Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Watercolor: Bold and Loose!"
January 28-29, 2022
 

During this workshop, students will learn to paint exciting and expressive watercolors! Students will be painting flowers from fresh arrangements that Grace will bring in on the first day. On day two, students will be painting from a vegetable still life. Students will have the option of working from the floral arrangement again on the second day, instead of the vegetable still life, if they so choose. Over the two days, it is sure to be a fun and lively workshop for anyone who wants to get bold and sassy in their watercolor painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Grace Haverty, www.gracehavertyart.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


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

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


"Plein Air to Studio, Making your Studies Work for you Indoors"
January 31 - February 3, 2022
 

This workshop is a combination plein air and studio workshop. Students will begin on location outdoors making sketches and studies. These sketches will then be used as inspirational resource materials for more complete, slightly larger, studio pieces that remain fresh and inviting. Lori Putnam’s paintings are a personal and genuine response to a scene, and she encourages her students to learn to do the same. Students will leave this workshop excited and ready to experiment more on their own. Students will be pointed toward meaningful, personal, artistic growth. Participants will receive a free copy of “Plein air, Right from the Start.” The workshop will include lectures and demonstrations, individual painting time, personalized instruction and group discussions. Some experience working en plein air suggested.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Lori Putnam, www.loriputnam.com
Cost: $785 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Oil Painting Essentials"
January 31 - February 4, 2022
 

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


"Fundamentals of Landscape Painting"
Tuesdays, February 1-15, 2022
 

The most important steps in representational landscape painting are the first steps: the compositional design and block in! This workshop will focus on designing a good composition and nailing the values from the start, starting with a solid value plan with large simple shapes and working through the painting process to whatever level of ‘finish’ is desired. The finishing touches or amount of detail is a matter of personal taste, but the ‘start’ is key to any successful painting. Additionally, perspective as it relates to the landscape, mixing quick clean color, what’s needed when going outdoors to paint and lots more will be covered in three short days. Be ready to work, learn and have fun doing it!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Paul Steele, www.paulsteelefineart.com
Cost: $160 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"People in Places with Things"
Wednesdays, February 2-16, 2022
 

Explore the model as one element among many in a painting…Is it a painting of a woman in a room, or is it a room with a woman in it? We will have a different pose each class to explore these possibilities. The critical elements of a well-designed painting will be discussed including placement, values, edges and brushwork. There will be demonstrations, critiques and individual instruction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Cost: $350 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstracting the Landscape"
February 3, 2022
 

Take your landscapes to an impressionistic and somewhat abstracted level to make them more painterly and exciting. Students will paint landscapes from their own photos or those supplied by instructor and learn both design strategies and exciting brushwork to create works of art. The instructor will demonstrate color mixing for color harmony and finishing techniques.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Pullinsi, www.lindapullinsi.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Unspoken Rules of Color"
February 4-6, 2022
 

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


"Palette Knife Landscape Painting: Lose the Brush!"
February 5-6, 2022
 

Embrace the freedom that comes from decisive, impasto knife application. Work wet-into-wet in either oil or acrylic (oil is preferred). Students will plan, design, sketch and complete at least two or more compositions in the workshop. This class will focus on the reinforcement of traditional fundamentals including color theory, values, temperature management, large masses, focal point emphasis, simplification of detail and soft edges…all with a palette knife! No brushes allowed. Learn to identify and solve “problems” ahead of time to ensure beautiful results. This is a fun, relaxed atmosphere that will push even the most advanced artists out of their comfort zones and open a new door to passionate expressionism.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Renee Palmer-Jones, www.rpjfineart.com
Cost: $235 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Beginning Oil Pastel"
February 5, 2022
 

Oil pastels are probably the most misunderstood and underappreciated medium there is. When you say “oil pastels” to most artists they think “crayons” because their first exposure to them is with a student grade version. Misconceptions and bad first experiences abound. The truth is 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. You mush, squash, push and blend with your fingertips. You apply, texture, carve, scrape and cut away with your palette knife. This workshop will teach you three basic techniques for creating everything from lush landscapes to eye-popping abstracts.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Scott Turner, www.turneronlinegallery.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Still Life: Interpreting Photos to Create Contemporary Impressionist Paintings"
February 7-9, 2022
 

