Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Getting to Know Watercolor"
Mondays, January 30 - February 20, 2023
 

In this class, Chris will have 2 paintings prepared and he will demonstrate a step-by-step approach to help you master the intricate art of watercolor painting. With a goal of teaching the basics and expanding the talent of experienced artists, Chris will guide you through various techniques and help you develop the skills needed to produce beautiful paintings. He will not only tell you how, but show you how! Areas of demonstrations, and techniques will include: design, drawing, color, value, washes, glazing, wet in wet, masking, dry brush, lifting out and more! For more information about Chris, visit his website at www.dreyerdesign.com.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Chris Dreyer
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"In-Depth Watercolor, Section 2"
Wednesdays, February 1 - April 5, 2023
 

Enrich your knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Thoroughly investigate a wide range of watercolor materials and techniques from your choice of landscape, still life, portrait, and figure subjects. Students will receive a comprehensive explanation of watercolor materials and tools, with particular focus will be paid to the properties of paint and pigments as they interact with the paintbrushes and paper. Focus also will be paid on acquiring the skills needed to achieve a richness of color and a feeling of light. Open to watercolorists of all levels and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Studio: The Complete Approach to Working Loosely"
Thursdays, February 2-23, 2023
 

Each class starts with a demonstration and lively, detailed explanation of materials, methods, color mixing and technique for various subjects. Lessons focus on the basics of transparent watercolor with emphasis on creativity and unique point of view. Work at your own pace on subject matter of your choosing, in a studio and outdoors (weather permitting). Individual attention and critiques are an integral part of this course, which is suitable for both beginner and intermediate painters.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Your Path to Perfect Color Mixing: Using the 6-Color Split Primary Method"
February 5, 2023
 

Imagine six specially chosen colors that will result in mixes that give you the most vibrant colors all while avoiding muddiness. Colors combine to make other colors, some bright and vibrant, others low key. Learn how this happens and how to control it as you broaden your color options using a limited, but specially chosen, palette of colors. Come prepared to paint in the medium of your choice as Alex introduces some surprising color combinations that make for brighter, more intense, fresh colors, all while avoiding dull color.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Lines, Forms, Shapes: Geometric Inspirations for Painting"
Thursdays, February 9-23, 2023
 

Geometry has been a source of interest, beauty and creative inspiration for the artist through the ages. Geometry and geometric forms are all around us: lines, forms, and shapes can be seen in everything from architecture to plant life to seashells. Artist and educator Michael Smith will guide you through several non-mathematical working methods inspired by geometry in this in-person class, designed to enhance your ongoing body of work or be the starting point for a new one. Create a painting in the medium of your choice: acrylic, gouache or watercolor while you work from your own reference photographs, magazines, books or digital imagery.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Michael Smith
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Commanding Color"
February 10-12, 2023
 

This course is designed to inspire your creativity by learning to "see" and experience some of the different aspects of color theory and painting light on objects. Color is one of the elements of design! This course is also designed to inspire advanced beginners and provide a review and challenge for the advanced student. In this 3-day workshop, watercolor painters will be exposed to the importance of pigment quality, the importance of considering the white paper as a "color", and how to achieve darks. Painters of all mediums will be exposed to all other aspects of color theory to help achieve successful paintings. Acrylic or water-soluble oil painters are welcomed!
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Sue Archer
Cost: $450
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Watercolor Bootcamp - 2-Days of Wonderful Watercolors"
February 10-11, 2023
 

Join artist and guest instructor, Catherine Hillis for this exciting 2-Day watercolor workshop for beginner or intermediate students! Whether you want to learn some basic skills of watercolor painting, or you need a "tune up," join Catherine Hillis for two days of nothing but watercolor painting. Review the best materials and how to use them and care for them. Move on to basic technique and learn a little about basic composition and design. Your instructor will guide you to complete a well-designed watercolor painting based on your own photographic references. If you've been feeling frustrated with your painting technique, this workshop is for you. Students bring supplies, lunch, snacks, drinks, photographs to work from, etc.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Catherine Hillis
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Gouache Painting Workshop"
February 11-12, 2023
 

Learn the fundamentals of painting with gouache, an opaque watercolor paint. 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. Note: Tuition includes a $15 materials fee, which covers surfaces and paints for class-use.)
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Allison Syvertsen
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College: Fundamentals of Illustration"
Saturdays, February 11 - March 18, 2023
 

Learn how to successfully imagine, develop, and execute an illustration! This course will help students gain effective illustration drawing techniques while encouraging their unique artistic visions. Students will learn the fundamental elements of illustration and design, including different applications of composition, line, character design, color, and storytelling. Students will learn individual elements of illustration art each week by completing exercises that strengthen those skills. Concurrently, students will work on a long-term illustration project. Students are encouraged to explore different materials and techniques while learning to realize their ideas.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Callie Coccia
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor - Paint En Plein Air"
February 14, 2023
 

