Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Outrageous Color in Landscape Painting"
January 27-28, 2022
 

Focus on learning to use a loose, colorful and expressive painting technique in your landscapes. Learn to organize and edit scenes to achieve better compositions. Improve your skill and confidence while putting pizazz into your paintings with bold color. His paintings start fast and end slowly and thoughtfully. Joseph always chooses poetry over correctness in his paintings. Students should have their own photo references. This is an easy going, casual workshop for all levels of painters. He believes in patience, good humor, and boundless encouragement. He starts each day with a 30-minute demo in acrylic while sharing tips, techniques and procedures. Each day will end with an always, gentle class critique.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $180 Member | $220 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Online Sky Studies Watercolor Workshop"
January 29-30, 2022
 

During this two day, online workshop, students will work along with Lorraine as she demonstrates a variety of skies in small 4”x6” studies (6 to 8, depending on time). We will cover ways to depict soft-fluffy clouds, dramatic sunsets, and stars in the night sky. Learn and use techniques like wet-on-wet, softening edges, layering, and more. Reference photos, drawings, and instructions are emailed prior to the class. Students need to have access to a computer with video and audio during the class.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Lorraine Watry
Cost: $165.00
Sponsor: Lorraine Watry Studio
Website, email, 719-291-2748


"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


"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


"Fundamentals of Landscape Painting"
Tuesdays, February 1-15, 2022
 

The most important steps in representational landscape painting are the first steps: the compositional design and block in! This workshop will focus on designing a good composition and nailing the values from the start, starting with a solid value plan with large simple shapes and working through the painting process to whatever level of ‘finish’ is desired. The finishing touches or amount of detail is a matter of personal taste, but the ‘start’ is key to any successful painting. Additionally, perspective as it relates to the landscape, mixing quick clean color, what’s needed when going outdoors to paint and lots more will be covered in three short days. Be ready to work, learn and have fun doing it!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Paul Steele, www.paulsteelefineart.com
Cost: $160 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Unleashed!"
Tuesdays, February 1 - March 8, 2022
 

Paint a mountain stream with water flowing and cascading beneath red rock formations. Learn how to make water look wet, reflective and splashy! Study will focus on the magnificent subject-matter, watercolor techniques and the creative use of color. Techniques will be demonstrated to address the various puzzles with which the artist is faced when painting this stunning, fascinating and challenging subject! There will be demos, instruction and individual critique throughout the Zoom class.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Randy Sexton - Expressive Brushwork"
Wednesdays, February 2-23, 2022
 

This class is taught live via Zoom. California-based artist Randall Sexton is nationally known for his use of expressive brushwork. Like your signature, your brushwork is recognizable. In this 4-week class, Sexton will share his methods for creating loose expressive brushwork and will cover fundamentals of successful picture-making: three dimensionality, value, color mixing, brushwork, paint quality, mood and concept. Whatever the subject matter, the success of any painting relies on a solid understanding of the basic principles of picture making in tandem with the creativity and passion of the artist.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $350
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Abstracting the Landscape"
February 3, 2022
 

Take your landscapes to an impressionistic and somewhat abstracted level to make them more painterly and exciting. Students will paint landscapes from their own photos or those supplied by instructor and learn both design strategies and exciting brushwork to create works of art. The instructor will demonstrate color mixing for color harmony and finishing techniques.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Pullinsi, www.lindapullinsi.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Beautiful Dordogne-France in Watercolor"
February 3-4, 2022
 

In this workshop, Frank will teach painting principles and above all, how to paint watercolors that look connected, soft and beautiful. We will focus on painting landscapes in snow, using 2 reference paintings of winter scenes.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Frank Eber, AWS
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Americana Watercolor Landscapes"
February 4 & 5, 2022
 

