Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Plein Air Painting in Cape May"
September 24-27, 2020
 

Join Joe Sweeney for an outdoor, in-person, plein air painting retreat in beautiful Cape May, New Jersey! Experience small town hospitality while painting Cape May Point, the Cove with sweeping vistas, Cape May Lighthouse, and Sunset Beach. Includes tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. Morning and evening painting times will leave the afternoons free to relax on the beach – the perfect artist’s getaway! Instruction geared towards oil, acrylic and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome.
 
Location: Cape May, New Jersey
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Plein Air Pastel and Watercolor"
Sundays, September 27 - October 25, 2020
 

Draw and paint outdoors, on-location! Learn the basics of drawing and painting with watercolor and pastel, ideal for plein air, as you work on Logan Square and other choice locations along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The instructor will demonstrate techniques, reference art historical examples, and encourage personal expression. Amenities will be available along the way. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Landscapes in Oils"
Tuesdays, Sepember 29 - October 20, 2020
 

In this class I will lead you through the process of laying out a painting, massing in your large values, and finishing your scenes. We will not only study basic landscape painting - we will also address how to include animals in the landscape, as well as how to introduce water elements into your paintings. This is an eight-week course, offered in two four-week sessions. The classroom at On-Track Studios has a UV air cleaner, high ceilings, natural light and openable windows/doors. We keep all high-touch surfaces sanitized, and masks are required in class. This is a safe place to paint; it’s wonderful to be with other artists! Choose between Morning or Afternoon class.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"The Pennsylvania Landscape Tradition"
Wednesdays, September 30 - November 4, 2020
 

Paint outdoors this autumn! Learn the essentials of landscape painting in the New Hope/Lambertville countryside, the area made famous by Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, and other masters of Pennsylvania Impressionism. Topics include color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound painting practices. The beautiful grounds of the David Library of the American Revolution will be our home base and main location. 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 20 years of experience in the field. In this class Joseph Sweeney will be your guide.
 
Location: Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Autumn Painting Retreat in Virginia"
October 8-13, 2020
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020: 5 nights of accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals for the duration of your stay (breakfast, lunch, dinner), sStudio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph).
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1731
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Expressive Brushwork in Oil & Acrylic!"
October 14-17, 2020
 

Award Winning Artist Workshops was created for artists with a desire to study with the highest caliber instructors. Join California artist Randall Sexton at the McDowell Arts Center for a 4-Day workshop in "Expressive Brushwork." Brushwork is your other “Voice”…Your Signature... It is recognizable whether you know it or not. Think of painting as if weaving a tapestry…overlapping the negative shapes with positive shapes (and visa versa) to create the edges of shapes….and to define the shapes in the process.
 
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $575
Website, email, 1-877-860-3500


"The Beauty of the Skyscape"
October 19-22, 2020
 

In this workshop students will study various clouds and skies from thin wisps to threatening thunderheads. Billowing clouds come in countless shapes, sizes and various colors. Participants will work with photographs with low horizons giving a focus on how to handle different skies, including sunsets and stormy scenes. Linda will provide several photographs and students are encouraged to bring photos of skies that they would like to paint. Students will learn to create a feeling of the landscape that gives the painting life, going beyond just copying a photograph. Special attention to values, composition and edges will be discussed along with several examples of clouds in progress. This workshop will include instructor demonstrations, visual teaching boards and study handouts.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"From Dawn to Dusk, Capturing Light in Oils"
October 20-22, 2020
 

Join award-winning artist Peggy Ellis for this exciting workshop! We will explore capturing light with step by step techniques and tips; including starting with a strong composition, value studies and color harmony.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Peggy Ellis
Cost: $315 for Members, $350 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"'Carmel By The Sea' En Plein Air"
October 26-29, 2020
 

Paint along the Monterey and Carmel Coastline en plain air with Plein Air Painters of America member, Randall Sexton. Open to all levels, this 3 (or 4) day workshop is especially geared to encourage the experienced artist to reach greater heights in their work. Sexton will review the basics of solid picture making - while sharing his own methods for simplifying the complex. Three days (weather permitting) will be spent on location en plain air, while an (optional) fourth studio day will focus on simplifying the figure directly (with a model). Daily demonstrations will be followed up with individual assistance at the easel.
 
