Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Painting Intuitively: Watercolor Plein Air Landscape"
Mondays, April 6-27, 2020
 

This plein air course’s focus is how to paint intuitively by employing fresh, loose brushwork while simplifying the complex elements of the landscape. We will examine the property of light and how it reveals form and color while using each to achieve atmospheric perspective. Demonstrations and critiques form part of each class. We will paint at various outdoor locations—weather permitting. First class will meet at Academy.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $160 / $144 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Sea & Sky in Palette Knife"
April 17, 2020
 

In this one day workshop we will focus on the Seascape, with a beautiful sky overhead. Learn to use the palette knife to infuse light and energy into the subject. Follow along with the instructor’s demo or bring your own similar reference to work from.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: James Lewis
Cost: $80 / $72 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Suggesting Reality"
April 20-24, 2020
 

By observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to his or her character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experiences. This workshop will explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Participants will explore systems of dividing the space within the rectangle, distributing the lines and forms of the subject. 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; the important power of content, symbol and abstraction.
 
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


"Suggesting Reality & Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety"
April 20 - May 1, 2020
 

By observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to his or her character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experiences. This workshop will explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Participants will explore systems of dividing the space within the rectangle, distributing the lines and forms of the subject. 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; the important power of content, symbol and abstraction.
 
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


"Eyes on the Skies, a Watercolor Workshop"
April 22, 2020
 

Learn to paint clouds of all shapes, sizes and colors! We'll also look to the skies, especially in the lowcountry, where they are mesmerizing.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jan Ross
Cost: $80 / $72 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Skies 101"
April 25, 2020
 

Join international artist and instructor Addison Palmer for this exciting class and learn how to perfect painting skies. Addison will give a lot of one on one individual attention in this class. Come prepared to paint in the medium of your choice (oil or acrylic). Addison works primarily in acrylic.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Addison Palmer
Cost: $80 / $72 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Etruscan Places Painting the Salt Marshes of Ipswich Massachusetts"
April 26 - May 1, 2020
 

Our only USA based workshop focuses on painting the salt marshes of the Crane Estate, a National Historic Landmark. These unique and pristine landscapes were immortalized in the work of Martin Johnson Heade and Arthur Wesley Dow in the late 19th century. We will be based at the Inn at Castle Hill. The 4 day program will be open to all levels of artistic experience. The class will be divided in two groups reflecting experience level. One will emphasize basic principles and technique, the other, composition and artistic intent. Instruction will be supported by slide presentations and daily reviews of work. 2 Instructors/15 student max. Fees include workshop only.
 
Location: Ipswich, Massachusetts
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety"
April 27 - May 1, 2020
 

By observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to his or her character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experiences. This workshop will explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Participants will explore systems of dividing the space within the rectangle, distributing the lines and forms of the subject. 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; the important power of content, symbol and abstraction.
 
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


"Composition and Design: Field to Studio"
April 30 - May 2, 2020
 

Participants in this dynamic workshop will have the opportunity of working with and learning from celebrated landscape painter and teacher David Dibble. Course will focus on composition and strong design using the foundational principles of drawing, value, and color. Landscape will be the primary focus but artists of all subject matter will find this three-day intensive workshop to be an exciting and enlightening step forward.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Dibble, www.dibbleart.com
Cost: $395 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Landscapes, The Next Step"
Thursdays, May 7-28, 2020
 

Come paint in the medium of your choice. Demonstrations and individual help will be given each day. Week 1: Review of students' current work. We will discuss what each student hopes to improve. We will work from photograph references, doing value studies, underpainting, work on color and color perspective. Week 2 & 3: There will be group critique and review of our current progress. Instructors will work with individuals as needed. We will work on pushing color and scale for creating visual depth. Week 4: Students will work on completing their paintings. We will do a final group critique and review of class objectives.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Joyce & Don Nagel
Cost: $160 / $144 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor: Depicting the Natural World"
May 9-10, 2020
 

The natural world is an infinite and fantastic source of inspiration for the artist, and the versatility and luminosity of watercolor make it the perfect means of expression. Learn essential drawing and watercolor techniques to create both quick field sketches and detailed, finished artworks. Subject matter will include flowers, plants, animals and landscapes. Reference images will be gathered through observational sketches and photography. An ideal workshop for those interested in both the fine arts and the illustration field.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Sketch on the Go"
May 9, 2020
 