Join nationally renowned watercolor artist, Alan Shuptrine, for an in-depth Americana watercolor workshop! Focusing on Southern landscapes, barns, and hints of Americana, Alan will teach students how to create a watercolor from back to front, while providing individual guidance. Using wet and dry-brush techniques, he will also discuss how to utilize lighting and distance to create your composition, as well as attention to specific details. A painter known for his watercolor technical ability, sensitive and thought-provoking paintings, Shuptrine has extended his reputation from a renowned master craftsman and water gilder to a nationally acclaimed watercolorist. For more information, visit alanshuptrine.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Alan Shuptrine
Cost: $350 Museum members/ $375 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Palette Knife Landscape Painting: Lose the Brush!"
February 5-6, 2022
 

Embrace the freedom that comes from decisive, impasto knife application. Work wet-into-wet in either oil or acrylic (oil is preferred). Students will plan, design, sketch and complete at least two or more compositions in the workshop. This class will focus on the reinforcement of traditional fundamentals including color theory, values, temperature management, large masses, focal point emphasis, simplification of detail and soft edges…all with a palette knife! No brushes allowed. Learn to identify and solve “problems” ahead of time to ensure beautiful results. This is a fun, relaxed atmosphere that will push even the most advanced artists out of their comfort zones and open a new door to passionate expressionism.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Renee Palmer-Jones, www.rpjfineart.com
Cost: $235 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Line Drawing: The Landscape"
Saturdays, February 5 - April 9, 2022
 

Line is the fundamental element in drawing, capable of a wide range of aesthetic possibilities, from describing shape to creating space and atmospheric effects. Capture the landscape though descriptive and expressive drawn line in this live Zoom class. Make quick studies from your own photographs and window views, and develop them into finished pieces through impressionistic, calligraphic, cross-hatch, and linear mark-making. Learn to achieve a variety of effects by using different papers and drawing implements, including pencil, pen, ink and brush, and color pencil. Find inspiration in references to contemporary and historical artists such as Mondrian, Van Gogh, and Andrew Wyeth.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting Scenes of Tivoli, Italy in Watercolor"
February 7-8, 2022
 

Each painting is pre-recorded allowing for close-ups and review if necessary. I will narrate it live to facilitate easy interaction with you. 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


"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


"Reflections in Water - Birds Watercolor Workshop"
February 9-11, 2022
 

Water reflections can be fascinating. The water can act like glass and give an almost perfect reflection of the object or distort the objects due to movement of the surface. This workshop will focus on a swan and its reflection in the water. Students will learn methods to create the puzzle-like reflections in the water by using masking, layering, and wet-on-wet techniques. Next the subject of the reflection, the swan, will be explored as Students learn techniques for creating a realistic likeness of the bird.
 
Location: Harahan, Louisiana
Instructor: Lorraine Watry
Cost: $350.00/$400.00
Sponsor: Louisiana Watercolor Society
Website, email


"Creating Luminosity in Landscapes"
February 10-12, 2022
 

Learn three secrets to create a luminous painting, one that has an inner glow. Experiment with the medium of your choice using prismatic color. Exercises will be offered to enable you to use more sophisticated color choices in your work. Experiment with small color studies and choose your favorite to develop into a larger piece. See how adding tonal variations into shadow areas hold an opportunity for your paintings to take on a richer feel. Better understand why some paintings stand out in a crowd. Use colorful neutrals to help enhance your sunlit areas. Personal one on one time at your easel will assist you in advancing to the next rung in your work.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Linda Richichi
Cost: $295 Member | $325 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"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


"Monday Painting Club - Landscape Focus"
Mondays, February 14, 21, 28, March 7
 

The focus will be on creating strong landscape paintings from photos on your ipad/laptop images and photos. We will challenge ourselves to work on strong foundational elements- line, shape, value, color harmony, composition. My goal is to help you find your artistic voice and bring new energy to your paintings! Decide what subjects you are drawn to in the meantime. I want you to paint what you love!
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Pam Padgett, www.pamelabpadgett.com
Cost: $450
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"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


