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


"Magical Oil Portraits"
September 24, 2017
 

Though intuition is an element that each of us will use in the class, this is not a typical "intuitive" painting class where anything goes. It is more of a technical class where we observe deeply, measure accurately, put on strokes of paint that are as true to the colors and values of our subjects. We will discuss concepts of realism, while aiming for magical realism, where we look within to make adjustments to the paint that we transfer from our brushes to our substrates, to make real, the vision of what we are painting and how we want our painting to look.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jenny Doh
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Oil painting with Kim English. All inclusive Wimberley, TX venue"
September 24-28, 2017
 

Colorado-based painter, Kim English, depicts the simple beauty found in daily life. Each painting speaks to the focus of his inspiration, the harmony existing between light and shadow. His subject matter, ranges from a street fruit stand in Mexico to sun filled windows which create a particular mood. A feeling of spontaneity is maintained by completing each painting in one sitting utilizing the alla prima method. Immediacy is important, according to English, "not only because it reflects the nature of people, but for me, it is the most instinctive way to paint". The venue is at the luxury lodge, Creekhaven Inn, Wimberley in Texas' beautiful Hill Country. The structure is all inclusive with 4 nights lodging, meals and wine.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Kim English
Cost: $1,340 plus model fee
Sponsor: Wimberley Artist Workshops
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"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


"Portrait Photography"
Wednesdays, September 27 - December 6, 2017
 

Experiment with a variety of styles of portrait photography, including street, studio, family, candid, narrative, and staged. Use both historical and contemporary methods to explore a personal theme or interest. Learn how to think creatively about how lighting and composition can change the meaning of a photograph. Includes a visit to Chuck Close Photographs, on view in the PAFA museum, October 6 – April 8, 2018.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Julia Staples
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395, Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Figure Drawing Retreat - Traverse City, Michigan"
September 28 - October 1, 2017
 

The focus of this retreat is figure drawing. International ArtisTTable artists/instructors, Tali Farchi and Royce Deans will lead art workshops, demos, and provide individual instruction by request. Experienced artists will be challenged and anyone that wants to spend a lot of time working from the model is welcome. Days will be divided up between shorter in studio poses in the morning. Afternoons weather permitting, we will take the model out into the landscape. Evenings we will do a long pose for the entire retreat. Our week will conclude with an artist reception to show off what we created.
 
Location: Traverse City, Michigan
Instructor: Royce Deans, Tali Farchi
Cost: $580.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"The Extended Pose"
Thursdays, September 28 - December 7, 2017
 

Draw or paint the life model in a single pose for the entire length of the course, and gain an understanding of what it takes to produce a finished artwork. Students will be guided in initiating an individual project using drawn/painted studies before embarking on a single, larger-scaled work. Instruction will involve accurate measurement, value, color, composition and narrative content. Lecture and demonstration will address historical and contemporary methods and materials. All levels and all media are welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Classical Figure Drawing"
Fridays, September 29 - December 8, 2017
 

Explore the classical ideal through drawing from both sculpture in PAFA’s Cast Hall and the life model. Learn to comprehend and appreciate the differences between an idealized form and a living model. Students will work in charcoal and chalk on toned paper, with emphasis on line, value, shape, size, and texture.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ernie Norcia
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting & mixed media art retreats in 17th century château in SW Fr"
September 30 - October 7, 2017
 

Mike Snow (painter/sculptor) & Liz Collins (painter/mixed media) join forces for a special joint artists retreat limited to a maximum of 10 people. Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, most meals and wine are included. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow & Liz Collins
Cost: $1,695 (discount for early registration)
Sponsor: Snow & White with Liz Collins
Website, email, 4054558073


"High School Portfolio Preparation: Painting"
Saturdays, September 30 - December 9, 2017
 

