Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Following the Footsteps of V. Van Gogh - Watercolor Painting (Online)"
September 29 - October 1, 2020
 

Van Gogh went to Provence in search of the light and warm sun of the south of France. Wouldn’t it be lovely to take a virtual vacation, follow his footsteps and paint the colors of Provence! Each day Keiko will demonstrate a painting of a scene full of Provençal mood. In this interactive class, Keiko will show her process through a step-by-step demo each day. Q&A and critique are an integral part of the lessons each day. The class will end with a critique so that you get personal feedback.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, www.ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $298 for 3 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Evening Rest (Online Class)"
September 30 & October 7, 2020
 

Create "Evening Rest" alongside nationally acclaimed artist, Addison Palmer, in this live online class. All levels are welcome to join. Addison will paint and demonstrate along the way. Teaching all the fundamentals to create the painting. We will be using acrylic paint. Oil painters are asked to use acrylic paint, at the beginning stages. Then apply oil on top of the acrylic.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Addison Palmer
Cost: $72 for Members, $80 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolors: Dramatic Skies & Water (Online Class)"
Thursdays, October 1-22, 2020
 

Dramatic skies at sunset, or with high wind clouds, puffy cumulonimbus clouds, rain clouds etc., are often the reason that we are drawn to paint a scene. This—and the reflective allure of water can make an ordinary scene extraordinary. This Zoom class will cover the techniques used to obtain all of the above types of cloud formations and the colors associated with them, and colors and reflections on water. Paint along in watercolor with Alex Sharma as she demonstrates specific brush strokes, wet-on-wet, and mixing techniques to obtain dramatic results. All you will need is watercolor paints, paper, and one or two good brushes.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $144 for Members, $160 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Stretching watercolor paper and painting the Glorious Colors of New England (Online)"
October 5-7, 2020
 

I am really thrilled to be teaching this 3-day workshop where I’ll be able to show you the benefits of the unique way in which I stretch my watercolor paper. The value of the pigment that you put on the paper will dry just about exactly the value you put down. Your loaded brush strokes go on the paper just like “cream”. No rippling or buckling of the paper during the painting. Using our reference photo, we will paint a beautiful autumn day in New England! Combining complementary neutrals with accents of pure color, will make our landscapes come alive! What an exercise in learning to use color effectively!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy
Cost: $249 for 3 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Compose and Design Your Fall Season Watercolor (Online)"
October 9-10, 2020
 

Follow along with artist Mark Mehaffey (AWS-DF, NWS) as we use your reference photo(s) to produce a Fall Season transparent watercolor. Mark will lead you through the entire process from photo selection, to the simplification and design of your composition, color selection, and suggested paint application techniques. Possible variations on this theme will also be presented. Demonstrations of every step will be thoroughly explained with ample time for questions. Mark will conduct a step-by-step demo, giving you plenty of time to paint. Since the class is interactive, you will be able to show your work through your computer or iPad to get personal feedback on your painting as well as see everybody else’s work.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Mark Mehaffey
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Water Reflection in Tuscan River and Belgian Canal (Online)"
October 11-12, 2020
 

Join us online for step-by-step demos and critiques. Practice drawing and composition from major shapes to details. Learn colour mixing and wash consistency. Develop proper use of edges through timing, exploring watercolour life cycle from wet to dry. Gain control of tonal values. Explore abstracting the shapes by developing your own visual language.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Amid El Haddad
Cost: $148 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Autumn Colors in Japan (Online)"
October 26-27, 2020
 

Landscape in Japan has a very different color palette from season to season. Autumn is everyone’s favorite time as people enjoy the changing of colors of many trees before winter arrives. Keiko will do a daily demonstration to show you how to capture an autumnal feel with stunning colors and how to use colors effectively to create a good design. Keiko will demonstrate her process and take you every step of the way to capture the beauty of Japan. Q&A and critique is an integral part of the lessons on both days. Reference photos will be provided prior to the start of class. Intermediate and Advanced students.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, www.ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $198 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Life in Provence - Watercolor (Online)"
October 26-27, 2020
 

Join Cindy painting from her “Life in Provence” series as we loosen up, capture the joy and the expressive colors of Provence virtually as we use my Plein Air paintings as a guide for new colorful studio paintings. Painting on location en plein air painting is an immersive experience. Being on site you create a memory that includes the spirit of the place – the true colors, sounds, energy of the experience. I’ll often bring my plein air paintings and studies home to create new versions infused with the feelings that I had painting on location. Let's virtually visit Provence for 2 days and paint with flowing watercolors.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein Air Painting (Online)"
Thursdays, October 29 - December 10, 2020
 

Working from photographs of historic Newport, Rhode Island, supplied by instructor Joseph Sweeney, learn how to paint from photo references in preparation for working outdoors. Topics include the basics on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. Drawing, composition, and color will be emphasized. Instruction is geared towards oil, acrylic, and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Colorful Scenes from Lake Como, Italy in Watercolor (Online)"
November 5-6, 2020
 

Paint along from your home studio as Theresa Goesling demonstrates “live”, enchanting scenes from Lake Como, Italy. Theresa will share how to make your paintings sparkle! Her upbeat sessions guide you to “Illuminate your Watercolors”. Learn to passionately let your brush mix and mingle the colors on the paper to liven up your paintings with vibrant color. Enjoy your experience in an enriching and positive atmosphere that welcomes all levels of artists. Learn to build confidence as you develop a deeper understanding of design and painting techniques. Learn to embrace your inner artist and learn to develop your own painting style. Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Theresa Goesling
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

Among representational artists, there has been an endless battle between those who paint from life and those who use photographic reference. The real problem lies not in painting from life or photos but whether we’re simply copying what we see as opposed to using the information as a springboard for creating the paintings we want. In this 5-day workshop, participants will work in the studio from photographic reference of the landscape, using it to create paintings of different value keys, color keys, times of day, and seasons of the year. We’ll break down the information in photos, analyze it, and use it to create tonal sketches, change color palettes, and create paintings based on multiple images, memory, and imagination.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: John MacDonald
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


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

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


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

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


 

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