Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Your Path to Perfect Color Mixing: Using the 6-Color Split Primary Method"
February 5, 2023
 

Imagine six specially chosen colors that will result in mixes that give you the most vibrant colors all while avoiding muddiness. Colors combine to make other colors, some bright and vibrant, others low key. Learn how this happens and how to control it as you broaden your color options using a limited, but specially chosen, palette of colors. Come prepared to paint in the medium of your choice as Alex introduces some surprising color combinations that make for brighter, more intense, fresh colors, all while avoiding dull color.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Aloha Plein Air painting workshop"
February 7-9, 2023
 

With aloha spirit, two-time Maui Plein Air - "Best in Show" recipient Randall Sexton returns to Maui to share his passion for painting island style. Randall's three-day plein air workshop is focused on the fundamentals of design and painting while exploring expressive paint application, brushwork and color mixing. The class welcomes all artists (from the advanced beginner to experienced) and is open to other mediums (with experience), while Randall's medium of choice is oil paint. Contrast in values and conceptualizing your finished painting are key and Randall will guide you through the process no matter what your level. Hope you can join us!
 
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $525
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"Lines, Forms, Shapes: Geometric Inspirations for Painting"
Thursdays, February 9-23, 2023
 

Geometry has been a source of interest, beauty and creative inspiration for the artist through the ages. Geometry and geometric forms are all around us: lines, forms, and shapes can be seen in everything from architecture to plant life to seashells. Artist and educator Michael Smith will guide you through several non-mathematical working methods inspired by geometry in this in-person class, designed to enhance your ongoing body of work or be the starting point for a new one. Create a painting in the medium of your choice: acrylic, gouache or watercolor while you work from your own reference photographs, magazines, books or digital imagery.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Michael Smith
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Commanding Color"
February 10-12, 2023
 

This course is designed to inspire your creativity by learning to "see" and experience some of the different aspects of color theory and painting light on objects. Color is one of the elements of design! This course is also designed to inspire advanced beginners and provide a review and challenge for the advanced student. In this 3-day workshop, watercolor painters will be exposed to the importance of pigment quality, the importance of considering the white paper as a "color", and how to achieve darks. Painters of all mediums will be exposed to all other aspects of color theory to help achieve successful paintings. Acrylic or water-soluble oil painters are welcomed!
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Sue Archer
Cost: $450
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Pre-College: Fundamentals of Illustration"
Saturdays, February 11 - March 18, 2023
 

Learn how to successfully imagine, develop, and execute an illustration! This course will help students gain effective illustration drawing techniques while encouraging their unique artistic visions. Students will learn the fundamental elements of illustration and design, including different applications of composition, line, character design, color, and storytelling. Students will learn individual elements of illustration art each week by completing exercises that strengthen those skills. Concurrently, students will work on a long-term illustration project. Students are encouraged to explore different materials and techniques while learning to realize their ideas.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Callie Coccia
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Abstract Painting Principles & Techniques"
February 11-12, 2023
 

Koenig takes students through the introductory principles and techniques of Abstraction. This class is about process not product, it is about discovering and tuning into the steps that will lead students to successful abstract painting. Koenig will cover traditional principles such as composition, color, line and value along with some new ideas such as energy, movement and texture. Students will be guided through exercises working on and off the canvas, discovering the mark-making that inspires each individual and ultimately makes the work uniquely your own. This workshop serves as an introduction for new painters, and serves as a refresher course on art theory for those a little further along in their practice.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Marlene Koenig
Cost: $200 / $170 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Expressive Watercolor: Flowers"
February 15-16, 2023
 

Fresh flowers will greet artists as they attend this creative workshop! We will focus on creating spontaneous and loose floral compositions. Demonstrations, exercises, show and tell, will all combine to make this an exciting experience for all. Students will learn to work intuitively, gain insight into the unique and fluid qualities of watercolor, to “loosen up” through exercises, learn how to create colors, and “overwhelm” problems (or how to “fix” them) – basically students will “Learn to See”.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Janet Rogers
Cost: $350
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Expressive Watercolor: Head & Figure"
February 17-18, 2023
 

