Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Landscape Painting: Beyond the Photo (Online)"
December 7-11, 2020
 

Among representational artists, there has been an endless battle between those who paint from life and those who use photographic reference. The real problem 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 5-day workshop, participants will work in the studio from photographic reference of the landscape, using it to create paintings of different value keys, color keys, times of day, and seasons of the year. We’ll break down the information in photos, analyze it, and use it to create tonal sketches, change color palettes, and create paintings based on multiple images, memory, and imagination.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: John MacDonald
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Holiday Winter Scenes - Watercolor (Online)"
December 8-9, 2020
 

Watch as Kathy Rennell Forbes paints two different snow scenes: a dashing red cardinal and a joyful Christmas barn. You will then have the opportunity to paint what Kathy just demonstrated. It will be a step-by-step process so we will have time to progress on our sketches and paintings together at the same time. Kathy will share her tips and techniques and provide encouragement and suggestions for improvement. You can ask questions along the way since it is a live session.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, www.rennellforbes.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours each
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Beautiful Cities in Czech Republic – Watercolor Painting (Online)"
December 10-11, 2020
 

In this interactive class, Keiko will show her process through a step-by-step demo each day. We will paint Prague and Cesky Krumlov which are among the most beautiful cities in Europe and full of Old World charm. Day 1: Prague Old Town in Winter. Day 2: Panoramic view of Cesky Krumlov. Q&A and critique is an integral part of the lessons. The class will end with a critique so that you get personal feedback. Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, www.ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $198 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Unleashed! Carmel Mission Adobe Arch (Online)"
December 11-12, 2020
 

For this live online workshop we will paint a scene of classic California Spanish Mission architecture – an adobe arch with vines, flowers and California sun inviting the viewer into the garden. There will be demos, instruction and one-on-one critique throughout the class. You will have class time painting, plus time between the 2 sessions in order to have private painting time with no time constraints. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all. All levels are welcome and encouraged to join.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours each
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein Air Still Life: Creating the Illusion of Light Using Color"
Saturdays, December 12 & 19, 2020
 

This modern approach is a fresh take on the still life for artists who love painting outdoors. Learn to simplify and invent. Move beyond painting what you see to creating with color. If you love painting outdoors and impressionism, then you will get a lot from this workshop. Portable easel required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Anton Nowels, www.antonnowels.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Knife Workshop (Online)"
December 12, 2020
 

Have you been using a painting knife to mix colors, but you aren’t sure how to use it to apply paint? This online workshop will demonstrate how to get great results with a painting knife. Using a knife properly in painting can create beautifully crisp edges and fine details. This class will cover how to use knife painting techniques to paint architecture and landscape environments. Learn about color, texture and painterly application in this fun one day workshop. Course content will be conveyed through short video tutorials, printable tutorials, and Zoom videoconferencing.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Shushana Rucker
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Sunshine and Value"
December 14-16, 2020
 

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


"Urban Sketching Workshop in Ink and Watercolor (Online)"
December 14-15, 2020
 

Ever wanted to walk around your favorite city, or neighborhood and quickly sketch and/or paint the scene in front of you? In this online class, Mike Rooney will show you how to take a pen, a piece of paper, and a palm sized watercolor set to draw a quick scene and color it in with simple watercolor washes. It's fun and stress free and the wonkier the drawing, the cooler it looks! There will be demos, assignments, and helpful critiques. Since this is an interactive class, you can ask questions directly to Mike, show him your work through your camera and receive personal feedback and critique along the way, just like in a plein air or studio workshop.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Mike Rooney
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours each
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Snow in the Mountains - Watercolor (Online)"
December 14-16, 2020
 

I am thrilled to be teaching this 3-day workshop where I’ll be able to show you the benefits of my watercolor techniques. We will create this image painted from my imagination of one of my favorite places in the world, a remote mountain lake surrounded by over two hundred thousand acres of wilderness sanctuary. The simplicity of over-lapping forms and a limited palette is the key to the success of this composition. This is going to be such fun to paint!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Cost: $249 for 3 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Tiny Treasures: Landscapes from Photos"
December 15, 2020
 

Whether students wish to paint a rustic sled in the yard or snowy stoop with a wreath on the door, they can use their favorite landscape photo in this one-day class to focus on painting small jewels. The day will begin with a short demonstration after which Joni will give plenty of individual attention throughout the rest of the day. Students will work on paintings 8 x 10 inches or smaller. Students may use their own photos or choose from those provided. Small paintings may end up as thumbnails for larger canvases, and often are less inhibiting, and frequently become the perfect image for a future holiday card. Come enjoy a fun, stress-free day during this busy season!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joni Falk, www.jonifalk.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Composition, Foundations and Color Harmony"
Mondays, January 4-25, 2021
 

We will work on experimenting with new ways of looking at compositions, (For most of us this is a problem area that we can greatly improve on.) We will also address foundation work…because a strong foundation is the start of a better painting! And finally, we will focus on color mixing to improve your color and value and improve your paintings!
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Pam Padgett, www.pamelabpadgett.com
Cost: $280
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"The Winter Landscape"
Tuesdays, January 5-26, 2021
 

In this class I will lead you through the process of laying out a painting, massing in your large values, and finishing your scenes. We will not only study basic landscape painting - we will also address how to include animals in the landscape, as well as how to introduce water elements into your paintings. This is an eight-week course, offered in two four-week sessions. The classroom at On-Track Studios has a UV air cleaner, high ceilings, natural light and openable windows/doors. We keep all high-touch surfaces sanitized, and masks are required in class. This is a safe place to paint; it’s wonderful to be with other artists! Choose between Morning or Afternoon class.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Cost: $200 per half day per month
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Painting the Beautiful Countryside of Belgium (Online)"
January 7-8, 2021
 

