Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"The Traveler’s Creative Sketchbook"
September 24, 2021
 

Ready to travel again? I know I am! Join me for this online workshop as we learn an exciting new way to bring your past travels home and prepare to enjoy future travel. 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 airport hassle, lost luggage or experience is necessary to learn Jane’s favorite Travel Sketchbook techniques!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Jane Barton
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"On the Go, Ink & Color Wash (Online)"
September 25-26, 2021
 

Through three key landscape exercises, David will teach the ins and outs of his en plein air ink and color wash technique. He will show you how complicated landscape scenes can be abstracted, and distilled down to simplified, energetic sketches. You’ll be painting a Traditional European River Village, a California Headlands Lighthouse with Trekkers, and an Asian Buddhist Pagoda. During the workshop, David will also show you an alternative to using a painting palette.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Abstract Painting: Experimentation, Exploration, Investigation"
Mondays, September 27 - November 29, 2021
 

This live Zoom class provides the perfect format to actively immerse yourself in the creative process. Explore the back-and-forth conversation you have with your materials and mark-making to create paintings that engage and even surprise you as they develop depth and visual resonance. Learn to hone your critical eye and personal intuition as you use color, mark, space, and texture as the means to encapsulate your unique artistic voice. Class discussions will be focused upon in depth investigations of master painters, and on informing and encouraging your practice, in order to help you make the paintings you want to make.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"'Surf, Sand and Paris' in Watercolor (Online)"
September 27-28, 2021
 

Each painting is pre-recorded allowing for close-ups and review if necessary. I will narrate it live to facilitate easy interaction with you. A 3-minute preview is on YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/y5ls2q7b. 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.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Reardon
Cost: $224 for 8 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Color & Design in Gouache"
Thursdays, September 30 - December 9, 2021
 

Learn the essentials of color mixing and harmony using gouache paint (opaque watercolor) – essential information for artists in all media. Develop your understanding of value, color temperature, and simultaneous contrast through a series of guided exercises using limited palettes. Basic techniques of painting with gouache will also be covered including control of flow, paint application and brush work. Subjects will include repeat pattern design, perspective drawing, tessellations, and making copies of masterworks.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kate Samworth
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


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

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


"Blues, Blues and Iridescent Blues! Portrait of An Iceberg (Online)"
October 4-6, 2021
 

Our painting will be a major lesson in the use of warm and cool blues and greens to show the great caverns and fissures carved out of the iceberg by the waves and currents of the North Atlantic. The forms turn and curve and retreat in and out of light and shadow. The iridescent pigments give a shimmer to the surface that is very effective in painting the textured surface of the ice. Designing shapes, new mixtures of pigments and the foundation of watercolor will all be covered in the class.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy
Cost: $249 for 9 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"'From Switzerland to Belgium' in Watercolor (Online)"
October 7-8, 2021
 

This online workshop is live, interactive and hands-on. Amid will demonstrate step by step, breaking up the process in manageable steps, giving you time to paint during the live session. You will be able to ask questions directly to Amid and get personal feedback. Learn how to paint the light and create mood in your watercolor paintings. Day 1: We will paint a scene of a walk along the canals of Ghent. Day 2: We will paint a scene of being on a wet road in Switzerland.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Amid El Haddad, www.amidelhaddad.com
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"How to paint boats, light and shadow in watercolor (Online)"
October 9-10, 2021
 

This online workshop is live, interactive and hands-on. Amit will demonstrate step by step, breaking up the process in manageable steps, giving you time to paint during the live session. You will be able to ask questions directly to Amit and get personal feedback. Day 1: We will paint a boat scene of Greece. Day 2: We will paint a boat scene of Malta.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Amit Kapoor, AWS, www.amitkapoorwatercolor.com
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"'Boats in Asian Landscapes' in Watercolor (Online)"
October 11-12, 2021
 

In this class Keiko will show you how to paint Asian landscapes using boats as a motif. Each day brings you a rich experience of learning fundamentals of her approach as she demonstrates her techniques thoroughly. She will explain everything and answer your questions in an easy-to-understand, friendly manner. In this interactive class, Keiko will show her process from composition in pencil to the watercolor painting, through a step-by-step demo each day. Reference photos will be provided prior to the start of class.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: $198 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Under Seascape - Watercolor (Online)"
October 14-16, 2021
 

