Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Focusing on the Facial Features for the Artist"
July 24-26, 2019
 

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 medium are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jerry Salinas, www.jerrysalinas.com
Cost: $375 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Power of the Thumbnail"
July 29-30, 2019
 

A thumbnail is a very small sketch or painting outlining the elements in a proposed painting. Thumbnail sketches are a good way to work through an idea, or to try out different compositions. Always remember, a photo can (and should) be adapted to suit you. These tiny paintings are a great source of consistent practice enabling one to work on the principles of painting. Students need to paint miles of canvas to get better at painting. Thumbnails are a great tool to use while on one’s journey. In this class students will work from photos supplied by the teacher. Paintings size will be no larger than 4 x 5 or 4 x 4.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Cost: $280 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Who Are You?"
August 3, 2019
 

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

This class will shake up your color range and enliven your paintings. This is not a boring color theory class, but a way to see color dynamics in action. What happens when you put a lively saturated color next to another bright color? What happens when you introduce a desaturated neutral? How can you create a mood using a combination of color choices? Come find out in this action and information packed class. You will leave with several finished paintings that will become your road map to creating paintings with both complementary colors and contrasts. I wish someone had taught me these techniques when I was in art school. Save yourself a lot of muddy paintings and learn to fear no color.
 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Art Unraveled
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"Striking Gold"
August 5, 2019
 

Painting on top of metal leaf gives your acrylic paintings an amazing glow. You will learn the ins and outs of applying metal leaf over both smooth and textured surfaces. You will also learn a quick way to get a similar effect on almost any surface. When you use transparent paints and glazes on top of the metal, your colors pop. Experiment with both transparent and opaque paints to create wonderful contrasts and top it off with a transparent transfer. Tyvek painted with metallic paints then heated creates a unique element to add to your painting. Get the hands-on direct experience for making everything you touch glow like gold!
 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Art Unraveled
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"Figurative Quick Sketch in Oil Paint"
August 5-7, 2019
 

This class is designed to increase the oil painting skill level quickly through painting a live model in short poses. The class will focus on drawing directly with a paint brush and using a limited palette of between three and five colors. This gives the artist a chance to study drawing and values. Poses will range from 20 minutes to one hour to three hours. The class is designed for any skill level but especially great for those looking to venture into oil painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Clinton Hobart, www.clintonhobart.com
Cost: $350 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Contemporary Still Life"
August 12-14, 2019
 

This three-day workshop will offer the student the opportunity to study with guidance from an accomplished painter of the still life subject. The class is open to all levels of experience and all mediums, including oil or acrylic paint, watercolor, pastel and drawing mediums. Students may choose to paint many small studies or work on larger arrangements for longer periods of time. Goal setting will be individualized. Whether seeking foundational skills or wishing to shake things up a bit, this class and this subject is for you! Topics including drawing, value organization, color, edges, design and paint application will be addressed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $375 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Independent Study"
August 19-20, 2019
 

The focus of this workshop is to allow each student to set their priorities of interest. Making a clear statement and defining one’s intentions comes from a solid foundation of the basic vocabulary of painting. Some areas of study that the workshop will cover are: How the principles of light work to create value and color relationships, edges, gradations and the turning form of three dimensions out of two-dimensional flat shapes. Students will find a place where their understanding of the painting process ends and a struggle begins, it is there Dan wants to meet them and guide them to the next level.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dan Robinson, danrobinsonpaintings.blogspot.com
Cost: $250 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Creation and Publication of a Picture Book"
August 28-30, 2019
 

This workshop is an introduction to creating one's own picture book from the start to finish, covering in detail the whole process. The workshop includes: coming up with an idea for a story, writing a story, editing it, dividing it to pages, visualizing main characters, designing a layout through the process of story-boarding or thumbnail sketches and deciding on the medium for the final illustration. The second part of the workshop focuses on preparing the materials for publishing, using two publishing options: a traditional one, through submitting the project to a brick-and-mortar publishing house, and self-publishing, using the Print On Demand (POD) online resources.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dorota Lagida-Ostling
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Beginning Oil Pastels"
August 28-29, 2019
 

Oil pastels are probably the most misunderstood and underappreciated medium. Oil pastels are dynamic, vivid, versatile and extremely forgiving. They will expand your range of artistic expression. The medium is geared for those who love to work with their hands. Students will mush, squash, push and blend with their fingertips. Scott will teach how to apply texture, carve, scrape and cut away with a palette knife. This workshop will teach the three basic techniques for creating everything from lush landscapes to eye popping abstracts. By the end of the course students will join the growing number of converts to this wonderful medium.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Scott Turner, www.turneronlinegallery.com
Cost: $235 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Discover Oil Painting – Wet & Wild!"
August 30-31, 2019
 

Learn how to make water look wet, reflective and splashy! With a stunning waterfall or intimate woodsy creek as your model, study water in motion. Painting water that looks wet requires some basic knowledge of the dynamics of how water moves and how objects are reflected in its mirror surface. Oil painting techniques will be focused on rich transparent darks topped with thick buttery lights. Reference photos will be supplied, or students may use their own. There will be demos, instruction at all levels, critique and lots of painting time.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting at the Grand Canyon: Arizona"
September 16-20, 2019
 

Is there any better place to plein air paint and explore the concepts of working outdoors than the Grand Canyon? During the workshop, students will be painting from the spectacular South Rim for five days with special access to the views! Mitch Baird will cover the concepts of learning to optically “see” subjects and interpret those visual elements in order to help execute the subject onto canvas. The fundamental principles of painting -composition, drawing, value, color, and edges- will be stressed along with a special emphasis on atmosphere with this grand subject. Demos and short lectures will reinforce these concepts. Individual attention will be a high priority, as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm.
 
Location: Grand Canyon, 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


"The Child Portrait"
October 4-6, 2019
 

In this three-day workshop, Mike will cover methods of posing and modeling the child portrait. He will also cover the anatomical differences to look for between adults and youth. The workshop is intended to help students find the issues to avoid and pointers to help them when painting the child portrait. This workshop will consist of brief demonstrations in order to exercise the objective and students will work from live child models for reference. There will be plenty of individual attention and critiques throughout the workshop. Students will leave the workshop with a better understanding of how to approach painting children.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Maczuga, www.michaelmaczuga.com
Cost: $450 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Inspired Painting"
October 14-18, 2019
 

In this workshop, students will spend the week inspired by beautiful things…either from the model in a vignette or from an alluring still life. It is the student’s choice to either paint something different each day or to delve deeper into the chosen subject over several days. Nancy will demonstrate from the model on Monday and from a still life on Wednesday. She will discuss her process, as well as the concepts of composition, intent, value, color, and application. Students will paint with one-on-one instruction and guidance. Nancy believes everyone has their own way of seeing the world and works to help students develop their own voice and style.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Cost: $670 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Create a Sargent, Zorn or Sorolla Study"
October 14-16, 2019
 

