Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Paint a Vintage Scene of Edinburgh in Watercolor"
June 14-15, 2021
 

In this class we will explore how to use vintage photography as a reference for watercolor paintings. Our objective will be taking a black and white photograph and, using value as our guide, create a painting in color that reflects how we perceive the reference. Our goal is not an exact replica but to breathe new life into forgotten times. There are many sources of imagery to be found on the internet and during this time of slowed travel I have found solace in a sort of time travel. Looking at cities I love and the old places there that are now gone.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Iain Stewart, AWS
Cost: $198 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Wet-Into-Wet Watercolor – One Evening Workshop"
June 15, 2021
 

This Class Is For Anyone Who Wants To Get A Handle On Two Essential Watercolor Painting Techniques. The “wet into wet” technique is one of the most basic and most beautiful available to the watercolor painter and produces a look that is impossible in any other medium. Learn how to handle, and master, this fundamental watercolor technique. The workshop will also cover its less well known, but no less important companion – the Dry-In-Wet Technique. Together, these two techniques will add looseness and subtlety to your paintings. Class includes three pre-class video tutorials, drawing layouts for in-class projects and complete materials list.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Tony Conner
Cost: $55
Sponsor: Watercolor Methods
Website, email, 1-802-375-5548


"The Uncommon Art Journal"
June 17-19, 2021
 

Join us as we spend 3 days immersed in a variety of mixed media techniques, incorporating different materials to create artist journals that are tactile, rich and “uncommon.” During the weekend you will have the opportunity to learn from 3 different Artists with 3 different styles to create 3 handmade artist journals from scratch. Each day will be taught by a different Artist. They will share their own approach and techniques to give your artist journal a unique and organic look. Through the creative process, you will discover artistic beauty in what is unrefined and imperfect. Also join us for "Meet the Instructors" Night.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: 3 Instructors
Cost: $245.00
Sponsor: True Creativity Within
Website, email, 626-470-7278


"Figures and Fabrics in Watercolor (Online)"
June 17-18, 2021
 

This class is live and interactive on Zoom. Discover how you can capture the likeness of people in watercolors utilizing shape relationships, color, light and shadow. Cindy will take you through the process step-by-step as she shares how to simplify and translate a photograph into a colorful painting. She’ll share how to photograph your subjects for the best reference images.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Everything Water"
June 18, 2021
 

Water is one of the most pleasing of subjects. Added to a painting, water can bring movement and depth, or add calm, and reflected colors. Alex will demonstrate detailed techniques to show how to depict the apparent flow or stillness of water to dramatic effect. The focus will be color mixing for various kinds of water bodies, along with brush strokes to achieve the desired effect. Alex will paint in watercolor; however, the color mixing and brush techniques are the same for all painting media. Participate by painting along 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


"Group Critique with James Toogood (Online)"
June 18, 2021
 

Feeling isolated in your studio? Unsure of your next step? A group critique is an excellent means of both relieving artistic uncertainty and ?nding inspiration in the ideas and artwork of others in a supportive environment. Join noted artist and PAFA faculty James Toogood for supportive, non-judgmental feedback on your artwork while helping you to dispel feelings of self-criticism or discouragement. Learn to perceive doubt as a tantalizing entry for creative investigation rather than a destructive force. Each student will receive a 30-minute critique minimum.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Everything Water"
June 18, 2021
 

Online Zoom Demo. Water is one of the most pleasing of subjects. Added to a painting, water can bring movement and depth, or add calm, and reflected colors. Alex will demonstrate detailed techniques to show how to depict the apparent flow or stillness of water to dramatic effect. The focus will be color mixing for various kinds of water bodies, along with brush strokes to achieve the desired effect. Alex will paint in watercolor; however, the color mixing and brush techniques are the same for all painting media. Participate by painting along in your medium of choice.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Alexandra Sharma
Cost: $8 for Members, $10 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
June 18-27, 2021
 

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/theory lectures, touring, group discussions, and gastronomy in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. We limit the size of our groups to eight participants and we offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2500) 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, Lucignano, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Please read testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2500
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting a Nocturnal Architectural setting of Santa Fe"
June 19-20, 2021
 

This scene from Santa Fe, New Mexico was chosen to paint because of its cozy street scene with unique shapes of colors and values. The composition lends itself perfectly to change a day time scene to a moon lit scene. A value sketch will help to establish eye level and light direction for our painting. Using painterly, impressionistic brushwork, we’ll learn glazing techniques to enhance color and add drama to our composition. As a Master in the American Impressionist Society, Carr will be emphasizing how to achieve dynamic paintings using loose and painterly brushwork while capturing light. Join us!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Betty Carr
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Launching a Masterpiece, Lessons in Perspective"
June 21-23, 2021
 

Zoom class - drawing studio with some watercolor. Let's put paintings in perspective. You want your work to show mastery and a proper drawing will do this and make the journey so enjoyable. Steve Kleier will give you the tools to bring structure and meaning to your paintings. Using traditional and classic art skills that date from the renaissance, you will find proportion, capture the effects of light and create the illusion of depth. Experience success and be inspired to launch masterpiece after masterpiece. Steve's past clients include: Nike, Tektronix, US Bank, Stash tea, Microsoft and many more.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Steve Kleier
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Lovely Old Hollyhocks in Watercolor (Online)"
June 22-24, 2021
 

This class is live and interactive on Zoom. Evelyn’s recent large scale flower paintings have been recognized in international exhibitions, becoming a favorite subject for her during the past year, as her gardens are a source of inspiration. In this workshop, the focus will be on proficiency in mixing rich, dark, juicy, transparent colors and painting layers of pigment to create depth. The soft, out of focus background is a practice of wet in wet application of pigments. The structure of the stamen in hollyhocks is a study in itself, and adds a dramatic accent. Join us!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Cost: $249 for 9 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Portraits and Figures in Watercolor"
June 23-25, 2021
 

Join Mary Whyte for an extraordinary workshop at Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville, Alabama. Using live clothed models, Whyte will demonstrate daily and guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Whyte's work is in many corporate and museum collections and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine and American Art Collector magazines. We the People: Portraits of Veterans in America exhibition will be on display from June 27 through September 26, 2021 at the Huntsville Museum of Art. For more information, visit marywhyte.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $775 Museum members/ $825 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Botanical Drawing & Painting (Online)"
Wednesdays, June 23 - July 28, 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. This Canvas course will include a weekly live Zoom session every Wednesday, 10 am – 12 p.m.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Linda Gist
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Creating the Illusion of Depth: Atmospheric Perspective"
June 24, 2021
 

Online Zoom Demo. The illusion of depth in a painting—whether non-objective or realistic—can be very dynamic and pleasing. This appearance is called atmospheric perspective and is used to make contours or objects appear 3-dimensional and to recede into the distance. This effect is obtained by changing values (lightness and darkness) of the color and by reducing the intensity of the color. In a 2-part demo, Alex will demonstrate how to achieve this illusion of depth in both an abstract, and a landscape painting. Alex will be using oils, but the methods and color mixings are the same for all painting media. Plan to paint in your medium of choice.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Alexandra Sharma
Cost: $8 for Members, $10 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor Painting for Everyone"
June 24-25, 2021
 

Puddling, salting, splattering, and dripping, watercolor is the most playful medium out there. It’s clean and compact size also makes it ideal to take with you on vacation. Don’t let it intimidate you. Students will break down the different techniques of watercolor into simple steps. Then, they will learn how to apply them in real situations. Join me and relax. This class will help you learn and enjoy art.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Cost: $235 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Group Critique with James Toogood (Online)"
June 25, 2021
 

