Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Painting on Glass with Kathy Oda"
February 28, 2020
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own 13”x6” plate using glass as your canvas. No painting experience necessary! This is a fun workshop so bring a friend and create something new! Once you’ve finished your creations, I will take them to my studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished plates to the Academy for you to pick up a week later.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $40 / $36 for Members / Plus $12 supply fee
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Group Critique with Patricia Traub"
February 29, 2020
 

PAFA offers a vibrant community of faculty-artists and students who can stimulate your art-making with advice and new perspectives. A group critique is an excellent means of both dispelling feelings of artistic isolation or uncertainty and finding inspiration in the ideas and artwork of others in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. Patricia Traub was an Associate Professor at PAFA for many years, teaching drawing and painting. A PAFA alumna, her interest in animal painting and conservation led her to studies in zoology and taxonomy at the University of Pennsylvania, ornithology at Cornell University, and primatology with Dr. Birute Galdikas at Camp Leakey, Indonesia. Her monumental human figure and animal paintings were recently the subject of an extensive article in Artist’s Magazine.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Patricia Traub
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Intermediate Alcohol Ink Painting"
February 29, 2020
 

Once you have taken Mary 's Beginning class you are encouraged to take this class to learn tips and techniques to help you successfully paint on canvas, metal and yupo. While learning you will paint a floral field on canvas, a moon beach scene on yupo, an abstract on metal and your own creation on tile (with Mary coaching you.) Space is limited so register early. All materials are provided.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Mary Haller
Cost: $50 for Members | $60 for Non-Members | $20 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Saturday Fashion Bootcamp (ages 9-17)"
February 29, 2020
 

For designers ages 9-17 who want to create fashion from conventional and unconventional materials. Students will complete a basic sewing project and work on a fashion design of their own creation aided by our skilled teachers. Students will explore, design and create with the materials they bring and those that we have on hand. Students will learn about fashion design, construction, creative thinking and more. Participants will need to bring an idea for an unconventional material outfit, some requested materials and a basic sewing kit.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Cost: $45 for Members | $55 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Beginning Drawing"
February 29 - March 1, 2020
 

Join instructor John Ribble for this perfect introduction to the fundamentals of drawing, it’s media and surfaces, and it’s significance in all things artistic. Students in this class do not need any prior experience in drawing, just an open mind and willingness to learn. Topics will include: -Drawing as thinking: organization, planning, and establishing a purpose for drawing -Emphasis on structural drawing -Focusing on line, value, and form. All drawings in this class will be done from life, not photography. John will bring in several visually interesting objects to set up unique still life settings.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: John Ribble
Cost: $150
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Exploring Watercolor and Water-Based Media"
February 29 - March 1, 2020
 

Experience the joy of working with watercolor and water-soluble pencils and pastels. Both traditional and innovative techniques will be demonstrated to create luminous color and descriptive effects. Try your hand at the various media, individually and in-combination, while working from your own photographs, still life arrangements, or imagination. A great introduction to watercolor and mixed media! (Tuition includes $10 materials fee.)
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Lesa Chittenden Lim
Cost: $185
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Full-Day Artist Workshop New Zealand"
February 29, 2020
 

Learn, Explore, Create and Express in this full-on, full-day painting workshop designed to bring out the best artist in you! You will be surrounded by other inspiring artists while working in the newly renovated big bright Maker Workshop at the Arts Centre in Christchurch. This 8-hour workshop includes a morning of learning techniques, followed by gourmet box lunch break in the gardens, before an afternoon of inspiration and creation! The day is led by Canadian Artist/Instructor and GOLDEN Artist Educator, Sandra Iafrate who will focus on offering techniques to elevate your artistic skills level through learning-by-doing and she will guide you in creating unique work which speaks to your individual goals and vision.
 
Location: Christchruch, New Zealand
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $185.NZD
Sponsor: The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora
Website, email


"Paper Play"
February 29, 2020
 

A single piece of paper can become an herbal sachet, an origami gift box, or a one of a kind triptych. Learn to fold and mold handmade and specialty papers to make 3 unique projects to scent your closet, hold presents and create a memorable card. Instruction, all materials, tools and supplies are provided. Samples and project ideas will be on hand for inspiration.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Peg Coffey
Cost: member $35; non-member $40
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Art, Sea & Soul Retreat"
March 1-8, 2020
 

Create Magic in Mahahual! Isn’t it time you made you a priority?! Fuel your vision for 2020! Art, Beauty, Beach Time, Swimming, Yoga, Culture, Rejuvenation, Fun! Stay at boutique beach club in Yucatan Peninsula, along Caribbean aquamarine waters. Daily art workshops, time for swimming, yoga, biking, whatever you need to do you! Open to all levels from brand new artists to experienced! Visit Tulum and Laguna Bacalar. Maggie Standley is a professional artist who has been leading art workshops for 25 years. She participated in Puerto Rico’s Santurce es Ley Mural Festival in 2016, has exhibited around the country and maintains a working studio in Burlington, VT, Wingspan Studio.
 
Location: Mahahual, Mexico
Instructor: Maggie Standley
Cost: $1430
Sponsor: Wingspan Studio
Website, email, 802-233-7676


"Naples and Nature"
March 2-4, & 9-11
 

“Naples and Nature” Plein Air Painting Workshop Kevin Shea In Naples paint with us on site at cafés, historic cottages and along the gulf coast of Florida where the atmosphere is enhanced with architecture, city docks, colorful flowers and figures. Nature features palms, mangroves, and flowers in southwest Florida’s subtropics. Demonstrations and individual instructions in inspiring settings. Shea conducts his popular workshops in New England, Florida and Italy. He has exhibited nationally with the American Artists Professional League and the Salmagundi Club. He has been contracted by Warner Brothers and the Boston Pops, featured in numerous publications, on television and displays paintings in several galleries.
 
Location: Naples, Florida
Instructor: Kevin Shea
Cost: $375 each, $695 for both
Sponsor: Kevin Shea Fine Art
Website, email, 978-387-8105


"Fast & Furious Painting: Myakkalike Landscapes"
March 2, 2020
 

Many of my paintings are done from what I see in my own neighborhood within walking distance to a canal, park, golf course, pond and even my own back yard. My reference photos and paintings will be from these environs but students are also welcome to bring their own. It’s more about how you paint than what you paint. I choose poetry and creativity over correctness and am willing to change course as my painting progresses. We’ll focus on using a loose, colorful and expressive painting technique. Skill and confidence will follow while putting pizazz into your paintings. This will be a fun, easy going, workshop where you can’t have too much fun. Each student will get ample personal guidance.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"5 Paintings in 5 Days Acrylic Painting in Puerto Vallarta"
March 2-6, 2020
 

Offered by successful and experienced artists and instructors in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. You will learn or review the elements of art, composition and essentials of color. Explore painting in a variety of styles in the context of several topics. All levels of experience are invited to participate. Perfect combination of creative fun and relaxation time! Workshop designed with the “artist on vacation” twist. In the morning we paint, and afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping and restaurants of this fabulous city full of wonders. To make your travel easier all materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Bringing the Outdoors In: Painting Expressive Landscapes in Oil"
March 2-6, 2020
 

This unique five-day workshop experience with award-winning, contemporary American Impressionist, Eric Jacobsen, is intended to hone students painting skills and expand their creative language. Emphasis will be on risk taking, abstract design, and mark making, the three necessary components to take one’s work to the next level and separate oneself from the “pack”. Students will learn to see like a poet and unlock their true creative potential. Students are encouraged take a journey into new artistic territory and open up the possibility for a purer, honest, and unique result for their paintings. Sign up now!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eric Jacobsen, www.jacobsenfineart.com
Cost: $655 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Kogan Method"
March 2-12, 2020
 

This three-part course explores Simon Kogan’s process of creating 2D and 3D works of art that have form, structure, mass, energy, mood, and movement. Students will use composition and design to create art that has presence, expression and emotion. Join Simon on this artistic exploration of anatomy and drawing, sculpture, and painting and how the Kogan Method gives you the skills and freedom to take your art to the next level! In this three-part course, students will start with the understanding and use of line, then advance to form and space, and finish with the final workshop culminating in application of color.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $1075 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Anatomy and Drawing"
March 2-4, 2020
 

This anatomy class is a must for all artists, 3-D and 2-D, working in any medium. Simon covers each body part, not medical dissection, but conceptually, toward an understanding of movement and form for the needs of the artist: how a joint moves, how far you can “push” it for expressions sake, and when you will “break” it. This intense workshop will empower students’ drawing and will increase their understanding and freedom to manipulate the figure in space. Students will create an anatomy textbook of their own, forever a useful resource to reinforce the understanding and use of anatomy for future work. Students can use pencil, chalk, charcoal, brush, stick, or anything that leaves a mark on paper.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor & Pastel: Impressionistic Flowers"
March 3, 2020
 

A colorful and intuitive painting approach for beginners. Following a loose abstract pattern, we will create this painting by throwing and spraying paint to let the watercolor “paint itself”. The flowers will literally surface, after which when the paper is dry we will draw some suggestible flower shapes in pastels. Though we will do step by step, every painting will be different, as this approach allows for the subject to merge from random unique abstracts. No experience necessary. Perfect for the experienced painter who wants to loosen up and explore combining the mediums.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Cedar Kindy
Cost: $120 for Members | $150 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Tiny Treasures: Mixed Media Painting"
March 3, 2020
 

Paper / Mixed Media – In this fun session we will create miniature mixed media works of art that can stand on their own or be incorporated into larger works. All supplies provided.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $55 for Members | $65 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Guided Visual Journals"
March 3, 2020
 

Participants will learn a variety of visual art techniques and experiment with them in their visual journals. From drawing, to painting, to collage, the visual journal will become a storehouse of creative ideas and inspirations.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $40 / $36 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Youth: Youth Art Month Flags"
March 3, 2020
 

For kiddos ages 5 to 15. Join us this winter for these exciting classes, each of which focus around a famous artist or style. Each week will incorporate the elements of art and principles of design. Often, math and language arts concepts will be reiterated for a full on arts integrated lesson. All materials are included in our Tuesday youth classes.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $30 / $27 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor for Beginners"
Tuesdays, March 3-31, 2020
 

Joanna Chalson will be offering a 4 week beginning watercolor class. This is great for those with little to no experience using the watercolor medium, and for those who have taken some classes but really want help improving their technique. Each week will offer a new lesson that builds upon the last. There will be demonstrations, critique and a lot of one-on-one individual help. We hope you can join us for this class!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Joanna Chalson
Cost: $200 / $180 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Wine & Design: Wine & Hand Zentangles"
March 4, 2020
 

Join us for these exciting evening sessions. Let loose and unwind with a glass of wine and get your creativity flowing. No experience 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 and wine!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $50 / $40 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Nuno Felting - Scarf"
March 4, 2020
 

Explore the texture and adventure of nuno felting in this all day workshop. Students will learn to create a scarf a one-of-a-kind work of art with dimension and interest through nuno felting wool and other fibers onto silk. Small class size will give each student the attention and time they need to perfect their project. Bring additional fibers if desired (such as locks, silks and yarns) and get ready for a fun day of felting, work, rolling, and play!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Irene Dizes
Cost: $150 for Members | $170 for Non-Members | $40 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Eco-Printing on Paper & Fabric"
March 4, 2020
 

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.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members | $10 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Dancing Entrepreneur Innovative Visionary Business Class"
March 4-18, 2020
 

Calling all entrepreneurs, visionaries with heart and those getting started with their business! Join us for a class where we dance between worlds, weaving within the traditional and feminine framework of a business plan to create a vision aligned with your values and create a 16-card deck for inspiration for your business, as well as a full-color 8-page book. We hope you will join us!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Shiloh Sophia with Mary MacDonald
Cost: $295 or 3 pay of $100
Website, email


"Portrait Painting"
March 5-6, 2020
 

This workshop is designed to improve composition, color use and likeness of the subject in portrait painting. Students will learn how to apply underpainting, color layers and texture in their choice of oils or acrylic. During this workshop we will compare and demonstrate techniques in each medium that build a portrait from the initial sketch to a finished painting. Students will work from a live model or their own photo reference.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Craig Carl
Cost: $185 for Members | $215 for Non-Members | $33 Model Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Create Moving Atmosphere in the Landscape"
March 5-8, 2020
 

Light and atmospheric forces act upon the landscape to create a story, and it’s up to you as the artist to decide how to tell it. Join award-winning artist Kathleen Hudson as she reveals how she infuses her landscapes with atmosphere. Students will learn how to see subtle color and value shifts that give their paintings depth. They will also learn tools for effective self-critique so they can strengthen their own work at each stage of progress. Hudson will bring examples of her preparatory sketches and color studies so students can thumb through those in person. Each morning will feature a presentation and demonstration, and then exercises for students focusing on value and composition. Afternoons will be devoted to one-on-one instruction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathleen Hudson, www.kathleenbhudson.com
Cost: $600 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Observational Workshop: Learning to See for Drawing, Painting & Sculpture"
March 5-6, 2020
 

There is an excellent reason classical training in representational art begins with drawing - and it is not because drawing is inherently valuable as an ability or as a product. The real value in classical training is this understanding: Accurate drawing arises from correct visual analysis. There can be no accurate drawing (or painting or sculpture) if one has not learned and consistently applied a method of visual analysis, providing the specific information needed to render an object accurately. Importantly, this method of analysis can be effectively taught and learned. It is the deepest meaning of the vague and often misunderstood term, ‘Seeing’, in the context of Art. Seeing, (the result of intelligent, purposeful observation) is a learned skill, not a talent.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Neil Rizos
Cost: $230 / $207 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Landscape, Beyond the Photograph"
Thursdays, March 5-19, 2020
 

Paint landscapes in the medium of your choice pushing them beyond your photo reference with color and design. Do small value sketches in your sketchbook to decide which reference would make the most successful painting. Demos and individual help daily. Class will vote on painting plein aire day 3.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Don & Joyce Nagel
Cost: $120 / $108 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Hand-Printed Monotype"
Thursdays, March 5 - April 2, 2020
 

Learn monotype printmaking methods that do not require a press or shop facilities. Seen in the work of Edgar Degas, Michael Mazure and others, these painterly techniques are easily transportable for use outside for plein air work, on a table at home, or in the classroom. An added appeal is that images can be made using any materials that you have on hand, such as oil/acrylic paint, watercolor, or ink. Oil-based block-printing inks and various papers will be supplied for this class; experiment with your own paints and inks as well.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jennifer Baker
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Anna Maria Island - Sarasota Florida"
March 5-6, 2020
 

Outdoor Painting from Life. Oil/Acrylic art workshop. 2 day workshop only. Here's your chance to stay and take a workshop in the beautiful Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Florida area. Each day focuses on creativity, bold composition, getting atmosphere in your paintings. You will learn to make quick decisions and simplify for the most impact. We will discuss Color relationships, detail, form and edges and 'what you want to say with your work' More info on website.
 
Location: Anna Maria & Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Founder
Cost: $335.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270


"One-Way Trip to Composing Sculpture"
March 6-8, 2020
 

In this workshop, students will have an opportunity to create a functional sculpture which will be part of everyday life at home. It can be a relief tile to look at or a doorknob to pull; shaped as a sphere, square or irregular shape. There is no limit to one’s imagination. This is not a class for designing a home decor but rather surrounding oneself with the beauty created to awe, observe and enjoy using. Students will be sculpting their ideas with a water-based clay and use a model to tell the story through the object and tactile experience of it. The fired clay can be attached to furniture or placed into any environment, and can be glazed or painted.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
March 6, 2020
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Creative Soul Courses"
Begins March 6, 2020
 

Learn how to super charge your creativity by connecting the path between your art, heart and soul. You have 7 videos of painting instruction, 5 audios to enhance your creative thinking, guided visualizations, writing exercises and daily support to deepen the connection between your story and how you express it. Follow along with the online course or go at your own pace that fits your schedule. All course material is available to you for a full year.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"Hand Caning"
March 6, 2020
 

Participants weave each of the 7-steps to hand cane a wooden frame, the most common pattern found in woven seats of chairs and rockers. When completed the sample serves as a reference tool for future caning projects. Participants need to bring small hand clippers, a clean washcloth, small spray bottle, awl, pencil and plastic bag to keep instructions dry. Materials fee of $25.00/person covers cost of the kit and supplies (pegs, frame, binder and strand cane) with written handouts. Please bring a sack lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Phil & Peg Coffey
Cost: member $80; non-member $85
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Go With the Flow: Very Beginner Fluid Acrylics"
March 7, 2020
 

Fluid acrylic is a very liberating painting medium—and the pour technique is just the beginning. We will experiment with various additives that make the paint do amazing things as if by magic. This workshop will focus on how to control and enhance the “look” obtained—and take the design to satisfying conclusion. The possibilities for amazing paintings are endless—and the flow helps make it happen. All materials—including 4 canvases will be provided for a $20 fee. Additional canvases can be purchased at the Academy for $7. (Half hour lunch time; bring your bag lunch or purchase nearby.) No experience required.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $80 / $72 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Weekend Warriors Workshop"
March 7-8, 2020
 

Join us in my studio to paint from life with outstanding models in an inspired atmosphere! This popular painting workshop focuses on the Figure and Portrait in a series of Alla Prima exercises designed to help artists at all levels to strengthen their brushwork, color-mixing, and observation skills. Individualized assistance.
 
Location: Crockett, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $250 (includes model fees)
Website, 415-307-9796


"Introduction to Screen Printing"
March 7, 2020
 

Learn everything you need to know about the technique of screen printing, the stencil method of printmaking, practiced by Shepard Fairey, Roy Lichtenstein and more. Step-by-step instruction will include choosing a subject, creating stencils, exposing the screen, color mixing, paper registration and printing. Come away with an edition of 10 two-color prints! No experience necessary. (Tuition includes $15 lab fee.)
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Lisa Hamilton
Cost: $210
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Flame-Working: Glass Bead Making"
Saturdays, March 7 & 14, 2020
 

In this introductory session, you’ll be exposed to the basics and various styling methods to melt colorful glass rods in the traditional lampworking technique. You’ll experience all the fun of working with glass in molten form as you’re introduced to lampworking safety procedures and a bit of the history of this storied art form. You’ll understand how to distinguish quality glass from inexpensive imitations. Note: Each participant will be working with a hot torch and molten glass, so please wear old cotton clothes, closed-toe shoes, and tie back long hair. No experience necessary. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Kari Chittenden
Cost: member $140; non-member $150 (Materials included.)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Doodle Baja"
March 8-14, 2020
 

Enjoy a week of art, food, fun, and friends in El Sargento Baja (La Paz area). Private residential hacienda, close to beach. Includes ground transportation from San Jose del Cabo (we all arrive within 2 hrs), art supplies and daily instruction, 3 meals/day M-F, side trips to ruins, small village, private beaches. Limited to 6 students, 3 spaces available, double occupancy. Suzi is fun instructor! This is pen/watercolor sketchbook doodling, but more than doodling. Illustrate your journal. Make a sketchbook! Learn perspective, proportion, color mixing, lots more!
 
Location: El Sargento, Baja California, Mexico
Instructor: Suzi Long
Cost: $1500 or $1250 by January 15
Sponsor: Sea Sniper Baja, Las Piedras, El Sargento
Website, email, 707-937-5664


"From Dawn to Dusk, Capturing Light in Oils"
March 9-11, 2020
 

Join Awardwinning artist Peggy Ellis for this exciting workshop! We will explore capturing light with step by step techniques and tips; including starting with a strong composition, value studies and color harmony.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Peggy Ellis
Cost: $350 / $315 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Matisse Inspired Collage"
March 9, 2020
 

Contour drawings of real life objects will be drawn on colored paper, cut out and glued to Bristol paper in images inspired by Henri Matisse. The student may then decide to produce a collage like a Matisse to use for the Art League of Hilton Head’s Fabulous Fakes event in April.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Joyce Nagel
Cost: $40 / $36 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
March 9-11, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Hickory, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Hickory Museum of Art
Website, email, 828-327-8576


"Vibrant Watercolor Pencils"
March 9, 2020
 

Watercolor pencils and crayons are among the most amazingly versatile art materials available. You can draw, paint, color, add detail and more with just water and these pencils and crayons. The colors are extremely vivid and best of all—fast and easy to use and clean up! Either a floral or an abstract painting—as desired by the group—will be demonstrated and the class will be encouraged to follow along. Photo references will be available but participants may certainly bring their own photos. Drawing techniques will be explored in depth, demonstrating how to begin the painting. Color application techniques will be fully covered as well. The pieces will begin as drawings but evolve into brilliantly vibrant paintings.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Kathryn Morrill
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Daring Color"
March 9-12, 2020
 

Anne Abbgot, AWS, NWS, has the number one selling watercolor book, "Daring Color". Anne will be doing a 4-Day workshop for Miami Watercolor Society. She will focus on a different one of her paintings and painting style each day. Anne will be teaching her famous "Daring Color" technique of dropping color into color. You will learn about pigments and color mingling. She will also teach computer-altered images and how to use your computer to make your photo into an award winning painting. To Register go to miamiwatercolor.org/workshops/
 
Location: Miami, Florida
Instructor: Anne Abgott
Cost: $345 members, $405 non-members - early bird prices
Sponsor: Miami Watercolor Society
Website, email, 954-646-8698


"Drawing the Portrait from Life"
March 9-12, 2020
 

In this four-day workshop, students will create a finished portrait drawing from life. Emphasis will be placed on value control and edges. By focusing on deliberate pencil pressure and maintaining accurate mass relationships rather than rendering, the application of hatched directional marks creates form and energy. Students will use the method of relative sizing to transcribe the portrait to their paper. Class discussions will include how to accurately judge values, edges and forms while working from life. This workshop aims to guide students toward creating a drawing from life using traditional drawing techniques. Shana will demo from the model for the first three hours of class and the students will work the second three hours of class with guided instruction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Shana Levenson, www.shanalevenson.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Investigating the Modern Portrait"
March 9-13, 2020
 

The focus of this workshop will be advanced life painting and drawing methods to investigate the underlying rhythm, expression and emotion of the modern portrait. Students will work to develop clarity of vision essential for accurate observation; learning to focus on what is in front of them without being overwhelmed. Through this intensive observation, students will explore the uniqueness of individual features and their relationship to each other as part of a coherent whole. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the structure of the model, as well as the artist’s analysis and interpretation. All questions will be answered both visually and verbally. The majority of instruction will be one-on-one coaching, in order to help diagnose any stumbling blocks that students may have.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Jon Kassan, www.davidkassan.com
Cost: $735 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint with an Understanding of the Masters"
March 9-13, 2020
 

Robert Johnson is an OPA Master. His workshop in oils will focus on developing an understanding of the essential elements of painting that have been passed on through the centuries from teacher to student, master to apprentice, and artist to artist. Brush strokes will be heavily emphasized as a means to depict form, achieve expressive power, and maintain a painting’s feeling of spontaneity and life. Robert will teach the importance of an understanding of values, edges, light, and color to create a powerful and memorable painting. Still-life, florals, and the portrait will be the subject matter of the workshop and students can feel free to choose a subject or subjects they wish to paint. The workshop is open to all levels.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Johnson, www.robertjohnsonart.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Composing in Color"
March 10-12, 2020
 

Paint is a colored substance, spread on a surface. The magic of painting is turning paint into color. Making the colors tell a story, giving viewer butterflies, mesmerizing - that is composing in color. Students will start with a simple still life, progress to the model and then into complex settings. Students will whisper a mood with the color and learn to let the color talk.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Youth: Lucky Clovers"
March 10, 2020
 

For kiddos ages 5 to 15. Join us this winter for these exciting classes, each of which focus around a famous artist or style. Each week will incorporate the elements of art and principles of design. Often, math and language arts concepts will be reiterated for a full on arts integrated lesson. All materials are included in our Tuesday youth classes.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $30 / $27 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Youth: O'Keeffe Inspired Flowers"
March 10, 2020
 

For kiddos ages 5 to 15. Join us this winter for these exciting classes, each of which focus around a famous artist or style. Each week will incorporate the elements of art and principles of design. Often, math and language arts concepts will be reiterated for a full on arts integrated lesson. All materials are included in our Tuesday youth classes.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $30 / $27 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"It's a Snap: Advanced Photography"
March 11 & 13, 2020
 

This workshop is designed to help students take their basic digital photography skills to a higher level. Students will participate in walking field trips to places like the Garden Club, will learn some basic editing skills, will experiment with different photography techniques and push their creativity to create more interesting photographs. Must have basic Digital Photography skills. Students must have/bring a DSLR Camera, memory cards and a flash drive. Please bring a laptop if available.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Barbara Gerdeman
Cost: $190 for Members | $220 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"From Sketchbook to Studio"
March 11-14, 2020
 

Explore the medium of watercolor in a relaxing and creative environment. Iain Stewart's, sole focus will be bringing your creativity to light and aiding you in dispelling the myths of the difficulties of painting in this wonderful medium. Through demonstration, critique, and lessons learned over a long painting career, Iain will help you understand how to prepare for and anticipate the challenges that painting in watercolor presents. By guiding you through his process which relies on simplification of subject through exploratory sketching and value studies Iain will demonstrate how to create a road map, that if followed, will greatly improve your painting.
 
Location: Quincy, Florida
Instructor: Iain Stewart
Cost: $460 GACM/TAWS Members, $500 Nonmembers
Sponsor: Gadsden Arts Center & Museum
Website, email, (850) 627-5023


"Open Abstract & Impressionism with Art Cornell"
Wednesdays, March 11 - April 1, 2020
 

Join us for open abstract and impressionism. In this weekly class, students will explore both non-objective and objective abstract painting, using different methodds in each creation. Demonstration and 1 on 1 attention will be given.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Art Cornell
Cost: $160 / $144 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Figure in Lace"
March 13-15, 2020
 

There are so many nuances when painting lace fabric. In this workshop, Shana will talk about the structure of painting lace and sheer fabric on forms as well as seeing beyond the photo reference and finding the colors beyond what is there. Photo reference will be provided and the lace fabric the students are working from will be in the studio live so that the students can see in detail what the lace feels and looks like. This workshop will allow students to approach painting lace with more confidence and to see beyond every thread to create character and luminosity to the fabric. Students will be able to take the information for painting lace and incorporate these concepts into other parts of future paintings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Shana Levenson, www.shanalevenson.com
Cost: $400 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Expressive Brushwork En Plein Air"
March 14-21, 2020
 

Join us for an all-inclusive workshop above and beyond the ordinary experience in a relaxing and romantic fishing village near Puerto Vallerta, Mexico. The Casa de los Artistas is a perfect venue for immersing yourself in culture, art, and nature. To be in the moment as much as humanly possible is what we so often strive to do. Painting plein air is a good way to get there. Join California artist Randall Sexton for a fun week of “choice moments” while painting the various scenes close to La Casa.
 
Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Mexico
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $2,195
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas
Website, email, 1-877-860-3500


"Introduction to Crochet"
March 14, 2020
 

Crochet is arguably easier to learn, faster, more versatile, more portable, and less expensive than any other textile handcraft. Once you learn the basic chain and single crochet stitch, the possibilities are endless! We’ll look at lots of traditional and contemporary examples. By the end of this half-day workshop you will complete a sampler of stitches including lace, and learn to increase and decrease. You will leave with a handout that will encourage further exploration. All materials will be provided.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Briony Jean Foy
Cost: $65 + $6 supply fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"The 3 Tenors! Texturing Watercolor Paper"
March 14, 2020
 

Come and join us for a two-day watercolor workshop. Our first day we will practice creating our texturized watercolor paper. After drying overnight, we will use the texturized paper we created. With our first two pieces we will create texture with paintings in mind (photographs will be provided). Our third piece of paper we will create first and then together we will decide what is emerging: a realism or abstract watercolor. This is a relaxing exercise in traveling to the creative side of the brain. There is no right or wrong to it, just expressions of creativeness. Towards the end of our last day I will demonstrate how to varnish and mount the watercolor on a canvas. No mat, glass or frame required.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Wendy Cunico
Cost: $230 / $207 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Mediterranean Plein Air Painting Vacation"
March 14-21, 2020
 

Travel to Cyprus and paint en plein air in and around the beautiful village of Pano Lefkara. Get inspired by stunning mountain ranges and sea shores, olive and lemon groves, unique architecture, signature Venetian merchant houses, medieval convents and monasteries, narrow cobbled streets, traditional courtyards, and brightly colored doorways. UpTrek painting retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — 5 days of painting tuition — full-time art tutor on hand — air-conditioned transportation for daily excursions — art materials provided for all mediums— 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners — lunches and dinners served with a bottle of wine for two people to share — wine and olive oil tasting — traditional silversmith and lacemaking demonstration — airport transfers
 
Location: Lefkara, Cyprus
Instructor: Anna Kakoulli, Georgia Michaelides Saad
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Animal Sculpture at the Zoo"
Saturdays, March 14 - April 18, 2020
 

Compose clay sculptural studies of animal subjects on location at the Philadelphia Zoo. Begin with rapid three-dimensional sketches and progress to extended sculptural renderings in order to identify boney landmarks and convey the gesture of a variety of species. Comparative anatomy, materials, and techniques will be addressed, as well as methods for capturing expression. Zoo admission not included.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Diane Collins
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Workshop"
March 14-15, 2020
 

Interested in learning or improving your watercolor skills? All materials and techniques will be discussed, including the selection of papers, brushes, and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Students will work from still-life, and/or their own source material. A life/portrait model will also be available both days. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"A Stitch in Time"
March 14, 2020
 

When your hands find a simple task, it gives your mind time to slow down and focus on your creativity. Learn and make two unique cards with colorful threads with the techniques of string art and paper piercing in this hands-on workshop. Instruction and all materials, tools and supplies are provided. Samples and project ideas will be on hand for inspiration.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Peg Coffey
Cost: member $30; non-member $35
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Paint a Selfie"
March 16, 2020
 

Bring a photo of yourself, or a mirror to use to paint a likeness of yourself. This half day workshop is in the medium of your choice. A demonstration along with individual help will be given to each student. Students should have drawing experience along with experience working in whatever medium they wish to use.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Joyce Nagel
Cost: $40 / $36 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
March 16-20, 2020
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Techniques and Composition for Dramatic Wildlife Painting"
March 16-20, 2020
 

Join this intensive, five-day workshop and discover approaches and techniques for creating dynamic wildlife paintings. Beginning with an abbreviated lecture on the principles of design and composition and the fundamentals of painting and how they translate into dramatic wildlife paintings, Dustin will then guide students through the process of creating a wildlife work from concept to completion — each day focusing on a fundamental aspect of the process. Techniques for overcoming the limitations of reference photography and using reference and field studies to realize the student’s idea, understanding form, design, and color to create drama as well as introducing painting techniques that will enhance one’s work are just some of the vital components of wildlife painting that will be covered in this workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dustin Van Wechel, www.dustinvanwechel.com
Cost: $635 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Fundamentals of Studio Landscape Painting"
March 16-20, 2020
 

This time-tested curriculum is designed for the serious student wishing to develop further fundamentals in landscape painting, including a greater understanding for values, color mixing, atmospheric perspective, and composition including design organization and emphasis. The focus will also be on developing more fluid brushwork and a personal statement in representing outdoor subject matter. The class is intended for beginning through advanced levels, and students will learn a reliable step-by-step, systematic shorthand for either studio or on-location painting. Though we will accomplish eight to ten painting studies during the course of the week, the primary focus will be on imparting the necessary information for self-evaluation and growth far beyond the scope of the five-day workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: John Poon, www.johnpoon.net
Cost: $655 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure in Oil: In Studio and Plein Air"
March 16-20, 2020
 

In this workshop, the figure will be the subject matter; however, the focus will be on improving drawing skills and seeing values and colors correctly, along with understanding their relationships to each other. There will be daily demonstrations emphasizing the big shapes and establishing their relationships correctly. This provides a springboard to adding additional information, if the individual artist desires. Students will address design and technique in a manner in which the individual artist may express themselves in a personal way. Students will experience many specific assignments, which will help them to "get to the point a little more quickly" will receive plenty of one-on-one instruction. Be ready to cover a lot of canvas and to “learn through earnest mileage."
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Peggi Kroll-Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Cost: $720 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Expressive Portrait"
March 16-20, 2020
 

This workshop will cover the themes and processes of: understanding visual elements and their efficient usage in order to create a specific mood and message; how to build portrait painting structure with interesting brush strokes; case studies, color scheme, color pattern design and basic composition. Students will create a unique portrait painting from reference photos provided or from their own photographs. Working from this list of themes, students will address each one in accordance with their level of experience.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Zin Lim, www.zinlim.com
Cost: $760 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Creating Painterly Pastels"
March 17, 2020
 

Learn an approach to creating colorful and impressionistic scenes or portraits with the beauty of pastel pigments. You will discover how to simplify and enhance your painting with emphasis on composition, drawing and color temperature. This is a workshop for students of all levels conducted in a relaxed atmosphere with individual help at the easel. Some experience with pastels is suggested.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Gary Eisenberg
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Steve Rogers, AWS, NWS at Gold Coast Watercolor Society - South Florida"
March 17-19, 2020
 

Join us in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida with Steve Rogers, AWS, NWS, as we discover the pure joy of painting Intuitive Abstract Painting with Fluid Acrylics, Watercolor Pencils and Crayons and more. Letting go and realizing that there are no rules, using an understanding of Design and Color Theory. All of which will be thoroughly explained and illustrated. Then the fun begins! Lots of intuitive painting time with help finding your direction and finally what it takes to pull an Abstract together. More info. / Sign up with Paypal at our website or contact Teresa Kirk at swgfl@aol.com -954-436-2858
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Instructor: Steve Rogers, AWS, NWS
Cost: $350 Members / $395 Nonmembers
Sponsor: Gold Coast Watercolor Society
Website, email, 954-436-2858


"The Basics of Color: Figure Painting"
Wednesdays, March 18 - May 6, 2020
 

Mixing too much paint, for too long, with poor results? Learn to use color effectively! Explore color mixing, value, temperature and pigment variations through exercises and observational painting. Instruction covers oil color palettes, painting methods, grounds, materials, and terminology. Apply this visual vocabulary of color to all painting media. All levels welcome. (Tuition includes $15 model fee.)
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Cost: $410
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Landscape and Seascape Painting Retreat on Mexico's Stunning Beaches"
March 18-25, 2020
 

Travel to Mexico, take part in artist-led landscape, seascape and still life painting workshops, paint en plein air and get inspired by the stunning Mexican backcountry, with its colorful villages, pristine beaches, and unspoiled tropical jungles. 8 days — Available in English — All levels — Max. 10 people — Oils, Acrylics — Landscape, Seascape, Still Life. UpTrek Painting Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation (one night in a Puerto Vallarta hotel, six nights at an ocean-side country house); all meals; painting instruction and workshops with artist Sheree Jones; most art supplies; entertainment; a field trip to the Jungle; morning yoga and meditation classes; transportation from/to Puerto Vallarta.
 
Location: Los Cocos, Nayarit, Mexico
Instructor: Sheree Jones
Cost: $1,800
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Mastering Skies & Reflections in Oil, Acrylic or Pastel"
March 19-22, 2020
 

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


"Mixed Media Assemblage: Art Dolls"
March 19, 2020
 

In this workshop you will be creating your own wall art doll. We will be using a variety of materials including paper clay, wood, wire, paint, paper, threads and found objects etc. We will start with a supplied kit consisting of a dried clay (flat back) head, a piece of sanded wood (body) pre-drilled, and choice of arms and legs. We will have fun painting, gluing, nailing, decoupaging and being creative as we give our dolls their characters. There will be plenty of decorative items to choose from but you may also bring in anything you may want to add to your own doll or items you’d like to share with the class.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Melanie Carlstein
Cost: $45 for Members | $55 for Non-Members | $15 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"New York City Art Tour offered since 1993"
March 19-22, 2020
 

A flexible bus trip to New York City from Ottawa offered since 1993. Participants from the United States can join us in NYC. Three nights and four days in Midtown Manhattan visiting the Met, the MoMa, the Guggenheim, the Whitney, the Chelsea Galleries and more. A great opportunity to travel with a group of art lovers and an art historian on board. Price per person of New York Art Trip 2020 (March 19-22) in a double room is CAD 880 (around US$670 at the current exchange rate). We also offer single, triple and quad accommodation. Price includes three nights at a hotel in Midtown Manhattan, transportation Ottawa-New York City-Ottawa and transportation to all museums and galleries on schedule.
 