Credible art schools recommend painting copies of the masters. Every time I have copied an admired artist’s work, I have gained insights which are missed through other means of examination. The painting represented is my copy of an Anders Zorn portrait. I learned so much about edges while copying this master’s painting! I’d like to share this time-honored practice with interested students of painting. Students will work from a reproduction of the painting of their choice under the guidance of an accomplished artist. I will share all of my experience with students in this class. Please join me and learn from your favorite artist! Copying the work in the original size is not a requirement.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $450 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portrait Drawing"
October 21-25, 2019
 

This workshop will focus on developing drawing skills for representational portraits and explore techniques of charcoal and other dry mediums. During the week, students will have 30 to 60-minute sketch sessions and 4 to 6-hour drawing sessions with live models. The class will focus on how to build a strong foundation for portrait drawing. Each day will focus on each step of the drawing process (Proportion, Block-in, Rendering and Finishing up). The instructor will draw alongside students at all times, so the students can watch the step-by-step demonstrations while working on their own drawings. The goal of the last day is to achieve a well-rendered drawing compared to the first day’s drawing.
 
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


"Painting from the Inside Out"
October 21-25, 2019
 

A workshop with Dennis Perrin is more than just a teaching event about technique and picture making. It's a comprehensive seminar on how to think about painting, where a painting comes from, a self-examination of the question "Why Paint?", as well as a thorough exploration of color, value, temperature, technique and materials. His workshop ensures a complete exposure to the lineage of the great painters historically, and an immersion in the full enjoyment of the Creative Process. By teaching students to imagine and visualize their completed paintings, Perrin provides the student with an infallible road map to the successful completion of any creative project.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dennis Perrin, www.dennisperrinfineart.com
Cost: $595 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Beauty of the Skyscape"
October 21-24, 2019
 

In this workshop students will study various clouds and skies from thin wisps to threatening thunderheads. Billowing clouds come in countless shapes, sizes and various colors. Participants will work with photographs with low horizons giving a focus on how to handle different skies, including sunsets and stormy scenes. Linda will provide several photographs and students are encouraged to bring photos of skies that they would like to paint. Students will learn to create a feeling of the landscape that gives the painting life, going beyond just copying a photograph. Special attention to values, composition and edges will be discussed along with several examples of clouds in progress. This workshop will include instructor demonstrations, visual teaching boards and study handouts.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstracting the Landscape"
October 21-24, 2019
 

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


"Plein Air Painting: Paige Springs, Arizona"
October 25-27, 2019
 

Join Amery for three days of plein air painting. The workshop will be based in the small town of Cottonwood, Arizona. Trips will include a stream-side winery and the famous town of Jerome (known for its charming houses perched on stilts). This region is filled with Arizona's best wine tasting rooms. Each day begins with a demo and continues with personalized instruction to show students how plein air painting will improve their studio work. Amery will be there every step of the way to guide students from scene selection to composition and color.
 
Location: Paige Springs, Arizona
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Cost: $395 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"All About Color – Concept, Perception and Usage"
October 28 - November 1, 2019
 

It’s never too early or too late to learn more about color! In this workshop, students will explore color theory and color mixing. They will learn about individual pigments, their place on the palette, as well as paint transparency and opacity. The workshop will emphasize identifying the value, intensity and temperature of color. Other topics will include color perspective, concepts for creating the illusion of space, mixing techniques, the illusion of transparency, and mediums that create color effects. Much time will be spent mixing hypothetical color combinations and ranges. Thursday and Friday, students will paint simple still life objects from life and learn to see, conceptualize, and produce the colors they desire, reinforcing the concepts and techniques covered in the first three days.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan & Doug Diehl
Cost: $670 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"All About Color – Concept, Perception and Usage"
October 28-30, 2019
 

It’s never too early or too late to learn more about color! In this workshop, students will explore color theory and color mixing. They will learn about individual pigments, their place on the palette, as well as paint transparency and opacity. The workshop will emphasize identifying the value, intensity and temperature of color. Other topics will include color perspective, concepts for creating the illusion of space, mixing techniques, the illusion of transparency, and mediums that create color effects. Much time will be spent mixing hypothetical color combinations and ranges. The goal is to study a practical way of developing and thinking about discovery and invention in color mixing. Students will acquire concepts, which through use will become fluid and subconscious.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan & Doug Diehl
Cost: $415 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Still Life"
October 28-31, 2019
 

Loosen up your style and paint expressive still life. Learn the craft of setting up a still life by focusing on overall design, appropriate lighting, material selection and placement. Further enhance your work by paying attention to composition, values, temperature and paint quality. Eric will discuss composition, color, edges, and the use of expressive brush strokes to give life and energy to one’s painting. The atmosphere will be informal and friendly. Eric will provide individual instruction throughout the workshop. Beginners to advanced students are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eric Jacobsen, www.jacobsenfineart.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Florals Large and Loose"
October 28-30, 2019
 

Come and join the fun of painting large, loose florals! Krista Eaton paints in a delightful contemporary style that works for both oil and acrylic painters. If you’ve thought about trying to paint something large, now’s the time. Students will create their own style, and learn to be free with their painting by focusing on large shapes rather than fussy details. Students will be amazed at the work they can create when they learn to paint fast and loose! All levels are welcome, even beginners.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Krista Eaton, www.kristaeaton.com
Cost: $345 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Drawing and Painting the Figure in Pictorial Space"
October 28 - November 1, 2019
 

This course develops the artist's ability to represent the figure in pictorial space. The drawings/paintings are based on observation from life with attention to proportional accuracy, foreshortening and the use of form and cast shadows. Students are taught a system directly related to perspective, major planes and geometric mass conceptions. An introductory study of the bones and muscles will enhance figurative drawing ability and skills. Students will gain a mastery of realistic painting and develop a classical approach to the figure. Students will address composition, perspective, focal point and value pattern.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Tennant, www.marktennantart.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Head & Clothed Figure in Light"
November 1-3, 2019
 

As in all of Camille Przewodek’s workshops, students will be concentrating on the development of a strong start in color. The class will focus on expressing the big masses, light key, and aerial perspective to establish the illusion of the figure in space (both indoor and outdoor). Camille will do a demo each morning. After her demo, students will do a color study before lunch, followed by two color studies in the afternoon. Besides brushes, students will be encouraged to use a palette knife for these studies. Students will achieve the effect of light on their subject through accurately relating the big notes of color. Camille looks forward to working with each of you!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Camille Przewodek, www.przewodek.com
Cost: $420 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"5-Day Painting with Creativity the Things You Love to Paint"
November 4-8, 2019
 

