Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Holiday Magic in Watercolor (Online)"
December 6-8, 2020
 

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. In this class we will endeavor to learn how to really “see” what you are painting and achieve the look you want. Carrie will discuss her strategies for developing strong compositions and award-winning paintings. Since the class is interactive, you will be able to ask questions directly to Carrie as well as show her your work through your camera to get personal feedback and critique. You will complete one painting by the end of the class. We will paint cookies and milk in a jar over a Santa background. Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carrie Waller, www.carriewallerfineart.com
Cost: $249 for 3 sessions of 3 hours each
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"White Poinsettias – Watercolor Painting (Online)"
December 9-10, 2020
 

We will use a wet into wet painting approach, building values and focusing on the shadows, to create volume and dimension. Through layering, lifting, and glazing we will bring this image to life! This is an exciting and fast paced class which will help you expand your knowledge of the wonderful medium of watercolor and create a beautiful holiday painting for your mantel or to reproduce for cards. Kay will give you time to paint and then look at each student work in progress and comment on it along the way. You will also receive a final critique at the end of the session.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kay Barnes, kaybarnes.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein Air Still Life: Creating the Illusion of Light Using Color"
Saturdays, December 12 & 19, 2020
 

This modern approach is a fresh take on the still life for artists who love painting outdoors. Learn to simplify and invent. Move beyond painting what you see to creating with color. If you love painting outdoors and impressionism, then you will get a lot from this workshop. Portable easel required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Anton Nowels, www.antonnowels.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting with Intention, with the Goal of Success!"
January 11-14, 2021
 

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! Beautiful brush strokes, edges and composition will also be thoroughly explored. And don’t forget values! Learn to paint with confidence and certainty. All levels are welcome to come and work hard, have fun and leave a better and happier painter! 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


"Bold & Dynamic Watercolor: (Online)"
January 20 & 22, 2021
 

Join international award-winning artist, Kim Minichiello as she shares her techniques for achieving texture in watercolor. For an oil or acrylic painter, texture can be achieved by applying thick paint in an impasto manner. In watercolor, texture must be achieved to look three-dimensional on a two-dimensional surface. In this workshop we will paint a rusty, vintage gate. Kim will share a variety of techniques that she uses to give passages in watercolor interesting variety, as well as, imply texture on worn and aged surfaces. Since the class is interactive, you will be able to ask questions directly to Kim, show her your work through your camera to get personal feedback and critique and see your fellow artists’ work too.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kim Minichiello, www.kimminichiello.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Bringing the Garden Indoors"
January 25-28, 2021
 

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 25-28, 2021
 

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


"Oil Painting Essentials"
February 1-5, 2021
 

In this workshop, the core elements of successful oil painting will be explored. Drawing on lessons from his recently published book Oil Painting Essentials, Gregg Kreutz will teach and demonstrate the key factors in getting paintings to come to life. Factors such as how to create drama, how to create depth, how to make the paint dynamic, how to give vibrancy to the light, and other critical issues will be taught through portrait, figure, and still life painting. Kreutz, a celebrated painter and teacher at New York’s Art Students League, believes that a hands-on familiarity with different genres helps painters gain proficiency with whatever subject they choose to paint. Mastering core principles and learning oil painting essentials expands the painter’s options.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Gregg Kreutz, www.greggkreutz.com
Cost: $730 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Color, Light & Form: Still Life Painting in Oil"
February 5 & 6, 2021
 

Color, Light & Form are the building blocks that form the foundation of paintings that work, no matter the subject matter. Working from a still life set up, students will learn how skillful manipulation of these elements can create work that resonates with the viewer. Students will investigate the importance of edges, color harmonies and compositional elements found in good paintings. Rediscover the basics of making a beautiful painting! Helen Vaughn – As a painter, I am continually fascinated by the properties of color, light, and shadow as they affect both the image and my own sense of time, place and inner harmony. For more information, visit helenvaughn.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Helen Vaughn, helenvaughn.com
Cost: $300 Museum members/ $325 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Sparkle & Shine: Reflections & Glass"
February 20, 2021
 

Do you like the sparkle of highlights on crystal and the shine of silver and gold? Explore the challenge of painting glass and metallic objects in watercolor! Artists through centuries have been compelled to portray them in their artwork. In this workshop, students will study and explore ways to approach this most intriguing of subjects in the challenging medium of watercolor. Learn about glazing for color and depth and lifting for soft highlights. Students will do some practice paintings covering both metallic and transparent surfaces. There will be an elaborate set-up staged for a larger painting. Students will work from the actual set-up as well as taking photographs of the still life to continue and finish at home.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Cynthia Peterson, www.cynthiapetersonfineart.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Bouquets + Large Scale Installations with Rachael Ann Lunghi"
February 21-25, 2021
 

