Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
July 16-20, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Advanced Mentoring Workshop: Painting and Drawing"
July 16-19, 2018
 

Explore the strengths and limitations of your current practice in an environment where all approaches to painting and drawing are welcome. Develop new directions, build momentum, and gather feedback regarding your work. This workshop will be equally divided between critiques and working sessions with an emphasis on investigating issues that come up during discussions. Critiques, lectures, and discussions will provide guidance about process and content in order to expand choices, skills, and goals. Additionally, contemporary practices and theory will be touched upon, as well as readings and short writing assignments. This workshop is geared toward artists who have considerable painting experience.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristy Deetz, KristyDeetz.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Local Color: Making the Most of What Nature Gives You"
July 16-19, 2018
 

Designed for the pastel painter, this workshop addresses the challenges and limitations of working from the landscape. Fostering an experiential, non-academic approach to maximizing color skills, you will expand upon a traditionally overwhelming blue/green palette, learn how to render and invent light, and push the boundaries of seasonal color. Working from your own photo references, create pastel landscapes over a watercolor base with Colette as your guide. Direct instruction, numerous examples, and demonstrations will increase your understanding of seeing, translating, and understanding color. Discover a fresh approach to keeping your colors clean and effective with individualized attention keyed to your intent.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Colette Odya Smith, www.ColetteOdyaSmith.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Color Theory Through Watercolor"
July 20, 2018
 

Understanding color is essential to creating work that captivates the eye and evokes certain moods or emotions. Through a series of fun exercises you will learn to understand tints, shades and tone, the color wheel, complementary colors, warm and cool colors and color schemes. You will make useful charts and swatches that can be used for future reference. Whether you are just starting out or have some experience with watercolor, this class will help you masterfully mix color, no matter what your medium or level of experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Creating Abstract Landscapes with Water-Mixable Oils"
July 20-21, 2018
 

Using the visual language of color and design, foster an abstract approach to landscape painting in this water-mixable oil workshop. You will learn a range of techniques, including color mixing, brush handling, and when to employ tight versus spontaneous marks in a composition. Discover methods for keeping your work as fresh as possible, while simultaneously building a foundation in abstractions. Rob will share the versatility of water-mixable oils through demonstrations, exercises, and one-on-one feedback. You can expect to complete a series of experiments concerning composition, design, and expression.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rob J. Williams, www.RobWilliamsStudio.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Addition & Subtraction: Abstract Painting Workshop"
July 21-22, 2018
 

Join us for this 2 day workshop with Portland artist Haley Nannig. Haley will lead us through exercises and demonstrations of her methods working in layers, leading you to experiment with your own style in the creation of abstract works. We'll explore the conversation between artist and canvas using color theory, paint, spray paint and stencils. Students will learn about pouring, blocking in/out, peeling back, and painting on nontraditional surfaces. This workshop is designed for painters who have some basic experience with color mixing and composition, but the material will be accessible to artists of all levels. All of this and the ability to explore beautiful Portland, Maine.
 
Location: Portland, Maine
Instructor: Haley Nannig
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Still Life Studio
Website, email, 207-899-6972


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
July 23-27, 2018
 

Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Get started with new ideas in a way that is fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
July 24-27, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Painting Fundamentals: Color as Light"
July 28-29, 2018
 

Learn how to create compelling observational oil paintings through simple steps, with all techniques demonstrated and explained. Working from still life subjects, learn to use “color as light” and how color choices, color mixing, and brush stroke contribute to a painting’s expressive effect. Ideal for beginners and those looking to enhance their observational painting skills.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sean Hildreth
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
July 30 - August 3, 2018
 

Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Get started with new ideas in a way that is fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Shape-Shifting: Abstracting Nature in Watermedia"
July 30 - August 2, 2018
 

Examine the natural world through the lens of abstraction in this watercolor workshop. Focusing on the relationships of color and shape within the landscape, instead of individual objects, will lead you to practical solutions in shifting your painting practice toward more innovative avenues of expression. Using design principles as the underpinning of each composition, you will work from sketches and photo references. In addition to sharing technical strategies in watermedia, Dale will demonstrate how to use subjects as a source for abstraction by simplifying images and breaking them down to their core elements. This workshop will consist of demonstrations, slide lectures, individual instruction, and group critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dale Laitinen, www.DaleLaitinen.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Abstraction as Experience"
July 30 - August 2, 2018
 

Manipulate space, deconstruct form, and re-invent your visual world. This workshop will explore different form and space-making systems as they relate to contemporary abstraction. Whether working with the element of chance or through formal structure, you will expand your knowledge of materials, techniques, and abstraction as a visual language. Valerie will introduce a variety of concepts relating to abstraction with the context of historical and contemporary approaches to painting and drawing. As you respond to a broad range of problems and visual prompts, emphasis will be placed on experimentation, invention, and developing your unique aesthetic and interests. Group discussions will provide constructive feedback. Open to acrylic and water-mixable oil painters.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Valerie Jenkins, www.ValerieSJenkinsArt.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
July 31 - August 3, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Creating Vibrant Light and Color in Pastel"
August 3-4, 2018
 

Create a uniquely personal presence in your pastel paintings using the significance of color and light. Learn how to identify and mix color and tone, as well as layer material to achieve a rich, glowing, and convincing sense of light. Working from provided still life arrangements, including simple forms, fruit, vegetables, and reflective objects, you will gain confidence and better understand how to assemble compositions, render form, depict color, and handle materials. Rosalie will provide lectures, demonstrations, and one-on-one instruction throughout the process. No experience in pastel is required, however a basic drawing background is helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rosalie Beck, www.RosalieBeck.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Color Matters"
August 4-5, 2018
 

Elevate the role of color in your paintings. Examine how artists use color temperature, intensity, value, and relationships; as well as techniques for initiating and maintaining color’s importance. Demonstrations, presentations and individual attention will help students develop a personal exploration of color in their work. All levels and styles are welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi, kassemamoudi.com
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"5 Paintings in 5 Days, Painting Vacation in Mexico"
August 6-10, 2018
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all it is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Plein Air Painting: Landscape Concepts - Value of A Limited Palette"
August 6-10, 2018
 

This workshop is designed to remove the imitative burden we all seem to start with and to introduce orchestration of the landscape, especially color harmony, for strong personal statements. We are under no obligation to copy what is before us, that’s what the camera is designed to do. Concentration will be on the intellectual process of interpreting landscape to “fit” your motive. Emphasis will be placed on selecting which limited palette (of 3-6 colors) will best suit our concept. Although this is an outdoor workshop much of the discussion will apply equally to studio work and procedures. We will work on defining and developing what constitutes a strong pictorial concept and selection of only those elements in the landscape, which support that end.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Skip Whitcomb
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
August 7-10, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Beyond Green: Exploring Color Through Landscape"
August 8-11, 2018
 

Using the landscape as inspiration, this workshop will enrich and expand your understanding of color. Explore the science and psychology behind it, your perception in regards to nature, as well as color theory and relationships. Working with the medium of your choice, you will reference photos to create individual and rich landscape compositions that explore color interaction and perception. Painting techniques such as layering, glazing, optical color mixing, and broken brushstrokes will be demonstrated and discussed. Individual and group instruction, slide lectures on historical and modern approaches to color in the landscape, and critiques will augment this engaging workshop. Possible media include oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor, colored pencil, and pastel.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nina Weiss, www.NinaWeiss.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Advanced Abstract Painting with Oil and Cold Wax"
August 8-11, 2018
 

