Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Metamorphosis: Creating a Figurative Sculpture"
October 2-7, 2022
 

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


"One Day of Plein Air Painting in Oils"
October 6, 2022
 

This class is perfect for intermediate and advanced-level oil painters! TJ Cunningham is a nationally recognized artist who is particularly noted for his landscape paintings, while Adam Clague is known for his dynamic portraits and figures in oil. With this one-day workshop, you will have the unique opportunity to learn from both!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: TJ Cunningham & Adam Clague
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting the Portrait in Oils"
October 7-9, 2022
 

Painting portraits can be highly rewarding, but it can also be intimidating! Perhaps your past attempts have looked flat and formless. Maybe the skin colors have been "chalky" or "muddy." If these struggles sound familiar, you are not alone. I'm excited to show you how to conquer these challenges and many more in this information-packed workshop! I'll begin each morning by sharing vital principles for portrait painting. Then, you'll see those concepts in action as I demonstrate painting a portrait from a live model. I'll verbalize my thoughts and show you my process from start to finish. Each afternoon, you'll have the opportunity to paint from a live model as I offer one-on-one assistance and critiques.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Adam Clague
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Simplifying the Complex en Plein Air"
October 8-10, 2022
 

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, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website, (831) 620-2955


"Sculpture Workshop with wire and paper maché"
October 8-14, 2022
 

Join Arnhild Kart for this inspiring workshop that includes a short introduction to artistic anatomy, the construction of an anatomic skeleton, sculpture modelling with paper and glue, and different types of final treatments. Arnhild Kart’s actions are always based on the clear awareness that only the knowledge and determination of the artist can transform a work from the “chaos,” inherent in the raw, inanimate material, to the “work of art” rich in vitality and concrete in its being.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Portrait Photography"
Mondays, October 10-31, 2022
 

"Portrait Photography" is a 4 week, in studio, digital photography course providing an in-depth look at portraiture and studio photography. This course is for anyone at any photography level. Etheard's hands-on approach will help students learn how to work with a live subject, in a professional studio setting, creating exceptional images. Students will also explore various camera settings, angles, lighting techniques, using reflectors along with various color backdrops. In addition, lighting techniques, photo composition, and the aesthetics of portrait photography will be covered. Constructive feedback on students' progress will be provided weekly.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Etheard Joseph
Cost: $160
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Watercolor Portraits"
Mondays, October 10-31, 2022
 

Join Art League instructor Dennis Lake for this exciting 4-Week course for watercolor artists of all levels and learn the basics of portraiture in watercolor. This course will include demos and instruction on proportions, skin tones and lighting techniques. Students will work from reference photos of their choosing.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Dennis Lake
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Photographic Adventure in West Siciicily"
October 12-22, 2022
 

Our last event in 2022 takes us back to Sicily. Unlike in previous years, this time we will be using an idyllic Sicilian country house as our event location. The house is particularly spacious and offers us the possibility of two different events: N. 1 12-16 October 22 - N. 2 16-22 October 22. Our country house is located in the west of the island, only 500m from the sea. It captivates with its Sicilian charm and is made for a photo location in the field of people and nude photography. The fantastic colours and materials, the many different rooms and terraces as well as the garden promise picture results at the highest level. We welcome Non-Photographic companions.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Sacha Leyendecker
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email


"The Portrait in Pastel Workshop"
October 15-16, 2022
 

The immediate subtlety that can be achieved through soft and hard pastel is particularly suited for the portrait study. Learn historical and contemporary techniques of hatching, blending, layering and color mixing to render convincing portraits. Discussion and demonstration of various surfaces, pastels and mixed media techniques included. Drawing experience recommended. Note: Tuition includes a $25 models fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Theodore Xaras
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Seductive Surfaces with Jean Pederson"
October 21-23, 2022
 

Create depth and add texture to your paintings in this experimental workshop with Jean Pederson. This workshop is suitable for both abstract and representational artists.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Jean Pederson
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"A Portrait and Figure Painting Intensive/Workshop"
October 25-27, 2022
 

Join Randall for a uniquely fun and rewarding three-day painting workshop experience focused on figure and portrait studies. This powerful and popular format uses a series of exercises to challenge artists at all levels but especially for intermediate to advanced painters. Students will work with wonderful models directly from life. Yay! Demonstrations will be in oil but other mediums are welcome. Class size is limited to 12 so that all have plenty of room to view demonstrations and receive individual feedback. Register early to reserve a spot. Students will need to bring their own supplies and equipment (a compact Plein air setup is ideal). A confirmation and "Suggested Supply" list will be forwarded upon registration.
 