Feeling isolated in your studio? Unsure of your next step? A group critique is an excellent means of both relieving artistic uncertainty and ?nding inspiration in the ideas and artwork of others in a supportive environment. Join noted artist and PAFA faculty James Toogood for supportive, non-judgmental feedback on your artwork while helping you to dispel feelings of self-criticism or discouragement. Learn to perceive doubt as a tantalizing entry for creative investigation rather than a destructive force. Each student will receive a 30-minute critique minimum.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Bee and Butterfly in Watercolor (Online)"
June 25-26, 2021
 

This class is live and interactive on Zoom. Carol will share her unique watercolor technique, painting from background to foreground, using dynamic and inventive color. You will create 2 paintings, one butterfly and one bee.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carol Carter, www.carol-carter.com
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Creating the Illusions of Depth"
June 25, 2021
 

The illusion of depth in a painting—whether non-objective or realistic—can be very dynamic and pleasing. This appearance is called atmospheric perspective and is used to make contours or objects appear 3-dimensional and to recede into the distance. This effect is obtained by changing values (lightness and darkness) of the color and by reducing the intensity of the color. In a 2-part demo, Alex will demonstrate how to achieve this illusion of depth in both an abstract, and a landscape painting. Alex will be using oils, but the methods and color mixings are the same for all painting media. Plan to paint in your medium of choice.
 
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


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
June 25-27, 2021
 

Zoom class. Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Get started with new ideas in a way that is fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2021"
June 26 - July 7, 2021
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes-de-Haute Provence followed by a four-day art history tour in Barcelona. A unique learning experience open to artists of all levels and all mediums. Paint a varied range of subjects, from lavender and poppy fields to ochre cliffs and beautiful mountain scenery, visit Barcelona’s great art museums and architecture, and enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3800 (around US$2900) includes painting instruction, art history/theory lectures, 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation, and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Miró Museum, etc.). The perfect art holidays in France and Spain!
 
Location: Near Manosque & Barcelona, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2900
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2021"
June 26 - July 7, 2021
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes-de-Haute Provence followed by a four-day art history tour in Barcelona. A unique learning experience open to artists of all levels and all mediums. Paint a varied range of subjects, from lavender and poppy fields to ochre cliffs and beautiful mountain scenery, visit Barcelona’s great art museums and architecture, and enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3800 (around US$2900) includes painting instruction, art history/theory lectures, 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation, and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Miró Museum, etc.). The perfect art holidays in France and Spain!
 
Location: Near Manosque & Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2900
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting a Greek Monastery in Watercolor"
June 26-27, 2021
 

In this workshop the subject “Monastery in Greece”, George will show several of his techniques to achieve striking and successful watercolors, full of textures and contrasts. Instead of using collage like George did in his painting, you will only use watercolor but by applying his own technique of “fake collage in Watercolor”, you will achieve the same effect.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: George Politis, RI, AWS
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Carmel Coast in Watercolor (Online)"
June 28-29, 2021
 

This class is live and interactive on Zoom. I will teach you my California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture style that encompasses bold expressive colors and exuberant atypical painting techniques. I have been teaching this style over the past six years across the United States and Canada as well as being published both here and abroad. My person-to-person and online teaching persona is enthusiastic, fun, and engaging.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David Lobenberg, www.lobenbergart.com
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Italian Beach Scene in Vibrant Hues in Watercolor (Online)"
June 30 & July 1, 2021
 

This class is live and interactive on Zoom. Enrich your watercolors with vibrant creative color. Explore how to simplify a complex landscape scene. In this watercolor workshop we will discover how to design and paint a creative and colorful beach scene from Camogli, Italy.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Theresa Goesling, theresagoesling.art
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Interpreting the landscape of Yosemite in Watercolor (Online)"
July 1-2, 2021
 

This class is live and interactive on Zoom. In this workshop, Frank will teach painting principles and above all, how to paint watercolors that look connected, soft and beautiful. We will focus on landscape, using a reference photo of Yosemite.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Frank Eber
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Almost Magic, The 6-Color Primary Theory in Practice for Dynamic Compositions"
July 2, 2021
 

Imagine 6 specific colors: reds, blues, and yellows, that will change the way you paint along with how you see and mix colors. All we ever need to know about color is in the color wheel for us to discover. This demonstration will help you broaden your color options, using this limited, but specially chosen, palette of colors. Come prepared to paint in the medium of your choice (watercolor, acrylic, gouache, oil, or pastel) as Alex introduces some surprising color combinations that make for brighter, fresher, more intense colors while avoiding dull colors.
 
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


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2021"
July 3-14, 2021
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence followed by a four-day art history tour in Barcelona. A unique learning experience open to artists of all levels and all mediums. Paint a varied range of subjects, from lavender and poppy fields to ochre cliffs and beautiful mountain scenery, visit Barcelona’s great art museums and architecture, and enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3700 (around US$2800) includes painting instruction, art history/theory lectures, 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso museum, Miró Museum, etc.). The perfect art holidays in France and Spain!
 
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2800
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture"
July 5-7, 2021
 

Shake it up with David Lobenberg. Apply watercolor with splatters, swabs, slaps, splats, and slashes to that portrait you’ve be waiting to paint or use one of David’s outline drawings. Come flood, blossom, and create textures with a style that is about gesture, expressive color, soft transparency and hard opacity. You’ll paint several studies with step-by-step demonstrations from painting start to painting finish. David’s watercolor paintings can be found in private, public, and corporate collections across the country. His work has been featured in American Artist, Southwest Art, and American Art Collector magazines and several others.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Portrait of a Native American Child (Online)"
July 5, 7 & 9, 2021
 

This watercolor class is live and interactive on Zoom. In this fun informative class you will learn how to use values to create a stunning portrait of a young Native American girl in native dress. The techniques you learn with help you with any subject you paint in the future, by simplifying the features of a subject into value shapes.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Laurie Goldstein-Warren, www.warrenwatercolors.com
Cost: $249 for 9 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"What We Learn From Vincent: Landscape"
Tuesdays, July 6-27, 2021
 

There is so much to learn from the work, life and letters of the great painter, Vincent Van Gogh. Royce Deans and Tali Farchi have lead many art retreats to the very places in France that Vincent created so many of his masterpieces. In this particular class we will look at how he approached the landscape. We will look at color, perspective, architecture in the landscape and more.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $175.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Find The Essence: Plein Air Painting In Watercolor"
July 6-8, 2021
 

Creating successful en plein air paintings in changing conditions is challenging. Light, shade, and shadows can change rapidly and dramatically over the course of just a few hours. Learning to simplify the scene and fixing it at a point in time are the most important factors in creating successful en Plein air landscape paintings. We’ll work from about 9 am to 4 pm each day. The instructor will do short demos each morning and we’ll end each day with a gentle review and critique of the day’s work. We’ll also stay late one evening to work on the particular challenge of capturing the evening sky and shady landscape.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Tony Conner, tonyconnor.com
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Watercolor Portrait (Online)"
Wednesdays, July 7 - August 11, 2021
 

Learn the art of watercolor portrait painting from photographic references. Working alongside the instructor during live Zoom sessions, paint a variety of portrait subjects, with a focus on mixing skin tone, rendering hair, achieving a likeness and realistic expression, and more. Instruction will feature demonstrations of fundamental watercolor techniques such as washes, gradations, textural effects, wet on wet, wet on dry, dry brush, and more. Portrait drawing experience recommended.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Animals (Online)"
Wednesdays, July 7 - August 11, 2021
 

