Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Celebrating Wildlife in Oil"
December 8-12, 2020
 

Starting with an outline of field study and reference gathering, Guy will guide you through the process of building a composition, while sharing his inspiration and knowledge of East Africa. Although there will be reference provided for the class to follow a demonstration painting, he will encourage you to bring in photos of animals or landscapes that have special meaning to you. The demonstration will follow clear steps toward the completion of an oil painting, through image transfer, underpainting, glazing and final rendering of considerate detail. Throughout the workshop Combes will be happy to answer questions about how he markets his work, and how he uses his art to raise awareness and funds for the conservation causes he is involved with.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Guy Combes, www.guycombes.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Beginning Oil Pastel"
December 12, 2020
 

Oil pastels are dynamic, vivid, versatile and extremely forgiving. - Standard oil and acrylic paint could only wish for the versatility of oil pastels. - They will expand your range of artistic expression. The medium is geared for those who love to work with their hands. You mush, squash, push and blend with your fingertips. You apply, texture, carve, scrape and cut away with your palette knife. This workshop will teach you three basic techniques for creating everything from lush landscapes to eye-popping abstracts. By the end of the course, you may even drop oil and acrylic paints altogether and join the growing number of converts to this wonderful medium.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Scott Turner, www.turneronlinegallery.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Still Life: Creating the Illusion of Light Using Color"
Saturdays, December 12 & 19, 2020
 

This modern approach is a fresh take on the still life for artists who love painting outdoors. Learn to simplify and invent. Move beyond painting what you see to creating with color. If you love painting outdoors and impressionism, then you will get a lot from this workshop. Portable easel required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Anton Nowels, www.antonnowels.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Sunshine and Value"
December 14-16, 2020
 

This workshop is an in-depth exploration of the pastel medium. Learn the ins and outs under the tutelage of an experienced painter and teacher, in an engaging, informative, and fun workshop. Prepare to get your hands dirty! In addition to materials, students will be expected to bring their own references to work from, preferably landscape, as this is Christine’s area of expertise, particularly in rendering light effects. All levels of students are welcome, from beginners to advanced. Participants will be expected to have a working knowledge of drawing. Students will be met at their own level, and more advanced pastel painters will be encouraged to stretch, develop and grow in their style of painting, as there will be much individual-at-easel critique.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Christine Debrosky, www.christinedebrosky.com
Cost: $375 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Animals, Figures and Backgrounds"
December 14-17, 2020
 

Over four days, students will breathe life into their paintings by going outside the lines and “getting loose” with their techniques. Each day will begin with a demonstration, followed by plenty of painting time with lots of individual attention from Kim. She will focus on helping students gain confidence painting the human/animal form or portrait, upgrade their ability, and learn to be more analytical of their own paintings. Techniques will include painting shapes and the application of paint with correct values, leaving lost and found edges for interest and movement, and integrating the foreground with the background to make a cohesive painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Cost: $420 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Drawing and Painting the Figurative Subject"
December 14-18, 2020
 

Drawing is fundamentally important to the student interested in painting portraits, nude and costumed subjects. Working from life is always preferable. Studio time will be divided equally between the practices of drawing and painting. Students will work from the model, both nude and costumed. The first half of the class will focus on figure drawing. Academic concepts of “comparative measurement”, “generalized proportions” and “tonal modeling” will be addressed in lecture and practice. The remainder of the class will be devoted to painting the model. The topics of design, color mixing, color temperature and paint application will be discussed. Students will paint both warm and cool lit subjects. This class is open to all levels of experience. Students will receive lots of individualized support.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $625 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Tiny Treasures: Landscapes from Photos"
December 15, 2020
 

Whether students wish to paint a rustic sled in the yard or snowy stoop with a wreath on the door, they can use their favorite landscape photo in this one-day class to focus on painting small jewels. The day will begin with a short demonstration after which Joni will give plenty of individual attention throughout the rest of the day. Students will work on paintings 8 x 10 inches or smaller. Students may use their own photos or choose from those provided. Small paintings may end up as thumbnails for larger canvases, and often are less inhibiting, and frequently become the perfect image for a future holiday card. Come enjoy a fun, stress-free day during this busy season!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joni Falk, www.jonifalk.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Portraits with Character"
January 9, 2021
 

Painting portraits can be intimidating to say the least, but I want to show you how to let go of that fear! In this class you will need some drawing skills behind you to achieve good contour drawings for your paintings. We will dissect the face and put it back together, and from there I will show you how to cross those lines to get good connecting shapes within your subjects and to your backgrounds. We will concentrate on composition, the use of color, lights and darks, and where to use soft and hard edges. Participants will gain confidence, learn to be more analytical of their own and others’ paintings, and upgrade their abilities.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Color Mixing with a Limited Palette"
January 9, 2021
 

This relaxing, one-day class for oil painters is designed to give the artist a really useful method of color mixing to achieve consistent, harmonious paintings. Color Theory doesn’t need to be complicated nor involve lengthy charts to consult. Learn how to use only six oil colors (plus white) to create every color of paint. Using this method will set the artist on the way to mastering color temperature, values, and intensity. Students can say goodbye to purchasing black, yellow ochre, sap green, violet, turquoise and hundreds of other paint colors! Note: It is imperative to purchase the exact oil colors given in the supply list and to use the same brand of paint.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Renee Palmer-Jones
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Suggesting Reality"
January 11-15, 2021
 

Art reveals the evidence of our experiences and values. This workshop will not only reinforce an understanding of composition and form, but will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; how the artist may represent nature in order to reflect on his or her perceptions, experiences and values while also contemplating the important power of content, symbol and abstraction. Douglas demonstrates frequently.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Starting Methods for Beginners in Portraiture"
January 11-15, 2021
 

Tina shares with her students the practical methods she uses in her award-winning portraiture. This workshop is perfect for anyone struggling with portrait painting. Students will learn to see and simplify values, create form, and understand edges and chroma. Tina will demonstrate how to pose and paint from the live model as well as how to photograph the model and how to edit your photos with and without photoshop. She will teach you how to organize your palette to mix realistic colors, values, and temperatures for different skin types and how to achieve an accurate likeness in your portraiture. Each morning Tina will demonstrate and lecture. Then, she will work one-on-one with every artist as they paint. All levels welcome!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Tina Garrett, www.tinagarrett.com
Cost: $625 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting with Intention, with the Goal of Success!"
January 11-14, 2021
 

Learn to see what it is that you want before you start to paint. Stephanie believes that every brushstroke and color should be intentional. She’ll teach you how to think before you apply a brushstroke, making your paintings happen faster and with more accuracy. Learn to mix clean color! Beautiful brush strokes, edges and composition will also be thoroughly explored. And don’t forget values! Learn to paint with confidence and certainty. All levels are welcome to come and work hard, have fun and leave a better and happier painter! Subject matter will be organic, all living things; flowers, fruit, vegetables and leaves...whatever we can find that is beautiful! Oil and Pastel welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Stephanie Birdsall, www.stephaniebirdsall.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figure and Studio Painting"
January 11-15, 2021
 

This intensive five-day workshop is designed for painters who have already had painting experience but would like to continue improving their craftsmanship and visual concept. The workshop will focus on painting from the model as well as studio painting. There will be a deep discussion regarding visual elements such as design, placement of composition, and focal point. Students should bring their own photo reference to the workshop for the studio painting assignment. The instructor will be doing a one-day formal demonstration during the workshop, sharing his thoughts and experience throughout the process.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Huihan Liu, www.huihanliuart.com
Cost: $785 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Monochrome Portrait"
January 16, 2021
 

