Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Blooming Amaryllis"
December 8-9, 2022
 

Capture the rhythmic, colorful form of the blooming Amaryllis as you follow along in this step-by-step watercolor lesson. From an intimate point-of-view we'll explore the patterns of light and shadow, the linear patterns, and the varied color. We will layer colors, mingle and mix colors, use controlled brushwork, and masking fluid too. Tracings are provided for an easy start. All three images are provided. We'll take our time and finish one floral portrait, if time allows we'll add a second.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $178
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Introduction to Painting Glass and Florals"
December 10, 2022
 

Join Internationally recognized, award winning, watercolor artist Carrie Waller for an Introduction to Painting Glass and Florals. This one day, four hour, introduction is great for any level of watercolor artist. Carrie will go over her process step by step, touching on how to create dynamic compositions, techniques for achieving transparency and glass, as well as handling delicate details in watercolor. A sketch is provided, ready to transfer to your watercolor paper. An image is also provided illustrating where to apply your masking fluid. Carrie's teaching style is informative, fun, and interactive. Former students have achieved great successes in her classes. Limited space is available, you won't want to miss this workshop.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carrie Waller
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Flowers in Watercolor"
January 12-13, 2023
 

Carol will share her unique watercolor technique, painting from background to foreground, using dynamic and inventive color. You will realize one painting each day.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carol Carter
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Texture in Still Life"
January 14-15, 2023
 

Day 1: Sunflowers. Day 2: Melon on the Table. I will talk about drawing anatomy, some specificity, features and personality of both. We will paint both paintings in wet-on-wet watercolor technique. I will talk about my technique, time values and light aspects. We will work step by step. I will paint and explain everything before giving you time to do your part. I will also give you continuous feedback.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Anna Ivanova
Cost: $224 for 8 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Acrylic & Palette Knife: A Field of Sunflowers"
January 19, 2023
 

Come & have an amazing time creating some wonderful fields of flowers. We'll be using some really rich and creamy paints to have a lot of textures, interesting effects, (some almost like acrylic pouring) and 3-D effects. You’ll see just how easy it is to layer paint and a achieve 3-dimensional look using a palette knife. We’ll be painting on a square canvas to create fields of sunflowers. Students should bring $15 cash to pay instructor who will provide all materials needed.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Julie Schroeder
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Blowing Flowers in Alcohol Inks"
January 21, 2023
 

Join guest instructor and Minnesota based artist Julie Schroeder for this exciting workshop that will make you fall in love with Alcohol Inks! In this workshop, we will be exploring with the alcohol inks medium and will be focusing specifically on techniques used to create gorgeous floral pieces. These sessions are perfect for beginners or those are familiar with alcohol inks! We hope you're able to join us and channel your inner creativeness! Please bring $15 cash to pay the instructor for all materials, which will be provided for you!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Julie Schroeder
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Embrace Me"
February 1-3, 2023
 

Join award winning, international artist, Carrie Waller as she shares her watercolor techniques. Carrie is a natural teacher and shares methods in an easy to follow way. Her mission is to elevate everyday objects into extraordinary paintings. She shares her process from beginning to end of a painting.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carrie Waller, AWS, NWS
Cost: $249 for 9 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Making Your Paintings Better"
April 1-2, 2023
 

Students should bring subject matter and medium of their own choice along with reference materials. They are encouraged to bring art they have in progress, art they are not satisfied with, and a subject they want to start new. All must have reference materials. It is also advised to bring a portfolio of photographs of previous artwork. Students can work in any style they chose and will be encouraged to develop a niche or style of their own.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Laurie Snow Hein
Cost: $350
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Watercolor Painting Instructors Retreat in Sicily"
April 22-29, 2023
 

Experience magical Sicily, enjoy breathtaking vistas, tiny villages, amazing Sicilian gastronomy and local wine. My interest in creating a Retreat for Tutors is to create a forum for instructors in watercolor to explore the Art of Teaching. My concerns in the way watercolor workshops are being conducted, seem to me to have vastly narrow limits in the general format in which they are conducted. Of course, to be sure I haven’t seen all the various methods used and the ones I have seen are quite well done but could there be more? I hope this idea appeals to you and you will join me in kicking off a wonderful retreat tradition for years to come.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Stewart White
Cost: From 1700 €
Sponsor: Salinara
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"Watercolor Plein Air Painting Retreat in Sicily"
May 13-20, 2023
 

