Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Watercolor: Painting the Summer Landscape (Online Class)"
July 9, 2020
 

This 3-week Zoom course explores the colors and textures of the summer landscape. Techniques including wet-in-wet, glazing and dry brush will be addressed as we paint marsh, water, trees, flowers, shrubbery and meadows. The objective is to capture the spirit of the colors and textures rather than detailed realistic representation. We will accomplish this through brushwork, color mixing, attention to values, and composition. Class will have limited registration to enable each participant to have one-on-one attention. Registrants can paint from their own photographic references and interact with Alex as they paint.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $108 for Members, $120 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Line Drawing: The Landscape (Online)"
Fridays, July 10 - August 7, 2020
 

Line is the fundamental element in drawing, capable of a wide range of aesthetic possibilities, from describing shape to creating space and atmospheric effects. Capture the landscape though descriptive and expressive drawn line in this live Zoom class. Make quick studies from your own photographs and window views, and develop them into finished pieces through impressionistic, calligraphic, cross-hatch, and linear mark-making. Learn to achieve a variety of effects by using different papers and drawing implements, including pencil, pen, ink and brush, and color pencil. Find inspiration in references to contemporary and historical artists such as Mondrian, Van Gogh, and Andrew Wyeth.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Storytelling of Venice in Watercolor (Online)"
July 20-21, 2020
 

For centuries, Venice has attracted many artists including John Singer Sargent who made hundreds of watercolors there in the early 1880s. In this interactive class, we will paint 2 new compositions that tell a compelling story, inspired by some of Sargent’s Venice paintings. Keiko will demonstrate her process and take you every step of the way to capture the romance of Venice. 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. Make sure to print them to have them available during the sessions. Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, www.ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $198 for 2 sessions of 3 hours each
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Colored wooden boats of Costa Brava (Online)"
July 22, 2020
 

Kathy Rennell Forbes will share her step by step process of painting the brightly colored wooden boats of Costa Brava Spain. Kathy will also share some of her fondest memories of this beautiful region of Spain. Kathy will comment as needed, while answering any additional questions you may have about watercolor painting. She will give each person personal feedback and the class will end with a critique. Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, www.artbykrf.com
Cost: $98 for 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Boats and cliffs of the rocky coast of the Mediterranean (Online)"
July 22 & 29, 2020
 

Kathy Rennell Forbes will share her step by step process of painting the brightly colored wooden boats of Costa Brava Spain in the first lesson and the rocky coast of Calella in the second. Kathy will also share some of her fondest memories of this beautiful region of Spain. Kathy will comment as needed, while answering any additional questions you may have about watercolor painting. She will give each person personal feedback and the class will end with a critique. Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, www.artbykrf.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Delightful Tuscany Courtyard (Online)"
July 22 & 24, 2020
 

In the heart of Tuscany, you can feel the warmth and the feelings of an ancient land…… an inspiration for artists for centuries! Working in Oil on Italian Linen, we construct a beautiful Italian painting in two sessions concentrating on strong natural light contrasts and composition harmony, as well as studying how to mix natural colours to create the essence of a beautiful Tuscan scene. As Janet demonstrates, step by step, quiet time is provided so that you can paint along with her. Since the class is interactive, you will be able to ask questions directly to Janet as well as show her your work through your camera to get personal feedback and critique.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Janet Knight, janetknight.com.au
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Beach Bright’s & Glowing Light (Online)"
July 23-24, 2020
 

Stroll along the beach in Spain and you’ll come across colorful fishing boats mixed in with sunbathers and colorful umbrellas. Brighten your summer days as we head to the coast (virtually) to create with captivating colors illuminated by sunlight! Enjoy the camaraderie of two teachers with sunny dispositions and decades of leading watercolor workshops worldwide. Each instructor will be teaching a session of 4 hours, so you can discover different ways to approach your painting as they share their secrets. As you follow along step-by-step, you will complete two paintings (one in each session). Since the class is interactive, you will be able to ask questions directly, get personal feedback, and see everyone’s work. Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $198 for 2 sessions of 4 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"The Art of the Sketchbook"
July 24, 2020
 

