Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Acrylics: Transparent Methods for Glass and Water"
September 24, 2021
 

Acrylic paint is an opaque medium similar to oils. However, it can also have a transparent, many-layered look through the application of specific methods in conjunction with the use of a painting medium. This paint-along demo will feature how to use the layering process using an acrylic medium to create the illusion of glass and clear water, among other applications. Alex will be using gloss medium to mix with her paints. Any acrylic medium is fine (matte, gloss et al).
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alexandra Sharma
Cost: $8 for Members, $10 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Intensive Mentorship Program with Gayle Levee"
Tuesdays, September 28 - October 19, 2021
 

This program will help you develop the targeted skills you need for your own artistic development. We will start with some questions about your current level of development, your capabilities and goals. Then we will develop specific assignments to address the skill-building goals we set together. Each meeting is a four-hour day, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm with a discussion during lunch. The class will be held in the large, airy rooms at On-Track Studios, 1975 Wilson Pike, Franklin TN. Every participant must have completed their COVID-19 vaccination series, but masks will not be required.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Creating Still Life Florals that are not Still"
Tuesdays, September 28 - October 12, 2021
 

Join Kathy as she explains her thinking when she begins a floral painting: -Why does she choose what she chooses -How important the block-in is -How important drawing skills are to allow you the freedom to have fun! The workshop will have a private Facebook group as its' classroom. Class will meet once a week for three weeks with a 3 hour Zoom session with painting demos and lectures. Kathy will post a prerecorded demo the day before the class where she will explain her process, everyone is encouraged to watch before the first class. The students will paint if they wish and post their paintings to the Facebook page for critique and discussions.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kathy Anderson, www.kathyandersonstudio.com
Cost: $300 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Fundamentals"
Wednesdays, September 29 - December 1, 2021
 

Embrace the beauty and versatility of watercolor through a variety of approaches. Discussions and in-depth demonstrations will acquaint beginners and those with limited experience with the basic materials and techniques. Become familiar with the selection, care, and safe handling of watercolor painting materials such as pigments, brushes, and surfaces. Learn a variety of paint application and layering techniques for versatile means of beginning and developing paintings. Gain confidence in drawing concepts and use of value to realistically depict three-dimensional subjects. Learn to assemble visually interesting still life paintings through the elements of composition. Students will be encouraged to engage with the medium to find their own personal means of expression.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"'Blue Mood' in Watercolor (Online)"
October 2-3, 2021
 

“The intensity of color and use of negative space as foundational is a signature of my work”. Carol will share her unique watercolor technique, painting from background to foreground, using dynamic and inventive color. You will realize 2 paintings: A flower and egg plants in a basket.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carol Carter
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Introduction to Botanical Drawing & Painting"
October 2-3, 2021
 

Are you interested in learning to draw and paint flowers and other natural forms? Then this two-day, in-person workshop is for you! Learn the basics from one of the best: Linda Gist, noted artist, educator and member of the American Society of Botanical Art. First, learn the basics of plant anatomy; then follow along step-by-step with the instructor as you learn essential drawing and watercolor painting techniques. Apply your new skills to drawing and painting from simple plant forms, with helpful guidance along the way. No experience necessary.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Linda Gist
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Inspired by Light"
October 8-15, 2021
 

Bonjour, Join us, at our beautifully restored farmhouse, La Salle, in the glorious undulating landscape of Southern France for an unforgettable 7 night painting holiday experience. Tutored by professional 'plein air' oil painter, Ian Layton, Groups are small with 5 - 10 artists. Ian specialises in atmospheric city/townscapes and intimate light infused interiors. His teaching style is knowledgeable, encouraging and inspirational. We will paint in the gardens and studio at La Salle with excursions to many beautiful, historic, hilltop villages nearby. Coupled with fabulous accommodation, delicious meals with local wine, like minded arty people, visits to Chateaux, gardens and wine tasting, a holiday to remember. Suitable for all levels and non painting partners welcome. Pack your brushes and let's go!
 