Develop a personal visual language and direction in this oil and cold wax medium workshop geared toward the advanced painter. Strengthen your technical skills, explore new approaches to art making, and consider the content of your work. Beginning with a brief review of basic painting concepts and techniques, you will work through a series of paintings illustrating your understanding of the elements of art, as well as investigating personal interests. The remainder of the workshop will alternate between working time and one-on-one feedback sessions with Janice to discuss the goals and challenges of your practice.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Janice Mason Steeves, www.JaniceMasonSteeves.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Advanced Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
August 13-17, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this Advanced workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; depth in the landscape; and more. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups. Experienced painters please.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"California Vibe Portraiture"
August 13-17, 2018
 

Shake it up with David Lobenberg. Apply watercolor with splatters, swabs, slaps, splats, and slashes to that portrait you’ve be waiting to paint or use one of David’s outline drawings. Come flood, blossom, and create textures with a style that is about gesture, expressive color, soft transparency and hard opacity. You’ll paint several studies with step-by-step demonstrations from painting start to painting finish. David’s watercolor paintings can be found in private, public, and corporate collections across the country. His work has been featured in American Artist, Southwest Art, and American Art Collector magazines and several others.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Artistic Expression: A Bold Approach to Watercolor"
August 13-16, 2018
 

Driven by risk-taking and watercolor fundamentals, this workshop focuses on translating your unique observations and interpretations of subject matter to paper. By setting a secure foundation in value, color, composition, and technique, you will be encouraged to explore a more loose and dynamic approach to the medium. Dan will demonstrate traditional techniques passed down from the masters, as well as how to take advantage of the unique and spontaneous properties of watercolor. There will be time each day to work independently as you establish your own personality as a painter. Dan will be available for individual guidance and support, in addition to leading a group critique in a friendly environment.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Daniel Danielson, www.DanDanielson.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
August 13-17, 2018
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $650.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Fantastic Farm Landscapes in Pastel"
August 14-16, 2018
 

Enhance your artistic ability, uncover sources of new inspiration and experience and befriend beauty in this extraordinary three-day workshop! Day one will be devoted to making you a better painter -- aware of the enormous artistic potential within each of us. We will explore technique, composition, design elements and more. We'll become familiar with the fourteen steps / pointers to a better painting as outlined in my recent Pastel Journal article, "Be Your Own Best Critic." On day two we will learn to realize sources of and pathways to our inspiration, and to develop ideas in multiple directions. We'll learn to use light-effects to compose, clarify and unify our creations. The dynamic qualities and uses of color will be our focus on day three.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Robert Carsten
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Strong Design & Bold Strokes in Watercolor"
August 16-18, 2018
 

Every human being is born with a creative potential and a unique destiny. . . discover their real talents and find the resources and inspiration to make a living at the work they are most equipped to do. Keith explains that his watercolors are an attempt to communicate not only what he sees visually but also what he feels and senses. To watch Keith paint is to see the blank paper come to life with strong design, bold colors, and a unique “painterly” style that combines wit, philosophy, and reporting into a single work of art. His approach to watercolor painting encourages the student to loosen up and paint with confidence. Skill Level: Beginners through all levels of advancement.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Keith Andry
Cost: $450 Museum members/ $475 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Free-Flowing Watercolor Painting"
August 17-18, 2018
 

Expand your knowledge of watercolor materials and techniques while walking the line between representation and abstraction in this workshop. You will emphasize and explore the natural properties of watercolor with vibrant fluid color, surprising textures, and dynamic compositions. Join Rob as he shares his methods and outlines his process to create large, loose, flowing watercolors. Plenty of time will be provided to practice new skills, as well as work with Rob one-on-one.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rob J. Williams, www.RobWilliamsStudio.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Premium Colorado Plein Air"
August 19-24, 2018
 

Join Randall Sexton as he shares his own technique and joy of painting on location, en plein air. While the fundamentals of painting en plein air will be reviewed, demonstrated, and discussed, the class is designed to encourage the experienced artist to stretch their own boundaries, in an effort be “in the moment” in any location. Join us for this Premium Workshop: 6-8 student maximum with all the perks. All-inclusive, private room, three meals daily, appetizers after class, and wine or beer with happy hour and with dinner. We can accommodate any dietary issues you may have. Don't miss this great opportunity! Primarily an oil painter, Randall is open to other mediums in the class. Students of all levels are welcome.
 
Location: Pueblo, Colorado
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Art In the Aspens Workshops
Website, (719) 545-2795


"The Alchemy of Painting, Exploring Expressive Painting & Mixed Media"
August 20-25, 2018
 

In this workshop, we will explore our deepest knowing by stilling the body through short meditations and guided visualization - gently nudging us to the places that hold a deep reservoir of imagery. We will begin from the ground up making handmade gesso then using dry pigments in combination with paint. Lauren will guide you through a series of idea-generating techniques and gestural exercises that lead to understanding the balance found between technique and intuition. Spontaneous mark-making, collage and painting techniques will all be employed to broaden our visual vocabulary and art making dexterity. Our materials will be quality paper, boards, handmade gesso, dry pigment, collage materials, glues, oil sticks, cold wax and oil paint.
 
Location: Canton, North Carolina
Instructor: Lauren Mantecon
Cost: $1675 USD
Sponsor: Cullowhee Arts
Website, email, 828-342-6913


"Paper, Rock, Scissors: Dimensional Paintings on Paper and Fabric"
August 20-25, 2018
 

This dynamic paper, paint and textiles-based workshop will feature painting, printing, marbling, heat transfer, collage and stitch techniques on various substrates to build texture and create strong visual impact. The session kicks off with methods of painting and printing on a variety of papers and fabrics to lay down a base of color and pattern from which to build. Use acrylic, fabric paints, and dyes, and apply with brushes, sponges, and rollers; take advantage of the stunning natural surroundings to print with solar (sun) dyes using resist processes; experiment with marbling and add in details with oil pastels and drawing tools. Inspiration for mark making will be all around us!
 
Location: Canton, North Carolina
Instructor: Leisa Rich
Cost: $1,675 USD
Sponsor: Cullowhee Arts
Website, email, 828-342-6913


"No Press Required: Adding Printed Texture and Surprise to Your Paintings"
August 20-21, 2018
 

Combining printmaking techniques with painted compositions offers a way to continually surprise yourself and loosen up, resulting in unexpected textures and happy accidents. This process-based workshop will encourage you to take risks, experiment, and incorporate new visual elements in your existing work. Focusing on printmaking methods that do not require a press, Carolyn will demonstrate trace monotypes, stencils, rubber stamps and linoleum, gel medium “surprises”, and rubbings. A spirit of experimentation and collaboration will be encouraged as you work quickly to combine and layer different techniques to achieve a variety of effects. A group critique will close the workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carolyn Swiszcz, www.CarolynSwiszcz.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting and Drawing Holidays"
August 20-26, 2018
 

During the course the students will receive a minimum of 22 hours a week of tutoring and 24 hours a day access to the studio. The groups are kept small, up to 10 students. Every person regardless of their level will receive a tailored program putting the focus in their interests and wishes in a friendly, relaxed and inspiring atmosphere. Our local chefs will make delicious traditional Spanish dishes and international dishes using mediterranean ingredients. The price includes accomodation, main meals, art materials and equipment, tutoring, transfers from and to the airport and a visit to the nearby village. We also offer discounts to partners.
 
