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"Plein Air Painting at Valley Forge"
July 16-18, 2024
 

Enjoy open-air painting in beautiful Valley Forge National Historic Park on the National Historic Register. The church site of George Washington’s Continental Army in 1777-1778 and now home to lush scenery and historic architecture! Located in Montgomery County, 35 minutes northwest of Center City Philadelphia, with ample parking and access to restrooms. Working from diverse landscape subject matter, students will learn essential plein air approaches, including color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound drawing and painting practices. Instruction is geared toward oil/acrylic painting and pastel drawing/painting.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Plein Air Painting at The Scott Arboretum"
Fridays, July 19 & 26, 2024
 

Paint on location at the beautiful Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College. The idyllic 350-acre arboretum that makes up the Swarthmore College campus is often named one of the most beautiful in the country. Located just 11 miles from Philadelphia, the rolling hills, flowering trees, and hiking trails offer a nature escape on the edge of a busy metropolis. Instructor and Cerulean Collective artist Keith Leitner will demonstrate techniques, reference art historical examples, and encourage personal expression. Instruction will be geared to watercolor, but experienced oil/acrylic painters are welcome. Free parking and restrooms will be available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Kids Summer Art Classes: Animals in Color | Ages 9 - 12"
July 22 & 29 (1pm - 3pm)
 

Explore the fundamentals of composition while capturing inspiration from reference photos. Through hands-on activities, artists will use transfer paper to overlay contour outlines and value placements onto a vibrant underpainting. Tailored to individual skill levels, mediums will vary from pastels, markers, oil, or chalk pastels to acrylic paints. Progressing through levels, students will experiment with pastels over photos, marker sketches on paper, and advance to acrylics or a combination on canvas.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Caroline Duran
Cost: $70 - 2 Classes
Sponsor: The New Studio for the Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"The Painterly Landscape Painting Retreat"
August 4-8, 2024
 

This unique painting retreat is a rare opportunity to join Alain in the beautiful setting of the CT River Valley to loosen up your landscapes! We’ll work both in the studio and outdoors on the grounds and gardens of the beautiful CT River Valley Inn. This workshop is designed to empower you with successful strategies for loosening up your landscapes with bold marks and fresh color. Learn to simplify complex scenes into clear shapes, values, and edges. Organize these shapes into strong design and color combinations using bold, expressive marks to interpret your environment for a lush painterly look. Discover innovative approaches to color through the use of underpainting techniques and interpretive color strategies that will break you out of your routine.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Alain Picard
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Open Painting in The Medium of Your Choice"
Mondays, August 5-26, 2024
 

Paint with the medium of your choice, (Oil, Watercolor, Acrylic, Pastel, Charcoal, Colored Pencil), in a relaxed atmosphere with as much instructor help as you want. Bring in new or unfinished work. Short demos, techniques, and critiques will be available to assist you. Realism, impressionism, or something more modern is all welcome. This class is appropriate for beginner painters, intermediate painters and advanced painters of any medium. The main purpose of this course is one-on-one assistance from the instructor with whatever you need help with (fixing, composition, specific subjects, etc.).
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Dennis Lake
Cost: $200 or $50 per week
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Very Beginner Pastel Painting"
August 9-10, 2024
 

Join Art League instructor Joyce Nagel for this exciting 2 Half-Day Workshop for anyone wanting to learn more about the exciting medium of pastel! A step-by-step demo will be given at the start of each day along with individual instruction in producing a painting from a provided simple still-life from start to finish. This course is designed for students new to the pastel medium.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Joyce Nagel
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Gallery Seven Plein Air Workshop"
August 18, 2024
 

Join Gallery Seven and Kathryn Claahsen for a Plein Air Workshop. August, 18th from 1-4pm at The Historic Gaylord Building. The cost to participate is $40. Please visit our website for more information and to secure a spot in class. Galleryseven.net.
 
Location: Lockport, Illinois
Instructor: Kathryn Claahsen
Cost: $40
Sponsor: Gallery Seven
Website, email, 815-483-4310


"Art on the Water"
August 24 - September 1, 2024
 

Special Interest 9 day Plein Air Painting/Sketching Workshop in Grand Canyon National Park *Painting White Water, Side Canyons and Botany * Managing artwork in the wilderness, Setting up quick compositions *Talks on Art History in Grand Canyon *Workshops on sketching, limiting colors and quick composition
 
Location: Grand Canyon, Arizona
Instructor: Ani Eastwood with Grand Canyon Expeditions
Sponsor: Grand Canyon Expeditions Company
Website, email, 1-800-544-2691


"In-Class Workshop Charcoal and Pastels"
August 26-27, 2024
 

Learn how to draw figures, and how to make expressive drawings by participating in this 2-day intense workshop with Mashiul. Students will have the opportunity to learn from short dynamic gestural poses to long poses of a life model.
 
