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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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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