Add color and variety to your portfolio by developing your painting skills in oil or acrylic. Students will work from direct observation using the still life and human figure/portrait models to explore the fundamentals of painting including the selection and care of materials, painting techniques, and color mixing. Instruction will emphasize principles of composition, the modeling of forms through values and color relationships. Note: This class will utilize nude figure models.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wilson
Cost: For Credit: $425, Non-Credit: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Portfolio Preparation: Drawing"
Saturdays, September 30 - December 9, 2017
 

Ideal for teens who want to further their drawing skills and develop a strong body of work for their portfolios. Students will work in drawing media from the still life, PAFA’s historic cast collection and the human figure/portrait to learn principles of composition, value, perspective, and drawing techniques. Note: This class will utilize nude figure models.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sean Hildreth
Cost: For Credit: $425, Non-Credit: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Classical Portrait Painting"
Sundays, October 1 - December 10, 2017
 

Create luminous portraits using time-tested materials and traditional painting procedures established during the Renaissance. Step-by-step instruction will demonstrate how to develop a portrait painting from start to finish. Open to all levels and an excellent choice for artists wishing to learn glazing techniques.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ernie Norcia
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain"
October 2-6, 2017
 

This intensive class, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, is designed for individuals with little or no prior drawing training and perhaps believe that learning to draw well is only possible for those lucky people with “inborn talent”. However, it has been proven that the global skill of drawing any perceived object, person or place requires five basic component perceptual skills. These skills are the perception of edges, spaces, relationships, lights and shadows, and the whole or gestalt. Each day begins with a lecture on one of the five skills required. After lectures, students participate in drawing exercises, with Brian’s instruction, through the day. The class will end with a critique of the day’s session. Visit drawright.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Brian Bomeisler
Cost: $1,600 for Museum members and non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"The Figure in a Painting"
October 5-7, 2017
 

The workshop will be taught using traditional painting techniques. Working with a live model and from photos, students will explore drawing, composition, proportion, value and color. Emphasis will be on developing form using light and shadow. For those who are bewildered by color or want to speed up and become less tight in their work, this is an excellent class to take. The class is open to all mediums.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Margaret Dyer
Cost: $495.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Pastel Portraiture with Ellen Eagle"
October 6-8, 2017
 

Learn everything you need to know about pastel portraiture with Ellen Eagle, noted author of Pastel Painting Atelier and instructor at the Art Students League in New York. Be inspired by the artist’s passion for the medium, and her extensive knowledge of its history and applications. In addition to methods of executing a successful portrait, topics such as studio set-up, pastel varieties, tools, and surfaces will be addressed. The workshop will include a visit to PAFA's Center for the Study of the American Artist, where Eagle will discuss rarely-exhibited pastel works from PAFA's collection. Ideal for the dedicated portraitist or those seeking to enhance their knowledge of pastel and color.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ellen Eagle, www.elleneagleportraits.com
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"The PAFA Figure Drawing Tradition"
Saturdays, October 7 - December 16, 2017
 

Grounded in PAFA’s philosophy that observational drawing skills are fundamental to all artistic endeavors, this online/in-studio figure drawing course combines the convenience of web-based learning with hands-on studio practice. Modeled after the historic 19th century Charles Bargue drawing course that was utilized by such iconic artists as Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso, this step-by-step instruction will be supported by weekly instructor feedback, a history of drawing materials and techniques, and a forum for group interaction. Life-model drawing sessions in the PAFA studios will supplement online coursework.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"Watercolor: Uniquely Contemporary Figurative Design"
October 9-13, 2017
 

In Jeannie’s watercolor workshops she shares the many aspects of her art through versatile projects and extended experimentation. As a student you are encouraged and inspired to hone your own unique style and improve upon your current skills. You will also discover the freedom of intuitive painting and go beyond simple illustration to create paintings worthy of exhibition. Students will explore the interplay between the figurative subject(s) and their backgrounds, natural design in reference materials, effective cropping impact, pigment maintenance, intentional and spontaneous marks. Each day begins with a demo pertaining to the day’s project, such as exploring unconventional ways of representation, figures with obscured and intertwined backgrounds, etc. Artists receive plenty of personal attention and painting time.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire, www.jeanniemcguire.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid"
October 16-20, 2017
 

