Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Building a Better Landscape"
August 22-25, 2018
 

Using the beautiful scenery of Door County as inspiration, learn a three-step approach to watercolor painting that provides a process for problem-solving, no matter the subject being painted. This workshop will focus on concepts of value, intensity, and color temperature along with landscape composition. Each morning will begin with a short demonstration, addressing the topics of compositional strategies, the importance of value studies, color palette selection, negative space work, and painting resolution and finishing details. Color solutions will be explored using structured schemes that help keep color fresh and vibrant. This process will help to loosen up technique, while at the same time teach important painting concepts that apply across all media.
 
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"
August 23-25, 2018
 

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 teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, email, 616-897-7842


"Exploring Watercolor"
August 27-30, 2018
 

Watercolor paintings can be so much more than a checklist of watercolor technique. David Daniels goes beyond the basics of paint application, and teaches how to construct strong, vibrant, personality filled paintings. Technique is very important to this discipline, but it is the composition of your painting that will engage your viewer. When strong compositions and thoughtful technique are combined, it is an unbeatable combination. David shows how to carefully construct a watercolor using preliminary sketches and value studies. He will also demonstrate his methods of using multiple glazes of wet-into-wet passages to achieve unsurpassed brilliance as well as the use of masking agents to achieve jewel-like clarity. This class is open to students of all levels of watercolor experience.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: David R. Daniels, mrwatercolor.com
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Art Cottage Personalized Painting Retreats"
January - August
 

Perfect for one or two women ~ Immerse yourself a world away at Dorothy Fagan’s breath-taking Art Cottage Studio by Chesapeake Bay. Customized Lessons in oils, pastels, watercolor, drawing, fabric painting, acrylics, or mixed media. Enjoy every season on the private pond. Paint in the studio or en plein air with Dorothy at her favorite gardens, coastal marsh sanctuary, riverfront, woodlands, farms and vineyard locations. Relax on the expansive adjoining deck, or visit artisan studios down the lane. Walk to the Chesapeake Bay, or sit on the dock on Queen’s Creek and meditate, sketch, or paint the sunset. Wade in the shallows on the beach at the mouth of the Piankatank River. Paint the sunrise over Hills Bay.
 
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Instructor: Dorothy Fagan
Cost: $300
Sponsor: The Painting Lesson
Website, email, 804-366-0990


"Interactions of Color and Composition"
August 31 - September 1, 2018
 

Discover the impact that fundamental principles of design and color theory have in composing successful images. This workshop will introduce the exciting effects of color interaction, harmonious and discordant color schemes, composition strategies, and various underpainting techniques to create rich, dynamic paintings. Demonstrations and lectures with visual references will present concepts in color and design concepts, including line, shape, value, and compositional balance. Prompts and color experiments will offer the opportunity to put these concepts into action in your preferred painting medium. Cynthia will provide group instruction and individualized attention, as well as lead daily critiques. This workshop is open to oil, acrylic, and watercolor painters of all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Hayes, CynthiaHayesArt.blogspot.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 6-8, 2018
 

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 teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Carlsbad, California
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Live Your Art Studio
Website, email


"Freedom in Watermedia"
September 6-8, 2018
 

This workshop is designed to help students (beginning, intermediate or advanced) paint in an intuitive manner starting without preconceived notions or outcome. There will be no preliminary planning or drawing. The process will dictate direction as students use a variety of materials and techniques to implement color, texture, line, shape and value. The process starts with arbitrary mark making. Students will continue working transparent to opaque building layers with watercolor, acrylic, gesso and other materials. There will be ongoing evaluation of work in progress and the use of compositional design elements. It is entirely possible finished work may be figurative or representational but the goal is to produce aesthetically pleasing work which is unique and reflective of the artist’s mind.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Stan Kurth, NWS
Cost: $325.00
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, email, (616) 897-7842, Ext. 352