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


"Painting the Old West: Tubac, Arizona"
February 7-11, 2022
 

Learn to 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. 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. The historic village of Tubac provides old adobe buildings and street scenes to paint. Nearby, students will paint the beautiful Spanish Church built in 1828 at the Tumacacori Mission. 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


"Portrait Sculpture from Photo Reference"
February 7-11, 2022
 

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


"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
February 7-11, 2022
 

Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted’s daily demonstrations and presentations, he will share his personal approach to painting. Plus, he will introduce the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. What’s more, significant time is allowed for one-on- one instruction. In an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive, Ted encourages in each participant a renewed enthusiasm for his or her art – regardless of their 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


"Fundamentals of Abstraction"
February 8-10, 2022
 

This workshop is for the painter ready to push his or her work beyond the point of recognizable subject matter into the realm of pure abstraction. Students will start with traditional representational approaches and move quickly through progressively more abstract techniques, eventually arriving at purely non-objective paintings. Special attention will be paid to the elements of composition as they apply to abstract painting. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments, and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and plan to take photos during the workshop. Printed photos and/or digital images on laptop/iPad may also be used. Students will have the option to paint from a still life set-up.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.markdanielnelson.com
Cost: $415 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Color Confidence"
February 10-13, 2022
 

Learn to mix the exact colors that you want. Experience the delight and joy of color mixing as you become successful and efficient with color mixing. This workshop will help you identify what color you want to mix and then how to mix it efficiently. We will examine how color theory works, and why it doesn’t work so well sometimes. The basics of color theory will be covered but most of the time will be spent mixing color and making small studies. Creativity is sometimes chaotic but color mixing doesn’t have to be, it can be a tool to express your creativity and this class will make it just that. This is a class for all painting media.
 
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 11-15, 2022
 

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 at the student’s easel. This intensive workshop will also avail students opportunities for open discussions of questions that sincere, passionate figural 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, oldcityhallgallery.com
Cost: $840 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Art of Illustration"
Saturdays, February 12-26, 2022
 

Students will explore various forms of illustration (pairings of text and imagery) including technical drawing, text to image translation, and the art of comic books. For the purposes of this class to illustrate means to illuminate. The prompts will challenge students to engage in storytelling and explore text/imagery relationships while simultaneously honing basic rendering skills. At times the student will be finding images to illuminate, enhance, or subvert the meaning of written language and at other times will be creating language as a result of creating an image. The interplay between text and images will be a constant in this class.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Turner Davis, www.turnergdavis.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painters of America"
February 13-17, 2022
 

This workshop will focus on the foundational principles required to complete successful landscape paintings in the field. A solid understanding of drawing, value, design, and color is fundamental when it comes to analyzing the subject at hand and completing a successful painting. We will cover these principles in depth and discuss how they apply to organic forms in a natural environment. Participants should expect plenty of personal attention and daily demos. This class is open to all skill levels. Instructors include: Mitch Baird, Aimee Erickson, Dave Santillanes, and Eric Jacobsen.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: 4 instructors
Cost: $850 (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 14-18, 2022
 

In this workshop, Joseph will guide students through his process for constructing a painting from conception to completion, including 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 appropriate photographs provided by the instructor, each working in the same process as Joseph does in his studio. The goal of the workshop is to complete one to two full-sized paintings. A class critique will be given on the final afternoon.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joseph Lorusso, www.josephlorussofineart.com
Cost: $695 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figure Drawing for the Painter"
February 17, 2022
 

In this one-day class, students will learn various drawing techniques from an accomplished figure painter. Students will learn how to accurately measure the proportions of the head and figure while working from the model. Line, shape, and tonal relationships will be explored through exercises designed to strengthen anatomical understanding and rendering. Students will work in a variety of drawing mediums. We will draw on white, toned and black paper with charcoal, graphite, conte, and pastel. The length of pose will vary from the relatively short gestural pose to the long formatted tonal rendering of the subject. Join us if you would like to draw better and have fun doing it. This class is appropriate for all levels of experience.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portrait Painting FAQ"
February 18-20, 2022
 

This advanced workshop will explore “Alla Prima” portrait painting. 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 students opportunities for open discussions of questions that sincere, passionate portrait painters encounter. Students will be asked to explore what they wish to bring to their portrait paintings, using the model as a conduit for discovering what painting problems or perhaps, what conceptual questions and creative directions intrigue them.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rose Frantzen, oldcityhallgallery.com
Cost: $600 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Acrylic Landscape Painting"
Saturdays, February 19 - March 5, 2022
 