Stephanie has been a Putney Painter for 14 years, the group founded by Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik. Her workshop will encompass all aspects of creating a painting. Her color is based on Richard Schmid’s color charts from his book, "Alla Prima, Everything I Know about Painting”. Learn to mix clean color! She concentrates on how to make beautiful brush strokes that will direct your viewer’s eyes through your painting. Edges and composition will also be thoroughly explored. Learn to paint with confidence and certainty. All levels are welcome. Subject matter will be organic, all living things; flowers, fruit, vegetables... whatever we can find that is beautiful! Oil and Pastel welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Stephanie Birdsall, www.stephaniebirdsall.com
Cost: $720 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Beginning Portrait Painting"
November 4-7, 2019
 

New or fearful of painting portraits? Even if you have no experience in portraiture, this is the perfect workshop for you! Each morning, Carol will demonstrate how she breaks down the head into paintable shapes of color, as well as light and shade while students ask questions and take notes. We will break for lunch and then students paint while Carol visits each artist with plenty of one-on-one instruction and inspiration. The fear of portrait painting is relieved with knowledge and patience. Carol will start from the beginning and help students work through their painting with no fear! Everyone works at their own pace. Bring one painting from home for a critique on the last hour of the last day.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Carol Arnold, www.carolarnoldfineart.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"4-Day Painting with Creativity the Things You Love to Paint"
November 4-7, 2019
 

Stephanie has been a Putney Painter for 14 years, the group founded by Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik. Her workshop will encompass all aspects of creating a painting. Her color is based on Richard Schmid’s color charts from his book, "Alla Prima, Everything I Know about Painting”. Learn to mix clean color! She concentrates on how to make beautiful brush strokes that will direct your viewer’s eyes through your painting. Edges and composition will also be thoroughly explored. Learn to paint with confidence and certainty. All levels are welcome. Subject matter will be organic, all living things; flowers, fruit, vegetables... 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


"Studio Landscape"
November 5-8, 2019
 

This comprehensive landscape course focuses on core skills to strengthen studio work. All areas of the process will be covered, with a particular emphasis on values, composition and color harmony. Jane de-mystifies the painting process by teaching straightforward, easy to understand steps. Using tried and true principles as a jumping off point allows students to loosen up and find their own voice. They’ll leave this class with the skills needed to take their work to the next level. There will be demos, discussions, handouts, and plenty of painting time and individual attention.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jane Hunt, janehuntart.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting into Abstraction"
November 5-8, 2019
 

This course is for realist painters wanting to incorporate more abstract expression in their work and for abstract painters seeking guidance in developing their expression. Addressing methods for handling both acrylic and oil paint mediums, the focus will be on embracing abstraction while learning unique techniques developed by Marianne Mitchell to create luminous layers of transparent and opaque color. The relationship between emotional expression, compositional skill and technical facility will be emphasized in discussion and demonstration while each student is supported on their artistic journey throughout the workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Marianne Mitchell, www.mariannemitchell.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Portrait in Relief"
November 11-15, 2019
 

Relief sculpture is perhaps the most useful and lasting art form ever devised. The hybrid of sculpture and drawing, that is greater than the sum of its parts. Eugene will demonstrate the process of how to make relief effective and dynamic, and how to make one’s portrait compelling. The first two days will be sent working from the model to learn to pose and compose effectively for relief. The real focus of the class is the Portrait. Students are encouraged to bring photo references of their subject. There will be many demonstrations and lots of one on one critiques.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eugene Daub, www.eugenedaubsculpture.net
Cost: $760 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting for the Love of Animals and the Landscape"
November 11-14, 2019
 

This workshop will focus on animal portraiture and landscape. The first two days will focus on animals, capturing their amazing spirit on canvas. Whether painting a portrait of a cow, lamb, or one’s beloved pet(s), students will take advantage of the beauty of animals to work on creating good composition, interesting brushwork and focus on values, edges, and color mixing. The last two days, students will continue to explore the techniques talked about in the animal portrait section to develop exciting landscape paintings. Julee will stress the idea of taking risks, being energetic in one’s painting marks, and approaching their painting fearlessly. Students will work from their own photos and studies. Please bring good photos with interesting light and subject matter.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Julee Hutchison, www.juleehutchison.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying, and Expression"
November 11-14, 2019
 

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


"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
November 11-15, 2019
 

Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques and instills 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 shares his personal approach to painting – plus he introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. What’s more, significant time is allowed for one-on-one instruction. In an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive, Ted encourages a renewed enthusiasm for art – regardless of your skill level.
 
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


"Art for the Soul"
November 15-17, 2019
 

This is where art meets life. Express yourself. Surprise yourself. Use your imagination. Let loose. Discover. During this three-day art retreat, you will create six artworks. For each two-hour art session Vala Ola gives you a theme such as painting your "Tree of Life". After each session, everyone will sit down in a confidential circle of trust and share what they feel like sharing. Students create two artworks per day which will include one very large drawing to break free, four paintings with acrylic and oil crayons (oil paints are okay if preferred) and one sculpture.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Vala Ola, www.valaola.com
Cost: $375 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstract Painting A: Experimenting, Risk Taking and Growth"
November 18-22, 2019
 

Regardless of style, at a primal level good paintings move us because of the underlying abstract language -- the use of line, space, value, color, and texture. Whether it's Rembrandt or Rothko, Cassatt or Mitchell, Degas or Diebenkorn, the power of the image is the abstraction underneath. This course is an intensive exploration of image structure to help you connect with viewers more powerfully. Students will not be taught to paint like the instructor. Instead, you will be encouraged to explore, take risks, and become the best version of yourself as an artist. As we look at masterworks from art history you will be inspired and challenged in a fun, upbeat atmosphere.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Slonim, davidmichaelslonim.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolors in Plein Air"
November 18-22, 2019
 

This class is designed to familiarize the student with the joy of painting outdoors. Keen observation combined with the student’s personal interpretation for an expressive painting will be the mainstay of discussion. Students will be visiting several locations so transportation is encouraged with the possibility of sharing rides. All levels of experience welcome. Portable equipment and transportation required.
 
