Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Online Snow Watercolor Class"
Saturdays, December 3-17, 2022
 

This online watercolor workshop will explore how to paint a winter snow scene. Students will learn how to paint a stormy sky, snow laden trees and how to create the atmospheric look. Students will use techniques like wet-on-wet, hard and soft edges, layering, and more. Paint along as Lorraine walks you through the process, step-by-step. Lorraine will demonstrate steps in the process and share lots of tips and tricks along the way. Instructions, supply list, photo resource and drawing provided.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Lorraine Watry
Cost: $170
Sponsor: Lorraine Watry
Website, email, 719-291-2748


"Sketching Provence live and interactive on Zoom"
December 3-4, 2022
 

Join Australian Artist Judy Salleh as we travel virtually to Provence in the South of France to paint two different scenes. This is a very hands-on workshop and Judy will guide you step by step through her process of subject choice, analyzing a scene to work out the values and eliminate unnecessary details. You will be clearly taken through color choices, with Judy showing how to mix paints to create warm and cool colors that work together. Learn how to mix interesting greens and achieve realistic variations, which are notoriously tricky in watercolor. Judy loves to take you on a journey with watercolor, breaking down the process into simple steps and allowing you to do what makes your heart sing!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Judy Salleh
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Winter Landscape: Complimentary Demonstration"
January 11, 2023
 

Painting loosely doesn't just 'happen'; it comes from gaining a comfortable level with your skills and materials. However, some techniques can speed up this process. During this one hour complimentary demonstration, Andy will share with you his creative process, emphasizing various techniques that will assist artists at all experience levels in gaining confidence and finding their artistic voice. Reservation is required to attend and will also get you complimentary access to the recording for 24 hours.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Andy Evansen
Cost: $0
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"One Day of Plein Air with Pastels at Honey Horn Plantation"
January 14, 2023
 

Spend a lovely day outside learning how to paint with pastels in plein air! The class will start with a pastel painting demonstration at Honey Horn Plantation, on Oyster Bay Dock. Carol will share how she creates brilliant color vibration in her pastel paintings. You will learn how to focus in on a strong composition, define your values, identify your light source, create a point of focus, and how to see and use color effectively in plein air. You will learn the importance of painting light, shadows and colors from real life. There will be personalized teaching and individualized feedback throughout the day.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Carol Iglesias
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Bold and Loose Tropical Landscapes"
January 17, 2023
 

Have you ever wished your watercolor paintings could be more colorful? Looser? More expressive? More exciting? More fun? Join Ellen Negley for an intensive one-day watercolor workshop where she will discuss the tools she uses, explain the difference between value and color, demonstrate how to get colors mixing on the paper, discuss composition and most importantly… help make watercolor painting fun! You’ll be surrounded by like-minded people, and you might just go home with new friends. Students are encouraged to bring a lunch! Some watercolor experience is preferred.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Ellen Negley
Cost: $225
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Winterscape Painting"
Wednesdays, January 18 - February 22, 2023
 

Enjoy painting the many manifestations of the winter landscape from the comfort of your home in this live Zoom class with plein air painter extraordinaire Joseph Sweeney! Paint from a different winter landscape each week from photo references supplied by the instructor. Topics include preparatory drawing, compositional fundamentals, color mixing to capture the many colors of snow, ice and reflected light, sound painting practices as well as many tips from Joe's long experience. Instruction is geared towards oil, acrylic, and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome. Each session will be recorded and available for viewing after class.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 1-267-514-8647


"Cold Wax & Oil Painting Workshop - The Sublime in Nature"
January 21 & 22, 10AM to 3:00 PM
 

Sublime emotion toward nature is a composite of feelings of awe and inspiring energy which describes different affective experiences. This 2-Day workshop is designed for artists with prior cold wax knowledge and painting skills who want to take their work to a new level. The goal is to focus on the sublime of nature in both its abstraction and representational forms and work with each participant’s ideas and concepts as they develop their individual painting narratives. To help artists think more deeply about their work, Jorge will offer special presentations to the class and do one-on-one consultations. If you have no cold wax medium experience a one-day class is offered the day before at a discounted price.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jorge Luis Bernal
Cost: $395.00 + Tax, materials included
Sponsor: Encaustic Art Institute
Website, email, 301-821-3999


