensive"
June 24-28, 2024
 

Explore flowers and other natural forms, beginning with line and value drawing and progressing to full-color rendering in watercolor and mixed media.  Topics will include sighting techniques, line quality, tone and value, creation of depth, composition, texture, and basic color. All levels welcome. Tuition includes a $15 materials fee for floral subjects, provided. 
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Linda Gist
Cost: $465
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2024"
June 25 - July 6, 2024
 

A unique art workshop/art tour open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Seven days of plein-air painting, art history/theory lectures, and gastronomy in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence followed by four days visiting Barcelona’s top art sites and enjoying Catalan cuisine. The price of CAD 4475 per person (around US$ 3350) includes instruction,11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 healthy lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from the Manosque train station to our lodge, transportation to all painting sites, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrance fees to all sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Miró Museum, etc.). Limited single rooms for a supplement of CAD 850 around US$ 650.
 
Location: Alpes de Haute-Provence, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3350
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2024"
June 25 - July 6, 2024
 

A unique art workshop/art tour open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Seven days of plein-air painting, art history/theory lectures, and gastronomy in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence followed by four days visiting Barcelona’s top art sites and enjoying Catalan cuisine. The price of CAD 4475 per person (around US$ 3350) includes instruction,11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 healthy lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from the Manosque train station to our lodge, transportation to all painting sites, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrance fees to all sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Miró Museum, etc.). Limited single rooms for a supplement of CAD 850 around US$ 650.
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3350
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"French Village Art Immersion"
June 26 - July 6, 2024
 

Join us for a 10-night French village art immersion experience in the beautiful and diverse Occitanie region in the South of France. Cristina Metelli and Catherine Mackenzie will provide instructions and guidance, inviting you to explore realistic and expressive drawing and oil painting techniques in-studio and outdoors. We will start with a one-day in-studio workshop, followed by sketching and painting in beautiful nearby locations. Our en plein air sites will include Mediterranean fishing ports, rustic villages, the Canal du Midi and the stunning Haute Languedoc. For fun and inspiration, we will visit local artists, galleries, wineries and produce markets, and include some free time for relaxation, exploring the local village, or continuing your own painting in-studio or by the pool.
 
Location: Roujan, France
Instructor: Cristina Metelli
Cost: 2550 Euros
Sponsor: Cerulean Studio
Website, email, +61408858320


"Holistic Figure Drawing"
Tuesdays, July 2 - August 6, 2024
 

Develop your ability to render the human form through the time-honored combination of anatomical study and life drawing with noted artist and author Roberto Osti.  Learn the methods and technical skills traditionally associated with beautiful figure drawing, such as measuring, tonal rendering, anatomical structuring, and establishing the effects of light on the figure, using graphite on white paper, charcoal and chalk on toned paper, reduction techniques, and the trois crayons technique. Through the instructor’s in-depth anatomical drawing demonstrations and work from the life model, learn the structural aspects of the human form: basic landmarks, essential volumes, and proportional relationships. Progress to the main muscle groups to identify their surface effects and aesthetic characteristics, and how they influence mass and movement.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: $590
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


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

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


"Drawing from Photos"
Tuesdays, July 2 - August 6, 2024
 

Learn strategies to translate your photographs into drawings that both retain the photo’s realism and promote your personal expression. Using colored pencil, explore tactics for accurately translating your imagery to your drawing surface; identifying, mixing, and layering color to achieve vibrant effects; creating realism through the study of texture, light, and contrast; and employing addition and subtraction techniques to expand your range of mark-making. Work from your choice of photographic subject matter – a great option for students seeking to make art from personal experiences, capture family and friends, or expand their interests and skills in landscapes, animals, or other subject matter not easily accessible. This course is excellent for beginners or those interested in colored pencil or photorealistic drawing techniques.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Alicia Mino
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Essential Drawing Techniques"
Wednesdays, July 3 - August 14, 2024
 

