Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Paint the Beauty of Carmel, California"
June 12-14, 2023
 

Are your paintings muddy and well, …kinda grey? In this in-person plein air workshop, you will learn how color secrets can transform your paintings! Many times, paintings end up looking too blue and green or grey. Learn how to push reds into your paintings in unexpected ways and places. Learn how to warm up a blue so it shimmers. Unlock the secrets to sparkle on the water! Award-winning artist Debra Huse is a great teacher, sharing every aspect of her techniques to achieve successful paintings. Break old habits and bring a new, more confident, approach to your work.
 
Location: Carmel, California
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $595.00
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website


"Open Painting in The Medium of Your Choice"
Mondays, June 12-26, 2023
 

Paint with the medium (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel) of your choice in a relaxed atmosphere with as much instructor help as you want. Bring in new or unfinished work you want to do. Short demos, techniques, and critiques will be available to assist you. Realism, impressionism, or something more modern is all welcome.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Dennis Lake
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"'Strait' Ahead – Carquinez Plein Air"
June 17-18, 2023
 

Explore the Carquinez Strait area with a fresh eye towards design, color, and a sense of place in the moment. While reviewing the basics of solid picture-making, push yourself to see the world more abstractly, pushing paint with a sense of freedom. Two days of plein air start with demonstrations to set you up with plenty of painting time and individual attention. Students must have at least some plein air experience and have a proper painting set-up of outdoor easel etc.
 
Location: Benicia, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $270 Members / $295 Non-Members
Sponsor: Arts Benicia
Website, 707 747-0131


"The Pennsylvania Landscape Tradition Intensive"
June 20-23, 2023
 

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. Locations will include Daniel Garber’s historic farmstead, Cuttalossa Farm! Veteran plein air artist Joe Sweeney will guide newcomers and artists of all levels through both the artistic concerns and practical matters of open air painting. Topics include color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound drawing and painting practices. Instruction is geared toward oil/acrylic painting and pastel drawing/painting.
 
Location: New Hope, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"One Day of Plein Air with Pastels or Oils at Shelter Cove Community Park"
June 22, 2023
 

Spend a lovely day outside learning how to paint with pastels in plein air! The class will start with a pastel painting demonstration on the raised lawn at Shelter Cove Community Park. Carol will share how she creates brilliant color vibration in her pastel paintings. You will learn how to focus in on a strong composition, define your values, identify your light sources, create a point of focus, and how to see and use color effectively in plein air. You will learn the importance of painting light, shadows and colors from real life. There will be personalized teaching and individualized feedback throughout the day.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Carol Iglesias
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Beginner's Acrylics: Seashells"
June 24, 2023 10am - 1pm
 

Beginner’s Acrylics: Seashells. This will be a beginner’s paint-along class, and you will be guided every step of the way. A template for the shell will be provided along with tips and tricks on how to depict the ocean, waves, clouds, and seashells. Students can paint this scene either vertically or horizontally. Class attendees will get in touch with their creative side in a relaxing environment. Even those who thought they could never paint will go home with their very own “masterpiece”. The objective of the class is to walk away believing in your creative self. Just remember Everyone is an artist until they are told they are not.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Cherie Blickenstaff
Cost: $60
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Summer Solstice Plein Air Watercolor Intensive"
June 27-30, 2023
 

Artist Susan Sugar invites students to the beach for a 4 session plein air watercolor workshop at dusk. Each evening begins with a group critique with the goal of becoming comfortable sharing their process with other painters. After the group critique, students disperse to paint on their own. Sugar circulates from person to person, offering individual counsel, as needed. The workshop culminates with a final critique and potluck at Sugar’s home/studio Turtle House. An exhibition of student work hosted by The Studios of Key West will take place at a later date.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Susan Sugar
Cost: $275 / $225 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Pre-College: Urban Landscape Drawing"
July 5-7, 2023
 

