Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Plein Air Painting Class"
Mondays, October 25 - December 13, 2022
 

Get ready to paint outside. Linda shows students how to capture light, color, and the spirit of Sarasota with demos and one on one help in the beautiful garden surrounding Art Center Sarasota.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Linda Richichi
Cost: $185 Member | $215 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Pastel Drawing"
Fridays, October 29 - December 10
 

Learn everything you need to know about drawing with soft pastels! Instruction will cover technique, use of light and its effect on color, types of pastels available, paper selection for various effects, fixing and transporting finished drawings, and important safety issues. Work from the still life and/or your own photographs. All levels welcome! No class on November 26.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Joe Sweeney
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery & Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Open Painting: In Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel or Charcoal"
Mondays, November 1-22, 2021
 

Paint with the medium of your choice in a relaxed Summertime atmosphere with as much instructor help as you want. Bring in new or unfinished work you want to do. Short demos and techniques in laying out and blocking in your choice of pictures will be discussed. Frequent critiques will be available to assist you. Realism and impressionism techniques will be discussed for use in your painting.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Dennis Lake
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting Autumn & Winter Landscapes"
November 2-4, 2021
 

Barbara will cover composition, value structure, color temperature, and handling of edges and mark-making, but she’ll slant things toward the unique characteristics of autumn and winter. For either season, she’ll discuss particularly how to capture the spectacular effects that 'grab us' when looking at these landscapes from life, and how to translate those effects from a reference photo so that we can paint what’s beautiful about these seasons instead of copying a compromised photo. All information presented will apply equally to oil and pastel. The first will include lots of demonstration time. The remaining two days will include a full demo, with oil on one day and pastel on the other. Students will paint each afternoon, with plenty of instructor help.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke, www.BarbaraJaenicke.com
Cost: $435
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Portrait Painting: Capturing the Essences of People & Animals"
Thursdays, November 4 - December 16, 2021
 

Painting portraits can be intimidating for artists. Yet, with some simplified approaches that go beyond line drawing to shadow shapes, use of chiaroscuro, color accuracy, and overall design composition the magic of portrait painting becomes a truly enjoyable skill. These days most portrait painters must work from photos so adjusting for the limits of the photo is an essential part of the process. If you can take your own photos of your subject that have excellent color, definite shadow shapes in the face, and minimal background ‘noise’ you will have more success with the painting process. Be sure to enlarge the photo to the exact face and head size of your intended painting—life-size or slightly smaller works best.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jana Stiles
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Capturing the Sunset in Pastel"
November 12-13, 2021
 

Living in the desert Southwest, the sky is so much a part of our lives. In Arizona we are treated to some of the most amazing sunsets on the planet. The delicate glazing of pastels is the perfect medium to create the vibration of color to portray all of that drama. In this workshop we will explore the effects of light and atmosphere that create our spectacular sunsets and how to express that with our chosen medium of pastel. Now is the time to break out and use the wildest colors hiding in the back of your box! Kathy will demo and provide short lessons each day. Students may work from their own photos or Kathy will have images available.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathy Howard, www.KathyFallaHoward.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Beginning Oil Pastel"
November 20, 2021
 

Oil pastels are probably the most misunderstood and underappreciated medium there is. When you say “oil pastels” to most artists they think “crayons” because their first exposure to them is with a student grade version. Misconceptions and bad first experiences abound. The truth is oil pastels are dynamic, vivid, versatile and extremely forgiving. They will expand your range of artistic expression. The medium is geared for those who love to work with their hands. You mush, squash, push and blend with your fingertips. You apply, texture, carve, scrape and cut away with your palette knife. This workshop will teach you three basic techniques for creating everything from lush landscapes to eye-popping abstracts.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Scott Turner, www.turneronlinegallery.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint Small to Learn Large"
Thursdays, December 2-16, 2021
 

Edouard Manet painted many exquisite large masterpieces, but none of his paintings were as exciting as his “last flowers”… his small florals. In this class we will paint small, being careful to understand the concepts of shape, value, color and of course composition. Students may do one painting in a session or perhaps several, painting carefully but not meticulously. The goal is that by the end of class the student will have a greater understanding of the concepts of painting. As a bonus the student may leave with gifts – paintings - to give family members or friends for the holiday. Students will work from simple set-ups or from photographs in oil or pastel.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Judith Spitz, www.judithspitz.com
Cost: $160 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Interpreting Your Photographic Reference"
Saturdays, December 4-18, 2021
 