Location: New York City, New York
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$670
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painterly Head Studies"
March 19-21, 2020
 

I work toward 'painterly realism'; good drawing and composition, rendered with strong natural color, in such a way that you can still 'sense' or 'feel' the paint. The effect of this process is that the subject begins to artfully reveal itself to me and hopefully, the viewer. In over 20 years as a professional artist I've completed over 500 oil portraits, 1000 charcoal portraits, sold many gallery paintings, had a number of one-person shows, and won a number of awards.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Rich Nelson, richardchristiannelson.com
Cost: $450
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Easy Greens and Gestural People"
March 20-21, 2020
 

Add Life to your Landscapes! Learn how to sketch and paint a variety of trees and other landscape elements using pen and ink and watercolors. This class is perfect for both plein air painters and studio painters! Break through the confusion of multiple elements in a landscape. Learn how to sketch quick value studies, and add buildings, architectural elements, and gestural figures to the landscape to create drama and interest. There will be no need to draw anything in advance. (Lunch is provided both days.)
 
Location: Summerville, South Carolina
Instructor: Annie Strack
Cost: $235.00
Sponsor: Helen K Beacham Fine Art
Website, email, 843-408-5240


"Cold Wax & Oil"
March 20, 2020
 

In this workshop, students learn to combine and manipulate the soft impasto medium of cold wax with oil paint and pigment sticks, using a variety of tools, techniques and other materials to create layered textured expressive surfaces. Demonstrations, presentations and group discussions.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Elena De La Ville
Cost: $160 for Members | $180 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Figuring Abstractly"
March 30, April 25, May 30
 

Working from photographs (provided by me or you can bring your own) to “draw with paint”, rendering to an abstracted figure on a wooden panel. You will learn various ways to get the sketch down quickly, choosing a palette. We will start with a value sketch on the panel. You will learn to keep the piece interesting with movement, balance, value and varying shapes within the piece.
 
Location: Los Angeles, California
Instructor: Donna Weathers
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Donna Weathers
Website, email, 310-428-2386


"Bind Your Time"
March 21, 2020
 

Make a one-of-a-kind book to record your feelings, thoughts, ideas, lists and wishes for safe-keeping. Using basic bookmaking techniques participants will learn to design a bookcover, choose the number & types of paper and specialty components to include, then bind it with a unique fastener of their choosing. Feel welcome to incorporate your paper into your project. A selection of handmade papers are included with all tools, supplies and equipment provided.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Peg Coffey
Cost: member $45; non-member $50
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Discovering Your Visual Language"
March 21, 2020
 

Develop personal imagery and symbolism in this exploratory workshop. Create content by mark-marking on paper and discover your unique visual voice. Collage imagery with paint and other media to add texture and contrast. Learn to develop personal imagery and symbolism. Better understand multi-dimensional collage and mixed media. The first half of class will be drawing based, where the “parts” are made to later collage. The second half of the day 1 - 2 artworks will be made on canvas or canvas board.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Julie Kanapaux
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Saturday Emerging Artists (ages 11-17)"
March 21, 2020
 

Students will change an ordinary mint tin into the extraordinary! See where your imagination leads you as we work in miniature. These Saturday classes are for youth ages 11-17. All supplies included.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $20 for Members | $25 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"The Portrait and The Figure"
March 21-28, 2020
 

Picture yourself painting and touring with internationally acclaimed watercolorist, Mary Whyte. Mary will guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Enjoy lots of painting action, one-on-one instruction, wonderful meals and wine, and Italian activities! Come, explore the Amalfi Coast, visit Capri, take in local museums and more. We have a full itinerary with you in mind so don't miss this workshop of a lifetime for travel enthusiasts and all levels of artists. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in many magazines.
 
Location: Sorrento, Italy
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $4500 Painters, $3200 Companions
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Woodcut Workshop with Dan Miller"
March 21-22, 2020
 

Don’t miss the opportunity to work with Dan Miller, a member of the PAFA faculty for five decades and a master of woodblock printing! Inspired by his surroundings in rural Pennsylvania and Maine and a love of his materials, Miller fuses the texture of the wood grain with his imagery of landscapes, birds, insects and portrait subjects. Beginning with a printing demonstration and a slide lecture illustrating woodcut’s history, Miller will lead students through the woodcut printmaking process: designing an image, cutting the woodblock, and printing in black-and-white and color. Topics will include equipment usage, paper selection and hand-printing techniques.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Dan Miller
Cost: $415
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Photography Workshop, The Omnipresent Camera, an iPhone Workshop"
March 21, 2020
 

The new millennium has put a quality camera in nearly everyone’s pocket in the form of a smartphone. The camera phone and an app or two are a powerful and creative tool. If one can learn a few tips and tricks one can make their voice sing with this little device. This workshop will review basic camera phone controls, some filmmaking tips and basic editing tips. We will also look at a couple of post-production applications, like Hipstamatic and Instagram, that can take images to the next level. Students can bring images previous taken, but we will also be shooting new images to work with during the class. Please bring your camera/phone and ideally your laptop to upload images.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Bryce Lankard
Cost: $60 / $54 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Very Beginner, All the Basics, Oil Painting"
March 22, 2020
 

If you have ever wanted to try to paint in oils but didn’t know how to start, this is the class that will introduce you to classic oil painting and the methods used to put paint to canvas. Color mixing, brushwork, use of palette knife, types of painting supports (canvas, board etc.), painting mediums and care of materials will all be demonstrated and practiced. Information handouts are included. Come prepared to paint! No experience required. Add a materials kit option for $15 and just bring yourself!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $80 / $72 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Liquid Watercolor, Fabulously Intense!"
March 23, 2020
 

Liquid watercolors—sometimes called watercolor inks—are watercolors in an extremely concentrated form. They are formulated to achieve the greatest possible brilliance and have a unique intensity and purity. If you are craving color and looking for the “wow factor”, this is the class for you! Liquid watercolors perform differently on paper--with some techniques resulting in surprising dynamic mixings of color that only happen with this medium. All materials are supplied. Just sign up and come prepared to paint. No experience required. Supply fee of $15 can be added at checkout, or paid the morning of the class.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $80 / $72 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Putting Radiant Light into Your Paintings"
March 23-27, 2020
 

This workshop will use still life as a means to study light, the artist’s greatest gift. Using the Russian Impressionist tradition of comparing and contrasting, students will paint indoors in both warm and cool light. The emphasis will be on putting warm and cool colors next to each other in such a way that creates a sense of radiant light and harmonious color unity no matter what the subject matter is. Make colors sing! Seventeen different light effects that happen out in the real world will be examined along with the color of the shadows and the shaping features. Think of this workshop as the study of light.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan Diehl, www.susandiehl.com
Cost: $665 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Alla Prima: Painting the Portrait and Figure from Life"
March 23-27, 2020
 

This workshop is designed to create a relaxed, fun, informative, yet intense working environment. Romel will demonstrate every morning on his approach to painting the portrait and figure from life, using Alla Prima (a style of painting where, instead of building colors up with layers or glazing over an underpainting, the painting is completed while the paint is still wet) with the emphasis on the use of improving color, drawing skills, value relationships, understanding edges, and capturing the “feeling” of light. Learn to use the elements that make a painting stronger and exciting: creative use of color and edges, visual movement, paint application/ brush handling, distribution of abstract shapes and strong design. Romel will also discuss the art materials that he uses.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Romel de la Torre, www.romeldelatorreart.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Negative Painting with Watercolor"
March 23-26, 2020
 

Discover the exciting results of negative painting! This is a technique of painting around an object (negative space) to define it in the composition. Create interesting shapes and depth by building transparent glazes, overlapping and interlocking shapes. Build confidence in handling glazes, wet into wet, charging colors, and more. Students will develop a stronger understanding of color pigments and how they directly relate to the complex medium of watercolor. Students will benefit from daily demonstrations, friendly critiques, and one-on-one help.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Kathleen Giles: Realistic wet-into-wet portraits"
March 23-25, 2020
 

In this exciting and challenging workshop students will learn how to paint realistic faces and gain new confidence working wet-into-wet. Correct proportion and drawing will be the foundation for a few painted studies of parts of the face. Students will work up to a full face painting while also learning to match skin tones and values. How to choose and paint a great background will be explained and demonstrated. An emphasis will be made on learning how to increase value and color saturation with a damp brush on wet and dry paper. Teaching with knowledge and humor, Kathleen will demonstrate, critique and provide one-on-one guidance. Templates and photo references will be provided.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Kathleen Giles, www.kgilesstudio.com
Cost: $425 for Members | $465 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Flash Forward to Expressive Brushstrokes"
March 25-27, 2020
 

Paint the glorious landscape and surrounds near Zion National Park on location! This highly successful format combines plein air painting with studio critiques intended to address the specific issues and goals of each artist. The group is open to all levels, but especially designed for the experienced artist to “Move Forward”, strengthening their skills and understanding of painting while working en plein air and loosening up their brushwork. Space is limited - sign up early!
 
Location: St. George, Utah
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $475
Sponsor: Authentique Fine Art Gallery
Website, 435-313-5008


"Plein Air in Watercolor at Daufuskie Island"
March 26, 2020
 

Paint the idyllic, tranquil scenery of Haig point on Daufuskie Island. We have glistening lakes, moss draped oaks and an abundance of tranquil sites to challenge and delight you. Price includes ferry ride to and from the workshop and lunch.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jan Ross
Cost: $120 / $112 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting Hands With Debra Keirce"
March 26-29, 2020
 

In this workshop we will use modern materials in a way that I believe the old masters would have used them. My method optimizes speed and realism, using ancient concepts that date back to biblical times. My process is independent of subject matter. That means that you can apply what I share to any still life, portrait, landscape, seascape, floral, architectural or pet painting you are working on. But in this workshop, we will specifically be focusing on painting hands. We will paint hands from photographs I provide, and also from life. You have two hands, so you always have one to model while you paint with the other one. That is very convenient.
 
Location: Broadlands, Virginia
Instructor: Debra Keirce
Cost: $395
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Website, email, 571-236-0047


"Surreal Wallpaper Murals"
March 26, 2020
 

This workshop is designed to introduce beginning and seasoned mixed media artists to different techniques in creating a 2D large scale collage on textured wallpaper. Students will learn to let their art lead them through intuitive decision making and just let the work flow creating a 6 foot tall mixed media collage on textured wallpaper.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Jane Harris
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members | $10 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
March 26-28, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, email, 616-897-7842


"Eco-Printing Two Day Workshop"
March 27-28, 2020
 

Learn the exciting, unpredictable, and beautiful art of eco-printing, a contact printing process using botanical materials such as leaves and flowers on natural fabrics. We’ll experiment with natural dyes and simple shibori to create even more complex cloth to compliment the eco-prints. Covers tips and techniques for making our bundles and creating clear prints. Suitable for all fiber and textile artists, as the finished prints may be incorporated into many types of fiber art and craft, as well as clothing and scarves. All silk scarves, cotton, linen, and wool fabrics, dyes, and other materials and supplies are included. Class is held at 209 Franklin St., Natchez, MS.
 
Location: Natchez, Mississippi
Instructor: Pat Armstrong
Cost: $145.00
Sponsor: Mississippi School of Folk Arts
Website, email, 601-334-9759


"Beginning Alcohol Ink Painting"
March 27, 2020
 

Mary takes you on a fun and informative journey into the world of alcohol ink painting. You will learn six basic painting techniques while creating your own abstract tile. Then Mary teaches you several more advanced techniques as she guides you through a step by step impressionistic beach scene painting on tile. Finally, you paint a third tile of your own creation with Mary's coaching.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Mary Haller
Cost: $50 for Members | $60 for Non-Members | $15 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting without a Brush"
March 27, 2020
 

Can you paint a large painting without a brush? Let’s try out some unorthodox tools to create an exciting work. Supply list: Instructor will contact students about class materials a few weeks before the class date.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Barbara Eisenberg
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting on Glass with Kathy Oda"
March 27, 2020
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own 13”x6” plate using glass as your canvas. No painting experience necessary! This is a fun workshop so bring a friend and create something new! Once you’ve finished your creations, I will take them to my studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished plates to the Academy for you to pick up a week later.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $40 / $36 for Members / Plus $12 supply fee
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Alla Prima Speed Portraits with the Zorn Palette"
March 27-29, 2020
 

Gaining the ability to work quickly and with precision is key in your development as a painter. The most efficient way to develop your observation and intuition is to practice with short poses. The time restraint forces you to forego detail, see the big picture, and focus on gesture and large masses. We will work with a systematic and disciplined technique that is uniquely designed to achieve this aim. I will provide frequent demos, breaking down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps, as well as critique and instruct each session. Since simplicity is one of our goals, we will be using a limited palette of 7 colors. By using this dynamic palette, we refine our understanding of color relationships.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dominique Medici, www.dominiquemedici.com
Cost: $365 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Exploring Embellishment with Lisa Binkley"
March 28-29, 2020
 

Have you ever wanted to embellish fabric but weren’t sure where to start? Here’s your chance to give it a try in this two-day workshop. Begin with a small printed fabric panel that is just begging to be embellished. Explore a variety of bead embroidery stitches, thread embroidery stitches, and approaches to design while developing unique embellishment plans for a mini quilt or embellished panel. The finished panel can be completed as a small wall quilt, made into a decorative pillow, or incorporated into an embellished handbag or jacket. Students receive group instruction as well as one-on-one assistance learning new stitches and developing their own original embellishment design. Suitable for experienced beginners through advanced stitchers.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Binkley
Cost: $205/person + $40 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Introduction to Figure and Portrait Sculpture"
March 28-29, 2020
 

Learn the techniques and tools of figure and portrait sculpture through demonstration and hands-on sculpting from the model. Explore anatomy, proportion, design and expression through the versatility of terra cotta clay (no armature required). Sculptures will be fired at the end of the workshop. Workshop includes all materials.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colleen O’Donnell
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Spencer Meagher Watercolor Painting Workshop"
March 28-29, 2020
 

Spencer Meagher is a nationally known Plein Air and Studio artist based in Mount Vernon, IL. He travels all over the U.S. attending competitions and teaching workshops. The Northbrook Arts Commission in Northbrook, IL in collaboration with the Northbrook Park District sponsors this workshop. It will be held at the Village Green Center, 1810 Walters Avenue, Northbrook on Saturday, March 28 & Sunday, March 29th , 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.
 
Location: Northbrook, Illinois
Instructor: Spencer Meagher
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Northbrook Arts Commission
Website, email, 847-921-5239


"Space-Making for Souls"
March 28, 2020
 

Make a “place” for yourself wherever you are—in the home, at your job or on a trip to keep your spirit within alive and centered. With this portable, small container of “soul space” you can retreat on-the-spot in a moment. Participants will choose, design, then furnish a small receptacle of their choosing to fit, sit or pack and be suitable for display in any setting. Identifying specific pictures, words and items that foster a breathing space and connection for your inner spirit will be a part of this process. Bring poems, prayers, photocopies of pictures and small sentimental objects to include in your one-of-a-kind receptacle. Instruction and all tools, supplies and equipment provided. Samples and project ideas will be on hand for inspiration.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Peg Coffey
Cost: member $35; non-member $40
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Flowers 101"
March 28, 2020
 

Join international artist and instructor Addison Palmer for this exciting class and learn how to perfect painting flowers. Addison will give a lot of one on one individual attention in this class. Come prepared to paint in the medium of your choice (oil or acrylic). Addison works primarily in acrylic.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Addison Palmer, www.addisonpalmer.com
Cost: $80 / $72 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Classic Woodblock Prints Plus Paint"
March 28-29, 2020
 

Team up with Audrey to create a woodblock print and explore how to hand color and use your prints. She will discuss the history and strengths of woodcut art, good subjects for woodcuts, and how to use and care for woodcut tools. You'll practice strokes and techniques then create and carve your original composition. You'll ink and hand-print your work, then explore ways to add color with paints. Block sizes will be 5" x 7" or 8" x 10". Bring sketches for your woodcut. Audrey will supply blocks, ink, paper, and tools, as well as paint and brushes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Audrey Christie
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Painting Like the Masters"
Mondays, March 30 - April 20, 2020
 

This class is designed to take the students' skills to the next level of their current abilities. Students will learn proper brush control techniques including blending of colors, learn color perspective, vertical roundness, proper color mixing, etc. Learn to paint watercolor on canvas or paper and oil and acrylic painting on canvas or panel. Daily, I will demonstrate brush techniques, provide hands-on guidance and give individual critiques during class.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Renee DiNapoli
Cost: $115 for Members | $145 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Jane Slivka: Freedom of Acrylics"
March 30 - April 1, 2020
 

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


"Landscape Painting in the Studio"
March 30 - April 3, 2020
 

During this five-day workshop, the time will be spent working on a single studio painting based on the student’s photographs. Calvin will begin with a demonstration and spend the remaining time with each student throughout the rest of the day. Students will learn to plan an effective composition and to better see and use warm and cool colors in a landscape. Calvin will teach students how to use hard and soft edges to create space in a painting and how to simplify the subject matter through the use of basic design, value, color, and drawing skills. Students will learn the reasons for using different paint surface textures and brushstroke directions and how to get the best possible results in a short time.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Calvin Liang, www.calvinliangfineart.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"4 Day Portrait Painting in Layers"
March 30 - April 2, 2020
 

Capturing a likeness is among the most elusive yet emotionally satisfying of artistic endeavors and a good drawing is undoubtedly the most critical component in achieving a good result. In this four-day workshop Joshua will walk students through the steps necessary to create a luminous, indirect portrait painting from life, beginning with a drawing in graphite and white chalk. Each morning session will begin with a thorough portrait demonstration from the model including a dialogue of all key concepts, while the afternoon will focus on personal critiques as you create your own painting. We will progress each day, working on the same pose, using a clear method which you will be able to easily apply to your own work.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joshua LaRock, www.joshualarock.com
Cost: $750 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Naturalist Floral"
March 30 - April 1, 2020
 

In this workshop, Michael will cover how to approach a floral painting from life. Each morning will be spent discussing basic principles of the block-in and getting the gesture of the flowers from a painting demonstration. From there, Michael will show students, on their own work, how to plan working several steps ahead to achieve the highest level of finish. Throughout the course, there will be emphasis given on developing the understanding of color harmony. Students will explore the relationship of combining optical observation with conceptual form rendering techniques, adding depth to one’s paintings with brushwork mimicking old world calligraphy. The final stage of the painting is brought to life by adding rich passages of glazing.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Klein, www.michaelkleinpaintings.com
Cost: $600 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figurative Painting (2 Weeks)"
March 30 - April 10, 2020
 

Milt Kobayashi will take students through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the effect light has on form. By mid-week, he will be taking students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Cost: $1370 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figurative Painting"
March 30 - April 3, 2020
 

Milt Kobayashi will take students through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the effect light has on form. By mid-week, he will be taking students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Cost: $785 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Wet or Dry? The Amazing Range of the Colored Pencil"
March 30 - April 1, 2020
 

Explore colored pencil potential- both traditional (non-watercolor) and watercolor pencils. Kristy Kutch, author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil, is also featured in four instructional DVDs. She brings a wealth of experience and a friendly, supportive attitude that bolsters everyone- beginner to veteran. Kristy guides students through many techniques, with frequent demonstrations and access to large demonstrator sets of pencils. Come prepared to take home plenty of samples and goodies! This workshop will be held in a peaceful country studio setting with a small group (maximum 12). Students wishing to stay on-site, inquire about lodging at the nearby retreat center. Lunches are included in the price of the workshop. Visit website.
 
Location: Donaldson (near Plymouth), Indiana
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Moon Tree Studios, The Center at Donaldson
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Animals in your Landscape"
Tuesdays, March 31 - May 19, 2020
 

Times: 9:00 am to Noon or 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Our location in the Tennessee countryside affords us the opportunity to sketch cattle and other animals from life. We will study animal anatomy, gesture and proportion. You will then learn how to incorporate these studies into your landscape paintings.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"The Human Figure: Concepts in Drawing and Anatomy"
Wednesdays, April 1 - May 20, 2020
 

Throughout this class, we will take a tour of the human figure, focusing on areas of the body one at a time, exploring traditional concepts related to anatomy, observation, and techniques in charcoal. The goal at the end will be to understand how the constituent parts of the human figure add up to a unified structural whole.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Richard Greathouse
Cost: $100 per day
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Unlocking the Mysteries of Acrylic Mixed Media"
April 1-20, 2020
 

Texture, layers, color and materials are the words of the story your creative muse is writing. In this course you will learn the language of acrylic and mixed media, to enhance your artistic story. The world will open as you explore your authentic voice and awaken your creative soul. All skill levels are welcome, and I especially encourage new painters along with experienced artists looking to add freshness and excitement to their art. The only requirement is that you come with an open mind and create with fresh eyes as we explore unusual ways to use fabrics, tools and mediums. You will uncover the mysteries of how acrylic gels and pastes can add dimension to your mixed media work.
 
Location: Ballarat, Australia
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Sponsor: Fibre Arts Australia
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"No Fear Portrait Drawing"
Wednesdays, April 1-22, 2020
 

This class is designed to improve each artist's ability to capture a subject's likeness and expand on the design and style of their drawing technique. Students will learn principles of anatomical proportion and rendering techniques that help them improve their portrait ability using photographic references and a live model. Daily we will discuss the history of portrait art with examples and learn techniques to improve composition, lighting and rendering.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Craig Carl
Cost: $115 for Members | $145 for Non-Members | Plus Model Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Intermediate Alcohol Ink Painting"
April 2, 2020
 

Once you have taken Mary 's Beginning class you are encouraged to take this class to learn tips and techniques to help you successfully paint on canvas, metal and yupo. While learning you will paint a floral field on canvas, a moon beach scene on yupo, an abstract on metal and your own creation on tile (with Mary coaching you.) Space is limited so register early. All materials are provided.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Mary Haller
Cost: $50 for Members | $60 for Non-Members | $20 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Creating Poetry in the Commissioned Portrait"
April 2-5, 2020
 

A strong likeness is foundational for a portrait, but finding poetry in identity should be a portrait artist’s goal. This four-day workshop will inspire portrait painters to reach for the next level in their painting journey. Louis will break down the elements of a portrait into digestible blocks which progressively build on each other. Likeness, composition, gesture, and emotion will kick off day one. Creating dimension with the properties of paint such as value, color, transparency and opacity will continue the next 2 days. Developing character through edges, texture, and glazing will close out the final day. Louis will demonstrate each morning and students will apply what they learn in the afternoon with individual instruction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Louis Carr, www.lcarr.faso.com
Cost: $650 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Unique Art Retreat: Painting the Clouds with Sunshine in Scotland"
April 3-10, 2020
 

Travel to Scotland for a unique cloudscape, skyscape, and seascape art retreat. Take part in artist-led painting workshops, paint en plein air, stay in a beautiful 1840 family-run country house hotel, and enjoy daily meals, morning yoga sessions, and other inspiring treats. 8 days - All levels - Max. 10 people - Watercolors, Acrylics, Oils - Cloudscape, Skyscape, Seascape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 6 days of artist-led painting workshops with artist Kate Cunningham, all materials, round-the-clock access to art studio, sketchbook journal, 6 morning yoga sessions, intro session to creative writing, transfers from/to Arbroath train station, minibus transportation, additional activities (such as a musical and poetry evening) might be added to the program.
 
Location: Arbroath, Angus, Scotland
Instructor: Kate Cunningham
Cost: $2,040
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
April 3, 2020
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Pillars of Watercolor"
April 3-5 and/or 7-9, 2020
 

Seeking answers and understanding? This workshop will explain all aspects of successful painting using frequent demonstrations and detailed analysis. We will explore a range of subject including composition and design, effectively using light and dark values, color mixing, edges, brush stroke techniques and much more. Stimulate and expand your insight into the magic of watercolors! This workshop is for resilient outdoor painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion, Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique and Watercolour Masterclass. His work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist’s Magazine.
 
Location: Miami, Florida
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $625 each
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
April 3-4, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Greenville, South Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Greenville Center for Creative Arts
Website, email, 864-735-3948


"Intro to Photo-Encaustic"
April 3-5, 2020
 

Combine photography with encaustic painting techniques to transform photographic-based images into tactile works with a sense of soft focus, optical depth, and layered imagery. Embedding photos with wax-based materials allows you to present translucent works that push between mediums. Layer a variety of treatments over the wax, including image transfers, color glazes, and hand-coloring techniques. Explore a variety of paper printing options for your photographs. Prior experience with encaustic is not needed, but general art-making experience and basic digital photo skills will be helpful. Returning students are welcome to continue to refine their skills and experiment with new images and technique combinations.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $430
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Expressive Portrait Drawing"
April 3-4, 2020
 

Whether you're a beginner or have some experience, this workshop will help you make competent drawings. Step by step demonstrations by artist/instructor Oliver Sin will teach you to look closely and understand the structure of the face. You will draw from photo references on the first day and a live model on the second day to learn the techniques of mastering expressive portraiture drawing with charcoal. All levels welcome!
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Oliver Sin
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Coppersmithing 101"
April 3-5, 2020
 

Learn how to work with copper and take home four handsome finished pieces. Vickie “Doc” Scherz has been sharing her coppersmithing skills with students for several years and welcomes beginners as well as those with some experience. You’ll learn how to move, manipulate, and reshape copper. The four projects include a 3” x 4” copper “coupon” to chase and texture; a 4” pencil caddie that will hone your chasing (embossing) and texturing skills plus introduces soldering; a 7” vase that stretches your talents just a little more; and a final 8” round plate that involves more complex chasing to raise the design and sink the center.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Vickie Scherz
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Painting Cyprus: Art Retreat in the Stunning Village of Lefkara"
April 4-11, 2020
 

Travel to Cyprus and paint en plein air in and around the beautiful village of Pano Lefkara. Get inspired by stunning mountain ranges and sea shores, olive and lemon groves, unique architecture, signature Venetian merchant houses, medieval convents and monasteries, narrow cobbled streets, traditional courtyards, and brightly colored doorways. UpTrek painting retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — 5 days of painting tuition — full-time art tutor on hand — air-conditioned transportation for daily excursions — art materials provided for all mediums — 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners — lunches and dinners served with a bottle of wine for two people to share — wine and olive oil tasting — traditional silversmith and lacemaking demonstration — airport transfers
 
Location: Lefkara, Cyprus
Instructor: Anna Kakoulli, Georgia Michaelides Saad
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Strait Ahead – Carquinez Plein Air"
April 4-5, 2020
 

Explore the Carquinez Strait area with a fresh eye towards design, color, and a sense of place in the moment. While reviewing the basics of solid picture-making, push yourself to see the world more abstractly, pushing paint with a sense of freedom. Two days of plein air start with demonstrations to set you up with plenty of painting time and individual attention. Students must have at least some plein air experience and have a proper painting set-up of outdoor easel etc.
 
Location: Crockett, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $235 Members / $250 Non-Members
Sponsor: Benicia Arts
Website, 707 747-0131


"Botanical Alla Prima"
April 4-5, 2020
 

Embody the spirit of spring with fresh and immediate painting! Learn to capture the essence of a living, botanical subject quickly and spontaneously in pencil and watercolor. This alla prima method can be used for preparatory studies for sustained paintings, compiling a field sketchbook, or as an end in itself. All levels welcome. (Tuition includes $10 materials fee.)
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Linda Gist
Cost: $205
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Intermediate Drawing"
April 4-5, 2020
 

John Ribble returns to take your drawing to the next level in Intermediate Drawing. Students in this class should have some drawing experience, or have taken his previous class at River Arts, Beginning Drawing. This class will be an introduction to different media and surfaces used in the drawing process. This includes but is not limited to charcoal, pen and ink, watercolor, and mixed media.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: John Ribble
Cost: $150
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Santa Barbara Travel Sketching Workshop"
April 5-10, 2020
 

Join us for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Santa Barbara. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! Brenda Swenson will help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 12 participants). Brenda is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have been featured in numerous books and magazines (Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air Magazine).
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Prints and Places Printmaking Retreat"
April 5-12, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn printmaking with a master fine art printmaker in the picturesque village of Castiglione a Casauria, set at the foot of the Abruzzi mountains. UpTrek retreat inclusions: receive 40 hours expert tuition, complete with accommodation, home-made meals served with local wines, trips and visits, as well as all the materials needed for the printmaking workshops. You will explore various printmaking techniques and create your own prints from scratch under the guidance of an experienced artist.
 
Location: Castiglione a Casauria, Italy
Instructor: Colleen Corradi Brannigan
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Intuition and Design to Create What's Next"
April 6-7, 2020
 

Do you have a few paintings that "failed" or are just not so loved? In this 2 day workshop we will work from pieces you previously started and continue with a new composition from there. You will discover new life for your old paintings as Stanka teaches you her techniques on reimagining through intuition and design. All genre of subject matter welcome. Stanka will work in oil, but acrylic painters are welcome. This workshop is not geared for beginners.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Stanka Kordic
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
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"5 Paintings in 5 Days Acrylic Painting in Puerto Vallarta"
April 6-10, 2020
 

Offered by successful and experienced artists and instructors in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. You will learn or review the elements of art, composition and essentials of color. Explore painting in a variety of styles in the context of several topics. All levels of experience are invited to participate. Perfect combination of creative fun and relaxation time! Workshop designed with the “artist on vacation” twist. In the morning we paint, and afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping and restaurants of this fabulous city full of wonders. To make your travel easier all materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Portraits: Painting and Drawing with a Limited Palette"
April 6-9, 2020
 

Over the course of four days, the instructor will teach and share her essential knowledge of portraits that includes the techniques of pastel and oil in one tone or limited Arizona colors (red-brown family). Students will practice value and form in painting, and explore the characteristics of different mediums, such as pastel’s softness and oil wash’s transparency. The class consists of fundamental head studies in charcoal, conté, pastel, pencil and monochromatic oil wash paint with an added range of colors to find one’s favorite color and best medium for their own style. Experience different ways of using pastel/oil and discover your own passion for portraiture, building a strong foundation for portrait drawing in a tonal study.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sookyi Lee, www.sookyilee.com
Cost: $485 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Still Life Painting as Fine Art"
April 6-10, 2020
 

Painting still life has long been a way to learn the fundamentals of painting as it is perhaps the most convenient way to study values, color relationships, form and drawing. Conundrums like what goes together, what to do with the background, how to not overwork the painting and how to set up a still life that tells a story with impact will be solved. Students will gain independent skills by setting up their own still life with relative feedback so they can go back to their own studios with new critical thinking skills. Each student will work at their own pace and at their own skill level. Daily demonstrations, critiques and discussions will be given.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kelli Folsom, www.kellifolsom.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Acrylic Landscapes"
April 6-10, 2020
 

Understanding the demands of the acrylic medium is the primary focus of this workshop. Hook will emphasize color, composition, atmospheric light, architectural elements, and an intuitive approach to painting. Students will receive individual instruction and critiques in the studio and should complete the workshop with a significant level of confidence working with acrylics. Photography as a visual source for landscape painting is an important part of the class. Photos will be provided.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: William Hook, www.williamhook.net
Cost: $840 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figurative Painting"
April 6-10, 2020
 

Milt Kobayashi will take students through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the effect light has on form. By mid-week, he will be taking students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Cost: $785 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Collage as Art"
Mondays, April 6-27, 2020
 

Explore the fine art of collage taught by Ali Lambert based on Judy Nadler's teachings. Technique and design will be given equal attention as paper collage is combined with a variety of other mediums to expand and stimulate creative expression. Excellent for all levels. Beginners are welcome. It's cheaper than therapy! Students are required to bring their own images, copies and materials. Art Center Sarasota is not able to make copies. Magazines and images to cut and tear are available for student use.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Ali Lambert
Cost: $115 for Members | $145 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"An Introduction to Drawing"
Tuesdays, April 7- May 26, 2020
 

In this series of eight two-hour evening classes, we’ll explore diverse techniques and drawing media to give participants a solid grounding in basic drawing. Easy-to-follow instructions and a lot of variety result in a low fear factor and high fun factor! Materials fee includes drawing paper, pencils, charcoal, ink, brushes and chalk. Some drawing experience helpful, but not necessary.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Moninski
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Paint the Light: Impressionism in Watercolor"
April 8-10, 2020
 

Bring your creativity to light and dispel the myths of the difficulties of painting in watercolor! With encouragement and help to understand the basics fundamentals Iain will show you watercolor is a wonderful creative outlet that is unmatched for its ease of use, cost of materials and pure enjoyment of artistic expression. His process relies on simplification of the subject, exploratory sketching and value studies. You will create a road map, that if followed, will greatly improve your painting. In this studio workshop, Iain’s purpose is to guide you through carefully planned steps that will lead to ease in painting any subject.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Iain Stewart
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
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"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
April 9-16, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore different painting styles and techniques, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. Art retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Altered Book & Other Recipes"
Fridays, April 10 - May 1, 2020
 

This class will offer a new page layout each week. It will include a variety of backgrounds and altered book techniques. Students will learn to alter a book with a sewn spine. Other topics include how to reinforce damaged spines, add textures, and pockets along with recipes for DIY mediums and pastes.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $115 for Members | $145 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"The Home Studio"
April 11, 2020
 

Setting up an art studio in your home or apartment can be challenging, but a lot can be accomplished in a small space. Topics include efficiency, lighting, ventilation, storage, safety and waste disposal. Includes demonstrations on brush care, paint storage, varnishing and framing. Useful information for artists of all levels.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Cost: $35
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Picture Framing Seminar"
April 11, 2020
 

How you frame your artwork is vitally important to its impact. A bad frame or mat not only detracts from your artwork, but also can reject it from juried exhibitions, eliminate it from prize awards, or turn-off potential buyers. In this seminar, learn the fundamentals of choosing an appropriate frame for paintings, prints, drawings and photographs: material, style, size, color, matting, glazing, hanging hardware and more. Discussion will also address choosing among professional frame shops, online frame companies, art supply and craft retailers, or making your own frame. Valuable information for artists, collectors, and anyone wanting to frame work.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Cost: $35
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Travel Sketching Watercolor Workshop"
April 11-16, 2020
 

I’ll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in this wonderful town, as well as the distant and scenic on the magical coast of Santa Barbara. In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool (that will be provided). This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are, gazing at a street scene or the way the light grazes the trunk of a tree. We’ll work spontaneously, and I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful. Each day will start with a short demo and end with a critique, hopefully while sitting in a shady courtyard with a glass of wine in hand.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, www.shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting holiday in rural Spain"
April 13-19, 2020
 

Develop your artistic skills and enjoy a week’s break in the unspoiled heart of Spain. Beautiful countryside and rural villages provide an abundance of subjects to paint or sketch. During the week, you will receive a minimum of 22 hours tutoring in a reduced group (max 10 participants) and have 24 hour access to the studio. This friendly, relaxed and creative holiday offers a flexible selection of options scheduled for the week so every student’s needs and interests are met. All materials and equipment are provided. In addition there is a culinary element to this holiday, with deliciuos mediterranean food. This is a chance to celebrate all the tastes and traditions of Extremadura, guided by inspiring local hosts.
 
Location: Villanueva de la Vera, Cáceres, Spain
Instructor: Granada Munoz
Cost: 1250€
Sponsor: Las Paulinas CB
Website, email, 0034 667 617 493


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
April 13-17, 2020
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Painting Florals Large and Loose"
April 13-15, 2020
 

Come and join the fun of painting large, loose florals! Krista Eaton paints in a delightful contemporary style that works for both oil and acrylic painters. If you’ve thought about trying to paint something large, now’s the time. Students will create their own style, and learn to be free with their painting by focusing on large shapes rather than fussy details. Students will be amazed at the work they can create when they learn to paint fast and loose! All levels are welcome, even beginners.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Krista Eaton, www.kristaeaton.com
Cost: $345 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Discover a New Way of Seeing Color"
April 13-17, 2020
 

“Color that expresses the light key of nature can make any subject strikingly beautiful.” -Camille Przewodek. This workshop introduces a way of seeing and using color to paint outdoor light; capturing the time and type of day by expressing the various light keys of nature. The first two days, students will paint outdoor still life (crucial study that will prepare students to tackle the landscape on Wednesday and Thursday). On Friday, students will study the clothed figure outdoors. Students are encouraged to bring original artwork or photos and talk to Camille about their vision as artists during the week. Camille is an acknowledged authority on color that regularly serves as an entry and awards judge.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Camille Przewodek, www.przewodek.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Conceptual Still Life and Portrait"
April 13-16, 2020
 

Breathe life into your work with a more spontaneous approach to portrait and still life painting! Learn how to think about developing a concept by painting light and movement. Students will learn Jeff’s thought process in setting up a subject and executing it by going directly to paint. Observe as Jeff demonstrates his painting methods and principles each day with commentary throughout the process. There will be open discussions on material choices, prop selection, paint application, values, colors choices and lighting. Students will receive one on one instruction with special attention to their particular needs. Beginners to advanced are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jeff Legg
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Interpreting the Landscape/Seascape"
April 13-17, 2020
 

This course is designed for experienced painters whether intermediate or advanced! We will explore the process of portraying the landscape from field studies through finished paintings. The painting process will be studied from all of its essential criteria: concept sketches, composition, drawing, color and technique! Because painting is a craft, there will be daily demonstrations to illustrate methods and techniques and copious personal instruction. During the course we will work on location (weather permitting) as well as in the studio. Through the introduction and reinforcement of the constructs of painting, the course is designed to elevate your work to a higher level.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Donald Demers, www.donalddemers.com
Cost: $865 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Design and Color Seminar Series"
April 15, 22, 29, 2020
 

Basics of 2-D Design Seminar: April 15, 2020. In this course we’ll talk about the process of design and design development by examining basic design elements. Color. Color? Color! April 22, 2020. Curious? Frustrated? Learn the basics of Color Theory: Hues, Tints, Shades, Tones, Contrasts and Harmonies. This class is really about learning how to recognize and work with the inherent color knowledge we all have within. Design and Color Basics Critique: April 29, 2020. No matter what medium you use, all artwork depends on basic design elements. Learning how to step back and consider your work with those elements in mind will improve your work and let you enjoy the process of creating even more!
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Briony Jean Foy
Cost: $25/session
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"The Pennsylvania Landscape Tradition: New Hope"
Wednesdays, April 15 - May 13, 2020
 

Learn the essentials of landscape painting in the New Hope/Lambertville countryside, the area made famous by Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, and other masters of Pennsylvania Impressionism. Topics include color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound painting practices. Locations will include Daniel Garber’s historic farmstead, Cuttalossa Farm! Painting outdoors can be a daunting experience for the newcomer. When learning the intricacies of this art it pays to learn from someone who has 20 years experience in the field. In this class Joseph Sweeney will be your guide.
 