"Express Yourself in Watermedia with Mark Mehaffey"
September 7-9, 2018
 

Explore your creativity on three painting surfaces: watercolor paper, YUPO and a paper that has been gessoed. Mark will take us on a unique journey exploring these different painting surfaces and what they have to offer, all the while paying attention to design and composition.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Mark Mehaffey
Cost: $435 Includes a light breakfast each day
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Studio
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"Watercolor: Painting with Intent, Design, Emotion, and Attitude"
September 10-13, 2018
 

Designed to introduce students to watercolor painting methods, this comprehensive workshop will provide a framework in tools and materials, composition, rendering form, and color theory. Demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on practice will guide you through gaining familiarity and confidence within various areas of the watercolor medium. Learn how to handle and control your materials, create dynamic compositions, create illusion, and use color relationships to your advantage. Every exercise is designed for you to acquire skills that can be continued in your home studio.
 
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 10-12, 2018
 

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 teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Merced, California
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Merced Art Center
Website, 209-388-1090


"Plein Air Painting: The How and Why of Landscape Painting"
September 10-14, 2018
 

This five day workshop will focus on painting on location (plein air) as a form of study and not as a performance art. Working on location started hundreds of years ago as a way of studying the mutable effects of weather and atmosphere and to help painters develop a closer, truer and more intimate relationship with nature. The practice is intended to heighten the artist's knowledge of nature and to elevate the artistic sensibility to it. We will discuss and examine not only "how" to create work outdoors, but also "why". This conceptual aspect of painting is the very essence of artistic intent. All media are welcome, however the daily demos will be conducted in oil.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Don Demers
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"The Portrait and The Figure"
September 13-15, 2018
 

Join Mary Whyte for an extraordinary workshop in watercolor in Indianapolis, IN. Using live clothed 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: Indianapolis, Indiana
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Working Together: Methods in Combining Media"
September 17-18, 2018
 

Driven by exploration and materials, this workshop will present various methods for combining collage and painting. Discover how this approach can be applied to both abstract and representational work. This workshop will begin with a series of discussions, demonstrations, and exercises introducing basic collage techniques and how to combine media successfully. Learn how to work with your collection of images, including previously made drawings and paintings, found print material, and hand colored and textured papers, directly and quickly to develop new compositions. An informal group discussion will take place at the end of each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Willadsen, SaraWilladsen.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Exploration in Watercolors - A Tour of Shelburne, Vermont"
September 17-20, 2018
 

Join watercolorist Joel Popadics in beautiful Shelburne, Vermont on a watercolor vista hunt, exploring Shelburne Farms and Lake Champlain. Each day, we will meet at a different location where Joel will present daily demonstrations. Topics will vary from painting cows, mixing summer greens, composing the lake's reflections, among others. Following the demonstrations, participants will have the opportunity to paint and apply the concepts presented. Lunch each day and entrance fees are included. Joel's workshops are loaded with useful information geared to artists of all levels. He creates a serious, but fun painting environment with individual instruction provided throughout the day. Optional accommodations at the Inn at Shelburne Farms at a program discount of 40%.
 
Location: Shelburne, Vermont
Instructor: Joel Popadics
Cost: $650
Sponsor: The Shelburne Craft School
Website, email, (802) 985-3648


"Plein Air Painting in Cape May"
September 20-23, 2018
 

Join Joe Sweeney for a plein air painting retreat in beautiful Cape May! 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


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 21-23, 2018
 

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 teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: New Braunfels, Texas
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: New Braunfels Art League
Website, email, 830-629-8022


"Cityscape Painting"
Sundays, September 23 - October 28, 2018
 

Capture Philadelphia’s picturesque landscape. Learn to create space and build form through perspective, light and shadow. Color mixing and painting techniques will be demonstrated in oil and gouache, but all drawing/painting media are welcome. Locations in North Broad, Roxborough, and West Philadelphia will offer parking, shade, provisions and facilities.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Larry Francis
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Botanical Drawing and Painting"
Wednesdays, September 26 - November 14, 2018
 

