Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Watercolor Magic"
October 25-27, 2021
 

Learn to play, and have fun while doing the wonderful ‘work’ of art with internationally celebrated watercolorist, Stella Canfield! Stella will help you free yourself of the fear and judgment that so often prevent us from doing art. You will learn to relax and paint with your heart while exploring design, shapes, color, value and have fun doing it! You will feel immensely inspired and free of the myth-inflicted fear of watercolor. Stella will guide students working from their own photographs or sketches. Each morning starts with Stella doing a demo, followed by one-on-one instruction with each student throughout the day. One-on-one, in-depth critiques will be available after the workshop: $20 by email, $40 per hour via Zoom.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Stella Canfield
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Introduction to Watercolor Painting"
October 29, 2021
 

If you have ever wanted to try to paint in watercolor but didn’t know how to start—or thought it would be too hard— this demo will introduce you to classic watercolor painting and the methods used to put paint to paper. Color mixing, brushwork, weton- dry, wet-on-wet techniques, types of watercolor paper, painting mediums and care of materials will all be demonstrated and practiced. Paint along with Alex using whatever watercolor paints and brushes you may have.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $10
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor Impressions - From Flowers to Figures"
November 1-4, 2021
 

The charming and historic LaFonda Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico will be the setting for this exciting watercolor workshop. Fresh flowers for each student will be the beginning of this adventure into loose and flowing paintings. We will progress to painting some landscape elements and move to the head and figure. Janet's workshops are extremely popular throughout the US and Europe. This is a unique opportunity to improve your skills, bring life to your paintings and discover intuitive design and color. Janet will also have class "show and tell" in addition to working individual with each person.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Cost: $550.00
Sponsor: Miriam Joseph
Website, email, 505-890-5000


"Painting like the Masters: Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor"
Mondays, November 1 - December 13, 2021
 

No class on Nov 22. Learn to paint like the masters by a former Ringling instructor in your medium of choice with simple techniques. Depth and perspective, light and shadow will be covered with personal instruction and demonstrations. Easy subject materials will be provided. A delightful method of creating beach scenes, seascapes, landscapes, florals, abstract, etc. will be introduced. Seasoned artists or complete novices will enjoy these classes. Students can bring their own materials or materials can be purchased from the instructor. Be prepared to have fun while learning.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Renee DiNapoli
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Open Painting: In Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel or Charcoal"
Mondays, November 1-22, 2021
 

Paint with the medium 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: $160
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor - As You Like It"
Wednesdays, November 3-24, 2021
 

Whatever your subject, this class will focus on classic watercolor techniques and will build from the simple to the more complex. Topics include use of value, control of the medium, color mixing, and composition. Demonstrations are part of the class. We will paint from life and photos for reference. Experienced students focus on ways to improve color handling, composition, and specific painting challenges.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alexandra Sharma
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Around Town: Watercolor En Plein Air"
Thursdays, November 4-18, 2021
 

In these three afternoons students will explore local Scottsdale and Phoenix scenes to find beautiful and relatable subjects. Spencer will dive deep into the fundamentals of plein air painting such as drawing, color mixing, assessing tonal values, subject matter, composition, and direct and indirect painting techniques. He will also talk about some of the practicalities of painting outdoors such as the ever changing light and weather presented. Through demonstrations, lectures and critiques he hopes to improve your painting abilities and help expand your sense of individuality. Grab your painting kit and come sling some paint! Portable equipment and transportation required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Spencer Simmons, www.thespencersimmons.com
Cost: $160 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Painting Class"
Thursdays, November 4 - December 16, 2021
 

No class on Nov 25. Using a step-by-step approach, beginning students will learn basic watercolor methods, processes, and techniques i.e.: laying-in flat and graded washes, wet-into-wet methods, glazing, creating textures, mixed media etc. Focus will also be on color mixing, color theory, composition, perspective, the visual art elements i.e.; line, shape, form, value, color, and texture. Intermediate and advanced students will explore making personal statements and producing unique watercolor paintings. Supply list will be determined on the first day of class based on the individual level of expertise.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Vito-Leonardo Scarola
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Expressive Watercolors - Flowers, Faces and Figures"
November 8-12, 2021
 

The Grande Cayman Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC will be our location for this exciting five-day workshop with views of the beach! Please join us where we will be diving into watercolors to experience the joy of having fresh flowers for each of us to begin this unique learning opportunity to "loosen up". After exploring flowers and some landscape elements, we will progress to interpreting the head and figure using photographs (your own or Janet's) to gain an intuitive and spontaneous approach. Skill-building, application of paint, intuitive color and design will combine to create a lovely atmosphere. "Show and Tell" is a fun sharing time with each other as well as individual attention.
 
Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS and Steve Rogers, AWS
Cost: $575.00
Sponsor: Rebecca Z Artist Studio Gallery
Website, email, 843-450-2307


"Beyond Description: Expressive Painting through Image Structure"
November 8-12, 2021
 

Your growth as an artist is my priority as we study great artists and unlock the universal secrets of image structure. At a primal level, it’s this abstract image structure that moves us-- the use of line, shape, space, value, color, and texture. This applies to any style or genre of painting because every good painting is good due to the underlying abstraction - the power of the purely visual. The plan is always to help you reach your potential, painting your way, with your voice and vision, but better than ever before. You can paint representational or abstract. Oils, watercolors, collage, and acrylics welcome. Come be encouraged and inspired in a fun, upbeat atmosphere.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Michael Slonim
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
November 15-19, 2021
 

Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall will demonstrate the techniques, and instill the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted’s daily demonstrations and presentations, he will share his personal approach to painting. Plus, he will introduce the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. What’s more, significant time is allowed for one-on- one instruction in an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive – regardless of skill level.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Expressive Flowers in Watercolor"
November 17-19, 2021
 

Fresh flowers in the studio will be the inspiration for the beginning of this workshop. Janet will demonstrate various “fun” exercises geared to interpret flowers in a loose and expressive manner. Discovering the unique “nature” of individual flowers and “finding” new colors will be highlighted. Demonstrations and individual help will weave throughout the workshop, with an emphasis on letting the medium of watercolor lead the students to new adventures in watercolor. (Plein air – in studio!) Some goals include “keeping the whites”, avoiding “mud”, intuitive color and composition. Besides working with students individually and class demos, Janet and attendees will enjoy “Show and Tell” – an opportunity to see class work together and enjoy!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Janet Rogers, www.watercolorsbyrogers.com
Cost: $375 Member | $415 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Liquid Watercolor: Fabulously Intense"
December 1, 2021
 

Liquid Watercolors, sometimes called watercolor inks, are watercolors in an extremely concentrated form. They are formulated to achieve the greatest possible brilliance and have a unique intensity and purity. If you are craving color and looking for the "Wow Factor" this is the class for you! Liquid watercolors perform differently on paper, with some techniques resulting in surprising dynamic mixings of color that only happen with this medium. Students should bring $15 cash the day of the workshop for all materials they will need for this class.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alexandra Sharma
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Liquid Watercolor: Fabulously Intense"
December 1, 2021
 

Liquid Watercolors, sometimes called watercolor inks, are watercolors in an extremely concentrated form. They are formulated to achieve the greatest possible brilliance and have a unique intensity and purity. If you are craving color and looking for the "Wow Factor" this is the class for you! Liquid watercolors perform differently on paper, with some techniques resulting in surprising dynamic mixings of color that only happen with this medium. *Students should bring $15 cash the day of the workshop for all materials they will need for this class.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Interpreting Your Photographic Reference"
Saturdays, December 4-18, 2021
 

Painters often use photographic references when creating works of art. During this three-session class, students will paint the subject of their choice using their photographic reference. The painter must understand that photography often misrepresents the true relationships of value, color and perspective. With guidance, the student will learn to consider the photographic reference as raw material, to be interpreted rather than slavishly copied. Let’s make “art” from photographic reference! This class is open to all levels of experience and all mediums! Please bring several photos of interest to each class. *Students may also choose to paint still-life arrangements.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $350 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Doing What Comes Naturally: A Creativity Workshop"
December 4, 2021
 

Do you have the urge to make something but don't know where to start? Do you dabble and try different things but aren't getting anywhere? A series of practical, playful exercises will help you figure out what you like and how to get started doing it. Explore ways to recognize and value your unique, artistic gift. No previous experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Carol Cole
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery & Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Getting to Know Watercolor"
December 13-15, 2021
 

