Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Your Path to Perfect Color Mixing: Using the 6-Color Split Primary Method"
February 5, 2023
 

Imagine six specially chosen colors that will result in mixes that give you the most vibrant colors all while avoiding muddiness. Colors combine to make other colors, some bright and vibrant, others low key. Learn how this happens and how to control it as you broaden your color options using a limited, but specially chosen, palette of colors. Come prepared to paint in the medium of your choice as Alex introduces some surprising color combinations that make for brighter, more intense, fresh colors, all while avoiding dull color.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Materials and Techniques of Oil Painting"
Mondays, February 6 - April 10, 2023
 

Discover how great oil paintings are made in this fascinating examination of artists’ materials from the pre-Renaissance to the present day! Explore and sample traditional underpainting techniques, glazing and scumbling layering methods, and wet-into-wet alla prima painting in this combination seminar and hands-on class. Learn about artists’ palettes, the development of colors and mediums, and the mass production of art materials, as well as display, storage, and health issues. Includes behind-the-scenes visits to the PAFA painting vaults and works on paper archives. Open to artists and art appreciators alike.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Classical Painting and Drawing"
Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21
 

All of Gayle's classes and workshops include step-by-step instruction and personal guidance. Gayle is classically trained as well as being an excellent instructor. Helping students build a solid foundation of strong basic skills is one of Gayle's most outstanding assets. She is also encouraging, positive and easy to be with. You will be amazed at how fast your art will grow in these intensive-study classes. Work at your own pace, in a small group, at the beautiful OnTrack classroom.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Sponsor: On Track Studios
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"Aloha Plein Air painting workshop"
February 7-9, 2023
 

With aloha spirit, two-time Maui Plein Air - "Best in Show" recipient Randall Sexton returns to Maui to share his passion for painting island style. Randall's three-day plein air workshop is focused on the fundamentals of design and painting while exploring expressive paint application, brushwork and color mixing. The class welcomes all artists (from the advanced beginner to experienced) and is open to other mediums (with experience), while Randall's medium of choice is oil paint. Contrast in values and conceptualizing your finished painting are key and Randall will guide you through the process no matter what your level. Hope you can join us!
 
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $525
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"Commanding Color"
February 10-12, 2023
 

This course is designed to inspire your creativity by learning to "see" and experience some of the different aspects of color theory and painting light on objects. Color is one of the elements of design! This course is also designed to inspire advanced beginners and provide a review and challenge for the advanced student. In this 3-day workshop, watercolor painters will be exposed to the importance of pigment quality, the importance of considering the white paper as a "color", and how to achieve darks. Painters of all mediums will be exposed to all other aspects of color theory to help achieve successful paintings. Acrylic or water-soluble oil painters are welcomed!
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Sue Archer
Cost: $450
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Pet Portraits Focus on Eyes: All Media"
February 15, 2023
 

Fulfill your desire to capture an animal’s character with this portrait class. Learn to build solid form on canvas or paper through accurate color and tonal relationships with emphasis on techniques to portray fur, hair, skin, and especially eyes. Paint from your own photographs or those provided by the instructor. Class demonstrations, critiques and individual attention are an integral part of this class.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"The Portrait Painting Basics Workshop"
February 18-19, 2023
 

This comprehensive workshop covers all aspects of painting a traditional portrait. Topics include achieving a likeness, modeling light and shade, mixing flesh tones and applying paint through various techniques. All participants will produce at least one finished portrait. Includes demonstrations and portrait history. Valuable information for all levels. Tuition includes a $25 model fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Theodore Xaras
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"One Day Intro To Encaustic Painting Workshop"
February 19, 2023
 

Curious about what encaustic paints are and how to get started with them? In this one day introductory workshop we will begin to explore the possibilities of the encaustic medium. Encaustic painting draws in artists from a wide variety of medium, such as mixed media, photographers, printmakers, painter and much more. We will work on the basics of working in this paint, as well as fusing tools and setting up a studio workspace. This workshop will give students a taste of what is possible with the medium. Most supplies are included in the workshop fee, see supply list for additional items.
 
