Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Unique Affordable Artist Workshop/Photoshoot"
July 8-11, 2020
 

Two ranches located in scenic Northwest Nebraska are hosting this workshop. 1860's village, stage coach, sod house, cattle, horses, diverse scenery and period-clothed models. Instructions, lodging and food are included in the price. Three artists will be available for instruction. Our mission is to provide a vast collection of material for present and future works of art. See Our Heritage Guest Ranch on Facebook for more details.
 
Location: Crawford, Nebraska
Instructor: Marilyn Jean Norman and Linda Dabbs
Cost: $575
Sponsor: Our Heritage Guest Ranch and High Plains Homestead
Website, email, 308-430-1239


"Eyes on the Skies, A Watercolor Workshop"
July 8, 2020
 

Learn to paint clouds of all shapes, sizes and colors! We'll also look to the skies, especially in the lowcountry, where they are mesmerizing.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jan Ross
Cost: $72 for Members, $80 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
July 10-11, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Art Alliance of Greensboro
Website, email, 336-373-2725


"Open Painting in Oils, Acrylics or Watercolor"
Mondays, July 13-27, 2020
 

Paint with the medium (acrylic, oil, or watercolor) of your choice in a relaxed Summertime atmosphere with as much instructor help as you want. Bring in new or unfinished work you want to do. Short demos and techniques in laying out and blocking in your choice of pictures will be discussed. Frequent critiques will be available to assist you. Realism and impressionism techniques will be discussed for use in your painting.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Dennis Lake
Cost: $108 for Members, $120 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
July 15-17, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $395
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Poured Painted Surfaces"
July 19, 2020
 

Putting paint on paper can be a mixed bag of unexpected surprises with unknown endings. Pouring paint onto paper will certainly give you combos of astonishingly intense and luminescent colors. This process will also allow you to discover ways to define the space around shapes with contrast and glazed colors. Part of the beauty of this technique is revealing some of the underlining imagery of shapes in selected spots. Imagine and paint the space around objects with watercolors and gouache – opaque water-based paint. Work with some very contemporary, good-vibe iridescent, interference, and opaque watercolor techniques to further enhance and embellish the surface. Discover that painting is about discovery and expression at all levels of creativity.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $153
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Monhegan Island, Maine Art & Visualization Workshop Retreat"
July 20-24, 2020
 

A fun art workshop in an exotic location, but not an ocean away, only 10 miles of ocean to reach tiny Monhegan Island, Maine. Let us help you reconnect with the 'confident you' that you've put aside to do 'the stuff that happens in life'...don't just go with the flow, live life like you do in your happiest moments. Realize, this is not just a workshop in learning or relearning to paint, it's a workshop to help you remember where you left yourself. Remembering your core of who you truly are - awesome, just the way you are.,'the tiny island that time forgot' step off the boat and into a way of life that existed in the 1960's.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Founder
Cost: $ 597.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270


"Monhegan Island, Maine Art & Visualization Workshop Retreat"
July 20-21, 2020
 

A fun art workshop in an exotic location, but not an ocean away, only 10 miles of ocean to reach tiny Monhegan Island, Maine. Let us help you reconnect with the 'confident you' that you've put aside to do 'the stuff that happens in life'...don't just go with the flow, live life like you do in your happiest moments. Realize, this is not just a workshop in learning or relearning to paint, it's a workshop to help you remember where you left yourself. Remembering your core of who you truly are - awesome, just the way you are.,'the tiny island that time forgot' step off the boat and into a way of life that existed in the 1960's.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Founder
Cost: $335.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270


"Watercolor Portraits from Life"
July 20-22, 2020
 

Painting a portrait from life can be intimidating, but painting a watercolor portrait from life is just plain crazy!! In this three-day workshop Annette will share her method of madness for painting an expressive watercolor portrait from a live model. There will be a demonstration every morning with plenty of time for students to paint in the afternoon. Individual attention will be given to all students. Annette will cover how to draw a convincing likeness by learning to see facial planes and structure of the human head. She will explain her use of color, mixing flesh tones, brushwork and controlling edges. This workshop is geared toward sharpening drawing skills, having fun, and painting expressively in watercolor. Come prepared to paint outside the lines.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Annette Smith, www.annettesmithfineart.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portrait and Figure"
July 20-22, 2020
 

