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Art Workshop Calendar

Welcome to our comprehensive Art Workshop Calendar. Please enjoy browsing and signing up for one of the many workshops available through our community. Or if you wish to post your own workshop, you can do this for USD$100 to be exposed to our valued community of over 50 000 people. 


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Notice: This feature is one of the most effective pages on the Painter's Keys site. For example, Carla O'Connor's Figurative Watermedia course in B.C.'s beautiful Pemberton Valley in May was sold out in a couple of days with folks travelling from as far away as Norway. We are most interested in helping qualified workshoppers fill their courses. As such, we reserve the right to reject some would-be advertisers and refund their money. This is also why we now charge $100 - to help ensure that only quality workshops are posted. In addition, every letter features a workshop to ensure that you will be seen by thousands.

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  • May 13, 2017 to May 23, 2017 - Spain Painting Retreat with Jeanne Salucci

    Jeanne-Salucci_workshop2 You are invited to paint and relax in beautiful Southern Spain May 13-23, 2017.  See Spain through the eyes of an artist.  NO Experience needed.  I will take you step by step into the incredible world of  Watercolor. Great for beginner painters or experienced. Get your Creativity flowing. Relaxing, Friendly, Fun! Perfect for Solo travelers or bring a friend. We will stay in a wonderful Hacienda, one mile from the sea. Amazing grounds  nestled in a 10 acre mango orchard, swimming pool, peaceful surroundings, beautiful daily painting locations, fantastic fresh meals, a trip of a lifetime! To register email Jeanne at or call 631-286-8786  For photos and more info see website

  • May 19, 2017 to May 26, 2017 - LeMistral Painting Adventures – Pender Island with Perry Haddock

    kathleen_theriaultPlein Air Workshop with Perry Haddock, SFCA
    Like a jazz musician who improvises, integrating freedom of expression with well-honed skills, a plein air artist strives to capture a moment, an expression of ͞being there. This workshop is designed to build on fundamental skills, allowing the artist to approach subject matter with confidence and freedom.

    Too often, as painters with a blank canvas in front of us, we approach with trepidation, worrying that we need to get it right with every stroke of the brush. That approach often produces tight paintings, where detail overrides the big picture, colour accuracy overrides value, and reality overrides impression. This workshop will challenge painters to experiment and improvise, gaining confidence through practice. We’ll paint a lot, with the end goal of learning to be loose, lively, and expressive. Perry will do a demo each day, and also some practice exercises, using them as an opportunity to talk about fundamentals of design and composition. Afternoons will be spent with participants painting on site in different locations, followed by group critiques.

    LeMistral Painting Adventures

  • May 25, 2017 to May 28, 2017 - 3-Day Plein Air Art Retreat in Ottawa Valley, Ontario with Keith Thirgood

    keith-thirgoodJoin us in the Ottawa Valley for three days of instructor-guided painting. The Valley has something for everyone. Small towns, rivers, lakes, rock faces, beaches, forests, farmland and more.
    Keith Thirgood leads this retreat, guiding you in painting out-of-doors in a loose, free manner. You will also learn Modern Colour Theory and how it can make you a better colourist.
    Your retreat includes shared accommodation in rustic cabins with kitchens (bring and prepare your own meals), instruction and beautiful scenery. (Spouses/friends welcome.) Small group, individual instruction.
    Visit my website for more information and to sign up:

  • Jun 11, 2017 to Jun 15, 2017 - Rocky Mountains Plein Air

    sharon-rusch-shaver_workshopJoin award winning artist Sharon Rusch Shaver to learn the fun of plein air painting in the majestic Rocky Mountains in springtime, when the wildflowers are blooming in the valleys and the creeks are still rushing from snow still clinging in the highest elevations. Your 4 nights will be spent in modern comfortable  accommodations which include heated pool, hot tub, and en-suite guest rooms in a historic lodge built over 100 years ago by one of the founders of the Rocky Mountain State Park. Delicious chef-prepared meals, and transfers to painting sites included.  This plein air workshop is for all levels beginner to advanced, watercolor, oil, pastel, photography. $1,450 all inclusive.*




  • Jun 19, 2017 to Jun 22, 2017 - Gibsons School of the Arts – Painting the figure/portrait with JUSTIN OGILVIE

    justin-ogilvie_workshopA 5-day workshop in picturesque Gibsons, BC, Canada


    Explore both traditional and contemporary techniques for painting the figure using both photographs and a live model taught by professional artist Justin Ogilvie.  Basic figure drawing and painting experience recommended.  Media – oils and acrylics.


    Fee $550.00 for more info visit website



  • Jun 19, 2017 to Jun 23, 2017 - Creating a Visual Memoir Using Writing and Collage

    gwen-fox_workshop2A 5-Day magical artistic retreat led by artist Gwen Fox and author Junie Swadron that honors your resiliency, artistry, strength and beauty. Both collage and writing have enormous power to invoke your muse and the invisible intelligence that emanates from your heart. You may be surprised by the depth of your creative genius that is birthed from these two art forms working together. All of this is taking place in Gwen’s studio and beautiful 100-year old adobe home in the heart of beautiful Taos, New Mexico where creativity literally hangs in the air.



