Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"The Landscape Sketch"
Tuesdays, September 21 - October 26, 2021
 

The oil sketch is a traditional way for painters to execute preparatory ideas and quickly capture initial impressions – perfect for plein air painting! Learn useful techniques for rapidly encapsulating color and form while working directly from observation. Select locations along the Schuylkill River will include beautiful Laurel Hill Cemetery and Bartram’s Garden. Health-safety measures, including masking and social-distancing, will be practiced.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Plein Air Painting in Cape May"
September 23-26, 2021
 

Join Joe Sweeney for an outdoor, in-person, plein air painting retreat in beautiful Cape May, New Jersey! Experience small town hospitality while painting Cape May Point, the Cove with sweeping vistas, Cape May Lighthouse, and Sunset Beach. Instruction includes tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. Instruction is geared towards oil, acrylic and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome. Health-safety measures, including masking and social-distancing, will be practiced.
 
Location: Cape May, New Jersey
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"On the Go, Ink & Color Wash (Online)"
September 25-26, 2021
 

Through three key landscape exercises, David will teach the ins and outs of his en plein air ink and color wash technique. He will show you how complicated landscape scenes can be abstracted, and distilled down to simplified, energetic sketches. You’ll be painting a Traditional European River Village, a California Headlands Lighthouse with Trekkers, and an Asian Buddhist Pagoda. During the workshop, David will also show you an alternative to using a painting palette.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein Air in the Park"
Sundays, September 26 - October 31, 2021
 

Capture the colors of summer en plein air through vibrant watercolor and pastel. Become comfortable and confident with the practice of working outdoors, using either or both mediums, at picturesque Lemon Hill and other select locations around the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Fairmount Park. Instruction will cover means of accurately and expressively depicting outdoor sites, pastel drawing and layering methods, watercolor painting techniques, mixed media applications, color mixing, and the history and capabilities of each medium. All levels welcome. Health-safety measures, including masking and social-distancing, will be practiced.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"'Surf, Sand and Paris' in Watercolor (Online)"
September 27-28, 2021
 

Each painting is pre-recorded allowing for close-ups and review if necessary. I will narrate it live to facilitate easy interaction with you. A 3-minute preview is on YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/y5ls2q7b. Fundamentals covered will include: working wet-in-wet, creating a strong composition, evoking a sense of light through the use of values, and manipulating color for its full expressive effect.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Reardon
Cost: $224 for 8 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Intensive Mentorship Program with Gayle Levee"
Tuesdays, September 28 - October 19, 2021
 

This program will help you develop the targeted skills you need for your own artistic development. We will start with some questions about your current level of development, your capabilities and goals. Then we will develop specific assignments to address the skill-building goals we set together. Each meeting is a four-hour day, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm with a discussion during lunch. The class will be held in the large, airy rooms at On-Track Studios, 1975 Wilson Pike, Franklin TN. Every participant must have completed their COVID-19 vaccination series, but masks will not be required.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Plein Air watercolor painting retreat in Milos, Greece"
September 28 - October 5, 2021
 

Come on the enchanting Greek island of Milos in the Aegean Sea, enjoy a masterful tuition by Keiko Tanabe. Subject matters will be landscape, Mediterranean seascape, old historic village scape, people. The participants will benefit from daily one-on-one guidance and a group critique with Keiko. Her workshop is designed for all painters both amateurs and more accomplished. On Milos we will paint and swim at lovely beaches surrounded by trees and goats. The island is known for its honey, and the local feta cheese is exceptional. The most stunning scenery in the world, it is also the island where the famous Venus de Milo was discovered.
 
Location: Milos Island, Greece
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: from € 1900
Sponsor: Salinara - International Art Farm, Sicily
Website, email, (+39) 339 77 57 062


"Plein Air Painting Retreat with Artist Nicholas O'Leary"
September 30 - October 7, 2021
 

Join artist Nicholas O'Leary on a plein air painting retreat in Almería, Spain. Receive expert tuition and draw your creative inspiration from an idyllic oasis full of exotic palms, trees and plants from all over the world, waterfalls, fountains, and ponds. Stay at a stunning Spanish Finca, enjoy delicious organic meals, and take in the Granada skyline and Sierra Nevada scenic vistas from the Alhambra's red fortress towers. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: tuition, accommodation, meals, drinks, trips, studio space, transfers. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com
 
Location: Almería, Spain
Instructor: Nicholas O'Leary
Cost: $2,650
Sponsor: UpTreK
Website, email, +40757302302


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
October 1-10, 2021
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, group discussions, and gastronomy in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. We limit the size of our groups to eight participants and we offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2500) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Lucignano, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Please read testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2500
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Color & Composition: Watercolor & Pastel"
October 1-3, 9:00–4:00
 

Pastel artists interested in getting a fresh perspective on painting the landscape beyond the usual “green scenes” will want to join us for this exploration of pushing the boundaries of colors and compositions found in nature. We will take an experiential, non- academic approach to maximizing your color and compositional skills that offers ways to expand on an overwhelming blue/green palette, the dullness of the light, or the limitations of any available scene. Working from your own photos, watercolors and pastels, Colette will use direct instruction, numerous examples, and demonstrations to guide you towards your particular goals for your work. Discussions and critiques will keep the emphasis on your artistic concerns, allowing plenty of working time and individualized instruction.
 
Location: Palos Park, Illinois
Instructor: Colette Odya Smith
Cost: $450 members/ $490 non-members
Sponsor: Chicago Pastel Painters
Website, email


"Studio and Plein Air Painting during the Tuscan Harvest"
October 2-9, 2021
 

Join us for this wonderful painting holiday during Italian harvest. See the vineyards at their ripe stages and smell the new autumn air as we paint in the Tuscan countryside and visit medieval towns nearby. Our stay is in an 18th century restored country house just outside of Sienna. Town visits to Sienna, Chiusure di Asciano and San Guismè will be part of our plein air explorations and inspiration! Most of our material is included in this trip. Professional-quality oil and acrylic paints and mediums are included, most meals, wine, excursions and accommodations. All painting levels are welcome from beginners to experienced artist, in this encouraging creative atmosphere.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Cost: 1750 GBP
Website, email


"Watercolor Painting"
October 4-7, 2021
 

The workshop sessions begin as Couch completes a painting, explaining what he is doing, and why, as he paints. Students paint in the afternoons, after which Couch critiques all the day’s completed work, including his own. An optional slide show/lecture on the principles of design – including color and composition – will be presented in the afternoon of the first day. For more information, visit tonycouch.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Tony Couch
Cost: $500 Museum members/ $550 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Staying Afloat in Watercolor"
October 5-25, 2021
 

WhatsApp Online. Capture the fleeting moments! David will show you the best way to tackle painting the rugged coastline, the sea with its character, the calm waters and boats in the beautiful harbor, and street scenes along the harbor and about the city offering movement, color and atmosphere. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results. David will give a pre-recorded lesson/demonstration with step-by-step notes each Tuesday. You will have a week to work on your painting, share it with David and receive personalized feedback. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Painting the Atmospheric Landscape – Oil or Acrylic"
Wednesdays, October 6-27, 2021
 

Learn the fundamental skills needed to transform flat, lifeless paintings into intriguing, depth-filled works of art. This 4-week online workshop is perfect for artists looking to understand how to put the concepts of shapes, values, edges, and color together to arrive at a successful painting. Students work from various photo references demonstrated weekly. Students will have the luxury of watching the class recording to paint along at their own pace. Homework encouraged and email support provided.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Edward Sprafkin, www.sprafkinart.com
Cost: $300 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Catching the Light"
October 7-9, 2021
 