Join us online as we paint the beautiful Belgium countryside, step by step. We will practice drawing and composition, learn colour mixing and wash consistency, develop proper use of edges, gain control of tonal values, and develop our own visual language. Day 1: Autumn Sunset. Day 2: Flanders Meadows.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Amid El Haddad, www.amidelhaddad.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Suggesting Reality"
January 11-15, 2021
 

Art reveals the evidence of our experiences and values. This workshop will not only reinforce an understanding of composition and form, but will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; how the artist may represent nature in order to reflect on his or her perceptions, experiences and values while also contemplating the important power of content, symbol and abstraction. Douglas demonstrates frequently.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Understanding Perspective Drawing... Finally! For US & Canada"
January 21 - March 18, 2021
 

This 9-week live online class offered via Zoom aims to provide you with a solid notion of perspective drawing. A series of exercises will sharpen the visual perception of various drawing components: horizon line, vanishing points, proportions, the reality, the virtual, etc. At the end of the course, you will be able to immediately transfer ideas directly on paper from your imagination. The notion of depth will be more than accurate, making your art more lifelike. This class is essential for anyone intending to paint the landscape with confidence, getting ready for a plein air painting workshop, applying to an architectural or animation college program, or who simply enjoys drawing and the rationale behind the discipline.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$250
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Understanding Perspective Drawing…Finally! For Australians"
January 22 - March 19, 2021
 

This 9-week live online class offered via Zoom aims to provide you with a solid notion of perspective drawing. A series of exercises will sharpen the visual perception of various drawing components: horizon line, vanishing points, proportions, the reality, the virtual, etc. At the end of the course, you will be able to immediately transfer ideas directly on paper from your imagination. The notion of depth will be more than accurate, making your art more lifelike. This class is essential for anyone intending to paint the landscape with confidence, getting ready for a plein air painting workshop, applying to an architectural or animation college program, or who simply enjoys drawing and the rationale behind the discipline.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$250
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Capturing the Light"
February 1-5, 2021
 

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


"The Winter Landscape"
Tuesdays, February 2-23, 2021
 

In this class I will lead you through the process of laying out a painting, massing in your large values, and finishing your scenes. We will not only study basic landscape painting - we will also address how to include animals in the landscape, as well as how to introduce water elements into your paintings. This is an eight-week course, offered in two four-week sessions. The classroom at On-Track Studios has a UV air cleaner, high ceilings, natural light and openable windows/doors. We keep all high-touch surfaces sanitized, and masks are required in class. This is a safe place to paint; it’s wonderful to be with other artists! Choose between Morning or Afternoon class.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Cost: $200 per half day per month
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Painting -Freestyle!"
Mondays, February 8, 15, 22, March 1
 

Bring your favorite images that you have been wanting to paint. We will learn to analyze what makes a good solid painting. And we will start each day studying some great works by the masters. This class will focus on breaking old habits and trying some new techniques.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Pam Padgett, www.pamelabpadgett.com
Cost: $280
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Urban Landscapes: Interpreting Photos to Create Contemporary Impressionistic Paintings"
February 8-9, 2021
 

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


"Studio Colombia Art and Eat 2021"
February 17-25, 2021
 

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 the Mojarra con Arroz con Coco with a cold Colombian beer or 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. Stay in comfortable and centrally located hotels. Price of CAD 2600 (around US$1900) includes eight-night double accommodation, all ground transportation, all breakfasts, one lunch, two suppers, an art street food tour, art instruction, cooking classes/demonstrations, and art supplies.
 
Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$1900
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Acrylic Landscape Painting"
Saturdays, February 20 & 27, 2021
 

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: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painters of America"
February 22-26, 2021
 

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 solid painting. We will cover these principals in depth and discuss how they apply to organic form which is so commonly found in a natural environment. Participants should expect plenty of personal attention and daily demos. This class is open to all skill levels. On Monday, students will attend an all-day lecture series during which each instructor will lecture for approximately one hour. There will be four days of instruction (Tuesday-Friday). There will also be an artist panel Thursday, 6-8pm.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Matt Smith, Mitch Baird, Dan Young, Skip Whitcomb
Cost: $850 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Virgin Island Retreat"
Multiple dates Dec 2020-March 2021
 

Are you ready to getaway? This 10 day plein air retreat hosted by international artist Rachel Dziga, a former resident of St. Croix has been curated with safety in mind. The island has very low (less than 10 a month) cases of covid and US citizens do not require a passport or visa, your host is here for any concerns on flights and precautions. With a small group of only six this is the perfect escape from winter stress. Includes: Transportation, Resort stay for 10 nights, Breakfast and Lunches, Art instruction plus supplies, Island tours, Biobay kayak tour. Non-painting partners will have endless activities. Divers welcomed. Please contact about private or group rates.
 
Location: Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Instructor: Rachel Dziga
Cost: $2200 pp
Sponsor: Dziga Arts
Website, email, 501-519-9551


"Plein Air with Mark Boedges"
March 1-5, 2021
 

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


"Incorporating Reference in the Studio"
March 6-9, 2021
 

This workshop will cover Russell’s approach to landscape painting. We will explore the painter's tools of color, value, composition etc., and how this can be used to develop strong painting themes. Students will need to bring their own adequate reference for this indoor workshop, field studies, combined with photographs, drawings etc. The class will include a combination of demos and lectures with PowerPoint presentations.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: G. Russell Case, www.russellcase.com
Cost: $795 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Capture Ecuador with Kristy Kutch"
March 8-20, 2021
 

Ecuador is incredible: highlands, snow-capped mountains, volcanoes, and waterfalls. Under the guidance of this experienced tour company, visit Inca markets and stay in historic haciendas (with modern amenities.) The Galapagos Islands, 600 miles west of South America, are the crown jewel of the natural world. They offer a fantastic range of unique creatures. Staying aboard the magnificent cruise ship M/V Santa Cruz, participants will enjoy the guidance of a naturalist, plus options for hiking, snorkeling, and glass bottom boat tours. Since the Galapagos are environmentally protected, some art media are not allowed. Colored pencil and graphite pencil are permitted and encouraged. Kristy Kutch, an experienced instructor and author, will guide the group in sketching and capturing these unique experiences.
 
