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Click here to learn more about pastel portrait workshops!

Power of Pastel (September 22 & 24, October 8 & 9, or November 3 & 5)

Build a portrait along with Christine over two days using her 5-layer approach. Day 1 includes learning the system of finding a likeness for a portrait quickly. Then the afternoon will focus on Light- understanding it, seeing it and painting it - how light acts across the complex topography of the head. Day 2 focuses on understanding the pastel medium. Know when to use which brand. Know which pastels play nice with each other and which do not. The portrait started on Day 1 will be brought to completion on this day. And color? oh yes, let's talk. $300 for the 2 days. Videos of the classes- both days - are $200. Payable through PayPal. Email Christine at christine@swannportraits.com to register.

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Click here to learn more about this Photo Encaustic workshop in Chicago!

Photo Encaustic: Advanced Image Alterations (Nov 11-14, 2021 at LaGrange Art League in West Suburban Chicago)

Here we explore ways to further alter our photographic images to include in our paintings through a series of exercises to explore alteration methods such as water media, image deconstruction, etc. The workshop will be a combination of demonstrations and work time. We will focus on working with monochromatic or black and white photos in order to explore various other materials and methods to add in controlled color and tones. Building layer upon layer to create rich and tactile surfaces. Experience with encaustic is not needed for this class. Some materials are included with the registration fee, see supply list for additional items needed for the workshop. lagrangeartleague.org or 708-352-3101

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Click here to learn more about these art workshops in Oaxaca, Mexico!

2022 Thoroughly Oaxaca Art Experience 2: mixed media, natural pigments, symbols & talismans

Join Oaxacan watercolor artist Pedro Cruz Pacheco and immerse yourself in the soulful art scene, indigenous culture, rich culinary and artisanal traditions of this magical colonial city, a UNESCO world heritage site. Field trips include a Sunday open air market, artisan studios, Francisco Toledo's CaSa arts center, and a papermaking studio. Use locally sourced natural pigments to make uniquely Oaxacan memories on paper in a handmade artist book. Develop your unique voice and mark making by playing with different materials. Get out of your habitual way of doing things and be surprised by what shows up on paper. Find your symbols, talismans, personal marks - the "secret soul" of things that matter to you and bring them into your painting.

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An All Inclusive Art Destination Holiday (Virginia, USA)

The Shenandoah Art Destination is a 10-acre property, magnificently located near the historic town of Lexington, nestled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge mountains. It offers an ideal creative vacation and inspiration for any art lover - all artists welcome from the beginner to the professional painter for watercolor, oil and acrylics, pastels; lino and woodcuts; drypoint and mono printing. Daily course guidance/tutelage by your host, Jan-Willem Boer, an established artist in the USA and Europe. Courses run from early spring to late autumn - choice of weekend, 4-day, 6-day or 10-day stay. The fee is all-inclusive - lodging, food, and art instruction/tutelage. Airport/train transport available. Limited to 8 participants + non-artist partner/spouse welcome. For course schedule & cost: www.ShenandoahArtDestination.com or call 612-221-1140 or contact nancy@shenandoahartdestination.com.

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Click here to learn more about these colored pencil workshops!

Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops

Kristy Kutch has been creating colored pencil art for almost thirty years and has been teaching colored pencil workshops since 1991. A teacher with a life license, she applies many basic learning principles to her workshops, enthusiastically meeting each student at the appropriate level. Beginners are always welcome, but even advanced artists benefit from Kristy's instruction. Offering demonstrations of techniques and the characteristics of different types of colored pencils, papers, and other related materials, Kristy covers a wide range of possibilities. Kristy is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil. She is also the feature artist in the Artist Palette Productions DVD "Colored Pencil Landscapes: Beyond The Basics". Kristy's workshops are held nationwide; each is an enjoyable, supportive, memorable experience in a beautiful location. Visit www.artshow.com/kutch/ or contact Kristy at kakutch@earthlink.net or 219-874-4688.

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Click here to learn more about these art workshops in Oaxaca, Mexico!

