Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Weekend Warriors: Figure and Portrait Painting"
March 4-5, 2023

Join us in my studio to paint from life with outstanding models in an inspired atmosphere!! This popular painting series focuses on 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. Demonstrations, individualized assistance, and a comfortable, conducive atmosphere provide for a productive and rewarding workshop experience. For intermediate and advanced levels (or beginning students with some figure experience). Demonstrations will be in oil, but open to other mediums. Hope you can join us! Space is limited. Register early.
Location: Benicia, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton,
Cost: $250
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"Refresh! Painting Workshop with Debra Huse"
March 15-17, 2023

Are you ready to push yourself to the next level? Work with award-winning artist Debra Huse to refresh and refine your brushwork and design. Get clean color solutions for dynamic paintings. Learn fun and insightful techniques for capturing boats, clouds, and ocean. This workshop will be held indoors and include lots of individual attention. Debra will dial-in with each participant to improve each artist’s strengths. If you like, you are welcome to bring your own photos to work from. Debra will be working in regular oil, but water-based oil and acrylics are fine. Debra is also happy to work with you if you paint in pastel or watercolor. Class size is limited to ensure individual instruction.
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $550.00
Sponsor: Huse Skelly Gallery
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"Sketching and Journaling in Watercolor"
April 1-6, 2023

Old Pasadena with its Victorian and art deco buildings, palm trees and flowers, awaits your paintbrush. Enjoy a California painting getaway and start your summer early as we paint in Pasadena. Theresa and Cindy will guide you through painting experiences with daily demonstrations, personalized instruction, and encouraging support. They will share how to design and simplify your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with flowing serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Enjoy creating colorful paintings with an emphasis on your own unique point of view.
Location: Pasadena, California
Instructor: Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel not included)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713

"Go Bold - In Design and Paint Application"
April 21-23, 2023

Are you frustrated with your paintings lately..feel like they lack something that you can't quite put your finger on. Join me for this three-day Plein Air painting intensive to jumpstart your work to another level. Much of the success of any painting is the strength of its initial design and your ability to keep your intention flowing with excitement. I will introduce some new ways of handling the paint to help energize your work while reviewing the basic principles of solid picture-making. Open to all levels, however, prior experience painting on location is mandatory. Register soon, Class size is limited to 12.
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton,
Cost: $575
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"Get it Down / With Figure and Portrait"
April 29-30, 2023

This popular weekend class focuses on the figure and portrait in a series of exercises designed to challenge artists at every experience level, but especially for intermediate to advanced painters. Class size is limited to 9 students. There will be plenty of room to view demonstrations and lots of individual feedback. Saturday is an “aerobic work-out” of short poses (25 to 40 minutes), while Sunday consists of longer poses - (one in the AM and one in the PM). A supply list will be sent out upon registration. Working from life, students come away with a new understanding of the human form, color-mixing, composition, and paint-handling.
Location: Saratoga, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton,
Cost: $475
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"Paint the Beauty of Carmel, California"
June 12-14, 2023

Are your paintings muddy and well, …kinda grey? In this in-person plein air workshop, you will learn how color secrets can transform your paintings! Many times, paintings end up looking too blue and green or grey. Learn how to push reds into your paintings in unexpected ways and places. Learn how to warm up a blue so it shimmers. Unlock the secrets to sparkle on the water! Award-winning artist Debra Huse is a great teacher, sharing every aspect of her techniques to achieve successful paintings. Break old habits and bring a new, more confident, approach to your work.
Location: Carmel, California
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $595.00
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts

"Simplifying the Complex en Plein Air"
September 25-27, 2023

Come paint the Monterey and Carmel Coastline with award-winning California artist Randall Sexton. This 3-day workshop is open to all levels—but it is especially geared to push the experienced artist to greater heights. Randy will review the basics of solid picture making… while sharing his own methods for “Simplifying the Complex.” Three days will be spent on location (gathering direct experience en plein air.) Daily demonstrations will be followed up with “one-on-one” assistance at the easel. Hosted by Carmel Visual Arts, Sexton returns to lead his seventh workshop in the Monterey Peninsula. Class size is limited and they tend to fill up quickly so don’t hesitate to register. Hope you can join us!
Location: Carmel, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton,
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website, (831) 620-2955

"Lay It Down & Leave It Alone!"
November 6-10, 2023

Enjoy painting indoors and outdoors in Southern California as you learn to "Lay It Down & Leave It Alone"! Award-winning artist Debra Huse will teach you three things you must always do for a successful painting and the Impressionist masters' secrets that she has uncovered. Let Debra “hold your hand” to get the correct feel of the brush and how to apply paint. Learn the secrets to capturing clouds, mountains, water, boats, skies, and trees. Enjoy positive, upbeat and insightful instruction. Break old habits and bring a new, more confident, approach to your work. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction.
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $795.00
Sponsor: Huse Skelly Fine Art Gallery
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