Capture the active life of the city and its rich architecture. This is an excellent workshop for anyone who wants to learn to sketch on the bus or train, in cafés and public parks, or while traveling abroad. Topics include perspective, gauging proportions by eye, gesture figure drawing, and methods for simplifying form. All levels welcome. (rain or shine)
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Understanding Color-The Power of a Limited Palette"
May 11-14, 2020
 

There are certain irrefutable truisms in painting, one is the fewer colors used, the stronger and more harmonious the statement. Working from a “standard” palette of 12-14 colors, students will calculate progressive sequences on the color wheel to create complimentary schemes, simple triads, and dynamic triads of color, referred to as harmonic chords, comprised of three to six colors, and explore how to select the best color set to serve our concept. Each new piece will require an entirely new working palette. The goal of this workshop is to give the artist a reliable foundation for making color decisions, in other words to demystify color harmony in painting and empower them with a deeper understanding of an important principle.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: M. W. Skip Whitcomb, www.skipwhitcomb.com
Cost: $550 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint the Town! Cityscape Painting Fundamentals for Day and Night City Scenes"
May 11-14, 2020
 

Award-winning artist, Rob Adamson, will teach this four-day workshop that will provide students with the painting fundamentals needed to create stunning, vibrant cityscapes. Students will work from photo reference (provided by instructor, but are also welcome to bring their own cityscape reference) to paint day and night city scenes. Students will be taught a simplified 1 and 2-point perspective to create memorable paintings. Other topics covered are design, drawing, value, color, edges, and lighting and glazing techniques. The instructor will provide lectures, demonstrations and individual instruction. Beginners through advanced artists are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rob Adamson, www.robadamsonstudio.blogspot6.com
Cost: $550 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Expressive Brushwork in Oil & Acrylic!"
May 13-16, 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


"Figurative & Landscape Painting in Acrylic or Oil"
May 14-17, 2020
 

Two days painting landscape paintings and two days portrait paintings. 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. Each artist will be able to complete exercises in color mixing which will help to learn mixing and find the correct color. Bland lives and paints in the Austin, Texas area. Painting daily in her studio, plein air or teaching a workshop, subjects are unlimited. No words to describe the joy in painting outdoors in the Texas Hill Country, Colorado or Mexico. Visit donnabland.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Donna Bland
Cost: $475 Museum members/ $525 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Painting on the Brandywine"
May 17, 2020
 

Portray the spring landscape en plein air in the medium of your choice along the banks of the picturesque Brandywine River. Bring a packed lunch or eat at Hank’s, a longtime haunt of Andrew Wyeth’s. The day concludes with a visit to the Brandywine River Museum (free admission on the first Sunday of the month). Free parking, restrooms and sheltered locations available. (rain or shine)
 
Location: Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Impressionism - Faces and Places"
May 18-21, 2020
 

Join Award Winning American Impressionist Michael Holter for Watercolor Impressionism – Faces and Places sponsored by Red Wing Arts May 18–21. This workshop will focus on the use of watercolor to paint exciting paintings of people and places. You will explore the use of light and shadow to create interesting compositions and achieve dynamic results. You will engage in exercises that will solidify your content and discuss works and the impact these artists achieve using their techniques. By the end of the workshop you will feel confident that you can complete successful paintings. Red Wing Arts started in 1952 as an interactive educational arts program and sits on the shores of the beautiful Mississippi River in Red Wing Minnesota.
 
Location: Red Wing, Minnesota
Instructor: Michael Holter
Cost: 4 Day = $450 | 2 Day = $225
Sponsor: Red Wing Arts
Website, email, 651.388.7569


"Plein Air Painting in Cape May"
May 28-31, 2020
 

Join Joe Sweeney for a 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. Times variable. For more information and recommended accommodations, email joesweeney5@gmail.com
 
Location: Cape May, New Jersey
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"What You Need To Know About Plein Air Painting"
May 29, 2020
 

During this one-day intensive, TJ Cunningham will share the essentials he has gleaned from a decade of plein air painting. The class will cover how to paint moving shadows, which colors to look for when you start and finish a painting, capturing the color of the light with speed and accuracy, and much, much more! The setting will be a private, ocean-front residence in Sea Pines on Hilton Head. This intensive workshop is limited to 9 in size so sign up now, as it will fill fast.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: TJ Cunningham
Cost: $210 / $189 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Plein Air Pastel & Watercolor"
May 31, 2020
 

Learn the basics of drawing with pastel and watercolor, ideal for plein air, as you work along the picturesque 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.(rain date: June 7)
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Landscape Painting: Beyond the Photo"
June 1-5, 2020
 