Join artist and guest instructor, Catherine Hillis for this exciting 1-day plein air watercolor workshop for beginner and intermediate students! Everybody's talkin' about plein air painting. What is it? What equipment do you use? How do you start a painting? What steps are involved? And how do you know when you're done? Meet instructor Catherine Hillis in beautiful Hilton Head, SC and learn the in's and out's of plein air painting. Ms. Hillis has been on the national plein air circuit for several years now, painting across the country. She'll share tips about equipment and how to approach working in the field. You'll learn how to select a spot and Hillis will provide multiple demonstrations as well as personal coaching.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Catherine Hillis
Cost: $180
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Expressive Watercolor: Flowers"
February 15-16, 2023
 

Fresh flowers will greet artists as they attend this creative workshop! We will focus on creating spontaneous and loose floral compositions. Demonstrations, exercises, show and tell, will all combine to make this an exciting experience for all. Students will learn to work intuitively, gain insight into the unique and fluid qualities of watercolor, to “loosen up” through exercises, learn how to create colors, and “overwhelm” problems (or how to “fix” them) – basically students will “Learn to See”.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Janet Rogers
Cost: $350
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Pet Portraits Focus on Eyes: All Media"
February 15, 2023
 

Fulfill your desire to capture an animal’s character with this portrait class. Learn to build solid form on canvas or paper through accurate color and tonal relationships with emphasis on techniques to portray fur, hair, skin, and especially eyes. Paint from your own photographs or those provided by the instructor. Class demonstrations, critiques and individual attention are an integral part of this class.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Expressive Watercolor: Head & Figure"
February 17-18, 2023
 

This workshop is to demonstrate an approach to painting the head and figure. Our goal will be to bring life to the painting, learning about the gesture of people, as well as the physical construction. We will cover flesh tones, features, hair, clothing, and backgrounds. Show and Tell will be part of the learning process and is for all levels. Students can work from Janet’s photos or their own. Drawing aids will be provided. No fear!! No matter what level, students will learn how to interpret the head and figure in a spontaneous manner. Once one gets over having to make an exact copy, the likeness comes easier, and the creative process begins.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Janet Rogers
Cost: $350
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Versatile Watercolor With Pen & Ink"
February 18, 2023
 

Satisfy your desire to draw the scene, and your craving for color! Quick and colorful methods and techniques enable the artist to capture the moment in a lively painted sketch. Learn how to use ink to incorporate texture, rhythm and pattern. Quick sketches are a way to plan and structure a painting, whether as a finished work, or for a later, larger work. Alex will demonstrate methods and use materials throughout the day.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Planes of Vision – 3-day Watercolor Studio Workshop"
February 24-26, 2023
 

During this workshop, we will be painting the variety of subjects including streetscapes, boats, and landscapes. Students will learn how to approach complicated scenery without a struggle and to convey its character without resorting to endless details’ depiction, and master watercolor application techniques in a loose bold brush style of painting. You will discover how to -Define existing scapes into three focal planes to tackle any subject matter -Find focal areas and their place within 3 planes of vision -Use different painting techniques for each focal plane to convey a sense of depth in the painting -Finish your painting with intricate details -Energize your painting with powerful brushwork
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: New Studio for The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Plein Air & Best Approaches to 'Quick Draw' 3-day Workshop"
February 28 - March 2, 2023
 

In this 3-day comprehensive workshop, you will learn Vladislav’s best approaches to working outdoors starting with location and “point-of-view”, important value sketching and composition lessons. Vlad will demonstrate his justified shortcuts in his painting process, and you will learn to paint more efficiently and effectively. You will learn how to choose the subject matter and properly compose it. Most attention will be guided towards the idea of painting the light on objects instead of painting the elements themselves. The last day we will practice “quick draw” painting. You will learn essential time allocation for each task on hand starting from the quick sketch and then efficient painting procedure. We will finish the workshop with the discussion and individual critiques.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: New Studio for The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Open Painting in The Medium of Your Choice"
Mondays, March 6-27, 2023
 

Paint with the medium (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel) of your choice in a relaxed atmosphere with as much instructor help as you want. Bring in new or unfinished work you want to do. Short demos, techniques, and critiques will be available to assist you. Realism, impressionism, or something more modern is all welcome.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Dennis Lake
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Gouache Painting Workshop"
March 11, 2023
 

Gouache is an opaque watercolor paint with a beautiful and unique look. It can be used on its own, or in combination with transparent watercolor. Learn the fundamentals of this portable, fast-drying and easy to clean-up medium in this one-day workshop. Explore color and painting techniques while working from an engaging still life.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Larry Francis
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Plein Air Workshop 'Freedom of the Brushstroke'"
March 24-26, 2023
 