This workshop is to demonstrate an approach to painting the head and figure. Our goal will be to bring life to the painting, learning about the gesture of people, as well as the physical construction. We will cover flesh tones, features, hair, clothing, and backgrounds. Show and Tell will be part of the learning process and is for all levels. Students can work from Janet’s photos or their own. Drawing aids will be provided. No fear!! No matter what level, students will learn how to interpret the head and figure in a spontaneous manner. Once one gets over having to make an exact copy, the likeness comes easier, and the creative process begins.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Janet Rogers
Cost: $350
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"One Day Intro To Encaustic Painting Workshop"
February 19, 2023
 

Curious about what encaustic paints are and how to get started with them? In this one day introductory workshop we will begin to explore the possibilities of the encaustic medium. Encaustic painting draws in artists from a wide variety of medium, such as mixed media, photographers, printmakers, painter and much more. We will work on the basics of working in this paint, as well as fusing tools and setting up a studio workspace. This workshop will give students a taste of what is possible with the medium. Most supplies are included in the workshop fee, see supply list for additional items.
 
Location: La Grange, Illinois
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $150-160
Sponsor: La Grange Art League
Website, email, 708-352-3101


"One Day of Plein Air with Pastels at Shelter Cove Community Park"
February 21, 2023
 

Spend a lovely day outside learning how to paint with pastels in plein air! The class will start with a pastel painting demonstration on the raised lawn at Shelter Cove Community Park. Carol will share how she creates brilliant color vibration in her pastel paintings. You will learn how to focus in on a strong composition, define your values, identify your light sources, create a point of focus, and how to see and use color effectively in plein air. You will learn the importance of painting light, shadows and colors from real life. There will be personalized teaching and individualized feedback throughout the day.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Carol Iglesias
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Planes of Vision – 3-day Watercolor Studio Workshop"
February 24-26, 2023
 

During this workshop, we will be painting the variety of subjects including streetscapes, boats, and landscapes. Students will learn how to approach complicated scenery without a struggle and to convey its character without resorting to endless details’ depiction, and master watercolor application techniques in a loose bold brush style of painting. You will discover how to -Define existing scapes into three focal planes to tackle any subject matter -Find focal areas and their place within 3 planes of vision -Use different painting techniques for each focal plane to convey a sense of depth in the painting -Finish your painting with intricate details -Energize your painting with powerful brushwork
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: New Studio for The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Plein Air & Best Approaches to 'Quick Draw' 3-day Workshop"
February 28 - March 2, 2023
 

In this 3-day comprehensive workshop, you will learn Vladislav’s best approaches to working outdoors starting with location and “point-of-view”, important value sketching and composition lessons. Vlad will demonstrate his justified shortcuts in his painting process, and you will learn to paint more efficiently and effectively. You will learn how to choose the subject matter and properly compose it. Most attention will be guided towards the idea of painting the light on objects instead of painting the elements themselves. The last day we will practice “quick draw” painting. You will learn essential time allocation for each task on hand starting from the quick sketch and then efficient painting procedure. We will finish the workshop with the discussion and individual critiques.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: New Studio for The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Weekend Warriors: Figure and Portrait Painting"
March 4-5, 2023
 

Join us in my studio to paint from life with outstanding models in an inspired atmosphere!! This popular painting series focuses on Figure and Portrait in a series of "Alla Prima: exercises designed to help artists at all levels to strengthen their brushwork, color-mixing, and observation skills. Demonstrations, individualized assistance, and a comfortable, conducive atmosphere provide for a productive and rewarding workshop experience. For intermediate and advanced levels (or beginning students with some figure experience). Demonstrations will be in oil, but open to other mediums. Hope you can join us! Space is limited. Register early.
 
