Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Animals, Figures, and Backgrounds"
October 3-6, 2017
 

Over four days, students will breathe life into their paintings by going outside the lines and “getting loose” with their techniques. Each day will begin with a demonstration, followed by plenty of painting time with lots of individual attention from Kim. She will focus on helping students gain confidence painting the human/animal form or portrait, upgrade their ability, and learn to be more analytical of their own paintings. Techniques will include painting shapes and the application of paint with correct values; leaving lost and found edges for interest and movement; and integrating the foreground with the background to make a cohesive painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Child Portrait"
October 6-8, 2017
 

In this three-day workshop, Mike will cover methods of posing and modeling the child portrait. He will also cover anatomical differences to look for between adults and youth. The workshop is intended to help students find the issues to avoid and pointers to help them when painting the child portrait. This workshop will consist of brief demonstrations in order to exercise the objective and students will work from live child models as reference. There will be plenty of individual attention and critiques throughout the workshop. Students will leave the workshop with a better understanding of how to approach painting children.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Maczuga, www.michaelmaczuga.com
Cost: $425 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Landscapes from Photographs"
October 9-12, 2017
 

In this workshop, students will paint a landscape in the studio using photographs. The goal will be to create simple designs that have a strong foundation and a well thought out composition. Students will learn to create a feeling of the landscape that gives the painting life, instead of just copying a photograph. Linda will discuss how to paint from your focal point out while paying attention to values, composition and edges. This workshop will include instructor demonstrations and plenty of individual attention. Previous students have been very inspired by the amount of photographs supplied by Linda, which include subject matter from the Grand Canyon, desert vistas, interior forest and high mountain scenes.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting What You See: The Alla Prima Approach to Painting"
October 9-12, 2017
 

Each day, Daniel will do a demonstration while discussing the skills necessary for creating beautiful still life paintings using “alla prima” methods. Following each morning’s’ demo, students will set up still life compositions of their own and paint them from life while receiving one-on-one instruction. During this intensive course, students will receive insight into learning to see correctly and develop an adeptness in the following areas: composition, drawing, color, value and edges.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Daniel J. Keys, www.danieljkeys.com
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure in Context"
October 9-13, 2017
 

This workshop is based on the figure in supporting settings. The week will have the model in short and sustained poses, placing the model in supporting situations balancing the figure with color, pattern and experience. Through lecture and demonstration, students will gain a deeper understanding of the interrelated components of painting: shape, value, color and edges. Students will receive individual instruction throughout the workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Seeing Differently, Painting Differently"
October 12-14, 2017
 

In this 3-day workshop, Tubac artist, David Simons takes students on a painting journey where they learn to see through the eyes of an artist.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: David Simons
Cost: $280 for art center members, $315 for nonmembers
Sponsor: Tubac Center of the Arts
Website, email, 520-398-2371


"Watercolor Unleashed! Rocks, Pebbles and Boulders"
October 13-14, 2017
 

Learning to draw and paint individual rocks and learning to combine many rocks and pebbles into a single collective shape that says “rocks” without detailing each is crucial to successful landscape painting. This class will focus on the challenge of painting a landscape in which rocks, boulders and pebbles are a significant feature. A photo will be provided but the student is always welcome to paint from their own reference material. There will be demonstrations of techniques suitable for the subject, exercises, ongoing critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all. All levels are welcome and encouraged to attend.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstracting the Landscape"
October 16-19, 2017
 

Modernize your paintings to be more joyful and “happy.” Students will learn to abstract the landscape from appropriate photos which will be supplied by Claudia. Students will learn composition, the use of cool and warm colors, vibrant color mixing, and experimenting. Claudia will give demonstrations, individual instruction and critiques. The students will have the opportunity to complete a painting each day. The goal: learn, have fun and fall in love with acrylic paints!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Claudia Hartley, claudiahartley.com
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Portrait in Relief (From Life and Photo Reference)"
October 16-20, 2017
 

Relief sculpture, quite simply, is one of the most fascinating of all sculptural art forms. Although it is firmly rooted in the sculptor’s realm, it owes its design and composition to the draftsman and painters’ turf, and its dynamism to a 2-D format and use of perspective. Eugene will demonstrate and discuss his approach and respect of this powerful art form. Students may choose to work from a live model or their own photo reference. Although there will be live models provided during the workshop, photos and digital images are commonly used to create reliefs. Students may bring their own reference for portraits.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eugene Daub, www.dfsculpturestudios.com
Cost: $725 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portrait Boot Camp"
October 16-20, 2017
 

Based on Elizabeth's rigorous classical training with an inclination towards contemporary work, she has been able to combine several approaches and will discuss their crossroads in her teaching. Elizabeth is an exciting and engaging instructor whose classes sell out regularly. She is truly passionate about teaching and enjoys helping students at any stage of artistic development. Discussion will be geared towards painters, but those more comfortable with drawing are welcome as well. Elizabeth will spend time demoing each day, as well as providing thoughtful individual feedback throughout the process of a portrait painting. Focus will be on structure, anatomy, drawing, light and color; using a sustained portrait pose as the foundation for the concepts presented.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Elizabeth Zanzinger, www.ezanzinger.com
Cost: $750 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Landscape Painting from Start to Finish: Creating Atmosphere, Space and Light"
October 20-22, 2017
 

The sky is an ocean of atmosphere many miles deep – a transparent sea of air. As we look out into the vista, we may not be conscious of actually seeing the air but we plainly see its effects on the landscape. When painters begin to go outside and use natural lighting, they will find that nature’s value scale is immeasurably beyond their own puny value scale. Learn how to make a true representation of any scene in nature using “relative” rather than “absolute” or actual values and color relationships. Expect concept lectures, demonstration and individual instruction as Doug winds students through the myriad of knowledge needed for artists to develop their skills for painting beautiful and believable space.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Doug Diehl
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Design and Painting"
October 21-23, 2017
 

In this workshop, Mike will demonstrate each morning to show his process and his approach to painting the live model. The afternoon will be devoted to painting life models. Mike will demonstrate his technique of “drawing” with paint as well as show other techniques or “tricks” to simplify the figure, which can be a daunting task for many oil painters. He will discuss the balance between representational technique and instinctive design decisions that can transform an academic figure study. The idea is to better enhance and evolve your own personal style by remaining free to manipulate the painting as you envision it.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Carson
Cost: $350 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Albert Handell Sedona Mentoring Program"
October 22-28, 2017
 

Each day participants will paint at locations that Mr. Handell knows intimately. In the mornings, he will show you step-by-step how he starts and works through a painting till finish. You will see for yourself what and how he emphasizes, what is important, what “un-essentials” he eliminates and how he keeps to the theme of the painting till finished. If you wish, you will be able to paint the same subject he is painting. In the afternoon, painting on location with help at each artist’s easel. Each evening participants will meet to review the day’s painting, have nightly critiques, and receive suggestions for the next day’s painting, and all career-building information will be kept to the evenings.
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Albert Handell
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-983-8373


"Painting for the Love of Animals and the Landscape"
October 23-26, 2017
 

This workshop will focus on animal portraiture and the landscape. The first two days animals will be the subject matter – capturing their amazing spirit on canvas. Whether painting a portrait of a cow, lamb or one’s beloved pet(s), students will take advantage of the beauty of animals to work on creating good composition, interesting brushwork and focus on values, edges and color mixing. Using these techniques, the workshop will shift subject matter for the last two days to painting the inspiring landscape. During this entire workshop, Julee will stress the idea of taking risks, being energetic in one’s painting marks and approaching painting fearlessly.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Julee Hutchison, www.juleehutchison.com
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portrait Drawing"
October 23-26, 2017
 

This workshop will focus on developing drawing skills for representational portraits and exploring the charcoal medium. Students will learn the key concepts of portraits as well as the fundamentals of head drawing. Sookyi will teach and share her knowledge of portrait drawing that includes the techniques of charcoal and other dry mediums. In 4 days, students will have 30 to 60-minute sketch sessions and 4 to 6-hour drawing sessions with live models. The instructor will draw alongside students at all times, so the students can watch the step-by-step demonstrations while working on their own drawings. She will also provide customized, one-on-one instructions to each student.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sookyi Lee, www.sookyilee.com
Cost: $450 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"All About Color – Concept, Perception, and Usage"
October 23-27, 2017
 

In this workshop, students will explore color theory and color mixing. They will learn about individual pigments, their place on the palette, paint transparency and opacity. The workshop will emphasize identifying the value, intensity and temperature of color. Other topics will include color perspective, concepts for creating the illusion of space, mixing techniques, the illusion of transparency, and mediums that create color effects. Most of the day will be spent mixing hypothetical color combinations and ranges. The goal is to study a practical way of developing and thinking about discovery and invention in color mixing. On Thursday and Friday, students will paint simple still life objects from life, and learn to see, conceptualize, and produce the colors they desire.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan Diehl & Doug Diehl
Cost: $635/ 5 days or $395/ 3 days + $35 materials fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Floral Still Life in Oil and Acrylic"
October 25-27, 2017
 

In this workshop, students may work in oil or acrylic since Krista is proficient in both. Students will paint from contemporary floral still life setups to further develop their skills. Value, color and edges will all be discussed in a fun and relaxed environment. Students can work on smaller surfaces to capture portions of setups if they want to complete more paintings during the workshop. Each day, Krista will warm up the class with a demo, sharing her tips to create depth and dimension in a painting with a strong focal point. After her demos, students will have plenty of time to work on their own studies or complete paintings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Krista Eaton, www.kristaeaton.com
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Picture Book Illustrating Workshop"
October 27-28, 2017
 

The purpose of this workshop is to give the student a hands-on, unforgettable experience in illustrating their own book, with their own text or with the text of their choice. The workshop will equip students with sufficient knowledge about all stages of the illustrating process: techniques, thumbnail sketches, page layout, text edit targeting specifically picture books, printing and binding, and self-publishing options for those who want to go big and continue the project on their own. During the workshop, a variety of examples of picture books illustrated by renowned illustrators representing different styles and approaches will be available to students as a source of inspiration. The workshop is designed for all students, including those with no artistic experience.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dorota Lagida-Ostling
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Doug Dawson Plein Air Painting in Sedona"
October 30-November 3, 2017
 

Join this legendary master for a week of painting the red rocks of Sedona! Each day begins with a demonstration. Dawson demonstrates two approaches to painting as well as how to construct black and white and color thumbnails. Includes: Two activities that will accelerate your mastery of painting. 3 types of designs that characterize compelling paintings. The principles that are used to create the illusion of depth in a landscape. A systematic approach to plein air painting. The advantages of and short comings of plein air and studio landscape. The principle of the common color. The underlying concept of color harmony. How to solve color problems as you paint. Different approaches to under-painting.
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Doug Dawson
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, (303) 421-4584


"3-Day Starting Methods from Life and Photos"
October 30 - November 1, 2017
 

Discover the starting method that will take your work to new heights! From both life and photos, Tina will demonstrate three oil painting starting methods including open grisaille, accurate color block-in and Tina’s favorite, selective start. Each morning Tina will demonstrate and lecture. Each afternoon, Tina will work one-on-one with every artist as they paint from the live model on the first and second day and from photos on the third day. Learn to see and simplify values, understand form, edges and chroma to control your composition and create dramatic portraiture. Tina will teach students how to organize their palette to mix realistic colors, values and temperatures for different skin types.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Tina Garrett, www.tinagarrett.com
Cost: $350 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Sculpting Horses and Cattle from Life at Saguaro Lake Ranch "
October 30 - November 2, 2017
 

For the last thirty years Jason Scull has pursued fine art of the American West. This has included sculpting horses, cattle and characters of this vast region of our country. This workshop is an opportunity for students to work directly from live models with horses and cattle being the subject. Two days will be spent on the horse and two days on the cow. Students are encouraged to arrive as early as possible Sunday afternoon to get acquainted, to go over armature construction and to outline the week. This workshop promises to be a week of understanding cattle and horses in a rural setting and a workshop unlike any other previously attended. The class is strictly limited to twelve participants.
 
