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JoAnn Leardi Portnoy: Floral Watercolor Classes
Place: Wilkins School Community Center, 7604 Charleston Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218 (Regent Square)
Date:   Tuesdays, April 1,8,15,22,29 & May 6, 2014
Time:   10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Contact: 412-366-5064 or email: jlpart@comcast.net

South Arts has a terrific schedule of workshops and classes for Spring 2014
with excellent Pittsburgh artists conducting classes in a variety of genres.
Come as a first-timer or further develop your artistic talents by joining us at the Historic Schoolhouse in Bethel Park.
Click Here For More Information www.southartspittsburgh.org

Masterpiece Center for the Arts: 800 Lincoln Highway (Rt. 30)NorthVersailles,PA15137
Masterpiece offers a wide range of classes for ages 7 and up, including adults and senior citizens.  Our instructors include artists and craftsmen from southwestern Pennsylvania, many of whom are also PA-certified teachers.  Masterpiece includes workshops and classes in watercolor and acrylic painting, drawing and sketching, scratchboard/etching, one-stroke painting, crocheting, lifecasting, special effects (Fx) makeup, cake decorating, anime, cartooning, tattoo art, scrapbooking, printmaking, photography, and many more

Art Institute of Pittsburgh:
420 Boulevard of Allies, Pittsburgh, Pa

Art Instruction, Pittsburgh Instruction:

Jeannie McGuire: Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Figurative workshops and private lessons - strong use of watercolors, design and obscured backgrounds
to promote a feeling. Focus is on creating an original piece of art with special attention to developing your
unique style. All levels, 16 yrs and up. To view my work and upcoming workshops/details and exhibits
see my web site.
email jdm@jeanniemcguire.com
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Sandra Ward: 389 Jefferson Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15228
Oil, Pen, Ink & Wash, Digital
I teach children and young adult in small class setting  so that I can give each student as much individual attention as possible.
The classes are no more than 8 students at any time and I find this is a great asset in the development of the young artist.
The courses begin with the drawing basics using pencil and charcoal to learn about form, line and values to enable them to give
their work the look of 3 dimensions. The course progresses adding different media in conjunction with learning about the history of art.
I am a very experienced artist instructor having taught at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts , the conservatory of Music in Philadelphia,
McMurray art league, The Philadelphia School District and many others.

Pittsburgh Glass Center: 5472 Friendship


South Side
Academy of the South Side:  44 Pius St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203
  We have moved into the old St. Michael's school building on Pius Street in the South Side slopes. 
The school is owned by the Veronica's Veil Players, a non profit community theater group, and we're
 really excited to be sharing their beautiful space. 
Web Site www.academyofthesouthside.com

Nicholas K Studio:
900 Bingham Street, Southside, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Upcoming Art Classes: All Mediums, All Skill Levels
Art Restoration Available

South Side Studio School:
2319 Mission Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Workshops by Tish Coorbett Evenings from 7 to 9p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. to noon.
Single session for $15.00 or 6 workshops for $60.00

Johno's Art Studio:
1705 Arlington Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15210
Johno's studio is an inspirational, creative space in the South Side Slopes 1 mile
from historic South Side. The studio offers students a variety of art classes.
Most classes are 8-12 students allowing more one-on-one time with instructors.

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts:
6300 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Creative art classes for all ages.

Carnegie Museum of Art:
Art classes in Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpting and more.

Matthews Arts: 12 N Balph Avenue, Bellevue, PA 15202
Art classes in oil, children's oil, watercolor, portrait.
Also Art Supplies and Framing.

Email matthewsarts@verizon.net

Sweetwater Center for the Arts: 200 Broad Street, Sewickley, PA 15143 
Large selection of Art Classes for adults and children.
Email: kwhite@sweetwaterartcenter.org
South Hills
South Arts: Historic Schoolhouse, 2600 South Park Road, Bethel Park PA. 15102
Original Arts and Crafts, Fall, Winter and Spring classes

South Arts Spring 2010 Classes

The Art Studio:
4150 Washington Road Suite 101, McMurray, PA 15317
Kids' Summer Classes, Watercolor Technique, Comics Creation, Magic,
Figure Drawing, 3-D art ( Sculpey), Poetry, Decoupage and more
Call 724-969-0445

Mc Murray Art League:
Mc Murray, PA
A Fine Arts Group located in the South Hills of Pittsburgh
In existence for 38 years. All artists from all communities welcome.
Classes are offered.

