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"Color Harmony in Tonal Painting"
March 2-3, 2024
 

Tonal painting is the creation of form and dimension by modulating value of color from light mass to shadow mass. Color harmony is created through an understanding of temperature shift from light to dark. Working from the still life, this oil painting workshop relates the concepts of tone, temperature, and key. Students will be instructed how to mix oil color, organize their palette mixtures, and maintain color harmony, while painting wet-into-wet. Please make sure to bring a large palette and a high-quality mixing knife. Mornings will include lecture and demonstration, with afternoons devoted to painting and individual instruction. All levels are welcome, some experience drawing and painting from observation is recommended.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Christine Lafuente
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Watercolor: The Color-Focused Still Life"
Tuesdays, March 5 - April 9, 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


"Advancing Your Acrylics"
Wednesdays, March 6 - April 10, 2024
 

For students with some experience and training with acrylic paints, this course will increase the fascination and challenge of the medium by guiding you into a wide range of techniques and materials that will advance your skill level. Explore transparent and semi-opaque layering more deeply while investigating masking and blending techniques. Content will include color theory and compositional structure, as well as the introduction of a broad selection of acrylic paint types and additives. Subject matter includes still life arrangements, the human figure, and the expansive views of the city from the upper floors of PAFA. Previous acrylic painting experience required. Tuition includes a $35 models fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Oil Painting Techniques"
March 6 - April 10, 2024
 

Create luminous color and depth in your painting! Learn traditional underpainting techniques, transparent and translucent layering methods, and wet-into-wet alla prima painting. Practice these techniques by making a series of small-scale paintings from your own source material or invention. Receive helpful feedback and critique along the way. In addition, you will learn about artists’ palettes, the development of colors and mediums, the mass production of art materials, as well as display, storage, and health issues.
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"From Drawing to Painting"
Thursdays, March 7 - April 11, 2024
 

Drawing is integral to all types of painting, but many beginning painters lack the fundamental drawing skills, or the understanding of how best to use them, to serve their painting goals. This combination drawing and painting (all media) class will focus on how to use drawing to create a roadmap to develop your finished work. Observational, measuring, and compositional rendering tactics will be addressed with attention to using positive and negative space and breaking your composition down to basic components. Students then will be guided toward adapting their drawings to paintings in their choice of oil or water-based media. Historical examples will show how painters past and present have used drawing in the creation of their work.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Alla Prima Watercolor"
March 8 - April 12, 2024
 

Explore the world of watercolor! Watercolor is a wonderful painting medium due to its vibrant and translucent nature, quick drying time, and easy set-up and clean-up. Learn the tools and techniques of the medium while painting directly from engaging still life arrangements. Direct and layered painting methods, color, brushes, and the variety of papers available will all be covered. Receive helpful feedback and critique along the way. Great watercolor painters of the past and present will be discussed including John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Charles Burchfield and Andrew Wyeth. All levels welcome, from beginner to advanced and all forms of expression from realist to abstract.
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Painting Still Life and Reflections"
March 9-10, 2024
 

Join us for this 2-day workshop with Marla Greenfield! We will be painting a still life together, step by step, that will include reflections on silver. This will be a valuable lesson that can be translated into painting other reflective surfaces including glass and water. Students will receive clear instruction and learn how to break the process of creating a painting down into manageable steps that can be used to approach virtually any subject matter. The class will cover glazing and layering, “learning” to see, using wet into wet techniques to let the paints combine on the paper, how to create rich dark values, and tackling reflective surfaces.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Marla Greenfield
Cost: $365
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Design & Color Secrets for Lush Landscapes"
March 11-15, 2024
 

Achieve bold, lush landscapes with fresh brushwork and juicy paint. Debra will help you identify how you can easily improve your work. Learn to push reds into your paintings in unexpected ways. Warm up a blue so it shimmers. Learn the secrets to painting clouds and capturing sparkle on the water. Break old habits and bring a new, more confident, approach to your work. We will be painting indoors and on location in beautiful Southern California. Debra Huse is an award-winning, impressionist oil painter. Painting primarily En Plein Air, she is acclaimed for her joyful use of color and bold brushwork. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and has been exhibited in over 25 museums.
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $795.00
Sponsor: Huse Skelly Fine Art Gallery
Website, email


