Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Watercolor Impressions - Flowers and Landscape - Online Session I"
March 8-10, 2021
 

We will explore the colors, fragility, and movement of flowers in order to paint them in a loose, expressive manner. We will then move into an approach of the landscape - allowing the watercolor to interpret the mood and feeling of us. This is an online workshop, which will enable us to still interact and enable us to see up close - the painting process, design and colors. You will also receive a recorded version of this. Zoom Online
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Cost: $305 members; $381 non-members
Sponsor: Venice Art Center
Website, email, 941-485-7136


"Expressive Watercolors - Flowers to Landscape"
March 8-10, 2021
 

The focus of this dynamic workshop is to "loosen up" and discover how to create intuitive and spontaneous paintings - using flowers and landscape elements. We will use photos I send - or photos you have - for inspiration. Demonstrations, lessons, exercises, critiques, interactive questions and answers will all combine to make this Virtual experience as much like an "in-person" workshop as possible!! 6 1/2 hours for each of the three days - from 9:30am EST with painting and lunch breaks. A link of the recording of the workshop will be sent to you each day (in case you miss anything!) Janet has taught as a National Instructor for over 20 years.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Cost: $325
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Painting Animals with Personality - Watercolor (Online)"
March 10-11, 2021
 

The course will be a step-by-step tutorial of how to paint an animal in a dynamic composition with watercolor. Carol will demonstrate for 20 minutes and the participants will paint along and with additional time to finish each step. The tutorial painting will be completed each day. There will be two animals featured. Day 1: Cows. Day 2: Dog. Carol will discuss how to construct a representational animal from a reference photo. Instruction will include how to paint animal anatomy in a dynamic, artistic way. Participants are invited to paint along and ask questions. There will be a follow up critique with constructive feedback each day.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carol Carter, www.carol-carter.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Demonstration and Chat with Linda Kemp"
March 10, 2021
 

Join us at a live Zoom demonstration to watch Linda Kemp create a multi-layered watercolour from start to finish! The presentation will begin with a brief explanation about negative and positive approaches to painting. Linda will also display reference material and visual aids to explain her process and plan before the painting begins. Once the paint flows, you will see her direct application of colour on wet paper to build autumnal foliage and berries. By using fresh paint and without drying between layers, it will be a game of controlling the uncontrollable. Sit back in your favourite chair and see what sort of mischief she can get into. Following the demonstration, you will have the chance to ask questions.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Linda Kemp
Cost: $35 for Members | $40 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Expressive Watercolors - The Head and Figure"
March 11 & 12, 2021
 

This interactive virtual workshop will focus on interpreting the head and figure in a spontaneous and intuitive manner. We will focus on translucent flesh tones, features, values, color, hair background, clothing, etc. Since we can interact, I will be able to answer your questions, as I paint (a visual like looking over my shoulder - to see brush strokes and palette). I will send photos of portraits together with drawings that you can trace - or use your own! Also will send a few figure photos to interpret gesturally. A recording of the workshop will be sent everyday to attendees (in case you have to miss something). 6 1/2 hours from 9:30am EST with lunch and painting breaks. Enrollment limited.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Cost: $250
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Capturing the Light in Watercolor (Online)"
March 12-14, 2021
 

Join award winning, international artist, Carrie Waller as she shares her watercolor techniques for painting glass jars. Carrie is a natural teacher and shares methods in an easy-to-follow way. In this class we will endeavor to learn how to really “see” what you are painting and achieve the look you want. Carrie will discuss her strategies for developing strong compositions and award-winning paintings. Since the class is interactive, you will be able to ask questions directly to Carrie as well as show her your work through your camera to get personal feedback and critique. You will complete one painting by the end of the class. Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carrie Waller, www.carriewallerfineart.com
Cost: $249 for 3 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Master Class with Ying Li: A Picture Journey of Space, Paint & Vision (Online)"
March 12-14, 2021
 

Discover how your surrounding studio, living, and outdoor spaces can become inspiring subjects for experimentation in your painting practice. Combine observation with imagination, memory, and improvisation to explore how an objective image can be transformed into a personal statement through the process of painting. Instruction will address the individual development of style, theme, metaphorical meaning, and expression through representational and abstract approaches. Students may work in their choice of oil, acrylic, watercolor, or pastels. Class instruction will be conducted through a combination of Zoom and Padlet, the free online message/image board, and will include one-on-one discussions, group critiques, and PowerPoint presentations examining works of old masters and contemporary artists. Open to abstract and representational artists of all levels.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ying Li
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"ArtisTTable Muse & Usability Art Laboratory"
March 13, 2021
 