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


"Direct Figure and Portrait Painting from Life"
November 18-22, 2019
 

With a kinship to the Russian School, this workshop will encourage the development, through an open color palette, gestural and dynamic compositional design, body language and structural form while demonstrating a non-linear approach to painting light, form and color. This workshop will push beyond the purely academic while stressing the uniqueness of each subject and encourage students' individual expression. Individual critiques and extended demonstrations will offer students a clear overview throughout the process toward creating more authentic and compelling portraits and figure paintings. Nude and portrait poses will be offered.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Garin Baker, www.garinbaker.com
Cost: $695 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting What You See: The Alla Prima Approach to Painting"
November 19-22, 2019
 

Each day, Daniel will do a demonstration while discussing the skills necessary for creating beautiful still life paintings using “Alla Prima” methods. Following each morning’s demo, students will set up still life 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


"Image to Abstract 1"
December 3-5, 2019
 

This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide students through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class (printed photos may be used and/or images from a laptop/iPad, especially if it has photo-editing software). There will be at least one session painting from a still life set up. This class is open-media but the instructor will demonstrate using acrylics.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.markdanielnelson.com
Cost: $415 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Wildlife Painting"
December 3-6, 2019
 

The emphasis of the workshop will be on drawing and painting wildlife. Photographs will be used during the workshop. Greg will bring a supply of good photos and students may bring in their own photos. The workshop will include plenty of drawing and painting time, and students will have ample time for problem-solving with Greg. Throughout the four days, Greg will demonstrate painting with commentary as he goes along and will critique work for students who desire it. Greg will also self-critique his own work to give students an awareness of his procedures, progress, mistakes, etc.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Gregory Beecham, www.gbeecham.com
Cost: $600 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Expressive Heads and Hands"
December 3-6, 2019
 

According to Norman Rockwell, “The viewer will forgive anything… except heads and hands.” Their gesture and proportion must be spot on or the viewer will regard the work as amateurish. This four-day oil and pastel workshop is for artists who are intermediate or higher. Students will learn the structure and gesture of the hands as well as a technique to create Fechin’s broken edge effects and the key to power through suggestion. William will demonstrate a complete head and hand study as well as several “mini-demos” -eyes, the mouth, etc. Students will receive a free copy of The Book of 100 Hands, by George Bridgeman (anatomy teacher at the Art Students League for 45 years).
 
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


"Design Boot Camp"
December 3-6, 2019
 

Robert Henri said “a good painting is a remarkable feat of organization.” Get ready to hunker down and explore the first and foremost demand of picture making – good design. Composition is not simply being able to fit the subject matter on the canvas. Good composition is creating a beautiful and dynamic visual statement through the adaptation of an intentional plan – a coordination of parts to produce a harmonious whole. Students will explore all the principles of design: proportion, dominance, subordination, movement, creating emphasis, and space, all as a means to an end. Students will learn to exploit the elements of art: value, line, texture, shape and color in their search for a unity of effect.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan & Doug Diehl
Cost: $520 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Alla Prima Portrait Painting"
December 6-9, 2019
 

Sean Cheetham uses a very distinct palette, called a “mud-palette” when working on Alla Prima portraits. This palette will be discussed extensively throughout the workshop. The benefits of working with this palette are value and color control. Sean will discuss harmony and unity in one’s final piece. He will teach students a simple step-by-step process to painting Alla Prima portraits. Sean will be going over composition, drawing, likeness, organizing the palette, color mixing, value, edges, and producing a completed portrait. The workshop will start off with a demonstration and then Sean will continue to paint alongside the students throughout the weekend, and offer critiques. Since the focus will be on direct wet-into-wet painting, there will be a different model each day.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sean Cheetham, www.seancheetham.blogspot.com
Cost: $600 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Landscape Painting from Start to Finish: Creating Atmosphere, Space and Light"
December 7-9, 2019
 

The sky is an ocean of atmosphere many miles deep - a transparent sea of air. As we look out into the vista, we may not be conscious of actually seeing the air but we plainly see its effects on the landscape. When painters begin to go outside and use natural lighting, they will find that nature’s value scale is immeasurably beyond their own tiny value scale. Learn how to make a true representation of any scene in nature using “relative” rather than “absolute” or actual values and color relationships. Expect concept lectures, demonstration, and individual instruction as Doug winds students through the myriad of knowledge needed to develop their skills for painting beautiful and believable space. Students will be painting from photos.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Doug Diehl, www.douglasdiehlartist.com
Cost: $395 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Basics of Oil Painting"
December 9-12, 2019
 

Qiang’s approach to still life painting will be demonstrated with a particular focus on composing dramatic set-ups by observing light distribution and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas. Using demonstrations, presentation, and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process of creating energetic paintings by manipulating values, colors, edges and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to their current skill level and personal goals in art. This workshop is designed for indoor practice with live settings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Qiang Huang, www.qhart.com
Cost: $625 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Birds in Sculpture"
December 9-13, 2019
 

The class begins with a discussion of bird anatomy, comparative anatomy, the principles of aerodynamics, the importance of drawing and assembling shapes, and how to achieve the illusion of movement in sculptures of birds in flight. Students will learn how to construct an armature for blocking in birds in flight. Sandy will help students determine the difference between a sculpture that is technically adequate and one that has spirit and life. All aspects of modeling in oil-based clay will be explored and beginning students are welcome. Students will learn the importance of assembling strong, meaningful shapes and how eliminating unimportant details can create the bird’s essence. Students will work from computer imagery, photography, drawings, field guides, and a printed workbook.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sandy Scott, www.sandyscott.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air in Studio: the Color of Value"
December 10-13, 2019
 

This is a four-day in-studio workshop, designed for intermediate to advanced students who have had some experience working in plein air or would like to learn techniques to work more successfully on location. Focus will be on designing the large patterns in terms of value (dark to light) developing these shapes into color and keeping the color true to the value they represent. By limiting the number of values, form takes the lead over minutiae; thus, strengthening the impact of the work. Students should bring their own photos and references. Some photo references will be available for students to choose from if needed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathryn Stats, www.kathrynstats.com
Cost: $775 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Animals, Figures and Backgrounds"
December 16-19, 2019
 

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


"Sunshine and Value"
December 16-18, 2019
 

Pastel is pure pigment, with rich, jewel-like color unattainable with any other media. 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 are welcome. 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
Cost: $375 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"City Life"
January 6-10, 2020
 

Scott will be demonstrating his approach to painting the urban landscape in the studio, from start to finish. Students will start with a tight accurate drawing, followed by loose, painterly paint application. Scott will communicate the basics of painting a dynamic urban scene focusing on values, edge control, proportion, and refining shapes. Students will hone their skills by learning to see how light, shadow, color, and temperature change, and how to apply these elements to painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Scott W. Prior, www.scottwprior.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Artists Guild Week"
January 6-10, 2020
 

Four prominent artists will share their expertise on drawing and painting the portrait and figure and explore the rich tradition of painting still life and landscape. The Artists Guild staff, David A. Leffel, Sherrie McGraw and Jacqueline Kamin along with Stacy Kamin will help students with mastering fundamental artistic skills. In addition to the daytime program, there will be a Thursday evening reception and demonstration from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm located at Western Spirit, Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Students will explore the qualities that define different textures. By painting still lifes and models in luxurious settings, students should feel much more confident about capturing the characteristics that distinguish copper from pewter, satin from velvet, and skin from hair.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: The Artists Guild staff
Cost: $1900 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figure and Portrait Drawing with Charcoal"
January 13-17, 2020
 

This workshop will be focused on both short and long pose charcoal drawings from models. Different techniques mentioned in the book Henry Yan’s Figure Drawing-Techniques and Tips will be introduced and practiced, as well as some basic skills in drawing human anatomy and portraiture. Demonstrations and individual help will show students how to draw with beautiful line work; methods of placing tones for rendering images three dimensionally; design of realistic works with supporting abstract elements; and ways to draw with painterly approaches.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Henry Yan, www.henryyanart.com
Cost: $665 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Suggesting Reality"
January 13-17, 2020
 

By observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to his or her character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experiences. This workshop will explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Participants will explore systems of dividing the space within the rectangle, distributing the lines and forms of the subject. 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; the important power of content, symbol and abstraction.
 