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Instructor: Jason Scull, www.jasonscull.com
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Bringing the Outdoors In: Painting Expressive Landscapes in Oil"
October 30 - November 3, 2017
 

Hone your painting skills and expand your creative language in this unique five-day workshop experience with award winning contemporary American Impressionist Eric Jacobsen. Emphasis will be on risk taking, abstract design and mark making; three necessary components to take your work to the next level and separate yourself from the “pack”. Learn to see like a poet and unlock your true creative potential. Come take a journey into new artistic territory… open up the possibility for a pure, honest and unique result for your paintings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eric Jacobsen, www.jacobsenfineart.com
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure in Oil: In Studio and Plein Air"
October 30 - November 3, 2017
 

In this workshop, the figure will be the subject matter; however, the focus will be on improving drawing skills and seeing values and colors correctly, along with understanding their relationships to each other. There will be daily demonstrations emphasizing the big shapes and establishing their relationships correctly. Students will address design and technique in a manner in which the individual artist may express themselves in a personal way. Students will experience many specific assignments, which will help them to “get to the point a little more quickly.” Be ready to cover a lot of canvas and to “learn through earnest mileage.” Students will receive plenty of one- on-one instruction and individual demonstrations will be given as needed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Peggi Kroll-Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Cost: $685 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Beautiful Florals"
October 30 - November 2, 2017
 

Hedi Moran’s workshop will focus on the process of creating impressionistic still life florals. Emphasis will be on basic concepts of composition, and the importance of transparent color lay in. Effective use of light and temperature to create vivid and lively oil paintings will also be covered, along with how to use soft and hard edges in and around the focal point. The painting process begins with laying in rough shapes (not objects) with initial colors. Refining the painting starts in the focal area and moves outward from there, with the paint getting thicker, edges sharper and color contrasts strengthened. The entire painting is worked at the same time, so that all elements come together simultaneously.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Hedi Moran, www.hedimoranfineart.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting: Montezuma's Castle, Arizona"
November 3-5, 2017
 

Join Amery for three days of plein air painting in Montezuma’s Castle National Monument, Arizona. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about painting outside and truly appreciate nature. Students will discover how plein air painting will improve their studio work. This is an opportunity for students to meet their subject first hand. Amery will be there every step of the way to guide students through a proper set up and to show them how to succeed. Students will need an outdoor painting easel and a vehicle for transportation.
 
Location: Camp Verde, Arizona
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Naturalist Floral"
November 3-5, 2017
 

In this workshop Michael will cover how to approach a floral painting from life. Each morning will be spent discussing basic principles of the block-in and getting the gesture of the flowers from a painting demonstration. From there, Michael will show students on their own work how to plan working several steps ahead in their paintings to achieve the highest level of finish. Throughout the workshop, there will be emphasis given on developing the understanding of color harmony; exploring the relationship of combining optical observation and conceptual form rendering techniques; and adding depth to one’s paintings with brushwork mimicking old world calligraphy. The final stage of the painting is brought to life by adding rich passages of glazing.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Klein, www.michaelkleinpaintings.com
Cost: $575
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"3 Day Portrait Painting in Layers"
November 3-5, 2017
 

Capturing a likeness is among the most elusive yet emotionally satisfying of artistic endeavors. In this workshop, Joshua will walk students through the steps necessary to create a luminous, indirect portrait painting from life. Instruction and critiques for this workshop will center on the elements of form and how to achieve the illusion of three- dimensions. By better understanding the importance of form, students will gain new insight into value, color, drawing and expression. Joshua will be demonstrating the indirect approach to oil painting. This is distinct from the alla-prima, or wet-in-wet, method in that it is done in layers and can therefore achieve wonderful and subtle effects by the use of semi-transparent veils of paint.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joshua LaRock, www.joshualarock.com
Cost: $575 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying, and Expression"
November 6-8, 2017
 

This three-day workshop is for all skill levels. The first half of each day Penix will paint a painting from a photo to demonstrate his process from start to finish using oil paint. The second half of the day, students will paint with Penix’s guidance. Students are also welcome to bring a painting previously painted for Penix to critique. Penix will cover topics such as the power of warms and cools, complementaries, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, elements of light and shadow, and the power of suggestion. There will be a strong emphasis on seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Derek Penix, www.derekpenix.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Light | Composition | Emotion – Painting the Still Life”"
November 6-10, 2017
 

In Ted’s daily demonstrations and presentations, he shares his personal approach to painting. He introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. Significant time is allowed for one-on-one instruction in an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive. Ted encourages, in each participant, a renewed enthusiasm for his or her art, regardless of their skill level.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost:
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Alla Prima Studio"
November 6-8, 2017
 

In this workshop, Suchitra will teach students the key to simplifying shapes and the essence of how to see accurate color relationships. Students will explore the basis of color theory through small and simple color exercises using the live model. Suchitra will teach students how to see color temperature which will help students to understand how to paint the color of the light. In addition, Suchitra will introduce portrait and figure construction by means of interpreting planes. Suchitra will demonstrate each morning and provide individual instruction throughout the workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Suchitra Bhosle, www.suchitrabhosle.com
Cost: $575 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting into Abstraction"
November 7-10, 2017
 

This course is for realist painters wanting to incorporate more abstract expression in their work and for abstract painters seeking guidance in developing their expression. Addressing methods for handling both, acrylic and oil paint mediums, the focus will be on embracing abstraction while learning unique techniques developed by Marianne Mitchell to create luminous layers of transparent and opaque color. The relationship between emotional expression, compositional skill and technical facility will be emphasized in discussion and demonstration while each student is supported on their artistic journey throughout the workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Marianne Mitchell, www.mariannemitchell.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Portrait Inside and Out"
November 13-16, 2017
 

Have you ever wanted to express your individual inspiration with portraiture, but didn’t know where to start? In this workshop, Carol will show you how to simplify complex portraiture elements by designing and controlling Values, Edges, Color and Drawing, while taming the lighting challenges of painting both outdoors and in the studio. This workshop begins with two days painting in the studio followed by two days outdoors with a natural environment. Carol will demonstrate each morning, and provide plenty of one-on-one instruction throughout the workshop, along with positive reinforcement and inspiration!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Carol Arnold, www.carolarnoldfineart.com
Cost: $475 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Art of Clean Color"
November 13-16, 2017
 

Stephanie Birdsall is a member of the Putney Painters, founded by Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik. Her paintings in oil and pastel are based on Schmid’s color charts, featured in “Alla Prima.” Working with flowers, leaves and fruit, this workshop will either introduce the student to color mixing or help the advanced students hone their color mixing skills. Students will concentrate on beautiful, intentional brushstrokes, paint quality along with edges and values. The subject matter will be from life. Each day will start with a 25 stroke painting to warm up and practice intentional brush strokes and color. Stephanie will assist in still life set ups and instruct students on how to look for the rhythm and fall of light on the subject.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Stephanie Birdsall, www.stephaniebirdsall.com
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figure Painting Design and Composition"
November 13-17, 2017
 

In this workshop Ryan will talk about the creation of a work of art and how to develop a picture from an initial idea to a mature concept. Ryan will discuss elements of aesthetics, composition, lighting, staging, costume, mood and color harmony. Students will look at master paintings for inspiration. There will be discussions on how to best use thumbnail sketches in the developmental process, as well as the use of the color study. Students will use a model in an environment to work out a concept as a group. Students will gain insights and tools that will help them develop their own concepts following the workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ryan Brown, www.ryansbrown.com
Cost: $675 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air and Studio"
November 13-17, 2017
 

Plein air painting is a foundational part of training the eye to better understand the concepts of composition, design, and color harmony. Students will learn to plan an effective composition and to better see and use warm and cool colors in a landscape. Calvin will teach students how to use hard and soft edges to create space in a painting and how to simplify the subject matter. Students will learn the reasons for using different paint surface textures and brushstroke directions and how to get the best possible results in a short time. This five-day workshop includes two days of outdoor painting. Three days will be spent working on a single studio painting based on photos students take on location.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Calvin Liang, www.calvinliangfineart.com
Cost: $680
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
November 14-17, 2017
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop limited to 6 participants in four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Lodging package for $800 (incl. tuition) also available, but limited, so don't hesitate!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"From the Garden"
November 14-17, 2017
 

Presented by SAWG (Southern AZ Watercolor Guild) and held at the Radisson Suites in Tucson, AZ, this workshop is open to all skill levels. Birgit's soft yet dramatic style reminds one of Georgia O'Keefe. Her philosophy as an artist is observation, emotional connection to her subject, and the healing nature of creating art to give the viewer a new perspective. Her beautifully mastered topics are Florals, Landscapes and Nature. Members of SAWG are offered a discounted price; you may become a member and receive the lower workshop price up to October 3, 2017.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Birgit O'Connor
Cost: $395/$495
Sponsor: Southern AZ Watercolor Guild
Website, email, (520) 743-3389


"Watercolor: Bold and Sassy!"
November 17-18, 2017
 

During this workshop, students will learn to paint exciting and expressive watercolors! Students will be painting flowers from fresh arrangements that Grace will bring in on the first day. On day two, students will be painting from a vegetable still life. Students will have the option of working from the floral arrangement again on the second day, instead of the vegetable still life, if they so choose. Over the two days, it will be sure to be a fun and lively workshop for anyone who wants to get bold and sassy in their watercolor painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Grace Haverty, gracehavertyart.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Saturated Wet Watercolor"
November 17-18, 2017
 

Students will experience an exciting way to paint in watercolor as they begin with a loose, abstract painting and then lift paint from the damp surface to create movement and flow, thinking only in terms of warm and cool, light and dark. Students will then slowly refine the painting by both lifting and adding paint. The saturated wet application allows easy lifting, gives soft edges, and maintains a unified background. This two day workshop will give students a real sense of this method, as timing is extremely important. Details like scales and eyes are added at the very end. The results are rich, vibrant paintings that have a few tight details surrounded by loose, painterly color.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Pullinsi, www.lindapullinsi.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Design Boot Camp"
November 28 - December 1, 2017
 