Paint the world’s “inner-space” and some of its fantastical residents. Various techniques will be explored that lend themselves to expressing ourselves with watercolor on this thrilling subject. For this live-online painting workshop we will use photos furnished to you by e-mail. We will use this reference material with discretion to loosely evoke the world below the waves. There will be live demos through Zoom and still photos of the painting steps via e-mail, with instruction and critique throughout.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard
Cost: $249 for 9 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"'Umbrellas in Santorini' - Watercolor Painting"
October 16-17, 2021
 

In this workshop the subject “Umbrellas in Santorini”, George will show several of his techniques to achieve striking and successful watercolors, full of textures and contrasts.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: George Politis, RI, AWS
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"'The wild and rolling sea' in Watercolor (Online)"
October 18-19, 2021
 

Follow along with me as we look down on a wild seascape with all those lovely sea colours and paint them. I will guide you through each stage of the painting in bite sized chunks so that you can build up the picture with confidence and have a finished painting at the end of the sessions.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry Herniman
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

Explore flowers and other natural forms, beginning with line and value drawing and progressing to full-color rendering in watercolor and mixed media. Topics will include sighting techniques, line quality, tone and value, creation of depth, composition, texture, and basic color. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Linda Gist
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Plunge"
Saturdays, October 23 - December 4, 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 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


"Watercolor Magic"
October 25-27, 2021
 

Learn to play, and have fun while doing the wonderful ‘work’ of art with internationally celebrated watercolorist, Stella Canfield! 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! You will feel immensely inspired and free of the myth-inflicted fear of watercolor. Stella will guide students working from their own photographs or sketches.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Stella Canfield
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"The Art of Watercolor with James Toogood"
Mondays, November 1 - December 6, 2021
 

Join James Toogood AWS/NWS/AAA, PAFA CE faculty, renowned watercolorist, and author of Incredible Light and Texture in Watercolor for a discussion of what is needed to paint truly great and successful watercolors. Referencing his own award-winning watercolor landscapes, cityscapes and portraits, James will present a thorough explanation of watercolor materials and techniques via Zoom. Topics will include the proper selection and preparation of your paper, brushes, color palettes as well as a thorough discussion of paint and pigment. As he takes you through the development of a painting, James will talk about how to develop a sense of light and atmosphere, and how to achieve a range of textural effects from glass, metal, stone, grass and water and more!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"'Tuscan Bistro' in Watercolor (Online)"
November 1-2, 2021
 

Join Cindy for a 2 day workshop as we virtually visit a spa town in sunny Tuscany. This small hilltop village, Bagno Vignoni, is a treasure that many travelers miss.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


"The Illustrated Letter"
November 4-18, 2021
 

Artists and authors have been illustrating their correspondence for centuries. Beatrix Potter sprinkled her letters with bunnies in the garden, Saint Exupery drew stars, Picasso, Victor Hugo, Gaugin, Corot and Van Gogh all combined words and pictures when writing to friends—just to name a few. Of course, these artists and authors didn’t have access to email or texts (thank goodness!) And although we do, I think it might be time for a “Slow Letter” movement, much like Slow Food, where we take the time and make the effort to communicate in a more creative, personal way. Join me as we explore this old idea, with words and pictures of our own. All skill levels welcome!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Jane Barton
Cost: $125 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Greeting Cards"
Thursdays, December 2 & 9, 2021
 

Everyone loves a hand-painted card, and it makes wonderful gift for the special people in our lives. Learn to easily draw and paint a few different designs. We will begin with the basics so no experience is needed. There will be demonstrations each morning and we will end with personal positive critiques. First week paint a flower with matching border and a snowy winter scene. Second week try your hand at whimsical animals.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Linda Pullinsi
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstracting the Landscape"
Thursdays, January 6 & 13, 2022
 

Take your landscapes to an impressionistic and somewhat abstracted level to make them more painterly and exciting. Ms. Pullinsi will demonstrate color mixing for color harmony and basic structure. Week one will be the block in, week two will be the finishing touches. Students will paint landscapes from their own photo or paint along with the demo and learn both design strategies and exciting brushwork to create a work of art.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Linda Pullinsi
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"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


"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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