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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  • Feb 14, 2018 to Feb 28, 2018 - MEXICO WINTER GETAWAY – Plein Air Painting and Figure Drawing

    mexico-pleinairTake a winter break! Join me, Hermann Brandt for one or both of these retreat/workshops in sunny Mexico.

    Casa Buena is a gorgeous art retreat center, right on the ocean. Jane Romanishko is a fabulous host and goes above and beyond to make sure you have a fantastic time. Included: Most art materials, meals, accommodation, a jungle-river boat trip and several sightseeing ventures. For beginner to intermediate level artists. Figure drawing (Feb 14-21) – from life; nude model. Plein air (Feb 21-28) – beach scenes, fishing villages and surrounding hills. I look forward to sharing a time of fun and learning.



  • Mar 11, 2018 to Mar 17, 2018 - Persephone’s Journal — New Mexico

    Julia-Morgan_Jump,Float,Fly Come to Taos to paint, draw and write with a group of artists interested in deepening their vision and skills. Stay at the iconic Mabel Dodge Luhan House, a place where artists and writers have been gathering for nearly a century.


    Artist and Instructor Julia Morgan will teach how to transform sketchbook pages with watercolor and drawing techniques that tell stories of vast and ever-changing skies, adobe dwellings nestled in cottonwood groves, red mesas along the horizon, the colored striations of cliffs, and the winding canyon carved by the Rio Grande.


    All levels of art experience are welcome.



  • 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 - 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 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 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!



  • Jun 4, 2018 to Jun 10, 2018 - Darla Bostick’s 11th Ghost Ranch Art Workshop/Retreat

    2017-darla-hikeGhost RanchNew Mexico, Darla Bostick, (June and October) workshops


    Relax, enjoy, create!


    Photography/watercolors/acrylics/mixed media. Group activity room (floor to ceiling vista). Ghost Ranch Lodging/meals provided. See why Georgia O’Keeffe loved Ghost Ranch. Each workshop/retreat is different. The June workshop leans heavier on all kinds of materials –textiles and dye, printing, painting, pouring and more! The October workshop combines the media of photography, watercolor, ink, acrylic and more — using watercolor paper, clayboard, etc!


    Daily demos, slide presentations, door prizes and optional happy hour. The website shows how I work from Ghost Ranch scenes to finished paintings.

  • Jun 14, 2018 to Jun 17, 2018 - Art Retreat: Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada with Keith Thirgood


    3-Days in the rolling hills, century-old farms and rushing cascades of the Ottawa Valley region of Ontario. Keith will lead you to places the Group of Seven and other famous Canadian artists painted. Keith teaches composition fundamentals, how to deal with the chaos of real life when painting en plein air, as well as how modern colour theory can help you mix almost any colour with ease.


    Also, watch for these other 2018 retreats.

    August 2-7 Canoe-in art retreat in the Kawartha Highlands, Ontario

    September 1-6, paint in the Killarney/La-Cloche Mountain area of Ontario


    For more information, visit:

  • Jun 23, 2018 to Jun 30, 2018 - Paint in Amalfi Italy


    The Amalfi Coast, a World heritage site, and one of the most spectacular vistas to be found in Italy.  Stay at our four-star hotel on the waterfront of Amalfi; all rooms with private bath and with Mediterranean Sea views.  Elevator available.  Small groups or painters with guests. Paint in Amalfi, Ravello, Positano, and Capri.  Work in oils or other media; beginners to advanced welcome.  Demos and individual instruction.  Breakfast each day along with 2 lunches & 5 dinners.
    See for further details.

  • Jun 27, 2018 to Aug 28, 2018 - Ellie Harold Open Studio Workshops — Frankfort, MI


    Do Your Art! Join Ellie Harold (7 Habits of Deeply Fulfilled Artists) for an art immersion experience 4 blocks from Lake Michigan, near beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Two sessions offered: 3-day June 27-29 ($375) and 4-Day August 28 – 31 ($450).


    Energize Your Art Life. The Open Studio format promotes the unfolding of your creative process. Each day you’ll enjoy content and demos related to authentic mark-making, painting as process, and intuitive color along with guided prompts and mentoring topics. New painters as well as more experienced artists desiring a deeper involvement with their art will find the Open Studio Workshops invaluable.


    All levels and media welcome. Some oil painting experience is desirable, although complete beginners have also benefited from the workshops.  If you’d like to try oil painting for the first time or want to refresh, basic color mixing will be reviewed on the first day of each session. Optional materials/equipment provision available Off-site lodging within walking distance.


