Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Plein Air Painting in Cape May"
September 24-27, 2020
 

Join Joe Sweeney for an outdoor, in-person, plein air painting retreat in beautiful Cape May, New Jersey! Experience small town hospitality while painting Cape May Point, the Cove with sweeping vistas, Cape May Lighthouse, and Sunset Beach. Includes tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. Morning and evening painting times will leave the afternoons free to relax on the beach – the perfect artist’s getaway! Instruction geared towards oil, acrylic and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome.
 
Location: Cape May, New Jersey
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Plein Air Pastel and Watercolor"
Sundays, September 27 - October 25, 2020
 

Draw and paint outdoors, on-location! Learn the basics of drawing and painting with watercolor and pastel, ideal for plein air, as you work on Logan Square and other choice locations along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The instructor will demonstrate techniques, reference art historical examples, and encourage personal expression. Amenities will be available along the way. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Open Painting in Oils, Acrylics or Watercolors"
Mondays, October 5-26, 2020
 

Accomplish a painting(s) of your choice in a studio face to face environment. Use oil, acrylic, watercolor or related medium of your choice. Instructor demos, guidance and critiques are tailored to your needs. Take one or all course days. Students should bring own supplies. Some limited supplies available for sale.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Dennis Lake
Cost: $144 for Members, $160 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


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

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


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

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


"Watercolor Portraits from Life"
October 26-29, 2020
 

In this four-day workshop Annette will share with students her method for painting an expressive watercolor portrait from a live model. Day one will be devoted to small quick studies meant to gain familiarity with technique and brush up on drawing skills. For the remainder of the workshop, students will have the option to paint one to three -hour portrait studies. There will be a demonstration every morning with plenty of time for students to paint in the afternoon. Individual attention will be given to all students. Annette will cover how to draw a convincing likeness by learning to see facial planes and structure of the human head. She will explain her use of color, mixing flesh tones, brushwork and controlling edges.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Annette Smith, www.annettesmithfineart.com
Cost: $420 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Open Painting in Oils, Acrylics or Watercolors"
Mondays, November 2-23, 2020
 

Accomplish a painting(s) of your choice in a studio face to face environment. Use oil, acrylic, watercolor or related medium of your choice. Instructor demos, guidance and critiques are tailored to your needs. Take one or all course days. Students should bring own supplies. Some limited supplies available for sale.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Dennis Lake
Cost: $144 for Members, $160 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
November 9-13, 2020
 

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. Significant time is also allowed for one-on-one instruction in an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive.
 
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


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

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


"Cafe Interiors"
November 16-19, 2020
 

You’re sitting in a café, with a warm latte in your hands, and you look around at the way the light streams in from the window and how the café lights twinkle and bounce off the coffee cups and light the baristas face. This is a painting. This is your painting to create. Come join Jennifer in a class built to give you confidence and teach you to build the painting that you want from your actual experience in a café. You will gather references together in a cafe, watch a demo, design layouts and ultimately create a painting that shares your experience. Come enjoy the creativity! All mediums welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jennifer Diehl, www.diehlfineart.com
Cost: $550 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Beyond Description: Expressive Painting through Image Structure"
November 16-20, 2020
 

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 do. 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.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Michael Slonim, davidmichaelslonim.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Liquid Watercolors, Fabulously Intense"
Tuesdays, December 1-15, 2020
 

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 mixing of color that only happen with this medium. $20 fee and materials are supplied. Just sign up and come prepared to paint.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $108 for Members, $120 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Animals, Figures and Backgrounds"
December 14-17, 2020
 

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


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

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


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

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


"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
February 10-14, 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. Significant time is also allowed for one-on-one instruction in an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive.
 
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 11-14, 2021
 

Learn to mix the exact colors you want. Become successful and efficient with color mixing while discovering colors you didn’t know existed, so you can express your ideas in your paintings. 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. All painting media welcome.
 
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 15-19, 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. Helping other artists exceed their own expectations is one of the most enjoyable things I do. 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.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Michael Slonim, davidmichaelslonim.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Wiegardt’s Painterly Watercolors"
March 1-5, 2021
 

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


"Negative Painting with Watercolor"
March 22-25, 2021
 

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


"Watercolor Painting in Santa Barbara"
March 27 - April 1, 2021
 

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 a 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: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


"Mastering Water Media: Acrylic and Watercolor"
April 19-23, 2021
 

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. As a Master in the American Impressionist Society, Carr will be emphasizing the “how to’s” in achieving dynamic and impressionistic paintings using painterly brushwork in both watercolor and acrylic. How to use confident, loose, and dramatic strokes in achieving dynamic paintings will be stressed throughout the week. Massing and organizing darks and lights, importance of drawing and the value sketch, atmospheric and linear perspective will also be covered. Betty will be providing the acrylic paints.
 
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


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

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


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

Seeking answers and understanding? This workshop will explain all aspects of successful painting using frequent demonstrations and detailed analysis. We will explore a range of subject including composition and design, effectively using light and dark values, color mixing, edges, brush stroke techniques and much more. Stimulate and expand your insight into the magic of watercolors! This workshop is for resilient outdoor painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion, Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique and Watercolour Masterclass. His work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist’s Magazine.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $855
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Watercolor Techniques"
June 12-15, 2021
 

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Find The Essence: Plein Air Painting In Watercolor"
July 6-8, 2021
 

Creating successful en plein air paintings in changing conditions is challenging. Light, shade, and shadows can change rapidly and dramatically over the course of just a few hours. Learning to simplify the scene and fixing it at a point in time are the most important factors in creating successful en Plein air landscape paintings. We’ll work from about 9 am to 4 pm each day. The instructor will do short demos each morning and we’ll end each day with a gentle review and critique of the day’s work. We’ll also stay late one evening to work on the particular challenge of capturing the evening sky and shady landscape.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Tony Conner, tonyconnor.com
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Koi Joy"
July 9-11, 2021
 

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


"Realism Through Design"
July 12-16, 2021
 

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


"Portraits in Watercolor"
July 12-16, 2021
 

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


"Key Elements of Plein Air Painting"
July 20-22, 2021
 

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


"Plein Air Landscape Painting"
July 27-29, 2021
 

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


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

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


"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


"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
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Staying Afloat in Watercolor"
September 6-10, 2021
 

Capture the fleeting moments David will show you the best way to tackle painting the rugged coastline, the sea with its character, the calm waters and boats in the beautiful harbor, and street scenes along the harbor and about the city offering movement, color, and atmosphere. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine.
 
Location: Newport, Oregon
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"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


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

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


 

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