Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Online Sky Studies Watercolor Workshop"
January 29-30, 2022
 

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. Reference photos, drawings, and instructions are emailed prior to the class. Students need to have access to a computer with video and audio during the class.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Lorraine Watry
Cost: $165.00
Sponsor: Lorraine Watry Studio
Website, email, 719-291-2748


"Watercolor Unleashed!"
Tuesdays, February 1 - March 8, 2022
 

Paint a mountain stream with water flowing and cascading beneath red rock formations. Learn how to make water look wet, reflective and splashy! Study will focus on the magnificent subject-matter, watercolor techniques and the creative use of color. Techniques will be demonstrated to address the various puzzles with which the artist is faced when painting this stunning, fascinating and challenging subject! There will be demos, instruction and individual critique throughout the Zoom class.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Randy Sexton - Expressive Brushwork"
Wednesdays, February 2-23, 2022
 

This class is taught live via Zoom. 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


"Beautiful Dordogne-France in Watercolor"
February 3-4, 2022
 

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 painting landscapes in snow, using 2 reference paintings of winter scenes.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Frank Eber, AWS
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Line Drawing: The Landscape"
Saturdays, February 5 - April 9, 2022
 

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: $350
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting Scenes of Tivoli, Italy in Watercolor"
February 7-8, 2022
 

Each painting is pre-recorded allowing for close-ups and review if necessary. I will narrate it live to facilitate easy interaction with you. Fundamentals covered will include: working wet-in-wet, creating a strong composition, evoking a sense of light through the use of values, and manipulating color for its full expressive effect.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Reardon
Cost: $224 for 8 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
February 22-24, 2022
 

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: $625
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Reflections in Water"
February 24-25, 2022
 

Join internationally renowned watercolor artist Pablo Ruben Lopez Sanz for a packed two-day workshop to perfect painting reflections in the water. Pablo has spent over a decade specializing in this watercolor technique and will walk you through the process. Students will paint different water reflections and learn the basic knowledge needed to paint an atmospheric landscape. All levels are welcome as this workshop will start from the basics of palette organization, brushes, and picking the right colors. From there, you will work on creating rich landscapes to understand the flow of water over sunken rocks and how to manipulate the water to reflect different atmospheres. Throughout this process, Pablo will be there to provide personal guidance and supervision for all students.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Pablo Ruben Lopez Sanz
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Creating Mood with Color and Light"
February 25-27, 2022
 

Join this small-group live Zoom class where you can share images for critique & enjoy lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. Magic happens when colors are harmonized with other design elements. By understanding how color affects the overall feel in our painting, we can use it to express our emotions and make a stronger statement. In this three-day workshop, students will explore the energy of vibrant colors and the subtlety of muted colors. Through a step-by-step demonstration and a running commentary, Keiko will guide you through her creative process to explain how she uses color as a useful tool. The goal is to capture the light and the essence of the subject that conveys a specific mood.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: $290
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Shadows and Light"
February 26-27, 2022
 

Join this small-group live Zoom class where you can share images for critique & enjoy lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. The unique power of transparent watercolor lies in the fact that the untouched surface of the paper holds all the light the final work can contain. We paint by literally subtracting away enough of this light to tell the luminous stories we design. In this intensive 2-day course, we will look closely at the power of luminous shades and expressive shadows. A deeper understanding of these areas of dark will show us ways we can give the light in our paintings' life and identity.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Thomas W Schaller
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"From Seen to Scene: A 365 Day Online Mentorship Program"
March 8, 2022 - March 8, 2023
 

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: $895
Sponsor: Tucson Art Academy Online
Website, email


"Mountains Majestic"
March 8-10, 2022
 

With a minimal five-color palette and two flat watercolor brushes, we will capture both majestic mountains scenes: “Yosemite Sunset” and “The Grand Tetons”. I am a firm believer that watercolor painting is about depicting more with less. Too many palette colors and brush choices distract from the creative power of the medium. With my minimal approach, you will learn to K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple) each painting to end up with two beautiful, translucent Mountains Majestic watercolors!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Bold & Bright Watercolors"
March 11-13, 2022
 

Join this small-group live Zoom class where you can share images for critique & enjoy lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. The process of learning to paint is a journey that is aided by practice, patience, and experimentation. Painting loosely doesn't just 'happen'; it comes from gaining a comfort level with your skills and materials over time. No matter your artistic background, there are techniques that can support students as they find their voice. We will focus on using value studies from the outset to identify the large shapes in a scene, then complete color painting lessons together so students have a platform to ask questions as we work through the color process.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Andy Evansen
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Painting Atmosphere"
March 19-20, 2022
 

Join this small-group live Zoom class where you can share images for critique & enjoy lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. One of the amazing qualities of watercolor is an understanding that there is as much power in the areas of the work that are not painted as those that are. And often, to create an atmosphere in our work, the best effects are achieved by learning what areas of our work not to paint. In this intensive 2-Day course, we will take a close look at the unseen, the suggested, motion, mood, and energies in our work that feel like authentic atmospheres.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Thomas W Schaller
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Gouache Landscape Painting"
Mondays, April 4-25, 2022
 

Gouache is a fun, portable, water-based medium that allows spontaneous painterly effects. Gouache is known for its vibrant color, matte finish, and reactivating properties allowing control of edges and corrections along the way. This 4-week painting course will explore a range of landscape subjects to broaden our skill set and increase our painting confidence. Students are encouraged to work at a smaller scale to increase their productivity and get over the learning curve of the medium faster. There will be weekly demonstrations and email support throughout the course.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Edward Sprafkin
Cost: $300 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Capturing Essentials in Landscape"
ongoing
 

With this self-paced class you will enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule. There are 2 days of recordings available, 2 personal critiques from Eugen Chisnicean and lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. Eugen will take you behind the scenes of creating a landscape painting using watercolor. He will share his approach to design and compositional process, introducing "The Language of the Landscape" as a common language between teacher and students. Students will learn how to read and simplify any subject, build their compositions, capture the essentials of their desired landscape, and create mood and atmosphere using a watercolor medium.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Eugen Chisnicean
Cost: $220
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Macroscale Contemporary Landscape"
ongoing
 

Enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule and have lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. This demo will show the creation of a large-scale contemporary landscape painting in watercolor from start to finish. Students will explore painterly ways to find the composition. Activating the entire picture plane and working with “push and pull” early in the process will be prioritized. We will use techniques such as glazing, scumbling, splattering, and smearing to deconstruct the image, and Elizabeth will demonstrate a variety of mark-making in this unconventional approach to watercolor. The inclusion of gouache will introduce opacity, and layering and removing paint will be a key part of the evolution of the painting.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Elizabeth Allison
Cost: $35
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Language of Landscape"
ongoing
 

Enjoy lifetime access to this sequential video series that includes personal critiques from the artist for dynamic & engaging online education. In this course, Eugen takes you behind the scenes of creating a landscape painting. He shares his approach to design and compositional process, introducing "The Language of the Landscape" as a common language between teacher and students. Each lesson has step-by-step demonstrations showing in detail various technical approaches to watercolor. The course contains different types of landscape subjects and compositional solutions. This course grows with you! New lessons and teaching ideas will be added regularly and will be accessible to existing students.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Eugen Chisnicean
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


 

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