Location: Toulouse, France
Instructor: Ian Layton
Cost: $1315 -$1660
Sponsor: La Salle Painting Retreat
Website, email, 0033 (0)562294520


"Random Rhythm"
Saturdays, October 9 - November 6, 2021
 

Explore soft pastels while applying the principle of random rhythm. Combine realistic objects with abstract self-expression. Manipulate the tempo of your painting with expanding light and movement. Practice basic soft pastel techniques like layering, stroking and color gradation; replace lackluster passages with color-rich shapes and blend and weave colors that inspire you. Create gestural marks and glaze your way over under-painted washes as you build your pastel paintings. Expect step by step demonstrations and helpful class participation. Beginners welcome. Printed reference materials provided. Subject matter ranges from fresh produce or shiny ceramics to landscapes. Please refer to supply list.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Liz Kenyon, www.lizkenyon.com
Cost: $265 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Dramatic & Vibrant Still Lifes"
October 15, 2021
 

Still-Life paintings don’t have to be ho-hum. They can be anything but “still”, by creating a dramatic design. Alex will demonstrate composition considerations, use of color, dark and light values, and textures in both the objects and the background. All these components together can make even the simplest still life exciting. Learning what to look for and how to represent it, helps artists as they compose any scene—whether still life, landscape or portrait. Alex will paint in acrylics; however, the technique and method are the same for all paint media. Come prepared to paint in your medium of choice.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $10
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Small and Quick Still-Life Studies"
October 18-21, 2021
 

Are you looking to increase how fast you can paint? Are you just beginning to learn to paint? Do you want to get better faster? Do you stress or get anxious when staring at that big canvas and wonder what to put on it? Do you often wonder where to start? Then making small quick studies might be for you. This class is all about making six-hour studies on small panels. We will cover prepping the surface, what paints to use, picking out subject matter, where and how to start a painting, some tricks about quickly mixing colors, using brushstrokes wisely, simplifying the value scale, and how to market and sell them when they are done!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Clinton Hobart, www.clintonhobart.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Botanical Drawing & Painting"
Wednesdays, October 20 - November 24, 2021
 

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.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Linda Gist
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Artists Painting Retreats on southern coast of Spain with Mike Snow"
October 23-30, 2021
 

Break down walls and barriers, and expand your freedom of expression. Whether you are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of Andalusia, Spain and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Create Glowing Color in Still Life"
October 25-26, 2021
 

In this workshop by Oil Painters of America Master Jeff Legg, you will learn the secrets of making your oil paintings glow with luscious, luminous color. Jeff will step you through the process of setting up a still life in such a manner as to enhance opportunities to create form, depth and luminosity. Students will select their own props and composition to paint from life, receiving one-on-one help with their particular needs. Paint application, composition, color and material choices are just a few of the topics open for discussion. Daily demonstrations by Jeff will illustrate in real time the teachings of this master painter.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jeff Legg, www.jefflegg.com
Cost: $400 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Intensive Mentorship Program with Gayle Levee"
Tuesdays, October 26 - November 16, 2021
 

This program will help you develop the targeted skills you need for your own artistic development. We will start with some questions about your current level of development, your capabilities and goals. Then we will develop specific assignments to address the skill-building goals we set together. Each meeting is a four-hour day, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm with a discussion during lunch. The class will be held in the large, airy rooms at On-Track Studios, 1975 Wilson Pike, Franklin TN. Every participant must have completed their COVID-19 vaccination series, but masks will not be required.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Create Glowing Color in Still Life"
October 28-29, 2021
 

In this workshop by Oil Painters of America Master Jeff Legg, you will learn the secrets of making your oil paintings glow with luscious, luminous color. Jeff will step you through the process of setting up a still life in such a manner as to enhance opportunities to create form, depth and luminosity. Students will select their own props and composition to paint from life, receiving one-on-one help with their particular needs. Paint application, composition, color and material choices are just a few of the topics open for discussion. Daily demonstrations by Jeff will illustrate in real time the teachings of this master painter.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jeff Legg, www.jefflegg.com
Cost: $400 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting with Intention, with the Goal of Success!!"
November 1-5, 2021
 

Stephanie has been a Putney Painter for 14 years, the group founded by Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik. Learn to see what it is that you want before you start to paint. Stephanie believes that every brushstroke and color should be intentional. She’ll teach you how to think before you apply a brushstroke, making your paintings happen faster and with more accuracy. Learn to mix clean color and make beautiful brush strokes that will direct your viewer’s eyes through your painting. Edges and composition will also be thoroughly explored. And don’t forget values!! Paint with confidence and certainty. Subject matter will be organic, all living things; flowers, fruit, vegetables and leaves...whatever we can find that is beautiful! Oil and Pastel welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Stephanie Birdsall, www.stephaniebirdsall.com
Cost: $720 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting with Intention, with the Goal of Success!!"
November 1-4, 2021
 