Location: Villanueva de la Vera, Spain
Instructor: Granada Munoz
Cost: 1400€
Sponsor: Las Paulinas
Website, email, 0044 7480 219 108


"East Meets West"
August 20-24, 2018
 

Strengthen your artwork with the limitless creative possibilities of Chinese and watercolor painting. Lian will teach his approach on design, composition and color with clear, practical easy-to-follow demonstrations and instruction. The first 2 days, you will practice “Chinese Brush Painting” in a spontaneous style and then in detail. The following 3 days, your skills will continue to develop with Lian’s one-of-a-kind color pouring, blowing, and blending method. Participate in helpful critiques as he takes you step by step through several paintings. Lian is the author of four Chinese Painting Instructional Books.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
August 20-24, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Paint Mount Desert Island, Maine, with Michael Chesley Johnson"
August 21-24, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this all-level workshop near Acadia National Park with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; depth in the landscape; and more. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Bernard, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Website, email, 207-460-4119


"Watermedia Workshop in Thassos, Greece with George Politis AWS"
August 21-28, 2018
 

Watercolor Workshop in Thassos Island, Greece. Join award winning artist George Politis AWS, RI in a journey of exploration and creativity. Thassos is majestic in summer and we will be painting in our Hotel Studio and en plein air. We will visit beautiful beaches and picturesque villages. Painting in watercolor and mixed watermedia. Focusing in composition and experimenting with the medium. All levels are welcome. Every session starts with a demonstration and then we paint together. Maximum of 12 students to ensure quality instruction. Price is all inclusive (hotels, three meals per day, tuition and transportation during the workshop). Languages spoken: English, French.
 
Location: Thassos, Greece
Instructor: George Politis AWS, RI
Cost: 1350 Euros - $1600 USD
Sponsor: Watercolor International - Greece
Website, email, +306944422097


"Building a Better Landscape"
August 22-25, 2018
 

Using the beautiful scenery of Door County as inspiration, learn a three-step approach to watercolor painting that provides a process for problem-solving, no matter the subject being painted. This workshop will focus on concepts of value, intensity, and color temperature along with landscape composition. Each morning will begin with a short demonstration, addressing the topics of compositional strategies, the importance of value studies, color palette selection, negative space work, and painting resolution and finishing details. Color solutions will be explored using structured schemes that help keep color fresh and vibrant. This process will help to loosen up technique, while at the same time teach important painting concepts that apply across all media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Catherine Hearding, www.CHearding.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Advanced Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
August 28-31, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this Advanced workshop on Coastal Maine with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; depth in the landscape; and more. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups. Experienced painters only please.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"'Carmel By The Sea' En Plein Air"
August 29 - September 1, 2018
 

Paint along the Monterey and Carmel Coastline en plain air with Plein Air Painters of America member, Randall Sexton. Open to all levels, this 3 (or 4) day workshop is especially geared to encourage the experienced artist to reach greater heights in their work. Sexton will review the basics of solid picture making - while sharing his own methods for simplifying the complex. Three days (weather permitting) will be spent on location en plain air, while an (optional) fourth studio day will focus on simplifying the figure directly (with a model). Daily demonstrations will be followed up with individual assistance at the easel.
 
Location: Carmel, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600 for 3 Days, $800 for 4 Days
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website, 831.620.2955


"Art Cottage Personalized Painting Retreats"
January - August
 

Perfect for one or two women ~ Immerse yourself a world away at Dorothy Fagan’s breath-taking Art Cottage Studio by Chesapeake Bay. Customized Lessons in oils, pastels, watercolor, drawing, fabric painting, acrylics, or mixed media. Enjoy every season on the private pond. Paint in the studio or en plein air with Dorothy at her favorite gardens, coastal marsh sanctuary, riverfront, woodlands, farms and vineyard locations. Relax on the expansive adjoining deck, or visit artisan studios down the lane. Walk to the Chesapeake Bay, or sit on the dock on Queen’s Creek and meditate, sketch, or paint the sunset. Wade in the shallows on the beach at the mouth of the Piankatank River. Paint the sunrise over Hills Bay.
 
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Instructor: Dorothy Fagan
Cost: $300
Sponsor: The Painting Lesson
Website, email, 804-366-0990


"Interactions of Color and Composition"
August 31 - September 1, 2018
 

Discover the impact that fundamental principles of design and color theory have in composing successful images. This workshop will introduce the exciting effects of color interaction, harmonious and discordant color schemes, composition strategies, and various underpainting techniques to create rich, dynamic paintings. Demonstrations and lectures with visual references will present concepts in color and design concepts, including line, shape, value, and compositional balance. Prompts and color experiments will offer the opportunity to put these concepts into action in your preferred painting medium. Cynthia will provide group instruction and individualized attention, as well as lead daily critiques. This workshop is open to oil, acrylic, and watercolor painters of all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Hayes, CynthiaHayesArt.blogspot.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"5 Paintings in 5 Days, Painting Vacation in Mexico"
September 3-7, 2018
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all it is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Plein Air on the Shores of Lake Como with Jon Budicin"
September 5-12, 2018
 

Spend a week painting, living, and relaxing with a small group of artists on the shores of beautiful Lake Como! Master artist, Jon Budicin, will teach for 5 full days. The class is limited in size to 8 participating artists. We will visit different locations around the lake for painting. Workshop includes all breakfasts and dinners, as well as airport transfers and transportation of artists to painting locations. This will be a week to remember! Come and join us!
 
Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Jon Budicin
Cost: $3750 Single Occupancy/Private Bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Website, email, 1-321-626-2717


"Painting the Landscape in Tuscany & Umbria"
September 8-15, 2018
 

This workshop is open to artists of all media, though Judith will work in oils. Mineral spirits for oil painters is provided. An art supply shop is located in Cortona and offers a range of art supplies. The itinerary accommodates morning and afternoon art sessions with the exception of the full-day wine tour to Montalcino, Pienza & Montepulciano. Included is a day in Siena and a half-day trip to Lake Trasimeno! In the event of inclement weather in Cortona indoor space or covered outdoor space will be provided. Non-artists can enjoy sightseeing, shopping and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of classic Italian caffes and piazzas!! Don't forget to bring a camera to record your experience and bring your memories home!
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Judith D'Agostino
Cost: From US$3149.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
September 10-14, 2018
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $650.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Watercolor: Painting with Intent, Design, Emotion, and Attitude"
September 10-13, 2018
 

Designed to introduce students to watercolor painting methods, this comprehensive workshop will provide a framework in tools and materials, composition, rendering form, and color theory. Demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on practice will guide you through gaining familiarity and confidence within various areas of the watercolor medium. Learn how to handle and control your materials, create dynamic compositions, create illusion, and use color relationships to your advantage. Every exercise is designed for you to acquire skills that can be continued in your home studio.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Steve Puttrich, www.StevePuttrich.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"September in Southern France, Travel-Workshop"
September 11-18, 2018
 

Join Lisa Pressman and Norma Hendrix in the stunning landscape of the Village of Durfort. Our lodging, meals and studio space will be at La Cascade. And our exploration of the region will be our inspiration and resource for a week of creative exploration. On our outings we will photograph and draw while being mindful of all our senses. In the studio we will be experimenting with a range of materials including: R&F pigment sticks, oil paint, cold wax, graphite, ink, and pastels. There is a freedom of gesture, movement and process that occurs when painting with these materials. A variety of techniques, tools and exercises are used to explore personal imagery – abstract as well as representational.
 
