Ongoing Workshops

September 911, 2014 
Dan Graziano
3 Day Plein Air Workshop In Castine, Maine 

This workshop will focus on painting outdoors from life along with basic art fundamentals of color temperature, value, edges, composition and paint handling. We will also discuss how to develop greater skills of observation, simplification, identification of strong focal points and quickly painting “wet on wet” (alla prima) to translate what you see and experience into strong paintings.
Participants will paint every day at a different location around the picturesque coastal town of Castine, Maine. The class begins with a brief demonstration by Dan followed by everyone painting with plenty of one-on-one instruction. Beginners to advanced painters are welcome.  Workshop fee is $285 (does not include lodging).

For more information, visit or email at dangrazfineart@gmail

September 11 – 13, 2014 
Kristen Olson
3 Day Workshop in Laguna and Balboa Island

Paint waves, water and the colorful sea cliffs of Laguna Beach. During this 3 day workshop, we will meet at a variety of seaside locations to paint, "en plein air".  Locations to include 2 days at Heisler Park and 1 day at Balboa Island in Newport Beach.

We will focus on learning to paint the movement of water, wet sand reflections, sea rocks, cliffs and many other things associated with seascape painting.  You will also learn how to portray atmosphere and the time of day. 

Balboa Island is a gem for artists, there is a wide variety of scenery including boats, beaches, water with reflections, interesting and colorful homes as well as flower gardens. 

Throughout the workshop I will tailor each location to a different lesson that includes work on the fundamentals of creating a painting such as composition, value, color, edges and how to add that special quality you love in great works of art by showing you how to add your emotions that you feel for your subject to your painting.

Each morning I'll begin with a painting demonstration and lecture. We'll have a short picnic lunch break and then you will paint for the rest of the afternoon with my help.  

The workshop hours will be from 10am-4:00pm and it is open to beginners through advanced painters and to oil, watercolor, acrylic and gouache.
The Cost is $345.00 for all 3 days

To register, visit the workshops page at

September 15 – 22, 2014
Victoria Brooks
Plein Air Painting in Spain

Paint the Costa Brava and Tour Barcelona with Victoria Brooks. Victoria teaches primarily in oil but also teaches acrylic and watercolor. All level of painters are welcome. Workshop includes demos, instruction, critiques, most meals, ground transportation in a comfortable van and lodging.

Class size is limited to 12.
Price: $2,990pp before November 30, 2013
(+$550 for single room)
$3,190 after November 30, 2013.
Enroll at
Victoria Brooks:
(916) 768-1751 •

September 2527, 2014
Rick J. Delanty
“A New Perspective on Painting,” three-day workshop

Problems in painting frequently originate with problems in drawing, with perspective often being the most significant area of concern. Beginning in the studio, and using photographs and the outdoors as reference, this three-day workshop will present the fundamental drawing and painting tools an artist needs to create successful representational paintings both indoors and on location.
Using architectural models, Rick will demonstrate techniques in both drawing and painting to help students create realistic paintings, such as: layering, perspective, diminishing size, neutralized color, and establishing effective value and color relationships in a painting.
Composition, cropping, and subject selection will also be emphasized.
Artists may use the medium of their choice to create three paintings that demonstrate believable depth. One class session will be devoted to working outdoors, from life.
If you want to create paintings that “look more real,” this workshop is for you.
Oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, and pastel welcome.
Thursday through Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Presented at San Clemente Art Supply, 1531 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672
Tuition: $375, limited to 12.
Beginner to Intermediate, some drawing experience.
For more information, and to enroll: call San Clemente Art Supply at (949) 369 - 6603

September 26, 2014 
Vanessa Rothe
"Travel Sketching, Studies in Watercolor"
One Day Painting Workshop

Learn to create beautiful "color studies" that can be helpful later to make a larger watercolor or oil paintings. These color studies can actually be in and of themselves a little "chef d'oeuvre" a charming addition to your portfolio, or a sketchbook of memories from a trip you never want to forget.