Muse & Usability™ is an exclusive ArtisTTable original method that has been developed over the last 7 years and has been presented as a workshop to 100's of artists around the world. We are now making it available online to provide greater accessibility and maintain appropriate social distancing. Come and join the ArtisTTable's exclusive creative Muse & Usability™ Laboratory, an intensive guided workshop presented on Zoom designed to help you personally discover many new possibilities. You will have the opportunity to work with local and international artists with a method that will change the way you approach your art. • 4-hour online workshop • Make 6 paintings • Find unexpected muses • Put your muse to work
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $55
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Watercolor Journaling Workshop (Online)"
March 15-16, 2021
 

Cindy will share paintings from her travel sketchbook as studies for the lessons in this workshop. “The Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit, I can’t wait to go back. Until then, let’s share this experience together.” On day one: We’ll paint a scene from Ravello. On day two: We’ll paint a scene from Positano. Step by step demo and critique each day.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs, cindybriggs.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Venice and Rome in Watercolor (Online)"
March 15-16, 2021
 

This workshop will be a step-by-step painting of a canal in Venice and a street in Rome. After I demonstrate each step, you will then have time to paint the area you just watched. By the end, you will have a finished painting each day. My demonstration is pre-recorded allowing for close-ups and review if necessary. I will narrate it live to facilitate easy interaction with you. Fundamentals covered will include: working wet-in-wet, creating a strong composition, evoking a sense of light through the use of values, and manipulating color for its full expressive effect. The class is interactive so you will be able to ask questions and get feedback on your work.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Reardon, AWS
Cost: $224 for 2 sessions of 4 hours each
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Introduction to Watercolor"
Mondays, March 15 - April 5, 2021
 

Theresa’s hands-on approach to learning will elevate your knowledge of watercolor painting so you will feel more at ease with the painting process. Each week we will build on the fundamentals taught in class through demonstrations and student exercises. Learn the value and utility of artist quality paints, paper & the right brush to achieve excellent results from the get-go. Students will practice developing their skills through weekly optional homework assignments. Whether you are just starting your journey with watercolors or want to solidify your foundational skills, Theresa will meet you where you are and help you achieve your artistic goals in this four-week class.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Theresa Goesling
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email, 360-510-0994


"New Strategies & Techniques in Portraiture with Rob Silverman"
March 15, 22, April 5, 12, 19 & 26
 

We will concentrate on painting the portrait in a traditional & realistic manner using modern, simplified techniques. Students will paint/draw the portrait from a single pose of a live model over 6 sessions. The following concepts will be explored: Effect of light on the form & how to choose optimal lighting set-up to reveal key ‘landmark’ features. Creating dramatic effects by massing forms & planes prior to detail exploration. Composition guidelines that take the mystery out of positioning the head. Guides for establishing flesh tones that convey depth and produce pleasing color harmony. Unique techniques to help convey likeness, expression & personality. Includes: demos, handouts & personalized critique tailored to student experience level. Mediums: Oil, pastel, charcoal, graphite & watercolor.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Rob Silverman
Cost: $340 Member / $375 Non Member
Sponsor: The Art Guild of Port Washington/Manhasset
Website, email, 516-304-5797


"Painting Fog and Light in Watercolor (Online)"
March 17-19, 2021
 

Join us in painting this morning scene from Newfoundland. In this workshop you will: Paint edges that merge into the next, changing color and value with no blossoms or “run-backs.” Build a variety of textures. Mix neutrals that create the mood, and use complements to make those neutrals come alive. Increase your facility to judge the amount of pigment and water in your brush, your mixture and on your paper so that the value that you put down, dries almost exactly the same value. Practice putting a full loaded brush stroke on your paper, and leaving it alone, thus avoiding over-working and “muddy” mixtures. Distinguish between the effects of opaque pigments vs. transparent pigments, and the times it is appropriate to use each.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Cost: $249 for 3 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Innovative Water Media (Online)"
March 19-21, 2021 10AM-3PM
 