Location: Durfort, France
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Cost: $3,000
Sponsor: Cullowhee Arts
Website, email, 828-342-6913


"Autumn in Vermont"
September 12-15, 2018
 

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: $600 per person
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Website, (802) 824-6673


"The Portrait and The Figure"
September 13-15, 2018
 

Join Mary Whyte for an extraordinary workshop in watercolor in Indianapolis, IN. Using live clothed models, Mary will demonstrate and guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines. She has been awarded the Portrait Society of America's Gold Medal.
 
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Underpainting for Rich and Vibrant Color"
September 14-15, 2018
 

A preliminary underpainting adds vibrancy, depth, and lively color to a soft pastel painting. In this workshop, you will use various methods and techniques to build a pastel painting from start to finish. Beginning with a demonstration and brief overview of underpainting techniques used by historical and contemporary soft pastel artists, learn how to organize your subject matter into large shapes and blocks of color. Various materials and techniques will be used to make a preliminary painting. Subsequent layers of pastel will be applied to complete a finished study. The still life and landscape will be referenced for imagery. Open to both beginner and intermediate students, however some experience with soft pastels will be helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laverne Bohlin, www.LaverneBohlinArt.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
September 17-21, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Plein Air Lake Como"
September 19-26, 2018
 

Capture the glorious colors of Italy’s Lake Como, in this week long plein air painting workshop with Victoria Brooks. Victoria teaches primarily in oil but also teaches in acrylic and watercolor. She will teach you how to paint water and reflections, capturing colorful architecture and quaint vignettes against grand skies and the cobalt blue of Lake Como. Victoria teaches the methods of simplicity to help you get the next level, whether you are a beginner or experienced painter you will grow as an artist and come home with beautiful painting studies to document your trip. She will work to encourage your personal style. Sharing the steps she takes, she will cover: Story, Composition, Technique, Color, Values and Edges.
 
Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Victoria Brooks
Cost: From US$3440.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


"Creating Abstracts From the Ground Up Workshop/Retreat"
September 24-28, 2018
 

Want to paint Abstracts but haven't a clue how to begin or know when an abstract is finished? Discover luscious quiet colors so your abstracts will stand out. This fabulous workshop will guide you through creating an Abstract painting from beginning to end. Come join me in Taos, New Mexico for this special retreat filled with information, growth and creativity. Watch the evening New Mexico light caress the adobe walls filling the air with a soft apricot glow...it is this light that inspires us to enter our soul. For more information email gwen@gwenfox.com or call 575-751-0183
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Gwen Fox
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Gwen Fox
Website, email, 575-751-0183


"Mastering Abstract Composition: Structures and Strategies"
September 28-30, 2018
 

If you look at enough abstract art, you will begin to see a repetition of certain structures, or “strategies of arrangement”. Each morning of this three-day workshop, I will introduce two new structures. We will begin simply and get more complex as the workshop progresses, looking at Balance and Value, Shape and Size, Color and Line. Collage is a great medium to easily test new ideas, find delicious surprises, and rehearse combinations. Through critique and individual instruction, we will learn ways to address problems in your design. Things like: how to connect disparate areas to one another, how to add interest and energy, how to simplify, and how to clarify and unify your design.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Melinda Tidwell
Cost: $580-$710
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Paper Play!"
September 28, 2018
 

In this class we’ll be exploring and creating on provided papers in order to create works of art papers to use as is or in your art creations. We’ll be making full, large sheets as well as collage fodder. There will be lots of demos and then time to use all sorts of shared materials from stamps and stencils, paints, mark making tools, pens, gelli pads, inks etc. Learn how to make repeat patterns on paper, guided abstract pages, and monoprint techniques. You’ll leave with lots of one of a kind papers to use as gift wrap or book covers (great if you’ll be joining us in Art Journal Play class), collage fodder or anything else you dream up.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Pam Garrison
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Transformations in Oil and Cold Wax"
September 28-29, 2018
 

Creating abstract art with oil paint and cold wax medium involves taking a journey into yourself and your world --without a map. The process is intuitive, bold and full of discovery. Your pieces will take on lives of their own through the many layers of oil and cold wax you apply, addition of mixed media elements, and the areas you choose to scrape away. There are many opportunities for happy accidents and unexpected joys. Each oil and cold wax piece is a result of a moment in time and space where elements converge in a one-time-only way.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Serena Barton
Cost: $430-$500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Text + Texture - Making Expressive Textures with Calligraphic Marks"
September 28-30, 2018
 

Are you interested in incorporating calligraphic marks and textures into your artwork and/or creating calligraphic textures as your expression? Are you interested in making calligraphic marks with unfamiliar tools? In this workshop, we will experience the usage of tools as extensions of our hand. We will start by creating marks with different writing tools and different objects. Then we will design alphabets with those new marks to write our chosen texts in various ways. We'll examine writing speed, pressure, the directions of strokes, and the relationship between letters for making effective textures. Study of layering, tones, basic design layout and composition, and use of line and space in Japanese calligraphy will be presented for creating evocative textural art pieces.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Yukimi Annand
Cost: $580-$710
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Traveling Through Watercolors: Bay of Naples"
September 28 - October 12, 2018
 

The Watercolor workshop participants will be immersed in study of watercolor in the wonderful scenario of the Bay of Naples. Painting fundamentals, technique and color will be explored as well as the study of drawing, specifically how tone, brush stroke and line can convey form, space, light and texture. The course will hold group critiques to provide feedback and discourse on each participants' works. The program will also offer scheduled lectures and excursions, a wonderful way to explore the beautiful area of Sorrento and Amalfi Coast. Painting during our excursions will be exciting opportunities to record the beautiful settings we will be visiting. The two week long course will conclude with a group exhibit in an Art Gallery in Naples.
 
Location: Sorrento Coast-Naples, Italy
Instructor: Jun Pierre Shiozawa
Cost: 2.200,00 €
Sponsor: italylab.education
Website, email, +39 3341886537


"Art Journal Play"
September 29-30, 2018
 

Learn to make art journals by creating book covers and hand-binding them with a simple long stitch binding method. We’ll spend the rest of the time playing in our art journals! I’ll bring all my favorite supplies to share and demo the favorite techniques I use in my art journals. We’ll cover lettering, pen work, collage, colors, composition and more all on the pages of our art journals. We’ll use acrylic paints and inks, watercolors, markers, pencils, stamps and stencils etc. etc. Leave with your own handmade journal, endless ideas for working in it, and discover new tools and techniques that will inform and expand your creative expression in all your art pursuits!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Pam Garrison
Cost: $435-$500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Printmaking Throw Down"
September 29, 2018
 

Learn easy and new ways to incorporate screen print, monotype and carved stamped designs and marbling into your paper and fabric creations. From calling cards to napkins, experience the fun of printing your own designs. Learn about design and composition, the elements of art, repeat pattern, fabric flow, tool use, vocabulary, inks, creating your own paints and more. Consider designing your own logo for printing onto your fabrics and packaging. The first half of the class will be creating papers and fabrics that can be incorporated into one large or several smaller hand-made books.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Catherine Cross Tsintzos
Cost: $240-4270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Exploring Mixed Media"
September 29 -30, 2018
 

Explore the amazing world of mixed media! Experience texture, mediums, and new techniques. Discover surprising ways to create exciting effects! Aspects of abstract composition and what makes an abstract piece "work" will be shared. Take away four works of art and ideas for continuing the fun!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Candace French
Cost: $435-$500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Tuscany Painting Retreat"
September 29 - October 7, 2018
 