This beginner’s course will teach students how to build a portrait with basic but foundational techniques. First, the course will cover the appropriate uses of dots, lines, and simple shapes in creating portrait outlines. Students will then build on those outlines with tones and values. Finally, students will learn how to look at each portrait in its full composition to unify the painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: James Jiang
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Seeing the World as a Photograph"
January 16, 2021
 

Phoenix-based artist Joseph Podlesnik will cover the basics of photography. After starting with “gestalt flash drawing”, students will learn some of the languages of pictures through studying photographers, immersing ourselves in the languages of how others see, how framing and design organize the world through photographs. We will also cover camera basics: Aperture, shutter, ISO, lenses/focal length, dynamic range, image formats, RAW images and their use. The course will involve simple image adjustment (dodging/burning), using Adobe Raw and Photoshop software. Critiques will be regular, friendly, and informal – seeing and discussing each other’s work. Noticing how we solve photographic (structural, compositional, expressive) problems will lead to a fulfilling experience for all.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joseph Podlesnik, www.josephpodlesnik.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Expressive Portrait"
January 18-22, 2021
 

Modeling a portrait from life is a fantastic way to study the forms of the human face and head, and improve clay modeling skills. Alicia will break down the important structural elements needed to achieve a likeness, the proportions of the face and head, and the specific forms of the features...as well as how they change in subtle expressions. Students will work from life to create a roughly 3/4 life-size bust in water-based clay on a fixed armature. Teaching methods will include brief lectures, demos, and individual feedback. Alicia will develop a piece alongside students throughout the week and will demonstrate how to construct individual features.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Alicia Ponzio, www.aliciaponzio.com
Cost: $760 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figurative Drawing and Painting"
January 18-22, 2021
 

Learn how to use different methods and techniques in drawing and painting the figure with charcoals and oils. Accurate structures and values will be emphasized in drawing practices, and how it’s been used in paintings. Applications, in both drawing and painting, of line works, rendering of 3D forms, color choices, brush works, edge control, lost and found, composition and design, will all be explained and demonstrated. Different techniques introduced in the book “Henry Yan’s Figure Drawing” will be used in drawing and painting practices. Although it’s a drawing and painting workshop, students can also choose to draw for the entire time of the five-day workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Henry Yan, www.henryyanart.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Portrait"
January 18-22, 2021
 

There are many criteria that go into creating a successful portrait. While capturing a good likeness of the sitter is very important, it’s not enough. A great portrait feels alive, evokes emotion, and captures the viewer through the beauty of its maker’s compositional and aesthetic choices. In this portrait painting workshop, Jeff Hein will discuss what he believes to be the key elements of creating a great portrait. He will discuss creating a concept, formulating good composition and designing of marks, strokes, and color. Jeff will also break down the formal process of painting a head into its most basic parts; drawing, value, and color. As students paint from a live model each day, Jeff will critique and assist on an individual basis.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jeffrey Hein, www.jeffhein.com
Cost: $680 (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


"Simplified Beginnings - Painting the Head from Life in Three Colors"
January 23, 2021
 

If you’ve drawn and painted portraits from photographs but felt intimidated to work from a live model, this one-day class is for you. We will approach painting the model simply, concentrating on basic proportions of the head without concern for capturing a perfect likeness. With a three-color palette, we will divide the head into light and shadow. We will strive to clearly define values by mixing 3 values for the light and two values for the shadow using the three colors plus white. Jean will help you mix beautiful flesh tones in a simple way. Focus will be on creating a strong three-dimensional form and a believable representation of the head. Join Jean for a fun, friendly and informative day.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jean Hildebrant, www.jeanhildebrant.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Bringing the Garden Indoors"
January 25-28, 2021
 

Join Kathy for an indoor garden workshop where the emphasis will be on how to set up a natural feeling “garden” and the importance of a good block-in. During the morning demos, Kathy will show how to create strong value patterns, designing with edges, keeping clean transparent color, and the importance of drawing. In the afternoon, students will paint with one-on-one assistance from Kathy.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathy Anderson, www.kathyandersonstudio.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"A Creative Approach to Floral Compositions"
January 25-28, 2021
 

Each day, Daniel will do a demonstration while discussing the skills necessary for creating beautiful floral paintings using Alla Prima methods. Following each morning’s demo, students will set up floral compositions of their own and paint them from life while receiving one-on-one instruction. During this intensive course, students will receive insight into learning to see correctly and develop an adeptness in the following areas: composition, drawing, color, value and edges.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Daniel J. Keys, www.danieljkeys.com
Cost: $660 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting a Finished Portrait in Four Days"
January 25-28, 2021
 

This workshop will focus on blocking in the costumed figure in a scene; the lighting will be strong and dramatic. Susan does not want to focus on the portrait; instead there will be props, like tables and still life items, to integrate into the painting. We will focus on getting the drawing and values correct using a limited palette. Susan will demonstrate in the mornings for the first three days and the students will paint in the afternoon on the same pose all week. Students will get to paint all day on Thursday.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan Lyon, www.susanlyon.com
Cost: $795 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Drawing for the Painter"
January 29-30, 2021
 

Drawing for the painter (or the impatient) is drawing instruction geared to the artist who is already painting in some aspect but doesn’t spend as much time drawing as they would like. This is a quicker method to an awesome end result. I developed this method to help get beginners comfortably drawing in a 10-hour class. Some drawing or painting background preferred.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jennifer Freeman, www.jenniferemilefreeman.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Explosive Colorful Portrait Painting"
February 1, 2021
 

Do you want a painting that will have explosive colors that are not garish? This will be the class to show you. No matter if you’re working from a limited palette or using many colors, it is the control of the values and temperatures that will make your painting an expressive image. We will be using traditional and non-traditional tools to play with. A canvas and illustrated class notes will be supplied.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jerry Salinas, www.salinasart.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Capturing the Light"
February 1-5, 2021
 

In this workshop, most of the time will be spent indoors, with some painting time spent outdoors as well, weather permitting. Tim is best known for the light in his paintings coupled with strong composition. The primary focus will be how to convey the sense of strong sunlight in a painting by identifying, clarifying, and pushing the values. Exercises will be used to help simplify these concepts. Students will also work on achieving clean color in their paintings and utilize value patterns to aid in developing successful compositions. There will be discussions on materials, scene selection, and brushwork. Tim will create a demonstration painting each day and work with students individually on their paintings throughout the day.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Timothy Horn, www.timhornart.com
Cost: $715 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Oil Painting Essentials"
February 1-5, 2021
 

In this workshop, the core elements of successful oil painting will be explored. Drawing on lessons from his recently published book Oil Painting Essentials, Gregg Kreutz will teach and demonstrate the key factors in getting paintings to come to life. Factors such as how to create drama, how to create depth, how to make the paint dynamic, how to give vibrancy to the light, and other critical issues will be taught through portrait, figure, and still life painting. Kreutz, a celebrated painter and teacher at New York’s Art Students League, believes that a hands-on familiarity with different genres helps painters gain proficiency with whatever subject they choose to paint. Mastering core principles and learning oil painting essentials expands the painter’s options.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Gregg Kreutz, www.greggkreutz.com
Cost: $730 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Bringing Animals to Life"
February 1-5, 2021
 