"Building Blocks to Successful Oil Paintings"
January 31 - February 2, 2023
 

“Building Blocks to Successful Oil Paintings” is a class wherein students will practice the foundational principles of good painting. No matter what level of experience one has, there are certain fundamentals that are always found in a beautiful painting: an idea or story, pleasing composition/design, interesting shapes accurately painted, accurate values, harmonious colors, varied edge treatments, depth through perspective. In this class we will explore these fundamentals and apply them each day. I will be easel-side frequently to view your progress and answer your questions. I will also demonstrate some of the principles in front of the class each day. At the end of each day, I will conduct a “soft” critique of students’ works for learning purposes.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Gary Baughman
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Fundamentals of Drawing"
February 4-5, 2023
 

Join award-winning draftsman Thomas Schaller in Drawing Foundations. This two-day workshop is an exciting chance for the beginning artist to learn from a master as he introduces you to the essential techniques, concepts, and strategies of drawing, sketching, and composing. Tom will share his favorite tools and materials and explain his process using his sketchbook to capture and explore compositions, subjects, and inspirations. This class welcomes curious beginners and experienced students alike who are looking to strengthen their foundations and learn new techniques. Students of all mediums will hone their foundational skills and discover new ways of incorporating drawing & compositional planning into their artwork.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Thomas W Schaller
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Foundations of Watercolor"
February 11-12, 2023
 

Join award-winning watercolor artist Thomas Schaller to learn the essential Foundations of Watercolor. This two-day workshop is an exciting opportunity for the beginning artist to learn the foundational concepts and techniques of painting with watercolor. Tom will introduce you to the world of watercolor, explaining the medium's strengths and quirks, sharing his favorite materials and tools, demonstrating essential brushwork techniques, and discussing the foundations of design and composition. Tom will also share how he uses tone and value as the foundation of his work and discuss the role of planning and sketching in executing a successful painting. This class welcomes curious beginners to watercolor and experienced students looking to strengthen their foundations.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Thomas W Schaller
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Watercolor - Paint En Plein Air"
February 14, 2023
 

Join artist and guest instructor, Catherine Hillis for this exciting 1-day plein air watercolor workshop for beginner and intermediate students! Everybody's talkin' about plein air painting. What is it? What equipment do you use? How do you start a painting? What steps are involved? And how do you know when you're done? Meet instructor Catherine Hillis in beautiful Hilton Head, SC and learn the in's and out's of plein air painting. Ms. Hillis has been on the national plein air circuit for several years now, painting across the country. She'll share tips about equipment and how to approach working in the field. You'll learn how to select a spot and Hillis will provide multiple demonstrations as well as personal coaching.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Catherine Hillis
Cost: $180
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Studio Colombia Art & Eat - Art workshop in South America"
February 14-22, 2023
 

Join our eight-night art 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. Enjoy a street food tour, attend cooking demonstrations by local chefs and visit food markets. The price of CAD$ 2850 (around US$ 2220) includes instruction, eight-night double accommodation, all ground transportation, all breakfasts, one lunch, two great suppers including wine, one street food tour, cooking demonstrations, art supplies, and museum entrances. The perfect winter getaway!
 
Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 2220
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"One Day of Plein Air with Pastels at Shelter Cove Community Park"
February 21, 2023
 

Spend a lovely day outside learning how to paint with pastels in plein air! The class will start with a pastel painting demonstration on the raised lawn at Shelter Cove Community Park. Carol will share how she creates brilliant color vibration in her pastel paintings. You will learn how to focus in on a strong composition, define your values, identify your light sources, create a point of focus, and how to see and use color effectively in plein air. You will learn the importance of painting light, shadows and colors from real life. There will be personalized teaching and individualized feedback throughout the day.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Carol Iglesias
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Expressive Brushwork En Plein Air"
March 18-25, 2023
 

Join us for what is sure to be another fun and exciting week of painting in the Tropics. I eagerly return for a fifth 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: $2,495
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas
Website, email, (413) 625-8382


"Plein Air Workshop 'Freedom of the Brushstroke'"
March 24-26, 2023
 

You will learn Vladislav's best approaches to working outdoors starting with location and “point of view" followed by important value sketching and composition lessons. Each day will start with the detailed demonstration and lesson. Special attention will be given to the choice of colors which may be different from what’s there, and impressionistic style watercolor techniques. Discover simple steps to fresh and loose watercolor painting. Advance your skills in adding imaginary details. Receive individual instructions at the easel while creating your own painting. You will learn: Color mixing techniques, Painting the light, Bold Brush painting techniques, Adding people and other details to your painting, Choosing your focal point, Importance of finishing touches.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $480
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Liven Up Your Color and Brushwork"
March 29-31, 2023
 

This workshop is designed to push your skill level to greater heights! Randall will review all the basics of solid picture making while sharing his own methods for livening up your brushwork and color, two key elements for breathing new life into paintings. Come learn from Randall's award winning painting techniques as he shares his enthusiasm for new ideas and approaches for your works.
 