Joe Cibere, a Signature member of National Watercolor Society, will teach a three-day extensive workshop covering three different areas of watrecolor: Confidence & Color Play; Graphics to Watercolr; and Creativescapes. Joe will share his secrets of good paintings, the value of values and how to loosen up. You’ll learn a new way to paint that helps with the color choices, starting with big shape and let the media suggest the details. Joe will teach you to get to the next level by seeing the possibilities that design gives you. This interactive workshop will be fun, interesting and learnable. Attn. Carol Ling 818.636.3770
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Joe Cibere
Cost: $310/ non-member
Sponsor: Mid Valley Arts League (MVAL.org)
Website, email, 818-636-3770


"Watercolor is perfect for painting water (Online)"
March 20-21, 2021
 

With its fluidity, watercolor is a perfect medium to paint waterscapes. Let’s explore its magic by trying 2 different scenes that portray water as a main feature. Day 1: Painting a beach with turquoise water. Day 2: Painting a harbor with sailboats. In this interactive class, Keiko will use her own motifs and show her process through a step-by-step demo each day. She will give you plenty of time to draw first and then paint. Since the class is interactive, you will be able to show your work through your camera to get personal feedback on your painting as well as see everybody else’s work. Q&A and critique are an integral part of the lessons on both days.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, www.ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $198 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Introduction to Painting Glass"
March 20, 2021
 

Learn how to capture the structure and transparency of glass in watercolor. Through demos, discussion, and a step-by-step painting of a glass teacup, Carrie offers guidance and methodology on painting realistic glass. Before class, a sketch will be provided, ready to transfer to your watercolor paper. An image will also be provided illustrating where to apply your masking fluid. This is a fun interactive, and informative class. Each participant will receive critiques of their process and the final painting. The solid foundation of painting glass will enable students to express their personal creative vocabulary more clearly and effectively.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carrie Waller
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email, 360-510-0994


"Capturing Essentials in Landscape"
March 20-21, 2021
 

Eugen will take you behind the scenes of creating a landscape painting using watercolor from the beginning to the end. He will share his approach to design and compositional process, introducing "The Language of the Landscape" as a common language between teacher and students. Over the course of 2 days, students will acquire a solid set of skills to provide them with the confidence needed to paint independently. We will cover: Design concept, Practicing visual reading using "The Language of Landscape", Making compositional sketches, Searching for the right tonal values, Mixing various color schemes, Painting final painting.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Eugen Chisnicean
Cost: $180
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email, 360-510-0994


"The Traveler’s Creative Sketchbook"
March 20, 2021
 

Learn an exciting new way to bring your travels home. Creating a travel sketchbook can enhance one's experience and connection to this new world of exploration. Students will come home from their next trip with less photos, less stress and possibly some new ideas to incorporate into their everyday life and work. This class includes drawing, painting and writing, but no experience is necessary to learn Jane's favorite Travel Sketchbook techniques!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jane Barton, www.janebartonstudio.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Benvenuti alla dolce Toscana (Online)"
March 22-23, 2021
 

As Amid demonstrates, painting scenes from Tuscany step by step, quiet time is provided so that you can paint what he just demoed. Critique and feedback are an important part of the class. Since the class is interactive, you will be able to ask questions directly to Amid, show your work through your computer to get personal feedback and you will also be able to see everyone else’s work. Day 1: We will paint Cypress Shadows. Day 2: We will paint Aperitif Time.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Amid El Haddad, www.amidelhaddad.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Karen Knutson Watermedia Demonstration"
March 24, 2021
 

Artist Demonstration and Q & A online via Zoom. When you register, a Zoom link will be emailed to you.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Karen Knutson
Cost: $20 for Members | $25 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"From Drawing to Watercolour: Grandma’s Shoulder (Online)"
March 24-26, 2021
 

Key Points emphasized through this workshop: How to choose your subjects and important things for better composition; How to use water and control water; Mixing your colours better and using different brushwork; Drawing with proportion and painting with a variety of tones; Creating light in your painting; Giving your painting a special mood, and more! Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Lisa Wang, www.lisawangfineart.com
Cost: $249 for 3 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein Air on Daufuskie Island, in Watercolor"
March 24, 2021
 

Paint the natural beauty of Daufuskie Island! Enjoy the gentle breezes without a bridge. Lunch and Ferry ride are included in the cost of the workshop!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jan Ross
Cost: $112 for Members, $120 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting With Pencils Workshop"
March 25, 2021
 