Get ready to hunker down and explore the first and foremost demand of picture making and good design. Composition is not simply being able to fit the subject matter on the canvas. Good composition is creating a beautiful and dynamic visual statement through the adaptation of an intentional plan, a coordination of parts to produce a harmonious whole. Intent and purpose trumps all students in the planning of a painting. Students will go on an exploration of all the principles of design: proportion, dominance, subordination, movement, creating emphasis and space, all as a means to an end. Students will exploit the elements of art: value, line, texture, shape and color in our search for a unity of effect.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan & Doug Diehl
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Language and Practice of Life Drawing"
November 28 - December 2, 2017
 

Working from the live model in two sessions daily, students will gain confidence and fluency in this most essential discipline. Through lectures, demonstrations and personal interaction, Ned Jacob will share knowledge and insight that have made him, arguably, one of the most respected draftsman of his generation. Neophytes will welcome this opportunity to gain a sound introduction to figure drawing; professionals will value this focused five-day workshop to sharpen tools grown dull through neglect. Subjects discussed will be: hiring, posing and lighting the model; exploring the exquisite relationship between media and working surfaces; and using correct drawing posture. The use of charcoal, sanguine chalk and conte will also be discussed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ned Jacob, www.nedjacob.com/artist1.html
Cost: $795 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Landscapes in Pastel: Creating Beautiful Light"
November 28 - December 2, 2017
 

The development of dynamic landscape paintings will be the focus of this workshop. Susan will share ideas about composition, effective color relationships, and creating believable natural light in your paintings. Daily demos will also include value studies, working successfully from photo reference, and framing techniques. Students can expect to produce a new painting each day. Susan will conduct daily demonstrations, individual instruction with each student, and provide an environment for individual growth. “You’ll be painting the soul of the subject, not the details!”
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan Ogilvie, www.susanogilvie.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figurative and Still Life Workshop"
November 28 - December 2, 2017
 

Cynthia has a reputation for her comprehensive teaching style. For those of you who have not had the opportunity to attend one of her classes, Cynthia teaches with an effective and inspiring process. Her method of teaching is supportive and nurturing, asking for the student to search for their personal truth, requiring sensitivity, stamina, commitment, and bravery. Her instruction includes personal attention as well as group critiques and demonstrations. Focusing on composition, color, mark making, brush strokes, personal themes and emotional content.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Cynthia Packard, www.packardgallery.com
Cost: $950 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Drawing for Pleasure, 'A Quest for Seeing'"
November 29-30, 2017
 

This is a workshop for anyone interested in improving their observational drawing skills. Tubac artist, Bobb Vann is a highly skilled and talented artist. In this 2 day workshop, Bobb will help students improve their drawing skills, The focus will be on specific subject matter and learning to observe more closely in order to draw with more accuracy. Bobb received formal art training at the Philadelphia College of Art. His versatility of artistic skills include illustration and design as well as painting and drawing. He was an Art Director, served as a judge in art shows, and taught art. He has won a number of awards for his art and has participated in numerous exhibitions.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Bobb Vann
Cost: $225 TCA members, $250 Nonmembers
Sponsor: Tubac Center of the Arts
Website, email, 520-398-2371


"Power of Landscape"
December 4-8, 2017
 

This workshop is an opportunity for students to concentrate on creating a beautiful and powerful landscape. Students will learn about principles of composition through this exciting process, where painting starts with an idea and gradually unfolds into a work of art. Using landscape photo references, students will learn how to choose the right format and size for the painting along with how to use structure, rhythm, color and values to create a dynamic composition. Students will work their way through the challenging aspect of completing the painting using a few simple guidelines. Along the way, students will play with colors and discover what helps to create a coherent painting that stands out.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Larisa Aukon, www.aukonlarisa.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Wildlife Painting"
December 4-8, 2017
 

The emphasis of the workshop will be on drawing and painting wildlife. Photographs will be used during the workshop. Greg will bring a supply of good photos and students may bring in their own photos. The workshop will include plenty of drawing and painting time, and students will have ample time for problem solving with Greg. Throughout the five days, Greg will demonstrate painting with commentary as he goes along and will critique work for students who desire it. Greg will also self- critique his own work to give students an awareness of his procedures, progress, mistakes, etc.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Gregory Beecham, www.gbeecham.work
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting and Drawing the Horse in Sunlight"
December 4-8, 2017
 

Plein air painters and students will welcome the opportunity to work with this internationally known artist and teacher. In two sessions daily, through demonstration and personal instruction, students will learn sound methods and procedures in rendering the equine subject in sunlight. The understandings gained through this intensive five-day workshop will be useful in future practice when working sur le motif from all animal subjects, as well as coping with problems inherent in painting ever illusive effects of light and atmosphere. Those of all experience levels with a serious commitment to the subject will be welcome.
 
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Instructor: Ned Jacob, www.nedjacob.com/artist1.html
Cost: $795 + $50 horse model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"From Plein Air to Studio"
December 4-8, 2017
 

Learn to paint landscapes in the most direct way possible using alla prima techniques developed by Sargent, Sorolla, and Zom. Turn your small outdoor studies into larger more developed paintings. This five day workshop will show you how to sketch, paint, and photograph out in the field, and how to use those references as guides to produce more carefully considered work in the comfort of your studio. Portable easel and transportation required. Students will need to purchase park passes for the Tonto National Forest.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Thomas Jefferson Kitts, www.thomaskitts.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Image to Abstract 1"
December 5-7, 2017
 

This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction to his or her work while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide students through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class. There will be at least one session painting from a still life set up. This workshop is open-media but the instructor will demonstrate using acrylics.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.markdanielnelson.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Alla Prima Portrait Painting"
December 8-11, 2017
 

Sean Cheetham uses a very distinct palette, called a “mud-palette”, when working on alla prima portraits. This palette will be discussed extensively throughout the workshop. The benefits of working with this palette are value and color control. Sean will discuss harmony and unity in your final piece. He will teach you a simple step-by-step process to painting alla prima portraits. Sean will be going over composition, drawing, likeness, organizing your palette, color mixing, value, edges, and producing a completed portrait. The workshop will start off with a demonstration and then Sean will continue to paint alongside the students throughout the weekend, as well as offering critiques. There will be a different model each day as the focus is on direct wet-into-wet painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sean Cheetham, www.seancheetham.blogspot.com
Cost: $575 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Palette Knife Landscape Painting: Lose the Brush!"
December 9-10, 2017
 

Embrace the freedom that comes from decisive, impasto knife application. Work wet-into-wet in either oil or acrylic. Students will plan, design, sketch and complete two or more compositions. This class will focus on the reinforcement of traditional fundamentals including color theory, values, temperature management, large masses, focal point emphasis, simplification of detail and soft edges…all with a palette knife! No brushes allowed. Learn to identify and solve “problems” ahead of time to ensure beautiful results. This is a fun, relaxed atmosphere that will push even the most advanced artists out of their comfort zones and open a new door to passionate expressionism. Students may use their own well-composed landscape, cityscape or seascape photographs or, use some provided by the instructor.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Renee Palmer Jones, RPJfineart.com
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Oil Painting Essentials"
December 11-15, 2017
 

In this workshop, the core elements of successful oil painting will be explored. Drawing on lessons from his recently published book Oil Painting Essentials, Gregg Kreutz will teach and demonstrate the key factors in getting paintings to come to life. Factors such as how to create drama, how to create depth, how to make the paint dynamic, how to give vibrancy to the light, these and other critical issues will be taught through portrait, figure, and still life painting. Kreutz, a celebrated painter and teacher at New York’s Art Student’s League, believes that a hands-on familiarity with different genres helps painters gain proficiency with whatever subject they choose to paint. Mastering core principles-learning oil painting essentials-expands the painters options.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Gregg Kreutz, www.greggkreutz.com
Cost: $695 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Birds in Sculpture"
December 11-15, 2017
 

The class begins with a discussion of bird anatomy, the principles of aerodynamics, and how to achieve the illusion of movement in sculptures of birds in flight. Students will learn how to construct an armature for blocking in birds in flight. Sandy will help students determine the difference between a sculpture that is technically adequate and one that has spirit and life. All aspects of modeling in oil based clay will be explored and beginning students are welcome. Students will learn the importance of assembling strong, meaningful shapes and how eliminating unimportant details can create the bird’s essence. Students will work from photography, drawings, field guides, and videotapes of birds in flight.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sandy Scott, www.sandyscott.com
Cost: $650 + $50 materials fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Figures and Animals from a Photo Reference"
December 13-15, 2017
 

This 3-day workshop will concentrate on painting animal and human figures as well as the application of paint with correct values, leaving lost and found edges for interest and movement, and integrating the foreground with the background to make a cohesive painting. Participants will learn to leverage their contour drawing as a guide (not a border) as the basis for building form with the use of glazes and washes. This is an excellent workshop for gaining confidence in painting both animal and human forms, upgrading your painting ability, and learning to be more analytical of your own and other’s paintings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Light and Lively Florals"
January 3-6, 2018
 

Hedi Moran’s workshop will focus on the process of creating impressionistic still life florals. Emphasis will be on basic concepts of composition, and the importance of transparent color lay in. Effective use of light and temperature to create vivid and lively oil paintings will also be covered, along with how to use soft and hard edges in and around the focal point. The painting process begins with laying in rough shapes (not objects) with initial colors. Refining the painting starts in the focal area and moves outward from there, with the paint getting thicker, edges sharper and color contrasts strengthened. The entire painting is worked at the same time, so that all elements come together simultaneously.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Hedi Moran, www.hedimoranfineart.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portrait Sculpture: This Time with Feeling!"
January 3-7, 2018
 

There are many ways to approach the art of Portraiture: academically, structurally and personally. After many years, the one thing that continues to fascinate and beguile me is the psychological aspect of the portrait. The portrait must have a modicum of anatomical structure to give testament to the real players which are the muscles that typically create an asymmetric expression. It is possible to create a complex expression with a minimal knowledge of anatomy if you know what to look for. This is the goal, learning to see the subtle landmarks that create a psychological context in your portrait and raise it above the realm of likeness alone. This class is for beginners and for professionals.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eugene Daub, www.dfsculpturestudios.com
Cost: $725 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Studying the Old Masters"
January 3-7, 2018
 

This workshop will provide the opportunity to deeply study an old master painting (figurative or portrait) and learn from the past. Students will spend time reviewing various processes of several old masters. Students will do a small color study of the chosen work, develop an accurate drawing, and then create a final painting. This experience will provide a better understanding of the painting process, how to draw for an underpainting and explore several different approaches to creating a painting from start to finish. The workshop will also cover the painting process used throughout the 19th century and by illustrators such as Norman Rockwell and Dean Cornwell. Additionally, the course will cover how to apply modern tools to this process and your own work.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Howard Lyon, www.howardlyon.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure in Pastels"
January 5-7, 2018
 

In this three-day workshop, Margaret teaches a simple step-by-step pastel painting method. Working with live models, students explore drawing, composition, anatomy, proportion, value, color, and pastel application. Emphasis is on developing form using light and shadow, and layering color for a translucent effect. This workshop is for students who want to learn about color and who want to speed up and become less tight in their work. Students do not need prior pastel experience.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Margaret Dyer, www.margaretdyer.com
Cost: $395 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"'Into the Light' Introduction to Pastels"
January 8-9, 2018
 