Convey the subtle color, fluid line, and realistic volume of the human form through watercolor. Working from photo references alongside the instructor during live Zoom sessions, paint nude and clothed figure subjects, with guidance on achieving anatomical and proportional accuracy, mixing skin tone, using value to suggest light and volume, rendering clothing, and more. Instruction will feature demonstrations of fundamental watercolor techniques such as washes, gradations, textural effects, wet on wet, wet on dry, dry brush, and more.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Classical Design for the Contemporary Artist (Online)"
Thursdays, July 8 - August 12, 2021
 

Design is the application of the formal elements of aesthetics to an artwork to enhance its strengths. This class will explain these formal elements of design: composition, space, value, light, color, line, texture and pattern. Course content will include art historical discussions using artists past and present to exemplify these design principles. The classes will also include demonstrations of the applications of each principle, and time to experiment and apply what you learned to your own work.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Charles Muldowney
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Mindful Art-Making in Challenging Times (Online)"
Thursdays, July 8 - August 12, 2021
 

During the pandemic, you may have experienced anxiety and sadness. You are not alone. Learn to work through your feelings and the anxiety we are all carrying through art-making. Cultivating mindfulness, or wakefulness, allows you to be fully present and aware of your actions, without feeling distracted and overwhelmed by other thoughts or outside influences. Art-making is a natural way of practicing mindfulness, and is especially important in these challenging times. Mindful art-making has been shown not only to reduce stress and improve communication skills, but also benefits those suffering from memory loss, depression, or PTSD. Discover how creativity can enrich your daily life under the guidance of Dona Duncan, registered art therapist and practicing artist, in this live Zoom class.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Dona Duncan
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Optical Color in Painting (Online)"
Thursdays, July 8 - August 12, 2021
 

Enrich your painting practice through an understanding of optical color, the perception of color resulting from the combination of hues placed next each other, rather than physically mixed. Just as important as admixture (the blending of pigments), optical mixing through the application of adjacent color strokes allows the creation of a variety of luminous effects. Examine optical color through historical examples from 13th-century egg tempera painting to the light-filled work of the Impressionists and Pointillists. Demystify this exciting perceptual phenomenon and learn how to apply it to your own art by working within a structured plan from varied subject matter in acrylic or gouache paint. Instruction features lecture, and demonstration, and ample references.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Landscape (Online)"
Fridays, July 9 - August 13, 2021
 

Learn to paint watercolor landscapes from photographic references – a virtual getaway for plein air painters during this time of isolation and limited travel. Subjects will include a variety of types of terrain, and instruction will address the rendering of trees, grass, sky, and water. Students will practice fundamental watercolor techniques such as washes, gradations, textural effects, wet on wet, wet on dry, dry brush, and more as they paint in real-time with the instructor.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Plunge (Online)"
Saturdays, July 10 - August 14, 2021
 

Join Tony Rosati, Chair of the PAFA Print Department, and accomplished watercolorist in this live Zoom class designed for those with little or no experience in watercolor. Acquire a thorough grounding in basic watercolor materials and techniques, including papers, brushes and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Gain the confidence to continue to work with watercolor beyond the workshop. Take the plunge; a lifeguard will be on duty!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Tony Rosati
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Plein Air in the Park (Online)"
Sundays, July 11 - August 8, 2021
 

Capture the colors of summer en plein air through vibrant watercolor and pastel. Become comfortable and confident with the practice of working outdoors, using either or both mediums, at picturesque Lemon Hill and other select locations around the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Fairmount Park. Instruction will cover means of accurately and expressively depicting outdoor sites, pastel drawing and layering methods, watercolor painting techniques, mixed media applications, color mixing, and the history and capabilities of each medium. All levels welcome. Learn to observe and depict landscape and cityscape en plein air with attendant materials and set up; Learn color mixing and application of each medium; Study of pigment history and development; Learn about watercolor/pastel history via short discussions about painters.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portraits in Watercolor"
July 12-16, 2021
 

Though often viewed as intimidating and challenging, painting the figure can be just as approachable as a still life and landscape, and brings with its accomplishment a unique satisfaction and reward. Ted will discuss the pitfalls and pluses of painting from photographic reference as well as how to achieve spontaneity, character, and life in your paintings. Class will include daily demonstrations and one-on-one interaction with class members. As Ted shares the specific techniques he uses to bring excitement to his figurative work, you will find your paintings taking on a new life. And, experience great fun in the process! Ted Nuttall is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and Watercolor West.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Landscape Painting In Watercolor: The Summer Scene"
July 13 - August 10, 2021
 

This class focuses on composition, color and painting important elements of the landscape such as, skies, mountains and hills, fields, trees, roads, etc. There are many challenges to painting the summer landscape – we cover them in this online class. This class will improve your watercolor landscape painting with simple approaches to common landscape elements, color and composition ideas and – especially – how to manage all that green!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Tony Conner
Cost: $285
Sponsor: Watercolor Methods
Website, email, 1-802-375-5548


"For the Birds: Interpreting Photos to Create Contemporary Impressionist Paintings"
July 15-17, 2021
 

Learn to make beautiful paintings by using loose, vibrant and confident brush strokes to create energy and movement. The emphasis will be on shapes, values, composition, color temperature, edges, textures and color harmony. There will be a demo and plenty of individual attention throughout the three-day workshop. Participants will be encouraged to interpret rather than just copy photos. Photo reference will be provided or students can bring their own. 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


"Skies and Clouds in Watercolor"
July 15, 2021
 

Watercolor is perfect for creating light, transparent skies with subtle color changes. Same for light, airy clouds. Learn and practice the simple techniques that make painting both a cinch! This one evening workshop will get you off on the right track. We’ll paint two skies – one evening and one summery mid-day. More importantly, we’ll practice the techniques you’ll need for beautiful skies and clouds in any painting. The class includes three pre-class video tutorials, downloadable drawing layouts and materials lists.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Tony Conner
Cost: $55
Sponsor: WatercolorMethods.com
Website, email, 1-802-375-5548


"Virtual Landscape Color and Composition"
July 17-20, 2021
 

Zoom class. Give life to your landscapes. Figures accent a painting unlike anything else. Don will teach you how to capture man’s relationship or contrast to nature and the environment. He will show you how to paint believable figures with lessons on figure construction and the variety of ways to use the human form as an accent, point of interest or dominant character. Don is a signature member of the AWS. He is the author of Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor, Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor, and Rough Sketches, Short Stories of a Traveling Artist.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Don Andrews
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Key Elements of Plein Air Painting"
July 20-22, 2021
 

Join George Van Hook, a nationally recognized artist who has won numerous Plein Air competitions and awards from around the country for his oils and watercolors. George stresses allaprima painting and using a loose and fast approach to capture the landscape in the first try. Participants will be meeting on location and painting all day from 9am-4pm with a lunch provided. Workshop includes live demos and individual attention. Please bring your own plein air equipment, supports, and media (oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic).
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: George Van Hook, georgevanhookfineartist.com
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Watercolor Unleashed! Wet & Wild Ocean"
Tuesdays, July 20 - August 31, 2021
 

Paint the misty, crashing, salty ocean waves and learn to apply the “anatomy” of an ocean wave to a watercolor painting. For this virtual online painting workshop, we will use a photo and other class materials that will be sent to you by e-mail. During class time you will see demos with painting demo shown full screen through a dual camera set-up. You will have your own painting time during the class with individual critique throughout. There will be demos, instruction at all levels, one-on-one critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all. All levels are welcome. The only prerequisite is an attitude of joy in the act of painting!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Pet Portraits: Getting the Look of Your Subject for Dynamic Compositions"
July 23, 2021
 

This paint-along demo will focus on techniques to portray fur, hair, and eyes. How to get accurate proportions, and color and tonal relationships will also be covered. Alex will be painting in watercolor but the techniques covered are appropriate for all paint media. Paint along in your medium of choice.
 