We will use photos as a springboard for creating the paintings we want. In this 5-day workshop, participants will work in the studio from photographic reference of the landscape, using it to create paintings of different value keys, color keys, times of day, and seasons of the year. We’ll break down the information in photos, analyze it, and use it to create tonal sketches, change color palettes, and create paintings based on multiple images, memory, and imagination. Each day will include a lecture and demonstration followed by painting with one-on-one instruction.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John MacDonald
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Atmospheric Watercolor Landscapes"
June 5-7, 2020
 

Come learn how to add a variety of atmospheres to city, land and marine scenes painted in watercolor. This 3-day workshop will focus on developing a vision for your paintings, simplifying and improving the subject, learning watercolor techniques used to create atmosphere, and more. General art topics are covered, including composition, values, edges and color choices. The workshop includes daily demonstrations, discussion and individual student attention. Reference photos provided, students can also bring their own. Experienced beginners to advanced students welcome. Experienced Beginners should have some experience using watercolor with a basic understanding of how it works.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Judy Mudd
Cost: $375
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Monhegan Island Watercolor Workshop with Paul Niemiec, Jr"
June 13-19, 2020
 

For beginner/ intermediate level painters. Class size limited to 10 participants. Workshop Goal: To nurture observational skills and use of the watercolor medium in a joyful process of self- expression. It is the intent to provide the participant with basic tools and approaches to painting in watercolor that encourage self-development. Watercolor is a beautiful, playful, spontaneous medium. Having fun in this workshop is important.
 
Location: Monhegan, Maine
Instructor: Paul Niemiec, Jr
Cost: Deposit: $275 due 2/1/20, Final payment $275 due 4/1/20
Website, email, 315-430-2659


"From Photo to Pastel: Finding Your Way"
June 15-18, 2020
 

Looking for ways to progress on your artistic journey? Join other motivated pastel artists in this four-day workshop as you challenge yourself to explore creating paintings from your unique landscape photographs. Emphasis is placed on building skills and finding approaches that best assist you to give form to your vision. Through demonstrations, numerous examples, and one-on-one discussions, Colette provides individualized instruction keyed to your intent. The four days are loaded with lots of painting time, tips, techniques, and supportive group critiques to guide your next steps beyond the workshop setting. Previous pastel experience is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Colette Odya Smith, www.ColetteOdyaSmith.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Plein Air Painting in Boulder, Colorado"
June 15-19, 2020
 

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


"Plein Air Painting in Beartooth, Montana"
June 15-19, 2020
 

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. We will try to see things less literally, but in more of an “Abstract” way as a beautiful arrangement of shapes and colors. Students will concentrate on the process of painting and not be so concerned with doing "finished" paintings, as it frees them up to learn with less pressure. 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. Ned will do class demonstrations and work with each individual. There will also be group critiques.
 
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


"From Dawn to Dusk, Capturing Light in Oils"
June 16-18, 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: $350 / $315 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Historic Art Destination Painting Retreat"
June 17-22, 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.
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1731
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Family Drop-In: Plein Air Painting"
June 19, 2020
 

Friday mornings are set aside for drop-in art making for children ages 4 to 12. Participants explore the world of plein air painting and learn new techniques through hands-on activities. No pre-registration required. Cost is $15 per person and includes all materials.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: $15
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"La Rusticana, 'A Plein Air Feast'"
June 19-21, 2020
 

A Plein Air Feast (for all the senses) this workshop is hosted by Award Winning La Rusticana Vineyards in Los Gatos, California. A work of art in itself the stunning hillside vineyard was created by Frank and Marilyn D'Orsa with great leanings towards Tuscany, Italy. The landscape is abundant with billowing floral terraces, fountains, and sculptures amidst the grape vines. As if that’s not enough, a four star lunch is served each day! Randall will be painting with oil for his demos, but this three day workshop is open to other mediums. The class is open to all levels, but at least some prior plein air experience is highly recommended.
 