    For more information and testimonials, visit Ellie’s website.

  • Jul 7, 2018 to Jul 8, 2018 - Brushes of Barriere with Marilyn Timms — Barriere BC, Canada


    Brushes of Barriere recently announced they will be hosting an acrylic painting workshop with well-known B.C. artist Marilyn Timms on July 7 and 8, 2018, at the North Thompson Agriplex.

    Timms is a highly respected artist and has been facilitating popular painting workshops for many years.

    Brushes of Barriere has room for 14 participants with “any level of painting experience.”
    Accommodation available at the Fair Grounds for a number of RV’s.


    Cost is $180 for the two-day event. Deadline to book a spot is June 15, 2018. For more information or to reserve a spot contact Bob Bambrick at: 250-672-9541 or email:

  • Jul 27, 2018 to Aug 1, 2018 - Creating a Visual Memoir Using Writing and Collage — Taos, New Mexico


    Join internationally acclaimed award winning artist, teacher, speaker and art coach, Gwen Fox, and international speaker, author, psychotherapist and writing coach, Junie Swadron for 5 days of magical artistic expression.


    These five days are devoted to igniting your creativity, imagination allowing you to reconnect with your personal sense of beauty and truth.


    Both collage and writing have enormous power to invoke your muse and the invisible intelligence that emanates from your heart.


    You do not have to have previous experience in painting, collage or writing. Cost of the Retreat…..$1395


    For more information:


    If you have any questions please email or phone 575-751-0183

  • Aug 2, 2018 to Aug 7, 2018 - Art Retreat Kawartha Highlands of Ontario, Canada with Keith Thirgood


    On this unique art retreat, Keith leads a group of artists by canoe into the backcountry of Kawartha Highlands. Mixed forest, lakes, islands, rock faces, swamps and more. This place is a great place to paint, if you like views looking like they did 100 years ago. Keith is a post-impressionist painter and teaches compositional fundamentals, how to bring order out of the chaos of a live scene when painting en plein air, plus how modern colour theory can make colour mixing easy.


    Watch for these other retreats.

    June 14-17 Ottawa Valley, Ontario

    September 1-6, paint in the Killarney/La-Cloche Mountain, Ontario

    For more information, visit:

  • Aug 13, 2018 to Aug 17, 2018 - Abstracts That Sell — Workshop/Retreat Taos, New Mexico


    Discover the #1 secret to selling your abstract paintings. This fun yet intense retreat offers the freedom to find your personal creative voice. Develop exciting abstracts designs, learn how to achieve a glow in your abstracts plus my secret on how to never be without an abstract design.


    Come to Taos, New Mexico for this special retreat filled with information, artistic growth and creativity. Watch the evening New Mexico light caress the adobe walls filling the air with a soft apricot glow… it is this light that inspires us to enter our soul.


    For more information email or call 575-751-0183.


  • Aug 13, 2018 to Aug 17, 2018 - Drawing and Painting in Rural Newfoundland


    Enjoy five full days of drawing and painting at Mill Road Studio in Port Rexton, NL. Work in the studio overlooking scenic Trinity Bay, and en plein air in the stunning coastal landscape with dramatic cliffs rising up out of the North Atlantic.

    Sessions run from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day.

    The cost is $1,250.00 CAD including lunch and all materials.

    For more information please write
    or phone Stephen Zeifman at 709-464-3907.

  • Aug 25, 2018 to Aug 31, 2018 - Stalking Caribou With a Paintbrush


    Capture on canvas the vibrant autumn reds, mauves, greens and golds of the Arctic tundra. Distractions: Caribou migrating south from their summer feeding grounds to their winter shelter; magical nightly displays of northern lights; world-class fishing for Arctic char or grayling; hiking or boat trips to see ancient Inuit sites; or, after an excellent dinner, hear of the exploits of the owners during their adventures to the North & South Poles. An experience like no other!

    Not a workshop but rather a group paint out under the guidance of professional oil painter and textile designer Mette Baker ( Mette has been painting at Arctic Haven, a wilderness lodge in the southwest corner of Nunavut, for the past two years. Her husband, former Canadian Ambassador and consultant Brian Baker, has been leading groups to Greenland and Northern Canada for many years.