A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice “direct painting”, using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try.
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Instructor: Charles Reid
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"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


"The Oil Sketch: The Figure"
October 21, 2017
 

The oil sketch is a traditional way for painters to execute preparatory ideas, quickly capture initial impressions, or enjoy a fresh and instinctive approach to painting! Learn useful techniques for rapidly encapsulating color and form while working directly from observation. Held in conjunction with exhibition The Loaded Brush: The Oil Sketch and the Philadelphia School of Painting, on view in the School of Fine Arts Gallery through February 4, 2018. The lab fee includes oil paint and surfaces.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Patrick Connors
Cost: $105, Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"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


"Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid"
October 23-27, 2017
 

A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice “direct painting”, using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try.
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Instructor: Charles Reid
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Painting Life from Pictures"
October 27-29, 2017
 

Using photographs we will paint a portrait as though it were painted from real life. Using a step by step process, mimicking painting from real life, we will navigate the intricacies of a face without trying to replicate the photo or do photorealism. We will discuss the benefits of working form photos, such as combining pictures for optimal results as well as the added benefit of painting a more personalized vision than what we can typically paint from real life. The first day will consist of two portraits. Days two and three will focus on one portrait, attempting a more layered approach and demonstrating how to achieve a strong 3 dimensional portrait.
 
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Instructor: Seth Haverkamp
Cost: $495.00
Sponsor: Soulworks Fine Art; Studio of Deborah Elmquist
Website, email, 386-756-3068


"Anatomical Drawing with Roberto Osti"
October 28-29, 2017
 

The human body is one of the most fascinating and inspiring subjects an artist can depict, but because of its complexity it can also be very intimidating. Join Roberto Osti, artist, teacher and author of Basic Human Anatomy: An Essential Visual Guide to gain the confidence to understand and enjoy drawing the beautiful forms of the figure. Saturday will be devoted to study of the human form from a structural point of view: basic landmarks, essential volumes, and proportions and proportional relationships of body and its segments. Sunday will be dedicated to the study of the main muscle groups and aesthetic aspects they produce in the body. Each day will be divided into a lecture and then drawing from the model, with individual assistance from Mr. Osti.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"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


"Drawing the Portrait with Judith Carducci"
October 30 - November 1, 2017
 

Drawing the portrait with a touch of color! If you ever wanted to learn how to make your portraits more structurally solid and amazing, this is the workshop for you! In this workshop master portrait artist, Judith Carducci, will help you explore drawing the human head accurately. The focus will be on good drawings done with charcoal on mid-value paper then gradually progressing to using a small amount of color in the light areas. This process helps you get a handle on good form without the confusion of a full color palette, yet having the satisfaction of using some color.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Judith Carducci
Cost: $395 plus $50 model fee
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website


"Western and Native Portraits Workshop"
November 2-5, 2017
 

Join renowned western portrait painter, Joe Netherwood, for a workshop that will enlighten and entertain your artistic pursuits! Discover the spiritual essence of the human face and how to make it your own through Joe's guidance. Joe will help you discover painting abilities you didn't know you have! Find out how to put more magic in your art through drawing, design, value and color. Hone your ability to observe, and find out how to create an emotional connection with those who view your art. Along with developing these skills, you will be charmed and entertained by the sense of humor Joe developed while working as a professional stand-up comedian.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Joe Netherwood, www.JoeNetherwood.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Sculpting Memory Shapes of the Torso with Stephen Perkins"
November 3-6, 2017
 

This sculpture workshop will appeal to anyone interested in the figure as an art form: sculptors, painters, draftsmen, and graphic artists alike. We'll focus on the the memory shapes of the torso by abstracting the figure into simpler geometry and planes. The forms of the torso are essentially identical on all figures, the uniqueness of each torso comes in the proportions and this will vary from figure to figure within a range. Working from the live model and demonstrations, we'll start with the the larger forms and proceed to the smaller forms, developing a conceptual geometric shape for each. Perkins was trained in the classical method and currently teaches at his home atelier Florida and Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia.
 
