Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Beginning Portrait in Pure Color - Watercolor (Online)"
December 4-5, 2020
 

Join award-winning artist, Jeannie Vodden, as she shares her approach to The Portrait in Watercolor, using a limited palette of only 3 transparent staining colors. All variations of color and value are achieved by layering and mingling color. With Jeannie’s thoughtful approach to painting people and gentle guidance you will gain confidence in this exciting and challenging subject matter. We will focus on the form and features of the face, but we will also touch on hair and background. And, we will talk about ideas on taking and picking the best photo for a portrait. You will have plenty of time to paint, and will be able to ask questions directly to Jeannie and show her your work for feedback.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Jeannie Vodden, www.jeannievodden.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours each
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Holiday Magic in Watercolor (Online)"
December 6-8, 2020
 

Join award winning, international artist, Carrie Waller as she shares her watercolor techniques. 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. We will paint cookies and milk in a jar over a Santa background. Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carrie Waller, www.carriewallerfineart.com
Cost: $249 for 3 sessions of 3 hours each
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Holiday Winter Scenes - Watercolor (Online)"
December 8-9, 2020
 

Watch as Kathy Rennell Forbes paints two different snow scenes: a dashing red cardinal and a joyful Christmas barn. You will then have the opportunity to paint what Kathy just demonstrated. It will be a step-by-step process so we will have time to progress on our sketches and paintings together at the same time. Kathy will share her tips and techniques and provide encouragement and suggestions for improvement. You can ask questions along the way since it is a live session.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, www.rennellforbes.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours each
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"White Poinsettias – Watercolor Painting (Online)"
December 9-10, 2020
 

We will use a wet into wet painting approach, building values and focusing on the shadows, to create volume and dimension. Through layering, lifting, and glazing we will bring this image to life! This is an exciting and fast paced class which will help you expand your knowledge of the wonderful medium of watercolor and create a beautiful holiday painting for your mantel or to reproduce for cards. Kay will give you time to paint and then look at each student work in progress and comment on it along the way. You will also receive a final critique at the end of the session.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kay Barnes, kaybarnes.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Beautiful Cities in Czech Republic – Watercolor Painting (Online)"
December 10-11, 2020
 

In this interactive class, Keiko will show her process through a step-by-step demo each day. We will paint Prague and Cesky Krumlov which are among the most beautiful cities in Europe and full of Old World charm. Day 1: Prague Old Town in Winter. Day 2: Panoramic view of Cesky Krumlov. Q&A and critique is an integral part of the lessons. The class will end with a critique so that you get personal feedback. Max 16 participants.
 
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


"Watercolor Unleashed! Carmel Mission Adobe Arch (Online)"
December 11-12, 2020
 

For this live online workshop we will paint a scene of classic California Spanish Mission architecture – an adobe arch with vines, flowers and California sun inviting the viewer into the garden. There will be demos, instruction and one-on-one critique throughout the class. You will have class time painting, plus time between the 2 sessions in order to have private painting time with no time constraints. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all. All levels are welcome and encouraged to join.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours each
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Urban Sketching Workshop in Ink and Watercolor (Online)"
December 14-15, 2020
 

Ever wanted to walk around your favorite city, or neighborhood and quickly sketch and/or paint the scene in front of you? In this online class, Mike Rooney will show you how to take a pen, a piece of paper, and a palm sized watercolor set to draw a quick scene and color it in with simple watercolor washes. It's fun and stress free and the wonkier the drawing, the cooler it looks! There will be demos, assignments, and helpful critiques. Since this is an interactive class, you can ask questions directly to Mike, show him your work through your camera and receive personal feedback and critique along the way, just like in a plein air or studio workshop.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Mike Rooney
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours each
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Snow in the Mountains - Watercolor (Online)"
December 14-16, 2020
 

I am thrilled to be teaching this 3-day workshop where I’ll be able to show you the benefits of my watercolor techniques. We will create this image painted from my imagination of one of my favorite places in the world, a remote mountain lake surrounded by over two hundred thousand acres of wilderness sanctuary. The simplicity of over-lapping forms and a limited palette is the key to the success of this composition. This is going to be such fun to paint!
 
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


"Dancing Crabs (Online)"
December 17-18, 2020
 

In this workshop you will paint crabs in the direct approach to watercolor that I have developed over the last 35 years. I will share my approach of painting from background to foreground, allowing the subject to emerge gently and slowly from the page. I will cover paint application, fluidity of water, and saturation of pigment. There will also be discussion about painting with vibrant color, point of view, strong composition, and center of interest/intent. There is a step by step process and no one will get lost. I will demonstrate each step for 10-15 minutes and allow ample time to finish before proceeding. The class is interactive, so participants will be able to ask questions and get feedback.
 
