Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Mark Making with Joanna Chalson"
Tuesdays, April 7-28, 2020
 

This class will be a creative journey to broaden your outlook using the textural element of the mark. We will use and compose with various mediums and uncommon mark makers. Discover the mark and enhance your personal artwork.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Joanna Chalson
Cost: $160 / $144 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Adult Guided Open Studio, Name Designs"
April 7, 2020
 

Participants will have the opportunity to explore mixed media and design a personalized Name Design piece incorporarting character traits, typography and creative elements. This is the perfect course to get more familiar with art media.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $40 / $36 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Youth: Name Designs with Mrs. Debi West"
April 7, 2020
 

For kiddos ages 5 to 15. Participants will have the opportunity to explore mixed media and design a personalized Name Design piece incorporarting character traits, typography and creative elements. This is the perfect course to get more familiar with art media.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $30 / $27 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Art of the Quick Sketch with Ink & Watercolor"
Fridays, April 10 - May 1, 2020
 

Satisfy your desire to draw the scene --and your craving for color! Quick and colorful materials, methods and techniques enable the artist on the go to capture the moment in a lively painted sketch. For the beginner, a great introduction to painting in a simple yet structured format. For the advanced student, a great way to gather information for later larger works. Studio and outdoor sessions with demos, individual attention, and critiques.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $160 / $144 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Nature Journaling"
April 18-19, 2020
 

Combine your interests in art and nature by starting a sketchbook journal in this two-day workshop. Start with the basics of drawing fundamentals, then begin to explore using various media. Pen and ink, watercolor pencil, and watercolor techniques will be presented along with ways to incorporate words or poems, and decorative borders. Cynthia will present many examples from her journals, give brief demonstrations to generate ideas and will work one on one with students to assist as you get started. Cynthia has been teaching this popular class for a number of years to students of all levels of experience. This class sold out last year here at River Arts Inc. Beginners are welcome.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Quinn
Cost: $150
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Eyes on the Skies, a Watercolor Workshop"
April 22, 2020
 

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


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
April 22-24, 2020
 

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


"Etruscan Places Painting the Salt Marshes of Ipswich Massachusetts"
April 26 - May 1, 2020
 

Our only USA based workshop focuses on painting the salt marshes of the Crane Estate, a National Historic Landmark. These unique and pristine landscapes were immortalized in the work of Martin Johnson Heade and Arthur Wesley Dow in the late 19th century. We will be based at the Inn at Castle Hill. The 4 day program will be open to all levels of artistic experience. The class will be divided in two groups reflecting experience level. One will emphasize basic principles and technique, the other, composition and artistic intent. Instruction will be supported by slide presentations and daily reviews of work. 2 Instructors/15 student max. Fees include workshop only.
 
Location: Ipswich, Massachusetts
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Open Studios"
Thursdays, November thru April
 

Make room for your creativity this winter! On Thursday evenings, Peninsula School of Art opens its studios to artists of all levels interested in the self-directed creation of work. Explore life drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and metals in a communal setting that fosters creative conversation, knowledge sharing, and offers the opportunity to be a part of a unique community. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: $10/night per person
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
May 1-3, 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: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Tubac School of Fine Art
Website, email, 520-398-2589


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
May 1, 2020
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Capturing the Light Watercolor Workshop by Lynn Ferris"
May 2-3, 2020
 

Berkeley Arts Council is pleased to offer an exciting and unique watercolor workshop by Lynn Ferris, AWS, NWS, nationally and international known artist and instructor. Bring your work to the next level. Light and shadow shouldn’t be after thoughts in our paintings. Good use of light and shadow is one of the best ways to take a painting from ordinary to extraordinary. In her signature workshop “Capturing the Light,” Lynn will show students how to use light and shadow to design stronger compositions and bring drama to a variety of subject matter. Students will gain new skills and confidence working with shadows, light sources, creating glow, and more. Lynn provides handouts, reference materials, and lots of personal attention.
 