Location: Benicia, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $250
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"Gouache Painting Workshop"
March 11, 2023
 

Gouache is an opaque watercolor paint with a beautiful and unique look. It can be used on its own, or in combination with transparent watercolor. Learn the fundamentals of this portable, fast-drying and easy to clean-up medium in this one-day workshop. Explore color and painting techniques while working from an engaging still life.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Larry Francis
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Color Mixing, Color Balance, and Color Charts"
March 11, 2023
 

In this class geared towards artists or those looking to take their art to the next level, we will explore mixing oils. We’ll mix as many colors as we can using the fewest number of “mother” colors. We’ll explore using basic colors and then add some additional colors for comparison. We will make color charts to keep track of our mixes and we’ll do all of this without dirtying a brush. Color mixing is also a good time to practice wielding a palette knife! Beginners are welcome. Supplies to bring along: Pencil or pen for labeling your color charts. Ruler if you’re using tape to make the squares.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jan Norsetter
Cost: $85
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Value Does the Work, Color Gets the Credit"
March 12, 2023
 

In this oil painting class we will explore the role of value vs color. We’ll start by doing some very basic value studies and progress to using color. The aim of this class is to give you some experience in seeing the value relationships of a scene. We’ll use color photos as references, mine or bring your own. For substrates you can use canvas paper, gessoed paper, or gessoed panels. We can do the value studies in black/white mixes or any other single darker color plus white. Beginners are welcome. There will be a lunch break, so please either bring a lunch (fridge and microwave available) or be prepared to purchase food nearby.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jan Norsetter
Cost: $85
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Refresh! Painting Workshop with Debra Huse"
March 15-17, 2023
 

Are you ready to push yourself to the next level? Work with award-winning artist Debra Huse to refresh and refine your brushwork and design. Get clean color solutions for dynamic paintings. Learn fun and insightful techniques for capturing boats, clouds, and ocean. This workshop will be held indoors and include lots of individual attention. Debra will dial-in with each participant to improve each artist’s strengths. If you like, you are welcome to bring your own photos to work from. Debra will be working in regular oil, but water-based oil and acrylics are fine. Debra is also happy to work with you if you paint in pastel or watercolor. Class size is limited to ensure individual instruction.
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $550.00
Sponsor: Huse Skelly Gallery
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"Plein Air Workshop 'Freedom of the Brushstroke'"
March 24-26, 2023
 

You will learn Vladislav's best approaches to working outdoors starting with location and “point of view" followed by important value sketching and composition lessons. Each day will start with the detailed demonstration and lesson. Special attention will be given to the choice of colors which may be different from what’s there, and impressionistic style watercolor techniques. Discover simple steps to fresh and loose watercolor painting. Advance your skills in adding imaginary details. Receive individual instructions at the easel while creating your own painting. You will learn: Color mixing techniques, Painting the light, Bold Brush painting techniques, Adding people and other details to your painting, Choosing your focal point, Importance of finishing touches.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $480
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Liven Up Your Color and Brushwork"
March 29-31, 2023
 

This workshop is designed to push your skill level to greater heights! Randall will review all the basics of solid picture making while sharing his own methods for livening up your brushwork and color, two key elements for breathing new life into paintings. Come learn from Randall's award winning painting techniques as he shares his enthusiasm for new ideas and approaches for your works.
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $585
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"Airbrush Painting Techniques"
March 30 - April 1, 2023
 

The Pastrana beginner airbrush course is intended for students who are newcomers or novices with limited or no experience in airbrushing. This workshop covers the basic principles of airbrushing, along with drills and exercises for airbrush control. This airbrush class is aimed at artists and craftsmen or women who are talented in their field but want to add another unique skill set such as airbrushing to their repertoire. This workshop is also intended for those who have some limited experience in airbrushing and want to reinforce and strengthen their understanding, knowledge, and practice in this particular field. For more information, visit pastranaunlimited.com. All materials and use of equipment included during the workshop.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Alan Pastrana
Cost: $825 Museum members/ $875 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Go Bold - In Design and Paint Application"
April 21-23, 2023
 