"Lovely Skies, Seas, And Trees"
February 15-17, 2022
 

Gary Baughman weaves a scientific understanding of light and color into his Plein Air painting, giving students a fresh understanding of how to render subject matter with an enlightened eye toward rendering accurate and interesting compositions, shapes, values, colors, and edges. Baughman will demonstrate his method of working wet in wet and in one pass, encouraging students to work rapidly to capture the fleeting shadows and lighting as the sun moves across the sky. Students will be working in a small format, so that at least one painting can be finished each day. Gary will provide one-on-one supervision and instruction. Students may work in oil or pastel. This workshop is tailored for intermediate painters and/or beginners with good drawing skills.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Gary Baughman
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Acrylic Landscape Painting"
Saturdays, February 19 - March 5, 2022
 

Students will learn how to use the fast-drying properties of acrylic paints to their creative advantage. Basic concepts of design, light, form, and atmospheric perspective are covered. Students will learn how to select a “good” reference to paint and be introduced to new approaches in landscape painting that acrylic paints can provide. This workshop will be fun and explorative for those not yet aware of the acrylic medium’s power and potential.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Edward Sprafkin, www.sprafkinart.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
February 22-24, 2022
 

Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Get started with new ideas in a way that is fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Painting the Desert Mountain Landscape"
February 22-25, 2022
 

This workshop is aimed at students looking to improve their techniques for painting the rugged desert mountain landscape. It will cover all aspects of approaching this challenging subject: effective color mixing techniques, creating intelligent composition to draw viewers into the painting, atmospheric and linear perspective, painting rocks and shrub convincingly, value structure and how to approach a landscape from start to finish with a heavy focus on creating the effect of natural light. Students will spend four days in the studio where Matt will take you through his entire process -capturing reference material through plein air painting and photography, editing images to make better compositions and transferring concepts to canvas. This immersive workshop will consist of demonstrations, discussion and plenty of hands-on painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Matt Ryder, www.ryderscanvas.com
Cost: $550 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Reflections in Water"
February 24-25, 2022
 

Join internationally renowned watercolor artist Pablo Ruben Lopez Sanz for a packed two-day workshop to perfect painting reflections in the water. Pablo has spent over a decade specializing in this watercolor technique and will walk you through the process. Students will paint different water reflections and learn the basic knowledge needed to paint an atmospheric landscape. All levels are welcome as this workshop will start from the basics of palette organization, brushes, and picking the right colors. From there, you will work on creating rich landscapes to understand the flow of water over sunken rocks and how to manipulate the water to reflect different atmospheres. Throughout this process, Pablo will be there to provide personal guidance and supervision for all students.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Pablo Ruben Lopez Sanz
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Creating Mood with Color and Light"
February 25-27, 2022
 

Join this small-group live Zoom class where you can share images for critique & enjoy lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. Magic happens when colors are harmonized with other design elements. By understanding how color affects the overall feel in our painting, we can use it to express our emotions and make a stronger statement. In this three-day workshop, students will explore the energy of vibrant colors and the subtlety of muted colors. Through a step-by-step demonstration and a running commentary, Keiko will guide you through her creative process to explain how she uses color as a useful tool. The goal is to capture the light and the essence of the subject that conveys a specific mood.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: $290
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Shadows and Light"
February 26-27, 2022
 

Join this small-group live Zoom class where you can share images for critique & enjoy lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. The unique power of transparent watercolor lies in the fact that the untouched surface of the paper holds all the light the final work can contain. We paint by literally subtracting away enough of this light to tell the luminous stories we design. In this intensive 2-day course, we will look closely at the power of luminous shades and expressive shadows. A deeper understanding of these areas of dark will show us ways we can give the light in our paintings' life and identity.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Thomas W Schaller
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"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


"From Seen to Scene: A 365 Day Online Mentorship Program"
March 8, 2022 - March 8, 2023
 