Draw what you see competently and with confidence. Drawing is not only the basis for other creative endeavors like painting and sculpting, but also a powerful means of describing the world around you and expressing yourself. Instruction will address fundamental concepts including line, shape, perspective, value, and composition. Draw from still life objects, the life model, and more while learning the proper use of drawing materials, sight-measuring methods to accurately gauge proportions and space, shading techniques to develop three-dimensional form and contrast, and means of developing personal expression. Ideal for beginners and those in need of a refresher. Tuition includes a $10 models fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: $305
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor: Depicting the Natural World"
Wednesdays, July 3 - August 2, 2024
 

The natural world is an infinite and fantastic source of inspiration for the artist, and the versatility and luminosity of watercolor make it the perfect technique for recording nature in a fresh and fun way.  In this course, learn fundamental drawing techniques and essential watercolor techniques to create both quick field sketches and detailed, finished artworks. Subject matter will include flowers, plants, and animals. Reference images will be gathered through observational sketches and photography.  An ideal course for those interested in both the fine arts and the Illustration field.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing with Ink"
Wednesdays, July 3 - August 2, 2024
 

Drawing with ink offers a wealth of descriptive and expressive possibilities for fine art and illustration purposes. Learn pen, brush, and quill techniques to create rich values, crisp lines, textural or decorative effects, and atmospheric washes. Hatching, cross-hatching, stippling, and wash methods will be covered, as well as preparatory drawing and corrective strategies. Students will work from still-life, interiors, and photos with demonstrations, critiques, and posted content from the instructor toward helping each individual realize their goals in the medium.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David Wilson
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


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

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


"Paint the Evening City"
Tuesdays, July 9-30, 2024
 

Learn to paint the unique effects of evening light and activity of Center City and University City, Philadelphia. Discover techniques for managing the shifting light and shadows of the setting sun as it plays across the city’s historic architecture. This plein air option is perfect for summer painting, allowing artists to take advantage of cooling evening temperatures and the subtle or dramatic palette of sunset and dusk. Previous painting experience required. Restrooms near all locations. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to painting locations.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing as the Foundation for Painting "
July 10-12, 2024
 

Don’t let your struggles with your drawing skills hold you back from successful paintings. Face your fears head on and come prepared to learn practical approaches for any subject matter. Everyone learns differently, so this topic will be approached from many angles. Drawing is a most important skill for any artist. Appropriate for all levels.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Figure Painting: The Extended Pose"
Saturdays, July 13 - August 7, 2024
 

Paint from a life model in a single pose for the entire course. Extended time with a single subject allows students to work with the instructor to tailor exercises that address their individual interests, including the development of one large image or several smaller studies. The first session will include time for gestural and thumbnail drawings in preparation for the model’s final placement. Instruction will cover a variety of topics including glazing, broken color, surface texture, composition and design, the relationship of the figure to the environment, the creation of atmosphere and color harmony, disrupted realism, and open- versus closed-form painting. All levels welcome. Students are welcome to draw-only, or use other appropriate media, if they wish.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wilson
Cost: $330
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Composition in Drawing and Painting"
Sundays, July 14 - August 18, 2024
 

An in-depth approach to understanding and using composition by Al Gury, Professor of Painting and Drawing at PAFA, and noted author of Alla Prima, Color for Painters, and Foundations of Drawing. This class presents practical skills and strategies for making strong compositions. Composition, the arrangement of images, shapes, forms, colors, values to form visual balance and strength within the pictorial frame of an artwork, will be explored through projects using still life, interiors, portraits, and landscapes. Each class will contain explanations of the visual compositional strategies in both historic and contemporary art, and extensive tactics for problem-solving and solutions, as well as a weekly assignment and critique of personal work. All media and levels of experience are welcome.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Al Gury
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Exploring Colored Pencil Potential"
July 18-20, 2024
 

Come to the majestic north shore of Lake Superior! This course focuses on "painting from a point", using a variety of pencils and surfaces to create dynamic, vividly-drawn paintings. Products used include: watercolor pencils and waxy/oily colored pencils. Surfaces include papers, boards, and even sanded papers. Featuring an abundance of colored pencils and free art materials, this workshop is full to the brim with personal attention, demonstrations, and techniques that are sure to increase your repertoire. Some drawing experience preferred. Kristy Kutch is an experienced workshop instructor, the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil. She is the featured artist on four instructional DVDs. Kristy is also the author of the book The New Colored Pencil.
 