Location: Quito, Galapagos Islands
Instructor: Kristy A. Kutch
Cost: $8,550 per person
Sponsor: Explore Amazing Places
Website, email, 623-888-1314


"Tiny Treasures: Landscapes from Photos"
March 10, 2021
 

Students can use their favorite landscape photo in this class to focus on painting small jewels. The day will begin with a short demonstration after which Joni will give plenty of individual attention throughout the rest of the day. Students will work on paintings 8 x 10 or smaller. Students may use their own photos or choose from those provided. Small paintings may end up as thumbnails for larger canvases, and often are less inhibiting, and frequently become the perfect image for a future holiday card. Come enjoy a fun, stress-free class!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joni Falk, www.jonifalk.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Create Moving Atmosphere in the Landscape"
March 11-14, 2021
 

Light and atmospheric forces act upon the landscape to create a story, and it’s up to you as the artist to decide how to tell it. Join award-winning artist Kathleen Hudson as she reveals how she infuses her landscapes with atmosphere. Students will learn how to see subtle color and value shifts that give their paintings depth. They will also learn tools for effective self-critique so they can strengthen their own work. Each morning will feature a presentation and demonstration, and then exercises for students focusing on value and composition. Afternoons will be devoted to one-on-one instruction. Student’s studies during the first three days will lead to a finished (or at least near-finished!) studio landscape painting by the final day.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathleen Hudson, www.kathleenbhudson.com
Cost: $600 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure in Oil: In Studio and Plein Air"
March 15-19, 2021
 

In this workshop, the figure will be the subject matter; however, the focus will be on improving drawing skills and seeing values and colors correctly, along with understanding their relationships to each other. There will be daily demonstrations emphasizing the big shapes and establishing their relationships correctly. This provides a springboard to adding additional information, if the individual artist desires. Students will 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. Portable easel required.
 
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 15-19, 2021
 

This time-tested curriculum is designed for the serious student 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. The class is intended for beginning through advanced levels, and students will learn a reliable step-by-step, systematic shorthand for either studio or on-location painting. Though we will accomplish eight to ten painting studies during the course of the week, the primary focus will be on imparting the necessary information for self-evaluation and growth far beyond the scope of the five-day workshop.
 
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


"Plein Air Sketch and Quick Studies to Studio"
March 22-25, 2021
 

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 which will be presented during the workshop. With their fresh field sketches in hand, students will be painting in the studio, combining the color from the field with the information from their cameras. Students will be working with both to produce studio pieces where all aspects of this process will be condensed and consolidated: color, design, drawing, and personal expression.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ray Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Cost: $635 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstracting the Landscape"
March 26, 2021
 

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


"A Watercolor Journey In Yunnan"
March 26 - April 6, 2021
 

This all-inclusive watercolor plein air journey begins in the verdant vestiges of the Himalayas and continues along the ancient Tea & Horse road in Yunnan to sparkling, Shangri-La Tibet. For centuries this trade route was used to transport tea to the Tibetan Plateau and offers much inspiration for artists and travelers. You can expect world class instruction with Andy Evansen, an internationally recognized instructor, fantastic bi-lingual guides, hotel stays that offer a true immersion into authentic China, and delicious meals. Experience breathtaking mountain and valley scenery, and paint en plein air amidst the stunning yellow canola fields in bloom, historic Bai-style architecture, temples and open air markets.
 
Location: Xizhou Village, Dali City, Yunnan, China
Instructor: Andy Evansen
Cost: $5,175.00
Sponsor: Open Air Places
Website, email, 715-577-6857


"Watercolor Painting in Santa Barbara"
March 27 - April 1, 2021
 

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 a 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: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Discover a New Way of Seeing Color"
March 29 - April 2, 2021
 

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


"Abstracting the Landscape"
March 29 - April 1, 2021
 

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, www.hartleyart.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Still Life: Creating the Illusion of Light Using Color"
Saturdays, April 3 & 10, 2021
 

This modern approach is a fresh take on the still life for artists who love painting outdoors. Learn to simplify and invent. Move beyond painting what you see to creating with color. If you love painting outdoors and impressionism, then you will get a lot from this workshop. Portable easel required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Anton Nowels, www.antonnowels.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Santa Barbara Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
April 4-9, 2021
 

Join me on the scenic 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. 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. As part of a small group, you’ll have plenty of individual attention as we work on value studies, composition, simplifying a scene and capturing the essence of a place.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, www.shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Acrylic Landscapes"
April 5-9, 2021
 

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


"Wildflowers in the Landscape"
Tuesdays, April 6-27, 2021
 

In this class I will lead you through the process of laying out a painting, massing in your large values, and finishing your scenes. We will not only study basic landscape painting - we will also address how to include animals in the landscape, as well as how to introduce water elements into your paintings. This is an eight-week course, offered in two four-week sessions. The classroom at On-Track Studios has a UV air cleaner, high ceilings, natural light and openable windows/doors. We keep all high-touch surfaces sanitized, and masks are required in class. This is a safe place to paint; it’s wonderful to be with other artists! Choose between Morning or Afternoon class.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Cost: $200 per half day per month
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Bringing the Outdoors in: Painting Expressive Landscapes in Oil"
April 12-16, 2021
 

