Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"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,
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,
Cost: $795 + $50 horse 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,
Cost: $650 + $50 materials fee
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,
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Costa Rica Nature Tour with Art Workshops: Any media"
February 7-19, 2018

All levels enjoy creativity and art workshops: improve skills while touring the natural splendor of Costa Rica. Fine artist instructor Linda Luisi (BFA School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) inspires creative ideas (realistic/abstract) and fine tunes artistic skills of all levels (beginners welcome). A master of depth and dimension, Linda also teaches perspective, color harmony, and composition. Receive individual attention with Zen-like simplicity, passionate expression, and accurate realism. Includes: Safari rafting, cloud forest suspended bridges, hummingbird sanctuary, butterfly gardens, zip-line (optional), pristine beaches, active volcano, historic farm, native cuisine, volcanic spas, cacao (chocolate) presentation. Taste cacao and homemade tropical ice cream at a family farm. Leisure time. Nature walks: Easy/moderate. Small group—register soon. Spouse/friends, welcome.
Location: Various locations, Costa Rica
Instructor: Linda Luisi,
Cost: $1845 dbl occ. (+ $275 single rm), 2 meals per day
Website, email

"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,
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,
Cost: $625
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,
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Artist Pilgrimage: Photography"
May 20-27, 2018

The Artist Pilgrimage is an artist-led exploration of the “hidden” Cilento area of southern Italy. Our aim is not just to show what this region has to offer, but enter into a dialogue about "ways of seeing" and to facilitate real connections with the spirit of this place and with our fellow travelers. In an informal and comfortable setting, Imke will work both with beginners looking to improve their skills and advanced participants who are invited to expand on specific areas in their photography practice with as much or as little tutoring as they wish.
Location: Sant'Arsenio, Italy
Instructor: Imke Lass
Cost: From 2200 EUR double occupancy, 2500 EUR single
Sponsor: Viandante Project
Website, email, +393888774001

"Painting and Drawing Holidays"
August 20-26, 2018

During the course the students will receive a minimum of 22 hours a week of tutoring and 24 hours a day access to the studio. The groups are kept small, up to 10 students. Every person regardless of their level will receive a tailored program putting the focus in their interests and wishes in a friendly, relaxed and inspiring atmosphere. Our local chefs will make delicious traditional Spanish dishes and international dishes using mediterranean ingredients. The price includes accomodation, main meals, art materials and equipment, tutoring, transfers from and to the airport and a visit to the nearby village. We also offer discounts to partners.
Location: Villanueva de la Vera, Spain
Instructor: Granada Munoz
Cost: 1400€
Sponsor: Las Paulinas
Website, email, 0044 7480 219 108

"East Meets West"
August 20-24, 2018

Strengthen your artwork with the limitless creative possibilities of Chinese and watercolor painting. Lian will teach his approach on design, composition and color with clear, practical easy-to-follow demonstrations and instruction. The first 2 days, you will practice “Chinese Brush Painting” in a spontaneous style and then in detail. The following 3 days, your skills will continue to develop with Lian’s one-of-a-kind color pouring, blowing, and blending method. Participate in helpful critiques as he takes you step by step through several paintings. Lian is the author of four Chinese Painting Instructional Books.
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572

"Brusho and Beyond"
August 27-31, 2018

Get ready to be amazed. Learn fun techniques to add eye-catching hues and dazzling textures to your paintings with Ward Jene Stroud. Brusho is an ink and dye based crystal powdered water media with limitless potential for expression and experimentation. Ward will instruct on composition, color, brushwork and more while you compose paintings in a fun, safe, nonjudgmental and relaxed environment! You will feel like your learning from an old friend, not to mention Ward's excitement for life and love of art are infectious. He has produced three Instructional DVDs/Videos, Brusho and Beyond.
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Ward Jene Stroud
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572

"Paper Paintings Birds & Blooms Workshop"
November 2-4, 2018

During this comprehensive workshop you will learn a unique figurative, mixed media collage technique. Emphasis will be on defining form using light and shadow, and treating every paper tear as a brush stroke. Students will create impressionistic collages that look like paintings. You'll create a hand-painted paper palette through Gelli Plate printing, staining, stamping and patterning, that will be torn up and glued over an acrylic underpainting. Throughout the class we'll focus on learning and growing creatively in a fun environment. No prior collage experience is necessary. Some painting experience is helpful. All levels are welcome. (A video tutorial with homework will be emailed to you once workshop minimums have been met)
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire,
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663

"Watercolor Painting: Let the Colors Paint Themselves"
November 9-11, 2018

Lian begins the workshop with teaching basic watercolor painting techniques – composition and coloring – “color pouring and blending” and “paint around.” There are four to six short demonstrations each day with practice sessions in-between. During critiques, Lian will help you understand possible next steps and how to touch up your paintings. Lian Quan Zhen is a highly sought-after workshop watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher in the United States and abroad. After immigrating to the United States in 1985, he received a BA from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and a master’s degree in architecture from MIT in 1996. Visit
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Cost: $375 Museum members/ $400 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


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