Location: New Hope, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Realism in Watercolor"
April 15-17, 2020
 

In this workshop students have the options of being guided through a portrait or a landscape painting. Each day, both a portrait and a landscape will be demonstrated by the instructor, students have the choice of either choosing the landscape or the portrait, if they choose to be guided through the demonstration by Stan. Students also have the option of working on their own subjects. Students are encouraged to bring photos of subjects that they might like to paint in the future for Stan to look at and discuss with the student. How to move from realism into abstraction will be explained and demonstrated.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Stan Miller
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
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"Painting from the Heart"
April 17-19, 2020
 

What makes a painting memorable? What makes you want to enter, explore and never leave that two-dimensional surface? Why does it touch your heart? Using a series of freeing exercises, we will delve into this idea. Learn to create a dialogue with the painting where you are responding to the painting rather than following the photo's plan for you. Learn that your memory is your greatest asset as it unlocks the door to your personal vision. Open up and allow it to rule. Through it you can enter the journey of making your work a more personal experience.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Loriann Signori
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
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"Abstract Art Painting: Encaustic Monotype"
April 17 & 18, 2020
 

Abstract Art is a 20th-century movement characterized by the reduction of natural appearances into simplified forms,; making art using basic geometric shapes or intuitive gestures. Likewise, Nonobjective Art by definition doesn’t depend on the appearance of the visual world as a starting point; the assumption is that art doesn’t have to be about anything other than formal elements: shape, color and emotions. This workshop is for artists who are motivated to learn more about creating expressive, simple yet bold encaustic abstract monotypes. We will start with some color exercises, discuss the weight of color, painting techniques, and experimentation and discuss, geometry, repetition and “What holds everything together”. Lots of time for action-filled painting and personalized attention.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jorge Luis Bernal
Cost: $395.00 tax and materials included
Sponsor: Encaustic Art Institute
Website, email, 505-989-3283


"Focusing on the Facial Features for the Artist"
April 17-19, 2020
 

Students will do exercises working from reference and live models to improve their understanding of the facial features. Jerry will thoroughly address the nose, eyes, ears and mouth. Students will learn to simplify the anatomy and structure of the planes of the face. Jerry will also discuss value and lighting and how to expose the facial features to a proper light source to show the halftones, highlights and shadows to create a realistic three-dimensional form. Colors of the facial zones will also be explained and practiced. Individual attention will be given to each student. A packet of class notes will be emailed to each student. This class is open to all levels, digital and drawing mediums are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jerry Salinas, www.jerrysalinas.com
Cost: $375 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Art and Culture in the Balearic Islands"
April 18-25, 2020
 

Join us as we return to the island of Mallorca for our fifth year at La Serranía. Located in the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains and just 10 minutes from the coast, we will spend a week together drawing, painting and walking the gardens and beaches of northwest Mallorca. Finding inspiration in the Mediterranean environment we will create artwork that captures our personal response to what we have experienced. Evenings are filled with wine tastings, local delicacies and discussions about the history of the island and the country of Spain.
 
Location: Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov
Cost: $2375.00
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Website, email, 970-318-8444


"Nature Journaling"
April 18-19, 2020
 

Combine your interests in art and nature by starting a sketchbook journal in this two-day workshop. Start with the basics of drawing fundamentals, then begin to explore using various media. Pen and ink, watercolor pencil, and watercolor techniques will be presented along with ways to incorporate words or poems, and decorative borders. Cynthia will present many examples from her journals, give brief demonstrations to generate ideas and will work one on one with students to assist as you get started. Cynthia has been teaching this popular class for a number of years to students of all levels of experience. This class sold out last year here at River Arts Inc. Beginners are welcome.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Quinn
Cost: $150
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Painting with Emphasis on Light and Color: Still-Life, Figure and Landscape"
April 18-22, 2020
 

This workshop will emphasize capturing and understanding the variety of light through color relationships. By doing so, the local colors such as flesh tones will be eliminated. The same principles apply to all subjects. Still life is always the best subject to learn about color relationships and constructing planes. The knowledge and skill are essential in portraiture, not only to capture the likeness, but also the light that influences the subject. This will help to set up the harmony, mood and atmosphere. This workshop will also include a focus on design and the art of setting up still life. Throughout the week, students will have the option to work from models, still life, and landscapes which will be projected on monitors.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sunny Apinchapong-Yang, apinchapong.blogspot.com
Cost: $735 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Florence Watercolour Workshop"
April 18-23, 2020
 

A fantastic opportunity to paint water colors in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. It doesn’t really get any better than this for artists. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas, you really couldn’t be in better hands. You will learn to compose interesting urban scenes with famous landmarks as your focal points. Accommodation, most meals and drinks, guided tours, tuition, all art materials included. Non-painters welcome.
 
Location: Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $2,000
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, 00393349034401


"Observation & Imagination: Painting the Figure"
April 18-19, 2020
 

Abstract and representational artists of all levels are invited to explore techniques and concepts in painting with an emphasis on individual development of style, theme and expression. Working from the life model in an interior arrangement, discover how an objective image can be transformed into a personal statement through the process of painting and engaging your imagination. Investigate the metaphorical meaning in figure painting through representational and abstract approaches. Individual and group critique, discussion and a PowerPoint presentation of works from old masters and contemporary artists will complement studio activity. Ying Li’s uncompromising sense of personal vision combined with complete abandon in the possibilities of paint make her work style the epitome of painterliness.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ying Li, www.yinglistudio.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Painting Workshop"
April 18-19, 2020
 

This comprehensive workshop covers all aspects of painting a traditional portrait. Topics include achieving a likeness, modeling light and shade, mixing flesh tones and applying paint through various techniques. All participants will produce at least one finished portrait. Includes demonstrations and portrait history. Valuable information for all levels.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Theodore Xaras
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Art by the Sea: Painting Vacation in the Eastern Mediterranean"
April 18-25, 2020
 

Travel to Cyprus and paint en plein air in and around the beautiful village of Pano Lefkara. Get inspired by stunning mountain ranges and sea shores, olive and lemon groves, unique architecture, signature Venetian merchant houses, medieval convents and monasteries, narrow cobbled streets, traditional courtyards, and brightly colored doorways. UpTrek painting retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — 5 days of painting tuition — full-time art tutor on hand — air-conditioned transportation for daily excursions — art materials provided for all mediums — 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners — lunches and dinners served with a bottle of wine for two people to share — wine and olive oil tasting — traditional silversmith and lacemaking demonstration — airport transfers
 
Location: Lefkara, Cyprus
Instructor: Anna Kakoulli, Georgia Michaelides Saad
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Creation, Contemplation, & the Sacred Circle"
April 18 & 19, 2020
 

The power of creating within the sacred circle of the mandala continues to call us—for healing the broken, disjointed parts of ourselves toward a more integrated whole. Franciscan priest Richard Rohr says, “We are called to become wholemakers.” Combining the solitude of contemplative creativity with the natural landscape of MoonTree studios, we’ll join together for music, inspirational readings and reflection questions to “prime the pump” for self-expression and transformation. This two-day workshop will build sequentially, each mandala drawing giving expression to what is stirring within. A variety of media will be provided to enhance the “wholemaking” process. If you have favorite colored pencils or gel pens, please bring them along, as well as your journal.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Vera Smucker Shenk
Cost: member $50; non-member $55 (includes lunch and materials)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Cloisonné on Fine Silver"
April 18-19, 2020
 

Learn how to create a beautiful cloisonné enamel, fired in a kiln on fine silver, using transparent vitreous enamel. Also learn the application of 24k gold and silver foils to accent your design. I will help you design earrings or a necklace during the two day class. Beginners to intermediate to advanced are welcome. Materials fee covers Fine silver, cloisonné wire, enamels, and precious metal foils.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maya Madden
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"April in Taos, New Mexico"
April 18-24, 2020
 

This is an exceptional opportunity for advanced painters and intermediate to advanced level photographers to retreat, learn and share their perceptions and responses to the environment of Taos, New Mexico. We will stay at the incomparable Mable Dodge Luhan House and absorb its structures and surrounding landscape. This location has inspired many artists, writers, dancers and others who celebrated the arts in the early to mid 20th century. We will explore and create in this place that nurtured the work of such luminaries as Georgia O’Keefe, D.H. Lawrence, Willa Cather, Ansel Adams, John Marin and others in the very home that provided both haven and inspiration for so many creative souls.
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Lisa Pressman & Barbara Tyroler
Cost: $2,600 private room & bath; $2,100 shared room
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Collagraph: Printing the Collage"
April 19 & 26, 2020
 

Explore the art of the collagraph, in which a textured collage is transformed into a printed image. This creative and accessible process promotes a tactile experience both in the making of the plate – in which fabric, yarn, natural forms and other found materials are glued down to a rigid surface – and in the implied texture of the printed form. No prior collage or printmaking experience is necessary. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Christine Stoughton
Cost: $170
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Metamorphosis: Creating a Figurative Sculpture"
April 19-24, 2020
 

In this five-day creative exploration, Kate will teach you techniques to build her captivating sculptural figures using polymer clay, cloth, and wire construction. The class will delve into the idea of metamorphosis, transformation, and magic. Students will be free to design and create an individual metamorphosis figure using personal symbols and meaning. Starting with a drawing or image, you will design and make a fabric pattern, then use wire to build the internal form that will animate your piece. You can use paint, found objects, fabrics, or collage to embellish your work of art. Kate will also have designs and patterns available. Get ready for an extraordinary, fun, and inspiring adventure. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Church
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Plein Air Drawing and Painting"
Sundays, April 19 - May 24, 2020
 

Capture the picturesque beauty of the Philadelphia landscape. Learn to create a convincing sense of space, light and time of day while depicting streetscapes, trees, water and sky. Color mixing and painting techniques for oil and gouache will be demonstrated, but all drawing/painting media are welcome. A mixture of urban and park locations will offer engaging subjects with parking, shade, provisions and facilities available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Larry Francis
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Mastering Water Media: Acrylic and Watercolor"
April 20-24, 2020
 

Capturing the beauty of light through studying temperatures of light and shadow, visual movement, and value/color relationship will be demonstrated daily in this exciting workshop. The still life, landscape, sky-scape, and architectural subjects will all be focused on as well as adding figures into a painting. As a Master in the American Impressionist Society, Carr will be emphasizing the "how to's" in achieving dynamic and impressionistic paintings using painterly brushwork in both watercolor and acrylic. How to use confident, loose, and dramatic strokes in achieving dynamic paintings will be stressed throughout the week. Massing and organizing darks and lights, importance of drawing and the value sketch, atmospheric and linear perspective will also be covered.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $630 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Modeling the Horse and other Animals"
April 20-23, 2020
 

Students will have the option of choosing the animal they would like to sculpt from dogs and cats to horses and wildlife. Students will learn fast, effective armature building, and Rod's techniques for modeling heart and souls into their animals. Rod's known for his expressive animal sculptures, based on solid proportions, but not derived from extensive math or measuring. All reference will be from photos, models, and studying other art. Students can expect to finish a medium sized clay model, suitable for bronze casting. Rod Zullo, Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, has years of experience teaching sculpture. Many of Rod's students have advanced in their careers because of his mentoring and enthusiastic approach to living as an artist.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rod Zullo, www.Rodzullo.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Suggesting Reality"
April 20-24, 2020
 

By observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to his or her character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experiences. This workshop will explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Participants will explore systems of dividing the space within the rectangle, distributing the lines and forms of the subject. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; the important power of content, symbol and abstraction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Suggesting Reality & Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety"
April 20 - May 1, 2020
 

By observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to his or her character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experiences. This workshop will explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Participants will explore systems of dividing the space within the rectangle, distributing the lines and forms of the subject. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; the important power of content, symbol and abstraction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $1200 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting Vacation in Tuscany"
April 21 - May 1, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and take oil painting lessons from artist Garrett Speirs. Explore ancient towns, paint en plein air, stay in a traditional family-owned inn, and enjoy all the delights that Tuscany has to offer. UpTrek 2020 inclusions: 7 night in private accommodation, all breakfasts, 5 lunches, all dinners with wine, daily painting workshops with professional painter Garrett Y. Speirs, transport for painting on location.
 
Location: Pienza, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Garrett Y. Speirs
Cost: $3,340
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
April 22-24, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $395
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Venice 2020: 8 day Watercolor Retreat"
April 22-30, 2020
 

Venice beckons us wistfully! Give in and come let me show you why this is the trip of a lifetime! Are you a painter? Do you like to paint for a few hours and then fill your day with sightseeing? That's our magic formula! I'll show you all of the "must see's" along with some of my most favorite nooks and crannies that tourists don't even know about. I'm not a tour guide, nor do I speak fluent Italian, but my love for Venice will speak volumes. Are you a non-painter? Bring your camera! Everywhere you turn, there's a picture!! See Venice through my painter's eyes!
 
Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Cost: $2500.00
Sponsor: Helen K Beacham Fine Art
Website, email, 843-408-5240


"Precious Little: Poetics of the Found-Object"
April 22-26, 2020
 

A workshop of exploration and construction. The materials we use for creative expression can be found ”literally” at our feet. Join noted found-object artist Keith Lo Bue on an energetic exploration of unusual and unexpected materials in jewelry and object making. Through hands-on projects and thought-provoking instruction, students will learn the varied methods of selection and assembly this limitless palette demands. No previous metalworking experience is required; all that's needed is enthusiasm and the desire to work with your hands. Whatever your present focus, you will come away with new insights into the possibilities of your surroundings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Keith Lo Bue
Cost: $720
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Pottery Wheel Throwing Boot Camp"
April 23-26, 2020
 

Make your own ceramic tableware – no experience needed! Learn to throw mugs, bowls, plates, vases, and more on the electric potter's wheel. Joelle will teach you the basics of throwing, trimming, and surface decorating in this four-day boot camp. After the conclusion of the workshop, Joelle will bisque-fire your pieces. You can arrange to return to glaze them at a later time, and once the work has been fired again, you may pick up your finished product. Materials fee includes use of classroom equipment, tools, glazes, firing, and 25 lbs of clay.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joelle White
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Encaustic Collage and Mixed Media Workshop"
April 23-25, 2020
 

Encaustic and paper are an incredibly versatile match. This workshop will begin to explore the possibilities of combining a variety of paper types and weights with encaustic medium and paints, as well as pigment sticks and other materials, to create works with a optical depth, luminosity, and a painterly quality. We will begin by making a few of our own papers through various processes such as rust printing and ink drawing. All base mediums and paints will be supplied for use, however, students will be encouraged to also bring a variety of found papers and other materials to include in their work. Students do not need prior experience with encaustic painting, but general art making experience is helpful.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, email, (616) 897-7842


"Venice Plein-air Urban Watercolour Workshop"
April 24-29, 2020
 

Spend 6 fantastic days immersed in splendour painting the historic canals with its gondolas and grand buildings of the grand Renaissance city of Venice. For centuries, water-colourists have been enjoying the magnificent sights, colours and atmosphere that only Venice has to offer. Colour, light, mood, reflections, gondolas, grand palazzos and piazza’s offer endless inspiration to any painter. The romantic light and mood are just some of the themes featuring in this gloriously unforgettable water colour course! A fantastic opportunity painting water colours in this breathtakingly beautiful floating city. Quite simply, it does not get any better than this for an artist! Our accommodation is a beautiful historic Venetian monastery. All art materials, accommodation, breakfast, dinner and guided tours included.
 
Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $1850
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, 393349034401


"Light Up the Night"
April 25, 2020
 

Curious about night photography? This workshop takes on all of the challenges of evening light; from golden hour into darkness. Learn how to shoot subjects at golden hour and sunset, how to adjust color and exposure for twilight, how to shoot after dark using moving light sources, and, if we have a clear night, how to take photos of the Milky Way. Get out of your comfort zone, make unique images, and build new skills. The workshop begins with a short lecture at PenArt to prepare you for on-location shooting. Later, take your skills out into the world to photography beautiful Door County at different locations. Transportation to locations and a DSLR camera with tripod are required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kasey Hembel, www.KaseyAndBen.com
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Weaving Perspectives"
April 25, 2020
 

Weaving as a sustainable practice can be rewarding and fun. It also connects us to the generations that came before us and a craft that endures the test of time. We will explore weaving with traditional and non-traditional textiles and textures beyond the use of yarn, color play and most importantly, the meditative aspect of this timeless art. You will be rewarded with a fabric swatch completed entirely by you, using a loom and your hands. All supplies will be provided for your convenience during class and you will have a loom and some yarn to continue your work at home as well.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maday Delgado
Cost: $125/person
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Gouache Painting"
April 25-26, 2020
 

Learn the fundamentals of painting with gouache, an opaque watercolor paint. Painters of all levels will fall in love with it as a portable, fast-drying, and easy-to-clean-up alternative to oils – great for travel or limited working time and space. Explore color and painting techniques through still life and outdoor views. (Tuition includes $20 materials fee.)
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Allison Syvertsen
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Etruscan Places Painting the Salt Marshes of Ipswich Massachusetts"
April 26 - May 1, 2020
 

Our only USA based workshop focuses on painting the salt marshes of the Crane Estate, a National Historic Landmark. These unique and pristine landscapes were immortalized in the work of Martin Johnson Heade and Arthur Wesley Dow in the late 19th century. We will be based at the Inn at Castle Hill. The 4 day program will be open to all levels of artistic experience. The class will be divided in two groups reflecting experience level. One will emphasize basic principles and technique, the other, composition and artistic intent. Instruction will be supported by slide presentations and daily reviews of work. 2 Instructors/15 student max. Fees include workshop only.
 
Location: Ipswich, Massachusetts
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Lakescape Oils Painting Vacation in England"
April 27 - May 1, 2020
 

The painting holiday includes daily demonstrations, one-to-one tuition, and critique sessions. Under the guidance of professional painter Colin Halliday, you will be encouraged to exceed your creativity, express you own style and learn how to master light, space, tones and balance techniques, among many others. 5 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Max. 10 people - Expert art tutor - Oils, acrylics, mixed media - Landscape, Lakescape. UpTrek Painting Holiday 2020 inclusions: 4 nights of accommodation, all meals, 5 full days of painting tuition with artist Colin Halliday, wine during dinner, transfers for daily painting trips.
 
Location: Keswick, Lake District, England
Instructor: Colin Halliday
Cost: $1,480
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety"
April 27 - May 1, 2020
 

By observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to his or her character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experiences. This workshop will explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Participants will explore systems of dividing the space within the rectangle, distributing the lines and forms of the subject. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; the important power of content, symbol and abstraction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Dynamics of Art: Composition and Color"
April 27 - May 1, 2020
 

The dynamic power of composition and color will be the beginning of this adventure. Working from photos, students will look for key areas including light and dark values, edges, lines and blocks of color as a warm up to composing a dynamic composition. Next comes taking those photos/sketches and painting them on “thumbnails” (small paintings or sketches on paper or canvas) where students will be experimenting with their composition and color. Moving on to decide which “thumbnail” to use as a start for their painting, students will compose the subject they decide on to begin work with their canvases or panels. Throughout this creative time, there will be demos, individual help and group or solo critiques.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dinah Worman, www.dkworman.com
Cost: $865 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Dynamic Still Life"
April 27-30, 2020
 

Paint looser and more confidently during this four-day workshop with Oregon artist Sarah Sedwick! Take a step-by-step approach to Alla Prima oil painting, from black-and white studies to brilliant color. Build a beautiful composition with life and movement, get a new perspective on the still life, and learn tips for bringing inspiration to your home studio practice. Students will cover the basics of value and composition design, and do quick, fun exercises to focus on loose, energetic brushwork before creating a finished piece. Sarah will demonstrate, and work with each student individually. Painters of all levels are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sarah Sedwick, www.sarahsedwick.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Developing the Figure through Drawing and Painting"
April 27-30, 2020
 

Learn how to paint the human figure starting with a drawing and progressing to painting from the live model. Students will learn a systematic technique via painting models holding short and long poses. Aristides provides frequent demos, breaking down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps, as well as critique and instruction each session. Students will focus on how to start a drawing and develop proportion, value, color, and edge-work, which will help them to accurately capture a likeness within a limited time frame. Practicing this way over the course of the four days will help to sharpen your observation, and take your skill to a new level.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Juliette Aristides, www.aristidesarts.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Composition and Design: Field to Studio"
April 30 - May 2, 2020
 

Participants in this dynamic workshop will have the opportunity of working with and learning from celebrated landscape painter and teacher David Dibble. Course will focus on composition and strong design using the foundational principles of drawing, value, and color. Landscape will be the primary focus but artists of all subject matter will find this three-day intensive workshop to be an exciting and enlightening step forward.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Dibble, www.dibbleart.com
Cost: $395 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Open Studios"
Thursdays, November thru April
 

Make room for your creativity this winter! On Thursday evenings, Peninsula School of Art opens its studios to artists of all levels interested in the self-directed creation of work. Explore life drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and metals in a communal setting that fosters creative conversation, knowledge sharing, and offers the opportunity to be a part of a unique community. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: $10/night per person
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Still Life Composition and Painting"
May 1-3, 2020
 

This workshop will explore a powerful and rational approach to still life composition and oil painting techniques with brushes and palette knives. David adjusts his advice according to each person’s ability – from raw beginner to advanced professional. However, more advanced students will find it easier to focus on the subtleties of composition. A solid drawing background is highly recommended. David will work individually with each student to compose a still life setup. He will then give painting demonstrations while answering questions, and will help students while they work on their own paintings. Students may choose to create a new composition every day if desired, or may dig in and explore the finishing stages.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Cheifetz, www.davidcheifetz.com
Cost: $415 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
May 1, 2020
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
May 1-3, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Tubac School of Fine Art
Website, email, 520-398-2589


"Intro to Precious Metal Clay"
May 1, 2020
 

Learn how to make beautiful fine silver jewelry from soft, workable "clay-like" silver. Precious metal clay is a safe, non-toxic material made of tiny silver particles embedded in an organic clay/water base. You will learn all about PMC – how to form, refine, fire, and finish pieces using the clay, paste, and a syringe. You will make a pendant with a rollover bail and either a stone or dichroic glass cabochon and gain the knowledge to continue creating beautiful jewelry at home with just a few basic tools and a small hand-held butane torch. Your pieces will be fired in a kiln in class, but Sherry will teach you how to torch-fire your pieces at home.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Byzantine Chain Maille Bracelet"
May 1, 2020
 

The Byzantine chain is one of the loveliest of all chain maille patterns and although it looks complicated, it is actually easy to learn. By the end of class, you will either have completed, or be well on your way to completing, your own Byzantine chain bracelet. You'll also learn about the basic building block of chain maille, the humble and highly versatile jump ring. You will learn how to open and close them properly, how to hold them efficiently as you weave, how you might make them for yourself and how to size them for whatever project you wish to undertake. Materials fee includes sufficient copper jump rings for a Byzantine chain bracelet.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Donaghue
Cost: $65
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Simplified Locket for Pendant or Ornament"
May 1, 2020
 

In this class you will saw copper into 4 matching forms, stamp a saying on the back piece, rivet three of them together to form the portion of the locket that holds the picture and enamel the last piece to create the cover. This makes a fun "first Grandmother locket" or can be used as a holiday ornament. It will be a full day of learning new techniques and making a special piece to hold a special picture. We will extend the workshop into the evening if you need more time to complete your project. Materials fee- $25
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: JoEllen and David Wollangk
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"The Chaos of Perfection"
May 2, 2020
 

Create a running-stitch journal! We use improvisation and raw edge hand-stitching with a variety of threads to make a product that is true to the maker's style, and compliments sustainable living. This workshop aligns with the Japanese philosophies of wabi-sabi and Mottainai: embracing the idea that perfection is unattainable, accepting the work that our hands produce, and respecting the life of the materials that we work with. Textures and colors will emerge to inspire makers to take these techniques and apply them to uplift or mend wardrobes and home décor. We will use batting as your canvas to explore techniques such as: quilt as you go, raw edge appliqué, foundation piecing, Sashiko stitching and Boro.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maday Delgado
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Band Rings"
May 2, 2020
 

Love rings? Learn to make a sterling silver textured band ring. Leslie will introduce you to a few basic metalwork skills, including sawing, texturing, soldering, and finishing and you will leave with a lovely ring to wear or give as a gift. All materials and tools provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Making Glass Beads"
May 2, 2020
 

Whether a beginner or an advanced glass bead artist, this class is for you. Step by step, Julie will demonstrate how to make glass beads in a small flame of a torch. You will learn heat control and techniques of different styles, the basics of hot head torch set up, and safety. Round beads will be made first. Next you'll pull glass stringers from glass rod to use for decorations and details, making dots, scrolls, and swirls on your own beads. Other shapes and techniques using additional glass inclusions and metals will be included as well as making copper head pins for bead assembly. A discussion of common problems associated with bead making will be covered early in the day.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Working with Wire"
May 2, 2020
 

Nearly every jeweler will need to, or wish to work with wire at some point, whether wire is the main material in the piece or is used to make connections, clasps, or ear wires. Wire work can be accomplished with very few tools, so it is the least expensive way to create metal jewelry. Spend the day learning to properly cut and finish wire ends, make coils and jump rings, simple and wrapped loops, and a variety of clasps and ear wires. Add some beads and you will have created some finished pieces of jewelry.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cheryl Smeja
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Watercolor: Depicting the Natural World"
May 2-3, 2020
 

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 means of expression. Learn essential drawing and watercolor techniques to create both quick field sketches and detailed, finished artworks. Subject matter will include flowers, plants, animals and landscapes. Reference images will be gathered through observational sketches and photography. An ideal workshop for those interested in both the fine arts and the illustration field.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor, Oil, and Acrylic Painting Workshop in Cyprus"
May 2-9, 2020
 

Travel to Cyprus and paint en plein air in and around the beautiful village of Pano Lefkara. Get inspired by stunning mountain ranges and sea shores, olive and lemon groves, unique architecture, signature Venetian merchant houses, medieval convents and monasteries, narrow cobbled streets, traditional courtyards, and brightly colored doorways. UpTrek painting retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — 5 days of painting tuition — full-time art tutor on hand — air-conditioned transportation for daily excursions — art materials provided for all mediums — 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners — lunches and dinners served with a bottle of wine for two people to share — wine and olive oil tasting — traditional silversmith and lacemaking demonstration — airport transfers
 
Location: Lefkara, Cyprus
Instructor: Anna Kakoulli, Georgia Michaelides Saad
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Capturing the Light Watercolor Workshop by Lynn Ferris"
May 2-3, 2020
 

Berkeley Arts Council is pleased to offer an exciting and unique watercolor workshop by Lynn Ferris, AWS, NWS, nationally and international known artist and instructor. Bring your work to the next level. Light and shadow shouldn’t be after thoughts in our paintings. Good use of light and shadow is one of the best ways to take a painting from ordinary to extraordinary. In her signature workshop “Capturing the Light,” Lynn will show students how to use light and shadow to design stronger compositions and bring drama to a variety of subject matter. Students will gain new skills and confidence working with shadows, light sources, creating glow, and more. Lynn provides handouts, reference materials, and lots of personal attention.
 
Location: Martinsburg, West Virginia
Instructor: Lynn Ferris
Cost: $205 by April 15; $240 after April 15 through April 27
Sponsor: Berkeley Arts Council
Website, email, 304-620-7277


"Florence Watercolour Workshop"
May 2-7, 2020
 

A fantastic opportunity to paint water colors in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. It doesn’t really get any better than this for artists. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas, you really couldn’t be in better hands. You will learn to compose interesting urban scenes with famous landmarks as your focal points. Accommodation, most meals and drinks, guided tours, tuition, all art materials included. Non-painters welcome.
 
Location: Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: John W Skelcher
Cost: $2,000
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, 393349034401


"Painting in Provence: Acrylic & Oil Painting Workshop"
May 2-9, 2020
 

This workshop is open to painters of all levels. We will focus on painting poppies and other spring flowers and the landscape around us. We will create a formal botanical painting to get to know some of our subjects better, followed by both traditional and contemporary still life compositions with flowers. You will learn fresh color mixing techniques, brush stroke techniques and how to compose your paintings in a new and creative way. I will take the time to sit with beginners before and after classes in order to get them acquainted with their paints! And to ‘mix it up’ we will spend a messy day learning how to create sustainable mixed media work while incorporating our Provence inspiration surrounding us!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $3,390 ($450 off if you sign up before Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Advanced Drawing"
May 2-3, 2020
 

John Ribble returns to push your drawing skills to the next level in Advanced Drawing. Students in this class should have a good amount of drawing experience, or have taken his previous class at River Arts, Intermediate Drawing. This class will be an exploration of different media and surfaces used in the drawing process, as well as the introduction of more complex drawing concepts and practices. Topics will include: -Basics of perspective -Drawing with mixed media -Drawing from a photo reference -Drawing outside, on location -Experimental drawing
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: John Ribble
Cost: $150
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Les Beaux-Arts Creative Painting Retreat in France"
May 2-9, 2020
 

Travel to France and develop your creative potential with expert guidance from professional painters. Work in your preferred medium, explore different techniques, and get inspired by Gascony's charm. 8 days - Available in English, French, Spanish - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Art supplies - Max. 6 people - Watercolor, charcoal, pastels, acrylics - Figurative, Abstract painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 12.5 hours of tuition with professional painters, art supplies, chateau and vineyard visit for wine tasting session, Armagnac tasting session, visit to the town of Condom, visit to an art gallery exhibition, visits to local French market, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: F. Cairo, R. Tamber, F. Golden
Cost: $1450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Painting in Provence"
May 2-9, 2020
 

Learn from International award-winning landscape and flower painter, Sandra Iafrate. Artist quality paints are supplied! Book before Nov. 30 and get $450.off your booking (spaces are limited). Join me on this magical week-long workshop, where we stay in a restored historical mill in heart of the charming village of Fontaine de Vaucluse. We will focus on botanical painting and drawing, the beautiful spring fields bursting with wildflowers and quaint vignettes of the Provence villages: window boxes, cobbled streets and Provence life! We will also follow along the footsteps of Van Gogh and be inspired by the same subjects and landscapes. Contact the artist prior to Nov. 30 to learn more and get special rate.
 
Location: Fontaine de Vaucluse, France
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $3,390
Website, email


"Stacking Wire Bangles"
May 3, 2020
 

Create a trio (or more) of stacking bangles. Working with multiple gauges of copper wire, learn to size a bangle, flatten wire with a rolling mill or hammers, anneal, texture, form bangles and make hooks, loops and closures for three different styles of bangle. Working with a plethora of beads you will also learn how to make head pins, how to make simple bead dangles and how to cut discs for charms. Patinas as well. After learning these three basic bangles you can make as many stacking bangles as you choose, leaving in the afternoon with a wrist full.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Donaghue
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Fused Fine Silver Earrings"
May 3, 2020
 

Learn to shape and fuse fine silver wire and add beads or other objects to make your own earrings. Start with a small hand-held butane torch to fuse wire rings. These silvery rings can then be reshaped in many ways, using pliers, hammers, etc., to make elements to combine into your own unique jewelry designs. Materials fee includes all materials and use of tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Fine Silver Rings in a Day"
May 3, 2020
 

Create your own unique .999 pure silver ring using precious metal clay silver and wear it home. Learn the techniques to size, form, refine, embellish, and set a fire-in-place stone into your ring. Make your ring as plain or glitzy as you wish, with or without a stone. After it's fired and polished, you can leave it bright silver or add patina. You'll also learn to torch-fire PMC. If you have clay left over from your ring, you can make earrings or charms and torch-fire those.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"5 Paintings in 5 Days Acrylic Painting in Puerto Vallarta"
May 4-8, 2020
 

Offered by successful and experienced artists and instructors in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. You will learn or review the elements of art, composition and essentials of color. Explore painting in a variety of styles in the context of several topics. All levels of experience are invited to participate. Perfect combination of creative fun and relaxation time! Workshop designed with the “artist on vacation” twist. In the morning we paint, and afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping and restaurants of this fabulous city full of wonders. To make your travel easier all materials are included. Register early, only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Lush and Lively Colored Pencil"
May 4-6, 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


"Expressive Color in Figure and Still Life"
May 4-8, 2020
 

Don't miss this great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Russian figure and still life impressionistic painting with a contemporary flare. Henry will lecture on the impressionistic approach to painting, helping students gain a maximum understanding of color and relationships as they develop a solid foundation for creating paintings. Students will be given individual instruction and will work directly from life each session. This workshop is a must for artists of all levels interested in improving their painting abilities.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Henry Stinson, www.henrystinson.com
Cost: $595 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Rose"
May 4-8, 2020
 

Garden roses are some of the most beautiful forms in the botanical world. They have been cultivated for centuries and bear little resemblance to the stiff generic varieties that are commonly available. In this intensive workshop painters will have an opportunity to study their complex geometry and exquisite color subtlety. The course will include an indirect method of painting and the introduction of a specific limited palette. A brief slide lecture on the history of the genre will inspire us as we explore this timeless motif. Previous painting experience is encouraged.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathleen Speranza, www.kathleensperanza.com
Cost: $865 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Istrian Illustration, Drawing, and Painting Retreat"
May 5-12, 2020
 

Travel to Istria, Croatia, and learn to draw, paint, and illustrate from a professional painter and illustrator. Explore watercolor techniques, paint en plein air, and find your inspiration in the stunning Istrian peninsula, with its hilltop medieval villages and unspoiled forests and valleys. UpTrek painting retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — All meals (breakfasts, light lunches, dinners) — Daily illustration, drawing and painting classes, workshops, and plein air sessions with professional artist Irena Sophia (adapted for a wide range of levels, from beginner to advanced) — Art supplies — Use of standard easels and art boards — 6 mindfulness meditation sessions — 4 restorative yin yoga classes — Truffle hunt — Guided Motovun/Montona tour
 
Location: Istria, Croatia
Instructor: Irena Sophia
Cost: $2,900
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Oil and Acrylic with Alex Kelly"
May 5-12, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from an accomplished artist with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils and acrylics. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, three daily meals, tea and coffee making facilities in the main house and studio available at all times, painting and drawing classes, workshops, and sessions with Alex Kelly, local wine and wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport at pre-arranged times.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Alex Kelly
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Capturing the Tuscan Light in Plein Air"
May 6-13, 2020
 

Come and paint en plein air in the warmth of the Tuscan sun in Cortona, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Tuscany! Discover the effects of light in painting the beautiful countryside around Cortona en plein air. William (Bill) Rogers will demonstrate in both the oil and watercolor mediums. He will help painters of all levels develop a more acute sense of observation as well as learn techniques to simplify and translate their observations into paint.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: William Rogers CSPWC TWSA SCA
Cost: From $3590.00 all-incluseve except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Steeling Nature"
May 8-10, 2020
 

Join Sabrina and have fun experimenting and playing with metal. Using nature as your inspiration, you will create playful and engaging sculptures from found metal and steel stock. Starting with the basics, Sabrina will cover a range of metal fabrication and forming techniques as well as provide you with many tips and tricks for working wisely with a variety of tools. Techniques will include fabrication, welding, plasma cutting, basic forging, and cold connections.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sabrina Fadial
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Roaming Art Vancouver Island Painting Holiday"
May 9-16, 2020
 

Welcome to an artist's paradise! Located on the east coast of Vancouver Island on the shores of the Salish Sea. Join us while we explore super-natural British Columbia and you learn how to document your travels in a sketchbook journal. Each day you will receive instruction to help you create a memorable journal of your adventures. You will stay in a shared 2 Bdrm. cottage on the beach and all transportation to painting sites will be provided. Accommodation and pick up from the airport (Comox or Nanaimo) is included. Join us for 6 days of painting fun for $3250 Cdn. and keep your memories forever!
 