You will learn Vladislav's best approaches to working outdoors starting with location and “point of view" followed by important value sketching and composition lessons. Each day will start with the detailed demonstration and lesson. Special attention will be given to the choice of colors which may be different from what’s there, and impressionistic style watercolor techniques. Discover simple steps to fresh and loose watercolor painting. Advance your skills in adding imaginary details. Receive individual instructions at the easel while creating your own painting. You will learn: Color mixing techniques, Painting the light, Bold Brush painting techniques, Adding people and other details to your painting, Choosing your focal point, Importance of finishing touches.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $480
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Sketching and Journaling in Watercolor"
April 1-6, 2023
 

Old Pasadena with its Victorian and art deco buildings, palm trees and flowers, awaits your paintbrush. Enjoy a California painting getaway and start your summer early as we paint in Pasadena. Theresa and Cindy will guide you through painting experiences with daily demonstrations, personalized instruction, and encouraging support. They will share how to design and simplify your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with flowing serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Enjoy creating colorful paintings with an emphasis on your own unique point of view.
 
Location: Pasadena, California
Instructor: Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel not included)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"As Above, So Below"
May 4-6, 2023
 

This plein air workshop focuses on the rich historical and biological life of the Kapok Tree. Utilizing a variety of drawing and painting techniques, these painting classes will allow us to get up close and personal to this majestic Key West icon from above, below, and inside out. Moving between 3 different public locations, students will play with scale, perspective, light, and shadow to create a series of drawings and paintings on location. Morehouse will lead discussions on exploring how trees communicate and what we as humans can learn about reciprocal relationships through trees’ interdependent networks of communication and collaboration.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Fiona Morehouse
Cost: $260 / $220 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Bird Reflections Three Day Workshop"
May 4-6, 2023
 

Water reflections can be fascinating. The water can act like glass and give an almost perfect reflection of the object or distort the objects due to movement of the surface. This workshop will focus on a bird and its reflection in the water. Students will learn methods to create the puzzle-like reflections in the water by using masking, layering, and wet-on-wet techniques. Next the subject of the reflection, the bird, will be explored as students learn techniques for creating a realistic likeness of the bird. The fundamentals of watercolor and the application of design principals will be discussed and demonstrated so that each student will have the tools to complete their own successful painting.
 
Location: Fairhope, Alabama
Instructor: Lorraine Watry
Cost: $400 (members), $440 (non-members)
Sponsor: Watercolor Society of Alabama
Website, email


"Summer Solstice Plein Air Watercolor Intensive"
June 18-21, 2023
 

Artist Susan Sugar invites students to the beach for a 4 session plein air watercolor workshop at dusk. Each evening begins with a group critique with the goal of becoming comfortable sharing their process with other painters. After the group critique, students disperse to paint on their own. Sugar circulates from person to person, offering individual counsel, as needed. The workshop culminates with a final critique and potluck at Sugar’s home/studio Turtle House. An exhibition of student work hosted by The Studios of Key West will take place at a later date.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Susan Sugar
Cost: $275 / $225 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Summer Solstice Plein Air Watercolor Intensive"
June 25-28, 2023
 

Artist Susan Sugar invites students to the beach for a 4 session plein air watercolor workshop at dusk. Each evening begins with a group critique with the goal of becoming comfortable sharing their process with other painters. After the group critique, students disperse to paint on their own. Sugar circulates from person to person, offering individual counsel, as needed. The workshop culminates with a final critique and potluck at Sugar’s home/studio Turtle House. An exhibition of student work hosted by The Studios of Key West will take place at a later date.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Susan Sugar
Cost: $275 / $225 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Watercolor Painting"
September 11-14, 2023
 

The workshop sessions begin each morning at 9:00 a.m. when Couch completes a painting, explaining what he is doing, and why, as he paints. The “mysteries” of design will be unraveled for you while you learn watercolor painting! Students paint in the afternoons, after which Couch critiques all the day’s completed work, including his own. An optional slide show/lecture on the principles of design – including color and composition – will be presented in the afternoon of the first day. Skill Level: Beginners, Students, Hobbyists & Professional Artists. Visit tonycouch.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Tony Couch
Cost: $600 Museum members/ $650 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Key Elements of Plein Air Painting"
October 11-13, 2023
 

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, 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. Participants will be meeting on location and painting all day from 9am-4pm. Workshop includes live demos and individual attention. Please bring your own plein air equipment, supports, and media (oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic). A healthy, delicious lunch will be prepared by Brenda for $14 per day.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: George Van Hook
Cost: $475
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


 

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