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


"Sculpting the Figure"
January 13-17, 2020
 

Vala Ola will take students through the process of creating a figurative sculpture that is suitable for casting in bronze. The clay figure will be one-third life size in a creative pose. The focus will be on anatomy, curves and planes, bone structure, rib cage, contrapposto, and face. A full day will be devoted to the head with special focus on eyes, lips and hair. Vala will provide tips on achieving likeness using calipers and will address sculpting the hands and feet. Other topics, such as fleshy forms versus defined muscles, using shadows, points of interest, leading the eye around, texture, lost edges, and drapery will also be discussed. Vala will detail tools to use, how to create textures, composition and communicate emotion.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Vala Ola, www.valaola.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portraiture in Selective Start from Life and Photos"
January 13-17, 2020
 

ARC Associate Living Master, Tina Garrett is one of the few artists teaching the Selective Start method today. Tina learned this method from “Alla Prima II” author and artist Richard Schmid and it is her favorite way to approach painting portraits. Students will learn to simplify values, create form, and understand edges and chroma to control the composition and create dramatic portraiture. Tina will teach students how to organize their palette to mix realistic colors, values, and temperatures for different skin types and share two easy strategies to achieve an accurate likeness in their portraiture. Tina will demonstrate creating portraits from both the live model and from photos. Students are encouraged to bring their own photos or use those provided.
 
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


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying, and Expression"
January 20-23, 2020
 

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


"Painting Still Life with a Strong Light and Shadow Concept"
January 20-24, 2020
 

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


"Painting the Portrait"
January 20-24, 2020
 

There are many criteria that go into creating a successful portrait. While capturing a good likeness of the model 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. Jeff Hein 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 Jeff demonstrates daily, he will show his techniques and discuss key principles associated with these three areas. 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


"From Photograph to Painting: Sharpening Your Value and Drawing Skills"
January 20-23, 2020
 

“Color gets the credit, but value does the work!” It’s a phrase you have probably heard before, but what does it mean? During this intensive four-day workshop students will dive into the world of values with master-of-the-limited-palette, Charlie Hunter. Using photographic images as a starting point, this class will focus on how to make values work to build stronger paintings. Students will work with Hunter as he guides them through creating value drawings from personal photographs - an often-overlooked step that pays off in spades! Then, with these drawings as one’s stepping stone, students will be able to develop memorable and dynamic paintings. By simplifying forms and emphasizing composition, student’s work can take on a power that will truly make it stand out.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Charlie Hunter, www.charliehunter.art
Cost: $600 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting at Saguaro Lake Ranch, Arizona"
January 20-23, 2020
 

Come and paint with Mitch Baird at historic Saguaro Lake Ranch which is located on the banks of the Salt River in the shadow of the majestic Bulldog Cliffs. Mitch will cover concepts of learning to optically “see” the subject and interpret those visual elements in order to help execute the subject onto canvas. The fundamental principles of painting- composition, drawing, value, color and edges-will be discussed along with a special emphasis on atmosphere and light. Demos and short lectures will reinforce these concepts. Individual attention will be a high priority as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm.
 
Location: Saguaro Lake Ranch, Arizona
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Figure in a Landscape"
January 24-26, 2020
 

This workshop is dedicated to painting the figure in the landscape. Students will be working from photographs and are encouraged to bring in their own photo reference. Images will also be provided by Amery. Students will begin by starting with a solid approach for the selected subject. Value, composition, and color will all be key topics along with understanding when to continue and when to stop. Amery will also discuss the finer points of adding figures to landscapes so that they complement instead of conflict with each other.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Cost: $395 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figure and Studio Painting"
January 27-31, 2020
 

This intensive five-day workshop is designed for painters who have already had painting experience but would like to continue improving 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


"Painting the Dog as Fine Art"
January 27-30, 2020
 

Last year’s class was so successful, Johanne decided there needed to be four days of No Fear Painting! 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 limited palette as it will quickly move you forward preparing you for a full complement of color on the last day.
 
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


"Bringing the Garden Indoors"
January 27-30, 2020
 

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.andersonstudio.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 27-30, 2020
 

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 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


"Capturing the Light"
February 3-7, 2020
 

Tim began his career painting outside, but now spends much of his time painting in the studio. 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 daily demonstrations and discussions on materials, scene selection, and brushwork.
 
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


"Painting the Inspired Portrait and Figure in Oil"
February 3-7, 2020
 

Designed to awaken your aesthetic voice, the focus of this workshop is to freely capture the essence of what inspires you most while painting the portrait and clothed figure. Starting with a strong value-based composition, learn to define and simplify a visually interesting narrative to its most essential elements; then, explore ways to build on that concept with color, edges and texture. There will be daily demonstrations of varying lengths shared with painting time and individualized instruction, quick studies, and a brief visual presentation. Good drawing skills and a strong grasp of painting fundamentals are recommended.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Johanna Harmon, www.johannaharmon.com
Cost: $655 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Bringing Animals to Life"
February 3-7, 2020
 

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 the 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


"Oil Painting Essentials"
February 3-7, 2020
 

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


"Photo Tour Phoenix/Scottsdale, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley"
February 4-16, 2020
 

Join Patrick Mahoney for 11 days of photography in lively and inspiring Phoenix/Scottsdale, beautiful and colorful Sedona, the majestic and awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, Painted Desert & Pertrified Forrest, and the historic Route 66!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Guide/Photographer Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From $3590.00 all-incluseve except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"The Unspoken Rules of Color"
February 7-9, 2020
 

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 and brief demonstrations as well as one-on-one instruction 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


"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
February 10-14, 2020
 

Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques and instills 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 shares his personal approach to painting – plus he introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. What’s more, significant time is allowed for one-on-one instruction. In an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive, Ted encourages a renewed enthusiasm for art – regardless of your skill level.
 