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


"Online Sky Studies Watercolor Workshop"
July 24-25, 2021
 

During this two day, online workshop, Students will work along with Lorraine as she demonstrates a variety of skies in small 4”x6” studies (6 to 8, depending on time). We will cover ways to depict soft-fluffy clouds, dramatic sunsets, and stars in the night sky. Learn and use techniques like wet-on-wet, softening edges, layering, and more. Lorraine will demonstrate steps in the process and share lots of tips and tricks along the way. Reference photos, drawings, and instructions are emailed prior to the class. No time limit on video recording. (image is only an example)
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Lorraine Watry
Cost: $165.00
Sponsor: Lorraine Watry Studio
Website, email, 719-291-2748


"Plein Air Landscape Painting"
July 27-29, 2021
 

Paint the summer colors at this beautiful and historic location overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River Valley while relaxing in the comfort of the Gibson House Inn. This workshop will focus on plein air landscape painting with some classroom instruction and will be open to all abilities. Born 1954, in Rochester, NY, Robert O'Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for thirty years. Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on landscape and architectural studies. The artist finds beauty in the ordinary, subtle reminders of everyday life in rural New England. In his own words, he is driven "to capture the vanishing landscape in my paintings" before they disappear forever as a result of the steady hand of "progress."
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Robert O'Brien, www.robertjobrien.com
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Watercolor from the Beginning"
July 28, 2021
 

Learn everything you need to build a strong foundation for getting started in watercolor. Receive detailed information on paper, paint, and brushes explained clearly and demonstrated with helpful visual aids. Practice mixing colors, learn how to do basic washes, and find out about special techniques unique to watercolor. This class is excellent preparation for the Color Theory Through Watercolor class on Thursday. Sign up for both classes to fully immerse yourself in this wonderful medium. Beginners welcome!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Color Theory through Watercolor"
July 29, 2021
 

Understanding color is essential to creating work that captivates the eye and evokes certain moods or emotions. Through a series of fun exercises you will learn to understand tints, shades, and tone, the color wheel, complementary colors, warm and cool colors, and color schemes. You will make useful charts and swatches that can be used for future reference. Whether you are just starting out or have some experience with watercolor, this class will help you masterfully mix color, no matter what your medium or level of experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Watercolor: Mountains Framed by Brilliant Wildflowers (Online)"
July 29-31, 2021
 

For this live-online painting workshop we will use a photo with discretion to loosely evoke plein-air flavor and atmosphere in our paintings. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $249 for 9 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Pen and Ink Enhanced with Color for Dynamic Compositions"
July 30, 2021
 

Satisfy your need to draw the scene and your desire for color during this Demonstration! Discover how to use inks (yes, they are indelible!) in a loose and freeing way without worrying about needing to correct them. Quick and colorful materials, methods, and techniques enable you to capture the moment in a lively ink sketch followed by enhancement with watercolor or colored pencils. This demo is a great introduction to composition and design in a simple yet structured format.
 
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


"Abstract Watercolor Exploration"
July 30, 2021
 

Watercolors have the reputation of being the most challenging painting medium. The unforgiving white of the paper and the uncontrollable nature of water make it intimidating. Through exercises participants will learn how forgiving white paper can be and how to control water and pigment. Focusing on color and composition, participants will practice techniques while creating a series of abstract paintings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Watercolor Still Life With Flowers"
July 31, 2021
 

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.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Online Close-up Bee and Flower Watercolor Workshop"
July 31, 2021
 

Learn how to paint a close-up Bee with transparent wings as he buzzes around some flowers. This one-day online watercolor workshop walks students through the process of creating a realistic bee, flowers, and a soft focus background. Students learn watercolor techniques like wet on wet, layering, lifting, and more. Lorraine provides the reference photo and instructions. Paint along with Lorraine as she demonstrates the painting step-by-step. (image is only an example)
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Lorraine Watry
Cost: $140.00
Sponsor: Arvada Art Center
Website, email, 720-898-7200


"Watercolor Techniques"
August 3-4, 2021
 

Zoom class. Technique is everything and Michael Reardon will help you explore so many ways to strengthen your skills in landscape and cityscape watercolor painting. You will learn how to create a strong composition and use value to invoke a sense of light. Michael will teach you how to manipulate color for a full expressive effect. Join us for this 2-day workshop and you'll go home with an abundance of techniques you can use the rest of your life. Michael is the Author of Painting Light and Color in Landscapes and Cityscapes, from North Light Books and has three instructional DVD’s.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Reardon
Cost: $255
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"What We Learn From Vincent: Still Life"
Tuesdays, August 3, 10, 17, 31, 2021
 

There are so many things that we can learn when we study other painters. When we look at the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh, we can explore color, composition, perspective and form. His creative force continues to be an inspiration to the entire world. Royce Deans and Tali Farchi have spent years studying the work of Vincent and visiting many of the locations that he worked. They have much to share.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $175.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Watercolor Techniques"
August 5-6, 2021
 

Zoom class. Technique is everything and Michael Reardon will help you explore so many ways to strengthen your skills in landscape and cityscape watercolor painting. You will learn how to create a strong composition and use value to invoke a sense of light. Michael will teach you how to manipulate color for a full expressive effect. Join us for this 2-day workshop and you'll go home with an abundance of techniques you can use the rest of your life. Michael is the Author of Painting Light and Color in Landscapes and Cityscapes, from North Light Books and has three instructional DVD’s.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Reardon
Cost: $255
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Watercolor Works!"
August 5-26, 2021
 

Great for Beginners and anyone struggling with Watercolor. If you want to improve, this class is for you. Watercolor is a uniquely beautiful but tricky medium. This class teaches you the important fundamental painting skills which make everything else easier. We also introduce some basic color and composition ideas to help strengthen and unify your paintings. Class includes: A Weekly Written Class Info Sheet with Drawing Layouts and illustrated Examples; Pre-Class “Homework”; Weekly Critique With Personal Advice and Suggestions; Online Class with Demos, Paint-along Projects, Q&A; and a Recording of Each Class For Review.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Tony Conner
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Watercolor Methods
Website, email, 1-802-375-5548


"Paintings that P-O-P! Using Values for Dramatic Results"
August 6, 2021
 

Value variations, or lights to darks, are the basis of strong and vibrant artwork. The use of light and dark values and textures will bring strong contrast through bright highlights and dark shadows. Alex will demonstrate in watercolor using one color (think black and white photography). However, the lesson applies to all paint media. Come prepared to paint along using one dark color from your paintbox.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $10
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"3 techniques to sketch Italy (Online)"
August 9-11, 2021
 

Learn fun sketching techniques before your next trip to Italy (or anywhere around the world)! This unique workshop will explore varies sketching techniques and styles. With just a few simple tools, you’ll learn how to sketch stylishly, loosely and more intuitively! You’ll be amazed with what you can create after taking this workshop.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Shuang Li
Cost: $249 for 9 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Birds In Watercolor"
August 9-30, 2021
 

Get loose, go outside the lines, and be unafraid of your watercolors! During this 4-week course, Kim will guide students through several different approaches to painting birds — a very direct painting approach, a wet into wet approach, and a unique “throwing paint” approach. Students will learn to relax and open up their creativity and imaginations. Although, continue to explore additional techniques around the making of shapes, using color combinations, simultaneously designing foreground and background, taking advantage soft and hard edges, students will gain confidence in reaching the point where they realize their painting is done.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolors from A-Z with Sterling Edwards, TWSA"
August 12-15, 2021
 

This is a watercolor workshop for all skill levels, however, previous watercolor and drawing experience is very beneficial to gain the most from this workshop. There will be a wide variety of watercolor techniques that will be discussed and demonstrated including positive and negative painting, composition, using creative colors, glazing, charging color, and many more. We will begin each day with a demonstration painting that will be finished before lunch. The daily demonstration will be different each day so that the student will see a wide variety of subject matter and styles including landscapes, floral, stylized, and abstract. See website for more information.
 
