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Watercolor Impressionism with Instructor Kristi Gussendorf

May 25-27, 3-day workshop in Southern Utah. In this workshop you will learn how to trust the medium and put water, gravity and paper to work for you. We will practice the "french bead" technique and let the color mix on the paper or develop our color by "charging" or "glazing". It's time to have a relationship with watercolor instead of trying to control it. Kristi Gussendorf, has a BFA from the University of Utah and has studied with world famous artists. She earned signature status in several top professional art organizations and teaches around the world.

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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: or call 612-221-1140 or contact

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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 or contact Kristy at or 219-874-4688.

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Expand Your Artistic Skills. Explore the World of Mixed Media

Tired of traditional art classes that stifle your creativity? Are you yearning to create art that is rich and spontaneous? Ready to achieve a unique look in your artwork? Venture into the world of mixed media. Whether you're a beginner interested in starting a creative practice or experienced wanting to expand your artistic skills, True Creativity Within offers a variety of live virtual classes and online courses. Learn the basics and how to blend a variety of mixed media techniques. Lisa Agaran is a professional artist, instructor and creativity coach. She helps students understand the hills & valleys of the creative process like overthinking and self-doubt. When you allow mistakes & accidents to happen, artistic magic unfolds. Visit

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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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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 to learn more.

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Marble Carving Summer Sessions (Naxos Island, Greece)

Join us for this intensive workshop whether you are a beginner or an experienced sculptor who would like to discover the qualities of Naxian marble using traditional tools and techniques. The setting is in our scenic garden nestled in the valley between the sea and mountains in Naxos Island, Greece. I offer a very small class of only 6 spots in which we will begin and end our journey simultaneously. We will approach 3 dimensional carving with the 3 point caliper system or direct carving. We will also explore the local history, food, visit the ancient quarries, local artists as well as making amazing connections!

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Painting in Stone: The Technique of Buon Fresco (June 8-12, 2022)

This workshop explores the ancient technique of buon fresco painting, the process made famous by Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling, and Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry mural. Working in fresco requires an artist to apply pigment to freshly laid plaster. As the work dries, the pigment and plaster become integrated as one, resulting in a permanent surface that is essentially colored stone. This five day workshop will be instructed by visiting artist, Michael Nichols. Early Registration (Discounted): May 2, 2022; Standard registration: May 13; Late registration: May 20. To view full course schedule and details, visit

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Eat Paint Live The Cotswolds Art Retreat (June 20-24, 2022)

Famous for its idyllic towns and villages, its castles and palaces and soft rolling landscapes, The Cotswolds is one of England's most picturesque areas. This small-group art retreat includes accommodation at a Cotswolds country cottage and farm, plus 4 days and nights of sketching excursions to Oxford, Blenheim Palace and more. Join leaders Anne Kupillas and Charles Leon plus a foodie, for this plein air retreat - artists of all levels welcome, media: watercolor, sketching, gouache, pastels.

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Landscape Painting In Watercolor: The Summer Scene

Learn to paint the summer landscape in watercolor! Class covers important ideas in technique, colors, and composition ideas for capturing the summer scene. Live Class On Zoom -Saturday, June 25th and Sunday, June 26th. Info for the first class including Zoom link will be sent by email upon registration. Class includes Pre-class info sheet with important ideas and illustrated examples; Online Class with Demos, Paint-along Projects, Q&A and end of day individualized critiques. A Recording of Each Class is avaialble for review. Instruction is comprehensive, step-by-step, with the "how's" and the "why's" explained. You'll be amazed with your progress!

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Thomas Schaller's Design and the Power of Imagination

Join Thomas Schaller's revolutionary twelve-month comprehensive and sequential watercolor program. You'll progress through the video curriculum at your own pace, and join Tom live as he creates original works. Expand your watercolor skills through technique, creativity, and imagination. Each month, Tom welcomes fellow master artists, such as Joseph Zbukvic, Yuko Nagayama, and John Salminen, into his studio to share more about their unique approach to watercolor.

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2023 Thoroughly Oaxaca Art Experience 2: mixed media natural pigments symbols & talismans

Join Oaxacan 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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