"Mastering Edges and Paint Manipulation"
March 13-15, 2024
 

In this workshop students will be encouraged to take authority over the edges in their paintings. They will be assisted in creating a variety of edges from firmly held to lost and found. Emphasis will be placed on the where, when, and why of edges as well as paint manipulation in general. Secondary emphasis will be placed on the use of both conventional and unconventional tools.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Robert J. Simone
Cost: $375
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Color and the Landscape"
March 16-17, 2024
 

In this workshop, you'll learn how to use color for emotional impact and scenic clarity in your landscape paintings. We'll see how color works in both realistic and expressive landscapes throughout art history, and learn how to apply those lessons in our own paintings. We will discuss how color is used to create depth, atmosphere, and mood in a painting. We will explore how the color of the sky disperses itself throughout a landscape unifying and harmonizing everything you see. Students will work from photographs to create small paintings using a limited number of colors. This is a great way to learn how to mix and use color effectively and will help you learn to create subtle and sophisticated color worlds.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Claire Haik
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Printmaking without a Press Workshop"
March 17, 2024
 

Learn to print without a press! Explore monoprints, the painterly approach to printmaking that combines the spontaneity of painting and drawing with the process of printmaking. Learn additive, subtractive, and trace monotype techniques using Plexiglass, Gelli printing plates and water-based inks with stencils and masks. The instructor will demonstrate all techniques and supply the materials. Experience the moment of magic and surprise when you pull a print and see the results of your effort!
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Bill Brookover
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"American Art: 1900 - 1945"
March 21, 2024
 

At the turn of the 20th century the social and cultural landscape of the United States underwent dramatic changes and American art began to develop a form informed by, yet distinct from, European modernism. Robert Henri and the Ashcan School painters and Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, and Charles Demuth, promoted at Alfred Stieglitz’s Galleries, began to shape a new “American” direction for painters. This session will explore American art up until the end of WW II and will consider painters both familiar and underrecognized. William M. Perthes is the Bernard C. Watson Director of Adult Education at the Barnes Foundation. William is an art historian whose scholarship focuses on Modernism, particularly in the United States.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: William Perthes
Cost: Members $15, Non-Members $25
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Advanced Watercolor and New Ideas"
March 22-24, 2024
 

This workshop is design to introduce more advanced techniques and new ideas and push you to a higher level; to help get you beyond your comfort level! You will be doing your own work from your own personal resources and from Sue’s handouts. Please do not bring any imagery from the web, magazines, or books.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Sue Archer
Cost: $475
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Figure Painting with Light and Color"
March 23-25, 2024
 

Grasp a better understanding of light and color through painting from life, both plein air around Key West and in the classroom. John Clayton introduces various ways to mix and apply color that will make your painting filled with light and capturing the light key. This class will offer different lessons each day, including using a knife to bring out expressive designs. Clayton studied at the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown where he embraced the “Art of Seeing Color” as taught by the late Henry Hensche and Charles W. Hawthorne. He now makes his living painting and teaching throughout Cape Cod in the Summers and the streets of Key West in the Winter.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: John Clayton
Cost: $360 / $325 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Modern Impressionism-In-Action (4-Day)"
March 23-26, 2024
 

Colley will ensure that each student has the fundamentals to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and a sensitivity to the subject. Colley will be focusing his attention on tonal values, composition, brushwork, color saturation and paying special attention to the importance of edges. His workshops are conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. Colley will employ a step-by-step process allowing all students the best chance to see the way a painting is constructed. Subjects: Seascape, Landscape, Urban Scene, Interior or Alternative 1 x Day Plein-Air if weather permits.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colley Whisson
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Creative Collage"
March 26, 2024
 

