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Levels: B = Beginner, I = Intermediate, A = Advanced

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Painting Fundamentals: Exploring Color
May 31 - June 2, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This three-day workshop is for the beginning oil painter and those wishing to revisit the topic of “color” in painting. Any given color has the components of “hue” (red, yellow or blue), “value” (relative lightness or darkness) and “chroma” (brightness or dullness). All three components must be considered for the color to be correctly mixed. The color of any surface is affected by the “temperature” of the light source. Generally, the light source may be either “warm” (like direct sunlight) or “cool” (like a light from a north facing window). Working from simple still life arrangements, students will learn to mix and relate color in their paintings. The topics of drawing and the use of tools and materials will also be addressed, as needed. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $350
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Landscape Painting from Start to Finish: Creating Atmosphere, Space and Light
June 8-10, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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 began to go outside and use natural lighting, we found that nature's value scale was immeasurably beyond our 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. Students will be paintings from photos. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Doug Diehl
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $375
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Dramatic Lighting for Portraiture
June 9-10, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This two-day workshop will cover methodology for rationalizing and capturing non-traditional lighting set-ups. This workshop will teach students to help create visual interest and mood in a drawing through various lighting techniques. Students will learn how to visualize and interpret light pattern in a simplistic more digestible method. Some of the topics that will be covered include: up lighting, soft lighting, backlighting, rim light, sharp and soft lighting, reflect light, high contrast, low contrast, fill light and basic camera techniques. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Matt Dickson, www.mattdickson.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Model, the Mood and More
June 14-16, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Beautiful set-ups and good fun are promised as students work from the clothed model. Emphasis will be on creating a mood through composition. By posing the model in interesting environments, students will have the opportunity to explore the many facets of painting. The critical elements of a well-designed painting will be discussed including: placement, values, edges and brushwork. Students will be encouraged to incorporate mood and emotion into their paintings, allowing them to move beyond the “studio exercise phase” and into more exciting aspects of creating art. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $350 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Portrait Sculpture
June 15-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Have you ever looked at a sculpture and wondered, “How did the artist do that?” In this three-day workshop, students will learn how to create a likeness in clay using a portrait model as the subject. As you sculpt, you will explore ways of creating a variety of moods. There will be instructor demonstrations throughout the workshop, including a demo of how to capture facial expressions. There will also be discussions on finishing your sculpture, applying cold patinas on fired clay, and simple mold making techniques. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Susan Henningsen
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Harmonize your Painting Using the Limited Palette
June 17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The limited palette has been the choice of many master painters throughout history because of its ability to harmonize a subject while easing the complex decisions of color mixing. No other component of painting is more complex than recreating the colors of life with what’s on our palette. In this one-day oil painting workshop, we will dive into the benefits of simplified color. We will experiment with the favorite palette of Artist Anders Zorn. Working from photos supplied by the instructor, learning how to substitute and simplify as we go. A demonstration in the morning will be followed by students practicing the concepts on small studies. A second limited palette will be introduced in the afternoon. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Diane Eugster, dianeeugsterart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Gouache on the Go
June 22-24, 2017 (10am-5pm) — Often, time or space is an issue while we are on the road and desire to paint quickly disappears under the heavy burden of small complications. This workshop will transform your next adventure! Gouache on the Go is a perfect workshop for those who prefer to stop, see, absorb the world around, and paint, instead of taking a picture. In this workshop, students will learn how to handle this highly portable and versatile medium. Larisa is a classically trained artist, an expert on color mixing and a talented, experienced teacher. Expect to improve your painting technique, explore the world of color and change your view on composition. Learning how to work with gouache is a also wonderful skill for oil painters. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Larisa Aukon, www.aukonlarisa.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Colorful Pastels from Photographs
June 22-24, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Pastel is a fantastic medium and has the ability to merge painting with drawing. This workshop is about color, value, and expression. If you already have a good collection of pastels, bring them. If you are new to the medium, Amery is happy to help you get started. Students are encouraged to bring in a variety of photos with a good balance of light and shadow, as well as simple shapes. Amery will also provide a number of pictures for the class. The first day will begin with a demo, after which students will work on the same subject as Amery. The remaining days, students will work on a subject of their choice. Students will receive plenty of individual instruction. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Figurative Structure and the Gestural Pose
June 28, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This one-day workshop offers students an opportunity for exposure to drawing the gestural pose. Students will be offered a simplified understanding of the anatomy and structure of the figurative subject. Students will work from the live model and poses will be short. With repetition of pose and the application of the simplified concepts, students will become more fluent in this time-honored practice. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Watercolor Unleashed! Paint a White Flower
July 8, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Learn to use light and airy washes in multiple transparent colors to paint a white flower that is many colors of the rainbow, yet appears as a "white" flower, with the sun shining through its translucent petals. A photo will be provided but students are welcome and encouraged to paint from their own reference material whenever they wish. There will be demonstrations of techniques suitable for the subject matter, exercises, critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Torrit Grey Workshop: Still Life and Portrait
July 11-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Join nationally recognized portrait artist and Gamblin Dedicated Workshop Instructor Chris Saper for a fun and exciting three-day workshop using just Black, White, and Torrit grey pigments to explore and enhance your skills in seeing and handling values in oil painting. Both still life and live model portrait options will be available, so the class is well suited for painters of every level. This is a perfect class for both students who are new to oils, and for experienced painters who want structured opportunities to strengthen their skills. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Chris Saper, www.chrissaper.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Head Study
July 12, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will learn a variety of techniques to create a convincing head study. Jerry will provide a thorough investigation of the individual forms of the head and teach students how to make them come together as an integrated whole. Students will also learn to use an approach to help first identify the large shapes and then go into the details. The core of instruction will be focused on drawing, values, edges, planes of the head and composition. Before the workshop, a booklet of information will be emailed to all students to help prepare for the workshop. Students are instructed to bring their chosen medium. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jerry Salinas, www.salinasart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Introduction to Drawing and Painting the Dog
July 17-18, 2017 (9am-4pm) — An artist’s best friend is fascinating to draw or paint. In this introductory class, students will draw (using charcoal or graphite) and paint in oil (limited color palette) dog subjects from life. Linda will discuss the best way to take photographs of dogs. Students may bring their own photos or use Linda’s photos to work on a painting. Linda will demonstrate and assist students with their own projects. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Linda Tracey Brandon, www.lindatraceybrandon.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level
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Painting the Figurative Subject
July 17-19, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This three-day workshop, is for the student wishing to gain experience and understanding of the painted figurative subject. Working from the model, students will be guided through the process of painting the nude and clothed figurative subject from life. The topics of drawing, color, composition, edges, and lighting of the model will be examined. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $350 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Need More Life in your Still-Life?
July 19-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This class will encourage students to think past mere rendering and deeper into the development of a painting. Emphasis will be on creating mood through their compositions and incorporating emotion into their work. How to describe form and light with paint is just the beginning, how to transcend the subject matter is a whole other ball of wax. The critical elements of a well-designed painting will be practiced and discussed as they relate to the still-life. The lessons of composition, form, value, edges, paint quality, subtlety and personal interpretation will be ongoing topics. Demonstrations, discussions and fun are also very important aspects of the workshop. Students will receive plenty of individualized instruction to help them reach their personal goals. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting Landscapes from Photographs
July 24-26, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. In past workshops, students have been very inspired by the amount of photographs supplied by the instructor, which include subject matter from Grand Canyon, desert vistas, interior forest and high mountain scenes. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $375
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Discover Oil Painting
July 28-29, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Discover the joy of painting in oil! Students will study both transparent and opaque applications of oil in order to achieve rich, glowing color. The basics of oil painting will be presented with a simple landscape as inspiration, using one of the methods featured in her North Light Book Discover Oil Painting. A photo will be provided, but students are welcome and encouraged to paint from their own reference material. There will be demos, exercises, critique and lots of painting time. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