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


"Mastering Water Media: Acrylic and Watercolor"
April 19-23, 2021
 

Capturing the beauty of light through studying temperatures of light and shadow, visual movement, and value/color relationship will be demonstrated daily. In this workshop the still life, landscape, sky-scape, and architectural subjects will be focused on, as well as adding figures into a painting. As a Master in the American Impressionist Society, Carr will be emphasizing the “how to’s” in achieving dynamic and impressionistic paintings using painterly brushwork in both watercolor and acrylic. How to use confident, loose, and dramatic strokes in achieving dynamic paintings will be stressed throughout the week. Massing and organizing darks and lights, importance of drawing and the value sketch, atmospheric and linear perspective will also be covered. Betty will be providing the acrylic paints.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Betty Carr, bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $630 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Suggesting Reality & Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety"
April 19-30, 2021
 

Through lecture and demonstration, these workshops will reinforce the student’s understanding of composition, form and various methods of applying paint. They will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance. Students will work on specific assignments, exploring ways of simplifying and abstracting the subject while adding endless variety to the marks and colors used.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $1200 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Suggesting Reality"
April 19-23, 2021
 

Art reveals the evidence of our experiences and values. This workshop will not only reinforce an understanding of composition and form, but will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; how the artist may represent nature in order to reflect on his or her perceptions, experiences and values while also contemplating the important power of content, symbol and abstraction. Douglas demonstrates frequently.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Santa Barbara Travel Sketching Workshop"
April 26 - May 1, 2021
 

Join us 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! Brenda Swenson will 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. Space is very limited (max 12 participants). Brenda is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have been featured in numerous books and magazines (Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air Magazine).
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"The Pillars of Watercolor"
May 1-4, 2021
 

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 Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $855
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Oil Painting from Sketch to Studio"
May 3-5, 2021
 

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


"Capturing the Atmosphere"
May 3-7, 2021
 

This five-day workshop is for all levels and will focus on designing a studio painting from plein air studies and/or 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. There will be slide presentations, demonstrations, critiques and lots of one-on-one instruction.
 
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


"Wildflowers in the Landscape"
Tuesdays, May 4-25, 2021
 

In this class I will lead you through the process of laying out a painting, massing in your large values, and finishing your scenes. We will not only study basic landscape painting - we will also address how to include animals in the landscape, as well as how to introduce water elements into your paintings. This is an eight-week course, offered in two four-week sessions. The classroom at On-Track Studios has a UV air cleaner, high ceilings, natural light and openable windows/doors. We keep all high-touch surfaces sanitized, and masks are required in class. This is a safe place to paint; it’s wonderful to be with other artists! Choose between Morning or Afternoon class.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Cost: $200 per half day per month
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Composition and Design: Field to Studio"
May 6-8, 2021
 

Participants in this dynamic workshop will have the opportunity of working with and learning from celebrated landscape painter and teacher David Dibble. This course will focus on composition and strong design using the foundational principles of drawing, value, and color. Landscape will be the primary focus but artists of all subject matter will find this three-day intensive workshop to be an exciting and enlightening step forward.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Dibble, www.dibbleart.com
Cost: $395 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting in Spain: Urban Sketching in Pen & Ink and Watercolor and Watercolor"
May 9-16, 2021
 

My aim as a teacher is always to help my students bring out their own voice in their sketchbook, and to give them confidence in their own style. To do that, I help them get over thorny issues such as how to bring out the beauty of watercolour and make colour pop without clashing, how to master pen and ink and how to bring depth and interest to compositions. My students bring their sketchbooks to pretty villages, down quiet side streets, outside cafés, into bustling markets and wherever there is life and colour. My specialities as a teacher are storytelling and visual reportage; reflections and foliage; capturing people on the move and easy ways to tackle perspective.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Róisín Curé, www.roisincure.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Paint the Town! Cityscape Painting Fundamentals for Day and Night City Scenes"
May 10-13, 2021
 

Award-winning artist, Rob Adamson, will teach this four-day workshop. This workshop will provide students the painting fundamentals needed to create stunning, vibrant cityscapes. Students will work from photo reference (provided by instructor, but are also welcome to bring their own cityscape reference) to paint day and night city scenes. Students will be taught a simplified 1 and 2-point perspective to create memorable paintings. Other topics covered are design, drawing, value, color, edges, and lighting and glazing techniques. 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


"Understanding Color-The Power of a Limited Palette"
May 10-13, 2021
 

In order to be successful, a painting must have five elements: Concept, Composition, Drawing, Values, and Color. Of these five elements, color is the most fascinating, mysterious, and magical. Rarely will two artists see color the same. However, the laws of color harmony are as mathematically fixed as the law of gravity. There are certain irrefutable truisms in painting, one is the fewer colors used, the stronger and more harmonious the statement. In this workshop we will explore the power of a limited palette. Working from a “standard” palette of 12-14 colors, students will explore how to select the best color set to serve our concept. Each new piece will require an entirely new working palette. The possibilities are limitless.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: M. W. Skip Whitcomb, www.skipwhitcomb.com
Cost: $550 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting in the French Countryside with Artist Michele Illing"
May 11-18, 2021
 