Stir Up Your CreativSOUP at a Restored 15th Century Villa in the Maremma region of southern Tuscany. Create Your Own Customized Painting Retreat with Dorothy Fagan, on the breath-taking 2500 acre Monteverdi Estate. Select from a complete menu from Italian cooking lessons to painting, watercolor and oil to journaling dreams, exploring, visiting artisan shops, writing, spas, eating, napping, and enjoying the good company of creative souls. Dorothy’s CreativSOUP Method sparks passion and touches heart and soul. Nearby are tennis, golf, riding, sailing, wine tasting, spas, and miles of sandy beach, rocky coastline, and Tuscany’s tallest mountain. Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, archaeological sites of Roselle and Tarquinia, and ancient sulphur baths Saturnia are all within a short drive.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Dorothy Fagan
Cost: $1800 - $3200
Sponsor: The Painting Lesson
Website, email, 804-366-0990


"Luminous Landscapes in Oil and Cold Wax"
September 30, 2018
 

Discover the translucent beauty of painting with oil and cold wax medium! Experiment with free and bold abstract landscapes with this delicious medium and Arches oil paper. Unlike with hot wax, you need no appliances to achieve maximum cold wax goodness. You can add and scrape off layers as you want to, so no need to be concerned about mistakes! You’ll work on several pieces at once, using tools such as squeegees, bamboo skewers, rubber jar openers, combs, and more. In addition to painting, we’ll explore incising, using paint sticks, painting knives, oil pastels, and adding collage elements. Join me in exploring this unusual and interactive medium. You’ll leave with several gorgeous pieces!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Serena Barton
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Florals in Watercolor"
October 1-3, 2018
 

This three-day watercolor workshop in beautiful downtown Bend, Oregon with instructor Mary Marquiss will focus on three design elements – value, shape and color - building blocks that create strong paintings. Marquiss will step students through the painting process from start to finish with an emphasis on following personal choices and individual style. Each day will begin by "warming up" on 140-pound cold press watercolor paper with an exercise specific to that day's painting before working on 300-pound cold press watercolor paper. After the morning sessions, Mary will circulate among the students to answer questions and offer suggestions on moving their work forward.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Mary Marquiss, www.marymarquiss.com
Cost: $395 before June 1, $445 after June 1
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"5 Paintings in 5 Days, Painting Vacation in Mexico"
October 1-5, 2018
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all it is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
October 3-13, 2018
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Ten full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group critiques and gourmet cuisine/wine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost is CAD 3150 or the equivalent in American dollars at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,550 as of Sept. 2017). Cost includes: art instruction, ten-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting/visiting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Assisi, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2550
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, (800) 611-4789


"Finding The Soul of Forgotten Materials"
October 4-7, 2018
 

Experiment with innovative and intuitive ways of creating a variety of structures and forms using organic, found and recycled materials. During this workshop students are invited to think about shapes and forms that hold particular interest and bring these ideas to the workshop. We will look at alternative construction methods using wire, screws and basic woodworking techniques to assemble our forms and we will also learn how to sculpt and shape carving foam, which is the armature for each sculpture.
 
Location: Snow Hill, Maryland
Instructor: Geoffrey Gorman
Cost: $675 USD
Sponsor: Cullowhee Arts
Website, email, 828-342-6913


"Laura and Billy’s Excellent Painting Adventure - Italy 2018"
October 6-13, 2018
 

Replenish your Art Spirit through constructive positive energy. Ten years running, Laura Martinez-Bianco and William Noonan guide these small group week-long plein air painting workshops. Join us this year in the exquisite mystical countryside of Umbria. Individualized instruction allows you to set goals and challenges, while working at your own pace in the media of your choice. The camaraderie of the group benefits seasoned professionals as well as absolute beginners. Italy is sure to inspire; the sights, sounds and tastes will fill your senses. Price is all inclusive excluding travel to Perugia. US $2,950 includes; art instruction, 7 nights double occupancy, all meals, transportation from Perugia to all painting and cultural sites.
 
Location: Perugia, Italy
Instructor: Laura Martinez-Bianco & William Noonan
Cost: $2,950 US$ all inclusive except travel to Perugia
Sponsor: L&B's Excellent Painting Adventures
Website, email, 845-542-6472


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
October 8-12, 2018
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $650.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Painting Revisited"
October 8-11, 2018
 

Whether you haven’t had the time to paint in a while or are feeling a little rusty, this workshop will revisit a variety of painting basics related to oils and acrylics. Composition, color theory, setting up a palette, selecting materials and tools, and many other topics will be reviewed. Painting from still life setups and photo references, you will gain hands-on practice observing and translating information to canvas, developing compositions, and identifying and mixing colors and values with Jacque as your guide. A gentle critique of all paintings will close the workshop each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacque France, www.JacqueFrance.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Color Versus Value"
October 8-11, 2018
 

Master one of the most important elements when selecting imagery, building a dynamic composition, and working with color – value. By simplifying an image and focusing on the relative values throughout, you will free yourself to be expressive, yet convincing in your work. Working from photo references, you will begin each composition with a simple black and white sketch. These sketches will be used throughout the painting process to guide your use of contrast, edge quality, and color. Gordon will demonstrate both concrete and expressive approaches to watercolor painting, lead gentle critiques, and provide individual help.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gordon France, www.GordonFrance.net
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Amalfi Coast - Plein Air with Larry Moore"
October 13-20, 2018
 

Spend a week with a small group of artists as we paint and enjoy the beauty and culture of the Amalfi Coast! October is a great time to visit Amalfi, with the temperatures mild and the crowds down! Notable and talented artist, Larry Moore, will be teaching for 5 full days. Class size is limited to 8 participating artists to allow maximum time between individual artists and teacher! We will visit different coastal locations for painting daily. Workshop includes daily breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinners, airport transfers, and all transportation of artists to painting locations. Class is open to all mediums and all levels! Hope to see you there!
 
Location: Amalfi Coast, Italy
Instructor: Larry Moore
Cost: $3750 Single Occupancy/Private Bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Website, email, 1-321-626-2717


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
October 15-19, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Watercolor Basics"
October 17-20, 2018
 

Immerse yourself in the fundamentals of watercolor in this comprehensive workshop designed for students of all levels looking to build technical skill and confidence. Materials, paint quality, application techniques, and color and value will be addressed. Beginning with brushwork to develop familiarity with color mixing and the fluidity of the medium, you will work through a series of exercises. Color charts and value studies will prepare you for designing and developing your own composition from photo references. Ample time will be reserved for hands-on practice, while demonstrations and direct instruction will provide you with feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Spencer Meagher, SpencerMeagher.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Alla Prima Clothed Figure & Portrait Painting"
October 18-21, 2018
 

This workshop is about painting the clothed figure and portrait alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. Then students will paint from the model. For the portrait, we’ll talk about the overall shape of the head and placing the features. Working on a toned ground, we’ll start by sketching and placing the subject on the canvas. Then we block in two simple values: light and dark tone. After that we begin adding mid-tones. By learning to simplify form, values and color, we begin to interpret and break down the figure into more understandable tones and shapes instead of becoming distracted by details. Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced. Visit davidshevlino.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David Shevlino
Cost: $500 Museum members/ $525 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Expressive Watercolor"
October 22-25, 2018
 

Develop a powerfully expressive visual vocabulary, and ultimately dynamic paintings in this exploration of watercolor painting methods. New approaches will allow you to make leaps in your understanding and avoid many of the common pitfalls of painting, such as inaccurate perspective, poor color mixing, and feeling restrained by the details of a scene. Each morning and afternoon will begin with a quick demonstration to illustrate the day’s lesson, including simplifying scenes into large shapes and value tones, accurate drawing, sequencing for building a painting, and expressive color. The remainder of the time will be dedicated to hands-on practice. If time allows, a group critique will review each day’s progress.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dan Mondloch, www.DanMondloch.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"All About Color – Concept, Perception, and Usage (5 days)"
October 29 - November 2, 2018
 