Building your artistic arsenal while bringing an animal to life is both joyful and powerful. Through daily demonstrations, examples and individual attention, this five-day workshop will enhance your ability to develop and execute paintings that will bring animals to “life.” Most importantly, you will leave with a better awareness and understanding of seeing, drawing and painting in general, while building a deeper appreciation of ways to breathe spirit and personality into the characters that populate your paintings. Bill will address the keys to both artistic and technical growth that will apply to all facets of your work, while bringing greater joy to the process, and improving your result.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: William Suys, www.williamasuys.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Palette Knife Landscape Painting: Lose the Brush!"
Febuary 5-6, 2021
 

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
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Unspoken Rules of Color"
February 6-8, 2021
 

In the beginning of our painting journey, we are all told to paint what we see. If we thoroughly understand the rules of color, creating that illusion of what we see will become a little closer to reality. This is a hands-on workshop with brief demonstrations, as well as one-on-one instruction that will be given to exercise the objective. Students will work from the live model as reference.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Maczuga, www.michaelmaczuga.com
Cost: $415 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portrait Sculpture from Photo Reference"
February 8-12, 2021
 

This is the portrait class where you choose who to portray. I believe that we bring more energy and commitment to sculpting a loved one or inspirational character. We will also have live models for those who wish to work from life. Students may wish to do a relief portrait and/or a 3-D portrait in the round. One of the most critical factors is selecting suitable photos that show structural information (I will provide a guide in advance of the class with suggestions for taking photos of your subject and avoiding problems that happen with lighting and distortion). We will still cover the same basic structural and anatomical information needed to give the head integrity.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eugene Daub, www.eugenedaub.com
Cost: $760 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Head Construction"
February 8-9, 2021
 

The ability to produce a great portrait is more than just copying what is in front of you. Head construction is a complex and intricate skill gained through time and practice. Understanding the construction of the human head allows you to enhance and create portraits either in a traditional classical format or in one where your imagination has no limit. In this course you will begin to analyze individual pieces of the head and how they fit together. This is not an illustration class, but one that will teach you how to pick and choose the story that will go on your canvas.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Tracy Schacht, www.tracyschacht.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Urban Landscapes: Interpreting Photos to Create Contemporary Impressionistic Paintings"
February 8-9, 2021
 

Learn to create beautiful, dramatic and moody paintings using expressive and vibrant brushstrokes. The emphasis is going to be on composition, correct values, color temperature and edges. There will be short demos and plenty of individual attention throughout the three-day workshop. Photo references are going to be provided. Participants will be encouraged to interpret rather than replicate a photo, using vibrant brush marks, tools, imagination, and creativity. We’ll have fun and be inspired!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Vanya Allison, www.vanyaallison.com
Cost: $350 (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


"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
February 10-14, 2021
 

Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall will demonstrate the techniques, and instill the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted’s daily demonstrations and presentations, he will share his personal approach to painting. Plus, he will introduce the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. Significant time is also allowed for one-on-one instruction in an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost: $700 (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


"The Figure: Arriving at Full Color"
February 12-16, 2021
 

This advanced workshop will explore Alla Prima painting in a progressive study from bold, accurate, monochromatic structure, reinterpreting this into color temperature, followed by directly relating these practices to a sensitive full-color understanding. There will be demos and one-on-one instruction. This intensive workshop will also avail students opportunities for open discussions of questions that sincere, passionate figural painters encounter. Students will be asked to explore what they wish to bring to their paintings of the figure. They will use the model to discover what painting problems (e.g. drawing, anatomy, paint quality, color, edges), or perhaps, what conceptual questions and creative directions intrigue them. Together with Rose, students will navigate what it is to be a painter who strives to be an artist.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rose Frantzen, www.oldcityhallgallery.com
Cost: $840 (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


"Quick Sketch Figure Painting"
February 15-19, 2021
 

Kim professes, “Immediacy is important not only because it is often the nature of people, but for me, it is the most instinctive way to paint.” In this workshop, students will concentrate on developing their ability to paint quickly and accurately, a skill that can be useful in many situations. Students will work from models in natural situations (chatting, playing music, walking around, but not strictly “posed”) both indoors and outdoors. The goal of this workshop is not to create a finished painting, but numerous very quick, spontaneous, yet controlled studies. Portable easel required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim English
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"How to Construct a Painting in the Studio"
February 15-19, 2021
 

In this workshop, Joseph will guide students through his process for constructing a painting in the studio setting. The workshop will be structured to show the various phases a painting goes through from conception to completion. He will speak on the proper use of photo reference, how to develop a concept as a tool for storytelling, as well as the technical challenges on how to compose and design a painting. Joseph will work one-on-one, as well as paint along with students in order to demonstrate his process. Students will primarily work from photographs provided by the instructor. The goal of the workshop is to complete one to two full-sized paintings. A class critique will be given on the final afternoon.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joseph Lorusso, www.josephlorussofineart.com
Cost: $695 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portrait Painting FAQ"
February 19-21, 2021
 

This advanced workshop will explore “Alla Prima” portrait painting and the frequently asked questions that can best help artists to navigate what they are seeing. What questions can artists ask themselves to better see the colors, values, edges, and proportions of the model? How can these questions contribute to a sensitive relationship between seeing, attention, and the quality of the experience with the model? Along with a demo, there will be a great deal of one-on-one instruction. Students will be asked to explore what they wish to bring to their portrait paintings, using the model as a conduit for discovering what painting problems (e.g. drawing, anatomy, paint quality, color, edges) or perhaps, what conceptual questions and creative directions intrigue them.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rose Frantzen, www.oldcityhallgallery.com
Cost: $600 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Sparkle & Shine: Reflections & Glass"
February 20, 2021
 

Do you like the sparkle of highlights on crystal and the shine of silver and gold? Explore the challenge of painting glass and metallic objects in watercolor! Artists through centuries have been compelled to portray them in their artwork. In this workshop, students will study and explore ways to approach this most intriguing of subjects in the challenging medium of watercolor. Learn about glazing for color and depth and lifting for soft highlights. Students will do some practice paintings covering both metallic and transparent surfaces. There will be an elaborate set-up staged for a larger painting. Students will work from the actual set-up as well as taking photographs of the still life to continue and finish at home.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Cynthia Peterson, www.cynthiapetersonfineart.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Acrylic Landscape Painting"
Saturdays, February 20 & 27, 2021
 

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: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painters of America"
February 22-26, 2021
 

This workshop will focus on the foundational principles required to complete successful landscape paintings in the field. A solid understanding of drawing, value, design, and color is fundamental when it comes to analyzing the subject at hand and completing a solid painting. We will cover these principals in depth and discuss how they apply to organic form which is so commonly found in a natural environment. Participants should expect plenty of personal attention and daily demos. This class is open to all skill levels. On Monday, students will attend an all-day lecture series during which each instructor will lecture for approximately one hour. There will be four days of instruction (Tuesday-Friday). There will also be an artist panel Thursday, 6-8pm.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Matt Smith, Mitch Baird, Dan Young, Skip Whitcomb
Cost: $850 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Dog as Fine Art"
February 22-25, 2021
 

Dogs are front and center in this dynamic workshop. If you are looking to up your game, this is the class for you. Several live animals participate to inspire and inform your efforts. There will be plenty of demos but everyone jumps right in on the first day with fun, mind-altering exercises. You won’t even know you’re working but results will be apparent as each day we build on previous work. You will fall in love with a “modified” limited palette as it will quickly move you forward preparing you for a full complement of color on the last day. There’s never a loss of fun and laughs while getting some serious work done.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Johanne Mangi, www.johannemangi.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Simplified Beginnings-Sargent Study with Three Color Palette"
February 26-27, 2021
 