Explore flowers and other natural forms, beginning with line and value drawing and progressing to full-color rendering in watercolor and mixed media. Topics will include sighting techniques, line quality, tone and value, creation of depth, composition, texture, and basic color. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Linda Gist
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Terra Cotta Sculpture"
Wednesdays, September 26 - December 12, 2018
 

Explore the versatility of terra cotta clay, which requires neither an armature nor casting. Learn various techniques and tools through demonstration and hands-on sculpting from the life model or imagination. Anatomy, proportion, design, and personal growth will be emphasized, as well as both representational and abstract approaches. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Introduction Relief Sculpture"
Wednesdays, September 26 - December 12, 2018
 

Relief is an excellent bridge to sculpture for draftspeople and a refreshing variation for sculptors working in-the-round. Learn all aspects of relief modeling in clay, including drawing, modeling high and low relief, and casting your work in plaster. Work from PAFA’s cast collection, the life model, or a project of your own design.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Morgan Dummit, morgandummitt.com
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $50
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Fundamentals"
Wednesdays, September 26 - December 19, 2018
 

Embrace the beauty and versatility of watercolor through a variety of approaches. Discussions and in-depth demonstrations will acquaint beginners and those with limited experience with the basic materials and techniques. Working from still-life subjects, students will be encouraged to engage with the medium to find their own personal means of expression.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner, www.keithleitner.com
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"In-Depth Watercolor- Session 1"
Fridays, September 28 - December 7, 2018
 

Enrich your knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Thoroughly investigate a wide range of watercolor materials and techniques from your choice of landscape, still life, portrait, and figure subjects. Open to watercolorists of all levels and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: For Credit: $950, Non-Credit: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"In-Depth Watercolor- Session 2"
Tuesdays, October 2 - December 4, 2018
 

Enrich your knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Thoroughly investigate a wide range of watercolor materials and techniques from your choice of landscape, still life, portrait, and figure subjects. Open to watercolorists of all levels and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: For Credit: $950, Non-Credit: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting Waves & Seascapes in Watercolor with Joel Popadics"
September 28, 2018
 

Paint waves and seascapes with watercolorist, Joel Popadics, at scenic Sandy Hook Beach. Learn how to construct a wave, handle the floating sea foam, capture a convincing light effect and more on this one-day Plein air workshop. Joel Popadics’ workshops are presented with numerous demonstrations loaded with useful information geared to artists of all levels of ability. He creates a serious, but fun painting environment with individual instruction provided throughout the day.
 
Location: Sandy Hook, New Jersey
Instructor: Joel Popadics
Cost: $75
Website, email, (973) 851-0366


"Tulips"
September 28, 2018
 

This lesson will be painting Tulips using the Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus Watercolors. In this class, you will learn how to blend paint using liquid watercolors, plastic wrap and water…and yes, we will be using a few brushes too. This workshop should be called "Splat Twist and Turn" because that is what we do to blend the paint!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Text + Texture - Making Expressive Textures with Calligraphic Marks"
September 28-30, 2018
 

Are you interested in incorporating calligraphic marks and textures into your artwork and/or creating calligraphic textures as your expression? Are you interested in making calligraphic marks with unfamiliar tools? In this workshop, we will experience the usage of tools as extensions of our hand. We will start by creating marks with different writing tools and different objects. Then we will design alphabets with those new marks to write our chosen texts in various ways. We'll examine writing speed, pressure, the directions of strokes, and the relationship between letters for making effective textures. Study of layering, tones, basic design layout and composition, and use of line and space in Japanese calligraphy will be presented for creating evocative textural art pieces.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Yukimi Annand
Cost: $580-$710
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"The Sunflower"
September 29, 2018
 

In this class, the brightness of the flower is created with a splattering of colors. How do we splatter paint? With a splatter screen and liquid watercolors. Participants will learn how to use a splatter screen and a basting brush to create and blend colors. Also, you will learn how to use India Ink with watercolors to create an image.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Splattering Fall Leaves"
September 30, 2018
 