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


"Mountains Majestic"
March 8-10, 2022
 

With a minimal five-color palette and two flat watercolor brushes, we will capture both majestic mountains scenes: “Yosemite Sunset” and “The Grand Tetons”. I am a firm believer that watercolor painting is about depicting more with less. Too many palette colors and brush choices distract from the creative power of the medium. With my minimal approach, you will learn to K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple) each painting to end up with two beautiful, translucent Mountains Majestic watercolors!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Plein Air Oil Painting"
March 11, 2022
 

In this one-day workshop, students will take to the streets of Scottsdale to 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. Students will also discuss the practicalities of painting outdoors such as dealing with the ever-changing light and weather presented. Through demonstrations, lectures, and critiques, Simmons 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: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Bold & Bright Watercolors"
March 11-13, 2022
 

Join this small-group live Zoom class where you can share images for critique & enjoy lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. The process of learning to paint is a journey that is aided by practice, patience, and experimentation. Painting loosely doesn't just 'happen'; it comes from gaining a comfort level with your skills and materials over time. No matter your artistic background, there are techniques that can support students as they find their voice. We will focus on using value studies from the outset to identify the large shapes in a scene, then complete color painting lessons together so students have a platform to ask questions as we work through the color process.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Andy Evansen
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Plein Air Painting Class"
Mondays, March 14 - April 4, 2022
 

Get ready to paint outside. Linda shows students how to capture light, color, and the spirit of Sarasota with demos and one on one help in the beautiful garden surrounding Art Center Sarasota.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Linda Richichi
Cost: $125 Member | $155 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"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


"Painting Water and Beaches"
March 17-18, 2022
 

Every object in a landscape painting involves the use of perspective which means buildings, roads, trees, people, boats, paths…well you get the drift. It is simple to learn and your paintings will be easier and improve drastically. Learn how Joseph chooses subjects, organizes and edits his ideas to get the most dynamic, expressive paintings. Learn to be bold and confident using a fully loaded larger brush. He will share generously his knowledge of painting in each class with demonstrations and feedback. Remember Joseph chooses poetry over exactness, so be bold. He will supply photo references and students are welcome to bring their own. This is an easy going, casual workshop for all levels of painters. He believes in patience, good humor, and boundless encouragement.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $180 Member | $220 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting Atmosphere"
March 19-20, 2022
 

Join this small-group live Zoom class where you can share images for critique & enjoy lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. One of the amazing qualities of watercolor is an understanding that there is as much power in the areas of the work that are not painted as those that are. And often, to create an atmosphere in our work, the best effects are achieved by learning what areas of our work not to paint. In this intensive 2-Day course, we will take a close look at the unseen, the suggested, motion, mood, and energies in our work that feel like authentic atmospheres.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Thomas W Schaller
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"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


"Watercolor & Gouache! Paint the Rocky Coastline"
March 23, 2022
 

An exciting dramatic subject for beginners and experienced painters as well. The Florida coast is mostly sandy beach and mangrove, but many coastlines are rocky cliffs including Jupiter Beach. Step by step, using a few basic watercolor techniques, we will create movement of the waves and the texture of the rocks. The addition of gouache will create an opaque dimension. Great class for beginners as little drawing is involved, but experienced painters will learn some new techniques and explore gouache. All supplies provided. No experience necessary.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Cedar Kindy
Cost: $120 Member | $150 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"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


"Painting the Lowcountry Landscape"
March 29-31, 2022
 

Join Colorado-based pastelist and instructor Susan Mayfield for this 3-day workshop exploring ways to make a more dynamic painting. In this workshop, students will focus on the landscapes of the Lowcountry as inspiration and subject matter. This workshop will consist of demos, painting exercises, group discussions, positive critiques and lots of hands-on individual attention. Oil and acrylic painters are welcome to attend, as long as they understand that the demos will be done in pastel. Make colors pop, develop more interesting compositions, learn to edit and simplify, learn to use contrasts to push values and color temperature to make a stronger painting. Students will learn guidelines to help them critique their own work while strengthening the fundamentals in their paintings.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Susan Mayfield
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Gouache Landscape Painting"
Mondays, April 4-25, 2022
 