Let's face it - life gets busy and studio time can be hard to come by. The key to maintaining a healthy studio practice lies in the sketchbook. This class explores the sketchbook as a portable art studio, a place to 'play' like nobody's watching, and a way of recording your personal process. Together, we'll embark on a creative journey starting with non-traditional warm-up exercises and resulting in standalone abstract works in your personal sketchbook. We'll explore color mixing, palette building, creative prompts, doodling, paint application and collage. Learn to take risks and work out ideas before starting on a big canvas. Most importantly, you'll learn to love the process in addition to the end result.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $210
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Fingerpainting Sunscapes and Moonscapes"
July 25, 2020
 

This day is split into two 3-hour segments. In this one-day workshop, you will be painting along with master finger-painting Kathy Beekman, as she shows you how to create dynamic paintings incorporating the sun and the moon. Perfect for beginners and fun for students that love to get down and dirty with their fingers. Learn how to mix color directly on your paper and how to manipulate the pastel sticks to create dreamy imagery. You'll be sure to find it refreshing not using any tools other than your fingers. Bonus: By the end of the day you will have a minimum of two beautiful paintings and a wonderful story about how they were created to share with family and friends.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kathy Beekman
Cost: $210
Sponsor: Kathy Beekman
Website, email, 303-269-6963


"Expressive Landscape Painting"
July 25, 2020
 

The foundation of this workshop lies in traditional landscape painting, however, the resultant paintings will be anything but traditional! This workshop is rooted in the formal qualities of landscape painting and uses these principles as means to abstract. The first half of the workshop will be spent exploring automatic drawing techniques, compositional studies, and non-traditional color palettes. The later half will be spent working on a larger, more involved painting. The sequential layout of this class will give students the tools and confidence to take chances and make informed decisions on the canvas.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $210
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Sketch Memories from Europe (Online)"
July 25 & August 1, 2020
 

Traveling becomes so much better when you sketch memories. Let me show you beautiful & fun ways to capture your impressions. Not just on a big trip, but on your journey through life right now. Capture your life in sketches you will treasure. In this class, we will explore a variety of ways to quickly get the essence or linger and let the details flow from you pen, pencil or brush. Remember – “ If you Sketch a Memory, it will stay with you Forever”. Through a step-by-step demo and Q&A, you will follow Susan as she shares her tips and secrets. Reference photos will be provided prior to the start of the class.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Susan Blackwood, www.susanblackwood.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Capture the Beauty of Trees"
July 26, 2020
 

This day is split into two 3-hour segments. Discover and capture the magical personalities of trees in this soft pastel workshop. With many demonstrations, experimentation, and plenty of individual instruction, you will learn Kathy's techniques for achieving mood, emotion and atmosphere in the tree "portraits" that you produce. Plus! You'll learn how to create spiraling limbs and glowing keyholes of light shining through the trees you paint. All of Kathy's workshops are grounded in technique, experimentation, and intriguing information about the subject at hand. Her number one priority is that every student is able to build their confidence level in a safe and playful environment.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kathy Beekman
Cost: $210
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Kim Casebeer: Composition of the Landscape (live virtual retreat)"
July 26-30, 2020
 

Start outside painting plein air, then move into a studio setting to work out composition and design. The beginner and advanced-level student is welcome; attendees should have a basic knowledge of painting and drawing. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water, Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kim Casebeer
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Flowers of Giverny in Watercolor (Online)"
July 27-28, 2020
 

The class will paint a unique vision of the wisteria on the bridge overlooking Monet’s water garden, using wet in wet techniques to create a misty, ethereal affect, leading to watery reflections and glowing water lilies, emerging buds and leaves. This painting will increase your awareness of creating mood through merged and lost edges, choosing a limited palette to enhance that mood, and specific techniques to design a strong composition. As Evelyn demonstrates, step by step, quiet time is provided so that you can paint along with her. Evelyn emphasizes the fundamentals of good design, strong value arrangements and achieving a glowing, luminous surface in your paintings. Critique and feedback are an important part of the time in class.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Painting 'Into the Light' (Online)"
July 27-28, 2020
 

