Painting Workshops, Art Lessons & Art Instruction For Artists

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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  • Jan 26, 2017 to Mar 6, 2017 - Artist Retreats Aboard Sailboat Ubuntu in the BAHAMAS

    workshop-sailFind inspiration in the Bahamas! You will live aboard our catamaran, snorkel reefs, sail, and visit unique out-island communities and pristine beaches. Each day will allow you to capture your singular perspective through photography, sketching, painting (on deck or ashore) and journaling. Discover amazing detail, color and beauty on-island and in the ocean. We provide acrylic paints; you bring your preferred media. Evenings are reserved for delicious meals followed by group discussions. We’ll explore the creative process and each artist’s goals. Our program is collaborative, inclusive and relaxed.

    3 choices: January 26-30, 2017 • February 9-13, 2017 • March 2-6, 2017

  • Feb 8, 2017 to Feb 22, 2017 - Feb 8 -15 and 15 – 22, 2017 – MEXICO – Plein Air and Figure Study Workshop and Art Retreat

    hermann-brandt_workshopTWO ART RETREAT WORKSHOPS TO CHOOSE FROM – (4 day workshop, 7 day retreat)
    1. THE FIGURE FROM LIFE: Feb 8-15, 2017
    Develop your ability to draw or paint the human figure with accuracy and expression. Emphasis on likeness, gesture and light. More info:
    2. PLEIN AIR: Feb 15-22, 2017
    Strong light, deep shadow, lively colors – paint the land and seascapes surrounding the CASA BUENA ART RETREAT. Emphasis on design, value, color, and temperature, edges and brush strokes. More info:
    Encouraging, positive instruction: Hermann Brandt. Email or call to register – 1 403 604 2394 or 1 403 560 0894

  • Feb 27, 2017 to Mar 3, 2017 - Nihonga: Then and Now with Judith Kruger in Costa Mesa, CA

    judith-kruger_workshop2Nihonga: Then and Now — 4 1/2 day workshop with Judith Kruger February 27-March 3, 2017

    $700 plus $180 materials fee

    Create deep paintings rooted in ancient Asian practice with organic and inorganic pigments from shell, mineral and plant matter. Traditional and abstract painters welcome. Visit my website for testimonials and for more information.


  • Mar 8, 2017 to Mar 15, 2017 - Capturing Personality in Portrait — Riviera Nayarit, Mexico with Jane Romanishko

    jane-romanishko_workshop2There is nothing more challenging and fascinating than painting a portrait of another human being… and there is nothing more satisfying when you succeed in doing that! Join me for 7 day all inclusive art retreat in the unspoiled back country of Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. In this easy going and very informative workshop you will learn all the steps and techniques of painting a character portrait from photos and from a life model. All levels are welcome. Demos will be done in pastel and oil, but acrylic painters are welcome as well.
    $1500.00 will cover instructions, art supplies, 7 days accommodation, transportation from and to Puerto Vallarta airport, delicious meals, field trip to the Jungle and local markets and much more. Treat yourself to this unique and creative vacation: learn, create, have a good time, make new art friends and take your experiences home with you, in both artworks and in memories. For more information please visit

  • Apr 24, 2017 to Apr 28, 2017 - Paint Plein Air with Ellie Harold in Guanajuato, Mexico

    ellie-harold_workshop-1Create art in the gorgeous light of this beautiful colonial city filled with colorful plazas, markets, churches and people. Based in a charming hotel next to the birthplace of Diego Rivera, we will paint in locations throughout the historic Centro district. Daily demos, instruction focused on values-based design, along with skillful guidance, encourage successful plein air studies that capture the essence of a scene. Favorable currency exchange and even more favorable light combine for a rich artistic and cultural experience Participation limited to ten artists. Workshop fee: $600. For more information, visit Ellie’s website.

  • 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

  • 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


  • 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 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





  • 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:

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