2022 Día de Muertos Workshop: watercolor, group altar, sand tapestry, tin milagros

Want to experience a hands-on deep dive into authentic traditions of Day of the Dead? Nowhere is it observed with more color and pageantry than Oaxaca. Immerse yourself in the soulful art scene, indigenous culture, rich culinary, and artisanal traditions of this magical city. Gather decorations and offerings for our group altar, make a Muertos sand tapestry, and tin milagros. Field trips include evening visits to cemeteries where graves are lovingly adorned, and master artisan studios. Paint symbolic representations of loved ones - adding natural pigments to make uniquely Oaxacan memories on paper. Mexican artist Pedro Cruz Pacheco will share his extensive repertoire of personal symbols incorporated into his art and you'll discover and paint your own in this intimate setting.

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Click here to learn more about these Landscape Painting workshops in Italy!

Etruscan Places Landscape Painting in Tuscany and Civita Castellana

Etruscan Places offers a completely unique series of open air painting workshops on location, rain or shine, in some of Italy's most spectacular landscapes. Artists, curators, writers Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson are residents and home owners in both the USA and Italy. Their presence in Tuscany since 1995 guarantees their knowledge of the landscape, inhabitants and local culture and everything connected with it. Presently 4 distinct 1 week classes are offered May - October: Open Air Fundamentals (all levels); Elements of Landscape (intermediate +); Roman Campagna (advanced); Advanced Seminar. Fees include materials and surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips and local transport. 12 student max and 2 instructors every class. 40%+ participant return rate. Contact www.landscapepainting.com or call 212-780-3216.

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Click here to learn more about watercolor workshops in New Mexico!

Janet Rogers Expressive Watercolors - Flowers, Faces and Figures (Nov. 1-4, 2021 9am-4pm)

Fresh flowers in the studio will be the inspiration for the beginning of this dynamic workshop - progressing to faces and figures. Janet paints in a direct, intuitive and impressionistic manner. She will bring photos of hers - and/or you can work with your own. Focus will be on exploring color with flowers. Through a series of painting exercises students learn how to express translucent flesh tones, while emphasizing movement and gesture and an opportunity to be more spontaneous and expressive in their paintings of flowers and portraits. The setting for this exciting workshop is the historical La Fonda Hotel, located on the Plaza in Santa Fe, NM. Janet Rogers, AWS is an experienced national instructor - for all levels. Visit ArtWorkShopsOfSantaFe.com or email miriamjoseph@JosephHomes.com or call Miriam at 505-890-5000.

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Click here to learn more about these art tours in Prague!

artbreak Arts Immersion Vacations in Prague (Czech Republic)

Named in 2008 by National Geographic as one of the world's 'Best Girlfriends Getaways'! The secret is out: artbreak is a one-of-a-kind learning vacation and totally new way to experience a great European capital - via its artistic heart. artbreak puts you in intimate contact with Prague's vibrant artistic community, morning to night, for six creativity-filled days. Your mornings: three hours in an atelier, honing your skills at painting, collage and ceramics. Afterwards you'll browse private galleries and major museums, then fit in some wine tasting and dinner before heading out to savor the absolute best of Prague's opera, theatre, ballet, and superlative jazz scene. artbreak is a chance to inspire your artistic self and an exquisitely choreographed cultural adventure. Visit www.artbreak.org to learn more.

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Click here to learn more about these plein-air workshops in Europe!

The most personalized plein-air painting workshops in Europe

We have the reputation to be the company that organizes the most personalised painting workshops by taking care of you from start to finish. We provide transportation to painting spots in a comfortable mini van and a bilingual tour leader stays with you at all times. We hire the best teachers known for their love and reputation of teaching. Our workshops take place in unique places carefully chosen for their beauty but also their history, culture and food: France, Spain, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland. Because of the small size of the group (6 to 12 students), not only will the teacher will be able to spend time with each participant but each trip will feel like a family trip. Our motto is "Don't be a tourist, be our guest". www.frenchescapade.com, contact@frenchescapade.com, 510-483-5713

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