Join Mary Whyte for an extraordinary workshop in watercolor in Bend, OR. Using live models, Mary will demonstrate and guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines. She has been awarded the Portrait Society of America's Gold Medal.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $1095
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Plein Air Landscape of Northern New England"
July 21-23, 2020
 

Paint the summer colors at this beautiful and historic location overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River Valley while relaxing in the comfort of the Gibson House Inn. This workshop will focus on plein air landscape painting with some classroom instruction and will be open to all abilities. Born 1954, in Rochester, NY, Robert O'Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for thirty years. Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on landscape and architectural studies. The artist finds beauty in the ordinary, subtle reminders of everyday life in rural New England. In his own words, he is driven "to capture the vanishing landscape in my paintings" before they disappear forever as a result of the steady hand of "progress."
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Robert O'Brien, www.robertjobrien.com
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Key Elements of Plein Air Painting"
July 28-30, 2020
 

Join George Van Hook, a nationally recognized artist who has won numerous Plein Air competitions and awards from around the country for his oils and watercolors. George stresses allaprima painting and using a loose and fast approach to capture the landscape in the first try. Participants will be meeting on location and painting all day from 9am-4pm with a lunch provided. Workshop includes live demos and individual attention. Please bring your own plein air equipment, supports, and media (oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic).
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: George Van Hook
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Watercolor from the Beginning"
July 29, 2020
 

Learn everything you need to build a strong foundation for getting started in watercolor. Receive detailed information on paper, paint, and brushes explained clearly and demonstrated with helpful visual aids. Practice mixing colors, learn how to do basic washes, and find out about special techniques unique to watercolor. This class is excellent preparation for the Color Theory Through Watercolor class on Thursday. Sign up for both classes to fully immerse yourself in this wonderful medium.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Shenandoah Valley Painting Retreat"
July 29 - August 3, 2020
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020: 5 nights of accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals for the duration of your stay (breakfast, lunch, dinner), sStudio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph)
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1731
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Color Theory Through Watercolor"
July 30, 2020
 

Understanding color is essential to creating work that captivates the eye and evokes certain moods or emotions. Through a series of fun exercises you will learn to understand tints, shades, and tone, the color wheel, complementary colors, warm and cool colors, and color schemes. You will make useful charts and swatches that can be used for future reference. Whether you are just starting out or have some experience with watercolor, this class will help you masterfully mix color, no matter what your medium or level of experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Abstract Watercolor Exploration"
July 31, 2020
 

Watercolors have the reputation of being the most challenging painting medium. The unforgiving white of the paper and the uncontrollable nature of water make it intimidating. Through exercises participants will learn how forgiving white paper can be and how to control water and pigment. Focusing on color and composition, participants will practice techniques while creating a series of abstract paintings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Watercolor Still Life with Flowers"
August 1, 2020
 

For beginner or experienced watercolor painters, this class will focus on building form, choosing colors that harmonize, as well as painting shadows and backgrounds. Students will bring objects that they are interested in painting, and can make simple attainable compositions with fruit and vegetables, or challenge themselves with crystal and silver. Tips on painting flowers, vases, and water will be included.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Watercolor Unleashed! White Flower in Transparent Watercolor"
August 1, 2020
 

Learn to use light, airy washes in multiple transparent colors to paint a white flower in all the colors of the rainbow, yet appear as a “white” flower, with the sun shining through its translucent petals. Students will use rich, clean, darker values to set off those beautiful white blooms. A photo will be provided, but students are welcome and encouraged to paint from their own reference material. There will be demos, instruction at all levels, one-on-one critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all. All levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. The only prerequisite is an attitude of joy in the act of painting!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.JulieGilbertPollard.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Key Elements of Plein Air Painting"
August 2-7, 2020
 

