Workshops 2019-2022

2019: Michael Holter Watercolor Workshop (Registration open!) **SOLD OUT, You may sign up on a waiting list below.

Dates: December 2-4, 2019

Place: Port Aransas Art Center

Artist Website

Michael Holter is an award-winning artist who works in watercolor and oil who’s paintings can be found in private and corporate collections in the US and several foreign countries. Although Michael has been painting most of his life, his work experience spans a wide range of creative challenges. He has been an art teacher, creative director and businessman in both fine art and commercial art. Michael has owned and operated galleries and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education and an MA in Visual Communication.

Michael is a member of the Salmagundi Club, a signature member of The National Watercolor Society, The American Impressionist Society, The Watercolor Honor Society, The Transparent Watercolor Society of America, The Outdoor Painter Society, the Southwestern Watercolor Society, The Missouri Watercolor, The Society of Watercolor Artists and more.

Michael says, “My work is impressionistic. I like to represent people or places and allow the painting to evolve from the structure of what is recognizable. The challenge is to balance the care needed to make the representation interesting… and perhaps believable, with the freedom, looseness and painterly quality that makes painting so unique and expressive.”

“I have been influenced by artists such as Charles Reid, Richard Schmid, Burt Silverman, Frank Webb, John Singer Sargent, Ted Nuttall and many others. Even though I have an art degree, most of what I put into practice is self-taught through studying the work of these distinguished artists and much painting.”

“My wife, Cyndy, and I grew up in on the wide-open plains of North Dakota and arrived in Plano, TX by way of Minnesota (I can paint a snowy winter landscape with the best of ‘em) prior to our east coast years in Virginia. We often travel enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. 

2020: Vladislav Yeliseyev 3 Day Watercolor Workshop (50th Anniversary Workshop! Registration is NOW OPEN!)

Dates: April 3-5, 2020

Place: Port Aransas Art Center

Artist Website

“Vlad Yeliseyev is no stranger to beautiful scenery. In fact, he’s traveled around the world to paint interesting cityscapes and landscapes. But unlike many artists who are drawn to a postcard-perfect site, Yeliseyev usually can be found around the back of a building, along the street or in an alleyway, capturing commonplace scenes,” wrote BJ Foreman in her article “Everyday Poetry” in the Watercolor Artist Magazine (Feb.2016). The Russian émigré came to the Unites States in the 1980s equipped with a classical art education from Moscow School of Art and a Master’s Degree in architecture from the Moscow Institute of Architecture. Now a renowned watercolor and plein air artist, his paintings are in personal and commercial collections worldwide.Vladislav currently works from his studio in Sarasota, Florida, where he spends most of the day painting. “I am a constant student of my craft,” he admits. His work is often praised for his unique ability to reflect light in his paintings. Critics noted his bold brushwork, expert loose color passages, and crisp well edited calligraphy in his paintings.  To achieve this affect, Vladislav (Vlad) prefers to use rough watercolor paper and combinations of brush techniques. “The challenge with watercolor,” Vlad explains, “is to achieve richness in color and not to lose the transparency.”  With painstaking use of limited brushwork in his art, Vlad creates paintings which give a sense of depicted objects rather than their details, while maintaining the transparent colors unique to watercolor.  “I use a palette of warm colors a lot, like ochre and burnt umber,” says Vlad. “I now just use 15 colors in my palette.”  Look for his favorite colors – burnt sienna, cobalt turquoise, gold ochre – in the majority of his artwork.  “There should be something not said in a painting, something that gives the luxury of interpretation to the viewer. And there lies the poetry”, he says “Poetry on the page is minimalistic in the number of words it uses. The challenge for me as an artist is how to say a lot with minimal brushstrokes”. 

Yeliseyev is the founder of Renaissance School of Art in Sarasota, Florida.  After receiving many inquiries about his watercolor techniques, he released instructional video workshops on DVD: “Painting Architecture”, “Impressions in Watercolor” and “Light in Watercolor” which are available for purchase from this website

Vladislav’s recent solo exhibitions include “Images of a European Journey”, “Urban Thoughts” and “Summer Tunes”.  Currently his work can be seen in Troika Gallery in Easton, MD, East West Fine Art in Naples, FL, Stakenborg Fine Art Gallery and Galleria Silecchia in Sarasota, FL.

In 1996 Vladislav won the Formal Presentation Drawing Award from American Society of Architectural Illustrators.  His work is prominently featured in February 2016 issue of  the Watercolor Artist magazine where he is also chosen as a cover artist, 2017 June/July issue of PleinAir Magazine and 2018 March issue of Art of Watercolour (french edition). 

In his work as a plein air artist, Vladislav has participated in prestigious invitational paint-outs nationwide and abroad. He has won numerous awards including Best of Show Awards, First Place Awards, Collector’s Choice Awards and The BoldBrush Award.