Learn to draw urban landscapes while exploring the vibrant city around PAFA. Students will learn about materials, composition, shading, light and perspective while drawing in (shaded) parks, streets, and (indoor) views from PAFA. Gain a new practice in sketching en plein air and develop portfolio pieces. Great for students at all levels, from beginners to more experienced artists. Students will be able to explore and learn to depict the wide range of landscapes just outside the door!
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Alyssa Khalifa
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"In-Depth Watercolor, Summer 2"
Wednesdays, July 5 - August 9, 2023
 

Enrich your knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Thoroughly investigate a wide range of watercolor materials and techniques from your choice of landscape, still life, portrait, and figure subjects. Open to watercolorists of all levels and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Landscape Oil Sketch"
Wednesdays, July 5 - August 9, 2023
 

The oil sketch is a traditional way for painters to execute preparatory ideas and quickly capture initial impressions – perfect for plein air painting! Learn useful techniques for rapidly encapsulating color and form while working directly from observation. Select locations along the Schuylkill River will include beautiful Laurel Hill Cemetery and Bartram’s Garden.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing the Urban Environment"
Thursdays, July 6 - August 10, 2023
 

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


"Landscape in Watercolor & Pastel"
July 7 & 14, 2023
 

Learn the basics of drawing with pastel and watercolor, ideal for plein air, as you work on location at beautiful and historic Laurel Hill Cemetery featuring terraced grounds, sculpture, and amazing views of the Schuylkill River. The instructor will demonstrate techniques, reference art historical examples, and encourage personal expression. Free parking and restrooms available. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery & Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Step by Step Painting: Skies of the Lowcountry"
July 8, 2023
 

Each student will follow along step-by-step with Addison as you complete this gorgeous Hilton Head Island Skyscape. Addison will be painting alongside everyone, demonstrating and teaching the fundamentals to create the painting. We will be using acrylic paint for this class. All levels are welcome to join.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Addison Palmer
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Plein Air Painting in Valley Forge, PA, Intensive"
July 10-14, 2023
 

Enjoy open-air painting in beautiful Valley Forge National Historical Park, the encampment site of George Washington’s Continental Army and now home to a painter’s delight of lush scenery and historic architecture! Located 35 minutes northwest of Center City Philadelphia, the park features great views of the Schuylkill River, Valley Creek, the Valley Forge Farm, Mt. Joy, Mt. Misery, and many valleys, cabins, and colonial houses, with ample parking and access to restrooms. Working from diverse landscape subject matter, students will learn essential plein air approaches, including color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound drawing and painting practices. Instruction is geared toward oil/acrylic painting and pastel drawing/painting. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation.
 
Location: Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Open Painting in The Medium of Your Choice"
Mondays, July 10-31, 2023
 

Paint with the medium (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel) of your choice in a relaxed atmosphere with as much instructor help as you want. Bring in new or unfinished work you want to do. Short demos, techniques, and critiques will be available to assist you. Realism, impressionism, or something more modern is all welcome.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Dennis Lake
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Summer Solstice Plein Air Watercolor Intensive"
July 10-13, 2023
 

Artist Susan Sugar invites students to the beach for a 4 session plein air watercolor workshop at dusk. Each evening begins with a group critique with the goal of becoming comfortable sharing their process with other painters. After the group critique, students disperse to paint on their own. Sugar circulates from person to person, offering individual counsel, as needed. The workshop culminates with a final critique and potluck at Sugar’s home/studio Turtle House. An exhibition of student work hosted by The Studios of Key West will take place at a later date.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Susan Sugar
Cost: $275 / $225 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Youth Summer Sessions Week Seven: Exploring Art Through Nature"
July 17-21, 2023
 

The New Studio Summer Camp will allow students to engage in creative and challenging art projects that allow them to explore various media, supplies and techniques. All projects will revolve around a weekly theme to maintain a cohesive energy that opens the doors of curiosity, adventure, and exploration. Projects will involve painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, and upcycling as campers partake in the creative process.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Jacalyn Gmoch
Cost: Half Days: $175 & Full Days: $350
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Youth Summer Sessions Week Nine: Mixed-Up Media"
July 31 - August 4, 2023
 