This time of the year, the leaves put on a show with an amazing display of great colors. Learn how to put on paper this very colorful season. In this class participants will learn how to make leaves through splattering liquid watercolor, outlining leaves with India Ink, and layering paint to create shadows. This is a very fun way to paint leaves!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Rocky Mountain Plein Air"
October 1-5, 2018
 

Fall painting plein air workshop in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, ensuite accommodations, ground transfers to sites, welcome dinner, expert direction for intermediate and beginners, with artist Sharon Rusch Shaver. This workshop will help you grow in an amazing location where we will have the ability to work inside after painting outside plein air. Plein air is a challenge, and artists can fall into bad habits that can be rectified quickly when shown a few tricks of the trade. Successful artist Sharon Rusch Shaver will guide you with her 40 years of gaining awards and accreditation on an international level. Join us!
 
Location: Estes, Colorado
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Cost: $1,450
Website, email, 615-451-7304


"Florals in Watercolor"
October 1-3, 2018
 

This three-day watercolor workshop in beautiful downtown Bend, Oregon with instructor Mary Marquiss will focus on three design elements – value, shape and color - building blocks that create strong paintings. Marquiss will step students through the painting process from start to finish with an emphasis on following personal choices and individual style. Each day will begin by "warming up" on 140-pound cold press watercolor paper with an exercise specific to that day's painting before working on 300-pound cold press watercolor paper. After the morning sessions, Mary will circulate among the students to answer questions and offer suggestions on moving their work forward.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Mary Marquiss, www.marymarquiss.com
Cost: $395 before June 1, $445 after June 1
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Pencil Drawing with Watercolor and Ink"
Tuesdays, October 2 - December 4, 2018
 

Elevate your drawings with washes of tone and color in watercolor and ink in order to produce vibrant mixed media work in the tradition of Cézanne and Rodin. Learn graphite and pen-and-ink drawing techniques as well as watercolor and wash painting methods, referencing historical and contemporary examples. Basic drawing experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Hiro Sakaguchi, hirosakaguchi.com
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Figurative Design in Watercolor"
October 4-6, 2018
 

Challenge yourself to go beyond your comfort level in designing figures in watercolor with Jeannie McGuire! You as a participant in this workshop will be inspired to imagine a story, character and persona of the people in your reference photos. You will explore the interplay between the figures and their backgrounds, intentional and spontaneous marks, and the freedom to change one's mind.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire
Cost: $435 Includes a light breakfast each day
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Studio
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"Plein Air Painting at Bartram's Garden"
Thursdays, October 4 - November 8, 2018
 

Work en plein air at historic Bartram’s Garden, home of America’s first botanist, John Bartram. Learn to capture light and shadow; create a convincing sense of space; and depict trees, flowers and buildings. Drawing and painting techniques will be demonstrated for oil and gouache. Free parking and restrooms available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Larry Francis
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Color Versus Value"
October 8-11, 2018
 

Master one of the most important elements when selecting imagery, building a dynamic composition, and working with color – value. By simplifying an image and focusing on the relative values throughout, you will free yourself to be expressive, yet convincing in your work. Working from photo references, you will begin each composition with a simple black and white sketch. These sketches will be used throughout the painting process to guide your use of contrast, edge quality, and color. Gordon will demonstrate both concrete and expressive approaches to watercolor painting, lead gentle critiques, and provide individual help.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gordon France, www.GordonFrance.net
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Capturing Light & Atmosphere in Your Watercolors"
October 9 -11, 2018
 

Join watercolorist, Joel Popadics, at the Seligmann Homestead in Sugar Loaf, NY for a three-day watercolor workshop hosted by the North East Watercolor Society. Learn how to achieve "a feeling of light and atmosphere." in your paintings. Techniques for creating clouds and skies will be explored, as well as how to handle all aspects of the landscape. Joel’s workshops are presented with numerous demonstrations loaded with useful information geared to artists of all levels of ability. He creates a serious, but fun painting environment with individual instruction provided throughout the day.
 