It’s never too early or too late to learn more about color! In this workshop, students will explore color theory and color mixing. They will learn about individual pigments, their place on the palette, as well as paint transparency and opacity. The workshop will emphasize identifying the value, intensity and temperature of color. Other topics addressed will include color perspective, concepts for creating the illusion of space, mixing techniques, the illusion of transparency, and mediums that create color effects. The goal is to study a practical way of developing and thinking about discovery and invention in color mixing. Students will acquire concepts to fill their color needs, which through use will become fluid and subconscious.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan & Doug Diehl
Cost: $635 + $35 materials fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"All About Color – Concept, Perception, and Usage (3 days)"
October 29-31, 2018
 

It’s never too early or too late to learn more about color! In this workshop, students will explore color theory and color mixing. They will learn about individual pigments, their place on the palette, as well as paint transparency and opacity. The workshop will emphasize identifying the value, intensity and temperature of color. Other topics addressed will include color perspective, concepts for creating the illusion of space, mixing techniques, the illusion of transparency, and mediums that create color effects. The goal is to study a practical way of developing and thinking about discovery and invention in color mixing. Students will acquire concepts to fill their color needs, which through use will become fluid and subconscious.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan & Doug Diehl
Cost: $415 + $35 materials fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Day of the Dead Art Adventure in Mexico 2018"
October 29 - November 3, 2018
 

This special workshop offered in colonial town San Miguel de Allende includes: Intro to urban sketching, great photo opportunities painting and shopping. See the Heart of Mexico through an artist perspective, workshop in mono-type painting, ofrenda (Mexican altar), and paint your own skull. Plus, an afternoon of shopping in the famous artisan market and one full day visiting to Guanajuato, Guanajuto the historical and unique Colonial city. Register early, this workshop fills up fast! Only 9 per workshop. All levels of painting experience welcomed. Best way to experience San Miguel for the first time! Instructors: Painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Marinescu are internationally renowned artists who have being teaching since 1989, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Cost: $1250 most materials included, 1Day road trip, shopping
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 52-415-121-2311


"Plein Air with Marc Hanson"
November 1-3, 2018
 

This is a 3-day outdoor painting workshop for intermediate to advanced painters working in oils, pastels or acrylics. Marc has designed his workshops so that students will benefit from exercises he’s created. The exercises will focus on the importance of Value, Color, Design and Concept. He also demos everything that he asks you to do. You will leave the workshop having spent concentrated time studying the basic elements of painting…Drawing, Value, Color, Edges and Design…with one other element, possibly the most important one of all…Concept…being explored and discussed at length.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Marc Hanson
Cost: $625.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"5 Paintings in 5 Days, Painting Vacation in Mexico"
November 5-9, 2018
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all it is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 52-415-121-2311


"Watercolor Painting: Let the Colors Paint Themselves"
November 9-11, 2018
 

Lian begins the workshop with teaching basic watercolor painting techniques – composition and coloring – “color pouring and blending” and “paint around.” There are four to six short demonstrations each day with practice sessions in-between. During critiques, Lian will help you understand possible next steps and how to touch up your paintings. Lian Quan Zhen is a highly sought-after workshop watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher in the United States and abroad. After immigrating to the United States in 1985, he received a BA from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and a master’s degree in architecture from MIT in 1996. Visit lianspainting.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Cost: $375 Museum members/ $400 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"The Figure in Oil: In Studio & Plein Air"
November 12-16, 2018
 

In this workshop, the figure will be the subject matter; however, the focus will be on improving drawing skills and seeing values and colors correctly, along with understanding their relationships to each other. There will be daily demonstrations emphasizing the big shapes and establishing their relationships correctly. This provides a springboard to adding additional information, if the artist desires. Students will address design and technique in a manner in which they may express themselves in a personal way. Specific assignments will help you “get to the point a little more quickly.” Be ready to cover a lot of canvas and to “learn through earnest mileage.” Students will receive plenty of one-on-one instruction and individual demonstrations will be given as needed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Peggi Kroll-Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Cost: $720 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Nihonga: Then And Now"
November 12-16, 2018
 

In this course students will reinterpret nature’s deep imagery and essence employing matter from nature itself, within a limited palette. Paint, ink and home-made gesso will be made from inorganic and organic sources including pine soot, shells and earth minerals. Natural metallics will be introduced for warmth and depth. These arcane processes have been employed for thousands of years on cave walls, screens and scrolls, and aboriginal works. A variety of drawing, painting and collage techniques will be covered to cultivate individualized expression. This meaningful, process-driven, ecological (non-toxic, water-based) work truly nurtures the heart and spirit.
 
Location: Snow Hill, Maryland
Instructor: Judith Kruger
Cost: $885 USD
Sponsor: Cullowhee Arts
Website, email, 828-342-6913


"Painting the Landscape in Oil"
November 15-17, 2018
 

Painting is always about controlling the viewer’s eye. Good composition and drawing is paramount to this effort. Students will focus on considering composition before the painting is started as well as the four planes of a landscape and inherent values. The workshop will be held indoors, and we will paint from resource photos. Perry Austin will demonstrate each day during the workshop. Students will create several studies of their own during the workshop that can be used for future reference or to create their own studio paintings. Other subjects will include using the camera to compose reference materials, color studies, en plein air studies and variations in composition. Skill Level: Open to all levels of students. Visit perryaustinfineart.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Perry Austin
Cost: $425 Museum members/ $450 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
November 19-23, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
November 19-23, 2018
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $650.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Design Boot Camp"
November 27-30, 2018
 

Robert Henri said “a good painting is a remarkable feat of organization.” Get ready to explore the first and foremost demand of picture making – good design. Composition is not simply being able to fit the subject matter on the canvas. Good composition is creating a beautiful and dynamic visual statement through the adaptation of an intentional plan – a coordination of parts to produce a harmonious whole. Intent and purpose trumps all in the planning of a painting. Students will go on an exploration of all the principles of design: proportion, dominance, subordination, movement, creating emphasis, and space. Students will exploit the elements of art: value, line, texture, shape and color in their search for a unity of effect.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan & Doug Diehl
Cost: $520
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting What You See: The Alla Prima Approach to Painting"
November 27-30, 2018
 

Each day, Daniel will do a demonstration while discussing the skills necessary for creating beautiful still life paintings using “Alla Prima” methods. Following each morning’s demo, students will set up still life compositions of their own and paint them from life while receiving one-on-one instruction. During this intensive course, students will receive insight into learning to see correctly and develop an adeptness in the following areas: composition, drawing, color, value, and edges.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Daniel J. Keys, www.danieljkeys.com
Cost: $660
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"5 Paintings in 5 Days, Painting Vacation in Mexico"
December 3-7, 2018
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all it is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 52-415-121-2311


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
December 10-14, 2018
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $650.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
December 17-21, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"From Photograph to Painting: Sharpening Your Value and Drawing Skills"
January 7-10, 2019
 

