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"Light & Shadow"
Tuesdays, June 18 - August 13, 2024
 

Bring your paintings to life! Whether it is portrait, still life, landscape or abstracts, the presence of light against shadow gives the subject form and dimension. Bring your own inspiration to class and with this principle in mind, watch your paintings come to life! Composition and color mixing will be a focus in this class. All mediums and skill levels are welcome!
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Stefanie Lieberman
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Master Copy Class"
Tuesdays, June 18 - August 13, 2024
 

For both the novice and experienced artist, copying the work of the old masters is a time-honored tradition. This methodology has been used by the likes of Da Vinci, Degas, and Sargent. In this class, students will have the opportunity to render drawings and paintings from masterworks of their choosing. Materials will depend on the type of work being pursued, which will be discussed on the first day. Students should look forward to increased knowledge of art history, color theory, composition, and perspective.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sasha Diehl
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"The Origins of Plein Air Painting"
June 19, 2024
 

The ability for artists to paint outside, directly from nature, transformed the practice of landscape painting. Beginning in the 1830's, painters began to move from the studio out-of-doors and their paintings increasingly captured the ever-shifting effects of time of day, season, and atmosphere. Come explore this fascinating history with William Perthes and enjoy its ongoing impact in the Wayne Art Center's 16th Annual Plein Air Festival. William M. Perthes is the Bernard C. Watson Director of Adult Education at the Barnes Foundation.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: William Perthes
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"A Traditional Approach to Painting & Drawing"
Wednesdays, June 19 - August 14, 2024
 

Using simple everyday objects in thoughtful well-lit compositions, students create fresh and dynamic paintings. Through instruction, demos, and examining the work of master and contemporary painters, students begin with a direct painting approach and proceed in clear stages. The course covers the key ingredients of great painting, including composition, paint handling, edges, value and color relationships, and modeling form. Students will develop a solid and dependable approach to painting, providing a strong foundation to build upon. Appropriate for beginner and intermediate painters. The returning student is free to work on independent projects whether still life, landscape, or the figure.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sasha Diehl
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Fundamentals of Oils"
Wednesdays, June 19 - August 14, 2024
 

Students explore all aspects of working with oils, with a strong emphasis on composition, color mixing and various painting techniques. Individual instruction provided in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Ideal for beginners as well as more experienced artists.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Stefanie Lieberman
Cost: $420
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Draw to Paint"
Thursdays, June 20 - August 15, 2024
 

This class will explore the essential relationships of shape, proportion, and value within the condition of light bathing subject matter. The painterly medium of charcoal contributes significantly to understanding the practice of building a painting. Drawing in line and moving to masses, students strive to draw fluidly with concentration on value and proportion, identifying a process that is particularly suited for training painters. The course begins with shorter exercises, as detail-oriented seeing emerges in still life drawing after students learn to prioritize the order of the masses.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sharon Henderson
Cost: $310
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Expressions in Paint: Oil & Acrylic"
Thursdays, June 20 - August 15, 2024
 

In this course, we will be painting small, loose paintings of varied subject matter comprised from images that students will submit. Learn how to break down an image to its most important aspects and not get tied up in detail from the start. Composition, color mixing and painting technique will be addressed in a fun and relaxing painting experience! All skill levels welcome.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Stefanie Lieberman
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Finding The Light in Watercolor"
Thursdays, June 20 - August 15, 2024
 

Learn the art of capturing light and shadow in your watercolor paintings. Over the course of this class, you will explore various techniques and approaches to infuse your artwork with luminosity and atmospheric depth. Through a series of demonstrations and hands-on exercises, you will learn how to observe and interpret light in different scenes. Emphasis on composition, value structure and use of a limited palette will be covered. Discover the magic of transparent washes, layering, and lifting to create stunning effects that bring your paintings to life.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Radhika Srinivas
Cost: $330
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Painting Clinic with Tom Csaszar"
June 22, 2024
 