Join George Van Hook for a four-day plein air workshop. George stresses alla prima painting and using a loose and fast approach to capture the landscape in the first try. The workshop will include live demonstrations and individual attention. One afternoon will include a 3-hour visit to the nationally renowned Clark Art Institute. There George will share his extensive knowledge of art history with participants as he highlights techniques used by masters in composition, brushstrokes and color. George is a nationally recognized artist who has won numerous plein air competitions and awards all over the country for his oils and watercolors . He also teaches plein air classes, nationally.
 
Location: Williamstown, Massachusetts
Instructor: George Van Hook
Cost: $900- $1200
Sponsor: Buxton School
Website, email, 413 884-2110


"Open Painting in Oils, Acrylics or Watercolor"
Mondays, August 3-24, 2020
 

Paint with the medium (acrylic, oil, or watercolor) of your choice in a relaxed Summertime atmosphere with as much instructor help as you want. Bring in new or unfinished work you want to do. Short demos and techniques in laying out and blocking in your choice of pictures will be discussed. Frequent critiques will be available to assist you. Realism and impressionism techniques will be discussed for use in your painting.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Dennis Lake
Cost: $144 for Members, $160 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Finders Keepers, A Watercolor Workshop"
August 5, 2020
 

Our Focus in this workshop will be studying the unique, natural shapes of treasures discovered on the beach. We will paint sea shells, driftwood, pebbles and other items with attention to their lines, shapes and textures.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jan Ross
Cost: $72 for Members, $80 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Tangle Philly: A Retreat of Creative Mindfulness"
August 7-9, 2020
 

Most people can name a specific moment in their lives when something changed it forever. For artists and writers, we agree that learning and creating in community has enriched our lives in so many different ways. We have experienced fun, personal, mental and emotional life-changing growth. Around the world, we explore adding Zentangle to our mixed media art and use it as an opening exercise in our writing practice. It is intentional, abstract art and a safe place to create, even when you aren’t an artist. Conscious Creations Art Studio, in Exton, is the home of Philly Area Zentangle® (2012) This retreat weekend promises to enlighten, broaden skills, and enhance your creative spirit.
 
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Cost: $500.00
Sponsor: Conscious Creations Art Studio
Website, email, 484-889-8668


"6 Day Art Retreat in Virginia with Jan-Willem Boer"
August 13-18, 2020
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020: 5 nights of accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals for the duration of your stay (breakfast, lunch, dinner), sStudio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph)
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1731
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Flower Day"
August 17, 2020
 

The subject is flowers. Draw or paint from a flower still-life set up by instructor or bring your own favorite flowers. Demo of value planning in sketch book and thoughts on creating a colorful abstract, demo of impressionist style painting from the still life. The student may simply practice drawing flower forms or create a painting or realistic work in the medium of their choice. Individual help as you draw, plan and paint. Instructor will phone each student before class starts to discuss their goal.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Joyce Nagel
Cost: $72 for Members, $80 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting The Complicated Using The 'KISS' Method"
August 18-20, 2020
 

Stewart Burgess White is a painter with a long list of accolades including Signature membership in The American Watercolor Society (AWS). Stewart will provide a presentation on how to create paintings that simplify complicated subject matter with an emphasis on composition and line. From landscapes to urban industrial scenes. Color choices and mark-making will also be addressed during the process. Students will practice in Plein Air in the surrounding area.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Stewart Burgess White
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
August 20-22, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $425 Museum members/ $475 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Watercolor Technique for Dynamic Landscape Paintings"
August 23-28, 2020
 

There are relatively few ways to apply watercolor to paper. This workshop focuses on adapting the handful of techniques to your landscape paintings. We’ll work to create rich visual sensations that reveal your own vision of the landscape. We’ll start by examining and understanding the basic techniques and exploring the visual possibilities of each. Then we’ll apply these techniques to convey symbolism and meaning, and for providing the paintings with a rich dynamism. Tony is a Signature Member of both the New England and Vermont Watercolor Societies, and an Artist Member of the North Shore Arts Association and New York’s venerable Salmagundi Club. He works from his studio in Bennington, Vermont.
 
