Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Diving into the Abstract"
February 23-24, 2018
 

Abstraction is very easy for some painters and very challenging for others to understand. In this class, students will be guided to make a step toward this fascinating subject. Students will build the quintessential skills and visual vocabulary to navigate in the creative realm of the abstract. The focus in the class will be on color relationships, various angles of composition and texture. Expect exciting dramatic improvement in your composition and color relationships and discover a new way to see the world around you. Students will leave this class inspired and ready to create a new masterpiece!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Larisa Aukon, www.aukonlarisa.com
Cost: $250
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 Landscapes from Photographs"
February 26 - March 1, 2018
 

In this workshop, students will paint a landscape in the studio using photographs. The goal will be to create simple designs that have a strong foundation and a well thought out composition. Students will learn to create a feeling of the landscape that gives the painting life, instead of just copying a photograph. Linda will discuss how to paint from your focal point out while paying attention to values, composition and edges. This workshop will include instructor demonstrations and plenty of individual attention. Previous students have been very inspired by the amount of photographs supplied by Linda, which include subject matter from the Grand Canyon, desert vistas, interior forest and high mountain scenes.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Art of Seeing: Making a Painting Work"
February 27 - March 2, 2018
 

A good painting tells as much about the artist as the painting itself. Ned will talk about the whole process of putting a painting together. Students will start with the small idea and value composition studies. Next, students will learn the use of a color study and then move on to the finished work. Students will also do direct painting without preliminary studies. The emphasis will not be on the finished piece but on the process of making a more successful painting. Remember, most paintings are ruined at the start, not at the end, as not enough preliminary thought is given to them. Students will work on counter- change, color harmony and the balance of masses and shapes in size, value and color.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ned Mueller, www.nedmueller.com
Cost: $550 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Capturing the Light in Floral Still Life"
February 28 - March 2, 2018
 

This workshop will show students how to create stronger paintings by gaining a better understanding of how to produce and use dramatic light effects. Included in the workshop are ways to improve backgrounds, edges and composition, all of which contribute to the mood of the painting and the emotional response of the viewer. Multiple still life arrangements will be provided using a variety of fresh flowers. Ways to set up objects to create pleasing compositions will be discussed, and students may choose to compose their own arrangements if they wish. Joni makes it her mission to give each student as much individual attention as possible.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joni Falk, www.jonifalk.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting in the Salt River Valley of Arizona"
March 2-4, 2018
 

This 3-day workshop we will explore the fundamentals of Plein Air painting. Lectures and demonstrations will all take place outside and in the landscape. That is the best venue to discuss painting. Surrounded by what we will be painting. Using a limited palette and simplification of the landscape in both color and shape to create a convincing painting of the scene. Learn to see in shape and value instead of line and detail. Learn to use value and color to depict three-dimensional space or depth. We will explore using larger brushes and economy of brushstrokes to work more quickly and accurately.
 
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Instructor: Kevin McCain
Cost: $300.00
Sponsor: Kevin McCain Studios
Website, email, 480-309-0039


"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


"Painting Florals Large & Loose"
March 7-9, 2018
 

Come and join the fun of painting large, loose florals! Krista Eaton paints in a delightful contemporary style that works for both oil and acrylic painters. If you’ve thought about trying to paint something large, now’s the time. Students will create their own style, and learn to be free with their painting by focusing on large shapes rather than fussy details. Students will be amazed at the work they can create when they learn to paint fast and loose! All levels are welcome, even beginners.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Krista Eaton, www.kristaeaton.com
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"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


"Putting Radiant Light into Your Paintings"
March 12-16, 2018
 

This workshop will use still life as a means to study light, the artist’s greatest gift. Using the Russian impressionist tradition of comparing and contrasting, students will paint indoors in both warm and cool light. The emphasis will be on putting warm and cool colors next to each other in such a way that creates a sense of radiant light and harmonious color unity no matter what the subject matter is. Make colors sing! Students will spend time examining photo references for evidence of warm or cool light and 17 different light effects that happen out in the real world. Think of this workshop as the study of light…beyond the plaster cast.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan Diehl, www.susandiehl.com
Cost: $635
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


