Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Watercolor: Painting the Summer Landscape (Online Class)"
July 9, 2020
 

This 3-week Zoom course explores the colors and textures of the summer landscape. Techniques including wet-in-wet, glazing and dry brush will be addressed as we paint marsh, water, trees, flowers, shrubbery and meadows. The objective is to capture the spirit of the colors and textures rather than detailed realistic representation. We will accomplish this through brushwork, color mixing, attention to values, and composition. Class will have limited registration to enable each participant to have one-on-one attention. Registrants can paint from their own photographic references and interact with Alex as they paint.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $108 for Members, $120 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Charles Wilson Peale and Natural History Illustration"
July 13-17, 2020
 

Explore Philadelphia’s rich tradition of natural history illustration through fascinating museum visits and hands-on art-making with award-winning artist, illustrator and PAFA alumna Kate Samworth. Follow the path of Charles Wilson Peale, the painter, scientist, inventor, and naturalist who established the nation’s first natural history museum in 1786, in an effort to collect and catalogue all living things. Visit the American Philosophical Society and the Library Company of Philadelphia and others to view prints, paintings and ephemera related to the exploration of the natural world at the end of the Enlightenment era. Return to PAFA to create your own nature illustration of flora and fauna with a new understanding of the role of those who collected, preserved, identified and depicted living things through history.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kate Samworth
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Storytelling of Venice in Watercolor (Online)"
July 20-21, 2020
 

For centuries, Venice has attracted many artists including John Singer Sargent who made hundreds of watercolors there in the early 1880s. In this interactive class, we will paint 2 new compositions that tell a compelling story, inspired by some of Sargent’s Venice paintings. Keiko will demonstrate her process and take you every step of the way to capture the romance of Venice. Q&A and critique is an integral part of the lessons on both days. Reference photos will be provided prior to the start of class. Make sure to print them to have them available during the sessions. Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, www.ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $198 for 2 sessions of 3 hours each
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Colored wooden boats of Costa Brava (Online)"
July 22, 2020
 

Kathy Rennell Forbes will share her step by step process of painting the brightly colored wooden boats of Costa Brava Spain. Kathy will also share some of her fondest memories of this beautiful region of Spain. Kathy will comment as needed, while answering any additional questions you may have about watercolor painting. She will give each person personal feedback and the class will end with a critique. Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, www.artbykrf.com
Cost: $98 for 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Boats and cliffs of the rocky coast of the Mediterranean (Online)"
July 22 & 29, 2020
 

Kathy Rennell Forbes will share her step by step process of painting the brightly colored wooden boats of Costa Brava Spain in the first lesson and the rocky coast of Calella in the second. Kathy will also share some of her fondest memories of this beautiful region of Spain. Kathy will comment as needed, while answering any additional questions you may have about watercolor painting. She will give each person personal feedback and the class will end with a critique. Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, www.artbykrf.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Beach Bright’s & Glowing Light (Online)"
July 23-24, 2020
 

Stroll along the beach in Spain and you’ll come across colorful fishing boats mixed in with sunbathers and colorful umbrellas. Brighten your summer days as we head to the coast (virtually) to create with captivating colors illuminated by sunlight! Enjoy the camaraderie of two teachers with sunny dispositions and decades of leading watercolor workshops worldwide. Each instructor will be teaching a session of 4 hours, so you can discover different ways to approach your painting as they share their secrets. As you follow along step-by-step, you will complete two paintings (one in each session). Since the class is interactive, you will be able to ask questions directly, get personal feedback, and see everyone’s work. Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $198 for 2 sessions of 4 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting the Thistle"
July 24, 2020
 

This beautiful Thistle flower uses a few unique and routine watercolor techniques using Dr. Ph. Martin's Liquid Watercolors. Participants will learn how to apply paint with a basting brush and a caramel apple stick and create a wonderful background using negative space painting. When we finish this painting, we usually complete another smaller painting using some of the same skills. This way, you really learn how to paint with the liquid watercolors.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $210
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Mixed Media Magic"
July 24, 2020
 

Unleash your creativity by combining art media to create incredibly diverse and unique art. Try a variety of materials including acrylic paint, pastel, colored pencil and watercolor. Overcome any fear you may have of the "blank canvas" with "brushless" painting. Prepare substrates with paint and paper that will become a background layer for image transfer processes. Learn image transfer techniques to include photographs in your mixed media pieces. Learn how to think about what types of images work best with your art. Learn about gelli plate print-making and art journaling techniques to make individual pages that can stand alone or bind together in a book.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Heidi Sussman
Cost: $210
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting Petunias"
July 25, 2020
 