Location: Martinsburg, West Virginia
Instructor: Lynn Ferris
Cost: $205 by April 15; $240 after April 15 through April 27
Sponsor: Berkeley Arts Council
Website, email, 304-620-7277


"Advanced Drawing"
May 2-3, 2020
 

John Ribble returns to push your drawing skills to the next level in Advanced Drawing. Students in this class should have a good amount of drawing experience, or have taken his previous class at River Arts, Intermediate Drawing. This class will be an exploration of different media and surfaces used in the drawing process, as well as the introduction of more complex drawing concepts and practices. Topics will include: -Basics of perspective -Drawing with mixed media -Drawing from a photo reference -Drawing outside, on location -Experimental drawing
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: John Ribble
Cost: $150
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Watercolor Sketching for Beginners"
May 8-9, 2020
 

This is a wonderful class for beginners to 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. We will break down the different techniques of watercolor into simple steps. Then, we will learn how to apply them in real situations. This way when students take their next trip or paint their next studio watercolor piece, they are ready to go. Students will spend their time painting from life and photos in the studio. With good weather they may paint outdoors on the School grounds.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor: Depicting the Natural World"
May 9-10, 2020
 

The natural world is an infinite and fantastic source of inspiration for the artist, and the versatility and luminosity of watercolor make it the perfect means of expression. Learn essential drawing and watercolor techniques to create both quick field sketches and detailed, finished artworks. Subject matter will include flowers, plants, animals and landscapes. Reference images will be gathered through observational sketches and photography. An ideal workshop for those interested in both the fine arts and the illustration field.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portraits in Watercolor"
May 11-15, 2020
 

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
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Finders Keepers, a Watercolor Workshop"
May 13, 2020
 

A walk on the beach can yield fascinating treasures. Twine, shells, fish, pebbles and more combined to create a still life of lines, shapes and textures will be our focus for this exciting one day workshop!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jan Ross
Cost: $80 / $72 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
May 13-16, 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: Garland, Texas
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Current Artist Workshop
Website, email, 214-543-4958


"Abstract Painting with Natural Pigments: Black, White, and Blue"
May 18-22, 2020
 

In this course students will reinterpret nature’s deep imagery and essence employing matter from nature itself, within a limited palette. Paint, ink and home-made gesso will be made from inorganic and organic sources including pine soot, shells and earth minerals. In this water-based abstract painting workshop, students will explore 3 important natural pigments in historic Asian painting: sumi ink (tree soot), gofun (shell white) and indigo suihi enogu (indigo dyed gofun). Our focus will be on creating interesting, abstract work, with an evident material presence, while celebrating the unique attributes of our storied, significant materials. Urauchi (Kozo paper backing techniques) will also be covered. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Snow Hill, Maryland
Instructor: Judith Kruger
Cost: $700 + $145 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Watercolor Impressionism - Faces and Places"
May 18-21, 2020
 

Join Award Winning American Impressionist Michael Holter for Watercolor Impressionism – Faces and Places sponsored by Red Wing Arts May 18–21. This workshop will focus on the use of watercolor to paint exciting paintings of people and places. You will explore the use of light and shadow to create interesting compositions and achieve dynamic results. You will engage in exercises that will solidify your content and discuss works and the impact these artists achieve using their techniques. By the end of the workshop you will feel confident that you can complete successful paintings. Red Wing Arts started in 1952 as an interactive educational arts program and sits on the shores of the beautiful Mississippi River in Red Wing Minnesota.
 
Location: Red Wing, Minnesota
Instructor: Michael Holter
Cost: 4 Day = $450 | 2 Day = $225
Sponsor: Red Wing Arts
Website, email, 651.388.7569


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

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Ingram, Texas
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Hill Country Arts Foundation
Website, email, 830-367-5121


"Youth: Watercolor Flower Bouquets"
May 26, 2020
 

For kiddos ages 5 to 15. Join us this winter for these exciting classes, each of which focus around a famous artist or style. Each week will incorporate the elements of art and principles of design. Often, math and language arts concepts will be reiterated for a full on arts integrated lesson.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $30 / $27 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Plein Air Painting in Cape May"
May 28-31, 2020
 

Join Joe Sweeney for a 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. Times variable. For more information and recommended accommodations, email joesweeney5@gmail.com
 
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 & Watercolor"
May 31, 2020
 

Learn the basics of drawing with pastel and watercolor, ideal for plein air, as you work along the picturesque 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.(rain date: June 7)
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Open Watercolor Painting"
Mondays, June 1-22, 2020
 

Learn to paint with and improve your watercolor paintings. Bring your own source material (photos, sketches) and work with instructor guidance and critiques. Some instructor demo, but individual guidance emphasized.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Dennis Lake
Cost: $160 / $144 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Atmospheric Watercolor Landscapes"
June 5-7, 2020
 