Location: Sugarloaf, New Jersey
Instructor: Joel Popadics
Cost: $300 Members, $330 Non-Members
Sponsor: The North East Watercolor Society
Website, email, (607) 637-3412


"New England Art Workshop Retreat"
October 11-16, 2018
 

Join Amber Palmer for an exclusive artists' retreat---a week of Autumn Color Painting in beautiful New Hampshire! You will have the unique opportunity to both paint and photograph in this magical setting. Whether you’re an aspiring artist or an experienced watercolor artist or photographer, the Gibson House is the perfect place to be inspired. Two 50-foot long porches overlook the Connecticut River Valley and Green Mountains of Vermont, insuring outdoor work and relaxation space in any weather. Formal gardens and the picture-perfect Village of Haverhill Corner offer tranquility and visual stimulation. Additional excursions will be included to Castle in the Clouds in nearby Moultonborough, NH and to a hidden 'On Golden Pond' inspired lakeside for plein air painting and photography.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Amber Palmer
Cost: $190
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
October 11-13, 2018
 

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 teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Binders Art
Website, email


"Let's Paint"
October 15-18, 2018
 

Paul Jackson discovered his passion for watercolor at an early age, receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1992. Relentlessly pursuing his creative dreams, he received top honors in national and international competitions along the way. Throughout this journey Paul contributes his art to a vast library of magazines and books. He is a Signature member of the American and National Watercolor Societies and an Honor Member of the Missouri Watercolor Society. Whatever the subject Paul captivates his audience with genuine emotion, intensity and finesse that energize each of his creations. This workshop will help you reach the next level of artistic confidence and ability, with his guidance through a painting, illustrating principles of design, color, value and composition.
 
Location: Miami, Florida
Instructor: Paul Jackson
Cost: $350 MWS Members; $410 Non- Members; Early Bird Price
Sponsor: Miami Watercolor Society
Website, email, 305-607-5447


"Watercolor & Beyond"
October 16-18, 2018
 

Dawn paints and teaches from the heart. She shares all of her layering techniques, design and color theory. Learn to paint by painting florals and landscapes and go home with a finished painting to frame! This class is appropriate for all levels but beginners probably have the most fun! Enjoy Santa Fe and it's many cultural opportunites in your time away from the studio.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Dawn Davis
Cost: $395.00
Sponsor: Dawn Davis Watercolors
Website, email, 505-699-7314


"Watercolor Basics"
October 17-20, 2018
 

Immerse yourself in the fundamentals of watercolor in this comprehensive workshop designed for students of all levels looking to build technical skill and confidence. Materials, paint quality, application techniques, and color and value will be addressed. Beginning with brushwork to develop familiarity with color mixing and the fluidity of the medium, you will work through a series of exercises. Color charts and value studies will prepare you for designing and developing your own composition from photo references. Ample time will be reserved for hands-on practice, while demonstrations and direct instruction will provide you with feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Spencer Meagher, SpencerMeagher.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Art Journaling: Just for a Season"
October 20, 2018
 

Art journaling is a personally expressive form of record-keeping. Learn how to transfer your creative ideas on paper through engaging prompts and practical tips. Complement your writing with drawing and other media, including watercolor. Using the four seasons as a starting point, draw from your life and memories to create a unique record.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Dressler Smith, dresslersmith.com
Cost: $75
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Expressive Watercolor"
October 22-25, 2018
 

Develop a powerfully expressive visual vocabulary, and ultimately dynamic paintings in this exploration of watercolor painting methods. New approaches will allow you to make leaps in your understanding and avoid many of the common pitfalls of painting, such as inaccurate perspective, poor color mixing, and feeling restrained by the details of a scene. Each morning and afternoon will begin with a quick demonstration to illustrate the day’s lesson, including simplifying scenes into large shapes and value tones, accurate drawing, sequencing for building a painting, and expressive color. The remainder of the time will be dedicated to hands-on practice. If time allows, a group critique will review each day’s progress.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dan Mondloch, www.DanMondloch.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Abstract Painting"
October 25-27, 2018
 