Location: La Grange, Illinois
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $150-160
Sponsor: La Grange Art League
Website, email, 708-352-3101


"Sequencing Painting Workshop"
March 4, 2023
 

Do you recall that wonderment and joy when you finger painted as a child; that awe of "I made that" when you looked at your painting afterward? As adults, we spend way too much time in our heads and not enough time engaged with our creative selves. Connecting to our creativity brings joy, pleasure, spark and vitality into every aspect of our lives. Sequencing ignites your creative spark. When you create with your fingers, you can engage directly with the paint, surface and tools in a very immediate and tactile way. This approach is a playful, satisfying, and visceral approach to art-making that is genuinely joyful. Join us!
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Damini Celebre
Cost: $85
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Weekend Warriors: Figure and Portrait Painting"
March 4-5, 2023
 

Join us in my studio to paint from life with outstanding models in an inspired atmosphere!! This popular painting series focuses on Figure and Portrait in a series of "Alla Prima: exercises designed to help artists at all levels to strengthen their brushwork, color-mixing, and observation skills. Demonstrations, individualized assistance, and a comfortable, conducive atmosphere provide for a productive and rewarding workshop experience. For intermediate and advanced levels (or beginning students with some figure experience). Demonstrations will be in oil, but open to other mediums. Hope you can join us! Space is limited. Register early.
 
Location: Benicia, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $250
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"Open Painting in The Medium of Your Choice"
Mondays, March 6-27, 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


"Color Mixing, Color Balance, and Color Charts"
March 11, 2023
 

In this class geared towards artists or those looking to take their art to the next level, we will explore mixing oils. We’ll mix as many colors as we can using the fewest number of “mother” colors. We’ll explore using basic colors and then add some additional colors for comparison. We will make color charts to keep track of our mixes and we’ll do all of this without dirtying a brush. Color mixing is also a good time to practice wielding a palette knife! Beginners are welcome. Supplies to bring along: Pencil or pen for labeling your color charts. Ruler if you’re using tape to make the squares.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jan Norsetter
Cost: $85
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Value Does the Work, Color Gets the Credit"
March 12, 2023
 

In this oil painting class we will explore the role of value vs color. We’ll start by doing some very basic value studies and progress to using color. The aim of this class is to give you some experience in seeing the value relationships of a scene. We’ll use color photos as references, mine or bring your own. For substrates you can use canvas paper, gessoed paper, or gessoed panels. We can do the value studies in black/white mixes or any other single darker color plus white. Beginners are welcome. There will be a lunch break, so please either bring a lunch (fridge and microwave available) or be prepared to purchase food nearby.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jan Norsetter
Cost: $85
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Refresh! Painting Workshop with Debra Huse"
March 15-17, 2023
 

Are you ready to push yourself to the next level? Work with award-winning artist Debra Huse to refresh and refine your brushwork and design. Get clean color solutions for dynamic paintings. Learn fun and insightful techniques for capturing boats, clouds, and ocean. This workshop will be held indoors and include lots of individual attention. Debra will dial-in with each participant to improve each artist’s strengths. If you like, you are welcome to bring your own photos to work from. Debra will be working in regular oil, but water-based oil and acrylics are fine. Debra is also happy to work with you if you paint in pastel or watercolor. Class size is limited to ensure individual instruction.
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $550.00
Sponsor: Huse Skelly Gallery
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"Be a Cold Wax Boss"
March 18-20, 2023
 

Take your cold wax art to the next level. In this inspiring, intensive workshop, explore creative techniques in oil and cold wax. Learn to effectively and efficiently work in a series, creating strong, dynamic paintings in your own artistic style.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Leslie Miller and Dianna Fritzler
Cost: $535
Sponsor: Tubac School of Fine Art
Website, email, 520-398-2589