Painters often use photographic references when creating works of art. During this three-session class, students will paint the subject of their choice using their photographic reference. The painter must understand that photography often misrepresents the true relationships of value, color and perspective. With guidance, the student will learn to consider the photographic reference as raw material, to be interpreted rather than slavishly copied. Let’s make “art” from photographic reference! This class is open to all levels of experience and all mediums! Please bring several photos of interest to each class. *Students may also choose to paint still-life arrangements.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $350 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Sunlight and Value"
December 13-15, 2021
 

Pastel is pure pigment, with rich, jewel-like color unattainable with any other media. 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. More advanced pastel painters will be encouraged to stretch, develop and grow in their style of painting.
 
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


"Before Painting Outside"
Mondays, January 10 - February 14, 2022
 

Painting the landscape is a real challenge when outside and for beginners, it can be overwhelming. Even seasoned painters sometimes struggle to have variation in their greens or to interpret color in a more interesting way. Learn how not to take your entire studio with you. Beginners: Better to simplify and edit the landscape leaving out unnecessary elements. Seasoned: Capture a more pleasing rendition of what you see by translating the landscape into poetry. Understand the value of a quick study and create a light/dark value pattern in case the weather changes mid-way. Richichi will conduct a short demo each class to show how to bring the feeling of the outdoors inside and use green more successfully.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Linda Richichi
Cost: $185 Member | $215 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Introduction to Media and Techniques of Drawing and Painting"
Thursdays, January 13 - February 17, 2022
 

This class is an exciting opportunity for the beginning art student looking for an introduction to the basics of drawing and painting. Together we will explore a variety of different methods, techniques, and processes that are unique to producing recognizable three-dimensional realistic images on a two-dimensional surface. A new media will be introduced each week during this six-week session i.e.: 1. Pencil, 2. Charcoal, 3. Pastel, 4. Watercolor, 5. Oil, and 6. Acrylic.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Vito-Leonardo Scarola
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Watercolor & Pastels: Loosen Up and Paint Trellis Flowers!"
January 19, 2022
 

This is an intuitive and fun class for beginners: more experienced painters will loosen up. Watercolor and pastel capture the brilliant colors of flowers better than any medium, and this combined approach will utilize loose watercolor techniques and impressionistic accents of pastel overlays. Primarily a watercolor class, we will learn basic techniques such as masking, throwing paint, spritzing, and high key glazes. When the background is completely dry, we’ll apply the pastel over the petals and highlight other details. Be sure to bring a smock and learn how to let watercolor do its thing, and to apply the brilliant opacity of pastels.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Cedar Kindy
Cost: $120 Member | $150 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


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

Once you learn the mechanics of painting the landscape, it’s time to learn how to add the magic…the poetry. We’ll examine the difference between paintings that merely contain elements of the landscape, and those that convey a distinct visual message… and how to gain the skills necessary to accomplish this. We’ll cover some methods that will help you develop a strong composition and edit unnecessary details that detract from the emotion you want to convey. Each day will begin with a demonstration followed by students working on a specific painting exercise. Instructor demos will include both oil and pastel. This workshop is open to all levels, although artists with at least some basic landscape painting experience will benefit most.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke, www.BarbaraJaenicke.com
Cost: $465
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Beginning Oil Pastel"
February 5, 2022
 

Oil pastels are probably the most misunderstood and underappreciated medium there is. When you say “oil pastels” to most artists they think “crayons” because their first exposure to them is with a student grade version. Misconceptions and bad first experiences abound. The truth is oil pastels are dynamic, vivid, versatile and extremely forgiving. They will expand your range of artistic expression. The medium is geared for those who love to work with their hands. You mush, squash, push and blend with your fingertips. You apply, texture, carve, scrape and cut away with your palette knife. This workshop will teach you three basic techniques for creating everything from lush landscapes to eye-popping abstracts.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Scott Turner, www.turneronlinegallery.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Creating Luminosity in Landscapes"
February 10-12, 2022
 