Are you stuck on a painting and don't know what to do? Bring a problem painting or two to this workshop and artist and educator Tom Csaszar will help you find a solution. The day will begin with a critique and discussion to illuminate the issues in your painting and possible strategies to remedy them. Next you can work on your painting, or an alternative sketch or drawing, in your chosen media. You will work alongside the instructor and the group in this second part of the workshop, with ongoing feedback and discussion. Ideal for painters of all levels in all media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, and gouache.
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Tom Csaszar
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Painless Perspective Workshop"
June 22-23, 2024
 

Perspective is at the heart of good drawing. It allows us to transform the 3D world into a believable 2D image, and it need not be difficult to understand. With still life and interiors as subject matter, learn basic principles and simple methods presented in clear language and without the need for special tools or complex geometry. This workshop serves as a good foundation for further study in drawing. A modest amount of previous drawing experience is recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Still Life with Water Mixable Oils"
June 22, 2024
 

Wondering what Water Mixable (Soluble) Oil paints are all about? Known for blurring the line between watercolor and oil paintings, Beth Bathe's unparalleled style evokes feelings of nostalgia, like an old sepia-toned photograph. Beth uses unconventional tools including squeegees and Q-tips, along with her brushes focusing on composition, values, edges, and drawing rather than color. During this one-day intensive workshop, Beth shares her unique technique with students. In the morning Beth will do a demo from a still life setup and show how she uses simple apps on her phone to simplify forms, enhance value and emphasize composition. In the afternoon students will work from similar still life setups. This workshop is for all level of painters.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Beth Bathe
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Kids Summer Art Classes: Oil & Chalk Pastels | Ages 9 - 12"
June 24 & July 1 (1pm - 3pm)
 

In this class, students will learn to draw intricate florals or delicious fruit using the Grid Method, a structured approach to sketching. Students will be encouraged to bring their own reference photos or have parents provide them, allowing for personalization and creative expression. Get ready to unleash your artistic talents in a fun and supportive environment!
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Caroline Duran
Cost: $70 - 2 Classes
Sponsor: The New Studio for the Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Botanical Drawing and Painting Intensive"
June 24-28, 2024
 

Explore flowers and other natural forms, beginning with line and value drawing and progressing to full-color rendering in watercolor and mixed media.  Topics will include sighting techniques, line quality, tone and value, creation of depth, composition, texture, and basic color. All levels welcome. Tuition includes a $15 materials fee for floral subjects, provided. 
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Linda Gist
Cost: $465
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Studio Painting: Beyond the Basics"
June 26-28, 2024
 

The Beyond the Basics series is designed to explore, more in depth, some specific aspects of painting; aspects that are beyond a painter’s general knowledge. In this class we will focus on “Selection”…what to paint, how to organize your subject matter on the canvas, and how to select the color scheme. A color booklet of notes and four weeks of online guidance will be provided as a follow up to class.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $550
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Kids Summer Art Classes: Acrylic Stacked Donuts | Ages 13 - 18"
June 28 & July 5 (1pm - 3pm)
 

Students explore composition, contrast, and paint mixing through the lens of delectable donuts. Using reference photos provided by the teacher or taken by students, participants dive into the world of acrylic painting. The class employs the Gridded Method and Zoomed composition techniques to foster abstraction, encouraging students to experiment with perspective and form. By the end of the course, students emerge with a deeper understanding of acrylic painting techniques and a portfolio of scrumptious donut-themed artworks.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Caroline Duran
Cost: $70 - 2 Classes
Sponsor: The New Studio for the Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Oil Painting: Comprehending Color"
Wednesdays, July 3 - August 14, 2024
 

Without question, every oil painter benefits from color mixing instruction:  Understanding how to accurately see, mix, and adjust color not only allows you to achieve the results you want in your work but also enables you to avoid the pitfalls of wasting paint though inaccurate and poorly understood pigment mixing.  Explore key methods and principles for effective color mixing, using a limited palette to create prismatic hues and earth tone colors. Instruction will address the role of light in the visual perception of color, as well as subtractive and additive color systems. Work from varied still life arrangements to put your color comprehension into practice, and advance your painting skills for all subject matter. 
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Essential Drawing Techniques"
Wednesdays, July 3 - August 14, 2024
 