“Color gets the credit, but value does the work!” It’s a phrase you have probably heard before, but what does it mean? During this intensive four-day workshop, dive into the world of values with master-of-the-limited-palette, Charlie Hunter. Using photographic images as a starting point, this class will focus on how to make values work to build stronger paintings. Students will work with Hunter as he guides them through creating value drawings from personal photographs – an often-overlooked step that pays off in spades! Then, with these drawings as one’s stepping stone, students will be able to develop memorable and dynamic paintings. By simplifying forms and emphasizing composition, student’s work can take on a power that will truly make it stand out.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Charlie Hunter, www.charliehunter.art
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Luminous Colors with Underpainting & Glazing"
January 10-13, 2019
 

Luminous color! As artists we are quickly attracted to and entertained by color. Creating jewel-like luminous colors is the focus of this workshop. Master artists of the past used the technique of underpainting and glazing to make their colors as beautiful and luscious as possible. Artists have traditionally used relatively slow drying media for this technique, but in this workshop students will be using an alkyd medium, which dries more quickly and is much easier and convenient to use. Students will work from still life photographs and drawings provided by Jane.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jane Jones, www.janejonesartist.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Suggesting Reality"
January 14-18, 2019
 

Through art, subjects become significant to us in unique ways, aesthetically and conceptually. This workshop will not only reinforce an understanding of composition and form, but will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; how the artist may represent nature in order to reflect on his or her perceptions, experiences and values while also contemplating the important power of symbol and abstraction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $685
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
January 14-18, 2019
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $750.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"5 Paintings in 5 Days, Painting Vacation in Mexico"
January 21-25, 2019
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all it is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 52-415-121-2311


"The Unspoken Rules of Color"
February 1-3, 2019
 

In the beginning of our painting journey we are all told to paint what we see. If we thoroughly understand the rules of color, creating that illusion of what we see will become a little closer to reality. This is a hands-on workshop and brief demonstrations as well as one-on-one instruction will be given to exercise the objective. Students will work from the live model as reference.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Maczuga, www.michaelmaczuga.com
Cost: $415 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"5 Paintings in 5 Days, Painting Vacation in Mexico"
February 11-15, 2019
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all it is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 52-415-121-2311


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
February 11-15, 2019
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $750.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
March 8-12, 2019
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $750.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"5 Paintings in 5 Days, Painting Vacation in Mexico"
March 11-15, 2019
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all it is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 52-415-121-2311


"The Figure in Oil: In Studio & Plein Air"
March 18-22, 2019
 

In this workshop, the figure will be the subject matter; however, the focus will be on improving drawing skills and seeing values and colors correctly, along with understanding their relationships to each other. There will be daily demonstrations emphasizing the big shapes and establishing their relationships correctly. This provides a springboard to adding additional information, if the artist desires. Students will address design and technique in a manner in which they may express themselves in a personal way. Specific assignments will help you “get to the point a little more quickly.” Be ready to cover a lot of canvas and to “learn through earnest mileage.” Students will receive plenty of one-on-one instruction and individual demonstrations will be given as needed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Peggi Kroll-Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Cost: $720 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Putting Radiant Light into Your Paintings"
March 25-29, 2019
 

This workshop will use still life as a means to study light, the artist’s greatest gift. Using the Russian impressionist tradition of comparing and contrasting, students will paint indoors in both warm and cool light. The emphasis will be on putting warm and cool colors next to each other in such a way that creates a sense of radiant light and harmonious color unity no matter what the subject matter is. Make colors sing! Students will spend time examining photo references for evidence of warm or cool light and 17 different light effects that happen out in the real world. Think of this workshop as the study of light… beyond the plaster cast.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan Diehl, www.susandiehl.com
Cost: $665
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"5 Paintings in 5 Days, Painting Vacation in Mexico"
April 8-12, 2019
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all it is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 52-415-121-2311


"Discover a New Way of Seeing Color"
April 15-19, 2019
 

This workshop introduces a way of seeing and using color to paint outdoor light; capturing the time and type of day by expressing the various light keys of nature. The first two days, students will paint outdoor still life (crucial study that will prepare students to tackle the landscape on Wednesday and Thursday). On Friday, students will study the clothed figure outdoors. Students are encouraged to bring original artwork or photos and talk to Camille about their vision as artists during the week. Camille is an acknowledged authority on color that regularly serves as an entry and awards judge. Portable easel required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Camille Przewodek, www.przewodek.com
Cost: $700 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety"
April 22-26, 2019
 

Art reveals the evidence of our experiences and values. By observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to their character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experiences. Through art, subjects become significant to us in unique ways, aesthetically and conceptually. Through lecture and demonstration, this workshop will reinforce the student’s understanding of composition, form and various methods of applying paint. Students will explore systems of dividing the space within the rectangle, distributing the lines and forms of the subject, and applying paint to the surface with various tools and techniques. Douglas will discuss the application of these principles to various subjects, including landscape, still life and portraiture.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $685
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Design and Painting"
April 22-24, 2019
 

In this workshop, Mike will demonstrate his process and approach to painting with a morning demo painting the model. Students will be painting from life models in the afternoon.” Mike will demonstrate his technique of “drawing” with paint, as well as show other techniques or “tricks” to simplify the figure, which can be a daunting task for many oil painters. He will discuss the balance between representational technique and instinctive design decisions that can transform an academic figure study. The idea is to better enhance and evolve your own personal style by remaining free to manipulate the painting as you envision it.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Carson
Cost: $375 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure in Context"
April 23-26, 2019
 

This workshop is based on the figure in supporting settings. The week will have the model in short and sustained poses placing the model in supporting situations balancing the figure with color, pattern and experience. Through lecture and demonstration, students will gain a deeper understanding of the interrelated components of painting: shape, value, color and edges. Students will receive individual instruction throughout the workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $500 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint Strokes in Tuscany"
June 5-12, 2019
 

Imagine the ambiance that will fill every sensory with excitement as you stand on the rolling hills in the wine country of Italy, surrounded by picturesque stone buildings, painting at your easel, with other likeminded artists, and for a whole week! Smell the fresh air of the country as your paint strokes capture what you see! Bobbi Baldwin will introduce you to some refreshing new ideas about how to approach a painting from the glorious city of Cortona and Lake Trasimeno in Umbria.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Bobbi Baldwin
Cost: From $3,499.00 all inclusive in Italy
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Herman Pekle - Painting Paris and Surrounds"
June 8-15, 2019
 

Picture yourself painting and touring the French countryside and Paris too, with internationally acclaimed artist, Herman Pekel. Herman has great ideas and will guide you to make painting fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Enjoy lots of painting action, one-on-one instruction, wonderful meals and wine, and iconic sights! Come, explore Paris, Versailles, visit the local villages, see Monet's Gardens, and more. We have a full itinerary with you in mind so don't miss this workshop of a lifetime for travel enthusiasts and all levels of artists. See the full itinerary on our website.
 