Artist/Instructor, Jan Thompson discovered the pure soft pigment sticks called pastel at the early age of 16 and has spent the last fifty-five years creating artwork in her own vibrant, colorful style. Working with pastels whether you are a beginner or experienced artist, Jan will show you how to create 3-D illusions on a flat surface. Jan’s original pastels and prints reflect the beauty of her mountain community and the western way of life. Her award-winning artwork is becoming highly collectible. She is a member of the Pastel Society of Colorado and a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Janet R. Thompson
Cost: $180 for TCA Members, $205 for Nonmembers
Sponsor: Tubac Center of the Arts
Website, email, 520-398-2371


"Seeing the World as a Photograph"
January 8-11, 2018
 

This is an introductory workshop into seeing the world as a photograph, using your digital camera. There will be perceptual exercises: gestalt flash-drawings and a Rudolf Arnheim drawing exercise. Compositional basics will be covered: Seeing photography through paintings and other photographs: The frame, Lighting, Point of view. Camera basics: Aperture, shutter, ISO, lenses/focal length, dynamic range, image formats, RAW images and their use. The course will also involve simple image adjustment (dodging/burning), using Adobe Raw and Photoshop software. Critiques will be regular, friendly, and informal. Noticing how we solve photographic (structural, compositional, expressive) problems will lead to a fulfilling experience for all.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joseph Podlesnik, josephpodlesnik.com
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Principles of Painting"
January 8-12, 2018
 

This workshop is an intense five days of inspiration, hard work and productive learning. The main principles Moore covers are design, color, composition, and edges. Beginning with slide lectures in the morning, he isolates each element with the help of computer technology and focuses on a different principle each day. Lectures are followed by painting exercises and/or demonstrations of the principles being taught. Students are encouraged to apply lessons to subject matter of their choice, whether landscapes, still life, or figure. Exercises are geared toward learning the principles, not toward producing a finished painting. Demos will be done in oil.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Moore, www.rmoorefineart.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Bringing Animals to Life"
January 8-12, 2018
 

Through demonstrations, examples and individual attention, this 5-day workshop will enhance each student’s ability to develop and execute paintings that will bring animals to ‘life.’ Participants will leave with a better awareness and understanding of painting in general, along with a deeper appreciation of ways to breathe spirit and personality into the characters that populate their paintings. Bill will address keys to both artistic and technical growth that will apply to all facets of your work, while bringing greater joy to the process, and improving the result.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: William Suys, www.williamasuys.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Drawing and Painting the Nude Figure"
January 8-12, 2018
 

This workshop will introduce students to both drawing and painting exercises that Jeffrey Watts has developed and honed over the past 30 years at Watts Atelier of the Arts in Encinitas, CA. Jeff will walk the students through some of his most effective and tried methods for gesture drawing/painting, how to successfully paint from photos and Master Studies, as well as how to tackle the longer live model sessions. These exercises will help the students to start cultivating the confidence to further explore the most challenging of subjects on their own after returning home. Come prepared for Jeff’s intense one on one highly energetic and philosophic approach to one of his favorite subjects in both paint and charcoal.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jeffrey Watts, www.jeffreyrwatts.com
Cost: $850 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Composition, Color and Creative Cacophony"
January 12-14, 2018
 

Join Charlie Hunter and Mitch Baird for an intensive, fast-moving and fun workshop focusing on the common elements and painting techniques utilized by two very different artists to create dynamic, successful paintings. Charlie Hunter is known for his near- monochromatic palette, while Mitch Baird is unafraid to utilize a full range of color. Seemingly disparate in approach, both artists emphasize a common devotion to the fundamental principles of painting/drawing, values, edges and composition. Daily demos and short lectures will reinforce these core precepts, followed by lots of hands-on painting time and a critique session each day in which successes, challenges and various approaches are discussed. Individual attention is a high priority, as well as laughs, irreverence and lots of enthusiasm.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mitch Baird & Charlie Hunter
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Suggesting Reality"
January 15-19, 2018
 

Through lecture and demonstration, this workshop will not only reinforce an understanding of composition and form, but will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; how the artist may represent nature in order to reflect on his or her perceptions, experiences and values while also contemplating the important power of symbol and abstraction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Portrait"
January 15-19, 2018
 

There are many criteria that go into creating a successful portrait. While capturing a good likeness of the sitter is very important, it’s not enough. A great portrait feels alive, evokes emotion, and captures the viewer through the beauty of its maker’s compositional and aesthetic choices. In this portrait painting workshop, Jeff Hein will discuss what he believes to be the key elements of creating a great portrait. He will discuss creating a concept, formulating good composition and designing of marks, strokes and color. Jeff will also break down the formal process of painting a head into its most basic parts; drawing, value and color. As students paint from a live model, Jeff will critique and assist on an individual basis.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jeff Hein, www.jeffhein.com
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Sculpting the Figure"
January 15-19, 2018
 

Learn the process of creating a figurative sculpture that is suitable for casting in bronze. The clay figure will be one-third life size in a creative pose. The focus will be on anatomy, curves and planes, bone structure, ribcage, contrapposto, and face. A full day will be devoted to the head with special focus on eyes, lips and hair. Vala will provide tips on achieving likeness using calipers and will address sculpting the hands and feet. Other topics such as: fleshy forms vs. defined muscles, using shadows, points of interest, leading the eye around, texture, lost edges, and drapery will also be discussed. The final result will be a beautiful anatomically correct figure, compositionally strong and emotionally engaging the viewer.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Vala Ola, www.valaola.com
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figure and Portrait Drawing with Charcoal"
January 15-19, 2018
 

This workshop will be focused on both short and long pose charcoal drawings from models. Different techniques mentioned in the book (Henry Yan’s Figure Drawing- Techniques and Tips) will be introduced and practiced, as well as some basic skills in drawing human anatomy and portraiture. Demonstrations and individual help will show students how to draw with beautiful line work; methods of placing tones for rendering images three dimensionally; design of realistic works with supporting abstract elements; and ways to draw with painterly approaches.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Henry Yan, www.henryyanart.com
Cost: $635 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Bringing the Garden Indoors"
January 22-25, 2018
 

Walking into Kathy’s workshop is like walking into a garden. Students will have an abundance of fresh flowers to choose from to create a natural garden set up unique to their vision. Kathy starts each day with a demo, emphasizing the importance of design with a strong block in. She will talk about how to get transparency in flowers with clean color, how to block in leaves as a mass, and creating value patterns. For one of the demos, Kathy will bring in a dry plein air painting to demonstrate and talk about how to finish it in the studio using photos. The afternoons will be for the students to set up their own “garden still life” with Kathy assisting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathy Anderson, www.kathyandersonstudio.com
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Capturing the Expressive Qualities of the Alla Prima Portrait"
January 22-25, 2018
 

This workshop will be a comprehensive study into painting the portrait “Alla Prima” in oils. Michelle will do a demonstration each morning while discussing the key elements that make up not only an accurate portrait, but a compelling portrait painting. The fundamentals of painting are key to achieving a solid effect of light and form in paint, but great portraiture goes beyond this and captures a sense of breath and aliveness. Students will paint after the morning demo and Michelle will give individual help to each student as they work from a live model. All of the techniques of painting will be covered from drawing, composition, color, value and edges, as well as how to bring a portrait to a likeness.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michelle Dunaway, www.dunawayfineart.com
Cost: $625 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"A Creative Approach to Floral Compositions"
January 22-25, 2018
 

Each day, Daniel will do a demonstration while discussing the skills necessary for creating beautiful floral paintings using “alla prima” methods. Following each morning’s demo, students will set up floral compositions of their own and paint them from life while receiving one-on-one instruction. During this intensive course, students will receive insight into learning to see correctly and develop an adeptness in the following areas: composition, drawing, color, value and edges.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Daniel J. Keys, www.danieljkeys.com
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Concept: The Story Behind your Painting"
January 22-25, 2018
 

This workshop is designed to help artists put more meaning and emotion into their paintings. Jay will begin the first day with a presentation showing how master artists put a great deal of thought and sketching into the concept of their paintings before putting down the first stroke. Jay will have the students go out in the field with their sketchbooks and experiment with a variety of compositions. The morning of day two will be a demo with Jay sketching/painting outside on location, and students will paint in the afternoon. Day three and four will be plein air painting and the last afternoon will be back in the studio to show student work with a final critique and discussion.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jay Moore, www.jaymoorestudio.com
Cost: $725
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Light, Color and Composition en Plein Air"
January 26-28, 2018
 

Mike will cover the important fundamentals of composition, color relationships, lighting, atmospheric perspective, simplification and shape design through the use of gouache and oil paints. This is a great workshop for anyone interested in painting plein air and would like to learn how to capture a sense of natural or stylized light into their works. Mike will start off the three-day workshop with a three-hour lecture covering: color, composition design, lighting design, simplification and atmospheric perspective. Day two will be a full session of outdoor painting with a demo in gouache, and day three will be an outdoor session and include another demo in oil. Mike will give individual hands on instruction during the workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mike Hernandez, www.mikehernandezart.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Palette Knife Landscape Painting: Lose the Brush!"
January 26-27, 2018
 

Embrace the freedom that comes from decisive, impasto knife application. Work wet-into-wet in either oil or acrylic. Students will plan, design, sketch and complete two or more compositions. This class will focus on the reinforcement of traditional fundamentals including color theory, values, temperature management, large masses, focal point emphasis, simplification of detail and soft edges…all with a palette knife! No brushes allowed. Learn to identify and solve “problems” ahead of time to ensure beautiful results. This is a fun, relaxed atmosphere that will push even the most advanced artists out of their comfort zones and open a new door to passionate expressionism. Students may use their own well-composed landscape, cityscape or seascape photographs or, use some provided by the instructor.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Renee Palmer Jones, RPJfineart.com
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Cold Wax and Oil"
January 27, 2018
 

Tucson artist, Greta Ward will share techniques of working with cold wax medium and oil. It can be scraped, scratched, rubbed, pressed, pushed, added and subtracted. This ancient medium fosters versatility. In this one-day workshop, students have the opportunity to create their own small cold wax and oil pieces on Arches Oil paper. Primarily an oil painter, Greta also works with cold wax and oil, watercolors, assemblage, and stained glass. Greta studied under the inimitable Rebecca Crowell, in both the US and Italy, learning about cold wax and its myriad applications to fine art. The process of adding wax and pigment, then subtracting selectively through scraping, solvents, and other tools seems, the perfect artistic analogy for a life well-lived.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Greta Ward
Cost: $175 TCA Members, $200 Nonmembers
Sponsor: Tubac Center of the Arts
Website, email, 520-398-2371


"Discover the Joy of Creativity"
January 29 - February 1, 2018
 

If you feel that your artwork has become stale and a little predictable, this workshop is calling your name. Larisa will walk students through the process of creating dynamic paintings while rediscovering the joy of creativity. Each day of the workshop students will focus on different subjects: still life, landscape, cityscape, and animals. In addition to the basic principles of painting such as composition, design, values and color mixing, this workshop will teach students how to paint a credible and convincing painting full of energy. Using photo references and flower arrangements, students will learn how to simplify and use structure, colors, and values to create dynamic compositions.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Larisa Aukon, www.aukonlarisa.com
Cost: $540
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Capturing the Light"
January 29 - February 2, 2018
 