Location: Carmel, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600 for 3 Days, $800 for 4 Days
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website, 831.620.2955


"Open Painting in Oils, Acrylics or Watercolors"
Mondays, November 2-23, 2020
 

Accomplish a painting(s) of your choice in a studio face to face environment. Use oil, acrylic, watercolor or related medium of your choice. Instructor demos, guidance and critiques are tailored to your needs. Take one or all course days. Students should bring own supplies. Some limited supplies available for sale.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Dennis Lake
Cost: $144 for Members, $160 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Landscapes in Oils"
Tuesdays, November 3-17, 2020
 

In this class I will lead you through the process of laying out a painting, massing in your large values, and finishing your scenes. We will not only study basic landscape painting - we will also address how to include animals in the landscape, as well as how to introduce water elements into your paintings. This is an eight-week course, offered in two four-week sessions. The classroom at On-Track Studios has a UV air cleaner, high ceilings, natural light and openable windows/doors. We keep all high-touch surfaces sanitized, and masks are required in class. This is a safe place to paint; it’s wonderful to be with other artists! Choose between Morning or Afternoon class.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Studio Landscape"
November 3-6, 2020
 

This comprehensive landscape course focuses on core skills to strengthen studio work. All areas of the process will be covered, with a particular emphasis on values, composition and color harmony. Jane de-mystifies the painting process by teaching straightforward, easy to understand steps. Using tried and true principles as a jumping off point allows students to loosen up and find their own voice. They’ll leave this class with the skills needed to take their work to the next level. There will be demos, discussions, handouts, plenty of painting time and individual attention.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jane Hunt, www.janehuntart.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Snow in the Landscape"
November 13, 2020
 

Take your landscape painting to the next level with this intensive two-day workshop. Students will focus on getting the scale and placement correct along with capturing Value, Light, and Shadow patterns of trees.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Karen Philpott, www.karenphilpott.com
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Tonal Roadscapes"
November 17-20, 2020
 

This four-day oil painting workshop with Richie Carter will focus on painting roadways in the landscape. Students will be working from photo references to complete at least one small preliminary study in order to realize one larger rendition of the same scene and undertake the challenges that come along with this process. The course will address how to use photo references to create a painting. Students will learn a subdued tonal palette as well as various techniques with which to render low light scenes. Students will learn over the course of four days, both direct and indirect painting methods. The larger piece will be built upon day by day creating layers and depth in the final painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Richie Carter, www.richiecarterfinearts.com
Cost: $600 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Source to Studio"
December 1-5, 2020
 

This workshop is aimed at the more experienced landscape oil painter who wishes to explore the ideas, techniques and issues involved with expanding upon studies successfully in the studio. Jill will discuss concepts and techniques aimed to resolve and strengthen motifs and improve overall design, from initial ‘thought boards’ to actual preparation techniques. She will discuss the science of how we see and how we can control and excite eye movement. Moving on from advanced design concepts and tools, Jill will tackle the practical techniques of scaling up a design through ‘surface quality’ issues of working larger, working wet-over-dry, re-working passages that need correction, and the use of mediums, glazing techniques and varnishes.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jill Carver, www.jillcarver.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Landscape Painting from Start to Finish: Creating Atmosphere, Space and Light"
December 5-7, 2020
 

The sky is an ocean of atmosphere many miles deep - a transparent sea of air. As we look out into the vista, we may not be conscious of actually seeing the air but we plainly see its effects on the landscape. When painters begin to go outside and use natural lighting, they will find that nature’s value scale is immeasurably beyond their own. Learn how to make a true representation of any scene in nature using “relative” rather than “absolute” or actual values and color relationships. Expect concept lectures, demonstration, and individual instruction as Doug winds students through the myriad of knowledge needed to develop their skills for painting beautiful and believable space. Students will be painting from photos.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Doug Diehl, www.diehlfineart.com
Cost: $395 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Sunshine and Value"
December 14-16, 2020
 

