Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"A Creative Approach to Floral Compositions"
March 15-18, 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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying and Expression"
March 29 - April 1, 2021
 

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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"Expressive Portraits From Life and Photos"
October 11-14, 2021
 

Every professional artist says, “Work from life!” But sometimes we have no choice. Unfortunately, photos lie to us. There are four elements to realistic painting: shape (drawing), value, color, and edges; the problem is that even in the best of photo references three of the four are always wrong! So, we become very adept at copying wrong information…and it shows in our paintings! While there is no substitute for plenty of life-work, in this workshop you will learn how to spot the errors in the photo reference, and more importantly, compensate for them. William will demonstrate in both oil and pastel - a complete head study as well as several “mini-demos” (painting eyes, mouth, etc).
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: William Schneider, www.schneiderart.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Source to Studio"
November 8-12, 2021
 

This workshop is aimed at the more experienced landscape oil painter who wishes to explore the ideas, techniques and issues involved with expanding upon studies successfully in the studio. Jill Carver will discuss concepts and techniques aimed to resolve and strengthen motifs and improve overall design, from initial ‘thought boards’ to actual techniques. She will discuss the science of how we see and how we can control and excite eye movement. Moving on from advanced design concepts, Jill will tackle the practical techniques of scaling up a design through ‘surface quality’ issues of working larger, working wet-over-dry, re-working passages that need correction, and the use of mediums, glazing techniques and varnishes. Students will work from their own visual material.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jill Carver, www.jillcarver.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Source to Studio"
November 15-19, 2021
 

This workshop is aimed at the more experienced landscape oil painter who wishes to explore the ideas, techniques and issues involved with expanding upon studies successfully in the studio. Jill Carver will discuss concepts and techniques aimed to resolve and strengthen motifs and improve overall design, from initial ‘thought boards’ to actual techniques. She will discuss the science of how we see and how we can control and excite eye movement. Moving on from advanced design concepts, Jill will tackle the practical techniques of scaling up a design through ‘surface quality’ issues of working larger, working wet-over-dry, re-working passages that need correction, and the use of mediums, glazing techniques and varnishes. Students will work from their own visual material.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jill Carver, www.jillcarver.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Capturing the Light"
January 31 - February 4, 2022
 

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


 

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