Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Using Abstract Thinking to Create Illustrative Paintings"
August 23-25, 2022
 

Aline is known for her vivid paintings and creative use of color. Working from their own photo references, students will transform these into pastel or oil paintings using the principles of color and design. Aline will emphasize the understanding of color in terms of temperature, intensity, and value while translating those ideas using pastel or oil techniques. Experimenting with exciting different colors while maintaining the value and intensity will serve as a great exercise in helping students expand their color sensitivity. Ten stroke exercises are fun to develop confidence in both decision-making and interesting strokes. Let’s say goodbye to overworked tight pastels and oils and learn to create loose, bold but still illustrative paintings.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Aline Ordman
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Open Academy: Wet & Dry Media"
Wednesdays, September 7 - December 16, 2022
 

PAFA’s Open Academy provides the opportunity for Continuing Education (CE) and non-matriculated students to enroll in select BFA courses for credit or non-credit. Open Academy students enrolled in PAFA’s renowned studio arts courses learn technical skills, creative expression, and critical thinking from master artist-teachers while working amongst full-time students. This course provides a hands-on experience using traditional water-soluble materials, such as watercolor, gouache and ink, and through various dry media, such as graphite, colored pencils, chalk and pastel. There will be ample presentation, lecture and demonstration of the wet/dry media techniques. Along with observational study, students will be guided in working from personal sketches, paintings, memory, and photography, as well from recognized artworks. The projects will encourage exploration and experimentation.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Cost: $2,300
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Plein Air Painting in Vermont"
September 12-15, 2022
 

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
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Website, (802) 824-6673


"Pastel Painting Workshop: The People and Landscapes of Umbria"
September 17-23, 2022
 

This pastel workshop is designed for the beginning and intermediate pastelist and will cover materials, basic design, color, and application. Some materials will be supplied. We will be painting from life and photographs taken on-site or in the surrounding areas of Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. This is a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of pastel painting as well as providing a challenge to those who already have a basic understanding of pastel technique. Expect plenty of encouragement and actionable advice. Enjoy a beautiful location with magnificent views and a special atmosphere that only Umbria can offer.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Neva Rossi Smoll
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Rendering Visible the Invisible"
September 17 - December 14, 2022
 

“Rendering Visible the Invisible” is a stimulating weekly live Zoom painting course emphasizing self-expression via personal stories since it is stories that link us all. This 11-week live virtual class is a unique mix of painting, art history/theory, weekly evaluations, and real-time stimulating discussions among peers. Open to all levels, however, participants need to feel at ease with the medium of their choice (oils, acrylics, watercolours, etc.). A unique online painting class that will foster your creativity and help you bring your art to the next level. The schedule is suitable for participants from North America and Australia. The course consists of 11 classes of three hours each and the cost is CA$ 375 (around US$ 295 & AU$ 420).
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$295
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Landscape Painting: Seascapes, Sunsets, Nocturnes and More!"
Wednesdays, September 21 - October 26, 2022
 

Enjoy painting the many manifestations of landscape with plein air painter extraordinaire Joe Sweeney in this live Zoom class! Learn to paint a range of landscape subjects including seascapes, sunsets, nocturnes and more from photo references supplied by the instructor. Topics include preparatory drawing, compositional fundamentals, color mixing to capture the tonal quality and character of the time of day, sound painting practices as well as many tips and hacks from Joe's long experience. Instruction is geared towards oil, acrylic, and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome. Each session will be recorded and available for viewing after class.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Pastel Painting Workshop: The People and Landscapes of Umbria"
September 24-30, 2022
 

This pastel workshop is designed for the beginning and intermediate pastelist and will cover materials, basic design, color, and application. Some materials will be supplied. We will be painting from life and photographs taken on-site or in the surrounding areas of Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. This is a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of pastel painting as well as providing a challenge to those who already have a basic understanding of pastel technique. Expect plenty of encouragement and actionable advice. Enjoy a beautiful location with magnificent views and a special atmosphere that only Umbria can offer.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Neva Rossi Smoll
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Studio Italia - Art workshop offered since 1997"
October 1-10, 2022
 

A 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/art theory lectures, touring, group discussions, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. We offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost of CAD 3570 (around US$ 2800) 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, etc.) train ticket to Florence, and a guided tour to the Uffizi Museum. Testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US $2800
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Drawing to Painting"
Tuesdays, October 4 - November 22, 2022
 