This workshop is an in-depth exploration of the pastel medium. Learn the ins and outs under the tutelage of an experienced painter and teacher, in an engaging, informative, and fun workshop. Prepare to get your hands dirty! In addition to materials, students will be expected to bring their own references to work from, preferably landscape, as this is Christine’s area of expertise, particularly in rendering light effects. All levels of students are welcome, from beginners to advanced. Participants will be expected to have a working knowledge of drawing. Students will be met at their own level, and more advanced pastel painters will be encouraged to stretch, develop and grow in their style of painting, as there will be much individual-at-easel critique.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Christine Debrosky, www.christinedebrosky.com
Cost: $375 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Monday Painting Classes"
Mondays, January 4-25, 2021
 

This class will focus on painting from life and working from photographs. We will explore color and brushwork along with some drawing skills. This class will focus on plein air painting techniques and tips however we will be inside painting landscapes from a projector. We will paint from beautiful images of Italy, France and beyond! No class January 28th.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Pam Padgett, www.pamelabpadgett.com
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Plein Air in Studio: The Color of Value"
January 4-5, 2021
 

This is a two-day in-studio workshop designed for intermediate to advanced students who have had some experience working in plein air or would like to learn techniques to work more successfully on location. Focus will be on designing the large patterns in terms of value (dark to light), developing these shapes into color and keeping the color true to the value they represent. By limiting the number of values, form takes the lead over minutiae, thus, strengthening the impact of the work. Students should bring their own photos and references. Some photo references will be available for students to choose from if needed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathryn Stats, www.kathrynstats.com
Cost: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air in Studio: The Color of Value"
January 7-8, 2021
 

This is a two-day in-studio workshop designed for intermediate to advanced students who have had some experience working in plein air or would like to learn techniques to work more successfully on location. Focus will be on designing the large patterns in terms of value (dark to light), developing these shapes into color and keeping the color true to the value they represent. By limiting the number of values, form takes the lead over minutiae, thus, strengthening the impact of the work. Students should bring their own photos and references. Some photo references will be available for students to choose from if needed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathryn Stats, www.kathrynstats.com
Cost: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Suggesting Reality"
January 11-15, 2021
 

Art reveals the evidence of our experiences and values. This workshop will not only reinforce an understanding of composition and form, but will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; how the artist may represent nature in order to reflect on his or her perceptions, experiences and values while also contemplating the important power of content, symbol and abstraction. Douglas demonstrates frequently.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Capturing the Light"
February 1-5, 2021
 

In this workshop, most of the time will be spent indoors, with some painting time spent outdoors as well, weather permitting. Tim is best known for the light in his paintings coupled with strong composition. The primary focus will be how to convey the sense of strong sunlight in a painting by identifying, clarifying, and pushing the values. Exercises will be used to help simplify these concepts. Students will also work on achieving clean color in their paintings and utilize value patterns to aid in developing successful compositions. There will be discussions on materials, scene selection, and brushwork. Tim will create a demonstration painting each day and work with students individually on their paintings throughout the day.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Timothy Horn, www.timhornart.com
Cost: $715 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air to Studio, Making your Studies Work for you Indoors"
February 1-4, 2021
 

This workshop is a combination of plein air and studio sessions. Students will begin on location outdoors making sketches and studies, grasping excitement, and capturing ideas. These sketches will then be used as inspirational resource materials for more-complete, slightly larger, studio pieces that remain fresh and inviting. Lori Putnam’s paintings are a personal and genuine response to a scene, and she encourages her students to learn to do the same. Participants will receive a free copy of Putnam’s booklet “Plein air, Right from the Start.” The workshop will include lectures and demonstrations, individual painting time, personalized instruction, and group discussions. Plein air experience is strongly recommended. Please be prepared to drive to painting locations (approximately 35 minutes from school).
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Lori Putnam, www.loriputnam.com
Cost: $785 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Monday Painting Classes"
Mondays, February 8 - March 1, 2021
 

This class will focus on painting from life and working from photographs. We will explore color and brushwork along with some drawing skills. This class will focus on plein air painting techniques and tips however we will be inside painting landscapes from a projector. We will paint from beautiful images of Italy, France and beyond! No class January 28th.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Pam Padgett, www.pamelabpadgett.com
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Plein Air Painters of America"
February 22-26, 2021
 