As a landscape painter, I often say “It’s all about the light”. Do your paintings sometimes look dull and lack the spark, glow, or mood that you wish to convey? Working in pastel or oil, students will learn how to see and analyze the quality of the light that is so important. Whether it be desert high noon, the rich colors at twilight or a misty autumn morning, light keys carry the mood. Learn how to simplify and organize shapes through value patterns. Learn how edges play a role in conveying atmosphere and how color choices help carry the mood. Through demonstration, exercises, and much individual-at-easel attention, we will explore how to best express an overall concept.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Christine Debrosky, www.christinedebrosky.com
Cost: $375 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"'From Switzerland to Belgium' in Watercolor (Online)"
October 7-8, 2021
 

This online workshop is live, interactive and hands-on. Amid will demonstrate step by step, breaking up the process in manageable steps, giving you time to paint during the live session. You will be able to ask questions directly to Amid and get personal feedback. Learn how to paint the light and create mood in your watercolor paintings. Day 1: We will paint a scene of a walk along the canals of Ghent. Day 2: We will paint a scene of being on a wet road in Switzerland.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Amid El Haddad, www.amidelhaddad.com
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Inspired by Light"
October 8-15, 2021
 

Bonjour, Join us, at our beautifully restored farmhouse, La Salle, in the glorious undulating landscape of Southern France for an unforgettable 7 night painting holiday experience. Tutored by professional 'plein air' oil painter, Ian Layton, Groups are small with 5 - 10 artists. Ian specialises in atmospheric city/townscapes and intimate light infused interiors. His teaching style is knowledgeable, encouraging and inspirational. We will paint in the gardens and studio at La Salle with excursions to many beautiful, historic, hilltop villages nearby. Coupled with fabulous accommodation, delicious meals with local wine, like minded arty people, visits to Chateaux, gardens and wine tasting, a holiday to remember. Suitable for all levels and non painting partners welcome. Pack your brushes and let's go!
 
Location: Toulouse, France
Instructor: Ian Layton
Cost: $1315 -$1660
Sponsor: La Salle Painting Retreat
Website, email, 0033 (0)562294520


"How to paint boats, light and shadow in watercolor (Online)"
October 9-10, 2021
 

This online workshop is live, interactive and hands-on. Amit will demonstrate step by step, breaking up the process in manageable steps, giving you time to paint during the live session. You will be able to ask questions directly to Amit and get personal feedback. Day 1: We will paint a boat scene of Greece. Day 2: We will paint a boat scene of Malta.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Amit Kapoor, AWS, www.amitkapoorwatercolor.com
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Advanced Seminar"
October 9-16, 2021
 

Our Advanced Seminar will offer experienced painters the opportunity to work intensively all day without the disruption of movements. Two instructors, Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson, will be available to work with participants. Critiques will be held daily. Slide shows on issues relevant to landscape painting will be held two evenings. Fees include most materials, surfaces and equipment, accommodations, all meals and wine, field trip, local transportation. Reduced fees for extended stays.
 
Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500 - $2,860 depending on occupancy
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Painting The Rustic Elegance of Southern Italy"
October 10-17, 2021
 

Sicily is an island of contrasts -from fertile volcanic land, ancient and arid ruins to baroque style architecture. Its stunning location in the middle of the Mediterranean means it is blessed with good weather, ideal for painting! This painting holiday is a complete artistic journey from start to finish. You will stay at authentic yet modern villas in the south-east of the island, surrounded by almond, olive and pomegranate trees. Enjoy daily painting classes in a spacious beautiful studio and excursions to: the coastal town of Siracusa; Ortigia; the Baroque town of Noto; the fishing village of Marzamemi; and the cities of Modica and Ragusa where you will see real Sicilian life and paint in the renowned Giardino Ibleo gardens.
 
Location: Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Website, email


"'Boats in Asian Landscapes' in Watercolor (Online)"
October 11-12, 2021
 

In this class Keiko will show you how to paint Asian landscapes using boats as a motif. Each day brings you a rich experience of learning fundamentals of her approach as she demonstrates her techniques thoroughly. She will explain everything and answer your questions in an easy-to-understand, friendly manner. In this interactive class, Keiko will show her process from composition in pencil to the watercolor painting, through a step-by-step demo each day. Reference photos will be provided prior to the start of class.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: $198 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"The Beauty of the Skyscape"
October 18-20, 2021
 

In this workshop students will study various clouds and skies from thin wisps to threatening thunderheads. Billowing clouds come in countless shapes, sizes and various colors. Participants will work with photographs with low horizons giving a focus on how to handle different skies, including sunsets and stormy scenes. Linda will provide several photographs and students are encouraged to bring photos of skies that they would like to paint. Students will learn to create a feeling of the landscape that gives the painting life, going beyond just copying a photograph. Special attention to values, composition and edges will be discussed along with several examples of clouds in progress. This workshop will include instructor demonstrations, visual teaching boards and study handouts.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Cost: $400 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"A Bold Approach to Water Based Mediums"
October 18-21, 2021
 

Antonio Masi is president of the American Watercolor Society and an International renowned painter. The goal of this workshop is to show the power of water-based mediums. The focus will be on how to approach the mediums from a contemporary point of view, powerful, emotional and delicate. Learn how attention to details and unusual perspective make for poetic, moody works, with strong textural qualities. He will demonstrate land, marine and cityscapes and explain the fundamentals that make a painting successful. During his morning demonstrations, he will explain the uses of his paints, paper, palette and brushes and how he applies color and how to loosen up during painting. The remainder of the day students will receive plenty of one-on-one demonstrations.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Antonio Masi, www.antoniomasi.com
Cost: $500 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Landscapes Unbound"
October 18-20, 2021
 

Sarah B. Hansen’s main objective in painting is to convey a connection to nature through its most elemental shapes. Using suggested patterns from an underlying texture, she captures this feeling by establishing strong color schemes, dynamic compositions, and gestural strokes using various tools. During the course of this workshop, Sarah will discuss the value of compositions, structure of natural forms, and development of color schemes. You will learn how to “see” landscape forms as masses of interlocking shapes and values, thus creating an abstract, yet recognizable landscape painting.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sarah B. Hansen, www.sarahbhansen.com
Cost: $395 in-person; $295 Zoom students
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"'The wild and rolling sea' in Watercolor (Online)"
October 18-19, 2021
 

Follow along with me as we look down on a wild seascape with all those lovely sea colours and paint them. I will guide you through each stage of the painting in bite sized chunks so that you can build up the picture with confidence and have a finished painting at the end of the sessions.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry Herniman
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Landscapes Unbound"
October 18-20, 2021
 

Sarah B. Hansen’s main objective in painting is to convey a connection to nature through its most elemental shapes. Using suggested patterns from an underlying texture, she captures this feeling by establishing strong color schemes, dynamic compositions, and gestural strokes using various tools. During the course of this workshop, Sarah will discuss the value of compositions, structure of natural forms, and development of color schemes. You will learn how to “see” landscape forms as masses of interlocking shapes and values, thus creating an abstract, yet recognizable landscape painting.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Sarah B. Hansen, www.sarahbhansen.com
Cost: $395 in-person; $295 Zoom students
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Expressive Brushwork in Oil & Acrylic!"
October 20-23, 2021
 