Location: Marietta, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Mashiul Chowdhury
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Susquehanna Art Workshops
Website, email, 717-314-9551


"Painting Lyrical Water"
September 13-15, 2024
 

Learn to paint exuberant, lively water so that the viewer can feel the light and hear the sounds! Featuring moving water as the primary subject matter, Barbara will present and demonstrate her approach to landscape painting. Skills covered include composition (especially pertaining to showcasing water in a painting), editing, value structure, color temperature, chroma, and edges. Emphasis will be on capturing brilliant light effects for moving water subjects such as waterfalls and rapids. Students can paint in either oil or pastel. Barbara will demonstrate both. Demonstrations will be in the morning, and students will paint in the afternoon with plenty of individual instruction. Open to all levels, although artists with at least some basic landscape painting experience will benefit most.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke
Cost: $550
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Plein Air Painting at Fairmount Park Historic Houses"
Fridays, September 20 - October 18, 2024
 

Paint location at Philadelphia's historic Fairmount Park mansions including Laurel Hill Mansion, Ormiston Mansion, Woodford Mansion, Strawberry Mansion and Ridgeland Mansion! Built in the 18th century, these houses feature amazing architecture, beautiful gardens, and scenic views. The instructor will demonstrate watercolor and pastel techniques, reference art historical examples and encourage personal expression. Instruction will be geared to watercolor, but experienced oil/acrylic painters are welcome. House tours, restrooms and free parking will be available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Impressionist Painting with Pastels"
September 24-26, 2024
 

Learn how to work with the vibrancy of soft pastels. The class will start with a full painting demonstration. Carol will share her process for blocking in large simple shapes before layering colors. You will learn how to focus on a strong composition, define values, identify your light source, establish a point of focus, and how to see and use color effectively in your paintings. You will learn how to interpret your reference photographs and understand the relationships between value, color temperature and color intensity. There will be personalized teaching and individualized feedback throughout the day.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Carol Iglesias
Cost: $180
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Cute Squirrel - Soft Pastel Workshop"
October 6, 2024
 

During a one-day workshop with Tetyana Aleksenko, we will learn how to create this beautiful squirrel. Tetyana will demonstrate how to use a specific pastel paper, soft pastel colors, and create a cute animal. We will cover some basics of color theory and composition and learn about animal drawing techniques to paint realistic squirrels. All supplies included.
 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Instructor: Tetyana Aleksenko
Cost: $180
Sponsor: Degallery
Website, email, +1(979)704-3090


"Colors & Textures in The Pastel Landscape"
October 11-13, 2024
 

This workshop will elevate your artistic journey with successful strategies for creating painterly landscapes. 10 steps for success will be accentuated. Eve will demonstrate how to choose effective reference photos while activating your scene using underpainting techniques. She will do two demos per day utilizing different techniques. You will learn how to choose dynamic compositions using thumbnails, 3 to 5 simple shapes, values and edges. We will cover harmony, tips for loosening your painting style, art apps for success, as well as many tips and tools. A constructive and encouraging appraisal will wrap up our workshop!
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Eve Miller
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Take Your Painting Beyond the Photograph in Your Choice of Medium"
Thursdays, October 24 - November 11, 2024
 

Join Art League instructors Don & Joyce Nagel for this 5-Week class for students wanting to improve their overall skills and knowledge of the medium of their choice. The instructors will share their knowledge and understanding of color and design assisting students to create their own image and produce a prize-winning painting. Step-by-Step demonstrations and individual instruction will be given each session. This course is designed for all levels of students, beginner to experienced in the medium of your choice.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Don & Joyce Nagel
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Impressionist Painting in Plein Air with Oils or Pastels"
October 30-31, 2024
 

Spend two lovely mornings outside learning how to paint with oils or pastels in Plein Air! The first morning, the class will start with painting demonstrations and information. Carol will share how she quickly captures the landscape in Plein Air. You will learn how to focus in on a composition, define the values, identify the light source, establish a point of focus and how to see and use colors effectively in your Plein Air paintings. You will learn the importance of painting light, shadows and colors from life. There will be personalized teaching and individualized feedback.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Carol Iglesias
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Finding Your Focus in Oil or Pastel"
November 3-5, 2024
 