Location: Los Gatos, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $495
Sponsor: La Rusticana Vineyards
Website, email, (408) 371-3067


"Painting: Simplify the Landscape"
June 21-26, 2020
 

How do we select places to paint? How do we compose and adjust relationships in the landscape to fit our ideas of an invented reality? We will begin drawing from direct observation, composing quick sketches to simplify the landscape. We will discuss perspective, scale shifts, light source, value and space – all integral concepts to composing a compelling drawing. Paintings will be made later in the day, working from the same location. The light will change but the overall composition will remain. The personal approach of each student will infuse paintings that are invented and abstracted representations of the landscape. Classroom discussions will focus on other landscape painters who use a variety of ideas around color and abstraction in their work.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Celia Reisman
Cost: $675 + $50 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Painting Beyond Local Color"
June 22-23, 2020
 

Designed for painters of all levels and media, this workshop moves beyond local color to investigate how an imaginative approach to your palette can result in landscape paintings that are expressive and readable. Beginning with the nuts and bolts of value and color, complete a series of small exercises that strengthen your observation and drawing skills, introduce you to color theory and color harmonies, and dive into emotional associations of color. On the second day, begin working on a larger landscape painting of your choosing, using underpainting, contrast, expressive color, and color interaction to create the mood you want to evoke. The workshop concludes with a group critique. Open to all levels and all paint media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shannon Estlund, ShannonEstlund.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Pre-College Intensives: Landscape Painting"
June 22-26, 2020
 

Explore the exciting and challenging practice of landscape painting! Learn to depict ever-changing light and shadows through rapid decisions and swift mark-making. Study landscape masters to develop tactics for depicting foliage, trees, mountains, atmosphere, and clouds; then take your skills outdoors to paint the nearby landscape in the open air!
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Water Elements in your Landscape"
Tuesdays, June 23 - August 11, 2020
 

Times: 9:00 am to Noon or 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. OIn this class you will observe and record the many nuances of the play of light on water. The course will incorporate perspective as it applies to streams, lakes and other water elements in their environment.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"On-The-Go Ink and Wash Sketching"
June 29 - July 3, 2020
 

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: $655
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Maximum Impact with Minimum Brushwork"
July 5-8 and/or 9-12, 2020
 

Learn how to paint 'alla Prima, realist, impressionist, tonal watercolor's with Amanda Hyatt. Come put on the paint with confidence and without deliberation. Her subject matter will include landscapes, seascapes, street scenes, still life, figurative work and en plein air work. By the end of the course you should be exhilarated, having experienced a 'no rules, only handy hints' method to tackling watercolor in a fresh, loose and new exciting way. Be prepared to experience freedom and renewed motivation with your art. Amanda has numerous DVDs and is author of Watercolour: Tonal Impressionism.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Amanda Hyatt - USA Workshop Debut
Cost: $695 each
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Unique Affordable Artist Workshop/Photoshoot"
July 8-11, 2020
 

Two ranches located in scenic Northwest Nebraska are hosting this workshop. 1860's village, stage coach, sod house, cattle, horses, diverse scenery and period-clothed models. Instructions, lodging and food are included in the price. Three artists will be available for instruction. Our mission is to provide a vast collection of material for present and future works of art. See Our Heritage Guest Ranch on Facebook for more details.
 
Location: Crawford, Nebraska
Instructor: Marilyn Jean Norman and Linda Dabbs
Cost: $575
Sponsor: Our Heritage Guest Ranch and High Plains Homestead
Website, email, 308-430-1239


"Capturing Light in Pastel"
July 8-11, 2020
 

Build upon your foundation in soft pastels in this four-day workshop. With an emphasis on layering, learn how to draw on sanded paper and take advantage of its unique ability to hold lots of color. The first day begins with a refresher of the basics, using a technique from the 1600s to build a painting from a tonal sketch to the final strokes of color. The following three days are devoted to colored underpainting. Discuss the color effects used by the Impressionists, including fragmenting color and optical blending, and gain hands-on practice applying those techniques to your work. Leave this workshop with confidence in the handling of materials, use of color, and interpretation of light. Previous pastel experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dan Mackerman, DanMackerman.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Flash Forward to Expressive Brushstrokes"
July 9-11, 2020
 

Paint the glorious landscape and surrounds near Zion National Park on location! This highly successful format combines plein air painting with studio critiques intended to address the specific issues and goals of each artist. The group is open to all levels, but especially designed for the experienced artist to “Move Forward”, strengthening their skills and understanding of painting while working en plein air and loosening up their brushwork. Space is limited - sign up early!
 