Stephanie has been a Putney Painter for 14 years, the group founded by Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik. Learn to see what it is that you want before you start to paint. Stephanie believes that every brushstroke and color should be intentional. She’ll teach you how to think before you apply a brushstroke, making your paintings happen faster and with more accuracy. Learn to mix clean color and make beautiful brush strokes that will direct your viewer’s eyes through your painting. Edges and composition will also be thoroughly explored. And don’t forget values!! Paint with confidence and certainty. Subject matter will be organic, all living things; flowers, fruit, vegetables and leaves...whatever we can find that is beautiful! Oil and Pastel welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Stephanie Birdsall, www.stephaniebirdsall.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Color and Edge – Palette Knife Painting"
Tuesdays, November 2-23, 2021
 

Color, Contrast, Tone, and Expression! Strengthen your color and develop a more individual voice. This workshop is great for the artists who love both Contemporary and Impressionist painting. Explore an approach to palette knife painting that can be used for painting in the studio and from life.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Anton Nowels, www.antonnowels.com
Cost: $300 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Basic Color in Alla Prima Still Life Painting"
Wednesdays, November 3 - December 8, 2021
 

This oil painting course focuses on learning a series of limited and full palettes, mixing for direct painting, and alla prima or wet-into-wet paint-handling. Color concepts such as tone, temperature, saturation, and atmosphere will be explored in each palette. Students will be guided through a series of focused procedures: analyzing the pigments of each palette, palette organization, mixing color, composing a painting, establishing a tonal design, applying large color masses, and using principles of oil viscosity to build form with wet-into-wet paint-handling. The class will consist of lecture and demonstration on Zoom, group critique, and independent studio practice. Students will paint from observation using their own still life arrangement.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Christine Lafuente
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Art Glass Still Life in Watercolor (Online)"
November 3-5, 2021
 

Painting glass in watercolor does not have to be intimidating. We will take a step by step approach to painting a glowing glass still life. In this class we will be painting colorful art glass in a still life setup.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Laurie Goldstein-Warren
Cost: $249 for 9 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"From Seen to Scene: A 365 Day Mentorship Program"
November 4, 2021 - November 4, 2022
 

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: $695
Sponsor: Tucson Art Academy Online
Website, email


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying, and Expression"
November 8-11, 2021
 

Students will use oils (acrylics are allowed as well) to paint from photos. They will have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of trees, boats, cityscapes, figures, koi, and hanging fruit. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos if they choose. Penix will cover topics like how to make your paintings more 3-dimensional, the power of warms and cools, color theory, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, elements of light and shadow, the power of suggestion and finally painting how you see versus just copying a photograph.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Derek Penix, www.derekpenix.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Still Life and Floral in Oil with Robert Johnson"
November 13-15, 2021
 

A rare opportunity to take a workshop with Robert Johnson in New York! What makes a painting compelling and memorable? What imparts enduring beauty to a painting? What are the time tested principles underlying the creation of a successful painting? The answers to these persistent questions will be explored in depth in this still life and floral workshop. These fundamental principles taught will be applicable to other genres of painting. The workshop includes a demonstration which will illustrate and discuss the principles underlying a successful still life arrangement, the design of the painting in the beginning stage, and effectively and artistically carrying the painting forward to its conclusion. Students will receive individual critiques and assistance throughout. See website for details.
 
Location: Manhasset, New York
Instructor: Robert Johnson
Cost: $550 (members), $585 (non members)
Sponsor: The Art Guild of Port Washington/Manhasset
Website, email, 516-304-5797


"Painting Flowers at Dusk"
November 16-19, 2021
 

Each morning, the artist will demonstrate a painting from start to finish of garden flowers in twilight - all from photo reference. Discussions will include the basics -drawing, value, color, edges, and composition- as well as advanced talks about taking, editing, and using digital images as reference. Students will follow up after a lunch break to begin their own works, using images that will be provided for them. In addition to the materials list, students are encouraged to bring an electronic device from which they'll view their subjects (i.e. an iPad or small laptop). If no device is available, a printed image will be provided for their use.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Daniel J. Keys, www.danieljkeys.com
Cost: $660 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Inspired Painting"
November 30 - December 3, 2021
 