Are you frustrated with your paintings lately..feel like they lack something that you can't quite put your finger on. Join me for this three-day Plein Air painting intensive to jumpstart your work to another level. Much of the success of any painting is the strength of its initial design and your ability to keep your intention flowing with excitement. I will introduce some new ways of handling the paint to help energize your work while reviewing the basic principles of solid picture-making. Open to all levels, however, prior experience painting on location is mandatory. Register soon, Class size is limited to 12.
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $575
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"How To Create Pastel Paintings with Vibrant Colors"
April 26-27, 2023
 

Learn how to paint with pastels in brilliant color! Carol will share how she creates color vibration in her pastel paintings. The class will start with a full pastel painting demonstration each morning. You will learn how to work with your photos to create a strong composition, define your values, create an underpainting, identify a light source, create a point of focus, and how to see and use color and paper effectively to create a mood for your painting. There will be personalized teaching and individualized feedback throughout the day.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Carol Iglesias
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"One Day of Plein Air with Pastels at Veterans Memorial Park"
April 28, 2023
 

Expand on your classroom skills and spend a lovely day outside learning how to paint with pastels in plein air! The class will start with a pastel painting demonstration on the boardwalk at Veteran’s Memorial Park. Carol will share how she creates brilliant color vibration in her pastel paintings. You will learn how to focus in on a strong composition, define your values, identify your light source, create a point of focus, and how to see and use color effectively in plein air. You will learn the importance of painting light, shadows and colors from real life. There will be personalized teaching and individualized feedback throughout the day.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Carol Iglesias
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Portraits: Beautiful Skin Tones in Oil"
May 19-21, 2023
 

Want to paint more vibrant portraits? Ann Moeller Steverson will teach you how to create beautiful soft skin tones with a rainbow of natural colors. By enhancing your observational skills and noticing subtleties, you will explore how ambient light affects objects and color. You will learn how to observe the planes of the head, set up attractive and effective lighting, create excellent reference images, and mix paint for more natural-looking colors. Learning these techniques will help your subject matter glow, feel alive and significantly improve your skin tones. For information, visit annmoellerstudios.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Ann Moeller Steverson
Cost: $450 Museum members/ $475 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Studio Painting: Beyond the Basics"
May 25-27, 2023
 

Take a step beyond the basics of painting by exploring color harmony, value pattern and edges. Class is limited to 12 students. A healthy, delicious lunch will be prepared by Brenda for $14 per day.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $550
Sponsor: On Track Studios
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"Studio Painting: Beyond the Basics"
June 2-4, 2023
 

Join us for a 3-day oil painting workshop with American Impressionist Artist, James Richards. His work is best known for its expressive and often experimental brushwork, spontaneity, sensitive color and mystery. Day 1 James will share his concepts, ideas and techniques for creating loose, impressionistic paintings. In addition, you’ll also be working on creating color harmony while using a limited palette. Days 2 and 3 will be a combination of studio/En Plein Air (weather permitting) demonstrations by James and student painting. You’ll have the opportunity to apply and sharpen the concepts and techniques from the previous day’s study while James circulates and works with students individually. You will be encouraged to paint multiple pieces, with a focus on smaller studies.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: James Richards (AISM)
Cost: $550
Sponsor: On Track Studios
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"Paint the Beauty of Carmel, California"
June 12-14, 2023
 

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! Many times, paintings end up looking too blue and green or grey. Learn how to push reds into your paintings in unexpected ways and places. Learn how to warm up a blue so it shimmers. Unlock the secrets to sparkle on the water! Award-winning artist Debra Huse is a great teacher, sharing every aspect of her techniques to achieve successful paintings. Break old habits and bring a new, more confident, approach to your work.
 
