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"Plein Air Painting at Valley Forge"
July 16-18, 2024
 

Enjoy open-air painting in beautiful Valley Forge National Historic Park on the National Historic Register. The church site of George Washington’s Continental Army in 1777-1778 and now home to lush scenery and historic architecture! Located in Montgomery County, 35 minutes northwest of Center City Philadelphia, with ample parking and access to restrooms. Working from diverse landscape subject matter, students will learn essential plein air approaches, including color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound drawing and painting practices. Instruction is geared toward oil/acrylic painting and pastel drawing/painting.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Plein Air Painting at The Scott Arboretum"
Fridays, July 19 & 26, 2024
 

Paint on location at the beautiful Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College. The idyllic 350-acre arboretum that makes up the Swarthmore College campus is often named one of the most beautiful in the country. Located just 11 miles from Philadelphia, the rolling hills, flowering trees, and hiking trails offer a nature escape on the edge of a busy metropolis. Instructor and Cerulean Collective artist Keith Leitner will demonstrate techniques, reference art historical examples, and encourage personal expression. Instruction will be geared to watercolor, but experienced oil/acrylic painters are welcome. Free parking and restrooms will be available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Mastering Loose Brushwork in Watercolor"
July 22-25, 2024
 

This workshop offers a comprehensive exploration of watercolor painting techniques with a focus on loose brushwork. The workshop begins with a dedicated session on value sketching techniques. Participants will gain insights into the importance of preliminary sketches, and understanding the relationships between values and colors before delving into the painting process. One key aspect of the workshop is the exploration of color choices based on Vlad's mixing color theory. Participants will learn to translate the properties of primary colors into nuanced water-color mixes.
 
Location: Boone, North Carolina
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Cheap Joe's Art
Website, email, 828-263-5451


"Kids Summer Art Classes: Watercolor and Ink Lighthouse"
July 25 & August 1 (10am - 12pm)
 

Using provided templates, students will craft their own lighthouse compositions against vibrant backgrounds. Through the magic of watercolors, they'll bring their artwork to life with splashes of color and depth. Once dry, students will wield Sharpies to add intricate textures and patterns, adding an extra layer of detail to their masterpiece. Let imaginations soar and creativity flow in this fun-filled class!
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Caroline Duran
Cost: $70 - 2 Classes
Sponsor: The New Studio for the Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Beginner's Acrylics: Open Studio"
July 27, 2024
 

This workshop is designed for students who have previously taken an acrylic painting class with Cherie Blickenstaff and wish to enhance their past projects. Cherie will provide personalized instruction, guiding you through the process of finishing or refining any of your previous class paintings. If you have new ideas, feel free to bring your reference materials and start fresh on a new canvas. Cherie will supply all the paint colors used in her classes, paint pens for detailed work, and Gloss and Satin varnish to seal any completed paintings. Additionally, extra canvases will be available for those eager to explore new concepts. Join us and take your acrylic paintings to the next level with Cherie's expert guidance!
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Cherie Blickenstaff
Cost: $60
Sponsor: The New Studio for the Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"The Painterly Landscape Painting Retreat"
August 4-8, 2024
 

This unique painting retreat is a rare opportunity to join Alain in the beautiful setting of the CT River Valley to loosen up your landscapes! We’ll work both in the studio and outdoors on the grounds and gardens of the beautiful CT River Valley Inn. This workshop is designed to empower you with successful strategies for loosening up your landscapes with bold marks and fresh color. Learn to simplify complex scenes into clear shapes, values, and edges. Organize these shapes into strong design and color combinations using bold, expressive marks to interpret your environment for a lush painterly look. Discover innovative approaches to color through the use of underpainting techniques and interpretive color strategies that will break you out of your routine.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Alain Picard
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Open Painting in The Medium of Your Choice"
Mondays, August 5-26, 2024
 

Paint with the medium of your choice, (Oil, Watercolor, Acrylic, Pastel, Charcoal, Colored Pencil), in a relaxed atmosphere with as much instructor help as you want. Bring in new or unfinished work. Short demos, techniques, and critiques will be available to assist you. Realism, impressionism, or something more modern is all welcome. This class is appropriate for beginner painters, intermediate painters and advanced painters of any medium. The main purpose of this course is one-on-one assistance from the instructor with whatever you need help with (fixing, composition, specific subjects, etc.).
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Dennis Lake
Cost: $200 or $50 per week
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Step by Step Painting: Skies of the Lowcountry"
August 10, 2024
 

Each student will follow along step-by-step with Addison as you complete this beautiful painting of these lowcountry skies. Addison will be painting alongside everyone, demonstrating and teaching the fundamentals to create the painting. You will follow each step, learning about lights and darks, layering, color mixing, shadows and more. This class is designed for all levels of students. Addison will be using heavy acrylics for this workshop! Those using other mediums are welcome to join, however, the processes Addison uses may not be applicable to your medium due to transparency and/or drying times.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Addison Palmer
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor Sketching Workshop in France"
August 10-17, 2024
 

Join Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling in Giverny and have a creative life experience. You’ll enjoy inspiring locations such as Monet’s garden, daily painting demonstrations, personalized instruction, and encouraging support from Cindy and Theresa. We show you how to simplify and design your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Create colorful paintings en Plein Air with an emphasis on celebrating your own unique point of view.
 
Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $3,990
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio O Canada - Landscape Art Workshop in the Ottawa region"
August 17, 2024
 

This unique one-day art workshop in the Ottawa region (Gatineau Hills) is more than an introduction to plein air painting as you will learn to interpret and depict the landscape in a personal way. The reflection about the intertwining of two realities, nature’s and yours as the viewer, will lead to a synthesis of both on canvas. The cost of CAD 440, plus applicable taxes, includes entrance ticket and one-hour art history lecture at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) in Ottawa, transportation to our workshop site in the Gatineau Hills, 3 to 4 hour plein air painting coaching in the medium of your choice, a 5-course gourmet dinner including pairing wines and transportation back to Ottawa.
 
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: CAD$ 440
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Watercolor Sketching Workshop in France"
August 17-24, 2024
 

Join Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling in Giverny and have a creative life experience. You’ll enjoy inspiring locations such as Monet’s garden, daily painting demonstrations, personalized instruction, and encouraging support from Cindy and Theresa. We show you how to simplify and design your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Create colorful paintings en Plein Air with an emphasis on celebrating your own unique point of view.
 
Location: Watercolor Painting Workshop, France
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $3,990
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Art adventure in Ireland with celebrated Irish Artist Hugh O'Neill"
August 18-24, 2024
 

All your art materials and easel are supplied free at the painting locations as part of the price so you can relax and have fun as you learn and tour. We are celebrating 26 years of total success, positive testimonials and 100 percent customer satisfaction. If you are thinking of traveling all the way from USA to Europe for an art workshop holiday, you will definitely want to be with the magically talented and experienced Hugh O'Neill. Enjoy daily Individualized instruction with informative painting demonstrations You will visit and experience castles, beaches by the Irish Sea, St Patrick's first church, art theory lectures, touring beautiful coastal areas of County Down in Ireland.
 
Location: County Down, Ireland
Instructor: Hugh O'Neill
Cost: $1600
Website, email, 561-718-1294


"Gallery Seven Plein Air Workshop"
August 18, 2024
 

Join Gallery Seven and Kathryn Claahsen for a Plein Air Workshop. August, 18th from 1-4pm at The Historic Gaylord Building. The cost to participate is $40. Please visit our website for more information and to secure a spot in class. Galleryseven.net.
 
Location: Lockport, Illinois
Instructor: Kathryn Claahsen
Cost: $40
Sponsor: Gallery Seven
Website, email, 815-483-4310


"From Tone to Color: watercolor workshop"
August 19-22, 2024
 

Join Vladislav at Landgrove Inn - an authentic 1810 farmhouse in a luxuriant New England landscape. Stay with fellow students and instructor, sharing delicious meals and leisure in this authentic setting. Known as "the soul of Vermont," Landgrove Inn restaurant has become a favorite place for locals and workshops attendees to meet and enjoy one of the special creations by Langrove Inn Chef! This workshop is designed to help participants develop their skills in creating visually compelling artworks. Participants will learn how to use different watercolor techniques to create a range of values, from light to dark, and how to apply these values to create depth, dimension and focal areas in their paintings.
 
Location: Landgrove, Vermont
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Landgrove Inn
Website, email, 800.669.8466


"3-Day Plein Air"
August 19-21, 2024
 

Gouache is a water-based medium that continues to grow in popularity. Watercolor artists will take to it because it mixes with water and oil painters will understand its opaque quality. Our instructor Bernard Dellario uses it in a painterly, intuitive way, Bernie describes his style as “abstract with a foothold in reality.”
 