Location: Williamstown, Massachusetts
Instructor: Tony Conner
Cost: $900- $1200
Sponsor: Buxton School
Website, email, 413 884-2110


"Impression and Design Plein Air Workshop"
August 25-27, 2020
 

We will inevitably be chasing the light and seeing beyond what is there, always looking for more, to capture the sensation of the place. It all comes down to design and interpretation. Utilizing and building on what nature gives us but not being a slave to it. We will be working to simplify our shapes, really push to explore our use of temperatures and color along with controlling our values as well as our edges. Composition and design underlie all of these along with our drawing which will be our foundation. We will look to make our paintings fresh, vibrant, and full of light and color. Not being a slave to what is there but knowing how to interpret it.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Ken DeWaard
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Exploring Lowcountry Marshland in Watercolor"
September 15, 2020
 

Meandering thru Lowcountry Marshland, we will use reference materials provided in class, to capture the fauna grass and waterways unique to this environment.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jan Ross
Cost: $72 for Members, $80 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Exploring Lowcountry Marshland in Watercolor"
September 15, 2020
 

Meandering thru Lowcountry Marshland, we will use reference materials provided in class, to capture the fauna grass and waterways unique to this environment.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jan Ross
Cost: $72 for Members, $80 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 16-18, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $395
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
October 7-9, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Merced, California
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Merced Arts Center
Website, email, 209-388-1090


"Autumn Painting Retreat in Virginia"
October 8-13, 2020
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020: 5 nights of accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals for the duration of your stay (breakfast, lunch, dinner), sStudio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph).
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1731
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"East Meets West: Chinese and Watercolor Painting"
October 22-25, 2020
 

Learn how to use Chinese brushes, ink and colors, as well as the theory of the Asian Art, and using the techniques to paint two styles of Chinese paintings (spontaneous style, half-detail-half-spontaneous style). Explore Zhen’s techniques “Color Pouring and Blending”, as well as learning basic techniques such as composition and coloring. There are 4-6 demos each day with student practices between that allow students to learn easier. There are critique sessions in which Zhen helps students by touching up their paintings. Skill Level: Open to all level students. Visit his website lianspainting.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Cost: $475 Museum members/$525 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 4-6, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"The Portrait and The Figure"
November 8-15, 2020
 

Picture yourself sitting at Mary Whytes' dinner table in Mary's home. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get to know the artist up close. Come paint and tour with internationally acclaimed watercolorist, Mary Whyte. Mary will guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Enjoy lots of painting action, one-on-one instruction, wonderful meals and wine, and Southern activities! Come, learn of Mary's beginning on John's Island, with a trip down Bohicket Road and the inspiration behind her life's work.
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $4500 All inclusive
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Discover the Pure Joy of Intuitive Abstract Painting"
November 9-10, 2020
 

Discover the pure joy of painting intuitive abstract painting with Golden Fluid Acrylics plus watercolor pencils and watercolor crayons. Letting go and realizing that there are no rules depends entirely on understanding design and color theory, so these will be thoroughly explained and illustrated. Then the fun begins! Lots of intuitive painting time will help you in finding your direction and what it takes to pull an abstract painting together.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Steve Rogers, watercolorsbyrogers.com
Cost: $225 for Members | $255 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"The Secrets of Painting Reflections in Transparent Watercolor"
November 11-12, 2020
 

In this workshop Steve will give students the tools to create painterly and believable watercolors; but more importantly, he seeks to take them beyond merely “copying” their subject. “An artist needs to also paint from his heart and seek to communicate the emotional and spiritual beauty of God’s creation.” Steve paints and teaches in a very straightforward traditional manner because he believes he can most honestly say what he wants to with his brush and juicy watercolor paint. Workshop participants will learn about light and color and the way watercolor behaves, dealing with dark values in watercolor, painting reflections and much, much more. Steve has enjoyed teaching watercolor for over 40 years.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Steve Rogers, watercolorsbyrogers.com
Cost: $225 for Members | $255 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"The Beauty of the Mark"
January 18-20, 2021
 