Painting this group of flowers with Dr. Ph. Martin's Liquid Watercolors is a snap. Starting off with an India Ink drawing and then splattering with paint, make the colors to start this painting. In this class you will learn how to paint with liquid watercolors, splatter, and use India Ink. Then we will paint a smaller painting incorporating the skills in the Petunia lesson.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $210
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Koi Fish"
July 26, 2020
 

Painting the water and these colorful fish are easy with a few tips and painting with Liquid watercolors. In this class you will learn how to layer paint to create depth in water, use mask to protect the white of the paper and paint in details and shadows in the water. After we finish the Koi fish painting we will complete a smaller painting using the same skills.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $210
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Flowers of Giverny in Watercolor (Online)"
July 27-28, 2020
 

The class will paint a unique vision of the wisteria on the bridge overlooking Monet’s water garden, using wet in wet techniques to create a misty, ethereal affect, leading to watery reflections and glowing water lilies, emerging buds and leaves. This painting will increase your awareness of creating mood through merged and lost edges, choosing a limited palette to enhance that mood, and specific techniques to design a strong composition. As Evelyn demonstrates, step by step, quiet time is provided so that you can paint along with her. Evelyn emphasizes the fundamentals of good design, strong value arrangements and achieving a glowing, luminous surface in your paintings. Critique and feedback are an important part of the time in class.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Painting 'Into the Light' (Online)"
July 27-28, 2020
 

As Ward demonstrates, step by step, quiet time is provided so that you can paint along with him. Critique and feedback are an important part of the time in class. Since the class is interactive, you will be able to ask questions directly to Ward, show him your work through your camera to get personal feedback and critique and see your fellow artists’ work too. This course will include an introduction to Brusho and a short “warm up” demo followed by two very important exercises. 1. The absolute power of shapes and 2. Blending and Losing edges. We will discuss paint, paper consistencies, preparation and a plan of action for a successful painting. Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ward Jene Stroud, artofward.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Rocky coast of the Spanish Mediterranean (Online)"
July 29, 2020
 

Kathy Rennell Forbes will share her step by step process of painting the rocky coast of Calella, Spain. Kathy will also share some of her fondest memories of this beautiful region of Spain. Kathy will comment as needed, while answering any additional questions you may have about watercolor painting. She will give each person personal feedback and the class will end with a critique. Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, www.artbykrf.com
Cost: $98 for 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Capturing Light with Watercolor in an Architectural Setting (Online)"
July 30-31, 2020
 

Through a step by step approach, we will begin our session by focusing on the “how tos” of seeing light on form, understanding temperatures of light and shadow and working with edges in creating depth. We’ll be incorporating our value sketch in planning the pattern, direction and movement of light. As we paint along together, I’ll be demonstrating various ways to create textural effects in watercolor using impressionistic and painterly brushwork. How to paint using glazing techniques as well as incorporating frisket will be covered. We’ll have a number of critiques as we paint together to create the luminous qualities of this warm and inviting entrance to the Tlaquepaque courtyard located in Sedona, Arizona.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Betty Carr, bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Intuitively: Watercolor Methods for Landscape & Still Life (Online Class)"
August 7, 2020
 

This 4-week Zoom course will focus on how to paint intuitively by employing fresh, loose brushwork while simplifying the complex elements of the landscape. We will examine the property of light and how it reveals form and color as we employ each to achieve atmospheric perspective and appearance of volume. Alex will demonstrate from life and from registrant’s own photo references. Class will have limited registration to enable each participant to have one-on-one attention.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $144 for Members, $160 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Colorful Scenes from Venice and Burano, Italy in Watercolor (Online)"
August 12 and/or 13, 2020
 

Paint along from your home studio as Theresa Goesling demonstrates “live”, colorful scenes of Venice and Burano, Italy. She will share how to make your paintings sparkle! Her upbeat sessions guide you to “Illuminate your Watercolors”. Learn to passionately let your brush mix and mingle the colors on the paper to liven up your paintings with vibrant color. As you follow along step-by-step, you will create a finished painting in each session. If you choose to paint one day only, the cost is $98.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Theresa Goesling, theresagoesling.art
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Abstracts From the Ground Up"
August 17-20, 2020
 

So you want to create abstracts but you haven’t a clue where to start. Abstracts From the Ground Up takes you from the very beginning…how to find your designs, so you are never without a design, then how to develop this design into a finished painting that is totally yours. This workshop will be a live virtual event. I will be there with you during the entire four days. I can’t wait as I am excited. Please email me if you have any questions….gwen@gwenfox.com
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Gwen Fox
Cost: $495
Sponsor: fox studio
Website, email, 575-751-0183


"Famous Places of Kyoto, Japan, inspired by Hiroshige (Online)"
August 24-25, 2020
 

I would like to invite you to travel virtually to Japan and paint my hometown Kyoto. This ancient Japanese capital has captivated artists for centuries including Hiroshige, a master of the Japanese traditional art of ukiyo-e, who influenced Western masters such as Claude Monet. Inspired by his dynamic composition and extraordinary storytelling skill, we will paint 2 scenes of famous places of Kyoto, one with a river and boats and another with a temple. I will demonstrate and give you a lot of tips to capture a sense of time and place effectively. Since the class is interactive, you will be able to show your work through your camera to get personal feedback as well as see everybody else’s work.
 
