Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Americana Watercolor Landscapes"
February 4 & 5, 2022
 

Join nationally renowned watercolor artist, Alan Shuptrine, for an in-depth Americana watercolor workshop! Focusing on Southern landscapes, barns, and hints of Americana, Alan will teach students how to create a watercolor from back to front, while providing individual guidance. Using wet and dry-brush techniques, he will also discuss how to utilize lighting and distance to create your composition, as well as attention to specific details. A painter known for his watercolor technical ability, sensitive and thought-provoking paintings, Shuptrine has extended his reputation from a renowned master craftsman and water gilder to a nationally acclaimed watercolorist. For more information, visit alanshuptrine.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Alan Shuptrine
Cost: $350 Museum members/ $375 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"The Unspoken Rules of Color"
February 4-6, 2022
 

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 with brief demonstrations, as well as one-on-one instruction that 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 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portrait and Figure Painting 'Weekend Warriors' Workshop"
February 5-6, 2022
 

These popular weekend classes focus on the figure/portrait in a series of exercises designed to challenge artists at every experience level. Working from life, students come away with a new understanding of the human form, color-mixing, composition, and paint-handling. Saturday is an “aerobic work-out” of short poses (25 to 40 minutes).... and Sunday consists of longer poses - (one in the AM and one in the PM). Each student is expected to bring their own easel (plein air set-up works great) and supplies (a supply list will be sent out upon registration).
 
Location: Benicia, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $275 (includes model fees)
Website, 415-307-9796


"Color Confidence"
February 10-13, 2022
 

Learn to mix the exact colors that you want. Experience the delight and joy of color mixing as you become successful and efficient with color mixing. This workshop will help you identify what color you want to mix and then how to mix it efficiently. We will examine how color theory works, and why it doesn’t work so well sometimes. The basics of color theory will be covered but most of the time will be spent mixing color and making small studies. Creativity is sometimes chaotic but color mixing doesn’t have to be, it can be a tool to express your creativity and this class will make it just that. This is a class for all painting media.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jane Jones, www.janejonesartist.com
Cost: $630 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Perspective Drawing"
Mondays, February 14-28, 2022
 

Learn to draw correct perspective to help with your paintings and other artistic creations. One, two, and three-point perspective drawings will be explained, demonstrated, and practiced.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Dennis Lake
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Intermediate Acrylic Pour Painting"
February 19, 2022
 

This workshop is meant for students who have some experience in acrylic pour painting, or those who attended the January 2022 introductory course. Instructor Mary Ringelstetter will guide students through more advanced pour techniques and color mixing options. Each student will create up to 3 canvases during class, depending on the speed with which you work. Class size is extremely limited and early registration is recommended!
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Ringelstetter
Cost: $115
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Painting the Desert Mountain Landscape"
February 22-25, 2022
 

This workshop is aimed at students looking to improve their techniques for painting the rugged desert mountain landscape. It will cover all aspects of approaching this challenging subject: effective color mixing techniques, creating intelligent composition to draw viewers into the painting, atmospheric and linear perspective, painting rocks and shrub convincingly, value structure and how to approach a landscape from start to finish with a heavy focus on creating the effect of natural light. Students will spend four days in the studio where Matt will take you through his entire process -capturing reference material through plein air painting and photography, editing images to make better compositions and transferring concepts to canvas. This immersive workshop will consist of demonstrations, discussion and plenty of hands-on painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Matt Ryder, www.ryderscanvas.com
Cost: $550 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Explosive Colorful Portrait Painting"
February 28, 2022
 

Do you want a painting that will have explosive colors that are not garish? This is the class for you! No matter if you’re working from a limited palette or using many colors, it is the control of the values and temperatures that will make your painting an expressive image. We will be using traditional and non-traditional tools. A canvas and illustrated class notes will be supplied.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jerry Salinas, www.salinasart.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Composing in Color"
March 8-10, 2022
 

Paint is a colored substance, spread on a surface. The magic of painting is turning paint into color. Making the colors tell a story, giving a viewer butterflies, mesmerizing – that is composing in color. Students will start with simple still life, progress to the model and then into complex settings. Students will whisper a mood with the color and learn to let the color talk.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Encaustic Collage and Image Transfers"
March 11-13, 2022
 