Location: St. George, Utah
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $475
Sponsor: Authentique Fine Art Gallery
Website, 435-313-5008


"Landscape, Still Life and Portrait"
July 13-17, 2020
 

Learn how light affects the temperature of colors and values, as well as how to use the transparency of watercolor to allow the glow of the paper to shine through. Fealing Lin will teach you to combine impressionistic brushstrokes and semi-abstract techniques to elicit life and movement in your paintings. She will help you relax and enjoy the process as you discover the spontaneity of watercolor. Fealing's techniques are fun and challenging; the possibility of compositions and expressions are unlimited. She is a signature member of the NWS, TWSA, Watercolor West, and many others.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Fealing Lin
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Monhegan Island, Maine Art & Visualization Workshop Retreat"
July 20-24, 2020
 

A fun art workshop in an exotic location, but not an ocean away, only 10 miles of ocean to reach tiny Monhegan Island, Maine. Let us help you reconnect with the 'confident you' that you've put aside to do 'the stuff that happens in life'...don't just go with the flow, live life like you do in your happiest moments. Realize, this is not just a workshop in learning or relearning to paint, it's a workshop to help you remember where you left yourself. Remembering your core of who you truly are - awesome, just the way you are.,'the tiny island that time forgot' step off the boat and into a way of life that existed in the 1960's.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Founder
Cost: $ 597.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270


"Monhegan Island, Maine Art & Visualization Workshop Retreat"
July 20-21, 2020
 

A fun art workshop in an exotic location, but not an ocean away, only 10 miles of ocean to reach tiny Monhegan Island, Maine. Let us help you reconnect with the 'confident you' that you've put aside to do 'the stuff that happens in life'...don't just go with the flow, live life like you do in your happiest moments. Realize, this is not just a workshop in learning or relearning to paint, it's a workshop to help you remember where you left yourself. Remembering your core of who you truly are - awesome, just the way you are.,'the tiny island that time forgot' step off the boat and into a way of life that existed in the 1960's.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Founder
Cost: $ 597.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270


"The Journey Sketchbook"
July 20-23, 2020
 

Capture images and memories in a personal manner as you learn how to create and use a plein air journey sketchbook for your travels near and far. Put aside expectations and let your hand record what you see; unleashing your creative spirit to explore new media, ideas, and possibilities. Discover how your journey sketchbook can be a springboard for creating new works in the studio. Spend half of each day outdoors using a variety of art tools and prompts, including viewfinders, value sketches, vignettes, sketch walks, 10-minute images, written recordings, and more, to fill your journey sketchbook. Use pencil, watercolor, ink pens, and watercolor pencils for your plein air work. The second half of each day is spent in the studio.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Borcherding
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor Painting"
July 21-23, 2020
 

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
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"The Art of the Sketchbook"
July 24, 2020
 

Let's face it - life gets busy and studio time can be hard to come by. The key to maintaining a healthy studio practice lies in the sketchbook. This class explores the sketchbook as a portable art studio, a place to 'play' like nobody's watching, and a way of recording your personal process. Together, we'll embark on a creative journey starting with non-traditional warm-up exercises and resulting in standalone abstract works in your personal sketchbook. We'll explore color mixing, palette building, creative prompts, doodling, paint application and collage. Learn to take risks and work out ideas before starting on a big canvas. Most importantly, you'll learn to love the process in addition to the end result.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Exploring Pastels and Painting Mountainscapes"
July 24, 2020
 

This day is split into two 3-hour segments. Picture yourself painting with a nationally acclaimed pastelist, Kathy Beekman. Kathy will introduce and guide you through the wonderful world of pastels where you will explore different types of pastels, techniques of planning your paintings, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to use your fingers as tools, avoid mistakes and give great tips for framing your artwork. Enjoy lots of painting action and one-on-one instruction in this playful learning environment.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kathy Beekman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Fingerpainting Sunscapes and Moonscapes"
July 25, 2020
 

This day is split into two 3-hour segments. In this one-day workshop, you will be painting along with master finger-painting Kathy Beekman, as she shows you how to create dynamic paintings incorporating the sun and the moon. Perfect for beginners and fun for students that love to get down and dirty with their fingers. Learn how to mix color directly on your paper and how to manipulate the pastel sticks to create dreamy imagery. You'll be sure to find it refreshing not using any tools other than your fingers. Bonus: By the end of the day you will have a minimum of two beautiful paintings and a wonderful story about how they were created to share with family and friends.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kathy Beekman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Kathy Beekman
Website, email, 303-269-6963


"Expressive Landscape Painting"
July 25, 2020
 

The foundation of this workshop lies in traditional landscape painting, however, the resultant paintings will be anything but traditional! This workshop is rooted in the formal qualities of landscape painting and uses these principles as means to abstract. The first half of the workshop will be spent exploring automatic drawing techniques, compositional studies, and non-traditional color palettes. The later half will be spent working on a larger, more involved painting. The sequential layout of this class will give students the tools and confidence to take chances and make informed decisions on the canvas.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"The Landscape in Abstraction"
July 26, 2020
 