Learn how to create compote floral arrangements in your own style, bouquets made in-hand and try a group ceremony style installation complete with a styled shoot of student work. Winter hikes, restorative yoga and delicious food during this retreat will allow students to delve deep into their creative process and go home nourished in body and mind. Add-on film photography workshop with Dani Toscano also available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rachael Ann Lunghi
Cost: $1,711 (meals and tuition)
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Painting Beautiful Florals"
March 4, 2021
 

Hedi Moran’s class will focus on the process of creating impressionistic floral still-life. Emphasis will be on basic concepts of composition, and the importance of transparent color lay-in. Effective use of light and temperature to create vivid and lively oil paintings will also be covered, along with how to use soft and hard edges in and around the focal point. The painting process begins with laying in rough shapes (not objects) with initial colors. Refining the painting starts in the focal area and moves outward from there, with the paint getting thicker, edges sharper and color contrasts strengthened. The entire painting is worked at the same time, so that all elements come together simultaneously.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Hedi Moran, www.hedimoranfineart.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint with an Understanding of the Masters"
March 15-19, 2021
 

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


"Putting Radiant Light into your Paintings"
March 22-26, 2021
 

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 in such a way that creates a sense of radiant light and harmonious color unity. Make colors sing! Students will spend time examining photo references to become familiar with warm and 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


"Still Life Oil Painting"
March 25-28,2021
 

Qiang’s approaches to still-life painting will be demonstrated with particular focus on composing dramatic setups by observing the 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 his/her currently skill level and personal goals in art. 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: $525 Museum members/ $550 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Still Life: Interpreting Photos to Create Contemporary Impressionist Paintings"
March 26-28, 2021
 

Learn to create beautiful, dramatic and moody still life paintings. The emphasis is going to be on composition, correct values, color temperature and edges. There will be short demos and plenty of individual attention throughout the three-day workshop. Photo references will be provided, or students may bring their own, keeping the composition simple (four or fewer objects) with a strong light contrast. Participants will be encouraged to interpret rather than replicate a photo, using vibrant brush marks, tools, imagination and creativity. We’ll have fun and be inspired!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Vanya Allison, www.vanyaallison.com
Cost: $350 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Still Life: Creating the Illusion of Light Using Color"
Saturdays, April 3 & 10, 2021
 

This modern approach is a fresh take on the still life for artists who love painting outdoors. Learn to simplify and invent. Move beyond painting what you see to creating with color. If you love painting outdoors and impressionism, then you will get a lot from this workshop. Portable easel required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Anton Nowels, www.antonnowels.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Botanical Abstraction"
April 5, 2021
 

Take your watercolor botanical paintings to the next level by abstracting your images while focusing on winning design principles. Instructor will provide flower photos and demonstrate different ways to decide color harmonies and exciting design possibilities. Students will work out their ideas with color studies before moving onto their final piece.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Pullinsi, www.lindapullinsi.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Still Life with a Strong Light and Shadow Concept"
April 19-23, 2021
 

In this workshop, Elizabeth will discuss the concept of painting strong light and shadows, along with painting with emotion and not just copying what is seen. Elizabeth will do daily demonstrations and discuss important concepts such as composition, temperature changes, edges, and seeing things as shapes. There will be a strong emphasis on painting florals and vases.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Elizabeth Robbins, www.elizabethrobbinsart.com
Cost: $655 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Dynamic Still Life"
April 27-30, 2021
 

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 learn tips for bringing inspiration to your home studio practice. Students 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 will be in oils.
 
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


"Color Mixing"
May 1-2, 2021
 

The ability to understand color can easily be broken down into logical methodical elements. First, we will learn how to mix what we see by defining a color in terms of hue, saturation, and value. With this method, students will gain the capability to match any color with ease. Next, we will discuss the use for a split primary palette, and the effects of transparent color. Students will understand the strengths and limitations of every color on and off their palette. Students will then see how to choose their palette for each painting to support their specific color goal.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jessica Garrett Lawrence
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Why Still Life?"
May 13-15, 2021
 

Because you can always have a living model...and with it you can explore and learn all aspects of painting. From mark making to surface texture and even emotional connections. Three days of beautiful set-ups to inspire you. There will be demonstrations, critiques and individual instruction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Cost: $350 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Intuitive Painting, Transcending the Subject"
June 30 - July 3, 2021
 

