Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Paint a Vintage Scene of Edinburgh in Watercolor"
June 14-15, 2021
 

In this class we will explore how to use vintage photography as a reference for watercolor paintings. Our objective will be taking a black and white photograph and, using value as our guide, create a painting in color that reflects how we perceive the reference. Our goal is not an exact replica but to breathe new life into forgotten times. There are many sources of imagery to be found on the internet and during this time of slowed travel I have found solace in a sort of time travel. Looking at cities I love and the old places there that are now gone.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Iain Stewart, AWS
Cost: $198 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Impasto Painting (Online)"
Wednesdays, June 16-30, 2021
 

Impasto is a technique in which paint is applied in very thick layers, often with visible brush or painting-knife strokes, to impart texture, expression, or even sculptural effects. Impasto techniques have been an essential part of painting history, from the underlying vigorous brushwork of Renaissance artists to the distinctive mark-making of past and contemporary masters such as Rembrandt, Van Gogh, de Kooning, Soutine, Lucian Freud, and Auerbach. Learn techniques to build a thick, textured surface to find your own unique impasto style in this course.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Charles Muldowney
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Everything Water"
June 18, 2021
 

Online Zoom Demo. Water is one of the most pleasing of subjects. Added to a painting, water can bring movement and depth, or add calm, and reflected colors. Alex will demonstrate detailed techniques to show how to depict the apparent flow or stillness of water to dramatic effect. The focus will be color mixing for various kinds of water bodies, along with brush strokes to achieve the desired effect. Alex will paint in watercolor; however, the color mixing and brush techniques are the same for all painting media. Participate by painting along in your medium of choice.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Alexandra Sharma
Cost: $8 for Members, $10 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting a Nocturnal Architectural setting of Santa Fe"
June 19-20, 2021
 

This scene from Santa Fe, New Mexico was chosen to paint because of its cozy street scene with unique shapes of colors and values. The composition lends itself perfectly to change a day time scene to a moon lit scene. A value sketch will help to establish eye level and light direction for our painting. Using painterly, impressionistic brushwork, we’ll learn glazing techniques to enhance color and add drama to our composition. As a Master in the American Impressionist Society, Carr will be emphasizing how to achieve dynamic paintings using loose and painterly brushwork while capturing light. Join us!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Betty Carr
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

Zoom class - drawing studio with some watercolor. Let's put paintings in perspective. You want your work to show mastery and a proper drawing will do this and make the journey so enjoyable. Steve Kleier will give you the tools to bring structure and meaning to your paintings. Using traditional and classic art skills that date from the renaissance, you will find proportion, capture the effects of light and create the illusion of depth. Experience success and be inspired to launch masterpiece after masterpiece. Steve's past clients include: Nike, Tektronix, US Bank, Stash tea, Microsoft and many more.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Steve Kleier
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Pre-College: Landscape Painting (Online)"
June 21-25, 2021
 

Explore the exciting and challenging practice of landscape painting! Come study the Thaw Collection using high resolution images and make use of the timeless practice of learning from paintings. Using Canvas as an online platform to provide assignments, regular instructor feedback and lectures via Zoom, students will be able to concentrate, study and copy the landscape paintings in the collection to develop tactics for depicting foliage, trees, mountains, atmosphere, clouds and bring the awareness of the historical and revolutionary importance of these landscape paintings and their authors. Students then take their skills outdoors to paint the nearby landscape in the open air! Students have the option of taking this class for 1.0 college credit or no credit. International students are welcome!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Creating the Illusion of Depth: Atmospheric Perspective"
June 24, 2021
 

Online Zoom Demo. The illusion of depth in a painting—whether non-objective or realistic—can be very dynamic and pleasing. This appearance is called atmospheric perspective and is used to make contours or objects appear 3-dimensional and to recede into the distance. This effect is obtained by changing values (lightness and darkness) of the color and by reducing the intensity of the color. In a 2-part demo, Alex will demonstrate how to achieve this illusion of depth in both an abstract, and a landscape painting. Alex will be using oils, but the methods and color mixings are the same for all painting media. Plan to paint in your medium of choice.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Alexandra Sharma
Cost: $8 for Members, $10 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
June 25-27, 2021
 

Zoom class. Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Get started with new ideas in a way that is fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Carmel Coast in Watercolor (Online)"
June 28-29, 2021
 

This class is live and interactive on Zoom. I will teach you my California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture style that encompasses bold expressive colors and exuberant atypical painting techniques. I have been teaching this style over the past six years across the United States and Canada as well as being published both here and abroad. My person-to-person and online teaching persona is enthusiastic, fun, and engaging.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David Lobenberg, www.lobenbergart.com
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Italian Beach Scene in Vibrant Hues in Watercolor (Online)"
June 30 & July 1, 2021
 