Learn three secrets to create a luminous painting, one that has an inner glow. Experiment with the medium of your choice using prismatic color. Exercises will be offered to enable you to use more sophisticated color choices in your work. Experiment with small color studies and choose your favorite to develop into a larger piece. See how adding tonal variations into shadow areas hold an opportunity for your paintings to take on a richer feel. Better understand why some paintings stand out in a crowd. Use colorful neutrals to help enhance your sunlit areas. Personal one on one time at your easel will assist you in advancing to the next rung in your work.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Linda Richichi
Cost: $295 Member | $325 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Lovely Skies, Seas, And Trees"
February 15-17, 2022
 

Gary Baughman weaves a scientific understanding of light and color into his Plein Air painting, giving students a fresh understanding of how to render subject matter with an enlightened eye toward rendering accurate and interesting compositions, shapes, values, colors, and edges. Baughman will demonstrate his method of working wet in wet and in one pass, encouraging students to work rapidly to capture the fleeting shadows and lighting as the sun moves across the sky. Students will be working in a small format, so that at least one painting can be finished each day. Gary will provide one-on-one supervision and instruction. Students may work in oil or pastel. This workshop is tailored for intermediate painters and/or beginners with good drawing skills.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Gary Baughman
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Plein Air Painting Class"
Mondays, March 14 - April 4, 2022
 

Get ready to paint outside. Linda shows students how to capture light, color, and the spirit of Sarasota with demos and one on one help in the beautiful garden surrounding Art Center Sarasota.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Linda Richichi
Cost: $125 Member | $155 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Alla Prima: Painting the Portrait and Figure from Life"
March 21-25, 2022
 

This workshop is designed to create a relaxed, fun, informative, yet intense working environment. Romel will demonstrate his approach to painting the portrait and figure from life, using Alla Prima (completing the painting while the paint is still wet) with the emphasis on improving color, drawing skills, value relationships, understanding edges, and capturing the feeling of light. Learn to make a painting stronger and more exciting with creative use of color and edges, visual movement, paint application, brush handling, distribution of abstract shapes and strong design. Romel will explain how to set up the model and lighting and how to best use photography. He will also discuss the art materials he uses. Instruction will be individualized for each student’s specific needs.
 
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


"Pushing the Excitement of Pastel"
March 25, 2022
 

Been in a rut with your pastel work? Want to change it up but don’t know how? Come learn a few simple ways to dramatically change the storyline of your work with high contrast and energy! Sometimes all it takes is that one gutsy move on your part to take you to that next level. In this one day workshop you will do just that, while keeping it simple, relaxed and fun. Use of supplies included but if you have pastels you like using feel free to bring them. No need to buy your own supplies just for this class.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jennifer Freeman, www.jenniferemilefreeman.com
Cost: $110 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figures in Landscapes"
March 28 - April 1, 2022
 

Truman Hosner teaches a natural way to draw and paint the figure outdoors and insert 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: W. Truman Hosner, www.wtrumanhosner.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Beginning Oil Pastel"
April 30, 2022
 

Oil pastels are probably the most misunderstood and underappreciated medium there is. When you say “oil pastels” to most artists they think “crayons” because their first exposure to them is with a student grade version. Misconceptions and bad first experiences abound. The truth is oil pastels are dynamic, vivid, versatile and extremely forgiving. They will expand your range of artistic expression. The medium is geared for those who love to work with their hands. You mush, squash, push and blend with your fingertips. You apply, texture, carve, scrape and cut away with your palette knife. This workshop will teach you three basic techniques for creating everything from lush landscapes to eye-popping abstracts.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Scott Turner, www.turneronlinegallery.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Desert Landscape in Pastel"
May 16-18, 2022
 

The pure pigment of pastel is an ideal medium to create the light and drama of the Southwest landscape. The delicate glazing and layering of pastel creates a vibration of color not possible in other mediums. In this workshop you will learn the basics of landscape painting and the tools to create depth, light and atmosphere of the desert southwest using pastel. In this studio class, Kathy will demonstrate her process and provide photo reference for students, or they may work from their own appropriate photos, sketches or plein air reference.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathy Howard, www.kathyfallahoward.com
Cost: $330 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"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
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


 

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