    For more details about Arctic Haven, see website:

    For information about the trip generally, contact Brian

  • Aug 25, 2018 to Aug 26, 2018 - Travel Journal Sketching


    Join Travel Journal Sketch artist and Urban Sketcher Darsie Beck at Port Townsend School of the Arts and learn how to create your own travel journal sketch journal to enhance your daily life and travel experience.


    Learn the ease of working with watercolor pencils, micron pens and water-brush to enhance your sketching experience.



    This workshop provides an introduction to the process involved in creating a travel sketch journal, from page design to material demonstration and hands on field work in and around historic Fort Worden and Port Townsend, Washington.


    Workshop is now full.


  • Aug 26, 2018 to Sep 2, 2018 - Greece: Watermedia workshops with G. Politis AWS, RI .


    Watercolor Workshop – Painting Holidays in Santorini (5-12 July) and Thassos (26 August – 2 September) islands in Greece.


    Join George Politis AWS, RI in a journey of creativity. Both islands are majestic, beautiful and quite hotels to stay, paint and also have as starting point to explore the islands. Painting in pure watercolor and mixed watermedia. Focusing in composition and experimenting. All levels are welcome. Every session starts with a demonstration and then we paint together. Maximum of 12 students. Price is all inclusive (hotels, three meals per day, transportation during the workshop and tuition).

  • Aug 27, 2018 to Aug 31, 2018 - Dancing with Goliath — Workshop/Retreat Taos, New Mexico


    In this retreat you will delve deep into color, design and value. An artistic retreat that allows you to stretch your painting abilities while having the freedom to find your personal creative voice.


    Come join me in Taos, New Mexico for this special retreat filled with tons of art information, art tips, artistic growth and creativity.


    Watch the evening New Mexico light caress the adobe walls filling the air with a soft apricot glow… it is this light that inspires us to enter our soul.


    If you have any questions please feel free to email Gwen at or call 575-751-0183.

  • Sep 1, 2018 to Sep 6, 2018 - Art Retreat: Killarney/La Cloche Mountains, Ontario, Canada with Keith Thirgood


    Killarney is a special place to paint. Huge granite cliffs, sparkling lakes, near North forests. There are no roads. We take a stable pontoon boat to all painting locations.


    Keith is a post-impressionist painter and teaches compositional fundamentals, how to bring order out of the chaos of a live scene when painting en plein air, plus how modern colour theory can make colour mixing easy.




    For more information, visit:


  • Sep 7, 2018 to Sep 29, 2018 - Painting in Tuscany – One and Two week programs


    Join 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 showcasing glorious olive groves and expansive vineyards.


    Our painting workshops , Plein Air and Creative Exploration, are suitable for beginners as well as those who want to improve on existing skills. Our experienced tutors and beautiful setting will provide all the inspiration and support you need. Our villa is strategically located between Rome and Florence, with 8 bedrooms, we aim to keep our groups small.


    For more information visit here.

  • Sep 10, 2018 to Sep 14, 2018 - Drawing and Painting in Rural Newfoundland


    Enjoy five full days of drawing and painting at Mill Road Studio in Port Rexton, NL. Work in the studio overlooking scenic Trinity Bay, and en plein air in the stunning coastal landscape with dramatic cliffs rising up out of the North Atlantic.


    The cost is $1250.00 CDN including lunch and all materials.

    Sessions run from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day.

    For more information please write
    or phone Stephen Zeifman at 709-464-3907.

  • Sep 10, 2018 to Sep 14, 2018 - James Middleton 5-Day Plein Air Painting Workshop Holiday on the Beautiful South Shore of Nova Scotia


    Join me for a 5-day outdoor painting workshop vacation on the beautiful South Shore of Nova Scotia.

    My workshops offer a good balance between friendly interchange and education. They will be a relaxed, yet informative experience for all participants.

    You will learn how to see like an artist, what to look for and how to understand what you see – drawing as it applies to painting, the importance of values (more important than colour), edges, colour temperatures and more. I have developed a few exercises that will help you better understand the different aspects, by isolating them.

    Days will include demonstrations, personal instruction, exercises, encouragement and positive critiques for personal growth.


    Home location: 8 Fort Point Road, LaHave

    Call to reserve your spot today! (902) 693-2093

  • Sep 24, 2018 to Sep 28, 2018 - Creating an Abstract From the Ground Up — Workshop/Retreat Taos, New Mexico


    Want to paint Abstracts but haven’t a clue how to begin, or know when an abstract is finished? Discover luscious quiet colors so your abstracts stand out?