This workshop will focus on the foundational principles required to complete successful landscape paintings in the field. A solid understanding of drawing, value, design, and color is fundamental when it comes to analyzing the subject at hand and completing a solid painting. We will cover these principals in depth and discuss how they apply to organic form which is so commonly found in a natural environment. Participants should expect plenty of personal attention and daily demos. This class is open to all skill levels. On Monday, students will attend an all-day lecture series during which each instructor will lecture for approximately one hour. There will be four days of instruction (Tuesday-Friday). There will also be an artist panel Thursday, 6-8pm.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Matt Smith, Mitch Baird, Dan Young, Skip Whitcomb
Cost: $850 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air with Mark Boedges"
March 1-5, 2021
 

This workshop will focus primarily on giving students the tools to render authentic light by carefully using correct values and rigorously maintaining color temperature relationships between light and shadow. Portable equipment and transportation required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Boedges, www.markboedges.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Incorporating Reference in the Studio"
March 6-9, 2021
 

This workshop will cover Russell’s approach to landscape painting. We will explore the painter's tools of color, value, composition etc., and how this can be used to develop strong painting themes. Students will need to bring their own adequate reference for this indoor workshop, field studies, combined with photographs, drawings etc. The class will include a combination of demos and lectures with PowerPoint presentations.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: G. Russell Case, www.russellcase.com
Cost: $795 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Create Moving Atmosphere in the Landscape"
March 11-14, 2021
 

Light and atmospheric forces act upon the landscape to create a story, and it’s up to you as the artist to decide how to tell it. Join award-winning artist Kathleen Hudson as she reveals how she infuses her landscapes with atmosphere. Students will learn how to see subtle color and value shifts that give their paintings depth. They will also learn tools for effective self-critique so they can strengthen their own work. Each morning will feature a presentation and demonstration, and then exercises for students focusing on value and composition. Afternoons will be devoted to one-on-one instruction. Student’s studies during the first three days will lead to a finished (or at least near-finished!) studio landscape painting by the final day.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathleen Hudson, www.kathleenbhudson.com
Cost: $600 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure in Oil: In Studio and Plein Air"
March 15-19, 2021
 

In this workshop, the figure will be the subject matter; however, the focus will be on improving drawing skills and seeing values and colors correctly, along with understanding their relationships to each other. There will be daily demonstrations emphasizing the big shapes and establishing their relationships correctly. This provides a springboard to adding additional information, if the individual artist desires. Students will experience many specific assignments, which will help them to “get to the point a little more quickly.” Be ready to cover a lot of canvas and to “learn through earnest mileage.” Students will receive plenty of one-on-one instruction and individual demonstrations will be given as needed. Portable easel required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Peggi Kroll-Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Cost: $720 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Fundamentals of Studio Landscape Painting"
March 15-19, 2021
 

This time-tested curriculum is designed for the serious student wishing to develop further fundamentals in landscape painting, including a greater understanding for values, color mixing, atmospheric perspective, and composition including design organization and emphasis. The focus will also be on developing more fluid brushwork and a personal statement in representing outdoor subject matter. The class is intended for beginning through advanced levels, and students will learn a reliable step-by-step, systematic shorthand for either studio or on-location painting. Though we will accomplish eight to ten painting studies during the course of the week, the primary focus will be on imparting the necessary information for self-evaluation and growth far beyond the scope of the five-day workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: John Poon, www.johnpoon.net
Cost: $655 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Sketch and Quick Studies to Studio"
March 22-25, 2021
 

This workshop will be about efficiency in collecting field sketches and converting them to studio paintings. Students will be catching those moments in the day that make the Sonoran Desert the worthwhile subject matter that it is to paint. There are also specific exercises designed to see and capture the essence of a scene which will be presented during the workshop. With their fresh field sketches in hand, students will be painting in the studio, combining the color from the field with the information from their cameras. Students will be working with both to produce studio pieces where all aspects of this process will be condensed and consolidated: color, design, drawing, and personal expression.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ray Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Cost: $635 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Painting in Santa Barbara"
March 27 - April 1, 2021
 