Draw what you see competently and with confidence. Drawing is not only the basis for other creative endeavors like painting and sculpting, but also a powerful means of describing the world around you and expressing yourself. Instruction will address fundamental concepts including line, shape, perspective, value, and composition. Draw from still life objects, the life model, and more while learning the proper use of drawing materials, sight-measuring methods to accurately gauge proportions and space, shading techniques to develop three-dimensional form and contrast, and means of developing personal expression. Ideal for beginners and those in need of a refresher. Tuition includes a $10 models fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: $305
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Taking the Leap: Summer Studio Session"
July 8 - August 16, 2024
 

Take the leap to start or cultivate an art-making practice in a private studio space. Learn how to create work and stay motivated on your own terms in this new and unique combination studio-rental and classroom course! Tuition for this six-week program will confer an individual studio space in PAFA’s Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building, as well as weekly meetings for critique and instruction on a variety of artist’s concerns led by artist-instructor/critic Roger Chavez. Studios for this program are approximately 9 x 16 feet, white-walled, with easel and stool provided (students are responsible for additional furniture or equipment needs). Weekly meetings will feature both one-on-one in-studio critiques/discussions as well as group instruction, gallery visits, and critiques from guest critics.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: $1,195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Impressionist Oil Painting: How to Paint Fast with Oils"
July 9-11, 2024
 

Learn how to paint quickly in oils with wet-on-wet or alla prima in an impressionistic way. Carol will share her process for first blocking in large simple shapes before laying down colors. You will learn how to define values, identify your light source, establish a point of focus, and how to use color effectively in your paintings. You will learn how to crop and interpret your reference photographs for strong composition and understand the relationships between value, color temperature and color intensity. These methods will allow participants to quickly paint a fresh, loose looking painting! Students will practice using their own photo resources. There will be a demonstration, personalized teaching and individualized feedback.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Carol Iglesias
Cost: $180
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Learning Different Approaches to Abstract Painting"
Wednesdays, July 10-31, 2024
 

This class is for students that want to work in abstract form. Whether you are new to abstract painting, or are an advanced student, you will gain insights into refining your skills. Blending, color, focal point, negative space, lines, texture, composition, balance, all come into play. Critique will be done to better understand what works in a particular piece and perhaps what to leave out to create a painting that is original and engaging.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Art Cornell
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor: The Color-Focused Still Life"
Thursdays, July 11 - August 15, 2024
 

Explore both the versatility of watercolor and the exciting possibilities of color through still life painting. Learn to capture form with the freshness and fluidity of all prima techniques. Promote color in your work through instruction on color properties, mixing, and basic theory, as well as how to use hues in combination to create impactful compositions. Discussions and in-depth demonstrations will enforce all content so that students gain the facility and freedom to use color and painting techniques as means of personal expression.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Kids Summer Art Classes: Mirror Ball | Ages 9 - 12"
July 11 & 18 (1pm - 3pm)
 

Explore the magic of neon acrylic paint on gessoed wood as we delve into the fascinating world of color mixing and value blending. Students will learn essential techniques while creating a basic value scale, honing their skills in mixing various shades. Calling all Taylor Swift fans—this project is tailor-made for Swifties to express their creativity in a fun and dynamic environment!
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Caroline Duran
Cost: $70 - 2 Classes
Sponsor: The New Studio for the Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Kids Summer Art Classes: Paper Mixed Media Collage | Ages 13 - 18"
July 12, 19, & 26 (1pm - 3pm)
 