Encaustic and paper are an incredibly versatile match and, with the addition of pigment sticks and other materials, we will create works with an optical depth, luminosity, and a painterly quality. Paper will be the foundation of our pieces which will serve as rich backgrounds for transferring photographic images on the surface. Basics of studio safety, substrate options, painting techniques, and archival work methods will be covered. All base mediums and paints as well as eco-dye supplies will be provided, but students will be encouraged to bring a variety of found papers and other materials to use. No prior experience with encaustic painting required, but general art-making experience is helpful.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Tubac School of Fine Art
Website, email, 520-398-2589


"Discover a New Way of Seeing Color"
March 28 - April 1, 2022
 

“Color that expresses the light key of nature can make any subject strikingly beautiful.” —Camille Przewodek. 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 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Exploring the Rendering of Glass & Flora in Watercolor"
April 8 & 9, 2022
 

Painting ball jars has been a love of Jennifer Redstreake Geary’s for the past 10 years. In this workshop, students will explore not only painting glass and its various distortions, but also how that affects the subject inside. The floral subject with its organic lines mixes well with the antique ball jar. Geary will show you her method of image transfer onto Ampersand Aquabord ™, where she begins a painting and how not to get lost in all the chaos that is the whole image. Each student will work on a 12” x 16” painting. Don’t be discouraged or intimidated, though, as we have two days to complete this project! For more information, visit redstreakecreative.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Jennifer Redstreake Geary
Cost: $325 Museum members/ $350 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Group Critique"
April 9, 2022
 

Feeling isolated in your studio? Unsure of your next step? A group critique is an excellent means of both dispelling feelings of artistic isolation or uncertainty and finding inspiration in the ideas and artwork of others in a supportive environment. Join acclaimed artists and PAFA faculty Neysa Grassi and Bruce Samuelson for supportive, non-judgmental feedback on your artwork while helping you to dispel feelings of self-criticism or discouragement. Learn to perceive doubt as a tantalizing entry for creative investigation rather than a destructive force. Each participant will receive a 30-minute individual critique, led by the critics but benefitting from feedback from the rest of the group, beginning at 9 a.m.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Neysa Grassi and Bruce Samuelson
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Color Mixing with a Limited Palette and Palette Knife Painting"
April 11-12, 2022
 

This exciting two-day class for oil painters is designed to give the artist a really useful method of color mixing to achieve consistent, harmonious paintings, and to then apply those skills to palette knife painting. Day One: Students will learn how to use only six oil colors (plus white) to create every color of paint previously purchased one tube at a time. Using this method will set the artist on the way to mastering color temperature, values, and intensity. Day Two: Students will focus on traditional fundamentals including values, temperature management, large masses, focal point emphasis, simplification of detail and soft edges…all with a palette knife! No brushes allowed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Renee Palmer-Jones, www.RPJfineart.com
Cost: $235 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Intro to Encaustic Paintings"
April 22-23, 2022
 

Designed for students new to the encaustic medium or those wanting to expand their knowledge, this 2-day workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the materials, working methods, and safety fundamentals for working in encaustic. Students will leave the workshop with a solid technical foundation and the confidence to continue exploring encaustic beyond the workshop. Sarah approaches her teaching with alternating between demonstrations and working time so students can see and discuss a process, and then immediately give it a try. We will explore basic painting techniques, color mixing, fusing methods, and surface refinement. All paints and tools/brushes are supplied.
 
Location: St Charles, Illinois
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $335
Sponsor: Fine Line Creative Arts Center
Website, 630.584.9443


"Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety"
April 25-29, 2022
 

Through lecture and demonstration, this workshop will reinforce the student’s understanding of composition, form and various methods of applying paint. Students will work on specific assignments, exploring ways of simplifying and abstracting the subject while adding endless variety to the marks and colors used. Students will be shown multiple ways of starting and building a painting (both with direct and indirect procedures such as Alla Prima and glazing) and ways of simplifying their palette preparation. This workshop inspires a more experimental approach, discovering new tools, methods, materials, as well as in adjusting elements of the painting, such as the value key/color palette, shapes and edges. Students are advised to first attend “Suggesting Reality” to be fully prepared for this class.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $750 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Eco Dye and Collage – Exploring Natural Patterns and Colors"
May 11-13, 2022
 