In this two-day workshop, we will concentrate on mixing flesh tones from only 3 colors. You will discover the beautiful array of color that can be mixed with just one red, one yellow and one blue! Using John Singer Sargent’s beautiful portrait, we will discover how we can match the colors and values that he employed. Each student will draw the sketch, dividing the portrait into light and shadow patterns. Jean will then demonstrate how to mix an average flesh tone for the shadow and the light. Time will be spent seeing the correct values and mixing those values in color. The second day, Jean will instruct students on mixing an array of colors, matching what we find in this masterful portrait.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jean Hildebrant, www.jenahildebrant.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figure Drawing for the Painter"
February 27, 2021
 

In this one-day class, students will learn various drawing techniques from an accomplished figure painter. Students will learn how to accurately measure the proportions of the head and figure while working from the model. Line, shape, and tonal relationships will be explored through exercises designed to strengthen anatomical understanding and the rendering of the forms. Students will work in a variety of drawing mediums and be exposed to many techniques for their application and use. We will draw on white, toned and black paper with charcoal, graphite, conte, and pastel. The length of pose will vary from the relatively short gestural pose to the long formatted tonal rendering of the subject. For all levels of experience.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air with Mark Boedges"
March 1-5, 2021
 

This workshop will focus primarily on giving students the tools to render authentic light by carefully using correct values and rigorously maintaining color temperature relationships between light and shadow. Portable equipment and transportation required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Boedges, www.markboedges.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Kogan Method"
March 1-11, 2021
 

This three-part course explores Simon Kogan’s process of creating 2D and 3D works of art that have form, structure, mass, energy, mood, and movement. Students will use composition and design to create art that has presence, expression and emotion. Join Simon on this artistic exploration of anatomy and drawing, sculpture, and painting and how the Kogan Method gives you the skills and freedom to take your art to the next level! In this three-part course students will start with the understanding and use of line, then advance to form and space, and finish with the final workshop culminating in application of color.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $1075 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Anatomy and Drawing"
March 1-3, 2021
 

This anatomy class is a must for all artists, 3-D and 2-D, working in any medium. Simon covers each body part, not medical dissection, but conceptually, toward an understanding of movement and form for the needs of the artist: how a joint moves, how far you can “push” it for expressions’ sake, and when you will “break” it. This workshop will empower students’ drawing and will increase their understanding and freedom to manipulate the figure in space. Students will create an anatomy textbook of their own, forever a useful resource. Simon will show students how to be happy with the way they draw. Students can use pencil, chalk, charcoal, brush, stick, or anything that leaves a mark on paper.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Wiegardt’s Painterly Watercolors"
March 1-5, 2021
 

This is a workshop for those who wish to loosen up in watercolor. Painting techniques and a philosophy of design will encourage bold, loose paintings. Eric believes most painting problems are the violation of an elementary painting principle. Lectures will be easily understood and helpful. It is recommended that the student have minimal previous experience. There will be ample time for students to try the concepts presented in a safe environment. Eric will do a completed painting demonstration daily. Subject matter may include land, marine, and streetscapes, florals and interiors.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eric Wiegardt, www.ericwiegardt.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portrait and Figure: Drawing and Alla Prima"
March 1-5, 2021
 

This class will explore both the organized and elegant manner of classical drawing, and the dynamic, fresh approach of contemporary Alla Prima painting. Though each style has a distinctive character, together they provide the artist with a more complete understanding of artistic technique. The first part of the week will focus on drawing methods with an emphasis on form and light. The later part will concentrate on the spirited technique of Alla Prima, (“wet into wet” application of oil paint) which will center on color and paint dynamics. Demonstrations will be given each day which will illustrate each approach.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Liberace, www.robertliberace.com
Cost: $865 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Beautiful Florals"
March 4, 2021
 

Hedi Moran’s class will focus on the process of creating impressionistic floral still-life. Emphasis will be on basic concepts of composition, and the importance of transparent color lay-in. Effective use of light and temperature to create vivid and lively oil paintings will also be covered, along with how to use soft and hard edges in and around the focal point. The painting process begins with laying in rough shapes (not objects) with initial colors. Refining the painting starts in the focal area and moves outward from there, with the paint getting thicker, edges sharper and color contrasts strengthened. The entire painting is worked at the same time, so that all elements come together simultaneously.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Hedi Moran, www.hedimoranfineart.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"One-Way Trip to Composing Sculpture"
March 5-7, 2021
 

Composition is often mistaken for design. Designing is thoughtfully organizing placement- it requires an experienced, educated, intelligent eye, taste and certain elegance. Composing is none of the above. It’s transcending the raw experience and observation, living it all again in a new, unknown form. Composing is a much more carnal, visceral, unruly process, whereas design is much more planned, logical and ruled. Making the block of clay exude emotions is composing - that is the art of sculpting. The workshop will focus on observing the model and sculpting what students have not seen before. Simon will teach students how to breathe emotions into the clay and how to truly experience sculpting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Incorporating Reference in the Studio"
March 6-9, 2021
 

This workshop will cover Russell’s approach to landscape painting. We will explore the painter's tools of color, value, composition etc., and how this can be used to develop strong painting themes. Students will need to bring their own adequate reference for this indoor workshop, field studies, combined with photographs, drawings etc. The class will include a combination of demos and lectures with PowerPoint presentations.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: G. Russell Case, www.russellcase.com
Cost: $795 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Acrylic Portrait"
Saturdays, March 6 & 13, 2021
 

Students will work directly from live models while learning how to capture a likeness, simplify values, and mix light-filled color while learning the fundamentals of working with this expressive fast-dry medium that can be easily mistaken for oil paint. We will cover ideal proportions, facial features, and how to achieve the illusion of three- dimensional form. Demonstrations and individual attention provided. This class is perfect for those new to acrylic paints and those looking to transition from solvent-based mediums.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Edward Sprafkin, www.sprafkinart.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Investigating the Modern Portrait"
March 8-12, 2021
 

The focus of this workshop will be advanced life painting and drawing methods to investigate the underlying rhythm, expression and emotion of the modern portrait. Students will work to develop clarity of vision essential for accurate observation; learning to focus on what is in front of them without being overwhelmed. Through this intensive observation, students will explore the uniqueness of individual features and their relationship to each other as part of a coherent whole. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the structure of the model, as well as the artist’s analysis and interpretation. Students will execute preliminary drawings before moving on to full-scale oil paintings. Instruction will include practical technical information on paint qualities, pigments, palette, mediums, and paint supports.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Jon Kassan, www.davidkassan.com
Cost: $735 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Drawing the Portrait from Life"
March 8-11, 2021
 

In this four-day workshop, students will create a finished portrait drawing from life. Emphasis will be placed on value control and edges. By focusing on deliberate pencil pressure and maintaining accurate mass relationships rather than rendering, the application of hatched directional marks creates form and energy. Students will use the method of relative sizing to transcribe the portrait to their paper. Class discussions will include how to accurately judge values, edges and forms while working from life. This workshop aims to guide students toward creating a drawing from life using traditional drawing techniques. Shana will demo from the model for the first three hours of class and the students will work the second three hours of class with guided instruction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Shana Levenson, www.shanalevenson.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Composing in Color"
March 9-11, 2021
 

