Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"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


"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


"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


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
March 21-23, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona
Website, email


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
March 26-28, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Arizona Art Supply
Website, email


 

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