Location: Marietta, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Bernie Dellario
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Susquehanna Art Workshops
Website, email, 717-314-9551


"Art on the Water"
August 24 - September 1, 2024
 

Special Interest 9 day Plein Air Painting/Sketching Workshop in Grand Canyon National Park *Painting White Water, Side Canyons and Botany * Managing artwork in the wilderness, Setting up quick compositions *Talks on Art History in Grand Canyon *Workshops on sketching, limiting colors and quick composition
 
Location: Grand Canyon, Arizona
Instructor: Ani Eastwood with Grand Canyon Expeditions
Sponsor: Grand Canyon Expeditions Company
Website, email, 1-800-544-2691


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
August 31 - September 7, 2024
 

The wonderful views and landscapes of the French Alps seem to be just made for watercolor. All the incredible villages, lakes and mountains are just begging to be caught on the tip of your brush. Moving from place to place, we will find the best locations to create vibrant and sunny watercolors. Every day will be a discovery for you—and a new opportunity for painting in watercolor. In addition to traditional watercolor techniques, I will introduce you to my personal methods and secrets. Join us for relaxation and enjoyment of the French Alps with a very rich and informative workshop in the open air.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Michael Solovyev
Cost: $3,990
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"A Sense of Place in Tuscany"
September 4-11, 2024
 

Join Alison for a week of joyful exploration of Place, in the beautiful city of Cortona. Sitting in ancient squares, by fountains, or in cafes, I’ll show you some simple ways to capture buildings. In markets we’ll talk about how to include figures in your sketches. Overlooking vistas of vineyards and far off hills, we’ll explore how to simplify the scene to focus on important elements and create depth. Drawing and painting on loose pages rather than in a watercolour journal, allows us to loosen up and have fun with experimental techniques and a variety of media. We’ll work with watercolour, pen, ink, marker, on different papers, to create images, which we will curate into a concertina book.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Alison Watt
Cost: From $3,790.00 per person all-inclusive
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-407-7127


"Oil Painting Workshop in Spain"
September 8-15, 2024
 

While learning the importance of oil painting techniques and principles (values, edges, composition, etc.), enjoy the joy of actually painting Spain en plein air! The enthusiasm for painting the beaches, cliffs and boats will be contagious! Kathie will walk through her process of narrowing down the choices of subject matter and then demo before it’s time for you to get your brushes wet too… and she will be right alongside cheering you on with personal instruction and encouragement! There is a reason why you want to paint. Kathie will work to help you tap that desire by throwing herself into the entire experience and beauty of the Costa Brava!
 
Location: Costa Brava/Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Kathie Odom
Cost: $3,990
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Creek and Forest - Landscape Oil Painting Workshop"
September 11-13, 2024
 

The paintings of Al Slavin call to mind magical memories and the promise of a beautiful future. He has the unique ability to capture with brushstrokes all that is good and right with the world and condense it into mystical scenes of enchanted light. In this three-day workshop with Al you will learn how to use dynamic light in your landscape paintings to create an emotional bond with your viewer. We will focus on clouds and trees to showcase the light. Also emphasized: color theory, values, design and composition, the use of mediums and techniques. This oil painting workshop is for beginners, semiprofessionals, and professional artists.
 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Instructor: Al Slavin
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Degallery
Website, email, +1(979)704-3090


"Belgium Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 11-18, 2024
 

Painting in Belgium – a dream come true! From quaint little buildings, to beaches, mossy canals and windmills. We get the chance to paint them all! You will be learning some of the most valuable skills in watercolor, such as working wet-on-wet, learning to recognize the moisture content of the paper and why the thickness of your paint mixture is so important. Watercolor is so much easier once you learn these little fundamentals. Our days are relaxed and informative (with lots of good food and laughter in the mix). If you are a first-time plein air painter (and afraid), you’ll find it painless! We will also be working in the studio with lots of demos, handouts and personal attention.
 
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Kathie George
Cost: $3,890
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Paint with Vincent in Ireland"
September 11-19, 2024
 

Join Vincent Crotty in Kinvara, County Galway, Ireland for a 5 day workshop along the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way. Escape to this charming coastal town and be free to immerse yourself in the scenery, the village, and the expertise of Vincent's workshop. Delve into plein air landscapes, streetscapes, seascapes and nocturnes. Learn how to tackle lighting conditions. We will take short excursions to the Burren and other scenic locations. All levels are welcome to join this unique opportunity.
 
Location: Kinvara, Ireland
Instructor: Vincent Crotty
Cost: $2850 + $500 for class
Sponsor: Susan's Custom Tours & Travel
Website, email, 774-238-2332


"Painting Lyrical Water"
September 13-15, 2024
 

Learn to paint exuberant, lively water so that the viewer can feel the light and hear the sounds! Featuring moving water as the primary subject matter, Barbara will present and demonstrate her approach to landscape painting. Skills covered include composition (especially pertaining to showcasing water in a painting), editing, value structure, color temperature, chroma, and edges. Emphasis will be on capturing brilliant light effects for moving water subjects such as waterfalls and rapids. Students can paint in either oil or pastel. Barbara will demonstrate both. Demonstrations will be in the morning, and students will paint in the afternoon with plenty of individual instruction. Open to all levels, although artists with at least some basic landscape painting experience will benefit most.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke
Cost: $550
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Illustrated Watercolor Journaling"
September 14-21, 2024
 

Just imagine….200 year old olive trees, charming hilltop villages, bustling outdoor cafés and window boxes overflowing with colorful flowers. Now, put yourself in the picture, sitting at a little café with your sketchbook and paints, sketching a window across the way, with its lace curtains, blue shutters, and red geraniums. Can you see it? Can you feel it? Well, why not experience it? Join me for an unforgettable painting holiday in Provence, a region famous for its stunning scenery and clear light which has captivated artists through the centuries. In this week-long workshop, we’ll relax and enjoy long autumn days sketching in this stunningly beautiful part of France. Capture once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the pages of your watercolor journals!
 
Location: Fontaine de Vaucluse, France
Instructor: Leslie Fehling
Cost: $3,990
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Lowcountry Marshes 101"
September 14, 2024
 

Join us for this exciting class where instructor Addison Palmer will teach students the fundamentals and techniques needed to create your very own realistic marsh painting. Composition, shadow, negative space, color mixing and layering are just some of the skills Addison will cover in this workshop, where students will paint a marsh scene from their own reference photograph. This class is designed for all levels of students. Addison will be using heavy acrylics for this workshop! Those using other mediums are welcome to join, however, the processes Addison uses may not be applicable to your medium due to transparency and/or drying times.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Addison Palmer
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Plein Air: See and Paint with Confidence"
September 16-18, 2024
 

You can learn to create wonderfully energized paintings, capturing the light and atmosphere of your subject. Joe's 3-day plein air workshop will fill you with confidence and vision to move you forward.
 
Location: Marietta, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Joe Gyurcsak
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Susquehanna Art Workshops
Website, email, 717-314-9551


"Creating Ethereal Landscapes: Painting the Sea and the Sky"
September 19, 2024
 

Join us for an immersive watercolor workshop with the talented artist Vicente Garcia Fuentes, where you'll explore the serene beauty of the sea and sky. This workshop offers a unique opportunity to learn Vicente's expert techniques as he demonstrates capturing the ocean's vastness and the sky's ethereal qualities in a stunning seascape. Watch Vicente paint a captivating scene, sharing his process and insights into creating harmonious compositions that balance water and air elements. Join us for this interactive experience and learn to infuse magic into your own landscape paintings. Open to all skill levels!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Vicente Garcia Fuentes
Cost: $79
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Painting Light in Watercolor"
September 19-21, 2024
 

In this workshop, our main focus will be on the art of capturing and portraying light. Light plays a vital role in bringing depth, atmosphere, and realism to any artwork. Participants will have the opportunity to explore a range of techniques that can be employed to effectively represent light, including glazing, wet-on-wet, and drybrush techniques.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, email, 1-941-330-6865


"Plein Air Painting at Fairmount Park Historic Houses"
Fridays, September 20 - October 18, 2024
 

Paint location at Philadelphia's historic Fairmount Park mansions including Laurel Hill Mansion, Ormiston Mansion, Woodford Mansion, Strawberry Mansion and Ridgeland Mansion! Built in the 18th century, these houses feature amazing architecture, beautiful gardens, and scenic views. The instructor will demonstrate watercolor and pastel techniques, reference art historical examples and encourage personal expression. Instruction will be geared to watercolor, but experienced oil/acrylic painters are welcome. House tours, restrooms and free parking will be available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Immersive watercolor workshop in Sicily"
September 21-28, 2024
 

Sicily – It's on everyone's bucket list, with colorful sunsets, olive groves, vineyards, and picturesque villages with narrow streets, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, it’s a painters paradise… And it will be our home for 7 days. The workshop is hosted by the retreat center Salinara. Our daily watercolor routine will include daily demonstrations by Gary, along with time for individual instruction. Afternoons will vary between painting time, exploring the region on your own, or possible one of the many activities offered through Salinara – on designated days Gary will conduct group critique over cocktails before the evening meal.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Gary Tucker
Cost: From 2300 $
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Pastel Painting Workshop: The People and Landscapes of Umbria"
September 21-28, 2024
 

