Painting Workshops 2015
Please Note: Spaces are limited and always fill quickly, so please register now to reserve your place.

Coatesville, NZ
March 21 – 22, 2015

Two days of plein air painting in and around scenic coastville with Richard Robinson who will be giving demonstrations, group instruction and personal tuition. Stay in peaceful Whakata Country Retreat and have a weekend of fun and learning.

Workshop Cost: $200nzd, payable in cash on arrival. Not including accommodation which is charged separately. Register here.



San Francisco
May 14 – 17, 2015
8:45 am to 4:15 pm

Meet at San Francisco Women Artist Gallery 647 Irving Street (at 8th Avenue), San Francisco 
Outdoor sessions, painting in oil, acrylic or watercolor! Location will vary depending on weather and will include at least one bay or ocean view and one or more "urban" settings. Our goal is to have students complete these classes with completed paintings!
Tuition $500usd per student;
$450usd SFWA members



Paso Robles, CA, USA
May 25 – 26, 2015
9am - 4pm

Students will be painting with Richard Robinson in beautiful Paso Robles offering views of vineyards, oak studded hills, and the Pacific Ocean

Workshop Cost: $327usd

Email Sasha here to register.



The French Alps
July 18 - July 25, 2015
Graydon, Haute-Savoie, France 

A luxury painting workshop experience in a beautiful secluded chalet in the mountains.

Places are strictly limited to a maximum of 10 students.

Register Here



September 9 – 19, 2015

Ten full days devoted to art classes and fun. With world famous artist Richard Robinson as our tutor, we'll paint and sketch, go sightseeing, explore out-of-the-way places as well as see the legendary sights of Spain. We'll sample local cuisine, talk to people we meet on our travels and have a real traveller's experience. The very best painting locations have been selected so we can quickly get to work in a range of memorable painting spots.

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Comment by Patricia Young on April 18, 2015 at 21:11

Thanks for this tip. I used to stretch canvas over stretcher-board frames, with staples, and then use gesso, but nowadays I just use pre-stretched, primed canvas. I wondered why you painted on canvas stretched flat on a board, but your explanation about shipping makes total sense. If I'm ever in a position to ship my work, I'll now know how to go about it. I really appreciate your informative videos and painting inspiration!

Comment by Ningning Li on April 3, 2015 at 13:46

Richard, thanks a lot for your time to let us learn some practical tecnics. It is simple but I am sure to do it well need some practice.  those small tecnics do affect our quality of work. Looking for more like this. 

Comment by Barbara Bredimus-Wild on April 2, 2015 at 19:20

Very helpful, thanks, Richard!

Comment by Richard Robinson on March 12, 2015 at 16:27

Hi Isabel, that canvas is already acrylic primed, though I do sometimes give it another coat of gesso because the water mixable oils I use seem to bead on the surface with the initial sketch.

"Made from synthetic fiber yarns which are stronger then natural fibers. It is prepared with acid-free acrylic titanium priming and available in a variety of styles."

Comment by Isabel Heller on March 12, 2015 at 7:41

Hello All,

This is my first attempt at a Blog post!  Thank you Richard for the stretching a canvas instruction. Does Richard use a primer on the canvas first?  If so what, acrylic gesso or oil primer like Richard Schmid?  I imagine the masking tape would not stick to the oil primed canvas.  I have just signed up for the July workshop in France and am very excited to do this, the Haute-Savoie are just across the lake from where we live in Switzerland.



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