Join 25+ year professional educator and Art League Academy instructor, Debi West, for this exciting half-day workshop! All levels of students will enjoy this workshop where participants will learn the art of collage, which you will love! Debi will help students create a collage by focusing on composition, color, value, lines, shape and negative space! You do not want to miss this awesome class! This workshop is appropriate for students of all levels.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $40
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Modern Impressionism-In-Action (3-Day)"
March 27-29, 2024
 

Colley will ensure that each student has the fundamentals to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and a sensitivity to the subject. Colley will be focusing his attention on tonal values, composition, brushwork, color saturation and paying special attention to the importance of edges. His workshops are conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. Colley will employ a step-by-step process allowing all students the best chance to see the way a painting is constructed. Subjects: Seascape, Landscape, Urban Scene, Interior or Alternative 1 x Day Plein-Air if weather permits.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colley Whisson
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Art Critiques with Art Cornell"
April 4, 2024
 

Art Cornell will be offering 90-minute critique sessions for artists of all level, medium, and styles. Join us at Art League Academy and bring up to 3 pieces of your artwork with you. Maybe you're stuck, maybe there's something you want to change but you just can't figure it out, or maybe you just want another person to tell you to put down the brush and step away from the completed work, whatever the case may be, this session is for you! Art will share his 20+ years of experience with you! Critique sessions are open to the first 12 registrants to ensure enough time for each person! Sign up now, we hope to see you there!
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Art Cornell
Cost: $20
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting with a Palette Knife"
April 6-7, 2024
 

This two-day workshop will focus on the use of the palette knife, the freedom it affords and the emphasis of color in your paintings. While the palette knife can be used to enhance brush paintings, it is a perfect tool for impressionistic as well as abstracted images rich in color. We will work from the still life as well as from landscape photos. I will show how the palette knife can add its own vibrancy to the image. Materials: Oil or acrylic paints.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Cynthia Rosen
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"4-Day Expressive Watercolor: Flowers to Figures"
April 8-11, 2024
 

Mon-Thurs. April 8-11, 9:30am-3:30pm. $450 Art League of OC Members, $565 Non-Members. Fresh flowers in the studio will be the inspiration for the beginning of this dynamic workshop – progressing to the head and figure. Through a series of fun painting exercises, students will develop a more loose and natural approach – giving them an opportunity to be more spontaneous and expressive in their paintings. In our approach to learning how to interpret the head and figure, we will learn to express translucent flesh tones, while focusing on the gesture of the person. Painting children will also be covered.
 
Location: Ocean City, Maryland
Instructor: Janet Rogers
Cost: $450 ALOC Members, $565 Non-Members
Sponsor: Art League of Ocean City
Website, email, 410-524-9433


"American Art: 1945 - 2000"
April 11, 2024
 

After WW II, New York exploded onto the world stage as the new center of modern art with Abstract Expressionist painters like Jackson Pollock and Willem De Kooning. However, surging in their wake were new generations of painters eager to push the limits of American art. From Joan Mitchell and Alice Neel to Horace Pippin and Romare Bearden, from Andy Warhol and Keith Haring to Barkley L. Hendricks and Jean-Michel Basquiat, American art of the second half of the 20th century was diverse and challenging. William M. Perthes is the Bernard C. Watson Director of Adult Education at the Barnes Foundation. William is an art historian whose scholarship focuses on Modernism, particularly in the United States.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: William Perthes
Cost: Members $15, Non-Members $25
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Capturing Radiant Light in Your Paintings in Oil or Acrylic"
April 11-14, 2024
 

Master your ability to capture radiance in your paintings and join South Carolina artist Michael Story for this four-day landscape painting workshop. Michael will explain and demonstrate the fundamentals of building radiant color by applying complementary and analogous color combinations. Use effective underpainting and layering of color in trees, grasses, sky, and water to create interest and authenticity in our subject matter. Students begin their paintings with an initial charcoal drawing, followed by a color wash applied over the image. You’ll begin blocking in your painting, then progressing dark to light to completion. Building final layers of color and avoiding muddy mixtures, you’ll achieve fresh, bright, radiant color while capturing depth and drama to your work. Visit michaelstory.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Michael Story
Cost: $650 Museum members/ $700 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Still Life in the Interior"
April 26-28, 2024
 

