Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Painting and Drawing Vacation in Portugal"
September 19-25, 2020
 

Travel to Portugal and learn to paint or draw while staying in a beautifully renovated farmhouse. Immerse yourself in blissful tranquility and enjoy breathtaking views, delicious vegetarian meals, and first class art tutoring in a variety of mediums. You will receive tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, daily vegetarian breakfasts, lunches and dinners, 18 hours of painting and drawing tuition with a professional artist, art materials (graphite pencils, chalk pastels, charcoal, ink, watercolor, acrylic paints, brusho), optional afternoon guided nature walks, and transfers to and from Faro Airport at a predetermined time.
 
Location: S.B. de Messines, Portugal
Instructor: Tracy-Jane Pooler
Cost: $980
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Portrait Painting & Drawing (Online)"
September 21 - November 29, 2020
 

An in-depth approach to portrait painting from the Chair of PAFA’s Painting Department and noted author of Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice. Investigate the structure of the human head through drawings and painted studies. Progress to finished paintings and address issues of likeness, composition, space and texture. Learn to better see and understand color to mix it more successfully – a useful skill for painting any subject matter. Includes weekly step-by-step painting demonstrations, assignments that target each important issue of painting a portrait, critiques and weekly Zoom meetings every Sunday, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Al Gury
Cost: $350, or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
October 5-14, 2020
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group discussions, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2580) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Lucignano, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Limited single rooms available for a supplement. Please find testimonials on our website.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2580
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting Portraits of People or Pets"
Thursdays, October 8-29, 2020
 

Whether you have always wanted to try portraiture or have years of experience drawing/painting people or animals this class will help you discover more of your own style while learning some time-tested techniques for simplifying and expressing yourself as a portrait artist. All of us have been looking at people’s faces our whole lives. Yet, rendering them as an artist involves seeing faces in a new way. Going beyond line drawing to shapes and shadows, use of chiaroscuro, color accuracy, and overall design composition this class will help you on your way to creating truly 3 dimensional portraits that are alive and vibrant. Great for intermediate and advanced level artists.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jana Stiles
Cost: $144 for Members, $160 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"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


"Historic Itineraries for Advanced Painters, Civita Castellana"
October 10-17, 2020
 

During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the “Campagna”, to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Non-painters accompanying artists welcome.
 
Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,700 - $2,950 depending on occupancy
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Plein Air Painting (Online)"
Thursdays, October 29 - December 10, 2020
 

Working from photographs of historic Newport, Rhode Island, supplied by instructor Joseph Sweeney, learn how to paint from photo references in preparation for working outdoors. Topics include the basics on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. Drawing, composition, and color will be emphasized. Instruction is geared towards oil, acrylic, and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Charcoal and Pastel Portrait"
December 5-7, 2020
 

This three-day charcoal drawing workshop will include demonstrations as well as individual guidance and feedback. Kate will focus on the importance of placement accuracy, values, edges and textures, and the usefulness of photographic reference. She will show how she sets up, lights, and photographs a model. Students may also take new reference of the same model but can bring their own if they so desire. The class will start with a demonstration and discussion, then participants will be encouraged to work on their own drawings using the same process. Kate will lend assistance to each and every person.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kate Zambrano, www.katezambrano.com
Cost: $400 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Sunshine and Value"
December 14-16, 2020
 

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


"Painting with Intention, with the Goal of Success!"
January 11-15, 2021
 

Learn to see what it is that you want before you start to paint. Stephanie believes that every brushstroke and color should be intentional. She’ll teach you how to think before you apply a brushstroke, making your paintings happen faster and with more accuracy. Learn to mix clean color! Beautiful brush strokes, edges and composition will also be thoroughly explored. And don’t forget values! Learn to paint with confidence and certainty. All levels are welcome to come and work hard, have fun and leave a better and happier painter! Subject matter will be organic, all living things; flowers, fruit, vegetables and leaves...whatever we can find that is beautiful! Oil and Pastel welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Stephanie Birdsall, www.stephaniebirdsall.com
Cost: $720 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting with Intention, with the Goal of Success!"
January 11-14, 2021
 

Learn to see what it is that you want before you start to paint. Stephanie believes that every brushstroke and color should be intentional. She’ll teach you how to think before you apply a brushstroke, making your paintings happen faster and with more accuracy. Learn to mix clean color! Beautiful brush strokes, edges and composition will also be thoroughly explored. And don’t forget values! Learn to paint with confidence and certainty. All levels are welcome to come and work hard, have fun and leave a better and happier painter! Subject matter will be organic, all living things; flowers, fruit, vegetables and leaves...whatever we can find that is beautiful! Oil and Pastel welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Stephanie Birdsall, www.stephaniebirdsall.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Alla Prima: Painting the Portrait and Figure from Life"
March 22-26, 2021
 

