Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"A Bold Approach to Water Based Mediums"
October 18-21, 2021
 

Antonio Masi is president of the American Watercolor Society and an International renowned painter. The goal of this workshop is to show the power of water-based mediums. The focus will be on how to approach the mediums from a contemporary point of view, powerful, emotional and delicate. Learn how attention to details and unusual perspective make for poetic, moody works, with strong textural qualities. He will demonstrate land, marine and cityscapes and explain the fundamentals that make a painting successful. During his morning demonstrations, he will explain the uses of his paints, paper, palette and brushes and how he applies color and how to loosen up during painting. The remainder of the day students will receive plenty of one-on-one demonstrations.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Antonio Masi, www.antoniomasi.com
Cost: $500 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"All about Color – Concept, Perception and Usage"
October 18-22, 2021
 

In this workshop, students will explore color theory and color mixing. They will learn about individual pigments, their place on the palette, as well as paint transparency and opacity. The workshop will emphasize identifying the value, intensity and temperature of color. Other topics addressed will include color perspective, concepts for creating the illusion of space, mixing techniques, the illusion of transparency, and mediums that create color effects. Most of the time will be spent mixing hypothetical color combinations and ranges. On Thursday and Friday, students will paint simple still life objects from life and learn to see, conceptualize, and produce the colors they desire, reinforcing the concepts and techniques covered in the first three days.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Doug & Susan Diehl, www.diehlfineart.com
Cost: $670 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"All about Color – Concept, Perception and Usage"
October 18-20, 2021
 

In this workshop, students will explore color theory and color mixing. They will learn about individual pigments, their place on the palette, as well as paint transparency and opacity. The workshop will emphasize identifying the value, intensity and temperature of color. Other topics addressed will include color perspective, concepts for creating the illusion of space, mixing techniques, the illusion of transparency, and mediums that create color effects. Most of the time will be spent mixing hypothetical color combinations and ranges. On Thursday and Friday, students will paint simple still life objects from life and learn to see, conceptualize, and produce the colors they desire, reinforcing the concepts and techniques covered in the first three days.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Doug & Susan Diehl, www.diehlfineart.com
Cost: $415 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting into Abstraction"
November 1-4, 2021
 

This course is for realist painters wanting to incorporate more abstract expression in their work and for abstract painters seeking guidance in developing their expression. The focus will be on accessing one's inner voice to inform abstract expression while learning unique techniques developed by Marianne Mitchell to create luminous light and color in oil paint. The relationship between emotional expression, compositional skill and technical facility will be emphasized in discussion and demonstration while each student is supported on their artistic journey throughout the workshop. Acrylic painters are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Marianne Mitchell, www.mariannemitchell.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying, and Expression"
November 8-11, 2021
 

Students will use oils (acrylics are allowed as well) to paint from photos. They will have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of trees, boats, cityscapes, figures, koi, and hanging fruit. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos if they choose. Penix will cover topics like how to make your paintings more 3-dimensional, the power of warms and cools, color theory, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, elements of light and shadow, the power of suggestion and finally painting how you see versus just copying a photograph.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Derek Penix, www.derekpenix.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Beyond Description: Expressive Painting through Image Structure"
November 8-12, 2021
 

Your growth as an artist is my priority as we study great artists and unlock the universal secrets of image structure. At a primal level, it’s this abstract image structure that moves us-- the use of line, shape, space, value, color, and texture. This applies to any style or genre of painting because every good painting is good due to the underlying abstraction - the power of the purely visual. The plan is always to help you reach your potential, painting your way, with your voice and vision, but better than ever before. You can paint representational or abstract. Oils, watercolors, collage, and acrylics welcome. Come be encouraged and inspired in a fun, upbeat atmosphere.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Michael Slonim
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstracting the Figure"
November 30 - December 2, 2021
 

This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide students through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. 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 while in class (printed photos may be used and/or images from a laptop/iPad, especially if it has photo-editing software). This class is open-media but the instructor will demonstrate using acrylics.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.markdanielnelson.com
Cost: $415 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Interpreting Your Photographic Reference"
Saturdays, December 4-18, 2021
 

Painters often use photographic references when creating works of art. During this three-session class, students will paint the subject of their choice using their photographic reference. The painter must understand that photography often misrepresents the true relationships of value, color and perspective. With guidance, the student will learn to consider the photographic reference as raw material, to be interpreted rather than slavishly copied. Let’s make “art” from photographic reference! This class is open to all levels of experience and all mediums! Please bring several photos of interest to each class. *Students may also choose to paint still-life arrangements.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $350 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Winter Birds"
December 13, 2021
 

In this workshop, students may work in oil or acrylic. Students will enjoy a fun festive day painting winter birds from reference photos that will be supplied, or they can bring their own favorite bird photos. There are so many pretty winter birds to paint: festive red cardinals with holly or a chickadee with red berries and snow falling. Come see what you can create! Krista will start the day with an inspirational demo, and the rest of the time will be left to the students to paint their own winter bird paintings. Learn the secret of making bird paintings that come to life!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Krista Eaton, www.kristaeaton.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Principles of Painting"
January 3-6, 2022
 

This workshop is an intense four days of inspiration, hard work and productive learning. The main principles Moore covers are design, color, composition, and edges. Beginning with slide lectures in the morning, he isolates each element with the help of computer technology and focuses on a different principle each day. Lectures are followed by painting exercises and/or demonstrations of the principles being taught. Students are encouraged to apply lessons to subject matter of their choice, whether landscapes, still life, or figure. Exercises are geared toward learning the principles, not toward producing a finished painting. Demos will be in oil.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Moore, www.rmoorefineart.com
Cost: $650 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying, and Expression"
January 17-21, 2022
 

