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Upcoming Workshops & plein air events 


Painting Holiday Italy 

September 18-25

Join me for an amazing painting adventure at the Luxury Boutique Hotel Leone in Le Marche, Italy. You’ll be inspired by this captivating, medieval hilltop town. Surrounded by art and culture, an amazing coastline with hidden beaches, patchwork quilt countryside and stunning mountain ranges! This inspiring painting holiday is designed to release the inner artist for both experienced painters and beginners.


Hotel Leone is located in the historic centre of Montelparo in Central Italy. With 11 luxury, en-suite bedrooms. Bring a partner – even if they’re not participating in the painting.

About Le Marche:

Course Details

The workshop is designed to be a stimulating and stress-free, experience for beginners to advanced students. Everything has been carefully organized so all you need to do is paint and enjoy the wonderful experience of visiting Italy. Painting location are carefully chosen for scenic beauty and class size is limited for plenty of one on one instruction. You’ll develop the skills necessary to translate light into the language of paint. All Levels Welcome: Sketching, oils, watercolor and acrylics

Topics Covered:

  • Composition, understanding and simplifying shapes 

  • Laying down a foundation quickly and confidently

  • Creating and developing a focal point

  • Color mixing to create atmospheric perspective


Welcome reception and informational meet and greet on day one.  Each day begins with a lecture and demonstration on the fundamentals of painting.  There will be plenty of painting time, personal instruction, and group critiques to promote your progress. We will end the week with a farewell dinner.  A detailed itinerary will be furnished upon registration.           


Painting holiday prices start from €1,950 per person which includes the following:

  • 7 nights luxury en-suite accommodation - see our rooms here

  • Local transportation including group transfers to and from either Ancona airport or Pedaso (station or bus stop)*

  • All meals including breakfast, lunch or gourmet picnics on location and evening meals

  • Delicious local house wine with lunch and evening meal

  • 5 days painting tuition including 3 days’ excursions to stunning locations

  • one day "Taste of Le Marche" excursion visiting artisanal cheese, olive oil and wine producers with tours and tastings

  • Unlimited use of lockable studio

  • Easels, boards and painting chairs supplied


*On the day of arrival we organize pick up times based on the groups arrival times either into Ancona airport or at the local train or coach stops. We will do our very best to make sure nobody has to wait for too long but please be aware we will be picking up other members of the group whose arrival times may not necessary coincide perfectly with your own and we ask for your patience.

If you are arriving at a time that really doesn’t tie in with the group or arriving a day or so earlier we can arrange for a taxi to pick you up.  The cost of a taxi is in the region of €150.  If there is anybody else arriving doing the same we will arrange it so that you can share the transport costs.

Similarly for departure, for retreats the rooms are to be vacated by 10:00 on the morning of departure.  Departure time will be set based on the majority of the group.  Again we will do our very best to accommodate everyone.

About Eli


Eli Cedrone is an award-winning artist from Boston and Bermuda. A graduate of the School of Art & Design, (Suffolk University) she also studied in Florence, Italy; The Museum of Fine Arts School and The Academy of Realist Art, Boston. She is the recipient of several fellowships and has participated in juried invitationals in the US and abroad.


"I've always been influenced by the power of images to express ideas and emotions. Painting is a process of discovery and decision making where disparate elements pull together until the image is clearly expressed. Ultimately my concerns are with the expressive qualities of light captured with paint.


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Sept 18th, 25th, & Oct 2nd

Location: Missoula, Montana

From 1-4pm

Instructor: Amanda Wilner

This class is for anyone who wants to improve their painting skills while painting from life. 

I will break down the process into clear steps and show you how to organize your palette to mix accurate color. 

Add $40 to get all materials provided

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Flesh Tones One Day Intensive on Facebook

Oct 16th

Fee: $125.99

From 10am to 2pm CST

Instructor: Tina Garrett

All levels are welcome to participate in this intensive one-day, online study of oil Painting Flesh Tones with ARC (Art Renewal Center) Associate Living Master, Tina Garrett. Tina is a three-time ARC Salon Purchase Award winner and International Artist Magazine People and Figures Grand Prize winner and Oil Painters of America Online Showcase 1st prize winner. Tina is a proud Portrait Society of America Cecelia Beaux Forum Mentor and teaches annual workshops at Village Arts of Putney, The Scottsdale Artists’ School and The Florence Studio in Florence, Italy and various studios across the country.


Tina will share her methods for achieving a realistic flesh tones. Students will learn Tina’s strategies on how to paint many types of flesh in many lighting situations. Students will learn how to organize and mix an accurate color palette.

