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Higher education

I’m frequently asked whether it’s best to go back to school or back to work. I’ve been on the board of directors of a prominent art college, and I’ve also been an advocate of do-it-yourself for life — so I’m coming from both sides of the fence. Fact is, even if you attend what you think is the best art school in the world (like I did — Art Center) it doesn’t make you into an artist. You’re the one who has to do that....Read On

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Upcoming Workshops

  • Apr 6, 2018 to Apr 9, 2018 - Painting Light With Cheri Christensen: Oil Painting in The Russian Impressionist Tradition II


    Location: Fredericksburg Texas This workshop is designed for students who understand the basics of value, color and drawing and want to take their art to the next level. The emphasis will be on creating your own personal style, and continuing your development as an artist.


    The class will be limited in size to allow each student more individualized attention. Each student will have a private question and answer time with Cheri to help them discover their own direction as an artist.


    She will discuss choice of subject, path of light, composition and edges, needed to create your own artistic painting.


    For more information, please Click Here

  • Apr 7, 2018 to Apr 14, 2018 - San Miguel Art Retreat for Women – Only 1 Spot Left


    Are you stuck in a rut? Need time to reflect on transitions? Long for an extended art-play date? Join Ellie Harold for a unique art-making retreat for women in colonial San Miguel de Allende.  Re-establish flow in your life through painting, movement, soulful discussion, and a wealth of cultural, visual and culinary delights.


    Art practice will encourage intuitive use of color and expressive mark-making with emphasis on process. Materials provided or you can bring your own.


    An inspired facilitator and prolific painter, Ellie invites all experience levels (including none) to participate in Painting for Pleasure.


    Visit Ellie’s website to learn more. 


  • Apr 7, 2018 to Apr 14, 2018 - Travel Sketching with Watercolours in Italy

    joanne-hastie_workshop-1Join Vancouver artist Joanne Hastie to sketch the landscapes of Italy. Joanne will share her art process during this 7 day adventure.

    Highlights: See all 6 Mosaic’d churches in Ravenna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Visit & sketch the places where Michelangelo sketched in the late 1490’s in Bologna; Wander the house where Renaissance artist Rafael’s grew up; Tour the castle that inspired a chapter in Dante’s Divine Comedy; Paint while watching the sunset over a cliff-top castle; Ride a bicycle along the beach to a Roman Bridge built in 10AD that is still in use today!; Sketch alongside Canadian artist Joanne Hastie & experience how the Italian countryside inspires her art.
    Included:  7 nights accommodations, 7 gourmet breakfasts, 7 gourmet dinners (wine included) at Hotel Belvedere in Riccione;  transportation to and from Riccione to each location; watercolor sketchbook, plein-air starter kit (watercolor), ink pen, eraser

    $3325 CAD per person
    Click here to learn more.

  • Apr 25, 2018 to May 5, 2018 - 10-Day Watercolour Cruise — Pacific Coast

    richard-wong_workshopRelax, explore, paint and shop! Join Victoria wildlife artist, Richard Wong on a privately hosted Pacific Coastal Cruise from Vancouver, BC.  And experience the magic of watercolour on Japanese art paper.  Richard, a full-time professional painter, will guide you on a wildlife themed journey onboard the eloquent Star Princess.  You will learn how to create vibrant, attractive watercolour images from a unique blend of Asian and Western ways of making art.  Stops include Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Monterey and San Francisco.


    Richard organized this west coast trip to include everyone:  friends and families, painters and non-painters; in partnership with Expedia CruiseShipCenters (Victoria, BC office only, Tracey Ball, (250) 381-7447/toll free 1-800-668-8122).  Choose from two options: “Paint & Cruise” (from $1,820 CAD/double occupancy/interior, includes all taxes, port fees, and 4 two hour classes with art supplies); OR “Cruise Only” (from $1,670 CAD/double occupancy/interior, includes all taxes, port fees).


    You can learn more about Richard through his website:
    Contacts:  either Richard Wong or Tracey Ball per the above.

  • May 31, 2018 to Jun 11, 2018 - Painting in the Sacred Valley of Peru 2018

    sharon-rusch-shaver_workshop-2We will be exploring ancient sites, painting Plein Air, taking photos and eating Chef prepared delicious Peruvian cuisine all while staying in a comfortable Hacienda in the Sacred Valley shaded by towering Eucalyptus trees. Meals, ensuite rooms, transfers to sites*, tours*, museums included.


    Premium Member Sharon Rusch Shaver will be sharing 40 years experience traveling and painting plein air with daily demos and private instruction. All mediums and levels of ability. Join us for this exciting Artist-Adventure!$2,650 all inclusive*.


    Optional non-painting Machu Picchu overnight excursion-tour available as an add-on. A very limited number of places are available on this Adventure so be sure to reserve your space early!



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