Using reference photos provided by the instructor or taken by the students themselves, participants will learn to transfer contour and value outlines onto canvas or wood surfaces. This process, achieved through the chalk method or transfer paper, sets the foundation for their compositions. Students will experiment with a range of materials including glue, modge-podge, hot glue, magazines, books, and watercolor paints. These diverse mediums allow for endless possibilities in creating texture, depth, and visual interest in their collages.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Caroline Duran
Cost: $105 - 3 Classes
Sponsor: The New Studio for the Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Workshop: Color Theory For Realistic Watercolor"
July 13, 2024. 11:00am - 2:30pm. EST
 

In this workshop we will review color theory and how it specifically is applied to watercolor. Works from well known artists will be studied to understand how they utilize color theory. We will then discuss additive and subtractive color theory models. Mixing colors correctly is difficult for most students and artists. Learning color theory and how to apply it correctly will demystify this process. We will have a demonstration showing how to mix tints and complimentary colors. Students will learn how to create a family of color tints and compliments. A work period provides practice time for color exercises. Beginners encouraged, all levels. Ms. Littleton, graduate of MICA, BFA, MAT, has exhibited with AWS, NWS, TWSA, IWM (After Julia Jordon).
 
Location: Towson, Maryland
Instructor: Jennifer Littleton
Cost: $57
Sponsor: Littleton School Of Art
Website, email, +1(410) 828-1198


"Seeing - The Power of a True Artist"
July 17-19, 2024
 

To be a successful artist, it is essential to see things accurately. Enhancing the skills of perception enables the artist to draw or paint anything! For centuries, artists have utilized various aids to seeing. Participants in this workshop have the opportunity to use these aids, allowing for skillful observation and to recreate what they see on paper or canvas. Various ways to measure, make comparisons, define values, see shapes, and identify colors are explored. Regardless of current abilities, completing this workshop significantly transforms the participant’s capacity to view the world as with “new eyes.” With improved powers of perception, they can create artworks of ever-increasing levels of expertise! This workshop was designed for beginner students, intermediate students and advanced students.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Robert H. Way
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Mastering Loose Brushwork in Watercolor"
July 22-25, 2024
 

This workshop offers a comprehensive exploration of watercolor painting techniques with a focus on loose brushwork. The workshop begins with a dedicated session on value sketching techniques. Participants will gain insights into the importance of preliminary sketches, and understanding the relationships between values and colors before delving into the painting process. One key aspect of the workshop is the exploration of color choices based on Vlad's mixing color theory. Participants will learn to translate the properties of primary colors into nuanced water-color mixes.
 
Location: Boone, North Carolina
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Cheap Joe's Art
Website, email, 828-263-5451


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

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


"Cold Wax and Oil"
August 1-4, 2024
 

Join Anne Hebebrand for three days of working with cold wax and oil paint. Whether you are a newcomer to this medium or more experienced, you're welcome to participate at any skill level. She will offer guidance and ample demonstrations, allowing you to progress at your own pace. Students will delve into various techniques, composition, color theory and editing. Explore unique techniques including building layers, working with contrast, veils of color, brayer and transfer techniques, mark-making, masking and stenciling, reductive techniques, compression and blotting. Workshop setting is in a barn at the Haley House in Kittery Maine, ten minutes from Portsmouth, New Hampshire and one hour away from Logan Airport in Boston. All meals provided.
 
Location: Kittery, Maine
Instructor: Anne Hebebrand
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Anne Hebebrand
Website, email, 857-930-9849


"Spontaneous Abstraction"
August 10-11, 2024
 

Many artists can feel frustrated in front of a blank canvas, unsure of how to start and what to paint. This workshop offers a step-by-step technique which will enable you to paint with confidence by tapping into your intuitive process and finding inspiration more easily. Experienced instruction and advice from the instructor will push students to take chances and explore unexpected directions and accidental marks as a means of achieving artistic discoveries. Demonstration of different drawing and painting techniques will enhance your knowledge of the process of painting. Students will utilize line, color and space, as well as the possibilities of editing, to create busy/calm areas and focal points in their paintings. Painting experience recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing Fundamentals Intensive"
August 12-16, 2024
 