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 teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges, and center of interest. This workshop is not only about painting abstract compositions, but also about learning to loosen up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting in their studios.
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: David Kessler
Cost: $385
Sponsor: Painting Miles
Website, email


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
October 25-27, 2018
 

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 teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Painting Miles
Website, email


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 1-3, 2018
 

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 teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Winston Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Watercolor Painting: Let the Colors Paint Themselves"
November 9-11, 2018
 

Lian begins the workshop with teaching basic watercolor painting techniques – composition and coloring – “color pouring and blending” and “paint around.” There are four to six short demonstrations each day with practice sessions in-between. During critiques, Lian will help you understand possible next steps and how to touch up your paintings. Lian Quan Zhen is a highly sought-after workshop watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher in the United States and abroad. After immigrating to the United States in 1985, he received a BA from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and a master’s degree in architecture from MIT in 1996. Visit lianspainting.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Cost: $375 Museum members/ $400 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Master Class with Jane Irish: Meaningful Brushstrokes, Touch & Alla Prima Painting"
November 10-11, 2018
 

Invigorate your painting practice under the energetic and challenging direction of master artist Jane Irish! Experience alla prima painting with a fresh focus on mark, memory, and touch through focused exercises and experimentation. On day one, work from Asian and Latin American ceramic painting, Abstract Expressionism, and artists including Fragonard, Hals and Goya, to discover how brush strokes have a memory of style, and to consider painting “in front of” the picture plane. On day two, learn to infuse liveliness in your painting from the surface forward while creating works from life in the historic cast hall and studios, with dancers as models integrated among the sculptures. Experiment with various painting grounds in either gouache or oil, promoting the ability to wipe out and redo.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jane Irish, www.janeirish.com
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Draw the Dance at the Pennsylvania Ballet"
November 10, 2018
 

Capture the fluidity and disciplined movement of dancers at the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. After a morning session at the ballet, return to the PAFA studios to work from dancers in longer poses. Transform your studies into finished pieces in pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolor and mixed media. Drawing experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Douglas Martenson
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Workshop"
November 17-18, 2018
 

Designed for those who wish to acquire or improve their basic watercolor painting skills. All materials and techniques will be discussed, including the selection of papers, brushes, and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Students will work from still-life, portrait models or their own source material. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Fun and Free at Tanque Verde Ranch"
November 26-30, 2018
 

Watercolor Fun and Free is a motivational workshop for beginning, as well as experienced painters. Karlyn offers enthusiastic, informational demonstrations and gives individual help enriched by sharing her original finished work. She is an upbeat instructor, who helps the students cultivate a loose, free style of working. She teaches with tireless energy and her high-spirited humorous teaching style makes beginners feel comfortable and challenges the advanced student. The real emphasis is on each student’s individual expression and development of their own painting style. The week will feature floral, landscape and abstract themes. Every day will begin with a demonstration, followed by individual help. Every painting will be critiqued.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Karlyn Holman
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Etegami Workshop"
December 1, 2018
 

Etegami is a Japanese-inspired folk art that combines words with ink and watercolor painting on postcards, to send or cherish as a visual diary. With the motto “Clumsy is fine. It is good to be clumsy,” Etegami allows both novices and experienced artists to experience a fun and refreshing form of image-making.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Nancy Bea Miller
Cost: $95, Lab Fee: $15
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Exploring Artistic Vision in Watercolor"
January 11-13, 2019
 

Join Judy Mudd and explore artistic vision in watercolor in North Port, Florida. Artistic vision gives meaning to paintings! Using photographic reference material, Judy will help you create paintings with a variety of moods and atmospheres. She will guide you through the process of determining the vision, making color choices appropriate for the vision, creating strong compositions and learning watercolor painting techniques for applying various moods and atmospheres to your paintings. Judy's relaxed follow-the-leader teaching style assists experienced beginners to advanced students further develop their skill in the watercolor process. Each day will include discussion of the approach, painting demonstrations, and individual student attention. Classes are relaxed and informal so come and have fun!
 