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


"Portrait and Figure: Drawing and Alla Prima"
February 10-14, 2020
 

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 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 the Old West: Tubac, Arizona"
February 10-14, 2020
 

Phil Starke’s focus will be on helping students simplify the plein air subject and mix colors that suggest light not detail. Two of the most important aspects to plein air painting are creating a strong, expressive design and understanding how to interpret color outdoors. Students will focus on developing a sense of design and rhythm, learning to take what the landscape gives them and improve upon it. While staying at the Tubac Golf Resort, a restored 1800’s ranch, students will be near the Santa Rita Mountains on the Santa Cruz River. Tubac provides old adobe buildings and street scenes to paint. There will also be slide shows in the evenings, group critiques and dinners, and sunrise painting for early risers.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Phil Starke, www.philstarke.com
Cost: $665 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Image to Abstract 2"
February 11-13, 2020
 

This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide students through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class (printed photos may be used and/or images from a laptop/iPad, especially if it has photo-editing software). There will be at least one session painting from a still life set up. This class is open-media but the instructor will demonstrate using acrylics.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.markdanielnelson.com
Cost: $415 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Luminous Colors with Underpainting and Glazing"
February 13-16, 2020
 

Luminous color! As artists we are quickly attracted to and entertained by color. Creating jewel-like luminous colors is the focus of this workshop. Master artists of the past used the technique of underpainting and glazing to make their colors as beautiful and luscious as possible. Artists have traditionally used relatively slow drying media for this technique, but in this workshop, students will be using an alkyd medium, which dries more quickly and is much easier and convenient to use. Students will work from still life photographs and drawings provided by Jane.
 
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 15-19, 2020
 

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 two short demos and one longer demo, along with a great deal of one-on-one instruction. Students will be asked to explore what they wish to bring to their paintings of the figure. They will use 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. 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


"How to Construct a Painting in the Studio"
February 17-21, 2020
 

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. Joseph will guide students in a step-by-step process that encompasses the proper use of materials. 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, working in the same process as Joseph does.
 
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


"Abstract Painting B: Experimenting, Risk Taking and Growth"
February 17-21, 2020
 

Regardless of style, at a primal level good paintings move us because of the underlying abstract language -- the use of line, space, value, color, and texture. Whether it's Rembrandt or Rothko, Cassatt or Mitchell, Degas or Diebenkorn, the power of the image is the abstraction underneath. This course is an intensive exploration of image structure to help you connect with viewers more powerfully. Students will not be taught to paint like the instructor. Instead, you will be encouraged to explore, take risks, and become the best version of yourself as an artist. As we look at masterworks from art history you will be inspired and challenged in a fun, upbeat atmosphere.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Slonim, davidmichaelslonim.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Art of the Portrait"
February 17-21, 2020
 

Some say that the portrait is more about the artist than the model. It is up to us, the sculptor, to find and orchestrate the unique features and character of the person we see. This goes well beyond the image that is presented to us. In this workshop students will review basic anatomical forms and consider the use of editing and enchantment. This workshop will help students find their own personal signature style to creating compelling portraits. If you’ve been wanting to do a portrait of a loved one or a historical figure you admire this workshop is for you. There will be models present for those who wish to work from life. Eugene will be doing daily demonstrations.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eugene Daub, www.eugenedaubsculpture.net
Cost: $760 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portrait Painting FAQ"
February 22-24, 2020
 

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 at the student’s easel. This intensive workshop will also avail opportunities for open discussions of questions that sincere, passionate portrait painters encounter. 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: $600 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Experience the Wonders of Water-Based Media"
February 24-28, 2020
 

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


"Quick Sketch Figure Painting"
February 24-28, 2020
 

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.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim English
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air with Mark Boedges"
February 24-28, 2020
 

“When I paint, I am trying to tell the truth about my subject. Every time I put brush to canvas, I am trying to find what is essential about that scene and to give it life on the canvas. Invariably, a significant part of this goal is achieved by simply rendering an authentic light. Whether direct sunlight or indirect ambient light, I aim to capture the particular effect that the light is having on my subject on that day and at that time everything else in my painting flows from this.” – Mark Boedges. 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.
 
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


"Costumed Figure"
February 26-28, 2020
 

Students will have live costumed models to work from the first two days and then the third day will work from photos from the first two days. Students may use photos from other sources or Ned will have a large selection to work from costumed models around the world. Students will concentrate on translating the model setting into an interesting design from props, photo sources or one’s own imagination. There will be multiple poses so students have more choices. Ned will discuss setting the model up in an interesting setting with props such as flowers, fruits, baskets, pots, etc. Be prepared to do multiple paintings each day.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ned Mueller, www.nedmueller.com
Cost: $415 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Art of Seeing: Making a Painting Work"
March 1-4, 2020
 

A good painting tells us as much about the artist as the painting itself. Ned will talk about the whole process of putting a painting together; from the first concept to small idea and value composition studies, the use of a color study, and on to the finished painting. Students will also do direct painting without preliminary studies. The emphasis will not be on the finished piece but on the process of making a more successful painting. Remember, most paintings are ruined at the start, not at the end, as not enough preliminary thought is given to them. Students will work on counter-change, color harmony, and the balance of masses and shapes in size, value, and color.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ned Mueller, www.nedmueller.com
Cost: $575 (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"
March 2-6, 2020
 

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 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


"The Kogan Method"
March 2-12, 2020
 

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 2-4, 2020
 

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 intense 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 to reinforce the understanding and use of anatomy for future work. 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


"How to Take Years off of the Landscape Painting Curve; Painting in Gold Canyon, AZ"
March 2-6, 2020
 

The information in this workshop will be based on over twenty articles that John has done for “Outdoor Painter” (Plein Air Magazine’s on-line newsletter) along with his soon to be released book: “The Landscape Painter’s Learning Guide.” This landscape workshop will emphasize working from life. During the workshop, most time will be spent painting on location in Gold Canyon, Arizona, which will allow for closer proximity to painting locations. Instruction will focus on the main areas of study that all painters need to learn in order to perfect their craft: light, design, color, value, edges and brushwork. John will help students simplify the painting process, enabling you to create landscapes that more effectively expresses your vision as an artist.
 
Location: Gold Canyon, Arizona
Instructor: John Hughes, www.johnhughesstudio.com
Cost: $600 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Wiegardt’s Painterly Watercolors"
March 2-6, 2020
 

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


"Create Moving Atmosphere in the Landscape"
March 5-8, 2020
 

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 at each stage of progress. Hudson will bring examples of her preparatory sketches and color studies so students can thumb through those in person. 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.
 
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


"One-Way Trip to Composing Sculpture"
March 6-8, 2020
 

In this workshop, students will have an opportunity to create a functional sculpture which will be part of everyday life at home. It can be a relief tile to look at or a doorknob to pull; shaped as a sphere, square or irregular shape. There is no limit to one’s imagination. This is not a class for designing a home decor but rather surrounding oneself with the beauty created to awe, observe and enjoy using. Students will be sculpting their ideas with a water-based clay and use a model to tell the story through the object and tactile experience of it. The fired clay can be attached to furniture or placed into any environment, and can be glazed or painted.
 