Location: Manhasset, New York
Instructor: Sterling Edwards
Cost: $675 (members), $710 (non members)
Sponsor: The Art Guild of Port Washington/Manhasset
Website, email, 516-304-5797


"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


"Studio Italia - Art workshop offered since 1997"
August 16-25, 2021
 

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/theory lectures, touring, group discussions, and gastronomy in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. We limit the size of our groups to eight participants and we offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2570) 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, Lucignano, etc.) train ticket to Florence and guided tour to the Uffizi Museum. Please read testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2570
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Expressive Flowers, Faces and Figures in Watercolor"
August 16-20, 2021
 

Fresh flowers in the studio will be our inspiration in this intensive watercolor workshop held in the historical, charming, and picturesque town of Rockland, Maine. In our studio, you will have views of a fabulous harbor as well as the comfort of our studio - best of all worlds!!! We will progress to the head and figure - working from photos and a possible model will enable us to work intuitively, spontaneously and directly. Our goals throughout the workshop will be to capture the "life" in our paintings. Janet is a very popular professional painter and instructor with many workshops throughout the United States and abroad.
 
Location: Rockland, Maine
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Website, email, 207-594-4813


"Painting The Complicated Using The 'KISS' Method"
August 17-19, 2021
 

Stewart Burgess White is a painter with a long list of accolades including Signature membership in The American Watercolor Society (AWS). Stewart will provide a presentation on how to create paintings that simplify complicated subject matter with an emphasis on composition and line. From landscapes to urban industrial scenes. Color choices and mark-making will also be addressed during the process. Students will practice in Plein Air in the surrounding area.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Stewart Burgess White, stewartwhitestudios.com
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Six Colors for Painting with an Unlimited Palette for Dynamic Compositions"
August 20, 2021
 

Imagine painting with a wide variety of colors just by mixing six specially chosen colors. Painting with a limited palette of colors is one sure way to achieve unity and color harmony. The word “limited” makes us think we won’t have lots of colors, but with the three primary colors, we can mix all the colors. Alex Sharma will demonstrate the mixing possibilities and the wide color variations achievable. Color mixing with the primaries is common for all media. Paint along in any medium.
 
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


"A painting retreat. Watercolor Journaling in Lisbon"
September 1-14, 2021
 

Join us with Winnie Givot in Lisbon, a city of beauty, from which explorers in the 15th and 16th centuries set out to discover the world. There we will spend our days painting, drawing, and writing in our watercolor journals as we see more deeply through our art. We will be staying in newly renovated apartments in an old Portuguese building near Prac¸a Intendente, a wonderful location in the historic city. In and around the city we will take many different forms of transport including metro, trolleys, tuk tuks, escalators, train, bus and, of course, walking. There is even an elegant 19th century outdoor elevator which carries passengers up and down between districts.
 
Location: Lisbon, Sintra, Obidos, Portugal
Instructor: Winnie Givot
Cost: $4600
Sponsor: Salinara - International Art Farm, Sicily
Website, email, (+39) 339 77 57 062


"Staying Afloat in Watercolor"
September 6-10, 2021
 

Capture the fleeting moments David will show you the best way to tackle painting the rugged coastline, the sea with its character, the calm waters and boats in the beautiful harbor, and street scenes along the harbor and about the city offering movement, color, and atmosphere. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"What We Learn From Vincent: Portraits and People"
Tuesdays, September 7-28, 2021
 

If we study the work and life of Vincent Van Gogh we find a most interesting, complex and caring person. He cared deeply for people and longed to express that desire in his paintings his entire life. In this class we will look at his portraits and self-portraits as well as how he used figures in his landscapes. Royce Deans and Tali Farchi your instructors for this class have made it a priority in their own work to learn every thing they can from Vincent.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $175.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Abstract Expressionism – Online Painting Workshop"
September 8 - October 26, 2021
 

A course for Self-Expression. Self-Exploration and Fun! Online 8-week, guided independent study painting course. Structured exercises offered weekly. We use Zoom for our weekly critiques. Class time is 2-hours. 8-week series. Tuesdays, 10 am Hawaii time (Other possible day can be arranged) How it works: New painting exercises are introduced each week. I'll explain the exercises and record the classes. Students complete their paintings on their own time and we will meet 1x/week for shared critique and feedback. Choose whatever painting medium you prefer. I suggest acrylic on paper or canvas. I'll send a materials list. The size of the artwork will vary, depending on your personal setup at home. Limited class size. All levels are welcome!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Abbie Rabinowitz
Cost: $280-400 (sliding scale)
Sponsor: www.abbierabinowitz.com
Website, email, 808-657-8108


"Rendering the Invisible Visible for US and Canada"
September 8 - December 15, 2021
 

Our live online art classes offered via Zoom are a unique mix of art history/theory lectures, painting, and discussions that will help you take your art to the next level. This 12-week workshop has been designed around this pandemic and of course, the stories arising from such a life-mind-altering situation. Do we agree that art is more than the mere representation of the surroundings, so we can finally accept rendering visible the invisible? We are currently reshaping our perceptions, rethinking our behavior to give birth to a new personal narrative. Knowing that creativity comes from everywhere and everything, the purpose of this online course is to help you fully express these new stories, using the painting medium of your choice.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$300
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Rendering the Invisible Visible for Australia"
September 9 - December 16, 2021
 

Our live online art classes offered via Zoom are a unique mix of art history/theory lectures, painting, and discussions that will help you take your art to the next level. This 12-week workshop has been designed around this pandemic and of course, the stories arising from such a life-mind-altering situation. Do we agree that art is more than the mere representation of the surroundings, so we can finally accept rendering visible the invisible? We are currently reshaping our perceptions, rethinking our behavior to give birth to a new personal narrative. Knowing that creativity comes from everywhere and everything, the purpose of this online course is to help you fully express these new stories, using the painting medium of your choice.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$300
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Focus on Negative Spaces for Dynamic Compositions"
September 10, 2021
 

Artists consider all shapes in a painting equally. Alex will demonstrate how to make even the simplest of subjects dramatic with some simple compositional devices that create interesting negative spaces. Imagine painting around the subject rather than painting it directly to get some dramatic results. Your positive shapes will “pop” as you develop your composition and painting skills using this technique. Alex will demonstrate in watercolor, but the concept is the same for all media. Paint along in the medium of your choice.
 
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


"Strata Botanica"
September 11, 2021
 

Imagine a world of layered abstracted botanical shapes on paper. This workshop is a perfect way to spend the day discovering ways to create with monotypes, resist tools, water-soluble pencils, and transparent and opaque watercolors on paper. Based on biomorphic shape making, this process will allow you to discover ways to define the space around abstracted botanical shapes with deep values and colors. Pattern and texture will be the main ingredients for our compositions. We’ll start the process with monotype printmaking to build up a foundation of textures and images. Watercolors will be glazed on top, adding luminosity and brilliant color. Part of the beauty of this technique is revealing some of the underlining imagery in selected spots.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $155.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Travel Sketching in the South West of France"
September 11-18, 2021
 

Join me for one week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Provence. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 12 participants/workshop).
 
