Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


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

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


"Pre-College Intensives: Cast Drawing & Painting"
August 3-7, 2020
 

Drawing in the Academic manner from plaster casts is a traditional and effective way to learn to draw accurately from observation. PAFA’s beautiful and historic Cast Hall contains life-size copies of antique and Renaissance sculpture – a unique resource that has been part of PAFA’s curriculum for over 200 years. Master the drawing elements of gesture, proportion, volume, anatomy, tone, and composition with charcoal and colored chalk on toned paper. Progress to oil painting materials and techniques using a limited palette. Ideal for all levels, with options to draw- or paint-only based on experience.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Shushana Rucker
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


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

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


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

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


"Pre-College Intensives: Drawing 2: Life Drawing"
August 10-14, 2020
 

Figure drawing is one of the most time-honored methods of art training and a great way to rapidly produce valuable work for a portfolio. Work in charcoal and graphite directly from the life model in short and long poses, exploring gesture, proportions and anatomy. Prerequisite: Drawing (Section 1 or 2), Portrait Drawing & Painting or other basic drawing experience. Note: This class will utilize nude models. This class is provisionally being offered in-person, with the understanding that the changing context of Covid-19 may require a transition to online learning.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Shushana Rucker
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"6 Day Art Retreat in Virginia with Jan-Willem Boer"
August 13-18, 2020
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020: 5 nights of accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals for the duration of your stay (breakfast, lunch, dinner), sStudio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph)
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1731
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Quick Sketch Crash Course"
August 13, 2020
 

Students will explore rhythms of the human form using charcoal as their medium. They will draw the figure from short poses, focusing on capturing essential elements to convey action, movement, and weight distribution. Students will learn how to identify the flow or lines of the body that activate the figure and add life to their drawings. The class will also focus on methods to improve drawing dexterity and sensitivity, and explore different types of mark making including linear and mass conceptions of the form.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Matt Dickson, www.mattdickson.net
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Flower Day"
August 17, 2020
 

The subject is flowers. Draw or paint from a flower still-life set up by instructor or bring your own favorite flowers. Demo of value planning in sketch book and thoughts on creating a colorful abstract, demo of impressionist style painting from the still life. The student may simply practice drawing flower forms or create a painting or realistic work in the medium of their choice. Individual help as you draw, plan and paint. Instructor will phone each student before class starts to discuss their goal.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Joyce Nagel
Cost: $72 for Members, $80 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Drawing 101"
September 5, 2020
 

Learn the fundamentals of drawing in this exciting workshop with internationally acclaimed artist and instructor Addison Palmer.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Addison Palmer
Cost: $72 for Members, $80 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Oil Pastels"
September 12-13, 2020
 

Oil pastels have a soft, buttery feel and are fun to work with. The color effects and textures that can be achieved are stunningly beautiful. Learn to prepare the substrate and under painting, to blend pastels for three-dimensional effects, and to layer with Holbein and Sennelier oil pastels. Scrape away oil pastel to reveal previous layers. Add oil pastel to build up the painting surface and color quality. We'll cover use of line and mark making, color theory as it relates to layering with oil pastels, and composition, negative and positive space, shapes, and the placement of objects. Learn the dialog of self-critique and how to unleash your imagination. Must have some art experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Wilcoxson
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Plein Air with the Nagels"
Thursdays, September 17 & 24, 2020
 

First Day: Sketch and /or paint on the grounds of the Coastal Museum. Day 2: sketch or paint at Dolphin Head in Hilton Head Plantation. Instructors will phone each student ahead to hear their goals for the outing. Demo and orientation before each student selects his or her own view to paint. One instructor will keep working on demo and both will circulate to help individuals as the afternoon progresses.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Don & Joyce Nagel
Cost: $90 for Members, $100 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


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

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


"Colored Pencil: The Drama of Realism and Abstraction in One"
September 19-20, 2020
 

Contrast has always been an effective tool to engage viewers. In this two-day workshop we'll focus on a realistic drawing style using a unique layering technique to produce meticulous detail and color accuracy, then gradually transform to an abstract style. The paper will be dark in color with subject choices emerging in increasing light and color from the dark abstracted background. The technique is easy to learn, easy to do ... just takes time. We'll begin with a sample of colored pencil artists' works, then you'll complete a sampler experimenting with application techniques. You'll then begin an individualized artwork using your chosen subject matter, design and composition, and leave the workshop confident to complete the drawing on your own.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass
Cost: $208
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Autumn Painting Retreat in Virginia"
October 8-13, 2020
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020: 5 nights of accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals for the duration of your stay (breakfast, lunch, dinner), sStudio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph).
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1731
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Lush and Lively Colored Pencil"
November 2-4, 2020
 

The New Jersey shore beckons you! Explore the possibilities that can literally be drawn from the point of a colored pencil- or watercolor pencil! With vast choices of surfaces, blending tools, and techniques, colored pencil yields a tremendous range of effects: shimmer and shine, saturated intensity, sparkling highlights, even fluid, transparent effects. This promises to be an enjoyable workshop in a beautiful, historic Victorian mansion near the Atlantic Ocean. Kristy is an experienced, upbeat, supportive instructor who is the author of two colored pencil books and the featured artist in four DVDs. She has taught over 200 workshops, readily making her students feel at home, whatever their experience.
 
Location: Island Heights, New Jersey
Instructor: Kristy A. Kutch
Sponsor: Ocean County Artists' Guild
Website, email, 732-998-8286


"Exploring Colored Pencil Potential"
June 7-10, 2021
 

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, waxy/oily colored pencils, and wax pastels. Surfaces include papers, boards, and even sanded papers. Featuring an abundance of colored pencils and 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


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

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


"Colored Pencil: Delicate to Dynamic"
September 13-16, 2021
 

Sharpen your colored pencils for workshop fun in historic, picturesque Lake Geneva, Wisconsin- post-summer rush but still during the mild September weather. Kristy Kutch, a supportive, upbeat teacher, is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil; she is also 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, located on Geneva Lake, offers fantastic student discounts. Guests enjoy rooms featuring mini-fridges and microwaves. (Lodging reservations should be made separately: 888-746-7371. Mention this workshop for discount.) Bring an extra tote bag for samples; plan for this memorable fall workshop!
 
Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost: $295, including a class dinner and light snacks, drinks
Sponsor: Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops
Website, email, 219-874-4688


"Fundamental Art Skills"
Monday - Friday - year round
 

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


 

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