Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Intermediate Oil Pastel"
May 27-28, 2022
 

Oil pastels are not geared for the standard painter. The medium is geared for those who love to work with their hands. You mush, squash, push and blend with your fingertips. You carve, scrape and cut away with your palette knife. They are dynamic, vivid, versatile and extremely forgiving and will expand your range of artistic expression. Though open to all levels of experience, this two-day workshop assumes the student has a basic working knowledge of oil pastels. Three basic techniques will be reviewed prior to launching into the project. The Project: Landscape. Please bring a reference photo to work from.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Scott Turner, www.turneronlinegallery.com
Cost: $220 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure and the Landscape"
May 30 - June 4, 2022
 

Have you been struggling with adding a figure into a scene…or been curious about painting from life en plein air? Come join Randall Sexton for this unique workshop experience in the Northwoods of Wisconsin at the natural serene world of Dillman’s Bay Resort. The class will focus on the fundamentals of plein air for two days and then experience the joy of working on location from life with a model(s). Open to all levels the demonstrations will be done in oil, but the workshop is open to other mediums as well. Beginning students must have some experience with plein air (mainly to insure that you have proper equipment and experience working outside. Hope you can join us!
 
Location: Luc du Flambeau, Wisconsin
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Dillman's Bay Resort
Website, email, 715-588-3143


"Mosaic Landscapes"
May 31, June 14, 21, 28, 2022
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting 4-week class where students will learn the ins and outs of glass mosaics creating a landscape from start to finish! Using a variety of glass and mixed media, students will explore the techniques for making a mosaic landscape. Students are encouraged to bring sample photos of landscapes that interest them to the first class - bonus points if they're photographs you took yourself! Students will learn about basic tool use, materials, adhesives and grouping in this course! Students should bring $60 cash to pay the instructor for all materials.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Drawing Explorations"
Fridays, June 3 - July 8, 2022
 

Discover the wide range of possibilities available for creating works on paper with noted educator, sculptor and draftsperson, Colleen O'Donnell! Investigate personal expression in various drawing media including charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, and pastel. Subject matter will include still life from observation, landscape and portraiture using photographs as a point of departure, as well as your imagination. All materials and techniques will be explained and demonstrated. All levels are welcome, especially beginners.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Plein Air Workshop at Ardrossan Estate"
June 4-5, 2022
 

Paint on location at beautiful Fern Valley Farm, part of the Ardrossan Estate, the 850-acre family seat of the Montgomery/Scott/Wheeler extended family, made famous in the movie The Philadelphia Story with Kathryn Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart. Landscape painting topics will include color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound painting practices. Painting outdoors can be a daunting experience for the newcomer. When learning the intricacies of this art it pays to learn from someone who has over 20 years' experience in the field. In this class, Joseph Sweeney will be your guide.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Expressive Acrylic Painting"
Sundays, June 5 - July 17, 2022
 

Explore the exciting versatility of acrylics in your own painting style in this class! Study master artists such as Egon Schiele, Ludwig Kirchner, and Paul Klee in order to develop alternative and personally expressive ways of depicting objects, people, cities and landscapes. Instruction will cover the important aspects of acrylic painting, including color, texture, and its potential for three-dimensional effects. All levels welcome; no painting experience necessary.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Alicia Mino Gonzalez
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Plein Air Painting in Oil along the Schuylkill"
Sundays, June 5-26, 2022
 

Get outside and enjoy the summer breezes while you paint the landscape along the picturesque Schuylkill River, adjacent to the Philadelphia Art Museum. Select locations include the historic Fairmount Waterworks, scenic Lemon Hill and beautiful Laurel Hill Cemetery. Instruction will include composing an interesting picture, color mixing in oil and direct, plein air oil painting techniques which will enable you to rapidly capture a scene. Restrooms and parking available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sean Sauer
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Landscape Painting: Beyond the Photo"
June 6-10, 2022
 