Nurture your creativity through the relaxation and inspiration of this beginner watercolor workshop - the perfect way to explore and express your inner artist! Chris Dreyer specializes in teaching beginner watercolor students the fundamental art techniques necessary to express yourself! Through personalized art instruction, you will learn a wide variety of techniques, including paintbrush usage, color mixing, color application, how to choose subject matter, how to find your unique painting style, and more! Through this warm, non-judgmental, and encouraging approach to beginner watercolor painting, students learn quickly as they celebrate their creative progress!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Chris Dreyer, www.dreyerdesign.com
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Animals, Figures and Backgrounds"
December 13-16, 2021
 

Over four days, students will breathe life into their paintings by going outside the lines and getting loose with their techniques. Each day will begin with a demonstration, followed by plenty of painting time with lots of individual attention from Kim. She will focus on helping students gain confidence painting the human/animal form or portrait, upgrade their ability, and learn to be more analytical of their own paintings. Techniques will include painting shapes and the application of paint with correct values, leaving lost and found edges for interest and movement, and integrating the foreground with the background to make a cohesive painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Cost: $420 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Beginner Plein Air with Gouache"
December 13-16, 2021
 

This four-day workshop in the studio (with some exercises outside) is designed to help new painters become familiar with gouache, a fantastic portable medium for plein air. Students will start small and learn the principles of plein air painting in an accessible step-by-step format. Gouache techniques covered will include color mixing, washes and application basics. Students will also learn how to approach plein air—how to see a scene, how to simplify, and how to capture it in paint. Composition, values and color concepts will be discussed and practiced in building lessons. The main goal of this workshop is to develop the skills and confidence needed for new painters to get out to paint and more importantly, enjoy the process!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Judd Mercer, www.juddmercer.com
Cost: $420 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Mixed Media Watercolor Workshop"
December 18-19, 2021
 

Use India ink and watercolor to create drama and mystery from nocturnal and low-light subjects in this two-day, in-person workshop. Learn to develop a drawing on rag paper from photo references then layer ink and watercolor to develop a deep, rich surface. Add gouache and drawing media for contrast and definition.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Michael Kowbuz
Cost: $185
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Negative Painting with Watercolor"
January 3-6, 2022
 

Discover the exciting results of negative painting! This is a technique of painting around an object (negative space) to define it in the composition. Create interesting shapes and depth by building transparent glazes, overlapping and interlocking shapes. Build confidence in handling glazes, wet into wet, changing colors and more. Students will develop a stronger understanding of color pigments and how they directly relate to the complex medium of watercolor. Students will benefit from daily demonstrations, friendly critiques, and one-on-one help.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Portraits with Character"
January 3-4, 2022
 

Painting portraits can be intimidating to say the least, but I want to show you how to let go of that fear! In this class you will need some drawing skills behind you to achieve good contour drawings for your paintings. We will dissect the face and put it back together, and from there I will show you how to cross those lines to get good connecting shapes within your subjects and to your backgrounds. We will concentrate on composition, the use of color, lights and darks, and where to use soft and hard edges. Participants will gain confidence, learn to be more analytical of their own and others’ paintings, and upgrade their abilities.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Gouache Painting Workshop"
January 8-9, 2022
 

Learn the fundamentals of painting with gouache, an opaque watercolor paint in this two-day workshop. Painters of all levels will fall in love with it as a portable, fast-drying, and easy-to-clean-up alternative to oils – great for travel or limited working time and space. Explore color and painting techniques through still life and outdoor views.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Allison Syverstesn
Cost: $185
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Painting like the Masters: Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor"
Mondays, January 10 - February 14, 2022
 

Learn to paint like the masters by a former Ringling instructor in your medium of choice with simple techniques. Depth and perspective, light and shadow will be covered with personal instruction and demonstrations. Easy subject materials will be provided. A delightful method of creating beach scenes, seascapes, landscapes, florals, abstract, etc. will be introduced. Seasoned artists or complete novices will enjoy these classes. Students can bring their own materials or materials can be purchased from the instructor. Be prepared to have fun while learning.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Renee DiNapoli
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Introduction to Media and Techniques of Drawing and Painting"
Thursdays, January 13 - February 17, 2022
 