Do you enjoy drawing, but are intimidated by paint? In this eight-week course, we'll explore diverse techniques and media that will give you the confidence you need to enable a smooth transition from drawing to painting. Find out why many common painting problems have their roots, and their solutions, in drawing. Topics include drawing with ink, the roles of value, understanding color, paint sticks and pastels, the expressive use of mark-making and more. This course is for people with some experience of drawing fundamentals, though beginners are also welcome.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Moninski
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Plein Air Painting at Laurel Hill Mansion"
October 6 & 7, 2022
 

Join landscape painter extraordinaire Joe Sweeney on location at historic Laurel Hill Mansion for this two-day workshop. Built in 1767, and nestled along the scenic Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park, Laurel Hill has a prominent location on a high bluff with a commanding view of the river. Joe Sweeney will paint along with you in these idyllic and historic surroundings, guiding you through color mixing to capture the tonal quality and character of the time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound painting practices. Instruction is geared towards oil, acrylic, and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome. Restrooms and plenty of free parking available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Simplifying the Complex en Plein Air"
October 8-10, 2022
 

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


"Modern Impressionism in Action"
October 19-22, 2022
 

Colley Whisson believes "It is not what you paint but how you paint it". He has a strong belief that he is not copying nature but giving expression to visual ideas. Colley teaches the fundamentals needed to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and sensitivity to the subject. Colley's workshops are conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. In this workshop, he will focus on tone, composition, brushwork, color saturation, and pay special attention to the importance of edges. Colley employs a step-by-step process, demonstrating to all levels of students the best approach to constructing a painting. Weather permitting, Colley will conduct an outdoor demonstration to show his approach to working on site, or 'en plein air'.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Colley Whisson, www.colleywhisson.com
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"A Portrait and Figure Painting Intensive/Workshop"
October 25-27, 2022
 

Join Randall for a uniquely fun and rewarding three-day painting workshop experience focused on figure and portrait studies. This powerful and popular format uses a series of exercises to challenge artists at all levels but especially for intermediate to advanced painters. Students will work with wonderful models directly from life. Yay! Demonstrations will be in oil but other mediums are welcome. Class size is limited to 12 so that all have plenty of room to view demonstrations and receive individual feedback. Register early to reserve a spot. Students will need to bring their own supplies and equipment (a compact Plein air setup is ideal). A confirmation and "Suggested Supply" list will be forwarded upon registration.
 
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $475 (includes models)
Website, email


"A Class(ic) Act Paintin' Retreat (Classic "Route 66 Vintage" that is)"
October 31 - November 4, 2022
 

Join me for a uniquely fun painting retreat/workshop at the "Shady Dell Motel" in the historic mining town of Bisbee in southern Arizona. The "motel" is like a portal blast to the past with various uniquely tricked-out "cabins" including vintage Airstreams all furnished with retro interiors. Slightly "glamping" vibe / but it's quite comfortable (great reviews on various platforms). There's no shortage of subject matter at the motel, but the town itself is dripping with character and history too....plenty to paint, photograph, and experience.
 
Location: Bisbee, Arizona
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: The Shady Dell
Website, email


"Oil Pastels"
November 4-5, 2022
 

Oil pastels have a soft, buttery feel and are fun to work with. The color effects and textures that can be achieved are stunningly beautiful. Learn to prepare the substrate and under painting, to blend pastels for three-dimensional effects, and to layer with Holbein and Sennelier oil pastels. Scrape away oil pastel to reveal previous layers. Add oil pastel to build up the painting surface and color quality. We’ll cover use of line and mark making, color theory as it relates to layering with oil pastels, and composition, negative and positive space, shapes, and the placement of objects. Learn the dialog of self-critique and how to unleash your imagination. Must have some art experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Wilcoxson
Cost: $340
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Doing What Comes Naturally: A Creativity Workshop"
December 3, 2022
 

Do you have the urge to make something but don't know where to start? Do you dabble and try different things but aren't getting anywhere? Join Cerulean Collective artist Carol Cole for a series of practical, playful exercises to help you figure out what you like and how to get started doing it. Explore ways to recognize and value your unique, artistic gift. No previous experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Carol Cole
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery & Studio
Website, email, 267-290-8791