Among representational artists, there has been an endless battle between those who paint from life and those who use photographic references. However, it’s a misguided argument: the source of the visual information we use to paint is irrelevant. The real issue 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 workshop, participants will work from photographic references of the landscape to learn to break down the information, analyze it, and use it to generate tonal sketches, change color palettes, and create paintings based on multiple images, memory, and imagination. Lectures, demonstrations and one-on-one painting instruction each day.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John MacDonald
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Plein Air Painting Central Oregon"
June 13-15, 2022
 

Preserve your memories in a reminiscent and unparalleled way. A photograph is evidence of your visit, but a sketch of the same will bring back the feeling of the day, the smell of the local cafe and the feel of the culture. David Lobenberg will teach the six universal skill sets of drawing, as well as, critical compositional, color, and value strategies. David’s watercolor paintings can be found in private, public, and corporate collections across the country. His work has been featured in American Artist, Southwest Art, and American Art Collector magazines to name a few.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Plein Air Painting in Beartooth, Montana"
June 13-17, 2022
 

Landscape painting is mostly about learning how to see; how to interpret, compare and edit the shapes and colors of the scene we choose to paint. In other words, to not see literally the mountains, trees, grass, water, etc. but to see them as an interesting and beautiful arrangement of shapes and colors. This opens up a whole lot more possibilities for things to paint and also helps us find our own voice. Students will concentrate on the process of painting and not be so concerned with doing “finished” paintings. Students will work on what makes a plein air painting work; the mood, rhythm and movement along with an interesting and compelling arrangement of values, masses and color.
 
Location: Beartooth, Montana
Instructor: Ned Mueller, www.nedmueller.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting in Boulder, Colorado"
June 13-17, 2022
 

Join Mark for a five-day intensive plein air workshop in the beautiful Rocky Mountains outside of Boulder, Colorado. Mark will take his students high into the mountains, just west of Boulder, to paint crashing streams and epic vistas. Students will watch Mark demo each day and then receive personalized one-on-one critiques of their work as they paint. Portable equipment and transportation required. Students will receive lodging recommendations upon registration.
 
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Instructor: Mark Boedges, www.markboedges.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Landscape Sketch Intensive"
June 13-17, 2022
 

The oil sketch is a traditional way for painters to execute preparatory ideas and quickly capture initial impressions – perfect for plein air painting! Learn useful techniques for rapidly encapsulating color and form while working directly from observation. Select locations along the Schuylkill River will include beautiful Laurel Hill Cemetery and Bartram’s Garden.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Southern Skies in Watercolor"
June 16-17, 2022
 

Low Country skies, whether at sunrise or sunset, or during those lazy days on the beach are always a joy to experience! In this two-day workshop, Jan will show students her special tips and techniques to help them learn to paint not only skies but clouds in a realistic, beautiful way!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jan Ross
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Sketch to Studio"
June 16-18, 2022
 

Students will paint “grocery bag” sketches on Kraft paper and then use the color sketches and pencil drawings to create larger paintings. This practice trains visual memory and helps a painter find their personal style.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Soft Pastel Interpretations"
June 18 and/or June 19, 2022
 

June 18: Do More in Soft Pastel! This workshop is geared toward those who have already taken introductory pastel workshops, are fairly accomplished and comfortable with the medium, and have competent drawing skills. Work toward increasing your artistry through learning new techniques, advanced color theory, and consider design and content in developing your images. June 19: Soft Pastel Interpretations. The versatile medium of soft pastel is perfect for exploration of technique and style! Create three entirely different paintings based on a single photograph. We’ll be using different color palettes, papers and methods of application on each piece, learning which styles and techniques work best for you. This workshop is for all skill levels, but basic drawing skills are necessary.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kay Brathol-Hostvet
Cost: Saturday $95, Sunday $105, or both for $180
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Acrylic Landscape Painting"
June 23-25, 2022
 

Students will learn how to use the fast-drying properties of acrylic paints to their creative advantage. Basic concepts of color mixing, design, value, edges, and atmospheric perspective are thoroughly covered. Students will learn how to select a good reference photo and recognize the faults of working from photography. This workshop will be fun and explorative for those unaware of the acrylic medium's power and potential.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Edward Sprafkin, www.sprafkinart.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting at the Riverton Yacht Club"
June 24-26, 2022
 

Paint on location at the historic Riverton Yacht Club in New Jersey, on the picturesque banks of the Delaware River. Instruction will include tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. All media welcome. Parking and restrooms available.
 