This class is an exciting opportunity for the beginning art student looking for an introduction to the basics of drawing and painting. Together we will explore a variety of different methods, techniques, and processes that are unique to producing recognizable three-dimensional realistic images on a two-dimensional surface. A new media will be introduced each week during this six-week session i.e.: 1. Pencil, 2. Charcoal, 3. Pastel, 4. Watercolor, 5. Oil, and 6. Acrylic.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Vito-Leonardo Scarola
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Exploring Watercolor"
Fridays, January 14 - February 18, 2022
 

This class is friendly and supportive, and offers guided instruction and demonstrations. The lessons include: design aspects of planning a composition, use of photo references and live setups, watercolor techniques and discussion of color usage and properties of various pigments.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Gail White
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Watercolor & Pastels: Loosen Up and Paint Trellis Flowers!"
January 19, 2022
 

This is an intuitive and fun class for beginners: more experienced painters will loosen up. Watercolor and pastel capture the brilliant colors of flowers better than any medium, and this combined approach will utilize loose watercolor techniques and impressionistic accents of pastel overlays. Primarily a watercolor class, we will learn basic techniques such as masking, throwing paint, spritzing, and high key glazes. When the background is completely dry, we’ll apply the pastel over the petals and highlight other details. Be sure to bring a smock and learn how to let watercolor do its thing, and to apply the brilliant opacity of pastels.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Cedar Kindy
Cost: $120 Member | $150 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Amazing Watercolors"
January 24-25, 2022
 

Join us for this exciting workshop and discover and re-energize your inner artist by loosening up with some exciting new watercolor techniques. We will have fun experimenting in watercolor, playing with color, texture, layering, expressive mark-making, as well as splattering. Demonstrations and individual instruction will be given. This workshop is great for experienced painters, as well as those who are new to watercolors. Bring in your questions on techniques, tools, materials, color mixing, and making corrections to your artwork. Students with more experience are welcome to work on individual projects with guidance and tips from the instructor. Optional $25 supply use fee for those of you who wish to just bring yourself.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Julie Schroeder
Cost: $180
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor: Bold and Loose!"
January 28-29, 2022
 

During this workshop, students will learn to paint exciting and expressive watercolors! Students will be painting flowers from fresh arrangements that Grace will bring in on the first day. On day two, students will be painting from a vegetable still life. Students will have the option of working from the floral arrangement again on the second day, instead of the vegetable still life, if they so choose. Over the two days, it is sure to be a fun and lively workshop for anyone who wants to get bold and sassy in their watercolor painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Grace Haverty, www.gracehavertyart.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
February 7-11, 2022
 

Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted’s daily demonstrations and presentations, he will share his personal approach to painting. Plus, he will introduce the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. What’s more, significant time is allowed for one-on- one instruction. In an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive, Ted encourages in each participant a renewed enthusiasm for his or her art – regardless of their skill level.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Color Confidence"
February 10-13, 2022
 

Learn to mix the exact colors that you want. Experience the delight and joy of color mixing as you become successful and efficient with color mixing. This workshop will help you identify what color you want to mix and then how to mix it efficiently. We will examine how color theory works, and why it doesn’t work so well sometimes. The basics of color theory will be covered but most of the time will be spent mixing color and making small studies. Creativity is sometimes chaotic but color mixing doesn’t have to be, it can be a tool to express your creativity and this class will make it just that. This is a class for all painting media.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jane Jones, www.janejonesartist.com
Cost: $630 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Beyond Description: Expressive Painting through Image Structure"
February 14-18, 2022
 

Your growth as an artist is my priority as we study great artists and unlock the universal secrets of image structure. At a primal level, it’s this abstract image structure that moves us-- the use of line, shape, space, value, color, and texture. This applies to any style or genre of painting because every good painting is good due to the underlying abstraction--the power of the purely visual. Helping other artists exceed their own expectations is one of the most enjoyable things I ever get to do. The plan is always to help you reach your potential, painting your way, with your voice and vision, but better than ever before. Paint representational or abstract. Oils, watercolors, collage, and acrylics welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Michael Slonim, www.davidmichaelslonim.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Light | Composition | Emotion – Painting the Still Life"
Saturdays, February 19 - March 12, 2022
 

In Ted’s daily demonstrations and presentations, he shares his personal approach to painting still life from photographs, focusing on light, expression, color and composition. He introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. Significant time is allowed for one-on-one instruction in an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive. Ted encourages, in each participant, a renewed enthusiasm for his or her art, regardless of their skill level.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost: $400 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Lighten Up /Loosen Up Watercolors"
February 21-23, 2022
 