Come learn how to add a variety of atmospheres to city, land and marine scenes painted in watercolor. This 3-day workshop will focus on developing a vision for your paintings, simplifying and improving the subject, learning watercolor techniques used to create atmosphere, and more. General art topics are covered, including composition, values, edges and color choices. The workshop includes daily demonstrations, discussion and individual student attention. Reference photos provided, students can also bring their own. Experienced beginners to advanced students welcome. Experienced Beginners should have some experience using watercolor with a basic understanding of how it works.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Judy Mudd
Cost: $375
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Building Momentum in the Studio"
June 10-13, 2020
 

Explore the strengths and limitations of your work in an environment where all approaches to painting and drawing are welcome. Develop new directions, build momentum, and gather feedback from a variety of perspectives. This workshop is equally divided between discussions, working sessions, and critiques. Discussions and critiques provide guidance about materials, process, and content to help you expand your skills, see new possibilities, and set future goals. Working sessions give you hands-on practice to investigate feedback. Expect to work independently at your own pace each day. With over thirty years of teaching experience, Kristy is well versed in all painting and drawing media, and ready to give individualized technical, formal, and conceptual assistance. This workshop is geared toward students with considerable painting experience.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristy Deetz, KristyDeetz.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Simplify the Complex"
June 10-13, 2020
 

Leave limitations behind, expand your creativity, and strengthen your personal point of view in this workshop focused on exploring the power of suggestion. Using fresh, wet watercolor, learn how to identify and capture only the most relevant characteristics of your chosen subject matter. Each morning begins with a series of exercises dedicated to loosening up, building confidence in your individual aesthetic and mark-making, and practicing different ways of seeing. Daily group discussions address overarching topics in painting, such as composition, while demonstrations and personalized instruction guide you through the practice and development of these skills in more finished paintings. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Monica Fogg, www.MonicaFogg.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Intuitive Abstract Painting"
June 12-14, 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: Fort Smith, Arkansas
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Fort Smith Regional Art Museum
Website, email, 479-784-2787


"Monhegan Island Watercolor Workshop with Paul Niemiec, Jr"
June 13-19, 2020
 

For beginner/ intermediate level painters. Class size limited to 10 participants. Workshop Goal: To nurture observational skills and use of the watercolor medium in a joyful process of self- expression. It is the intent to provide the participant with basic tools and approaches to painting in watercolor that encourage self-development. Watercolor is a beautiful, playful, spontaneous medium. Having fun in this workshop is important.
 
Location: Monhegan, Maine
Instructor: Paul Niemiec, Jr
Cost: Deposit: $275 due 2/1/20, Final payment $275 due 4/1/20
Website, email, 315-430-2659


"Historic Art Destination Painting Retreat"
June 17-22, 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.
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1731
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Janet Rogers: Watercolor Impressions: From Flowers to Figures"
June 21-25, 2020
 

Develop a loose and natural approach to painting flowers, faces, and figures with nationally recognized artist Janet Rogers. All levels of painter welcome. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Janet Rogers
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-559-0178


"Painting Beyond Local Color"
June 22-23, 2020
 

Designed for painters of all levels and media, this workshop moves beyond local color to investigate how an imaginative approach to your palette can result in landscape paintings that are expressive and readable. Beginning with the nuts and bolts of value and color, complete a series of small exercises that strengthen your observation and drawing skills, introduce you to color theory and color harmonies, and dive into emotional associations of color. On the second day, begin working on a larger landscape painting of your choosing, using underpainting, contrast, expressive color, and color interaction to create the mood you want to evoke. The workshop concludes with a group critique. Open to all levels and all paint media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shannon Estlund, ShannonEstlund.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"In Series: Developing a Body of Work"
June 22-23, 2020
 

Designed to help you identify and explore new opportunities, this two-day workshop encourages growth through the development of a multi-work project. Discover how to create a cohesive body of work, gather feedback and inspiration for next steps, and build momentum in your painting practice. Through group discussions and presentations of contemporary artists’ work, learn the differences between a thematically guided series, a series based in formal variation, and art that is truly serial in nature. Meet with Tom one-on-one and work through exercises to help you identify and focus the scope of your work. Leave this workshop with a conceptual direction and the early stages of a new and thoughtful series. Open to those working in acrylic, oil, watercolor, and mixed media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Berenz, www.TomBerenz.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Textures in Watercolor"
June 24, 2020
 

Learn to paint weathered wood, hair, rusted metal, rock and other textures. Tips and techniques to create convincing textures in your representational watercolor paintings will be given along with lots of one on one help and demonstrations.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jan Ross
Cost: $80 / $72 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"On-The-Go Ink and Wash Sketching"
June 29 - July 3, 2020
 