Mt Lebanon
Art by M.A. and Art by M.A.-Kidspaint,701 Washington Road in Uptown Mt. Lebanon. 
The personal painting studio of M.A.Sinnhuber
She opens her gallery to sell her artwork and for "teaching kids 6-96 how to stand at an easel and paint." 
412. 341. 8862 .

Mc Kees Rocks
Frost Fine Art Studio: Linder Complex, 734 Thompson Avenue, McKees Rocks, PA 15136
Designed for all levels, from beginners to advanced. Each student works at his/her own level and pace. Emphasis is placed on understanding the fundamentals and color.  The classical (or traditional) approach as taught at the Art Students League, as well as a more impressionistic style, is presented . . . . . But all approaches are welcome.  THERE IS A SYSTEM TO MAKE PAINTINGS WORK.  
Come and learn| For more information, call Kathleen Frost at 412-921-5620
Click Here For Samples Of Kathleen's Paintings

West Hills Art League: 522 Carnot Rd., Moon Township
Formed in 1967, WHAL was originally conceived as an association for artists in the districts west of Pittsburgh.   Membership has since expanded to over 75 professional and amateur artists.
The mission of the league is “to promote individual growth of its members and public appreciation of the arts.” With this purpose in mind, the association invites a guest artist to demonstrate at each meeting, various workshops are offered in different mediums, and the league holds an annual juried exhibit that is open to all members. 
WHAL currently holds eight meetings a year, from 7:30 to 10 P.M. on the third Thursday of each month, with the exception of December, June, July and August.  Beginning in September, meetings will be in the community center of the Sharon Community Presbyterian Church, 522 Carnot Rd., in Moon Township.
email kimiyer@adelphia.net

North Hills
North Hills Art Center:
3432 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15327
Classes in fine and traditional arts, pottery, oils, watercolor, Adults, Teens
and Children.

Beaver Valley Artists: Merrick Art Gallery: New Brighton, Beaver, PA 15066
We are a group of working artists and art admirers who gather once a month to share,
learn and work in the arts. We also once a year have a juried art show.
Web Site www.beavervalleyartists.org

Art Association of Butler: P.O. Box 245, 344 S. Main Street, Butler, PA 16003
Encourage, Foster and Promote the Arts in Butler County Community. Our Association
has grown to over 250 members! In 1990 we were able to establish The Art Center,
located at 344 South Main Street.
Web Site: www.aabc.zoomshare.com
Email: aabc_arts@earthlink.net

Penn View Art Center:
999 Rock Run Road, Elizabeth, PA 15037
Painting, Drawing, Calligraphy, Two and Three Dimensional Design, Batik,
Clay, Stain Glass, Lace making, Creative Needlework, Weaving-Rug Making,
and Printmaking. Tuition $60.00 for 10 once a week two-and-a-half hour classes.
412-751-7821 or 751-8600

The Art Academy: Douglas Education Center
130 Seventh Street, Monessen, PA 15062
Tom Savini's Special Make-Up Effects Program


Le Bella Studio-Center for the Fine Arts: 850 Pittsburgh Street Springdale, PA 15144
Pottery/Ceramic Classes at Le Bella Art Studio-Spring Session
No experience needed-Learn how to throw, slab build and glaze your own pottery.
Classes will run for 6 weeks at $90/student and all supplies are included.
The following are the days each class is offered:
Start:  Monday March 2nd 6-7:15 pm
Start:  Tuesday March 3rd 6-7:15 pm
Start:  Wednesday March 4th 6-7:15 pm
 2 day Saturday Workshops are also available, please call for more info. 
Le Bella also offers painting, drawing, guitar lessons & kids music & art classes and jewelry classes.
Please call us at  (724)274-6330.

The Artist Within: 7 McKrell Rd.,Russellton, Pa. 15076 (Near Pgh. Mills)
The Artist Within is an art and creative studio for people of all ages. We specialize in classes for kids in the evenings and Saturdays. Painting, after-school enrichment, pillow sewing, middle school expressionism class, kinder-art, birthday parties, scouts, private lessons and more. Classes for adults are scheduled during the day or sat. Women’s enrichment class. "Artistic Journaling, Spiritual Journaling, (finding your passion). Free creative group meetings once a month.
There is something for everyone. Come and create.