Join artist Michele Illing on a watercolor painting retreat in the French countryside and draw your creative inspiration from beautiful vine covered hills and picturesque villages. Receive expert individual tuition, stay at a beautiful country house, embrace the freedom to paint en plein air, and enjoy delicious homemade meals. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — All meals and drinks — Painting and sketching classes, individual tuition, and demonstrations with artist Michele Illing — Painting trips to Chalais, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Saint-Émilion vineyards — Easels, art boards, water containers — Wine and cheese tasting — Traditional French market visit — Private transportation. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com
 
Location: Yviers, France
Instructor: Michele Illing
Cost: $1,871
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting in Spain: Plein Air in Watercolor & Oil"
May 16-23, 2021
 

Join Julie Gilbert Pollard for a wonderful week of plein air painting on the beautiful coast of Northern Spain, the Costa Brava. Visit inspiring locations, learning to interpret them into your personal visual expression. Expect sight-seeing, photo-sketching, sketching and “light” plein air painting using minimal equipment that is easy to carry in a medium-size backpack. Julie will demonstrate and coach you through methods and techniques that have proven invaluable in learning to distill a scene into its most simple format, leading to studio paintings that retain that illusive “plein air feel”. All levels are welcome. Classes will be small, so Julie will have ample time to help students work toward individual goals.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting & Sketching the Spirit of Spain"
May 17-27, 2021
 

Plein air painting & sketching adventure workshop in Barcelona, Girona & Costa Brava, Spain with abundant excursions. Throughout the workshop, you will learn how to simplify complex subject matter and paint/sketch various types of scenes with strong visual impact and atmosphere. A small group size will allow you to receive plenty of individual assistance. All levels and non-painting companions are welcome.
 
Location: Barcelona, Girona, Costa Brava, Spain
Instructor: Yuki Hall
Cost: $3,200
Website, email, 937-679-2464


"The Desert Landscape in Pastel"
May 17-19, 2021
 

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 create 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


"Painting in Spain: Oil Painting Workshop"
May 23-30, 2021
 

Come join Brian Murphy for a week long painting adventure in the magnificent Costa Brava, Spain. Learn to loosen up your technique and create Light Filled paintings while also learning how to paint with a Limited Palette. Brian has led numerous painting trips to France, Italy and Ireland and this workshop will continue the tradition of painting and experiencing the natural beauty and culture of this beautiful part of the world. Spend each day discovering the wonderful light the Costa Brava landscape and seascapes provide while learning how to capture that light on your canvas. There will be daily critiques and discussions and Brian will spend part of each day “one on one” with you as you paint the magnificent views.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Brian Murphy, bmurphy.net
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence: All Media Painting Workshop"
May 24-31, 2021
 

Join Janet Knight for a wonderful week of plein air painting in the heart of Provence. What sets Janet apart is the diversity in her expertise as an accomplished, award winning artist in watercolors, pastels, acrylics and oils. Whatever your learning interests may be, she can teach you how to make your dreams a reality. An all medium workshop with lots of fun thrown in!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Janet Knight, janetknight.com.au
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting & sketching retreat in Dordogne, France"
June 4-13, 2021
 

This magical painting retreat will provide all types of painters the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Perigord & Quercy regions of France in a way that allows you to paint as and when you wish, in the studio or en plain air. Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced, this workshop is designed to be stimulating and enjoyable for everyone. Yuki will show you how to simplify complex subject matter and create a painting full of atmosphere in a loose and impressionistic style. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Gourdon, France
Instructor: Yuki Hall, TWSA
Sponsor: Perigord retreats
Website, email, 0033 680 288 237


"Paint in Bulgaria!"
June 10-22, 2021
 

Learn to play, and have fun while doing the wonderful ‘work’ of art with internationally celebrated watercolorist, Stella Canfield while enjoying traveling in Bulgaria! Stella will help you free yourself of the fear and judgment that so often prevent us from doing art. You will learn to relax and paint with your heart while exploring design, shapes, color, value and have fun doing it! All artists welcome, demonstrations in watercolor. Maximum 10 students.
 
Location: Barzitsa, Bulgaria
Instructor: Stella Canfield
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Watercolor Techniques"
June 12-15, 2021
 

Technique is everything and Michael Reardon will help you explore so many ways to strengthen your skills in landscape and cityscape watercolor painting. You will learn how to create a strong composition and use value to invoke a sense of light. Michael will teach you how to manipulate color for a full expressive effect. Join us for this 4-day workshop and you'll go home with an abundance of techniques that you can use the rest of your life. Michael is the Author of Painting Light and Color in Landscapes and Cityscapes, from North Light Books and has three instructional DVD’s.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Michael Reardon
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
June 12-21, 2021
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, group discussions, and gastronomy in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. We limit the size of our groups to eight participants and we offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2570) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Lucignano, etc.) train ticket to Florence and guided tour to the Uffizi Museum. Please read testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2570
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"The Importance of Tone"
June 16-20, 2021
 

Come join a week of exploring the beauty of color in oils. Designed for all levels of experience in oils, this is an exciting and informative workshop helping you to train your eye in the discipline of observation. There will be demonstrations each day based on the solid fundamental approach championed by the impressionists and realists. We will explore landscapes, streetscapes and waterscapes. Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists and 3 others. Herman's workshops are in high demand Australia wide and internationally. Early enrollment is encouraged.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Painting in the French Alps: All Media Plein Air Workshop"
June 16-23, 2021
 

Join Kirah Van Sickle for a French adventure in watercolor, oil and acrylic painting. With the Alps as our inspiration, we will explore a myriad of journal sketching and alla prima painting techniques. With an approach based on fundamentals of values, composition and color, Kirah will introduce students to exercises and techniques that build brush confidence and achieve bold, fresh and loose results. Students will gain a better understanding of color temperature, limited palette and the dramatic impact in building contrast and dynamic landscape compositions. Both rural and urban subjects will be addressed, using the notan to establish value planes, and color mixing savy. Join us for a plein air escapade!
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kirah Van Sickle, kirahfineart.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
June 18-27, 2021
 