As Ward demonstrates, step by step, quiet time is provided so that you can paint along with him. Critique and feedback are an important part of the time in class. Since the class is interactive, you will be able to ask questions directly to Ward, show him your work through your camera to get personal feedback and critique and see your fellow artists’ work too. This course will include an introduction to Brusho and a short “warm up” demo followed by two very important exercises. 1. The absolute power of shapes and 2. Blending and Losing edges. We will discuss paint, paper consistencies, preparation and a plan of action for a successful painting. Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ward Jene Stroud, artofward.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Rocky coast of the Spanish Mediterranean (Online)"
July 29, 2020
 

Kathy Rennell Forbes will share her step by step process of painting the rocky coast of Calella, Spain. Kathy will also share some of her fondest memories of this beautiful region of Spain. Kathy will comment as needed, while answering any additional questions you may have about watercolor painting. She will give each person personal feedback and the class will end with a critique. Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, www.artbykrf.com
Cost: $98 for 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Capturing Light with Watercolor in an Architectural Setting (Online)"
July 30-31, 2020
 

Through a step by step approach, we will begin our session by focusing on the “how tos” of seeing light on form, understanding temperatures of light and shadow and working with edges in creating depth. We’ll be incorporating our value sketch in planning the pattern, direction and movement of light. As we paint along together, I’ll be demonstrating various ways to create textural effects in watercolor using impressionistic and painterly brushwork. How to paint using glazing techniques as well as incorporating frisket will be covered. We’ll have a number of critiques as we paint together to create the luminous qualities of this warm and inviting entrance to the Tlaquepaque courtyard located in Sedona, Arizona.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Betty Carr, bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Virtually Paint the Wild Coast of Spain in Oils (Online)"
July 30-31, 2020
 

Join me for two x 3-hour sessions (6 hours total) where I will show you how you can use the fundamental oil painting techniques of expressing what you see and feel into a piece of beautiful artwork. We will cover: the best compositional practices, massing value patterns and color harmony and theory among others. Critique and feedback are an important part of the time in class. Since this is an interactive class, you can ask questions directly, show your work through your camera and receive personal feedback and critique along the way, just like in a plein air or studio workshop.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Howard Friedland
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Intuitively: Watercolor Methods for Landscape & Still Life (Online Class)"
August 7, 2020
 

This 4-week Zoom course will focus on how to paint intuitively by employing fresh, loose brushwork while simplifying the complex elements of the landscape. We will examine the property of light and how it reveals form and color as we employ each to achieve atmospheric perspective and appearance of volume. Alex will demonstrate from life and from registrant’s own photo references. Class will have limited registration to enable each participant to have one-on-one attention.
 
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


"Famous Places of Kyoto, Japan, inspired by Hiroshige (Online)"
August 24-25, 2020
 

I would like to invite you to travel virtually to Japan and paint my hometown Kyoto. This ancient Japanese capital has captivated artists for centuries including Hiroshige, a master of the Japanese traditional art of ukiyo-e, who influenced Western masters such as Claude Monet. Inspired by his dynamic composition and extraordinary storytelling skill, we will paint 2 scenes of famous places of Kyoto, one with a river and boats and another with a temple. I will demonstrate and give you a lot of tips to capture a sense of time and place effectively. Since the class is interactive, you will be able to show your work through your camera to get personal feedback as well as see everybody else’s work.
 
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


"Roman Holiday – Watercolor Painting (Online)"
September 11-12, 2020
 

Let us pretend to be Audrey Hepburn or Gregory Peck and have our “Roman Holiday” come to life in our painting! In this interactive class we will learn how to paint with watercolor to capture the romance and grandeur of the Eternal City. Keiko will use her own motifs and show her process through a step-by-step demo each day. Q&A and critique is an integral part of the lessons on both days.
 
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


"Quick Sketch Watercolors"
thru December 31, 2020
 

Discover how to draw with flowing lines and flowing colors. This online Quick Sketch Watercolors Workshop includes 10 Watercolor basics videos, 10+ lesson modules with subjects from the US and Europe, animals to landscapes and sunflowers. Bonus Plein Air Lesson. Live Paint-Along Webinars and previously recorded webinar bonuses with Cindy and a group Facebook Page for sharing the journey.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $297
Sponsor: CindyBriggs
Website, email, 541-420-9463


"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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