Gouache is a fun, portable, water-based medium that allows spontaneous painterly effects. Gouache is known for its vibrant color, matte finish, and reactivating properties allowing control of edges and corrections along the way. This 4-week painting course will explore a range of landscape subjects to broaden our skill set and increase our painting confidence. Students are encouraged to work at a smaller scale to increase their productivity and get over the learning curve of the medium faster. There will be weekly demonstrations and email support throughout the course.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Edward Sprafkin
Cost: $300 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"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


"Pushing Color with Landscapes"
Tuesdays, April 5-26, 2022
 

Focus on learning to use a loose, colorful and expressive painting technique in your landscapes. Learn to organize and edit scenes to achieve better compositions. Improve your skill and confidence while putting pizazz into your paintings with bold color. His paintings start fast and end slowly and thoughtfully. Joseph always chooses poetry over correctness in his paintings. Students should have their own photo references. This is an easy going, casual workshop for all levels of painters. He believes in patience, good humor, and boundless encouragement. He starts each day with a 30-minute demo in acrylic while sharing tips, techniques and procedures. Each day will end with an always, gentle class critique.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $125 Member | $155 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"A Painterly Approach to Working with Pastels"
April 6-8, 2022
 

Join guest instructor and Lowcountry pastel artist Carol Iglesias for this exciting, information-packed 3-day workshop exclusively for pastel artists! Learn how to paint with pastels both in the studio or outside from real life. This class will focus on strong composition, defining values, underpainting with pastels, seeing and/or using color, creating a point of focus, and working successfully from your photographs. Daily demonstrations will be given along with personalized teaching and individual feedback!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Carol Iglesias
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"The Pillars of Watercolor"
April 7-8 and/or 9-10, 2022
 

Seeking answers and understanding? This workshop will explain all aspects of successful painting using frequent demonstrations and detailed analysis. We will explore a range of subject including composition and design, effectively using light and dark values, color mixing, edges, brush stroke techniques and much more. Stimulate and expand your insight into the magic of watercolors! This workshop is for resilient outdoor painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion, Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique and Watercolour Masterclass. His work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist’s Magazine.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $500 each or $950 for both
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Sketching and Journaling in Watercolor"
April 8-13, 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


"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


"Art Escape - Charleston- Gardens of Spring"
April 8-11, 2022
 

3 full days of Escaping into Gardens and History of Charleston- the plantations, the architecture and the Southern Style. All Breakfasts, lunches snacks included. Lodging separate. Transportation between locations is included. You will have an option work with Painter- Lorelle Miller to do Plein Air Watercolors, oil or your own medium of choice or go with fine art photographer April Bielefeldt. Spring in the South offers a mix of Oak Lined roads, fine gardens, and quaint streets and plantations. Evenings will be available for sharing and critique if you choose. April / Lorelle like to take an immersive approach, staying in historic places, eating local foods encouraging artists to play! Recharge and nurture the Creative Spirit inside you.
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Instructor: Lorelle Miller - April Bielefeldt
Cost: $1500.00
Sponsor: FallPhotoTrips
Website, email, 818-723-7413


"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


"The Landscape Sketch"
Tuesdays, April 19 - May 24, 2022
 

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.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Simplifying the Painting Process from Photos"
April 21-22, 2022
 

Join Linda at the Desert Caballeros Museum as she teaches a two-day workshop where students will paint a landscape in the museum learning center using photographs supplied by the instructor. The goal will be to create simple designs that have a strong foundation. Students will learn to create a feeling of the landscape that gives the painting life, instead of just copying a photograph. Much attention will be directed toward color mixing, the use of the color wheel and color mixing charts. This workshop will include instructor demonstrations. Photographs supplied by the instructor will include subject matter from the Grand Canyon, desert vistas, interior forests and high mountain scenes. Portable equipment and transportation required.
 