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


"Drawing the Portrait from Life"
March 9-12, 2020
 

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


"Investigating the Modern Portrait"
March 9-13, 2020
 

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. All questions will be answered both visually and verbally. The majority of instruction will be one-on-one coaching, in order to help diagnose any stumbling blocks that students may have.
 
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


"Paint with an Understanding of the Masters"
March 9-13, 2020
 

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 from teacher to student, master to apprentice, and artist to artist. 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. 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


"Composing in Color"
March 10-12, 2020
 

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 viewer butterflies, mesmerizing - that is composing in color. Students will start with a 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


"Figure in Lace"
March 13-15, 2020
 

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. This workshop will allow students to approach painting 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


"Techniques and Composition for Dramatic Wildlife Painting"
March 16-20, 2020
 

Join this intensive, five-day workshop and 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


"Fundamentals of Studio Landscape Painting"
March 16-20, 2020
 

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 Figure in Oil: In Studio and Plein Air"
March 16-20, 2020
 

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 address design and technique in a manner in which the individual artist may express themselves in a personal way. Students will experience many specific assignments, which will help them to "get to the point a little more quickly" will receive plenty of one-on-one instruction. Be ready to cover a lot of canvas and to “learn through earnest mileage."
 
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


"Expressive Portrait"
March 16-20, 2020
 

This workshop will cover the themes and processes of: understanding visual elements and their efficient usage in order to create a specific mood and message; how to build portrait painting structure with interesting brush strokes; case studies, color scheme, color pattern design and basic composition. Students will create a unique portrait painting from reference photos provided or from their own photographs. Working from this list of themes, students will address each one in accordance with their level of experience.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Zin Lim, www.zinlim.com
Cost: $760 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Putting Radiant Light into Your Paintings"
March 23-27, 2020
 

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 no matter what the subject matter is. Make colors sing! 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.susandiehl.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 23-26, 2020
 

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 and concept 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


"Alla Prima: Painting the Portrait and Figure from Life"
March 23-27, 2020
 

This workshop is designed to create a relaxed, fun, informative, yet intense working environment. Romel will demonstrate every morning on 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 the use of improving color, drawing skills, value relationships, understanding 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 discuss the art materials that he uses.
 
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


"Negative Painting with Watercolor"
March 23-26, 2020
 

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, charging 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


"Alla Prima Speed Portraits with the Zorn Palette"
March 27-29, 2020
 

Gaining the ability to work quickly and with precision is key in your development as a painter. The most efficient way to develop your observation and intuition is to practice with short poses. The time restraint forces you to forego detail, see the big picture, and focus on gesture and large masses. We will work with a systematic and disciplined technique that is uniquely designed to achieve this aim. I will provide frequent demos, breaking down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps, as well as critique and instruct each session. Since simplicity is one of our goals, we will be using a limited palette of 7 colors. By using this dynamic palette, we refine our understanding of color relationships.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dominique Medici, www.dominiquemedici.com
Cost: $365 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Landscape Painting in the Studio"
March 30 - April 3, 2020
 

During this five-day workshop, the time will be spent working on a single studio painting based on the student’s photographs. Calvin will begin with a demonstration and spend the remaining time with each student throughout the rest of the day. Students will learn to plan an effective composition and to better see and use warm and cool colors in a landscape. Calvin will teach students how to use hard and soft edges to create space in a painting and how to simplify the subject matter through the use of basic design, value, color, and drawing skills. Students will learn the reasons for using different paint surface textures and brushstroke directions and how to get the best possible results in a short time.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Calvin Liang, www.calvinliangfineart.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"4 Day Portrait Painting in Layers"
March 30 - April 2, 2020
 

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. Each morning session will begin with a thorough portrait demonstration from the model including a dialogue of all key concepts, while the afternoon will focus on personal critiques as you create your own painting. We will progress each day, working on the same pose, using a clear method which you will be able to easily apply to your own work.
 
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


"The Naturalist Floral"
March 30 - April 1, 2020
 

In this workshop, Michael will cover how to approach a floral painting from life. Each morning will be spent discussing basic principles of the block-in and getting the gesture of the flowers from a painting demonstration. From there, Michael will show students, on their own work, how to plan working several steps ahead to achieve the highest level of finish. Throughout the course, there will be emphasis given on developing the understanding of color harmony. Students will explore the relationship of combining optical observation with conceptual form rendering techniques, adding depth to one’s paintings with brushwork mimicking old world calligraphy. The final stage of the painting is brought to life by adding rich passages of glazing.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Klein, www.michaelkleinpaintings.com
Cost: $600 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figurative Painting (2 Weeks)"
March 30 - April 10, 2020
 

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: $1370 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figurative Painting"
March 30 - April 3, 2020
 

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


"Creating Poetry in the Commissioned Portrait"
April 2-5, 2020
 

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 2 days. Developing character through edges, texture, and glazing will close out the final day. Louis will demonstrate 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


"Portraits: Painting and Drawing with a Limited Palette"
April 6-9, 2020
 

Over the course of four days, the instructor will teach and share her essential knowledge of portraits that includes the techniques of pastel and oil in one tone or limited Arizona colors (red-brown family). Students will practice value and form in painting, and explore the characteristics of different mediums, such as pastel’s softness and oil wash’s transparency. The class consists of fundamental head studies in charcoal, conté, pastel, pencil and monochromatic oil wash paint with an added range of colors to find one’s favorite color and best medium for their own style. Experience different ways of using pastel/oil and discover your own passion for portraiture, building a strong foundation for portrait drawing in a tonal study.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sookyi Lee, www.sookyilee.com
Cost: $485 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Still Life Painting as Fine Art"
April 6-10, 2020
 

Painting still life has long been a way to learn the fundamentals of painting as it is perhaps the most convenient way to study values, color relationships, form and drawing. Conundrums like what goes together, what to do with the background, how to not overwork the painting and how to set up a still life that tells a story with impact will be solved. Students will gain independent skills by setting up their own still life with relative feedback so they can go back to their own studios with new critical thinking skills. Each student will work at their own pace and at their own skill level. Daily demonstrations, critiques and discussions will be given.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kelli Folsom, www.kellifolsom.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Acrylic Landscapes"
April 6-10, 2020
 

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


"Figurative Painting"
April 6-10, 2020
 

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


"Painting Florals Large and Loose"
April 13-15, 2020
 

Come and join the fun of painting large, loose florals! Krista Eaton paints in a delightful contemporary style that works for both oil and acrylic painters. If you’ve thought about trying to paint something large, now’s the time. Students will create their own style, and learn to be free with their painting by focusing on large shapes rather than fussy details. Students will be amazed at the work they can create when they learn to paint fast and loose! All levels are welcome, even beginners.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Krista Eaton, www.kristaeaton.com
Cost: $345 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Discover a New Way of Seeing Color"
April 13-17, 2020
 

“Color that expresses the light key of nature can make any subject strikingly beautiful.” -Camille Przewodek. 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.
 