In this three-day workshop students will do exercises that will help them to make their own unique marks as a surprise element for their work. Journey with Teresa and explore the beauty of the mark and then to build upon that markmaking process taking that work to a whole new level. Students will play with these ideas along with the possibilities that will open up as they work transparently and with opaque paint. Anything goes: landscapes, still life, figurative work or abstract, this workshop will engage intuitive creativity. Demos, group discussion and constructive critiques are a part of this workshop. This workshop is for acrylic based and watercolor based artists.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Teresa Kirk, www.teresakirk.com
Cost: $390 for Members | $430 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting Portraits & Figures in Watercolor"
February 1-2, 2021
 

Whyte teaches color mixing, drawing, composition, getting a likeness and creating dynamic works. Students will be painting the figure from life. Each day starts with a painting demonstration. Students will paint with one on one assistance and encouragement from the instructor. Gain insights on marketing and the business side of being an artist. Students will be painting from live models in the studio.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Mary Whyte, www.marywhyte.com
Cost: $825 for Members | $855 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting Animals in Watercolor"
February 22-23, 2021
 

Depict the majestic nature of animals with a focus on emotive compositions. Dylan will guide the workshop in how to create more than a likeness of the subject but to also convey a mood and message. Using sketches to establish a synchronized order of importance, learn how to make artistic decisions to create an effective composition and communicate what is important to the viewer. Daily demonstrations on how to use color studies and the principals of creating depth and realism as well as Dylan’s signature technique for achieving beautiful skin tones by juxtaposing colors will all be covered in this intensive two-day workshop.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Dylan Scott Pierce
Cost: $275 for Members | $305 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting Waterbirds in Watercolor"
February 24-25, 2021
 

Capture the grace and beauty of waterbirds while also conveying a mood and message. Using sketches to establish a synchronized order of importance, Dylan will explain how to make artistic decisions to create an effective composition and communicate what is important to the viewer. Daily demonstrations on how to use color studies will help students discover the unexpected ways of expressing one's message. Principles of creating depth and realism will also be demonstrated.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Dylan Scott Pierce
Cost: $275 for Members | $305 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Santa Barbara Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
April 4-9, 2021
 

Join me on the scenic magical coast of Santa Barbara. In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool (that will be provided). This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are. We’ll work spontaneously, and I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful. Each day will start with a short demo and end with a critique, hopefully while sitting in a shady courtyard with a glass of wine in hand. As part of a small group, you’ll have plenty of individual attention as we work on value studies, composition, simplifying a scene and capturing the essence of a place.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, www.shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Santa Barbara Travel Sketching Workshop"
April 26 - May 1, 2021
 

Join us for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Santa Barbara. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! Brenda Swenson will help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 12 participants). Brenda is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have been featured in numerous books and magazines (Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air Magazine).
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"The Pillars of Watercolor"
May 1-4, 2021
 

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: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $855
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Watercolor Techniques"
June 12-15, 2021
 

Technique is everything and Michael Reardon will help you explore so many ways to strengthen your skills in landscape and cityscape watercolor painting. You will learn how to create a strong composition and use value to invoke a sense of light. Michael will teach you how to manipulate color for a full expressive effect. Join us for this 4-day workshop and you'll go home with an abundance of techniques that you can use the rest of your life. Michael is the Author of Painting Light and Color in Landscapes and Cityscapes, from North Light Books and has three instructional DVD’s.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Michael Reardon
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Launching a Masterpiece, Lessons in Perspective"
June 21-23, 2021
 