Both regular and watercolor pencils will be explored—demonstrating the amazing effects and ease of use of these versatile materials. One can create richly colored and detailed works that mimic glossy oil paintings or splashy textured acrylic or watercolor paintings, but with no mess and no real set up or clean up needed. Simply start and stop work as you wish! Many techniques will be explored and numerous examples will be available for inspiration. Just pick up a pencil and create your own master work!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kathryn Morrill
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting the Realist Portrait in Watercolor - Online"
Thursdays, March 27 - April 15, 2021
 

Learn how to paint the realist portrait in watercolor step-by-step with both succinct demonstrations and individual attention. Beginning with a Cobalt Blue underpainting you will learn how to effect a mother-of-pearl optical grisaille and develop realist flesh tones by alternating cool and warm passages. Unlike many other Zoom painting courses mine are interactive and to ensure you get ample instruction and corrective direction the course is limited to a maximum of eight students. You will working from my photo reference used for Young Girl which will be sent upon registration. Thursdays, 10:00 - 12:30 Pacific Standard Time March 27 to April 10, 2021 (four sessions)
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Britton
Cost: $167.00
Sponsor: artacademy.com
Website, email


"Fluid Connections in Watercolor (Online)"
March 27-28, 2021
 

Learn the value of a value study while we plan out our colored masterpiece with a value-painting. Through the process, we will learn to simplify a subject into its basic shapes and the multitude of values into four. We’ll unify the painting by connecting individual shapes with beads of color through the multiple stages of the painting process. As David demonstrates, step by step, time is provided so that you can paint what he just demoed. Critique and feedback are an important part of the class. Since the class is interactive, you will be able to ask questions directly to David, show your work through your computer to get personal feedback and you will also be able to see everyone else’s work.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David R. Smith, AWS, NWS
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Kyoto Maiko in Watercolor (Online)"
March 30, April 1 & 3, 2021
 

Join international award-winning artist, Kim Minichiello as she shares her techniques painting a colorful Maiko from Kyoto, Japan. Kim will share a variety of techniques that she uses in her work. This course will follow a step-by-step process and focus on: Understanding and using color temperature to make the subject matter more dynamic. Creating 3-dimensionality and form with value. Focusing on pigment to water ratio. Painting wet on dry paper, wet onto wet paper, and mingling and mixing color on the paper. Breaking away from painting exactly what you see in the reference photo. Since the class is interactive, you will be able to ask questions directly to Kim, and show her your work to get personal feedback.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kim Minichiello, www.kimminichiello.com
Cost: $249 for 3 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Gorgeous Garments (Online)"
April 1 & 3, 2021
 

There is much to learn from a simple dress! It provides structure, color, texture, and suggests the human form! In this course students will work with beautiful shapes, creating folds and the illusion of sheer fabric. Hems, zippers, and seams become important motifs in this exploration of fashion as subject. Day 1: Instruction in basic drawing techniques including line, value, composition, and color. Several techniques will be introduced involving the suggestion of various types of fabric. The first session will culminate in a finished watercolor of a single dress. Day 2: Building on our previous lesson, students will execute a more complex composition involving multiple garments and fabrics.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Amy D'Apice, artconspiracy.net
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Sketching for Beginners"
April 2-3, 2021
 

This is a wonderful class for beginners. Students will spend their time painting from life and photos in the studio. With good weather they may paint outdoors on the School grounds. Shop Amery’s supply list to buy the portable notebook, watercolor palette, and brushes. Bring everything to class and learn how to use this expressive medium. Watercolors operate very differently than oil or pastel. A lot of the fun is in how one lets the colors dry and flow. Students will break down the different techniques of watercolor into simple steps. Then, they will learn how to apply them in real situations.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Botanical Abstraction"
April 5, 2021
 

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


"Polar Bear and Baby - Watercolor (Online)"
April 10-11, 2021
 

You will follow David’s step-by-step painting method to create a colorful painting. David’s person-to-person and online teaching persona is enthusiastic, fun, and engaging. We will be painting with only five primary colors, but we’ll be able to mix a myriad of expressive colors that will go into our painting. This minimal array of palette colors will aid in creating a strong color unity and also minimize the confusion that comes with too many color choices. Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David Lobenberg, www.lobenbergart.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Capturing the Light in Watercolor (Online)"
April 16-18, 2021
 

Join award winning, international artist, Carrie Waller as she shares her watercolor techniques for painting glass jars. Carrie is a natural teacher and shares methods in an easy-to-follow way. In this class we will endeavor to learn how to really “see” what you are painting and achieve the look you want. Carrie will discuss her strategies for developing strong compositions and award-winning paintings. Since the class is interactive, you will be able to ask questions directly to Carrie as well as show her your work through your camera to get personal feedback and critique. You will complete one painting by the end of the class. Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carrie Waller, www.carriewallerfineart.com
Cost: $249 for 3 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Outside/Inside: The At-Home Sketchbook (Virtual)"
Saturdays, April 17 - May 15, 2021
 