Location: Carmel, California
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $595.00
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
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"Photo + Encaustic: Ethereal Markings and Monochrome"
June 20-23, 2023
 

This workshop is designed for both painters and photographers interested in gaining new skills and pushing the boundaries of their studio practice through the combination of encaustic, collage, and black and white photography. Explore a range of subject matter, paper rusting techniques, and methods for mixing media to create dynamic hybrid artworks. Begin by utilizing various methods of underdrawings to bring in pattern and additional detail to the work, such as wood burning tools, inks, oil paints, and encaustic. Focus is placed on incorporating embedded photo prints on thin papers such as tissue and Japanese papers, as well as image transfers to create final work that is both ethereal and richly detailed in its layers. Individualized feedback is provided
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: Members: $590 | Non-Members: $620
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, 920.868.3455


"Painting the Figure in the Landscape"
August 17-20, 2023
 

With this workshop, Qiang will introduce his approaches of adding figures into landscape paintings in oil. Painters need to have adequate amount of training in anatomy, proportion, perspective, and skin tones to be able manage subtle variations in human forms. He will introduce visual tools to make figure painting much easier. The students will create storytelling paintings in an expressive style. Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate. Qiang Huang (pronounced as Chong Wong) was born and raised in Beijing China and now lives in Austin, Texas. He has studied art from multiple master artists like David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw. For more information, visit qh-art.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Qiang Huang
Cost: $600 Museum members/ $650 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Encaustic Painting: Basics, Methods, and Materials"
September 9-10, 2023
 

Alternating between demonstrations and working time, learn how to set up your workspace and use the materials and equipment safely, as well as explore basic painting techniques and fusing methods. If you have current pieces made in another medium, please bring for a discussion on how to translate or enhance the work with encaustic paints. All paints and tools are supplied. Designed for students new to the encaustic medium, this workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the materials, working methods, and safety of encaustic painting. Gain a solid foundation and the confidence to continue exploring encaustic beyond the workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: Members: $270 | Non-Members: $295
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, 920.868.3455


"Watercolor Painting"
September 11-14, 2023
 

The workshop sessions begin each morning at 9:00 a.m. when Couch completes a painting, explaining what he is doing, and why, as he paints. The “mysteries” of design will be unraveled for you while you learn watercolor painting! 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. Skill Level: Beginners, Students, Hobbyists & Professional Artists. 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


"Populating the Landscape / Elements or Feature"
September 13-16, 2023
 

Join Randall Sexton for his 20th-year return to Landgrove with a freshly modified format for 2023. This four-day intensive will combine plein air and studio time dedicated to the challenges of the Figure in the Landscape. The focus will incorporate the landscape of the greater Landgrove area with figurative elements and painting the figure on location en plein air (weather permitting). The class is open to all levels, but geared towards artists with prior plein air experience looking to strengthen their figurative skills. Sexton will be painting in oil, is open to students using other mediums.
 
Location: Landgrove, Vermont
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Website, (802) 824-6673


"Simplifying the Complex en Plein Air"
September 25-27, 2023
 

Come paint the Monterey and Carmel Coastline with award-winning California artist Randall 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. Hosted by Carmel Visual Arts, Sexton returns to lead his seventh workshop in the Monterey Peninsula. Class size is limited and they tend to fill up quickly so don’t hesitate to register. Hope you can join us!
 
Location: Carmel, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website, (831) 620-2955


"Lay It Down & Leave It Alone!"
November 6-10, 2023
 

Enjoy painting indoors and outdoors in Southern California as you learn to "Lay It Down & Leave It Alone"! Award-winning artist Debra Huse will teach you three things you must always do for a successful painting and the Impressionist masters' secrets that she has uncovered. Let Debra “hold your hand” to get the correct feel of the brush and how to apply paint. Learn the secrets to capturing clouds, mountains, water, boats, skies, and trees. Enjoy positive, upbeat and insightful instruction. Break old habits and bring a new, more confident, approach to your work. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction.
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $795.00
Sponsor: Huse Skelly Fine Art Gallery
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"Taking Your Work to the Next Level"
November 9-11, 2023
 

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. Six weeks of online mentoring is included with the class to maximize the class work. Class size is limited to 10 to maximize individual help. A healthy, delicious lunch will be prepared by Brenda for $14 per day.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


 

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