Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Abstract Painting: Find Your Voice (Online)"
September 21 - November 29, 2020
 

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. Discussions delving into work of master painters will further inform and encourage your own art-making.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Color Pouring and Blending Method in Watercolor (Online)"
September 26-27, 2020
 

While creating this painting of flamingos, Lian teaches his unique methods for “Color Pouring and Blending” and “Paint Around (negative painting)”. He shows how to mix colors on watercolor papers, and how to let the pigments paint themselves. Only three primary colors will be used. The demonstrations are step by step with students’ practicing between, so that they can absorb and assimilate the lessons. During the critiques, Lian gives comments and suggestions for participants’ class works, so that the students are able to improve their paintings.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Lian Zhen, www.lianspainting.com
Cost: $198 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Following the Footsteps of V. Van Gogh - Watercolor Painting (Online)"
September 29 - October 1, 2020
 

Van Gogh went to Provence in search of the light and warm sun of the south of France. Wouldn’t it be lovely to take a virtual vacation, follow his footsteps and paint the colors of Provence! Each day Keiko will demonstrate a painting of a scene full of Provençal mood. 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 each day. The class will end with a critique so that you get personal feedback.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, www.ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $298 for 3 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolors: Dramatic Skies & Water (Online Class)"
Thursdays, October 1-22, 2020
 

Dramatic skies at sunset, or with high wind clouds, puffy cumulonimbus clouds, rain clouds etc., are often the reason that we are drawn to paint a scene. This—and the reflective allure of water can make an ordinary scene extraordinary. This Zoom class will cover the techniques used to obtain all of the above types of cloud formations and the colors associated with them, and colors and reflections on water. Paint along in watercolor with Alex Sharma as she demonstrates specific brush strokes, wet-on-wet, and mixing techniques to obtain dramatic results. All you will need is watercolor paints, paper, and one or two good brushes.
 
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


"Stretching watercolor paper and painting the Glorious Colors of New England (Online)"
October 5-7, 2020
 

I am really thrilled to be teaching this 3-day workshop where I’ll be able to show you the benefits of the unique way in which I stretch my watercolor paper. The value of the pigment that you put on the paper will dry just about exactly the value you put down. Your loaded brush strokes go on the paper just like “cream”. No rippling or buckling of the paper during the painting. Using our reference photo, we will paint a beautiful autumn day in New England! Combining complementary neutrals with accents of pure color, will make our landscapes come alive! What an exercise in learning to use color effectively!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy
Cost: $249 for 3 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"From Drawing to Watercolour: Portrait of Emu (Online)"
October 6-7, 2020
 

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: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Color and Design in Gouache (Online)"
Tuesdays, October 6 - November 24, 2020
 

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, tesselations, and making copies of masterworks.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kate Samworth
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Compose and Design Your Fall Season Watercolor (Online)"
October 9-10, 2020
 

Follow along with artist Mark Mehaffey (AWS-DF, NWS) as we use your reference photo(s) to produce a Fall Season transparent watercolor. Mark will lead you through the entire process from photo selection, to the simplification and design of your composition, color selection, and suggested paint application techniques. Possible variations on this theme will also be presented. Demonstrations of every step will be thoroughly explained with ample time for questions. Mark will conduct a step-by-step demo, giving you plenty of time to paint. Since the class is interactive, you will be able to show your work through your computer or iPad to get personal feedback on your painting as well as see everybody else’s work.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Mark Mehaffey
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Water Reflection in Tuscan River and Belgian Canal (Online)"
October 11-12, 2020
 

Join us online for step-by-step demos and critiques. Practice drawing and composition from major shapes to details. Learn colour mixing and wash consistency. Develop proper use of edges through timing, exploring watercolour life cycle from wet to dry. Gain control of tonal values. Explore abstracting the shapes by developing your own visual language.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Amid El Haddad
Cost: $148 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting the inspiring land of Georgia O’Keeffe, New Mexico in Watercolor (Online)"
October 13-14, 2020
 