This pastel workshop is designed for the beginning and intermediate pastelist and will cover materials, basic design, color, and application. Some materials will be supplied. We will be painting from life and photographs taken on-site or in the surrounding areas of Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. This is a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of pastel painting as well as providing a challenge to those who already have a basic understanding of pastel technique. Expect plenty of encouragement and actionable advice. Enjoy a beautiful location with magnificent views and a special atmosphere that only Umbria can offer.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Neva Rossi Smoll
Cost: 2600 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Watercolor Sketching Workshop in Spain"
September 22-29, 2024
 

We will be a lovely small group where I can work with you individually to ensure that every aspect of the experience meets your expectations. There will be plenty of opportunity to have your questions answered and have fun along the way. I will show you how to make fast improvements by sharing my most successful tips for watercolour sketching. You will receive plenty of demonstrations and examples to support you along the way. Learn how to sketch confidently, understand paint consistency and application and mix wonderful glowing colours! The subjects covered will be truly inspirational – including beautiful beaches, cliffs, boats, botanical garden, local scenes and sketching the everyday such as your lunch.
 
Location: Costa Brava/Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Judy Salleh
Cost: $3,790
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"In-Class and Plein Air: Watercolor"
September 23-25, 2024
 

This intensive 3-day workshop covers all the important elements of painting like composition, value, and color, along with the intricacies of watercolor. Two days in classroom and one day to practice plein air.
 
Location: Marietta, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Yong Hong Zhong
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Susquehanna Art Workshops
Website, email, 717-314-9551


"Exploring the Spirit of Place"
September 24 - October 2, 2024
 

Join artist and instructor, Loriann Signori, in this intuitive Pastel workshop to study landscape painting while experiencing the rich atmosphere of Fiesole and Florence, Italy. Loriann will guide her students into transforming their experiences and observations into an understanding of the character and atmosphere of "place".
 
Location: Florence and Fiesole, Italy
Instructor: Loriann Signori
Cost: $3950.00
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Impressionist Painting with Pastels"
September 24-26, 2024
 

Learn how to work with the vibrancy of soft pastels. The class will start with a full painting demonstration. Carol will share her process for blocking in large simple shapes before layering colors. You will learn how to focus on a strong composition, define values, identify your light source, establish a point of focus, and how to see and use color effectively in your paintings. You will learn how to interpret your reference photographs and understand the relationships between value, color temperature and color intensity. There will be personalized teaching and individualized feedback throughout the day.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Carol Iglesias
Cost: $180
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Capturing light and atmosphere with watercolor in Sicily"
September 28 - October 5, 2024
 

Keiko Tanabe is a Japanese contemporary artist who has won multiple awards. We are so proud that she’s coming to SALINARA for the fourth time. Come to enjoy a masterful tuition by Keiko Tanabe. Subject matters will be landscape, Mediterranean seascape, old historic city scape, and indoor locations in the authentic 18th century farmhouse where the participants will stay. Sicily is like a dream, colorful sunset, olive groves, lined vineyards, picturesque villages with narrow streets, churches, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, jovial, kind and friendly people, traditional foods and great local wine. Art, mixture of history and culture, nature create a unique atmosphere and stimulate your creativity. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: From € 2050
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Landscape Atelier"
September 28-30, 2024
 

This is a classically-taught landscape class which starts with sketching and understanding trees and landforms, moving on to the design of your painting, color to achieve light and distance, and brushwork for expression and vitality . We will work from life when weather permits. Your landscape paintings will benefit greatly from the immediacy of your own experience in sketching. And you will be better equipped to understand your photo reference when you return to the studio.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levée
Cost: $525
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Painting Mallorca in Watercolor"
September 28 - October 5, 2024
 

A Sketchbook Journaling Workshop with Karen Ramsay. Come join us and capture Mallorca in watercolor! As we fill our art travel journals with sketching and watercolors, Karen will give us tips and tricks for improving this special skill. Sketching on location, while traveling, is an art form that you can take with you on every future trip. The daily sketches that you create will become a treasured visual diary of your travel. During this week in Mallorca, we will explore the island, its many scenic areas - from the gorgeous views over the Mediterranean Sea to the small towns in the Tramuntana mountain range: the artist town of Deia, the scenic towns of Fornalutx and Valldemossa and the capital Palma.
 
Location: Valldemossa, Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Karen Ramsay
Cost: $3,890
Sponsor: Alpine Creative Tours
Website, email, 970-846-9000


"Pastel Painting Workshop: The People and Landscapes of Umbria"
September 28 - October 5, 2024
 

This pastel workshop is designed for the beginning and intermediate pastelist and will cover materials, basic design, color, and application. Some materials will be supplied. We will be painting from life and photographs taken on-site or in the surrounding areas of Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. This is a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of pastel painting as well as providing a challenge to those who already have a basic understanding of pastel technique. Expect plenty of encouragement and actionable advice. Enjoy a beautiful location with magnificent views and a special atmosphere that only Umbria can offer.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Neva Rossi Smoll
Cost: 2600 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Impressionistic Approach in Watercolor"
September 29, 2024
 

The workshop will concentrate on reinterpreting the scenery into loose impressionist perception style. Composition, hierarchy of elements, painting techniques, approaches to highlight only important elements will be the focus of this workshop. Students will: *Discover how to simplify the most complex scenery *Learn the tonal values and fundamental connection between colors and values *Learn to breakdown everything into primitive forms *Understand the stages involved in painting process to eliminate guesswork *Advance your loose brush techniques *Practice dry brush, wet on wet, soft gradation and calligraphy *Learn to increase sense of depth and enhance focal areas
 
Location: Rockport, Massachusetts
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $165 - 190
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
October 1-10, 2024
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Nine full days of plein air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, and gastronomy in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our teaching approach and groups limited to eight participants allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3975 (around US$ 3000) includes instruction, 9-night accommodation in single and double rooms (limited single rooms available at no extra cost), all breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.), train ticket to Florence, and a tour to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Lucignano, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3000
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting Cruise: Italian Riviera and France"
October 3-12, 2024
 

5-star Painting and Cultural Cruise - Italian Riviera and France! 9 nights: from Barcelona to Rome. All Mediums | All Levels | Non-Painters | Independent Painters. Welcome to our exciting painting cruise across three countries! Embark on an extraordinary 5-star Mediterranean cruise, an artistic journey that unfolds from Barcelona to Rome. This luxurious voyage includes enchanting stops along the picturesque Italian Riviera and captivating destinations in France. As you sail through azure waters and experience the opulence of a 5-star cruise, immerse yourself in unique painting adventures at each port of call. Ports of Call: Barcelona, Marseille (Provence), Nice, Santa Margherita (Portofino), La Spezia (Cinque Terre, Florence, Pisa), Naples and Rome.
 
Location: Mediterranean Cruise, Italy
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: see website
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Painting Cruise: Italian Riviera and France"
October 3-12, 2024
 

5-star Painting and Cultural Cruise - Italian Riviera and France! 9 nights: from Barcelona to Rome. All Mediums | All Levels | Non-Painters | Independent Painters. Welcome to our exciting painting cruise across three countries! Embark on an extraordinary 5-star Mediterranean cruise, an artistic journey that unfolds from Barcelona to Rome. This luxurious voyage includes enchanting stops along the picturesque Italian Riviera and captivating destinations in France. As you sail through azure waters and experience the opulence of a 5-star cruise, immerse yourself in unique painting adventures at each port of call. Ports of Call: Barcelona, Marseille (Provence), Nice, Santa Margherita (Portofino), La Spezia (Cinque Terre, Florence, Pisa), Naples and Rome.
 
Location: Mediterranean Cruise, France
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: see website
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Painting Cruise: Italian Riviera and France"
October 3-12, 2024
 

5-star Painting and Cultural Cruise - Italian Riviera and France! 9 nights: from Barcelona to Rome. All Mediums | All Levels | Non-Painters | Independent Painters. Welcome to our exciting painting cruise across three countries! Embark on an extraordinary 5-star Mediterranean cruise, an artistic journey that unfolds from Barcelona to Rome. This luxurious voyage includes enchanting stops along the picturesque Italian Riviera and captivating destinations in France. As you sail through azure waters and experience the opulence of a 5-star cruise, immerse yourself in unique painting adventures at each port of call. Ports of Call: Barcelona, Marseille (Provence), Nice, Santa Margherita (Portofino), La Spezia (Cinque Terre, Florence, Pisa), Naples and Rome.
 