If you’ve never drawn before, or your skills are a little rusty, then this class is for you. Learn to draw what you see with confidence. Work from still life arrangements, interior spaces, and the human figure to master the drawing elements: shape, contour line, composition, light and shadow, texture and perspective. Instruction will guide students through sight-drawing and measuring techniques, use of materials, shading methods, and ways of defining form and space. This course is excellent as a foundation for future study, including for painting and other disciplines. Note: Tuition includes a $35 models fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Phyllis Laver
Cost: $485
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Flora & Fauna in Watercolor"
August 15-17, 2024
 

The first day. Students will focus on the fauna, watercolor techniques, positive and negative space, fur, scales, feathers, eyes, claws, paws, texture, and other details of curiosity. Day Two. The focus will be on the flora, some select plants of the region, watercolor techniques, wildflowers, garden blossoms, leaves, shapes, color, texture, light, dark, positive shapes, negative space and other details of the wonder and magic of watercolor. Day Three. Students will bring the plants and animals together. Each artist will create two sketches using the plants and animals of their choice. For more information, visit patbankswatercolors.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Pat Banks
Cost: $500 Museum members/ $550 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"From Tone to Color: watercolor workshop"
August 19-22, 2024
 

Join Vladislav at Landgrove Inn - an authentic 1810 farmhouse in a luxuriant New England landscape. Stay with fellow students and instructor, sharing delicious meals and leisure in this authentic setting. Known as "the soul of Vermont," Landgrove Inn restaurant has become a favorite place for locals and workshops attendees to meet and enjoy one of the special creations by Langrove Inn Chef! This workshop is designed to help participants develop their skills in creating visually compelling artworks. Participants will learn how to use different watercolor techniques to create a range of values, from light to dark, and how to apply these values to create depth, dimension and focal areas in their paintings.
 
Location: Landgrove, Vermont
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Landgrove Inn
Website, email, 800.669.8466


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

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


"In-Class: With an Eye to Color"
September 9-11, 2024
 

The primary focus of this 3-day in-classroom workshop will be on color. While Cynthia is known as a palette knife painter and will give a knife demo, the aim of the workshop is to help people find their own visual voice. What separates you from your fellow painters, what are your particular skills and strengths from which to grow?
 
Location: Marietta, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Cynthia Rosen
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Susquehanna Art Workshops
Website, email, 717-314-9551


"Still Life Painting in Acrylic or Oil"
September 12-15, 2024
 

Using demonstrations each day and individual assistance at each easel, Donna will explain her process of creating vibrant paintings. She will demonstrate values and color mixing and composition. Donna always asks the goals set by her students so that she might help fulfill that goal. Bland lives and paints in the Austin, Texas area. She loves to learn, create and share what she has experienced in finishing a painting. No words to describe the joy in painting outdoors in the Texas Hill Country, Colorado or Mexico. 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. For more information, visit donnabland.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Donna Bland
Cost: $600 Museum members/ $650 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Painting Lyrical Water"
September 13-15, 2024
 

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


"Painting Light in Watercolor"
September 19-21, 2024
 

In this workshop, our main focus will be on the art of capturing and portraying light. Light plays a vital role in bringing depth, atmosphere, and realism to any artwork. Participants will have the opportunity to explore a range of techniques that can be employed to effectively represent light, including glazing, wet-on-wet, and drybrush techniques.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, email, 1-941-330-6865


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

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


"Landscape Atelier"
September 28-30, 2024
 

This is a classically-taught landscape class which starts with sketching and understanding trees and landforms, moving on to the design of your painting, color to achieve light and distance, and brushwork for expression and vitality . We will work from life when weather permits. Your landscape paintings will benefit greatly from the immediacy of your own experience in sketching. And you will be better equipped to understand your photo reference when you return to the studio.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levée
Cost: $525
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Impressionistic Approach in Watercolor"
September 29, 2024
 

