Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"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


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

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


"From Seen to Scene, Framing Your Vision"
ongoing
 

This course is a four part modular format enabling online mentorship for an entire year…. a unique opportunity at a great value. The course is designed to encourage artists at all levels to explore new ways of seeing the world around them, to recognize the potential subject matter in everyday scenes, and how to translate that into paintings that share one’s unique vision. Whether the scenes are inspired by exotic travels, memories of a favorite destination, or simply your own backyard, the success of any painting relies on a solid understanding of the basic principles of picture making in tandem with your creativity and passion.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $695
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