Location: Bowser, BC, Canada
Instructor: Carla Flegel
Cost: $3250.00
Sponsor: Roaming Art Painting Journeys
Website, email, 1.250.607.7038


"Sketch on the Go"
May 9, 2020
 

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. (rain or shine)
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting Holiday in Tuscany"
May 9-16, 2020
 

On this painting holiday artists will be tutored in sessions of fun and creativity by the London-based artist Gina Southgate. Working alongside Gina, you'll learn numerous, simple, effective techniques to incorporate into your own unique and striking artworks. With 30 years' experience Gina is best known for her live paintings of jazz, and she brings this energy to her landscapes and abstracts. You will be hosted at the farmhouse Antico Borgo La Torre, in the tranquil and enchanting surroundings of the Tuscan countryside. The property includes Chianti vineyards, olive trees and a small private lake. Guests will enjoy comfortable rooms, a large natural garden, a 20 metre swimming pool, and wonderful local food.
 
Location: Florence (countryside), Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Gina Southgate
Cost: €1100
Sponsor: Antico Borgo La Torre
Website, email, +39 3206275789


"Aline Smithson: Intentional Photography: Creating Personal Projects"
May 10-14, 2020
 

Reconsider how you create images, interpret your life and world, and bring depth and meaning to your artistic endeavors. This retreat will help you discover how to create work that springs from a place of introspection, contemplation and connection. Open to all levels of photographers. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, health, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Aline Smithson
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"A Taste for Art Painting Vacation"
May 10-17, 2020
 

Travel to Spain, sketch and paint under a widely exhibited professional painter's guidance, get inspired by the natural wonders of Sierra de Montánchez and unleash your creative potential on a guided painting retreat in a tranquil part of Extremadura. Inclusions: accommodation in a charming finca, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners served with local wine, landscape painting workshops with painter Noëlle Griffiths (30 hours tuition), use of studio equipment, art materials, airport transfers from Madrid and/or Seville, all transportation in Sierra de Montánchez, guided tour of Trujillo.
 
Location: Sierra de Montánchez, Extremadura, Spain
Instructor: Noëlle Griffiths
Cost: $950
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
May 11-15, 2020
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Portraits in Watercolor"
May 11-15, 2020
 

Though often viewed as intimidating and challenging, painting the figure can be just as approachable as a still life and landscape, and brings with its accomplishment a unique satisfaction and reward. Ted will discuss the pitfalls and pluses of painting from photographic reference as well as how to achieve spontaneity, character, and life in your paintings. Class will include daily demonstrations and one-on-one interaction with class members. As Ted shares the specific techniques he uses to bring excitement to his figurative work, you will find your paintings taking on a new life. And, experience great fun in the process! Ted Nuttall is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and Watercolor West.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Understanding Color-The Power of a Limited Palette"
May 11-14, 2020
 

There are certain irrefutable truisms in painting, one is the fewer colors used, the stronger and more harmonious the statement. Working from a “standard” palette of 12-14 colors, students will calculate progressive sequences on the color wheel to create complimentary schemes, simple triads, and dynamic triads of color, referred to as harmonic chords, comprised of three to six colors, and explore how to select the best color set to serve our concept. Each new piece will require an entirely new working palette. The goal of this workshop is to give the artist a reliable foundation for making color decisions, in other words to demystify color harmony in painting and empower them with a deeper understanding of an important principle.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: M. W. Skip Whitcomb, www.skipwhitcomb.com
Cost: $550 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint the Town! Cityscape Painting Fundamentals for Day and Night City Scenes"
May 11-14, 2020
 

Award-winning artist, Rob Adamson, will teach this four-day workshop that will provide students with the painting fundamentals needed to create stunning, vibrant cityscapes. Students will work from photo reference (provided by instructor, but are also welcome to bring their own cityscape reference) to paint day and night city scenes. Students will be taught a simplified 1 and 2-point perspective to create memorable paintings. Other topics covered are design, drawing, value, color, edges, and lighting and glazing techniques. The instructor will provide lectures, demonstrations and individual instruction. Beginners through advanced artists are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rob Adamson, www.robadamsonstudio.blogspot6.com
Cost: $550 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure and Color"
May 11-14, 2020
 

This workshop will focus on an analytical and emotive approach to painting the human figure with an emphasis on color and value relationships in a related atmosphere. The development of form through an observation and interpretation of plane shifts projecting and receding from the eye will be stressed. Aspects of anatomy, proportion and movement will be discussed along with the Alla Prima technique, which involves both scumbling and glazing. Steven will also teach techniques for dealing with the flux of changes that occur as a model poses. Each day will consist of lectures, demos and one-on-one critiques. Students will benefit from Steven’s representational style and extensive knowledge of the human figure.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Steven Assael, www.stevenassael.com
Cost: $850 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting & Sketching The Spirit of Spain"
May 11-21, 2020
 

Join me for a magical watercolor sketching & plein air painting adventure! We will tour and paint many spectacular scenes in Barcelona, Girona and Costa Brava, Spain. May 11 - May 21, 2020 with Yuki Hall, TWSA, OWS, WPA. This workshop will be filled with many excursions, guided tours so that non-painting companions can also enjoy. Yuki will help you with painting & sketching throughout the trip. Painters of all levels are welcome.
 
Location: Barcelona, Girona, Costa Brava, Spain
Instructor: Yuki Hall
Cost: $3,400
Website, email, 937-679-2464


"The Art of Quill and Reed Pens"
May 11-15, 2020
 

Reed pens have been used by artists for about 3000 years. The quill, or feather pen, has been used in art making since the 6th century. Unlike metal tipped fountain pens, the reed and quill pen are organic and do not scratch the paper. They glide on top producing an endless variety of beautiful lines, fluid, visually diverse and full of character. In this hands on workshop students will learn how to cut quills and reeds to produce outstanding pens that create nuanced and elegant lines. They will learn the art of applying washes to the pen lines enhancing the charm of the visual story. A variety of papers, inks, and related materials will be covered.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joshua Fallik, www.joshuafallik.com
Cost: $695 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Van Gogh and Cézanne in Provence"
May 11-18, 2020
 

Join us in Provence to paint from the very same places that Vincent Van Gogh painted in Arles, and St. Remy, and where Paul Cézanne worked in Aix-en-Provence. You will be inspired as these great artists were, so many years ago. You will be treated to stories from history while in these special locations that will serve as rich backdrop for the paintings you will make in the enchanting light that is found in Provence. The fee includes transportation from Avignon TGV train station to the hotel in Arles, ground transport to our daily locations to St. Paul’s Mausole in St. Remy and Cézanne’s studio in Aix-en-Provence. Breakfast, lunch and your first and last dinner.
 
Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $2100 (Register before 01 December 2019 - $1950)
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 1 231-883-1681


"Post-Impressionist Provence Painting Retreat in France"
May 11-18, 2020
 

Travel to Provence and learn to paint and sketch in the once home and inspiration of Post-Impressionists Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne. Complete your artistic journey with trips to renowned Van Gogh and Cézanne sites, enjoy art workshops, attentive painting tuition, accommodation, and meals. 8 days | Available in English, Dutch, Hebrew | All levels | Max. 14 people | Watercolors, Acrylics, Gouache | Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation; 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 2 dinners; painting and drawing classes, workshops and demonstrations with artists Tali Farchi and Royce Deans; daily excursions; transport to and from painting locations; welcome art supplies kit; transfers from/to Avignon TGV train station.
 
Location: Arles, France
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Cost: $1,870
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Mix It Up On Canvas, Mixed Media and Collage"
May 12-14, 2020
 

Participants will create mixed media/collage paintings on canvas using an intuitive process, starting with no preconceived or elaborate planning. The process will dictate direction as students use a variety of collage materials and techniques to implement color, texture (real and implied), line, shape and value. Instruction will start with semi-arbitrary application of collage materials in combination with acrylic, gesso, acrylic mediums and assorted mark making tools. There will be regular comments and evaluation as work progresses concerning relationships between design elements and principles. The goal is a mixed media/collage painting which is visually pleasing and aligned with the artist’s personal aesthetic. A critique will be held at the end of the last day.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Stan Kurth
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, email, 616-897-7842


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
May 13-16, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Garland, Texas
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Current Artist Workshop
Website, email, 214-543-4958


"Expressive Brushwork in Oil & Acrylic!"
May 13-16, 2020
 

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


"Valencia Tour 10 Days"
May 14-23, 2020
 

A watercolor painting vacation with a difference. Begin with three days in the city of Valencia, where history joins the present and meets the future with the architecture of the City of Arts and Sciences. This is the setting for this most exciting painting tour of "Communidad de Valencia". Followed by another five days painting in the Valencian countryside of the Valle D'Albaida and the Orange Blossom coast. Throughout this ten day painting holiday, paint, enjoy and fully experience the bustle of the historic city, coastal marinas, medieval villages, ancient castles, rice fields (where paella was invented) the rural fields, olive and orange groves. You will not want to miss this unique plein aire painting workshop in Spectacular Spain.
 
Location: Valencia, Spain
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: From 2945 Euros per person
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034610857136


"Figurative & Landscape Painting in Acrylic or Oil"
May 14-17, 2020
 

Two days painting landscape paintings and two days portrait paintings. Completing a painting each day. Learn to perceive and simplify shape and color while creating a painting. Visually interpret relationship of shape, value and color. Donna Bland will start a demo painting, then begin a step-by-step process to completing a painting each day. Each artist will be able to complete exercises in color mixing which will help to learn mixing and find the correct color. Bland lives and paints in the Austin, Texas area. Painting daily in her studio, plein air or teaching a workshop, subjects are unlimited. No words to describe the joy in painting outdoors in the Texas Hill Country, Colorado or Mexico. Visit donnabland.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Donna Bland
Cost: $475 Museum members/ $525 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"The Joy of Art: Creative Tuscany Tour"
May 14-25, 2020
 

Travel to Tuscany and experience an art adventure like no other. Explore Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, and San Leo, learn fun and easy artistic techniques in several mediums, admire masterpieces of the Renaissance period, visit magnificent churches and hidden Tuscan villages — all while enjoying fantastic accommodation, local wines, and delicious meals.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Bethany Ekblad
Cost: $3995
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40 0757 302 302


"Taking Your Painting To The Next Level"
May 14-16, 2020
 

This 3-day workshop is designed for painters with some previous painting experience. For over 25 years, Dawn taught basic principles of oil painting as an adjunct instructor at David Lipscomb University. Her awards include the Certificate of Merit for her portrait at the National Portrait Convention in 1991, Best of Show at the Portrait Society of America in Washington DC, and the Award of Excellence in the Oil Painter's of America exhibition in 2002. In 2010 Whitelaw was one of ten American women artists invited to participate in the "Inspiring Figures" exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $525
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"The Mixed Media Ultimate Weekend"
May 15-17, 2020
 

This workshop is for 3 days and I will bring the plaster and wax, Ampersand has the Claybord panels and I will send you a short supply list. We begin with Plaster, Wax and Wow, a learning journey on getting acrylic gels and plaster to play well together. You will create incredible layers on top of Claybord. We will even build on fabrics with plaster and then everything gets sealed with wax. So luscious. The second project is called Color Mixing for Composition. You will super charge your color and composition vocabulary and experience how to use color as your composition tool. The third project is called Deep Focus and s will strengthen your creative muscle with practices to use every day.
 
Location: Buda, Texas
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Ampersand
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"Weaving with Four Harnesses"
May 16-17, 2020
 

Learn to set up and weave on a four-harness loom. We will wind a 10"-wide 3-yard warp, thread it onto the loom and explore some basic weave structures and techniques. You will be introduced to reading a pattern draft and after some sampling can use the remaining warp and time for a project of your choice. It can be a wall hanging, a runner, mug rugs, or a scarf. It can be loose and experimental, structured and predictable, or somewhere in between. Warp yarn is provided in a few color options. Looms are also available for rent.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathleen Nutter
Cost: $220
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Champlevé Enameling with Fine Silver"
May 16-17, 2020
 

Explore the technique of champlevé enameling using fine silver metal. Champlevé has many forms, but in this class we will fuse two layers of fine silver and create a recessed area to receive transparent enamel, accenting with cloisonné wires and precious metal foils.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maya Madden
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"For the Love of Light: Mediterranean Plein Air Painting Vacation"
May 16-23, 2020
 

Travel to Cyprus and paint en plein air in and around the beautiful village of Pano Lefkara. Get inspired by stunning mountain ranges and sea shores, olive and lemon groves, unique architecture, signature Venetian merchant houses, medieval convents and monasteries, narrow cobbled streets, traditional courtyards, and brightly colored doorways. UpTrek painting retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — 5 days of painting tuition — full-time art tutor on hand — air-conditioned transportation for daily excursions — art materials provided for all mediums — 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners — lunches and dinners served with a bottle of wine for two people to share — wine and olive oil tasting — traditional silversmith and lacemaking demonstration — airport transfers
 
Location: Lefkara, Cyprus
Instructor: Anna Kakoulli, Georgia Michaelides Saad
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Plein Air Painting in Ireland with Joe Sweeney"
May 16-23, 2020
 

Join Joseph Sweeney on a plein air painting getaway in scenic Donegal, Ireland, homeland of Joe’s ancestors, the Mac Sweeney’s! Located along the breathtaking, unspoiled northwest coast of Ireland, Donegal’s high sea cliffs offer sweeping vistas ideal for plein air painting! Draw and paint historic Donegal Castle, the spectacular Slieve League Cliffs, and St. John’s Point Lighthouse. Instruction will focus on oil, acrylic, and pastel; experienced watercolorists also welcome. Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements.
 
Location: Donegal, Ireland
Instructor: Joe Sweeney
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Flower Painting"
May 16-17, 2020
 

Celebrate the floral wonder of spring! Working from fresh flowers from the instructor’s garden, paint colorful still life arrangements of irises, lilacs, tulips and more. Oil painting demonstrations will address light, color, gesture of the bloom, and composition. Examples from master flower painters throughout history will provide inspiration.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Dori Spector
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Aquarelle Storytelling: Plein-Air Painting Vacation in Spain"
May 16-23, 2020
 

Travel to Valle de Albaida, Valencia, and explore various methods and techniques used to create atmosphere in a watercolor painting. Study with artist Keiko Tanabe and paint en plein air in historic towns, medieval villages, ancient castles, rice fields, coastal marinas, olive and orange groves. 8 days | Available in English | All levels| Max. 10 people | Watercolors | Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: daily painting classes, workshops, and demonstrations with artist Keiko Tanabe; 7 nights of accommodation; all meals with soft and alcoholic drinks (wine and beer); water, coffee, tea, assorted beverages; aperitifs each evening with local specialties; airport transfers; painting on location trips; private transport to painting locations; access to a fully equipped studio.
 
Location: Valencia, Spain
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: $1,640
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Colored Pencil: Realism and Abstract in One"
May 16-17, 2020
 

You'll efficiently practice various ways to apply colored pencil, then spend the majority of class using a specific technique that allows for detail to capture your chosen subject in your own designed composition. What's new to some who've not taken my class is a specific technique, reverse grisaille, to apply color that is strong, dramatic, and long term with controlled sheen and to apply a water-soluble white base on areas of your drawing that require much lighter intensity than non water-soluble colored pencil traditionally offers. This workshop will add a focus to realistically draw the foreground subject while introducing an abstract background.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass
Cost: $185
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Plein Air watercolor painting in Southern Spain"
May 16-23, 2020
 

Join me, Lena Thynell, for a week of watercolor painting at the beautiful Garden of Lemons, located in Andalusia, south of Granada, Spain. We will be painting from life, “Plein Air”, capturing what surrounds us. It could be the landscape, the beautiful garden, or the quaint little town. I will give demos focusing on light, contrast, composition and simplification. You will have lots of time to paint. All skill levels are welcome. There will be 6 days of painting and exploring this beautiful place. You will be offered a few inspirational excursions during the week. Bring your spouse or a friend.
 
Location: Valle de Lecrín, Spain
Instructor: Lena Thynell
Website


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
May 16-23, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore different painting styles and techniques, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. Art retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Capturing Tuscany in Watercolor: A Cultural Retreat"
May 17-27, 2020
 

Join Kim Minicheillo, a former Walt Disney Imagineer, for a 10-day cultural experience in Tuscany! Chef Karolina Lenart at the beautiful Casa Fiori, overlooking the city of Lucca, is hosting Kim. You will capture this rich area by sketching and painting en plein air in watercolor, and also experience the food, wine and history of the region. Never painted outdoors before? Let Kim guide through her process of simplifying the scene to record the impression of what is before you. Retreat includes: painting instruction and exploring daily, cooking class, wine tasting, music concert, accommodations, tuition, excursions, and most meals. Create life-long memories! Kim will help beginners or intermediate painters take your painting to the next level. Non-painters are welcome.
 
Location: Lucca, Italy
Instructor: Kim Minichiello
Cost: $3749
Sponsor: Follow Your Senses in Tuscany
Website, email, 407-668-7082


"Painting on the Brandywine"
May 17, 2020
 

Portray the spring landscape en plein air in the medium of your choice along the banks of the picturesque Brandywine River. Bring a packed lunch or eat at Hank’s, a longtime haunt of Andrew Wyeth’s. The day concludes with a visit to the Brandywine River Museum (free admission on the first Sunday of the month). Free parking, restrooms and sheltered locations available. (rain or shine)
 
Location: Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Venice Plein-air Urban Watercolour Workshop"
May 18-23, 2020
 

Spend 6 fantastic days immersed in splendour painting the historic canals with its gondolas and grand buildings of the grand Renaissance city of Venice. For centuries, water-colourists have been enjoying the magnificent sights, colours and atmosphere that only Venice has to offer. Colour, light, mood, reflections, gondolas, grand palazzos and piazza’s offer endless inspiration to any painter. The romantic light and mood are just some of the themes featuring in this gloriously unforgettable water colour course! A fantastic opportunity painting water colours in this breathtakingly beautiful floating city. Quite simply, it does not get any better than this for an artist! Our accommodation is a beautiful historic Venetian monastery. All art materials, accommodation, breakfast, dinner and guided tours included.
 
Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $1850
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, 393349034401


"An Approach to Figure Painting"
May 18-21, 2020
 

In this workshop, students will paint a figure from life over the course of four days, and discuss choices for setting up the pose, composition, color harmony, lighting, pacing, and bringing the painting to a decent level of resolve. Joseph will discuss the language of describing paint in order to better understand mixtures. Joseph will explain his approach to figure painting and demonstrate by painting along and illustrating his ideas about the approach. Previous drawing experience is highly recommended.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joseph Todorovitch, www.todorovitch.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting in Bermuda with James Toogood"
May 18-23, 2020
 

Join PAFA faculty member and author of Incredible Light and Texture in Watercolor James Toogood for an engaging plein air painting expedition to the beautiful island of Bermuda. Paint outdoors to capture the distinctive light, weather and character of this unique location. Capture the island’s charm and beauty at diverse settings, be inspired by the work of master artists at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, explore the island, and relax on the beach! While instruction will focus on watercolor, all media are welcome.
 
Location: Hamilton, Bermuda
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Abstract Painting with Natural Pigments: Black, White, and Blue"
May 18-22, 2020
 

In this course students will reinterpret nature’s deep imagery and essence employing matter from nature itself, within a limited palette. Paint, ink and home-made gesso will be made from inorganic and organic sources including pine soot, shells and earth minerals. In this water-based abstract painting workshop, students will explore 3 important natural pigments in historic Asian painting: sumi ink (tree soot), gofun (shell white) and indigo suihi enogu (indigo dyed gofun). Our focus will be on creating interesting, abstract work, with an evident material presence, while celebrating the unique attributes of our storied, significant materials. Urauchi (Kozo paper backing techniques) will also be covered. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Snow Hill, Maryland
Instructor: Judith Kruger
Cost: $700 + $145 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Using Abstract Thinking to Create Illustrative Paintings"
May 19-21, 2020
 

Painting is learning to see. Often, we paint what we think we see because we all have preconceived notions of what something looks like. However, to really paint what you see, you must break down everything you are looking at into just abstract shapes. Aline is known for her vivid paintings and creative use of color. Working from their own photo references, students will transform these into pastel or oil paintings using the principles of color and design. Along with daily painting demonstrations, Aline will emphasize experimenting with different colors and interesting strokes. Let’s say goodbye to overworked tight pastels and oils and learn to create loose, bold but still illustrative paintings. Aline gives personal attention throughout the workshop.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Aline Ordman
Cost: $400 / $360 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Plein Air Painting with Randall Sexton"
May 19-20, 2020
 

Day One: The class will start on location with a demonstration discussing general design, quick color mixing, and block-in for location studies. Students will then work on field studies for the remainder of the day, with individual critiques and assistance. Day Two: AM: will be spent on location working on field studies as described above. PM: The class will return to school to develop a studio piece from the collected field studies.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Cost: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting with Billyo"
May 19-20, 2020
 

Billyo will demonstrate and lecture to the group and personalize his instruction for the individual. This will be an in-depth workshop on painting from life, on location, for the advanced to the beginner. Billyo will strive to give each student a solid understanding of the visual experience and his working method through the painting process and lectures while engaging each artists in understanding of the concept. Each student is encouraged to bring 2 paintings on the first day for discussion. This is for everyone to learn from and give Billyo a better idea of your needs.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Billyo O’Donnell
Cost: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting with George Strickland"
May 19-20, 2020
 

The class will have time spent outdoors painting small studies. Students will use those to make more finished paintings in the School studio. The class will include demos and lots of individual attention to each participant. The class will cover many aspects of the painting process...both plein air and in-studio so be prepared for a fun, yet full art experience.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: George Strickland
Cost: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting with Gay Faulkenberry"
May 19-20, 2020
 

Brush off the nerves! Come to class with enthusiasm and an open mind as you may be stepping out of your comfort zone. We'll work hard and have fun in the process! Day one: We will create quick studies in the morning on location. Back in the studio, we will go over the basics in a short lecture and I’ll introduce my palette and color choices. I will do a small demo field sketch with emphasis on simplifying the subject and checking value and color temperature. Day two, students can paint on location or stay in the studio. I will be covering the fundamentals of (plein air) painting with a strong focus on the importance of value and color temperature.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Gay Faulkenberry
Cost: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Tuscan Landscape in Watercolor"
May 19-27, 2020
 

Join American fine artist Jill Williams for an authentic Italian experience while painting the beautiful Tuscan landscape in watercolor during this plein air tour just outside historic Arezzo. Surrounded by the lush summertime Italian landscape, multiple painting sessions will be on location at the beautifully revived 250 year old villa and gardens of Casafredda, as well as the Etruscan hilltop town of Cortona. Nearby excursions to museums, cathedrals, and city streets will inspire more painting, and provide an immersive experience with Medieval and Renaissance era architecture and art. Plein air painting, art history, fine dining and the warm hospitality of your hosts combine to provide guests with memorable experiences and the very best the region has to offer.
 
Location: Arezzo, Italy
Instructor: Jill Williams
Cost: from 2980 euros, all inclusive except airfares
Sponsor: Villa Casafredda
Website, email, +393926654318


"Painting with Pastels in Tuscany!"
May 20-27, 2020
 

Come and paint en plein air in the warmth of the Tuscan sun in Cortona, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Tuscany! Painting in the landscape requires a unique combination of left and right brain thinking. We have an emotional, intuitive response to a scene, yet we need technical control and accuracy to convey our concept to paper. This workshop will focus on how to identify, clarify and convey your initial emotional response, and bring it to completion without losing the immediacy and vibrancy of your vision.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Molly Lipsher
Cost: From $3590.00 all-incluseve except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
May 20-22, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Ingram, Texas
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Hill Country Arts Foundation
Website, email, 830-367-5121


"Plein Air Painting with Gay Faulkenberry"
May 21-22, 2020
 

Brush off the nerves! Come to class with enthusiasm and an open mind as you may be stepping out of your comfort zone. We'll work hard and have fun in the process! Day one: We will create quick studies in the morning on location. Back in the studio, we will go over the basics in a short lecture and I’ll introduce my palette and color choices. I will do a small demo field sketch with emphasis on simplifying the subject and checking value and color temperature. Day two, students can paint on location or stay in the studio. I will be covering the fundamentals of (plein air) painting with a strong focus on the importance of value and color temperature.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Gay Faulkenberry
Cost: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting with George Strickland"
May 21-22, 2020
 

The class will have time spent outdoors painting small studies. Students will use those to make more finished paintings in the School studio. The class will include demos and lots of individual attention to each participant. The class will cover many aspects of the painting process...both plein air and in-studio so be prepared for a fun, yet full art experience.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: George Strickland
Cost: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting with Billyo"
May 21-22, 2020
 

Billyo will demonstrate and lecture to the group and personalize his instruction for the individual. This will be an in-depth workshop on painting from life, on location, for the advanced to the beginner. Billyo will strive to give each student a solid understanding of the visual experience and his working method through the painting process and lectures while engaging each artists in understanding of the concept. Each student is encouraged to bring 2 paintings on the first day for discussion. This is for everyone to learn from and give Billyo a better idea of your needs.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Billyo O’Donnell
Cost: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting with Randall Sexton"
May 21-22, 2020
 

Day One: The class will start on location with a demonstration discussing general design, quick color mixing, and block-in for location studies. Students will then work on field studies for the remainder of the day, with individual critiques and assistance. Day Two: AM: will be spent on location working on field studies as described above. PM: The class will return to school to develop a studio piece from the collected field studies.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Cost: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The New Nouveau"
May 21-24, 2020
 

In our new approach to the now classic art form of Art Nouveau, we are going to spend four glorious days collaging and winding botanicals and whiplash curves around a central figure. We'll focus on creating rich layered backgrounds, color mixing, transparent glazes, mesmerizing collage constructs, and adding the perfect accents. I will walk you through the process of creating your own nouveau-inspired stencil, botanical shapes, and undulating curves with the use of several tools to simplify the process and introduce you to some stunningly creative uses for paint skins. We'll honor the old traditions and pay homage to Gustav Klimt with our skillful use of gold leaf, but we'll bring this art form into the the 21st-century.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Andrea Matus deMeng
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Dutch Landscape Painting Vacation"
May 22-27, 2020
 

Travel to the Netherlands, learn to draw and paint from professional painters, explore the graceful Dutch canals and landscapes, and unleash your creativity through landscape painting sessions, demonstrations, and workshops. 6 days | Available in English, Dutch, Hebrew | All levels | Max. 12 people | Watercolors, Acrylics, Gouache | Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 5 nights of accommodation; 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 2 dinners; painting and drawing classes, workshops and demonstrations with artists Tali Farchi and Royce Deans; transport to and from painting locations/excursions; visit to the Museum de Fundatie (entrance included); local tour; art supplies welcome kit.
 
Location: Zwolle, Netherlands
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Cost: $1,310
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting the Dutch Landscape"
May 22-27, 2020
 

There is a long and rich history of art in The Netherlands. There you will understand all of the of the variety the Dutch landscape has to offer; farmland, lakes, wooded pathways, dykes, canals, classic Dutch architecture and windmills. The artists, and founders of the ArtisTTable, Royce Deans and Tali Farchi will be your hosts on this trip. Included in the fee for this retreat is transportation from the Zwolle train station to the luxury Bilderberg Wientjes Hotel in Zwolle, and all the ground transport to the many locations that we will be painting. Breakfast at the hotel and lunches on locations daily, and your first and last dinner. Plus an ArtisTTable goodie bag with a sketchbook.
 
Location: Zwolle, Netherlands
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $1500 (Register before 31 December 2019 - $1380)
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 1 231-883-1681


"Alternative Artmaking"
May 23-24, 2020
 

This is a class created for artists with a mind for experimenting with materials and having those materials help direct their artistic explorations. It is for all ages as it requires imagination and unconventional thinking more than skill. The majority of art work we encounter in the world reflects a division between media and subject, where the media is used to create the illusion of something. In our quest for representation and illusion, we often miss the potential of various media to exercise wonderful internal qualities. Like swimming with the current, it’s also often easier to use the natural qualities of a material to locate composition than to bend it against its will.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shane McAdams
Cost: $105
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Confident Color and Bold Brushwork in the Italian Landscape"
May 23-29, 2020
 

This workshop starts in the hill town of Fiesole - just 5 miles above Florence. Mid-trip we will transfer you to the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence which has more art per sqft than any city in the world. From painting in the Etruscan/Roman ruins to the Bardini Gardens you will bask in the serenity and beauty that is Tuscany. A visit to the medieval city of San Gimignano in the rolling Chianti countryside where you'll also enjoy lunch at a local winery. Most importantly you'll be advancing your art with master painter and instructor, Kim Casebeer. Kim will demo and offer you one-on-one help at your easel. This workshop is intensive and includes close of day discussions.
 
Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Kim Casebeer
Cost: $3150, "Bring a Friend Along" $200/each Discount until Jan 31
Sponsor: Artensity
Website, email


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
May 23-30, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Painting Retreat: Walk in Monet and Pissarro's footsteps"
May 24-30, 2020
 

Travel to Normandy, immerse in a tutored painting retreat, walk in Monet and Pissarro's footsteps, discover new perspectives on artistic techniques, and get inspired by the picturesque Normandy countryside and the scenic Parc Naturel Régional de Normandie-Maine. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation in a charming farmhouse designed as an homage to famous French painters, daily home-cooked meals, local wine and cider, daily painting workshops with artist Angela Birchall (classes and workshops in the mornings, guided en plein air in the afternoons), art supplies.
 
Location: Orne, Normandy, France
Instructor: Angela Birchall
Cost: $1,260
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Painting in Spain: Oil Painting Workshop"
May 24-31, 2020
 

Come join Brian Murphy for a week long painting adventure in the magnificent Costa Brava, Spain. Learn to loosen up your technique and create Light Filled paintings while also learning how to paint with a Limited Palette. Brian has led numerous painting trips to France, Italy and Ireland and this workshop will continue the tradition of painting and experiencing the natural beauty and culture of this beautiful part of the world. Spend each day discovering the wonderful light the Costa Brava landscape and seascapes provide while learning how to capture that light on your canvas. There will be daily critiques and discussions and Brian will spend part of each day “one on one” with you as you paint the magnificent views.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Brian Murphy, bmurphy.net
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Discovering Form Through Pinching Clay"
May 27-31, 2020
 

This workshop is an introduction to beginning through advanced pinching techniques – the title of the class tells it all. Instructor Michael Imes has said, "Sometimes I start out by opening a ball of clay with little or no preconception of what it might become. In this situation I respond to what forms suggest in their process of becoming." Let your intuition and the clay itself guide you in making sculptural or functional objects. Includes clay, tool use, and bisque firing.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Imes
Cost: $410
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Annual Retreat"
May 28-31, 2020
 

This annual workshop retreat is held in my personal studio. It is limited to only 8 artists and many folks return every year to refresh their inspiration and tune up their creative muscles. It is an action packed four days but we also relax on the deck or by the pond. Find inspiration in the garden, renew friendships and make new best friends. As you can tell it is about more than just painting techniques. The time in Santa Fe is very special and we use it to refill the well and inspire our muse. We also eat delicious food, find art on every corner and bask in the beauty of the mountains. Join us!
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $900
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"Plein Air Painting in Cape May"
May 28-31, 2020
 

Join Joe Sweeney for a plein air painting retreat in beautiful Cape May, New Jersey! Experience small town hospitality while painting Cape May Point, the Cove with sweeping vistas, Cape May Lighthouse, and Sunset Beach. Includes tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. Morning and evening painting times will leave the afternoons free to relax on the beach – the perfect artist’s getaway! Instruction geared towards oil, acrylic and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome. Times variable. For more information and recommended accommodations, email joesweeney5@gmail.com
 
Location: Cape May, New Jersey
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Walk a Mile in Your Moccasins"
May 30, 2020
 

Join with the tribe at MoonTree and make your own soft leather moccasins. You'll make a paper pattern for your feet and learn how to cut the leather so that the soft shoes will fit you when assembled. You'll punch holes at the appropriate points to join the moccassin tops and soles, and go home with your own comfortable, hand-made pair of moccasins. Bring a sack lunch!
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Rachel Hansen
Cost: member $60; non-member $65
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Color Alchemy with Shibori"
May 30-31, 2020
 

Shibori is the Japanese art of creating pattern on fabric through binding, stitching, folding, and twisting during the dyeing process. Intricate patterns, texture, and color blending takes place as color is layered through multiple dye applications. Color is further enhanced through the use of discharge (color removal) and over dye. Create lovely designs on silk in this two-day workshop. You will learn contemporary variations of traditional techniques of Shibori. The schedule offers the opportunity to learn the basics and expand on those with deeper, more complex color blending and patterning through multiple dye applications, discharge, and over-dye. Students will create three 1 1/2-yard pieces of silk fabric, and have the option of switching to scarves.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Mendla
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Plein Air Pastel & Watercolor"
May 31, 2020
 

Learn the basics of drawing with pastel and watercolor, ideal for plein air, as you work along the picturesque Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The instructor will demonstrate techniques, reference art historical examples, and encourage personal expression. Amenities will be available along the way. All levels welcome.(rain date: June 7)
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Venice Plein-air Urban Watercolour Workshop"
May 31 - June 5, 2020
 

Spend 6 fantastic days immersed in splendour painting the historic canals with its gondolas and grand buildings of the grand Renaissance city of Venice. For centuries, water-colourists have been enjoying the magnificent sights, colours and atmosphere that only Venice has to offer. Colour, light, mood, reflections, gondolas, grand palazzos and piazza’s offer endless inspiration to any painter. The romantic light and mood are just some of the themes featuring in this gloriously unforgettable water colour course! A fantastic opportunity painting water colours in this breathtakingly beautiful floating city. Quite simply, it does not get any better than this for an artist! Our accommodation is a beautiful historic Venetian monastery. All art materials, accommodation, breakfast, dinner and guided tours included.
 
Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $1850
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, 393349034401


"The PAFA Atelier (one week intensive)"
June 1-5, 2020
 

A combination instructed-class and open studio for students interested in advancing their representational drawing and painting. Design and work on your own personal projects utilizing the cast collection, figure/portrait models, and still life or interior spaces, assisted by individual critiques and group instruction on topics of broad concern or interest.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Peter Van Dyck
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Landscape Painting: Beyond the Photo"
June 1-5, 2020
 

We will use photos as a springboard for creating the paintings we want. In this 5-day workshop, participants will work in the studio from photographic reference of the landscape, using it to create paintings of different value keys, color keys, times of day, and seasons of the year. We’ll break down the information in photos, analyze it, and use it to create tonal sketches, change color palettes, and create paintings based on multiple images, memory, and imagination. Each day will include a lecture and demonstration followed by painting with one-on-one instruction.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John MacDonald
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Sketching Workshop in Tuscany"
June 1-8, 2020
 

Join me on a magical Travel sketch Tour of Tuscany. Those romantic Italian images you’ve dreamed of will soon be there in your sketchbook. You’ll be sketching that quick impression of olive trees, ploughed fields, Tuscan stone cottages, ancient alleyways and archways, roses tumbling from window boxes. With a black pen you’ll be seeing your pages begin to tell the stories in your sketchbook. Done in a moment with a dash of colour added. I will show you exactly how to achieve those skills and precisely what to look for when you’re out and about. That pot of geraniums, that wine glass and bottle. Everything is a sketch. Something seemly everyday comes to life when you sketch it. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Erin Hill, erinhillsketching.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan 31st ($3,390 after Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


"Art by the Sea: Painting Vacation on the Stunning Dalmatian Coast"
June 2-9, 2020
 

Travel to Croatia and learn to draw and illustrate from a professional painter and illustrator, explore soft pencil and watercolor techniques, and find your inspiration on Croatia's stunning Dalmatian Coast, among wondrous medieval buildings, picturesque bays, and rocky crags overlooking the turquoise Adriatic Sea. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, daily illustration, drawing, and painting workshops with artist Irena Sophia, art supplies, guided Vodice tour, guided tour of Šibenik, guided Prvic Island tour, airport transfers from Zadar or Split.
 
