Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Small and Quick Still-Life Studies"
October 19-22, 2020
 

Are you looking to increase how fast you can paint? Are you just beginning to learn to paint? Do you want to get better faster? Do you stress or get anxious when staring at that big canvas and wonder what to put on it? Then making small quick studies might be for you. This class is all about making six-hour studies on small panels. We will cover prepping the surface, what paints to use, picking out subject matter, where and how to start a painting, some tricks about quickly mixing colors, using brushstrokes wisely, simplifying the value scale, and how to market and sell them when they are done! It’s not just fun, it’s really good practice!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Clinton Hobart, www.clintonhobart.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"All About Color – Concept, Perception and Usage"
October 26-30, 2020
 

Students have the option to take just the three-day color boot camp Monday-Wednesday for $415. It’s never too early or too late to learn more about color! 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. On Thursday and Friday, students will paint simple still life objects and learn to see, conceptualize, and produce the colors they desire, reinforcing the concepts and techniques covered previously.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan & Doug 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 26-28, 2020
 

Join us for this three-day color boot camp. It’s never too early or too late to learn more about color! 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.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan & Doug Diehl, www.diehlfineart.com
Cost: $415 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying and Expression"
November 9-12, 2020
 

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


"Painting into Abstraction"
November 9-12, 2020
 

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. Addressing methods for handling both acrylic and oil paint mediums, the focus will be on embracing abstraction while learning unique techniques developed by Marianne Mitchell to create luminous layers of transparent and opaque color. 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.
 
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


"Cafe Interiors"
November 16-19, 2020
 

You’re sitting in a café, with a warm latte in your hands, and you look around at the way the light streams in from the window and how the café lights twinkle and bounce off the coffee cups and light the baristas face. This is a painting. This is your painting to create. Come join Jennifer in a class built to give you confidence and teach you to build the painting that you want from your actual experience in a café. You will gather references together in a cafe, watch a demo, design layouts and ultimately create a painting that shares your experience. Come enjoy the creativity! All mediums welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jennifer Diehl, www.diehlfineart.com
Cost: $550 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Beyond Description: Expressive Painting through Image Structure"
November 16-20, 2020
 

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 do. 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.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Michael Slonim, davidmichaelslonim.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstracting the Figure"
December 1-3, 2020
 

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


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying and Expression"
January 18-22, 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: $725 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Fundamentals of Abstraction"
February 9-11, 2021
 

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 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 reference photos and/or digital images and also plan to take photos during the workshop. Photo editing software is helpful but not required. 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 11-14, 2021
 

Learn to mix the exact colors you want. Become successful and efficient with color mixing while discovering colors you didn’t know existed, so you can express your ideas in your paintings. 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. All painting media welcome.
 
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 15-19, 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. Helping other artists exceed their own expectations is one of the most enjoyable things I do. 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.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Michael Slonim, 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 15-19, 2021
 

This time-tested curriculum is designed for the serious student 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. The class is intended for beginning through advanced levels, and students will learn a reliable step-by-step, systematic shorthand for either studio or on-location painting. Though we will accomplish eight to ten painting studies during the course of the week, the primary focus will be on imparting the necessary information for self-evaluation and growth far beyond the scope of the five-day workshop.
 
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 29 - April 1, 2021
 

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, www.hartleyart.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Impasto Approach with Andrew Denman"
April 5-9, 2021
 

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 brilliant underlayment for natural textures like fur, feathers, bark, rocks, and grass. If you want to try something entirely new, this is your workshop!
 
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


"Acrylic Landscapes"
April 5-9, 2021
 

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


"Seeing and Capturing your Subject"
April 12-16, 2021
 

What does the act of ‘seeing’ mean for an artist? Discover the answers in this five-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 covering the principles mentioned above, 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 life subjects throughout the workshop.
 
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


"Bringing the Outdoors in: Painting Expressive Landscapes in Oil"
April 12-16, 2021
 

This unique five-day workshop experience with award-winning, contemporary American Impressionist, Eric Jacobsen is intended to hone students’ painting skills and expand their creative language. Emphasis will be on risk-taking, abstract design, and mark-making – the three necessary components to take one’s work to the next level and separate oneself from the “pack”. Students will learn to see like a poet and unlock their true creative potential. Students are encouraged to take a journey into new artistic territory and open up the possibility for a purer, honest, and unique result for their paintings. Sign up now!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eric Jacobsen, www.jacobsenfineart.com
Cost: $655 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Mastering Water Media: Acrylic and Watercolor"
April 19-23, 2021
 

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. As a Master in the American Impressionist Society, Carr will be emphasizing the “how to’s” in achieving dynamic and impressionistic paintings using painterly brushwork in both watercolor and acrylic. How to use confident, loose, and dramatic strokes in achieving dynamic paintings will be stressed throughout the week. Massing and organizing darks and lights, importance of drawing and the value sketch, atmospheric and linear perspective will also be covered. Betty will be providing the acrylic paints.
 
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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