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: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Tiny Treasures: Landscapes from Photos"
March 10, 2021
 

Students can use their favorite landscape photo in this class to focus on painting small jewels. The day will begin with a short demonstration after which Joni will give plenty of individual attention throughout the rest of the day. Students will work on paintings 8 x 10 or smaller. Students may use their own photos or choose from those provided. Small paintings may end up as thumbnails for larger canvases, and often are less inhibiting, and frequently become the perfect image for a future holiday card. Come enjoy a fun, stress-free class!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joni Falk, www.jonifalk.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Create Moving Atmosphere in the Landscape"
March 11-14, 2021
 

Light and atmospheric forces act upon the landscape to create a story, and it’s up to you as the artist to decide how to tell it. Join award-winning artist Kathleen Hudson as she reveals how she infuses her landscapes with atmosphere. Students will learn how to see subtle color and value shifts that give their paintings depth. They will also learn tools for effective self-critique so they can strengthen their own work. Each morning will feature a presentation and demonstration, and then exercises for students focusing on value and composition. Afternoons will be devoted to one-on-one instruction. Student’s studies during the first three days will lead to a finished (or at least near-finished!) studio landscape painting by the final day.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathleen Hudson, www.kathleenbhudson.com
Cost: $600 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figure in Lace"
March 12-14, 2021
 

There are so many nuances when painting lace fabric. In this workshop, Shana will talk about the structure of painting lace and sheer fabric on forms as well as seeing beyond the photo reference and finding the colors beyond what is there. Photo reference will be provided and the lace fabric the students are working from will be in the studio live so that the students can see in detail what the lace feels and looks like. Learning to paint lace doesn’t have to be intimidating. This workshop will allow students to approach lace with more confidence and to see beyond every thread to create character and luminosity to the fabric. Students will be able to take the information for painting lace and incorporate these concepts into other parts of future paintings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Shana Levenson, www.shanalevenson.com
Cost: $400 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Alla Prima Speed Portraits with a Limited Palette"
March 12-14, 2021
 

Gaining the ability to work quickly and precisely is key to your development as a painter. Alla Prima painting with a timer, forces you to simplify and focus on big shapes - the secret behind all great works. In this workshop Dominique will provide frequent demos, breaking down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps, as well as critique and instruct each session. We will work with a systematic technique and use a limited palette of seven colors that will help us refine our understanding of color relationships. We will focus on the four main aspects of a portrait: Proportion, Value, Color, and Edge. Practicing this way will sharpen your observation and take your skill to a new level.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dominique Medici, www.dominiquemedici.com
Cost: $395 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure in Oil: In Studio and Plein Air"
March 15-19, 2021
 

In this workshop, the figure will be the subject matter; however, the focus will be on improving drawing skills and seeing values and colors correctly, along with understanding their relationships to each other. There will be daily demonstrations emphasizing the big shapes and establishing their relationships correctly. This provides a springboard to adding additional information, if the individual artist desires. Students will experience many specific assignments, which will help them to “get to the point a little more quickly.” Be ready to cover a lot of canvas and to “learn through earnest mileage.” Students will receive plenty of one-on-one instruction and individual demonstrations will be given as needed. Portable easel required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Peggi Kroll-Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Cost: $720 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Techniques and Composition for Dramatic Wildlife Painting"
March 15-19, 2021
 

Discover approaches and techniques for creating dynamic wildlife paintings. Beginning with an abbreviated lecture on the principles of design and composition and the fundamentals of painting and how they translate into dramatic wildlife paintings, Dustin will then guide students through the process of creating a wildlife work from concept to completion — each day focusing on a fundamental aspect of the process. Techniques for overcoming the limitations of reference photography and using reference and field studies to realize the student’s idea, understanding form, design, and color to create drama as well as introducing painting techniques that will enhance one’s work are just some of the vital components of wildlife painting that will be covered in this workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dustin Van Wechel, www.dustinvanwechel.com
Cost: $635 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint with an Understanding of the Masters"
March 15-19, 2021
 

Robert Johnson is an OPA Master. His workshop in oils will focus on developing an understanding of the essential elements of painting that have been passed on through the centuries. Brush strokes will be heavily emphasized as a 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-life, florals, and the portrait will be the subject matter of the workshop and students can feel free to choose a subject or subjects they wish to paint. Robert will demonstrate the still life and portrait. The workshop is open to all levels.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Johnson, www.robertjohnsonart.com
Cost: $680 (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


"The Traveler’s Creative Sketchbook"
March 20, 2021
 

Learn an exciting new way to bring your travels home. Creating a travel sketchbook can enhance one's experience and connection to this new world of exploration. Students will come home from their next trip with less photos, less stress and possibly some new ideas to incorporate into their everyday life and work. This class includes drawing, painting and writing, but no experience is necessary to learn Jane's favorite Travel Sketchbook techniques!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jane Barton, www.janebartonstudio.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Alla Prima: Painting the Portrait and Figure from Life"
March 22-26, 2021
 

This workshop is designed to create a relaxed, fun, informative, yet intense working environment. Romel will demonstrate every morning his approach to painting the portrait and figure from life, using Alla Prima (a style of painting where, instead of building colors up with layers or glazing over an underpainting, the painting is completed while the paint is still wet) with the emphasis on improving color, drawing skills, value relationships, edges, and capturing the “feeling” of light. Learn to use the elements that make a painting stronger and exciting: creative use of color and edges, visual movement, paint application, brush handling, distribution of abstract shapes and strong design. Romel will also explain how to set up the model and lighting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Romel de la Torre, www.romeldelatorreart.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Putting Radiant Light into your Paintings"
March 22-26, 2021
 

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. Make colors sing! Students will spend time examining photo references to become familiar with warm and cool light. Seventeen different light effects that happen out in the real world will be examined along with the color of the shadows and the shaping features. Think of this workshop as the study of light.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan Diehl, www.diehlfineart.com
Cost: $665 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Sketch and Quick Studies to Studio"
March 22-25, 2021
 

This workshop will be about efficiency in collecting field sketches and converting them to studio paintings. Students will be catching those moments in the day that make the Sonoran Desert the worthwhile subject matter that it is to paint. There are also specific exercises designed to see and capture the essence of a scene which will be presented during the workshop. With their fresh field sketches in hand, students will be painting in the studio, combining the color from the field with the information from their cameras. Students will be working with both to produce studio pieces where all aspects of this process will be condensed and consolidated: color, design, drawing, and personal expression.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ray Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Cost: $635 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Negative Painting with Watercolor"
March 22-25, 2021
 

Discover the exciting results of negative painting! This is a technique of painting around an object (negative space) to define it in the composition. Create interesting shapes and depth by building transparent glazes, overlapping and interlocking shapes. Build confidence in handling glazes, wet into wet, changing colors and more. Students will develop a stronger understanding of color pigments and how they directly relate to the complex medium of watercolor. Students will benefit from daily demonstrations, friendly critiques, and one-on-one help.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Still Life: Interpreting Photos to Create Contemporary Impressionist Paintings"
March 26-28, 2021
 

Learn to create beautiful, dramatic and moody still life paintings. The emphasis is going to be on composition, correct values, color temperature and edges. There will be short demos and plenty of individual attention throughout the three-day workshop. Photo references will be provided, or students may bring their own, keeping the composition simple (four or fewer objects) with a strong light contrast. Participants will be encouraged to interpret rather than replicate a photo, using vibrant brush marks, tools, imagination and creativity. We’ll have fun and be inspired!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Vanya Allison, www.vanyaallison.com
Cost: $350 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstracting the Landscape"
March 26, 2021
 