"Paint a Spring Scene in Oil"
March 16-17, 2018
 

Spring is in the air! Using brilliant color, students will paint flowers and foliage rioting in a spring garden. Lessons will focus on: intuitive and loose paint handling with brush and knife, wet-into-wet painting to incorporate lost edges, color theory, simplified color mixing, painting with green and using “color as value.” A photo will be provided but students are welcome to paint from their own reference material whenever they wish. There will be demonstrations of techniques, exercises, ongoing critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all. All levels are welcome and encouraged. The only prerequisite is an attitude of joy in the act of painting!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"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


"Paint the Town! Cityscape Painting Fundamentals for Day and Night City Scenes"
March 19-22, 2018
 

Award winning artist, Rob Adamson, will teach this four-day workshop that will provide students with the painting fundamentals needed to create stunning, vibrant cityscapes. Students will work from photo reference (provided by instructor) to paint day and night city scenes. Students will be taught a simplified 1 and 2-point perspective to create memorable paintings. Other topics covered are design, drawing, value, color, edges, and lighting. The instructor will provide lectures, demonstrations and individual instruction. Beginners through Advanced are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rob Adamson, www.robadamsonstudio.blogspot.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Sketch and Quick Studies to Studio"
March 19-22, 2018
 

This workshop will be about efficiency in collecting field sketches and converting them to studio paintings. Students will be catching those moments in the day that make the Sonoran Desert the worthwhile subject matter it is to paint. There are also specific exercises designed to see and capture the essence of a scene and concept which will be presented during the workshop. With their fresh field sketches in hand, students will be painting in the studio combining the color from the field with the information from their cameras. Students will be working with both to produce studio pieces where all aspects of this process will be condensed and consolidated: color, design, drawing and personal expression.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ray Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Cost: $600
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


"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


"Let Fechin Help You Paint Sunflowers"
March 23-24, 2018
 

Teacher Judith Spitz has always believed that painting “with the Masters” should be a vital part of every artist’s training. Towards that end, the student will spend the first day of class painting from Nicolai Fechin’s Sunflowers. In that capacity, the student will get a more complete understanding of the basis of Great Paintings (value, color, temperature, edges, and of course composition). On the second day, the students will set up their own still life of Sunflowers, keeping in mind the principles they learned. In this way the student and the teacher will take a journey of learning and understanding to make great paintings. Judith will demonstrate along the way. Students can work in oil or pastel.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Judith Spitz, www.judithspitz.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"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


"Painting with Emphasis on Light and Color: Still-Life, Figure and Landscape"
March 26-30, 2018
 

This workshop will emphasize capturing and understanding the variety of lights through color relationship. By doing so, the local colors such as flesh tones will be eliminated. The same principles apply to all subjects. Still life is always the best subject to learn about color relationships and constructing planes. The knowledge and skill are essential in portraiture, not only to capture the likeness, but also the light that influences the subject. This will help to set up the harmony, mood and atmosphere. This workshop will also include a focus on design and the art of setting up still lifes. Throughout the week, students will have the option to work from models, still lifes, and landscapes projected on TV monitors or any preferred references.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sunny Apinchapong-Yang
Cost: $700 + $50 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


"Paint Sedona Arizona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
March 27-30, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Lodging package for $800 (incl. tuition) also available, but limited, so don't hesitate!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"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


"Composing in Color"
April 2-6, 2018
 

Paint is a colored substance, spread on a surface. The magic of painting is turning paint into color. Making the colors tell a story, giving a viewer butterflies, mesmerizing – that is composing in color. Students will start with simple still life, progress to the model and then into complex settings. Students will whisper a mood with the color and learn to let the color talk.
 
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


"The Basics of Oil Painting"
April 9-12, 2018
 

Qiang’s approach to still life painting will be demonstrated with particular focus on composing dramatic set-ups by observing the light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas. Using demonstrations, presentation, and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process of creating energetic paintings by manipulating values, colors, edges and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to their current skill level and personal goals in art. This workshop is designed for indoor practice with live settings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Qiang Huang, www.qhart.com
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air to Studio, Making Your Studies Work for You Indoors"
April 9-12, 2018
 