Location: Wickenburg, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Cost: $280 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Urban Landscapes: Interpreting Photos to Create Contemporary Impressionistic Paintings"
April 21-23, 2022
 

Learn to create beautiful, dramatic and moody paintings using expressive and vibrant brushstrokes. The emphasis is going to be on composition, correct values, color temperature and edges. There will be short demos and plenty of individual attention throughout the three-day workshop. Photo references are going to be provided. Participants will be encouraged to interpret rather than replicate a photo, using vibrant brush marks, tools, imagination, and creativity. We'll have fun and be inspired!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Vanya Allison, www.vanyaallison.com
Cost: $350 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Venice Retreat: Watercolor Sketching"
April 22 - May 5, 2022
 

This is truly a Retreat...a mix of sketching in the morning and sightseeing in the afternoons. I think everyone should see Venice's beauty with their own eyes! We'll stay together in a Venice apartment . Whether we cook our meals in our apartment (using only the freshest ingredients), or enjoy a glass of house wine in a small trattoria near San Marco, we'll make memories that will stay with us for a lifetime! My website fills in the other details.
 
Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Cost: $2950
Sponsor: Beacham Fine Art
Website, email, 843-408-5240


"Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
April 28 - May 3, 2022
 

Join me to learn watercolor sketching in beautiful Pasadena. 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: Pasadena, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel not included)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"Plein Air Drawing and Painting"
Sundays, May 8 - June 12, 2022
 

Capture the small town beauty Manayunk's hilly streets, rowhomes, and storefronts. Learn to create a convincing sense of space, light and time of day while depicting streetscapes, trees, water and sky. Color mixing and painting techniques for oils will be demonstrated, but all drawing/painting media are welcome. Located just 15 minutes outside of Philadelphia, Manayunk offers engaging urban and riverside neighborhood subjects with parking, shade, provisions and facilities available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Larry Francis
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"Oil Painting from Sketch to Studio"
May 9-11, 2022
 

This class will teach you my favorite tricks for turning small studies into large studio works. You will learn how to choose a good subject and how to turn it into a compelling composition. Class will begin with a simple demonstration of creating a sketch and color study. Students will then be able to make their own studies to prepare them to work larger. The following days of the workshop will be your opportunity to work on your studio piece. Amery will walk you through transferring your idea onto the large canvas and then how to color match from your study. Please bring multiple reference images for this class.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air in Watercolor"
May 13-14, 2022
 

Join award-winning artist Catherine Hillis for this exciting plein air watercolor workshop for intermediate and advanced students! Learn how to paint en plein air, as seen in the May 2021 issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine. Artists will learn how to pick the right equipment for their personal style, select a location and set up in the field. The instructor will lay out logical steps for painting successful watercolors outdoors. Painting landscapes and gardens are only part of the theme. The instructor will show you some ways to approach painting the marsh and will cover the basics of composition and perspective. A classroom is available in case of inclement weather. Hillis will share many onsite demonstrations to guide painters to success.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Catherine Hillis
Cost: $330
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Creating Energy & Life in Your Paintings"
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


"The Desert Landscape in Pastel"
May 16-18, 2022
 

The pure pigment of pastel is an ideal medium to create the light and drama of the Southwest landscape. The delicate glazing and layering of pastel creates a vibration of color not possible in other mediums. In this workshop you will learn the basics of landscape painting and the tools to create depth, light and atmosphere of the desert southwest using pastel. In this studio class, Kathy will demonstrate her process and provide photo reference for students, or they may work from their own appropriate photos, sketches or plein air reference.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathy Howard, www.kathyfallahoward.com
Cost: $330 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Landscape Painting: Earth, Water, and Sky (& More)!"
May 19-22, 2022
 