This class is live and interactive on Zoom. Enrich your watercolors with vibrant creative color. Explore how to simplify a complex landscape scene. In this watercolor workshop we will discover how to design and paint a creative and colorful beach scene from Camogli, Italy.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Theresa Goesling, theresagoesling.art
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Interpreting the landscape of Yosemite in Watercolor (Online)"
July 1-2, 2021
 

This class is live and interactive on Zoom. In this workshop, Frank will teach painting principles and above all, how to paint watercolors that look connected, soft and beautiful. We will focus on landscape, using a reference photo of Yosemite.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Frank Eber
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Alla Prima Landscape Painting (Online)"
Mondays, July 5 - August 15, 2021
 

Al Gury, Chair of PAFA’s Painting Department and noted author of Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice, presents this in-depth approach to the skills, materials, colors, history, and techniques of direct landscape painting. Working from photographs, master works, or available on-site images, learn concepts that will not only improve your landscape painting but also grow your in confidence in your artistic practice. Video demonstrations, images, and written instructions on Canvas will be supplemented by weekly Zoom discussions and critiques. Oil painting will be the primary focus, but all media are welcome.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Al Gury
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"What We Learn From Vincent: Landscape"
Tuesdays, July 6-27, 2021
 

There is so much to learn from the work, life and letters of the great painter, Vincent Van Gogh. Royce Deans and Tali Farchi have lead many art retreats to the very places in France that Vincent created so many of his masterpieces. In this particular class we will look at how he approached the landscape. We will look at color, perspective, architecture in the landscape and more.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $175.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Randy Sexton - Expressive Brushwork"
Wednesdays, July 7-28, 2021
 

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


"Understanding Perspective Drawing...finally!"
July 7 - August 25, 2021
 

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


"Understanding Perspective Drawing…Finally! For Australians"
July 8 - August 26, 2021
 

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


"From Seen to Scene: A 365 Day Mentorship Program"
July 8, 2021 - July 8, 2022
 

Hosted by the Tucson Art Academy Online, this unique program combines a four-part modular system with guidance, feedback, and mentorship for an entire year…. a wonderful opportunity at a great value!! Study with California-based artist, Randall Sexton, who is nationally known for the color and expressive brushwork in his paintings of “everyday” scenes. This course is designed to encourage artists at all levels to explore new ways of seeing the world around them, to recognize the potential subject matter in everyday scenes, and how to translate that into paintings that share one’s unique vision. The success of any painting relies on a solid understanding of the basic principles of picture making in tandem with your creativity and passion.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Tucson Art Academy Online
Website, email


"Watercolor Landscape (Online)"
Fridays, July 9 - August 13, 2021
 

Learn to paint watercolor landscapes from photographic references – a virtual getaway for plein air painters during this time of isolation and limited travel. Subjects will include a variety of types of terrain, and instruction will address the rendering of trees, grass, sky, and water. Students will practice fundamental watercolor techniques such as washes, gradations, textural effects, wet on wet, wet on dry, dry brush, and more as they paint in real-time with the instructor.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Landscape Painting In Watercolor: The Summer Scene"
July 13 - August 10, 2021
 

This class focuses on composition, color and painting important elements of the landscape such as, skies, mountains and hills, fields, trees, roads, etc. There are many challenges to painting the summer landscape – we cover them in this online class. This class will improve your watercolor landscape painting with simple approaches to common landscape elements, color and composition ideas and – especially – how to manage all that green!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Tony Conner
Cost: $285
Sponsor: Watercolor Methods
Website, email, 1-802-375-5548


"Skies and Clouds in Watercolor"
July 15, 2021
 

Watercolor is perfect for creating light, transparent skies with subtle color changes. Same for light, airy clouds. Learn and practice the simple techniques that make painting both a cinch! This one evening workshop will get you off on the right track. We’ll paint two skies – one evening and one summery mid-day. More importantly, we’ll practice the techniques you’ll need for beautiful skies and clouds in any painting. The class includes three pre-class video tutorials, downloadable drawing layouts and materials lists.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Tony Conner
Cost: $55
Sponsor: WatercolorMethods.com
Website, email, 1-802-375-5548


"Virtual Landscape Color and Composition"
July 17-20, 2021
 

Zoom class. Give life to your landscapes. Figures accent a painting unlike anything else. Don will teach you how to capture man’s relationship or contrast to nature and the environment. He will show you how to paint believable figures with lessons on figure construction and the variety of ways to use the human form as an accent, point of interest or dominant character. Don is a signature member of the AWS. He is the author of Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor, Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor, and Rough Sketches, Short Stories of a Traveling Artist.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Don Andrews
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Watercolor Unleashed! Wet & Wild Ocean"
Tuesdays, July 20 - August 31, 2021
 