Location: Vodice, Croatia
Instructor: Irena Sophia
Cost: $1320
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Oils with artist Ian Layton"
June 4-11, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Ian Layton
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Process Painting: Come to the Table"
June 4-7, 2020
 

No previous art experience is required. You need only bring your willingness and longing to engage with creativity. Process Painting highlights the creative process as a method of self-exploration and discovery; it is not a traditional painting class. The emphasis is the process, not what appears on the paper. Using tempera paint, this form of spontaneous expression provides an opportunity to deepen the connection and the divine. The facilitator acts as a support and witness to the process by asking open-ended questions. A safe and sacred container is created by the absence of product focused commentary. Through intuitive image making, Process Painting allows access to the flow of life giving energy which summons the painter to greater consciousness and wholeness.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Karen McClard
Cost: member $375; non-member $400 (includes materials and lunch)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Oil and Cold Wax Annual Retreat"
June 4-7, 2020
 

Spend four days painting with other oil and cold wax artists! Shake Rag Alley is pleased to be hosting this annual non-instructional retreat. Previous attendees found that it is an exciting way to share your approach, knowledge, and aesthetic – and to learn from others. Bring your own materials and tools. There is plenty of space in the Lind Pavilion, so plan to work on a number of paintings during this time. Participation in group meals is optional. Previous experience with this medium is recommended.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Collaborative Retreat
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


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

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


"Atmospheric Watercolor Landscapes"
June 5-7, 2020
 

Come learn how to add a variety of atmospheres to city, land and marine scenes painted in watercolor. This 3-day workshop will focus on developing a vision for your paintings, simplifying and improving the subject, learning watercolor techniques used to create atmosphere, and more. General art topics are covered, including composition, values, edges and color choices. The workshop includes daily demonstrations, discussion and individual student attention. Reference photos provided, students can also bring their own. Experienced beginners to advanced students welcome. Experienced Beginners should have some experience using watercolor with a basic understanding of how it works.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Judy Mudd
Cost: $375
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Drawing and Painting Flowers in Italy"
June 6-13, 2020
 

Join Diane Cardaci on a drawing journey in Italy that celebrates the beauty of flowers! You'll explore medieval villages, Italian gardens and countryside lanes flanked by wildflowers, all while learning how to capture the beauty of a flower on paper, alongside an exceptional teacher. Study the form and anatomy of flowers, learn ways to make your sketchbook your floral companion, and strengthen the 3 dimensional quality of your drawings and paintings. Daily onsite sketching lessons, and one-on-one personalized instruction with Diane. Diane Cardaci is the author of over 6 art instruction books, including the perennially popular book "Flowers & Botanicals" published by Walter Foster. Workshop limited to 8 participants-only a few spaces left!
 
Location: Citta della Pieve, Italy
Instructor: Diane Cardaci
Cost: $3,650-$3750
Sponsor: Diane Cardaci
Website, email, 15613154015


"Picturesque Portugal: Landscape Painting and Drawing Vacation"
June 6-12, 2020
 

Travel to Portugal and learn to paint or draw while staying in a beautifully renovated farmhouse. Immerse yourself in blissful tranquility and enjoy breathtaking views, delicious vegetarian meals, and first class art tutoring in a variety of mediums. You will receive tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, daily vegetarian breakfasts, lunches and dinners, 18 hours of painting and drawing tuition with a professional artist, art materials (graphite pencils, chalk pastels, charcoal, ink, watercolor, acrylic paints, brusho), optional afternoon guided nature walks, and transfers to and from Faro Airport at a predetermined time.
 
Location: S.B. de Messines, Portugal
Instructor: Tracy-Jane Pooler
Cost: $970
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"SAORI Weaving"
June 6, 2020
 

Be ready to feel like you are 5 years old again! SAORI is a weaving style with no rules and restrictions. There are no samples to follow and there are no mistakes. Just weave what you want to with complete freedom and creativity. Every cloth woven by people with different personalities is lovely in a unique way. The irregular edges and accidental skips of thread add un-programmed beauty to each weaving. In SAORI, we do not weave only a cloth. We weave our true selves. The warp is already set up for you to start weaving right away! Your finished product will make a lively wall hanging, throw, or pillow cover.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chiaki O'Brien
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Experimental Collage"
June 6-7, 2020
 

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


"Kaleidoscope Design Furoshiki (Wrapping Cloth) with Bengala Mud Dye"
June 7, 2020
 

Bengala dyes are made from soil and are "environmentally safe" and fun to use. You will love the subtle nature of the colors. Everyone will learn about the history and cultural significance of this unique dye form. We begin with a process of pre-fixing a yard square cloth. Then we fold the material in certain ways. Design with it however you like by knotting, twisting, clamping ... and dye with as many mud dye colors as you like. There will be 14 colors to choose from. You will have a big circle design just like a kaleidoscope! Sorry, this is not a good class for people who have a latex allergy as dyes contain latex rubber.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chiaki O'Brien
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Foraging, Bouquets + Large Scale Installations with Siren Floral Co."
June 7-11, 2020
 

Connect with your inner creativity as you arrange compote floral arrangements, bouquets made in-hand and a group ceremony-style installation. This is a floral intensive course intended for mid-level florists who wish to grow in their ability to arrange a garden-style / free-form fashion. Enjoy Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rachael Ann Lunghi
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Painting in Spain: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
June 8-15, 2020
 

The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in Spain is the sheer breadth of subjects to choose from — that, and the near-magical light and colour of this unique part of the world. In our week together I’ll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in villages and towns, as well as the distant and scenic on the magical coast of Costa Brava. We’ll sketch the sea, majestic cliffs, boats, a botanical garden, a castle, a medieval village, etc…In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool (that will be provided). This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Encaustic Painting: Basics, Methods, and Materials"
June 8-9, 2020
 

Designed for students new to the encaustic medium, this workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the materials, working methods, and safety of encaustic painting. Gain a solid technical foundation and the confidence to continue exploring encaustic beyond the workshop. Alternating between demonstrations and working time, learn how to set up your workspace and use the materials and equipment safely, as well as explore basic painting techniques and fusing methods. If you have current pieces made in another medium, please bring for a discussion on how to translate or enhance the work with encaustic paints. All paints and tools are supplied.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, www.rehmer-studio.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Poetics of Mixed Media"
June 8-9, 2020
 

The use of mixed media can broaden your mark-making abilities and expand the content of your work. Through a mixture of practical, technical, and experimental approaches to two-dimensional media, learn how to incorporate different materials into a dynamic studio practice and discuss materials’ relationship to ideas and concepts of art making. This workshop begins with two main categories of 2D materials – graphic or drawing materials and water-based materials. With this foundation, explore different techniques incorporating these materials and mix them together to create a wider range of marks, applications, and aesthetics of combining media. Create multiple tests of materials and techniques, as well as at least one personal, finished artwork that is discussed before the end of the final day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Benjamin Gardner, www.BenjaminAGardner.com
Cost: Members: $230, Non-Members: $255
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Building Momentum in the Studio"
June 10-13, 2020
 

Explore the strengths and limitations of your work in an environment where all approaches to painting and drawing are welcome. Develop new directions, build momentum, and gather feedback from a variety of perspectives. This workshop is equally divided between discussions, working sessions, and critiques. Discussions and critiques provide guidance about materials, process, and content to help you expand your skills, see new possibilities, and set future goals. Working sessions give you hands-on practice to investigate feedback. Expect to work independently at your own pace each day. With over thirty years of teaching experience, Kristy is well versed in all painting and drawing media, and ready to give individualized technical, formal, and conceptual assistance. This workshop is geared toward students with considerable painting experience.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristy Deetz, KristyDeetz.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Simplify the Complex"
June 10-13, 2020
 

Leave limitations behind, expand your creativity, and strengthen your personal point of view in this workshop focused on exploring the power of suggestion. Using fresh, wet watercolor, learn how to identify and capture only the most relevant characteristics of your chosen subject matter. Each morning begins with a series of exercises dedicated to loosening up, building confidence in your individual aesthetic and mark-making, and practicing different ways of seeing. Daily group discussions address overarching topics in painting, such as composition, while demonstrations and personalized instruction guide you through the practice and development of these skills in more finished paintings. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Monica Fogg, www.MonicaFogg.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Trade Pins: Learn the Basics of Lost-Wax Casting"
June 10-13, 2020
 

Lost-wax casting techniques have been used by jewelers for thousands of years. Learn the basics of creating original metal forms using lost-wax casting in this fast-paced workshop open to all levels. Create small brooches of your own design using wax and reductive carving techniques. Lectures, demonstrations, and handouts lead you step-by-step through the entire process. Cast your first form and create multiples using rubber mold techniques. After casting multiple brooches, trade your original works for those of your classmates’. Lauren provides individualized instruction throughout the four days. Open to all levels, however those with previous experience are encouraged to push their designs further.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lauren Selden, SeldenArt.com
Cost: Members: $550, Non-Members: $590
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Developing Your Photographic Eye"
June 10-13, 2020
 

Sharpen your vision as you overcome challenges and explore different approaches to your photography, in this hands-on workshop. Examine the art of photography, learn how images can convey meaning, and test out new ideas while building technical and conceptual skills. Experimentation is emphasized to push beyond familiar territory and discover new ways of being expressive through photography. Alternating between lectures, discussions, and hands-on photography exercises, each day focuses on a different photographic strategy. Independent working time and one-on-one conversations with Tom help you to determine a direction that propels you beyond the duration of the workshop. This workshop is designed for those with familiarity with their digital camera.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Jones, www.TomJonesHoChunk.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Crazed Anatomy"
June 11-14, 2020
 

If you're like me you have plenty of spare body parts lying around your studio ... (hmmmmm, perhaps I should rephrase this) If you're like me you have plenty of mannequin and toy doll parts lying around your studio (much better). If so, it's time to bring out your inner Dr. Frankenstein. Rebuild and reimagine these parts in strange and wild ways using the process of assemblage and my special paint techniques. Students can pick a singular body part, i.e., head, hand, torso, etc., and adorn it with other found objects, texture and paint ... or mix and match the body parts to create wild and freaky beasties. I suspect this will be unlike any class you've ever taken. Bwahahaha.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael deMeng
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Paint in Bulgaria!"
June 11-23, 2020
 

Learn to play, and have fun while doing the wonderful ‘work’ of art with internationally celebrated watercolorist, Stella Canfield while enjoying traveling in Bulgaria! Stella will help you free yourself of the fear and judgment that so often prevent us from doing art. You will learn to relax and paint with your heart while exploring design, shapes, color, value and have fun doing it! All artists welcome, demonstrations in watercolor.
 
Location: Barzitsa, Bulgaria
Instructor: Stella Canfield
Cost: $2950
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Oil and acrylic with artist Stuart Wiliams"
June 12-19, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Stuart Wiliams
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Intuitive Abstract Painting"
June 12-14, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Fort Smith Regional Art Museum
Website, email, 479-784-2787


"Stunning Moorish Torrox: Watercolors Art Retreat in Spain"
June 12-19, 2020
 

Travel to sunny Andalucia, Spain and learn to paint using watercolors in the lovely whitewashed town of Torrox. Spend your days painting in gorgeous settings, improve your technique while you relax on the beach, paint in Malága and in the beautiful lost village of El Acebuchal. 8 days • Available in English • All levels • Max. 10 people • Watercolors • Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of Moorish-style accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, drinks (water, wine), expert tuition, trips for painting on location, airport transfers at pre-arranged times.
 
Location: Torrox, Andalucia, Spain
Instructor: Klaus Hinkel
Cost: $1,200
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"T-Shirt/Memory Quilt Class"
June 12-14, 2020
 

Want to make a cuddly memory quilt for yourself or someone special? This is the class to learn the technique. Take old clothes, T-shirts, and the like to make a quilt that reveals and records that person's life. It's a bit of a walk down memory lane, and it gives the fabrics a second life. You can expect to fully finish your quilt during this three-day session. Materials fee covers the batting we will use to complete the quilt. No sewing experience needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dierdra Stary
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Painting in Gascony: A Creative Retreat in France"
June 13-20, 2020
 

Travel to France and develop your creative potential with expert guidance from professional painters. Work in your preferred medium, explore different techniques, and get inspired by Gascony's charm. 8 days - Available in English, French, Spanish - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Art supplies - Max. 6 people - Watercolor, charcoal, pastels, acrylics - Figurative, Abstract painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 12.5 hours of tuition with professional painters, art supplies, chateau and vineyard visit for wine tasting session, Armagnac tasting session, visit to the town of Condom, visit to an art gallery exhibition, visits to local French market, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: F. Cairo, R. Tamber, F. Golden
Cost: $1450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Florence Watercolour Workshop"
June 13-18, 2020
 

A fantastic opportunity to paint water colors in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. It doesn’t really get any better than this for artists. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas, you really couldn’t be in better hands. You will learn to compose interesting urban scenes with famous landmarks as your focal points. Accommodation, most meals and drinks, guided tours, tuition, all art materials included. Non-painters welcome.
 
Location: Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $2,000
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, 393349034401


"Cypriot Inspiration: Painting Workshop in Stunning Lefkara"
June 13-20, 2020
 

Travel to Cyprus and paint en plein air in and around the beautiful village of Pano Lefkara. Get inspired by stunning mountain ranges and sea shores, olive and lemon groves, unique architecture, signature Venetian merchant houses, medieval convents and monasteries, narrow cobbled streets, traditional courtyards, and brightly colored doorways. UpTrek painting retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — 5 days of painting tuition — full-time art tutor on hand — air-conditioned transportation for daily excursions — art materials provided for all mediums — 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners — lunches and dinners served with a bottle of wine for two people to share — wine and olive oil tasting — traditional silversmith and lacemaking demonstration — airport transfers
 
Location: Lefkara, Cyprus
Instructor: Anna Kakoulli, Georgia Michaelides Saad
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Try It: Drawing"
June 13, 2020
 

Designed for those interested in trying their hand at drawing for the first time, this workshop teaches you how to translate what you see onto paper through easy-to-understand exercises and a final drawing. Walk away with new skills and the motivation to continue exploring your creative interests. PenArt provides all of the tools and materials needed.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $45, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals"
June 13-20, 2020
 

Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino), local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum.
 
Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500 - $2,860 depending on occupancy
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Monhegan Island Watercolor Workshop with Paul Niemiec, Jr"
June 13-19, 2020
 

For beginner/ intermediate level painters. Class size limited to 10 participants. Workshop Goal: To nurture observational skills and use of the watercolor medium in a joyful process of self- expression. It is the intent to provide the participant with basic tools and approaches to painting in watercolor that encourage self-development. Watercolor is a beautiful, playful, spontaneous medium. Having fun in this workshop is important.
 
Location: Monhegan, Maine
Instructor: Paul Niemiec, Jr
Cost: Deposit: $275 due 2/1/20, Final payment $275 due 4/1/20
Website, email, 315-430-2659


"The Figure in Monotype with Mark Green"
June 13-14, 2020
 

Explore traditional and contemporary monotype techniques while working from direct observation of the posed model in a studio setting. Instruction will present a historical overview of the medium, demonstrating the range of artistic possibilities through the work of Edgar Degas, Paul Gaugin, and other historical and contemporary artists. Students will employ a combination of subtractive and additive techniques on Plexiglas or metal plates, using a procedural method that can be adjusted to suit individual needs. Images printed on the first day will be further developed with dry and wet media on the second day. Instruction will emphasize issues of drawing, mark making, composition, and design.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Mark Green
Cost: $415
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Long-Term Personal Photography Project: From Concept to Audience"
June 14-18, 2020
 

This retreat will lead participants through the steps of research and decision-making to create photographic work that is authentic with the strongest possibility of sponsorship, exhibition and publication. When an idea for a project becomes clear and the passion to produce new work overtakes us, artists begin a journey unlike any other. Understanding the desired audience and the impact of the project are critical to achieving the results you desire. Swanson will bring relevant examples from her personal research library to share, and all participants will receive a custom-produced booklet of current resources. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Virginia Swanson
Cost: $1,075 tuition + meals (lodging additional)
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Abstract Drawing and Painting on Unconventional Surfaces"
June 14-19, 2020
 

In this workshop students will prepare their supports using a variety of materials (cement, plaster, collaged papers) as ground layers for painting and drawing. Then using pigment sticks, carbon, charcoal, paint (oil or acrylic), a variety of mediums with the student’s choice of oil based media or water base, (cold wax, alkyds, solvents for oil, or water based mediums for acrylic – oil pigment sticks may be used with oil painting or as a top layer on acrylics). All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Sara Post
Cost: $700 + $50 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Advanced Painting"
June 14-19, 2020
 

Take your painting to a higher level of commitment and meaningfulness with Lisa Pressman’s Master Class. Lisa is known for her intuitive and conceptual abstract paintings – always with a subconscious narrative that reveals itself along the way. She has a unique gift of working with her students and helping them to discover underlying themes or emotions in their work. Her workshops are often transformative, as she helps her students excavate what is “really going on” in their work. Our focus will be on content, inspirations and moving out of your comfort zone. We will be revisiting the fundamentals of design along with “freeing up” exercises, group collaborations, power points and demos that show new ways to approach your paintings.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Cost: $900 + $95 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Collage, Fiber, and Encaustic"
June 14-19, 2020
 

Whether you have a story to tell or want to dig deeper into your own artistic motivations, we will look at how the pieces of our histories come together to influence how we work and what we create. Using fabric and paper, we will make our own collage materials to embed into encaustic. Techniques will include many fabric, paper and encaustic processes such as gestural mark-making, batik, sun printing, image transfer, staining and stenciling. Topics of discussion and slide presentations will include working with modules and in a series, layering and depth, transparency and opacity, repetition and pattern, display and finishing options. Emphasis will be placed on cultivating your own visual language. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Susan Stover
Cost: $800 + $50 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Painting – Oil & Cold Wax"
June 14-19, 2020
 

Based upon Jim’s successful approach Process; Purpose; Passion this workshop explores the versatility and limitless possibilities of combining oil paint with cold wax medium. Unlike encaustic, cold wax is used at room temperature to both extend the paint and serve as a medium. Learn how to combine these media successfully, as well as incorporate pigment sticks, powdered pigments, and more to create rich textures and resonant fields of color. Beginning with technical demonstrations and hands-on exercises, you will gain a basic understanding of the properties and handling of the medium. Once comfortable with the basics, you will look at form and content, such as deliberate and accidental mark making, starting points, and working in a series.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: James Scherbarth
Cost: $675 + $65 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Alternative Printmaking Explorations"
June 14-19, 2020
 

This printmaking class is designed to explore each individual artist’s personal vision using the processes that will be presented during the class. The class is for artists with no printmaking experience to advanced printmakers. The emphasis will be on found materials and using found surfaces to develop print imagery that reflects each artist’s vision. Materials such as cardboard, recycled wood, and plastics will be used and incorporated into making printing plates. The class will also cover encaustic collagraph, carborundum printing, some silkscreen, chine colle, and drypoint and investigate how these processes can be used with found materials. The class uses non-toxic materials and multi-color printmaking will be covered. Students need only to bring pencils, pens, and erasers.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Jeff Hirst
Cost: $775 + $125 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Alla Prima Still Life with Christine Lafuente"
June 15-19, 2020
 

Brooklyn-based painter and PAFA alum Christine Lafuente considers her paintings “poetic responses to visual experience.” Responding to the still life motif, learn how to build an oil painting directly, with the emphasis on color. The workshop will begin with a painting demonstration, followed by painting sessions in which students will be guided through a series of focused procedures: composing a painting and establishing tonal design, mixing color, achieving harmony and palette organization, applying large color masses, and using principles of oil viscosity to build form into wet-into-wet painting.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Christine Lafuente
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing Dimensionally: Abstract Drawing in 2D and 3D"
June 15-18, 2020
 

In this workshop, focus on the dynamic tension that can occur through the interaction of two- and three-dimensional visual elements. Create low- and high-relief constructions that come off of the wall using a mix of traditional drawing media, including graphite, charcoal, and ink wash, on shaped supports made of paper. Learn various approaches to drawing and sculpting with paper, such as marking and embossing, cutting and molding, bending and folding, and hinging and joining, that are applicable whether you are interested in creating non-objective geometric constructions or gestural assemblages that respond to a landscape or figure. You are encouraged to apply the methods to your individual creative goals. Daily presentations of contemporary artists working in corresponding ways inform your investigations.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Martha MacLeish, MarthaMacLeish.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"From Photo to Pastel: Finding Your Way"
June 15-18, 2020
 

Looking for ways to progress on your artistic journey? Join other motivated pastel artists in this four-day workshop as you challenge yourself to explore creating paintings from your unique landscape photographs. Emphasis is placed on building skills and finding approaches that best assist you to give form to your vision. Through demonstrations, numerous examples, and one-on-one discussions, Colette provides individualized instruction keyed to your intent. The four days are loaded with lots of painting time, tips, techniques, and supportive group critiques to guide your next steps beyond the workshop setting. Previous pastel experience is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Colette Odya Smith, www.ColetteOdyaSmith.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bookbinding and Paper Marbling Sampler"
June 15-18, 2020
 

This workshop focuses on the timeless crafts of bookbinding and paper marbling. Learn how to create interesting and unpredictable patterns on paper, several binding styles, and basic skills in paper and book arts. Discover opportunities for experimentation within each process. This workshop begins with a day spent marbling a variety of papers that are used to make five different book structures. The remaining three days explore saddle stitch, Japanese stab, coptic, case bound, and secret Belgium binding structures. Use a variety of materials and techniques to put a twist on these standard book structures. Finally, design and construct a slip case that holds all five book structures and a mini sampler of traditional paper marbling patterns. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carey Watters, www.CareyWatters.com
Cost: Members: $495, Non-Members: $535
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bronze Casting"
June 15-19, 2020
 

Using contemporary methods and materials, learn the ancient art of bronze casting in this engaging and labor-intensive workshop. Create a ceramic shell cast of an original wax sculpture or transform an existing piece into a final work in bronze. Teresa guides you step-by-step in the lost wax process of bronze casting, resulting in a finished sculpture. Be prepared for a busy week loaded with information, hard work, and a unique hands-on experience. Additional material costs vary based on the size and number of sculptures you produce, as well as the current market price of bronze and other consumables. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Teresa Lind
Cost: Members: $505, Non-Members: $555
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Mastering Manual Mode"
June 15-18, 2020
 

It’s time to make the jump from auto to manual! This comprehensive workshop explores the technical components that make a great image and how to manipulate your camera’s settings to achieve desired effects and accurate light and color every time. Explore fast-moving objects, dreamy dragged-shutter images, and short depth-of-field macro photos. Gain hands-on experience as you work through daily challenges that address composition, exposure, and content. Engage in group discussions, as well as one-on-one with Kasey for individualized feedback. Leave this workshop feeling confident in your ability to adapt to any situation with your camera. This workshop requires a DSLR camera.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kasey Hembel, www.KaseyAndBen.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting in Spain: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
June 15-22, 2020
 

The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in Spain is the sheer breadth of subjects to choose from — that, and the near-magical light and colour of this unique part of the world. In our week together I’ll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in villages and towns, as well as the distant and scenic on the magical coast of Costa Brava. We’ll sketch the sea, majestic cliffs, boats, a botanical garden, a castle, a medieval village, etc…In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool (that will be provided). This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"The Importance of Tone"
June 15-19, 2020
 

Come join a week of exploring the beauty of color in oils. Designed for all levels of experience in oils, this is an exciting and informative workshop helping you to train your eye in the discipline of observation. There will be demonstrations each day based on the solid fundamental approach championed by the impressionists and realists. We will explore landscapes, streetscapes and waterscapes. Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists and 3 others. Herman's workshops are in high demand Australia wide and internationally. Early enrollment is encouraged.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
June 15-24, 2020
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group discussions, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2580) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Lucignano, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Limited single rooms available for a supplement. Please find testimonials on our website.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2580
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Plein Air Painting in Boulder, Colorado"
June 15-19, 2020
 

Join Mark for a five-day intensive plein air workshop in the beautiful Rocky Mountains outside of Boulder, Colorado. Mark will take his students high into the mountains, just west of Boulder, to paint crashing streams and epic vistas. Students will watch Mark demo each day, and then receive personalized one-on-one critiques of their work as they paint. Portable equipment and transportation required. Students will receive lodging recommendations upon registration.
 
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Instructor: Mark Boedges, www.markboedges.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting in Beartooth, Montana"
June 15-19, 2020
 

Landscape painting is mostly about learning how to see; how to interpret, compare and edit the shapes and colors of the scene we choose to paint. We will try to see things less literally, but in more of an “Abstract” way as a beautiful arrangement of shapes and colors. Students will concentrate on the process of painting and not be so concerned with doing "finished" paintings, as it frees them up to learn with less pressure. Students will work on what makes a plein air painting work; the mood, rhythm and movement along with an interesting and compelling arrangement of values, masses and color. Ned will do class demonstrations and work with each individual. There will also be group critiques.
 
Location: Beartooth, Montana
Instructor: Ned Mueller, www.nedmueller.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
June 17-24, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Figure Portrait Drawing and Painting"
June 17-23, 2020
 

Students will learn the techniques and procedures of drawing figures and heads with charcoals. In short and long pose practices, students will improve their skill in drawing accurate human proportions, anatomy, and shading, as well as the application of various line works, edge control, lost and found, composition and design. Different techniques introduced in his book will also be explained and practiced in class. Students will then practice traditional, as well as contemporary, ways of painting human figures/portraiture. From limited color palette for quick paintings, to full color palette long time paintings. Demos and individual help will show students how to mix good colors to paint realistically; as well as expressive, contemporary approaches.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Henry Yan
Cost: $3,399
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"Historic Art Destination Painting Retreat"
June 17-22, 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.
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1731
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Using Photo Reference In a More Creative Way"
June 18-20, 2020
 

This 3-day workshop is designed for painters with some previous painting experience. For over 25 years, Dawn taught basic principles of oil painting as an adjunct instructor at David Lipscomb University. Her awards include the Certificate of Merit for her portrait at the National Portrait Convention in 1991, Best of Show at the Portrait Society of America in Washington DC, and the Award of Excellence in the Oil Painter's of America exhibition in 2002. In 2010 Whitelaw was one of ten American women artists invited to participate in the "Inspiring Figures" exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $420
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Painting with Magic – Alcohol Inks!"
June 18-19, 2020
 

Alcohol Inks! combo. Two days - both Saturday and Sunday. Come and explore the extraordinary world of alcohol ink! Prepare to experience creating with a medium like no other you've ever painted with before. With its vibrant colors, unpredictable personality, stunning moves and "oh wow" moments, ready yourself to be just plain happy when painting with these inks. With your materials fee you'll receive a variety of alcohol ink colors, substrates, and various tools that can all be used to create more paintings when you get home. You'll take home at least three completed masterpieces on Corian. Note: You may instead sign up for only one of the two days - Saturday only or Sunday only. See website.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Denise Johnson
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Crinkly Ink Book"
June 18, 2020
 

Create an extraordinary multi-signature end-band hand-bound book with inked and painted Masa papers. You'll learn at least five techniques in this workshop including dropped-in color, ink batik lines, Masa paper process, and book-binding techniques to stitch signatures with end bands. We will explore a special batik-like technique with Masa rice paper to create the folios and cover papers with stamps, acrylic inks, and watercolor washes. The paper quality is ever so soft in the finished book ... a book you'll love to pick up again and again.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $157
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


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

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


"Drawing and Painting in Glass"
June 19-20, 2020
 

Discover a new approach to enameling in this intensive two-day workshop. Working from personal sketches and photo references, learn how to use chiaroscuro rendering techniques to create imagery in vitreous enamel. Demonstrations address stenciling, underglazes, china paints, painting with oils, and using a bending break to create simple metal forms. Working from your preparatory sketches or reference images, gain hands-on practice with Jessica available for individualized instruction and feedback. Leave this workshop with a handful of working samples. As an option, manipulate files in Photoshop to create and print precise stencils. Open to all levels, however basic enamel skills are preferred.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jessica Calderwood, www.JessicaCalderwood.com
Cost: Members: $250, Non-Members: $275
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Ceramic Drinking Vessel"
June 19-20, 2020
 

Ceramic drinking vessels have been developed and used by humans in most parts of the world for thousands of years. In this two-day workshop, explore the drinking vessel and its rich history as you create a variety of forms, including cups, tumblers, teacups, mugs, and tea bowls. Through brief lectures and presentations, demonstrations, and guided instruction, learn how to create a range of drinking vessels on the potter’s wheel and using hand building techniques. Bring color, pattern, imagery, text, and texture to the surfaces of your pieces to further personalize your work. This workshop is designed for beginners and intermediates.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jared Janovec
Cost: Members: $250, Non-Members: $275
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Building Your Composition Toolkit"
June 19-20, 2020
 

Composition is the first step in creating engaging images. Learn compositional strategies by analyzing masterworks and gain confidence in composing your own drawings, paintings, or other artwork in this two-day workshop. Through interactive presentations, exercises, and more finished work, explore how shape, value, scale, and figure-ground contribute to successful compositions, practice framing when there is a lot of visual information, learn how to create the illusion of depth using linear perspective, and apply these skills to your choice of subject. Open to all paint media. Prior experience with your chosen medium is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shannon Estlund, ShannonEstlund.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting with Resin"
June 19-20, 2020
 

Thermoplastic resins in art are most often seen in the realm of sculpture, such as in casting, coating, and laminating. However, when used creatively in combination with additional media, resin can be a powerful painting medium. It offers depth and layering possibilities that other media cannot; resulting in spectacular works. This workshop explains the basic physical properties and application techniques of two types of resin – urethane and epoxy. Demonstrations cover tinting, layering, damming, and incorporating additional media. Begin by pouring a layer of epoxy resin before working on a multi-layered, abstract urethane resin painting. Day two revisits the cured epoxy painting, before pouring an additional layer of resin to create a finished multi-layered piece. Artists of all levels are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shane McAdams, www.ShaneMcAdams.com
Cost: Members: $255, Non-Members: $280
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"La Rusticana, 'A Plein Air Feast'"
June 19-21, 2020
 

A Plein Air Feast (for all the senses) this workshop is hosted by Award Winning La Rusticana Vineyards in Los Gatos, California. A work of art in itself the stunning hillside vineyard was created by Frank and Marilyn D'Orsa with great leanings towards Tuscany, Italy. The landscape is abundant with billowing floral terraces, fountains, and sculptures amidst the grape vines. As if that’s not enough, a four star lunch is served each day! Randall will be painting with oil for his demos, but this three day workshop is open to other mediums. The class is open to all levels, but at least some prior plein air experience is highly recommended.
 
Location: Los Gatos, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $495
Sponsor: La Rusticana Vineyards
Website, email, (408) 371-3067


"Watercolor and Mixed Media Workshop with Nicki Saunders"
June 19-26, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Occitanie, France
Instructor: Nicki Saunders
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Artistic Voice Mixed Media Retreat in Greece"
June 20-29, 2020
 

Travel to Greece for an enlightening one-week mixed media art retreat with expert artist coaching. Experiment with painting, drawing and collage and develop your artistic perspective. 8 days | Available in EN, GR, NL, FR, DE | All levels | Max. 6 people | Wheelchair accessible | Mixed media | Figurative, Abstract. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation; all meals; beverages (coffee, mineral water, tea, juices); painting and mixed media classes, workshops and presentations with artist Annette Luycx; transfers to/from Metamorfosi train station; art supplies; studio space.
 
Location: Afidnes, Attica, Greece
Instructor: Annette Luycx
Cost: $970
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"En Plein Air Painting in Italy with John Skelcher"
June 20-26, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to draw and paint from a professional painter and expert tutor, explore different painting techniques and find your inspiration among scenic hilltop settlements, olive groves, and vineyards. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: daily tuition, accommodation in a restored farmhouse, traditional Italian meals, all the art materials and equipment you need, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks, daily aperitivi, transfer on arrival and departure day at specified times from San Benedetto del Tronto train or bus station.
 
Location: Force, Le Marche, Italy
Instructor: John Skelcher
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Janet Rogers: Watercolor Impressions: From Flowers to Figures"
June 21-25, 2020
 

Develop a loose and natural approach to painting flowers, faces, and figures with nationally recognized artist Janet Rogers. All levels of painter welcome. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Janet Rogers
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-559-0178


"Ceramics: Raw Elegance"
June 21-26, 2020
 

This workshop will focus on throwing and hand building techniques that emphasize the raw earthy characteristics of clay while maintaining a sense of elegance in form. By utilizing the potters wheel, slab construction, and drape molds, students will use textures to give sophisticated pottery vessels a guttural feel. In finding a balance between grace and brute, students will create work that has depth while maintaining beauty.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Scott McClellan
Cost: $675 + $75 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Drawing Marathon: a week of intensive drawing for all levels"
June 21-26, 2020
 

Using a wide of variety of materials and numerous exercises Walker’s aim for the week will be to help you explore and investigate possibilities of making interesting and diverse drawings. “We will work both from observation, and from imagination employing a range of strategies and devices to expand our approach to drawing. We will look at creating research notebooks/sketchbooks throughout the week.” Drawings from various artists both contemporary and historical will also be referenced. A week of focus and exploration with drawing will bring about surprising results – the possibilities are endless!
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Hazel Walker
Cost: $675 + $50 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Painting: Simplify the Landscape"
June 21-26, 2020
 

How do we select places to paint? How do we compose and adjust relationships in the landscape to fit our ideas of an invented reality? We will begin drawing from direct observation, composing quick sketches to simplify the landscape. We will discuss perspective, scale shifts, light source, value and space – all integral concepts to composing a compelling drawing. Paintings will be made later in the day, working from the same location. The light will change but the overall composition will remain. The personal approach of each student will infuse paintings that are invented and abstracted representations of the landscape. Classroom discussions will focus on other landscape painters who use a variety of ideas around color and abstraction in their work.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Celia Reisman
Cost: $675 + $50 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Painting: Process, Perception and the Still Life"
June 21-26, 2020
 

This course will explore observational painting as a meditative and investigative practice that is more about process than product. Through individual still life setups, we will seek truth in the observed world while questioning how the physical construction of a painting might invoke the deeper nature of our perceptions. This course will use the subject of still life as an opportunity to question and expand the formal elements of our painting practice. Each student will begin by composing their own still life set-up that will evolve throughout the course. We will discuss and practice elements of composition, mark-making, and our ability to render light and form in a controlled environment.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Jeremy Durling
Cost: $675 + $55 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Papermaking Possibilites – for the Artist or Craftsperson"
June 21-26, 2020
 

This workshop will cover a wide range of techniques in making handmade paper, from learning to beat fiber in a Hollander beater, pigmenting pulps, sheet formation on moulds and deckles, as well as experimenting with pulp painting and pulp transfer methods. We will also make paper that have dried plants, flowers and other fibers and inclusions added into sheets for stationary, or a variety of artmaking applications. Students will work with cotton, abaca and sisal fibers to experience a range of qualities in handmade paper, which can ultimately be used for printmaking, drawing, book arts, or other purposes in the studio. All levels welcomed!
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Georgia Deal
Cost: $675 + $45 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
June 22-26, 2020
 

Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Get started with new ideas in a way that is fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Painting Beyond Local Color"
June 22-23, 2020
 

Designed for painters of all levels and media, this workshop moves beyond local color to investigate how an imaginative approach to your palette can result in landscape paintings that are expressive and readable. Beginning with the nuts and bolts of value and color, complete a series of small exercises that strengthen your observation and drawing skills, introduce you to color theory and color harmonies, and dive into emotional associations of color. On the second day, begin working on a larger landscape painting of your choosing, using underpainting, contrast, expressive color, and color interaction to create the mood you want to evoke. The workshop concludes with a group critique. Open to all levels and all paint media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shannon Estlund, ShannonEstlund.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"In Series: Developing a Body of Work"
June 22-23, 2020
 

Designed to help you identify and explore new opportunities, this two-day workshop encourages growth through the development of a multi-work project. Discover how to create a cohesive body of work, gather feedback and inspiration for next steps, and build momentum in your painting practice. Through group discussions and presentations of contemporary artists’ work, learn the differences between a thematically guided series, a series based in formal variation, and art that is truly serial in nature. Meet with Tom one-on-one and work through exercises to help you identify and focus the scope of your work. Leave this workshop with a conceptual direction and the early stages of a new and thoughtful series. Open to those working in acrylic, oil, watercolor, and mixed media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Berenz, www.TomBerenz.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Photography: The Image in Sequence"
June 22-23, 2020
 

In this workshop, examine how the meaning of your photographs can shift and change when viewed in sequence. Experiment with three different forms, including grids, book sequences, and exhibition installations to understand how to create and control the context of your photographs. Through presentations of many artists' examples and group discussions, discover how images can be sequenced in grids, print-on-demand books, and exhibition installations. Bring a selection of 20-40 of your images that you believe work together. Use these images for guided exploration throughout the two days. This workshop requires a computer with Photoshop. Some knowledge of Photoshop is helpful, but not necessary.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Beth Dow, www.BethDow.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Ceramic Bowl"
June 22-23, 2020
 

The bowl form holds a specific place in the history of ceramic vessels. For thousands of years, ceramic bowls have been made in a variety of sizes and shapes to serve a purpose in a wide range of environments, including the day-to-day household, ceremonies and rituals, and many points in between. This workshop focuses on the fundamental skills in crafting ceramic bowls. Presentations and demonstrations introduce approaches to forming bowls using hand building techniques, plaster molds, and the potter’s wheel. Explore surface enhancement techniques, including using underglazes, to develop personalized ceramic forms. This workshop is designed for beginners and intermediates.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jared Janovec
Cost: Members: $250, Non-Members: $275
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Water Elements in your Landscape"
Tuesdays, June 23 - August 11, 2020
 

Times: 9:00 am to Noon or 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. OIn this class you will observe and record the many nuances of the play of light on water. The course will incorporate perspective as it applies to streams, lakes and other water elements in their environment.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 23-30, 2020
 

Painting on location means capturing the essence, learning what matters and what can be left out. No matter what your style is, you will be encouraged to express it. Students will learn to observe and edit, find light and shadow, crop and design a scene, and mix colors with clarity. Lynn will show you how to use light and shadow to design stronger compositions and bring your paintings to life. She will also teach how you can expand on the techniques learned while painting outdoors to turn the scenes into larger works in your studio. Lynn will provide daily demos, lots of personal attention, and positive, gentle critiques. All levels are welcome and will develop a new artistic confidence.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Lynn Ferris, lynnferris.com
Cost: $3,190 before Feb 15; $3,390 after Feb 15
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Seascape En Plein Air Painting and Illustration Retreat in Croatia"
June 23-30, 2020
 

Travel to Croatia and learn to draw and illustrate from a professional painter and illustrator, explore soft pencil and watercolor techniques, and find your inspiration on Croatia's stunning Dalmatian Coast, among wondrous medieval buildings, picturesque bays, and rocky crags overlooking the turquoise Adriatic Sea. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, daily illustration, drawing, and painting workshops with artist Irena Sophia, art supplies, guided Vodice tour, guided tour of Šibenik, guided Prvic Island tour, airport transfers from Zadar or Split.
 