I will explain the "How to" of watercolors and a little basic color understanding, mixing and technique. I will show you how to use and to "not use" white.

I will be doing demonstrations for you to watch all along the way. You will be given helpful hand outs, learn how to pack and set up to paint, I will suggest some great inspring books, give you photos to work from and of course lots of instruction and inspiration!

Hours: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: $100

Register today:

Fine Art Collaborative Hosted in Southern California by
Randy Higbee Gallery

September 27 – 28, 2014 
Peggi Kroll Roberts
"Outdoor Costumed Model"
A Two Day Painting Workshop

Peggi begins with the fundamental of values. A key to solid design. The morning will begin with warm up exercises and then move to specific lessons to emphasis a particular fundamental. Peggi stresses the importance of being well grounded in the fundamentals in order to manipulate them to express your individual "voice". We will cover a lot of canvas to get as much mileage and make as many decisions as possible; a necessary process to growth and understanding.

Beginner to advance. Oil and acrylic's welcome.

Hours: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: $200 + $25 model fee

Register today:

Fine Art Collaborative Hosted in Southern California by
Randy Higbee Gallery

September 27 – 28, 2014 
Ray Roberts
"The Land and Sea En Plein Aire"
A Two Day Painting Workshop

Join Ray for a wonderfully insightful 2 day on-location workshop. Ray, a master of plein aire painting, will guide you through his approach that has earned him countless national accolades and the authentic admiration of both the world wide art community and students alike.

Hours: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: $200

Register today:

Fine Art Collaborative Hosted in Southern California by
Randy Higbee Gallery

October 2, 2014
Peggi Immel
Architecturals for the Plein Air Painter

Never again be afraid to include that barn in your painting or to tackle portraying your neighbor’s Victorian house with the turret. This short workshop will shed light on the mysteries of vanishing points, shadows, shingles, fenestration and a whole host of other topics architectural subjects can bring to your painting.

We will focus on covering the fundamental skills needed to effectively depict buildings, fences and other manmade features in the landscape. A session in the morning will include demos and some written material on techniques as well as basic information on linear perspective and the use of a visual approach to perspective for painters. During the afternoon, participants will have the opportunity to paint one or two pieces with individual attention and critique from the workshop instructor. The class will be held en plein air weather permitting.

Recommended Text: "Perspective Made Easy", by Ernest R. Norling, Published by Dover Publications

Workshop Fee: $100.00
Location: Moab Arts & Recreation Center, Moab, Utah
Contact Information:

MARC Sandi Snead or Lauri Collins • (435) 259-6272

For further information and to register for this workshop visit the Plein Air Moab website:

October 11, 2014 
Kristen Olson
"Paint Mission San Juan Capistrano"
One Day Workshop with Kristen Olson

Learn how to create paintings with a wonderful combination of strong compositions and expressive, fluid brushwork.

Throughout history, artists have gone to paint at the mission.  It's colorful gardens are framed by historical buildings full of texture and wonderful shapes.  The mission is the perfect location to create paintings that are full of movement yet anchored by strong shapes.

Learn how to get a strong compositional start by using construction lines, a focal point, big shapes and contrasting values.  
Next, learn to paint expressive brushwork that is loose and fluid over your strong drawing.  

There will be a morning painting demonstration after which, for the rest of the afternoon, students will get individual help at their easels which will be tailored to their level of experience and medium of choice. 

Class will be from 10am-4pm
Class size is limited 
Admission is $9.00, or free for the first 3 to sign up
To register, visit the workshops page at

October 20 – 22, 2014 
Kristen Olson
3 Day Workshop, Coastal Orange County with Kristen Olson

Join me in beautiful Southern California and learn to paint water and the colorful sea cliffs of Laguna Beach, Corona Del Mar and Balboa Island. During this 3 day workshop, we will paint a variety of landscapes, "en plein air". 