Tim is best known for the light in his paintings coupled with strong composition. The primary focus will be how to convey the sense of strong sunlight in a painting by identifying, clarifying and pushing the values. Exercises will be used to help simplify these concepts. Students will also work on achieving clean color in their paintings, and utilize value patterns to aid in developing successful compositions. There will be discussions on materials, scene selection and brushwork. During the workshop, Tim will create a demonstration painting each day, and work with students individually on their paintings throughout the day. Most of the time will be spent in the studio, with some painting time spent outdoors as well, weather permitting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Timothy Horn, www.timhornart.com
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figure and Studio Painting"
January 29 - February 2, 2018
 

This intensive five-day workshop is designed for painters who have already had painting experience but would like to continue improving craftsmanship and visual concept. The workshop will focus on painting from the model as well as studio painting. There will be a deep discussion regarding visual elements such as design, placement of composition and focal point. Students should bring their own photo reference to the workshop for the studio painting assignment. The instructor will be doing a one day formal demonstration during the workshop, sharing his thoughts and experience throughout the process.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Huihan Liu, www.huihanliuart.com
Cost: $750 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Light and Shadow: Painting the Portrait and Still Life"
January 29 - February 2, 2018
 

Michael’s workshop will focus on the “chiaroscuro” approach of the old masters, which uses strong light and rich shadow to create intense and dramatic paintings. The workshop will include two instructor demonstrations, illustrating Michael’s technique and giving insight into his methods and philosophies. Students will have the option to paint either portrait or still life, or both, during the course of the workshop. Michael will also help students set up their own vivid still-life compositions, and there will be a live model each day, as well. All painting will be done from life. Special attention will be given to the unique properties of light and shadow, as well as design, value, edges, color, and sculptural brushstroke.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Siegel, www.siegelfineart.com
Cost: $675 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Unspoken Rules of Color"
February 2-4, 2018
 

In the beginning we are all told to paint what we see. If we understand the rules of color creating that illusion of what we see will become a little closer to reality. This is a hands-on workshop and brief demonstrations will be given to exercise the objective. Students will work from the live model as reference.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Maczuga, www.michaelmaczuga.com
Cost: $395 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Fun, No Fear with Watercolors"
February 3-4, 2018
 

In this 2-day workshop, Tubac artist, Roberta Rogers helps students enjoy the fun of watercolor painting. Tubac artist, Roberta Rogers has resided in Arizona since 1970. A third generation watercolorist, Rogers holds a Master’s Degree in Art from California State University at Fresno. She is a juried member of the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society and a member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild. Her watercolor paintings capture the light and beauty found in every subject she paints. Her work is found in private and corporate collections, and available in Arizona galleries, currently showing at Purcell Gallery in Tubac and West of the Moon Gallery in Flagstaff.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Roberta Rogers
Cost: $175 TCA Members, $200 Nonmembers
Sponsor: Tubac Center of the Arts
Website, email, 520-398-2371


"Painting Outdoors in Gold Canyon, Arizona"
February 5-8, 2018
 

This landscape workshop will emphasize working from life. During the workshop, most of the time will be spent painting on location in Gold Canyon, Arizona, which will allow for closer proximity to painting locations. Dan will cover the process of gathering essential information and editing in the field. The importance of how to start a painting will be stressed since a correct start makes the entire process less difficult. Dan will also cover the importance of a solid foundation in design, drawing, values and color. Students should come prepared with the supplies to do at least two paintings a day.
 
Location: Gold Canyon, Arizona
Instructor: Dan Young, www.danyoungstudio.com
Cost: $575
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Portrait in Oil"
February 5-9, 2018
 

Students will create two portraits over the duration of the workshop from a live model. Technical instruction will be supplemented with brief lectures and demonstrations to learn Casey’s painting process. Casey will also assist students individually during the workshop. Artists, ranging from beginning to advanced, will gain a fuller knowledge of traditional portraiture.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Casey Childs, www.caseychilds.com
Cost: $725 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Inspired Portrait and Figure in Oil"
February 5-9, 2018
 

The focus of this oil painting workshop is to inspire, develop and clarify ones visual intention while painting the portrait, clothed and nude figure. Explore the harmonious benefits of working with a limited to expanded palette, abstract value patterns, visual concepts, form and edges with feeling and movement as you reveal your own aesthetic sensibilities. Supported with demonstrations, individualized instruction and visual presentation intended to renew and expand your visual vocabulary. Good drawing skills and a strong grasp of painting fundamentals are recommended.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Johanna Harmon, www.johannaharmon.com
Cost: $625 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting a Modern Still-Life"
February 5-9, 2018
 

Students will begin with canvas and brush selection, toning or not toning the canvas, and palette choices. Further topics covered will be: how to set up the painting, composition, what to paint first, color coordination and harmony, background selection, drawing with paint, and seeing the proper values. Clinton will explain alla prima vs glazing, the finer details, checking angles vs measuring, getting personality into your painting, the tricks of the trade, and the finishing touches. There will be several demos throughout the workshop including: a drawing demo, painting alla prima, glazing techniques and materials, and a short but thorough demo on color and how to use it. Personal instruction will be given to each student throughout each day.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Clinton Hobart, www.clintonhobart.com
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Fundamentals of Studio Landscape Painting"
February 5-9, 2018
 

This time-tested curriculum is designed to help students develop a better understanding for the fundamentals of color, composition, value, paint application and atmospheric perspective pertaining to landscape painting. Design discussions will focus on the subjects of emphasis and pattern, with a goal to create more dynamic compositions. Students will also learn a reliable, step-by-step system for creating larger studio works from start to finish, with a working knowledge of color and value. In addition to any prerequisite studies, this workshop will set as a goal 1-3 completed paintings for the week depending on the size of the canvas. Instruction will include lecture and slide presentation, demonstrations, critiques, and one-on-one time with each student. Demos will be done in acrylic.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: John Poon, www.johnpoon.com
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Native American Models in Traditional Attire"
February 5-9, 2018
 

We will be exploring traditional garb and objects associated with different Native American peoples. Understanding form, figure and portrait skills, and exciting clothing and objects, will all be addressed in this workshop. Efficiency in approach and effective drawing skills will be addressed as well. There will be daily demonstrations and emphasis on working quickly.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ray Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Cost: $750 + $100 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Photo Tour Sedona, Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Monument Canyon"
February 7-17, 2018
 

Join Patrick Mahoney for a week of photography in lively and inspiring Phoenix/Scottsdale, beautiful and colorful Sedona,the majestic and awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, colorful Sedona, Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, and Monument Valley! This is a small-group experience open to all levels of photographers. Participants should plan to bring all photographic gear including plenty of battery, memory cards, laptop and downloading gear. All capturing devices are accepted...from digital SLRs to point and shoot to smartphones! Plan to dress for variable conditions! Phoenix/Scottsdale is warm/hot by day and cool evenings. Sedona can be cold, and the Grand Canyon can still experience a mix of winter conditions!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Guide/Photographer Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From US$3399.00 per person double occ. ask Single price
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


"One-Way Trip to Composing Sculpture"
February 12-16, 2018
 

Composition is often mistaken for design. Designing is thoughtfully organizing placement – it requires an experienced, educated, intelligent eye, taste and certain elegance. Composing is none of the above. It’s transcending the raw experience and observation, living it all again in a new, unknown form. Composing is a much more carnal, visceral, unruly process, whereas design is much more planned, logical and ruled. Making the block of clay exude emotions is composing – that is the art of sculpting. The workshop will focus on observing the model and sculpting what students have not seen before. Simon will teach students how to breathe emotions into the clay and how to truly experience sculpting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"How to Construct a Painting in the Studio"
February 12-16, 2018
 

In this workshop, Joseph will guide students through his process for constructing a painting in the studio setting. The workshop will be structured to show the various phases a painting goes through from conception to completion. Joseph will guide students in a step-by-step process that encompasses the proper use of materials. He will speak on the proper use of photo reference, how to develop a concept as a tool for storytelling, as well as the technical challenges on how to compose and design a painting. Joseph will work one-on-one, as well as paint along with students in order to demonstrate his process. Students will primarily work from photographs provided by the instructor.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joseph Lorusso, www.josephlorussofineart.com
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Portrait and Figure in Full Color"
February 12-16, 2018
 

This five day workshop will center around the portrayal of the human figure, with emphasis on painting the portrait for 2 days, then a half-length or full length figure for the next three. Live demonstrations by the instructor will be given, as well as materials talks and method lectures and personalized individual critiques. This will take place while the model is posing to insure live feedback and reinforce concepts, as well as help discover the student’s points of strength and specific areas of weakness. As color will be a central focus throughout the class, students may expect to find a number of rich setups that may include in addition to the live model; drapery, headpieces, makeup, flowers, and possibly stuffed parrots.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Teresa Oaxaca, www.teresaoaxaca.com
Cost: $775 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Wiegardt’s Painterly Watercolors"
February 12-16, 2018
 

This is a workshop for those who wish to loosen up in watercolor. Painting techniques and a philosophy of design will encourage bold, loose paintings. Eric believes most painting problems are the violation of an elementary painting principle. Lectures will be easily understood and helpful. It is recommended that students have minimal previous experience. There will be ample time for students to try the concepts presented in a safe environment. Eric will do a completed painting demonstration daily. Subject matter may include land, marine, streetscapes, florals and interiors.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eric Wiegardt, www.ericwiegardt.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure: Arriving at Full Color"
February 17-21, 2018
 

This advanced workshop will explore alla prima painting in a progressive study from bold, accurate monochromatic structure, reinterpreting this into color temperature, followed by directly relating these practices to a sensitive full-color understanding. There will be two short demos and one longer demo, along with a great deal of one-on-one instruction at the student’s easel. This intensive workshop will also avail opportunities for open discussions of questions that sincere, passionate figural painters encounter. Students will be asked to explore what they wish to bring to their paintings of the figure, using the model as a conduit for discovering what painting problems (e.g. drawing, anatomy, paint quality, color, edges), or perhaps, what conceptual questions and creative directions intrigue them.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rose Frantzen, www.oldcityhallgallery.com
Cost: $800 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Still Life with a Strong Light and Shadow Concept"
February 19-22, 2018
 

In this workshop, Elizabeth will discuss the concept of painting strong light and shadow in a paintings, along with painting with emotion and not just copying what is seen. Elizabeth will do daily demonstrations and discuss the important concepts such as composition, temperature changes, edges, and seeing things as shapes. A strong emphasis will be on painting florals and vases.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Elizabeth Robbins, www.elizabethrobbinsart.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air with Mark Boedges"
February 19-23, 2018
 

“When I paint I am trying to tell the truth about my subject. Every time I put brush to canvas I am trying to find what is essential about that scene and to give it life on the canvas. Invariably, a significant part of this goal is achieved by simply rendering an authentic light. Whether direct sunlight or indirect ambient light, I aim to capture the particular effect that the light is having on my subject on that day and at that time-everything else in my painting flows from this.” This workshop will focus primarily on giving students the tools to render authentic light by carefully using correct values and rigorously maintaining color temperature relationships between light and shadow.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Boedges, www.markboedges.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Quick Sketch Figure Painting"
February 19-23, 2018
 