Location: Riverton, New Jersey
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Discovering Cyanotype Photography"
June 25, 2022
 

This half-day, partially outdoor workshop will explore the history of cyanotypes (a camera-less photography process) as well as offer lots of time for hands-on exploration of this media. We will work with pretreated fabric and pretreated watercolor paper to create dual sided imagery and wet cyanotypes. We’ll be using a variety of materials for inspiration including leaves, flowers, stencils, kitchen spices, bubbles and more! All materials are included for this workshop. Feel free to bring inspirational items from home to use (lace doily, pressed flowers, or other flat materials work well). As part of this class will be outside, please bring a hat or sunscreen as appropriate.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Angela Johnson
Cost: $55
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Abstracting the Landscape"
June 27-29, 2022
 

This 3-day course will cover all the basics of landscape painting, from deciding what to paint and creating a simple value pattern to finishing with exciting textures to keep your work painterly and exciting. Students will learn to see value and structure and create a compelling composition in the beginning. Next they will create a harmonizing color palette that allows freedom while painting yet guarantees a beautiful result. Plenty of tips on good studio practices and fun ways to abstract or subdue edges. Students may work in acrylic or oil and instructor will demo in both.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Pullinsi, www.lindapullinsi.com
Cost: $330 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Drawing the Urban Environment (Outdoor)"
Wednesdays, July 6 - August 10, 2022
 

Draw Philadelphia’s picturesque historic and commercial architecture, using fundamental observational drawing techniques to capture the world around you. Learn simple methods for applying the principles of linear and atmospheric perspective to your drawings, giving them dimension and depth. Students at all experience levels are welcome, with instruction designed to appeal both to those who enjoy portraying landscape subjects in the open air and to students seeking to hone their basic drawing skills. This course takes place in easy-to-access Central Philadelphia and University City locations. Restrooms are available near all sites. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Plein Air Painting in Valley Forge (Outdoor)"
Thursdays, July 7 - August 11, 2022
 

Enjoy open-air painting in beautiful Valley Forge National Historical Park, a painter’s delight of lush scenery and historic architecture! Just 35 minutes northwest of Center City Philadelphia, the park features great views of the Schuylkill River, Valley Creek, the Valley Forge Farm, Mt. Joy, Mt. Misery, and many valleys, cabins, and colonial houses, with ample parking and access to restrooms. Working from diverse landscape subject matter, students will learn the essential materials, tools, techniques, and strategies for painting on site. Instruction will cover a variety of plein air approaches, including painting with a knife and brush, painting from an imprimatura, Macchiaioli painting, and working from sketches to block in local color. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Charles Muldowney
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Fundamentals of Landscape Painting"
July 7-9, 2022
 

Learning to paint is all about seeing. Through direct observation we see shapes, colors and texture. Once we learn to recognize these observations (actually see what we are looking at) we can begin to emulate these forms in a more accurate way. Representational painting focuses on seeing, i.e. What color is it? How light - how dark? What size is it? Students will learn to answer these basic questions and turn those answers into brush marks, taking your work to the next level. Be ready to work and learn and have fun doing it!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Paul Steele, www.paulsteelefineart.com
Cost: $350 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Landscape Painting with the Nagel's"
Thursdays, July 7-28, 2022
 