In this workshop, students will spend the week inspired by beautiful things…either from the model in a vignette or from an alluring still life. It is the student’s choice to either paint something different each day or to delve deeper into the chosen subject over several days. Nancy will demonstrate from the model on Monday and from a still life on Wednesday. She will discuss her process, as well as the concepts of composition, intent, value, color, and application. Students will paint with one-on-one instruction and guidance. Nancy believes everyone has their own way of seeing the world and works to help students develop their own voice and style.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Cost: $545 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Still Life Painting as Fine Art"
December 7-11, 2021
 

Painting still life has long been a way to learn the fundamentals of painting as it is perhaps the most convenient way to study values, color relationships, form and drawing. This is the first step, but what comes after that? How does one transition from student work to artist? Kelli’s teaching style truly reaches both the beginning and the seasoned painter. Conundrums like what goes together, what to do with the background, how to not overwork the painting and how to set up a still life that tells a story with impact will be solved. Each student will work at their own pace and at their own skill level. There will be daily demonstrations, critiques and discussions.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kelli Folsom, www.kellifolsom.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Negative Painting with Watercolor"
January 3-6, 2022
 

Discover the exciting results of negative painting! This is a technique of painting around an object (negative space) to define it in the composition. Create interesting shapes and depth by building transparent glazes, overlapping and interlocking shapes. Build confidence in handling glazes, wet into wet, changing colors and more. Students will develop a stronger understanding of color pigments and how they directly relate to the complex medium of watercolor. Students will benefit from daily demonstrations, friendly critiques, and one-on-one help.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying, and Expression"
January 17-21, 2022
 

Students will use oils (acrylics are allowed as well) to paint from photos. They will have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of trees, boats, cityscapes, figures, koi, and hanging fruit. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos if they choose. Penix will cover topics like how to make your paintings more 3-dimensional, the power of warms and cools, color theory, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, elements of light and shadow, the power of suggestion and finally painting how you see versus just copying a photograph.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Derek Penix, www.derekpenix.com
Cost: $725 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Bringing the Garden Indoors"
January 24-27, 2022
 

Join Kathy for an indoor garden workshop where the emphasis will be on how to set up a natural feeling “garden” and the importance of a good block-in. During the morning demos, Kathy will show how to create strong value patterns, designing with edges, keeping clean transparent color, and the importance of drawing. In the afternoon, students will paint with one-on-one assistance from Kathy.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathy Anderson, www.kathyandersonstudio.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"A Creative Approach to Floral Compositions"
January 24-27, 2022
 

Each day, Daniel will do a demonstration while discussing the skills necessary for creating beautiful floral paintings using Alla Prima methods. Following each morning’s demo, students will set up floral compositions of their own and paint them from life while receiving one-on-one instruction. During this intensive course, students will receive insight into learning to see correctly and develop an adeptness in the following areas: composition, drawing, color, value and edges.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Daniel J. Keys, www.danieljkeys.com
Cost: $660 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Artists Guild Week"
February 21-25, 2022
 

Scottsdale Artists’ School is pleased to host a week-long Artists Guild Workshop with David A. Leffel, Sherrie McGraw, Jacqueline Kamin, and Stacy Kamin. These four prominent artists will share their expertise on drawing & painting the portrait & figure as well as the still life. Every participant will receive individual attention from the entire staff. They will rotate among the different rooms of students, so everyone will receive frequent guidance and several demonstrations. Students will explore the qualities that define different textures. By painting still lifes & models in luxurious settings, students should feel much more confident about capturing the characteristics that distinguish copper from pewter, satin from velvet, and skin from hair. Join us for an intense but enjoyable week!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: 4 prominent artists
Cost: $1900 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint with an Understanding of the Masters"
March 14-18, 2022
 

Robert Johnson is an OPA Master. His workshop in oils will focus on developing an understanding of the essential elements of painting that have been passed on through the centuries. Brush strokes will be heavily emphasized as a means to depict form, achieve expressive power, and maintain a painting’s feeling of spontaneity and life. Robert will teach the importance of an understanding of values, edges, light, and color to create a powerful and memorable painting. Still-life, florals, and the portrait will be the subject matter of the workshop and students can feel free to choose a subject or subjects they wish to paint. Robert will demonstrate the still life and portrait. The workshop is open to all levels.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Johnson, www.robertjohnsonart.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Artists Painting Retreats on southern coast of Spain with Mike Snow"
March 19-26, 2022
 

Break down walls and barriers and expand your freedom of expression. Whether you are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of Andalusia, Spain and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Putting Radiant Light into your Paintings"
March 21-25, 2022
 