Students will use oils (acrylics are allowed as well) to paint from photos. They will have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of trees, boats, cityscapes, figures, koi, and hanging fruit. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos if they choose. Penix will cover topics like how to make your paintings more 3-dimensional, the power of warms and cools, color theory, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, elements of light and shadow, the power of suggestion and finally painting how you see versus just copying a photograph.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Derek Penix, www.derekpenix.com
Cost: $725 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Fundamentals of Abstraction"
February 8-10, 2022
 

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 plan to take photos during the workshop. Printed photos and/or digital images on laptop/iPad may also be used. Students will have the option to paint from a still life set-up.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.markdanielnelson.com
Cost: $415 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Color Confidence"
February 10-13, 2022
 

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. 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. The basics of color theory will be covered but most of the 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: $630 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Beyond Description: Expressive Painting through Image Structure"
February 14-18, 2022
 

Your growth as an artist is my priority as we study great artists and unlock the universal secrets of image structure. At a primal level, it’s this abstract image structure that moves us-- the use of line, shape, space, value, color, and texture. This applies to any style or genre of painting because every good painting is good due to the underlying abstraction--the power of the purely visual. Helping other artists exceed their own expectations is one of the most enjoyable things I ever get to do. The plan is always to help you reach your potential, painting your way, with your voice and vision, but better than ever before. Paint representational or abstract. Oils, watercolors, collage, and acrylics welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Michael Slonim, www.davidmichaelslonim.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Fundamentals of Studio Landscape Painting"
March 14-18, 2022
 

Designed for all students wishing to develop further fundamentals in landscape painting, including a greater understanding for values, color mixing, atmospheric perspective, and composition including design organization and emphasis. The focus will also be on developing more fluid brushwork and a personal statement in representing outdoor subject matter. Though we will accomplish 8-10 painting studies, the primary focus will be on imparting the necessary information for self-evaluation and growth. Instruction will include lecture and slide presentation, demonstrations, class critique, and plenty of one-on-one time with each student. A field easel is optional, the Artists’ School will have studio easels available. Finally, a class that deciphers the mysteries of age-old concepts and breaks it down into simple, straightforward, easy to understand mechanisms.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: John Poon, www.johnpoon.net
Cost: $655 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstracting the Landscape"
March 28-31, 2022
 

Modernize your paintings to be more joyful and “happy.” Students will learn to abstract the landscape from appropriate photos which will be supplied by Claudia. Students will learn effective composition, the use of cool and warm colors, vibrant color mixing, and experimenting. Claudia will give demonstrations, individual instruction and critiques. The students will have the opportunity to complete a painting each day. The goal: learn, have fun and fall in love with acrylic paints!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Claudia Hartley, claudiahartley.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Seeing and Capturing your Subject"
April 4-8, 2022
 

What does the act of ‘seeing’ mean for an artist? Discover the answers in this 5-day workshop as we explore the specifics of observing a subject, interpreting the visual elements, and executing it all onto canvas. We will discuss the way the optics of the eye work as well as seeing light, form, atmosphere and space. The fundamental principles of painting - composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will also be stressed. Each day we will begin with a demo, followed by a fun day of painting and personal instruction. Students may choose to work from their favorite photos and field sketches or set up still lifes. Demonstrations will be in oil but acrylic is welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Acrylic Landscapes"
April 4-8, 2022
 

Understanding the demands of the acrylic medium is the primary focus of this workshop. Hook will emphasize color, composition, atmospheric light, architectural elements, and an intuitive approach to painting. Students will receive individual instruction and critiques in the studio and should complete the workshop with a significant level of confidence working with acrylics. Photography as a visual source for landscape painting is an important part of the class. Photos will be provided.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: William Hook, www.williamhook.net
Cost: $840 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Impasto Approach with Andrew Denman"
April 11-15, 2022
 

Join Andrew Denman as he shares the secrets to his dramatically different approach to painting in an easy, step-by-step tutorial. Denman is known for his beautiful portrayals of wildlife in a unique style combining realism with stylization and abstraction. You will employ a series of thick, impasto underpaintings, cover over with many layers of gesso, then sand down to reveal astonishing textures, patterns, and colors, which can either stand on their own, function as an abstract foil to any subject, or provide underlayment for natural textures like fur, feathers, bark, rocks, and grass. The first three days will focus on a series of easy-to-follow exercises. The last two days, students will create a small finished painting of their own.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Andrew Denman, www.andrewdenman.com
Cost: $650 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Mastering Water Media: Acrylic and Watercolor"
April 18-22, 2022
 

Capturing the beauty of light through studying temperatures of light and shadow, visual movement, and value/color relationship will be demonstrated daily. In this workshop the still life, landscape, sky-scape, and architectural subjects will be focused on, as well as adding figures into a painting. Carr will emphasize the “how to’s” in achieving dynamic and impressionistic paintings using painterly brushwork in both watercolor and acrylic. Massing and organizing darks and lights, importance of drawing and the value sketch, atmospheric and linear perspective will also be covered. Students will enjoy gaining painting skills while exploring the wide variety of amazing techniques and useful supplies in both acrylic and watercolor. Through individual instruction, observing daily demonstrations, and critiques, students will develop a personal style.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $630 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


 

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