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


"The Conceptual Still Life and Portrait"
April 13-16, 2020
 

Breathe life into your work with a more spontaneous approach to portrait and still life painting! Learn how to think about developing a concept by painting light and movement. Students will learn Jeff’s thought process in setting up a subject and executing it by going directly to paint. Observe as Jeff demonstrates his painting methods and principles each day with commentary throughout the process. There will be open discussions on material choices, prop selection, paint application, values, colors choices and lighting. Students will receive one on one instruction with special attention to their particular needs. Beginners to advanced are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jeff Legg
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Interpreting the Landscape/Seascape"
April 13-17, 2020
 

This course is designed for experienced painters whether intermediate or advanced! We will explore the process of portraying the landscape from field studies through finished paintings. The painting process will be studied from all of its essential criteria: concept sketches, composition, drawing, color and technique! Because painting is a craft, there will be daily demonstrations to illustrate methods and techniques and copious personal instruction. During the course we will work on location (weather permitting) as well as in the studio. Through the introduction and reinforcement of the constructs of painting, the course is designed to elevate your work to a higher level.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Donald Demers, www.donalddemers.com
Cost: $865 (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 17-19, 2020
 

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: $375 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Oil Painting: Clean and Simple"
April 20-22, 2020
 

Howard Carr is considered a master of color and an outstanding teacher who emphasizes the simplicity of how a painting works and how to do it. Pure, clean, luminous results in one’s landscapes are taught step-by-step, from beginning to end, with daily demonstrations and individual instruction. Each day will begin with a question-and-answer session followed by an hour-long painting demonstration. Students will spend the remainder of the day painting at their easel with personalized instruction. The subject matter will be landscape painting from photographs. Howard will demonstrate daily, and give individual critiques throughout the workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Howard Carr, www.howardcarrfineart.com
Cost: $415 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Mastering Water Media: Acrylic and Watercolor"
April 20-24, 2020
 

Capturing the beauty of light through studying temperatures of light and shadow, visual movement, and value/color relationship will be demonstrated daily in this exciting workshop. The still life, landscape, sky-scape, and architectural subjects will all 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.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $630 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Modeling the Horse and other Animals"
April 20-23, 2020
 

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. 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"
April 20-24, 2020
 

By observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to his or her character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experiences. This workshop will explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Participants will explore systems of dividing the space within the rectangle, distributing the lines and forms of the subject. 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; the important power of content, symbol and abstraction.
 
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


"Suggesting Reality & Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety"
April 20 - May 1, 2020
 

By observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to his or her character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experiences. This workshop will explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Participants will explore systems of dividing the space within the rectangle, distributing the lines and forms of the subject. 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; the important power of content, symbol and abstraction.
 
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


"Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety"
April 27 - May 1, 2020
 

By observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to his or her character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experiences. This workshop will explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Participants will explore systems of dividing the space within the rectangle, distributing the lines and forms of the subject. 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; the important power of content, symbol and abstraction.
 
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 Dynamics of Art: Composition and Color"
April 27 - May 1, 2020
 

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


"Dynamic Still Life"
April 27-30, 2020
 

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.
 
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


"Developing the Figure through Drawing and Painting"
April 27-30, 2020
 

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. Aristides provides frequent demos, breaking down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps, as well as critique and instruction each session. Students will focus on how to start a drawing and develop proportion, value, color, and edge-work, which will help them to accurately capture a likeness within a limited time frame. Practicing this way over the course of the four days will help to sharpen your observation, and take your skill to a new level.
 
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


"Composition and Design: Field to Studio"
April 30 - May 2, 2020
 

Participants in this dynamic workshop will have the opportunity of working with and learning from celebrated landscape painter and teacher David Dibble. 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


"Still Life Composition and Painting"
May 1-3, 2020
 

This workshop will explore a powerful and rational approach to still life composition and oil painting techniques with brushes and palette knives. David adjusts his advice according to each person’s ability – from raw beginner to advanced professional. However, more advanced students will find it easier to focus on the subtleties of composition. A solid drawing background is highly recommended. David will work individually with each student to compose a still life setup. He will then give painting demonstrations while answering questions, and will help students while they work on their own paintings. Students may choose to create a new composition every day if desired, or may dig in and explore the finishing stages.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Cheifetz, www.davidcheifetz.com
Cost: $415 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Expressive Color in Figure and Still Life"
May 4-8, 2020
 

Don't miss this great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Russian figure and still life impressionistic painting with a contemporary flare. Henry will lecture on the impressionistic approach to painting, helping students gain a maximum understanding of color and relationships as they develop a solid foundation for creating paintings. Students will be given individual instruction and will work directly from life each session. This workshop is a must for artists of all levels interested in improving their painting abilities.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Henry Stinson, www.henrystinson.com
Cost: $595 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Rose"
May 4-8, 2020
 

Garden roses are some of the most beautiful forms in the botanical world. They have been cultivated for centuries and bear little resemblance to the stiff generic varieties that are commonly available. In this intensive workshop painters will have an opportunity to study their complex geometry and exquisite color subtlety. The course will include an indirect method of painting and the introduction of a specific limited palette. A brief slide lecture on the history of the genre will inspire us as we explore this timeless motif. Previous painting experience is encouraged.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathleen Speranza, www.kathleensperanza.com
Cost: $865 (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 11-14, 2020
 

There are certain irrefutable truisms in painting, one is the fewer colors used, the stronger and more harmonious the statement. Working from a “standard” palette of 12-14 colors, students will calculate progressive sequences on the color wheel to create complimentary schemes, simple triads, and dynamic triads of color, referred to as harmonic chords, comprised of three to six colors, and explore how to select the best color set to serve our concept. Each new piece will require an entirely new working palette. The goal of this workshop is to give the artist a reliable foundation for making color decisions, in other words to demystify color harmony in painting and empower them with a deeper understanding of an important principle.
 
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


"Paint the Town! Cityscape Painting Fundamentals for Day and Night City Scenes"
May 11-14, 2020
 

Award-winning artist, Rob Adamson, will teach this four-day workshop that will provide students with 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.blogspot6.com
Cost: $550 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure and Color"
May 11-14, 2020
 

This workshop will focus on an analytical and emotive approach to painting the human figure with an emphasis on color and value relationships in a related atmosphere. 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 Alla Prima technique, which involves both scumbling and glazing. Steven will also teach techniques for dealing with the flux of changes that occur as a model poses. 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


"An Approach to Figure Painting"
May 18-21, 2020
 

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


 

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