Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Paint the Red Rock Country of Sedona 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
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Who Are You?"
August 3, 2019
 

This class, which is taken from my new book, Awakening Your Creative Soul, will jump start the way you view the creative process and how you, the creative one, fit into the story. We will use the inquiry process to look deep within and the words that you wrote down to make your self-portrait. This doesn't need to be a physical representation, but it can be. You may choose to create a more abstract expressionist piece or even something more narrative. You will learn several collage techniques using dry adhesive and washi tape. Crackles and clay can add to the story and I will provide acrylic gels and pastes to adhere objects.
 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Art Unraveled
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"Contrast and Complements"
August 4, 2019
 

This class will shake up your color range and enliven your paintings. This is not a boring color theory class, but a way to see color dynamics in action. What happens when you put a lively saturated color next to another bright color? What happens when you introduce a desaturated neutral? How can you create a mood using a combination of color choices? Come find out in this action and information packed class. You will leave with several finished paintings that will become your road map to creating paintings with both complementary colors and contrasts. I wish someone had taught me these techniques when I was in art school. Save yourself a lot of muddy paintings and learn to fear no color.
 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Art Unraveled
Website, email


"Striking Gold"
August 5, 2019
 

Painting on top of metal leaf gives your acrylic paintings an amazing glow. You will learn the ins and outs of applying metal leaf over both smooth and textured surfaces. You will also learn a quick way to get a similar effect on almost any surface. When you use transparent paints and glazes on top of the metal, your colors pop. Experiment with both transparent and opaque paints to create wonderful contrasts and top it off with a transparent transfer. Tyvek painted with metallic paints then heated creates a unique element to add to your painting. Get the hands-on direct experience for making everything you touch glow like gold!
 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Art Unraveled
Website, email


"Watercolor Without Boundaries at Tanque Verde Ranch"
December 2-6, 2019
 

Watercolor Without Boundaries is a motivational workshop for beginning, as well as experienced painters. Karlyn offers enthusiastic, informational demonstrations and gives individual help enriched by sharing her original finished work. She is an upbeat instructor, who helps the students cultivate a loose, free style of working. She teaches with tireless energy and her high-spirited humorous teaching style makes beginners feel comfortable and challenges the advanced student. The real emphasis is on each student’s individual expression and development of their own painting style. Paint with more confidence and find your own artistic vision. The week will feature floral, landscape and abstract themes. Every day will begin with a demonstration, followed by individual help. Every painting will be critiqued.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Karlyn Holman, karlynholman.com
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Plein Air Painting: Confidence in Watercolor"
December 2-6, 2019
 

Plein air watercolor requires you to simplify- focus on the mood, find your subject and simplify shapes and details. This approach will allow you to make design decisions without being bogged down in detail too early in the process. Dan will focus on composition, design, consistency of wash and proper use of tone to help you elevate your watercolors to fine art paintings! Through demos and one on one personal attention, he’ll use his skills to help you further yours to establish a consistent painting process. Instilling a confidence in yourself and the medium. Learn how to exploit “mistakes”, refine and further develop your technique and take your paintings to the next level…and have fun! His high spirits and energy are contagious!
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Daniel Marshall, danmarshallart.com
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Transforming Ordinary Places into Extraordinary Scenes with Watercolor"
January 6-10, 2020
 

Joyce will teach you how to create beautiful watercolor landscapes using her 4 easy steps! You will begin creating a unique visual language from common elements found in the landscape! She will show you how to stop painting “things” that lead to uninspiring pictures and teach you how to uncover the character and essence of a place for quality works of art instead. You will learn how to turn an ordinary place into an extraordinary one using a photo, a sketch book for composition and value and a small study for determining color and temperature!
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Joyce Hicks, www.jhicksfineart.com
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Sewing the Land I and II: fused, collaged, and quilted landscapes"
January 6-10, 2020
 

Each participant will create one or two landscape quilts along with several small studies. The class will explore different approaches to representing landscape, including those of artists in a variety of media. Sue will then show students how to look at the landscape, analyze it, and translate it to fabric using several fused construction methods to help them each accomplish their goals. For those that are taking this workshop for the second time, a more ambitious project can be pursued. Sue began making landscape images from raw edges, selvedges, and other odds and ends from scrap bags. From there she has gone on to add other techniques and develop a large series of work inspired by wetlands and prairies.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Sue Benner, www.suebenner.com
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Intuitive Acrylic Painting with Joan Fullerton at Tanque Verde Ranch"
January 13-17, 2020
 

