Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Naples and Nature"
March 2-4, & 9-11

“Naples and Nature” Plein Air Painting Workshop Kevin Shea In Naples paint with us on site at cafés, historic cottages and along the gulf coast of Florida where the atmosphere is enhanced with architecture, city docks, colorful flowers and figures. Nature features palms, mangroves, and flowers in southwest Florida’s subtropics. Demonstrations and individual instructions in inspiring settings. Shea conducts his popular workshops in New England, Florida and Italy. He has exhibited nationally with the American Artists Professional League and the Salmagundi Club. He has been contracted by Warner Brothers and the Boston Pops, featured in numerous publications, on television and displays paintings in several galleries.
Location: Naples, Florida
Instructor: Kevin Shea
Cost: $375 each, $695 for both
Sponsor: Kevin Shea Fine Art
Website, email, 978-387-8105

"Watercolor & Pastel: Impressionistic Flowers"
March 3, 2020

A colorful and intuitive painting approach for beginners. Following a loose abstract pattern, we will create this painting by throwing and spraying paint to let the watercolor “paint itself”. The flowers will literally surface, after which when the paper is dry we will draw some suggestible flower shapes in pastels. Though we will do step by step, every painting will be different, as this approach allows for the subject to merge from random unique abstracts. No experience necessary. Perfect for the experienced painter who wants to loosen up and explore combining the mediums.
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Cedar Kindy
Cost: $120 for Members | $150 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032

"Anna Maria Island - Sarasota Florida"
March 5-6, 2020

Outdoor Painting from Life. Oil/Acrylic art workshop. 2 day workshop only. Here's your chance to stay and take a workshop in the beautiful Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Florida area. Each day focuses on creativity, bold composition, getting atmosphere in your paintings. You will learn to make quick decisions and simplify for the most impact. We will discuss Color relationships, detail, form and edges and 'what you want to say with your work' More info on website.
Location: Anna Maria & Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Founder
Cost: $335.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270

"Vibrant Watercolor Pencils"
March 9, 2020

Watercolor pencils and crayons are among the most amazingly versatile art materials available. You can draw, paint, color, add detail and more with just water and these pencils and crayons. The colors are extremely vivid and best of all—fast and easy to use and clean up! Either a floral or an abstract painting—as desired by the group—will be demonstrated and the class will be encouraged to follow along. Photo references will be available but participants may certainly bring their own photos. Drawing techniques will be explored in depth, demonstrating how to begin the painting. Color application techniques will be fully covered as well. The pieces will begin as drawings but evolve into brilliantly vibrant paintings.
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Kathryn Morrill
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032

"Daring Color"
March 9-12, 2020

Anne Abbgot, AWS, NWS, has the number one selling watercolor book, "Daring Color". Anne will be doing a 4-Day workshop for Miami Watercolor Society. She will focus on a different one of her paintings and painting style each day. Anne will be teaching her famous "Daring Color" technique of dropping color into color. You will learn about pigments and color mingling. She will also teach computer-altered images and how to use your computer to make your photo into an award winning painting. To Register go to
Location: Miami, Florida
Instructor: Anne Abgott
Cost: $345 members, $405 non-members - early bird prices
Sponsor: Miami Watercolor Society
Website, email, 954-646-8698

"From Sketchbook to Studio"
March 11-14, 2020

Explore the medium of watercolor in a relaxing and creative environment. Iain Stewart's, sole focus will be bringing your creativity to light and aiding you in dispelling the myths of the difficulties of painting in this wonderful medium. Through demonstration, critique, and lessons learned over a long painting career, Iain will help you understand how to prepare for and anticipate the challenges that painting in watercolor presents. By guiding you through his process which relies on simplification of subject through exploratory sketching and value studies Iain will demonstrate how to create a road map, that if followed, will greatly improve your painting.
Location: Quincy, Florida
Instructor: Iain Stewart
Cost: $460 GACM/TAWS Members, $500 Nonmembers
Sponsor: Gadsden Arts Center & Museum
Website, email, (850) 627-5023

"Steve Rogers, AWS, NWS at Gold Coast Watercolor Society - South Florida"
March 17-19, 2020

Join us in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida with Steve Rogers, AWS, NWS, as we discover the pure joy of painting Intuitive Abstract Painting with Fluid Acrylics, Watercolor Pencils and Crayons and more. Letting go and realizing that there are no rules, using an understanding of Design and Color Theory. All of which will be thoroughly explained and illustrated. Then the fun begins! Lots of intuitive painting time with help finding your direction and finally what it takes to pull an Abstract together. More info. / Sign up with Paypal at our website or contact Teresa Kirk at -954-436-2858
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Instructor: Steve Rogers, AWS, NWS
Cost: $350 Members / $395 Nonmembers
Sponsor: Gold Coast Watercolor Society
Website, email, 954-436-2858

"Kathleen Giles: Realistic wet-into-wet portraits"
March 23-25, 2020

In this exciting and challenging workshop students will learn how to paint realistic faces and gain new confidence working wet-into-wet. Correct proportion and drawing will be the foundation for a few painted studies of parts of the face. Students will work up to a full face painting while also learning to match skin tones and values. How to choose and paint a great background will be explained and demonstrated. An emphasis will be made on learning how to increase value and color saturation with a damp brush on wet and dry paper. Teaching with knowledge and humor, Kathleen will demonstrate, critique and provide one-on-one guidance. Templates and photo references will be provided.
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Kathleen Giles,
Cost: $425 for Members | $465 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032

"Painting Like the Masters"
Mondays, March 30 - April 20, 2020

This class is designed to take the students' skills to the next level of their current abilities. Students will learn proper brush control techniques including blending of colors, learn color perspective, vertical roundness, proper color mixing, etc. Learn to paint watercolor on canvas or paper and oil and acrylic painting on canvas or panel. Daily, I will demonstrate brush techniques, provide hands-on guidance and give individual critiques during class.
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Renee DiNapoli
Cost: $115 for Members | $145 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032

"The Pillars of Watercolor"
April 3-5 and/or 7-9, 2020

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: Miami, Florida
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $625 each
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


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