Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Painting Amusing Animals and Mischievous Monsters"
September 24-25, 2017
 

In this fun, step-by-step workshop, you’ll learn great new techniques for acrylic painting, techniques for creating whimsical and funny creatures (with luminous eyes!) and techniques for painting an abundance of textures. And you’ll leave with stunning paintings plus the knowledge to paint just about anything with acrylics. Even those familiar with acrylics will learn unique techniques for livening up artworks and creating more imaginative paintings!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Cost: $455 - $490
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Tea in Wonderland"
September 25, 2017
 

We will alter a ready-to-paint ceramic teapot by adding 4 wheels to the base, laces and ribbons, wire work and then covering the surface with textured and iron reactive paints. This transforms our tea pot into a rolling tea cart with a tardy white rabbit and mouse driver, both formed of paper clay and all dressed up for high tea.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Julie Haymaker Thompson
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Drawing and Designing Costumes"
September 26, 2017
 

This step-by-step workshop will have you designing and drawing costumes and clothing styles from the past—or wherever your imagination takes you! Draw costumes for fun, fashion design, children’s books, paper dolls, whatever! It’s easy once you discover these illustration secrets.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Flora and Fauna: Mini Collage Class (8 x 8 and 10 x 10)"
September 26, 2017
 

In this one-day workshop, you will learn how to create a painterly collage by adhering torn tidbits of paper over the top of an acrylic underpainting. Please bring a reference photo of a simple song bird or simple floral with a colorful background. Suggestions are Cardinals, Bluebirds, Robins, Gold Finches, Painted Bunting, Zebra Finch and daisies, lilies, roses, or wildflowers. These simple flora and fauna offer bright colors and shapes that are easy to render in collage. In addition to learning how to do a basic underpainting for collage, you will also learn how to tear paper to eliminate white edges and use paper pieces like brush strokes.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Capturing Wildlife in Watercolor"
October 2-4, 2017
 

This workshop will provide a foundation in illustrating wildlife in watercolor from initial drawing through final washes. Learn how to render form and build color and value with confidence. Through lectures and demonstrations, Peggy will guide you through the process of drawing your image, mixing your palette, laying down transparent washes, removing and replacing imagery, pouring backgrounds, building up neutrals and color, and developing your composition. Animal and bird specimens will be provided by the Field Museum for reference, or you may bring your own images or sketches of natural subject matter.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Peggy Macnamara, www.PeggyMacnamara.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Animal Artistry Through Applique"
October 9-13, 2017
 

This retreat is for quilters at an intermediate level, who have a basic understanding of appliqué techniques. David creates highly detailed images for his award winning quilts by using simple shapes, and letting the fabric create texture to achieve a ‘painted’ effect. David will show you how to adapt a photograph into a wall quilt, using hand-appliqué and piecing techniques. A great deal of time is spent on tracing and pattern drawing, along with fabric selection - which is key to his process. He will show you how to get beautiful results by letting the fabric do all the hard work. David will also show you his appliqué technique for invisible stitching, and will finish up with quilting and binding options.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $670
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"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


"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


"Painting Dynamic Animal Portraits"
November 3-5, 2017
 

Learn the painting techniques of renowned Santa Fe animal artist Linda St.Clair. Discover how Linda uses color temperature, as well as lost and found edges, to create exciting animal paintings that capture emotion. Learn what to leave out and what to put in. Each day will include artist demos and lots of one-on-one attention. All levels of experience are welcome, from beginner to advanced. Linda tries to reach everyone, wherever they are in the painting process. Paint in oils or acrylics.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Linda St. Clair, www.lindastclair.com
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Mark Polomchak Workshop and Retreat"
November 4-5, 2017
 

Mark Polomchak has exhibited his watercolors in various art shows and galleries throughout the United States and Canada. This 2-day Workshop will feature Packet #11 from Mark’s website. The packet, photo, line drawing and instructions are included in the workshop fee. Mark will also be suggesting subjects for warming up and to become familiar with his technique. This workshop will hosted by the BJ Dickhute Studio located on the 50 acre Thistle Farm in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley. Limited on-site accommodations are available. A framer will also be available at extra cost. Surrounded by Civil War Battlefields, the Studio is minutes from Bryce Resort, the Shenandoah Caverns, Meems Bottom Covered Bridge and the New Market Battlefield.
 
Location: Mount Jackson, Virginia
Instructor: Mark Polomchak
Cost: $250.00
Sponsor: BJ Dickhute Studio/Thistle Farm Inc
Website, email, 540-333-2877


"Classic pastel workshop with Rita Kirkman"
November 13-16, 2017
 

Rita Kirkman’s classic pastel workshop focuses on painting small and often to rapidly improve your skills and expand your knowledge. Learn to capture light with an innovative underpainting technique. Receive helpful hints and tips from Rita’s 40 years of experience with pastel, including how to creatively interpret your photos, and how to stay productive with your art within a busy lifestyle. Grow your grasp of value, temperature, color, and composition in a relaxed and fun atmosphere! The workshop takes place at Creekhaven Inn, a luxury artist retreat in historic Wimberley, TX. Includes lodging, meals and wine! Attendance limited to 13.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Rita Kirkman
Cost: $1,410
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"Polymer Clay Animal Sculptures Workshop"
November 16, 2017
 

Students in this class will learn magical techniques with colorful oven baked clay. You’ll be amazed what you can do! Learn three different techniques called “Millefiore canes” that you can slice up to reveal magical designs. Then use those slices to create a unique animal sculpture about 3 inches tall. You can choose any animal you want to make and it will turn out very colorful and patterned. Once you are finished your creation can be taken home and baked in your own oven.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Layl McDill
Cost: $40
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Capturing Antarctica with Keith Grant"
November 17-28, 2017
 

Join master painter Keith Grant, Artist in Residence, for a once in lifetime voyage to Antarctica. Keith has been capturing the stunning beauty of Arctic & Antarctic landscapes since he first visited Iceland in the ’60s. He’ll be sketching with you on board and on zodiac landings, both in groups and one-on-one. Your home away from home will be the comfortable and stylish all-suite Hebridean Sky, a 118-passenger mega-yacht, equipped for adventure. You’ll be accompanied by first a first-class expedition team of experts in all things Antarctic. The voyage also includes a pre-departure hotel night at the Arakur Resort and Spa in Ushuaia, Argentina.
 
Location: Antarctica, Antarctica
Instructor: Keith Grant
Cost: from $7,295
Sponsor: Polar Latitudes
Website, email


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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 lianspainting.com.
 
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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