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


"Santa Barbara Watercolor Sketching & Journaling Workshop"
October 22-27, 2021
 

Join us in Santa Barbara and experience daily demonstrations, personalized instruction, and, encouraging support with Theresa and Cindy. Learn how to design and simplify your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. We’ll sketch in plein-air some of the emblematic spots of Santa Barbara. With breathtaking coastal mountains to the east and sublime beaches to the west, Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful places in California. With its perfect Mediterranean climate, Santa Barbara is a little gem with lush gardens and distinctive white-washed, terracotta-tiled Spanish architecture. No doubt that it deserves its name of “American Riviera”.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein Air in Studio: The Color of Value"
October 25-26, 2021
 

This is a two-day in-studio workshop designed for intermediate to advanced students who have had some experience working in plein air or would like to learn techniques to work more successfully on location. Focus will be on designing the large patterns in terms of value (dark to light), developing these shapes into color and keeping the color true to the value they represent. By limiting the number of values, form takes the lead over minutiae, thus, strengthening the impact of the work. Students should bring their own photos and references. Some photo references will be available for students to choose from if needed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathryn Stats, www.kathrynstats.com
Cost: $400 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Intensive Mentorship Program with Gayle Levee"
Tuesdays, October 26 - November 16, 2021
 

This program will help you develop the targeted skills you need for your own artistic development. We will start with some questions about your current level of development, your capabilities and goals. Then we will develop specific assignments to address the skill-building goals we set together. Each meeting is a four-hour day, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm with a discussion during lunch. The class will be held in the large, airy rooms at On-Track Studios, 1975 Wilson Pike, Franklin TN. Every participant must have completed their COVID-19 vaccination series, but masks will not be required.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Calvin Liang Online OIl Painting"
October 28-30, 2021
 

Award-winning Californa Impressionist Calvin Liang is giving a 3-day online workshop with a focus on painting your favorite landscape from a photo. This workshop is a fundamental part of training the eyes to better understand the concept of composition, design, and color harmony. Calvin starts the workshop with a slide show to demonstrate how he uses photo references for his studio paintings. Calvin covers the areas: composition, warm and cool colors, soft and hard edges, simplification, different textures, and brushstrokes. He will also share his secrets of making his famous light and shadow paintings.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Calvin Liang
Cost: $395
Sponsor: MId-Valley Arts League
Website, email, 818-790-8535


"Plein Air in Studio: The Color of Value"
October 28-29, 2021
 

This is a two-day in-studio workshop designed for intermediate to advanced students who have had some experience working in plein air or would like to learn techniques to work more successfully on location. Focus will be on designing the large patterns in terms of value (dark to light), developing these shapes into color and keeping the color true to the value they represent. By limiting the number of values, form takes the lead over minutiae, thus, strengthening the impact of the work. Students should bring their own photos and references. Some photo references will be available for students to choose from if needed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathryn Stats, www.kathrynstats.com
Cost: $400 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"'Tuscan Bistro' in Watercolor (Online)"
November 1-2, 2021
 

Join Cindy for a 2 day workshop as we virtually visit a spa town in sunny Tuscany. This small hilltop village, Bagno Vignoni, is a treasure that many travelers miss.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Your Landscape"
November 1-4, 2021
 

This workshop will focus on painting the landscape in the studio. Students will utilize photos to explore different compositions in order to create exciting statements in their paintings. Small studies will be done in oils prior to working on larger pieces. We will experiment with paint mixing, palette knife application and brush work in order to create paintings with energy and excitement. We will paint studies based on a “memory” of a scene to encourage the student to paint the essence and the heart of the scene rather than overly studied details. Julee will stress the idea of taking risks, being energetic in one’s painting marks, and approaching every painting fearlessly and with joy.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Julee Hutchison, www.juleehutchison.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Autumn & Winter Landscapes"
November 2-4, 2021
 

Barbara will cover composition, value structure, color temperature, and handling of edges and mark-making, but she’ll slant things toward the unique characteristics of autumn and winter. For either season, she’ll discuss particularly how to capture the spectacular effects that 'grab us' when looking at these landscapes from life, and how to translate those effects from a reference photo so that we can paint what’s beautiful about these seasons instead of copying a compromised photo. All information presented will apply equally to oil and pastel. The first will include lots of demonstration time. The remaining two days will include a full demo, with oil on one day and pastel on the other. Students will paint each afternoon, with plenty of instructor help.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke, www.BarbaraJaenicke.com
Cost: $435
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"From Seen to Scene: A 365 Day Mentorship Program"
November 4, 2021 - November 4, 2022
 

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: $695
Sponsor: Tucson Art Academy Online
Website, email


"Abstract Landscape and Nature-Based Painting With Oil and Cold Wax"
November 4-7, 2021
 

This 3.5-day workshop introduces mediums including Galkyd, Galkyd Gel, and Cold Wax as an addition to your current oil painting practice. The workshop blends instructor demos with guided exercises and personal experimentation and exploration. You will gain hands-on experience using new techniques, materials, and tools. Demos will include work on paper, wood panel, and stretched linen. Individual and group discussion focuses on composition, seeing and reacting, abstracted and simplified shapes, using unique and unconventional color, and unique and unconventional mark-making. Group and individual critiques throughout the workshop offer an opportunity to share ideas and learn from others. Class size is limited to ensure personal attention and ample one-on-one discussion time with the instructor.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Russell
Cost: $435.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Around Town: Watercolor En Plein Air"
Thursdays, November 4-18, 2021
 

In these three afternoons students will explore local Scottsdale and Phoenix scenes to find beautiful and relatable subjects. Spencer will dive deep into the fundamentals of plein air painting such as drawing, color mixing, assessing tonal values, subject matter, composition, and direct and indirect painting techniques. He will also talk about some of the practicalities of painting outdoors such as the ever changing light and weather presented. Through demonstrations, lectures and critiques he hopes to improve your painting abilities and help expand your sense of individuality. Grab your painting kit and come sling some paint! Portable equipment and transportation required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Spencer Simmons, www.thespencersimmons.com
Cost: $160 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Horizons: Approaches to Landscape"
November 6-7, 2021
 

Join Wisconsin artist Danica Oudeans and learn the art of painting landscape. This introductory class will give detailed instruction on how to create inspirational landscapes with acrylic paints. Demonstrations will be given on how to plan your painting, mix colors, select your brush, and focus on a variety of brushwork techniques. All materials are provided to you as part of your registration fee.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Danica Oudeans
Cost: $185 (includes all supplies)
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Source to Studio"
November 8-12, 2021
 

This workshop is aimed at the more experienced landscape oil painter who wishes to explore the ideas, techniques and issues involved with expanding upon studies successfully in the studio. Jill Carver will discuss concepts and techniques aimed to resolve and strengthen motifs and improve overall design, from initial ‘thought boards’ to actual techniques. She will discuss the science of how we see and how we can control and excite eye movement. Moving on from advanced design concepts, Jill will tackle the practical techniques of scaling up a design through ‘surface quality’ issues of working larger, working wet-over-dry, re-working passages that need correction, and the use of mediums, glazing techniques and varnishes. Students will work from their own visual material.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jill Carver, www.jillcarver.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Landscape"
November 8-12, 2021
 