We will kick our workshop experience off by making our own collage papers through various processes such as rust printing and eco-dyeing with plants and flowers. We will explore both boiled and steamed methods for eco-dying on a variety of papers. From there we can further alter the papers with modifier baths, drawing inks, and more to make collage materials that are works of art all on their own. See workshop link for full info.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $460
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, email, (616) 897-7842


"Make Your Paintings More Three-Dimensional"
May 12-15, 2022
 

This workshop is for all skill levels from beginner to advanced. Penix will cover topics such as the power of warms and cools, complementaries, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, elements of light and shadow, the power of suggestion and seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships. There will be a strong emphasis on making your paintings more three-dimensional. Students will use oils (other mediums are welcome) to paint from photos. They will have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of boats, cityscapes, figures, birds, hanging fruit and fish. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Derek Penix, derekpenix.com
Cost: $595
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Color Mixing with a Limited Palette"
May 14, 2022
 

This relaxing, one-day class for oil painters is designed to give the artist a really useful method of color mixing to achieve consistent, harmonious paintings. Color Theory doesn’t need to be complicated nor involve lengthy charts to consult. Learn how to use only six oil colors (plus white) to create every color of paint previously purchased one tube at a time. Using this method will set the artist on the way to mastering color temperature, values, and intensity. Note: It is imperative to purchase the exact oil colors given in the supply list. It is also imperative to use the same brand of paint. Please do not bring any color that says “hue” on the label.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Renee Palmer-Jones, www.RPJfineart.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Value, Value, Value: Introduction to Scratchboard"
May 14-15, 2022
 

Scratchboard, as in black and white photography, draws its drama by including the widest range of light to dark in each “painting.” The process itself is as basic as drawing with a pencil. The artist uses a knife instead of a pencil and applies the strokes to a panel coated with black india ink over white clay instead of applying to white paper. With each stroke of the knife blade, a scratch removes the black ink revealing the white beneath. The challenge is to remember you are creating various grey tones all the way to white (depending on the amount of scratching you do to remove the black). It is a thrill mid-process because your imagery emerges with each stroke.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass
Cost: $175 + $15 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Landscape Painting: Earth, Water, and Sky (& More)!"
May 19-22, 2022
 

David Dunlop is a modern-day old master whose luminous paintings draw from both Renaissance techniques and contemporary science. Each day begins with demonstrations and followed by Dunlop working individually with each artist. These personal instructor visits allow each artist to expand their skills and enjoyably realize their own ambitions in a relaxed, friendly, and comfortable way. The workshop will have a daily combination of lecture/slides, demo in acrylic, oil and watercolor and student painting. The following subjects will be covered: Day 1. Broad Panoramic Landscapes with Big Skies. Day 2. Water. Day 3. Intimate Landscapes; Nature up Close. Day 4. The Other Landscape, the Cityscape. For more information, visit daviddunlop.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David Dunlop
Cost: $725 Museum members/ $775 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Photography Basics and Adobe Lightroom Post-Processing"
May 21-22, 2022
 

Day 1: Field Day at Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area. In the field, we’ll cover how to use aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and focusing to perfect your compositions and exposures. Day 2: Post-Processing and Adobe Lightroom at River Arts Studio. In the studio, we’ll spend time learning to process the photos you took on Day 1 using Adobe Lightroom. Students should bring their cameras and any necessary cords, laptop and charger, and a notepad.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mike Murray
Cost: $60
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"The Figure and the Landscape"
May 30 - June 4, 2022
 

Have you been struggling with adding a figure into a scene…or been curious about painting from life en plein air? Come join Randall Sexton for this unique workshop experience in the Northwoods of Wisconsin at the natural serene world of Dillman’s Bay Resort. The class will focus on the fundamentals of plein air for two days and then experience the joy of working on location from life with a model(s). Open to all levels the demonstrations will be done in oil, but the workshop is open to other mediums as well. Beginning students must have some experience with plein air (mainly to insure that you have proper equipment and experience working outside. Hope you can join us!
 