Location: Toulouse, France
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Furry Animal Portraits"
September 12, 2021
 

In this workshop we will create in-depth watercolor portraits using masking fluid and gouache techniques. I’ll teach you step by step how to draw the shapes to make your special portrait. You can also trace your image if needed. Watercolor techniques using masking fluid will bring depth to the fur textures. Color temperature, intensity, and glazing will be discussed and practiced. Glaze layers will be achieved with layers of masking fluid to save lines and shapes. Toward the end of the workshop day we’ll unveil the hidden layers saved by the masking fluid. I’ll show you how to adjust the values and colors to bring forth a cohesive painting.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $160.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Glorious Greens, Color Mixing for Light, Shade & Distance"
September 17, 2021
 

Getting the right green for your subject can often be a big challenge. This paint along demo will give you all the information and methods you will need to portray greens in sunlight, low light, shadow, and to create atmospheric perspective. Having several greens will widen your color palette and create new exciting greens. Some examples are sap, viridian (or Phthalo green), hookers, intense green, and olive. Alex will paint in watercolor but the color mixings are applicable to all paint media.
 
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


"Painting & Sketching the Magic of Tuscany"
September 17-25, 2021
 

Join us for a magical painting and sketching vacation workshop in Tuscany, Italy with Yuki Hall, TWSA. A trip of a lifetime for artists & art enthusiasts, combining Renaissance art, history, culture, watercolor painting/sketching, Tuscan cousin and wine! The workshop is filled with excursions. Throughout the workshop, you will learn how to simplify complex subject matter and capture the atmosphere of the scenes to create a painting in a loose and impressionistic style. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Florence, Trequanda, Italy
Instructor: Yuki Hall
Cost: $3,200
Website, email, 937-679-2464


"Create Landscapes, Skies, and Water in Watercolor and Pencil"
September 18-19, 2021
 

Treat yourself to two days of painting with Lee Mothes! Beginners are welcome, as well as those who want to try new techniques. Each student will walk out on Sunday with at least one finished painting. Lee will start by demonstrating watercolor techniques in capturing cloud patterns, sunlight-on-water, trees and capturing the feel of distant hills. Then the class will start painting. Lee will help each student with setting up colors on a palette, how to use brushes, create washes with colors, plus offer tips on perspective and composition. You may choose to work in graphite pencil, color pencils or ink along with watercolor. You may also bring pastels, color pencils, or ink pens to explore and play with.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lee Mothes
Cost: $165
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Travel Sketching in the South West of France"
September 19-26, 2021
 

Join me for one week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Provence. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 12 participants/workshop).
 
Location: Toulouse, France
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"The Pillars of Watercolor!"
September 20-22, 2021
 

Seeking answers and understanding? This plein air workshop will explain all aspects of successful painting using frequent demonstrations and detailed analysis. We will explore a range of subject including composition and design, effectively using light and dark values, color mixing, edges, brush stroke techniques and much more. Stimulate and expand your insight into the magic of watercolors! This workshop is for resilient outdoor painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion, Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique and Watercolour Masterclass. His work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist’s Magazine.
 
Location: Rockland, Maine
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 23-25, 2021
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $425 Museum members/ $475 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Plein Air watercolor painting retreat in Milos, Greece"
September 28 - October 5, 2021
 

Come on the enchanting Greek island of Milos in the Aegean Sea, enjoy a masterful tuition by Keiko Tanabe. Subject matters will be landscape, Mediterranean seascape, old historic village scape, people. The participants will benefit from daily one-on-one guidance and a group critique with Keiko. Her workshop is designed for all painters both amateurs and more accomplished. On Milos we will paint and swim at lovely beaches surrounded by trees and goats. The island is known for its honey, and the local feta cheese is exceptional. The most stunning scenery in the world, it is also the island where the famous Venus de Milo was discovered.
 
Location: Milos Island, Greece
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: from € 1900
Sponsor: Salinara - International Art Farm, Sicily
Website, email, (+39) 339 77 57 062


"Plein Air Painting Retreat with Artist Nicholas O'Leary"
September 30 - October 7, 2021
 

Join artist Nicholas O'Leary on a plein air painting retreat in Almería, Spain. Receive expert tuition and draw your creative inspiration from an idyllic oasis full of exotic palms, trees and plants from all over the world, waterfalls, fountains, and ponds. Stay at a stunning Spanish Finca, enjoy delicious organic meals, and take in the Granada skyline and Sierra Nevada scenic vistas from the Alhambra's red fortress towers. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: tuition, accommodation, meals, drinks, trips, studio space, transfers. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com
 
Location: Almería, Spain
Instructor: Nicholas O'Leary
Cost: $2,650
Sponsor: UpTreK
Website, email, +40757302302


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
October 1-10, 2021
 

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/theory lectures, touring, group discussions, and gastronomy in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. We limit the size of our groups to eight participants and we offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2500) 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, Lucignano, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Please read testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2500
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Watercolor Painting"
October 4-7, 2021
 

The workshop sessions begin as Couch completes a painting, explaining what he is doing, and why, as he paints. Students paint in the afternoons, after which Couch critiques all the day’s completed work, including his own. An optional slide show/lecture on the principles of design – including color and composition – will be presented in the afternoon of the first day. For more information, visit tonycouch.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Tony Couch
Cost: $500 Museum members/ $550 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Staying Afloat in Watercolor"
October 5-25, 2021
 

WhatsApp Online. Capture the fleeting moments! David will show you the best way to tackle painting the rugged coastline, the sea with its character, the calm waters and boats in the beautiful harbor, and street scenes along the harbor and about the city offering movement, color and atmosphere. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results. David will give a pre-recorded lesson/demonstration with step-by-step notes each Tuesday. You will have a week to work on your painting, share it with David and receive personalized feedback. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Advanced Seminar"
October 9-16, 2021
 

Our Advanced Seminar will offer experienced painters the opportunity to work intensively all day without the disruption of movements. Two instructors, Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson, will be available to work with participants. Critiques will be held daily. Slide shows on issues relevant to landscape painting will be held two evenings. Fees include most materials, surfaces and equipment, accommodations, all meals and wine, field trip, local transportation. Reduced fees for extended stays.
 
Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500 - $2,860 depending on occupancy
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Reflections in Water - Birds Watercolor Workshop"
October 19-21, 2021
 

Water reflections can be fascinating. The water can act like glass and give an almost perfect reflection of the object or distort the objects due to movement of the surface. This workshop will focus on a swan and its reflection in the water. Students will learn methods to create the puzzle-like reflections in the water by using masking, layering, and wet-on-wet techniques. Next the subject of the reflection, the swan, will be explored as Students learn techniques for creating a realistic likeness of the bird. (image is an example)
 
Location: Harahan, Louisiana
Instructor: Lorraine Watry
Cost: $350.00/$400.00
Sponsor: Louisiana Watercolor Society
Website, email


"Mary Whyte Watercolor Workshop"
October 21-22, 2021
 

Join Mary Whyte for an inspiring and educational two days of painting the figure from life in watercolor, suitable for students of all levels. Mary will guide students in color mixing, drawing, composition, getting a likeness and creating dynamic works, as well as offer tips on marketing and the business side of being an artist. Each day will start with a painting demonstration, then the students will paint alongside Mary as she offers one-on-one assistance and encouragement. Learn how to capture your subject in a watercolor portrait with expert, Mary Whyte. Sponsored by Philadelphia Water Color Society.
 