Location: Vodice, Croatia
Instructor: Irena Sophia
Cost: $1,320
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Study with a Master Series: Birds in Sculpture"
June 23-25, 2020
 

The class begins with a discussion of bird anatomy, comparative anatomy, the principles of aerodynamics, the importance of drawing and assembling shapes, and how to achieve the illusion of movement in sculptures of birds in flight. Sandy will help students determine the difference between a sculpture that is technically adequate & one that has spirit & life. All aspects of modeling in oil-based clay will be explored and beginning students are welcome. Students will work from computer imagery, photography, drawings, field guides, & a printed workbook. Sandy has instructed bird sculpture for over 35 years and is recognized as one of America’s leading wildlife artists.
 
Location: Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sandy Scott
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Website, email, 412-741-4405


"Painting Tour in the Loire Valley: Perspective Sketching in Watercolor"
June 24 - July 1, 2020
 

Join me for sketching on-location in the lush Loire River Valley! Embark on this eight day painting holiday which takes you on a journey of discovery through some of the most prominent chateaux and gardens of this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your paintings will be inspired by some of the grandest and most beautiful architectural structures in France like Chenonceau, Clos Luce and Amboise. Learn to capture your experiences on paper, and more important, in your mind and heart. In this workshop, we’ll focus on quickly capturing buildings and spaces, as well as skies, trees and water. I’ll do lots of quick demos and provide hand’s-on guidance as you sketch and paint the beautiful scenes around us.
 
Location: Tours & Amboise, France
Instructor: Stephanie Bower, www.stephaniebower.com
Cost: $3,390 after Nov. 30
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
June 24 - July 1, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Creating Lifelike and Realistic Portraits"
June 24-30, 2020
 

Dirk Dzimirsky is a German artist who is known for his hyper-realistic drawings and paintings of people. Dzimirsky's works has been exhibited in the US, Europe and Tokyo and are part of numerous international collections. The aim of this workshop is to give the participants a sound understanding of how to create lifelike and realistic portraits, from basic methods to advanced drawing techniques and theory to add depth, volume, atmosphere and life to portrait drawings. Techniques on how to render realistic hair and how to create complex textures like skin with a layering approach, tonal value relationship, drawing details and working with different kinds of contrast to achieve a balanced visual interest in drawing are on the agenda.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Dirk Dzimirsky
Cost: $3,299
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"The Human Figure: Concepts in Drawing and Anatomy"
Wednesdays, June 24 - August 12, 2020
 

Throughout this class, we will take a tour of the human figure, focusing on areas of the body one at a time, exploring traditional concepts related to anatomy, observation, and techniques in charcoal. The goal at the end will be to understand how the constituent parts of the human figure add up to a unified structural whole.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Richard Greathouse
Cost: $100 per day
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Contemporary Portraiture"
June 24-27, 2020
 

Portraits are one of the most intimidating subjects to paint. Creating a simplified process not only helps you to paint with confidence, but also gives you the freedom to explore a more contemporary approach that is entirely your own. By investigating a range of styles that are prevalent in portraiture, such as impressionistic, naturalistic, and realistic, this workshop unpacks what makes a successful portrait. This workshop begins with a series of demonstrations and guided explorations. Working from a live model each day, emphasis is placed on exploring various media, such as oils, acrylics, colored pencils, and markers, to expand your own unique artistic expression of what contemporary portraiture means to you. Open to all levels and painting and drawing media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jonathan Aller, www.JonathanAller.com
Cost: Members: $495, Non-Members: $535
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Forging Through the Kitchen: Making Handcrafted Utensils"
June 24-27, 2020
 

Have you ever thought about cooking with handcrafted utensils you made yourself? This workshop focuses on beautiful, functional kitchen tools made mostly of metal. Possible items include spoons, forks, cheese knives, scoops, strainers, bowls, spatulas, and more. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, learn how to raise sheet metal to make hollow forms, saw, texture, file, and finish and polish metal, as well as how to fabricate and rivet wood or stone for handles. Soldering is included in the construction; however, the majority is completed using cold connections. Copper and brass are primarily used, but silver is also an option. Open to all levels; some metalsmithing experience is helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Danny Saathoff, DannySaathoff.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Capturing Expression in Clay"
June 24-27, 2020
 

Focused on rendering the human face and its varied expressions, this four-day workshop strengthens your observational skills, introduces sculpting and hollowing techniques, and explores surface development through an anatomical approach. Working from photo references and direct observation of your own face, solid sculpt four small heads that emphasize emotion and expression. Demonstrations, group discussions, and plenty of hands-on practice address the anatomy of the head, the psychological and emotional use of color, and hollowing techniques. Use engobes, underglazes, and washes to experiment with surface. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Meghan Sullivan, www.MeghanSullivanCeramics.com
Cost: Members: $485, Non-Members: $525
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art History as Inspiration"
June 24-27, 2020
 

Using art history as a point of departure, this workshop explores methods for finding and using inspiration to create unique, individual works of art. Discover likely and even unlikely sources of inspiration in the various genres and moments discussed and identify approaches that best fit with your personal interests and goals. The first three days begin with a brief lecture on a specific time and place in art history, focusing on the unique aesthetics, key artists, and later influences of each period, followed by time to write, sketch, and discuss your interpretation of the day’s topic. Spend the remainder of each day working independently to create at least one original work, breaking for in-progress discussion. Open to all levels and media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Wendi Turchan, www.WendiMichelleTurchan.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting The Poetic Landscape"
June 25-27, 2020
 

This workshop is a broad overview of my approach to painting and covers value, color temperature, chroma, composition, editing, and mark making (how to make every stroke of pigment count). All my workshops begin each day with a demonstration followed by plenty of individual help at the easel. Most students who attend my workshops have some painting experience, but all levels are welcome, and I'm happy to give individual attention to beginners.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke, www.BarbaraJaenicke.com
Cost: $450
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Rings: Sculptures for Your Fingers!"
June 25-26, 2020
 

We will be exploring the components of making a beautiful ring: proportion, size, balance, design, materials, and comfort. Add your creativity and inspiration to fashion a piece of art for your finger! All rings will be hand-fabricated/smithed using studio tools including hammers, drills, saws, soldering torch, and rolling mill. We will focus on process from concept to construction to aesthetic details. Students will complete one or more rings during the workshop. Soldering experience required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Mann
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Joshua Larock - Capturing a Likeness From Life Portrait Workshop"
June 25-28, 2020
 

Capturing a likeness is among the most elusive yet emotionally satisfying of artistic endeavors and a good drawing is undoubtedly the most critical component in achieving a good result. In this 4 day workshop Joshua will walk students through the steps necessary to create a luminous, indirect portrait painting from life, beginning with a drawing in graphite and white chalk.
 
Location: Broadlands, Virginia
Instructor: Joshua Larock
Cost: $675
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Website, email, 571-236-0047


"One Painting in One Day-Doors of Mexico"
Offered Thursdays, September thru June, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
 

Easy and fun this workshop is for any lever of experience! At Cristi Fer Art Gallery in Puerto Vallarta. Beginners and novice have been amazed by their results. Working with acrylics we’ll pain a typical Mexican door starting with a professional photo as starting point. Participants learn composition, color, painting strategies, practice drawing, painting, gain confidence and finish a unique original painting. As a professional painter, workshop facilitator and instructor of 30 years, I have worked with individuals at all levels of experience. What is required is a spirit of adventure, open mind, willingness to make mistakes and have fun. If you consider having a painting day with your family and friends while in Puerto Vallarta, contact us in advance.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $75.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email


"Alla Prima Portrait Painting Workshop"
June 26-28, 2020
 

Professional portraitist and instructor Joanne Mehl offers a 3-day workshop that intensively develops fundamental skills of Alla Prima Portrait Painting. From blocking in a quick and accurate drawing, to mastering warm / cool balance to create lifelike flesh tones, participants will develop the skills for creative evocative portraits. We'll first cover methods for measuring and seeing proportions and alignments in the initial phase of “laying in” the portrait. Then we'll focus on subtle color changes within light and shadowed areas, and how to express them while maintaining the value pattern for stronger form and design. We'll also explore advanced techniques such as using hard and soft edges to accentuate form, and using brush strokes to create structure and interest.
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
Instructor: Joanne Mehl
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Oregon Society of Artists
Website, email, 503-720-8248


"Mixed Media with Hannah Twine"
June 26 - July 03, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in different mediums and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Hannah Twine
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Chain: Expand Your Horizons"
June 27-28, 2020
 

Discover new approaches to making jewelry during this intensive workshop. In this class, students will be focusing on designing and creating a distinctive necklace or bracelet that is a dramatic departure from the average cable chain. Challenge yourself and apply fresh thinking! We will be manipulating wire and sheet metal to fabricate inspired links and clasps that will have you considering jewelry connecting elements in a whole new way! Sarah will provide individualized feedback throughout. Leave this experience with a new set of skills, design concepts, and a finished piece. Previous soldering experience is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Mann
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Paper Dancing"
June 27, 2020
 

Pull and post your own paper in this one-day hands-on experience making our pulp with recycled elements & adding barks, leaves, flowers and seeds to create unique textures, colors and paper consistencies. Methods of drying & pressing the paper are covered with projects ideas on display using hand-made paper. Participants are welcome to bring clean colored, tissue or wrapping papers to add to the mix. To take your papers home this day, bring a dozen 8X12” felts or leave them in the studio to pick up the following weekend. Wear comfortable old clothes and supportive shoes for standing during this activity. Bring a sack lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Peg Coffey
Cost: member $60; non-member $65
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Ceramics: Make Your Mark"
June 28 - July 2, 2020
 

During this workshop we will spend four intensive days of both pot making and exploring mark making to build a painterly surface on our forms. Using the rich history of earthenware covered in white slip as a blank canvas, we will journey through layering underglaze washes with personal marks to build a painterly surface. Focusing primarily on drinking vessels, we will explore color theory, composition and the use of sgraffito lines to define the foreground colors. We will move quickly with a purpose to make pots that will be energized and ready for bold color!
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Sara Truman
Cost: $600 + $65 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Mixed Media and Encaustic: Fiber & Structure"
June 28 - July 2, 2020
 

With an emphasis on mixed-media, this workshop is specially created to address the interests of artists working in fiber and fiber related techniques such as quilting, weaving and surface design. The basics of working in encaustic will be covered and expanded. Lorraine will demonstrate encaustic application techniques that can be used to enhance or create; structure, texture, color mixing, layers, surface manipulation, and the creation of pattern using stencils, candy molds and tjaps. Working two or three dimensionally, participants will be encouraged to develop a personal vocabulary and explore their individual interests. By combining the infinite possibilities of encaustic in combination with fiber structures, surfaces and stitch, each student’s interest can be explored.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Lorraine Glessner
Cost: $650 + $65 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Painting: Interiors / Exteriors with the Figure"
June 28 - July 2, 2020
 

In this workshop, we will weave the figure into the fabric of the painting. We will use color to structure space and establish atmosphere, both interior and exterior. Into this light condition we will integrate the Figure. We will work with the model in-doors with windows, and out-doors in a nearby garden. Our processes will combine drawing and painting from direct observation, and working in the studio from our studies done from life. We will create specific light with color, painting to painting, and within one work. We will ask, what happens when exterior and interior light meet? On what part of the painting do we wish to focus?
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Louise Bourne
Cost: $600 + $95 lab fee (includes model fee)
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Printmaking: Polymer Plate Photogravure and Polymer Intaglio"
June 28 - July 2, 2020
 

This workshop explores using photographs, scanned art and direct gravure to create intaglio (etched) polymer plates for printmaking. Two different methods will be used to produce the etched fine-grain aquatint to achieve a full photographic-quality tonal range. Both the two-exposure method and a relatively new process called direct-to-plate will be covered in the workshop. We will learn intaglio printing techniques such as inking and wiping and learn to print on both European and Asian papers. Printing techniques such as chine colle will also be covered. The plates are etched in water and thus represent one of the most non-toxic intaglio printing techniques being used today. Where possible, we will be using water-soluble inks as well. No prior printmaking experience required.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Clay Harmon
Cost: $650 + $135 lab fee (includes all materials)
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Pablo Garcia Avila in Spectacular Spain"
June 28 - July 3, 2020
 

Join me, Pablo Garcia Avila at Dalvaro Art retreat, Valencia, Spain for this exciting watercolor course. I´m going to show you how to capture the magic of watercolor painting and composition. So, get ready for this fascinating and completely new perspective on watercolors, color, and paint application. Full accommodation, complimentary airport transfers, all meals, 5 days tuition, 6 night stay in private, en-suite, air-conditioned room. Secure your place with a €175 deposit.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Pablo Garcia Avila
Cost: From €1445
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


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

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


"Exploring Colored Pencil Potential"
June 29 - July 2, 2020
 

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


"Plein Air Lakescape Painting Vacation"
June 29 - July 3, 2020
 

The painting workshop includes daily demonstrations, one-to-one tuition, and critique sessions. Under the guidance of professional painter Colin Halliday, you will be encouraged to exceed your creativity, express you own style and learn how to master light, space, tones and balance techniques, among many others. 5 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Max. 10 people - Expert art tutor - Oils, acrylics, mixed media - Landscape, Lakescape. UpTrek Painting Holiday 2019 inclusions: 4 nights of accommodation, all meals, 5 full days of painting tuition with artist Colin Halliday, wine during dinner, transfers for daily painting trips.
 
Location: Keswick, Lake District, England
Instructor: Colin Halliday
Cost: $1,480
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Exploring Acrylics: Process, Concepts, and Experimentation"
June 29 - July 2, 2020
 

Acrylic paint is the most flexible painting medium available; uniquely capable of being modified for a variety of art making needs. Designed for intermediate painters, this workshop explores how to combine acrylic painting techniques with your individual interests and goals. Discover how the medium can not only illustrate your ideas but embody and drive them as well. This workshop begins with a review of the basics of acrylic emulsion, as well as color issues unique to acrylic painting. Daily demonstrations, focused exercises, and guided experimentation address additive, subtractive, and layering techniques that capitalize on the properties of acrylic paint, including staining, pouring, image transfers, hard-edge techniques and masking, glazing, tissue collage, decal painting, and stamping. One-on-one instruction and group discussions.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chris Hyndman, chrishyndmanstudio.com
Cost: Members: $455, Non-Members: $495
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Historical Approaches to Oil Painting"
June 29 - July 2, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered what materials the old masters used? This workshop focuses on historical approaches to painting through an exploration of traditional materials and techniques. Hone your individual painting skills as you learn how to prepare surfaces, lay down an underpainting, work alla prima, paint indirectly, use overpainting, develop texture, glaze, and much more. The first day begins with a review of the formal elements of painting, including value, color theory, and composition, followed by demonstrations and hands-on practice building and preparing a traditional canvas and panel. The remaining time alternates between demonstrations, plenty of painting time, and individualized feedback as you work through a series of historical techniques and methodologies.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Frank Trankina, www.FrankTrankina.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Mokuhanga"
June 29 - July 2, 2020
 

Mokuhanga, a Japanese water-based woodcut process, requires no printing press and is a safe way to print almost anywhere. Discover the versatility of this wonderful relief printmaking technique as you learn traditional carving methods, registration, and various printing techniques. Demonstrations and discussions introduce Mokuhanga, including its history, materials, and basic process, and direct you in the planning and carving of multiple blocks to create a finished print. Each day progresses through the steps of carving, paper preparation, and printing, as well as tool sharpening and paper management. Ample time is dedicated to working each day with Melissa providing individualized feedback throughout the process. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Schulenberg
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $565
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Expressive Photography"
June 29 - July 2, 2020
 

The goal of any photograph is to communicate an idea. The question is, how do you move beyond documenting a scene and begin interpreting it? Explore your intentions, expand your visual language, and learn new techniques to engage your viewer’s mind and emotions with each image you create in this hands-on workshop. Beginning with a survey of a range of photography, including the works of master photographers, examples of Dan’s images, and your own, discuss how to use and combine visual elements to create truly expressive images. Practice these skills and develop your voice out in the beautiful Door County landscape with Dan as your guide. Open to all digital camera formats and skill levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Daniel Anderson, www.DanielAndersonPhotography.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour"
June 30 - July 11, 2020
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence followed by a four-day art history tour in Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media. Small groups, personalized instruction and intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3700 or the equivalent in USD at the time full payment (around US$2800) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, Gaudís sites, Picasso museum, Miró Museum, etc.).
 
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2800
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, (800) 611-4789


"Etruscan Places Elements of Landscape"
July 4-11, 2020
 

The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual “elements” of landscape. “Elements” is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, easels & equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Rain or shine.
 
Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500 - $2,860 depending on occupancy
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Carol Soderlund: Layers Upon Layers"
July 5-9, 2020
 

Develop experimental approaches to the layering of visual color and texture on cloth. This retreat is suitable for advanced-beginner to advanced level fiber artists. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carol Soderlund
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Painting Retreat in Normandy with Angela Birchall"
July 5-11, 2020
 

Travel to Normandy, immerse in a tutored painting retreat, walk in Monet and Pissarro's footsteps, discover new perspectives on artistic techniques, and get inspired by the picturesque Normandy countryside and the scenic Parc Naturel Régional de Normandie-Maine. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation in a charming farmhouse designed as an homage to famous French painters, daily home-cooked meals, local wine and cider, daily painting workshops with artist Angela Birchall (classes and workshops in the mornings, guided en plein air in the afternoons), art supplies.
 
Location: Orne, Normandy, France
Instructor: Angela Birchall
Cost: $1,260
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Maximum Impact with Minimum Brushwork"
July 5-8 and/or 9-12, 2020
 

Learn how to paint 'alla Prima, realist, impressionist, tonal watercolor's with Amanda Hyatt. Come put on the paint with confidence and without deliberation. Her subject matter will include landscapes, seascapes, street scenes, still life, figurative work and en plein air work. By the end of the course you should be exhilarated, having experienced a 'no rules, only handy hints' method to tackling watercolor in a fresh, loose and new exciting way. Be prepared to experience freedom and renewed motivation with your art. Amanda has numerous DVDs and is author of Watercolour: Tonal Impressionism.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Amanda Hyatt - USA Workshop Debut
Cost: $695 each
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Mastering Drawing and Wax Painting"
July 6-12, 2020
 

Veri Apriyatno is a master in drawing, and his works are admired all over the world. The Facebook Page, Drawing Pencil, which was originally a fan community of Veri’s artworks, has now even reached more than 13 million fans from almost every country. Veri is passionate about sharing knowledge and experiences with his fans and anyone who wants to become an artist, and his workshops are always full. Veri is also a master in wax art, both sculpture and painting. There are few artists who possess the craftsmanship to paint with wax, but Veri is one of those very experts. Veri will hold a 5-day workshop in Italy encompassing in-depth drawing topics. Besides diving into the world of drawing with Veri, the tour will focus on enjoying the natural beauty, food, and Italian culture.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Veri Apriyatno
Cost: $3,500
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"An Exercise in Abstraction"
July 6-7, 2020
 

Explore the philosophy that abstraction holds all creative expression in this fast-paced two-day workshop. Alternating between working spontaneously and working methodically, discover the inherent possibilities within your paintings. Demonstrations and instructor-led exercises each morning introduce you to abstract and non-objective approaches to art making, while group conversations on the history of painting provide you and your developing work with context. You are encouraged to work more independently in the afternoon with Emmett providing individualized feedback throughout.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Emmett Johns, www.EmmettJohns.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Jumping into Watercolor for the First Time"
July 6-7, 2020
 

This workshop is designed specifically for the beginner or the frustrated novice who wants a fresh review of the fundamental techniques of watercolor. Dan’s bold, loose, and expressive painting style, combined with his easy-to-follow lessons, make this beginner’s workshop a fun, new experience. Get your feet wet for the first time in watercolor as you learn about the basic handling of brushes, pigments, and papers. Essential techniques, such as color blending, wet-into-wet, gradation, masking, dry-brushing, and more, are simplified for easy understanding. No experience necessary, the only requirements are to bring an open mind and desire to learn and enjoy the process.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Daniel Danielson, www.DanDanielson.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"People and Places: a painting retreat in Deux- Sèvres, France"
July 6-10, 2020 (tuition dates)
 

Portraiture and the human figure coupled with stunning landscapes, gardens and architecture have captured the imagination and inspired many artists over the centuries. We will begin our art retreat by looking at a variety of paintings from different times and places for inspiration. Each day will have a different focus making full use of our beautiful surroundings in a 17th century manor house with full board accommodation using a variety of media. Come and inspire your creativity.
 
Location: Melle, France
Instructor: Heather Ford
Cost: £800
Sponsor: Tess Goodliffe
Website, email, +33 (0)617448321


"Floral Still Life in Oils/Acrylics"
July 7-9, 2020
 

Learn to paint gorgeous floral arrangements with various pretty objects. Tatiana will lead you through the blocking-in starting stage toward final touches; pointing out how to set up a still life and what to look for during the process. Valuable information will be provided about all visual elements (Nailing values, Color Theory, Edge specifics and Unifying Design) throughout all painting stages; How to paint specific types of flowers while unifying complex flower arrangements into a solid and effective design. Daily demos and plenty of individual attention.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Tatiana Yanovskaya-Sink
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Figure Drawing"
July 8-11, 2020
 

Designed for students of any level interested in strengthening their observational skills and expanding their understanding of the figure, this workshop investigates a classical and anatomical approach to drawing. While drawing from a live model, develop a process for observing and translating visual information to paper. Join Amy as she discusses and demonstrates topics related to human anatomy, skeletal structure, body proportion, and pose. Spend two days studying the head and facial features and complete a classical line portrait drawing using simple materials, including conté crayons and graphite pencils. The following two days are dedicated to the full figure, focusing on learning and observing anatomical landmarks through studies and a final drawing that is convincing, dynamic, and beautiful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Amy Fichter, www.AmyFichter.com
Cost: Members: $500, Non-Members: $540
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Capturing Light in Pastel"
July 8-11, 2020
 

Build upon your foundation in soft pastels in this four-day workshop. With an emphasis on layering, learn how to draw on sanded paper and take advantage of its unique ability to hold lots of color. The first day begins with a refresher of the basics, using a technique from the 1600s to build a painting from a tonal sketch to the final strokes of color. The following three days are devoted to colored underpainting. Discuss the color effects used by the Impressionists, including fragmenting color and optical blending, and gain hands-on practice applying those techniques to your work. Leave this workshop with confidence in the handling of materials, use of color, and interpretation of light. Previous pastel experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dan Mackerman, DanMackerman.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Setting it Up: Creative Settings in Jewelry"
July 8-11, 2020
 

In this workshop, develop interesting, fun compositions that explore a variety of settings to showcase alternative materials, found objects, cabochons, and faceted gemstones in rings or pendants. Learn how to use basic jewelry making techniques to design and fabricate rivets, as well as an assortment of bezel, reverse tab, prong, and tube settings. Daily demonstrations, handouts, and plenty of hands-on practice introduce you to a variety of setting techniques, as well as fabrication fundamentals, including soldering, sawing, filing, surface textures, and finishing methods using polishing compounds or patinas. Expect to leave this workshop with at least one completed piece. Open to all skill levels. Bring in a special object from home or alternative material you’re looking to transform into jewelry.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Johnson, LisaJohnsonStudio.com
Cost: Members: $455, Non-Members: $495
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Drawing on Clay"
July 8-11, 2020
 

Build a personal vocabulary of imagery and learn how to use your ceramic work as a tool for storytelling in this hands-on workshop. Discover how keeping a sketchbook, even for those not confident in their drawing skills, can influence and enrich the surfaces of your ceramic pieces. Each day explores both drawing and ceramic concepts, including idea generation through exercises on paper, developing a daily drawing practice, hand-built construction methods, and surface decoration. Learn how to create simple functional forms using hump molds and templates, as well as how to transfer your unique images to the surfaces of your pieces using colorful underglazes and sgraffito. Discover how ceramics can be a fun and unexpected canvas. No prior drawing or ceramics experience required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Molly Anne Bishop, www.MollyAnneBishop.com
Cost: Members: $485, Non-Members: $525
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Composite Image: Experimenting with the Still Life"
July 8-11, 2020
 

Explore unique and creative ways of looking at, composing, and constructing photographic works in this four-day workshop. Learn the basics of studio lighting, Photoshop, compositing images, and inkjet printing as you experiment with the concept of the still life. Engage in technical demonstrations and exercises, discussions on contemporary still life photography, independent and collaborative work, and critiques. In the first two days, source objects, gain familiarity with lighting and Photoshop, and experiment with using multiple images to create a work. The final two days alternate between producing images behind the camera and editing works in Photoshop. Leave this workshop with a large-scale inkjet print, new technical knowledge, and the ability to interpret and create an image in fresh, innovative ways.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathleen Hawkes, www.KathleenHawkes.com
Cost: Members: $460, Non-Members: $500
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Couleurs de la Vie Painting Vacation"
July 9-16, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Kaye Parmenter
Cost: $1,080
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Study with a Master Series: Drawings & Painting the Portrait"
July 9-11, 2020
 

This class will stress the learning process to achieve this goal; from basic proportions, structure and value relationships for the beginner, intermediate and advanced students may choose to work in color, but would encourage one to take at least first day or two of drawing and then to full color portraits with emphasis on enhancing values, color and design. We will do some value studies of a generic eye, nose, mouth and ear for a better understanding of their structure. We will talk about the process of learning to see, not to copy, but how to interpret. Good design is related to good drawing, and to me good drawing enhances good judgment and good taste.
 
Location: Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ned Mueller
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Website, email, 4127414405


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
July 10-11, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Art Alliance of Greensboro
Website, email, 336-373-2725


"Try It: Screen Printing"
July 11, 2020
 

Designed for those interested in trying screen printing for the first time, this workshop guides you through the process of creating an image, exposing silkscreens, mixing ink, and printing your image on paper. Walk away with new skills and the motivation to continue exploring your creative interests. PenArt provides all of the tools and materials needed.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $45, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Landscape Painting in Italy with John Skelcher"
July 11-17, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to draw and paint from a professional painter and expert tutor, explore different painting techniques and find your inspiration among scenic hilltop settlements, olive groves, and vineyards. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: daily tuition, accommodation in a restored farmhouse, traditional Italian meals, all the art materials and equipment you need, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks, daily aperitivi, transfer on arrival and departure day at specified times from San Benedetto del Tronto train or bus station.
 
Location: Force, Le Marche, Italy
Instructor: John Skelcher
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting in The Dark with Neysa Grassi"
July 11-12, 2020
 

Paint your way through the mystery and uncertainty of the art-making process in this intuitive, practical and empowering workshop with acclaimed artist and PAFA graduate faculty member, Neysa Grassi. Dispel the voices of criticism in your head, and learn to perceive doubt as a valid means of investigation rather than a destructive force. Work in gouache and mixed media on paper to discover the freedom that comes from generating imagery without preconceived outcomes. Discussion of painting practices and feedback on students’ previous work will supplement studio activity. Instruction will be presented on an artist-to-artist basis, whether participants are beginners or seasoned artists.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Neysa Grassi
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Loli Alvaro Oils and Acrylics"
July 12-18, 2020
 

I will be pleased to see you here at my art retreat in Valencia, Spain, for this abstract painting course in oils and acrylic. You may choose to paint in either one or enjoy learning the techniques I use in each one. I thoroughly enjoy painting in these two media and I am sure that you will have a week to remember. We will mix and apply paint to express our moods and feelings while creating artwork to be proud of. Please join me and have a great time. Full accommodation, complimentary airport transfers, all meals, 5 days tuition, 6 night stay in private, en-suite, air-conditioned room. A €175 deposit will secure your place.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Loli Alvaro
Cost: From €1295
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034610857136


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

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


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

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


"Medieval Countryside Painting Vacation in England"
July 12-19, 2020
 

Travel to England, discover your artistic expression under expert guidance and immerse in tutored studio and outdoor painting sessions. Wander through the picturesque coast of southwest England and find the inspiration for your next artworks. UpTrek Medieval Countryside Painting Vacation 2020 with professional artist Lynda Appleby includes: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 6 days of painting tuition with artist Lynda Appleby, transfers for daily trips, tea and biscuits during studio breaks.
 
Location: Dunster, Somerset, England
Instructor: Lynda Appleby
Cost: $820
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Charles Wilson Peale and Natural History Illustration"
July 13-17, 2020
 

Explore Philadelphia’s rich tradition of natural history illustration through fascinating museum visits and hands-on art-making with award-winning artist, illustrator and PAFA alumna Kate Samworth. Follow the path of Charles Wilson Peale, the painter, scientist, inventor, and naturalist who established the nation’s first natural history museum in 1786, in an effort to collect and catalogue all living things. Visit the American Philosophical Society and the Library Company of Philadelphia and others to view prints, paintings and ephemera related to the exploration of the natural world at the end of the Enlightenment era. Return to PAFA to create your own nature illustration of flora and fauna with a new understanding of the role of those who collected, preserved, identified and depicted living things through history.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kate Samworth
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Landscape, Still Life and Portrait"
July 13-17, 2020
 

Learn how light affects the temperature of colors and values, as well as how to use the transparency of watercolor to allow the glow of the paper to shine through. Fealing Lin will teach you to combine impressionistic brushstrokes and semi-abstract techniques to elicit life and movement in your paintings. She will help you relax and enjoy the process as you discover the spontaneity of watercolor. Fealing's techniques are fun and challenging; the possibility of compositions and expressions are unlimited. She is a signature member of the NWS, TWSA, Watercolor West, and many others.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Fealing Lin
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Water-Based Paintings: Materials and Techniques in Acrylic and Acryla Gouache"
July 13-16, 2020
 

This workshop introduces a range of concepts in painting and drawing with water-based media. Focusing on the materials of acrylic and Acryla gouache, learn the traditional techniques specific to each, as well as experimental approaches. Leave this workshop with an understanding of how to use these materials in both representational and abstract applications on paper, canvas, and panels. Beginning with simple observational exercises, Geoffrey introduces basic acrylic and gouache painting techniques step-by-step. Gain hand-on practice and explore all that these media are capable of through still life, landscape, and/or abstract pursuits with practical instruction and feedback throughout. If time allows, learn more about Geoffrey’s painting process, including an explanation of the techniques used to create his work. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Geoffrey Todd Smith, www.GeoffreyToddSmith.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Box Making for Artists"
July 13-16, 2020
 

Whether you’re interested in creating a space to keep an artist book, your prints, or other ephemera you’ve created or collected, this workshop offers an introduction to building and covering box structures. Learn how to design and assemble a clamshell portfolio box, slip case, and specimen box. Focusing on a different type of box each day, demonstrations and instructor-led exercises build skill progressively. Gain hands-on practice selecting materials, such as book cloth and decorative paper, and using proper technique to build and cover boxes. Melissa provides individualized instruction and feedback throughout the making process, as well as in in-progress and final critiques. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Wagner-Lawler, redthreadletterpress.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Riveting Enamels"
July 13, 2020
 

Enameling offers unlimited opportunities to develop rich surfaces of color. Learn enameling techniques and explore cold connections as you work toward a completed piece in this half-day workshop. Through demonstrations, Kieu shares how to torch fire enamel on copper, as well as how to use transparent enamels on silver to create true, vibrant colors. After firing all of your pieces, rivet them together to complete at least one finished pendant. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $75, Non-Members: $80
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Silver on Enamel"
July 13, 2020
 

Do you like the look of enameled silver, but not the expense? Learn how to create a metallic effect on copper using silver foil and transparent enamels that won’t break the bank. Through demonstrations and guided work time, gain an understanding of basic enameling techniques using transparent and opaque enamels and how to elevate the materials to achieve a vibrant effect. Leave this workshop with three enameled pendants. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $75, Non-Members: $80
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Plants to Prints: Eco-Friendly Photographic Processes"
July 13-16, 2020
 

Discover the many possibilities of combining digitally captured images with historical printing processes in this hands-on workshop. Working with imagery of your choosing, learn the basics of each process and how plant life and soil from the surrounding landscape can be incorporated into your final prints to achieve rich colors and unique effects. Alternating between time spent out in the field and time spent in the studio, Allen guides you step-by-step through the image capture process, collection of natural materials, preparation and editing of your digital images, transforming your collected organic materials into pigment, and finally developing each print using gum bichromate processes. Demonstrations, discussions, and individualized instruction address technical, formal, and conceptual concerns.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Allen Morris, www.AllenMorrisPhoto.com
Cost: Members: $475, Non-Members: $515
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Shapely Links: Introduction to Basic Soldering"
July 14, 2020
 

In this workshop, develop your silver soldering skills while creating a unique loop design. Jumpstart your metalsmithing knowledge with these techniques and best practices. Gain confidence and refine your skills in the handling of tools and materials as you successfully solder simple joints using fine silver stock and sterling silver jump rings. You can expect to complete a bracelet by the end of this half-day workshop. Open to absolute beginners and those who are more advanced interested in a refresher of the basics.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $75, Non-Members: $80
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Multiplicity"
July 14, 2020
 

This ring may look simple, but the challenge lies in the soldering. Work through the difficulties of soldering one part of the ring, while managing not to melt another in this half-day workshop. Refine your soldering and ring making skills through demonstrations and guided working time using fine and sterling silver stock. Previous silver soldering and simple ring making experience is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $75, Non-Members: $80
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
July 14-21, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
July 15-17, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $395
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Key to Success"
July 15, 2020
 

The key to success is in the planning. In this workshop, discover methods for planning your fabrication projects while fine tuning your soldering skills. Discuss the many considerations needed when fabricating pieces with multiple components of different sizes. Using basic silver stock, including wire, tubes, jump rings, and sheet metal, create your base key and added decorative silver pieces. Put all of these components together to create your key to success. Previous silver soldering experience is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bespoke Bezels and Bails"
July 16, 2020
 

Regardless of which direction you view this piece, there is something special to tantalize the eye. Design and fabricate a pendant using a variety of techniques that are sure to expand your metalsmithing vocabulary. Starting from sterling silver stock, make twists and turns to create an open back setting and unique bezel to hold a cabochon in place. Add a custom bail as a final touch to push this pendant over the top. Previous soldering and wire working experience is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Acrylic Painting Vacation in the South of France"
July 16-23, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Occitanie, France
Instructor: Gregory Wellman
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Alexandra Elle: Finding Our Voice: Writing Retreat"
July 17-19, 2020
 

Facilitate a deeper personal practice of writing by unfolding your truth and becoming your best self. In this weekend-long retreat, attendees can expect to build community through partner work, breakout narrative writing sessions, group journaling, and affirmation exercises. Enjoy Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Alexandra Elle
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Expressive Watercolor in the Studio"
July 17-18, 2020
 

Bring your personal photographs to life with the transparency and dramatic immediacy of watercolor. Harness the fundamentals of this often intimidating medium, gain an understanding of the principles of composition, color, and design, and learn how to simplify any scene by editing out unwanted clutter and focusing on the large shapes of color. This workshop begins with basic exercises in applying paint to paper with particular emphasis on washes, as well as a step-by-step group painting. Demonstrations and discussions address the differences in brushes, papers, and paint quality, application techniques, and the importance of value studies as a tool for developing dynamic and bold compositions. Hands-on practice and individualized feedback. This workshop is open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Spencer Meagher, SpencerMeagher.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Photographic Book"
July 17-18, 2020
 

This workshop demystifies the process of creating a photographic book. Whether you’re interested in putting together a book of favorite photographs or embarking on a conceptual project to feature and distribute your work, learn how to develop a book from the making of photographs to the final product of a bound volume. Guided instruction provides you with hands-on practice editing, sequencing, and designing layout, while discussions address options for physically printing and binding a book after the workshop concludes. Come prepared with a grouping of photographs or body of work. A computer with Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop, and InDesign is required. Open to all levels; previous experience with these programs is helpful, but not necessary.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Barbara Diener, www.BarbaraDienerPhotography.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Buckles, Bolos and Barbed Wire: The Art of the Buckle"
July 17, 2020
 

Belt buckles may not fit perfectly into the category of jewelry, but they can certainly be considered wearable pieces of art. In this full-day workshop you will learn to make a very personalized belt buckle for yourself or a special someone. Although the examples shown are decidedly Western in look, your challenge will be to create a buckle that reflects your own aesthetic. The common elements will be to have a pierced brass overlay and edge embellishments ... beyond that, the design choices are up to you. Buckles are a great way to showcase a special stone, coin, or other object. Find examples of non-Western buckles with a simple Google search. Sawing and soldering skills required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Return to the Drawing Board: Hypothesis and Experimentation"
July 17-18, 2020
 

Drawing has historically been considered a medium used to translate thought. Sketches are made to realize or communicate ideas, concepts, maps, and “more refined” works in multiple media. The contemporary art world has excitedly embraced drawing as a means unto its own. It is an empowering medium in which to play, experiment, and dare to fail. Through various experimental exercises and prompts, explore non-traditional approaches to drawing, idea generation, collage, and materials. This workshop begins with material and historical demonstrations of traditional and contemporary drawing, collage, and photo-transfer methods. This workshop is best suited for artists familiar with 2D and/or 3D materials and who are interested in investigating new generative pursuits.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Erin Washington, erinwashington.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Woven Stitch Collagraph Book"
July 17, 2020
 

This workshop will focus on a unique combination of collagraph printmaking – a form of collage – and book structures. Printing plates will be produced with collage and hot glue to create free-flowing designs. There are tremendous opportunities to experiment with textures with this unpredictable, in a good way, method. The plate design is very versatile and durable for continued print runs, providing enough prints for two or more books. The multi-signature book structures will be constructed with open-spine woven stitches, creating a color block effect on the spine. The content will include multiple image repeats from the colllagraph process. These will be manipulated with water media and color pencil to individualize the pages.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Refining and Expanding Wheel Throwing Techniques"
July 17-19, 2020
 

Do you have some experience throwing pottery, but want to ratchet up your skill set – centering more efficiently, working larger, or mastering new shapes? Join Joe in Shake Rag Alley's Sardeson Pottery Studio to refine and expand your throwing techniques during this highly personalized process-oriented workshop. Along with working on the wheel, we will spend the weekend exploring spouts, lids and handles, and looking at examples of outstanding ancient and contemporary pots. Clay is provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joe Cole
Cost: $290
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Watercolor 101 - a class for absolute beginners"
July 18-25, 2020
 

If you’ve never painted before, then this holiday is for you! A class for absolute watercolor beginners, set at a yoga retreat in the beautiful Dordogne countryside taught by Sarah Roche who is an experienced teacher and professional artist, leading a successful Botanical Art program in Boston USA. In this week long watercolor retreat, she will lead you though exercises and painting demos to producing your own beautiful watercolors. Each afternoon you could chill by the pool, have a massage, go wine tasting or absorb the beauty of the tranquil French countryside. Included transfers to and from Bergerac Airport, accommodation in twin en suite room, most meals. All painting supplies included.
 