David Dunlop is a modern-day old master whose luminous paintings draw from both Renaissance techniques and contemporary science. Each day begins with demonstrations and followed by Dunlop working individually with each artist. These personal instructor visits allow each artist to expand their skills and enjoyably realize their own ambitions in a relaxed, friendly, and comfortable way. The workshop will have a daily combination of lecture/slides, demo in acrylic, oil and watercolor and student painting. The following subjects will be covered: Day 1. Broad Panoramic Landscapes with Big Skies. Day 2. Water. Day 3. Intimate Landscapes; Nature up Close. Day 4. The Other Landscape, the Cityscape. For more information, visit daviddunlop.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David Dunlop
Cost: $725 Museum members/ $775 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"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 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


"From Photograph to Painting: Sharpening Your Value and Drawing Skills"
Mayy 23-26, 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


"Painting in Spain: Oil Painting Workshop"
May 26 - June2, 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: $3,590
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"The Figure and the Landscape"
May 30 - June 4, 2022
 

Have you been struggling with adding a figure into a scene…or been curious about painting from life en plein air? Come join Randall Sexton for this unique workshop experience in the Northwoods of Wisconsin at the natural serene world of Dillman’s Bay Resort. The class will focus on the fundamentals of plein air for two days and then experience the joy of working on location from life with a model(s). Open to all levels the demonstrations will be done in oil, but the workshop is open to other mediums as well. Beginning students must have some experience with plein air (mainly to insure that you have proper equipment and experience working outside. Hope you can join us!
 
Location: Luc du Flambeau, Wisconsin
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Dillman's Bay Resort
Website, email, 715-588-3143


"Landscape Painting: Beyond the Photo"
June 6-10, 2022
 

Among representational artists, there has been an endless battle between those who paint from life and those who use photographic references. However, it’s a misguided argument: the source of the visual information we use to paint is irrelevant. The real issue lies not in painting from life or photos, but whether we’re simply copying what we see as opposed to using the information as a springboard for creating the paintings we want. In this workshop, participants will work from photographic references of the landscape to learn to break down the information, analyze it, and use it to generate tonal sketches, change color palettes, and create paintings based on multiple images, memory, and imagination. Lectures, demonstrations and one-on-one painting instruction each day.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John MacDonald
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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: $3,590
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 Central Oregon"
June 13-15, 2022
 

Preserve your memories in a reminiscent and unparalleled way. A photograph is evidence of your visit, but a sketch of the same will bring back the feeling of the day, the smell of the local cafe and the feel of the culture. David Lobenberg will teach the six universal skill sets of drawing, as well as, critical compositional, color, and value strategies. David’s watercolor paintings can be found in private, public, and corporate collections across the country. His work has been featured in American Artist, Southwest Art, and American Art Collector magazines to name a few.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"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


"Sketch to Studio"
June 16-18, 2022
 

Students will paint “grocery bag” sketches on Kraft paper and then use the color sketches and pencil drawings to create larger paintings. This practice trains visual memory and helps a painter find their personal style.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 21-28, 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, AWS, NWS
Cost: $3,590
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


"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


"Watercolor Landscapes"
August 3, 2022
 

Translate the beauty of nature into watercolor paintings by learning to paint skies, trees, water, mountains, and rocks. This intermediate class will help you learn how to develop a strategy for building depth in your work and how to focus the center of interest using color and value. Lessons on technique for building texture, and how to use masking to pressure the white of the page, will be covered. This is one in a series of five classes designed to be taken in sequence or individually.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"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 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


"Pastel Painting Workshop: The People and Landscapes of Umbria"
September 3-9, 2022
 

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. This exciting workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle!
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Neva Rossi Smoll
Cost: 2500 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"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


"Pastel Painting Workshop: The People and Landscapes of Umbria"
September 10-16, 2022
 

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. This exciting workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle!
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Neva Rossi Smoll
Cost: 2500 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Plein Air Painting in Vermont"
September 12-15, 2022
 

Join Randall for his annual return to the quintessential New England backdrop of Landgrove Vermont. Close to the Vermont Country Store in Weston, between Manchester and Brattleboro, this plein air workshop is a favorite of past and returning attendees. All levels welcome, visiting students are encouraged to spoil themselves at the Langrove Inn that hosts the workshop series.
 