Kim professes, “Immediacy is important not only because it is often the nature of people, but for me, it is the most instinctive way to paint.” In this workshop, students will concentrate on developing their ability to paint quickly and accurately, a skill that can be useful in many situations. Students will work from models in natural situations (chatting, playing music, walking around, but not strictly “posed”) both indoors and outdoors. The goal of this workshop is not to create a finished painting, but numerous very quick, spontaneous, yet controlled studies. Portable easel required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim English
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Old West: Tubac, Arizona"
February 19-23, 2018
 

Phil Starke’s focus will be helping students simplify the plein air subject and mix colors that suggest light not detail. Two of the most important aspects to plein air painting are creating a strong, expressive design and understanding how to interpret color outdoors. Students will focus on developing a sense of design and rhythm, learning to take what the landscape gives them and improve upon it. While staying at the Tubac Golf Resort, a restored 1800’s ranch, students will be near the Santa Rita Mountains on the Santa Cruz River. The historic village of Tubac provides old adobe buildings and street scenes to paint. Nearby, students will paint the beautiful Spanish Church built in 1828. Phil will give plenty of individual attention.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Phil Starke, www.philstarke.com
Cost: $635
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Drawing the Portrait"
February 23-25, 2018
 

This workshop will concentrate on learning how to draw and construct a fine portrait. Students will work in conte as it is very flexible and useful in learning this process. Ned will teach some fairly easy steps to accurately render the proportions and structure of the head and models will be used to show the structure and changes in the facial planes. Ned will use strong light and shadow patterns to illustrate. Students will learn how to break the head down into simple value patterns and with the use of lost and found edges, make a compelling portrait. Ned will review the generic structure of the individual features of the face including: the eye, nose, mouth and ear.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ned Mueller, www.nedmueller.com
Cost: $395 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portrait Painting FAQ"
February 24-26, 2018
 

This advanced workshop will explore “Alla Prima” portrait painting and the frequently asked questions that can best help artists to navigate what they are seeing. What questions can artists ask themselves to better see the colors, values, edges, and proportions of the model? How can these questions contribute to a sensitive relationship between seeing, attention, and the quality of the experience with the model? Along with a demo, there will be a great deal of one-on-one instruction at the student’s easel. Students will be asked to explore what they wish to bring to their portrait paintings, using the model as a conduit for discovering what painting problems (e.g. drawing, anatomy, paint quality, color, edges), or perhaps, what conceptual questions and creative directions intrigue them.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rose Frantzen, www.oldcityhallgallery.com
Cost: $575 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Scratchboard with Watercolor: Combining Drawing with Painting"
February 24-25, 2018
 

In this two-day workshop, artist, Rick Wheeler will instruct students on the techniques of Scratchboard. Scratchboard is a pre-inked black surface with a coating of white clay underneath which is exposed when the ink is scratched into. The finished scratched drawing can then be enhanced with ink or watercolor. Rick Wheeler is an award winning professional artist. He holds a B.A. in Fine Art, with a minor in Integrative Studies from Prescott College, Arizona, as well as an A.A. in Graphic Design. He studied drawing, painting, and illustration at San Francisco Art Institute and San Francisco Academy of Art University. Both “fine art” and “commercial art” approaches proved valuable, and helped broaden his perspectives into the art world.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Rick Wheeler
Cost: $150 TCA Members, $175 Nonmembers
Sponsor: Tubac Center of the Arts
Website, email, 520-398-2371


"Painting Landscapes from Photographs"
February 26 - March 1, 2018
 

In this workshop, students will paint a landscape in the studio using photographs. The goal will be to create simple designs that have a strong foundation and a well thought out composition. Students will learn to create a feeling of the landscape that gives the painting life, instead of just copying a photograph. Linda will discuss how to paint from your focal point out while paying attention to values, composition and edges. This workshop will include instructor demonstrations and plenty of individual attention. Previous students have been very inspired by the amount of photographs supplied by Linda, which include subject matter from the Grand Canyon, desert vistas, interior forest and high mountain scenes.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
February 26 - March 2, 2018
 

Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted’s daily demonstrations and presentations, he shares his personal approach to painting. Plus he introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. In an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive, Ted encourages, in each participant, a renewed enthusiasm for his or her art regardless of their skill level.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Art of Seeing: Making a Painting Work"
February 27 - March 2, 2018
 

A good painting tells as much about the artist as the painting itself. Ned will talk about the whole process of putting a painting together. Students will start with the small idea and value composition studies. Next, students will learn the use of a color study and then move on to the finished work. Students will also do direct painting without preliminary studies. The emphasis will not be on the finished piece but on the process of making a more successful painting. Remember, most paintings are ruined at the start, not at the end, as not enough preliminary thought is given to them. Students will work on counter- change, color harmony and the balance of masses and shapes in size, value and color.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ned Mueller, www.nedmueller.com
Cost: $550 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Capturing the Light in Floral Still Life"
February 28 - March 2, 2018
 

This workshop will show students how to create stronger paintings by gaining a better understanding of how to produce and use dramatic light effects. Included in the workshop are ways to improve backgrounds, edges and composition, all of which contribute to the mood of the painting and the emotional response of the viewer. Multiple still life arrangements will be provided using a variety of fresh flowers. Ways to set up objects to create pleasing compositions will be discussed, and students may choose to compose their own arrangements if they wish. Joni makes it her mission to give each student as much individual attention as possible.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joni Falk, www.jonifalk.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Monotype Print Making"
March 1-3, 2018
 

National award winning artist Gerald Ruggiero will cover a wide range of techniques possible in the monotype process including: additive and subtractive approaches, ink rolling methods, ghost prints, and “Chine Colle”. Students will learn “Additive” and “Subtractive” techniques used in the image making process. Using demonstration and guidance each student will learn how to compose a monotype using all design elements such as line, color, value, edge and texture. This high-energy workshop will afford students with a truly fun experience while acquiring critical skill sets that can be used in any art form moving forward. Monotype is the “painterly print” and is a most rewarding and exciting method of artistic expression.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Gerald Ruggiero, www.geraldruggiero.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying, and Expression"
March 5-7, 2018
 

This three-day workshop is for all skill levels. The first half of each day Penix will paint a painting from a photo to demonstrate his process from start to finish. The second half of the day the students will paint with Penix’s guidance. Students will use oils or acrylics, and have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of boats, cityscapes, figures and fish. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos. Penix will cover topics such as the power of warms and cools, complementaries, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, light and shadow and the power of suggestion. There will be a strong emphasis on seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Derek Penix, www.derekpenix.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Creating Strong Figure Compositions from the Live Model Utilizing Abstraction Principles"
March 5-8, 2018
 

Michael will instruct on the process of creating structurally sound paintings from a live model. The emphasis of the workshop will be placed on producing “finished” paintings by addressing the principles of abstract design and motifs. Importance will also be placed on creating a strong sense of light and form utilizing his approach to color and light theory. Michael will take students step-by-step through his process of setting up the model, analyzing shapes, creating a black and white compositional study, determining a color palette, and finally executing a well-designed vibrant figure painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Steirnagle, www.steirnagle.com
Cost: $495 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint with an Understanding of the Masters"
March 5-9, 2018
 

Robert Johnson is an OPA Master. This workshop will focus on developing an understanding of the essential elements of painting that have been passed on through the centuries from teacher to student, master to apprentice, and artist to artist. Brush strokes will be heavily emphasized as means to depict form, achieve expressive power, and maintain a painting’s feeling of spontaneity and life. Robert will teach the importance of an understanding of values, edges, light and color to create a powerful and memorable painting. Still lifes, florals and the portrait will be the subject matter of the workshop and students can choose the subject or subjects they wish to paint. Robert will demonstrate the still life and portrait. The class is open to all levels.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Johnson, www.robertjohnsonart.com
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"A Modern Approach to Watercolor"
March 5-9, 2018
 

Antonio Masi is the president of the American Watercolor Society and International renowned painter. The goal of this workshop is to show the untapped power of watercolor. The focus will be on how to approach this medium from a contemporary point of view, powerful, emotional and delicate, not the traditional transparent way. Antonio applies watercolor in a thick and juicy manner, giving his subjects a startling boldness. Learn how attention to details and unusual perspective make for poetic, moody works with strong textural qualities. Antonio’s morning demonstrations will show the materials he uses (paints, paper, palette, brushes, etc.), his set-up and how he applies colors. The remainder of the day will be one-to-one instruction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Antonio Masi, www.antoniomasi.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Florals Large & Loose"
March 7-9, 2018
 

Come and join the fun of painting large, loose florals! Krista Eaton paints in a delightful contemporary style that works for both oil and acrylic painters. If you’ve thought about trying to paint something large, now’s the time. Students will create their own style, and learn to be free with their painting by focusing on large shapes rather than fussy details. Students will be amazed at the work they can create when they learn to paint fast and loose! All levels are welcome, even beginners.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Krista Eaton, www.kristaeaton.com
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Go Big or Go Home!"
March 8-12, 2018
 

Have you ever been inspired to work in the grand scale of paintings hanging in museums? Figure painter Timothy Rees will lead students through the mechanics of executing large figure paintings, from conception of idea to execution. Students will be provided a large stretched canvas (which can be rolled and shipped after the workshop), as well as extra-large brushes. After watching a demonstration each morning, students will work for five days to execute a painting that is five feet or larger. All styles are welcome, and the main focus will be in planning, setting up the model, positioning the model and canvas to view everything in the correct perspective, painting on a large scale, and more.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Timothy Rees, www.reesfineart.com
Cost: $600 + $120 model fee + $150 materials fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Line & Shine - Watercolor"
March 10, 2018
 

In this intermediate level watercolor workshop, artist, Barbara Borgwardt will guide students into the line of design. Using a reflective metal as a reference, you will learn to depict “shine.” Some watercolor experience is necessary. Originally from Milwaukee Wisconsin, Barbara was a professional fashion illustrator and an instructor of fashion illustration and design for over 25 years. Since she has moved to Arizona she continues her transparent watercolor painting, exhibiting and teaching. In 2015 Barbara received an award at the National Watercolor Society’s 95th International Exhibit. This piece was also selected for the National Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibit. Barbara has won many other awards, including the Masters Meed Award, 2008, 2011, 2012 at the Tubac Center of the Arts.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Barbara Borgwardt
Cost: $120/Members, $145/Nonmembers
Sponsor: Tubac Center of the Arts
Website, email, 520-398-2371


"Putting Radiant Light into Your Paintings"
March 12-16, 2018
 

This workshop will use still life as a means to study light, the artist’s greatest gift. Using the Russian impressionist tradition of comparing and contrasting, students will paint indoors in both warm and cool light. The emphasis will be on putting warm and cool colors next to each other in such a way that creates a sense of radiant light and harmonious color unity no matter what the subject matter is. Make colors sing! Students will spend time examining photo references for evidence of warm or cool light and 17 different light effects that happen out in the real world. Think of this workshop as the study of light…beyond the plaster cast.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan Diehl, www.susandiehl.com
Cost: $635
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Discover a New Way of Seeing Color"
March 12-16, 2018
 