The workshop will concentrate on reinterpreting the scenery into loose impressionist perception style. Composition, hierarchy of elements, painting techniques, approaches to highlight only important elements will be the focus of this workshop. Students will: *Discover how to simplify the most complex scenery *Learn the tonal values and fundamental connection between colors and values *Learn to breakdown everything into primitive forms *Understand the stages involved in painting process to eliminate guesswork *Advance your loose brush techniques *Practice dry brush, wet on wet, soft gradation and calligraphy *Learn to increase sense of depth and enhance focal areas
 
Location: Rockport, Massachusetts
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $165 - 190
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Watercolor Painting"
October 7-10, 2024
 

The workshop sessions begin as Couch completes a painting, explaining what he is doing, and why, as he paints. Students paint in the afternoons, after which Couch critiques all the day’s completed work, including his own. An optional slide show/lecture on the principles of design – including color and composition – will be presented in the afternoon of the first day. Couch has won over 70 national awards and his work has been included in three annual exhibitions of the National Academy of Design. For more information, visit tonycouch.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Tony Couch
Cost: $600 Museum members/ $650 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


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

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


"Finding Delight in Color"
October 16-18, 2024
 

This workshop reveals secrets even the old masters did not know! Participants discover the source of all color, elevating their powers of observation to permit identification of hues hiding in plain sight. With this heightened skill, students are better able to replicate colors seen without the frustration of endless experimentation, memorizing formulas, recipes, and complicated color systems or “happy accidents.” Special focus is placed on assisting the artist to determine the most suitable pigments for producing paintings of quality and unfailing harmony. This workshop was designed for beginner students, intermediate students and advanced students.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Robert H. Way
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"4-Day Workshop: Creating Expressive & Dynamic Watercolor"
October 21-24, 2024
 

Mon-Thurs Oct 21-24, 2024 from 9:30am-3:30pm. $575 Art League of OC Members, $720 Non-Members. There will be a wide variety of watercolor techniques that will be discussed and demonstrated including positive and negative painting, composition, using creative colors, glazing, charging color, and many more. Students will begin each day with a demonstration painting that will be finished before lunch. The daily demonstration will be different each day so that you will see a wide variety of subject matter and styles including landscapes, floral, stylized, and abstract. Edwards preferred method of painting is to use large brushes for most of the painting and complete the painting with a small amount of details towards the end using smaller brushes.
 
Location: Ocean City, Maryland
Instructor: Sterling Edwards
Cost: $575 ALOC Members, $720 Non-Members
Sponsor: Art League of Ocean City
Website, email, 410-524-9433


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

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


"Learning Different Approaches to Abstract Painting"
Wednesdays, October 30 - November 20, 2024
 

This class is for students that want to work in abstract form. Whether you are new to abstract painting, or are an advanced student, you will gain insights into refining your skills. Blending, color, focal point, negative space, lines, texture, composition, balance, all come into play. Critique will be done to better understand what works in a particular piece and perhaps what to leave out to create a painting that is original and engaging.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Art Cornell
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor Floral"
November 1 & 2, 2024
 

Join nationally renowned watercolor artist, Alan Shuptrine, for a floral/mist and lace watercolor workshop. Focusing on regional floral landscapes, Alan will teach students how to create a watercolor from dark to light using wet and dry-brush techniques, how to utilize lighting and distance to create your composition and applying detail in the foreground. 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: $400 Museum members/ $450 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Taking Your Work to the Next Level"
November 6-8, 2024
 

Artists who are interested in improving their work often get stalled in their progress and just need a kick-start to get back on the path for excellence. This workshop is a chance to take a good honest look at your current work and consider what exactly needs improvement. The class will be divided into three parts: identification of the one area that most needs improvement, individualized exercises to address the problem, studio painting to put new ideas in to practice. Four weeks of online mentoring is included as a follow up to the class.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Equine Elegance: An Oil Painting Workshop on Horse and Animal portraits"
November 12-14, 2024
 