Greensburg Area
Greensburg Art Center:
230 Todd School Road, Greensburg, PA 15601
Meetings held the 2nd Monday of the month at 8:00 p.m.
Annual membership $20.00
 Greensburg Art Club
For more information and registration call

The Westland Academy For The Arts: 102 N. Main Street, Suite 214, Greensburg, PA 15601
Offering private and group classes in Fine Art, Music and Creative Writing for beginning to advanced students of all ages.  
Please visit the website for more detailed descriptions of courses.

Latrobe Art Center: 819 Ligonier Street, Latrobe, PA 15650
The Latrobe Art Center is a non-profit organization that fosters creativity for anyone who has the desire to discover, learn and create art. It is our intent to provide programs for all ages to discover their artistic interests in a welcoming and encouraging environment. We also encourage the public to observe art in the making and be able to share in the joy and energy that creative expressions brings to all. We provide a chance for local members of the art center to showcase and sell their work by having six different themed exhibitions throughout the year. For non-members we offer a "featured artist" exhibition in which the artist is given the chance to be able to have a one woman/man show and market their work for a two month period. There are classes and workshops for all ages that are taught by local and national artists that is open to public. The Young Adult Classes range in ages from as young as six to as old as eighteen. The Art Center loves to be the host of different functions for specific organizations. So take some time to look at our site and see what interests you. Below is a brief description of where each link will take you
Web Site www.latrobeartcenter.org
E-mail info@latrobeartcenter.org
(724) 537-7011



Norwin Art League:
205 Main Street Irwin, PA 15642
Norwin Art League, P.O. Box 374, Irwin, PA 15642
Web site www.norwinartleague.com
Lower Burrell
Oakbridge Academy of the Arts: 1250 Greensburg Road, Lower Burrell
PA 15068
Offering Assocites Degrees in Commercial Art, Photography, and Multi-media/
Webmastery. You get small classes and individual attention.
Washington Art Association: 55 College Street, Washington, PA 15301
Adult classes Wed 7-9:30pm instructor Donna Jordon, Thurs, 7-9:30pm
instructor John Luginski. Childrens classes contact Cathy Lepinski
724-948-2204 classes are held at citizens Library, Washington, PA Must
be a member of Washington Art Association to take classes
Email hush1@hky.com
The Mesa Creative Arts Center:30 Miller Business Park Dr. ,Burgettstown, PA. 15021
Offers classes in art, crafts, spiritual development, and holistic and
 natural healing in a beautiful rural setting near Star Lake Amphitheater.
 We're closer to Pittsburgh than you think-- just 30-40 minutes from Downtown! 
Email brad@winbeam.com

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Johnstown Area


All Other Western Pennsylvania Art Instruction
Laurel Arts: Philip Dressler Center for the Arts:
214 S. Harrison Avenue,
Somerset, Pa 15501
Art Instruction for all ages.
Ursina Community Art Center: The Ursina Community Art Center is located downstairs in the
Ursina Borough Building on Route 281 in Ursina, PA.
High caliber art instruction for all ages.  Welcoming environment for tourists and residents.
Acoustic music coffeehouses and community theater programs.  
New location and name in summer 2010--
Confluence Creative Arts Center on Williams Street in the beautiful trail town of Confluence, PA.

Black Bear Studio:
141 Black Bear Run, Berlin, PA 15530
Classes for all ages in drawing, photography and papercutting.
Kathy and Bob Reed
West Straub Art Studio:
422 Ridge Road, Buffalo Mills, Bedford, PA 15534
Donna Whitford-Housel instructor, offering classes in drawing, color pencil, pastel,
scratch board.
E-mail: musicandart@pennswoods.net
Click Here For Web Site

Foundry Art Studio:
Painting and drawing classes for beginners and beyond.
Mouse and Robin Grass