"Classical Painting and Drawing"
Tuesdays, March 21, 28
 

All of Gayle's classes and workshops include step-by-step instruction and personal guidance. Gayle is classically trained as well as being an excellent instructor. Helping students build a solid foundation of strong basic skills is one of Gayle's most outstanding assets. She is also encouraging, positive and easy to be with. You will be amazed at how fast your art will grow in these intensive-study classes. Work at your own pace, in a small group, at the beautiful OnTrack classroom.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Sponsor: On Track Studios
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"Go Bold! Painting Dynamic Pastel Landscapes"
March 29-31, 2023
 

This 3-Day workshop will explore ways to make more compelling and powerful visual statements through the luminous medium of pastel, focusing on the landscape for inspiration and subject matter. The workshop will consist of demos, painting exercises, group discussions, positive critiques and lots of hands-on individual attention. Oil and Acrylic painters are welcome to attend, however know that demos will be done in pastel and then Mayfield will work individually with you in your medium. Make colors pop, develop more interesting compositions, learn to edit and simplify, explore ways to use contrasts to push values and color temperature to make a stronger painting. Students will learn guidelines to help them critique their own work while strengthening the fundamentals in their paintings.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Susan Mayfield
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Liven Up Your Color and Brushwork"
March 29-31, 2023
 

This workshop is designed to push your skill level to greater heights! Randall will review all the basics of solid picture making while sharing his own methods for livening up your brushwork and color, two key elements for breathing new life into paintings. Come learn from Randall's award winning painting techniques as he shares his enthusiasm for new ideas and approaches for your works.
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $585
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"Classical Painting and Drawing"
Tuesdays, April 4, 11
 

All of Gayle's classes and workshops include step-by-step instruction and personal guidance. Gayle is classically trained as well as being an excellent instructor. Helping students build a solid foundation of strong basic skills is one of Gayle's most outstanding assets. She is also encouraging, positive and easy to be with. You will be amazed at how fast your art will grow in these intensive-study classes. Work at your own pace, in a small group, at the beautiful OnTrack classroom.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Sponsor: On Track Studios
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"Go Bold - In Design and Paint Application"
April 21-23, 2023
 

Are you frustrated with your paintings lately..feel like they lack something that you can't quite put your finger on. Join me for this three-day Plein Air painting intensive to jumpstart your work to another level. Much of the success of any painting is the strength of its initial design and your ability to keep your intention flowing with excitement. I will introduce some new ways of handling the paint to help energize your work while reviewing the basic principles of solid picture-making. Open to all levels, however, prior experience painting on location is mandatory. Register soon, Class size is limited to 12.
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $575
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"Get it Down / With Figure and Portrait"
April 29-30, 2023
 

This popular weekend class focuses on the figure and portrait in a series of exercises designed to challenge artists at every experience level, but especially for intermediate to advanced painters. Class size is limited to 9 students. There will be plenty of room to view demonstrations and lots of individual feedback. Saturday is an “aerobic work-out” of short poses (25 to 40 minutes), while Sunday consists of longer poses - (one in the AM and one in the PM). A supply list will be sent out upon registration. Working from life, students come away with a new understanding of the human form, color-mixing, composition, and paint-handling.
 
Location: Saratoga, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $475
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"Classical Painting and Drawing"
Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16
 

All of Gayle's classes and workshops include step-by-step instruction and personal guidance. Gayle is classically trained as well as being an excellent instructor. Helping students build a solid foundation of strong basic skills is one of Gayle's most outstanding assets. She is also encouraging, positive and easy to be with. You will be amazed at how fast your art will grow in these intensive-study classes. Work at your own pace, in a small group, at the beautiful OnTrack classroom.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"As Above, So Below"
May 4-6, 2023
 