Preserve your memories in a reminiscent and unparalleled way. A photograph is evidence of your visit, but a sketch of the same will bring back the feeling of the day, the smell of the local cafe and the feel of the culture. David Lobenberg will teach the six universal skill sets of drawing, as well as, critical compositional, color, and value strategies. 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 to name a few.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Maximum Impact with Minimum Brushwork"
July 5-8 and/or 9-12, 2020
 

Learn how to paint 'alla Prima, realist, impressionist, tonal watercolor's with Amanda Hyatt. Come put on the paint with confidence and without deliberation. Her subject matter will include landscapes, seascapes, street scenes, still life, figurative work and en plein air work. By the end of the course you should be exhilarated, having experienced a 'no rules, only handy hints' method to tackling watercolor in a fresh, loose and new exciting way. Be prepared to experience freedom and renewed motivation with your art. Amanda has numerous DVDs and is author of Watercolour: Tonal Impressionism.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Amanda Hyatt - USA Workshop Debut
Cost: $695 each
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Jumping into Watercolor for the First Time"
July 6-7, 2020
 

This workshop is designed specifically for the beginner or the frustrated novice who wants a fresh review of the fundamental techniques of watercolor. Dan’s bold, loose, and expressive painting style, combined with his easy-to-follow lessons, make this beginner’s workshop a fun, new experience. Get your feet wet for the first time in watercolor as you learn about the basic handling of brushes, pigments, and papers. Essential techniques, such as color blending, wet-into-wet, gradation, masking, dry-brushing, and more, are simplified for easy understanding. No experience necessary, the only requirements are to bring an open mind and desire to learn and enjoy the process.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Daniel Danielson, www.DanDanielson.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Going with the Flow"
July 6-9, 2020
 

Ages: 7 yrs. to 9 yrs. In this workshop, students learn how to take advantage of the unique qualities of watercolor. Exercises help young artists develop skills in observation, contour drawing, and watercolor application. Learn how to mix color, use wet and dry application techniques, control washes, add texture, and combine with other media for desired effects. Landscapes, portraits, narrative scenes, and abstract compositions are explored throughout the week.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


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

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


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

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


"Painting in The Dark with Neysa Grassi"
July 11-12, 2020
 

Paint your way through the mystery and uncertainty of the art-making process in this intuitive, practical and empowering workshop with acclaimed artist and PAFA graduate faculty member, Neysa Grassi. Dispel the voices of criticism in your head, and learn to perceive doubt as a valid means of investigation rather than a destructive force. Work in gouache and mixed media on paper to discover the freedom that comes from generating imagery without preconceived outcomes. Discussion of painting practices and feedback on students’ previous work will supplement studio activity. Instruction will be presented on an artist-to-artist basis, whether participants are beginners or seasoned artists.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Neysa Grassi
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Landscape, Still Life and Portrait"
July 13-17, 2020
 

Learn how light affects the temperature of colors and values, as well as how to use the transparency of watercolor to allow the glow of the paper to shine through. Fealing Lin will teach you to combine impressionistic brushstrokes and semi-abstract techniques to elicit life and movement in your paintings. She will help you relax and enjoy the process as you discover the spontaneity of watercolor. Fealing's techniques are fun and challenging; the possibility of compositions and expressions are unlimited. She is a signature member of the NWS, TWSA, Watercolor West, and many others.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Fealing Lin
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Charles Wilson Peale and Natural History Illustration"
July 13-17, 2020
 

Explore Philadelphia’s rich tradition of natural history illustration through fascinating museum visits and hands-on art-making with award-winning artist, illustrator and PAFA alumna Kate Samworth. Follow the path of Charles Wilson Peale, the painter, scientist, inventor, and naturalist who established the nation’s first natural history museum in 1786, in an effort to collect and catalogue all living things. Visit the American Philosophical Society and the Library Company of Philadelphia and others to view prints, paintings and ephemera related to the exploration of the natural world at the end of the Enlightenment era. Return to PAFA to create your own nature illustration of flora and fauna with a new understanding of the role of those who collected, preserved, identified and depicted living things through history.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kate Samworth
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Water-Based Paintings: Materials and Techniques in Acrylic and Acryla Gouache"
July 13-16, 2020
 

This workshop introduces a range of concepts in painting and drawing with water-based media. Focusing on the materials of acrylic and Acryla gouache, learn the traditional techniques specific to each, as well as experimental approaches. Leave this workshop with an understanding of how to use these materials in both representational and abstract applications on paper, canvas, and panels. Beginning with simple observational exercises, Geoffrey introduces basic acrylic and gouache painting techniques step-by-step. Gain hand-on practice and explore all that these media are capable of through still life, landscape, and/or abstract pursuits with practical instruction and feedback throughout. If time allows, learn more about Geoffrey’s painting process, including an explanation of the techniques used to create his work. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Geoffrey Todd Smith, www.GeoffreyToddSmith.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