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $475 (includes models)
Website, email


"Portrait Foundations"
Mondays, October 31 - December 19, 2022
 

The human face is the most popular and magnetic subject in art. Learning to draw the portrait well is essential for all types of figurative work, and will strengthen your skills in any art form. In this eight-week course, Patricia Watwood will teach about the proportions of the face, key features of the skull and neck, and details about each of the features we encounter when drawing the portrait. Working in graphite on white and grey paper, during this class you will create structural and anatomy drawings, studies of the features, and create a finished portrait drawing. The course will work with male and female models of various types. Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Patricia Watwood
Cost: $465
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Telling Stories: Compositional Drawing"
November 2, 2022
 

Explore narrative storytelling with an intimate one-day studio session. The workshop is for the artist who aspires to pursue further development and refinement of their skills as image makers and storytellers. Focus will be placed upon experimental explorations in compositions through the medium of drawing. Drawing on his thirty years of experience as a heavily awarded professional and teacher in the field of imaginative realism, Donato will lecture upon compositional approaches, the aesthetics of narration, and the physical application and techniques of drawing. For more information on the artist, visit donatoarts.com. The Huntsville Museum of Art has organized an exhibition entitled Donato Giancola: Adventures in Imagination on display from October 30, 2022– January 22, 2023.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Donato Giancola
Cost: $175 Museum members/ $200 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"From Seen to Scene: A 365 Day Online Mentorship Program"
November 3, 2022 - November 3, 2023
 

Hosted by the Tucson Art Academy Online, this unique program combines a four-part modular system with guidance, feedback, and mentorship for an entire year…. a wonderful opportunity at a great value!! Study with California-based artist, Randall Sexton, who is nationally known for the color and expressive brushwork in his paintings of “everyday” scenes. This course is designed to encourage artists at all levels to explore new ways of seeing the world around them, to recognize the potential subject matter in everyday scenes, and how to translate that into paintings that share one’s unique vision. The success of any painting relies on a solid understanding of the basic principles of picture making in tandem with your creativity and passion.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $895
Sponsor: Tucson Art Academy Online
Website, email


"Portrait Drawing from Photographs"
Saturdays, November 5 - December 17
 

Learn to create lively portrait drawings using photographs as inspiration and visual source in this live Zoom class. Draw along with the instructor step-by-step and progress from a solid structural and anatomical foundation to rendering the facial features and surface effects to capturing the personality of your subject. Tips and hacks for making the process go more smoothly will also be discussed including choosing an appropriate photograph, and how to handle hair, as well as changes in the face and head as we age. Weekly sketchbook assignments from photos, life and invention will enhance in-class sessions. Drawing experience is helpful, but not required.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: RA Friedman
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Flamenco Dancers in Watercolor"
November 14-15, 2022
 

Day 1: Male Dancer. Day 2: Female Dancer. We will paint both paintings in wet-on-wet watercolor technique. I will talk about my technique, time values and light aspects. We will work step by step. I will paint and explain everything before giving you time to do your part. I will also give you continuous feedback. I will talk about drawing anatomy, some specificity, features and personality of both.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Anna Ivanova
Cost: $224 for 8 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Introduction to Drawing with Graphite"
November 17, 2022
 

This class will introduce the student to the basic materials and tools needed for learning how to draw with graphite pencils. Whether you are an absolute beginner or returning for a refresher course this one-day class will focus on “How to get started” in using these materials confidently. You will be introduced to a full range of pencil grades and why and when to use them. Through the use of exercises and discussion, we will practice the techniques that can take you to the next level of drawing. This course will touch upon seeing, rather than remembering, shapes. You will learn how to see the world around you differently through these observations and practice.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Laura Schuler
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Introduction to Drawing with Graphite"
December 15, 2022
 

This class will introduce the student to the basic materials and tools needed for learning how to draw with graphite pencils. Whether you are an absolute beginner or returning for a refresher course this one-day class will focus on “How to get started” in using these materials confidently. You will be introduced to a full range of pencil grades and why and when to use them. Through the use of exercises and discussion, we will practice the techniques that can take you to the next level of drawing. This course will touch upon seeing, rather than remembering, shapes. You will learn how to see the world around you differently through these observations and practice.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Laura Schuler
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Airbrush Painting Techniques"
March 30 - April 1, 2023
 