This plein air workshop focuses on the rich historical and biological life of the Kapok Tree. Utilizing a variety of drawing and painting techniques, these painting classes will allow us to get up close and personal to this majestic Key West icon from above, below, and inside out. Moving between 3 different public locations, students will play with scale, perspective, light, and shadow to create a series of drawings and paintings on location. Morehouse will lead discussions on exploring how trees communicate and what we as humans can learn about reciprocal relationships through trees’ interdependent networks of communication and collaboration.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Fiona Morehouse
Cost: $260 / $220 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Portraits: Beautiful Skin Tones in Oil"
May 19-21, 2023
 

Want to paint more vibrant portraits? Ann Moeller Steverson will teach you how to create beautiful soft skin tones with a rainbow of natural colors. By enhancing your observational skills and noticing subtleties, you will explore how ambient light affects objects and color. You will learn how to observe the planes of the head, set up attractive and effective lighting, create excellent reference images, and mix paint for more natural-looking colors. Learning these techniques will help your subject matter glow, feel alive and significantly improve your skin tones. For information, visit annmoellerstudios.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Ann Moeller Steverson
Cost: $450 Museum members/ $475 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Studio Painting: Beyond the Basics"
May 25-27, 2023
 

Take a step beyond the basics of painting by exploring color harmony, value pattern and edges. Class is limited to 12 students. A healthy, delicious lunch will be prepared by Brenda for $14 per day.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $550
Sponsor: On Track Studios
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"Studio Painting: Beyond the Basics"
June 2-4, 2023
 

Join us for a 3-day oil painting workshop with American Impressionist Artist, James Richards. His work is best known for its expressive and often experimental brushwork, spontaneity, sensitive color and mystery. Day 1 James will share his concepts, ideas and techniques for creating loose, impressionistic paintings. In addition, you’ll also be working on creating color harmony while using a limited palette. Days 2 and 3 will be a combination of studio/En Plein Air (weather permitting) demonstrations by James and student painting. You’ll have the opportunity to apply and sharpen the concepts and techniques from the previous day’s study while James circulates and works with students individually. You will be encouraged to paint multiple pieces, with a focus on smaller studies.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: James Richards (AISM)
Cost: $550
Sponsor: On Track Studios
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"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
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"Learning to Paint the Head"
July 20-22, 2023
 

The class is designed as a skills building workshop. We will take a deep dive into drawing and proportions, value as it relates to skin tone, edges, and likeness. Class exercises, where you will work from photo reference, will equip you for painting better portraits. 4 weeks of online help, following the class, will walk you through that portrait project that you have been wanting to do. Students will receive a full color booklet of notes. Class size will be limited to maximize individual attention. A healthy, delicious lunch will be prepared by Brenda for $14 per day.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $590
Sponsor: On Track Studios
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"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
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"Painting the Figure in the Landscape"
August 17-20, 2023
 

With this workshop, Qiang will introduce his approaches of adding figures into landscape paintings in oil. Painters need to have adequate amount of training in anatomy, proportion, perspective, and skin tones to be able manage subtle variations in human forms. He will introduce visual tools to make figure painting much easier. The students will create storytelling paintings in an expressive style. Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate. Qiang Huang (pronounced as Chong Wong) was born and raised in Beijing China and now lives in Austin, Texas. He has studied art from multiple master artists like David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw. For more information, visit qh-art.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Qiang Huang
Cost: $600 Museum members/ $650 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Populating the Landscape / Elements or Feature"
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
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Website, (802) 824-6673


"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


"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
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"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
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"Taking Your Work to the Next Level"
November 9-11, 2023
 

Artists who are interested in improving their work often get stalled in their progress and just need a kick-start to get back on the path for excellence. This workshop is a chance to take a good honest look at your current work and consider what exactly needs improvement. The class will be divided into three parts: identification of the one area that most needs improvement, individualized exercises to address the problem, studio painting to put new ideas in to practice. Six weeks of online mentoring is included with the class to maximize the class work. Class size is limited to 10 to maximize individual help. A healthy, delicious lunch will be prepared by Brenda for $14 per day.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


 

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