The New Studio Summer Camp will allow students to engage in creative and challenging art projects that allow them to explore various media, supplies and techniques. All projects will revolve around a weekly theme to maintain a cohesive energy that opens the doors of curiosity, adventure, and exploration. Projects will involve painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, and upcycling as campers partake in the creative process.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Jacalyn Gmoch
Cost: Half Days: $175 & Full Days: $350
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"1-day Plein Air Watercolor Workshop"
August 6, 2023
 

Don't miss this dynamic and focused mini workshop designed to simplify the process of outdoor painting and bring a fresh perspective to your artwork. In this workshop, Vlad will cover the following key aspects: "Train Method" for Loose Brush Approach, Subject Selection, Focal Point Emphasis, Composition Harmony, and Personalized Guidance. Please note, this workshop is suitable for painters of all levels, from beginners to experienced artists seeking to refine their plein air painting techniques. By the end of this mini workshop, you will have gained valuable insights and practical techniques to approach outdoor painting with simplicity, focus, and artistic freedom. Join us and take your painting skills to new heights!
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $180
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Open Painting in The Medium of Your Choice"
Mondays, August 7-28, 2023
 

Paint with the medium (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel) of your choice in a relaxed atmosphere with as much instructor help as you want. Bring in new or unfinished work you want to do. Short demos, techniques, and critiques will be available to assist you. Realism, impressionism, or something more modern is all welcome.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Dennis Lake
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Figure in the Landscape"
August 7-9, 2023
 

Bill Farnsworth will teach a 3-day oil painting workshop dealing with a figure in a landscape. Bill will paint a demo every morning to show students a step-by-step process. Students will learn the importance of capturing the gesture of a figure and how it brings a narrative to a painting. Emphasis will be on drawing, values and edges. Bill will be instructing from photos the first two days and then a model the last day. A healthy, delicious lunch will be prepared by Brenda for $14 per day.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Bill Farnsworth
Cost: $550
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Watercolor Painting"
September 11-14, 2023
 

The workshop sessions begin each morning at 9:00 a.m. when Couch completes a painting, explaining what he is doing, and why, as he paints. The “mysteries” of design will be unraveled for you while you learn watercolor painting! Students paint in the afternoons, after which Couch critiques all the day’s completed work, including his own. An optional slide show/lecture on the principles of design – including color and composition – will be presented in the afternoon of the first day. Skill Level: Beginners, Students, Hobbyists & Professional Artists. Visit tonycouch.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Tony Couch
Cost: $600 Museum members/ $650 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Populating the Landscape: Element or Focus"
September 13-16, 2023
 

Join Randall Sexton for his 20th-year return to Landgrove with a freshly modified format for 2023. This four-day intensive will combine plein air and studio time dedicated to the challenges of the Figure in the Landscape. The focus will incorporate the landscape of the greater Landgrove area with figurative elements and painting the figure on location en plein air (weather permitting). The class is open to all levels, but geared towards artists with prior plein air experience looking to strengthen their figurative skills. Sexton will be painting in oil, is open to students using other mediums.
 
Location: Landgrove, Vermont
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Website, (802) 824-6673


"One Day of Plein Air with Pastels or Oils at Veterans Memorial Park"
September 14, 2023
 

Expand on your classroom skills and spend a lovely day outside learning how to paint with pastels in plein air! The class will start with a pastel painting demonstration on the boardwalk at Veteran’s Memorial Park. Carol will share how she creates brilliant color vibration in her pastel paintings. You will learn how to focus in on a strong composition, define your values, identify your light source, create a point of focus, and how to see and use color effectively in plein air. You will learn the importance of painting light, shadows and colors from real life. There will be personalized teaching and individualized feedback throughout the day.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Carol Iglesias
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting the Lowcountry Landscape"
September 16, 2023
 