Location: Mediterranean Cruise, Spain
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: see website
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Watercolor Painting"
October 7-10, 2024
 

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. Couch has won over 70 national awards and his work has been included in three annual exhibitions of the National Academy of Design. For more information, visit tonycouch.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Tony Couch
Cost: $600 Museum members/ $650 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Urban Sketching Workshop in Mexico"
October 8-12, 2024
 

Urban sketching is a skill anybody can learn! It will change the way you perceive the world. Whether you are a novice or a sketcher who feels they can do better, this workshop is for you. The focus is on black and white. It is the foundation of all sketching styles. Build confidence and practice urban sketching to capture the essence of the place by learning: What to look for, How to start the sketch, How to simplify the busy surroundings. Your Facilitator: Cristiana Mar is an experienced artist, architect, and educator, teaching adults, leading workshops in US and Mexico since 1989. Our location is Guanajuato, World Heritage city, the capital of Guanajuato state.
 
Location: Guanajuato, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Mar
Cost: $500.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art
Website, email, 322-153-1906


"Capturing the Essence: Watercolor Techniques for Painting Atmosphere"
October 10-12, 2024
 

Unlock the secrets to creating breathtaking landscape scenes with incredible atmosphere in this immersive 3-day workshop with Yong Hong Zhong. This comprehensive workshop goes beyond surface techniques, delving into the core principles of watercolor painting. You'll explore the nuances of color, composition, and values, learning how to weave these elements together to produce dynamic, emotionally resonant artwork that tells a story. Whether you're a beginner looking to build a strong foundation or an experienced artist aiming to enhance your skills, this workshop offers valuable insights and hands-on practice to take your watercolor paintings to the next level. Secure your spot today and start creating powerful, atmospheric pieces that captivate and inspire.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Yong Hong Zhong
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Colors & Textures in The Pastel Landscape"
October 11-13, 2024
 

This workshop will elevate your artistic journey with successful strategies for creating painterly landscapes. 10 steps for success will be accentuated. Eve will demonstrate how to choose effective reference photos while activating your scene using underpainting techniques. She will do two demos per day utilizing different techniques. You will learn how to choose dynamic compositions using thumbnails, 3 to 5 simple shapes, values and edges. We will cover harmony, tips for loosening your painting style, art apps for success, as well as many tips and tools. A constructive and encouraging appraisal will wrap up our workshop!
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Eve Miller
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor Plein Air Painting Retreat in Sicily"
October 12-19, 2024
 

Join us for a plein air watercolour painting retreat in delightful and peaceful West-Sicily with Polish watercolorist Michal Jasiewicz. We are so proud that he’s coming to SALINARA for the second time. Michal will be your tutor during your stay at the stunning Salinara Art Farm, in the Trapani region. Daily painting excursions to surrounding salt pans, local markets, vineyards, villages such as the medieval town Erice, and Archeological Park of Selinunte, one of the most flourishing classical civilizations of the Mediterranean area. The workshop will take you through selecting a dramatic composition and simplifying it, tone, light, color theory, effects and how to build up a watercolour painting in a structured, demonstration-led setting. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Michal Jasiewicz
Cost: From € 1750
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Painting Holidays: Painting in the French Pyrenees with Peter Keegan"
October 12-19, 2024
 

Join award winning artist and tutor Peter Keegan for what promises to be a delightful week of painting. Peter will both demonstrate and guide painters in the different ways they can create landscape paintings filled with colour, light and expression, using the magnificent views of the French Pyrenees mountains as well as the gardens and grounds of the beautiful Clos Mirabel estate as inspiration. Peter will cover many of the essential aspects of painting and drawing including creating strong compositions, understanding the power of tonal values, how to achieve rich colour harmony and how to loosen up your brushwork. Peter will be working in oils and gouache but artists are welcome to work in either oils, acrylics or gouache paints.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Peter Keegan
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £550 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Venice Painting and Cultural Boutique Tour"
October 15-20, 2024
 

Join us for an unforgettable painting tour in the enchanting city of Venice, designed for those who appreciate the finer things in life. Our tour offers luxurious accommodations, daily painting sessions, exquisite cuisine, and cultural experiences, all within a small, intimate group setting that feels like family. Each day includes demonstrations and personalized one-on-one instructions led by the renowned artist Vlad Yeliseyev, allowing you to enhance your skills while capturing the breathtaking scenes of this iconic city.
 
Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"4-Day Workshop: Creating Expressive & Dynamic Watercolor"
October 21-24, 2024
 

Mon-Thurs Oct 21-24, 2024 from 9:30am-3:30pm. $575 Art League of OC Members, $720 Non-Members. There will be a wide variety of watercolor techniques that will be discussed and demonstrated including positive and negative painting, composition, using creative colors, glazing, charging color, and many more. Students will begin each day with a demonstration painting that will be finished before lunch. The daily demonstration will be different each day so that you will see a wide variety of subject matter and styles including landscapes, floral, stylized, and abstract. Edwards preferred method of painting is to use large brushes for most of the painting and complete the painting with a small amount of details towards the end using smaller brushes.
 
Location: Ocean City, Maryland
Instructor: Sterling Edwards
Cost: $575 ALOC Members, $720 Non-Members
Sponsor: Art League of Ocean City
Website, email, 410-524-9433


"Using Design & Color in your Paintings"
October 23-25, 2024
 

June will work with each person individually as well as with the group. Each participant will be working from photographs, either their own or one of June’s. She will bring her personal collection of photographs that she has painted from & that will make good paintings. June will concentrate on color and design so landscapes and figurative pieces will all be acceptable subjects. She will also address values, drawing, lighting, & other topics related to making great paintings. She will critique your art and you can also bring a finished painting for a critique. She takes each participant where they are and helps them to move up to the next level in their art.
 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Instructor: June Dudley
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Degallery
Website, email, +1(979)704-3090


"Granada in my Sketchbook"
October 25 - November 1, 2024
 

Granada in the south of Spain is one of the most exciting, different, and welcoming cities I know. So much is going on there in the culture historically and present. We will work mostly in our sketchbooks and Journals during our week in Granada. Moving around with only a backpack and light stools will be easier. We’ll be sketching alleys and mountains, the old casbah, and the famous Alhambra from inside and its surroundings—Flamenco performances in local bars, also gardens, and urban views. We will stay in beautiful accommodation in the heart of the old city, and from there we will have access to our sketching adventure.
 
Location: Granada, Spain
Instructor: Tali Farchi
Cost: €2900
Sponsor: Artist Table
Website, email, +31 6 24903316


"Painting Retreat in Sicily, “Spirit, Mind, Body”"
October 27 - November 3, 2024
 

We invite you to join us in this relaxed, beautiful, historic place. Give yourself this time and space to joyfully become a better painter! The setting of Salinara, with its rustic beauty, farm fresh meals, and interesting excursions provides the perfect environment for our “Spirit,Mind,Body” experience. Your artistic SPIRIT will be recognized, encouraged, and celebrated as you work with other creative participants. Your MIND will be engaged by discussions of Art within the group, and your problem solving skills will be challenged as you are improving your painting ability. Your BODY will be nourished with fresh food, walks, biking, and yoga sessions. The emphasis on this workshop is to help promote skill-building with your painting, regardless of your level.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Qiang Huang and Suzanne Enriquez Dougher
Cost: From 2000 $
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Classical Painting and Instruction"
Tuesdays, October 29 - November 19
 

Study with other artists who are committed to bringing their painting to the next level. Award-winning artist and instructor Gayle Levee will work with you to improve your brushwork, color, composition and drawing. This class is limited to ten students. Oil painters and acrylic painters are welcome.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Impressionist Painting in Plein Air with Oils or Pastels"
October 30-31, 2024
 

Spend two lovely mornings outside learning how to paint with oils or pastels in Plein Air! The first morning, the class will start with painting demonstrations and information. Carol will share how she quickly captures the landscape in Plein Air. You will learn how to focus in on a composition, define the values, identify the light source, establish a point of focus and how to see and use colors effectively in your Plein Air paintings. You will learn the importance of painting light, shadows and colors from life. There will be personalized teaching and individualized feedback.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Carol Iglesias
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor Floral"
November 1 & 2, 2024
 

Join nationally renowned watercolor artist, Alan Shuptrine, for a floral/mist and lace watercolor workshop. Focusing on regional floral landscapes, Alan will teach students how to create a watercolor from dark to light using wet and dry-brush techniques, how to utilize lighting and distance to create your composition and applying detail in the foreground. A painter known for his watercolor technical ability, sensitive and thought-provoking paintings, Shuptrine has extended his reputation from a renowned master craftsman and water gilder to a nationally acclaimed watercolorist. For more information, visit alanshuptrine.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Alan Shuptrine
Cost: $400 Museum members/ $450 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Painting Landscapes in Alcohol Inks"
December 9, 2024
 