Location: Wallingford, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Philadelphia Water Color Society
Website, email


"Santa Barbara Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
October 22-27, 2021
 

Join us in Santa Barbara and experience daily demonstrations, personalized instruction, and, encouraging support with Theresa and Cindy. Learn how to design and simplify your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. We’ll sketch in plein-air some of the emblematic spots of Santa Barbara. With breathtaking coastal mountains to the east and sublime beaches to the west, Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful places in California. With its perfect Mediterranean climate, Santa Barbara is a little gem with lush gardens and distinctive white-washed, terracotta-tiled Spanish architecture. No doubt that it deserves its name of “American Riviera”.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Rose Frantzen Workshop in Provence"
October 26 - November 4, 2021
 

Exclusive 10-day painting workshop in Southern France with painting legend, Rose Frantzen. This workshop is a rare opportunity to learn from Rose Frantzen, the award-winning artist known as an American treasure. The chateau estate is the perfect location to combine elite learning and immersion in Provençal culture. Guests will paint models on the estate, in the village, and also at local painting destinations with historical art significance. Rose will be in residence with guests the entire time. Experience both an exclusive painting workshop with instruction and the best of French life. All-inclusive: instruction, food, wine, Chateau accommodations, museums, entrance fees, ground transportation; except air-fare. All levels. Non-painters welcome.
 
Location: Avignon, France
Instructor: Rose Frantzen
Cost: $5200
Sponsor: Workshops in France
Website, email, 323-251-4487


"Santa Barbara Travel Sketching Workshop"
October 28 - November 2, 2021
 

Join us for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Santa Barbara. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! Brenda Swenson will help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 12 participants). Brenda is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have been featured in numerous books and magazines (Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air Magazine).
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Beyond Description: Expressive Painting through Image Structure"
November 8-12, 2021
 

Your growth as an artist is my priority as we study great artists and unlock the universal secrets of image structure. At a primal level, it’s this abstract image structure that moves us-- the use of line, shape, space, value, color, and texture. This applies to any style or genre of painting because every good painting is good due to the underlying abstraction - the power of the purely visual. The plan is always to help you reach your potential, painting your way, with your voice and vision, but better than ever before. You can paint representational or abstract. Oils, watercolors, collage, and acrylics welcome. Come be encouraged and inspired in a fun, upbeat atmosphere.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Michael Slonim
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
November 15-19, 2021
 

Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall will demonstrate the techniques, and instill the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted’s daily demonstrations and presentations, he will share his personal approach to painting. Plus, he will introduce the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. What’s more, significant time is allowed for one-on- one instruction in an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive – regardless of skill level.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Studio Colombia Art & Eat"
February 15-23, 2022
 

Join our eight-night workshop and experience the stunning Caribbean coast from Puerto Colombia (Barranquilla) to Cartagena. Learn the fundamentals of perspective drawing and watercolors and have a taste of Colombian Caribbean food and culture. After an art class, try a "mojarra con arroz con coco" with a cold Colombian beer or an "aguardiente". Paint on the beach just like Gauguin was doing in Tahiti. Visit a few restaurants’ kitchens and learn from their chefs. Take part in a street food tour. Price of CAD 2600 (around US$2075) includes eight-night double accommodation in comfortable and centrally located hotels, all ground transportation, all breakfasts, one lunch, two suppers, one street food tour, art instruction, cooking classes/demonstrations, art supplies, and more.
 
Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US $2075
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
April 3-8, 2022
 

I’ll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in this wonderful town, as well as the distant and scenic on the magical coast of Santa Barbara. In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool (that will be provided). This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are, gazing at a street scene or the way the light grazes the trunk of a tree. We’ll work spontaneously, and I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful. Each day will start with a short demo and end with a critique, hopefully while sitting in a shady courtyard with a glass of wine in hand.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, www.shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Portugal"
April 4-10, 2022
 

Join California-based painter and renowned art instructor Randall Sexton for an exciting week of painting in the beautiful region of Azeitão, Portugal. This all-inclusive 5 day/6 night trip is open to all skill levels from beginner to advanced. Spaces are limited as the group will be the exclusive guests at a 300 year-old villa just south of Lisbon. This fully renovated estate is surrounded by vineyards, cork trees, and olive orchards, and offers a breathtaking array of subjects from the intimate to the monumental. Away from tourists, you will be able to immerse yourself in a unique countryside and participate in daily painting demos/lectures and lots of and one-on-one painting instruction with Randy.
 
Location: Azeitão, Portugal
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $3200/single occ, $2900/double occ
Website, email, (919) 272-5958


"Watercolor Painting Workshop"
April 8-13, 2022
 

Join me on this wonderful trip to Santa Barbara! We will explore and paint outdoors while enjoying the joie de vivre the town has to offer. If you’re looking for a cozy, personalized therefore very special painting holiday organized by an experienced tour operator, this is it. Since we will be a small group, I can also closely work with each one of you for a semi-private painting experience. My teaching style consists of one hour demo once or twice a day followed by one-to-one support.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, www.ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
May 7-14, 2022
 

Come join Suhita Shirodkar for a week long painting adventure in the magnificent Costa Brava, Spain. Suhita Shirodkar is a self-confessed obsessive sketcher and watercolor artist. Her love of color and of travel is reflected in her work. You will learn to sketch people, places, flora and fauna so your sketchbooks can truly reflect your travels. There will be critiques and discussions about your paintings and Suhita will spend part of each day “one on one” with you as you sketch the magnificent views.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Suhita Sirodkar, SketchAway.wordpress.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Van Gogh and Cézanne in Provence, France"
May 8-15, 2022
 

This special art retreat will take you many of the places you will recognize as the very locations that Vincent painted many of his greatest masterpieces. We will also pay a visit to Cézanne's studio and his beloved Mont Sainte Victoire. We will be staying right in Arles at the Best Western Artrium that is an easy walk to the same sights, sounds and smells of these great artists. Come and be prepared to do lots of drawing and painting, it will be a trip you won't ever forget.
 
Location: Arles, and Aix-en-Provence, France
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $2990.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Painting in Spain: Plein Air in Watercolor & Oil"
May 14-21, 2022
 

Join Julie Gilbert Pollard for a wonderful week of plein air painting on the beautiful coast of Northern Spain, the Costa Brava. Visit inspiring locations, learning to interpret them into your personal visual expression. Expect sight-seeing, photo-sketching, sketching and “light” plein air painting using minimal equipment that is easy to carry in a medium-size backpack. Julie will demonstrate and coach you through methods and techniques that have proven invaluable in learning to distill a scene into its most simple format, leading to studio paintings that retain that illusive “plein air feel”. All levels are welcome. Classes will be small, so Julie will have ample time to help students work toward individual goals.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting the Dutch Landscape"
May 22-29, 2022
 

This art retreat to Zwolle, The Netherlands is one of our favorites to be certain. Zwolle is a picture perfect Dutch city. A classically designed city center with gorgeous parks that you will love. Dutch farmland, canals, dikes, lots of bikes and beautiful wooded areas. Sign up before October 15, 2021 and the cost is only $2840.00
 
Location: Zwolle, The Netherlands
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $2990.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Painting in the Loire Valley: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
June 10-17, 2022
 

We will spend an amazing week in the Loire Valley filling our watercolor journals with memories for a lifetime and inspiration for larger paintings back home. Kathy will share how she chooses and composes a composition with quick colorful sketches. As a master plein air artist at the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational (2016) and Olmsted Georgia Color (2019 & 2020), she has a wealth of painting knowledge to share with you, no matter what your level of experience. We will travel light with a small pack of supplies that can easily fit into your backpack or satchel. Kathy will work with each of you individually to create your best watercolor sketches. Kathy has a love for art, adventure and people.
 
