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2019-2020 Schedule

Workshops with dates are now available for registration. Dates for the others will be added as they are confirmed. Please check back for more details!

All 4 ˝ day workshops are based on my books, Painting the Impressionist Landscape and Painting Impressionist Color. Opaque medium, all levels. Workshops fill quickly, so please get in touch with the contact people as soon as possible.

Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida
April 1-4, 2019

I am delighted to be returning to Tampa again. The workshop will be held at the Kerry Vosler Studio & Atelier. The studio is in a cigar factory that has incredible history and ambience. The studio is spacious and accommodating.

With its mix of old world architecture, ocean views, beautiful sunsets and parks, there is almost too paint. Plus the city has great food and other amenities. Tampa proved to be a perfect place for a workshop. It will be a lot of fun as well.

Contact info: Kerry Vosler, call 813-417-5867 or email

Rancho, Santa Cruz, Tumacacori, Arizona

Rancho, Santa Cruz, Tumacacori, Arizona
May 13 -16, 2019

I was recently introduced to a beautiful B&B ranch in Tumacacori, Arizona. It is a few miles south of Tubac which is a delightful art oriented city. The ranch has been restored to its glory days on the 30's, 40's and 50's . With its gorgeous furnishings in the guest rooms, porches, gallery and outdoor pool, hiking trails and more, it is an opportunity to experience the Old West lifestyle and a piece of history that is almost lost in time. And did I mention the beautiful landscape?

I will do a 4 day workshop, but plan on staying an extra day or two because there is so much to see and do in Southern Arizona. Tubac alone, with all of its history would take days to explore.

Plus Tubac has fabulous restaurants too.

Tuition is $375. You can register with a $100 deposit, with full payment due a month before the workshop. I will be happy to answer any questions regarding the workshop via my email at

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For room reservations, please call Susan at 520.955.3718 or email

Dillman's Art Retreats, Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin

Dillman's Art Retreats, Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin
Sept 15-20, 2019

Dillman’s Bay Resort, in the beautiful Wisconsin Northwoods, is a classic workshop paradise. Lush woods, water views, beautiful grounds and flowers: almost too much to paint. The facilities are excellent, with lots of room, and conveniences such as refrigerators, library, and more. There are wonderful restaurants nearby for dinner.

I combine painting outdoors with learning to finish paintings indoors. We work with or around the weather, which is usually beautiful, but can be windy. This is four day workshop with painting time and instruction.

The best part is that many workshop participants stay locally at Dillman's, so the added benefit is sometimes painting a glorious sunset. I hope you can join me for this special workshop. Please call 715-588-3143 or email

Plein Air Workshop at the Art Colony Studio, Prallsville Mill, Stockton, NJ

Plein Air Workshop at the Art Colony Studio, Prallsville Mill, Stockton, NJ
Non Artists welcome!

I recently taught a workshop at THE ART COLONY STUDIO in Prallsville Mill, Stockton NJ. This is one of the most beautiful places in the USA. I am excited to be planning another one for another fall season.

The studio is a large, well lit facility. It is very comfortable and near good restaurants and beautiful locations. There is so much variety to paint, which makes the workshop fun and successful.

It is an honor for me to teach at the Art Colony Studio that was developed by one of my dearest friends, artist Ty Hodanish. I can only try to fill the gap he has left. Ty and I met as teacher and student, but over the years he inspired me! He was brilliant, kind, funny, talented and devoted to his craft and his students. He is greatly missed.

Please check back here for future dates.

Vilcabamba, Ecuador


I invite you to join me in beautiful Ecuador. The city, Vilcabamba is a popular tourist destination located near the Podocarpus National Park.

The Podocarpus is a massive protected cloud forest that's called the 'Crown Jewel' in Ecuador's national park system.

We will be staying at The Garden of Paradise which lies in a gorgeous natural setting. Its border, the lovely Vilcabamba River, flows over rocks and boulders on a gentle downhill slope.

Located in 4 degrees south of the equator, Vilcabamba enjoys a very comfortable year-round spring-like climate. You can see from the photos that in this workshop we really will be painting Paradise.

Please check back here for future dates.

Dordogne area of France; Brantome, Sarlat

Planning for an Art Workshop to France is in the works!
Dordogne area of France; Brantome, Sarlat

If you have visited or heard about the Dordogne River Region in France, you know it is absolutely breathtaking. With it's picturesque country towns, old villages and castles, quaint architecture and beautiful river views, it is an artist's paradise..

The French tend to refer to this area not as "la Dordogne" but as "le Périgord", and in France the area is most famous for its gourmet delights, notably paté de foie gras, walnuts and truffles.

We will fly in and out of Bordeaux with an Optional 3 night add-on to Paris and a day painting in the gardens of Giverny.

Please check back here for dates and more information or contact Pamela Sexton at 804.501.6605 or email: I hope to share painting the beautiful landscape of the Dordogne with you!


Mid October, 2019

Plus an optional 3 night extension to Lisbon
Non-Artists Welcome!

Come to the land of famous navigators of the 16th century setting sail to explore the world! Our base will be Cascais, which is a lovely fishing village, weekend retreat and vacation spot on the Atlantic Ocean. Such inspiration and scenery will astound you! We will book a charming hotel or B & B. with breakfast daily. The main street is of black and white mosaic design as one will find in Rio. It also is a 55 minute commute to Lisbon. From there we will explore Nazare on the Atlantic Ocean, Obidos, a 14th century medieval walled city, and visit the opulent Queluz Palace modeled after Versailles with decorative arts, antiques, and splendid gardens.

Our hotel in Lisbon is family owned and operated in the heart of the city located on a tiny, narrow street. The Lisboa Plaza Hotel will be our home base. It has old world charm with modern day amenities. We will have a full breakfast daily. This is for the optional 3 night extension in Lisbon.

One of the best museums in Lisbon is the Museu National do Azuelejo housed in a convent. "Azuelejos" are the gorgeous glazed blue and white tiles indigenous to Portugal sometimes creating a mural on the side of a wall.

One evening we will go to hear Fado music which is unique to the country. It is the music of longing and lost love.

Portugal is a country unto itself with its own language, customs, and traditions.

To be priced soon.
$ per person double or triple occupancy
$ single supplement

Questions? Contact Pam Sexton at 804-501-6605 or email


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