Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"How to Construct a Painting in the Studio"
February 17-21, 2020
 

In this workshop, Joseph will guide students through his process for constructing a painting in the studio setting. The workshop will be structured to show the various phases a painting goes through from conception to completion. Joseph will guide students in a step-by-step process that encompasses the proper use of materials. He will speak on the proper use of photo reference, how to develop a concept as a tool for storytelling, as well as the technical challenges on how to compose and design a painting. Joseph will work one-on-one, as well as paint along with students in order to demonstrate his process. Students will primarily work from photographs provided by the instructor, working in the same process as Joseph does.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joseph Lorusso, www.josephlorussofineart.com
Cost: $695 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Art of the Portrait"
February 17-21, 2020
 

Some say that the portrait is more about the artist than the model. It is up to us, the sculptor, to find and orchestrate the unique features and character of the person we see. This goes well beyond the image that is presented to us. In this workshop students will review basic anatomical forms and consider the use of editing and enchantment. This workshop will help students find their own personal signature style to creating compelling portraits. If you’ve been wanting to do a portrait of a loved one or a historical figure you admire this workshop is for you. There will be models present for those who wish to work from life. Eugene will be doing daily demonstrations.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eugene Daub, www.eugenedaubsculpture.net
Cost: $760 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Anne Abgott, AWS, NWS at Gold Coast Watercolor Society - South Florida"
February 18-20, 2020
 

Join us in sunny Fort Lauderdale, FL for the fabulous Anne Abgott with her daring mastery of color and more! You will learn to exaggerate the possibilities of an image using Design, Photoshop, Power Repetition, Balance, Color Games, and Mingling. Paint a different image each day. All will be learned as you work from Anne’s photo or your own photo. All Levels are welcome. You will never fear watercolor again! Get more info/Sign up with PayPal on our website or contact Teresa Kirk at swgfl@aol.com/ 954-436-2858
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Instructor: Anne Abgott, AWS, NWS
Cost: $350 Members / $395 Nonmembers
Sponsor: Gold Coast Watercolor Society
Website, email, 954-436-2858


"No Fear Portrait Drawing"
Wednesdays, February 19 - March 25, 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: $175 for Members | $205 for Non-Members | Plus Model Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Watercolor Impressions - The Head and Figure"
February 19-21, 2020
 

Demonstrations, Class instruction, individual assistance, "show and tell" all weave into class painting time. Special emphasis on achieving a fresh look of translucent flesh tones in the figure with unique color changes - no fear - plenty of helps - all levels - working from photos and a model. Seeing in new ways and bringing life into our paintings - naturally!
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Cost: $375.00
Sponsor: The New Studio of Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-452-5710


"Dramatic Portraits in Colored Pencil with Jesse Lane"
February 21-23, 2020
 

Learn the secrets of turning colored pencil into a Fine Art medium…. creating works as rich and nuanced as any oil painting. Draw a dramatic, realistic portrait with award-winning artist Jesse Lane. All skill levels are welcome! Jesse will guide you, sharing tips for creating nuanced skin tones, dynamic lighting and compelling composition. The workshop includes: • Large-Screen Demos: Jesse’s demos are projected to a screen so students can easily follow along. • One-on-One Instruction: Jesse visits each participant, answering questions and explaining technique. • High-quality instructional materials, including a reference photo, tutorial booklet, and the image outlined on drawing paper. Take your art to the next level in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Jesse Lane
Cost: $475
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Website, email, 928.282.3809


"Portrait Painting FAQ"
February 22-24, 2020
 

This advanced workshop will explore “Alla Prima” portrait painting and the frequently asked questions that can best help artists to navigate what they are seeing. What questions can artists ask themselves to better see the colors, values, edges, and proportions of the model? How can these questions contribute to a sensitive relationship between seeing, attention, and the quality of the experience with the model? Along with a demo, there will be a great deal of one-on-one instruction at the student’s easel. This intensive workshop will also avail opportunities for open discussions of questions that sincere, passionate portrait painters encounter. Together with Rose, students will navigate what it is to be a painter who strives to be an artist.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rose Frantzen, www.oldcityhallgallery.com
Cost: $600 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Impressions"
February 24-28, 2020
 