California PA
Jozart Studios: 
333 Second Street California, PA 15419
Located above the “Dollar General” at the corner of Second and Wood Streets.
A second story loft style studio/ gallery created for artist to work, teach, learn & perform.
We are currently seeking artists to teach classes or workshops, also seeking members.
Poetry is every Tuesday evening 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Acoustic Open mike is every Wednesday evening 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
E-mail jozartstudios@jozartstudios.com
Website www.jozartstudios.com
Touchstone Center For Crafts:
1049 Wharton Furnace Road, Farmington, PA 15437
Touchstone is a unique three-season residential arts and crafts school offering exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations,
 and both weeklong and weekend classes in a diverse array of media, including blacksmithing, ceramics,
 jewelry/metalsmithing, fiber, glass, painting, mixed media, photography, printmaking,
, children’s classes and more!
The majority of our classes are open to all ages and levels of experience.
 Some classes may be taken for college credit or applicable to Act 48 requirements.  Our campus includes multiple studios,
 cabins, dormitories, camping sites, a gift shop and nature trails. Students and visitors may commute or purchase lodging.
 Touchstone is situated on 150 beautiful, wooded acres in Farmington, Pennsylvania. Established and aspiring artists and
 artisans can find inspiration and instruction by registering for one of our 140+ high-quality workshops.
Visit www.touchstonecrafts.org for a descriptive online listing of classes, workshops, instructors, exhibitions,
 special events, directions, facility rentals, lodging, directions - all you'll want to know about Touchstone!
Indiana Art Association: 637 Philadelphia Street, Indiana, PA 15701
Membership Meeting Program & Art Classes - Fall 2004:
Click Here

Spring Mills
Seven Mountains Art Retreats: Plein Air Painting at the Lodge
May 1-3, 2007. Instruction by Karl Eric Leitzel and Jennifer Kane.
Food and lodging included.

Lucca Italy
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Creative Art Studies:
Lucca, Italy 2014

Now In Our 45th Year Of Summer Sessions

Painting And Drawing: All media
Professor: John Del Monte
Dates: June 9th through July 4th. One may start at anytime within this period
Enrollment: 7 Students Minimum to 10 students maximum.
Cut-off date: June1, 2014
One may sign on for 1 week to 4 weeks.. 
Class Schedule: 9am to 12 noon and 4pm to 7pm, 6 hrs. a day, 5 days a week,
Monday through Friday.
Registration Fee: $50.00 (non refundable)
Tuition Only:
                   1 WEEK...............................275.00
                   2 WEEKS.............................375.00
                   3 WEEKS.............................475.00
                   4 WEEKS.............................575.00

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Lucca is a historical town with structures dating back to Ancient Rome Click Here for Info
Dynamic compositions present themselves at every turn. Then there is the
beautiful Serchio river valley within walking distance. Peering beyond the
walls of Lucca, one takes into view the exciting hills surrounding the town.
Piercing the sky at the distant horizon are the famous marble mountains that
have supplied the master sculptors of the past and present. Experience the
town that inspired Puccini, Boccherini, Catalani and Ruskin to name a few.

Professor Del Monte encourages all to be prolific. Demonstrations, critiques
and dialogue will be available in assisting each student. Lectures and demon-
strations will be on drawing, design, picture composition, figure construction, 
head construction, perspective and landscape. Professor Del Monte will explore
 various media-pencil, vine charcoal, watercolor, gouache, pastel and oil paint. 
Materials list will be forwarded along with other pertinent information 
upon receipt of your registration fee and form. Bring along your favorite media.
All art supplies are available at the art stores in Lucca. Prof. Del Monte founded
Creative Art Studies in 1969 with the assistance of the late Mayor of Lucca,
Dr. Giovanni Martinelli. Prof. Del Monte, now retired, has taught in New York City,
New Jersey, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, private schools, and in Italy.
His latest position in 2002 was with St. Vincent College of Latrobe, PA. He lectures and
demonstrates and is a juror for various art organizations and schools.
He has also been featured in the American Artist magazine.


Creative Art Studies urges that you make your reservations NOW since
accommodations fill rapidly during the summer months. You may contact
your nearest Italian tourist office or your favorite travel agent for information.
 Please request living quarters to be within the walls, or just outside 
the walls of Lucca. You may fax La Luna Hotel, a 3 star 
hotel centrally located. Contact them directly and receive a
 discount as a Creative Art Studies student. Please inform them of
your affiliation with Professor Del Monte.
The hotel's phone number is 011-39-583-493634
and their fax number is 011-39-583-490021
 or e-mail the hotel at info@hotellaluna.com
Or visit their web site www.hotellaluna.com

For rooms or apartments, you may contact Roberta Caturegli in
English at: robertacaturegli@libero.it
Roberta is affiliated with the Lucca tourist office.
You may call her in the evening at home by dialing
011 39 349 5779290. You will have the opportunity to meet Roberta inn Lucca
 Upon receipt of your registration fee of $50.00 and registration form.
 CAS will forward general information. Your only prerequisite is a desire to acquire
new skills and knowledge.