In this class students will learn how to compose a landscape painting in the studio. Ryan will discuss how to use studies made in plein air as well as imagination and/or photo reference to achieve a well composed landscape with purpose. He'll discuss invention, mood, light, paint application, unity, and composition to create a beautiful finished landscape painting. Students are encouraged to bring their own reference, but Ryan will also have some images available to choose.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ryan Brown, www.ryansbrown.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Capturing the Sunset in Pastel"
November 12-13, 2021
 

Living in the desert Southwest, the sky is so much a part of our lives. In Arizona we are treated to some of the most amazing sunsets on the planet. The delicate glazing of pastels is the perfect medium to create the vibration of color to portray all of that drama. In this workshop we will explore the effects of light and atmosphere that create our spectacular sunsets and how to express that with our chosen medium of pastel. Now is the time to break out and use the wildest colors hiding in the back of your box! Kathy will demo and provide short lessons each day. Students may work from their own photos or Kathy will have images available.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathy Howard, www.KathyFallaHoward.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Source to Studio"
November 15-19, 2021
 

This workshop is aimed at the more experienced landscape oil painter who wishes to explore the ideas, techniques and issues involved with expanding upon studies successfully in the studio. Jill Carver will discuss concepts and techniques aimed to resolve and strengthen motifs and improve overall design, from initial ‘thought boards’ to actual techniques. She will discuss the science of how we see and how we can control and excite eye movement. Moving on from advanced design concepts, Jill will tackle the practical techniques of scaling up a design through ‘surface quality’ issues of working larger, working wet-over-dry, re-working passages that need correction, and the use of mediums, glazing techniques and varnishes. Students will work from their own visual material.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jill Carver, www.jillcarver.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Tonal Landscapes"
November 16-19, 2021
 

This four-day oil painting workshop with Richie Carter will focus on painting low light tonal landscapes. Students will be working from photo references to complete at least one small preliminary study in order to realize one larger rendition of the same scene and undertake the challenges that come along with this process. The course will address how to use photo references to create a painting. Students will learn a subdued tonal palette as well as various techniques with which to render low light scenes. Students will learn over the course of four days, both direct and indirect painting methods. The larger piece will be built upon day by day creating layers and depth in the final painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Richie Carter, www.richiecarterfinearts.com
Cost: $600 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Understanding Color-The Power of a Limited Palette"
November 30 - December 3, 2021
 

Color is fascinating, mysterious, and magical. Rarely will two artists see color the same. However, there are certain irrefutable truisms in painting, one is the fewer colors used, the stronger and more harmonious the statement. In this workshop we will explore the power of a limited palette. Working from a “standard” palette of 12-14 colors, students will calculate progressive sequences on the color wheel to create complimentary schemes, simple triads, and dynamic triads of color, referred to as harmonic chords, comprised of three to six colors, and explore how to select the best color set to serve our concept. This is a logical and practical process for orchestrating a harmonious limited palette for a specific painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: M. W. Skip Whitcomb, www.skipwhitcomb.com
Cost: $650 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Landscape Painting from Start to Finish: Creating Atmosphere, Space and Light"
December 4-6, 2021
 

The sky is an ocean of atmosphere many miles deep - a transparent sea of air. As we look out into the vista, we plainly see its effects on the landscape. When painters begin to go outside and use natural lighting, they will find that nature’s value scale is immeasurably beyond their own tiny value scale. Learn how to make a true representation of any scene in nature using “relative” rather than “absolute” or actual values and color relationships. Expect concept lectures, demonstration, and individual instruction as Doug winds students through the myriad of knowledge needed for artists to develop their skills for painting beautiful and believable space. Students will be painting from photos during the three-day workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Doug Diehl, www.diehlfineart.com
Cost: $395 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Building A Solid Foundation"
December 6-7, 2021
 

Making a clear statement comes from a solid foundation of the basic vocabulary of painting. Areas of study that this workshop will cover in order to build that foundation are: How the principles of light work to create value and color relationships, edges, and form. In the painting process we often find ourselves not knowing what to do next to progress forward to that statement of clarity that we originally hoped to achieve. This is where Dan wants to meet the student and begin to discover how to take the work to the next level. Once the artist has a grasp on the foundational aspects of painting, they will soon find a freedom that opens the path to creating.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dan Robinson
Cost: $250 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Sunlight and Value"
December 13-15, 2021
 

Pastel is pure pigment, with rich, jewel-like color unattainable with any other media. This workshop is an in-depth exploration of the pastel medium. Learn the ins and outs under the tutelage of an experienced painter and teacher, in an engaging, informative, and fun workshop. Prepare to get your hands dirty! In addition to materials, students will be expected to bring their own references to work from, preferably landscape, as this is Christine’s area of expertise, particularly in rendering light effects. All levels of students are welcome, from beginners to advanced. Participants will be expected to have a working knowledge of drawing. More advanced pastel painters will be encouraged to stretch, develop and grow in their style of painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Christine Debrosky, www.christinedebrosky.com
Cost: $375 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Beginner Plein Air with Gouache"
December 13-16, 2021
 

This four-day workshop in the studio (with some exercises outside) is designed to help new painters become familiar with gouache, a fantastic portable medium for plein air. Students will start small and learn the principles of plein air painting in an accessible step-by-step format. Gouache techniques covered will include color mixing, washes and application basics. Students will also learn how to approach plein air—how to see a scene, how to simplify, and how to capture it in paint. Composition, values and color concepts will be discussed and practiced in building lessons. The main goal of this workshop is to develop the skills and confidence needed for new painters to get out to paint and more importantly, enjoy the process!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Judd Mercer, www.juddmercer.com
Cost: $420 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Principles of Painting"
January 3-6, 2022
 

This workshop is an intense four days of inspiration, hard work and productive learning. The main principles Moore covers are design, color, composition, and edges. Beginning with slide lectures in the morning, he isolates each element with the help of computer technology and focuses on a different principle each day. Lectures are followed by painting exercises and/or demonstrations of the principles being taught. Students are encouraged to apply lessons to subject matter of their choice, whether landscapes, still life, or figure. Exercises are geared toward learning the principles, not toward producing a finished painting. Demos will be in oil.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Moore, www.rmoorefineart.com
Cost: $650 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstracting the Landscape"
Thursdays, January 6 & 13, 2022
 

Take your landscapes to an impressionistic and somewhat abstracted level to make them more painterly and exciting. Ms. Pullinsi will demonstrate color mixing for color harmony and basic structure. Week one will be the block in, week two will be the finishing touches. Students will paint landscapes from their own photo or paint along with the demo and learn both design strategies and exciting brushwork to create a work of art.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Linda Pullinsi
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Suggesting Reality"
January 10-14, 2022
 

Through art, subjects become significant to us in unique ways, aesthetically and conceptually. This workshop will reinforce an understanding of composition, tone theory and form, but will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. We will discuss the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; how the artist may represent nature in order to reflect his or her perceptions, experiences and values while also contemplating the important power of content, symbol and abstraction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $750 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting at Saguaro Lake Ranch, AZ"
January 17-20, 2022
 

Come and paint with Mitch Baird at historic Saguaro Lake Ranch which is located on the banks of the Salt River in the shadow of the majestic Bulldog Cliffs. Mitch will cover concepts of learning to optically “see” the subject and interpret those visual elements in order to help execute the subject onto canvas. The fundamental principles of painting -composition, drawing, value, color and edges – will be discussed along with a special emphasis on atmosphere and light. Demos and short lectures will reinforce these concepts. Individual attention will be a high priority as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm. Portable equipment and transportation required.
 