Let's put paintings in perspective. You want your work to show mastery and a proper drawing will do this and make the journey so enjoyable. Steve Kleier will give you the tools to bring structure and meaning to your paintings. Using traditional and classic art skills that date from the renaissance, you will find proportion, capture the effects of light and create the illusion of depth. Come experience success and be inspired to launch masterpiece after masterpiece. Steve 's past clients include: Nike, Tektronix, US Bank, Stash tea, Microsoft and many more.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Steve Kleier
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
June 24-28, 2021
 

Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Get started with new ideas in a way that is fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Intuitive Painting, Transcending the Subject"
June 30 - July 3, 2021
 

Learn to take advantage of transparent watercolor to create loose, intuitive, free and spontaneous effects in your paintings. Join Fabio Cembranelli and explore wet-on-wet techniques, practicing how to paint with no preliminary drawing. You will learn how to take advantage of your own mistakes and capture the essentials of each subject. Participants will be encouraged use their personal view, moving through the bridges that connect unexpected effects, shapes, colors, tones, lines and textures. Fabio is a regular contributor to several art magazines in South America, US, UK, Norway, France, Japan and Australia.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Fabio Cembranelli
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture"
July 5-7, 2021
 

Shake it up with David Lobenberg. Apply watercolor with splatters, swabs, slaps, splats, and slashes to that portrait you’ve be waiting to paint or use one of David’s outline drawings. Come flood, blossom, and create textures with a style that is about gesture, expressive color, soft transparency and hard opacity. You’ll paint several studies with step-by-step demonstrations from painting start to painting finish. David’s watercolor paintings can be found in private, public, and corporate collections across the country. His work has been featured in American Artist, Southwest Art, and American Art Collector magazines and several others.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Koi Joy"
July 9-11, 2021
 

Are you mezmerized and joyed by the incredibly beaurtiful, ballet-like motion, fluidity and grace of Koi? Come truly express yourself with David Lobenberg's bright colors and new and exciting paint application techniques You will use everything from stencils and pipettes to conte crayon and chalk markers to bring your Koi to life with curving and bending motions which convey these graceful creatures. David’s watercolor paintings can be found in private, public, and corporate collections across the country. His work has been featured in American Artist, Southwest Art, and American Art Collector magazines and several others.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Realism Through Design"
July 12-16, 2021
 

Use design to strengthen and enhance your paintings. John will help you in all aspects of painting a representational cityscape or town scene – choosing the subject, adding mood and creating emotional content, lighting the scene for dramatic effect, using photo references in a meaningful way and most importantly, strengthening and enhancing representational painting through design. This is an invaluable opportunity to gain new painting insights and lots of one-on-one individual help. John is a signature member of the AWS, TWSA, NWS and many more.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: John Salminen
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Portraits in Watercolor"
July 12-16, 2021
 

Though often viewed as intimidating and challenging, painting the figure can be just as approachable as a still life and landscape, and brings with its accomplishment a unique satisfaction and reward. Ted will discuss the pitfalls and pluses of painting from photographic reference as well as how to achieve spontaneity, character, and life in your paintings. Class will include daily demonstrations and one-on-one interaction with class members. As Ted shares the specific techniques he uses to bring excitement to his figurative work, you will find your paintings taking on a new life. And, experience great fun in the process! Ted Nuttall is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and Watercolor West.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Sketchbook to Studio, Recording Your Travels at a Higher Level"
August 6-10, 2021
 

Few things are more suited for travel than a sketchbook, pencil, and a small watercolor palette. In addition to traditional plein air work, Iain will focus on strengthening your skills using these tools to record your life through sketching in watercolor. The sounds, smells, sights, and people you come across will remain fresh in your mind as you look over the work you have done on site. There is no better way to relive your memories than a well used sketchbook. Iain Stewart is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Iain Stewart
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"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: Newport, Oregon
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Santa Barbara Travel Sketching Workshop"
October 28 - November 2, 2021
 

Join us for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Santa Barbara. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! Brenda Swenson will help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 12 participants). Brenda is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have been featured in numerous books and magazines (Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air Magazine).
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


 

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