This 5-day workshop with Janet will consist of a 3-day session on flowers, trees, landscapes (and water) as well as a 2-day session on capturing the spirit and spontaneity of children in watercolor. Demonstrations and individual help will be given throughout the workshop, with an emphasis on letting the medium of watercolor lead the students to new adventures.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Janet Rogers, www.watercolorsbyrogers.com
Cost: $550 for Members | $605 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Quick Sketch Figure Painting"
February 24-28, 2020
 

Kim professes, “Immediacy is important not only because it is often the nature of people, but for me, it is the most instinctive way to paint.” In this workshop, students will concentrate on developing their ability to paint quickly and accurately, a skill that can be useful in many situations. Students will work from models in natural situations (chatting, playing music, walking around, but not strictly “posed”) both indoors and outdoors. The goal of this workshop is not to create a finished painting, but numerous very quick, spontaneous, yet controlled studies.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim English
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Nude & Themed Life Model Drawing"
February 24, 2020
 

Open to all! Join us for this rare opportunity of nude and themed model drawing. Now open to the public and the only one of its kind in the Hilton Head Area. Pre-register and pay online, over the phone by calling 843.842.5738 or with cash or check the evening of the session. Join us and have your artistic side pushed and challenged by the incredible experience of drawing from life. We will provide standing easels.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Cost: $15 / $10 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting Children in Watercolor"
February 27-28, 2020
 

This two-day workshop will focus on capturing the spirit and spontaneity of painting children in watercolor. Students may bring in personal photos of children. Photos should have good “shadow shapes” that describe the facial shape and features. Flash photos are not recommended and are rather difficult to work with. Drawing exercises will be included in order to quickly understand the gesture and character of the child. Painting exercises will enable students to capture the lovely translucency of the flesh tones in children.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Janet Rogers, www.watercolorsbyrogers.com
Cost: $235 for Members | $265 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting Children in Watercolor - Session II"
February 27-28, 2020
 

This workshop is for all levels. Lessons will be geared to capture the innocence of children in their faces (helps provided) - (you may bring your own reference material and Janet will have some photos and drawings) and we will also discover the gestures of children through some fun drawing and painting exercises. We will be working from limited palettes in order to "unify" and "simplify" our paintings. Demonstrations, individual attention will weave into our painting time. Janet's unique style has been called "inspirational and organic". Janet is also a National Instructor around the United States and in Europe.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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
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


"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


"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


"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


"Realism to Abstraction in Portrait and Landscape"
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
Website, email


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"Painting in Portugal"
August 28 - September 3, 2020
 

Join California-based painter and renowned art instructor Randall Sexton for an exciting week of landscape and figure painting in the beautiful region of Azeitão, Portugal. This all-inclusive 5 day/6 night trip is open to all skill levels from beginner to advanced. Spaces are limited as the group will be the exclusive guests at a 300 year-old villa just south of Lisbon. This fully renovated estate is surrounded by vineyards, cork trees, and olive orchards, and offers a breathtaking array of subjects from the intimate to the monumental. Away from tourists, you will be able to immerse yourself in a unique countryside and participate in daily painting demos/lectures and lots of and one-on-one painting instruction with Randy.
 
Location: Azeitão, Portugal
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $3200/single occ, $2900/double occ
Website, email, (919) 272-5958


"Flower Child"
August 30, 2020
 

Let's create luscious, layered mixed media portraits but with a little twist. We'll combine floral still life with portraiture with various mixed media materials, tools, and techniques. I'll show you how I like to create a layered portrait full of life and texture. We'll start by creating our own mixed media collage papers and build up each layer step by step. Then we'll build up the background using acrylic paint, oil pastels, spray inks, oil paint sticks, and more. No drawing experience necessary. This class is also great for more advanced students looking to try a new style and get out of their comfort zone. I like to finger paint as well, so prepare to get a little bit messy!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Austin
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
September 1-8, 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


"Art by the Sea: Painting and Illustration on the Dalmatian Coast"
September 1-8, 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


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
September 8-15, 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


"The Portrait: From Drawing to Painting"
September 9-12, 2020
 

Discover the intimate and compelling art of portraiture in this workshop with Stuart. Build new technical skills and gain confidence as you practice capturing the portrait from start to finish in both charcoal and oil paint. Devoted to solving some of the recurring drawing issues that come up in portraiture, the first day and a half explores gesture, comparative measurement, and the invaluable tools of a hand mirror and plumb line. The following two and a half days focus on painting the portrait in oil. Using a standard palette of colors, discover the relationships of warm and cool tones in the portrait. Demonstrations and one-on-one instruction provide you with feedback and bring your drawing and painting to the next level.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Stuart Fullerton, www.StuartFullerton.com
Cost: Members: $495, Non-Members: $535
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art by the Sea: Painting Vacation on the Stunning Dalmatian Coast"
September 15-22, 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