Location: Lalandusse 47330 Lot et Garonne, France
Instructor: Sarah Roche
Cost: 950€ including art materials
Sponsor: Haven on the Hill
Website, email, +33 553403485


"Buckles, Bolos and Barbed Wire: The Bolo Tie"
July 18, 2020
 

The Bolo Tie lies somewhere between necklace and necktie with a definite Southwestern flair to it. The bolo is popping up in fashion shows around the world and is worn by women nearly as much as men. In this class you will learn to make a bolo with all hand-fabricated elements including sterling silver slide and custom tips – no store-bought components! Join the fun and create a new fashion accessory you can enjoy everywhere! Sawing and soldering skills required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $205
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


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

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


"Finding Artistic Voice: Mixed Media Retreat in Greece"
July 18-25, 2020
 

Travel to Greece and find your artistic voice throughout an enlightening one-week mixed media art retreat with expert artist coaching. Experiment with painting, drawing and collage and develop your artistic perspective. 8 days | Available in EN, GR, NL, FR, DE | All levels | Max. 6 people | Wheelchair accessible | Mixed media | Figurative, Abstract. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation; all meals; beverages (coffee, mineral water, tea, juices); painting and mixed media classes, workshops and presentations with artist Annette Luycx; transfers to/from Metamorfosi train station; art supplies; studio space.
 
Location: Afidnes, Attica, Greece
Instructor: Annette Luycx
Cost: $970
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Appasionata"
July 19-25, 2020
 

Come create with us in beautiful Le Marche, where the sun is shining, the wine is flowing and the laughter is infectious! This experience is not as much about making perfect art as it is about the joyful act of creating. Absolutely no experience necessary! Bethany Ekblad provides the perfect adventure for those who simply want to play around with art for the sheer joy of it. With forgiving techniques designed to help your creativity shine, you will surprise yourself with the impressive results you can get with just a few simple instructions. The atmosphere in her classes is totally relaxed and totally fun.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Bethany Ekblad
Cost: $3,000
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"Graham Keegan: Indigo + Shibori Exploration: From Seed to Dye"
July 19-23, 2020
 

During this retreat, you'll learn how to extract pigment from indigo leaves and transfer its rich color onto cloth, from the palest blue to deep indigo. This retreat is recommended for those of all experience levels. The dye process will be explored from start to finish in a way that is exciting for novices and offers insight to even the most experienced dyers. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Graham Keegan
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Buckles, Bolos and Barbed Wire: Barbed Wire Cuff"
July 19, 2020
 

This barbed wire setting is a great way to show off a special stone and at the same time provide lots of visual interest to the band. This particular design uses triangle wire for strength and comfort. There will be plenty of challenge to your design and fabrication skills. So grab one of your special stones and build this cuff for a custom piece of wearable art. Sawing and soldering skills required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Poured Painted Surfaces"
July 19, 2020
 

Putting paint on paper can be a mixed bag of unexpected surprises with unknown endings. Pouring paint onto paper will certainly give you combos of astonishingly intense and luminescent colors. This process will also allow you to discover ways to define the space around shapes with contrast and glazed colors. Part of the beauty of this technique is revealing some of the underlining imagery of shapes in selected spots. Imagine and paint the space around objects with watercolors and gouache – opaque water-based paint. Work with some very contemporary, good-vibe iridescent, interference, and opaque watercolor techniques to further enhance and embellish the surface. Discover that painting is about discovery and expression at all levels of creativity.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $153
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


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

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


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

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


"The Journey Sketchbook"
July 20-23, 2020
 

Capture images and memories in a personal manner as you learn how to create and use a plein air journey sketchbook for your travels near and far. Put aside expectations and let your hand record what you see; unleashing your creative spirit to explore new media, ideas, and possibilities. Discover how your journey sketchbook can be a springboard for creating new works in the studio. Spend half of each day outdoors using a variety of art tools and prompts, including viewfinders, value sketches, vignettes, sketch walks, 10-minute images, written recordings, and more, to fill your journey sketchbook. Use pencil, watercolor, ink pens, and watercolor pencils for your plein air work. The second half of each day is spent in the studio.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Borcherding
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Organize and Edit: Lightroom Essentials for Photographers"
July 20-21, 2020
 

If all of your files are saved on your desktop, you’ve misplaced images or catalogs, or you dream of an organized workflow but fear it’s too late to begin, this is the workshop for you. Join Kasey for a guided tutorial of Adobe Lightroom from creating your first catalog and setting preferences to organizing and editing your images in preparation for printing, sharing, or exhibiting. Through instructor-led exercises, learn the safest ways to download and backup your images, as well as strategies for photo organization and workflow with an emphasis on editing your images to bring out true-to-life light and color. Editing skills include perfecting exposure, solving color cast problems, sharpening soft images, creating black and white versions, and batch processing groups of photos.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kasey Hembel, www.KaseyAndBen.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Illuminating the Everyday: The House as Subject"
July 20-23, 2020
 

This workshop focuses on how both the interior and exterior imagery of the home can become compelling subject matter for painting. Through the investigation of light, composition, perspective, and color, create paintings that bring out the inherent qualities of narrative and mystery found in the familiar space of home. A balanced curriculum of demonstrations, discussions of contemporary and historical art, and hands-on studio work address methods for approaching light, composition, point-of-view, color, and format. Work from personal photographs, direct observation, and your imagination throughout the week with Michael providing individualized feedback. This workshop is open to oil, acrylic, gouache, and watercolor painters, however all demonstrations are completed in oil.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Banning, www.MichaelBanning.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Portrait and Figure"
July 20-22, 2020
 

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


"Watercolor Painting"
July 21-23, 2020
 

Paint the summer colors at this beautiful and historic location overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River Valley while relaxing in the comfort of the Gibson House Inn. This workshop will focus on plein air landscape painting with some classroom instruction and will be open to all abilities. Born 1954, in Rochester, NY, Robert O'Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for thirty years. Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on landscape and architectural studies. The artist finds beauty in the ordinary, subtle reminders of everyday life in rural New England. In his own words, he is driven "to capture the vanishing landscape in my paintings" before they disappear forever as a result of the steady hand of "progress."
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Robert O'Brien, www.robertjobrien.com
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
July 21-28, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Suminagashi Marbling: From Patterned Paper to Finished Painting"
July 23-25, 2020
 

Explore this fascinating Japanese paper marbling technique using water-based boku. The name suminagashi literally means spilled ink. Liz will teach you to create intricate, patterned rice papers using this ancient method and then learn how to use these papers to build gorgeous layered collages and finished paintings using acrylic paints. Liz will provide students with examples, suggestions, and plenty of feedback in this one-of-a-kind workshop. No prior marbling experience needed, but participants should have basic acrylic painting skills. Liz’s work has been published in Watercolor Artist Magazine, Artist’s Magazine, and the North Light publications AcrylicWorks4 and AcrylicWorks6.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Liz Walker
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"All-Inclusive Acrylic Painting Workshop with Gregory Wellman"
July 24-31, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Occitanie, France
Instructor: Gregory Wellman
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


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

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


"Painting the Thistle"
July 24, 2020
 

This beautiful Thistle flower uses a few unique and routine watercolor techniques using Dr. Ph. Martin's Liquid Watercolors. Participants will learn how to apply paint with a basting brush and a caramel apple stick and create a wonderful background using negative space painting. When we finish this painting, we usually complete another smaller painting using some of the same skills. This way, you really learn how to paint with the liquid watercolors.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Mixed Media Magic"
July 24, 2020
 

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


"The Art of the Sketchbook"
July 24, 2020
 

Let's face it - life gets busy and studio time can be hard to come by. The key to maintaining a healthy studio practice lies in the sketchbook. This class explores the sketchbook as a portable art studio, a place to 'play' like nobody's watching, and a way of recording your personal process. Together, we'll embark on a creative journey starting with non-traditional warm-up exercises and resulting in standalone abstract works in your personal sketchbook. We'll explore color mixing, palette building, creative prompts, doodling, paint application and collage. Learn to take risks and work out ideas before starting on a big canvas. Most importantly, you'll learn to love the process in addition to the end result.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Introduction to Hand Lettering"
July 24, 2020
 

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


"Beginning Drawing for Everyone!"
July 24, 2020
 

Drawing can be easy and fun! Whether you want to draw still life objects, figures, or landscapes, developing them with forms will open up a whole new art experience. Learn to draw anything and give your works character, depth, dimension, and life! We'll explore drawing methods using sight, memory, and imagination. Soon you'll be building amazing, creative, three-dimensional artworks right on your paper! This class is for anyone who has never drawn but wants to learn; artists who want to draw more three-dimensionally; and anyone who wants to explore the drawing methods that artists and illustrators use to make amazing pictures.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Gel Plate Monoprinting"
July 24, 2020
 

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


"Exploring Pastels and Painting Mountainscapes"
July 24, 2020
 

This day is split into two 3-hour segments. Picture yourself painting with a nationally acclaimed pastelist, Kathy Beekman. Kathy will introduce and guide you through the wonderful world of pastels where you will explore different types of pastels, techniques of planning your paintings, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to use your fingers as tools, avoid mistakes and give great tips for framing your artwork. Enjoy lots of painting action and one-on-one instruction in this playful learning environment.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kathy Beekman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


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

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


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

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


"Oil Portraits with Zorn + King's Blue"
July 24 & 25, 2020
 

The Zorn palette is created by mixing colors from four tubes of paint: Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Cad Red, and Ivory Black (attributed to Swedish painter, Anders Zorn circa 1860-1920) who created a body of work using mixes from these four paints, with the addition of an occasional bonus color. We will use the Zorn palette to create portraits and introduce King's Blue as an optional bonus color to finish the painting. The method I teach is classified as "alla prima" or (wet on wet), also known as "direct painting". Learn to prepare substrate, create overall strokes to plan the face and fill in details that captures the essence, and not just the likeness.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jenny Doh
Cost: $ 435 - $500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Surface History: Layered Collage Paintings"
July 24-26, 2020
 

In this three-day workshop, we'll create papers by drawing, painting, and handprinting. These artist papers with the addition of house paint, mark-making materials, and varnish will combine to make exciting abstract mixed media layered paintings. Students learn exciting additive and subtractive techniques for working with layers in order to build a surface history with depth, interest, and mystery. We'll look at images of contemporary collage and mixed media works to find inspiration for interesting color, composition, shapes and lines. Instruction focuses on helping each student pursue their own direction while adding to their art-making skills and to their knowledge of contemporary abstract mixed media work. All experience levels welcome.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Post
Cost: $410
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Woven Accents"
July 25, 2020
 

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


"Fingerpainting Sunscapes and Moonscapes"
July 25, 2020
 

This day is split into two 3-hour segments. In this one-day workshop, you will be painting along with master finger-painting Kathy Beekman, as she shows you how to create dynamic paintings incorporating the sun and the moon. Perfect for beginners and fun for students that love to get down and dirty with their fingers. Learn how to mix color directly on your paper and how to manipulate the pastel sticks to create dreamy imagery. You'll be sure to find it refreshing not using any tools other than your fingers. Bonus: By the end of the day you will have a minimum of two beautiful paintings and a wonderful story about how they were created to share with family and friends.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kathy Beekman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Kathy Beekman
Website, email, 303-269-6963


"Gel Plate Monoprinting"
July 25, 2020
 

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


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

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


"Intermediate Hand Lettering"
July 25, 2020
 

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


"Street Photography"
July 25, 2020
 

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


"Expressive Landscape Painting"
July 25, 2020
 

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


"Painting Petunias"
July 25, 2020
 

Painting this group of flowers with Dr. Ph. Martin's Liquid Watercolors is a snap. Starting off with an India Ink drawing and then splattering with paint, make the colors to start this painting. In this class you will learn how to paint with liquid watercolors, splatter, and use India Ink. Then we will paint a smaller painting incorporating the skills in the Petunia lesson.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Bold, Expressive Color"
July 25, 2020
 

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


"Italian Painting Retreat in Le Marche"
July 25-31, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to draw and paint from a professional painter and expert tutor, explore different painting techniques and find your inspiration among scenic hilltop settlements, olive groves, and vineyards. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: daily tuition, accommodation in a restored farmhouse, traditional Italian meals, all the art materials and equipment you need, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks, daily aperitivi, transfer on arrival and departure day at specified times from San Benedetto del Tronto train or bus station.
 
Location: Force, Le Marche, Italy
Instructor: John Skelcher
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Wearing You Art on Your Sleeves and Everywhere Else"
July 25, 2020
 

Have you been thinking about printing your artwork on fabric? It seems complicated, but Helen will guide you through the process of using Spoonflower, a custom printer that gives artists the ability to design their own fabrics. She'll show you how to do a simple replication of images for projects on cloth, how to put your image in repeat (called tiling and endless other project possibilities like making large-scale wall works, patterns for dolls or stuffed toys, and placement of images for apparel design. This isn't just a lecture; you will actually be doing the work with your own images during class and leave ready to place your Spoonflower order!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Klebesadel
Cost: $70
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


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

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


"Koi Fish"
July 26, 2020
 

Painting the water and these colorful fish are easy with a few tips and painting with Liquid watercolors. In this class you will learn how to layer paint to create depth in water, use mask to protect the white of the paper and paint in details and shadows in the water. After we finish the Koi fish painting we will complete a smaller painting using the same skills.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"The Landscape in Abstraction"
July 26, 2020
 

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


"Chalk and Fabric Lettering"
July 26, 2020
 

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


"Painting Landscapes in Gouache!"
July 26, 2020
 

Holbein's Acryla Gouache is an exciting, colorful medium! Learn the basic techniques for painting small landscapes with this forgiving, correctable, and buttery paint. In this workshop, you'll learn methods - surprisingly easy, fresh, and effective - for creating gorgeous landscape paintings on wood panels! You will leave with at least one finished artwork and the knowledge to create many more!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Small Floral Collage - Small Format 10x10"
July 26, 2020
 

A comprehensive one-day workshop that will take you through the collage process step-by-step. A great prerequisite to this class is the Gel Plate Monoprinting workshop, so that you can bring your own papers to class; however, I will provide a sampling of papers for sharing for those who do not make their own papers. Colors of provided papers will, of course, be limited. You may also bring colored, decorative papers from the art supply store, or papers you may have already painted or monoprinted. No magazines, scrapbook paper, or shiny paper please. At the end of this workshop, you will have the skills and confidence to create an impressionistic, painterly collage - your very own Paper Painting!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Capture the Beauty of Trees"
July 26, 2020
 

This day is split into two 3-hour segments. Discover and capture the magical personalities of trees in this soft pastel workshop. With many demonstrations, experimentation, and plenty of individual instruction, you will learn Kathy's techniques for achieving mood, emotion and atmosphere in the tree "portraits" that you produce. Plus! You'll learn how to create spiraling limbs and glowing keyholes of light shining through the trees you paint. All of Kathy's workshops are grounded in technique, experimentation, and intriguing information about the subject at hand. Her number one priority is that every student is able to build their confidence level in a safe and playful environment.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kathy Beekman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Waxing Hot and Cold"
July 26, 2020
 

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


"Copper and Alternative Book Covers"
July 26, 2020
 

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


"Gouache Portraits"
July 26, 2020
 

Gouache performs like watercolor but its constitution allows layers to build up in an opaque fashion, which is not possible to achieve through watercolor. Its constitution is also different from acrylics because there is no plastic in the medium, which allows it to move very much like watercolor and also, it dries with a uniquely matte sheen that is unlike acrylic and pure watercolor.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jenny Doh
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Exploring Alcohol Inks"
July 26, 2020
 

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


"Kim Casebeer: Composition of the Landscape"
July 26-30, 2020
 

Start outside painting plein air, then move into a studio setting to work out composition and design. The beginner and advanced-level student is welcome; attendees should have a basic knowledge of painting and drawing. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water, Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Casebeer
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Watercolors in Italy"
July 26 - August 1, 2020
 

Learn how to paint with fluidity and color during this watercolor workshop. You’ll work on capturing the Italian landscape with brilliant color and pure paint application. You’ll be inspired by Carol’s daily demonstrations and experiments to create wet, loose watercolors . Carol will focus on Italian imagery and interesting points of view. Workshop will include individual instruction and group critique. Carol will also talk about what makes interesting photographs while on sightseeing tours.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Carol Carter
Cost: $3,500
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


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

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


"Working and Thinking with Color"
July 27-30, 2020
 

This workshop helps you develop and expand the way you use color. Learn to intentionally and consciously navigate the spaces of hue, value, and intensity; consider color groupings and compositional strategies; and use color interaction to your advantage in your art and design practice. A subject in and of itself, explore color’s philosophical and cultural content as well. Demonstrations, discussions, and group work sessions begin with modern color theory and expand into observational, experimental, and process-based explorations of color. Work with acrylic paint and cut paper collage, as well as whatever digital apps you may have. Readings and videos on color supplement hands-on learning.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Oresky, www.MelissaOresky.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Abstraction Demystified"
July 27-30, 2020
 

During this hands-on workshop, take an in-depth look at strategies for creating compelling abstract drawings and paintings. Expand your knowledge of materials, strengthen your understanding of historical and contemporary abstraction, and identify your individual interests and direction within the genre. Daily presentations led by Shane introduce you to fundamental concepts of abstraction and a variety of artists. Visual prompts and exercises encourage you to experiment with different approaches, including working with the element of chance or through a formal structure, and, ultimately, invent a new visual language. Expect to work on a number of pieces each day. Individualized instruction and group discussions provide constructive feedback throughout the week. Painters of all levels welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shane Walsh, ShaneWalshPaintings.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Playful Enamels"
July 27-30, 2020
 

Investigate the world of possibilities for surface color and design in this workshop where enameling techniques are mixed and layered. Learn how to work with liquid, powder, transparent, and opaque enamels, as well as watercolor and china paints. Demonstrations and discussions introduce you to the fundamentals and proper application techniques of each material. From there, break the rules in as many ways as you can and develop your own visual library. Work from your sketchbook, favorite photographs, or imagination. Open to all levels; no previous experience with enamels required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jennifer Wells, JennWells.com
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $565
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Form and Surface: Alteration, Color, Texture, and Ornamentation"
July 27-30, 2020
 

Bring the world around you onto the surfaces of your wheel-thrown pottery through press molds, carving, and alterations by hand. Learn how to make small press molds and create clay pressings from the local environment in an investigation of surface. Layer electric kiln glazes for deep luscious surfaces that bring your pots to life. The workshop begins with an introduction to hand built and wheel-thrown forms, followed by a demonstration of press mold making and creating clay pressings. Guided by Craig, integrate various surface approaches, including additive techniques, as well as carving and glaze layering, into your vessels. All levels of experience with wheel throwing and hand building welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Craig Clifford, www.CraigCliffordCeramics.com
Cost: Members: $485, Non-Members: $525
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Translating Light"
July 27-30, 2020
 

Discover new photographic possibilities while immersing yourself in the scenic landscape of Door County. Whether you’re new to the medium or a seasoned photographer looking to enhance your skill set, this workshop explores how to interpret and respond to a variety of lighting conditions, control unfavorable situations, and prepare for the moment when beautiful natural light occurs. Through a balanced curriculum of studio instruction, group discussion, daily explorations in the field, and out-of-class assignments, core photographic principles are reinforced and new technical and conceptual skills developed. Leave this workshop with confidence shooting in a variety of environments and lighting situations. Open to all levels. A DSLR camera is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Travis Roozée, www.TravisRoozee.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Key Elements of Plein Air Painting"
July 28-30, 2020
 

Join George Van Hook, a nationally recognized artist who has won numerous Plein Air competitions and awards from around the country for his oils and watercolors. George stresses allaprima painting and using a loose and fast approach to capture the landscape in the first try. Participants will be meeting on location and painting all day from 9am-4pm with a lunch provided. Workshop includes live demos and individual attention. Please bring your own plein air equipment, supports, and media (oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic).
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: George Van Hook
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Watercolor from the Beginning"
July 29, 2020
 

Learn everything you need to build a strong foundation for getting started in watercolor. Receive detailed information on paper, paint, and brushes explained clearly and demonstrated with helpful visual aids. Practice mixing colors, learn how to do basic washes, and find out about special techniques unique to watercolor. This class is excellent preparation for the Color Theory Through Watercolor class on Thursday. Sign up for both classes to fully immerse yourself in this wonderful medium.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Shenandoah Valley Painting Retreat"
July 29 - August 3, 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


"Color Theory Through Watercolor"
July 30, 2020
 

Understanding color is essential to creating work that captivates the eye and evokes certain moods or emotions. Through a series of fun exercises you will learn to understand tints, shades, and tone, the color wheel, complementary colors, warm and cool colors, and color schemes. You will make useful charts and swatches that can be used for future reference. Whether you are just starting out or have some experience with watercolor, this class will help you masterfully mix color, no matter what your medium or level of experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


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

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


"Abstract Watercolor Exploration"
July 31, 2020
 

Watercolors have the reputation of being the most challenging painting medium. The unforgiving white of the paper and the uncontrollable nature of water make it intimidating. Through exercises participants will learn how forgiving white paper can be and how to control water and pigment. Focusing on color and composition, participants will practice techniques while creating a series of abstract paintings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Collage"
July 31 - August 1, 2020
 

With its stream of endlessly reproducible images, materials, patterns, and information, the medium of collage has a unique history and vital connection to contemporary life. Explore basic approaches to collage, including organizing collections of images and materials and taking them apart and piecing them together in new pictorial images or abstract designs. Presentations of works by modern and contemporary artists introduce you to the limitless possibilities, while technical demonstrations and exercises explore the material processes and concepts presented. Exercises are specific, but also allow for individual interpretation and play. Work with images and materials that you collected prior to class. This initial image collection is a vital aspect of the collage process. Open to students of all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Oresky, www.MelissaOresky.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Drawing for Beginners"
July 31 - August 1, 2020
 

Whether you’re interested in pursuing painting or sculpture, drawing is at the core of every artistic discipline. Build a foundation in the classical fundamentals, strengthen your observational skills, and learn how to make drawings that are convincing and true to life through an easy-to-understand, yet analytical approach. Using a step-by-step process, discover a number of principles to help you see, interpret, and express the world around you. Demonstrations, as well as personalized instruction and feedback from Philip, guide you through each stage of the process. Topics to be covered include measuring, proportions, perspective, value structure, effects of light, edge control, composition, and material handling.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Salamone, www.PhilipSalamone.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Powder Coating for Jewelry"
July 31 - August 1, 2020
 

Traditionally an industrial process, powder coating offers a weatherproof and chip and scratch resistant finish. When used on jewelry, it offers an inexpensive, versatile, and colorful way to make your jewelry “Pop!” Learn how to quickly and easily apply this durable finish to your pieces in a wide array of colors. Demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on practice introduce you to various home setup options, powder coating equipment, and effective cleaning, spraying, and sifting methods. The majority of class is dedicated to time to experiment, make samples, and finish already-made pieces. You are encouraged to bring finished, bare metal works that you would like to transform with color. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melis Agabigum, www.MelisBanu.com
Cost: Members: $240, Non-Members: $265
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Smartphone Photography: Exploring Creativity Using the Camera on Your Phone"
July 31 - August 1, 2020
 

Explore the untapped creative potential of an everyday tool that is right at your fingertips – your smartphone camera. In this workshop, learn how to make the most of your iPhone or Android’s camera settings and applications to create imaginative and compositionally sound images. Demonstrations introduce you to the functions of your camera, as well as the applications you are encouraged to add to your phone. Throughout the two days, work through a series of shooting and editing exercises. If interested, make professional enlargements of your work on a pigmented inkjet printer at the close of the workshop. Designed for both beginners, as well as those who have a more advanced understanding of their smartphone cameras and photo editing.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Krejcarek, www.PhilipKrejcarek.weebly.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Abstract Fiber Sculpting"
July 31 - August 2, 2020
 

I want to challenge you to see fabric and soft sculpture in a new way, to step outside our preconceived ideas of what is textile art. Using hand stitching and alternative techniques, we will be creating organic shapes inspired by creative exercises and our natural environment. We will explore combining found objects with fiber to create unique textures and embellishments. After we have generated lots of shapes and components to choose from we will approach the process like an assemblage, combining the individual pieces to create a larger abstract sculpture on top of a rigid armature. Intuition and spontaneity will be our companions. This class is completely accessible to the beginner and yet can also challenge the more advanced student.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Clarissa Callesen
Cost: $420
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Exploring Mixed Media in Watercolor and Acrylic"
August 1-3, 2020
 

Get hopping with a variety of interesting approaches to mixed media. Designed to support and nudge you to play with process and let go of the outcome, so you can absorb a smorgasbord of mixed media techniques. The techniques you choose will become "tools" in your personal "toolbox". We will focus on process and playful experimentation, creating impressionistic textures and patterns and painting using your own unique voice. Rebecca been a fine artist for over 40 years, leading workshops in the US, China, Thailand and Japan. Her work has been exhibited in Australia, China, Japan and the U.S.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Rebecca Sentgeorge
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Watercolor Still Life with Flowers"
August 1, 2020
 

For beginner or experienced watercolor painters, this class will focus on building form, choosing colors that harmonize, as well as painting shadows and backgrounds. Students will bring objects that they are interested in painting, and can make simple attainable compositions with fruit and vegetables, or challenge themselves with crystal and silver. Tips on painting flowers, vases, and water will be included.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Key Elements of Plein Air Painting"
August 2-7, 2020
 

Join George Van Hook for a four-day plein air workshop. George stresses alla prima painting and using a loose and fast approach to capture the landscape in the first try. The workshop will include live demonstrations and individual attention. One afternoon will include a 3-hour visit to the nationally renowned Clark Art Institute. There George will share his extensive knowledge of art history with participants as he highlights techniques used by masters in composition, brushstrokes and color. George is a nationally recognized artist who has won numerous plein air competitions and awards all over the country for his oils and watercolors . He also teaches plein air classes, nationally.
 
Location: Williamstown, Massachusetts
Instructor: George Van Hook
Cost: $900- $1200
Sponsor: Buxton School
Website, email, 413 884-2110


"Pam Houston: Turning the Physical World into a Story"
August 2-6, 2020
 

Join internationally-recognized author Pam Houston for a generative writing retreat focused on exploring the essential components of good writing and to utilize sensory details to inform and inspire your writing. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Houston
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Painting Retreat: Find Inspiration in Normandy, France"
August 2-8, 2020
 

Travel to Normandy, immerse in a tutored painting retreat, walk in Monet and Pissarro's footsteps, discover new perspectives on artistic techniques, and get inspired by the picturesque Normandy countryside and the scenic Parc Naturel Régional de Normandie-Maine. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation in a charming farmhouse designed as an homage to famous French painters, daily home-cooked meals, local wine and cider, daily painting workshops with artist Angela Birchall (classes and workshops in the mornings, guided en plein air in the afternoons), art supplies.
 
Location: Orne, Normandy, France
Instructor: Angela Birchall
Cost: $1,260
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Alchemy and Art: The Magic of Yupo"
August 3-4, 2020
 

Yupo is a plastic surface that offers many interesting and exciting opportunities not possible with traditional paper substrates. This two-day workshop explores how a variety of water-based media, including watercolor, ink, and high-flow acrylic paint, interact with the Yupo substrate. Discover Yupo’s full potential through daily demonstrations and exercises. Exhaust the substrate’s limitations as you use traditional watercolor and acrylic processes and approaches, as well as more experimental techniques. Additionally, play with translucent Yupo in various collage processes. Group discussions offer the opportunity to share your findings and learn from your peers. Emphasis is placed on self-exploration and experimentation. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Brian Frink, www.BrianFrink.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Alla Prima Portrait"
August 3-4, 2020
 

The objective of this workshop is to learn how to make convincing, sensitive paintings that are true to life through a coherent, analytical approach. Practice and gain confidence in seeing, understanding, and translating visual phenomena using the fundamentals of oil painting. Through demonstrations and personal critiques, Philip introduces a variety of topics, including creating a strong likeness through accurate drawing, understanding value and the effects of light, mixing color, manipulating edges, and understanding cranial structure. Using a simple step-by-step process, paint one six-hour portrait from a live model each day. This workshop is designed for painters with experience in oil, however artists with less experience who prefer to work in grisaille are encouraged to register.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Salamone, www.PhilipSalamone.com
Cost: Members: $250, Non-Members: $275
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Contemporary Still Life"
August 3-4, 2020
 

This two-day workshop introduces you to concepts and techniques specific to still life photography. Gain a foundation in the basics of styling, lighting, shooting, and retouching to improve the quality of your photographs. Explore sources of inspiration and discover how still life objects can convey meaning and metaphor in your work. This workshop begins with a lecture on the history of the still life in art and photography; providing historical context to the practice of contemporary still life photography. Demonstrations and hands-on practice address the styling, capturing, editing, and inkjet printing processes from start to finish. Jessica provides individualized feedback throughout. Leave this workshop with an inkjet print, as well as the skills needed to continue investigating the still life.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jessica Labatte, www.JessicaLabatte.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Perspective with Carolyn Lord"
August 3-5, 2020
 

Drawing is the foundation of all representational artwork. Whether you work in oil, pastel, watermedia, etching, or block prints, come and join Carolyn Lord in this perspective drawing workshop. Emphasis will be on encouraging the students' skills in observation and the orderly development of a drawing. The goal is for each student to gain experience with perspective, to become comfortable drawing buildings, and how to recognize and correct errors in your perspective drawing. This class is designed for the novice as well as the experienced artist. You will work in charcoal - drawing materials will be provided.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Carolyn Lord
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Watercolor Waters and Reflections"
August 4-7, 2020
 

Are you ready to take your water to a higher level? Learn to paint masterful water and reflections with Pablo Ruben from Spain. Paint water that makes you want to jump in! We will paint different types of waters, calm, moving and active, with reflections of cityscapes and landscapes in this 4-day workshop. Learn a range of techniques, including the proper water to pigment ratios, value, composition and color harmony. Pablo has taught workshops in: Spain, Portugal, France, Brazil, Mexico and Canada. He is the President of the International Watercolor Society of Spain.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Pablo Ruben
Cost: $725
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Composing the Landscape"
August 4-6, 2020
 

In this workshop we will learn about composition, editing the landscape and choosing the important elements. Using values and color to complete your idea. You will also learn some ideas about how to deal with the changing light, and getting the most out of your subject. The palette and color mixing will be discussed. I will begin the day with a demonstration to help students navigate the landscape after the demo. I will give individual critique to the class as they paint. One evening we will have a group critique. We shall work on the grounds or in a location that is close to the Gibson house.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: T. M. Nicholas, tomnicholasgallery.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Watercolor in the Travel Spirit"
August 5-8, 2020
 

Discover how quick studies made using basic drawing and watercolor supplies can enrich your studio practice. Create small works that document the places and moments around you before returning to the studio to reinterpret and expand upon those observations through larger, more finished paintings. This workshop begins with an overview of materials and best practices for small, quick studies. Beginning students are introduced to the process and tools of watercolor, while more advanced students head out into the Door County landscape to create their first works in the “travel spirit”. The rest of the week alternates between dedicated time to document places of inspiration and time in the studio creating new works based on your studies. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Brian Frink, www.BrianFrink.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Composition, Choice, and Care"
August 5-8, 2020
 

Designed for those ready to push themselves and take their practice to the next level, this workshop focuses on the relationship between how you paint, the choices you make regarding materials, process, scale, and context, and what those choices mean. Using composition and its role in the evolution of art history as a point of exploration, discover how to make the work only you can make, having isolated and elevated your own sensibility. Alternating between discussion and working time, develop an understanding and sensitivity toward your unique touch and choice. Study composition throughout history, observe how it has changed over time, discuss what those changes mean, and explore those insights through a variety of hands-on methods throughout the week.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Peter Fagundo, PeterFagundo.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Adornment"
August 5-8, 2020
 

Learn the basics of working with metal as you create four pieces of jewelry, including a ring, pendant, earrings, and a brooch, from start to finish. With emphasis placed on the building blocks of making work, leave this workshop with confidence in using a variety of cold and heat joining processes, as well as techniques for creating mechanisms. Each day focuses on one of the four pieces of adornment. With Nicole as your guide, follow a step-by-step approach to make each finished piece using metal wire and sheet. Open to students of all levels, no previous experience is necessary.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Jacquard, www.NicoleJacquard.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Ceramic Spreaders, Spoons, and Scoops"
August 5-8, 2020
 

Move beyond the traditional, ceramic tabletop objects and learn how to construct utilitarian kitchen tools, such as spreaders, spoons, scoops, and reamers, using both hand built and wheel-thrown construction. Additionally, give an old kitchen tool new life by replacing the handle with a ceramic handle of your own design. Each day alternates between demonstrations, brief gatherings to discuss examples of form and surface from Kristin’s personal collection of kitchen tools, and plenty of hands-on working time. Construction methods include coil, slab with paper plates, wheel-thrown parts, and basic clay molds for small forms. Explore surface decoration techniques that translate across all firing temperatures, such as creating textured slabs, sgraffito, mishima, resists, and underglaze transfers. Open to all levels of experience.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristin Pavelka, www.PavelkaPottery.com
Cost: Members: $485, Non-Members: $525
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Filmmaking with Your Digital Camera"
August 5-8, 2020
 

Designed for the evolving photographer, this workshop introduces the powerful video features of your DSLR or mirrorless camera and provides a basic foundation for the use of video editing software. Expand your practice, discover the filmmaking capabilities and limitations of your camera, and gain confidence shooting video in a variety of conditions. The first part of this workshop is dedicated to gaining an understanding of your camera’s video settings, allowing time for technical instruction, visual experiments, individualized feedback, and learning the language of digital cinema. From there, independent and small group assignments provide hands-on experience shooting moving imagery, capturing audio, sequencing a story, and editing and exporting files. A DSLR or mirrorless camera is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Stewart Stroup, GrasslandMedia.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Revolutionary Pendant"
August 6-7, 2020
 

Take your ring-making skills to another dimension by creating a dynamic piece with independently moving parts. Students will learn the tricks that will make this seemingly impossible soldering job easier. We will finish off the piece by adding interest with a double-sided semi-precious stone bead. Soldering and ring-making experience required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Basics of Ceramics"
Thursdays, August 6 - September 10, 2020
 

Learn the essentials of working with clay! Start from the very beginning in this series of six sessions. You’ll progress through a wide variety of processes, from making pinch pots through coil techniques, and finish up with throwing experience on the potter’s wheel. The nature of various clay bodies will be addressed in addition to a discussion of the chemistry of glazes. Materials fee includes clay, use of tools, glazes and firings. Plan to go home with a number of fun, finished, and functional items!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joelle White and Katie White
Cost: $185
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Abstract Alchemy: Black, White and Warm Metallics"
August 6-11, 2020
 

In this course students will reinterpret nature’s deep imagery and essence employing matter from nature itself, within a limited palette. Paint, ink and home-made gesso will be made from inorganic and organic sources including pine soot, shells and earth minerals. Metallic leafing and alchemic oxidation techniques will be introduced for warmth and depth. These arcane processes have been employed for thousands of years on cave walls, scrolls and aboriginal works. A variety of painting and collage techniques will be covered. We will work on Eastern and Western papers as well as wood panels. Asian paper sizing, backing and mounting techniques will be covered. This meaningful, process-driven, ecological work truly nurtures the heart and spirit. All skill levels are welcome.
 