Location: Paris/Versailles, France
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $3400 most all inclusive except airfare to/from Paris
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
June 14-24, 2019
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Ten full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group critiques and gourmet cuisine/wine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost is CAD 3250 or the equivalent in American dollars at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,520 as of March 2018). Cost includes: art instruction, ten-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting/visiting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Assisi, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2520
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Plein Air Tuscany & Umbria"
July 6-13, 2019
 

Workshops include as many demos as participants may need, abundant one on one instruction with Spencer and daily critique sessions for those who wish to participate. And just to make sure the student has everything he or she needs to succeed in making better paintings, you’ll have the beauty of the Tuscan landscape to inspire you! Come and learn how to better express your artistic vision in a place that has inspired some of history’s giants, with an artist who genuinely loves to teach.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Spencer Meagher
Cost: From $3,149.00 all inclusive in Italy
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
October 3-13, 2019
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Ten full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group critiques and gourmet cuisine/wine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost is CAD 3250 or the equivalent in American dollars at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,520 as of March 2018). Cost includes: art instruction, ten-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to painting/visiting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Assisi, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2520
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"One Painting in One Day-Doors of San Miguel"
Offered Tuesdays year around
 

Easy and fun this workshop is for any lever of experience! Beginners and novice have being amazed by their results. Working with acrylic paint we’ll pain a typical Mexican door starting with one of my professional photos or yours. Participants learn composition, color, painting strategies, practice drawing, painting, gain confidence and finish a unique original painting. As a professional painter, workshop facilitator and college instructor of 27 years, I have worked with individuals at all levels of experience. What is required is a spirit of adventure, open mind, willingness to make mistakes and have fun. If you consider having a painting day with your family and friends while in San Miguel, contact me in advance to make special arrangement.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $95 includes all materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Digital Painting Lesson (Concept Art & Illustration)"
Begin any time
 

Problem solving is a critical skill in art and the creative process is replete with unpredictable twists and turns. In this class, Marco guides you through his process of painting an improvised, yet cohesive fantasy environment. He talks in-depth about how the foundations of art serve as touchstones upon which to build, and how to tune your mindset to the task of discovering a new idea. Overview: - Insight into the fundamentals of painting: drawing, value, edges, and color - Making brushstrokes that add charisma to paintings - Navigating the creative process and discovering new concepts - Methods of telling a visual story - Developing a mindset that fosters confidence in your workflow - A non-technical, artistic approach to Photoshop
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Marco Bucci
Cost: $25 USD
Sponsor: Marco Bucci Art
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"Sketchbook Painting - Plein Air"
Begin any time
 

Marco credits his knowledge of light and colour with his obsession of painting outdoors. In this video workshop, Marco shows you his travel painting setup and how you can get great results and worthwhile study with minimal tools. The video features three paintings, each tackling a different type of outdoor subject matter. Topics include composition, light and shadow, colour temperatures, lightweight tools for easy setup and travel, and Marco's thoughts on why it's important to work from life. This workshop is the next best thing to shadowing an artist live while he explains what he's looking for, and how to translate it in the medium of paint. This lesson includes over 1 hour of video with commentary.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Marco Bucci
Cost: $20 USD
Sponsor: Marco Bucci Art
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"Initiation to Neolithic Pottery & Paper Engraving in Rosa del Taro"
During all the year
 

Art "Atalaya la Rosa del Taro" Artists Residence. It is a process of Neolithic tradition, totally by hand without winch and cooking with direct fire. Very rudimentary technique but of great ethnographic value. With your hands and the help of beach stones, pieces of wood and bone, you can make the tools that the aborigines of the islands used for everyday use. It is an elaborated ceramics, by the procedure called of the warping, consisting of the application and stretching of successive buns, churros or colombines of mud. There is also the technique of recessing and stretching a clay pellet. The preparation of the ceramic paste is made from the mixture of different muds with degreasers (sand or volcanic ash).
 
Location: Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain
Instructor: Silverio Lopez Marquez
Sponsor: La Rosa del Taro
Website, email, 0034 619835684


"Fundamental Art Skills"
Monday - Friday - year round
 

Sherry Egger has a background in graphic art and has experience in a variety of mediums. Her work has been featured in The Colored Pencil Magazine and she was selected to do a technique demonstration article for this magazine in 2015. A popular instructor, she is comfortable with many different artistic mediums and her classes consist of not only pencilists but also those who paint in oil and acrylic. Her emphasis on fundamentals, values, and strong contrast bring both beginning artists as well as those who have been painting for years. Creativity is her strong suit and she is constantly experimenting with new techniques, new concepts and different mediums. Sherry instructs weekly classes at Anderson Gallery’s - Artist's Annex.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Sherry Egger
Cost: $40.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.506.2982


"Mixed Media Online Workshop"
Begin this online class at any time
 

Learn mixed media in the comfort of your own home, no matter where you live. You'll learn how to connect with your creative spirit as you express your personal ideas. In this online class, you'll watch videos to learn collage & simple printing techniques. You'll learn to cut a stencil & apply paint or texture through it. I'll explain clearly & show techniques in a series of short videos. You'll learn & have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new tools & techniques. You'll have so much fun making your mixed media paintings. The best art comes from creative play.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Website, email, 281-330-3827


"Private Painting Lessons in Watercolor or Acrylic"
By Appointment
 

Get personal one-on-one painting lessons from artist & teacher Ann Bell in her Houston studio at mutually convenient time and day. Ann has taught hundreds of people how to paint in watercolor and acrylic. You can begin to paint for fun in as little as one 4 hour lesson. Even if you have never painted before. Even if you can't draw a straight line. Even if you "don't have talent." Of course, expertise takes longer, but once you understand the basics, books, videos and group classes will make more sense. Individual attention speeds your progress. All materials are provided for your first lesson. Online classes are available if you can't come to Houston. Near downtown, close to all freeways.
 
Location: Houston, Texas
Instructor: Ann Bell
Website, email, 281-330-3827


"Visual Journaling Online Workshop"
Begin any time
 

Visual Journaling offers an easy intuitive way to connect with your creative spirit, capture emotions & ideas, access inner knowledge, record life's special moments, and envision your future. This powerful tool is available to everyone, even non-artists, although many artists use it as a rich resource to develop new work & to access intuition. Carl Jung said "The soul speaks in images." You'll learn simple ways to create interesting color & texture on your pages, how to add images, personal photos & text. This powerful tool is yours forever after this introductory class. Watch online as many times as you like. Receive bonus journal if you register early. 6 weekly video lessons. Or receive all right away.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $75. Free journal
Website, email, 281-330-3827


"Creative Collage Online Workshop"
Begin any time
 

Learn Creative Collage at home, any time. Connect with your creative spirit as you express your personal ideas. My camera is only 3 feet from my hands as I clearly show you my perfect-every-time collage technique and my easy ways of painting texture with acrylic paint. I share my thoughts & choices. I explain what I'm doing & why, in detail. Over 4 hours of instruction. You'll learn to make real paintings (not just things glued on a surface), even if you are a new painter. Watch videos as many times as you like for at least 6 months. You'll have fun making your own original collage paintings. The best art comes from creative play. Free vintage papers.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Website, email, 281-330-3827


"Urban Sketching in Guanajuato, Mexico 1 to 3 days"
Offered Per Request
 

Expand your experience of any trip anywhere! Learn urban sketching, add a touch of watercolor or color pencil to enhance and capture the moment! This workshop it's offered per-request to groups 6-12 visiting Guanajuato, Mexico. Choose from one to three days. Take a historical tour, practice the basics of urban sketching 1st day, add the magic of watercolor the 2nd day, bring life with color pencils the 3rd day. Workshop includes historic walking tour, instructions, delicious lunch, photo opportunities. Led by internationally renowned artists with 30 years successfully teaching adults.
 
Location: Guanajuato, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $300.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Urban Sketching in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 1 to 3 days"
Offered Per Request
 

Expand your experience of any trip anywhere! Learn urban sketching, add a touch of watercolor or color pencil to enhance and capture the moment! This workshop it's offered per-request to groups 6-12 visiting San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Choose from one to three days. Take a historical tour, practice the basics of urban sketching 1st day, add the magic of watercolor the 2nd day, bring life with color pencils the 3rd day. Workshop includes historic walking tour, instructions, delicious lunch, photo opportunities. Led by internationally renowned artists with 30 years successfully teaching adults.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $300.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


 

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