  • Jul 10, 2017 to Jul 14, 2017 - Gibsons School of the Arts – Watercolour and mixed media = WOW with LORI SOKOLUK

    lori-sokoluk_workshopA 5-day workshop in picturesque Gibsons, BC, Canada


    Suitable for all levels, students will be exposed to fundamental watercolor techniques such as composition, colour mixing and design.  This will be followed by exploring mixed media.  Line work, resists, collage, the use of crayons and inks and other types of mixed media will be introduced.


    Fee $550.00 for more info visit our website at





  • Jul 17, 2017 to Jul 21, 2017 - Gibsons School of the Arts – Application of Colour Contrast in Paintings with DOMINIK MODLINSKI

    dominik-modlinski_workshopA 5-day workshop held in beautiful Gibsons, BC, Canada


    This workshop is designed for intermediate to advanced artists who are eager to expand their oil and acrylic techniques.  Students will gain an understanding of complementary colour contrast, analogous colour scheme and split-complementary colour schemes.


    Fee $550.00  for more info visit our website at


  • Jul 17, 2017 to Jul 20, 2017 - Rural and Urban Landscapes in Watercolor – Berea, Kentucky with Judy Mudd


    A 4-Day Watercolor Workshop in the artisan community of Berea!

    Interpret, envision, create!  Come to the beautiful foothills of Kentucky where creativity thrives and learn how to create stunning watercolor paintings from photographs.  This is Judy’s 5th year of teaching in the “artsy” town of Berea.  The workshop will focus on general watercolor painting plus specific techniques to use in your paintings.   Included in the workshop will be composition, perspective, color schemes, values for impact, and simplifying shapes for realism, including vehicles, figures and farm animals.  Beginners (with some basic knowledge of watercolor) to Advanced Students welcome.

    Berea, KY is a wonderful location with its many studios, galleries, shops and cafes.  It is a perfect setting for a relaxing 4-day workshop.

    Fee: $435   For more information, visit the artist’s website at

    For easy online registration, visit Berea Learnshops


  • Aug 2, 2017 to Aug 5, 2017 - Gibsons School of the Arts – Expressive Watercolour with BRENT LAYCOCK

    brent-laycock_workshopA 4-day course held in picturesque Gibsons, BC, Canada


    Styles of watercolour techniques including expressive brushwork, colour and dynamic colour will be discussed as well as solutions for what to do when things go wrong.  Suitable for advanced beginner to intermediate students.


    Fee $440.00  for more info visit our website at



  • Aug 2, 2017 to Aug 12, 2017 - FOLLOW YOUR BLISS TO FRANCE! 10 nights – $ 3600

    paula-riley_workshop4Join artist and teacher Paula Riley for the trip of a life time! Paint on the beautiful grounds of Le Vieux Couvent in the Dordogne region of France.  Enjoy many excursions to the most enchanting villages in France. And savor delcious homemade French country cuisine. Open to all painting levels using the mediums of oil, acrylic, or watercolor.Paula will provide demos and lots of one-on-one time at the easel. Cost includes accommodations, most meals, transportation to excursions and to/from Toulouse airport. This is the last chance to experience the fine hospitality at this lovely property, as the owners are retiring in 2018!


    Questions — contact Paula at or call her at (925) 330-3060.  For more information click here. Visit Paula’s website


  • Aug 4, 2017 to Aug 8, 2017 - 5-Days Painting in Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada with Keith Thirgood

    keith-thirgood2Join us in Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park for five days of instructor-guided painting.
    Keith Thirgood will lead you by canoe into the backcountry of the park, where you’ll camp and paint like plein air painters did 100 years ago. He guides you in painting in a loose, free manner. Also, learn Modern Colour Theory and how it makes you a better colourist.
    This is a self-supplied retreat. You need some familiarity with canoeing/camping to do this. We provide the canoes, instruction and beautiful scenery. A very small group, individual instruction.
    Visit my website for more information and sign up:

  • Aug 9, 2017 to Aug 12, 2017 - Gibsons School of the Arts – Creating Dynamic Studio Paintings with JERRY MARKHAM

    jerry-markham_workshopA 4-day course in scenic Gibsons, BC, Canada


    Using paintings done outdoors near the school in combination with sketches and photo references students will create a large finished painting in the classroom.  The essential information needed while in the field to create a dynamic studio painting will be discussed.  Media acrylics, oils.  Suitable for advanced beginner to intermediate.


    Fee $440.00  for more info visit our website at



  • Aug 14, 2017 to Aug 17, 2017 - Gibsons School of the Arts – Making a Good Painting with DEBORAH TILBY

    deborah-tilby_workshopA 4-day course taught in the beautiful setting of Gibsons, BC, Canada


    Explanation of what goes into the making of a good painting including subject, composition, colour etc.  Basic concepts of oil painting will also be taught along with an understanding of colour.  Suitable for beginner students with basic skills to intermediate.


    Fee $440.00  for more info visit our website at





  • Aug 21, 2017 to Aug 25, 2017 - INTIMATE DESIGN AND COLOR

    081412_gwen-foxIn this exciting, fun filled artistic retreat you will delve deep into color, design and value. This allows you to stretch your painting abilities while having the freedom to find your personal creative voice.

