Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Color Theory through Watercolor"
July 29, 2021
 

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: $100.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Pen and Ink Enhanced with Color for Dynamic Compositions"
July 30, 2021
 

Satisfy your need to draw the scene and your desire for color during this Demonstration! Discover how to use inks (yes, they are indelible!) in a loose and freeing way without worrying about needing to correct them. Quick and colorful materials, methods, and techniques enable you to capture the moment in a lively ink sketch followed by enhancement with watercolor or colored pencils. This demo is a great introduction to composition and design in a simple yet structured format.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alexandra Sharma
Cost: $8 for Members, $10 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Abstract Watercolor Exploration"
July 30, 2021
 

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: $100.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Watercolor Still Life With Flowers"
July 31, 2021
 

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: $100.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Open Painting in Oils, Acrylics, Watercolor, Pastel or Charcoal"
Mondays, August 2-23, 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


"Paintings that P-O-P! Using Values for Dramatic Results"
August 6, 2021
 

Value variations, or lights to darks, are the basis of strong and vibrant artwork. The use of light and dark values and textures will bring strong contrast through bright highlights and dark shadows. Alex will demonstrate in watercolor using one color (think black and white photography). However, the lesson applies to all paint media. Come prepared to paint along using one dark color from your paintbox.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $10
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Expressive Watercolors - Flowers, Faces and Figures"
August 9-12, 2021
 

Fresh flowers in the studio will be the inspiration for the beginning of this dynamic workshop - progressing to faces and figures. Janet paints in a direct, intuitive and impressionistic manner. She will bring photos of hers - and/or you can work with your own. Focus will be on exploring color with flowers and how to express translucent flesh tones, while emphasizing movement and gesture. The setting for this energetic workshop is the charming Landgrove Inn, where we can relax and learn in this lovely setting in Vermont. The home-made meals are amazing and the inn has old-world charm with modern conveniences!!! Janet Rogers, AWS is an experienced national instructor - for all levels - studio open always.
 
Location: Landgrove, Vermont
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: The Landgrove Inn
Website, email, 1-800-669-8466


"East Meets West: Chinese and Watercolor Painting"
August 12-15, 2021
 

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


"Expressive Flowers, Faces and Figures in Watercolor"
August 16-20, 2021
 

Fresh flowers in the studio will be our inspiration in this intensive watercolor workshop held in the historical, charming, and picturesque town of Rockland, Maine. In our studio, you will have views of a fabulous harbor as well as the comfort of our studio - best of all worlds!!! We will progress to the head and figure - working from photos and a possible model will enable us to work intuitively, spontaneously and directly. Our goals throughout the workshop will be to capture the "life" in our paintings. Janet is a very popular professional painter and instructor with many workshops throughout the United States and abroad.
 
Location: Rockland, Maine
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Website, email, 207-594-4813


"Painting The Complicated Using The 'KISS' Method"
August 17-19, 2021
 

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, stewartwhitestudios.com
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Six Colors for Painting with an Unlimited Palette for Dynamic Compositions"
August 20, 2021
 

Imagine painting with a wide variety of colors just by mixing six specially chosen colors. Painting with a limited palette of colors is one sure way to achieve unity and color harmony. The word “limited” makes us think we won’t have lots of colors, but with the three primary colors, we can mix all the colors. Alex Sharma will demonstrate the mixing possibilities and the wide color variations achievable. Color mixing with the primaries is common for all media. Paint along in any medium.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alexandra Sharma
Cost: $8 for Members, $10 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Wonderful Watercolors"
September 8, 2021
 

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.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Julie Schroeder
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Focus on Negative Spaces for Dynamic Compositions"
September 10, 2021
 

Artists consider all shapes in a painting equally. Alex will demonstrate how to make even the simplest of subjects dramatic with some simple compositional devices that create interesting negative spaces. Imagine painting around the subject rather than painting it directly to get some dramatic results. Your positive shapes will “pop” as you develop your composition and painting skills using this technique. Alex will demonstrate in watercolor, but the concept is the same for all media. Paint along in the medium of your choice.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alexandra Sharma
Cost: $8 for Members, $10 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Strata Botanica"
September 11, 2021
 

Imagine a world of layered abstracted botanical shapes on paper. This workshop is a perfect way to spend the day discovering ways to create with monotypes, resist tools, water-soluble pencils, and transparent and opaque watercolors on paper. Based on biomorphic shape making, this process will allow you to discover ways to define the space around abstracted botanical shapes with deep values and colors. Pattern and texture will be the main ingredients for our compositions. We’ll start the process with monotype printmaking to build up a foundation of textures and images. Watercolors will be glazed on top, adding luminosity and brilliant color. Part of the beauty of this technique is revealing some of the underlining imagery in selected spots.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $155.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Watercolor Furry Animal Portraits"
September 12, 2021
 