Location: North Port, Florida
Instructor: Judy Mudd
Cost: $395
Sponsor: North Port Art Center
Website, email, 941-423-6460


"Abstraction Workshop - Studio"
January 31 - February 3, 2019
 

Whether you are a realist, impressionist, pop-surrealist or abstract artist, learning how to really think about what you are doing, what your purpose is, your message and your visual language, is paramount to originality and authenticity. This 4-day class will help you break out of your usual routine and discover new directions in your work. You will be challenged, you will consider things you have never considered and you’ll end up with a much better picture of who you are and what you have to say… and how to say it. And you will learn a system of thought to take wherever you wish to go. All levels welcome, all mediums. There will be growth.
 
Location: St Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Larry Moore
Cost: $575.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Architecture & Southern Landscape"
March 14-16, 2019
 

In this workshop we will paint architecture in the southern landscape en plein air. We will discuss the plein air process and a few things to simplify that process by eliminating excessive gear and materials. In addition, we will have in depth conversations on perspective, using a viewfinder, composition selection, lighting, the notan sketch. Each day will begin with a demo and discussion and end with a critique of the days work. In between these session will be time for the students to draw, sketch and do the exercises. More time will be spent on finished paintings as the workshop progresses using the sketches and exercises done earlier in the workshop.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: David Boyd
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Watercolors from A To Z in Santa Fe"
March 18-22, 2019
 

Spend five days in the beautiful southwest with world renowned watercolor artist Sterling Edwards. In this workshop you will learn a multitude of creative watercolor techniques and how to apply them when painting a floral, landscape, seascape, or buildings. Sterling's style of teaching is laid back, fun, and inspirational. All skill levels are invited to this creative and informative class.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Sterling Edwards CSPWC / TWSA / WPA
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Painting on Location - Taking your painting to the next level"
March 21-23, 2019
 

Throughout the workshop the instructor will demonstrate his approach to painting en plein air while aiding students on an individual and group basis. There will be critiques and assessments (how much depending on time allotment), so come prepared to ask questions, take notes and paint! It should be fun and relaxed but also a learning experience for all. Objectives: - Expand your purposes beyond the basics of shape, color, value and edges, into more complex principles and elements of design. - Develop your knowledge of wet-on-wet oil painting, and ways to use your tools. - Introduce you to painting larger canvases outdoors, and in multiple sessions. - Demonstrate how to add nocturnal painting to your repertoire.
 
Location: St Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Jason Sacran
Cost: $625.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Watercolor Fun and Free in Santa Fe"
March 25-29, 2019
 

Watercolor Fun and Free is a motivational workshop for beginning, as well as experienced painters. Karlyn offers enthusiastic, informational demonstrations and gives individual help enriched by sharing her original finished work. She is an upbeat instructor, who helps the students cultivate a loose, free style of working. She teaches with tireless energy and her high-spirited humorous teaching style makes beginners feel comfortable and challenges the advanced student. The real emphasis is on each student’s individual expression and development of their own painting style. The week will feature floral, landscape and abstract themes. Every day will begin with a demonstration, followed by individual help. Every painting will be critiqued.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Karlyn Holman
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"San Francisco: On-The-Go Ink & Wash Watercolor Workshop"
March 31 - April 5, 2019
 

Join us for five fun-filled days of painting iconic sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the colorful Queen Anne-style “Painted Ladies”. All the logistics will be taken care of – just relax and enjoy as we sketch our way through the city. Then we’ll venture out of town for a visit to the spectacular wine country of Sonoma to paint scenes that echo the colors and look of Tuscany. In my plein air workshop, not only will you master the On-The-Go Sketching technique, but also critical compositional, color, and value strategies. And since your sketches will always start out with a pencil drawing, I will be adding the six universal skill sets of drawing into the workshop!
 