There's no feeling quite like throwing a big bold brush stroke right across your canvas! This workshop will explore highly abstract landscape painting with a focus on intuitive mark, color, layering and texture. Together, we will transform simple reference imagery into rich, energetic, abstract paintings. The first half of the workshop will be spent creating a small series of mini abstracts, the latter half will be spent working on a larger, more involved painting. We will use non-traditional tools for paint application, take risks, and visit the great question of all: "Is my painting finished?"
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Kim Casebeer: Composition of the Landscape"
July 26-30, 2020
 

Start outside painting plein air, then move into a studio setting to work out composition and design. The beginner and advanced-level student is welcome; attendees should have a basic knowledge of painting and drawing. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water, Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Casebeer
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Painting Landscapes in Gouache!"
July 26, 2020
 

Holbein's Acryla Gouache is an exciting, colorful medium! Learn the basic techniques for painting small landscapes with this forgiving, correctable, and buttery paint. In this workshop, you'll learn methods - surprisingly easy, fresh, and effective - for creating gorgeous landscape paintings on wood panels! You will leave with at least one finished artwork and the knowledge to create many more!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Capture the Beauty of Trees"
July 26, 2020
 

This day is split into two 3-hour segments. Discover and capture the magical personalities of trees in this soft pastel workshop. With many demonstrations, experimentation, and plenty of individual instruction, you will learn Kathy's techniques for achieving mood, emotion and atmosphere in the tree "portraits" that you produce. Plus! You'll learn how to create spiraling limbs and glowing keyholes of light shining through the trees you paint. All of Kathy's workshops are grounded in technique, experimentation, and intriguing information about the subject at hand. Her number one priority is that every student is able to build their confidence level in a safe and playful environment.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kathy Beekman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Translating Light"
July 27-30, 2020
 

Discover new photographic possibilities while immersing yourself in the scenic landscape of Door County. Whether you’re new to the medium or a seasoned photographer looking to enhance your skill set, this workshop explores how to interpret and respond to a variety of lighting conditions, control unfavorable situations, and prepare for the moment when beautiful natural light occurs. Through a balanced curriculum of studio instruction, group discussion, daily explorations in the field, and out-of-class assignments, core photographic principles are reinforced and new technical and conceptual skills developed. Leave this workshop with confidence shooting in a variety of environments and lighting situations. Open to all levels. A DSLR camera is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Travis Roozée, www.TravisRoozee.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Key Elements of Plein Air Painting"
July 28-30, 2020
 

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
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Shenandoah Valley Painting Retreat"
July 29 - August 3, 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


"Key Elements of Plein Air Painting"
August 2-7, 2020
 

Join George Van Hook for a four-day plein air workshop. George stresses alla prima painting and using a loose and fast approach to capture the landscape in the first try. The workshop will include live demonstrations and individual attention. One afternoon will include a 3-hour visit to the nationally renowned Clark Art Institute. There George will share his extensive knowledge of art history with participants as he highlights techniques used by masters in composition, brushstrokes and color. George is a nationally recognized artist who has won numerous plein air competitions and awards all over the country for his oils and watercolors . He also teaches plein air classes, nationally.
 
Location: Williamstown, Massachusetts
Instructor: George Van Hook
Cost: $900- $1200
Sponsor: Buxton School
Website, email, 413 884-2110


"Composing the Landscape"
August 4-6, 2020
 

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
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Watercolor Waters and Reflections"
August 4-7, 2020
 

Are you ready to take your water to a higher level? Learn to paint masterful water and reflections with Pablo Ruben from Spain. Paint water that makes you want to jump in! We will paint different types of waters, calm, moving and active, with reflections of cityscapes and landscapes in this 4-day workshop. Learn a range of techniques, including the proper water to pigment ratios, value, composition and color harmony. Pablo has taught workshops in: Spain, Portugal, France, Brazil, Mexico and Canada. He is the President of the International Watercolor Society of Spain.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Pablo Ruben
Cost: $725
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Watercolor in the Travel Spirit"
August 5-8, 2020
 