"Painting The Figure With Expression"
September 23-26, 2020
 

In this class we’ll focus on figurative painting from a live model and photos. We’ll explore techniques for creating colorful, abstract patterns with a sense of movement and energy by first making a quick underpainting in acrylic, then painting into it with oil paint. For photo reference, I encourage using images with energy and motion in them, i.e. athletes, boxers, dancers, etc. Large brushes and a plastic scraper will be used to apply paint generously and to also scrape away to reveal the underlying acrylic underpainting. I’ll also be talking about edges and how blurring the line between main subject and background helps in creating an abstract pattern of forms, color and dynamism.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: David Shevlino, www.davidshevlino.com
Cost: $475
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Guatemala: Spirit of the Maya Photography Retreat"
September 23 - October 2, 2020
 

Join us in exploring gorgeous Guatemala, a land where the indigenous live as they have for centuries. The stunningly beautiful colonial town of Antigua will be our home base and introduction to outdoor markets, crafts, food and culture. Day trips will include visits to other local villages, photogenic ruins, shrines and cultural sites. We’ll end our journey with a few days exploring around majestic Lake Atitlan, completely surrounded by towering volcanoes, considered sacred to the Mayans. You can expect much light-heartedness and serendipity while learning from internationally recognized photographer, Douglas Beasley on how to better respond photographically to the world around you and how to make personal travel images with feeling, meaning and depth rather than anonymous pretty postcard pictures.
 
Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Instructor: Douglas Beasley
Cost: $3,220.00
Sponsor: Open Air Places
Website, email, 715-577-6857


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
October 2-9, 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


"Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain"
October 5-9, 2020
 

This intensive class is designed for individuals with little or no prior drawing training and perhaps believe that learning to draw well is only possible for those lucky people with “inborn talent”. However, it has been proven that the global skill of drawing any perceived object, person or place requires five basic component perceptual skills. These skills are the perception of edges, spaces, relationships, lights and shadows, and the whole or gestalt. Global or whole skills, such as reading, driving and drawing, in time become automatic with the integration of the component skills. Instruction by Brian Bomeisler, Dr. Betty Edwards’ son. To view some of his and student artwork and biography, log onto drawright.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Brian Bomeisler
Cost: $1,200 members and non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
October 9-16, 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


"'Carmel By The Sea' En Plein Air"
October 26-29, 2020
 

Paint along the Monterey and Carmel Coastline en plain air with Plein Air Painters of America member, Randall Sexton. Open to all levels, this 3 (or 4) day workshop is especially geared to encourage the experienced artist to reach greater heights in their work. Sexton will review the basics of solid picture making - while sharing his own methods for simplifying the complex. Three days (weather permitting) will be spent on location en plain air, while an (optional) fourth studio day will focus on simplifying the figure directly (with a model). Daily demonstrations will be followed up with individual assistance at the easel.
 
Location: Carmel, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600 for 3 Days, $800 for 4 Days
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website, 831.620.2955


"Life Sessions"
Saturdays, 9:30am - 12:30pm
 

We have a different model each week! Practice your life drawing skills with weekly life sessions on Saturdays. 3 hours of studio time with a model and your fellow artists. Undraped life models vary each week in age, sex and body type. This is a self-guided class - no instructor is present. Easels are available for use. Members can purchase a Life Sessions card at the front desk for $70 good for 8 sessions.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Cost: $12 for Members | $16 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Online Art Mentoring-Customized Drawing, Painting and Mural Painting"
Anytime
 

The Online Art Mentorship is a long distance learning from the comfort of your home at the time that most suits your needs. You will be able to practice drawing, painting and/or mural painting at your own pace, getting systematic instructions and feedbacks on the art project you are working on. Note that, because of the nature of the one-to-one mentoring, each student will be taken great care and time in personalised critiques and lessons. This is a most affordable and time flexible learning practice which requires self-discipline and commitment. The students will need to be open to work under guidance and critique to be able to reach goals and experience art technique and creativity improvement.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Valeria Latorre
Cost: £150 or £250 per month
Website, email, 00393664977501


 

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