All that Glitters!
July 29, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on the beautiful play of light and color on glass, metallic and shiny surfaces using oil, watercolor, pastel or charcoal. Cynthia, who is widely known for her colorful and meticulous paintings of glass reflections, will discuss and demonstrate how to capture these qualities on your canvas. Students will work from still-life set-ups that make use of glass, metal and colorful patterned fabric to see and portray the intriguing light and reflections they see. Cynthia will demonstrate in the beginning of the workshop, then students will work from the set-ups for their own paintings. Good drawing skills are strongly recommended for the best results in this workshop. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Cynthia Peterson, www.cynthiapetersonfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolor Landscape on Rice Paper
August 5, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this one-day workshop, students will paint beautiful, colorful landscapes in watercolor on rice paper. The crinkles in the rice paper add lovely abstract shapes. These work very well depicting foliage and the paintings resemble batiks. The morning will consist of a color harmony and composition lesson and demonstration of this exciting technique. Students will receive individual instruction and will mount their rice paper onto watercolor paper and continue layering color for a stunning landscape. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Linda Pullinsi, www.lindapullinsi.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level
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Painting the Nude Figure in Oil
August 9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this class, students will learn to master the figure by working with the drawing of shapes, values, edges and color. Students will devote their time to painting the live model in multiple sittings. Throughout the class, students will learn the movement of light on the model and how to interpret it through the use of minimal values and temperature changes. Knowledge of the planes of the body will be thoroughly discussed. There will be a demonstration as well as plenty of individual attention for all. Before the workshop, a booklet of information will be emailed to students. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jerry Salinas, www.salinasart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Arranging and Painting the Still Life
August 14-16, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This three-day workshop offers students of oil painting the opportunity to paint a considered and finished still life arrangement. Students will be guided through the process, from arrangement to completion. The topics of design, arrangement and lighting will be discussed at length prior to the execution of a finished interpretation. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $350
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level
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Watercolor Unleashed! Watercolor on Canvas
August 25-26, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Is watercolor on canvas new to you? Explore techniques to conquer this challenging watercolor support that allows framing without glass or mat. Painting methods – both traditional and non-traditional – will be presented during the workshop. Students will learn to use minimal “acrylic underpinnings” to set the stage for vibrant colors in their paintings and pave the way for loose watercolor washes on the canvas. A landscape scene will be used for the demo painting and a photo will be provided for use, but students are always welcome to paint from their own reference material. There will be demos, exercises, critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