Location: Raliegh, North Carolina
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $585
Website, email


"Making Your Paintings Better"
April 1-2, 2023
 

Students should bring subject matter and medium of their own choice along with reference materials. They are encouraged to bring art they have in progress, art they are not satisfied with, and a subject they want to start new. All must have reference materials. It is also advised to bring a portfolio of photographs of previous artwork. Students can work in any style they chose and will be encouraged to develop a niche or style of their own.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Laurie Snow Hein
Cost: $350
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Sketching and Journaling in Watercolor"
April 1-6, 2023
 

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


"Art and Culture in the Balearic Islands"
April 15-22, 2023
 

Art and Culture in the Balearic Islands is a plein air painting and drawing retreat on the island of Mallorca, Spain. This is our sixth trip to spend the week at La Serranía near Pollensa capturing the beautiful Mediterranean environment capturing the native species, the sea, sky and rocky coastline. All demos are done in watercolor but you are free to work in the medium of your choice. Learning about the history and culture of the Iberian Peninsula is also part of the workshop in the evenings. There is also guided hiking available.
 
Location: Pollensa, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov
Cost: $2850.00
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops LLC
Website, email, 970-318-8444


"Watercolor Painting Instructors Retreat in Sicily"
April 22-29, 2023
 

Experience magical Sicily, enjoy breathtaking vistas, tiny villages, amazing Sicilian gastronomy and local wine. My interest in creating a Retreat for Tutors is to create a forum for instructors in watercolor to explore the Art of Teaching. My concerns in the way watercolor workshops are being conducted, seem to me to have vastly narrow limits in the general format in which they are conducted. Of course, to be sure I haven’t seen all the various methods used and the ones I have seen are quite well done but could there be more? I hope this idea appeals to you and you will join me in kicking off a wonderful retreat tradition for years to come.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Stewart White
Cost: From 1700 €
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email


"How To Create Pastel Paintings with Vibrant Colors"
April 26-27, 2023
 

Learn how to paint with pastels in brilliant color! Carol will share how she creates color vibration in her pastel paintings. The class will start with a full pastel painting demonstration each morning. You will learn how to work with your photos to create a strong composition, define your values, create an underpainting, identify a light source, create a point of focus, and how to see and use color and paper effectively to create a mood for your painting. There will be personalized teaching and individualized feedback throughout the day.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Carol Iglesias
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"One Day of Plein Air with Pastels at Veterans Memorial Park"
April 28, 2023
 

Expand on your classroom skills and spend a lovely day outside learning how to paint with pastels in plein air! The class will start with a pastel painting demonstration on the boardwalk at Veteran’s Memorial Park. Carol will share how she creates brilliant color vibration in her pastel paintings. You will learn how to focus in on a strong composition, define your values, identify your light source, create a point of focus, and how to see and use color effectively in plein air. You will learn the importance of painting light, shadows and colors from real life. There will be personalized teaching and individualized feedback throughout the day.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Carol Iglesias
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


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

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


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

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


"Painting Retreat travel to sunny Sicily and learn oil painting"
May 6-13, 2023
 

Painting, eating, drinking and touring like an Italian, and yes, soaking in some sun after a long winter. So come join me and have some fun, and learn a lot while you do! Why Sicily? It seems so far away. Why go all the way to paint there? Well, because of the light. The sparkling clear, vibrating light. Sicily, and specifically the area we will paint in, is at the very bottom of Italy. Far to the south and out to the west, Marsala is the nearest town. Low in latitude, at the tip of the boot, the toe juts far enough out into the Mediterranean to make the area feel like an island. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Thomas Jefferson Kitts
Cost: From 2640 €
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email


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

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


"Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop in Spain"
May 7-14, 2023
 