This virtual class will be delivered on the Zoom platform. Taking inspiration from the paintings of Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard, use your at-home sketchbook to explore different ways of drawing and painting the objects and spaces in your home, and the view from your window. Each class consists of a short examination of work by Bonnard and Matisse and a practical demonstration of a drawing/painting technique followed by guided creative time.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Philip Hartigan
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Mastering Water Media: Acrylic and Watercolor"
April 19-23, 2021
 

Capturing the beauty of light through studying temperatures of light and shadow, visual movement, and value/color relationship will be demonstrated daily. In this workshop the still life, landscape, sky-scape, and architectural subjects will be focused on, as well as adding figures into a painting. As a Master in the American Impressionist Society, Carr will be emphasizing the “how to’s” in achieving dynamic and impressionistic paintings using painterly brushwork in both watercolor and acrylic. How to use confident, loose, and dramatic strokes in achieving dynamic paintings will be stressed throughout the week. Massing and organizing darks and lights, importance of drawing and the value sketch, atmospheric and linear perspective will also be covered. Betty will be providing the acrylic paints.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Betty Carr, bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $630 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Flamenco Dancers - Watercolor Painting (Online)"
April 22-23, 2021
 

In this class Keiko will show you how to draw and paint flamenco dancers and capture their movement and emotions. With her lead, you will learn to paint human figures in a simple vignette style on the first day. Then on the second day, you will follow Keiko as she demonstrates how to make a painting of a dancer with a dramatic background. In this interactive class, Keiko will show her process through a step-by-step demo each day. Q&A and critique are an integral part of the lessons. Reference photos will be provided.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, www.ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $198 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"The Pillars of Watercolor"
May 1-4, 2021
 

Seeking answers and understanding? This 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: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $855
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Interpreting Your Photographic Reference"
May 11-12, 2021
 

Painters often use photographic references when creating works of art. During this two-day class, students will paint the subject of their choice using their photographic reference. The painter must understand that photography often misrepresents the true relationships of the value, color and perspective. With guidance, the student will learn to consider the photographic reference as raw material, to be interpreted rather than slavishly copied. Let’s make “art” from photographic reference! This class is open to all levels of experience and all mediums! Please bring several photos of interest to each class. Students may choose to paint still life arrangements.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $250 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting in the French Countryside with Artist Michele Illing"
May 11-18, 2021
 

Join artist Michele Illing on a watercolor painting retreat in the French countryside and draw your creative inspiration from beautiful vine covered hills and picturesque villages. Receive expert individual tuition, stay at a beautiful country house, embrace the freedom to paint en plein air, and enjoy delicious homemade meals. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — All meals and drinks — Painting and sketching classes, individual tuition, and demonstrations with artist Michele Illing — Painting trips to Chalais, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Saint-Émilion vineyards — Easels, art boards, water containers — Wine and cheese tasting — Traditional French market visit — Private transportation. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com
 
Location: Yviers, France
Instructor: Michele Illing
Cost: $1,871
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting & Sketching the Spirit of Spain"
May 17-27, 2021
 

Plein air painting & sketching adventure workshop in Barcelona, Girona & Costa Brava, Spain with abundant excursions. Throughout the workshop, you will learn how to simplify complex subject matter and paint/sketch various types of scenes with strong visual impact and atmosphere. A small group size will allow you to receive plenty of individual assistance. All levels and non-painting companions are welcome.
 
Location: Barcelona, Girona, Costa Brava, Spain
Instructor: Yuki Hall
Cost: $3,200
Website, email, 937-679-2464


"Principles of Abstraction and the voice of the artist"
May 20-23, 2021
 

This class, taught by Larry Moore, will push you into new territory. With a focus on the principles of design and abstraction, you will be shown a system for developing your voice as an artist. The emphasis is on creative process, exploring new ways to develop a painting, inventive compositions, and new ways to think and build intent in your work. Many of the exercises are found in Larry’s book on creativity, “Fishing for elephants. Insights and exercises to inspire authentic creativity”. Larry’s intent is to help each artist find a way that works for them, whether they wish to interpret more, push their process or go fully abstract. We will be working in gouache on watercolor paper.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Larry Moore, www.larrymoorestudios.com
Cost: $625
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Painting & sketching retreat in Dordogne, France"
June 4-13, 2021
 