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


"Launching a Masterpiece, Lessons in Perspective"
June 21-23, 2021
 

Let's put paintings in perspective. You want your work to show mastery and a proper drawing will do this and make the journey so enjoyable. Steve Kleier will give you the tools to bring structure and meaning to your paintings. Using traditional and classic art skills that date from the renaissance, you will find proportion, capture the effects of light and create the illusion of depth. Come experience success and be inspired to launch masterpiece after masterpiece. Steve 's past clients include: Nike, Tektronix, US Bank, Stash tea, Microsoft and many more.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Steve Kleier
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Notes on Plein Air: New England"
June 22-24, 2021
 

This immersive plein air workshop is an opportunity for painters of all skill levels to join me in beautiful Haverhill, New Hampshire for three solid days of painting on a bluff overlooking the Connecticut River Valley and along the grounds of the historic Gibson House B&B. Like all my workshops, this one will focus on balancing the development of technical skills with the aspects of painting that transcend technique and get us to higher levels of ourselves as artists and creators. Students will have the option of working from my guidebook, ‘Notes on Plein Air’, to build their painting process by learning to use Notan sketches, three-grey value sketches, monochromatic block-ins, line drawings, and a limited palette to compose paintings.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Adriano Farinella, adrianofarinella.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 23-30, 2021
 

Join us in France, the birth country of plein air painting, and paint the magnificent French Alps en plein air! This workshop is for all levels: whether you are a first time plein air painter, or have been painting around world, you’ll have an amazing experience painting lakes, mountains or chalets in this beautiful region, while improving your on-location painting skills within days! I will be demoing on site, with both watercolor plein air painting and watercolor sketching techniques. You will learn how to select lighting and subject matters, simplify what you see and create strong compositions. In addition to the demos, I will provide fun and easy to follow hands-on tutorials tailored towards each individual's needs.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Shuang Li, www.shuangliwatercolors.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the Loire Valley: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
June 23-30, 2021
 

The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in the French Alps is the sheer breadth of subjects to choose from. We’ll sketch mountains, lakes, green pastures, canals and breathtaking panoramas. In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool. This workshop is designed to give you confidence to take your sketchbook wherever you go. 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 gazing out at an alpine meadow with a glass of wine in hand. As part of a small group, you’ll have plenty of individual attention.
 
Location: Saint Pierre de Corps, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, www.shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
June 24-28, 2021
 

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: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2021"
June 26 - July 7, 2021
 

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$2900) 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 in France and Spain!
 
Location: Near Manosque & Barcelona, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2900
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2021"
June 26 - July 7, 2021
 

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$2900) 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 in France and Spain!
 
Location: Near Manosque & Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2900
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Composing the Landscape"
June 29 - July 1, 2021
 

In this workshop we will learn about composition, editing the landscape and choosing the important elements. Using values and color to complete your idea. You will also learn some ideas about how to deal with the changing light, and getting the most out of your subject. The palette and color mixing will be discussed. I will begin the day with a demonstration to help students navigate the landscape after the demo. I will give individual critique to the class as they paint. One evening we will have a group critique. We shall work on the grounds or in a location that is close to the Gibson house.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: T. M. Nicholas, tomnicholasgallery.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 30 - July 6, 2021
 

Join award-winning artist and American Watercolor Society signature member, Sarah Yeoman, for this wonderful plein-air painting workshop in the French Alps whether you want to know the basics or to get professional pointers. We will explore the magic of the watercolor medium in a enchanting atmosphere. Beginning with a morning demonstration, she will lead you through the step by step process she uses to create paintings with strong colorful darks and shimmering lights no matter the choice of subject. Sarah will share her years of knowledge on materials, paint application, composition, life as an artist and “finding your light” in watercolor.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Sarah Yeoman, Sarahyeoman.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2021"
July 3-14, 2021
 

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 3700 (around US$2800) 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 in France and Spain!
 
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2800
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Find The Essence: Plein Air Painting In Watercolor"
July 6-8, 2021
 

Creating successful en plein air paintings in changing conditions is challenging. Light, shade, and shadows can change rapidly and dramatically over the course of just a few hours. Learning to simplify the scene and fixing it at a point in time are the most important factors in creating successful en Plein air landscape paintings. We’ll work from about 9 am to 4 pm each day. The instructor will do short demos each morning and we’ll end each day with a gentle review and critique of the day’s work. We’ll also stay late one evening to work on the particular challenge of capturing the evening sky and shady landscape.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Tony Conner, tonyconnor.com
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Realism Through Design"
July 12-16, 2021
 

Use design to strengthen and enhance your paintings. John will help you in all aspects of painting a representational cityscape or town scene – choosing the subject, adding mood and creating emotional content, lighting the scene for dramatic effect, using photo references in a meaningful way and most importantly, strengthening and enhancing representational painting through design. This is an invaluable opportunity to gain new painting insights and lots of one-on-one individual help. John is a signature member of the AWS, TWSA, NWS and many more.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: John Salminen
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Key Elements of Plein Air Painting"
July 20-22, 2021
 

Join George Van Hook, a nationally recognized artist who has won numerous Plein Air competitions and awards from around the country for his oils and watercolors. George stresses allaprima painting and using a loose and fast approach to capture the landscape in the first try. Participants will be meeting on location and painting all day from 9am-4pm with a lunch provided. Workshop includes live demos and individual attention. Please bring your own plein air equipment, supports, and media (oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic).
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: George Van Hook, georgevanhookfineartist.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Abstract Landscape Painting"
July 27-31, 2021
 