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

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


"Expressive Watercolor in the Studio"
July 17-18, 2020
 

Bring your personal photographs to life with the transparency and dramatic immediacy of watercolor. Harness the fundamentals of this often intimidating medium, gain an understanding of the principles of composition, color, and design, and learn how to simplify any scene by editing out unwanted clutter and focusing on the large shapes of color. This workshop begins with basic exercises in applying paint to paper with particular emphasis on washes, as well as a step-by-step group painting. Demonstrations and discussions address the differences in brushes, papers, and paint quality, application techniques, and the importance of value studies as a tool for developing dynamic and bold compositions. Hands-on practice and individualized feedback. This workshop is open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Spencer Meagher, SpencerMeagher.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Poured Painted Surfaces"
July 19, 2020
 

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


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

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


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

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


"Portrait and Figure"
July 20-22, 2020
 

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


"Illuminating the Everyday: The House as Subject"
July 20-23, 2020
 

This workshop focuses on how both the interior and exterior imagery of the home can become compelling subject matter for painting. Through the investigation of light, composition, perspective, and color, create paintings that bring out the inherent qualities of narrative and mystery found in the familiar space of home. A balanced curriculum of demonstrations, discussions of contemporary and historical art, and hands-on studio work address methods for approaching light, composition, point-of-view, color, and format. Work from personal photographs, direct observation, and your imagination throughout the week with Michael providing individualized feedback. This workshop is open to oil, acrylic, gouache, and watercolor painters, however all demonstrations are completed in oil.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Banning, www.MichaelBanning.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Journey Sketchbook"
July 20-23, 2020
 

Capture images and memories in a personal manner as you learn how to create and use a plein air journey sketchbook for your travels near and far. Put aside expectations and let your hand record what you see; unleashing your creative spirit to explore new media, ideas, and possibilities. Discover how your journey sketchbook can be a springboard for creating new works in the studio. Spend half of each day outdoors using a variety of art tools and prompts, including viewfinders, value sketches, vignettes, sketch walks, 10-minute images, written recordings, and more, to fill your journey sketchbook. Use pencil, watercolor, ink pens, and watercolor pencils for your plein air work. The second half of each day is spent in the studio.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Borcherding
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor Painting"
July 21-23, 2020
 

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


"Suminagashi Marbling: From Patterned Paper to Finished Painting"
July 23-25, 2020
 

Explore this fascinating Japanese paper marbling technique using water-based boku. The name suminagashi literally means spilled ink. Liz will teach you to create intricate, patterned rice papers using this ancient method and then learn how to use these papers to build gorgeous layered collages and finished paintings using acrylic paints. Liz will provide students with examples, suggestions, and plenty of feedback in this one-of-a-kind workshop. No prior marbling experience needed, but participants should have basic acrylic painting skills. Liz’s work has been published in Watercolor Artist Magazine, Artist’s Magazine, and the North Light publications AcrylicWorks4 and AcrylicWorks6.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Liz Walker
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Mixed Media Magic"
July 24, 2020
 

Unleash your creativity by combining art media to create incredibly diverse and unique art. Try a variety of materials including acrylic paint, pastel, colored pencil and watercolor. Overcome any fear you may have of the "blank canvas" with "brushless" painting. Prepare substrates with paint and paper that will become a background layer for image transfer processes. Learn image transfer techniques to include photographs in your mixed media pieces. Learn how to think about what types of images work best with your art. Learn about gelli plate print-making and art journaling techniques to make individual pages that can stand alone or bind together in a book.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Heidi Sussman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting the Thistle"
July 24, 2020
 

This beautiful Thistle flower uses a few unique and routine watercolor techniques using Dr. Ph. Martin's Liquid Watercolors. Participants will learn how to apply paint with a basting brush and a caramel apple stick and create a wonderful background using negative space painting. When we finish this painting, we usually complete another smaller painting using some of the same skills. This way, you really learn how to paint with the liquid watercolors.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting Petunias"
July 25, 2020
 

Painting this group of flowers with Dr. Ph. Martin's Liquid Watercolors is a snap. Starting off with an India Ink drawing and then splattering with paint, make the colors to start this painting. In this class you will learn how to paint with liquid watercolors, splatter, and use India Ink. Then we will paint a smaller painting incorporating the skills in the Petunia lesson.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Koi Fish"
July 26, 2020
 