Paint the misty, crashing, salty ocean waves and learn to apply the “anatomy” of an ocean wave to a watercolor painting. For this virtual online painting workshop, we will use a photo and other class materials that will be sent to you by e-mail. During class time you will see demos with painting demo shown full screen through a dual camera set-up. You will have your own painting time during the class with individual critique throughout. There will be demos, instruction at all levels, one-on-one critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all. All levels are welcome. The only prerequisite is an attitude of joy in the act of painting!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstracting the Landscape"
July 23, 24, 30, 2021
 

Claudia will teach techniques on how to paint in a more modern abstract style using acrylic paints. Watch step-by-step demonstrations as Claudia completes a painting from start to finish. She will show how to set up the palette, lay out the paints and mix colors. She will do mini demos and connect with students in real time through Zoom during each session for personal and group critiques. In the first 2 days, students will complete 2 paintings. The first will follow Claudia’s method to create a bright, happy scene. The second will be an experiment using what was learned from the first with different colors. The last day will be re-grouping for a more in-depth demo and critiquing.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Claudia Hartley
Cost: $325 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Online Sky Studies Watercolor Workshop"
July 24-25, 2021
 

During this two day, online workshop, Students will work along with Lorraine as she demonstrates a variety of skies in small 4”x6” studies (6 to 8, depending on time). We will cover ways to depict soft-fluffy clouds, dramatic sunsets, and stars in the night sky. Learn and use techniques like wet-on-wet, softening edges, layering, and more. Lorraine will demonstrate steps in the process and share lots of tips and tricks along the way. Reference photos, drawings, and instructions are emailed prior to the class. No time limit on video recording. (image is only an example)
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Lorraine Watry
Cost: $165.00
Sponsor: Lorraine Watry Studio
Website, email, 719-291-2748


"Abstract Landscape Painting"
July 27-31, 2021
 

Zoom class. How do you experience nature? Some climb the biggest mountain they can find, others comb the beach or cultivate colorful gardens in their backyard. Abstract landscape painting allows us to relive these moments in nature and capture those fleeting moments of exhilaration, nostalgia and serenity through color and mark.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Watercolor: Mountains Framed by Brilliant Wildflowers (Online)"
July 29-31, 2021
 

For this live-online painting workshop we will use a photo with discretion to loosely evoke plein-air flavor and atmosphere in our paintings. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $249 for 9 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Techniques"
August 3-4, 2021
 

Zoom class. Technique is everything and Michael Reardon will help you explore so many ways to strengthen your skills in landscape and cityscape watercolor painting. You will learn how to create a strong composition and use value to invoke a sense of light. Michael will teach you how to manipulate color for a full expressive effect. Join us for this 2-day workshop and you'll go home with an abundance of techniques you can use the rest of your life. Michael is the Author of Painting Light and Color in Landscapes and Cityscapes, from North Light Books and has three instructional DVD’s.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Reardon
Cost: $255
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Watercolor Techniques"
August 5-6, 2021
 

Zoom class. Technique is everything and Michael Reardon will help you explore so many ways to strengthen your skills in landscape and cityscape watercolor painting. You will learn how to create a strong composition and use value to invoke a sense of light. Michael will teach you how to manipulate color for a full expressive effect. Join us for this 2-day workshop and you'll go home with an abundance of techniques you can use the rest of your life. Michael is the Author of Painting Light and Color in Landscapes and Cityscapes, from North Light Books and has three instructional DVD’s.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Reardon
Cost: $255
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"3 techniques to sketch Italy (Online)"
August 9-11, 2021
 

Learn fun sketching techniques before your next trip to Italy (or anywhere around the world)! This unique workshop will explore varies sketching techniques and styles. With just a few simple tools, you’ll learn how to sketch stylishly, loosely and more intuitively! You’ll be amazed with what you can create after taking this workshop.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Shuang Li
Cost: $249 for 9 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


"Staying Afloat in Watercolor"
October 5-25, 2021
 

WhatsApp Online. Capture the fleeting moments! David will show you the best way to tackle painting the rugged coastline, the sea with its character, the calm waters and boats in the beautiful harbor, and street scenes along the harbor and about the city offering movement, color and atmosphere. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results. David will give a pre-recorded lesson/demonstration with step-by-step notes each Tuesday. You will have a week to work on your painting, share it with David and receive personalized feedback. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Paint Tuscany in Watercolors"
Ongoing
 

Paint dreamy Tuscany from hilltop towns, vineyards and fields of poppies to simple olives and other Tuscan treasures. Select from 18+ lesson videos to paint from on your own time. Bonus Paint-alongs and Facebook community also included.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $279
Sponsor: Cindy Briggs Workshops
Website, email, 541-420-9463


 

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