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting The Poetic Landscape"
January 21-23, 2022
 

Once you learn the mechanics of painting the landscape, it’s time to learn how to add the magic…the poetry. We’ll examine the difference between paintings that merely contain elements of the landscape, and those that convey a distinct visual message… and how to gain the skills necessary to accomplish this. We’ll cover some methods that will help you develop a strong composition and edit unnecessary details that detract from the emotion you want to convey. Each day will begin with a demonstration followed by students working on a specific painting exercise. Instructor demos will include both oil and pastel. This workshop is open to all levels, although artists with at least some basic landscape painting experience will benefit most.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke, www.BarbaraJaenicke.com
Cost: $465
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"From Photograph to Painting: Sharpening Your Value and Drawing Skills"
January 24-27, 2022
 

During this intensive four-day workshop, dive into the world of values with master-of-the-limited-palette, Charlie Hunter. Using photographic images as a starting point, this class will focus on how to make values work to build stronger paintings. Students will work with Hunter as he guides them through creating value drawings from personal photographs – an often-overlooked step that pays off in spades! Then, with these drawings as one’s stepping stone, students will be able to develop memorable and dynamic paintings. By simplifying forms and emphasizing composition, student’s work can take on a power that will truly make it stand out. Multiple demos by Hunter will show how he goes about creating his award-winning work.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Charlie Hunter, www.charliehunter.art
Cost: $600 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air to Studio, Making your Studies Work for you Indoors"
January 31 - February 3, 2022
 

This workshop is a combination plein air and studio workshop. Students will begin on location outdoors making sketches and studies. These sketches will then be used as inspirational resource materials for more complete, slightly larger, studio pieces that remain fresh and inviting. Lori Putnam’s paintings are a personal and genuine response to a scene, and she encourages her students to learn to do the same. Students will leave this workshop excited and ready to experiment more on their own. Students will be pointed toward meaningful, personal, artistic growth. Participants will receive a free copy of “Plein air, Right from the Start.” The workshop will include lectures and demonstrations, individual painting time, personalized instruction and group discussions. Some experience working en plein air suggested.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Lori Putnam, www.loriputnam.com
Cost: $785 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Capturing the Light"
January 31 - February 4, 2022
 

In this workshop, most of the time will be spent indoors, with some painting time spent outdoors as well, weather permitting. Tim is best known for the light in his paintings coupled with strong composition. The primary focus will be how to convey the sense of strong sunlight in a painting by identifying, clarifying, and pushing the values. Exercises will be used to help simplify these concepts. Students will also work on achieving clean color in their paintings and utilize value patterns to aid in developing successful compositions. There will be discussions on materials, scene selection, and brushwork. Tim will create a demonstration painting each day and work with students individually on their paintings throughout the day.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Timothy Horn, www.timhornart.com
Cost: $715 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Old West: Tubac, Arizona"
February 7-11, 2022
 

Learn to simplify the plein air subject and mix colors that suggest light, not detail. Two of the most important aspects to plein air painting are creating a strong, expressive design and understanding how to interpret color outdoors. Students will focus on developing a sense of design and rhythm. While staying at the Tubac Golf Resort, a restored 1800’s ranch, students will be near the Santa Rita Mountains on the Santa Cruz River. The historic village of Tubac provides old adobe buildings and street scenes to paint. Nearby, students will paint the beautiful Spanish Church built in 1828 at the Tumacacori Mission. There will also be slide shows in the evenings, group critiques and dinners, and sunrise painting for early risers!
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Phil Starke, www.philstarke.com
Cost: $665 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painters of America"
February 13-17, 2022
 

This workshop will focus on the foundational principles required to complete successful landscape paintings in the field. A solid understanding of drawing, value, design, and color is fundamental when it comes to analyzing the subject at hand and completing a successful painting. We will cover these principles in depth and discuss how they apply to organic forms in a natural environment. Participants should expect plenty of personal attention and daily demos. This class is open to all skill levels. Instructors include: Mitch Baird, Aimee Erickson, Dave Santillanes, and Eric Jacobsen.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: 4 instructors
Cost: $850 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Studio Colombia Art & Eat"
February 15-23, 2022
 

Join our eight-night workshop and experience the stunning Caribbean coast from Puerto Colombia (Barranquilla) to Cartagena. Learn the fundamentals of perspective drawing and watercolors and have a taste of Colombian Caribbean food and culture. After an art class, try a "mojarra con arroz con coco" with a cold Colombian beer or an "aguardiente". Paint on the beach just like Gauguin was doing in Tahiti. Visit a few restaurants’ kitchens and learn from their chefs. Take part in a street food tour. Price of CAD 2600 (around US$2075) includes eight-night double accommodation in comfortable and centrally located hotels, all ground transportation, all breakfasts, one lunch, two suppers, one street food tour, art instruction, cooking classes/demonstrations, art supplies, and more.
 
Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US $2075
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Plein Air with Mark Boedges"
February 28 - March 4, 2022
 

“Every time I put brush to canvas I am trying to find what is essential about that scene and to give it life on the canvas. Invariably, a significant part of this goal is achieved by simply rendering an authentic light. Whether direct sunlight or indirect ambient light, I aim to capture the particular effect that the light is having on my subject on that day and at that time everything else in my painting flows from this.” – Mark Boedges. This workshop will focus primarily on giving students the tools to render authentic light by carefully using correct values and rigorously maintaining color temperature relationships between light and shadow. Portable equipment and transportation required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Boedges, www.markboedges.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Create Moving Atmosphere in the Landscape"
March 7-10, 2022
 

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


"The Figure in Oil: In Studio and Plein Air"
March 14-18, 2022
 

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. 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.” Be ready to cover a lot of canvas and to “learn through earnest mileage.” Students will receive plenty of one- on-one instruction and individual demonstrations will be given as needed.
 
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


"Fundamentals of Studio Landscape Painting"
March 14-18, 2022
 

Designed for all students wishing to develop further fundamentals in landscape painting, including a greater understanding for values, color mixing, atmospheric perspective, and composition including design organization and emphasis. The focus will also be on developing more fluid brushwork and a personal statement in representing outdoor subject matter. Though we will accomplish 8-10 painting studies, the primary focus will be on imparting the necessary information for self-evaluation and growth. Instruction will include lecture and slide presentation, demonstrations, class critique, and plenty of one-on-one time with each student. A field easel is optional, the Artists’ School will have studio easels available. Finally, a class that deciphers the mysteries of age-old concepts and breaks it down into simple, straightforward, easy to understand mechanisms.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: John Poon, www.johnpoon.net
Cost: $655 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Expressive Brushwork En Plein Air"
March 19-26, 2022
 

Join us for what is sure to be another fun and exciting week of painting in the Tropics as I eagerly return for a fourth year to the gorgeous setting of coastal Boca De Tomatlan, a unique and authentic fishing village just south of Puerto Vallarta. This all-inclusive workshop is one not to be missed, as the Casa De Artistas delivers a rich, relaxing, and inspiring experience. Truly a painter’s paradise…and so much more!
 
Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Mexico
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $2,195
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas
Website, email, (413) 625-8382


"Plein Air Sketch and Quick Studies to Studio"
March 21-24, 2022
 

This workshop will be about efficiency in collecting field sketches and converting them to studio paintings. Students will be catching those moments in the day that make the Sonoran Desert the worthwhile subject matter that it is to paint. There are also specific exercises designed to see and capture the essence of a scene and concept which will be presented during the workshop. With their fresh field sketches in hand, students will be painting in the studio, combining the color from the field with the information from their cameras. Students will be working with both to produce studio pieces where all aspects of this process will be condensed and consolidated: color, design, drawing, and personal expression.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ray Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Cost: $635 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstracting the Landscape"
March 28-31, 2022
 

Modernize your paintings to be more joyful and “happy.” Students will learn to abstract the landscape from appropriate photos which will be supplied by Claudia. Students will learn effective composition, the use of cool and warm colors, vibrant color mixing, and experimenting. Claudia will give demonstrations, individual instruction and critiques. The students will have the opportunity to complete a painting each day. The goal: learn, have fun and fall in love with acrylic paints!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Claudia Hartley, claudiahartley.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Capturing the Atmosphere"
March 28 - April 1, 2022
 

This workshop is for all levels. The first two days we’ll focus on painting outdoors, learning to quickly gather necessary visual information, simplify a landscape and interpret color relationships. Other fundamental concepts will include the importance of values, shapes and edges. The second part of this workshop will focus on designing a studio painting from plein air studies and photos. Artists will learn to analyze the information they gathered in the field interpreting color and value relationships in order to create depth in a landscape painting. Many outdoor painting principles will be discussed - including how to design a landscape, and the importance of values, shapes and edges - but with a greater focus on composing a finished piece.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dave Santillanes, www.davesantillanes.com
Cost: $750 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Discover a New Way of Seeing Color"
March 28 - April 1, 2022
 

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


"Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
March 29 - April 3, 2022
 

Join me for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Santa Barbara. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Sketching and Journaling in Watercolor"
April 3-8, 2022
 

I’ll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in this wonderful town, as well as the distant and scenic on the magical coast of Santa Barbara. In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool (that will be provided). This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are, gazing at a street scene or the way the light grazes the trunk of a tree. We’ll work spontaneously, and I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful. Each day will start with a short demo and end with a critique, hopefully while sitting in a shady courtyard with a glass of wine in hand.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, www.shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Portugal"
April 4-10, 2022
 

Join California-based painter and renowned art instructor Randall Sexton for an exciting week of 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


"Seeing and Capturing your Subject"
April 4-8, 2022
 

What does the act of ‘seeing’ mean for an artist? Discover the answers in this 5-day workshop as we explore the specifics of observing a subject, interpreting the visual elements, and executing it all onto canvas. We will discuss the way the optics of the eye work as well as seeing light, form, atmosphere and space. The fundamental principles of painting - composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will also be stressed. Each day we will begin with a demo, followed by a fun day of painting and personal instruction. Students may choose to work from their favorite photos and field sketches or set up still lifes. Demonstrations will be in oil but acrylic is welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Acrylic Landscapes"
April 4-8, 2022
 

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


"Bringing the Outdoors in: Painting Expressive Landscapes in Oil"
April 4-8, 2022
 

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


"Watercolor Painting Workshop"
April 8-13, 2022
 

Join me on this wonderful trip to Santa Barbara! We will explore and paint outdoors while enjoying the joie de vivre the town has to offer. If you’re looking for a cozy, personalized therefore very special painting holiday organized by an experienced tour operator, this is it. Since we will be a small group, I can also closely work with each one of you for a semi-private painting experience. My teaching style consists of one hour demo once or twice a day followed by one-to-one support.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, www.ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Nature Journaling: Artist Books"
April 9-10, 2022
 

Learn to make an accordion folded, standing booklet with your nature illustrations on both sides. We’ll start with a 4×6?, 4-panel prefolded accordion style booklet made from watercolor paper. Cynthia will do several demonstrations to show how to draw, use ink pens, paint in watercolor or use watercolor pens, make collage, and add calligraphy. Each person will create a unique nature art booklet that will stand vertically for display. No previous experience needed.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Quinn
Cost: $150 + $10 supply fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Oil Painting Texture and Depth"
April 18-21, 2022
 

Expand your painting knowledge beyond the brush and palette knife. In this workshop you will be introduced to oil sticks, cold wax and color shapers and combine them with brushwork to build up texture and depth in an oil painting. Daily demonstrations by Michelle will get your day started with purpose. Michelle will explain why and when to manipulate the paint to achieve a more sophisticated painting surface. All levels and subject matter can benefit from this process. Bring a photo, small study or painting to work from.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michelle Jung, www.michellejungstudio.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Making Connections"
May 2-6, 2022
 

Discover the magic system that ties a painting together with harmonious color, powerful brushwork, and well-designed abstract structural shapes. Direct the viewer with intent using intellect and intuition. This class will build upon your knowledge through exercises, demonstrations, enlightening visuals, and master dissections as well as group and individual critiques. Personal photo references and studies will be used. Kevin is author of four popular books on painting, a world class plein air painter, mentor, and teacher. His motto is “Painting is simple, but not easy”. Kevin sets a tone in class that is challenging and encouraging and will keep you laughing all the while you are learning. Please come with an open mind and optimistic, kind spirit.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kevin Macpherson, www.kevinmacpherson.com
Cost: $995 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
May 7-14, 2022
 

Come join Suhita Shirodkar for a week long painting adventure in the magnificent Costa Brava, Spain. Suhita Shirodkar is a self-confessed obsessive sketcher and watercolor artist. Her love of color and of travel is reflected in her work. You will learn to sketch people, places, flora and fauna so your sketchbooks can truly reflect your travels. There will be critiques and discussions about your paintings and Suhita will spend part of each day “one on one” with you as you sketch the magnificent views.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Suhita Sirodkar, SketchAway.wordpress.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Van Gogh and Cézanne in Provence, France"
May 8-15, 2022
 

This retreat will take you to the very places that Van Gogh and Cézanne painted many of their masterpieces. You will be inspired by the rich locations of Arles, Saint Remy, and Aix-en-Provence. Hosts Royce Deans (USA) and Tali Farchi (NL) are accomplished painters and teachers, providing art instruction to enrich your creative process, they’ll share information about these artist's lives and how they worked. The ArtisTTable has hosted hundreds of artists of all levels and backgrounds. During this retreat, we will stay in the center of Arles giving easy access to this historic city. This all inclusive retreat boasts delicious meals, exclusive day trips and lots of art making. It will be a trip you won't forget.
 