    Held at Gwen Fox’s private Art Sanctuary in Taos, New Mexico. Her 100-year-old adobe home is the perfect environment to inspire and renew your creativity.

    There will be private critiques that empower, glorious breakthroughs while basking in a safe environment in which to grow as an artist

    To find out more about this fabulous retreat go to


  • Aug 21, 2017 to Aug 28, 2017 - Watercolor and Watermedia Workshop in Greece with George Politis AWS, RI

    politis-in-thassosPainting holidays in Greece! Watercolor and mixed watermedia with George Politis AWS, RI in the beautiful island of Thassos!

    Combining studio and plein air painting and exploring pure watercolor and contemporary mixed watermedia! Learn how to see beyond the obvious and how to use your creativity!

    August 21-28 2017. Discover the beauties of a Greek island and local gastronomy!!!

    1350 euros *ALL INCLUSIVE* : Fees include accommodation, three meals per day, field trips and local transport with our leased bus.

    12 student max.


    For more information contact or visit

  • Sep 2, 2017 to Sep 30, 2017 - Plein air Painting workshops in Tuscany (weekly)

    art-junctions_tuscany-workshopJoin us and our talented art instructors, as we explore and paint in magnificent Tuscany, with it’s quaint hilltop villages, cobblestone streets and traditional farmhouses. Our landscape painting and plein air workshops are suitable for beginners as well as those who want to improve on existing skills. We also have programs for non-painters.

    Workshops available for the following weeks: Sept 2-9 ; Sept 9-16; Sept 16-23; Sept 23-30 (can book one week or extent to 2 weeks) This fabulous art retreat is set in the picturesque Italian country side, along the border of Tuscany and Umbria. Our fees include Rome airport transportation, Villa accommodations, three meals per day, professional tuition and much more.

    Secure your spot today by visiting:

  • Sep 2, 2017 to Sep 7, 2017 - 5-Day Plein Air Art Retreat in Killarney/LaCloche Mountains with Keith Thirgood

    keith-thirgood3Join us in Killarney, Ontario for five-days of instructor-guided painting.
    Keith Thirgood takes you into the amazing scenery of the La Cloche Mountain area of the Killarney Region. This area was often painted by members of the Group of Seven. When you see the ruggedness of the landscape, you’ll know why.
    Your retreat includes accommodation, kitchen (bring your own meals), instruction and beautiful scenery in the price. (Spouses / friends welcome.) Also learn Modern Colour Theory and how it makes you a better colourist.  A small group, individual instruction.
    Visit my website for more information and sign up:

  • Sep 3, 2017 to Sep 11, 2017 - Italy 2017

    030715_sharon-rusch-shaverThis Artists-Adventure is to an ancient hilltop village in Italy to explore, paint, and eat gourmet Italian cuisine all while staying in an historic 16th Century restored Villa in the center of a beautiful ancient medieval village. This exciting journey is for painters and non-painters alike. Artists will find inspiration everywhere in this beautiful undiscovered Umbrian region of Italy. We will be offering not only plein-air painting instruction with artist Sharon Rusch Shaver, but also Italian cuisine cooking classes, horseback riding and winery tours and tastings as well as other optional activities for our guests. To enroll, please go to our website:

  • Sep 4, 2017 to Sep 8, 2017 - ABSTRACTING THE FIGURE

    gwen-fox_abstract-figureAbstracting the figure can be sensual, exciting, fun and mysterious but the key is to be able to paint the figure without the stress of knowing all about anatomy.

    Being open to create in a serious yet playful way opens doors into the depth of your creativity.

    This Retreat will be held at Gwen Fox’s private Art Sanctuary in Taos, New Mexico. Her 100-year-old adobe home it is the perfect environment to inspire and renew your creativity.

    For more information please go to



  • Sep 15, 2017 to Sep 24, 2017 - Pastel painting workshop and retreat in the “other” south of France!

    mary-aslin_workshopI invite you to join me in this very unique pastel painting workshop and retreat—focusing on painting both the still life and landscape  en plein air—for 10 days, 9 nights, in a beautifully restored villa, just one hour southwest of Toulouse, France.


    Interspersed with focused painting time with the still life and local landscape as our subjects (and it’s possible that we may also have the opportunity to paint the figure outdoors!) under the beautiful September sun, will be casual guided outings touching upon the history and environment of the local area.



    For more information about this unique and special workshop please visit

  • Sep 18, 2017 to Sep 22, 2017 - ABSTRACTS THAT GLOW

    gwen-fox_abstracts-that-glowWant to discover the #1 secret to get that incredible inner glow in your abstract paintings?

    It is this sensual inner glow that adds excitement and mystery which makes your work irresistible to the viewer.

    This is a fun yet intense retreat that offers you the freedom to find your personal creative voice while discovering your personal abstract style.

    This Retreat will be held at Gwen Fox’s private Art Sanctuary in Taos, New Mexico.  Her 100-year-old adobe home it is the perfect environment to inspire and renew your creativity.

    For more information to this fabulous workshop/retreat please visit


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