Discover how quick studies made using basic drawing and watercolor supplies can enrich your studio practice. Create small works that document the places and moments around you before returning to the studio to reinterpret and expand upon those observations through larger, more finished paintings. This workshop begins with an overview of materials and best practices for small, quick studies. Beginning students are introduced to the process and tools of watercolor, while more advanced students head out into the Door County landscape to create their first works in the “travel spirit”. The rest of the week alternates between dedicated time to document places of inspiration and time in the studio creating new works based on your studies. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Brian Frink, www.BrianFrink.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"6 Day Art Retreat in Virginia with Jan-Willem Boer"
August 13-18, 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


"Eddie Soloway: A Natural Eye Photography Retreat"
August 16-20, 2020
 

During this retreat, outdoor experiences in local, natural areas take you through important steps to enriching your photographs in the natural world as you find yourself less focused on objects and things and more on the magic of moments and essence of places. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy locally-sourced meals, and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eddie Soloway
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Painting The Complicated Using The 'KISS' Method"
August 18-20, 2020
 

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
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Alla Prima Plein Air Studies"
August 19-22, 2020
 

Explore the natural beauty of Door County with brush in hand in this workshop focused on the creation of small plein air studies. Learn how to see your subject more clearly, create compositions that are structurally sound, mix accurate color, and work efficiently and confidently. Through demonstrations, painting time, individualized instruction, and group feedback, Bethann shares a new set of skills each day, including how to select a composition, capture light, and develop nuanced brushwork. As a bonus, one night, join Bethann in painting a nocturn study. Expect to leave this workshop with at least three alla prima studies from each day, a pile of notes from demonstrations and critiques, and a sense of accomplishment that carries your practice forward.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bethann Moran-Handzlik
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor Technique for Dynamic Landscape Paintings"
August 23-28, 2020
 

There are relatively few ways to apply watercolor to paper. This workshop focuses on adapting the handful of techniques to your landscape paintings. We’ll work to create rich visual sensations that reveal your own vision of the landscape. We’ll start by examining and understanding the basic techniques and exploring the visual possibilities of each. Then we’ll apply these techniques to convey symbolism and meaning, and for providing the paintings with a rich dynamism. Tony is a Signature Member of both the New England and Vermont Watercolor Societies, and an Artist Member of the North Shore Arts Association and New York’s venerable Salmagundi Club. He works from his studio in Bennington, Vermont.
 
Location: Williamstown, Massachusetts
Instructor: Tony Conner
Cost: $900- $1200
Sponsor: Buxton School
Website, email, 413 884-2110


"Staying Afloat in Watercolor"
August 24-28, 2020
 

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: Oregon Coast, Oregon
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Impression and Design Plein Air Workshop"
August 25-27, 2020
 

We will inevitably be chasing the light and seeing beyond what is there, always looking for more, to capture the sensation of the place. It all comes down to design and interpretation. Utilizing and building on what nature gives us but not being a slave to it. We will be working to simplify our shapes, really push to explore our use of temperatures and color along with controlling our values as well as our edges. Composition and design underlie all of these along with our drawing which will be our foundation. We will look to make our paintings fresh, vibrant, and full of light and color. Not being a slave to what is there but knowing how to interpret it.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Ken DeWaard
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Mastering Skies & Reflections in Oil, Acrylic or Pastel"
August 27-30, 2020
 

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


"Pastel Drawing for the Beginner"
August 31 - September 1, 2020
 

Delve into the unique characteristics of pastel in this two-day workshop designed for beginners. Learn about the tools and materials specific to pastel and build confidence in using them. The first day begins with a presentation of the history of pastel and examples of artist’s work from 1600 to present day, followed by an introduction to the different types of pastels and pastel papers. Gain hands-on practice through guided exploration of mark making, layering, and color mixing. The second day addresses how to start a pastel painting using a line stroke or side stroke and creating a sense of space and volume. Plenty of time is dedicated to drawing from landscape photo references with individualized instruction from Laverne throughout.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laverne Bohlin, www.LaverneBohlinArt.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Staying Afloat in Watercolor"
August 31 - September 4, 2020
 

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: Oregon Coast, Oregon
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Mastering the Watercolor Mindset"
September 2-5, 2020
 

Success in watercolor has deep roots in mindset. When you are in the midst of a wash, whether controlled, free, or anything in between, the key ingredient is managing your mindset by redefining results as opportunities to be enhanced and any issues as puzzles to be solved. Explore watercolor’s full potential by using a photograph’s essence as a reference to be captured, rather than copied. Each day, work toward completing a series of remarkable scenes with Steve as your guide. More importantly, build skills in mastering a watercolor mindset that serves you well for a lifetime of painting. This workshop consists of demonstrations and discussions done throughout the day as challenges arise, and plenty of hands-on practice. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Steve Puttrich, www.StevePuttrich.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Abstract Landscape Painting with Oil and Cold Wax Medium"
September 14-17, 2020
 