Painting the water and these colorful fish are easy with a few tips and painting with Liquid watercolors. In this class you will learn how to layer paint to create depth in water, use mask to protect the white of the paper and paint in details and shadows in the water. After we finish the Koi fish painting we will complete a smaller painting using the same skills.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting Landscapes in Gouache!"
July 26, 2020
 

Holbein's Acryla Gouache is an exciting, colorful medium! Learn the basic techniques for painting small landscapes with this forgiving, correctable, and buttery paint. In this workshop, you'll learn methods - surprisingly easy, fresh, and effective - for creating gorgeous landscape paintings on wood panels! You will leave with at least one finished artwork and the knowledge to create many more!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Gouache Portraits"
July 26, 2020
 

Gouache performs like watercolor but its constitution allows layers to build up in an opaque fashion, which is not possible to achieve through watercolor. Its constitution is also different from acrylics because there is no plastic in the medium, which allows it to move very much like watercolor and also, it dries with a uniquely matte sheen that is unlike acrylic and pure watercolor.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jenny Doh
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Pre-College Intensives: Watercolor"
July 27-31, 2020
 

Explore the vibrant and subtle possibilities of watercolor painting. Learn the fundamentals of the medium, including the selection of papers, brushes, and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Work from still life, photographs, and the cityscape. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


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

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


"Watercolor from the Beginning"
July 29, 2020
 

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


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

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


"Color Theory Through Watercolor"
July 30, 2020
 

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


"Abstract Watercolor Exploration"
July 31, 2020
 

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


"Exploring Mixed Media in Watercolor and Acrylic"
August 1-3, 2020
 

Get hopping with a variety of interesting approaches to mixed media. Designed to support and nudge you to play with process and let go of the outcome, so you can absorb a smorgasbord of mixed media techniques. The techniques you choose will become "tools" in your personal "toolbox". We will focus on process and playful experimentation, creating impressionistic textures and patterns and painting using your own unique voice. Rebecca been a fine artist for over 40 years, leading workshops in the US, China, Thailand and Japan. Her work has been exhibited in Australia, China, Japan and the U.S.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Rebecca Sentgeorge
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Watercolor Still Life with Flowers"
August 1, 2020
 

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


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

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


"Alchemy and Art: The Magic of Yupo"
August 3-4, 2020
 

Yupo is a plastic surface that offers many interesting and exciting opportunities not possible with traditional paper substrates. This two-day workshop explores how a variety of water-based media, including watercolor, ink, and high-flow acrylic paint, interact with the Yupo substrate. Discover Yupo’s full potential through daily demonstrations and exercises. Exhaust the substrate’s limitations as you use traditional watercolor and acrylic processes and approaches, as well as more experimental techniques. Additionally, play with translucent Yupo in various collage processes. Group discussions offer the opportunity to share your findings and learn from your peers. Emphasis is placed on self-exploration and experimentation. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Brian Frink, www.BrianFrink.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor Waters and Reflections"
August 4-7, 2020
 

Are you ready to take your water to a higher level? Learn to paint masterful water and reflections with Pablo Ruben from Spain. Paint water that makes you want to jump in! We will paint different types of waters, calm, moving and active, with reflections of cityscapes and landscapes in this 4-day workshop. Learn a range of techniques, including the proper water to pigment ratios, value, composition and color harmony. Pablo has taught workshops in: Spain, Portugal, France, Brazil, Mexico and Canada. He is the President of the International Watercolor Society of Spain.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Pablo Ruben
Cost: $725
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Watercolor in the Travel Spirit"
August 5-8, 2020
 

Discover how quick studies made using basic drawing and watercolor supplies can enrich your studio practice. Create small works that document the places and moments around you before returning to the studio to reinterpret and expand upon those observations through larger, more finished paintings. This workshop begins with an overview of materials and best practices for small, quick studies. Beginning students are introduced to the process and tools of watercolor, while more advanced students head out into the Door County landscape to create their first works in the “travel spirit”. The rest of the week alternates between dedicated time to document places of inspiration and time in the studio creating new works based on your studies. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Brian Frink, www.BrianFrink.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Abstract Alchemy: Black, White and Warm Metallics"
August 6-11, 2020
 

In this course students will reinterpret nature’s deep imagery and essence employing matter from nature itself, within a limited palette. Paint, ink and home-made gesso will be made from inorganic and organic sources including pine soot, shells and earth minerals. Metallic leafing and alchemic oxidation techniques will be introduced for warmth and depth. These arcane processes have been employed for thousands of years on cave walls, scrolls and aboriginal works. A variety of painting and collage techniques will be covered. We will work on Eastern and Western papers as well as wood panels. Asian paper sizing, backing and mounting techniques will be covered. This meaningful, process-driven, ecological work truly nurtures the heart and spirit. All skill levels are welcome.
 