A good painting has a lot of elements that contribute to its success. Color, value, technique and having a clear focus. All of these principles are explored by Aline, emphasizing looking at shapes in an abstract way in order to create illustrative paintings. Working from their own photo references, students will transform these into oil or pastel paintings using the principles of color, value and design. Along with a painting demonstration each day, Aline will talk about understanding color in terms of temperature, intensity and value while translating those ideas using pastel and oil technique. She will also emphasize the concept of creating shapes and carving back on them in order to achieve a painterly finish.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Aline Ordman
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"'Jellyfish' Pastel Workshop"
November 3, 2024
 

In this workshop you will work on black pastel professional paper to achieve a very bright and colorful painting. Tetyana Aleksenko will teach you how to create see-through layers and a 3D effect of the jellyfish and how to balance well-defined and blurry areas of the painting. All supplies included!
 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Instructor: Tetyana Aleksenko
Cost: $180
Sponsor: Degallery
Website, email, +1(979)704-3090


"Selfies in Your Medium of Choice"
December 9-10, 2024
 

Join Art League instructor Joyce Nagel for this exciting 2 Half-Day Workshop for anyone wanting some awesome tips and tricks in painting or drawing the human portrait. Joyce will provide a demo at the beginning of the first day.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Joyce Nagel
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"The Ephemeral Subject: Mist & Haze in Soft Pastel"
January 27-29, 2025
 

Thankfully for artists, nature is not just blue skies. In this workshop, learn to create the subtle mysterious effects of mist and haze in your pastel landscape. Emphasis will be on use of tonal values, atmospheric perspective, planes in the landscape and handling of edges. The workshop will begin with a one-hour demo, followed by a tonal value exercise before beginning your pastel masterpiece. Each attendee will have plenty of instruction at their easel. Working from your own photos of mist and haze is encouraged. Each day attendees will leave with a finished painting. I will provide hand-outs for each attendee and specific books I love and refer to.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Lisa Regopoulos
Cost: $520
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"The Ephemeral Subject: Mist & Haze in Soft Pastel, 1 Day en Plein Air"
January 30, 2025
 

Thankfully for artists, nature is not just blue skies. In this workshop, learn to create the subtle mysterious effects of mist and haze in your pastel landscape. Emphasis will be on use of tonal values, atmospheric perspective, planes in the landscape and handling of edges. The workshop will begin with a one-hour demo, followed by a tonal value exercise before beginning your pastel masterpiece. Each attendee will have plenty of instruction at their easel. Working from your own photos of mist and haze is encouraged. Each day attendees will leave with a finished painting. I will provide hand-outs for each attendee and specific books I love and refer to.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Lisa Regopoulos
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting the Portrait in Pastel"
February 14-16, 2025
 

Karen will lead students through her process of painting the pastel portrait. She will begin with teaching strategies to accurately draw the head, place the features and indicate the major light and shadow shapes. Karen will then demonstrate how to identify and lay in "average colors" of the shadow and light regions. She will show how she adjusts her general color notes by mixing and layering to "turn the color dials" on hue, value, temperature and chroma to achieve the desired relationships. During the final phase of the portrait, she will introduce techniques such as scumbling, glazing and hatching as she carefully makes corrections, refines edges and creates subtle nuances to bring the portrait to a polished finish.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Karen Wilharm
Cost: $480
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting the Poetic Landscape"
June 1-5, 2025
 

Barbara offers workshops in pastel or oil, or both, focusing on landscapes. Her workshops are primarily in the studio, but she may occasionally offer a plein air portion to a workshop if requested. All demos are in the studio. Her teaching style includes daily demonstrations, during which she talks through each step and allows questions. She provides exercises that have very specific objectives so that students are able to see achievable results and she offers plenty of individual assistance at the easel. Barbara holds Signature Memberships in Oil Painters of America and American Impressionist Society, is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, and an Eminent Pastelist with the International Association of Pastel Societies.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke
Cost: $1144 + Materials fee
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Soft Pastel Immersive: Dreamy Landscapes & Luminous Portraits"
October 26-31, 2025
 

Step into the captivating realm of soft pastels, where each stroke ignites an enchanting play of light and shadow, transforming the mundane into the magical. In this immersive workshop, led by the skilled and inspiring Ivy Newport, you'll explore the luminous, ethereal qualities of soft pastels, PanPastel, and pastel pencils. Begin your journey with hands-on exercises that celebrate the unique textures and effects only achievable with pastels. Under Ivy's expert guidance, delve into the art of mark-making and layering to construct stunning vistas and soulful portraits with radiant skin tones. Discover innovative techniques, such as crafting mesmerizing underpaintings with isopropyl alcohol, enhancing the depth and vibrancy of your artwork.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Ivy Newport
Cost: $1144 + Materials fee
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


 

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