This workshop will use still life as a means to study light, the artist’s greatest gift. Using the Russian Impressionist tradition of comparing and contrasting, students will paint indoors in both warm and cool light. The emphasis will be on putting warm and cool colors next to each other to create a sense of radiant light and harmonious color no matter what the subject matter. Make colors sing! Students will examine photo references to become familiar with the evidence of warm or cool light. Seventeen different light effects that happen out in the real world will be examined along with the color of the shadows and the shaping features. Think of this workshop as the study of light.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan Diehl, www.diehlfineart.com
Cost: $665 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Basics of Oil Painting"
March 21-24, 2022
 

Qiang’s approach to still life painting will be demonstrated with a particular focus on composing dramatic set-ups by observing light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas. Using demonstrations, presentation, and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process of creating energetic paintings by manipulating values, colors, edges and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to their current skill level and personal goals in art. This workshop is designed for indoor practice with live settings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Qiang Huang, www.qhart.com
Cost: $625 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Nature Journaling: Artist Books"
April 9-10, 2022
 

Learn to make an accordion folded, standing booklet with your nature illustrations on both sides. We’ll start with a 4×6?, 4-panel prefolded accordion style booklet made from watercolor paper. Cynthia will do several demonstrations to show how to draw, use ink pens, paint in watercolor or use watercolor pens, make collage, and add calligraphy. Each person will create a unique nature art booklet that will stand vertically for display. No previous experience needed.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Quinn
Cost: $150 + $10 supply fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Artists Painting Retreats on southern coast of Spain with Mike Snow"
April 16-23, 2022
 

Break down walls and barriers and expand your freedom of expression. Whether you are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of Andalusia, Spain and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Dynamic Still Life"
April 26-29, 2022
 

Paint looser, and more confidently during this four-day workshop with Oregon artist Sarah Sedwick! Take a step-by-step approach to Alla Prima oil painting, from black-and white studies to brilliant color. Build a beautiful composition with life and movement, get a new perspective on the still life, and studio tips for setting up your own fantastic still lifes! We will cover the basics of value and composition design, and do quick, fun exercises to focus on loose, energetic brushwork before creating a finished piece. Sarah will demonstrate, and work with each student individually. Painters of all levels are welcome. Instruction is in oils. (Ages 15 and above.) Learn more about Sarah on Facebook and Instagram (@sedwickstudio).
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sarah Sedwick, www.sarahsedwick.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Value, Value, Value: Introduction to Scratchboard"
May 14-15, 2022
 

Scratchboard, as in black and white photography, draws its drama by including the widest range of light to dark in each “painting.” The process itself is as basic as drawing with a pencil. The artist uses a knife instead of a pencil and applies the strokes to a panel coated with black india ink over white clay instead of applying to white paper. With each stroke of the knife blade, a scratch removes the black ink revealing the white beneath. The challenge is to remember you are creating various grey tones all the way to white (depending on the amount of scratching you do to remove the black). It is a thrill mid-process because your imagery emerges with each stroke.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass
Cost: $175 + $15 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Artists Painting Retreats in southern France with Mike Snow"
June 4-11, 2022
 

Imagine a week of painting in the beautiful wine country of southern France. Whether you are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Relax, unwind, discover and deepen your artistic creativity. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of southern France and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Quillan, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"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 3475 (around US$ 2700) 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$2700
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Artists Painting Retreats in southern France with Mike Snow"
July 16-23, 2022
 

Imagine a week of painting in the beautiful wine country of southern France. Whether you are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Relax, unwind, discover and deepen your artistic creativity. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of southern France and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Quillan, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Artists Painting Retreats in southern France with Mike Snow"
August 27 - September 3, 2022
 

Imagine a week of painting in the beautiful wine country of southern France. Whether you are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Relax, unwind, discover and deepen your artistic creativity. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of southern France and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Quillan, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Artists Painting Retreats on southern coast of Spain with Mike Snow"
October 22-29, 2022
 

Break down walls and barriers and expand your freedom of expression. Whether you are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of Andalusia, Spain and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Paint Tuscany in Watercolors"
Ongoing
 

Paint dreamy Tuscany from hilltop towns, vineyards and fields of poppies to simple olives and other Tuscan treasures. Select from 18+ lesson videos to paint from on your own time. Bonus Paint-alongs and Facebook community also included.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $279
Sponsor: Cindy Briggs Workshops
Website, email, 541-420-9463


 

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