Location: Canton, North Carolina
Instructor: Judith Kruger
Cost: $1,975 includes tuition, lodging & meals; Materials fee: $165
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


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

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


"Figures in the Landscape"
August 10-13, 2020
 

Things that move are not limited to humans. Expand your landscape and cityscape toolbox as you adjust your mindset to see boats, trees, clotheslines, and more as animated figures in your compositions. Learn to see structure of light and shadow, perspective, and depth as you simplify figures and spaces into shapes and values with a three-layer, four-value approach to watercolor. Demonstrations and guided exercises introduce you to pigment characteristics, wet-into-wet mingling, transparent layering, intentional lost and found edges, and lively brushwork. Expect to paint primarily from personal photo references in the studio. If weather and time allow, work from direct observation en plein air. Tara provides individualized feedback throughout the painting process. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tara Sweeney, www.TaraSweeneyArt.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Chaos to Order!"
August 10-14, 2020
 

Starting a painting with color, texture, gestural marks and layers may seem like “chaos”, but it delivers vital energy that is both fun and intuitive. Kathleen Conover will teach you to bring great design and composition, the elements that bring “order” to the rich start, and turn your paintings into an attention-getting and expressive finishes. Applying strong design and compositional skills are the focus. Beginner or advanced, you are encouraged to discover and explore your unique expression and personal imagery in realism, abstraction or non-objective. Kathleen is a signature member of AWS, NWS, ISEA and TWSA.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Kathleen Conover
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


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

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


"Between Abstraction and Representation"
August 14-15, 2020
 

In what ways do you tolerate abstraction in your visual field? How can you reinterpret the world around you? What does it mean to combine different kinds of representation within the same picture plane? Explore the continuum of abstraction and representation in painting in this two-day workshop. Working through a series of studies based in observation, experiment with different ways to abstract the world around you, including using reflective objects for distortion, looking through a lens or kaleidoscope, projecting images onto three-dimensional objects, and exploring how the manipulation of paint and surface can also create an abstraction. Look at the work of historical and contemporary artists and examine how they handle the space between representation and abstraction. Open to all paint media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Jane Duffy, www.MaryJaneDuffy.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Capturing Wildlife in Watercolor"
August 17-18, 2020
 

In this workshop, build a foundation in illustrating wildlife in watercolor from the initial drawing through the final washes. Sharpen your observational skills, learn how to render form, and gain confidence in the use of color and value. Through lectures and demonstrations, Peggy guides you through the process of drawing your image, mixing your palette, laying down transparent washes, removing and replacing imagery, pouring backgrounds, building up neutrals and colors, and developing your composition. Animal and bird specimens are provided by the Field Museum for reference, or you may bring your own images or sketches of natural subject matter.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Peggy Macnamara, www.PeggyMacnamara.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Incorporating Water-Based Media with Oil Painting"
August 17-18, 2020
 

In this workshop, learn how to begin a painting with water-based media, such as acrylic or watercolor, and finish elements with oil paint. Application strategies for each medium are discussed and explored, as well as how paint application and visual approach relate to content in your work. Expect to complete two paintings over the course of this workshop. Preliminary studies to explore application potential accompany each piece. Your first painting begins with acrylic paint before incorporating oil paint, while the second begins with watercolor on an absorbent ground before finishing with oil. It is recommended that students either work from observation or from images of nature for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Trina May Smith, www.TrinaMaySmithArt.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Staying Afloat in Watercolor"
August 24-28, 2020
 

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: Oregon Coast, Oregon
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


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

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


"Staying Afloat in Watercolor"
August 31 - September 4, 2020
 

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: Oregon Coast, Oregon
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Mastering the Watercolor Mindset"
September 2-5, 2020
 

Success in watercolor has deep roots in mindset. When you are in the midst of a wash, whether controlled, free, or anything in between, the key ingredient is managing your mindset by redefining results as opportunities to be enhanced and any issues as puzzles to be solved. Explore watercolor’s full potential by using a photograph’s essence as a reference to be captured, rather than copied. Each day, work toward completing a series of remarkable scenes with Steve as your guide. More importantly, build skills in mastering a watercolor mindset that serves you well for a lifetime of painting. This workshop consists of demonstrations and discussions done throughout the day as challenges arise, and plenty of hands-on practice. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Steve Puttrich, www.StevePuttrich.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