This workshop will introduce a way of seeing and using color to paint outdoor light; capturing the time and type of day by expressing the various light keys of nature. The first two days, students will paint outdoor still life (crucial study that will prepare students to tackle the landscape on Wednesday and Thursday). On Friday students will study the clothed figure outdoors. Camille is an acknowledged authority on color that regularly serves as an entry and awards judge. She has been a regularly featured, on-stage demonstrator at Plein Air Magazine’s Plein Air Convention, and an invited instructor, lecturer, and panelist on the Hensche-Hawthorne approach to seeing and painting color at American Artist’s Weekend with the Masters.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Camille Przewodek, www.przewodek.com
Cost: $675 +$50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Image to Abstract 2"
March 13-15, 2018
 

This workshop is for the painter ready to push his or her work beyond the point of recognizable subject matter into the realm of pure abstraction. Students will start with traditional representational approaches and move quickly through progressively more abstract techniques, eventually arriving at purely non-objective paintings. Special attention will be paid to the elements of composition as they apply to abstract painting. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos during the workshop. Printed photos and/or digital images on laptop/iPad may be used for reference. Students will have the option to paint from a still life set up.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.markdanielnelson.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Gouache on the Go"
March 13-14, 2018
 

This workshop will transform your next adventure, be it by land, sea, or air! Gouache on the Go is perfect for those who prefer to stop and see, to absorb the world around them, and to paint. It is tailored to those who appreciate staying and painting in the moment instead of taking a picture and a shortcut to their destination. Larisa is a classically trained artist, and expert on color mixing. A talented and experienced teacher, she is known for generously sharing her extensive knowledge and her down to earth teaching style. Elevate your painting technique and explore the world of color, while increasing your understanding of composition.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Larisa Aukon, www.aukonlarisa.com
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Atmospheric Landscapes"
March 14-17, 2018
 

John will teach the basic principles of landscape painting: atmospheric perspective, drawing, light and shade, composition, and simplification of objects in the landscape. John learned these principles from Frank Mason who studied with Frank Vincent DuMond in Old Lyme, Connecticut, and at the Art Students League. DuMond studied in Paris in the late 19th century, learning directly from the French Impressionists. On day one, students will meet at the school. John will do a demo and review his palette in the morning and students will paint on location that afternoon. John will continue to demo throughout the week. Each day students will be painting on location in the area and will return to the school to discuss paintings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: John C. Traynor, www.johnctraynor.com
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint a Spring Scene in Oil"
March 16-17, 2018
 

Spring is in the air! Using brilliant color, students will paint flowers and foliage rioting in a spring garden. Lessons will focus on: intuitive and loose paint handling with brush and knife, wet-into-wet painting to incorporate lost edges, color theory, simplified color mixing, painting with green and using “color as value.” A photo will be provided but students are welcome to paint from their own reference material whenever they wish. There will be demonstrations of techniques, exercises, ongoing critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all. All levels are welcome and encouraged. The only prerequisite is an attitude of joy in the act of painting!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Sketching for the Artist on the Go"
March 16-18, 2018
 

Students will learn how they can paint a sweet little 15 to 60 minute study while at a cafe with friends, relaxing at the pool, or on a park bench. By the end of this class students will be ready to paint on the go almost anywhere. Students will learn different ways to handle the watercolor medium, layering for value and how to not overwork their paintings. Students will meet at the school the first morning and will head out to paint on location throughout the valley.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Developing the Figure through Drawing and Painting"
March 19-22, 2018
 

Learn how to paint the human figure starting with drawing and then progressing to painting from the life model. Students will learn a systematic technique by painting models holding short and long poses. The great paintings throughout history always have a beautiful balance of proportion, value, color and edge. These aspects are what give power and presence to your work. Aristides provides frequent demos, breaking down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps, as well as critique and instruction each session. Students will focus on how to start a drawing and develop Proportion, Value, Color, and Edge-work, which will help them to accurately capture a likeness within a limited time frame.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Juliette Aristides, www.aristidesarts.com
Cost: $550 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint the Town! Cityscape Painting Fundamentals for Day and Night City Scenes"
March 19-22, 2018
 

Award winning artist, Rob Adamson, will teach this four-day workshop that will provide students with the painting fundamentals needed to create stunning, vibrant cityscapes. Students will work from photo reference (provided by instructor) to paint day and night city scenes. Students will be taught a simplified 1 and 2-point perspective to create memorable paintings. Other topics covered are design, drawing, value, color, edges, and lighting. The instructor will provide lectures, demonstrations and individual instruction. Beginners through Advanced are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rob Adamson, www.robadamsonstudio.blogspot.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Sketch and Quick Studies to Studio"
March 19-22, 2018
 

This workshop will be about efficiency in collecting field sketches and converting them to studio paintings. Students will be catching those moments in the day that make the Sonoran Desert the worthwhile subject matter it is to paint. There are also specific exercises designed to see and capture the essence of a scene and concept which will be presented during the workshop. With their fresh field sketches in hand, students will be painting in the studio combining the color from the field with the information from their cameras. Students will be working with both to produce studio pieces where all aspects of this process will be condensed and consolidated: color, design, drawing and personal expression.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ray Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Techniques and Composition for Dramatic Wildlife Painting"
March 19-23, 2018
 

Join this intensive, 5-day workshop and discover approaches and techniques for creating dynamic paintings of wildlife. Dustin will guide students through the process of creating a dramatic wildlife painting from concept to completion; each day focusing on a fundamental aspect of the process. Techniques for overcoming the limitations of reference photography and using reference and field studies to realize the student’s idea, understanding form, design and color to create drama, as well as introducing painting techniques that will enhance one’s work are just some of the vital components of wildlife painting that will be covered in this workshop. Students should bring reference materials such as photographs, field sketches and plein air paintings from which to work.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dustin Van Wechel, www.dustinvanwechel.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Let Fechin Help You Paint Sunflowers"
March 23-24, 2018
 

Teacher Judith Spitz has always believed that painting “with the Masters” should be a vital part of every artist’s training. Towards that end, the student will spend the first day of class painting from Nicolai Fechin’s Sunflowers. In that capacity, the student will get a more complete understanding of the basis of Great Paintings (value, color, temperature, edges, and of course composition). On the second day, the students will set up their own still life of Sunflowers, keeping in mind the principles they learned. In this way the student and the teacher will take a journey of learning and understanding to make great paintings. Judith will demonstrate along the way. Students can work in oil or pastel.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Judith Spitz, www.judithspitz.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Pastels, Portraits, Shapes, Colors and Values 2"
March 23-24, 2018
 

Allen will focus on the elements of shape, value and color in creating an expressive portrait painting. The first day will start with a demonstration where he will talk about facial structure and proportion followed by specially designed exercises to help students better understand pastels and the relationships of color, value and shape. The remaining first and second day, participants will work from the model and apply the principles that have been discussed. For more advanced students, there will be discussion on creating more beautiful paintings through the manipulation of edges and value/color. Allen will work individually with each student to help them find solutions to their problems. Allen’s thoughtful and positive approach will guide students to create more successful paintings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Allen Garns, www.allengarns.com
Cost: $200 + $35 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting with Emphasis on Light and Color: Still-Life, Figure and Landscape"
March 26-30, 2018
 

This workshop will emphasize capturing and understanding the variety of lights through color relationship. By doing so, the local colors such as flesh tones will be eliminated. The same principles apply to all subjects. Still life is always the best subject to learn about color relationships and constructing planes. The knowledge and skill are essential in portraiture, not only to capture the likeness, but also the light that influences the subject. This will help to set up the harmony, mood and atmosphere. This workshop will also include a focus on design and the art of setting up still lifes. Throughout the week, students will have the option to work from models, still lifes, and landscapes projected on TV monitors or any preferred references.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sunny Apinchapong-Yang
Cost: $700 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Alla Prima: Painting the Portrait & Figure from Life"
March 26-30, 2018
 

This workshop is designed to create a relaxed, fun, informative, yet intense working environment. Romel will demonstrate every morning his approach to painting the portrait & figure from life, using alla prima (a style of painting where the painting is completed while the paint is still wet) with the emphasis on the use of improving color, drawing skills, value relationships, understanding edges and capturing the “feeling” of light. Learn to use the elements that make a painting stronger and exciting: creative use of color & edges, visual movement, paint application/brush handling, distribution of abstract shapes and strong design. In addition, Romel will explain how to set up the model & lighting and how to best use photography.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Romel de la Torre, www.romeldelatorreart.com
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure in Oil: In Studio and Plein Air"
March 26-30, 2018
 

In this workshop, the figure will be the subject matter; however, the focus will be on improving drawing skills and seeing values and colors correctly, along with understanding their relationships to each other. There will be daily demonstrations emphasizing the big shapes and establishing their relationships correctly. Students will address design and technique in a manner in which the individual artist may express themselves in a personal way. Students will experience many specific assignments, which will help them to “get to the point a little more quickly.” Be ready to cover a lot of canvas and to “learn through earnest mileage.” Students will receive plenty of one- on-one instruction and individual demonstrations will be given as needed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Peggi Kroll-Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Cost: $685 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Experience the Wonders of Water-Based Media"
March 26-30, 2018
 

This is an experimental workshop allowing abstract design to dictate the subject matter. This is usually done with a combination of Watercolor, Acrylic, Gouache and Gesso (white). This workshop will include painting figures, wildlife, and florals. Mort will demo each morning and will work with students in the afternoon. He may request to paint directly on student’s work with their approval. Mort will be giving a slide presentation to explain his process. Each student may bring three pieces of their own work for class critique.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Morten E. Solberg, www.mortenesolberg.com
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"How to Paint Loose and Atmospheric Watercolors"
April 2-6, 2018
 

Learn how to paint luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal values, color and edge. In this class, Frank will share advanced painting techniques to create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Topics will include design and composition, color and lighting, positives and negatives, simplification of shape, and atmospheric effects. Frank’s watercolor workshops reach beyond technique, encouraging individual expression and observing the elusive balance of forces that create beauty in painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Frank Eber, www.frankeber.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Acrylic Landscapes"
April 2-6, 2018
 

Understanding the demands of the acrylic medium is the primary focus of this workshop. Hook will emphasize color, composition, atmospheric light, architectural elements, and an intuitive approach to painting. Students will receive individual instruction and critiques in the studio and should complete the workshop with a significant level of confidence working with acrylics. Photography as a visual source for landscape painting is an important part of the class. Photos will be provided.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: William Hook, www.williamhook.net
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figurative Painting"
April 2-6, 2018
 

Milt Kobayashi will take students through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the affect light has on form. By midweek, he will be taking students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully, enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking. Students enrolled in both of Milt’s workshops (April 2-6 and April 9-13) receive a discount. Tuition for both weeks is $1,300 (a $200 savings!)
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Cost: $750 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Composing in Color"
April 2-6, 2018
 

Paint is a colored substance, spread on a surface. The magic of painting is turning paint into color. Making the colors tell a story, giving a viewer butterflies, mesmerizing – that is composing in color. Students will start with simple still life, progress to the model and then into complex settings. Students will whisper a mood with the color and learn to let the color talk.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Basics of Oil Painting"
April 9-12, 2018
 