In this workshop we will create in-depth watercolor portraits using masking fluid and gouache techniques. I’ll teach you step by step how to draw the shapes to make your special portrait. You can also trace your image if needed. Watercolor techniques using masking fluid will bring depth to the fur textures. Color temperature, intensity, and glazing will be discussed and practiced. Glaze layers will be achieved with layers of masking fluid to save lines and shapes. Toward the end of the workshop day we’ll unveil the hidden layers saved by the masking fluid. I’ll show you how to adjust the values and colors to bring forth a cohesive painting.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $160.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Glorious Greens, Color Mixing for Light, Shade & Distance"
September 17, 2021
 

Getting the right green for your subject can often be a big challenge. This paint along demo will give you all the information and methods you will need to portray greens in sunlight, low light, shadow, and to create atmospheric perspective. Having several greens will widen your color palette and create new exciting greens. Some examples are sap, viridian (or Phthalo green), hookers, intense green, and olive. Alex will paint in watercolor but the color mixings are applicable to all paint media.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alexandra Sharma
Cost: $8 for Members, $10 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Create Landscapes, Skies, and Water in Watercolor and Pencil"
September 18-19, 2021
 

Treat yourself to two days of painting with Lee Mothes! Beginners are welcome, as well as those who want to try new techniques. Each student will walk out on Sunday with at least one finished painting. Lee will start by demonstrating watercolor techniques in capturing cloud patterns, sunlight-on-water, trees and capturing the feel of distant hills. Then the class will start painting. Lee will help each student with setting up colors on a palette, how to use brushes, create washes with colors, plus offer tips on perspective and composition. You may choose to work in graphite pencil, color pencils or ink along with watercolor. You may also bring pastels, color pencils, or ink pens to explore and play with.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lee Mothes
Cost: $165
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"The Pillars of Watercolor!"
September 20-22, 2021
 

Seeking answers and understanding? This plein air 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: Rockland, Maine
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Watercolor: Starting Small"
Tuesdays, September 21-22, 2021
 

Sometimes beginners can find large canvases daunting and a little scary. I find it much less stressful to paint small in the beginning! Join us for some fun exploring, learning, or reviewing some watercolor basics and techniques. On our first day, we will be painting some 5” by 7” paintings. These can be placed in small frames or used as greeting cards or to start a notebook for future reference. On our second day, we will finish one or more of the 5 by 7 pieces and then try one 9” by 12” piece. We will learn to use a grid to take one of our smaller pieces to the larger 9 by 12 piece while keeping it in perspective.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Wendy Cunico
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 23-25, 2021
 

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 Painting"
October 4-7, 2021
 

The workshop sessions begin as Couch completes a painting, explaining what he is doing, and why, as he paints. 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. For more information, visit tonycouch.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Tony Couch
Cost: $500 Museum members/ $550 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"A Bold Approach to Water Based Mediums"
October 18-21, 2021
 

Antonio Masi is president of the American Watercolor Society and an International renowned painter. The goal of this workshop is to show the power of water-based mediums. The focus will be on how to approach the mediums from a contemporary point of view, powerful, emotional and delicate. Learn how attention to details and unusual perspective make for poetic, moody works, with strong textural qualities. He will demonstrate land, marine and cityscapes and explain the fundamentals that make a painting successful. During his morning demonstrations, he will explain the uses of his paints, paper, palette and brushes and how he applies color and how to loosen up during painting. The remainder of the day students will receive plenty of one-on-one demonstrations.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Antonio Masi, www.antoniomasi.com
Cost: $500 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Reflections in Water - Birds Watercolor Workshop"
October 19-21, 2021
 

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 swan 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 swan, will be explored as Students learn techniques for creating a realistic likeness of the bird. (image is an example)
 
Location: Harahan, Louisiana
Instructor: Lorraine Watry
Cost: $350.00/$400.00
Sponsor: Louisiana Watercolor Society
Website, email


"Mary Whyte Watercolor Workshop"
October 21-22, 2021
 

Join Mary Whyte for an inspiring and educational two days of painting the figure from life in watercolor, suitable for students of all levels. Mary will guide students in color mixing, drawing, composition, getting a likeness and creating dynamic works, as well as offer tips on marketing and the business side of being an artist. Each day will start with a painting demonstration, then the students will paint alongside Mary as she offers one-on-one assistance and encouragement. Learn how to capture your subject in a watercolor portrait with expert, Mary Whyte. Sponsored by Philadelphia Water Color Society.
 
Location: Wallingford, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Philadelphia Water Color Society
Website, email


"Santa Barbara Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
October 22-27, 2021
 

Join us in Santa Barbara and experience daily demonstrations, personalized instruction, and, encouraging support with Theresa and Cindy. Learn how to design and simplify your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. We’ll sketch in plein-air some of the emblematic spots of Santa Barbara. With breathtaking coastal mountains to the east and sublime beaches to the west, Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful places in California. With its perfect Mediterranean climate, Santa Barbara is a little gem with lush gardens and distinctive white-washed, terracotta-tiled Spanish architecture. No doubt that it deserves its name of “American Riviera”.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"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


"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


"Travel Sketching 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


"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


 

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