Location: Grand Marais, Minnesota
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Grand Marais Art Colony
Website, email, 218-387-2737


"The Portrait in Pencil Workshop"
July 20-21, 2024
 

Using inexpensive materials, this hands-on workshop will introduce the concepts and methods needed to create a strong sense of dimension and likeness in your portrait drawings. Explore the proportions and planes of the head, neck and shoulders. Learn how to create a structural foundation and how to easily manage anatomy by breaking down forms into simple geometric shapes. Instruction will address different strategies for creating a finished tonal portrait as well as tips and tricks that will help you draw like a pro! Note: Tuition includes a $10 models fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: RA Friedman
Cost: $205
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


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

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


"Drawing Fundamentals Intensive"
August 12-16, 2024
 

If you’ve never drawn before, or your skills are a little rusty, then this class is for you. Learn to draw what you see with confidence. Work from still life arrangements, interior spaces, and the human figure to master the drawing elements: shape, contour line, composition, light and shadow, texture and perspective. Instruction will guide students through sight-drawing and measuring techniques, use of materials, shading methods, and ways of defining form and space. This course is excellent as a foundation for future study, including for painting and other disciplines. Note: Tuition includes a $35 models fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Phyllis Laver
Cost: $485
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


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

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


"In-Class Workshop Charcoal and Pastels"
August 26-27, 2024
 

Learn how to draw figures, and how to make expressive drawings by participating in this 2-day intense workshop with Mashiul. Students will have the opportunity to learn from short dynamic gestural poses to long poses of a life model.
 
Location: Marietta, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Mashiul Chowdhury
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Susquehanna Art Workshops
Website, email, 717-314-9551


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

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


"Colored Pencil: Delicate to Dynamic"
September 9-12, 2024 (9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.)
 

Sharpen your colored pencils for workshop fun in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin- post-summer rush but still during the mild September weather. Kristy Kutch, a supportive, generous teacher, is the author of "Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil" and "The New Colored Pencil". Kristy is featured in 4 instructional DVDs. Included are many aspects of this medium and its compatible surfaces. Create effects ranging from soft, transparent, and aqueous to dense and dramatic. Harbor Shores Hotel, on Geneva Lake, offers outstanding student discounts. Rooms feature mini-fridges, wet-bars, and microwaves. (Lodging reservations should be made separately. Inquire at 888-746-7371 to receive booking link. Mention this workshop for discount.) Bring an extra tote bag for samples; plan for this memorable workshop!
 
Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristy A. Kutch, C.P.S.A.
Sponsor: Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops
Website, email, 219-874-4688


"Illustrated Watercolor Journaling"
September 14-21, 2024
 

Just imagine….200 year old olive trees, charming hilltop villages, bustling outdoor cafés and window boxes overflowing with colorful flowers. Now, put yourself in the picture, sitting at a little café with your sketchbook and paints, sketching a window across the way, with its lace curtains, blue shutters, and red geraniums. Can you see it? Can you feel it? Well, why not experience it? Join me for an unforgettable painting holiday in Provence, a region famous for its stunning scenery and clear light which has captivated artists through the centuries. In this week-long workshop, we’ll relax and enjoy long autumn days sketching in this stunningly beautiful part of France. Capture once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the pages of your watercolor journals!
 
Location: Fontaine de Vaucluse, France
Instructor: Leslie Fehling
Cost: $3,990
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Sketching Workshop in Spain"
September 22-29, 2024
 

We will be a lovely small group where I can work with you individually to ensure that every aspect of the experience meets your expectations. There will be plenty of opportunity to have your questions answered and have fun along the way. I will show you how to make fast improvements by sharing my most successful tips for watercolour sketching. You will receive plenty of demonstrations and examples to support you along the way. Learn how to sketch confidently, understand paint consistency and application and mix wonderful glowing colours! The subjects covered will be truly inspirational – including beautiful beaches, cliffs, boats, botanical garden, local scenes and sketching the everyday such as your lunch.
 
