BobBlast #267

"How to Choose a Painting Workshop"

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Want to take a painting workshop... but not sure where to start? Hopefully this week's BobBlast can help you get your thoughts together!

First, decide what you want to achieve in taking a painting workshop - and, write it down. Do you want to continue to paint the same old way, or venture out to paint something new? Decide on your goals - write them down.

Next, do your homework! There are many places to start looking to see what's available. Artists' magazines list workshops for all levels of skill. Art suppliers such as Cheap Joe's, Jerry's Artarama and Holbein are great resources. Look at the instructors' history, including their current following. If possible, talk to their students and ask questions. Look at the instructors' work - is it what and how you want to paint? 

There are also Trade Shows like the Art of the Carolinas in Raleigh and Artisan Expo in Santa Fe. At the trade shows you can take a half-day workshop to get the feel for different instructors.

Other things to consider: Workshop locations, classroom layout and class size. There are resorts, vacation spots and special destinations that also offer painting workshops - here in the US and abroad. I book with Dillman's Resort for workshops at their vacation resort and for their traveling Paint-cations throughout the world. 

Personally, I enjoy traveling vacation-type locations that offer painting workshops along with local atmosphere and a cultural experience. Robert Masla's Casa de los Artistas in Mexico, Vancouver Island Art Workshops in British Columbia and Essential Holland River Cruise presented by Dillman's are just a few of my sources.

Now that you know that workshops come in all sizes and skill levels, next decide on your instructor. Look at their work - does it speak to you? Do they paint lots of demos? Do you paint all day, or does the instructor lecture too much? How much hands-on time do you get? Can you ask questions? Do they hand out lecture and demo notes?

And finally, book early as reservations do fill up.

For me, painting workshops are for personal growth in my craft! Study with an instructor who encourages you to continue painting well after the class is finished. Knowing what needs to be done in your work does away with the fear and you will paint more!

Paint More!

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Below is a list of featured workshops - but did you know that I also offer private sessions in my studio? Perfect for beginners who want a crash course in watercolor or acrylic or for artists who are designing an exhibit and want to bounce ideas for content and techniques. I devote 100% of my studio time to you! Designed for 1 to 3 people - if you are interested or have questions, email

Here's a quick reminder and some upcoming workshops and dates. 
If interested, sign up now!

Featured Workshops - come paint with me!

August 14-17, 2019 - There is space available!
Robert Burridge Studio Figure Painting Workshop/undraped model
Come paint with Bob in his Studio in Arroyo Grande, CA
(includes individual mentor time, demonstrations and personal theme development)
4-day Workshop/Mentor Program, limited to 6 enrollees
Contact for fees and details.
Click here for more info.

September 11-15, 2019
Robert Burridge 5-Day Instructional Studio Workshop
5-day Workshop in Bob's Arroyo Grande, CA Studio  (Wednesday-Sunday)
Contact for fees and details.
Click here for more info.
September 30-October 4, 2019
Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting
Vancouver Island Art Workshops
Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Contact Mary, (250) 714-8080
Click here for more info

October 25-27, 2019  
Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting
3-day Painting Workshop (Friday-Sunday)
Sedona Arts Center
Sedona, AZ
Contact (888) 954-4442 or (928) 282-3809
Click here for more info

October 29-31, 2019
Contemporary Abstract Figure
3-day Painting Workshop (Tuesday-Thursday)
Sedona Arts Center
Sedona, AZ
Contact (888) 954-4442 or (928) 282-3809
Click here for more info

November 14-17, 2019
Art of the Carolinas - Workshops & Art Materials Exhibition
Sponsored by Jerry's Artarama
Raleigh, North Carolina
Contact Sharon DiGiulio (800) 827-8478 ext 156
click here for more info

January 13-16, 2020
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
4-day Painting Workshop (Monday-Thursday)
San Diego Watercolor Society
Contact Lori Hinton,

January 20-22, 2020 
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
Art Trysts Studio
Clearwater, FL
Contact Lorie Ulen, (888) 727-1190 ext 1

January 25 - February 1, 2020
February 1-8, 2020
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage in Mexico!
Casa de Los Artistas
Boca de Tomatlan, 10 miles South of Puerto Vallarta
Contact Robert Masla, (413) 625-8383

February 17-21, 2020
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
5-day Painting Workshop (Monday-Friday) 
Quayside Gallery, Pensacola, Florida
Contact Quayside Gallery (850) 438-2363
or Diane Goeller (850) 384-3652
or Pat Page (850) 293-5414
Click Click here for more info for more info

March 3-6, 2020
Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting
4-day Painting Workshop (Tuesday-Friday)
The Villages, Florida
Contact Wanda Boyd (804) 536-1794

March 9-13, 2020
Contemporary Abstract Figure Painting & Collage
Donna Downey Studios
109 Saddletree Road
Lincolnton, NC 28092
Contact Donna Downey, (704) 240-8076 or

March 28 - April 7, 2020
Holland Riverboat Cruise!
Sponsored by Dillman's Art Workshop Retreat
Contact (715) 588-3143

April 24-28, 2020
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
Workshop Location - Hotel 10
10 Sherbrooke West, Montreal, Quebec
Contact Lucie Michel, 514-889-8191 or

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"How to Choose a Painting Workshop."
Choosing a Painting Workshop

Love, Peace & Happiness,
Robert Burridge
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