Air Travel
We suggests, that you fly into Pisa, where you will go through customs. You may board the train at the
airport to Lucca. The fee is minimal. BUON VIAGGIO!!!

 John R. Del Monte
3444 Thornwood Drive, Bethel Park, PA 15102

jrdelmonte3@gmail.com  or phone 412-833-2998

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Art Instruction Links

Oil Painting Techniques Get free resources and tutorials to help you improve
on your painting skills http://oilpaintingtechniqueslessons.com
www. borgesonstudio.com
The Art Institutes is located in Phoenix and Tucson and offers competitive degrees in visual arts, fashion design, media arts and culinary arts.  http://www.artinstitutes.edu/
Arts Students League of New York
215 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019-2193
Rhode Island School of Design
Vermont College www.norwich.edu/vermontcollege
National Academy of Design www.nationalacademy.org
Academy of Art College www.academyart.edu
California College of Arts and Crafts www.ccac-art.edu
Washington University School of Graduate Program www.edu.wusl.edu
San Francisco Art Institute www.sfai.edu
Maine College of Art www.meca.edu
New York Studio School www.nyss.org
Interlochen Center for the Arts www.interloche.org
Cleveland Institute of Art www.cia.edu
Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA www.fawc.org
Art Institute of Boston Lesley College www.aibostob.edu
Pratt at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute www.mwpi.edu
Paier College of Art  www.paiercollegeofart.edu
Rent Art Videos  www.art-video.com
Landscape Painting  www.landscapepainting.com
Comprehensive Workshop Listing Database: Click Here
Andreeva Portrait Academy: www.theportraitacademy.com

Lake Como, Italy

Fresia Studios
Dear Friends,

As we move into our 5th season, we thought we would whet your “Como” appetite by sharing this great article on our splendid lake:


And if you haven’t seen our latest video showing Jerry painting Clooney’s villa, go here:


And remember, our promotion ends this month.  Sign up by October 31 or take more than 1 week of classes and get 10% OFF on the workshop fee.  Returning students get a lifetime discount of 15%.  Here are the costs for new students:

        896EUR      Workshop fee for 1 painter*
        690EUR      Lakeview room with breakfast at a 4-star hotel

*Includes 5 weekday classes with 25 hours of instruction, a welcome reception, a farewell dinner, refreshments during class, online instruction, and art materials & equipment.  (Other lodging options are available.  Airport transfers can also be arranged.)
For detailed information on our workshops, please click on the links below:


We hope to see you next year.

Conchitina & Jerry


During the past year, Jerry worked on a very large plein air painting (6 feet by 9 feet) at one of Lake Como's most prestigious villas. Some have asked about it. He completed the work in July and will eventually make a YouTube video based upon his experience. In the meantime, here are some photos:
This year has gone very well so far. Our first set of classes in late Spring was attended by a group of very interested and dynamic painters and we couldnUt ask for a nicer way to start our year. The next set, which begins in September, is nearly fully booked. In fact, we have only two spaces left the week of October 3-9. If you know anyone who may be interested, please feel free to forward this email.

I would like to call your attention to a new book that Jerry has just written on the Impressionist method. Below is a note by Jerry describing the book, but better than that is the link below, which will enable you to preview and order the book online. I'm biased, of course, but I really believe you will not find a book that so comprehensively explains the Impressionist method.


We have also published a 40-page catalog of Lake Como paintings.  You can preview and order it here:


We hope you read the book.  We would love to know what you think.


P.S.  If you could kindly forward this message to members of your art group, we would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.


International School of Art in Umbria, Italy www.giotto.org
University of Georgia, Cortona, Italy www.uga.edu/~cortona_italy
Vaugel Sculpture Studio www.vaugelsculpture.com
ART-VITA Travel Art Workshops www.artevita.net
Deep Ellum School of Art , France, www.deepellumschool.com

More to Come

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