Join me on this wonderful trip to Santa Barbara! We will explore and paint outdoors while enjoying the joie de vivre the town has to offer. If you’re looking for a cozy, personalized therefore very special painting holiday organized by an experienced tour operator, this is it. Since we will be a small group, I can also closely work with each one of you for a semi-private painting experience. My teaching style consists of a one-hour demo once or twice a day followed by one-to-one support.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, www.ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Discover a New Way of Seeing Color"
March 29 - April 2, 2021
 

This workshop introduces a way of seeing and using color to paint outdoor light; capturing the time and type of day by expressing the various light keys of nature. The first two days, students will paint outdoor still life (crucial study that will prepare students to tackle the landscape on Wednesday and Thursday). On Friday, students will study the clothed figure outdoors. Students are encouraged to bring original artwork or photos and talk to Camille about their vision as artists during the week. Camille is an acknowledged authority on color that regularly serves as an entry and awards judge. Portable easel required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Camille Przewodek, www.przewodek.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstracting the Landscape"
March 29 - April 1, 2021
 

Modernize your paintings to be more joyful and “happy.” Students will learn to abstract the landscape from appropriate photos which will be supplied by Claudia. Students will learn effective composition, the use of cool and warm colors, vibrant color mixing, and experimenting. Claudia will give demonstrations, individual instruction and critiques. The students will have the opportunity to complete a painting each day. The goal: learn, have fun and fall in love with acrylic paints!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Claudia Hartley, www.hartleyart.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Santa Barbara Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
April 4-9, 2021
 

Join me on the scenic magical coast of Santa Barbara. In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool (that will be provided). This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are. We’ll work spontaneously, and I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful. Each day will start with a short demo and end with a critique, hopefully while sitting in a shady courtyard with a glass of wine in hand. As part of a small group, you’ll have plenty of individual attention as we work on value studies, composition, simplifying a scene and capturing the essence of a place.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, www.shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Acrylic Landscapes"
April 5-9, 2021
 

Understanding the demands of the acrylic medium is the primary focus of this workshop. Hook will emphasize color, composition, atmospheric light, architectural elements, and an intuitive approach to painting. Students will receive individual instruction and critiques in the studio and should complete the workshop with a significant level of confidence working with acrylics. Photography as a visual source for landscape painting is an important part of the class. Photos will be provided.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: William Hook, www.williamhook.net
Cost: $840 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Bringing the Outdoors in: Painting Expressive Landscapes in Oil"
April 12-16, 2021
 

This unique five-day workshop experience with award-winning, contemporary American Impressionist, Eric Jacobsen is intended to hone students’ painting skills and expand their creative language. Emphasis will be on risk-taking, abstract design, and mark-making – the three necessary components to take one’s work to the next level and separate oneself from the “pack”. Students will learn to see like a poet and unlock their true creative potential. Students are encouraged to take a journey into new artistic territory and open up the possibility for a purer, honest, and unique result for their paintings. Sign up now!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eric Jacobsen, www.jacobsenfineart.com
Cost: $655 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Mastering Water Media: Acrylic and Watercolor"
April 19-23, 2021
 

Capturing the beauty of light through studying temperatures of light and shadow, visual movement, and value/color relationship will be demonstrated daily. In this workshop the still life, landscape, sky-scape, and architectural subjects will be focused on, as well as adding figures into a painting. As a Master in the American Impressionist Society, Carr will be emphasizing the “how to’s” in achieving dynamic and impressionistic paintings using painterly brushwork in both watercolor and acrylic. How to use confident, loose, and dramatic strokes in achieving dynamic paintings will be stressed throughout the week. Massing and organizing darks and lights, importance of drawing and the value sketch, atmospheric and linear perspective will also be covered. Betty will be providing the acrylic paints.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $630 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Suggesting Reality & Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety"
April 19-30, 2021
 

Through lecture and demonstration, these workshops will reinforce the student’s understanding of composition, form and various methods of applying paint. They will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance. Students will work on specific assignments, exploring ways of simplifying and abstracting the subject while adding endless variety to the marks and colors used.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $1200 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Suggesting Reality"
April 19-23, 2021
 