Location: Costa Brava/Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Judy Salleh
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Drawing the Portrait"
February 13, 2025
 

In this 1-Day workshop, Karen will lead students through her process of drawing the portrait from the initial measurements to the final stages of refining. Using a photo reference, she will begin with teaching strategies to accurately draw the head, place the features and indicate the major light and shadow shapes. Karen will demonstrate how to define the shadow and light regions which give the illusion of form. She will show how she compresses values for a strong design and how she makes corrections throughout, achieving an unmistakable likeness of her subject. Students also have the option to sign up for Karen’s 3-Day follow-up workshop, Painting the Portrait in Pastel.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Karen Wilharm
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Creating Contrast Highlighting Highlights and Deepening Darks"
April 26 - May 3, 2025
 

Join Botanical Artist Ann Swan, RHS Gold Medalist and author of ‘Botanical Painting with Coloured Pencils’ for a week of Botanical drawing focused on creating contrast using coloured pencils. “In order to create realistic images we need to fully understand light and observe how it reacts with our subjects to describe their shapes.” Ann will show you how to interpret light and shade and to accurately capture these contrasting tonal values for a true sense of three-dimensional form and volume in your work. Ann will demonstrate ways of creating realistic highlights and sheen and help you choose convincing shade colours to create depth in shadows whilst maintaining vibrant colours so that your work will come to life on the page.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Ann Swan
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £400 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Techniques to make Botanical paintings more detailed with Michelle EunYoung Song"
May 3-10, 2025
 

Join Michelle EunYoung Song (SBA Fellow) for one week of botanical art using coloured pencils. Michelle will guide you on how to capture a beautiful moment at Clos Mirabel. Together, we will explore the grounds of Clos Mirabel which has an abundance of plants growing in May. Back in the studio, Michelle will guide you through a detailed study of your specimen. You will use pencil drawings in a sketchbook that will produce data for your detailed painting. You will also practice making the proper colour using coloured pencils. The tuition is exacting and clear so that by the end of the week you will have the capacity to create a more detailed botanical painting.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Michelle EunYoung Song
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 450€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Watercolor Sketching and Journaling"
May 4-9, 2025
 

Join me for an unforgettable painting holiday in Santa Fe, a region famous for its stunning scenery and captivating light. During the workshop, all of the logistics will be taken care of by my good friends at French Escapade. All we have to do is relax and enjoy our days spent sketching in this strikingly beautiful part of New Mexico. We’ll have plenty of time to capture once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the pages of our watercolor journals. My teaching will focus on illustrated watercolor journaling. You’ll learn how to add style and interest to your sketchbook pages through the use of unique page layouts and borders, and we’ll cover several fun new lettering styles. I’ll offer daily demonstrations of painting techniques.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Leslie Fehling
Cost: $1,690
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
May 26 - June 2, 2025
 

Join me for one week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Provence! Drawing while traveling is the best way to experience and remember a new place. Traveling is also a perfect opportunity to learn or hone your drawing skills. When we see new sights everything strikes us as unusual, memorable and inspiring. We have a natural desire to admire new vistas, taste new flavors, inhale unusual aromas and record these sensations through taking photos, but also through drawing and writing. For me, drawing while traveling is instinctual, and I am eager to share my passion to fully immerse yourself in a new place through the practice of travel sketching.
 
Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Rita Sabler
Cost: $3,940 before Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Botanical Sketching and Painting with Lara Call Gastinger"
June 7-14, 2025
 

During this week of Botanical Sketching and Painting in the French Pyrénées with Lara Call Gastinger we will be observing, drawing and painting the local flora of Atelier Clos Mirabel. We will go through the process of how to create a botanical painting, starting with sketching and learning the important characteristics of plants. We will seek botanical inspiration from the acreage of Atelier Clos Mirabel and with a trip to the blooming meadows of the Pyrénées. After the first day of sketching, we will focus on using watercolours to capture the colours and textures of the plants. In the end, we will work on composition and how to create a finished botanical painting. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Lara Call Gastinger
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 450€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Illustrating the Plants of Clos Mirabel with Catherine Watters"
June 14-21, 2025
 

Join Catherine Watters for one week of drawing and painting the incredibly diverse flora of Clos Mirabel, using watercolours and/or coloured pencils to capture the colours and textures of the plants. Discover the fascinating world of Botanical Art, starting with a walk around the magnificent property to choose your subject. A variety of plants will be in bloom including Roses, Hydrangeas, Iris, Lupin, Lilies and numerous fruits and vegetables growing in the Orchard. Catherine will introduce her 10 stages to successfully illustrate a subject. You will carefully observe, measure and draw your subject focusing on form, light and texture. All levels of experience are welcome.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Catherine Watters
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 450€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Perfect Imperfection: Capturing decay & fading blooms in watercolour with Jarnie Godwin"
September 13-20, 2025
 

Study with Jarnie Godwin at Atelier Clos Mirabel during a 5-day botanical art workshop in the French Pyrenees ~ South West France. Enjoy wonderful surroundings, delightful accommodation and delicious meals. Jarnie Godwin will guide you into the ethereal mysteries of the fading bloom. As blooms begin to fade you will learn how to capture these intimate, fragile and fleeting moments of decay. Using a range of watercolour techniques, Jarnie will show you how to create the unique acute textures and colour transitions of decay and fading colour. You will learn more about the unique form and detail of fading flowers, and will gain confidence in using and manipulating watercolour to convey an intimate moment in time.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Jarnie Godwin
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £400 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Autumn Produce of the Pyrénées with Laura Silburn"
October 11-18, 2025
 

Join Laura Silburn at Atelier Clos Mirabel for a 5-day botanical art workshop in the French Pyrenees ~ South West France. Enjoy wonderful surroundings, accommodation and delicious meals. Explore the botanical delights of this flora-rich part of the world. Laura will help you examine a chosen plant or vegetable through careful observation and sketchbook work. You will then compose an image that reflects its natural character whilst observing botanical truth. You will be guided on how to take your drawings through to a completed botanical watercolour and shown techniques for dry-brush finishing. Laura has work at Kew Gardens, The Hunt Institute, the Florilegium of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, and the Eden Project Cornwall.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Laura Silburn
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Seasonal Treasures: Celebrating Fading Flowers, Fruit and Autumnal Leaves in Watercolour"
October 18-25, 2025
 

Join Julia Trickey at Atelier Clos Mirabel for a week-long botanical art workshop in the French Pyrenees ~ South West France. Enjoy wonderful surroundings, delightful accommodation and delicious meals. Using fruit and vegetables, flowers and leaves from the gardens and grounds of Atelier Clos Mirabel, we will explore how to make less-than-perfect botanical specimens centre stage. We will start by experimenting with wet-in-wet techniques to create initial form and merging colours, before considering other techniques used to deepen colours and add details. There will also be opportunity to work larger than life or with black backgrounds. Teaching by Julia Trickey will be delivered via live demonstrations, slide presentations and lots of individual support.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Julia Trickey
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £400 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Online Figure Drawing via Zoom"
Every Wednesday
 

An international group meets online via Zoom every Wednesday (check your time zone). Short and long poses, from 5-10 minutes and 20-30 minutes. Each week I invite a new model to pose. There is always some music in the background that I'm sharing too. 2 hours session. No instruction. At the end of the session, we show each other the work. Friendly atmosphere, everyone is welcome!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Open session hosted by Tali Farchi
Cost: $15 per session
Sponsor: Artist Table
Website, email, 0031624903316


"Painting Music Online"
Every Thursday
 

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


"Drawing and Perspective"
video course
 

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


 

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