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

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


"Capturing Emotion and Expression in Watercolor"
September 18-19, 2020
 

Successful paintings start with a simple idea or thought. Using a “brain before brush” approach, find the freedom of expression and spontaneity in your paintings. Discover the lively, fluid characteristics of watercolor that make it the perfect medium for capturing an image’s mood or character. This workshop is designed for beginners who are just getting their feet wet, as well as experienced artists ready to bring a fresh liveliness to their watercolors. Demonstrations and plenty of painting time each day emphasize a relaxing, rewarding, and fun approach to the medium to help you find yourself in watercolor. You can do no wrong in this workshop as you discover how to paint more fluid, fresh watercolors.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Daniel Danielson, DanDanielson.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Capturing Door County's Architecture in Pen and Ink and Watercolor"
September 23-26, 2020
 

Using Door County’s scenic towns as a backdrop, hone your skills in sketching structures and street scenes with a simple set of portable tools in this four-day workshop. Leave this workshop with new techniques and strategies to create more interesting compositions in any setting. Through demonstrations and discussions, Ann shares pen and ink and watercolor techniques, how to zoom in on the most important elements for dynamic compositions, and how to achieve convincing, yet simple perspective in the field. Plenty of one-on-one assistance is provided. An encouraging critique closes each day. Expect to work outside as much as possible, weather permitting.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ann Thomas, AnnThomasIllustration.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Capturing Fall Landscapes in Watercolor"
October 7-10, 2020
 

Using the colors of the autumn season as your muse, learn how to compose and edit a landscape composition, mix brilliant fall colors, and create transitional color movement. Capture the essence of the landscape by painting shapes and values and eliminating excess detail. Use the concepts of value, intensity, and color temperature to problem-solve, develop, and complete your paintings. Each morning begins with a demonstration designed to highlight the concept of the day. The first day includes a step-by-step painting to guide you through the process. Spend the rest of each day gaining hands-on practice painting trees, rocks, water, and other landscape elements. Individualized instruction is provided throughout the week to help you build confidence in the watercolor medium.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Catherine Hearding, www.CHearding.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Abstractions in Watercolor"
October 12-15, 2020
 

Designed for those with minimal watercolor experience, this workshop invites you to find a balance between the spontaneous and controlled qualities of the medium. Build a foundation in traditional and experimental watercolor techniques, explore the evolution of an abstract form from observed reality, and develop a new visual language. Presentations and group discussions introduce you to abstract image-making, while demonstrations focus on the various watercolor techniques and tools that can be utilized to create a finished painting. Come prepared with a singular subject, such as a leaf, sketch, or object found in nature, and from that source, learn how to subtract, isolate, redefine, and translate the information into abstract compositions. Jan provides one-on-one feedback throughout the process.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jan Heaton, www.JanHeaton.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Pattern and Decoration in Contemporary Painting"
October 16-17, 2020
 

More than merely pleasing to the eye, pattern provides a dynamic framework for formal and conceptual exploration. The desire for order is central to humanity and repeating decoration adorns every corner of life. This workshop urges you to consider the meditative, creative, and ubiquitous nature of pattern and incorporate it into your practice. Drawing inspiration from personal objects, the natural world, and past work, create a variety of pattern studies in your chosen medium. Demonstrations address techniques for pattern invention, the role of color, and spatial phenomena. Develop and execute a concept for the incorporation of pattern into at least one personal piece. Individualized instruction and feedback are provided as well as a facilitated group discussion. Some painting experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maria Rose Adams, www.MariaRoseAdams.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"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


"Study with a Master Series: Watercolor: Making Every Stroke Count"
August 13-15, 2020
 

I have a “go for the essentials and make every stroke count” approach to painting, no matter the medium. I believe this lends a sense of freshness and clarity to the work, especially watercolor. Emphasis in this workshop will be on helping students find the essential elements and qualities in the subject matter, and through demonstrations and group critiques show how to present them in a simple, direct way. The object is to eliminate extraneous information and details, and simplify the subject. Students will be encouraged to look beyond the representational aspect of the subject to the dynamics of contrast, light, movement, space; elements which help make paintings come alive. Students will work from their own photos or sketches.
 
Location: Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Bill Vrscak
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Website, email, 4127414405


 

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