Vlad is an exhibiting member of many art societies nationwide, and a signature member of American Impressionist Society, National Watercolor Society, and Florida Watercolor Society. 

Gallery and workshop inquiries can be made to Marina Yeliseyev at

2020: Eugeniu Gorean 3 Day Watercolor Workshop

Dates: October 29-31, 2020 (TBA)

Place: Port Aransas Art Center

Artist Website

Eugeniu Gorean is a young watercolor artist from Moldova.  He has exhibited his work throughout the European Union in places such as France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Portugal as well as in the U.S.A and Russia. This talented young artist additional dedicates much time and energy in facilitating water workshops with students wishing to learn and study various watercolor techniques.

He has received great praise and respect from international artists. His works are found in many private and public collections such as Winery MIMI, Winery Purcari, European Parliament, Local Museum Uckange.

Eugeniu Gorean is official Brand Ambassador CANSON.

2021: Frank Eber 3-Day Watercolor Workshop

Dates: February 12-14, 2021

Place: Port Aransas Art Center

Artist Website

Based in Central California, Frank Eber is an artist continuing in the tradition of the 20th century California Barbizon movement. His body of work inspires an emotional response to Nature, resulting in timeless, enduring artwork. A closer look reveals subtlety in color, poetic impressions, and serene beauty. “I am very conscious of my edges and never say ‘too much’. I think it is important to leave some mystery, some room for imagination. When you look at the finished piece, it is remarkable what you think you see that is not really there! For me, that is one of the most beautiful things about painting in watercolor!” Conveying atmosphere is Frank’s specialty. In fact, it is the basis of all his work and teaching. Frank currently focuses on watercolor and oils.

2021: Andy Evansen 3-Day Workshop

Dates: October 21-23, 2021

Place: Port Aransas Art Center

Artist Website

Signature Member of AWS, PAPA, RRWS, TWSA

Andy Evansen’s interest in art started in childhood, as he can’t recall a time when he wasn’t drawing. He began painting watercolors in the mid 1990s as a change of pace from his career as a medical illustrator. Choosing a ‘style’ was not difficult, as Andy was always inspired by the watercolor paintings of British artists Trevor Chamberlain, David Curtis, Ed Seago and John Yardley, among others. 

He found himself attempting to capture the landscape with the same economy of brushstroke, taking advantage of the luminosity of watercolors done in just a few washes. In addition, he was impressed with the way those artists seemed to capture everyday scenes in such a way that revealed a hidden beauty, subjects that many would simply pass by.

His work gained recognition after winning an international watercolor competition through American Artist magazine, appearing on their cover in 2005. He’s been featured in numerous other publications since, and has become a sought-after workshop instructor who paints and teaches internationally. He became a signature member of the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA) in 2012 and served as their President from 2015-2017.  His paintings have won numerous awards, including the Bronze and High Winds Medals from the American Watercolor Society, and he was their demonstration artist for the 2018 Exhibition.  His love of painting on location also led to him being a featured presenter at the 2014 and 2016 Plein Air Conventions and inclusion in the 2017 Qingdao International Masters Watercolor Plein Air Event. (Website information)

2022: Lynn Ferris 3-Day “Capturing the Light” Watercolor Workshop

Dates: April 2022 (TBA)

PLACE: Rockport Art Center

Artist Website

Lynn Ferris is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and the Florida Watercolor Society. Her work was the subject of a feature article in Watercolor magazine, can be seen in Watercolor Magic and the prestigious Splash series of books published by North Light. She has served as a judge for the Brevard Watercolor Society “A Splash of Watercolor” exhibit, The West Virginia Watercolor Society Signature Members Exhibit, the Tioga Winter Fine Arts Festival, and numerous others. Her many awards include “Best of Show” in both the Florida Watercolor Society and Tallahassee Watercolor Society annual exhibits. She has been an award winner in “The Artist’s Magazine” All-Media competition, and her work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach. Look for Lynn’s latest articles in the April 2017 issue of “The Artist’s Magazine”, the August 2017 issue of “Watercolor Artist”, and the 32nd issue (Fall 2018) of “The Art of Watercolour” magazine.

Capturing the Light” Workshops: Bring your work to the next level. Light and shadow shouldn’t be afterthoughts in our paintings. In fact, good use of light and shadow is one of the best ways to take a painting from ordinary to extraordinary.

In her signature workshop “Capturing the Light”, Lynn will show students how to use light and shadow to design stronger compositions and bring drama to a variety of subject matter. Students will gain new skills and confidence working with shadows, light sources, creating glow and more. Lynn provides handouts, reference materials, and lots of personal attention.

A sought-after instructor, Lynn teaches to sold-out workshops across the United States.