Alongside Nationally acclaimed artist and instructor, Addison Palmer, students will learn tips and techniques to help them paint the gorgeous essences that make the Lowcountry the special place it is. From composition, to color mixing, shadows, lights and layering, Addison will help students paint from their own photo references in this class for acrylic painters. All levels are welcome to join.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Addison Palmer
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Capturing the Feel: 3-Days of Plein Air Painting for Oil & Pastel Artists"
September 19-21, 2023
 

Gary weaves a scientific understanding of light and color into his teaching segments. Students will glean a fresh understanding of how to render subject matter with an enlightened eye toward accurate and interesting compositions, shapes, values, colors, and edges. This course is tailored for intermediate painters and/or beginners with good drawing skills. Baughman is a patient encourager whose teaching style focuses on “making strengths stronger and weaknesses irrelevant.” Plein Air painting requires students to work rapidly in the alla-prima mode to capture the fleeting shadows and lighting as the sun moves across the sky. Baughman will daily demonstrate this method of working wet in wet and in one pass. He will give a gentle, positive critique at the end of each day.
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Gary Baughman
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Simplifying the Complex en Plein Air"
September 25-27, 2023
 

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


"Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
October 8-13, 2023
 

Join me for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Carmel-by-the-sea. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 15 participants). Brenda Swenson is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Finalist, Award of Excellence) and Steps to Success in Watercolor.
 
Location: Carmel & Pacific Grove, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson
Cost: $1,590
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Key Elements of Plein Air Painting"
October 11-13, 2023
 

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, 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. Participants will be meeting on location and painting all day from 9am-4pm. Workshop includes live demos and individual attention. Please bring your own plein air equipment, supports, and media (oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic). A healthy, delicious lunch will be prepared by Brenda for $14 per day.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: George Van Hook
Cost: $475
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
October 15-20, 2023
 

Join me for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Carmel-by-the-sea. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 15 participants). Brenda Swenson is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Finalist, Award of Excellence) and Steps to Success in Watercolor.
 
Location: Carmel & Pacific Grove, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson
Cost: $1,590
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Creating Oil Paintings that Glow"
October 18-20, 2023
 

Create oil paintings that glow! Discover how to channel passion in to your paintings with the use of both brushes and palette knives. You’ll learn how to trust your creative instincts, allowing the process to guide you. Focus will be on adding strong contrasting values to make your paintings “glow” and the importance of a powerful focal point. We will also touch on adding complementary colors throughout. Subjects to explore: sunrise, moonlight, seascapes and marsh, including how to paint simple figures or wildlife for added interest.
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Peggy Ellis
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"On-The-Go Ink-n-Splash Sketching Workshop"
October 22-27, 2023
 

Close by or across the globe, travel light and capture your views with pop and zing. All it takes is a small watercolor palette (with five basic primary colors), a classic Ticonderoga pencil, a black office pen, a medium size watercolor brush, a small water container, and a medium-size sketch book. You are now at the ready to knock off joyful sketches! To keep those sketches rolling, I’ll teach you how to visually K.I.S.S. (Keep It Supper Simple) what you see and what you draw and paint.
 
Location: Carmel, Pacific Grove & Monterey , California
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $1,490
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Brilliant Skies & Water in Pastel"
November 1-4, 2023
 

The sky is the most emotional aspect of any landscape painting. It sets the mood, time of day and the attitude of your painting. We will investigate the individual characteristics of sky and water and how to render them. On Day One and Two, we will work on techniques for clear skies and creating believable clouds. On Day Three, we use underpainting to explore the layers of transparency in water, and Day Four, we work on whitewater. There will be daily demonstrations along with plenty of one-on-one instruction at your easel. Workshop will be held indoors. Liz Haywood-Sullivan, PSA-MP, IAPS/MC, is a representational landscape artist painting in the pastel medium. Visit lizhaywoodsullivan.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Liz Haywood-Sullivan
Cost: $700 Museum members/ $750 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Lay It Down & Leave It Alone!"
November 6-10, 2023
 