This workshop will focus on the problem of combining the genres of still-life and interior painting into a single picture. We will start by addressing the problem of finding a subject and the practical and formal problems of setting up a still life. We will discuss how to organize and simplify complex information, how to have a unified sense of light throughout the picture and how to perceive color and tone relationships. We will also cover aspects of drawing that will help in the creation of a convincing sense of space. Students are welcome to bring their own objects or work with objects on hand at the center.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Peter Van Dyck
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"3-Day Comprehensive, Loose & Romantic Watercolor"
April 29 - May 1, 2024
 

Mon-Weds April 29-May 1 2024 from 9:30am-3:30pm. $210 Art League of OC Members, $260 Non-Members. This 3-day course is designed to introduce students to the essential techniques and ideas required to produce dramatic watercolor paintings. Students are instructed from the “ground-up” with respect to the importance of tools, materials and application techniques. Topics include how to develop dynamic, narrative compositions, dramatic light, mood and color harmony. Live, step by step, instructor demonstration paintings are sequentially replicated by the students with instructor’s guidance and encouragement.
 
Location: Ocean City, Maryland
Instructor: Leo Kahl
Cost: $210 ALOC Members, $260 Non-Members
Sponsor: Art League of Ocean City
Website, email, 410-524-9433


"A Conversation with The Landscape, a Pastel Workshop"
May 1-3, 2024
 

Really getting to know a landscape, instead of just identifying elements of it, makes us better, more sensitive landscape painters. Each landscape has a personality and something to say. It’s when we begin to really understand why a landscape draws us in and captures our imagination that we become better able to advance from simply copying the obvious aspects of the landscape to incorporating mood and atmosphere and those hard-to-define qualities that take a landscape painting from average to extraordinary. The studio portion of this workshop will focus on learning ways to create paintings that have their own voice, and the optional plein air day will focus on gathering thoughts and information, along with creating small paintings for future reference material.
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Lyn Asselta
Cost: $520
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"A Conversation With The Landscape, 1-Day of Plein Air Painting with Pastels"
May 4, 2024
 

Really getting to know a landscape, instead of just identifying elements of it, makes us better, more sensitive landscape painters. Each landscape has a personality and something to say. It’s when we begin to really understand why a landscape draws us in and captures our imagination that we become better able to advance from simply copying the obvious aspects of the landscape to incorporating mood and atmosphere and those hard-to-define qualities that take a landscape painting from average to extraordinary. The studio portion of this workshop will focus on learning ways to create paintings that have their own voice, and the optional plein air day will focus on gathering thoughts and information, along with creating small paintings for future reference material.
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Lyn Asselta
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Color Theory Through Drawing"
May 4, 2024
 

Paloma Martinez bases her artistic practice on color theory, and is excited to share her passion for it. This workshop explores color and its theory through drawing and a detailed lecture. Students will learn how to use color to manipulate drawing composition, create harmony, and to contextualize their desired aesthetic and conceptual framework. Students will be provided an array of materials to deepen their understanding of color (i.e. pastels, color pencils, color cut-outs, watercolors) and will also obtain guidance on how to use these materials.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Paloma Martinez
Cost: $75 / $60 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Color Secrets - A Plein Air Painting Workshop"
May 9-11, 2024
 

Are your paintings muddy and well, …kinda grey? In this in-person plein-air workshop, you will learn how color secrets can transform your paintings! Debra will teach you how to achieve rich color and bold fluid strokes to capture the light and drama in your paintings. Enjoy personalized, upbeat instruction. Debra Huse is an award-winning, impressionist oil painter. Painting primarily En Plein Air, she is acclaimed for her joyful use of color and bold brushwork. Her work has been featured on the cover of Southwest Art Magazine, in Art of the West, Plein Air and Fine Art Connoisseur Magazines and has been exhibited in over 25 museums.
 