How can you capture that energy and express those fleeting feelings of exhilaration, nostalgia, or serenity on canvas? Amanda will help you transform your reference imagery into rich, energetic, abstract paintings. She will teach the traditional rules of landscape painting and encourage you to break the rules. We will build unconventional color palettes and create marks and brushstrokes that will surprise ourselves. Come explore abstraction, color and mark-making through the lens of landscape painting. Artists will complete several mini-series of paintings on paper and 5-6 larger paintings on canvas over the course of this workshop.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Plein Air Landscape Painting"
July 27-29, 2021
 

Paint the summer colors at this beautiful and historic location overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River Valley while relaxing in the comfort of the Gibson House Inn. This workshop will focus on plein air landscape painting with some classroom instruction and will be open to all abilities. Born 1954, in Rochester, NY, Robert O'Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for thirty years. Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on landscape and architectural studies. The artist finds beauty in the ordinary, subtle reminders of everyday life in rural New England. In his own words, he is driven "to capture the vanishing landscape in my paintings" before they disappear forever as a result of the steady hand of "progress."
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Robert O'Brien, www.robertjobrien.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Sketchbook to Studio, Recording Your Travels at a Higher Level"
August 6-10, 2021
 

Few things are more suited for travel than a sketchbook, pencil, and a small watercolor palette. In addition to traditional plein air work, Iain will focus on strengthening your skills using these tools to record your life through sketching in watercolor. The sounds, smells, sights, and people you come across will remain fresh in your mind as you look over the work you have done on site. There is no better way to relive your memories than a well used sketchbook. Iain Stewart is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Iain Stewart
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Color Relativity and Mentorship Retreat"
August 15-19, 2021
 

This unique retreat is four transformational days of painting, designed to develop you creatively, practically, spiritually and personally. All levels are welcome, however intermediate-advanced level artists will gain the most from this retreat. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kami Mendlik
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,210
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Painting The Complicated Using The 'KISS' Method"
August 17-19, 2021
 

Stewart Burgess White is a painter with a long list of accolades including Signature membership in The American Watercolor Society (AWS). Stewart will provide a presentation on how to create paintings that simplify complicated subject matter with an emphasis on composition and line. From landscapes to urban industrial scenes. Color choices and mark-making will also be addressed during the process. Students will practice in Plein Air in the surrounding area.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Stewart Burgess White, stewartwhitestudios.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Painting the Day"
August 20-22, 2021
 

We do not see things as they are, but rather as light, shadow, and air reveal them. The light of each day is unique and specific to the time, place, and weather. During this two day retreat scheduled over a moonrise, we will examine how with some foundational principles of the prismatic palette, the grammar of light and air can ground us in our work by helping us see the gift of each day. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joshua Cunningham
Cost: Tuition + meals from $640
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Painting in France: Oil Painting Workshop"
August 21-28, 2021
 

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"
August 25 - September 1, 2021
 

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 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Mastering Skies & Reflections in Oil, Acrylic or Pastel"
August 26-29, 2021
 

Master your landscape painting and join South Carolina artist Michael Story for this four day workshop as we use the sky and water as a dramatic design element in our painting’s composition. You’’ll begin your painting with an initial charcoal drawing, followed by a color wash applied over the image. Starting with shadow colors, you’ll begin blocking in your painting, then progressing dark to light to completion. Building final layers of color and avoiding muddy mixtures, you’ll achieve fresh, bright color while capturing depth, drama and mood to your work. He will demonstrate and provide photo reference to paint from if desired along with color exercises you may complete after the workshop. For more information, visit michaelstory.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Michael Story
Cost: $525 Museum members/ $575 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Painting in France: Oil Painting Workshop"
August 28 - September 4, 2021
 

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


"Creative Retreat with Artist Cat Coquillette in France"
August 28 - September 4, 2021
 

Join artist Cat Coquillette and educator Logan Elliott for an "artpreneur" retreat at a beautiful 18th century countryside manor in Southwestern France. In addition to painting alongside Cat every morning, you’ll also learn insider-knowledge to succeed in the art industry. Visit enchanting chateaus and beaux villages and indulge in exquisite French cuisine paired with some of the best wines in the region. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: tuition, accommodation, meals, drinks, trips, transfers. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com
 
Location: Saint-Priest-Ligoure, France
Instructor: Cat Coquillette
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting in the French Alps: Sketching & Watercolor Workshop"
August 29 - September 5, 2021
 

Join us for this magical plein air painting & sketching adventure in the French Alps! Be aware, Yuki’s passion for watercolor painting is contagious! She will walk you through how to create an atmosphere of a scene by establishing the sense of depth in the picture plane and also by breaking away from a rigid coloring-in painting style. You will start painting with confident brush strokes and expressive edge qualities. You will also learn how to simplify a complex subject, leaving unnecessary details out. Establishing a strong tonal value pattern in your picture plane will also be emphasized. Because of the small class size, you will receive plenty of individual help throughout the workshop. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Yuki Hall, www.yukihallfineart.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"A painting retreat. Watercolor Journaling in Lisbon"
September 1-14, 2021
 

Join us with Winnie Givot in Lisbon, a city of beauty, from which explorers in the 15th and 16th centuries set out to discover the world. There we will spend our days painting, drawing, and writing in our watercolor journals as we see more deeply through our art. We will be staying in newly renovated apartments in an old Portuguese building near Prac¸a Intendente, a wonderful location in the historic city. In and around the city we will take many different forms of transport including metro, trolleys, tuk tuks, escalators, train, bus and, of course, walking. There is even an elegant 19th century outdoor elevator which carries passengers up and down between districts.
 