Alcohol inks have such a color intensity & personality unmatched by other mediums. It's not like any other art form. It’s so exciting to watch the inks move & flow & it happens right in your hands! Anyone can do it…no need to have experience. Each painting is totally unique, bright & powerful. Julie will walk you through all the steps. We'll be using the inks on Yupo paper as well as on tiles for amazing effects! Alcohol Inks can be applied on various surfaces like Yupo paper, glossy paper, metal, shrink plastic and glass. The ink is acid-free, fade-resistant & fast-drying. Students should bring $20 cash to pay instructor, who will provide all the materials you need.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Julie Schroeder
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor: Layered Papers, Reflected Light"
December 10-12, 2024
 

Join us for this exciting class with Julie Schroeder. Discover and energize your inner artist and loosen up with exciting new watercolor techniques. This will be a fun class with watercolor techniques. Using color, texture, layering, expressive mark making, & splattering, we'll be experimenting with different professional papers. In this workshop, our main project will be a lovely landscape created with handmade papers on 140lb watercolor paper. We'll be layering on beautiful rich color in a wet into wet beginning with a special technique combining papers layered onto the watercolor paper. This creates a beautiful textured 3-D look! Experienced painters as well as those who are new to watercolors will both enjoy this fun and exciting exploration of watercolor.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Julie Schroeder
Cost: $180
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Winter Landscape - Oil Painting Workshop"
December 11-13, 2024
 

The paintings of Al Slavin call to mind magical memories and the promise of a beautiful future. He has the unique ability to capture with brushstrokes all that is good and right with the world and condense it into mystical scenes of enchanted light. In this three-day workshop with Al you will learn how to use dynamic light in your landscape paintings to create an emotional bond with your viewer. We will focus on clouds and trees to showcase the light. Also emphasized: color theory, values, design and composition, the use of mediums and techniques. This oil painting workshop is for beginners, semiprofessionals, and professional artists.
 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Instructor: Al Slavin
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Degallery
Website, email, +1(979)704-3090


"Mixed Media: Lowcountry Light"
December 12, 2024
 

You'll create a wonderful coastal seascape with colors and the lighthouse of your choice! We will be achieving textures with many layers of paint and media. We will experiment with torn papers, string, napkins, stenciling, glue, paint, glitter and a variety of other interesting materials. Come let your creativity loose and have fun making this 3-Dimensional piece of art! Students should bring $20 cash to pay instructor for materials, which will all be provided for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Julie Schroeder
Cost: $60
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Online Live: Paint Along with Vlad"
Sundays thru December 31, 2024
 

Sundays: Live online classes + recordings. Level: for all ambitious watercolor artists of all levels. Time: 2-5pm ET. Photo references and pencil layouts will be provided by email 2 days prior to each class. Video recording of the class will be available to replay and practice. You will: - learn Vlad's step-by-step approach to a loose watercolor painting - see how Vlad uses composition and values as part of the creative process - discover timeless traditional watercolor methods of application - explore Vlad's use of brushes and color mixing - complete one painting
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $40
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"The Ephemeral Subject: Mist & Haze in Soft Pastel"
January 27-29, 2025
 

Thankfully for artists, nature is not just blue skies. In this workshop, learn to create the subtle mysterious effects of mist and haze in your pastel landscape. Emphasis will be on use of tonal values, atmospheric perspective, planes in the landscape and handling of edges. The workshop will begin with a one-hour demo, followed by a tonal value exercise before beginning your pastel masterpiece. Each attendee will have plenty of instruction at their easel. Working from your own photos of mist and haze is encouraged. Each day attendees will leave with a finished painting. I will provide hand-outs for each attendee and specific books I love and refer to.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Lisa Regopoulos
Cost: $520
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"The Ephemeral Subject: Mist & Haze in Soft Pastel, 1 Day en Plein Air"
January 30, 2025
 

Thankfully for artists, nature is not just blue skies. In this workshop, learn to create the subtle mysterious effects of mist and haze in your pastel landscape. Emphasis will be on use of tonal values, atmospheric perspective, planes in the landscape and handling of edges. The workshop will begin with a one-hour demo, followed by a tonal value exercise before beginning your pastel masterpiece. Each attendee will have plenty of instruction at their easel. Working from your own photos of mist and haze is encouraged. Each day attendees will leave with a finished painting. I will provide hand-outs for each attendee and specific books I love and refer to.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Lisa Regopoulos
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Open Impressionism - Acrylic Landscape Painting"
February 9, 2025
 

Charles Wallis is an accomplished painter and was even recognized by the Texas House of Representatives with a resolution acknowledging his contribution to the art world in Texas. We all love the works of the French and other impressionists. You will create an impressionist landscape under the direction of Wallis during this one-day workshop. The painting will be done in acrylic paints.
 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Instructor: Charles Wallis
Cost: $180
Sponsor: Degallery
Website, email, +1(979)704-3090


"Studio Colombia Art & Eat - Art and Food Workshop in South America"
February 18-26, 2025
 

Join our unique art workshop in South America and experience the stunning Caribbean coast from Puerto Colombia (Barranquilla) to Cartagena. Learn perspective drawing and the fundamentals of watercolors and taste the best of Colombian Caribbean food and culture. After an art class, try a "mojarra con arroz con coco" with a cold Colombian beer. Sketch on the beach, attend cooking demonstrations by local chefs, join a street food tour, and more. The price of CAD 3050 per person (around US$2250) includes eight-night double accommodation in well rated hotels, all ground transportation, all breakfasts, one lunch, two suppers, one street food tour, art instruction, cooking presentations, art supplies, and more. Single rooms available for CAD 810 (around US$ 600).
 
Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2250
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Natural Abstract"
March 5-7, 2025
 

Expand your artist’s eye by learning different ways of seeing, loosen your grip on realism, and move into an exploration of essence. In this workshop, you’ll interpret your observations of the surrounding natural environment to create abstract art that is wholly your own. With an iterative approach, you’ll lean into different mediums, including watercolor, graphite, oil pastel and cut paper, to distill the characteristics of landscape. Along the way, creative process insights are shared that can free your hand and strengthen your visual voice. This workshop is appropriate for all levels of students.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Meg Kaczyk
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Colorful Horizons: A Dive into Luminous Oil Painting"
March 19-21, 2025
 

Unleash your creativity and add depth to your paintings in this adventurous and fun-filled course. Begin with a transparent underpainting, then layer earth tones and vibrant highlights to create depth and glow. Experiment with brushes, palette knives, paper towels, and even your fingers to discover new techniques. Learn the importance of focal points and composition, using complementary colors to unify your work. Subjects may include sunrises, sunsets, moonlight, seascapes, marshes, and florals (reference photos provided) but please feel free to bring your own inspirations too. After a morning demo each day; start a painting and continue working on it the next morning. No pressure—this class is about exploration and finding your own unique style. Come join us!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Peggy Ellis
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"The World of Watercolor"
March 20-23, 2025
 

Learn the art of watercolor from the finest artists around the world over 4 instruction-packed days. Learn new techniques, explore inspiring ways to approach watercolor, and tell powerful stories through your art. World of Watercolor 2025 begins on Thursday, March 20th with an optional Beginner’s Day. It is a great opportunity for both new and seasoned artists to sharpen their knowledge of basic watercolor skills and techniques. In-depth instruction from extraordinary artists continues Friday, March 21st through Sunday, March 23rd. Your ticket gives you access to replays of each session, downloadable reference images from the instructors, and a supportive community of students worldwide to share your artwork with. The beautiful world of watercolor awaits you!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: 15+ artists
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Catch the charm of Sicily with expressive bold strokes and colourful"
April 5-12, 2025
 

Amit Kapoor is a leading master of watercolor in India. Join us for a unique and exceptional watercolor painting workshop in Sicily with the Indian artist Amit Kapoor. It’s a beautiful opportunity for you to live and paint with a master artist in an authentic Sicilian farmhouse located just 500 m from the Mediterranean sea. Participants will learn Amit’s techniques and process to paint Plein-Air and in studio, how to be expressive with bold brush strokes and colourful palette. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Amit Kapoor
Cost: From € 2150
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
April 6-10, 2025
 

Join me for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Sonoma. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques.
 
Location: Sonoma, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson
Cost: $1,590
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
April 11-15, 2025
 

Join me for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Sonoma. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques.
 