Painting Canyon De Chelly: Arizona
August 25-27, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Paint the West! Canyon de Chelly is a stunning park. The atmosphere, composition, and breathtaking views set up for a dream-come-true painting location. Students will be along the rim of the canyon for many striking scenes which will also be easily accessed from your vehicle. There are a number of local lodging options and campgrounds to take advantage of, the School will supply a variety of recommended options. If you have been hesitant to make your move from studio painting to plein air painting, or if you are a more experienced artist, this is a great class for you. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Palette Knife Landscape Painting: Lose the Brush!
September 15-16, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Embrace the freedom that comes from decisive, impasto knife application. Work went-into-wet in either oil or acrylic (oil is preferred). Plan, design, sketch and complete at least two or more compositions in the workshop. 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. Use your own well-composed landscape, cityscape or seascape photographs or, use some provided by the instructor. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Renee Palmer Jones, www.RPJFineArt.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $225
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Plein Air Painting at the Grand Canyon
September 18-22, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Is there any better place to plein air paint and explore the concepts of working outdoors than the Grand Canyon? We will be painting from the spectacular South Rim for 5 days with special access to the views! We will cover the concepts of learning to optically “see” your subject and interpret those visual elements in order to help execute the subject onto canvas. The fundamental principles of painting – composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will be stressed along with a special emphasis on atmosphere with this grand subject. Demos and short lectures will reinforce these concepts. Individual attention will be a high priority as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $675 + $75 park fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

Albert Handell Sedona Mentoring Program
October 22-28, 2017 (9-5) — 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. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Albert Handell
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $800
Email: Albert Handell
Phone: 505-983-8373

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Doug Dawson Plein Air Painting in Sedona
October 30-November 3, 2017 (9-5) — 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. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Doug Dawson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $625
Email: Doug Dawson
Phone: (303) 421-4584

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
November 14-17, 2017 (9-1) — 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! Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 505-303-0702

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