Art reveals the evidence of our experiences and values. This workshop will not only reinforce an understanding of composition and form, but will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; how the artist may represent nature in order to reflect on his or her perceptions, experiences and values while also contemplating the important power of content, symbol and abstraction. Douglas demonstrates frequently.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Santa Barbara Travel Sketching Workshop"
April 26 - May 1, 2021
 

Join us 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! Brenda Swenson will 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. Space is very limited (max 12 participants). Brenda is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have been featured in numerous books and magazines (Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air Magazine).
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"The Pillars of Watercolor"
May 1-4, 2021
 

Seeking answers and understanding? This workshop will explain all aspects of successful painting using frequent demonstrations and detailed analysis. We will explore a range of subject including composition and design, effectively using light and dark values, color mixing, edges, brush stroke techniques and much more. Stimulate and expand your insight into the magic of watercolors! This workshop is for resilient outdoor painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion, Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique and Watercolour Masterclass. His work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist’s Magazine.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $855
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Watercolor Techniques"
June 12-15, 2021
 

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 4-day workshop and you'll go home with an abundance of techniques that 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: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Michael Reardon
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"The Importance of Tone"
June 16-20, 2021
 

Come join a week of exploring the beauty of color in oils. Designed for all levels of experience in oils, this is an exciting and informative workshop helping you to train your eye in the discipline of observation. There will be demonstrations each day based on the solid fundamental approach championed by the impressionists and realists. We will explore landscapes, streetscapes and waterscapes. Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists and 3 others. Herman's workshops are in high demand Australia wide and internationally. Early enrollment is encouraged.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


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

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. Come 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: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Steve Kleier
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Notes on Plein Air: New England"
June 22-24, 2021
 

This immersive plein air workshop is an opportunity for painters of all skill levels to join me in beautiful Haverhill, New Hampshire for three solid days of painting on a bluff overlooking the Connecticut River Valley and along the grounds of the historic Gibson House B&B. Like all my workshops, this one will focus on balancing the development of technical skills with the aspects of painting that transcend technique and get us to higher levels of ourselves as artists and creators. Students will have the option of working from my guidebook, ‘Notes on Plein Air’, to build their painting process by learning to use Notan sketches, three-grey value sketches, monochromatic block-ins, line drawings, and a limited palette to compose paintings.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Adriano Farinella, adrianofarinella.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
June 24-28, 2021
 

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: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Composing the Landscape"
June 29 - July 1, 2021
 

In this workshop we will learn about composition, editing the landscape and choosing the important elements. Using values and color to complete your idea. You will also learn some ideas about how to deal with the changing light, and getting the most out of your subject. The palette and color mixing will be discussed. I will begin the day with a demonstration to help students navigate the landscape after the demo. I will give individual critique to the class as they paint. One evening we will have a group critique. We shall work on the grounds or in a location that is close to the Gibson house.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: T. M. Nicholas, tomnicholasgallery.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Find The Essence: Plein Air Painting In Watercolor"
July 6-8, 2021
 

Creating successful en plein air paintings in changing conditions is challenging. Light, shade, and shadows can change rapidly and dramatically over the course of just a few hours. Learning to simplify the scene and fixing it at a point in time are the most important factors in creating successful en Plein air landscape paintings. We’ll work from about 9 am to 4 pm each day. The instructor will do short demos each morning and we’ll end each day with a gentle review and critique of the day’s work. We’ll also stay late one evening to work on the particular challenge of capturing the evening sky and shady landscape.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Tony Conner, tonyconnor.com
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Realism Through Design"
July 12-16, 2021
 

Use design to strengthen and enhance your paintings. John will help you in all aspects of painting a representational cityscape or town scene – choosing the subject, adding mood and creating emotional content, lighting the scene for dramatic effect, using photo references in a meaningful way and most importantly, strengthening and enhancing representational painting through design. This is an invaluable opportunity to gain new painting insights and lots of one-on-one individual help. John is a signature member of the AWS, TWSA, NWS and many more.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: John Salminen
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Key Elements of Plein Air Painting"
July 20-22, 2021
 

