Special Events, Retreats, and Demonstrations…

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Workshops for 2018…

The workshop is currently FULL. We are taking names for stand-by only. Checkout the DEMONSTRATION below.


January 25 to 27, 2018 – $485

Spend three days in an intensive study on how to train your eyes to “read” light in the landscape, and how to capture a genuine effect of atmospheric light in your studio work. We’ll study a variety of lighting situations and types of landscapes. Barbara will provide photos for students to work from, or students may work from their own photos if they have similar lighting situations. Students can work in pastel or oil. Demos will be in both.

More about Barbara Jaenicke –  http://www.barbarajaenicke.com/

Thursday thru Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm       Min. 6, Max 12

Barbara Jaenicke DEMONSTRATION –

Sunday Jan 28th, 2018 – $55

If you did not make the workshop Barbara is offering a DEMONSTRATION

on Sunday Jan 28th, 2018 in the Artloft studio.

Event is from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Register HERE

AMANDA LOVETT – Barns, Barrels, and Bushels

February 16 to 17, 2018 – $285

Adding more substance and interest to your composition can often times enhance the story you’re trying to tell, however, the word ‘perspective’ can clear a classroom faster than a canvas on fire! One of the best ways to overcome this feeling of panic, and need for a high quality extinguisher, is to learn to keep only the bare essentials necessary to imply an object rather than completely replicate it.

So let’s be fearless together and no longer be afraid to tell the ‘whole’ story. Join me for two days of lively demos, hands-on painting and one-on-one instruction.

More about Amanda – https://amandalovett.com/

Friday thru Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm       Min. 6, Max 12

HOWARD FRIEDLAND, OPAM/AIS – 3 Day Landscape Study

March 1 to 3, 2018 – $475

Howard is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America and recently an Awards Judge at the 2017 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition

One of the mistakes painters make while in the field (myself included) is trying to come up with a finished frame-able painting instead of making an accurate study of the light.

The type of light, time of day and the season are challenging enough motifs to try to capture in the short time afforded by the ever-changing light. “Over worrying” a painting can lead to overworking it. This leads to confusion. It is better to make a bold statement outdoors and then take your painting back indoors away from all the distracting details to put your finishing touches on it either from memory or with the help of photographic reference.

In this workshop I will share a variety of hints, tricks and practices that will keep you on track for creating successful outdoor studies. I will demonstrate techniques, lecture and provide one on one attention to each student.

More about Howard Friedland at –  Howard Friedland’s Website

Thursday thru Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm       Min. 6, Max 12

Susan Blackwood – Painting Old Friends

March 4 to 5, 2018 – $395

Every artist has people and animals/birds in their lives that beg to be painted. This workshop will concentrate on putting two of your favorites together. Figure arrangement, composition, skin tones, fur textures, backgrounds, proportions, directing the eye, color harmonies and special concepts will be covered. Demonstrations, individual critique, group critiques will be covered. Subjects: Two people, old or young, two animals or one of each –Old Friends make great paintings.

More about Susan Blackwood at –  Howard Friedland’s Website

Sunday thru Monday: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm       Min. 6, Max 12

“Thank you so much for the wonderful workshops and all that you have given me. You are the one who has helped spread my wings to fly! Thanks to you, I believe I am an artist now! I’m not scared of painting anymore and am now having fun creating! Thanks again for all your encouragement and excellent teaching!

Kathy Waltner, Kansas”

DENNIS PERRIN – Floral Still Life

April 5 to 7, 2018 – $450

Any painter, regardless of level, would find in this course, revolutionary new ways of thinking about painting, as well as techniques and materials that will allow the painter to evolve to a whole new level of understanding in executing their paintings. Painting is more than just a process of creating a piece of art. It is a state of being that has application well beyond the domain of the palette, canvas, and easel. Dennis Perrin, a Master Painter and Teacher, with over 30 years of experience, will demonstrate the power of thought in transforming your art into a powerful expression of who you really are!

Combining an uncanny ability to simplify the most complex subjects with the patented Perrin Method of creating beautiful and powerful paintings, Dennis will help you discover the genius artist that lurks within you.

More about Dennis Perrin –  http://www.dennisperrinfineart.com/

Thursday thru Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm       Min. 6, Max 12

Craig Reynolds – Lets Make Plein Air Easy

Apr 19 to 21, 2018 – $325

My workshops “Lets Make Plein Air Easy” are designed for artist with at least some previous oil painting experience. If you are new to plein air or a seasoned veteran you’ll benefit from this simple process that will make your plein air experience much more successful. You’ll learn the basics and proper use of the oil paint and mediums, how to choose your composition, simple design techniques, color harmony practices and how to establish proper value ranges that help to create atmosphere and light effects of the subject.

We will start the workshop with a one hour lecture followed by daily demos and instruction. You’ll get plenty of personal painting time and assistance to practice these techniques during the workshop and as always I offer continuing critique and mentoring to all of my students.