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


"Painting the Historic Grandeur of Havana, Cuba in Watercolor (Online)"
August 25 & 27, 2020
 

In this workshop you’ll learn how to create the textures of the ornate scrollwork and distressed limestone walls and contrast that with the softness of the laundry hanging across the balcony. The change of shape in the two sheets hanging behind the clothes adds motion to an otherwise languid, almost “steamy” scene. We want to capture that mood. We will use a limited palette of colors to create a softly flowing pattern of clothing against the lacy scroll work of the windows and balcony. Personal attention is a very important part of this interactive class. We will paint together and share our work though the camera. It’s almost as good as being together in person! Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Bold & Dynamic Watercolor: Inspired by Monet’s Waterlilies at Giverny (Online)"
August 26-28, 2020
 

In this workshop you will paint a waterlily, which in many ancient cultures around the world symbolizes hope, rebirth, wellness, and peace. I will show you my approach to designing a painting for a more dynamic composition. I will also cover the painting techniques unique to my process; bold color focusing on water to pigment ratio, value structure, and color temperature. All are important to make images look three-dimensional. Alongside our waterlily journey, we will also explore the work and technique of Claude Monet and his time painting flowers at Giverny. Since the class is interactive, you will be able to ask questions, show your work through your camera to get personal feedback and see your fellow artists’ work too.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kim Minichiello, www.kimminichiello.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Powerful Design, Sensual Edges put Together with Exciting Color"
August 31 - September 3, 2020
 

Design is the foundation of any painting and you want your paintings to have powerful designs filled with exciting color. In this course we will discover designs two hidden meanings around where you put your center of interest plus how to use neutrals to make your paintings glow and finally add sensual edges that are the soul of the painting. This workshop will be a live virtual event. I will be there with you during the entire four day. I can't wait as I am excited. Please email me if you have any questions...gwenfox@msn.com
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Gwen Fox
Cost: $495
Sponsor: fox studio
Website, email, 575-751-0183


"Roman Holiday – Watercolor Painting (Online)"
September 11-12, 2020
 

Let us pretend to be Audrey Hepburn or Gregory Peck and have our “Roman Holiday” come to life in our painting! In this interactive class we will learn how to paint with watercolor to capture the romance and grandeur of the Eternal City. Keiko will use her own motifs and show her process through a step-by-step demo each day. Q&A and critique is 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


"Online: Paint Tuscany"
Now thru December 31, 2020
 

This online class includes 10+ lesson modules featuring Tuscan subjects including Sunflowers & Sunflower Fields, Poppies and Poppy Fields, Olives, Doorways, Sunflower Fields, Vineyards, Grapes, Passageways and more. Plus 10 videos teaching watercolor basics to get you warmed up. Bonus: Live Paint-Along Webinars and group facebook page.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $497
Sponsor: Cindy Briggs Designs
Website, email, 541-420-9463


"Quick Sketch Watercolors"
thru December 31, 2020
 

Discover how to draw with flowing lines and flowing colors. This online Quick Sketch Watercolors Workshop includes 10 Watercolor basics videos, 10+ lesson modules with subjects from the US and Europe, animals to landscapes and sunflowers. Bonus Plein Air Lesson. Live Paint-Along Webinars and previously recorded webinar bonuses with Cindy and a group Facebook Page for sharing the journey.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $297
Sponsor: CindyBriggs
Website, email, 541-420-9463


"Therapeutic Art sessions online in real time"
Per request
 

During these challenging times, all over the world, we are faced with uncertainty. Uplift your spirit, understand yourself better, relax and express yourself, fear, adjustments to isolation. These new circumstances upsurge feelings of depression, anxiety, self-doubt, grief, insomnia, addiction. An uplifting, constructive and relaxing alternative is Therapeutic Art. A session can help you sort out thoughts, heal, grow, and serve as a positive alternative to boredom, or obsessive negative thoughts. Creating art, it’s natural! No art experience is necessary, and if you do not have art materials a pencil and paper will suffice. It is an online session, real time interaction. Cristiana is an experienced artist therapist who is extending this prospect due to the current difficult times.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu artist therapist
Cost: $35 for 1.5 hours session
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art
Website, email


 

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