Join Brian Murphy for a week-long plein air 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 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 about your paintings 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, www.bmurphy.net
Cost: $3,390 Before Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


"Painting in Spain: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
May 14-21, 2023
 

Join me for one week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Spain. Drawing while traveling is the best way to experience and remember a new place. When we see new sights everything strikes us as unusual, memorable and inspiring. We have a natural desire to admire new vistas, taste new flavors, inhale unusual aromas and record these sensations through taking photos, but also through drawing and writing. For me, drawing while traveling is instinctual, and I am eager to share my passion to fully immerse yourself in a new place through the practice of travel sketching. I will share some of my favorite watercolor techniques and tips on drawing architecture, water, and greenery.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Rita Sabler, www.ritasabler.com
Cost: $3,390 Before Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Picturesque Saint Antonin-Noble-Val France"
May 16-22, 2023
 

Keith Wicks and Chuck Pyle are teaming up with Charolette Clement (privet chef) to paint and enjoy the picturesque town of Saint Antonin-Noble-Val. With two instructors there's lots of one on one time to learn from these two master painters. We will visit St Cirq de la Popie one of the most beautiful towns of France and visit the Toulouse Lautrec Museum. We will also visit the flea market in Albi and the famous farmers market in St Antonin painting and taking in the sites. Students who join will visit Le Touron Charolette's beautiful home and outdoor restaurant for spectacular dining experience. This week will be packed with fun and painting in Plein Air. Enrollment limited to the first 8 students.
 
Location: Saint Antonin-Noble-Val, France
Instructor: Keith Wicks and Chuck Pyle
Cost: $3000
Sponsor: Keith Wicks Fine Art
Website, email, 707-304-0274


"Painting in the Loire Valley: Travel Sketching in Perspective & Watercolor"
June 1-8, 2023
 

We will spend an amazing week in the Loire Valley filling our watercolor journals with memories of a lifetime. Sketching on-location is powerful. The process of drawing imprints what you see into your brain in such a way that years from now, the sounds of the people walking by, the scent of the rain, the feel of the warm air, and much more will all flood back when you look at your sketch. Urban Sketching is about quickly capturing your experiences on paper, and more important, in your mind and heart. In this workshop, I combine my background in architecture and illustration, together with my many years of teaching, to demystify the world of on-location perspective sketching and painting.
 
Location: Saint Pierre de Corps, France
Instructor: Stephanie Bower
Cost: $3,590 ($3,390 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 2-9, 2023
 

Join David on a watercolor journey, in the breathtaking surrounding of the Alps. You will be learning valuable watercolor concepts and techniques. This workshop will save you countless hours of trial & error by demonstrating approaches in an easily understood manner that will open new doors of discovery and creativity.David will discuss outdoor equipment options, considerations when choosing a composition, value study options to help prepare for the painting process, and provide numerous demonstrations and individual attention. Regardless of your level of experience, you’re almost guaranteed to leave with a handsome work of art, and the skills, concepts, and confidence to take your paintings to a higher level.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: David R. Smith
Cost: $3,590 ($3,390 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Explore And Paint Croatia with Vladislav Yeliseyev"
June 3-10, 2023
 

Artists Dream Vacation – Croatia Painting And Cultural Tour! Be inspired by narrow limestone streets and unique baroque buildings, the endless shimmer of the Adriatic and interplay of light on the old stone buildings, mountain and valley, green hills and naked stones, fishing boats and majestic courtyards. Our itinerary will include painting and exploring old towns, fresh food market, local folklore, sparkling marinas, boat trip to one of the picturesque islands and much more! A tour of the world’s second most frequented open-air museum will definitely astound you. The fantastic views will inspire you to paint and to take photographs, and the sights that you will capture will continue to amaze you! Small group. Non-painters are welcome. Discount deadline: 11/30/2022
 
Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $3390
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941.330.6865


"Van Gogh & Cezanne in Provence"
June 8-15, 2023
 

This retreat will take you to the very places where Van Gogh and Cézanne painted many of their masterpieces. You will be inspired by the rich locations of Arles, Saint Remi, and Aix-en-Provence. Hosts Tali Farchi (NL) and Shay Avivi (IL) are accomplished painters and teachers, providing art instruction to enrich your creative process, they’ll share information about these artists' 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 Provence, France
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Shay Avivi
Cost: $3,100
Sponsor: Artist Table
Website, email, 0031624903316