When you take a Richard Stephens workshop you will be exposed to three main things: Informative technical information sprinkled with humor and antidotes, entertaining and educational painting demonstrations, and lots of one-on-one time with Richard as he helps you through your individual painting process. Richard has a true passion for watercolor and enjoys the opportunity to share his knowledge and experience with students of all levels. Each day starts with a short presentation on the “topic of the day” determined by the level and interest of the class. It is not so much a lecture as it is a conversation. Richard encourages feedback and questions as he feels we learn from each other and everyone has something important to share.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Richard Stephens
Cost: $410 Member | $450 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting like the Masters: Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor"
Mondays, February 21 - March 28, 2022
 

Learn to paint like the masters by a former Ringling instructor in your medium of choice with simple techniques. Depth and perspective, light and shadow will be covered with personal instruction and demonstrations. Easy subject materials will be provided. A delightful method of creating beach scenes, seascapes, landscapes, florals, abstract, etc. will be introduced. Seasoned artists or complete novices will enjoy these classes. Students can bring their own materials or materials can be purchased from the instructor. Be prepared to have fun while learning.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Renee DiNapoli
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting with Pencils"
February 24, 2022
 

Both regular and watercolor pencils will be explored—demonstrating the amazing effects and ease of use of these versatile materials. One can create richly colored and detailed works that mimic glossy oil paintings or splashy textured acrylic or watercolor paintings, but with no mess and no real set up or clean up needed. Simply start and stop work as you wish! Many techniques will be explored and numerous examples will be available for inspiration. Just pick up a pencil and create your own master work!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Kathryn Morrill
Cost: $90 Member | $110 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Exploring Watercolor"
Fridays, February 25 - April 1, 2022
 

This class is friendly and supportive, and offers guided instruction and demonstrations. The lessons include: design aspects of planning a composition, use of photo references and live setups, watercolor techniques and discussion of color usage and properties of various pigments.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Gail White
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Wiegardt’s Painterly Watercolors"
February 28 - March 4, 2022
 

This is a workshop for those who wish to loosen up in watercolor. Painting techniques and a philosophy of design will encourage bold, loose paintings. Eric believes most painting problems are the violation of an elementary painting principle. Lectures will be easily understood and helpful. It is recommended that the student have minimal previous experience. There will be ample time for students to try the concepts presented in a safe environment. Eric will do a completed painting demonstration daily. Subject matter may include land, marine, and streetscapes, florals and interiors.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eric Wiegardt, www.ericwiegardt.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"People at Work & Play in Watercolor"
March 7-9, 2022
 

The workshop will focus on how to render the figure individually as well as in small groupings. I will demonstrate how to draw/paint the human form accurately while capturing the body in movement as well in repose. I will share tips and my techniques on how to use watercolor media to capture the illusion of light and be bold with colour! Students will work from source photographs that I will provide. I will paint step-by-step and the students will paint each step before I move onto the next step and so on. I will also paint a demo from start to finish as a demonstration of the speed I normally work.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Graham Berry, www.grahamberrystudio.com
Cost: $390 Member | $430 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Intuitive Painting with Ink, Watercolor & Gouache"
March 14-16, 2022
 

This workshop is designed to teach all levels of students to paint intuitively, starting without preconceived notions or outcome. There will be no preliminary planning or drawing. Process will dictate direction as students use watercolor, ink and gouache to implement elements and principles of design. Instruction will start with random ink marks, then color using a mixture of ink, watercolor and gouache to create a library of design elements. There will be regular comments and evaluation of work in progress concerning relationships between elements and principles. It is entirely possible finished work may be representational, but the goal is work which is compositionally pleasing and aligned with the artist's personal aesthetic.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Stan Kurth
Cost: $410 Member | $450 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"The Traveler’s Creative Sketchbook"
March 19, 2022
 

Learn an exciting new way to bring your travels home. Creating a travel sketchbook can enhance one's experience and connection to this new world of exploration. Students will come home from their next trip with less photos, less stress and possibly some new ideas to incorporate into their everyday life and work. This class includes drawing, painting and writing, but no experience is necessary to learn Jane's favorite Travel Sketchbook techniques!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jane Barton, www.janebartonstudio.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Creating Expressive Animal Paintings in Watercolor"
Mondays, March 21 - April 11, 2022
 