All good paintings evolve from a well-designed abstract value study! Join us for this open painting course focused around landscape paintings and receive plenty of daily individual help along with daily demos. During the first 2 sessions, students will design their landscapes and paint in the medium of their choice. Students will vote on optional Plein-Air day.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Don & Joyce Nagel
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Plein Air in the Park"
Sundays, July 10-31, 2022
 

Capture the colors of summer en plein air through vibrant watercolor and pastel. Become comfortable and confident with the practice of working outdoors, using either or both mediums, at picturesque Lemon Hill and other select locations around the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Fairmount Park. Instruction will cover means of accurately and expressively depicting outdoor sites, pastel drawing and layering methods, watercolor painting techniques, mixed media applications, color mixing, and the history and capabilities of each medium. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Keys to Color Choices in Landscape Painting"
July 18-20, 2022
 

To create a successful landscape painting, artists factor in lots of information, both about the scene and their painting goals. Good color choices are central to that mix! In this class, students will learn how to select the color groups that best represent the location, season, and time of day, but also the feelings they want to express in their landscape painting. Ways to orchestrate and build various harmonies that pull the colors together will be explored to help students achieve their paintings’ color goals. Come get inspired with practical and efficient strategies that are easily applied and make the painting experience more comfortable and enjoyable. David demonstrates in oils, but acrylic painters are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Flitner, www.davidflitner.com
Cost: $350 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Oil Pastels: Surrealistic Landscapes"
July 29, 2022
 

Join 25+ year professional educator Debi West for this exciting half-day workshop! Students of all ages and levels are welcome to dive into the exhilarating medium of oil pastels. Explore the various techniques you can use to bring your landscapes to life! Debi will provide you with tips and different approaches you can take to escalate your artwork to the next level!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor Landscapes"
August 3, 2022
 

Translate the beauty of nature into watercolor paintings by learning to paint skies, trees, water, mountains, and rocks. This intermediate class will help you learn how to develop a strategy for building depth in your work and how to focus the center of interest using color and value. Lessons on technique for building texture, and how to use masking to pressure the white of the page, will be covered. This is one in a series of five classes designed to be taken in sequence or individually.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Painting Impressionistic Landscapes in Cold Wax & Oil"
August 29-31, 2022
 

Cold wax is an "alternative" to encaustic painting. If you love encaustic, but are afraid of fusing, heat, fumes, etc.... then this workshop is for you! Linda Benton McCloskey has designed this workshop for the beginner to the more advanced artist. Students will learn everything about using this luscious medium, including harmonious color mixing and all the many techniques of painting with cold wax. We will touch on the use of abstract composition and also, impressionistic landscapes/seascapes. No matter what your artistic experience is, you will learn! Expect lots of demonstrations and personal instruction!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Linda Benton McCloskey
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Plein Air Painting in Vermont"
September 12-15, 2022
 

Join Randall for his annual return to the quintessential New England backdrop of Landgrove Vermont. Close to the Vermont Country Store in Weston, between Manchester and Brattleboro, this plein air workshop is a favorite of past and returning attendees. All levels welcome, visiting students are encouraged to spoil themselves at the Langrove Inn that hosts the workshop series.
 
Location: Landgrove, Vermont
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Website, (802) 824-6673


"Creating Beautiful Landscapes in Acrylic or Oil"
September 15-18, 2022
 

Completing a painting each day. Learn to perceive and simplify shape and color while creating a painting. Visually interpret relationship of shape, value and color. Donna Bland will start a demo painting, then begin a step-by-step process to completing a painting each day. Bland lives and paints in the Austin, Texas area. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, the Austin Plein Air Painters, American Women Artists and Artists of Texas. She formally studied art at The Student Art League of New York, Scottsdale School of Art, University of Georgia and Tyler Junior College in Texas. For more information, visit donnabland.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Donna Bland
Cost: $550 Museum members/ $600 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Watercolor Painting: Landscapes, Skies, and Water"
September 17-18, 2022
 