Join George Van Hook, a nationally recognized artist who has won numerous Plein Air competitions and awards from around the country for his oils and watercolors. George stresses allaprima painting and using a loose and fast approach to capture the landscape in the first try. Participants will be meeting on location and painting all day from 9am-4pm with a lunch provided. Workshop includes live demos and individual attention. Please bring your own plein air equipment, supports, and media (oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic).
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: George Van Hook, georgevanhookfineartist.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Abstract Landscape Painting"
July 27-31, 2021
 

How can you capture that energy and express those fleeting feelings of exhilaration, nostalgia, or serenity on canvas? Amanda will help you transform your reference imagery into rich, energetic, abstract paintings. She will teach the traditional rules of landscape painting and encourage you to break the rules. We will build unconventional color palettes and create marks and brushstrokes that will surprise ourselves. Come explore abstraction, color and mark-making through the lens of landscape painting. Artists will complete several mini-series of paintings on paper and 5-6 larger paintings on canvas over the course of this workshop.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Plein Air Landscape Painting"
July 27-29, 2021
 

Paint the summer colors at this beautiful and historic location overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River Valley while relaxing in the comfort of the Gibson House Inn. This workshop will focus on plein air landscape painting with some classroom instruction and will be open to all abilities. Born 1954, in Rochester, NY, Robert O'Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for thirty years. Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on landscape and architectural studies. The artist finds beauty in the ordinary, subtle reminders of everyday life in rural New England. In his own words, he is driven "to capture the vanishing landscape in my paintings" before they disappear forever as a result of the steady hand of "progress."
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Robert O'Brien, www.robertjobrien.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Sketchbook to Studio, Recording Your Travels at a Higher Level"
August 6-10, 2021
 

Few things are more suited for travel than a sketchbook, pencil, and a small watercolor palette. In addition to traditional plein air work, Iain will focus on strengthening your skills using these tools to record your life through sketching in watercolor. The sounds, smells, sights, and people you come across will remain fresh in your mind as you look over the work you have done on site. There is no better way to relive your memories than a well used sketchbook. Iain Stewart is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Iain Stewart
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Color Relativity and Mentorship Retreat"
August 15-19, 2021
 

This unique retreat is four transformational days of painting, designed to develop you creatively, practically, spiritually and personally. All levels are welcome, however intermediate-advanced level artists will gain the most from this retreat. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kami Mendlik
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,210
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Painting The Complicated Using The 'KISS' Method"
August 17-19, 2021
 

Stewart Burgess White is a painter with a long list of accolades including Signature membership in The American Watercolor Society (AWS). Stewart will provide a presentation on how to create paintings that simplify complicated subject matter with an emphasis on composition and line. From landscapes to urban industrial scenes. Color choices and mark-making will also be addressed during the process. Students will practice in Plein Air in the surrounding area.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Stewart Burgess White, stewartwhitestudios.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Painting the Day"
August 20-22, 2021
 

We do not see things as they are, but rather as light, shadow, and air reveal them. The light of each day is unique and specific to the time, place, and weather. During this two day retreat scheduled over a moonrise, we will examine how with some foundational principles of the prismatic palette, the grammar of light and air can ground us in our work by helping us see the gift of each day. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joshua Cunningham
Cost: Tuition + meals from $640
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Mastering Skies & Reflections in Oil, Acrylic or Pastel"
August 26-29, 2021
 

Master your landscape painting and join South Carolina artist Michael Story for this four day workshop as we use the sky and water as a dramatic design element in our painting’s composition. You’’ll begin your painting with an initial charcoal drawing, followed by a color wash applied over the image. Starting with shadow colors, you’ll begin blocking in your painting, then progressing dark to light to completion. Building final layers of color and avoiding muddy mixtures, you’ll achieve fresh, bright color while capturing depth, drama and mood to your work. He will demonstrate and provide photo reference to paint from if desired along with color exercises you may complete after the workshop. For more information, visit michaelstory.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Michael Story
Cost: $525 Museum members/ $575 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"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: Newport, Oregon
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Santa Barbara Travel Sketching Workshop"
October 28 - November 2, 2021
 

Join us 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! Brenda Swenson will 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. Space is very limited (max 12 participants). Brenda is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have been featured in numerous books and magazines (Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air Magazine).
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


 

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