More about Craig Reynolds – Craig Reynolds Studio

Saturday to Monday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm       Min. 6, Max 12


June 8 to 10, 2018 – $525

Marc Hanson has been featured multiple times in Plein Air Magazine and Southwest Art Magazine while also receiving national recognition for his work at top venues.

My workshop is designed to help intermediate to advanced students working in oils or acrylics to explore more advanced considerations in how a painting is conceived and executed. It won’t be about painting specifics,i.e., I won’t be teaching any “how too”s, including “How to paint like me”, but will be demonstrating, talking and teaching about how to be more personal in your approach to ‘your’ painting, exploring your temperament and individual skills, to be more direct in each painting’s statement. That includes exploring skills in developing a solid Concept, and the use of Color, Composition, Value, Edge work and Drawing, to communicate as effectively as you can with each painting. We will concentrate on Concept and it’s purpose in making paintings that are specific to the idea that they portray. The days will consist of Demonstration, Discussion and Student Practice. I demonstrate and explain everything that I ask students to do. This will be followed by a lot of time for individual painting time, and time for me to meet with each student at their easel for discussion and personal one on one critique. At the end of the workshop there will be a group meeting where we will discuss and critique a selection of the students’ work.

More about Marc Hanson – Marc Hanson Fine Art

Saturday to Monday: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm       Min. 6, Max 12

ANGELA BANDURKA, ISAP Master – The Lively Still Life

June 22 to 24, 2018 – $495

This class is a  SOLVENT FREE oil or acrylic workshop

A class to help bring your own voice to your still life painting, whether you’re starting out or looking to freshen up your existing work. One of the most basic things we’ll learn is how to approach the painting process to start with. Setting up the scene, discovering ways to use your single light source to create drama, and the easiest way to draw an oval correctly! Plus, you’ll learn the tips and tricks to make metal and glass look more realistic without being overly photographic.

Angela will demonstrate how to select a subject matter, set it up for painting in a way that feels fresh, and how to design the lighting for maximum drama. Each day will start with an artist’s demonstration, followed by instruction and painting time while Angela walks around and works with each student.

All part of the valuable insight Angela will share during your weekend together. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from this master of the still life!

More about Angela Bandurka at angelabandurka.com

Friday thru Sunday: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm       Min. 6, Max 12

AMANDA LOVETT – Still Life In Oil, Painting Glass, Metal and Fabric

August 17 to 18, 2018 – $285

Train your eye to “see” shapes of color and then transfer that information to the canvas. Sometimes all it takes is having someone point out what you should be looking at to solve the puzzle. Participate in exercises that will help strengthen your ability to reduce any object to its simplest form.  Correctly compose and render your scene in precise proportions and perspective and gain a better understanding of the use of values, shapes and edges to portray your 3D image on a 2D surface. Utilizing instruction, demos and hands-on painting, this workshop is kept small enough to insure plenty of one-on-one time with the instructor.

More about Amanda – https://amandalovett.com/

Friday thru Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm       Min. 6, Max 12


September 21 to 23, 2018 – $425

This class is designed for the intermediate level oil painter who is interested in refining the elements used in creating a successful painting outside. We will paint in the studio and en plein air. We will be covering atmosphere and distance, trees, water, and architecture.

Emphasis will be placed on design and composition using the idea of the notan, the 3 value sketch as well as the principles of drawing using one and two point perspective.

Students will also learn to pair down equipment for use outdoors as well as other tricks and tips for painting safely and comfortably outside.

More about David Boyd at davidboydjr.com

Thursday thru Sunday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm       Min. 6, Max 12

ROGER DALE BROWN – Foundation of Painting

October 4 to 7, 2018 – $675

Roger will begin with an orientation and slide show of Master Artist works. It is there that he will explain in detail the techniques and compositions of the masters, to help enhance your understanding of the foundation of painting.
You will have four days of a lot of personal and intensive learning. Instruction will include the importance of simplifying, how to use your reference material successfully, value and color, and how to see as an artist. Roger will demo, and you will have a lot of paint time practicing the techniques you are learning.

More about Roger Dale Brown –  Roger Dale Brown’s Website

Thursday thru Sunday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm       Min. 6, Max 12


October 12 to 14, 2018 – $500

All plein air workshops are on location. Plan for an eight hour workday. Every morning there is a lecture/demonstration. The demonstration painting is completed on location each day. Everyone breaks for lunch. Artists select their location for their 3 to four hours of painting. Group critique is generally on location. Located near the romantic City of Dahlonega, GA the home of the first Gold Rush set in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visit farms on the river, waterfalls, a quaint village and stay in a forested home right in the mountains.

More about Morgan Samuel Price at morgansamuelprice.com

Friday thru Sunday: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm       Min. 6, Max 12