Enjoy painting indoors and outdoors in Southern California as you learn to "Lay It Down & Leave It Alone"! Award-winning artist Debra Huse will teach you three things you must always do for a successful painting and the Impressionist masters' secrets that she has uncovered. Let Debra “hold your hand” to get the correct feel of the brush and how to apply paint. Learn the secrets to capturing clouds, mountains, water, boats, skies, and trees. Enjoy positive, upbeat and insightful instruction. Break old habits and bring a new, more confident, approach to your work. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction.
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $795.00
Sponsor: Huse Skelly Fine Art Gallery
Website, email


"From Dawn to Dusk, Capturing Light in Oils"
January 17-19, 2024
 

Join award-winning artist Peggy Ellis for this exciting workshop appropriate for oil painters at all levels! We will explore capturing light with step by step techniques and tips; including starting with a strong composition, value studies and color harmony. Students will learn as a group, and, receive a lot of one-on-one individual attention and critique from the instructor. Instructor will begin each day with a demo!
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Peggy Ellis
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
April 7-12, 2024
 

Join me in Carmel and Pacific Grove, where we’ll experience the wild beauty of rugged Pacific shores, the enchanting fairy-tale cottages, and historic Mission architecture that make this place so unique. I’ve designed this workshop to give you confidence sketching wherever you happen to be. I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches loose, fresh and vibrant. And I’ll share my techniques for capturing the beauty that surrounds us, so you can savour it for years to come.
 
Location: Carmel, Pacific Grove & Monterey, California
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf
Cost: $1,590
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 5-10, 2024
 

If you want to improve your painting skills, you need to get outside and paint! Learning to paint on-location is not only fun and exciting, but can help you with your studio work. In addition, painting in beautiful Santa Fe will provide a deeper more meaningful experience. During this workshop, Brienne will demonstrate and explain her painting process for plein air painting, sharing some great exercises and practices. If you are new to plein air painting, it can be scary and hard to know where to start, know what to paint, and how to deal with the elements. Don’t worry! Brienne will teach and guide you through the process of painting with watercolors on-location. Her enthusiasm about watercolor and plein air is infectious.
 
Location: Santa Fe & Ghost Ranch, New Mexico
Instructor: Brienne M. Brown
Cost: $1,690
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 10-15, 2024
 

Join Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling in Santa Fe and have a creative life experience. You’ll enjoy inspiring locations, daily painting demonstrations, personalized instruction, and encouraging support from Cindy and Theresa. “We show you how to simplify and design your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Create colorful paintings en Plein Air with an emphasis on celebrating your own unique point of view”. Demonstrations will be in watercolor, however, Theresa and Cindy welcome all mediums to this workshop and will be able to assist you with critiques.
 
Location: Santa Fe & Ghost Ranch, New Mexico
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $1,690
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein Air Painting: The Landscape in Oils"
May 16, 2024
 

Stepping outside and painting the landscape can be exhilarating, but it can also feel overwhelming! In this plein air workshop, I will share the powerful principles you need to break down a scene into manageable chunks, establish your center of interest or "focal point" and create a dynamic, engaging composition. I'll begin the workshop with a demonstration of key plein air principles. In the afternoon, you'll be able to paint the landscape, and I will offer my thoughts and assistance. Please join me for this fun, informative plein air workshop in the great outdoors. This workshop is designed for intermediate and advanced level oil painters.
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Adam Clague
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 16-21, 2024
 

Join us for 5 amazing days in Santa Fe, filling our watercolor journals with memories for a life time and inspiration for larger paintings back home. Kathy will share how she chooses and composes a composition with quick colorful sketches. As a master plein air artist who has taught watercolor classes to adults for 20+ years and 15+ travel workshops around the world, she has a wealth of painting knowledge to share with each of you, no matter what your level of experience. We will travel light with a small pack of supplies that can easily fit into your backpack or satchel. Kathy will work with each of you individually to create your best watercolor sketches.
 
Location: Santa Fe & Ghost Ranch, New Mexico
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes
Cost: $1,690
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
May 17-22, 2024
 

Join me for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Santa Fe. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 15 participants).
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Brenda Swenson
Cost: $1,690
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


 

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