Location: Luc du Flambeau, Wisconsin
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Dillman's Bay Resort
Website, email, 715-588-3143


"California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture™"
June 2-5, 2022
 

Absolutely no drawing experience necessary in David Lobenberg’s California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture™ workshop. He uses a reference photo and tracing technique that’s super simple to execute. Throughout the course of the workshop, artists learn: How to shoot dramatic, stylistic reference photos with a smart phone and natural daylight. How to utilize a simple photo/tracing technique to prepare for the painting process. How to bust through the color barrier. How to mix gutsy colors with a minimal five-color palette. How to merge positive and negative stencil embellishment techniques into their portraits. Artists will have the where-with-all to follow their own path towards creating California Vibe Watercolor Portraits™! For more information, visit lobenbergart.com and Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and on YouTube.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $575 Museum members/ $625 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Dafford Murals Master Workshop"
June 6-18, 2022
 

West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) announces the Dafford Murals Master Workshop, an intensive introduction to the materials, processes, and techniques of renowned muralist Robert Dafford. During this twelve-day hands-on workshop, June 6-18, 2022, Dafford will share his process from start to finish, with students applying these lessons on interior wall panels before moving onsite to the riverfront. Dafford’s team will complete the murals in the following weeks. Artists may apply to participate through submission of works samples through CaFÉ, an online application and jurying site at bit.ly/3m1AoTs. Submissions must be received by January 31, 2022. Accepted applicants will be notified by February 18, 2022.
 
Location: Paducah, Kentucky
Instructor: Robert Dafford
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Paducah School of Art and Design
Website, email, 270-534-3902


"Color Theory Through Watercolor"
August 2, 2022
 

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. This is one in a series of five classes designed to be taken in sequence or individually.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


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

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


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

Join Randall for his annual return to the quintessential New England backdrop of Landgrove Vermont. Close to the Vermont Country Store in Weston, between Manchester and Brattleboro, this plein air workshop is a favorite of past and returning attendees. All levels welcome, visiting students are encouraged to spoil themselves at the Langrove Inn that hosts the workshop series.
 
Location: Landgrove, Vermont
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Website, (802) 824-6673


"Creating Beautiful Landscapes in Acrylic or Oil"
September 15-18, 2022
 

Completing a painting each day. Learn to perceive and simplify shape and color while creating a painting. Visually interpret relationship of shape, value and color. Donna Bland will start a demo painting, then begin a step-by-step process to completing a painting each day. Bland lives and paints in the Austin, Texas area. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, the Austin Plein Air Painters, American Women Artists and Artists of Texas. She formally studied art at The Student Art League of New York, Scottsdale School of Art, University of Georgia and Tyler Junior College in Texas. For more information, visit donnabland.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Donna Bland
Cost: $550 Museum members/ $600 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Simplifying the Complex en Plein Air / Kentucky Style"
September 22-24, 2022
 

Come paint in central Kentucky with award-winning California artist Randy Sexton. This 3-day workshop is open to all levels—but it is especially geared to push the experienced artist to greater heights. Randy will review the basics of solid picture making… while sharing his own methods for “Simplifying the Complex.” Three days will be spent on location (gathering direct experience en plein air.) Daily demonstrations will be followed up with “one-on-one” assistance at the easel. An additional day of Portrait and Figure painting is also an option!
 
Location: Springfield, Kentucky
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $595
Sponsor: The Art Distillery
Website, 831.620.2955


"Expressive Realism: Landscape, Still-life, and Figurative"
September 22-24, 2022
 

Join us for this “Three day ~ Three subject” workshop focused on the importance of design and paint handling while exploring the differences and similarities of Landscape, Still-Life, and Figurative subject matter. In his workshops Randall Sexton is frequently asked to help people “loosen-up” with their brushwork. Yes indeed, Brushwork is your other “Voice”…Your Signature… It is recognizable whether you know it or not….but brushes aren’t the only way to this endgame. A solid understanding of the fundamentals of good design will bolster your ability to paint more expressive and exciting work. Oil/Acrylic, All Levels Welcome.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, 831.620.2955


 

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