"Painting in the Dutch Landscape"
June 22-29, 2023
 

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 Tali Farchi (NL) and Shay Avivi (IL) 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: Tali Farchi and Shay Avivi
Cost: $3,100
Sponsor: Artist Table
Website, email, 0031624903316


"Watercolor Sketching in the South West of France"
June 22-29, 2023
 

Join us in the South West of France and have a creative life experience. You’ll enjoy inspiring locations, daily painting demonstrations, personalized instruction, and encouraging support with Cindy and Theresa. We show you how to simplify and design your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Create colorful paintings en Plein Air and celebrate your own unique point of view. We look forward to sharing this dreamy adventure with you.
 
Location: Cordes-sur-Ciel, France
Instructor: Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling
Cost: $3,590 Before Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour"
June 24 - July 5, 2023
 

A unique art workshop/art tour open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Seven days of plein-air painting, art history/theory lectures, and gourmet cuisine in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence followed by four days visiting Barcelona’s top art sites and enjoying Catalan cuisine. The price of CAD 4275 (around US$ 3330) includes instruction, 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 healthy lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from the Manosque train station to our lodge, transportation to all painting sites (Banon, Simiane-la-Rotonde, Rustrel, etc.), TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrance fees to all museums and sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Miró Museum, etc.). Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence & Barcelona, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3330
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
July 9-18, 2023
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Join us for 9 full days of plein air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our teaching approach and groups limited to eight participants allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3775 (around US$ 2900) 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. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 2900
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting in France: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
August 25 - September 1, 2023
 

Join me as we visit Monet’s house, studio, gardens and ponds. This wonderful week is entirely devoted to filling our sketchbooks with the very scenes that inspired the greatest Impressionists: not just Monet, but also Renoir, Pissarro and Cezanne. And, we crown this glorious week with a day at Auvers-sur-Oise, where Van Gogh spent his final days. And what better way to record this memorable week than in our sketchbooks? I’ll share my techniques for capturing the texture and colour of the Normandy Region’s storybook villages and narrow lanes. We’ll sketch gardens and ponds, romantic scenes along the Seine River, and a charming medieval mill. I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches loose, fresh and vibrant.
 
Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf
Cost: $3,590 ($3,390 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in France: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 1-8, 2023
 

Join me as we visit Monet’s house, studio, gardens and ponds. This wonderful week is entirely devoted to filling our sketchbooks with the very scenes that inspired the greatest Impressionists: not just Monet, but also Renoir, Pissarro and Cezanne. And, we crown this glorious week with a day at Auvers-sur-Oise, where Van Gogh spent his final days. And what better way to record this memorable week than in our sketchbooks? I’ll share my techniques for capturing the texture and colour of the Normandy Region’s storybook villages and narrow lanes. We’ll sketch gardens and ponds, romantic scenes along the Seine River, and a charming medieval mill. I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches loose, fresh and vibrant.
 
Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf
Cost: $3,590 ($3,390 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence: Oil Painting Workshop"
September 1-8, 2023
 

While learning the importance of oil painting techniques (values, edges, composition, etc.), the joy of actually painting France en plein air won’t get lost on Kathie! Her enthusiasm for painting the rolling vineyards and lavender fields with you will be contagious! Kathie will walk through her process of narrowing down the choices of subject matter and then demo before it’s time for you to get your brushes wet too… and she will be right alongside cheering you on with personal instruction and encouragement! There is a reason why you want to paint. Kathie will work to help you tap that desire by throwing herself into the entire experience and beauty of Provence!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Kathie Odom
Cost: $3,390 before Jan 31st
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence: Oil Painting Workshop"
September 8-15, 2023
 

While learning the importance of oil painting techniques (values, edges, composition, etc.), the joy of actually painting France en plein air won’t get lost on Kathie! Her enthusiasm for painting the rolling vineyards and lavender fields with you will be contagious! Kathie will walk through her process of narrowing down the choices of subject matter and then demo before it’s time for you to get your brushes wet too… and she will be right alongside cheering you on with personal instruction and encouragement! There is a reason why you want to paint. Kathie will work to help you tap that desire by throwing herself into the entire experience and beauty of Provence!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Kathie Odom
Cost: $3,390 before Jan 31st
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolour Workshop - Landscape Painting with Qi Yang"
September 9-16, 2023
 