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Painting the Still Life in Oils Solvent Free

Oct 16th

Location: ARTspace- 105 S. 7th St Hamilton, MT

From 10am to 4pm

Instructor: Amanda Wilner

Amanda was trained at the New York Studio School in figure sculpture and currently paints animals, still life, landscape and portraits. Amanda shows her work nationally in galleries and museums.

Go to to learn more. More info under Teaching for materials. Email if you have any questions


Still life set up - Clamp Light,  box, objects to paint and fabric




(the art space has easels)

Easel - any plein air set up will do. We won’t be painting any larger than 12 x 16.

Panels primed - bring one for each class, no larger than 12 x 16. 

Paints -

White- I use arttreehouse white and flake white replacement.

Yellow- optional. I use cad yellow light.

Yellow Ochre

Transparent red oxide

Ultramarine Blue

Red- any red from cad red light to Quinacridone Red or similar

Green- optional.  I use viridian.

No phthalo colors please

No OMS or solvents please


Medium - Linseed oil



Bring at least three

0 -2 size for drawing. I use Rosemary ivory long flat size 0.

4, 6-8 for painting. I use Rosemary ivory filbert.


Palette knife


Paper Towels


Weber Terpenoid natural

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3-Day Flesh Tones Workshop

Nov 5th-7th

Fee: $550

Instructor: Tina Garrett

Location: Oklahoma Academy of Classical Art

12 Burton Pl, Edmond Oklahoma, 73013, US

All levels are welcome to this 3 Day Flesh Tones Workshop for Oil Painters with ARC Associate Living Master, Tina Garrett. Students will focus on understanding how to control the palette and value key to achieve realistic flesh tones from diverse photos Tina provides, for example: underwater, painted face and candle lit as well as multiple ethnicities). Tina started oil painting in 2012 and shares with her students the practical methods she uses in her award-winning portraiture to help artists make the best paintings they’ve ever made. Tina is a two-time ARC Salon Purchase Prize Winner, three-time Oil Painters of America Online Showcase awardee, an International Artist Magazine People & Figures Grand Prize winner and a proud Cecelia Beaux Forum Mentor for the Portrait Society of America. If your portraits look dead and your colors are a mess, you have to take this workshop!

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The Flesh Tones Workshop, Dutch Atelier of Realist Art 2021

Sept 20th-24th

Fee: $1,100.00//980 Euros

Instructor: Tina Garrett

Location: Dutch Atelier of Realist Art 2020

Pascalstraat 17, 2014 KZ Haarlem, Netherlands

Province: North Holland


All levels are welcome to this 5 Day Flesh Tones Workshop for Oil Painters with ARC Associate Living Master, Tina Garrett. Tina started oil painting in 2012 and shares with her students the practical methods she uses in her award-winning portraiture to help artists make the best paintings they’ve ever made. Tina is a two-time ARC Salon Purchase Prize Winner, three-time Oil Painters of America Online Showcase awardee, an International Artist Magazine People & Figures Grand Prize winner and a proud Cecelia Beaux Forum Mentor for the Portrait Society of America. Students who have struggled with creating accurate skin tones, flesh that looks alive and breaths will love this workshop! 

Students will study flesh tones in multiple lighting scenarios including varied ethnicities and  'under water’ light and painted faces.  Tina will demonstrate at least three starting methods: Accurate Color Wash, Open Grisaille and Value Block-In each morning and students will paint from the live model each afternoon. Tina will share her practical strategies to creating an accurate color palette, understanding values, temperature and how they create form as well as two simple techniques for accurate drawing.  Students will focus intently on the creation of an accurate palette.  Tina will demonstrate the processes she employs in all her works, focusing on composition, values, chroma, edges, mark making, demonstrate how to control your palette for accurate values and color and give key strategies for portrait artists including detailed instruction on client contracts and relations, PR/marketing, social media and how to price your work.

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Photoshop & Business for Painters Retreat

Nov 15th-19th

Fee: $1,200

Instructor: Tina Garrett

Location:Tina's Studio

601 Southeast Douglas Street, Lees Summit, Missouri 64063-4222

Join ARC Associate Living Master Artist Tina Garrett for a special 

5 Day Photoshop & Business Retreat, November 15-19, 2021

A maximum of 10 students will gather at Tina’s home studio in Lees Summit, Mo, to learn Photoshop editing, lighting, costuming and photographing the model, as well as model relations and contracting. Artists will receive a thorough critique of their work and it’s marketability, learn from lectures about business including topics such as social media and website marketing, international shipping, contracts for commissions and models, gallery relationships vs. self representation, pricing your work and all about art competitions. 

Tina will demonstrate painting for one morning and artists will enjoy two afternoons of painting. The group will enjoy one lunch and Museum Sketch day at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art here in Kansas City as well as two group dinners are included. (Current or previous “Creative Group Mentees” are eligible for a $200 discount off of the $1200 per person fee.)

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