The Pastrana beginner airbrush course is intended for students who are newcomers or novices with limited or no experience in airbrushing. This workshop covers the basic principles of airbrushing, along with drills and exercises for airbrush control. This airbrush class is aimed at artists and craftsmen or women who are talented in their field but want to add another unique skill set such as airbrushing to their repertoire. This workshop is also intended for those who have some limited experience in airbrushing and want to reinforce and strengthen their understanding, knowledge, and practice in this particular field. For more information, visit pastranaunlimited.com. All materials and use of equipment included during the workshop.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Alan Pastrana
Cost: $825 Museum members/ $875 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Pastel Painting Workshop: The People and Landscapes of Umbria"
April 29 - May 5, 2023
 

This pastel workshop is designed for the beginning and intermediate pastelist and will cover materials, basic design, color, and application. Some materials will be supplied. We will be painting from life and photographs taken on-site or in the surrounding areas of Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. This is a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of pastel painting as well as providing a challenge to those who already have a basic understanding of pastel technique. Expect plenty of encouragement and actionable advice. Enjoy a beautiful location with magnificent views and a special atmosphere that only Umbria can offer.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Neva Rossi Smoll
Cost: 2500 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Full-immersion Watercolor Masterclass in Sicily"
April 29 - May 6, 2023
 

Join Polish Watercolorist Artist Michal Jasiewicz to a painting retreat in delightful and peaceful West-Sicily with amazing light and color conditions. Michal will be your tutor during your stay at the stunning Salinara Art Farm, in the Trapani region. Daily painting excursions to surrounding salt pans, local markets, vineyards, villages such as the medieval town Erice, Archeological Park of Selinunte, one of the most flourishing classical civilizations of the Mediterranean area. The workshop will take you through selecting a dramatic composition and simplifying it, tone, light, color theory, effects and how to build up a watercolour painting in a structured, demonstration-led setting. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Michal Jasiewicz
Cost: 1650 €
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email


"Pastel Painting Workshop: The People and Landscapes of Umbria"
May 6-12, 2023
 

This pastel workshop is designed for the beginning and intermediate pastelist and will cover materials, basic design, color, and application. Some materials will be supplied. We will be painting from life and photographs taken on-site or in the surrounding areas of Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. This is a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of pastel painting as well as providing a challenge to those who already have a basic understanding of pastel technique. Expect plenty of encouragement and actionable advice. Enjoy a beautiful location with magnificent views and a special atmosphere that only Umbria can offer.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Neva Rossi Smoll
Cost: 2500 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Watercolor Plein Air Painting Retreat in Sicily"
May 13-20, 2023
 

We invite you to enjoy a plein air watercolour painting retreat in beautiful West-Sicily. Led by Israeli watercolorist Amir Nir who will be your tutor during your stay at the stunning Salinara Art Farm, in the Trapani region. Daily painting excursions to surrounding towns and villages. Come along to learn to paint en plein air or just to enjoy the company of fellow artists. You will explore surroundings, the itinerary includes visits local markets, salt pans, vineyards, breathtaking Erice Mountain and its medieval village. Every day you will have a picturesque destination to sketch and paint, explore and meet the locals. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Amir Nir
Cost: From 1550 €
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email


"Portraits: Beautiful Skin Tones in Oil"
May 19-21, 2023
 

Want to paint more vibrant portraits? Ann Moeller Steverson will teach you how to create beautiful soft skin tones with a rainbow of natural colors. By enhancing your observational skills and noticing subtleties, you will explore how ambient light affects objects and color. You will learn how to observe the planes of the head, set up attractive and effective lighting, create excellent reference images, and mix paint for more natural-looking colors. Learning these techniques will help your subject matter glow, feel alive and significantly improve your skin tones. For information, visit annmoellerstudios.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Ann Moeller Steverson
Cost: $450 Museum members/ $475 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Sculpture Workshop with wire and paper maché"
May 22-26, 2023
 

Join Arnhild Kart for this inspiring workshop that includes a short introduction to artistic anatomy, the construction of an anatomic skeleton, sculpture modelling with paper and glue, and different types of final treatments. Arnhild Kart’s actions are always based on the clear awareness that only the knowledge and determination of the artist can transform a work from the “chaos,” inherent in the raw, inanimate material, to the “work of art” rich in vitality and concrete in its being.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Sculpture Workshop with wire and paper maché"
July 10-14, 2023
 