The Work of Qi Yang challenges two painting conceptions of Western and Eastern arts constantly. Yang merges Zen, together with German Expressionism that emphasizes emotion in the paintings through lines, colors, composition and technique. This workshop offers painting combined with poetic thinking for the Italian landscape – from the region Toscana to Assisi. We will at first learn to sketch nature directly in front of beautiful surroundings, for example, trees, forests, mountains, waters and ancient castles, churches, old houses, etc. After sketching the techniques of aquarelle and color ink will be taught, both of which can be used either separately or as mixed technique. Accompanied with the workshop the art theory of the composition on the landscape painting will be taught.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Qi Yang
Cost: 2500 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Watercolor Painting"
September 11-14, 2023
 

The workshop sessions begin each morning at 9:00 a.m. when Couch completes a painting, explaining what he is doing, and why, as he paints. The “mysteries” of design will be unraveled for you while you learn watercolor painting! 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. Skill Level: Beginners, Students, Hobbyists & Professional Artists. Visit tonycouch.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Tony Couch
Cost: $600 Museum members/ $650 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Uniquely Umbria! Pastel Painting in Inspirational Italy"
September 11-15, 2023
 

Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. Draw inspiration from the magnificent countryside, the fragrant flora, the beautiful food and drink or the charm of the Agriturismo La Malvarina using soft pastel. Learn the basics or improve your pastel painting skills in the morning and in the afternoon, explore this gorgeous region steeped in history, art and culture. Each morning will begin with a demonstration of tips and techniques for pastel application as well as instruction about various surfaces and types of pastels. After the demo, each student will receive individual instruction at the easel. Students will take their art pieces home in clear bags suitable for travel. Are you ready to express your vision of Italy?
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Joycelyn Schedler
Cost: 2500 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
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"Uniquely Umbria! Pastel Painting in Inspirational Italy"
September 18-22, 2023
 

Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. Draw inspiration from the magnificent countryside, the fragrant flora, the beautiful food and drink or the charm of the Agriturismo La Malvarina using soft pastel. Learn the basics or improve your pastel painting skills in the morning and in the afternoon, explore this gorgeous region steeped in history, art and culture. Each morning will begin with a demonstration of tips and techniques for pastel application as well as instruction about various surfaces and types of pastels. After the demo, each student will receive individual instruction at the easel. Students will take their art pieces home in clear bags suitable for travel. Are you ready to express your vision of Italy?
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Joycelyn Schedler
Cost: 2500 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Capturing light and atmosphere in watercolor"
September 30 - October 7, 2023
 

Come to enjoy a masterful tuition by Keiko Tanabe, subject matters will be landscape, Mediterranean seascape, old historic city scape, locations in the charming 18th century farmhouse where the participants will stay. Sicily it’s like a dream, colorful sunset, olive groves, lined vineyards, picturesque villages with narrow streets, churches, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, jovial people, traditional foods and great local wine. The participants will benefit from daily one-on-one guidance and a group sharing with Keiko. You can expect to learn about composition, how to capture lights and atmosphere, methods and techniques of creative process. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: 1950 €
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Workshop"
September 30 - October 7, 2023
 

The wonderful views and landscapes of Provence seem to be just made for watercolor. Complex juicy color transitions, bright sun and all the incredible villages of Provence are just begging to be caught on the tip of your brush. But every view, every subject that you want to transfer to your paper requires a different approach. Sometimes it needs the use of a different technique, or a serious change in the set of colors. Understanding how to properly build a project to achieve the best result with the least effort is the key to success. An excellent program of relaxation and enjoyment of Provence will be combined with informative work in the open air to create vibrant and sunny watercolors.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Michael Solovyev
Cost: $3,390 before Jan 31st
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
October 1-10, 2023
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Join us for 9 full days of plein air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our teaching approach and groups limited to eight participants allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3775 (around US$ 2900) 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. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 2900
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Sicily Painting Holiday 2023"
October 1-8, 2023
 

Sicily is an island of contrasts -from fertile volcanic land, ancient and arid ruins to baroque style architecture, it offers beautiful compositions for painters. 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. Your painting supplies, sketchbook, pencils, boards and easels are provided in a spacious beautiful studio. You will enjoy daily painting classes 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.
 