Location: Landgrove, Vermont
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Website, (802) 824-6673


"Creating Beautiful Landscapes in Acrylic or Oil"
September 15-18, 2022
 

Completing a painting each day. Learn to perceive and simplify shape and color while creating a painting. Visually interpret relationship of shape, value and color. Donna Bland will start a demo painting, then begin a step-by-step process to completing a painting each day. Bland lives and paints in the Austin, Texas area. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, the Austin Plein Air Painters, American Women Artists and Artists of Texas. She formally studied art at The Student Art League of New York, Scottsdale School of Art, University of Georgia and Tyler Junior College in Texas. For more information, visit donnabland.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Donna Bland
Cost: $550 Museum members/ $600 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"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


"Simplifying the Complex en Plein Air / Kentucky Style"
September 22-24, 2022
 

Come paint in central Kentucky with award-winning California artist Randy Sexton. This 3-day workshop is open to all levels—but it is especially geared to push the experienced artist to greater heights. Randy will review the basics of solid picture making… while sharing his own methods for “Simplifying the Complex.” Three days will be spent on location (gathering direct experience en plein air.) Daily demonstrations will be followed up with “one-on-one” assistance at the easel. An additional day of Portrait and Figure painting is also an option!
 
Location: Springfield, Kentucky
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $595
Sponsor: The Art Distillery
Website, 831.620.2955


"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


"Expressive Realism: Landscape, Still-life, and Figurative"
September 22-24, 2022
 

Join us for this “Three day ~ Three subject” workshop focused on the importance of design and paint handling while exploring the differences and similarities of Landscape, Still-Life, and Figurative subject matter. In his workshops Randall Sexton is frequently asked to help people “loosen-up” with their brushwork. Yes indeed, Brushwork is your other “Voice”…Your Signature… It is recognizable whether you know it or not….but brushes aren’t the only way to this endgame. A solid understanding of the fundamentals of good design will bolster your ability to paint more expressive and exciting work. Oil/Acrylic, All Levels Welcome.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, 831.620.2955


"Tuscany Painting Holiday 2022"
October 1-8, 2022
 

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: Siena, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: 1750 GBP
Website, email


"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


"Sicily Painting Holiday 2022"
October 9-16, 2022
 

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: 1750 GBP
Website, email


"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


"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


"Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
October 26-31, 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


"On-The-Go Ink-n-Splash Sketching Workshop"
November 1-6, 2022
 

Close by or across the globe, travel light and capture your views with pop and zing. All it takes is a small watercolor palette (with five basic primary colors), a classic Ticonderoga pencil, a black office pen, a medium size watercolor brush, a small water container, and a medium-size sketch book. You are now at the ready to knock off joyful sketches! To keep those sketches rolling, I’ll teach you how to visually K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple) what you see and what you draw and paint.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Painting Workshop"
November 6-11, 2022
 

Join David on a Watercolor Journey, learning the most 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: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: David R. Smith, AWS
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Capturing Essentials in Landscape"
ongoing
 

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: $220
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Macroscale Contemporary Landscape"
ongoing
 

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


"Language of Landscape"
ongoing
 

Enjoy lifetime access to this sequential video series that includes personal critiques from the artist for dynamic & engaging online education. In this course, Eugen takes you behind the scenes of creating a landscape painting. He shares his approach to design and compositional process, introducing "The Language of the Landscape" as a common language between teacher and students. Each lesson has step-by-step demonstrations showing in detail various technical approaches to watercolor. The course contains different types of landscape subjects and compositional solutions. This course grows with you! New lessons and teaching ideas will be added regularly and will be accessible to existing students.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Eugen Chisnicean
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


 

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