In this workshop led by award-winning artist Ernest Vincent Wood III, both novice and experienced painters will enhance their skills in capturing an animal’s essence. Participants will delve into the fundamental techniques and principles of oil painting, focusing specifically on the structure and unique characteristics of animals and horses. Through a series of demonstrations, guided exercises, and personalized instruction, participants will learn how to capture the detail of fur and hair and explore what makes animal and equine subjects come to life: light, color harmonies, brushwork, and emphasis on shape and structure. From the powerful presence of a horse to the quiet, peaceful sleeping cat or the joy on a dog’s face, students will learn how to convey emotion and character through their paintings.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Ernest Vincent Wood lll
Cost: $475
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


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

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


"New York Art Tour - Bus Tour from Ottawa to NYC"
March 20-23, 2025
 

A fun and flexible bus art tour to New York City from Ottawa offered since 1993. Three nights and four days in Midtown Manhattan visiting the Met, the MoMa, the Guggenheim, the Whitney, the Chelsea Galleries and more. A great opportunity to travel with a group of art lovers and an art historian on board. Participants from all over the US can join us in NYC. Price per person in a double room is CAD 1000 (around US$730 at the current exchange rate). We also offer single, triple and quad accommodation. Price includes three nights at a well-rated hotel in Midtown Manhattan, deluxe bus transportation Ottawa-New York -Ottawa and transportation to all museums and galleries on schedule.
 
Location: New York City, New York
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 730
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Young Talents (Ages 4-7 yrs)"
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At this age kids are already familiar with the basics of art, painting and crafting. Therefore, our goal is to show them a new type of versatile creativity. Our techniques help to train their taste and ability to focus, to dream and to create a real masterpiece on canvas, as well as using glass, ceramics, sand and water. Kids will learn the fundamentals of design and composition. They will play with line, value, color, shape, size, and direction. The principles we use in class are unity, conflict, dominance, repetition, alternation, balance, harmony, and gradation. Classes are offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Cost: $25 per class or $75/month
Sponsor: Degallery
Website, email, +1(979)704-3090


"Teen Art (Ages 11 yrs & up)"
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In this exciting and inspiring art adventure for budding artists, teens will tap into their creativity as they learn to express themselves through art. Receive one-on-one customized art instruction with professional artists. Explore a variety of painting, drawing and mixed-media art projects, materials and technique. Explore acrylic paint on canvas, oil pastels, charcoal, mixed-media expression, ink, portraiture and more! Learn artistic techniques such as line quality, composition, shading, texture, personal expression, color, art history, realism, abstraction and more! Celebrate with a group art exhibition of artwork created. Classes are offered on Mondays and Saturdays.
 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Cost: $35 per class or $95/month
Sponsor: Degallery
Website, email, +1(979)704-3090


"Botanical Offerings - A Floral Sketching and Painting Course"
May 25-30, 2025
 

Why flowers? I have always been drawn to painting flowers in my work. To me, flowers represent the healing power of beauty. I believe that the world could use a little more beauty (and art). I am delighted to share my love of flowers and my process of painting with all of you! Come arrange, sketch and paint flowers with me. During this five-day intensive workshop, we will explore shape, line, and color through a variety of expressions, including sketching, collage, and painting. We will use mixed media techniques to layer and create beautiful expressive florals. I will be walking artists through exercises to loosen up their process, create from a place of joy, play with color, and explore composition.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Wendy Brightbill
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Jumpstart Your Creativity"
July 6-11, 2025
 

Learn the basics of good design and explore exercises to unleash your creative process. Tap into your inner artist and apply principles to the creation of art quilts. This class promises to be very exciting and fulfilling. Each day begins with a different exercise in color and composition using a 12-inch square format. These exercises can serve as inspiration for larger pieces. We will explore composition with line and shape, addressing negative space, soft and hard edges, and the abstraction of realistic inspirations. For each daily class, we will explore a different design concept. Evening critiques of your work will also be held.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Katie Pasquini Masopust
Cost: $1144 + Materials fee
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


 

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