Location: Lisbon, Sintra, Obidos, Portugal
Instructor: Winnie Givot
Cost: $4600
Sponsor: Salinara - International Art Farm, Sicily
Website, email, (+39) 339 77 57 062


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 3-10, 2021
 

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 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Staying Afloat in Watercolor"
September 6-10, 2021
 

Capture the fleeting moments David will show you the best way to tackle painting the rugged coastline, the sea with its character, the calm waters and boats in the beautiful harbor, and street scenes along the harbor and about the city offering movement, color, and atmosphere. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting & Journaling"
September 10-17, 2021
 

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 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Travel Sketching in the South West of France"
September 11-18, 2021
 

Join me for one week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Provence. 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. Space is very limited (max 12 participants/workshop).
 
Location: Toulouse, France
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Retreat at the Château"
September 14-21, 2021
 

Join artists Carolyn Gavin and Helen Dardik on a painting retreat at an authentic château in the South of France. Receive expert tuition focusing on a variety of styles, techniques, mediums and subject matter, enjoy a stunning 22-acre private estate, draw your inspiration from quintessentially French medieval villages, and indulge in the exquisite local cuisine. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: tuition, accommodation, meals, drinks, painting trips, wine tasting, transfers. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com
 
Location: Auty, France
Instructor: Artists Carolyn Gavin and Helen Dardik
Cost: $3,900
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"'Carmel By The Sea' En Plein Air"
September 15-17, 2021
 

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


"Painting & Sketching the Magic of Tuscany"
September 17-25, 2021
 

Join us for a magical painting and sketching vacation workshop in Tuscany, Italy with Yuki Hall, TWSA. A trip of a lifetime for artists & art enthusiasts, combining Renaissance art, history, culture, watercolor painting/sketching, Tuscan cousin and wine! The workshop is filled with excursions. Throughout the workshop, you will learn how to simplify complex subject matter and capture the atmosphere of the scenes to create a painting in a loose and impressionistic style. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Florence, Trequanda, Italy
Instructor: Yuki Hall
Cost: $3,200
Website, email, 937-679-2464


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting & Journaling"
September 17-24, 2021
 

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 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Travel Sketching in the South West of France"
September 19-26, 2021
 

Join me for one week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Provence. 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. Space is very limited (max 12 participants/workshop).
 
Location: Toulouse, France
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Retreat in the French Pyrenees"
September 23-30, 2021
 

Join artists Carolyn Gavin and Helen Dardik on a painting retreat in the French Pyrenees. Receive expert tuition focusing on a variety of styles, techniques, mediums and subject matter, get inspired by landscapes, street scenes, buildings, and people in the once refuge and inspiration of Picasso, Matisse, Soutine, and Chagall, stay in an ancient Catalan farmhouse framed by Mount Canigou, and enjoy the delicious local cuisine. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: tuition, accommodation, meals, drinks, painting trips, transfers. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com.
 
Location: Corsavy, France
Instructor: Carolyn Gavin and Helen Dardik
Cost: $3,900
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 24 - October 1, 2021
 

Come join Suhita Shirodkar for a week long painting adventure in the magnificent Costa Brava, Spain. Suhita Shirodkar is a self-confessed obsessive sketcher and watercolor artist. Her love of color and of travel is reflected in her work. You will learn to sketch people, places, flora and fauna so your sketchbooks can truly reflect your travels. There will be critiques and discussions about your paintings and Suhita will spend part of each day “one on one” with you as you sketch the magnificent views.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Suhita Sirodkar, SketchAway.wordpress.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Plein Air Pastel Workshop"
September 24 - October 1, 2021
 

Join us for a week long adventure in the magnificent Costa Brava, Spain where you’ll learn to capture the light and mood of the moment and boost your observational and painting skills. In this plein air workshop, you will learn the key steps and techniques to work more successfully in painting outdoor scenes, from Spain’s magnificent sandy beaches and rocky coves and cliffs, to beautiful seaside towns, and medieval villages. Nancy covers many tips and techniques of composing and designing your painting on location. Working with shapes, values, edges and color, Nancy will help guide you to edit, simplify and interpret the scene to tell a story and create that emotional response in the viewer that all artists seek.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Nancy Nowak, NancyNowak.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Retreat at the French Manoir"
September 27 - October 4, 2021
 

Join artist Dennis Perrin on an oil painting retreat in the bucolic French countryside. You will learn how to reflect light onto your canvas and you will receive expert tuition including essential techniques and concepts to help you expand your artistic skills. Stay in a charming country house, enjoy homemade French cuisine, taste some of the best Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru wines, and get inspired by stunning medieval villages. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: tuition, accommodation, meals, drinks, painting trips, wine and cheese tasting, use of basic art materials, transfers. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com.
 
Location: Yviers, France
Instructor: Dennis Perrin
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Watercolor Painting"
October 4-7, 2021
 

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


"Santa Barbara Travel Sketching Workshop"
October 28 - November 2, 2021
 

Join us 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! Brenda Swenson will 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. Space is very limited (max 12 participants). Brenda is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have been featured in numerous books and magazines (Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air Magazine).
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


"From Seen to Scene, Framing Your Vision"
ongoing
 

This course is a four part modular format enabling online mentorship for an entire year…. a unique opportunity at a great value. The 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. Whether the scenes are inspired by exotic travels, memories of a favorite destination, or simply your own backyard, the success of any painting relies on a solid understanding of the basic principles of picture making in tandem with your creativity and passion.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $695
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