Location: Arles, and Aix-en-Provence, France
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $2990.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Paint the Town! Cityscape Painting Fundamentals"
May 9-12, 2022
 

Award-winning artist and college art professor, Rob Adamson, will teach a four-day workshop on the painting fundamentals needed to create stunning, vibrant day and night cityscapes. Students will be taught simplified one and two-point perspective. Principles of design, value, color and edges will be covered. These principles can also be applied to landscape paintings. Color glazing techniques will be demonstrated. Students will work from photo references provided by the instructor, but can also work from their own photo references to create memorable paintings. The instructor will provide lectures, demonstrations and individual instruction. Beginners through advanced artists are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rob Adamson, www.robadamsonstudio.blogspot.com
Cost: $550 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting in Spain: Plein Air in Watercolor & Oil"
May 14-21, 2022
 

Join Julie Gilbert Pollard for a wonderful week of plein air painting on the beautiful coast of Northern Spain, the Costa Brava. Visit inspiring locations, learning to interpret them into your personal visual expression. Expect sight-seeing, photo-sketching, sketching and “light” plein air painting using minimal equipment that is easy to carry in a medium-size backpack. Julie will demonstrate and coach you through methods and techniques that have proven invaluable in learning to distill a scene into its most simple format, leading to studio paintings that retain that illusive “plein air feel”. All levels are welcome. Classes will be small, so Julie will have ample time to help students work toward individual goals.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Workshop with Michele Usibelli"
May 16-18, 2022
 

Join LPAPA Signature Artist Michele Usibelli for this intense and fun filled 3-Day Workshop focused on “Bringing Paintings to Life!” Lessons will include an abbreviated lecture on the fundamentals of sound painting, a discussion of drawing, value, design and color, plus lively Q&A sessions.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Michele Usibelli
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Photography Basics and Adobe Lightroom Post-Processing"
May 21-22, 2022
 

Day 1: Field Day at Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area. In the field, we’ll cover how to use aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and focusing to perfect your compositions and exposures. Day 2: Post-Processing and Adobe Lightroom at River Arts Studio. In the studio, we’ll spend time learning to process the photos you took on Day 1 using Adobe Lightroom. Students should bring their cameras and any necessary cords, laptop and charger, and a notepad.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mike Murray
Cost: $60
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Painting in Spain: Oil Painting Workshop"
May 21-28, 2022
 

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


"Painting the Dutch Landscape"
May 22-29, 2022
 

During this retreat to Holland, The Netherlands we will visit the city of Zwolle, founded in 800AD. Its classically designed city center has gorgeous parks surrounded by farmland, wooded areas, canals, dikes, and lots of bikes. Your hosts Royce Deans (USA) and Tali Farchi (Zwolle) are accomplished painters and teachers, providing art instruction to enrich your creative process. The ArtisTTable has hosted hundreds of artists of all levels and backgrounds. During this retreat, we will stay in the 4-Star Bilderberg Wientjes Hotel. This all inclusive retreat boasts delicious meals, exclusive day trips and lots of art making. You will get the full-local experience that will take you will off the beaten tourist path and be a trip you won't forget.
 
Location: Zwolle, The Netherlands
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $2990.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Painting in the Loire Valley: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
June 10-17, 2022
 

We will spend an amazing week in the Loire Valley filling our watercolor journals with memories for a lifetime and inspiration for larger paintings back home. Kathy will share how she chooses and composes a composition with quick colorful sketches. As a master plein air artist at the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational (2016) and Olmsted Georgia Color (2019 & 2020), she has a wealth of painting knowledge to share with you, no matter what your level of experience. We will travel light with a small pack of supplies that can easily fit into your backpack or satchel. Kathy will work with each of you individually to create your best watercolor sketches. Kathy has a love for art, adventure and people.
 
Location: Saint Pierre de Corps, France
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, www.RennellForbes.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
June 11-20, 2022
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein air painting, art history/art theory lectures, touring, group discussions, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. We limit the size of our groups to eight participants to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2600) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.) train ticket to Florence, and a guided tour to the Uffizi Museum. Testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US $2600
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Plein Air Painting in Beartooth, Montana"
June 13-17, 2022
 

Landscape painting is mostly about learning how to see; how to interpret, compare and edit the shapes and colors of the scene we choose to paint. In other words, to not see literally the mountains, trees, grass, water, etc. but to see them as an interesting and beautiful arrangement of shapes and colors. This opens up a whole lot more possibilities for things to paint and also helps us find our own voice. Students will concentrate on the process of painting and not be so concerned with doing “finished” paintings. Students will work on what makes a plein air painting work; the mood, rhythm and movement along with an interesting and compelling arrangement of values, masses and color.
 
Location: Beartooth, Montana
Instructor: Ned Mueller, www.nedmueller.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting in Boulder, Colorado"
June 13-17, 2022
 

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


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 20-27, 2022
 

Join us in France, the birth country of plein air painting, and paint the magnificent French Alps en plein air! This workshop is for all levels: whether you are a first time plein air painter, or have been painting around world, you’ll have an amazing experience painting lakes, mountains or chalets in this beautiful region, while improving your on-location painting skills within days! I will be demoing on site, with both watercolor plein air painting and watercolor sketching techniques. You will learn how to select lighting and subject matters, simplify what you see and create strong compositions. In addition to the demos, I will provide fun and easy to follow hands-on tutorials tailored towards each individual's needs.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Shuang Li, www.shuangliwatercolors.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Trip 2022"
June 25 - July 6, 2022
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence followed by a four-day art history tour in Barcelona. A unique learning experience open to artists of all levels and all mediums. Paint a varied range of subjects, from lavender and poppy fields to ochre cliffs and beautiful mountain scenery, visit Barcelona’s great art museums and architecture, and enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3800 (around US$2950) includes painting instruction, art history/theory lectures,11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation, and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Miró Museum, etc.). The perfect art holidays!
 
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence/Barcelona, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US $2950
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 27 - July 4, 2022
 

Join Kim for a glorious sketching and painting excursion in the French Alps. From Chamonix to Annecy, the little Venice of the French Alps, Kim will help you to record the beautiful scenery and this 7-day cultural experience. We will have medieval streets, local markets and the majestic Mont-Blanc as inspiration. And of course, who can resist the gastronomic cheeses of this region. Open to all levels from beginners to intermediate students.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kim Minichiello, www.kimminichiello.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
July 4-11, 2022
 

Join award-winning artist and American Watercolor Society signature member, Sarah Yeoman, for this wonderful plein-air painting workshop in the French Alps whether you want to know the basics or to get professional pointers. We will explore the magic of the watercolor medium in a enchanting atmosphere. Beginning with a morning demonstration, she will lead you through the step by step process she uses to create paintings with strong colorful darks and shimmering lights no matter the choice of subject. Sarah will share her years of knowledge on materials, paint application, composition, life as an artist and “finding your light” in watercolor.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Sarah Yeoman, Sarahyeoman.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Paint without fear"
July 7-14, 2022
 

Bonjour, join us and artist Gregory Wellman at our beautiful country house, La Salle, in Southern France for a 7 night painting holiday. Luxury accommodation, delicious meals with wine, a friendly environment and like minded people. Non painters are welcome. We will visit villages nearby, passing through glorious landscapes ablaze with Sunflowers. We will be winetasting at the Chateau, visiting wonderful farmer's markets plus a fabulous flea market. Groups are of 5 -10 artists enabling plenty of individual tuition, painting on location and in the studio. Gregory demonstrates in acrylic but invites artists to bring their preferred medium. His teaching style is encouraging and confidence building while developing skills and technique. Pack your paints and brushes and let's go!
 
Location: Toulouse, France
Instructor: Gregory Wellman
Cost: $1660
Sponsor: Painting holidays at La Salle
Website, email, 0033(0)562294520


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
July 10-19, 2022
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein air painting, art history/art theory lectures, touring, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our groups of eight participants and our teaching approach allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3475 (around US$ 2700) includes instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.) train ticket to Florence, and a guided tour to the Uffizi Museum. Testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2700
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Capturing the Light: Painting in Hope Valley near Lake Tahoe, CA"
August 2-5, 2022
 

Frustrated with trying to catch the ever-changing light condition while painting outdoors? Always wanted to learn about plein air painting but have been afraid to try it? Need some inspiration to kick-start your work? This workshop is for you! Join Kathleen Dunphy, award-winning oil painter, for an intensive workshop of painting landscapes on location in beautiful Hope Valley, CA. Kathleen will walk you through her process for creating dynamic, light-filled paintings. All levels welcome. This workshop starts with a comprehensive lecture on the fundamentals of good painting and tips for plein air work. Workshop includes lectures, hand-outs, demonstrations, lots of one-on-one instruction and painting on location. Students will get the opportunity to paint several studies in this high-energy workshop.
 