Location: Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $2980. Canadian
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"Watercolor Sketching and Journaling in Western Sicily"
October 8-15, 2023
 

Join Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling for their workshop at the stunning Salinara Art Farm on the west coast of Sicily. Cindy and Theresa will give daily painting lessons and individual help, encouraging support, share how to draw and simplify your subject, play with colors and water, textures, composition, writing and precious advice on how to create and improve your watercolor journal pages. Resume of the workshop, final discussion about student’s works with Cindy and Theresa. Sicily is a unique island that has been shaped by many cultures over many thousands of years. Salinara is a 10 minute walk from the Sea, close by are salt pans with windmills, lined vineyards and olive groves. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs
Cost: From 2900 €
Sponsor: Salinara
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"Painting in a relaxing atmosphere in picturesque Marsala"
October 15-22, 2023
 

Join watercolor artist Jeni Caruana on the beautiful island of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea. Jeni is an experienced tutor for all levels of artists, from beginners to advanced. She encourages everyone to challenge their boundaries and make new discoveries about their own unique expression. Whether it’s basic techniques to give a firm background, or a nudge into loosening up rigid habits, Jeni gives individual attention and inspiration to everyone in the group. The sessions are taught in watercolour, because it is so portable and easy to use on site, but the principles of drawing and colour apply to all mediums, so artists are welcome to bring whatever they are most happy with. Or to bring something different to experiment!
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Jeni Caruana
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email


"Painting the landscape (but seeing more)"
Ongoing classes
 

These ongoing classes series of 4 meetings each, are for you, who wish to improve your painting and sketching skills of the Landscape. Painting from your window or from images you took yourself. Will be available to participants of any level! Classes offer individual instruction and assignments. In addition, I will be open to specific requests for technique or any artistic "problem" that you may want to talk about and work out. Finding shapes, colors, and color values. Using the brush as an extension of your hand, we can work looser. The class is on Mondays. Duration 2 hours (it is an international group check your time zone on the site)
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Tali Farchi
Cost: $125 for 4 meetings
Sponsor: Artist Table
Website, email, 0031624903316


"Story Painting"
Ongoing classes
 

Storytelling versus Story Painting? Or maybe not versus? Let’s tell your story in a painting. In this class, we will learn how to tell your story, convey atmosphere, and feel, and understand colors, lines, focal-point, framing, and depth. You can add (or deduct) from the painting that will tell your story! Let us hear your tale! an ongoing class and instructions. From the prehistoric images in the caves to Edward Hopper... from the bible in pictures to the most modern painters of our times... We will set our subjects in 4 meetings. If you miss a class there will be a recording available.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Tali Farchi
Cost: $125 for 4 meetings
Sponsor: Artist Table
Website, email, 0031624903316


"Tuscan Harbor"
video course
 

In this video course, Anders Andersson shares his thoughts and techniques throughout the entire design process, breaking down each step in a way that makes it accessible and digestible for artists at any level. He hopes to edge you out of your comfort zone and leave you feeling confident and inspired. Painting with watercolor is unlike painting with any other medium. Anders says, “it’s all about curiosity, a journey through chaos and order.” Painting with watercolor teaches us to be okay with things we cannot control. Learning the soul of watercolor means tuning into the watercolor and allowing the watercolor to do its work. Join Anders on the journey of uncovering the personality of watercolor.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Anders Andersson
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Watercolor Explorer Program"
ongoing
 

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


"Capturing Essentials in Landscape"
video course
 

With this self-paced class you will enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule. There are 2 days of recordings available, 2 personal critiques from Eugen Chisnicean and lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. Eugen will take you behind the scenes of creating a landscape painting using watercolor. He will share his approach to design and compositional process, introducing "The Language of the Landscape" as a common language between teacher and students. Students will learn how to read and simplify any subject, build their compositions, capture the essentials of their desired landscape, and create mood and atmosphere using a watercolor medium.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Eugen Chisnicean
Cost: $154
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Macroscale Contemporary Landscape"
video course
 

Enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule and have lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. This demo will show the creation of a large-scale contemporary landscape painting in watercolor from start to finish. Students will explore painterly ways to find the composition. Activating the entire picture plane and working with “push and pull” early in the process will be prioritized. We will use techniques such as glazing, scumbling, splattering, and smearing to deconstruct the image, and Elizabeth will demonstrate a variety of mark-making in this unconventional approach to watercolor. The inclusion of gouache will introduce opacity, and layering and removing paint will be a key part of the evolution of the painting.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Elizabeth Allison
Cost: $35
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Simplifying Landscapes"
video course
 