"Plein-air Pastel Workshop"
March 26-31, 2023
 

We will be painting on-site at the Santa Barbara wharf and along the coastal waterway (beaches) with emphasis on capturing the light and water-in-motion in pastels. I will do daily live demos at each location and assist everyone at their easels as you paint from the same subjects. Boats, buildings and people along the wharf area, set against the distant atmosphere over the Pacific will play into your paintings. On one of the days we will paint the famous courthouse buildings and gardens in spring color, as well. Emphasis on all will be learning to “see like a painter” and utilizing small sketches (thumbnails) that you produce, to get the values and design patterns before you paint!
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Steve Hill
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Pastel Painting Workshop: The People and Landscapes of Umbria"
April 29 - May 5, 2023
 

This pastel workshop is designed for the beginning and intermediate pastelist and will cover materials, basic design, color, and application. Some materials will be supplied. We will be painting from life and photographs taken on-site or in the surrounding areas of Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. This is a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of pastel painting as well as providing a challenge to those who already have a basic understanding of pastel technique. Expect plenty of encouragement and actionable advice. Enjoy a beautiful location with magnificent views and a special atmosphere that only Umbria can offer.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Neva Rossi Smoll
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Pastel Painting Workshop: The People and Landscapes of Umbria"
May 6-12, 2023
 

This pastel workshop is designed for the beginning and intermediate pastelist and will cover materials, basic design, color, and application. Some materials will be supplied. We will be painting from life and photographs taken on-site or in the surrounding areas of Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. This is a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of pastel painting as well as providing a challenge to those who already have a basic understanding of pastel technique. Expect plenty of encouragement and actionable advice. Enjoy a beautiful location with magnificent views and a special atmosphere that only Umbria can offer.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Neva Rossi Smoll
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour"
June 24 - July 5, 2023
 

A unique art workshop/art tour open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Seven days of plein-air painting, art history/theory lectures, and gourmet cuisine in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence followed by four days visiting Barcelona’s top art sites and enjoying Catalan cuisine. The price of CAD 4275 (around US$ 3330) includes instruction, 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 healthy lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from the Manosque train station to our lodge, transportation to all painting sites (Banon, Simiane-la-Rotonde, Rustrel, etc.), TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrance fees to all museums and sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Miró Museum, etc.). Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence & Barcelona, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3330
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
July 9-18, 2023
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Join us for 9 full days of plein air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our teaching approach and groups limited to eight participants allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3875 (around US$ 3025) 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, etc.), train ticket to Florence, and a guided tour to the Uffizi Museum. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3025
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Uniquely Umbria! Pastel Painting in Inspirational Italy"
September 11-15, 2023
 

Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. Draw inspiration from the magnificent countryside, the fragrant flora, the beautiful food and drink or the charm of the Agriturismo La Malvarina using soft pastel. Learn the basics or improve your pastel painting skills in the morning and in the afternoon, explore this gorgeous region steeped in history, art and culture. Each morning will begin with a demonstration of tips and techniques for pastel application as well as instruction about various surfaces and types of pastels. After the demo, each student will receive individual instruction at the easel. Students will take their art pieces home in clear bags suitable for travel. Are you ready to express your vision of Italy?
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Joycelyn Schedler
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Uniquely Umbria! Pastel Painting in Inspirational Italy"
September 18-22, 2023
 

Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. Draw inspiration from the magnificent countryside, the fragrant flora, the beautiful food and drink or the charm of the Agriturismo La Malvarina using soft pastel. Learn the basics or improve your pastel painting skills in the morning and in the afternoon, explore this gorgeous region steeped in history, art and culture. Each morning will begin with a demonstration of tips and techniques for pastel application as well as instruction about various surfaces and types of pastels. After the demo, each student will receive individual instruction at the easel. Students will take their art pieces home in clear bags suitable for travel. Are you ready to express your vision of Italy?
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Joycelyn Schedler
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
October 1-10, 2023
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Join us for 9 full days of plein air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our teaching approach and groups limited to eight participants allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3875 (around US$ 3025) 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, etc.), train ticket to Florence, and a guided tour to the Uffizi Museum. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3025
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


 

Promote your art workshops, classes & retreats!

Advertising Options