We invite you to enjoy a plein air watercolour painting retreat in beautiful West-Sicily. Led by Israeli watercolorist Amir Nir who will be your tutor during your stay at the stunning Salinara Art Farm, in the Trapani region. Daily painting excursions to surrounding towns and villages. Come along to learn to paint en plein air or just to enjoy the company of fellow artists. You will explore surroundings, the itinerary includes visits local markets, salt pans, vineyards, breathtaking Erice Mountain and its medieval village. Every day you will have a picturesque destination to sketch and paint, explore and meet the locals. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Amir Nir
Cost: From 1550 €
Sponsor: Salinara
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"Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour"
June 24 - July 5, 2023
 

A unique art workshop/art tour open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Seven days of plein-air painting, art history/theory lectures, and gourmet cuisine in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence followed by four days visiting Barcelona’s top art sites and enjoying Catalan cuisine. The price of CAD 4275 (around US$ 3330) includes instruction, 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 healthy lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from the Manosque train station to our lodge, transportation to all painting sites (Banon, Simiane-la-Rotonde, Rustrel, etc.), TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrance fees to all museums and sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Miró Museum, etc.). Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence & Barcelona, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3330
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
July 9-18, 2023
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Join us for 9 full days of plein air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our teaching approach and groups limited to eight participants allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3775 (around US$ 2900) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.), train ticket to Florence, and a guided tour to the Uffizi Museum. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 2900
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
October 1-10, 2023
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Join us for 9 full days of plein air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our teaching approach and groups limited to eight participants allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3775 (around US$ 2900) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.), train ticket to Florence, and a guided tour to the Uffizi Museum. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 2900
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Watercolor Sketching and Journaling in Western Sicily"
October 8-15, 2023
 

Join Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling for their workshop at the stunning Salinara Art Farm on the west coast of Sicily. Cindy and Theresa will give daily painting lessons and individual help, encouraging support, share how to draw and simplify your subject, play with colors and water, textures, composition, writing and precious advice on how to create and improve your watercolor journal pages. Resume of the workshop, final discussion about student’s works with Cindy and Theresa. Sicily is a unique island that has been shaped by many cultures over many thousands of years. Salinara is a 10 minute walk from the Sea, close by are salt pans with windmills, lined vineyards and olive groves. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs
Cost: From 2900 €
Sponsor: Salinara
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"Painting in a relaxing atmosphere in picturesque Marsala"
October 15-22, 2023
 

Join watercolor artist Jeni Caruana on the beautiful island of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea. Jeni is an experienced tutor for all levels of artists, from beginners to advanced. She encourages everyone to challenge their boundaries and make new discoveries about their own unique expression. Whether it’s basic techniques to give a firm background, or a nudge into loosening up rigid habits, Jeni gives individual attention and inspiration to everyone in the group. The sessions are taught in watercolour, because it is so portable and easy to use on site, but the principles of drawing and colour apply to all mediums, so artists are welcome to bring whatever they are most happy with. Or to bring something different to experiment!
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Jeni Caruana
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email


"Watercolor Explorer Program"
ongoing
 

Learn from the world's top watercolorists filmed in their studio and Plein-air on locations worldwide. Explore a range of techniques and weave dazzling new styles into your paintings through immersive video lessons, live workshops, and personal feedback. Engage with the artists live during weekly Zoom workshops. Instructors will take you behind the scenes as they create original works and answer your questions about their method and creative process. Hone your skills with thoughtfully designed projects and get feedback on your work from professional artists. Connect with a community of like-minded learners across all levels from around the world.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: 20+ top artists
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Loose & Vivid Florals"
video course
 

Enjoy lifetime access to this sequential video series that includes personal critiques from the artist for dynamic & engaging online education. Learn how world-renowned watercolorist Yuko Nagayama observes and recreates vivid florals in watercolor. In this demonstration, you will learn about Yuko's process, from the beginning stages of creating a solid floral arrangement to the sketching process and finally executing the final painting. Yuko's down-to-earth and straightforward approach to art education provides students of all artistic backgrounds an opportunity to experiment with floral watercolors.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Yuko Nagayama
Cost: $39
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Rustic Textures"
video course
 

With this self-paced class you will enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule. There are 3 days of recordings available, 2 personal critiques from Angus McEwan and lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. In this class, Angus will introduce you to using more creative textures in your artwork with purpose and intent. You will be specifically looking at representing wood & rust. Angus will demonstrate a few of the techniques he employs in his work. These will then be applied to an image that Angus will provide. Includes 14 supplementary videos and 17 accompanying PDFs on demonstrations as well as “Colour mixing (optical mixing),” “How I use Colour,” “My palette & Mixing tints,” “Stretching Paper-Gum strip,” and “Stretching to the edge.”
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Angus McEwan
Cost: $238
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


 

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