Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Abstracting the Landscape"
February 3, 2022
 

Take your landscapes to an impressionistic and somewhat abstracted level to make them more painterly and exciting. Students will paint landscapes from their own photos or those supplied by instructor and learn both design strategies and exciting brushwork to create works of art. The instructor will demonstrate color mixing for color harmony and finishing techniques.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Pullinsi, www.lindapullinsi.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Palette Knife Landscape Painting: Lose the Brush!"
February 5-6, 2022
 

Embrace the freedom that comes from decisive, impasto knife application. Work wet-into-wet in either oil or acrylic (oil is preferred). Students will plan, design, sketch and complete at least two or more compositions in the workshop. 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.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Renee Palmer-Jones, www.rpjfineart.com
Cost: $235 (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


"Acrylic Landscape Painting"
Saturdays, February 19 - March 5, 2022
 

Students will learn how to use the fast-drying properties of acrylic paints to their creative advantage. Basic concepts of design, light, form, and atmospheric perspective are covered. Students will learn how to select a “good” reference to paint and be introduced to new approaches in landscape painting that acrylic paints can provide. This workshop will be fun and explorative for those not yet aware of the acrylic medium’s power and potential.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Edward Sprafkin, www.sprafkinart.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Florals Large and Loose"
March 7-8, 2022
 

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: $210 (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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