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


"Body Mind Art"
December 19, 2020
 

The Body Mind Art experience will provide an opportunity to relax through guided meditation and express yourself with watercolor. This 1.5-hour meeting will be held via Zoom, provided by ARTiClass, by Agora Gallery, a contemporary art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea NY, since 1984. This unique workshop will enable you to find calmness and embody a sense of stillness from the very talented and experienced instructor, Carisa Bledsoe, while interacting & getting encouragement from other art lovers! In addition to enjoying our professional standards and friendly easy to use website, our graduates can join our online community, be awarded with the gallery's representation benefits and may be elected for the 2021 ARTiClass competition.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carisa Bledsoe
Cost: $25
Sponsor: ARTiClass by Agora Gallery
Website, email


"The Late Great Fishing Boat in Point Reyes – Watercolor Painting (Online)"
December 28-29, 2020
 

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 the painting we’ll be working on. This minimal array of palette colors will aid in creating a strong color unity in your watercolor paintings 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


"Painting the Beautiful Countryside of Belgium (Online)"
January 7-8, 2021
 

Join us online as we paint the beautiful Belgium countryside, step by step. We will practice drawing and composition, learn colour mixing and wash consistency, develop proper use of edges, gain control of tonal values, and develop our own visual language. Day 1: Autumn Sunset. Day 2: Flanders Meadows.
 
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


"An Irish Cottage - Watercolor Painting (Online)"
January 13-15, 2021
 

We will paint this lovely scene from the village of Eyeries in Ireland. This view was the location of my very first plein air painting in Ireland, so it’s near to my heart. It has all of the elements needed; a cottage nestled into the gorse, overlooking Coulagh Bay with a dreamy sky overhead. The photo is our “jumping off point” for the painting we will create. We will make adjustments to the photo so that our composition will be improved. We’ll also make color changes to help create unity within the painting. If you have struggled with mixing greens, this workshop is a good opportunity to find new combinations of pigments to mix warm and cool greens. This is going to be such fun to paint!
 
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


"Rendering the Invisible Visible - Live painting course for US & Canada"
Tuesdays, January 19 - April 6, 2021
 

Our live online art classes offered via Zoom are a unique mix of art history/theory, painting, and discussions that will help you take your art to the next level. This 12-week workshop has been designed around this pandemic and of course, the stories arising from such a life-mind-altering situation. Do we agree that art is more than the mere representation of the surroundings, so we can finally accept rendering visible the invisible? We are currently reshaping our perceptions, rethinking our behavior to give birth to a new personal narrative. Knowing that creativity comes from everywhere and everything, the purpose of this online course is to help you fully express these new stories, using the painting medium of your choice.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$270
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Rendering the Invisible Visible - Live painting course for US & Canada"
Wednesdays, January 20 - April 7, 2021
 

Our live online art classes offered via Zoom are a unique mix of art history/theory lectures, painting, and discussions that will help you take your art to the next level. This 12-week workshop has been designed around this pandemic and of course, the stories arising from such a life-mind-altering situation. Do we agree that art is more than the mere representation of the surroundings, so we can finally accept rendering visible the invisible? We are currently reshaping our perceptions, rethinking our behavior to give birth to a new personal narrative. Knowing that creativity comes from everywhere and everything, the purpose of this online course is to help you fully express these new stories, using the painting medium of your choice.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$270
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Bold & Dynamic Watercolor: (Online)"
January 20 & 22, 2021
 

Join international award-winning artist, Kim Minichiello as she shares her techniques for achieving texture in watercolor. For an oil or acrylic painter, texture can be achieved by applying thick paint in an impasto manner. In watercolor, texture must be achieved to look three-dimensional on a two-dimensional surface. In this workshop we will paint a rusty, vintage gate. Kim will share a variety of techniques that she uses to give passages in watercolor interesting variety, as well as, imply texture on worn and aged surfaces. Since the class is interactive, you will be able to ask questions directly to Kim, show her your work through your camera to get personal feedback and critique 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


"Rendering the Invisible Visible - Live painting course for Australians"
January 21 - April 8, 2021
 

Our live online art classes offered via Zoom are a unique mix of art history/theory lectures, painting, and discussions that will help you take your art to the next level. This 12-week workshop has been designed around this pandemic and of course, the stories arising from such a life-mind-altering situation. Do we agree that art is more than the mere representation of the surroundings, so we can finally accept rendering visible the invisible? We are currently reshaping our perceptions, rethinking our behavior to give birth to a new personal narrative. Knowing that creativity comes from everywhere and everything, the purpose of this online course is to help you fully express these new stories, using the painting medium of your choice.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$270
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"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


"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


"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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