Treat yourself to two days of painting with Lee Mothes! Beginners and returning students are welcome, as well as anyone who wants to try new techniques. Lee will start by demonstrating watercolor techniques in capturing cloud patterns, sunlight-on-water, landforms, foliage, and the sense of distance in hills or mountains. Then the class will start painting. Lee will help each student with setting up colors on a palette, how to use brushes, create washes with colors, plus offer tips on perspective and composition. You may choose to work in graphite pencil, color pencils or ink along with watercolor. Lee will provide a list of drawing and watercolor supplies.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lee Mothes
Cost: $165
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Expressive Realism: Landscape, Still-life, and Figurative"
September 22-24, 2022
 

Join us for this “Three day ~ Three subject” workshop focused on the importance of design and paint handling while exploring the differences and similarities of Landscape, Still-Life, and Figurative subject matter. In his workshops Randall Sexton is frequently asked to help people “loosen-up” with their brushwork. Yes indeed, Brushwork is your other “Voice”…Your Signature… It is recognizable whether you know it or not….but brushes aren’t the only way to this endgame. A solid understanding of the fundamentals of good design will bolster your ability to paint more expressive and exciting work. Oil/Acrylic, All Levels Welcome.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, 831.620.2955


"Landscape Painting in Oils"
October 3-5, 2022
 

During this landscape painting class, TJ Cunningham will focus on the two challenges that he considers the greatest impediment to a successful landscape painting. First, how to create atmosphere, and second, how to sculpt the landscape so that the trees seem vertical while the surrounding landscape appears flat. Painting time will take place in the studio and will address ideas behind a good landscape painting. TJ will begin each day with a presentation of his working process. The attendees will also receive clear instruction on how to simplify the landscape in an expressive way. Paint quality, value pattern, and abstraction will all be discussed as valuable tools when used in landscape painting.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: TJ Cunningham
Cost: $480
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"One Day of Plein Air Painting in Oils"
October 6, 2022
 

This class is perfect for intermediate and advanced-level oil painters! TJ Cunningham is a nationally recognized artist who is particularly noted for his landscape paintings, while Adam Clague is known for his dynamic portraits and figures in oil. With this one-day workshop, you will have the unique opportunity to learn from both!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: TJ Cunningham & Adam Clague
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Simplifying the Complex en Plein Air"
October 8-10, 2022
 

Come paint the Monterey and Carmel Coastline with award-winning California artist Randall Sexton. This 3-day workshop is open to all levels—but it is especially geared to push the experienced artist to greater heights. Randy will review the basics of solid picture making… while sharing his own methods for “Simplifying the Complex.” Three days will be spent on location (gathering direct experience en plein air.) Daily demonstrations will be followed up with “one-on-one” assistance at the easel. Hosted by Carmel Visual Arts, Sexton returns to lead his seventh workshop in the Monterey Peninsula. Class size is limited and they tend to fill up quickly so don’t hesitate to register. Hope you can join us!
 
Location: Carmel, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website, (831) 620-2955


"Modern Impressionism in Action"
October 19-22, 2022
 

Colley Whisson believes "It is not what you paint but how you paint it". He has a strong belief that he is not copying nature but giving expression to visual ideas. Colley teaches the fundamentals needed to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and sensitivity to the subject. Colley's workshops are conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. In this workshop, he will focus on tone, composition, brushwork, color saturation, and pay special attention to the importance of edges. Colley employs a step-by-step process, demonstrating to all levels of students the best approach to constructing a painting. Weather permitting, Colley will conduct an outdoor demonstration to show his approach to working on site, or 'en plein air'.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Colley Whisson, www.colleywhisson.com
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Photo Encaustic: Ethereal Markings and Monochrome Workshop"
October 21-23, 2022
 

This workshop will explore ways to further alter our photographic images through a series of markings and underpainting combined with monochromatic imagery. We will focus on incorporating embedded photo prints on thin papers such as tissue and Japanese papers, as well as image transfers to create final work that is both ethereal and richly detailed in its layers. We will start off utilizing various methods of underdrawings to bring in pattern and additional detail to our work – with wood burning tools, inks, oil paints, and encaustic. Students must have a working knowledge of encaustic, as this is an intermediate level class and basics will not be covered. See website for full details.
 