Th beautiful landscape of New Mexico has inspired many artists with its ever changing beautiful palette of colors. In this 6-hour online class (comprised of two days) Kathy will share her tips and techniques in short demos, then you will paint along from 2 inspiring photos that Kathy will provide. While painting, she will verbally describe her process while the watercolor develops before your eyes on your screen. You can ask questions directly since it is a live session. Kathy will give each person personal feedback and the class will end with a critique.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, www.rennellforbes.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Autumn Colors in Japan (Online)"
October 26-27, 2020
 

Landscape in Japan has a very different color palette from season to season. Autumn is everyone’s favorite time as people enjoy the changing of colors of many trees before winter arrives. Keiko will do a daily demonstration to show you how to capture an autumnal feel with stunning colors and how to use colors effectively to create a good design. Keiko will demonstrate her process and take you every step of the way to capture the beauty of Japan. 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. Intermediate and Advanced students.
 
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


"Life in Provence - Watercolor (Online)"
October 26-27, 2020
 

Join Cindy painting from her “Life in Provence” series as we loosen up, capture the joy and the expressive colors of Provence virtually as we use my Plein Air paintings as a guide for new colorful studio paintings. Painting on location en plein air painting is an immersive experience. Being on site you create a memory that includes the spirit of the place – the true colors, sounds, energy of the experience. I’ll often bring my plein air paintings and studies home to create new versions infused with the feelings that I had painting on location. Let's virtually visit Provence for 2 days and paint with flowing watercolors.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Botanical Drawing & Painting (Online)"
Tuesdays, October 27 - December 1, 2020
 

Explore flowers and other natural forms, beginning with line and value drawing and progressing to full-color rendering in watercolor and mixed media. Topics will include sighting techniques, line quality, tone and value, creation of depth, composition, texture, and basic color. All levels welcome. This Canvas course will include a weekly live Zoom session every Tuesday, 10 am – 12 p.m.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Linda Gist
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Plein Air Painting (Online)"
Thursdays, October 29 - December 10, 2020
 

Working from photographs of historic Newport, Rhode Island, supplied by instructor Joseph Sweeney, learn how to paint from photo references in preparation for working outdoors. Topics include the basics on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. Drawing, composition, and color will be emphasized. Instruction is geared towards oil, acrylic, and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Message in a Bottle - Watercolor (Online)"
October 29-30, 2020
 

Join award-winning, international artist, Carrie Waller as she shares her watercolor techniques for painting glass. 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: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Portrait (Online)"
Fridays, October 30 - December 11, 2020
 

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


"Color Pouring and Blending Method in Watercolor (Online)"
October 31 - November 1, 2020
 

While creating this painting of "Sea Turtle and Sea Life", Lian teaches his unique methods for “Color Pouring and Blending” and “Paint Around (negative painting)”. He shows how to mix colors on watercolor papers, and how to let the pigments paint themselves. Only three primary colors will be used. The demonstrations are step by step with students’ practicing between, so that they can absorb and assimilate the lessons. During the critiques, Lian gives comments and suggestions for participants’ class works, so that the students are able to improve their paintings.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Lian Zhen, www.lianspainting.com
Cost: $198 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Mother and Child: Panda and Elephant - Watercolor (Online)"
November 3 & 10, 2020
 

You will follow David’s step-by-step painting method to create two colorful paintings. 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 each of the two painting we’ll be working on. This minimal array of palette colors will aid in creating a strong color unity in each watercolor painting and also minimize the confusion that comes with too many color choices. We will work on one painting per session. 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


"Colorful Scenes from Lake Como, Italy in Watercolor (Online)"
November 5-6, 2020
 

Paint along from your home studio as Theresa Goesling demonstrates “live”, enchanting scenes from Lake Como, Italy. Theresa 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. Enjoy your experience in an enriching and positive atmosphere that welcomes all levels of artists. Learn to build confidence as you develop a deeper understanding of design and painting techniques. Learn to embrace your inner artist and learn to develop your own painting style. Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Theresa Goesling
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"From Drawing to Watercolour: Heading to the Race (Online)"
November 11-12, 2020
 

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: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"From Drawing to Watercolour: A Barista at Work (Online)"
December 1-3, 2020
 

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


"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


 

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