This magical painting retreat will provide all types of painters the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Perigord & Quercy regions of France in a way that allows you to paint as and when you wish, in the studio or en plain air. Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced, this workshop is designed to be stimulating and enjoyable for everyone. Yuki will show you how to simplify complex subject matter and create a painting full of atmosphere in a loose and impressionistic style. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Gourdon, France
Instructor: Yuki Hall, TWSA
Sponsor: Perigord retreats
Website, email, 0033 680 288 237


"Paint in Bulgaria!"
June 10-22, 2021
 

Learn to play, and have fun while doing the wonderful ‘work’ of art with internationally celebrated watercolorist, Stella Canfield while enjoying traveling in Bulgaria! Stella will help you free yourself of the fear and judgment that so often prevent us from doing art. You will learn to relax and paint with your heart while exploring design, shapes, color, value and have fun doing it! All artists welcome, demonstrations in watercolor. Maximum 10 students.
 
Location: Barzitsa, Bulgaria
Instructor: Stella Canfield
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Scroll Sketching"
June 11-13, 2021
 

A different style of sketching organically brings more awareness of process and aesthetics. Creating and joining a series of mixed media sections into a scroll format will result in one long drawing that honors the journey of its making. The scrolls will be made from watercolor paper, which can handle the variety of techniques that creative inspiration brings to the paper’s surface. Students will explore a session of mark making and combine the resulting papers with objects gathered from nature on a walk. Sections will be connected using hand sewing and/or machine stitching and embellished with strings, threads, fabric, and fun buttons. By altering the piece with gesso, acrylic paints and mixed mediums, a beautiful sculptural scroll is created.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Lein-Svencner
Cost: $380
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Watercolor Techniques"
June 12-15, 2021
 

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 4-day workshop and you'll go home with an abundance of techniques that 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: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Michael Reardon
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
June 12-21, 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


"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


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

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. Come 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: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Steve Kleier
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"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


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
June 24-28, 2021
 

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: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $825
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


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

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


"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: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"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


"Koi Joy"
July 9-11, 2021
 

Are you mezmerized and joyed by the incredibly beaurtiful, ballet-like motion, fluidity and grace of Koi? Come truly express yourself with David Lobenberg's bright colors and new and exciting paint application techniques You will use everything from stencils and pipettes to conte crayon and chalk markers to bring your Koi to life with curving and bending motions which convey these graceful creatures. 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: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Realism Through Design"
July 12-16, 2021
 

Use design to strengthen and enhance your paintings. John will help you in all aspects of painting a representational cityscape or town scene – choosing the subject, adding mood and creating emotional content, lighting the scene for dramatic effect, using photo references in a meaningful way and most importantly, strengthening and enhancing representational painting through design. This is an invaluable opportunity to gain new painting insights and lots of one-on-one individual help. John is a signature member of the AWS, TWSA, NWS and many more.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: John Salminen
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"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
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"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
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"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
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Sketchbook to Studio, Recording Your Travels at a Higher Level"
August 6-10, 2021
 

Few things are more suited for travel than a sketchbook, pencil, and a small watercolor palette. In addition to traditional plein air work, Iain will focus on strengthening your skills using these tools to record your life through sketching in watercolor. The sounds, smells, sights, and people you come across will remain fresh in your mind as you look over the work you have done on site. There is no better way to relive your memories than a well used sketchbook. Iain Stewart is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Iain Stewart
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"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


"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
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


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

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


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

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


"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


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

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


"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


"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


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

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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
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 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
August 22-29, 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 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
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 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
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 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
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 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolors-by-the-Sea Online Program"
Ongoing
 

Imagine painting by-the-Sea all year long with scenes from Greece to California, the Caribbean to Italy. Cindy takes you through 12 Step-by-Step Watercolor Lesson Modules with reference materials provided, plus 10 watercolor basics lessons to help you get started. Enjoy Bonus "Live" Paint-along Webinars plus a library of 5 Recorded Live Webinars. Experience group camaraderie on our private facebook group page. Price goes up on August 13, 2020. Teaching internationally for over 20 years, Cindy creates a fun learning experience as you discover how to paint your journeys.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $397
Sponsor: Cindy Briggs Workshops
Website, 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


"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


 

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