Location: Carmel, California
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $595.00
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website


"Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
May 11-16, 2024
 

Join me for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Santa Fe. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 15 participants).
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Brenda Swenson
Cost: $1,690
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Creating Dynamic Still Life Paintings in Oil"
May 13-15, 2024
 

Still life painting can be highly rewarding, but it can also be intimidating. Perhaps your past attempts to paint fruit have looked flat and formless. Maybe the colors in your flowers have appeared "chalky" or "muddy." Perhaps you've struggled to arrange a good still life in the first place! If these difficulties sound familiar, I'm excited to show you how to conquer these challenges and many more in this information-packed workshop. Learn how to identify and accurately capture the most subtle color changes. Learn how to make fruit and other objects look 3-D. And learn how to draw your viewer's eye from across the room with the 5 Principles for Powerful Paintings!
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Adam Clague
Cost: $475
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Aesthetic Design Tools for Landscape Painting"
May 13-15, 2024
 

Jill Carver will discuss how unity and variety are paramount to create overall harmony in a painting, exploring design tools relating to the core components of shape, value and color. Not only will she be explaining how to manage each of these elements but also how to explore the visual ‘what-if’s’, experiment, and identify ways to produce personal, poetic, intentional paintings. Jill embraces the notion that creativity - and fun - are rooted in the design choices we make. She will also explain how the choice of design/compositional tools should be dictated by the subject matter and what an individual artist wishes to say about it. Jill will structure the workshop through set exercises, slide-shows, lectures, demos and brainstorming discussions.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill Carver
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Three-Day Color Boot Camp"
May 15-17, 2024
 

We will start out the first day doing still life study out of doors which will prepare us to tackle the landscape. Second day we will be on location painting the landscape. I will be teaching the structure of the landscape—what is important to include as well as what to leave out. On the last day we will do color studies of the figure. We will concentrate on the development of strong starts, and focus on expressing the big masses, light key and aerial perspective with color. I will be doing demos throughout the workshop. You will do a color study before lunch, followed by one or two color studies in the afternoon.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Camille Przewodek
Cost: $550 plus a model fee
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Plein Air Painting the Landscapes in Oil"
May 16, 2024
 

Stepping outside and painting the landscape can be exhilarating, but it can also feel overwhelming! In this plein air workshop, I will share the powerful principles you need to break down a scene into manageable chunks, establish your center of interest or "focal point" and create a dynamic, engaging composition. I'll begin the workshop with a demonstration of key plein air principles. In the afternoon, you'll be able to paint the landscape, and I will offer my thoughts and assistance. Please join me for this fun, informative plein air workshop in the great outdoors.
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Adam Clague
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
May 17-22, 2024
 

Join me for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Santa Fe. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 15 participants).
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Brenda Swenson
Cost: $1,690
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Loosen Up Your Paintings"
May 30 - June 1, 2024
 

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 if they choose.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Derek Penix
Cost: $550
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Studio & Plein Air"
June 20-22, 2024
 

After many years of teaching and observation of the artwork being created today, I realize a major component that is missing in most work is a true illusion of light. My classes and workshops are geared to unravel the mystery of capturing light in your paintings. This one thing will add power and feeling into your work. It will also give you the freedom to explore your personal artistic creative voice. I will introduce exercises to practice and give you more clarity of the intention and process of creating light filled fine art. The world needs more light and we can touch people’s lives with our work if we can direct our passion and energy to achieve that level of creativity.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: James Richards (AISM)
Cost: $550
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"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


"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


"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
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"Landscape Atelier"
September 28-30, 2024
 

Learn how to use color to create light and distance, enhance your design and bring your paintings to life, whether you paint realism or abstract. Using demonstrations and personal instruction, I will help you to understand the principles of rhythm and focal point, how to use color to lead your viewer’s eye around the canvas, and how to understand perspective. Oil painters and acrylic painters welcome.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levée
Cost: $525
Sponsor: On Track Studios
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"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


"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
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