Location: Oakland, California
Instructor: Stephen Perkins (stephenperkinsart.net)
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Dogtown Sculptors
Website, email


"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


"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


"Sculpting Memory Shapes of the Arms and Legs with Stephen Perkins"
November 8-11, 2017
 

This sculpture workshop will appeal to anyone interested in the figure as an art form: sculptors, painters, draftsmen, and graphic artists alike. We'll focus on the the memory shapes of the arms and legs by abstracting them into simpler geometry and planes. The forms of the arms and legs are essentially identical on all figures, the uniqueness comes in the proportions and this will vary for each person. Working from the live model and demonstrations, we'll start with the the larger forms and proceed to the smaller forms, developing a conceptual geometric shape for each. Stephen Perkins was trained in the classical method and currently teaches at his home atelier Florida and Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia.
 
Location: Oakland, California
Instructor: Stephen Perkins (stephenperkinsart.net)
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Dogtown Sculptors
Website, email


"Oil Painting Workshop"
November 10-12, 2017
 

This three-day oil painting workshop will focus on specific observational skills to help you create more efficient, lively, and accurate alla-prima portrait paintings from life. Elizabeth will demonstrate time-saving techniques with a contemporary palette to achieve painterly results that reflect the sitter’s uniqueness. Emphasis will be placed on drawing and fresh color, with demos and helpful individual feedback throughout. Each day, new concepts will be discussed that will help build your skill set and application of paint. Special attention will also be given to anatomy and the dynamics of color and light. Each day we will work with a new model so we can practice achieving the individual characteristics that lead to a solid likeness and a successful portrait study.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Elizabeth Zanzinger, www.ezanzinger.com
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"The Oil Sketch: The Portrait"
November 11, 2017
 

The oil sketch is a traditional way for painters to execute preparatory ideas, quickly capture initial impressions, or enjoy a fresh and instinctive approach to painting! Learn useful techniques for rapidly encapsulating color and form while working directly from observation. Held in conjunction with exhibition The Loaded Brush: The Oil Sketch and the Philadelphia School of Painting, on view in the School of Fine Arts Gallery through February 4, 2018. The lab materials fee includes oil paint and surfaces.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Patrick Connors
Cost: $105, Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Figure Drawing with Stephen Perkins"
November 13, 2017
 

This drawing workshop will appeal to anyone interested in the figure as an art form: sculptors, painters, draftsmen, and graphic artists alike. We'll focus on drawing the the entire figure including an emphasis on the the memory shapes of the figure by abstracting the figure into simpler geometry and planes. Working from the live female model and demonstrations, we'll start with gesture poses, progressing to straight line block-ins, and working up to longer poses, always emphasizing a structural/constructive approach to figure drawing and understanding of memory shapes. Stephen Perkins was trained in the classical method and currently teaches at his home atelier Florida and Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia.
 
Location: Oakland, California
Instructor: Stephen Perkins (stephenperkinsart.net)
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Dogtown Sculptors
Website, email


"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


"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


"Painting in Cuba with Randall Sexton"
November 13-18, 2017
 

Soak up the culture, paint local scenes, experience the pulse of life and the people of contemporary Cuba! Organized by the seasoned facilitators of Copper Bridge Foundation, and Sedona Art Center. Situated in historic downtown Havana and lodged in style, the group is open to partners, spouses, or guests in a legally sanctioned parallel cultural tour. We are so excited to visit Cuba once again!!
 