Get loose, go outside the lines, and don’t be afraid of watercolors! During this four-week course, Kim will guide students through three different approaches to an animal subject: a very direct painting approach, a wet-into-wet approach, and a unique “throwing paint” approach. Students will let their fears evaporate, learning instead to relax and open up their creativity and imaginations. Students will continue to explore additional techniques around the making of shapes, using color combinations, simultaneously designing foreground and background, and taking advantage of soft and hard edges. Students will gain confidence in reaching the point where they realize their painting is complete.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Desert Blossoms in Watercolor"
March 22-29, 2022
 

The desert is full of inspiration with its magnificent cacti and blooms. In this class students will use this inspiration and some basic techniques to draw and paint desert plants and blossoms. Students will learn to break down their subject into simple shapes and draw more accurately. After drawing, students will use multiple layers of color while exploring various ways of adding vibrancy and contrast to their paintings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Devon Meyer, www.devonmeyerartist.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor & Gouache! Paint the Rocky Coastline"
March 23, 2022
 

An exciting dramatic subject for beginners and experienced painters as well. The Florida coast is mostly sandy beach and mangrove, but many coastlines are rocky cliffs including Jupiter Beach. Step by step, using a few basic watercolor techniques, we will create movement of the waves and the texture of the rocks. The addition of gouache will create an opaque dimension. Great class for beginners as little drawing is involved, but experienced painters will learn some new techniques and explore gouache. All supplies provided. No experience necessary.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Cedar Kindy
Cost: $120 Member | $150 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
March 29 - April 3, 2022
 

Join me 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! I’ll 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.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Sketching for Beginners"
March 31 - April 2, 2022
 

This is a wonderful class for beginners. Students will spend their time painting from life and photos in the studio. With good weather they may paint outdoors on the School grounds. Shop Amery’s supply list to buy the portable notebook, watercolor palette, and brushes. Bring everything to class and learn how to use this expressive medium. Watercolors operate very differently than oil or pastel. A lot of the fun is in how one lets the colors dry and flow. Students will break down the different techniques of watercolor into simple steps. Then, they will learn how to apply them in real situations.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Sketching and Journaling in Watercolor"
April 3-8, 2022
 

I’ll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in this wonderful town, as well as the distant and scenic on the 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, gazing at a street scene or the way the light grazes the trunk of a tree. 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.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, www.shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting like the Masters: Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor"
Mondays, April 4-25, 2022
 

Learn to paint like the masters by a former Ringling instructor in your medium of choice with simple techniques. Depth and perspective, light and shadow will be covered with personal instruction and demonstrations. Easy subject materials will be provided. A delightful method of creating beach scenes, seascapes, landscapes, florals, abstract, etc. will be introduced. Seasoned artists or complete novices will enjoy these classes. Students can bring their own materials or materials can be purchased from the instructor. Be prepared to have fun while learning.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Renee DiNapoli
Cost: $115 Member | $145 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Watercolor Painting Class"
Thursdays, April 7-28, 2022
 

Using a step-by-step approach, beginning students will learn basic watercolor methods, processes, and techniques i.e.: laying-in flat and graded washes, wet-into-wet methods, glazing, creating textures, mixed media etc. Focus will also be on color mixing, color theory, composition, perspective, the visual art elements i.e.; line, shape, form, value, color, and texture. Intermediate and advanced students will explore making personal statements and producing unique watercolor paintings. Supply list will be determined on the first day of class based on the individual level of expertise.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Vito-Leonardo Scarola
Cost: $115 Member | $145 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"The Art of Sumi-e"
April 7-8, 2022
 

Learn the delicate art of Japanese Sumi-e painting. This workshop is for all levels. Students will learn a variety of brush strokes, how to load Sumi ink onto the brush and how to apply background “wash.” Students who have painted semi-e before are encouraged to bring a piece of their own artwork in to share on the first day. As this is an all-day workshop lunch will be ordered and brought in. Cost less than $10 including tip. Please bring cash if you wish to order lunch or bring your own lunch. We have a refrigerator that lunches and drinks if needed.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Keiko Romerstein
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Botanical Abstraction"
April 7, 2022
 