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


"Sculpting Faces"
March 27-28, 2021
 

This class will be a fun exploration of faces, human or animal, and as representational or whimsical as you like. Using hand building and modeling techniques, students will create three dimensional faces that can be displayed on the wall when completed. Jane will discuss basic facial anatomy, proportion and expression. She will demonstrate how to establish structure, model features and apply ceramic underglazes. We will not be working from a live model. Students may wish to bring images as inspiration but be prepared to work intuitively and have fun with the clay.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jane Kelsey-Mapel, www.janekelseymapel.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Dramatic Painting with Pastels"
March 27-28, 2021
 

This is a quick gestural study of learning to incorporate pastels into your practice. Pastels are great for capturing quick studies for future work as well as a stand-alone medium! Fabulous when you don’t have time to paint or clean up but want to get some time in the studio. They don’t require a huge investment; in fact, you can build a pastel with the three primaries which we will be covering in class.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jennifer Freeman, www.jenniferemilefreeman.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figurative Painting"
March 29 - April 2, 2021
 

Milt Kobayashi will take students through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the effect light has on form. By mid-week, he will be taking students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem-solving and hopefully enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Cost: $785 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figurative Painting for 2 Weeks"
March 29 - April 9, 2021
 

Milt Kobayashi will take students through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the effect light has on form. By mid-week, he will be taking students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem-solving and hopefully enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Cost: $1,370 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Discover a New Way of Seeing Color"
March 29 - April 2, 2021
 

This workshop introduces a way of seeing and using color to paint outdoor light; capturing the time and type of day by expressing the various light keys of nature. The first two days, students will paint outdoor still life (crucial study that will prepare students to tackle the landscape on Wednesday and Thursday). On Friday, students will study the clothed figure outdoors. Students are encouraged to bring original artwork or photos and talk to Camille about their vision as artists during the week. Camille is an acknowledged authority on color that regularly serves as an entry and awards judge. Portable easel required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Camille Przewodek, www.przewodek.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figures in Landscapes"
March 29 - April 2, 2021
 

Truman Hosner teaches a natural way to draw and paint the figure outdoors and inserting it into the landscape. In the tradition of painters like Joaquin Sorolla, he uses observation techniques of light, shadow, and temperature to show the student how to develop fast, natural approaches to working with the figure en plein air.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: William Hosner, www.wtrumanhosner.com
Cost: $700 (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


"Watercolor Sketching for Beginners"
April 2-3, 2021
 

This is a wonderful class for beginners. Students will spend their time painting from life and photos in the studio. With good weather they may paint outdoors on the School grounds. Shop Amery’s supply list to buy the portable notebook, watercolor palette, and brushes. Bring everything to class and learn how to use this expressive medium. Watercolors operate very differently than oil or pastel. A lot of the fun is in how one lets the colors dry and flow. Students will break down the different techniques of watercolor into simple steps. Then, they will learn how to apply them in real situations.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Still Life: Creating the Illusion of Light Using Color"
Saturdays, April 3 & 10, 2021
 

This modern approach is a fresh take on the still life for artists who love painting outdoors. Learn to simplify and invent. Move beyond painting what you see to creating with color. If you love painting outdoors and impressionism, then you will get a lot from this workshop. Portable easel required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Anton Nowels, www.antonnowels.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figurative Painting"
April 5-9, 2021
 

Milt Kobayashi will take students through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the effect light has on form. By mid-week, he will be taking students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem-solving and hopefully enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Cost: $785 (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


"Botanical Abstraction"
April 5, 2021
 

Take your watercolor botanical paintings to the next level by abstracting your images while focusing on winning design principles. Instructor will provide flower photos and demonstrate different ways to decide color harmonies and exciting design possibilities. Students will work out their ideas with color studies before moving onto their final piece.
 
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


"Portrait Painting in Layers"
April 6-9, 2021
 

Capturing a likeness is among the most elusive yet emotionally satisfying of artistic endeavors and a good drawing is undoubtedly the most critical component in achieving a good result. In this four-day workshop Joshua will walk students through the steps necessary to create a luminous, indirect portrait painting from life, beginning with a drawing in graphite and white chalk. Demonstration and critiques will center around the principles of form and how to understand and achieve the illusion of three-dimensions. By better understanding the importance of form the student will gain new insight into values, structure, expression and indeed, color.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joshua LaRock, www.joshualarock.com
Cost: $750 (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


"Focusing on the Facial Features for the Artist"
April 12-16, 2021
 

Students will do exercises working from reference and live models to improve their understanding of the facial features. Jerry will thoroughly address the nose, eyes, ears and mouth. Students will learn to simplify the anatomy and structure of the planes of the face. Jerry will also discuss value and lighting and how to expose the facial features to a proper light source to show the halftones, highlights and shadows to create a realistic three-dimensional form. Colors of the facial zones will also be explained and practiced. Individual attention will be given to each student. A packet of class notes will be emailed to each student. This class is open to all levels, digital and drawing mediums are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jerry Salinas, www.jerrysalinas.com
Cost: $650 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Color Mixing with a Limited Palette"
April 12-13, 2021
 

This exciting two-day class is designed to give the artist a really useful method of color mixing to achieve consistent, harmonious paintings, and to then apply those skills to palette knife painting. Color Theory doesn’t need to be complicated nor involve lengthy charts to consult. Learn how to use only six oil colors (plus white) to create every color of paint. Using this method will set the artist on the way to mastering color temperature, values, and intensity. Students can say goodbye to purchasing black, yellow ochre, sap green, violet, turquoise and hundreds of other paint colors! Note: It is imperative to purchase the exact oil colors given in the supply list and to use the same brand of paint.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Renee Palmer-Jones
Cost: $225 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure and Color"
April 14-17, 2021
 

This workshop will focus on an analytical and emotive approach to painting the human figure with an emphasis on color and value relationships. The development of form through an observation and interpretation of plane shifts projecting and receding from the eye will be stressed. Aspects of anatomy, proportion and movement will be discussed along with the development of an Alla Prima technique, which involves both scumbling and glazing. Steven will guide you with techniques for dealing with the changes that occur as a model poses, learning to hold and interpret what you see with a selective eye. Each day will consist of lectures, demos and one-on-one critiques. Students will benefit from Steven’s representational style and extensive knowledge of the human figure.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Steven Assael, www.stevenassael.com
Cost: $850 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Quick Sketch Crash Course!"
April 17, 2021
 

Students will explore rhythms of the human form using charcoal as their medium. They will draw the figure from short poses, focusing on capturing essential elements to convey action, movement, and weight distribution. Students will learn how to identify the flow or lines of the body that activate the figure and add life to their drawings. The class will also focus on methods to improve drawing dexterity and sensitivity and explore different types of mark-making including linear and mass conceptions of the form.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Matt Dickson, www.mattdickson.net
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Seeing the World as a Photograph"
April 17, 2021
 