Location: Havana, Cuba
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $3,775 includes workshop and lodging
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Website, email, 928.282.3809


"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


"Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain"
November 18-25, 2017
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Andalusia, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, 4054558073


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"Michael Holter"
February 19-22, 2018
 

Texas artist, Michael Holter works in both watercolor and oil. Michael's work has received numerous awards and can be found in private and corporate collections in the US and several foreign countries. His current work is in two categories: watercolor figurative and oil landscapes (both plein air and studio). Although Michael has been painting most of his life, his work experience spans a wide range of creative endeavors, from art teacher, creative director and businessman in fine art and commercial art. Michael has owned and operated two galleries. The workshop's structure is All Inclusive with 4 nights at a luxury lodge in Texas' beautiful Hill Country with meals and wine included for one price.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Michael Holter
Cost: $1,550
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"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


"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


"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


"David Shevlino Paints the Clothed Figure"
March 8-11, 2018
 

Would you like to create fresh, loose figure paintings? Instruction by this contemporary master is relaxed, in my home studio and outdoors in the Broadlands neighborhood, limited to 12 students. David will teach you how he paints from live models alla prima (wet into wet). Learn how to simplify form, values and color into understandable tones and shapes. Each day in the workshop we will watch David demonstrate, and then paint from live models ourselves. Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to come and learn. Every student will appreciate painting loosely and with greater economy in their strokes.
 
Location: Ashburn, Virginia
Instructor: David Shevlino
Cost: $545
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Website, email, 571-236-0047


"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


"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


"Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain"
March 17-24, 2018
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Andalusia, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, 4054558073


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"The Portrait and The Figure"
May 8-10, 2018
 

Using live models, Mary will demonstrate and guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines. She has been awarded the Portrait Society of America's Gold Medal.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Painting from Life"
May 17-21, 2018
 

Max will demonstrate painting procedures and individually critique students work daily. In this workshop we will carefully observe the poetry and uniqueness of the reality (model) we are painting. Attention will be given to Design, Proportion, Values, Color and the mixing of cool and warm colors, and the use and care of materials. Max will discuss concepts, expression of concepts, contemporary realism and the paintings of the Old Masters.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Max Ginsburg, www.maxginsburg.com
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"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


"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
June 11-15, 2018
 

Though often viewed as intimidating and challenging, painting the figure can be just as approachable as a still life and landscape, and brings with its accomplishment a unique satisfaction and reward. Ted will discuss the pitfalls and pluses of painting from photographic reference as well as how to achieve spontaneity, character, and life in your paintings. Class will include daily demonstrations and one-on-one interaction with class members. As Ted shares the specific techniques he uses to bring excitement to his figurative work, you will find your paintings taking on a new life. And, experience great fun in the process! Ted Nuttall is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and Watercolor West.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost:
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Kim English Oil Painting Workshop"
June 25-29, 2018
 

We will paint live figures indoors and landscapes outdoors and en plein air (with weather permitting) - as well as from reference materials. This workshop will focus on the ability to paint quickly with confidence. This is a skill that can be useful in many situations, especially working on location. Techniques for achieving a spontaneous yet controlled approach will be practiced. With the figures in this workshop we will create numerous quick studies as a means to learning and growth in area of spontaneity, freshness and the development of your intuitive sense. With landscapes, we will spend more time on each piece, but with the same creative and spontaneous process put into practice with confidence.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Kim English
Cost: $749
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Figure in the Environment"
August 2-5, 2018
 

We will learn how to bring together work from life, from studies, and from photos to create convincing paintings of a figure in an environment. We will first work in the field to create an oil study from life of an external environment. We will then move inside and work with the model from life. Using our oil sketch and photos for our environment reference, we will place the figure in a believable space. A unified palette will bring cohesion to the picture. I will demo both in the field and from the model, as well as help everyone hands-on to bring expression and control to their figurative work.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Kenny Harris, www.kenny-harris.com
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


 

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