Take your watercolor botanical paintings to the next level by abstracting your images while focusing on winning design principles. Linda will provide flower photos and demonstrate different ways to decide color harmonies and exciting design possibilities. Students will work out their ideas with color studies before moving onto their final piece.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Pullinsi, www.lindapullinsi.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Painting Workshop"
April 8-13, 2022
 

Join me on this wonderful trip to Santa Barbara! We will explore and paint outdoors while enjoying the joie de vivre the town has to offer. If you’re looking for a cozy, personalized therefore very special painting holiday organized by an experienced tour operator, this is it. Since we will be a small group, I can also closely work with each one of you for a semi-private painting experience. My teaching style consists of one hour demo once or twice a day followed by one-to-one support.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, www.ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Nature Journaling: Artist Books"
April 9-10, 2022
 

Learn to make an accordion folded, standing booklet with your nature illustrations on both sides. We’ll start with a 4×6?, 4-panel prefolded accordion style booklet made from watercolor paper. Cynthia will do several demonstrations to show how to draw, use ink pens, paint in watercolor or use watercolor pens, make collage, and add calligraphy. Each person will create a unique nature art booklet that will stand vertically for display. No previous experience needed.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Quinn
Cost: $150 + $10 supply fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Painting Portraits with Character"
Mondays, April 18 - May 9, 2022
 

Painting portraits can be intimidating to say the least, but I want to show you how to let go of that fear! In this class you will need some drawing skills behind you to achieve good contour drawings for your paintings. We will dissect the face and put it back together, and from there I will show you how to cross those lines to get good connecting shapes within your subjects and to your backgrounds. We will concentrate on composition, the use of color, lights and darks, and where to use soft and hard edges. Participants will gain confidence, learn to be more analytical of their own and others’ paintings, and upgrade their abilities.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Mastering Water Media: Acrylic and Watercolor"
April 18-22, 2022
 

Capturing the beauty of light through studying temperatures of light and shadow, visual movement, and value/color relationship will be demonstrated daily. In this workshop the still life, landscape, sky-scape, and architectural subjects will be focused on, as well as adding figures into a painting. Carr will emphasize the “how to’s” in achieving dynamic and impressionistic paintings using painterly brushwork in both watercolor and acrylic. Massing and organizing darks and lights, importance of drawing and the value sketch, atmospheric and linear perspective will also be covered. Students will enjoy gaining painting skills while exploring the wide variety of amazing techniques and useful supplies in both acrylic and watercolor. Through individual instruction, observing daily demonstrations, and critiques, students will develop a personal style.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $630 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Portraits from Life"
May 2-4, 2022
 

Watercolor is a magical medium well-suited for portraiture from life. In this 3-day workshop, Annette will guide students through her practical approach for drawing and painting the portrait in watercolor working from a live model. She will cover how to draw a convincing head through observation of facial structure, features, and shadow pattern. She will also explain materials, techniques for handling color, mixing flesh tones, brushwork, and controlling edges. In addition, Annette will discuss understanding water to paint ratio, and how to control the medium when painting vertically. There will be a demo each morning with time for students to draw and paint in the afternoon. This class is geared toward having fun, sharpening drawing skills, and painting expressively in watercolor.
 
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


"Plein Air in Watercolor"
May 13-14, 2022
 

Join award-winning artist Catherine Hillis for this exciting plein air watercolor workshop for intermediate and advanced students! Learn how to paint en plein air, as seen in the May 2021 issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine. Artists will learn how to pick the right equipment for their personal style, select a location and set up in the field. The instructor will lay out logical steps for painting successful watercolors outdoors. Painting landscapes and gardens are only part of the theme. The instructor will show you some ways to approach painting the marsh and will cover the basics of composition and perspective. A classroom is available in case of inclement weather. Hillis will share many onsite demonstrations to guide painters to success.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Catherine Hillis
Cost: $330
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting Workshop with Michele Usibelli"
May 16-18, 2022
 

Join LPAPA Signature Artist Michele Usibelli for this intense and fun filled 3-Day Workshop focused on “Bringing Paintings to Life!” Lessons will include an abbreviated lecture on the fundamentals of sound painting, a discussion of drawing, value, design and color, plus lively Q&A sessions.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Michele Usibelli
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Portraits in Watercolor"
June 20-24, 2022
 

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


 

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