Let’s discover deeper meanings to the intricacies of shape, line and color. You’ll learn to coax hints of reality from an abstract background, how to control values and colors for emotional emphasis, and how to suggest rather than delineate. You’ll explore working intuitively, responding to what shows up; working in a series; and learn the mixing and utilizing of neutrals for softer, more ethereal abstracts. We’ll touch on notions of confidence, procrastination, vulnerability, curiosity, courage, play, metaphor, symbolism, and competition. You will create compelling art not only by focusing on technique, but you will discover your unique "content". Beginning students will find encouragement and confidence, while more advanced students will benefit from Joan's insightful solutions to their artistic challenges.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Joan Fullerton, joanfullerton.com
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Sand Dollar: Creative Wool Embellishment"
February 3-7, 2020
 

In this hands-on embellishment class, you will study numerous ways to create texture using neutral-colored threads. Please arrive in class with your base block already appliquéd with 20 circles. We will then spend the week embellishing a one-of-a-kind piece. You will learn many variations of stitches as well as techniques including shadowing, beading, dimensional embroidery, ribbon play, and dimensional art using different stitches and textural threads.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Sue Spargo, www.suespargo.com
Cost: $1,170
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Learn to Paint in Bold Expressive Colors"
February 3-7, 2020
 

Whether you are a complete beginner or just want to take your paintings to the next level, this workshop will help you translate and capture familiar settings in a dramatic and colorful new way. The workshop entails a series of exercises in learning how to simplify scenes into their most basic shapes and values. They will be encouraged to go “beyond the photo,” depart from the literal and get comfortable using colors that communicate a more personal expression. The workshop will take place in both plein air and a studio setting. The goal of the workshop is to push paintings to a bolder outcome through value simplification techniques and more expressive use of color.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Patti Mollica, www.pattimollica.com
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Painting with Wool at Tanque Verde Ranch"
February 10-14, 2020
 

In this workshop students will explore the diversity of using wool fibers as a “painting” medium by diving into the world of two-dimensional needle felting. Needle felting is a process that uses barbed needles to attach fibers to a base textile, often wool felt or linen. Dani will introduce techniques to help students learn how to create different effects with wool fibers, including how to blend, layer, and create different textures to compose beautiful fiber art. Students will also explore how to use color in impactful ways. Other topics will include useful tools for felting, exploring different materials and textiles, the forgiving nature and breadth of the medium, and framing and presentation techniques for wool paintings.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Dani Ives, www.daniives.com
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Perfect Points and Stars with Paper Piecing"
February 10-14, 2020
 

After a very successful retreat at Madeline Island in 2018, Jacqueline is back in the West! Teaching a Masterclass for 5 whole days at a stunning location: Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. Treat yourself to the best! Jacqueline de Jonge loves color, movement, and teaching. Jacqueline will be joining us from the Netherlands to share her unique approach to paper piecing gorgeous quilts. The quilts looks complicated but Jacqueline's unique way of teaching will show you how to make these quilt with confidence. Learn from the best and get all the tips and tricks from Jacqueline herself.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Jacqueline de Jonge, www.becolourful.com
Cost: $875
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Improvisational Exercises: Part I at Tanque Verde Ranch"
November 30 - December 4, 2020
 

This brand new 5-day class has been specifically developed for students desirous of being far more experimental using machine-piecing techniques. Students will be expected to work spontaneously and intuitively with nontraditional quilt-making techniques as they explore design exercises that promote improvisational approaches to composition without benefit of “pre-planning” and “intellectualizing.” The workshop will be used as a basis for flexing muscle memory in developing a more fluid approach to cutting improvisationally all sorts of shapes and lines. Emphasis will be placed on forming new configurations that could be used as the motif or subject matter of a figure/ground composition. Color, and the values of color, from light to dark, will be emphasized in all exercises.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Nancy Crow, www.nancycrow.com
Cost: $875
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Watercolor Without Boundaries at Tanque Verde Ranch"
November 30 - December 4, 2019
 

Watercolor Without Boundaries is a motivational workshop for beginning, as well as experienced painters. Karlyn offers enthusiastic, informational demonstrations and gives individual help enriched by sharing her original finished work. She is an upbeat instructor, who helps the students cultivate a loose, free style of working. She teaches with tireless energy and her high-spirited humorous teaching style makes beginners feel comfortable and challenges the advanced student. The real emphasis is on each student’s individual expression and development of their own painting style. Paint with more confidence and find your own artistic vision. The week will feature floral, landscape and abstract themes. Every day will begin with a demonstration, followed by individual help. Every painting will be critiqued.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Karlyn Holman, karlynholman.com
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


 

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