Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Realistic Still Life Painting"
Wednesdays, July 6 - August 10, 2022
 

Still life is a fascinating and useful introduction to oil painting, offering opportunities to explore color mixing, varied paint application methods, and techniques for creating light, shadow, and volume to impart a sense of realism. Experienced artists will appreciate the genre as a means of both growing their skills and experimenting with composition and subject matter to suggest ideas or meaning. Instruction will focus on selecting objects and arranging compositions, establishing lighting to create focus and drama, and applying and blending oil color to create volume and painterly effects.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Alicia Mino
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"From Seen to Scene: A 365 Day Online Mentorship Program"
July 7, 2022 - July 7, 2023
 

Hosted by the Tucson Art Academy Online, this unique program combines a four-part modular system with guidance, feedback, and mentorship for an entire year…. a wonderful opportunity at a great value!! Study with California-based artist, Randall Sexton, who is nationally known for the color and expressive brushwork in his paintings of “everyday” scenes. This course is designed to encourage artists at all levels to explore new ways of seeing the world around them, to recognize the potential subject matter in everyday scenes, and how to translate that into paintings that share one’s unique vision. The success of any painting relies on a solid understanding of the basic principles of picture making in tandem with your creativity and passion.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $895
Sponsor: Tucson Art Academy Online
Website, email


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
July 10-19, 2022
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein air painting, art history/art theory lectures, touring, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our groups of eight participants and our teaching approach allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3570 (around US$ 2800) includes 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. Testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2800
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Botanical Drawing & Painting Intensive"
July 11-15, 2022
 

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 $10 materials fee for floral subjects, provided.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Linda Gist
Cost: $405
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Sunny Market Flowers"
July 21-22, 2022
 

Cindy will take you through a variety of step-by-step approaches as we paint this bouquet in watercolors. You will learn how to get in your underpainting then layer up colors to create a finished work with captivating color and light. If we have any spare time, we'll do a quick sketch of market flowers too. The creative random placement and groupings of the flowers by the flower growers make them inviting - soon you'll be visiting the flower market to design you own images to paint. A tracing is provided to help you simply get started painting on day one. Includes: 2 personal critiques from Cindy Briggs & lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $178
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Watercolor Still Life With Flowers"
August 5, 2022
 

For beginner or experienced watercolor painters, this class will focus on building form, choosing colors that harmonize, as well as painting shadows and backgrounds. Students will bring objects that they are interested in painting, and can make simple attainable compositions with fruit and vegetables, or challenge themselves with crystal and silver. Tips on painting flowers, vases, and water will be included. This is one in a series of five classes designed to be taken in sequence or individually.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Dazzling Florals in Colored Pencil"
August 26, 2022
 

Colored pencil is blossoming as a gorgeous, easily-handled, non-toxic art medium. Kristy Kutch is the author of two colored pencil techniques books and is featured in four instructional films. She is an upbeat, supportive instructor who welcomes students with all levels of experience. With an emphasis on floral art with waxy (non-watercolor) pencils, students will undertake their own paintings, as these works are aptly called. Kristy offers demonstrations, personal attention, and a wealth of information. An array of materials, such as paper, blenders and sample pencils, will also be given to participants. Come and be inspired!
 
Location: Plymouth, Indiana
Instructor: Kristy Ann Kutch
Cost: $90
Sponsor: Heartland Artists' Organization
Website, email, 574-936-9515


"Back to Tradition"
August 26-28, 2022
 

Though there are more convenient tools available today, some artists still cherish an old-style, crow quill pen nib and a bottle of ink. Certain characteristics of this ancient medium are so charming that botanical artist, Heeyoung Kim, doesn’t want to trade them for the convenience of more modern technical pens. During this workshop, she will share her techniques and tips using selected seasonal botanical specimens as subjects. Drawing with permanent, black ink may seem intimidating, but with Heeyoung's step-by-step guidance, you will gain confidence and will experience the artistic versatility of this humble medium.
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
Instructor: Heeyoung Kim
Cost: $435 (OSA Members) / $495 (Non-Members)
Sponsor: Oregon Society of Artists
Website, email, (503) 228-0706


"Painting Flowers with Confidence"
September 6-8, 2022
 

Flower painting has always been one of the most widely loved and practiced artforms, now you will have the opportunity to learn the techniques and methods to create beautiful florals that sing with life. Matt will start with a demonstration each day talking through the techniques required to paint this tricky subject both from life and from photos. The main emphasis of this workshop will be giving you the tools you need to create realistic flowers using loose impressionistic brush work that are filled with light. Matt's method is to simplify first, establishing values and then focusing on colour temperature to lift your flowers from the canvas. Students will receive individual guidance on composition, drawing, colour harmony, colour temperature and values.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Matt Ryder
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Foundations in Classical Drawing & Painting"
September 19, 2022 to June 2023
 

My classical drawing and painting course is a sequential and comprehensive program offered online over the course of nine months. We start with incremental steps that build over time to gain the foundational skills and techniques required to create successful art. Interwoven throughout each project are discussions, demonstrations, and lectures, all designed to help you understand and apply what you are learning. After each lesson, artists, historians, and curators will join us for live lectures & discussions. This program is for all skill levels, whether you’ve always been interested in art, but never took the first steps, or if you’re a more experienced artist seeking a cohesive and sequential classical art education.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Juliette Aristides
Cost: $6,950
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


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

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


"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 3875 (around US$ 3025) 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$ 3025
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 3875 (around US$ 3025) 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$ 3025
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Rustic Textures"
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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: $340
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Loose & Vivid Florals"
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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


 

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