Phoenix-based artist Joseph Podlesnik will cover the basics of photography. After starting with “gestalt flash drawing”, students will learn some of the languages of pictures through studying photographers, immersing ourselves in the languages of how others see, how framing and design organize the world through photographs. We will also cover camera basics: Aperture, shutter, ISO, lenses/focal length, dynamic range, image formats, RAW images and their use. The course will involve simple image adjustment (dodging/burning), using Adobe Raw and Photoshop software. Critiques will be regular, friendly, and informal – seeing and discussing each other’s work. Noticing how we solve photographic (structural, compositional, expressive) problems will lead to a fulfilling experience for all.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joseph Podlesnik, www.josephpodlesnik.com
Cost: $95 (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, bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $630 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Modeling the Horse and Other Animals"
April 19-22, 2021
 

Students will have the option of choosing the animal they would like to sculpt from dogs and cats to horses and wildlife. Students will learn fast, effective armature building, and Rod’s techniques for modeling heart and souls into their animals. Rod’s known for his expressive animal sculptures, based on solid proportions, but not derived from extensive math or measuring. All reference will be from photos, models, and studying other art. Students can expect to finish a medium-sized clay model, suitable for bronze casting during the week. Rod Zullo, Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, has years of experience teaching sculpture. Many of Rod’s students have advanced in their careers because of his mentoring and enthusiastic approach to living as an artist.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rod Zullo, www.rodzullo.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Suggesting Reality & Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety"
April 19-30, 2021
 

Through lecture and demonstration, these workshops will reinforce the student’s understanding of composition, form and various methods of applying paint. They will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance. Students will work on specific assignments, exploring ways of simplifying and abstracting the subject while adding endless variety to the marks and colors used.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $1200 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Suggesting Reality"
April 19-23, 2021
 

Art reveals the evidence of our experiences and values. This workshop will not only reinforce an understanding of composition and form, but will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; how the artist may represent nature in order to reflect on his or her perceptions, experiences and values while also contemplating the important power of content, symbol and abstraction. Douglas demonstrates frequently.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Still Life with a Strong Light and Shadow Concept"
April 19-23, 2021
 

In this workshop, Elizabeth will discuss the concept of painting strong light and shadows, along with painting with emotion and not just copying what is seen. Elizabeth will do daily demonstrations and discuss important concepts such as composition, temperature changes, edges, and seeing things as shapes. There will be a strong emphasis on painting florals and vases.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Elizabeth Robbins, www.elizabethrobbinsart.com
Cost: $655 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Portraits from Life"
April 23-25, 2021
 

In this workshop, Annette will guide students through her practical approach for drawing and painting the portrait in watercolor working from a live model. She will cover how to draw a convincing head through observation of facial structure, features, and shadow pattern. She will also explain materials, techniques for handling color, mixing flesh tones, brushwork, and controlling edges. In addition, Annette will discuss water to paint ratio, and how to control the medium when painting vertically. There will be a demo each morning with time for students to draw and paint in the afternoon. The first day, students will concentrate on smaller, quick studies to gain confidence with techniques. This class is geared toward having fun and painting expressively in watercolor.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Annette Smith, www.annettesmithfineart.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Fundamentals of Painting"
April 25-26, 2021
 

This workshop will go over the fundamentals of painting with emphasis on portrait. Students will utilize preliminary studies in charcoal and transition into painting within these two days. Students will learn how to paint form and capture the essence of the sitter. The focus will be on simplification by minimal use of values and using a variety of edges to create form. The methods used in the workshop can also be used in painting most subject matters. Personalized and individual critiques will take place while the model is posing, to ensure live feedback. Remelle will go over techniques and methods on how to paint from life.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Remelle Tanhueco, www.remellefinearts.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Developing the Figure through Drawing and Painting"
April 26-29, 2021
 

Learn how to paint the human figure starting with a drawing and progressing to painting from the live model. Students will learn a systematic technique via painting models holding short and long poses. The great paintings throughout history always have a beautiful balance of proportion, value, color, and edge. These aspects are what give power and presence to one’s work. Figure painting is deeply rewarding, engaging, and bound to take one’s appreciation and skill to the next level. Aristides provides frequent demos, breaking down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps, as well as critique and instruction each session.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Juliette Aristides, www.aristidesarts.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Dynamics of Art: Composition and Color"
April 26-30, 2021
 

The dynamic power of composition and color will be the beginning of this adventure. Working from photos, students will look for key areas including light and dark values, edges, lines and blocks of color as a warm-up to composing a dynamic composition. Next comes taking those photos/sketches and painting them on “thumbnails” (small paintings or sketches on paper or canvas) where students will be experimenting with their composition and color. Moving on to decide which “thumbnail” to use as a start for their painting, students will compose the subject they decide on to begin work with their canvases or panels. Throughout this creative time, there will be demos, individual help and group or solo critiques.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dinah Worman, www.dkworman.com
Cost: $865 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety"
April 26-30, 2021
 

Through lecture and demonstration, this workshop will reinforce the student’s understanding of composition, form and various methods of applying paint. Somewhat different and more advanced than the workshop “Suggesting Reality” (April 19-23), students will work on specific assignments, exploring ways of simplifying and abstracting the subject while adding endless variety to the marks and colors used. Students will be shown multiple ways of starting and building a painting (both direct and indirect procedures such as Alla Prima and glazing) and ways of simplifying their palette preparation. This workshop inspires a more experimental approach, discovering new tools, methods, materials, as well as adjusting elements of the painting, such as the value key/color palette, shapes and edges.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Dynamic Still Life"
April 27-30, 2021
 

Paint looser, and more confidently during this four-day workshop with Oregon artist Sarah Sedwick! Take a step-by-step approach to Alla Prima oil painting, from black-and- white studies to brilliant color. Build a beautiful composition with life and movement, get a new perspective on the still life, and learn tips for bringing inspiration to your home studio practice. Students will cover the basics of value and composition design, and do quick, fun exercises to focus on loose, energetic brushwork before creating a finished piece. Sarah will demonstrate and work with each student individually. Painters of all levels are welcome. Instruction will be in oils.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sarah Sedwick, www.sarahsedwick.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Essentials of Classic Italian Sculpting: A Portrait Study"
April 30 - May 2, 2021
 

Sculptor Alex Manzanares brings back from Italy the sculpting methods acquired from his years of study in Florence and Rome. In this three-day workshop, students will be sculpting a 3/4-life portrait using water-based clay. Working from a live model, students will learn how to measure accurately, establish and maintain symmetry, identify conceptual planes, and develop a working process of larger to smaller forms. Lectures in this workshop will include information on sculpting tools, key landmarks of the skull, major planes and structures, as well as nuances of the features. Alex will guide you through the entire portrait sculpting process, from the initial clay application, to composition and final finishing techniques to achieve a likeness of the subject.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Alex Manzanares, www.alexmanzanares.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Color Mixing"
May 1-2, 2021
 

The ability to understand color can easily be broken down into logical methodical elements. First, we will learn how to mix what we see by defining a color in terms of hue, saturation, and value. With this method, students will gain the capability to match any color with ease. Next, we will discuss the use for a split primary palette, and the effects of transparent color. Students will understand the strengths and limitations of every color on and off their palette. Students will then see how to choose their palette for each painting to support their specific color goal.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jessica Garrett Lawrence
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Oil Painting from Sketch to Studio"
May 3-5, 2021
 

This class will teach you my favorite tricks for turning small studies into large studio works. You will learn how to choose a good subject and how to turn it into a compelling composition. Class will begin with a simple demonstration of creating a sketch and color study. Students will then be able to make their own studies to prepare them to work larger. The following days of the workshop will be your opportunity to work on your studio piece. Amery will walk you through transferring your idea onto the large canvas and then how to color match from your study. Please bring multiple reference images for this class.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portrait Drawing in Charcoal to Limited Palette"
May 3-7, 2021
 