    This fabulous workshop will guide you through creating an Abstract painting from beginning to end. Come join me in Taos, New Mexico for this special retreat filled with information, growth and creativity.


    Watch the evening New Mexico light caress the adobe walls filling the air with a soft apricot glow… it is this light that inspires us to enter our soul.

  or call 575-751-0183


  • Oct 1, 2018 to Oct 5, 2018 - Rocky Mountain Plein Air Workshop


    October 1st to October 5th 2018


    The Aspens turning golden, blue mountain streams rushing, and migrating flocks of birds and animals that call the National Park their home are grazing in the autumn fields. We will be staying in comfortable historic accommodations near the entrance to the park. All ground transfers, en-suite accommodations, a delicious chef-prepared welcome dinner, boxed lunches and painting with professional artist Sharon Rusch Shaver


    All inclusive* $1,450. Beginner to Advanced, oil, watercolor, pastel, pencil, and photography are welcome. We work together daily sharing our knowledge of capturing a moment in time in such a wonderful and historic location.


    Register before July 30th and receive a discount, and more workshop information. Adventure-Artists Website Join us!

  • Oct 8, 2018 to Oct 13, 2018 - Batik Workshop at Rancho Santa Cruz


    Participants will have 6 days to explore and immerse themselves in the ancient art of Batik. There will be a $30 materials fee.  The instructor is renowned artist Dikki Van Helsland, who has taught throughout the US and Germany.  She is represented by several galleries in Arizona.

    The workshop fee is $750 with required accommodations at the historic B & B, Rancho Santa Cruz. For workshop registration contact Dikki at 1-520-399-2703 or

    Reservations for the ranch accommodations are 1-520-955-3718 or

    Deadline for the workshop is Sept. 20 with a $300 deposit, nonrefundable after Oct.1


  • Feb 20, 2019 to Mar 6, 2019 - COME PAINT MEXICO with Hermann Brandt


    I am very happy to be teaching two workshops at Casa Buena Art Retreat Center again next year.  Register for one or stay for both.

    THE FIGURE – Feb 20 – 27, ’19. Enjoy working with a live model using dry media. We will deal with proportion, measurement and likeness.

    PLEIN AIR – Feb 27 – Mar 6, ’19. Paint authentic Mexico – village life, beaches and landscape. We will deal with composition, light & shadow, color, value and more.

    Cost: CAN $1800 + GST. Includes instruction, some art supplies, accommodation, all meals, transportation to and from Puerto Vallarta airport, visits to surrounding areas, a jungle boat ride and a lot of fun.

    Contact Jane Romanishko for the extra 3 day “no-pressure” painting option.

  • Apr 10, 2019 to Apr 17, 2019 - The Power of Paint; Creating the WOW factor in your paintings with Dutch artist Carole Boggemann Peirson


    Location: between Puerto Vallarta & Mazatlan, Mexico


    Week-long workshop in gorgeous paradise retreat for beginning and intermediate students in oils (or acrylics with experience). You will learn how to create a painting with beautiful light that captures viewers’ attention and keeps them fascinated. Small group size guarantees personal attention.


    While you’re busy creating art and exploring, your friendly hosts at Casa Buena will ensure that your stay is memorable. Outstanding accommodations, food, and field trips will satisfy your desire for both comfort and adventure. Spouses are welcome!


    For more info, visit: or contact Carole at: or call: 001-757-678-3340 (EST).

  • May 12, 2019 to May 18, 2019 - Watercolor Painting Holiday Workshop – Lucca Italy, with international, award-winning artist Amanda Brett


    Come and paint with me in Lucca, Italy, May 2019!!

    My painting holiday workshops are all about the fun of painting in a supportive group environment and is suitable for all levels. Mostly, we’ll be painting en plein air (a nice quiet locale in which to play with our paints!) and enjoying the fresh air. I know Lucca like the back of my hand and will take you to some of my favourites spots!! Each day will start with a short theory session, with an emphasis on quick value sketching then a demonstration of the day’s painting subject out on location. We will also explore subject selection and strategies to tackle complex subjects. After a lunch break, I will let you loose to paint and then come and help each student in turn throughout the afternoon.
    After a well-deserved siesta, we’ll meet up for aperitivi and on to dinner; Lucca’s favourite dining spots will be waiting for us with a special menu just for us!

    Tuition, meals, luxury en suite B&B accommodation, on-ground transfers and excursions are all included!!

    E1895 Euros per painter, no single supplement

    For more information email Amanda

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