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    • 08/30/2020
    • (CDT)
    • 09/01/2020
    • (CDT)
    • Mackinac Island, Michigan
    • 34

    AIS Regional Retreat  2020 on Mackinac Island, Michigan

    Event Dates: Sunday, August 30, Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 1

    AIS members are invited to join together on picturesque Mackinac Island for our inaugural retreat.  A gathering designed to provide a creative, comfortable, and visually stimulating environment for artists to get inspired and energized.   In a recent survey, many artists requested regional events to meet other AIS members in a relaxed atmosphere to share ideas, paint together and perhaps learn from an artist mentor.

    Registration limited -- maximum of 40 AIS member participants.   

    Elizabeth Pollie has agreed to serve as our “AIS Signature Member Mentor” for the weekend. 

    Mission Point Resort will be our location property for the events.  Click here for AIS Members special lodging rates at Mission Point. 

    AIS is partnered with Mackinac Arts Council for the event.

    AIS Retreat Pass:   $100 includes 

    • Ferry ticket 

    • Two receptions 

    • Coffee/refreshments at AIS educational sessions

    • Drays to remote painting locations on island

    • Demo by Elizabeth Pollie

    • Critique Sessions

    • Paint Out registration

    • Wet Paint Exhibit and sale (Artists will receive 80% of sale with AIS and MAC receiving 10% each)

    • Goodie bag with island discounts, sponsor product, swag


    Saturday, August 29: 

    Optional Social Hour   On island, location TBA. Cash Bar.

    Sunday, August 30:  

    Artist check in and stamping for Paint Out.    Painting on location all day and evening. 

    Elizabeth Pollie available for “Tips while you Paint” 

    Welcome Party at Mission Point  Light appetizers.  One drink included with AIS Retreat Pass. Cash bar.    5:30pm-7:00 pm.    

    Monday, August 31:  

    Drays to take artists to three special locations.   Departing from Mission Point beginning at 8 am. 

    All day painting--with artists deliver paintings between 4 pm and 5 pm.

    Exhibit and sale at Mission Point opens at 5 pm.   AIS Retreat Pass for one drink .  

    Light appetizers/cash bar from 5pm -6:30pm  

    Critique Sessions from 6:30 pm - 8 pm

    Tuesday, September 1   

    Morning educational painting demonstration by Elizabeth Pollie.  9:30 am-11:30am  BREAK  12:30 pm-2:30pm  

    END of Retreat at 3 pm.   

    • 10/20/2020
    • 9:00 AM (MDT)
    • 10/21/2020
    • 4:00 PM (MDT)
    • St George Utah
    • 7

    Students routinely complain, “My work looks hard and tight. I wish I could loosen up!” This workshop could be the answer to your prayers. Painters like Nikolai Fechin, Antonio Mancini, and Anders Zorn were masters of suggestion, and, of course, some of the greatest artists of all time. The key to their evocative work was often not what they put in, but rather what they chose to leave out. (C.W. Mundy eloquently states, “Don’t insult the viewer by spelling out every detail.”)

    Most successful paintings go beyond mere rendering…they reach the viewer on an emotional level. In this two-day workshop we will work from the live model, but the principles you will learn apply equally well to figures, landscape, or still life. (As they preached at the American Academy, “If you can paint a decent head, you can paint anything!”) Of course, the world’s most iconic paintings are portraits and figures; art museums are filled with paintings of people. We are our own favorite subjects!

    This two-day oil and pastel workshop is for advanced beginners or higher. You will learn:

    • Power through suggestion
    • One simple technique to create sparkling color
    • How to avoid “unpleasant detail”
    • Edge control
    • How to simplify color harmony
    • The key to turning the form with temperature
    • A technique to create Fechin’s broken edge effects

    Enrollment is limited to a maximum of 12 students; first come, first served for AIS Members ($350). In the event there is space available 45 days prior to the workshop, enrollment will be opened to non-members ($400).

    This workshop will turbo-charge your understanding of drawing, value, color temperature, edge control and above all else – how to loosen up! 

    IF AIS cancels, students are given a full refund.  Due to the unknown circumstances with COVID 19, AIS will offer full refunds with no penalty if students need to cancel for any reason. 


    William A. Schneider, AISM, OPAM, PSA-MP, works in oil and pastel.

    His skills were honed during eight years at the American Academy of Art’s Saturday Program in Chicago where he studied figure drawing and pastel with Bill Parks and oil painting with Ted Smuskiewicz.  He continued his education through workshops with many of today’s masters like Carolyn Anderson, Dan Gerhartz, and Richard Schmid. He learned his advanced pastel techniques in studies with Harley Brown.

    William’s paintings have been featured in numerous magazine articles and several books. His work has received awards in exhibitions including those of: Academic Artists, American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, Portrait Society of America, and The International Association of Pastel Societies. He is a Master Signature member of OPA. The Pastel Society of America elected William to the title “Master Pastelist” and The American Impressionist Society has designated him as a “Master”. The International Association of Pastel Societies has named him to the “Master’s Circle” and elevated him to the status of “Eminent Pastelist”.

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