Learn to take advantage of transparent watercolor to create loose, intuitive, free and spontaneous effects in your paintings. Join Fabio Cembranelli and explore wet-on-wet techniques, practicing how to paint with no preliminary drawing. You will learn how to take advantage of your own mistakes and capture the essentials of each subject. Participants will be encouraged use their personal view, moving through the bridges that connect unexpected effects, shapes, colors, tones, lines and textures. Fabio is a regular contributor to several art magazines in South America, US, UK, Norway, France, Japan and Australia.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Fabio Cembranelli
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"East Meets West: Chinese and Watercolor Painting"
August 12-15, 2021
 

Learn how to use Chinese brushes, ink and colors, as well as the theory of the Asian Art, and using the techniques to paint two styles of Chinese paintings (spontaneous style, half-detail-half-spontaneous style). Explore Zhen’s techniques “Color Pouring and Blending”, as well as learning basic techniques such as composition and coloring. There are 4-6 demos each day with student practices between that allow students to learn easier. There are critique sessions in which Zhen helps students by touching up their paintings. Skill Level: Open to all level students. Visit his website lianspainting.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Cost: $475 Museum members/$525 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Botanical and Floral Art Retreat in Portugal with Artist Janie Pirie"
August 28 - September 4, 2021
 

Join artist Janie Pirie on a botanical and floral art retreat on the Algarve coast in Portugal. Receive expert art tuition, stay at a restored authentic Portuguese private villa with panoramic views of the hills and the ocean, indulge in chef-made meals served with some of the best local wines, and get inspired by bohemian Lisbon, Sintra's UNESCO world heritage palaces, and the nearby São Julião beach. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: tuition, accommodation, meals, drinks, trips, transfers. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com
 
Location: Valbom, Portugal
Instructor: Janie Pirie
Cost: $2,690
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Creative Retreat with Artist Cat Coquillette in France"
August 28 - September 4, 2021
 

Join artist Cat Coquillette and educator Logan Elliott for an "artpreneur" retreat at a beautiful 18th century countryside manor in Southwestern France. In addition to painting alongside Cat every morning, you’ll also learn insider-knowledge to succeed in the art industry. Visit enchanting chateaus and beaux villages and indulge in exquisite French cuisine paired with some of the best wines in the region. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: tuition, accommodation, meals, drinks, trips, transfers. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com
 
Location: Saint-Priest-Ligoure, France
Instructor: Cat Coquillette
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting Retreat at the Château"
September 14-21, 2021
 

Join artists Carolyn Gavin and Helen Dardik on a painting retreat at an authentic château in the South of France. Receive expert tuition focusing on a variety of styles, techniques, mediums and subject matter, enjoy a stunning 22-acre private estate, draw your inspiration from quintessentially French medieval villages, and indulge in the exquisite local cuisine. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: tuition, accommodation, meals, drinks, painting trips, wine tasting, transfers. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com
 
Location: Auty, France
Instructor: Artists Carolyn Gavin and Helen Dardik
Cost: $3,900
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting Retreat in the French Pyrenees"
September 23-30, 2021
 

Join artists Carolyn Gavin and Helen Dardik on a painting retreat in the French Pyrenees. Receive expert tuition focusing on a variety of styles, techniques, mediums and subject matter, get inspired by landscapes, street scenes, buildings, and people in the once refuge and inspiration of Picasso, Matisse, Soutine, and Chagall, stay in an ancient Catalan farmhouse framed by Mount Canigou, and enjoy the delicious local cuisine. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: tuition, accommodation, meals, drinks, painting trips, transfers. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com.
 
Location: Corsavy, France
Instructor: Carolyn Gavin and Helen Dardik
Cost: $3,900
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting Retreat at the French Manoir"
September 27 - October 4, 2021
 

Join artist Dennis Perrin on an oil painting retreat in the bucolic French countryside. You will learn how to reflect light onto your canvas and you will receive expert tuition including essential techniques and concepts to help you expand your artistic skills. Stay in a charming country house, enjoy homemade French cuisine, taste some of the best Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru wines, and get inspired by stunning medieval villages. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: tuition, accommodation, meals, drinks, painting trips, wine and cheese tasting, use of basic art materials, transfers. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com.
 
Location: Yviers, France
Instructor: Dennis Perrin
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Online Art Mentoring-Customized Drawing, Painting and Mural Painting"
Anytime
 

The Online Art Mentorship is a long distance learning from the comfort of your home at the time that most suits your needs. You will be able to practice drawing, painting and/or mural painting at your own pace, getting systematic instructions and feedbacks on the art project you are working on. Note that, because of the nature of the one-to-one mentoring, each student will be taken great care and time in personalised critiques and lessons. This is a most affordable and time flexible learning practice which requires self-discipline and commitment. The students will need to be open to work under guidance and critique to be able to reach goals and experience art technique and creativity improvement.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Valeria Latorre
Cost: £150 or £250 per month
Website, email, 00393664977501


 

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