Location: Sonoma, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson
Cost: $1,590
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Painting Workshop: Painting in Studio + Cultural Visits"
April 29 - May 4, 2025
 

Come and paint in beautiful Santa Fe! Carol Carter will share her unique watercolor technique, painting from background to foreground, using dynamic and inventive color. We will begin each day in the studio with a watercolor tutorial where Carol will share her watercolor techniques. The workshop will provide templates, reference photos and materials information. The session will conclude with a small critique around 4pm. At the end of the day, we will walk the beautiful downtown of Santa Fe for some museums visit, wine tasting, photography, sketching, and of course we will give you free time for shopping. Relax, enjoy, learn a new watercolor technique or two among the camaraderie of other artists while savoring great local food.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Carol Carter
Cost: $1,690
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Sketching and Journaling"
May 4-9, 2025
 

Join me for an unforgettable painting holiday in Santa Fe, a region famous for its stunning scenery and captivating light. During the workshop, all of the logistics will be taken care of by my good friends at French Escapade. All we have to do is relax and enjoy our days spent sketching in this strikingly beautiful part of New Mexico. We’ll have plenty of time to capture once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the pages of our watercolor journals. My teaching will focus on illustrated watercolor journaling. You’ll learn how to add style and interest to your sketchbook pages through the use of unique page layouts and borders, and we’ll cover several fun new lettering styles. I’ll offer daily demonstrations of painting techniques.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Leslie Fehling
Cost: $1,690
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 8-15, 2025
 

Join me in Carmel and Pacific Grove, where we’ll experience the wild beauty of rugged Pacific shores, the enchanting fairy-tale cottages, and historic Mission architecture that make this place so unique. I’ve designed this workshop to give you confidence sketching wherever you happen to be. I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches loose, fresh and vibrant. And I’ll share my techniques for capturing the beauty that surrounds us, so you can savour it for years to come.
 
Location: Provence, France
Instructor: David Daniels
Cost: $3,790 before Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Oil Painting Workshop: Acrylics, gouache and pastel welcome"
May 9-16, 2025
 

I am so excited to teach you in this inspiring place while working outdoors in Plein Air as the Impressionist masters did! Paint the crystal blue Mediterranean waters with breathtaking vistas of the Catalonia coast, a hidden gem fishing village, botanical gardens, and medieval villages. As a painter and colorist, I have learned that the best way to achieve the feeling of light and color in your paintings is to paint outdoors. I will be your guide and teacher for an incredible week of painting, sightseeing, dining, and artistic community while we all learn and grow our artistry during the week. The experience of painting with other artists will be a treasure you carry with you for a lifetime.
 
Location: Costa Brava, Spain
Instructor: Rose Irelan
Cost: $3,790 before Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein Air Painting in Provence, France!"
May 15-22, 2025
 

Join me for an amazing week of plein air painting in magnificent Provence, France! This is ‘Red poppy season’ and we’ll explore and paint the exciting spring colors of glorious Provence. I’m super excited to teach you painting in such an inspiring place! We’ll paint flower fields, countryside villages, waterways and hillside castle towns, quaint, flower-filled alleyways, medieval churches, fountains and ancient archways. We’ll paint our impressions, dine exquisitely, share gorgeous sights and creative companionship, all while learning and growing our craft. I will share my methods for creating successful paintings with loose brushwork and exciting color harmonies. I will demo in oil primarily, but am proficient and happy to help with watercolor, acrylics and pastels as well.
 
Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Maggie Hellmann
Cost: $3,940 before Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Holidays: Plein air Painting Masterclass – The spirit of the Pyrenees Atlantiques"
May 17-24, 2025
 

A well-established contemporary plein air painter in Canada and the USA, Marc Grandbois offers his vision of personal expression through the beauty of nature. This class focuses on how to paint in plein air. Every student is led to better transpose his emotions related to place and time, into an image and to understand the subjective power of colors and gesture in painting. Marc will give a two-hour demonstration each morning en plein air in the Clos Mirabel park and surrounds. A large interior space will be available in case of bad weather. There will be a group critique on the last day for work to be shared by the group, creating both a supportive and exponential effect for future work.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Marc Grandbois
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 450€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Let the Land Guide Your Vision"
May 18-27, 2025
 

We explore the dramatic landscape of Doolin, County Clare, Ireland and translate its landscape, energy and lore into visual artwork. Our time together will be a balance between group excursions, individual exploration, and creation coupled with sharing and diving deeper into technique. We will establish a shared studio space as a center of operation as artists of any level work together in their preferred Media. Included in the retreat are 4 art workshops with Martin Bridge; field trips; 2 meals/day; housing and publication in an anthology of creativity (subject to vetting)—join us for this retreat of like-minded individuals connecting in various ways to the land in this very special place.
 
Location: Doolin, Ireland
Instructor: Martin Bridge
Cost: $1500-$2500 depending on accommodations
Sponsor: NatureCulture, and The Milk House
Website, email, 413-475-0650


"Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 23-30, 2025
 

You probably fell in love with making art before a painting holiday occurred to you. Classroom lessons, online sessions, or time in the studio are typically safe environments in which to learn. But once we venture outdoors to paint, the light can be dramatic, the air is filled with sights, sounds, and smells of nature. While this can all be new, it enriches the painting experience even more. When we arrive on the Costa Brava, my job is to help you capture the nuances of our surroundings with confidence. Even before departure I’ll provide practical pointers on what to bring, what to leave behind. My plein-air workshops are jam-packed with helpful tips to help you make powerful statements through your art.
 
Location: Costa Brava, Spain
Instructor: Randy Hale
Cost: $3,790 before Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
May 26 - June 2, 2025
 

Join me for one week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Provence! Drawing while traveling is the best way to experience and remember a new place. Traveling is also a perfect opportunity to learn or hone your drawing skills. When we see new sights everything strikes us as unusual, memorable and inspiring. We have a natural desire to admire new vistas, taste new flavors, inhale unusual aromas and record these sensations through taking photos, but also through drawing and writing. For me, drawing while traveling is instinctual, and I am eager to share my passion to fully immerse yourself in a new place through the practice of travel sketching.
 
Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Rita Sabler
Cost: $3,940 before Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting the Poetic Landscape"
June 1-5, 2025
 

Barbara offers workshops in pastel or oil, or both, focusing on landscapes. Her workshops are primarily in the studio, but she may occasionally offer a plein air portion to a workshop if requested. All demos are in the studio. Her teaching style includes daily demonstrations, during which she talks through each step and allows questions. She provides exercises that have very specific objectives so that students are able to see achievable results and she offers plenty of individual assistance at the easel. Barbara holds Signature Memberships in Oil Painters of America and American Impressionist Society, is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, and an Eminent Pastelist with the International Association of Pastel Societies.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke
Cost: $1144 + Materials fee
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Painting in the French Alps: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
June 4-11, 2025
 

The wonderful views and landscapes of the French Alps seem to be just made for watercolor. All the incredible villages, lakes and mountains are just begging to be caught on the tip of your brush. Moving from place to place, we will find the best locations to create vibrant and sunny watercolors. Every day will be a discovery for you—and a new opportunity for painting in watercolor. In addition to traditional watercolor techniques, I will introduce you to my personal methods and secrets. Join us for relaxation and enjoyment of the French Alps with a very rich and informative workshop in the open air.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf
Cost: $3,840 before Nov 30
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 7-14, 2025
 

Join acclaimed watercolorist and instructor, Margie Samuels, for a magical week of painting in beautiful Provence! Each day will start with a short morning lesson, reviewing the watercolor skills that you will be using in that day’s landscape. These lessons will focus on the specific techniques that you’ll need to take your painting to the next level, including: Creating Stronger Compositions; Putting Depth in Your Paintings (with Perspective); Employing Thoughtful Color Mixing; Painting People into your Landscapes for Interest and Movement. This workshop caters to all skill levels, focusing on foundational techniques. Whether you are a beginner or experienced, my goal is to equip you with the skills for creating vibrant paintings!
 
Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Margie Samuels
Cost: $3,940
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
June 10-19, 2025
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, and gastronomy in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our teaching approach and groups limited to eight participants allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating environment that fosters creativity. Cost of CAD 4175 (around US$ 3050) includes instruction, 9-night single or double accommodation (limited single rooms available at no extra cost), all breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.), train ticket to Florence, and a guided tour to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$3050
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Gouache Painting Workshop"
June 10-17, 2025
 

Do you want to learn how to capture the spirit of Costa Brava in paint? Here’s your chance! Join plein air and gouache painting veteran Judd Mercer in northeastern Spain for a whirlwind tour of one of the world’s most idyllic coasts. Along the way, you’ll learn the power and portability of gouache, a fantastic medium for capturing the landscape no matter where you are in the world. Watercolorists, oil and acrylic painters, and urban sketchers alike will learn to use the speed and versatility of gouache to capture ideas quickly for plein air work (or studio use later). Each day will feature two demos (morning/afternoon) and emphasize different plein air and gouache techniques.
 