Location: La Grange, Illinois
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $450 M / $480 NM
Sponsor: La Grange Art League
Website, email, 708-352-3101


"Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
October 26-31, 2022
 

Join me for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Santa Barbara. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"On-The-Go Ink-n-Splash Sketching Workshop"
November 1-6, 2022
 

Close by or across the globe, travel light and capture your views with pop and zing. All it takes is a small watercolor palette (with five basic primary colors), a classic Ticonderoga pencil, a black office pen, a medium size watercolor brush, a small water container, and a medium-size sketch book. You are now at the ready to knock off joyful sketches! To keep those sketches rolling, I’ll teach you how to visually K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple) what you see and what you draw and paint.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Journaling"
November 1-6, 2022
 

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Santa Barbara for five blissful days, and capture all the fun and memories on the pages of your illustrated watercolor journal. Each day, we’ll sketch outdoors in the warm California sunshine, and I’ll share practical ways to narrow your focus and sketch what you love about a scene. I’ll give you the building blocks for creating dynamic sketchbook pages filled with colorful images, hand lettering, and creative page layouts that complement your images perfectly, and, along the way, I’ll show you practical ways to confidently draw even the trickiest subject matter. If you’ve always wanted to sketch on location, this is a great opportunity to give it a try.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Leslie Fehling
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Painting Workshop"
November 6-11, 2022
 

Join David on a Watercolor Journey, learning the most valuable watercolor concepts and techniques. This workshop will save you countless hours of trial & error by demonstrating approaches in an easily understood manner that will open new doors of discovery and creativity. David will discuss outdoor equipment options, considerations when choosing a composition, value study options to help prepare for the painting process, and provide numerous demonstrations and individual attention. Regardless of your level of experience, you’re almost guaranteed to leave with a handsome work of art, and the skills, concepts, and confidence to take your paintings to a higher level.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: David R. Smith, AWS
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Painting"
November 6-11, 2022
 

Come and paint in beautiful, historic Santa Barbara with Carol Carter. We will begin each day with a watercolor tutorial. In the studio, Carol will share her watercolor technique while teaching site specific tutorials gathered from various vistas in Santa Barbara. The workshop will provide templates, reference photos and materials information. After lunch, we will visit the painting site downtown Santa Barbara that will be the topic of our next day painting: time for photography and sketching: the Mission, the Rose garden, the Wharf, the Presidio, the Court House, etc… Relax, enjoy, learn a new watercolor technique or two.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Carol Carter
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein-air Pastel Workshop"
March 26-31, 2023
 

We will be painting on-site at the Santa Barbara wharf and along the coastal waterway (beaches) with emphasis on capturing the light and water-in-motion in pastels. I will do daily live demos at each location and assist everyone at their easels as you paint from the same subjects. Boats, buildings and people along the wharf area, set against the distant atmosphere over the Pacific will play into your paintings. On one of the days we will paint the famous courthouse buildings and gardens in spring color, as well. Emphasis on all will be learning to “see like a painter” and utilizing small sketches (thumbnails) that you produce, to get the values and design patterns before you paint!
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Steve Hill
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Sketching and Journaling in Watercolor"
April 1-6, 2023
 

Old Pasadena with its Victorian and art deco buildings, palm trees and flowers, awaits your paintbrush. Enjoy a California painting getaway and start your summer early as we paint in Pasadena. Theresa and Cindy will guide you through painting experiences with daily demonstrations, personalized instruction, and encouraging support. They will share how to design and simplify your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with flowing serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Enjoy creating colorful paintings with an emphasis on your own unique point of view.
 
Location: Pasadena, California
Instructor: Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel not included)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


 

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