This video course is for artists at all levels who want to learn to paint natural landscapes or urban scenes with confidence. Whether you are looking to develop your plein-air skills, improve your ability to capture natural light and colors in your studio work, or enhance your natural and urban compositions - award-winning watercolorist Andy Evansen will cover it all! He guides you through the complete plein air painting process, from setting up on location, selecting a scene, understanding natural light and shadow, using simple shapes to create striking compositions, drawing with confidence, and finishing a painting. The course was filmed outdoors on location and includes three complete painting demonstrations with two charming landscapes and one bustling urban scene.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Andy Evansen
Cost: $109
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Water Scenes in Madrid"
video course
 

This course is for artists at all levels who want to learn to paint natural landscapes and waterscapes with confidence. Whether you are looking to develop your plein-air skills, improve your ability to capture natural light and colors in your studio work, or enhance your natural compositions - Pablo will cover it all in this course! An award-winning plein air artist, Pablo has spent over a decade specializing in the painting of water scenes. In this video course, Pablo will demonstrate how you can capture the ethereal flow, reflections, and color of water scenes. He’ll walk you through his set up, materials, palette, and explain his techniques for creating reflectivity, translucency, and fluidity in water scenes.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Pablo Ruben Lopez Sanz
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"San Diego Seascapes"
video course
 

In this video course, award winning watercolorist, Keiko Tanabe walks you through her process of painting in Plein Air. She will share how she selects a scene, creates a striking composition, and uses value and color to create mood in her work. This course was filmed outdoors on location in San Diego California, and includes three complete painting demonstrations with two harbor scenes and one beach scene. This course is for artists at all levels who want to learn to paint natural seascapes with confidence. Whether you are looking to develop your plein-air skills, improve your ability to capture natural light and colors in your studio work, or enhance your compositions - Keiko will cover it all in this course!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Vibrant Street Scenes"
video course
 

In this video course, Michal Jasiewicz guides you through his creative processes both for painting plein-air and in-studio. Each demo begins with an explanation of selecting and analyzing a subject to plan for the composition. He will then explain his process step by step from the initial sketch through adding the finishing details. The course was filmed in Lucca, Italy. Included in the course are four complete painting demonstrations, two outdoors on location and two in-studio, for a total of 4+ hours of video content. Throughout the course, you’ll work on thoughtfully-designed exercises that help you hone your watercolor skills and projects that help you breathe life into your own paintings.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michal Jasiewicz
Cost: $89
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Seeing the Natural World"
video course
 

In this video course, award-winning watercolorist, Thomas Schaller, will demonstrate how to capture the experience of the natural world through watercolor. Tom will guide you in your pursuit of developing your own creative voice by helping you discover various expressive ways to depict the effects of light, shadow, and atmosphere and most effectively paint the world around you. Tom will share his creative process and technique with you as he paints skies, water, reflections, and landscape elements. You will also develop various methods to paint atmospheric conditions like fog, night skies, rain, and more. The course was filmed in Tom's studio and includes two complete painting demonstrations for a total 3+ hours of video lessons.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Thomas W. Schaller
Cost: $109
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Loose & Vivid Landscapes"
video course
 

In this immersive video course, award-winning watercolorist, Andy Evansen, guides you through his entire painting process. The course begins with instruction on selecting scenes, as well as manipulating and using reference photos in the studio. In each of the painting demonstrations, Andy will focus on sketching and using value studies from the outset to identify the large shapes in a scene. He will then move on toward completing the color paintings. The course was filmed in Andy's home state of Minnesota and includes three complete painting demonstrations, two stunning landscapes and one serene street scene, for a total of 5+ hours of video content. This course is for artists at all levels.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Andy Evansen
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Scenes in Italy"
video course
 

In this video course, Italian watercolorist, Igor Sava, takes you through his entire painting process. He will walk you through creating a story from a reference image and modifying the subject. You will also learn about Igor’s materials, compositional and design choices, mixing pigments to create warm and cool tones and more! This course was filmed in Italy. Included are 2 complete painting demonstrations filmed in studio for a total of 4+ hours of video content. Throughout the course, you’ll work on thoughtfully-designed exercises that help you hone your watercolor skills and projects that help you breathe life into your own paintings.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Igor Sava
Cost: $89
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


 

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