I recently attended, for a second year, the Lucky Star Art Camp in Hunt Texas. It was amazing, even better than the first year. The experience really opens you up and gets you out of your comfort zone (in a good way). I met so many talented, sharing ladies, it was awesome.
One of the art classes I took was a full day class with Mindy Lacefield. It was very laid back and non stressful, just like painting with your close friends. Mindy showed us techniques and gave us prompts, even taking us for a walk outside to generate inspiration.
Mindy has a new online class that will start December 30 called Primitive Portraits 3, it is a follow up to the Primitive Portraits 1 & 2 (which aren't a prerequisite although it would be helpful). You will have lifetime access and there is early bird pricing until December 14 (a Christmas present perhaps to an arty friend?).
There will be 3 guest artists which will give you a chance to be exposed to new artists, always a blessing.
Here is the link: http://www.timssally.com/2014/11/primitive-portraits-3
I hope you will consider this class for yourself or as a gift to someone you love.