Throughout the workshop I will tailor each location to a different lesson that includes work on the fundamentals of painting such as composition, value, color, edges and how to add that special quality you love about your chosen location by showing you how to add the emotions you feel for your subject to your painting.

Each morning I'll begin with a painting demonstration and lecture. We'll have a short lunch break and then you will paint for the rest of the afternoon with my help.  

The workshop hours will be from 10am-4:00pm and it is open to all levels of painters and to oil, watercolor, acrylic and gouache.
The exact class meeting locations will be emailed upon registration. Please email for more information or a supply list. 

Class size is limited, to register visit the workshops page on my website at

October 22 – 26, 2014
Greg LaRock & Ken DeWaard
Georgia Plein Air Workshop 2 For 1
4 Day Plein Air Workshop in Newnan, Georgia

Don't miss this opportunity to work with two of the top Plein air painters in the country! Ken and Greg have their own unique style of painting, while they share mutual theories, goals and approach to painting. The workshop will begin on Wednesday night with a meet and greet dinner where Ken and Greg will have a discussion and you can share your needs and goals for your work. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be filled with demo's by each of these award-winning artist, plenty of instruction and a lot of paint time in the beautiful rural countryside just south of Atlanta.
Fee is $525

For more information: Millie Gosch
Phone: (770) 301-0674

O N G O I N G ––W O R K S H O P S

Fred Hope's Drawing for Painters class
Fred Hope's popular Drawing For Painters class is continuing on Mondays through the Summer and Fall of 2014. This unique class is based on Fred's 30-plus years of teaching experience at the
Art Center College of Design and Laguna College of Art and Design.

The goal here is to improve each student's foundational drawing skills, elevating the quality and creativity of their painting. Examples of painters, such as
John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla and Edgar Payne, all of whom drew constantly in support of their painted works, will be presented and discussed in class.

Attendees will be working from a variety of sources, with demonstrations, examples, and constructive feedback to be featured. Exercises for the home studio will be suggested as well.

Artistic elements to be covered include: Composition, Quick Sketching, Concept Development, Value as applied to Color choices, Perspective, Lighting, Shadows and Form. Many of these exercises will begin as drawings and be finalized as paintings.

Classes are limited to 6 students, allowing for more personalized instruction and feedback. The smaller class will accommodate various levels of experience, also making it easy to join the flow of instruction at any time. Painters at any level of experience will benefit from this curriculum.

Classes are held in a spacious, professionally outfitted studio in Laguna Canyon (free parking).
Tuition is $450 for a block of 10 classes. Missed classes may be rescheduled, provided one week prior notice is given.

Classes are currently scheduled every Monday, with a morning session from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and an afternoon session from 2:00 to 5:00 pm

If you have an interest, or know an artist that might benefit from this kind of professional training, please contact Fred directly at:

September 3 – November 12, 2014 
Kristen Olson
Fall Session, Weekly Plein Air Painting Class with Kristen Olson

Join me this Fall, 2014 for a weekly Wednesday plein air class from 10am-1pm in various locations in and around Orange County

Each Week we will visit a new area location and focus on a site specific lesson such as how to paint reflections or how to create depth and atmosphere in a painting.  Throughout the classes I will focus on composition, line, value, color and edgework.
The carefully chosen locations will provide a wide variety of landscapes to paint including beaches, cottages, wineries, vistas, gardens, missions and more.

At each session, I will begin with a brief lecture and demonstration. For the rest of the class I will give you personal help at your easel while you work on your own plein air painting.  

The cost is $295.00 for all 10 classes.  Once registered I will email you the list of all 10 locations with addresses and parking instructions.  
Please email me for more information about availability, supplies, etc. at

This class is open to oil, acrylic, watercolor and gouache.  Most of my demonstrations will be in oil but I will also demonstrate in watercolor and gouache and one class will be on travel sketching.

Class size is limited and is open to all levels of artists.
To register, visit the workshops page at

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