Location: Costa Brava, Spain
Instructor: Judd Mercer
Cost: $3,940 before Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
June 11-18, 2025
 

The wonderful views and landscapes of the French Alps seem to be just made for watercolor. All the incredible villages, lakes and mountains are just begging to be caught on the tip of your brush. Moving from place to place, we will find the best locations to create vibrant and sunny watercolors. Every day will be a discovery for you—and a new opportunity for painting in watercolor. In addition to traditional watercolor techniques, I will introduce you to my personal methods and secrets. Join us for relaxation and enjoyment of the French Alps with a very rich and informative workshop in the open air.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf
Cost: $3,840 before Nov 30
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Oil Painting Workshop"
June 18-25, 2025
 

While learning the importance of oil painting techniques (values, edges, composition, etc.), the joy of actually painting France en plein air won’t get lost on Kathie! The enthusiasm for painting the mountains, lakes and chalets with you will be contagious! Kathie will walk through her process of narrowing down the choices of subject matter and then demo before it’s time for you to get your brushes wet too… and she will be right alongside cheering you on with personal instruction and encouragement! There is a reason why you want to paint. Kathie will work to help you tap that desire by throwing herself into the entire experience and beauty of the French Alps!
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kathie Odom
Cost: $3,840 before Nov 30
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Holidays: Mood & Atmosphere in the Medium of Your Choice with Kevin Scully"
June 21-28, 2025
 

Join Kevin Scully at the beautiful Atelier Clos Mirabel estate in the French Pyrenees for a week of drawing and painting in the medium of your choice. During this painting holiday the emphasis will be on creating work that captures the sense of space and mood of our delightful surroundings, and producing paintings that are both loose in style, and enigmatic in atmosphere. Kevin Scully will be giving plenty of demonstrations as well as providing individual guidance in choosing the right materials, choosing a composition, tonal arrangement, and suitable colour schemes to help you produce some exciting paintings. Whether your favourite medium is oils, watercolours, acrylics, or pastels, the retreat is for painters of all levels of experience.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Kevin Scully
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + €400 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Loose and Free Watercolor Workshop"
June 22-29, 2025
 

In this watercolor workshop, I will help you discover new approaches to your works. Values and Color are the two main elements I will focus on and a dramatic sense of design. My personal style is basically a loose and carefree approach. Leaving a lot of the white of the paper, for me, is paramount in my watercolor work. We will work mostly from our own reference photos, in a relaxed studio environment. You can choose which genres best suit your personality - florals, landscapes, structures, etc. Critiques of the work and one-on-one directions will also be a part of this workshop. I hope you will join me in Bruges for this fantastic painting experience.
 
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Rae Andrews
Cost: $3,840 before Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour"
June 25 - July 6, 2025
 

A unique art workshop/art tour open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Seven days of plein-air painting, art history/theory lectures, and gastronomy in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence followed by four days visiting Barcelona’s top art sites and enjoying Catalan cuisine. The price of CAD 4700 per person (around US$ 3450) includes instruction, 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 healthy lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from the Manosque train station to our lodge, transportation to all painting sites,TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrance fees to all sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Miró Museum, etc.). Limited single rooms for a supplement of CAD 875 (around US$ 650),
 
Location: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence & Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$3450
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour"
June 25 - July 6, 2025
 

A unique art workshop/art tour open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Seven days of plein-air painting, art history/theory lectures, and gastronomy in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence followed by four days visiting Barcelona’s top art sites and enjoying Catalan cuisine. The price of CAD 4700 per person (around US$ 3450) includes instruction, 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 healthy lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from the Manosque train station to our lodge, transportation to all painting sites, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrance fees to all sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Miró Museum, etc.). Limited single rooms for a supplement of CAD 875 (around US$ 650).
 
Location: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence & Barcelona, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$3450
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting Holidays: Paint Your Bliss! Painting in the French Pyrenees with Kat O’Connor"
June 28 - July 5, 2025
 

This class will encourage you to paint what inspires you. Focusing on elements of the environment at hand – landscape, architecture, food, culture, colour – we will create not just finished paintings but a library of source information for future development. This class is designed to help you get the most out of painting while traveling. Certain things peak each painter’s interest: Mountains in the distance, a garden, or a bowl of fruit. Students will choose their subject matter and Kat will work with each person individually to help them get the most out of their painting time. Group discussions and exercises will focus on finding dynamic compositions that best describe your unique experience of a particular location.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Kat O’Connor
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + $575 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Oil Painting Workshop in Bruges-Belgium"
June 29 - July 6, 2025
 

While learning the importance of oil painting techniques (values, edges, composition, etc.), the joy of actually painting Belgium en plein air won’t get lost on Kathie! The enthusiasm for painting medieval architecture and windmills with you will be contagious! Kathie will walk through her process of narrowing down the choices of subject matter and then demo before it’s time for you to get your brushes wet too… and she be right alongside cheering you on with personal instruction and encouragement! There is a reason why you want to paint. Kathie will work to help you tap that desire by throwing herself into the entire experience and beauty of this amazing city of Bruges!
 
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Kathie Odom
Cost: $3,840 before Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Sketching Vivid Landscapes with Jenny Adam"
July 19-26, 2025
 

Experience the beauty of South West France through the lens of Urban Sketching! Immerse yourself in the playful world of mixed media landscapes guided by Sketchbook artist Jenny Adam. This dynamic workshop with Jenny Adam offers a harmonious blend of techniques, allowing you to simplify nature’s complexity while infusing your artwork with texture, color, and emotion. We will work on location, discovering the landscapes and villages, but also make time for exploring art in the comfort of the atelier. Course Highlights include: Playful Drawing Techniques, Understanding Media Properties, and Exploratory Exercises.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Jenny Adam
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 320€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Watercolor Painting & Sketching"
August 25 - September 1, 2025
 

Join Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling in Bruges, Belgium and have a creative life experience. You’ll enjoy inspiring locations such as canals, wind mills, Flemish architecture, daily painting demonstrations, personalized instruction, and encouraging support from Cindy and Theresa. “We show you how to simplify and design your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Create colorful paintings en Plein Air with an emphasis on celebrating your own unique point of view”.
 
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $3,840 before Jan 31
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor sketching and Journaling"
August 30 - September 6, 2025
 

Join me for an unforgettable painting holiday in Giverny, a strikingly beautiful part of France famous for its stunning scenery and captivating light. We’ll have plenty of time to capture once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the pages of our watercolor journals. You’ll learn how to add style and interest to your sketchbook pages through the use of unique page layouts and borders, and we’ll cover several fun new lettering styles. In addition, I’ll offer daily demonstrations of techniques for painting the subject matter you’ll encounter each day. And you’ll be painting right along with me, since we learn more by doing than by simply observing. The workshop is suitable for all levels, but some experience with drawing and watercolor would be helpful.
 
Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Leslie Fehling
Cost: $3,840 before Jan 31
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Painting & Sketching"
September 4-11, 2025
 

Join Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling in the French Alps and have a creative life experience. You’ll enjoy inspiring locations such as mountains, lakes, chalets, meadows, daily painting demonstrations, personalized instruction, and encouraging support from Cindy and Theresa. “We show you how to simplify and design your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Create colorful paintings en Plein Air with an emphasis on celebrating your own unique point of view”.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $3,840 before Jan 31
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor sketching"
September 6-13, 2025
 

Do you struggle to apply watercolour or get overwhelmed sometimes when sketching? I will help solve your problems by showing you how to make fast improvements through sharing my most successful tips with watercolour sketching. You will receive plenty of individual tuition, demonstrations and examples to support you along the way. Return home armed with new skills in watercolour and sketching as you will have learnt how to sketch confidently, understand paint consistency and application and mix wonderful glowing colours to capture the magical scenes of Giverny. I will encourage you to sketch what makes your heart sing! The subjects covered will be truly inspirational – including French buildings, landscapes, local scenes and Monet’s garden!
 
Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Judy Salleh
Cost: $3,840 before Jan 31
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Painting Workshop in Provence"
September 11-18, 2025
 

Experience the Provence region on an immersive artistic journey with Alicia Farris. Alicia adores sharing her passion for watercolor painting and inspires with her creative energy and loose and lively painting style. She feels artists share a special sense for both seeing and feeling their subjects. She helps inspire her students to use color and light to paint a story from their hearts, not merely from what their eyes see. You’ll have the opportunity to watercolor paint, sketch and photograph your way through this spectacular region of Provence. Whether it’s the beautiful gardens, the lovely vistas, colorful markets or the quaint villages that inspire you, Alicia will guide you through the creative process.
 
Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Alicia Farris
Cost: $3,840 before Jan 31
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Oil painting and gouache"
September 20-27, 2025
 

Come join me for an amazing week of plein air painting in beautiful Provence, France! We will have gorgeous views to paint of cute medieval villages, colorful markets, rivers, olive trees, etc… It is also a place to enjoy gourmet cheese and wine, ratatouille and creme brûlée! You can choose to work with Oil &/or Gouache in this workshop. I will be doing daily demos and assisting you with your paintings. I enjoy teaching and will be there with you to help strengthen your painting skills and artistic voice. We will focus on design, color mixing, and capturing the mood of the day by understanding atmospheric perspective. This workshop is open to beginner and intermediate students.
 
Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Ellen Howard
Cost: $3,840 before Jan 31
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Sketching and Journaling in Western Sicily"
September 20-27, 2025
 

Join Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling for their 2nd workshop at the stunning Salinara Art Farm on the west coast of Sicily. Sicily is a unique island that has been shaped by many cultures over many thousands of years. Excursions and painting to surrounding salt pans with colorful sunset, fisherman boats, local markets, picturesque villages with narrow streets, churches, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, jovial, kind and friendly people, traditional foods and great local wine, medieval hill town of Erice, Archeological Park of Selinunte with Greek temples. And many beaches where we can swim in the blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs
Cost: From € 3100
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
October 1-10, 2025
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, and gastronomy in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our teaching approach and groups limited to eight participants allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating environment that fosters creativity. Cost of CAD 4175 (around US$ 3050) includes instruction, 9-night single or double accommodation (limited single rooms available at no extra cost), all breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.), train ticket to Florence, and a guided tour to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$3050
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Immersive watercolor workshop in Sicily"
October 4-11, 2025
 

Sicily – It's on everyone's bucket list, with colorful sunsets, olive groves, vineyards, and picturesque villages with narrow streets, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, it’s a painters paradise… And it will be our home for 7 days. The workshop is hosted by the retreat center Salinara. Our daily watercolor routine will include daily demonstrations by Gary, along with time for individual instruction. Afternoons will vary between painting time, exploring the region on your own, or possible one of the many activities offered through Salinara – on designated days Gary will conduct group critique over cocktails before the evening meal. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Gary Tucker
Cost: From $2300
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Painting Holidays: Painting Light in Oils with Jenny Aitken"
October 4-11, 2025
 

Award winning artist Jenny Aitken is passionate about the depiction of light in paint. She has taught thousands of students throughout her career, and recently written a book on the subject, Painting into the Light. During this week long atelier at Clos Mirabel in Jurançon, France, she will cover all her methods and techniques, both in the studio and plein air.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Jenny Aitken
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £500 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Painting Holidays: Exploring Vibrant Watercolours with Jude Scott"
November 8-15, 2025
 

Join Jude Scott for a fun week exploring watercolour in the beautiful grounds and surroundings of Clos Mirabel in South West France. On this painting holiday course you will experience topics such as the importance of tone, composition, colour and colour mixing, getting the best results from your brushes with some inventive mark making. Jude will demonstrate landscapes en plein air and look at the foundations of what makes a great landscape and how to demystify the process of achieving the all important, foreground, middle ground and background.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Jude Scott
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + AUD$825 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Atmospheric Landscape in Watercolor"
March 8-13 , 2026
 

This is one of the most favorite genres for watercolor artists. In this course we will analyze the three basic principles of landscape construction — three rules without which it is simply impossible to create a convincing and expressive watercolor. You will learn how to create atmospheric landscapes by manipulating tonal values, color and edge. Michael will show how to paint luminous landscapes and how to add emotions to your artwork. You will understand how to draw the right sketch and capture a picture in a dynamic and fresh style. You can expect plenty of individual attention and helpful demonstrations throughout the workshop.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Michael Solovyev
Cost: $1144 + Materials fee
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


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

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


"Story Painting"
Ongoing classes
 

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


"Watercolor Explorer Program"
ongoing
 

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


"Simplifying Landscapes"
video course
 

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


"Water Scenes in Madrid"
video course
 

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


"Californian Cityscapes"
video course
 

In this video course, award winning watercolorist, Keiko Tanabe walks you through her process of painting in Plein Air. She will share how she selects a scene, creates a striking composition, and uses value and color to create mood in her work. This course was filmed outdoors on location in San Diego California, and includes three complete painting demonstrations with two harbor scenes and one beach scene. This course is for artists at all levels who want to learn to paint natural seascapes with confidence. Whether you are looking to develop your plein-air skills, improve your ability to capture natural light and colors in your studio work, or enhance your compositions - Keiko will cover it all in this course!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: $65
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Vibrant Street Scenes"
video course
 

In this video course, Michal Jasiewicz guides you through his creative processes both for painting plein-air and in-studio. Each demo begins with an explanation of selecting and analyzing a subject to plan for the composition. He will then explain his process step by step from the initial sketch through adding the finishing details. The course was filmed in Lucca, Italy. Included in the course are four complete painting demonstrations, two outdoors on location and two in-studio, for a total of 4+ hours of video content. Throughout the course, you’ll work on thoughtfully-designed exercises that help you hone your watercolor skills and projects that help you breathe life into your own paintings.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michal Jasiewicz
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Seeing the Natural World"
video course
 

In this video course, award-winning watercolorist, Thomas Schaller, will demonstrate how to capture the experience of the natural world through watercolor. Tom will guide you in your pursuit of developing your own creative voice by helping you discover various expressive ways to depict the effects of light, shadow, and atmosphere and most effectively paint the world around you. Tom will share his creative process and technique with you as he paints skies, water, reflections, and landscape elements. You will also develop various methods to paint atmospheric conditions like fog, night skies, rain, and more. The course was filmed in Tom's studio and includes two complete painting demonstrations for a total 3+ hours of video lessons.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Thomas W. Schaller
Cost: $119
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Loose & Vivid Landscapes"
video course
 

In this immersive video course, award-winning watercolorist, Andy Evansen, guides you through his entire painting process. The course begins with instruction on selecting scenes, as well as manipulating and using reference photos in the studio. In each of the painting demonstrations, Andy will focus on sketching and using value studies from the outset to identify the large shapes in a scene. He will then move on toward completing the color paintings. The course was filmed in Andy's home state of Minnesota and includes three complete painting demonstrations, two stunning landscapes and one serene street scene, for a total of 5+ hours of video content. This course is for artists at all levels.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Andy Evansen
Cost: $109
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Scenes in Italy"
video course
 

In this video course, Italian watercolorist, Igor Sava, takes you through his entire painting process. He will walk you through creating a story from a reference image and modifying the subject. You will also learn about Igor’s materials, compositional and design choices, mixing pigments to create warm and cool tones and more! This course was filmed in Italy. Included are 2 complete painting demonstrations filmed in studio for a total of 4+ hours of video content. Throughout the course, you’ll work on thoughtfully-designed exercises that help you hone your watercolor skills and projects that help you breathe life into your own paintings.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Igor Sava
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Flow in Watercolor"
video course
 

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

In this video course, award-winning watercolorist Massimiliano Iocco guides you through the complete process of interpreting a scene to create a dynamic and engaging painting. You will see how Massimiliano focuses on the main subject of the scene and identifies which details to include, what to leave out and how to emphasize the main focus of the painting. The course was filmed outdoors in Rome, Italy. Included in the course are two complete painting demonstrations for a total of two and a half hours of instruction. Throughout the course, you’ll work on thoughtfully-designed exercises that help you hone your watercolor skills and projects that help you breathe life into your own paintings.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Massimiliano Iocco
Cost: $59
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Realism in Watercolor: A trip to Scotland"
video course
 

In this video course, award-winning watercolorist, John Salminen, will teach you how to capture the mood and atmosphere of a scene in watercolor. During John’s teaching tenure, he taught in Edinburgh, Scotland, for one year and fell in love with the incredible Scottish landscape. In his painting demonstration in this course, he has captured one small slice of what he found so appealing about the Scottish countryside. John will share his creative process of choosing a reference, sketching the scene, demonstrates various techniques including his techniques for masking and lifting, provide instruction on perspective, and how to create reflection and texture with watercolor. The course includes one complete painting demonstration for a total of 4 hours of video lessons.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: John Salminen
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Perspective for Painters with Stephanie Bower"
video course
 

All great art starts with a great foundation, which means the bones of your sketch or painting should be solid. In this video course, architect, author, and urban sketcher, Stephanie Bower, guides you through the concepts of perspective and how to apply them to your work. Following along with three complete painting demonstrations, you will apply all these concepts to scenes in Venice, Croatia, and France. After this class, you’ll never have to fear or fake perspective again, and you’ll start to see perspective everywhere. It will change the way you see the world! This course is for artists at all levels who want to improve the foundation of their watercolor work and increase their understanding of perspective.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Stephanie Bower
Cost: $69
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Simplifying Urban Scenes with Roberto Zangarelli"
video course
 

In this video course, award-winning watercolorist Roberto Zangarelli shows how to create a simple yet vivid urban scene. He will provide guidance through his entire process from using a reference image to guide and direct his drawing, using color to create emotion in his work, and capturing the light and shadow in the scene. The course was filmed in a studio in Rome, and includes two complete demonstrations for a total of two hours of instruction (in Italian with subtitles in English). This course is for artists at all levels who want to learn to paint urban scenes with confidence. Roberto will cover it all in this course!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Roberto Zangarelli
Cost: $49
Sponsor: Terracotta
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