This workshop is designed to create a relaxed, fun, informative, yet intense working environment. Romel will demonstrate every morning his approach to painting the portrait and figure from life, using Alla Prima (a style of painting where, instead of building colors up with layers or glazing over an underpainting, the painting is completed while the paint is still wet) with the emphasis on improving color, drawing skills, value relationships, edges, and capturing the “feeling” of light. Learn to use the elements that make a painting stronger and exciting: creative use of color and edges, visual movement, paint application, brush handling, distribution of abstract shapes and strong design. Romel will also explain how to set up the model and lighting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Romel de la Torre, www.romeldelatorreart.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figures in Landscapes"
March 29 - April 2, 2021
 

Truman Hosner teaches a natural way to draw and paint the figure outdoors and inserting it into the landscape. In the tradition of painters like Joaquin Sorolla, he uses observation techniques of light, shadow, and temperature to show the student how to develop fast, natural approaches to working with the figure en plein air.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: William Hosner, www.wtrumanhosner.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting in Spain: Oil, Pastel and Watercolor Workshop"
May 9-16, 2021
 

Release your inner artist along the gorgeous coastline of Costa Brava in Northern Spain with encouragement and instruction from Maureen Engle. All levels and mediums are welcome. Maureen will demonstrate on site plein air painting in various mediums. She will demonstrate and then ‘circle’ to help people individually followed by a friendly group critique. Proficient in watercolor, oil and acrylic and mixed media, Maureen has been teaching painting for almost twenty years. Most of her students join her classes with a desire to learn from Maureen how to ‘loosen up’ and put a contemporary or expressive spin on their work. She promotes the use of large brushes, palette knife, contour drawing, wet-in-wet painting, and most importantly, to enjoy the process.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Maureen Engle, www.maureenengle-art.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence: All Media Painting Workshop"
May 24-31, 2021
 

Join Janet Knight for a wonderful week of plein air painting in the heart of Provence. What sets Janet apart is the diversity in her expertise as an accomplished, award winning artist in watercolors, pastels, acrylics and oils. Whatever your learning interests may be, she can teach you how to make your dreams a reality. An all medium workshop with lots of fun thrown in!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Janet Knight, janetknight.com.au
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
June 18-27, 2021
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, group discussions, and gastronomy in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. We limit the size of our groups to eight participants and we offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2500) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Lucignano, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Please read testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2500
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2021"
July 3-14, 2021
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence followed by a four-day art history tour in Barcelona. A unique learning experience open to artists of all levels and all mediums. Paint a varied range of subjects, from lavender and poppy fields to ochre cliffs and beautiful mountain scenery, visit Barcelona’s great art museums and architecture, and enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3700 (around US$2800) includes painting instruction, art history/theory lectures, 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso museum, Miró Museum, etc.). The perfect art holidays in France and Spain!
 
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2800
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Rita Kirkman's Virtual Open Studio Days"
Online and Ongoing via Zoom
 

Are you in a slump with your art and need an inspiration boost? Are you craving the company of like-minded artists? Do you want to learn more about pastel and love to learn by watching? Is a full length workshop not in your budget? Rita Kirkman’s Virtual Open Studio days are a casual cross between classes, demos and mentoring. Laid back and informal with lots of live Q&A, demonstrations and discussions on technique, process, and more! “Share my space and enjoy some creative companionship and conversation about anything you want to ask about pastel, or art, or how to cut glass, or how to sneak up on a cow, or... whatever.”
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Rita Kirkman, PSA, IAPS/EP
Cost: $10 / 1hr sessions, various dates
Website, email


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

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


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

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


"Painting in Spain: Plein Air Pastel Workshop"
September 24 - October 1, 2021
 

Join us for a week long adventure in the magnificent Costa Brava, Spain where you’ll learn to capture the light and mood of the moment and boost your observational and painting skills. In this plein air workshop, you will learn the key steps and techniques to work more successfully in painting outdoor scenes, from Spain’s magnificent sandy beaches and rocky coves and cliffs, to beautiful seaside towns, and medieval villages. Nancy covers many tips and techniques of composing and designing your painting on location. Working with shapes, values, edges and color, Nancy will help guide you to edit, simplify and interpret the scene to tell a story and create that emotional response in the viewer that all artists seek.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Nancy Nowak, NancyNowak.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
October 1-10, 2021
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, group discussions, and gastronomy in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. We limit the size of our groups to eight participants and we offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2500) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Lucignano, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Please read testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2500
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting The Poetic Landscape"
January 21-23, 2022
 

This workshop is a broad overview of my approach to painting and covers value, color temperature, chroma, composition, editing, and mark making (how to make every stroke of pigment count). All my workshops begin each day with a demonstration followed by plenty of individual help at the easel. Most students who attend my workshops have some painting experience, but all levels are welcome, and I'm happy to give individual attention to beginners.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke, www.BarbaraJaenicke.com
Cost: $450
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


 

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