Join Arnhild Kart for this inspiring workshop that includes a short introduction to artistic anatomy, the construction of an anatomic skeleton, sculpture modelling with paper and glue, and different types of final treatments. Arnhild Kart’s actions are always based on the clear awareness that only the knowledge and determination of the artist can transform a work from the “chaos,” inherent in the raw, inanimate material, to the “work of art” rich in vitality and concrete in its being.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Painting Workshop with Qi Yang"
July 24-30, 2023
 

Expressionistic Painting was the historic revolution of German art movement in the late 1970s and the 80s, which was one of the most important streams of the abstract figurative painting in the world. In this workshop you will learn figurative painting in an abstract style. The figure here means either the human or animal or imaginative figurations, whatever you like. It is free from your own idea and will be shaped from your insight feeling. And which abstraction of the figuration you prefer to paint – if you generate figurative form by drawing with lines, colors or by sketching with color stains of abstraction, could be individual and personal decided for your best choice.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Qi Yang
Cost: 2500 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Painting Workshop with Qi Yang"
August 14-20, 2023
 

Expressionistic Painting was the historic revolution of German art movement in the late 1970s and the 80s, which was one of the most important streams of the abstract figurative painting in the world. In this workshop you will learn figurative painting in an abstract style. The figure here means either the human or animal or imaginative figurations, whatever you like. It is free from your own idea and will be shaped from your insight feeling. And which abstraction of the figuration you prefer to paint – if you generate figurative form by drawing with lines, colors or by sketching with color stains of abstraction, could be individual and personal decided for your best choice.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Qi Yang
Cost: 2500 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Sculpture Workshop with wire and paper maché"
September 11-15, 2023
 

Join Arnhild Kart for this inspiring workshop that includes a short introduction to artistic anatomy, the construction of an anatomic skeleton, sculpture modelling with paper and glue, and different types of final treatments. Arnhild Kart’s actions are always based on the clear awareness that only the knowledge and determination of the artist can transform a work from the “chaos,” inherent in the raw, inanimate material, to the “work of art” rich in vitality and concrete in its being.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Sculpture Workshop with wire and paper maché"
October 9-13, 2023
 

Join Arnhild Kart for this inspiring workshop that includes a short introduction to artistic anatomy, the construction of an anatomic skeleton, sculpture modelling with paper and glue, and different types of final treatments. Arnhild Kart’s actions are always based on the clear awareness that only the knowledge and determination of the artist can transform a work from the “chaos,” inherent in the raw, inanimate material, to the “work of art” rich in vitality and concrete in its being.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Classical Figure Drawing Foundations"
Self-paced (recorded)
 

This methodical eight-week figure drawing course will teach you cornerstone principles for realist drawing of the human form. In this course, American figurative artist Patricia Watwood will introduce the essential components she uses to craft realistic figure drawings. First, Patricia will guide you through learning to use the central axis to establish a dynamic gesture with the pose. Next, she will teach the envelope and block-in, building your perceptual skills to see flat shapes, angles, and distances, and observing light and shadow patterns. Patricia will also lead you through understanding the primary structures of the torso and the basics of proportion, an essential in every figurative artist's toolbox. You will use male and female full-figure pose photo and video references.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Patricia Watwood
Cost: $465
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Masters of Watercolor: Explorer Program"
ongoing
 

Learn from the world's top watercolorists filmed in their studio and Plein-air on locations worldwide. Explore a range of techniques and weave dazzling new styles into your paintings through immersive video lessons, live workshops, and personal feedback. Engage with the artists live during weekly Zoom workshops. Instructors will take you behind the scenes as they create original works and answer your questions about their method and creative process. Hone your skills with thoughtfully designed projects and get feedback on your work from professional artists. Connect with a community of like-minded learners across all levels from around the world.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: 20+ top artists
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Flow in Watercolor Portrait"
video course
 

In this video course, Stephen Zhang demonstrates the integrated process of applying watercolor techniques to build the human form. This course was filmed in Stephen's Studio and includes two complete portraiture demonstrations, as well as exercises and projects for you to practice and demonstrate your learning. This course is for artists at all levels who want to learn to display the human form through watercolor portraiture. Whether you are looking to develop your skills in brushwork and watercolor foundations, painting the human form, or understanding how to create flow in your work as a watercolorist, Stephen will cover it all in this course!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Stephen Zhang
Cost: $89
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


 

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