Location: Saint Pierre de Corps, France
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, www.RennellForbes.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
June 11-20, 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, group discussions, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. We limit the size of our groups to eight participants to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2600) 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. Testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US $2600
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 20-27, 2022
 

Join us in France, the birth country of plein air painting, and paint the magnificent French Alps en plein air! This workshop is for all levels: whether you are a first time plein air painter, or have been painting around world, you’ll have an amazing experience painting lakes, mountains or chalets in this beautiful region, while improving your on-location painting skills within days! I will be demoing on site, with both watercolor plein air painting and watercolor sketching techniques. You will learn how to select lighting and subject matters, simplify what you see and create strong compositions. In addition to the demos, I will provide fun and easy to follow hands-on tutorials tailored towards each individual's needs.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Shuang Li, www.shuangliwatercolors.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Trip 2022"
June 25 - July 6, 2022
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence followed by a four-day art history tour in Barcelona. A unique learning experience open to artists of all levels and all mediums. Paint a varied range of subjects, from lavender and poppy fields to ochre cliffs and beautiful mountain scenery, visit Barcelona’s great art museums and architecture, and enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3800 (around US$2950) includes painting instruction, art history/theory lectures,11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation, and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Miró Museum, etc.). The perfect art holidays!
 
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence/Barcelona, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US $2950
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 27 - July 4, 2022
 

Join Kim for a glorious sketching and painting excursion in the French Alps. From Chamonix to Annecy, the little Venice of the French Alps, Kim will help you to record the beautiful scenery and this 7-day cultural experience. We will have medieval streets, local markets and the majestic Mont-Blanc as inspiration. And of course, who can resist the gastronomic cheeses of this region. Open to all levels from beginners to intermediate students.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kim Minichiello, www.kimminichiello.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
July 4-11, 2022
 

Join award-winning artist and American Watercolor Society signature member, Sarah Yeoman, for this wonderful plein-air painting workshop in the French Alps whether you want to know the basics or to get professional pointers. We will explore the magic of the watercolor medium in a enchanting atmosphere. Beginning with a morning demonstration, she will lead you through the step by step process she uses to create paintings with strong colorful darks and shimmering lights no matter the choice of subject. Sarah will share her years of knowledge on materials, paint application, composition, life as an artist and “finding your light” in watercolor.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Sarah Yeoman, Sarahyeoman.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"Painting in the French Alps: Sketching & Watercolor"
August 22-29, 2022
 

Join us for this magical plein air painting & sketching adventure in the French Alps! Yuki will walk you through how to create an atmosphere of a scene by establishing the sense of depth in the picture plane and also by breaking away from a rigid coloring-in painting style. You will start painting with confident brush strokes and expressive edge qualities. You will also learn how to simplify a complex subject by extracting the most important feature of the subject while leaving unnecessary details out. Establishing a strong tonal value pattern in your picture plane is also important. We will practice tonal value studies and monochromatic paintings and learn how to translate them into full-color paintings for maximum visual and emotional impact.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Yuki Hall, www.yukihallfineart.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
August 26 - September 2, 2022
 

This workshop is focused on the plein-air experience. We will be painting in breathtaking locations in the French Alps where subject matter ranges from bucolic mountain scenes with French barn buildings to lakeside scene with boats as well as busy streets/ town settings. Frank Eber works in a direct, loose style influenced by the Old World masters. Typical in his art are color mixes and light that evoke nostalgia while remaining absolutely in the present. Frank’s watercolor workshops reach beyond technique, encouraging individual expression and observing the elusive balance of forces that create beauty in painting.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Frank Eber
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 2-9, 2022
 

Come along with me to France for a week of painting the French Alps. All the logistics will be taken care of – all you have to do is relax and enjoy as we sketch Alpine meadows, cobblestoned villages, wooden chalets with flowery boxes and spectacular lakes and mountains. We’ll also paint in Annecy, known as the Venice of the North, a beautiful medieval city surrounded by canals and mountains. We’ll capture these once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the pages of our travel journals. The workshop is suitable for all levels, but some experience with drawing and watercolor would be helpful.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Leslie Fehling, www.lesliefehling.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
September 10-17, 2022
 

The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in Spain is the sheer breadth of subjects to choose from — that, and the near-magical light and colour of this unique part of the world. In our week together I’ll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in villages and towns, as well as the distant and scenic on the magical coast of Costa Brava. We’ll sketch the sea, majestic cliffs, boats, a botanical garden, a castle, a medieval village, etc… In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool (that will be provided). This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting & Journaling"
September 17-24, 2022
 

Join us on the Costa Brava of Spain and experience daily demonstrations, personalized instruction, and, encouraging support. We show you how to design and simplify your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Enjoy creating colorful paintings with an emphasis on your own unique point of view. We look forward to returning to dreamy Spain and sharing the adventure with you. We have already been there with French Escapade a few years ago and can’t wait to be back! We’ll explore the inspiring coast of the Costa Brava and charming villages as we make the most of our painting time together.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor & Sketching"
September 24 - October 1, 2022
 

Explore beautiful Spain with watercolorist Carrie Waller and the well-respected French Escapade tour company (small group of 6-12 people max.)! Carrie has won numerous awards and has been published in many publications including the Watercolor Artist Magazine, The Art of Watercolor, Pratique des Arts, Artist’s and Illustrators and the Splash, Best of Watercolor series, 14, 16, 17, 18, and 19. She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, Louisiana Watercolor Society, Mid-Southern Watercolorists and Watercolor USA Honor Society.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Carrie Waller, www.carriewallerfineart.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Italia - Art workshop offered since 1997"
October 1-11, 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, group discussions, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. We offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2600) 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. Testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US $2600
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
October 2-9, 2022
 

Do you struggle to apply watercolour or get overwhelmed sometimes when sketching? I will help solve your problems by showing you how to make fast improvements through sharing my most successful tips with watercolour sketching. You will receive plenty of individual tuition, demonstrations and examples to support you along the way. Return home armed with new skills in watercolour and sketching as you will have learnt how to sketch confidently, understand paint consistency and application and mix wonderful glowing colours to capture the magical light of Provence. I will encourage you to sketch what makes your heart sing! We will be a lovely small group so I can work with you individually to ensure that every aspect of the experience meets your expectations.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Judy Salleh, www.judysalleh.com.au
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
October 9-16, 2022
 

Join Uma Kelkar for a wonderful week in Provence. Participants will learn how to employ just enough shapes, colors and stroked to achieve maximum impact. This is Uma’s definition of elegance. Exercises during each day will build up towards a final painting. We will focus on the technical skills at the beginning followed by discussion of elements of design and Uma’s philosophy of painting. If you’ve always wanted to overcome the fear of wet on wet painting, rest assured that at the end of the workshop, you will feel more confident about approaching it independently.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Uma Kelkar, www.umakelkar.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Creative Watercolor Portraits - Online Program"
Ongoing
 

Discover how to draw and paint the portrait in this online, access anytime program for a full year. Enjoy lessons that include how to mix skin tones, diagram the face, focus on capturing the eyes, as you paint through 5+ step-by-step portrait lessons. Plus enjoy live paint-along webinars and a group Facebook page for sharing. Join now to save with Cindy's Holiday offer.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $297
Sponsor: Cindy Briggs Art
Website, email, 541-420-9463


"How to Mix Watercolors - Lavender en Provence, Plus Bonus Lesson"
Ongoing
 

Discover how to paint from watercolor basic mixing to composition to finished Valensole, Provence painting. Then enjoy a Bonus Quick Sketch Postcard Lesson. Cindy's step-by-step lesson includes the basics of how to easily mix watercolors to create the colors and values you want, a tracing of the scene to make it easy to draw out, and access anytime for a full year videos to take you through the process. Using just 6 colors in this lesson, you also receive Cindy's complete Watercolor Supply List with palette map and how to create a color wheel. Cindy also has a private Facebook Group Community where you can share your progress and get encouragement Cindy's circle of artists.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $29.97
Website, email, 541-420-9463


"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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