Location: Hope Valley, California
Instructor: Kathleen Dunphy, www.kathleendunphy.com
Cost: $875 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting in France: Oil Painting Workshop"
August 21-28, 2022
 

Join me to follow in the footsteps of master painters Monet, Pisarro, Renoir, Gaugin, Picasso, Cassatt and more. Each day we’ll enjoy artistic and cultural experiences, including the unique opportunity to paint in Monet’s Garden with no crowds. My plein air workshops are extremely comprehensive and have been described as ‘art school in a week’. I’ll de-mystify the painting process by teaching straightforward, easy to understand steps. Using tried and true principles as a jumping off point will allow you to loosen up and find your own voice. You’ll leave this class with the skills needed to take your work to the next level…both outdoors and in the studio. There will be demos, discussions, handouts, lots of painting time and individual attention.
 
Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Jane Hunt, janehuntart.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Sketching & Watercolor"
August 22-29, 2022
 

Join us for this magical plein air painting & sketching adventure in the French Alps! Yuki will walk you through how to create an atmosphere of a scene by establishing the sense of depth in the picture plane and also by breaking away from a rigid coloring-in painting style. You will start painting with confident brush strokes and expressive edge qualities. You will also learn how to simplify a complex subject by extracting the most important feature of the subject while leaving unnecessary details out. Establishing a strong tonal value pattern in your picture plane is also important. We will practice tonal value studies and monochromatic paintings and learn how to translate them into full-color paintings for maximum visual and emotional impact.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Yuki Hall, www.yukihallfineart.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
August 26 - September 2, 2022
 

This workshop is focused on the plein-air experience. We will be painting in breathtaking locations in the French Alps where subject matter ranges from bucolic mountain scenes with French barn buildings to lakeside scene with boats as well as busy streets/ town settings. Frank Eber works in a direct, loose style influenced by the Old World masters. Typical in his art are color mixes and light that evoke nostalgia while remaining absolutely in the present. Frank’s watercolor workshops reach beyond technique, encouraging individual expression and observing the elusive balance of forces that create beauty in painting.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Frank Eber
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in France: Oil Painting Workshop"
August 28 - September 4, 2022
 

Join me to follow in the footsteps of master painters Monet, Pisarro, Renoir, Gaugin, Picasso, Cassatt and more. Each day we’ll enjoy artistic and cultural experiences, including the unique opportunity to paint in Monet’s Garden with no crowds. My plein air workshops are extremely comprehensive and have been described as ‘art school in a week’. I’ll de-mystify the painting process by teaching straightforward, easy to understand steps. Using tried and true principles as a jumping off point will allow you to loosen up and find your own voice. You’ll leave this class with the skills needed to take your work to the next level…both outdoors and in the studio. There will be demos, discussions, handouts, lots of painting time and individual attention.
 
Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Jane Hunt, janehuntart.com
Cost: $3,290 before Jan 31st; $3,490 after Jan 31st
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 2-9, 2022
 

Come along with me to France for a week of painting the French Alps. All the logistics will be taken care of – all you have to do is relax and enjoy as we sketch Alpine meadows, cobblestoned villages, wooden chalets with flowery boxes and spectacular lakes and mountains. We’ll also paint in Annecy, known as the Venice of the North, a beautiful medieval city surrounded by canals and mountains. We’ll capture these once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the pages of our travel journals. The workshop is suitable for all levels, but some experience with drawing and watercolor would be helpful.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Leslie Fehling, www.lesliefehling.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence: Oil Painting Workshop"
September 9-16, 2022
 

Join us in in Provence! The workshop will kick off with a lecture and demo. Students receive instruction on principals of painting ranging from drawing, color, value, composition, color theory and so much more. You will apply what is being taught by getting outside and paint with full days in the field seeing, recording and observing our picturesque surroundings. Suzie will demo on location and offer one-on-one instruction to all the students while they paint in scenic locations.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Suzie Baker, www.suziebaker.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
September 10-17, 2022
 

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


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting & Journaling"
September 17-24, 2022
 

Join us on the Costa Brava of Spain and experience daily demonstrations, personalized instruction, and, encouraging support. We show you how to design and simplify your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Enjoy creating colorful paintings with an emphasis on your own unique point of view. We look forward to returning to dreamy Spain and sharing the adventure with you. We have already been there with French Escapade a few years ago and can’t wait to be back! We’ll explore the inspiring coast of the Costa Brava and charming villages as we make the most of our painting time together.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Capturing the Magic of Tuscany"
September 22-30, 2022
 

Join me for a magical painting and sketching vacation workshop in Tuscany, Italy - a trip of a lifetime for artists & art enthusiasts, combining Renaissance art, history, culture, watercolor painting, and Tuscan cousin and wine! We will spend our first 2 days in Florence, immersing ourselves in Renaissance art and architecture, seeing works of Renaissance masters such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. We will then transfer to a 16th -century renovated family-owned farmhouse with its history, winery and a spectacular view. We will be painting on the beautiful grounds of the farmhouse as well as during the excursion to Siena, Pienza and Bagno Vigoni. You will also be enjoying authentic Tuscan cuisine, wine tour and cooking course.
 
Location: Florence, Trequanda, Italy
Instructor: Yuki Hall, TWSA
Cost: $3,400
Website, email, 937-679-2464


"Studio Italia - Art workshop offered since 1997"
October 1-11, 2022
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein air painting, art history/art theory lectures, touring, group discussions, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. We offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2600) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.) train ticket to Florence, and a guided tour to the Uffizi Museum. Testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US $2600
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
October 9-16, 2022
 

Join Uma Kelkar for a wonderful week in Provence. Participants will learn how to employ just enough shapes, colors and stroked to achieve maximum impact. This is Uma’s definition of elegance. Exercises during each day will build up towards a final painting. We will focus on the technical skills at the beginning followed by discussion of elements of design and Uma’s philosophy of painting. If you’ve always wanted to overcome the fear of wet on wet painting, rest assured that at the end of the workshop, you will feel more confident about approaching it independently.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Uma Kelkar, www.umakelkar.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Modern Impressionism in Action"
October 19-22, 2022
 

Colley Whisson believes "It is not what you paint but how you paint it". He has a strong belief that he is not copying nature but giving expression to visual ideas. Colley teaches the fundamentals needed to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and sensitivity to the subject. Colley's workshops are conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. In this workshop, he will focus on tone, composition, brushwork, color saturation, and pay special attention to the importance of edges. Colley employs a step-by-step process, demonstrating to all levels of students the best approach to constructing a painting. Weather permitting, Colley will conduct an outdoor demonstration to show his approach to working on site, or 'en plein air'.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Colley Whisson, www.colleywhisson.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Paint Tuscany in Watercolors"
Ongoing
 

Paint dreamy Tuscany from hilltop towns, vineyards and fields of poppies to simple olives and other Tuscan treasures. Select from 18+ lesson videos to paint from on your own time. Bonus Paint-alongs and Facebook community also included.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $279
Sponsor: Cindy Briggs Workshops
Website, email, 541-420-9463


 

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