Location: San Francisco, California
Instructor: David Lobenberg, lobenbergart.com
Cost: $1,490
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Mixed Media: Santa Fe Journal"
April 15-19, 2019
 

The basis of this 5-day workshop will be sketching and painting on location around Santa Fe. Basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor will be taught, and will become the heart of our Santa Fe journals. Using the city’s Mexican, Indian and Spanish influences, we’ll draw flowers, buildings, food, farmers market treasures, and anything that we find that gives us a sense of place. We’ll also carve original stamps, create mono-prints, and add collage to our journals. Our handmade sketchbooks will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of our week in historic Santa Fe.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jane LaFazio
Cost: $650 + Materials: $35
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Santa Fe Journal II"
May 13-17, 2019
 

The basis of this 5-day workshop will be sketching and painting on location around Santa Fe. Basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor will be taught, and will become the heart of our Santa Fe journals. Using the city’s Mexican, Indian and Spanish influences, we’ll draw flowers, buildings, food, farmers market treasures, and anything that we find that gives us a sense of place. We’ll also carve original stamps, create mono-prints, and add collage to our journals. Our handmade sketchbooks will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of our week in historic Santa Fe.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jane LaFazio
Cost: $650 + $35 materials
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Portraits in Watercolor"
June 3-7, 2019
 

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


"Watercolor Workshop: Discover the Visual Language of Painting"
June 10-14, 2019
 

As a teacher, my goal is to see the lightbulbs come on when students realize that painting isn’t as mysterious as it seems. Of course, it’s still challenging—which is part of the fun—but the visual language is something that I believe we all can learn. In my workshops, I try to teach shortcuts that allow students to make leaps in their understanding of this visual language and how to avoid many of the common pitfalls of painting, such as inaccurate perspective, mixing colors poorly, and getting restrained by the details of a scene. With the big shapes planned and an accurate drawing established, it’s easier to loosen up and enjoy fluid washes, expressive brushwork, and bold color.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dan Mondloch
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Be Brave and Have Fun with Watercolour"
July 22-26, 2019
 

In this workshop, students will work with Herman to articulate their own vision and particular challenges. The intention of this class is to meet each individual exactly where they are and to support them in the production of work in the classroom that expands their practice in a personal way. The format will lean heavily on individual instruction and will also include lecture and discussion and demonstrations of particular techniques. A step-by-step process will begin with a fast foundation painting and will end with final approach options that are easy to learn and thought provoking. We will be exploring landscapes, seascapes and streetscapes, focusing on various techniques.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Capture the Fundamental Essence in Watercolor"
September 23-27, 2019
 

Fabio Cembranelli will guide you in developing loose and spontaneous watercolor techniques enhancing your own personal intuitive approach. Specific attention will be devoted to the following techniques: Wet on wet, Watercolor painting on damp paper, The importance of the white of the paper and how to save or restore it, How to enhance the focal point, How to work fast, Light and shadow effects, and more. There will be daily demonstrations and critiques followed by individual attention for students.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Fábio Cembranelli
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Open Studios"
November thru April
 

Make room for your creativity this winter. This is the time we open our light-filled, generously appointed studios to individuals and groups in search of a space for self-directed creativity. 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. If you have special equipment or studio needs, please let us know ahead of time. Shared studio space is available for rent Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy the luxury of an expansive workspace without having to set up or take down your materials during the continuous length of your rental. Other amenities include unlimited complementary hot coffee in our Guenzel Gallery and full kitchen privileges.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Private Painting Lessons in Watercolor or Acrylic"
By Appointment
 

Get personal one-on-one painting lessons from artist & teacher Ann Bell in her Houston studio at mutually convenient time and day. Ann has taught hundreds of people how to paint in watercolor and acrylic. You can begin to paint for fun in as little as one 4 hour lesson. Even if you have never painted before. Even if you can't draw a straight line. Even if you "don't have talent." Of course, expertise takes longer, but once you understand the basics, books, videos and group classes will make more sense. Individual attention speeds your progress. All materials are provided for your first lesson. Online classes are available if you can't come to Houston. Near downtown, close to all freeways.
 
Location: Houston, Texas
Instructor: Ann Bell
Website, email, 281-330-3827


 

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