This workshop combines plein air and studio. Students will begin on location outdoors making sketches and studies, grasping excitement, and capturing ideas. These sketches will then be used as inspirational resource materials for more-complete, slightly larger, studio pieces that remain fresh and inviting. Lori Putnam’s paintings are a personal and genuine response to a scene, and she encourages her students to learn to do the same. Participants will receive a free copy of Putnam’s booklet: “Plein air, Right from the Start.” The workshop will include lectures and demonstrations, personalized instruction and group discussions. While demonstrations and advice on technique will be geared toward oil painters, artists who are more comfortable working in other mediums are welcome. Plein air experience is strongly recommended.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Lori Putnam, www.loriputnam.com
Cost: $750
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


"Color Confidence"
April 12-15, 2018
 

Learn to mix the exact colors that you want. Experience the delight and joy of color mixing as you become successful and efficient with color mixing while discovering colors you didn’t know existed. This workshop will help you identify what color you want to mix and then how to mix it efficiently. We will examine how color theory works, and why it doesn’t work so well sometimes. Time will be spent mixing color and making small studies. Creativity is sometimes chaotic, but color mixing doesn’t have to be, it can be a tool to express your creativity and this class will make it just that. This is a class for all painting media.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jane Jones, www.janejonesartist.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Oil Painting: Clean and Simple"
April 16-18, 2018
 

Howard Carr is considered a master of color and an outstanding teacher who emphasizes the simplicity of how a painting works and how to do it. Pure, clean, luminous results in your landscapes are taught step-by-step, from beginning to end, with daily demonstrations and individual instruction. Each day will begin with a question-and-answer session followed by an hour-long painting demonstration. Students will spend the remainder of the day painting at their easel with personalized instruction. The subject matter will be landscape painting from photographs. Howard will demonstrate daily, and give individual critiques throughout the workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Howard Carr, www.howardcarrfineart.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Conceptual Still Life"
April 16-19, 2018
 

Breathe life into your work with a more spontaneous approach to classical still life. Learn how to think about developing a concept by painting light and movement. Students will learn Jeff’s thought process in setting up a still life and executing it by going directly to paint. Observe as Jeff demonstrates his painting methods and principles each day with commentary throughout the process. There will be open discussions on material choices, prop selection, paint application, values, color choices and lighting. Students will receive one-on-one instruction with special attention to their particular needs. Beginner to advanced are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jeff Legg, www.jefflegg.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Palette Knife Landscape Painting: Lose the Brush!"
April 20-21, 2018
 

Embrace the freedom that comes from decisive, impasto knife application. Work wet-into-wet in either oil or acrylic. Students will plan, design, sketch and complete two or more compositions. This class will focus on the reinforcement of traditional fundamentals including color theory, values, temperature management, large masses, focal point emphasis, simplification of detail and soft edges…all with a palette knife! No brushes allowed. Learn to identify and solve “problems” ahead of time to ensure beautiful results. This is a fun, relaxed atmosphere that will push even the most advanced artists out of their comfort zones and open a new door to passionate expressionism. Students may use their own well-composed landscape, cityscape or seascape photographs or, use some provided by the instructor.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Renee Palmer Jones, RPJfineart.com
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Suggesting Reality"
April 23-27, 2018
 

Through lecture and demonstration, this workshop will not only reinforce an understanding of composition and form, but will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; how the artist may represent nature in order to reflect on his or her perceptions, experiences and values while also contemplating the important power of symbol and abstraction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $650
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


"Chiaroscuro Still Life Painting"
May 7-10, 2018
 

In this four-day workshop, students will learn how to create a dramatic still life using chiaroscuro. Stephanie will demonstrate how to use light and shadow to increase the emotional impact and add drama to the subject matter. The focus will be on mastering the indirect painting method, using glazing and scumbling, to create a beautiful oil painting by the end of the workshop. Stephanie will explain the process of painting from life with a series of demonstrations and individual critiques. She will illustrate how to block in the composition directly on the canvas, measure main landmarks, and mass in large value areas. The importance of comparing values, measuring, finding edges, and looking for color relationships will also be discussed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Stephanie Deshpande, www.stephaniedeshpande.com
Cost: $450
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


"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


"Paint Sedona Arizona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
November 13-17, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Lodging package for $800 (incl. tuition) also available, but limited, so don't hesitate!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Paint Sedona Arizona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
April 2-5, 2019
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Lodging package for $800 (incl. tuition) also available, but limited, so don't hesitate!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


 

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