Qiang’s approach to still life painting will be demonstrated with particular focus on composing dramatic set-ups by observing the light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas. Using demonstrations, presentation, and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process of creating energetic paintings by manipulating values, colors, edges and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to their current skill level and personal goals in art. This workshop is designed for indoor practice with live settings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Qiang Huang, www.qhart.com
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air to Studio, Making Your Studies Work for You Indoors"
April 9-12, 2018
 

This workshop combines plein air and studio. Students will begin on location outdoors making sketches and studies, grasping excitement, and capturing ideas. These sketches will then be used as inspirational resource materials for more-complete, slightly larger, studio pieces that remain fresh and inviting. Lori Putnam’s paintings are a personal and genuine response to a scene, and she encourages her students to learn to do the same. Participants will receive a free copy of Putnam’s booklet: “Plein air, Right from the Start.” The workshop will include lectures and demonstrations, personalized instruction and group discussions. While demonstrations and advice on technique will be geared toward oil painters, artists who are more comfortable working in other mediums are welcome. Plein air experience is strongly recommended.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Lori Putnam, www.loriputnam.com
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Portraits from Life"
April 9-11, 2018
 

In this workshop, Annette will guide students through her practical approach for drawing and painting the portrait in watercolor working from a live model. Annette will cover how to draw a convincing head through observation of facial structure, features, and shadow pattern. She will also explain materials, techniques for handling color, mixing flesh tones, brushwork, and controlling edges. Also discussed will be, understanding water to paint ratio, and how to control the medium when painting vertically. There will be a demo each morning with time for students to draw and paint in the afternoon. The first day, students will concentrate on smaller, quick studies to gain confidence with technique. This class is geared toward having fun, sharpening drawing skills, and painting expressively in watercolor.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Annette Smith, www.annettesmithfineart.com
Cost: $300 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figurative Painting"
April 9-13, 2018
 

Milt Kobayashi will take students through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the affect light has on form. By midweek, he will be taking students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully, enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking. Students enrolled in both of Milt’s workshops (April 2-6 and April 9-13) receive a discount. Tuition for both weeks is $1,300 (a $200 savings!)
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Cost: $750 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Color Confidence"
April 12-15, 2018
 

Learn to mix the exact colors that you want. Experience the delight and joy of color mixing as you become successful and efficient with color mixing while discovering colors you didn’t know existed. This workshop will help you identify what color you want to mix and then how to mix it efficiently. We will examine how color theory works, and why it doesn’t work so well sometimes. Time will be spent mixing color and making small studies. Creativity is sometimes chaotic, but color mixing doesn’t have to be, it can be a tool to express your creativity and this class will make it just that. This is a class for all painting media.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jane Jones, www.janejonesartist.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Secrets of Sculpture Realism Revealed!"
April 14-15, 2018
 

Learn how to transform basic geometric forms into realistic-looking sculptures. In this 2-day sculpture workshop, students will learn the basics of sculpting. Kelby will help each student individually create something that’s sure to surpass their expectations - especially if it’s a first attempt at sculpting! Students will learn how to get to the look they want fast, starting with sectioning and shaping basic forms. They will learn how to create true proportional relationships, overcome optical illusions and the best ways to merge forms for sculptural integrity. Lastly, they will learn how to use tools to create smooth details and special effects. Wire, Styrofoam, and Clay will be provided.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kelby Love
Cost: $200 + $10 materials fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Oil Painting: Clean and Simple"
April 16-18, 2018
 

Howard Carr is considered a master of color and an outstanding teacher who emphasizes the simplicity of how a painting works and how to do it. Pure, clean, luminous results in your landscapes are taught step-by-step, from beginning to end, with daily demonstrations and individual instruction. Each day will begin with a question-and-answer session followed by an hour-long painting demonstration. Students will spend the remainder of the day painting at their easel with personalized instruction. The subject matter will be landscape painting from photographs. Howard will demonstrate daily, and give individual critiques throughout the workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Howard Carr, www.howardcarrfineart.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Conceptual Still Life"
April 16-19, 2018
 

Breathe life into your work with a more spontaneous approach to classical still life. Learn how to think about developing a concept by painting light and movement. Students will learn Jeff’s thought process in setting up a still life and executing it by going directly to paint. Observe as Jeff demonstrates his painting methods and principles each day with commentary throughout the process. There will be open discussions on material choices, prop selection, paint application, values, color choices and lighting. Students will receive one-on-one instruction with special attention to their particular needs. Beginner to advanced are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jeff Legg, www.jefflegg.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Mastering Water Media, Acrylic and Watercolor"
April 16-20, 2018
 

In this exciting workshop, students will explore painting techniques for capturing the luminous qualities of light in their work. Capturing the beauty of light through studying temperatures of light and shadow, visual movement and value/color relationship will be demonstrated daily. Still life, landscape, skyscape and architectural subjects will be in focus as well as adding figures in a painting. As a Master in the American Impressionist Society, Carr will be emphasizing the “how-tos” in achieving dynamic and impressionistic paintings using painterly brushwork in both watercolor and acrylic. Massing and organizing darks and lights, importance of drawing and the value sketch, atmospheric and linear perspective will also be covered. Individual instruction, daily demonstrations and critiques.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Putting the Horse in Action!"
April 16-20, 2018
 

Students will be given the tools to sculpt the horse with greater strength. Topics will include: proper proportion and how to achieve it, how to express the fleshy and bony parts of the horse; the way the rhythms of the horse’s body are made and how to keep them throughout the piece. Students will look at how the horse moves and expresses himself. Special attention will be paid to composition and how to make the piece come to life. Students will build on the fundamentals of mass, texture, light and design. The ultimate goal is to give students the tools to identify their own sense of design so they can move toward making unique statements in sculpture.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Curt Mattson, www.curtmattson.com
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Palette Knife Landscape Painting: Lose the Brush!"
April 20-21, 2018
 

Embrace the freedom that comes from decisive, impasto knife application. Work wet-into-wet in either oil or acrylic. Students will plan, design, sketch and complete two or more compositions. This class will focus on the reinforcement of traditional fundamentals including color theory, values, temperature management, large masses, focal point emphasis, simplification of detail and soft edges…all with a palette knife! No brushes allowed. Learn to identify and solve “problems” ahead of time to ensure beautiful results. This is a fun, relaxed atmosphere that will push even the most advanced artists out of their comfort zones and open a new door to passionate expressionism. Students may use their own well-composed landscape, cityscape or seascape photographs or, use some provided by the instructor.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Renee Palmer Jones, RPJfineart.com
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Suggesting Reality"
April 23-27, 2018
 

Through lecture and demonstration, this workshop will not only reinforce an understanding of composition and form, but will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; how the artist may represent nature in order to reflect on his or her perceptions, experiences and values while also contemplating the important power of symbol and abstraction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Design and Painting"
April 26-28, 2018
 

In this workshop, Mike will demonstrate each morning to show his process and his approach to painting the live model. The afternoon will be devoted to painting life models. Mike will demonstrate his technique of “drawing” with paint as well as show other techniques or “tricks” to simplify the figure, which can be a daunting task for many oil painters. He will discuss the balance between representational technique and instinctive design decisions that can transform an academic figure study. The idea is to better enhance and evolve your own personal style by remaining free to manipulate the painting as you envision it.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Carson
Cost: $350 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Composite Drawing: Transcribing a Facial Memory into Art"
April 30 - May 4, 2018
 

Composite drawings are investigative tools meant to convey information about a suspect’s face. However, it is important not to overlook the technical aspects of good draftsmanship. Effective art technique and style both enhance the ability to capture a likeness, and increase the potential for recognition and identification in these drawings. This workshop will address three critical aspects of the composite drawing process: drawing, interviewing, and application within a law enforcement context. It comprises a range of drawing-intensive exercises that reinforce traditional drawing fundamentals such as facial proportion, value and shading. Additionally, practical exercises will explore distinctions of gender, ancestral heritage and expression. Photographic reference material will be utilized and instruction will be supplemented through a demonstration with a live model.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jorge Molina
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Understanding the Human Face"
April 30 - May 4, 2018
 

If you struggle to get the desired degree of likeness or just the right expression in your portraits, this might be the class for you! As artists, a better comprehension of the human face in all its complexity and variation can lend an added dimension to our portraits. This unique workshop will involve exercises in both drawing and sculpture. It benefits artists working in any medium who seek to accurately and naturalistically depict facial images. We will cover basic craniofacial anatomy, depiction of individual facial features, facial variations due to sex and ancestry, subtleties of growth and aging, along with the myriad expressions that can be read from our faces. Each artist will master new skills for greater insight into portraiture.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Karen T. Taylor, www.karenttaylor.com
Cost: $950
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Figures and Animals from a Photo Reference"
May 3-4, 2018
 

This 2-day workshop will concentrate on painting animals on Day 1 and human figures on Day 2 as well as the application of paint with correct values, leaving lost and found edges for interest and movement, and integrating the foreground with the background to make a cohesive painting. Participants will learn to leverage their contour drawing as a guide (not a border) as the basis for building form with the use of glazes and washes. This is an excellent workshop for gaining confidence in painting both animal and human forms, upgrading ones painting ability, and learning to be more analytical of your own and other’s paintings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Chiaroscuro Still Life Painting"
May 7-10, 2018
 

In this four-day workshop, students will learn how to create a dramatic still life using chiaroscuro. Stephanie will demonstrate how to use light and shadow to increase the emotional impact and add drama to the subject matter. The focus will be on mastering the indirect painting method, using glazing and scumbling, to create a beautiful oil painting by the end of the workshop. Stephanie will explain the process of painting from life with a series of demonstrations and individual critiques. She will illustrate how to block in the composition directly on the canvas, measure main landmarks, and mass in large value areas. The importance of comparing values, measuring, finding edges, and looking for color relationships will also be discussed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Stephanie Deshpande, www.stephaniedeshpande.com
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Oil Painting Strategies for Working from Life"
May 7-11, 2018
 

This workshop will primarily focus on painting the figure with an emphasis on the head and face. Students will learn about retinal vs construction based painting techniques and how to combine them in order to play to each of their strengths. There will be a strong focus on color and value, with an exploration of strategies for seeing and mixing color. A short discussion about color harmony will also take place. Drawing techniques such as measuring, triangulation, halving, the use of verticals and horizontals, and shape visualizations will be discussed. Squinting is a powerful tool and students will learn how to get the most out of it, including why and when to use it, both for checking values and for transcribing shapes.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ricky Mujica, www.rickymujica.com
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"An Approach to Figure Painting"
May 21-24, 2018
 

In this workshop, students will paint a figure from life over the course of four days, and discuss choices for setting up the pose, composition, color harmony, lighting, spacing and bringing the painting to a decent level of resolve. Joseph will discuss the language of describing paint in order to better understand mixtures. Joseph will explain his approach to figure painting and demonstrate by painting along and illustrating his ideas about the approach. Previous drawing experience is highly recommended.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joseph Todorovitch, www.todorovitch.com
Cost: $550 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


 

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