Location: Canton, North Carolina
Instructor: Judith Kruger
Cost: $1,975 includes tuition, lodging & meals; Materials fee: $165
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Paint Bigger: From the Ground Up"
August 6-11, 2020
 

By using unconventional materials (rags, sticks, scrapers) as well as brushes we are given the opportunity to loosen our grips on what we think painting should be. Gestural movement, mark making, shape and color will all be explored and how we create a composition. This is not limited to just abstraction. Landscape- abstract landscape- how we approach a portrait all will be considered. We will however use our imaginations as a reference point. Relying on memory of place or emotions to be our guide. Content will be explored and encouraged as an intuitive and organic process. We will still our minds through morning meditations that are focused on connecting to your inner muse.
 
Location: Canton, North Carolina
Instructor: Lauren Mantecón
Cost: $1,975 includes tuition, lodging & meals; Materials fee: $25
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"4 X 4: Abstraction By Design"
August 6-11, 2020
 

In this 4 1/2 – day workshop we will be creating a modular (4 over 4) panel installation. Each panel should work on their own and be integral to the installation as well. We will establish a limited color palette with both our collage papers and paint. This parameter allows us to fully focus on our design, mark making and balance skills, as well as allowing a manageable interplay between our panels.
 
Location: Canton, North Carolina
Instructor: Michael Schemchuk
Cost: $1,975 includes tuition, lodging & meals; Materials fee: $65
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Enhancing your Creative Vision with Photography"
August 6-11, 2020
 

Join us on this 5-day photographic journey to explore techniques and strategies that sharpen your vision and enrich your photographic skills. Capture the beauty of the natural landscape of the Lake Logan mountain retreat center and engage in deep personal renewal with a fresh sense of inspiration and confidence, experimenting with new techniques to build strong and evocative imagery. Included during the retreat are morning mindfulness sessions, nature walks, yoga sessions, massage by appointment, a nighttime fire circle, and personal space for reflection and communing with nature. Lake Logan has everything necessary to support a rich and nourishing week that combines time for your creative work, solitude, and connectivity with nature and other artists and writers.
 
Location: Canton, North Carolina
Instructor: Barbara Tyroler
Cost: $1,975 includes tuition, lodging & meals; Materials fee: $25
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Small Stitched Landscape"
August 7, 2020
 

Create a simple landscape using recycled fabrics sourced from designers' showrooms. We will be helping the environment by keeping great fabrics out of our landfills while creating unique decor and gifts. Hand stitching grasses, trees, and flowers will personalize our creations. Materials fee includes threads, heavy fusible, edge sealant, and fabulous fabrics.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Suzi Dillinger
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"Leather Playdate"
August 8, 2020
 

Explore leather working while creating custom, leather cuff bracelets. Students will learn to cut, dye, braid, and finish leather for a professional look. Then we will add a little metal stamping to the leather. Projects may be customized by each student to suit their taste. There will be enough time to finish 3-4 bracelets depending on designs chosen by the student.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Art To Heart - Heart To Art"
August 8-16, 2020
 

9Days/8Nights. Explorations in Painting from the Landscape to the Abstracted Landscape. Immersed in the Balinese environment, in the most supportive and relaxed atmosphere, this meditative Retreat & Art Workshop hosted by the luxurious Villa Selat will offer solid instruction from the first time artist to the most advanced artist looking to find new inspiration. Each day will start with an invitational meditation, gourmet breakfast and a three hour group workshop. Afternoons will offer excursions, bodywork/treatments, down time or some on location painting sessions. All Gourmet meals, transportation, luxury accommodations, excursions and workshop - everything is included.
 
Location: Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Instructor: Yvette Gellis
Cost: shared luxury accommodation- $2500, Single - $3500
Sponsor: www.villaselat.com
Website, email, 818-631-8237


"Creating Art Cloth with Resists"
August 8-9, 2020
 

Design and create the perfect fabric for your quilt project, home decor, or clothing. We will use several products to create marks that will resist dyes or paints. Techniques will include stencils, stamps, and free-hand drawing or brushing. No fabric-dyeing experience is required. Materials fee includes 2 yards fabric, all dyes, paints, and chemicals, use of instructor's stencils and stamps.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Suzi Dillinger
Cost: $1255
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Animal Sculpture – Realistic and Abstract Techniques in Clay"
August 8-9, 2020
 

Join Jennifer Mally for a two-day workshop exploring techniques to create two different ceramic animal sculptures. The first day we will explore how to make a realistic animal sculpture by building an armature and accurately forming an animal from its bone and muscle structure. The second day we play with abstraction by cutting out representational animal shapes from plywood. We will slump-form a left and a right side of an animal and put the sides together to create a free-standing 3-D animal that can be altered and embellished. Included in the class are 25 lbs. of high-fire stoneware clay for each student along with all tools and materials. Jennifer will offer demos and bring handouts and reference books.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jennifer Mally
Cost: $245
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"Separation Anxiety"
August 9, 2020
 

Learn two enamel techniques in one class! This all-day class will allow students the opportunity to experiment with the differences between the two techniques (separation enamel and crackle enamel) to create a kaleidoscope of colors and designs. We will use several layers of enamel and several torch firings to achieve these effects. An understanding of basic torch-fired enamel techniques is required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Cost: $197
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Painting in the Garden"
August 10-12, 2020
 

The portability of watercolor makes it an ideal medium for plein-air painting and summer is the perfect time to be in the garden! This 3-day workshop with Carolyn Lord will cover composition, drawing, Carolyn's idiosyncratic use of the brush and paint application. Silhouettes, interpreting complex motifs, light and shadow will be discussed.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Carolyn Lord
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Process, Purpose, Passion: Introduction to Abstract Painting with Oil and Cold Wax"
August 10-13, 2020
 

This workshop explores the versatility and possibilities of combining oil paint with cold wax medium. Unlike encaustic, cold wax is used at room temperature, to both extend the paint and serve as a medium. Combine cold wax, tube oils, pigment sticks, powdered pigments, and a variety of implements to create meaningful abstractions. Focused on process, demonstrations, image presentations, and group discussions illustrate how to push the limits of the medium, invite surprise, and incorporate your personal goals and interests. Whether you’re a beginner or more advanced, Jim works with you individually to help you advance on your journey with abstraction. This workshop is well suited for those who enjoy the sharing, flexibility, and happenstance of a group learning environment.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: James Edward Scherbarth
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Sumi Ink Drawing and Beyond"
August 10-13, 2020
 

Engage with the past while you immerse yourself in the present in a workshop focused on the practice of drawing using sumi ink and brush on paper. Take a contemporary and experimental approach to sumi ink drawing while referencing traditional Asian brush painting and calligraphy. Consider brush marks and lines to be descriptive, meditative, intuitive, experimental, and expressive, while also examining varied modes of presentations, such as simple folding and bookmaking. Each day, engage in demonstrations, conversations, and silent independent and collaborative hands-on work. Using sumi ink and a variety of brushes and papers, carefully examine the nature, properties, and interaction of these three materials.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Yoonmi Nam, www.YoonmiNam.com
Cost: Members: $550, Non-Members: $590
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Figures in the Landscape"
August 10-13, 2020
 

Things that move are not limited to humans. Expand your landscape and cityscape toolbox as you adjust your mindset to see boats, trees, clotheslines, and more as animated figures in your compositions. Learn to see structure of light and shadow, perspective, and depth as you simplify figures and spaces into shapes and values with a three-layer, four-value approach to watercolor. Demonstrations and guided exercises introduce you to pigment characteristics, wet-into-wet mingling, transparent layering, intentional lost and found edges, and lively brushwork. Expect to paint primarily from personal photo references in the studio. If weather and time allow, work from direct observation en plein air. Tara provides individualized feedback throughout the painting process. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tara Sweeney, www.TaraSweeneyArt.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Object and Memory: Narrative Jewelry"
August 10-13, 2020
 

How can a wearable object tell a story? In this workshop, explore the idea of creating jewelry as a signifier of experience, memory, or story. Using personal items of importance and materials of interest as a starting point, design and fabricate a series of small-scale wearables using both traditional and non-traditional techniques. Demonstrations and discussions address technical processes and conceptual concerns, including making chains and pinback mechanisms, incorporating alternative materials, using image transfer processes, general fabrication tips and tricks, as well as techniques for researching and troubleshooting new ideas. Experiment with the techniques presented and leave this workshop with a collection of samples as research, as well as the start of several pieces. Previous metalsmithing experience, including sawing, filing, and soldering, is preferred.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Brown and Kristina Smith
Cost: Members: $460, Non-Members: $500
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Accessible Animation for Artists"
August 10-13, 2020
 

An introduction to animation using your smartphone, this workshop explores a variety of approaches. Gain an understanding of the fundamentals of animation, including timing, storyboarding, and techniques that can be translated to clay, paper, digital materials, and more. Discover how this medium can be used to express your artistic interests. A combination of lectures, demos, and short screenings introduce you to the various facets of animation. Using readily available smartphone apps, work through a series of instructor-led exercises. In addition to technical instruction, learn and discuss the narrative motivations behind particular techniques. Class content addresses several different types of materials, including drawings on paper, claymation, stop motion with objects, and more. Open to all levels; no experience necessary.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Hannah Hamalian, www.HannahHamalian.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Chaos to Order!"
August 10-14, 2020
 

Starting a painting with color, texture, gestural marks and layers may seem like “chaos”, but it delivers vital energy that is both fun and intuitive. Kathleen Conover will teach you to bring great design and composition, the elements that bring “order” to the rich start, and turn your paintings into an attention-getting and expressive finishes. Applying strong design and compositional skills are the focus. Beginner or advanced, you are encouraged to discover and explore your unique expression and personal imagery in realism, abstraction or non-objective. Kathleen is a signature member of AWS, NWS, ISEA and TWSA.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Kathleen Conover
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
August 12-19, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"Between Abstraction and Representation"
August 14-15, 2020
 

In what ways do you tolerate abstraction in your visual field? How can you reinterpret the world around you? What does it mean to combine different kinds of representation within the same picture plane? Explore the continuum of abstraction and representation in painting in this two-day workshop. Working through a series of studies based in observation, experiment with different ways to abstract the world around you, including using reflective objects for distortion, looking through a lens or kaleidoscope, projecting images onto three-dimensional objects, and exploring how the manipulation of paint and surface can also create an abstraction. Look at the work of historical and contemporary artists and examine how they handle the space between representation and abstraction. Open to all paint media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Jane Duffy, www.MaryJaneDuffy.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Adobe Illustrator: Incorporating Digital Tools into Your Studio Practice"
August 14-15, 2020
 

This workshop introduces you to the basics of creating vector-based work in Adobe Illustrator. Learn to utilize this program as a supporting prep tool for future projects, including stand-alone vector compositions and digital prints that mimic traditional media. Demonstrations and hands-on practice introduce you to the process of importing, organizing, and exporting files; merging photographic image files with vector compositions to create mixed-media collage work; using pen and brush tools to create line drawings and vector artwork; utilizing the shape-building and patterning tools; and creating templates for future projects, including stencils, pattern blocks, or film positives for screen printing.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Emily Scheider Berens, emily-scheider.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Oil Painting for Beginners"
August 14-15, 2020
 

Gain confidence in the nuts and bolts of the oil painting medium in this workshop geared toward beginners. Learn how to interpret what you see and transfer that information to canvas to create paintings in the realist tradition that are aesthetically sound. Color theory and compositional strategies are covered along with the technical basics of oil painting. Focusing on developing varying skills and exploring different approaches, complete three still life paintings. Tips and strategies for paint mixing and application, seeing and translating color, and solving compositional issues are at the heart of each painting approach. Demonstrations and discussions introduce you to each concept, while individualized instruction provides you with feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Trina May Smith, www.TrinaMaySmithArt.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Pendant Making Using Cold Connections"
August 14-15, 2020
 

Whether you’re an absolute beginner or more experienced metalsmith interested in a refresher, this workshop explores cold connection techniques to make a tab set object pendant. Expand your skillset as you design and fashion your own original pendant. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, Sarah introduces and guides you through the process of creating a tab set object pendant. Learn how to texturize, layer, and saw metals to create a base on which to set a unique found object, stone, or fabricated metal dome using wire and tube rivets. Open to all levels; no experience necessary.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Mann, www.MannStudio.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Try It: Throwing on the Wheel"
August 15, 2020
 

Designed for those interested in making a piece on the potter’s wheel for the first time, this workshop guides you through the process of wedging clay, centering on the wheel, and creating a bowl and/or cup. Walk away with new skills and the motivation to continue exploring your creative interests. PenArt provides all of the tools and materials needed.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $45, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Beautiful Basics of Bezel Setting"
August 15, 2020
 

Learn to make a simple bezel-set pendant for an oval or round cabochon (domed/non-faceted) stone in sterling silver. We will cover how to make a full bezel cup and attach a wire bail. Measuring, fitting, soldering, filing, and finishing will be covered. Materials fee includes all supplies to make the pendant.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Sculpting the Figure with Brian Booth Craig in Oakland, California"
August 15-18, 2020
 

Brian Booth Craig (brianboothcraig.com) is a contemporary sculptor who specializes in bronze. Sculpting from life, his work translates classically derived figures into contemporary icons. This workshop will cover the basic techniques of sculpting the figure in clay working from the live model using a 1/3 life size scale armature. Emphasis will be placed on the linear and volumetric proportions, basic anatomy, composition, gesture, and direct observation techniques. Brian’s teaching methods include lectures, presentations, discussions, and demonstrations.
 
Location: Oakland, California
Instructor: Brian Booth Craig (brianboothcraig.com)
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Dogtown Sculptors
Website, email


"Eddie Soloway: A Natural Eye Photography Retreat"
August 16-20, 2020
 

During this retreat, outdoor experiences in local, natural areas take you through important steps to enriching your photographs in the natural world as you find yourself less focused on objects and things and more on the magic of moments and essence of places. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy locally-sourced meals, and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eddie Soloway
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Kami Mendlik: Color Relativity and Mentorship Retreat"
August 16-20, 2020
 

This unique retreat is four days of painting, designed to develop YOU creatively, practically, spiritually, and personally. All levels of painters are welcome, however intermediate to advanced-level artists will gain the most from this retreat. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kami Mendlik
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Manolo Jiménez Sanchés in Spectacular Spain"
August 16-22, 2020
 

Join Manolo at Dalvaro Art Retreat in Valencia for this highly recommended 5 day watercolor workshop. In an absolute wonderland of inspiration and relaxation Manolo will hold nothing back on this art workshop. Whatever your level of experience you are bound to thoroughly enjoy and benefit from Manolo's easy going style of teaching. Full accommodation, complimentary airport transfers, all meals, 5 days tuition and 6 night stay in a private, en-suite, air-conditioned room.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Manolo Jiménez Sanchés
Cost: From 1547 Euros per person
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"Embossed Enameled Pendants"
August 16, 2020
 

Create a round pin or pendant by cutting out richly patterned and grooved copper foil, forming it into a graceful dome, then coating it in layers of colored glass. You will also get a chance to try your hand at texturing copper using a rolling mill. All materials and tools provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Painting the Head from Life"
August 17-20, 2020
 

Painting from a live model is an effective way to improve skills in painting any subject matter. In this workshop you will receive instruction on drawing, design, proper value and color use, and edge control. To benefit most from this class an artist should have some drawing skills and a working knowledge of the medium they are using. The workshop will consist of power point presentations, lectures, demos, and every student will get individual instruction at their easel. While most of the demos/instruction are geared for oil painters, acrylic artists, familiar with their medium, will also benefit and are welcome. A full color booklet of class notes is included.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Capturing Wildlife in Watercolor"
August 17-18, 2020
 

In this workshop, build a foundation in illustrating wildlife in watercolor from the initial drawing through the final washes. Sharpen your observational skills, learn how to render form, and gain confidence in the use of color and value. Through lectures and demonstrations, Peggy guides you through the process of drawing your image, mixing your palette, laying down transparent washes, removing and replacing imagery, pouring backgrounds, building up neutrals and colors, and developing your composition. Animal and bird specimens are provided by the Field Museum for reference, or you may bring your own images or sketches of natural subject matter.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Peggy Macnamara, www.PeggyMacnamara.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Incorporating Water-Based Media with Oil Painting"
August 17-18, 2020
 

In this workshop, learn how to begin a painting with water-based media, such as acrylic or watercolor, and finish elements with oil paint. Application strategies for each medium are discussed and explored, as well as how paint application and visual approach relate to content in your work. Expect to complete two paintings over the course of this workshop. Preliminary studies to explore application potential accompany each piece. Your first painting begins with acrylic paint before incorporating oil paint, while the second begins with watercolor on an absorbent ground before finishing with oil. It is recommended that students either work from observation or from images of nature for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Trina May Smith, www.TrinaMaySmithArt.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Unique Chain Making"
August 17-18, 2020
 

In this workshop, focus on designing and creating a distinctive necklace or bracelet that is a dramatic departure from the average cable chain. Challenge yourself and apply fresh thinking as you create a unique chain from start to finish. Using wire and sheet metal, design and fabricate inspired links and clasps that encourage you to consider connecting elements in a whole new way. Sarah provides individualized feedback throughout the process. Leave this experience with a new set of skills, design concepts, and a finished chain. Previous soldering experience is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Mann, www.MannStudio.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Adobe Photoshop: Incoporating Digital Tools into Your Studio Practice"
August 17-18, 2020
 

This workshop introduces you to the basics of Adobe Photoshop as a tool for combining digital imaging techniques with your existing studio practice. Create rich mixed-media compositions as you learn the fundamentals of importing and remixing hand-rendered artwork. Through a series of demonstrations and hands-on exercises, learn how to import, organize, and export files with Photoshop; use layers, blending modes, and the FX panel; refine image selection techniques; create custom digital brushes and hand-rendered mark-making; blend together digital paint layers; and use retouching tools to enhance your imagery. Leave this workshop with a set of new digital skills and at least one print.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Emily Scheider Berens, emily-scheider.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Delicollage"
August 17, 2020
 

Deli paper – we've all tried it! But you've probably never done the things with it that we will do in this class. Students will learn to shave pastels, and to add metallic powders and thin Asian papers to their collages. High-flow acrylic paint will be used to add abstract writing as well as Pollock-like drips and splashes. We will create a huge pile of collage papers! We will then choose our favorites and build an abstract collage suitable for framing. You'll learn a lot about acrylic paints and mediums in the process and go home with a lot of papers for future use!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Painting The Complicated Using The 'KISS' Method"
August 18-20, 2020
 

Stewart Burgess White is a painter with a long list of accolades including Signature membership in The American Watercolor Society (AWS). Stewart will provide a presentation on how to create paintings that simplify complicated subject matter with an emphasis on composition and line. From landscapes to urban industrial scenes. Color choices and mark-making will also be addressed during the process. Students will practice in Plein Air in the surrounding area.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Stewart Burgess White
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Alla Prima Plein Air Studies"
August 19-22, 2020
 

Explore the natural beauty of Door County with brush in hand in this workshop focused on the creation of small plein air studies. Learn how to see your subject more clearly, create compositions that are structurally sound, mix accurate color, and work efficiently and confidently. Through demonstrations, painting time, individualized instruction, and group feedback, Bethann shares a new set of skills each day, including how to select a composition, capture light, and develop nuanced brushwork. As a bonus, one night, join Bethann in painting a nocturn study. Expect to leave this workshop with at least three alla prima studies from each day, a pile of notes from demonstrations and critiques, and a sense of accomplishment that carries your practice forward.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bethann Moran-Handzlik
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Developing Artistry with Animals as Inspiration"
August 19-22, 2020
 

Hone your observational and painting abilities as you delve into the world of capturing animals on canvas. Discover how to create paintings that are fresh and lifelike by choosing a dynamic point of view, using color to promote interest, varying brushwork for different effects, and capturing the essence of your subject without obsessing over detail. Develop skills that transfer to any subject matter. A variety of painting approaches are demonstrated and discussed each day. Explore each concept with Susan’s assistance. In addition to practicing established methods, tackle inventive exercises that expand your artistry and promote creativity. Expect to take home a series of studies to inspire you when designing your own projects. Previous oil painting experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Ploughe, www.SusanPloughe.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Concreation"
August 19-22, 2020
 

Explore the possibilities and processes of introducing alternative materials into your jewelry and small-object making. Combine concrete with colored dyes to create unique, colorful pieces using traditional and advanced mold-making techniques. A presentation of Michael’s work and series of demonstrations introduce you to not only the limitless opportunities for incorporating concrete into your practice, but also the techniques involved in making molds, working with concrete as a raw material, and coloring and treating the surface. Work hands-on with Michael for individualized instruction, feedback, and troubleshooting in the completion of your new pieces. If time allows, see how Michael utilizes 3D printed materials in the creation and problem solving of his work. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Nashef, www.NashefDesigns.com
Cost: Members: $460, Non-Members: $500
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Voice and Vision: Exploring Ceramic Forms and Surface Decoration"
August 19-22, 2020
 

In this four-day workshop, join Megan and JD Jorgenson for an exciting collaboration between form and surface. Designed to add to your technical vocabulary, explore a range of approaches for forming and surfacing ceramic objects. Each morning focuses on making objects on the wheel and using press molding techniques with JD as your guide. While each afternoon explores finish and surface with Megan. Surface processes include stamping, inlay, and image transfer using screen printing and block printing techniques. This workshop emphasizes experimentation and finding unique expressions in clay.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Megan and JD Jorgenson
Cost: Members: $515, Non-Members: $555
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Rust, Dye, Stitch, Wax: Encaustic Collage"
August 19-23, 2020
 

We will begin by making a few of our own papers through various processes such as rust printing and eco-dyeing, then combine our papers into final works. Encaustic and paper are an incredibly versatile match and, with the addition of pigment sticks and other materials, we will create works with an optical depth, luminosity, and a painterly quality. Basics of studio safety, substrate options, painting techniques, and archival work methods will be covered. All base mediums and paints as well as eco-dye supplies will be provided, but students will be encouraged to bring a variety of found papers and other materials to use. No prior experience with encaustic painting required, but general art-making experience is helpful.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Sculpting the Portrait with Brian Booth Craig in Oakland, California"
August 20-23, 2020
 

Brian Booth Craig (brianboothcraig.com) is a contemporary sculptor who specializes in bronze. Sculpting from life, his work translates classically derived figures into contemporary icons. This workshop will cover the traditional technique of sculpting a portrait from life. Students will model a ~3/4 life-size portrait in clay working from the model. Emphasis is placed on direct observation, basic anatomy, proportions of the individual, and the use of light to reveal clear form and structure. Brian’s teaching methods include lectures, presentations, discussions, and demonstrations.
 
Location: Oakland, California
Instructor: Brian Booth Craig (brianboothcraig.com)
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Dogtown Sculptors
Website, email


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
August 20-22, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $425 Museum members/ $475 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Reversible Fine Silver Lentil or Pebble Bead"
August 22, 2020
 

Make your own unique, fine-silver, reversible lentil or pebble bead pendant and wear it home. Sherry will show you the basics of working with precious metal clay silver and how to combine two parts to make a seamless bead using "dry construction." You can choose to add one or two fire-in-place stones, add texture, or leave it plain like a small river stone. You will work with the clay, syringe, and paste. Sherry will demonstrate firing PMC with a small butane torch in case you wish to continue at home.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Discover Le Marche: Painting Retreat with John Skelcher"
August 22-28, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to draw and paint from a professional painter and expert tutor, explore different painting techniques and find your inspiration among scenic hilltop settlements, olive groves, and vineyards. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: daily tuition, accommodation in a restored farmhouse, traditional Italian meals, all the art materials and equipment you need, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks, daily aperitivi, transfer on arrival and departure day at specified times from San Benedetto del Tronto train or bus station.
 
Location: Force, Le Marche, Italy
Instructor: John Skelcher
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Artiste d'Occitanie: Plein Air Painting Vacation"
August 23-30, 2020
 

Travel to France and learn to paint and sketch en plein air with expert tuition from a professional artist. Capture the captivating Occitan landscapes and improve your artistic composition skills in the charming French countryside. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, all meals (breakfasts, lunches and dinners with wine), painting and drawing workshops with a professional artist, a trip to Albi, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Cordes-Vindrac train station.
 
Location: Cordes-sur-Ciel, France
Instructor: Mark Warner
Cost: $1,870
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Natural Stones Set in Silver Metal Clay"
August 23, 2020
 

Create a fine silver bezel setting for a natural, non-firable stone cabochon that you will add to your textured silver metal clay pendant. Sherry will teach you how to use fine silver bezel wire and metal clay to create your bezel, how to account for shrinkage, how to fire your pendant, how to set your stone and polish and patina (optional) your own beautiful pendant. Bring your own natural cabochon or purchase one from the instructor, who will have a variety of sizes and prices available. Students must have taken a previous class with Sherry or get her approval for other experience. Materials fee paid to instructor includes 25g metal clay, bezel wire.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Painting Retreat: Watercolor and Acrylic with Angela Birchall"
August 23-29, 2020
 

Travel to Normandy, immerse in a tutored painting retreat, walk in Monet and Pissarro's footsteps, discover new perspectives on artistic techniques, and get inspired by the picturesque Normandy countryside and the scenic Parc Naturel Régional de Normandie-Maine. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation in a charming farmhouse designed as an homage to famous French painters, daily home-cooked meals, local wine and cider, daily painting workshops with artist Angela Birchall (classes and workshops in the mornings, guided en plein air in the afternoons), art supplies.
 
Location: Orne, Normandy, France
Instructor: Angela Birchall
Cost: $1,260
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Watercolor Technique for Dynamic Landscape Paintings"
August 23-28, 2020
 

There are relatively few ways to apply watercolor to paper. This workshop focuses on adapting the handful of techniques to your landscape paintings. We’ll work to create rich visual sensations that reveal your own vision of the landscape. We’ll start by examining and understanding the basic techniques and exploring the visual possibilities of each. Then we’ll apply these techniques to convey symbolism and meaning, and for providing the paintings with a rich dynamism. Tony is a Signature Member of both the New England and Vermont Watercolor Societies, and an Artist Member of the North Shore Arts Association and New York’s venerable Salmagundi Club. He works from his studio in Bennington, Vermont.
 
Location: Williamstown, Massachusetts
Instructor: Tony Conner
Cost: $900- $1200
Sponsor: Buxton School
Website, email, 413 884-2110


"Beyond the Likeness - small group mentoring workshop"
August 24-26, 2020
 

Let Jeannie help you create stronger figurative work by adding the story. Through demonstrations, candid conversation and individual time Jeannie shares her painting style and thoughts as well as the versatility of watercolor. Her workshops focus on; absorbing the viewer by developing emotion and movement; intertwining figurative subjects with their background; seeing natural design in reference materials; and most importantly a purpose for creating art in your unique style.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire
Sponsor: Artensity Art Workshops
Website, email


"Staying Afloat in Watercolor"
August 24-28, 2020
 

Capture the fleeting moments! David will show you the best way to tackle painting the rugged coastline, the sea with its character, the calm waters and boats in the beautiful harbor, and street scenes along the harbor and about the city offering movement, color, and atmosphere. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine.
 
Location: Oregon Coast, Oregon
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Embedding: An Intermediate Encaustic Workshop"
August 24-27, 2020
 

This immersive workshop asks the question, what are you putting into your art? Hone your ideas, sharpen your skills, and bring your appreciation for embedding with encaustic to a whole new level. Learn techniques to create works all with the aim of revealing what is embedded and embedding what you wish to reveal. Through a combination of conversations, demonstrations, and experimental projects, Laura introduces you to a range of contemporary artists, materials, and processes; encouraging you to think about how ideas and actions can align. Learn how to create an inlaid line in encaustic - the gateway to creating wonderfully complicated cross-sections of color and pattern - and explore building up and manipulating paint.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Moriarty, www.LauraMoriarty.com
Cost: Members: $460, Non-Members: $500
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Responsive Drawing"
August 24-27, 2020
 

Drawing is the cornerstone of all representational work, the basis for painting, and an end in itself. Yet for so many, drawing is an unimaginative and inexpressive process. In this workshop, Mat shares his philosophy and approach to drawing as a rich art form and great aid in establishing dynamic and emotionally charged images. Learn how to read the work as it emerges and let the work tell you what it needs; bridging the gap between technical proficiency and artistic liberation. Work through intuitive exercises designed to reset your expectations and limitations of drawing and help you build confidence. Expand your language of line and tone as you draw with your fingers, erasers, and pencils in new ways. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mat Barber Kennedy, www.MatBarberKennedy.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Jewelry Repair"
August 24-27, 2020
 

Add the basics of jewelry repair to your metalsmithing toolkit in this hands-on workshop. Explore the first level of this skillset as you learn about common tools and how to use them, repair styles, soldering, different metals, and more. Alternating between demonstrations and guided exercises, Michael emphasizes hands-on working time throughout the four days. Practice sizing a ring up and down, soldering and repairing a chain, and cleaning, polishing, and achieving a mirror finish on the surfaces of your pieces. Your tuition includes chains, rings, and other materials for practice. In addition, please bring broken jewelry of your own. Open to all levels, however some previous jewelry making experience is preferred.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Nashef, www.NashefDesigns.com
Cost: Members: $515, Non-Members: $555
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Printmaking in Italy"
August 24-31, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn printmaking with a master fine art printmaker in the picturesque village of Castiglione a Casauria, set at the foot of the Abruzzi mountains. UpTrek retreat inclusions: receive 40 hours expert tuition, complete with accommodation, home-made meals served with local wines, trips and visits, as well as all the materials needed for the printmaking workshops. You will explore various printmaking techniques and create your own prints from scratch under the guidance of an experienced artist.
 
Location: Castiglione a Casauria, Italy
Instructor: Colleen Corradi Brannigan
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
August 25 - September 1, 2020
 

Join us in France, the birth country of plein air painting, and paint the magnificent French Alps en plein air! This workshop is for all levels: whether you are a first time plein air painter, or have been painting around world, you’ll have an amazing experience painting lakes, mountains or chalets in this beautiful region, while improving your on-location painting skills within days! I will be demoing on site, with both watercolor plein air painting and watercolor sketching techniques. You will learn how to select lighting and subject matters, simplify what you see and create strong compositions. In addition to the demos, I will provide fun and easy to follow hands-on tutorials tailored towards each individual's needs.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Shuang Li, shuangliwatercolors.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Impression and Design Plein Air Workshop"
August 25-27, 2020
 

We will inevitably be chasing the light and seeing beyond what is there, always looking for more, to capture the sensation of the place. It all comes down to design and interpretation. Utilizing and building on what nature gives us but not being a slave to it. We will be working to simplify our shapes, really push to explore our use of temperatures and color along with controlling our values as well as our edges. Composition and design underlie all of these along with our drawing which will be our foundation. We will look to make our paintings fresh, vibrant, and full of light and color. Not being a slave to what is there but knowing how to interpret it.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Ken DeWaard
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Spirit Protectors: A Metal Figurative Assemblage"
August 27-28, 2020
 

I created my first Spirit Protectors during a particularly difficult time in my life and I can't seem to stop. I will teach you my favorite surface design techniques on metal. Next, I will share my favorite tips and tricks to achieve balance, contrast, and a powerful composition. You will learn simple cold connection techniques – no glue here. Finally we will put it all together to create two figurative assemblages attached to a wooden base.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Akasha Dolls"
August 27, 2020
 

Akasha is the Sanskrit word for spirit, but more directly, it means the basis and essence of all things in the material world. Spirit dolls are art objects that are easy to create from recycled materials. These spirit dolls were initially created as a way to work through grief and trauma. The ritualized deconstruction of the garments and repetitive wrapping works as both art technique and meditative process. The finished dolls become the embodiment of the spirit of memory and can be used as a vehicle to transfigure sadness. These dolls are easy to create with simple household materials. Some physical dexterity is needed for hand sewing and stitching.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Textured Mixed Media"
August 27, 2020
 

Create a unique painted art piece rich in texture, with deep layers of color, and sophisticated design. Tom will share some great ideas and techniques for using acrylic paints along with unusual textured compounds, a variety of papers, and some offbeat found objects. As a design teacher, Tom will share his composition principles, design ideas, and new ways to use your art materials to add heightened impact to your mixed media creations. Bring your own acrylic and watercolor paints and brushes along with any special handmade papers, photos, plant materials, and odds and ends you might like to incorporate in your art piece.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Cabezas
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"The Birds and the Beeswax Book"
August 28, 2020
 

Let's create a beautiful mixed media collage on the cover of our gorgeous, handmade journal and embellish with metal doo-dads, ribbon, and various collage paper and found items. We'll use one of my favorite mediums: Beeswax! Not only is it a yummy-smelling, awesome medium to work with, it's also great for creating translucent and opaque layers and adhering lightweight collage items to create a unique, textured look (both physically and visually)! The insides of our pages will be watercolor paper and we'll embellish them with lace, ribbons, trims, fabric, and more to create a book bursting with color, texture, and layers!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Austin
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Three Letter Words"
August 28, 2020
 

Some words are mighty though only three letters: sky, all, now, you. They call up imagery the second you hear them. In this class, we will transfer (or you can make your own) letterforms to small canvas, and add imagery that calls to us. The technique we will use is dry brush, and involves painting the negatives instead of the positives. It is a silhouetting of sorts, an illustration technique that is handy because it is a fast and easy way to work, and a good exercise in seeing shapes. Our palette will be limited, as will our vocabulary of images, so you can easily do this in one day.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jill Berry
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Texture Meets Metal"
August 28, 2020
 

Students in this class will do some simple metal etching on small squares of copper or brass. These completed metal pieces will then be embedded in a textural surface. Molding paste on cradled panel with stencils will be used to create the textured surface. This surface will be painted with the student's choice of colors. Color theory and composition will be discussed to help students create a beautiful and unusual art piece!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Encaustic and Charcoal"
August 28-29, 2020
 

Designed for those who enjoy drawing and making marks, as well as those who love to use their drawings to build paintings, this workshop explores working serially with a focus on combining encaustic with charcoal. Learn a range of techniques, from collaging drawings onto themselves in an encaustic painting to carefully planning layers of collaged drawings to more experimental, less-controllable approaches with the materials that result in fascinating textures and patterns. Demonstrations aim to show you how to create mixed media works, including straightforward technical how-tos, complex compositional concepts, and using the interplay between encaustic and charcoal to your advantage. Consider your personal drawing narrative ahead of class and come with ideas and references. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Moriarty, www.LauraMoriarty.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"10 Paintings in Acrylic"
August 28-29, 2020
 

An artist really learns to paint when given the freedom to let go of a subject and the expectations of a single painting. In this workshop, practice how to do just that through repetition and technique. Learn how to experiment and challenge yourself to find new methods for rediscovering your chosen subject. With Beki as your guide, paint the same subject ten times. See how your interpreta