Broaden your language of painting by exploring new methods of working with oil and cold wax medium. In this workshop, you are encouraged to experiment and add unique texture, mark-making, and layering to your process to create surfaces that are rich, complex, and engaging. While demonstrations introduce a variety of techniques, the majority of class time is reserved for hands-on experimentation through prompts and individually driven explorations. Mark provides one-on-one critiques to help connect group exercises with each student’s unique goals. Demonstrations and examples are landscape-based, however artists with a focus on abstraction or other imagery are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Russell, MarkRussellStudio.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Autumn in Vermont"
September 16-19, 2020
 

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
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Website, (802) 824-6673


"Painting Forest Interiors en Plein Air"
September 21-22, 2020
 

For the artist, the forest is a peaceful retreat of dancing shadow. In this two-day workshop, venture into the forest with your easel and capture the play of light and shadow during the early autumn color change. Learn how to see the forest as broad areas of value and color opposed to overwhelmingly complex information with Kyle’s guidance. Kyle presents a process to paint the large masses and shapes first, which acts as a foundation to place your dappled light onto. Discuss modern color theory, including the strengths and limitations of modern organic pigments, mineral pigments, and earth pigments. Plenty of time is dedicated to hands-on practice with Kyle available for individualized instruction. Open to oil and acrylic painters.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle Martin, Kyle-Martin.blogspot.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Capturing Door County's Architecture in Pen and Ink and Watercolor"
September 23-26, 2020
 

Using Door County’s scenic towns as a backdrop, hone your skills in sketching structures and street scenes with a simple set of portable tools in this four-day workshop. Leave this workshop with new techniques and strategies to create more interesting compositions in any setting. Through demonstrations and discussions, Ann shares pen and ink and watercolor techniques, how to zoom in on the most important elements for dynamic compositions, and how to achieve convincing, yet simple perspective in the field. Plenty of one-on-one assistance is provided. An encouraging critique closes each day. Expect to work outside as much as possible, weather permitting.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ann Thomas, AnnThomasIllustration.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Capturing Fall Landscapes in Watercolor"
October 7-10, 2020
 

Using the colors of the autumn season as your muse, learn how to compose and edit a landscape composition, mix brilliant fall colors, and create transitional color movement. Capture the essence of the landscape by painting shapes and values and eliminating excess detail. Use the concepts of value, intensity, and color temperature to problem-solve, develop, and complete your paintings. Each morning begins with a demonstration designed to highlight the concept of the day. The first day includes a step-by-step painting to guide you through the process. Spend the rest of each day gaining hands-on practice painting trees, rocks, water, and other landscape elements. Individualized instruction is provided throughout the week to help you build confidence in the watercolor medium.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Catherine Hearding, www.CHearding.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Cyanotypes: From Analog to Digital"
October 7-10, 2020
 

Discover the magic of one of the earliest photographic processes – the cyanotype. Explore the local terrain, collecting and using objects from the landscape to create cameraless images, as well as capturing conventional lens-based photographic images using your digital camera. Emphasis is placed on experimentation in this hands-on workshop. This workshop balances time in the field and time in the studio. Learn the fundamentals of contact printing, including preparing chemistry, paper, and digital negatives. Edit and prepare files for digital negatives and use both the sun and an exposure unit to create cyanotype prints. Demonstrations, discussions, and individualized instruction address technical, formal, and conceptual concerns. This workshop requires a digital camera and laptop with Photoshop. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tomiko Jones, TomikoJonesPhoto.com
Cost: Members: $480, Non-Members: $520
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Pastels: Immediacy and Color"
October 26-29, 2020
 

Pastel is an intuitive medium with a wide range of possibilities. Explore color, mark-making, and technical application in this four-day workshop focused on the landscape as subject. Learn the importance of composition, accurate values, and confident linework. Demonstrations introduce you to the different types of pastel, paper options, application methods, and other technical information, while hands-on work puts these concepts into practice. Personal exploration is emphasized throughout the process. Break for critiques each day to better understand the bigger picture of composition, value, color, and mark-making. Bring a selection of personal photo references of the landscape. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tara Will, www.TaraWill.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"'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


"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


 

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