This workshop will focus on developing drawing skills for representational portraits and explore the dry medium. Students will learn the key concepts of portraits as well as the fundamentals of drawing. The instructor will teach and share her knowledge of portrait drawing that includes the techniques of charcoal and other dry mediums like Da Vinci’s Red Chalk and monochromatic/limited colors of pastels. The goal of this workshop is to experience different ways of using different mediums to give you an opportunity to discover your own passion for portrait and find your best medium for your own style.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sookyi Lee, www.sookyilee.com
Cost: $600 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Tapping into your Inner Voice"
May 3-7, 2021
 

Have you ever wondered if what you’re doing in your work as an artist is truly what you’re supposed to be doing? This workshop is intended to serve as a vehicle to aid in finding your path. We will open up dialogue and explore creative ways to meet this challenge. The purpose of this workshop is not about the utilization of tools or learning specific painting techniques. It’s more about finding out who we are as artists and allowing that discovery to play a dominant role in what we intuitively express in our artwork. It’s about feeding our souls. This class is designed for the intermediate to advanced student, but is open to all levels of experience and learning.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ron Hicks, www.ronhicks.com
Cost: $750 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Capturing the Atmosphere"
May 3-7, 2021
 

This five-day workshop is for all levels and will focus on designing a studio painting from plein air studies and/or photos. Artists will learn to analyze the information they gathered in the field interpreting color and value relationships in order to create depth in a landscape painting. Many outdoor painting principles will be discussed – including how to design a landscape, and the importance of values, shapes and edges – but with a greater focus on composing a finished piece. There will be slide presentations, demonstrations, critiques and lots of one-on-one instruction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dave Santillanes, www.davesantillanes.com
Cost: $750 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Composition and Design: Field to Studio"
May 6-8, 2021
 

Participants in this dynamic workshop will have the opportunity of working with and learning from celebrated landscape painter and teacher David Dibble. This course will focus on composition and strong design using the foundational principles of drawing, value, and color. Landscape will be the primary focus but artists of all subject matter will find this three-day intensive workshop to be an exciting and enlightening step forward.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Dibble, www.dibbleart.com
Cost: $395 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Monochrome Portrait"
May 8, 2021
 

This beginner’s course will teach students how to build a portrait with basic but foundational techniques. First, the course will cover the appropriate uses of dots, lines, and simple shapes in creating portrait outlines. Students will then build on those outlines with tones and values. Finally, students will learn how to look at each portrait in its full composition to unify the painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: James Jiang, www.instagram.com/jamesjiangart
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint the Town! Cityscape Painting Fundamentals for Day and Night City Scenes"
May 10-13, 2021
 

Award-winning artist, Rob Adamson, will teach this four-day workshop. This workshop will provide students the painting fundamentals needed to create stunning, vibrant cityscapes. Students will work from photo reference (provided by instructor, but are also welcome to bring their own cityscape reference) to paint day and night city scenes. Students will be taught a simplified 1 and 2-point perspective to create memorable paintings. Other topics covered are design, drawing, value, color, edges, and lighting and glazing techniques. The instructor will provide lectures, demonstrations and individual instruction. Beginners through advanced artists are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rob Adamson, www.robadamsonstudio.blogspot.com
Cost: $550 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Creating Poetry in the Commissioned Portrait"
May 10-13, 2021
 

A strong likeness is foundational for a portrait, but finding poetry in identity should be a portrait artist’s goal. This four-day workshop will inspire portrait painters to reach for the next level in their painting journey. Louis will break down the elements of a portrait into digestible blocks which progressively build on each other. Likeness, composition, gesture, and emotion will kick off day one. Creating dimension with the properties of paint such as value, color, transparency and opacity will continue the next two days. Developing character through edges, texture, and glazing will close out the final day. Louis will demonstrate these concepts each morning and students will apply what they learn in the afternoon with individual instruction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Louis Carr, www.lcarr.faso.com
Cost: $650 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Understanding Color-The Power of a Limited Palette"
May 10-13, 2021
 

In order to be successful, a painting must have five elements: Concept, Composition, Drawing, Values, and Color. Of these five elements, color is the most fascinating, mysterious, and magical. Rarely will two artists see color the same. However, the laws of color harmony are as mathematically fixed as the law of gravity. There are certain irrefutable truisms in painting, one is the fewer colors used, the stronger and more harmonious the statement. In this workshop we will explore the power of a limited palette. Working from a “standard” palette of 12-14 colors, students will explore how to select the best color set to serve our concept. Each new piece will require an entirely new working palette. The possibilities are limitless.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: M. W. Skip Whitcomb, www.skipwhitcomb.com
Cost: $550 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Interpreting Your Photographic Reference"
May 11-12, 2021
 

Painters often use photographic references when creating works of art. During this two-day 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 the 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 choose to paint still life arrangements.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $250 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Why Still Life?"
May 13-15, 2021
 

Because you can always have a living model...and with it you can explore and learn all aspects of painting. From mark making to surface texture and even emotional connections. Three days of beautiful set-ups to inspire you. There will be demonstrations, critiques and individual instruction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Cost: $350 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Experience the Wonders of Water-Based Media"
May 17-21, 2021
 

This is an experimental workshop allowing abstract design to dictate the subject matter. This is usually done with a combination of watercolor, acrylic, gouache and gesso (white). This workshop will include painting figures, wildlife, and florals. Mort will demo each morning and will work with students in the afternoon. He may request to paint directly on student’s work with their approval. Mort will be giving a slide presentation to explain his process. Each student may bring three pieces of their own work for class critique.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Morten Solberg, www.mortenesolberg.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"An Approach to Figure Painting"
May 17-20, 2021
 

In this workshop, students will paint a figure from life over the course of four days, and discuss choices for setting up the pose, composition, color harmony, lighting, pacing, and bringing the painting to a decent level of resolve. Joseph will discuss the language of describing paint in order to better understand mixtures. Joseph will explain his approach to figure painting and demonstrate by painting along and illustrating his ideas about the approach. Previous drawing experience is highly recommended.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joseph Todorovitch, www.todorovitch.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Desert Landscape in Pastel"
May 17-19, 2021
 

The pure pigment of pastel is an ideal medium to create the light and drama of the Southwest landscape. The delicate glazing and layering of pastel create a vibration of color not possible in other mediums. In this workshop you will learn the basics of landscape painting and the tools to create depth, light and atmosphere of the desert southwest using pastel. In this studio class, Kathy will demonstrate her process and provide photo reference for students, or they may work from their own appropriate photos, sketches or plein air reference.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathy Howard, www.kathyfallahoward.com
Cost: $330 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Desert Animals in Sculpture"
May 20-22, 2021
 

In this workshop Paolo will share with you the process and techniques used in sculpting desert animals. In addition to the basic sculpting fundamentals, such as finding forms, basic block ins, anatomy and proportions, we will take time to study the animals we are sculpting. Discussing their environment, behaviors, and life span. All of these things can play a huge role in the shape and character of an animal. Understanding these things can give personality to the sculpture and help bring it to life. Students are encouraged to bring reference material if they want to sculpt a particular animal. Paolo will also have references available. All clay and tools will be provided and students will be able to keep the tools.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Paolo Acuna, www.paoloacuna.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


 

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