​Tom’s energetic teaching style and his passion for painting combine to create a workshop experience that is enjoyable and informative.  Any artist looking to break free of a careful, timid painting process will find Tom's direct and representational approach very inspirational.  Utilizing his ability to clearly explain visual concepts, Tom will share his ​approach and methods for painting bold and interpretive watercolors.  Within this process, students will learn how to create stronger, more effective visual statements.  Each morning will begin with a discussion covering various topics and culminating in a demonstration that allows participants to see how Tom approaches a work from start to finish. Subject matter may include landscapes, street scenes with people and the clothed figure. Ample opportunity is provided for everyone to paint with individual direction/guidance a priority.  Each day will end with a class critique to afford students the opportunity to learn from the works of others.  Tom welcomes all painters regardless of experience.                                                                                                

            Tom Francesconi aws, nws, twsa 

New workshops are always welcomed.  To schedule a workshop with your organization, contact Tom (708) 799-8161 info@tomfrancesconi.com


    2018 Workshops​


  • February 18, 2018  CHICAGO, IL  One Day Figure Workshop!  Old Town Art Center www.oldtowntriangle.com  Contact Barbara Guttmann: barbara@oldtowntriangle.com  Join Tom as we explore the joy of painting the clothed figure.  We will use photographic references for this workshop.  This workshop is open to painters of all levels.


  • ​​​​March 13-16, 2018  PALM DESERT, CA  Coachella Valley Watercolor Society www.cvws.org  Contact Diane Moore: butterfly.archie@gmail.com

  • ​April 10-12, 2018  HOT SPRINGS, AR  Brushstrokes Art Club www.hsvbrushstrokes.com  Contact Gary Weeter: gweeter@sbcglobal.net

  • May 14-17, 2018  CAZENOVIA, NY  This workshop is Full.  Cazenovia Watercolor Society www.cazenoviawatercolorsociety.com  Contact Sherry Wright: sswright2@frontier.net

  • ​​May 30-June 1, 2018  ELLISON BAY, WI  Contact Tom: info@tomfrancesconi.com                                                   If you are looking for a sprintime painting get-a-way, this is a wonderful opportunity.  For the past 8 years, Tom has hosted a spring workshop near his home in Ellison Bay, on the Door County peninsula.  Door County is known for its charming lakeside villages and picturesque landscape.  Unrivaled in the Midwest for its natural beauty, the Door County peninsula provides a perfect environment for painters.  Come paint with Tom in, what has often been called, the "Cape Cod of the Midwest!"  This popular workshop typically fills quickly.  To avoid disappointment, please register early!   Click here for more information.                                                    

  • June 11-14, 2018  BATTLE LAKE, MN  Art of the Lakes www.artofthelakes.org  Contact Jody Augustadt: jaugustadt@gmail.com

  • July 16-18, 2018  CHICAGO, IL  Old Town Art Center www.oldtowntriangle.com  Contact  Barbara Guttmann: barbara@oldtowntriangle.com or 312-337-1938  ​This workshop will be in the beautiful and historic Old Town district of   Chicago.  Located on the near north side of Chicago, the Art Center is in walking distance to an abundance of                shops and eateries, numerous parks, the Lake Michigan lakefront, and the Lincoln Park Zoo.  One day of plein air         painting at The Park at Wrigley (Home of the Chicago Cubs!) may be scheduled.  Check back for updates! 

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  • August 1-3, 2018  VALPARAISO, IN  ​Art Barn  www.artbarnschool.org  Contact Julia Holmaas: jholmaas@gmail.com

  • September 17-20, 2018  KANSAS CITY, MO  Contact Barbara Neth: barbara.neth34@gmail.com 

  • October 15-18, 2018  McCOMB, MS  Contact  Susy Sanders: susymae68@yahoo.com

       This will be Tom's 2nd trip to McComb.  This workshop is almost full.  If you are interested in joining Tom in MS, please         avoid disappointment and register soon!