Students will learn how to use the fast-drying properties of acrylic paints to their creative advantage. Basic concepts of design, light, form, and atmospheric perspective are covered. Students will learn how to select a “good” reference to paint and be introduced to new approaches in landscape painting that acrylic paints can provide. This workshop will be fun and explorative for those not yet aware of the acrylic medium’s power and potential.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Edward Sprafkin, www.sprafkinart.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Light | Composition | Emotion – Painting the Still Life"
Saturdays, February 19 - March 12, 2022
 

In Ted’s daily demonstrations and presentations, he shares his personal approach to painting still life from photographs, focusing on light, expression, color and composition. He introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. Significant time is allowed for one-on-one instruction in an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive. Ted encourages, in each participant, a renewed enthusiasm for his or her art, regardless of their skill level.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost: $400 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Dog as Fine Art"
February 21-24, 2022
 

Dogs are front and center in this dynamic workshop with several live animals to inspire and inform your efforts. There will be plenty of demos but everyone jumps right in on the first day with fun, mind- altering exercises. You won’t even know you’re working but results will be apparent as each day we build on previous work. You will fall in love with a “modified” limited palette as it will quickly move you forward preparing you for a full complement of color on the last day. If you want to bring life into your animal portraits this is the place for you. There’s never a loss of fun and laughs while getting some serious work done.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Johanne Mangi, www.johannemangi.com
Cost: $595 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Desert Mountain Landscape"
February 22-25, 2022
 

This workshop is aimed at students looking to improve their techniques for painting the rugged desert mountain landscape. It will cover all aspects of approaching this challenging subject: effective color mixing techniques, creating intelligent composition to draw viewers into the painting, atmospheric and linear perspective, painting rocks and shrub convincingly, value structure and how to approach a landscape from start to finish with a heavy focus on creating the effect of natural light. Students will spend four days in the studio where Matt will take you through his entire process -capturing reference material through plein air painting and photography, editing images to make better compositions and transferring concepts to canvas. This immersive workshop will consist of demonstrations, discussion and plenty of hands-on painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Matt Ryder, www.ryderscanvas.com
Cost: $550 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Explosive Colorful Portrait Painting"
February 28, 2022
 

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


"Wiegardt’s Painterly Watercolors"
February 28 - March 4, 2022
 

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


"Portrait and Figure: Drawing and Alla Prima"
February 28 - March 4, 2022
 

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 latter 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


"The Kogan Method"
February 28 - March 10, 2022
 

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. $1075 for the three-workshop program…which is a $200 savings or $425 per workshop if taken independently.
 
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"
February 28 - March 2, 2022
 

This anatomy class is a must for all artists, 2D and 3D, working in any medium. Simon covers each body part, not medical dissection, but conceptually, toward an understanding of movement and form for the needs of the artist: how a joint moves, how far you can “push” it for expressions’ sake, and when you will “break” it. This workshop is an intense class with Simon illustrating the concepts as he moves through the body parts. It 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. 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


"Plein Air with Mark Boedges"
February 28 - March 4, 2022
 

“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. Portable equipment and transportation required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Boedges, www.markboedges.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"One-Way Trip to Composing Sculpture"
March 4-6, 2022
 

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


"Painting the Figurative Subject"
Saturdays, March 5 - April 9, 2022
 

During this six-session class, students will paint the portrait, nude and costumed model. We will work indoors exploring both warm and cool artificial light sources. Our studies will be alla prima, with each day offering a new subject. Through lecture, demonstration and individualized help, Robert will explain principles of painting that will inform your considerations regarding value, color and edge relationships. Other topics include the importance of identifying the color and strength of the light source, simplifying one’s value and color interpretation, designing your paintings, posing and lighting the subject, and more. Join us for a fun and informative painting class. All skill levels and all mediums are welcome. Please bring the tools and materials with which you are familiar.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Florals Large and Loose"
March 7-8, 2022
 

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


"Investigating the Modern Portrait"
March 7-11, 2022
 

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


"Drawing the Portrait from Life"
March 7-10, 2022
 

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


"Composing in Color"
March 8-10, 2022
 

Paint is a colored substance, spread on a surface. The magic of painting is turning paint into color. Making the colors tell a story, giving a viewer butterflies, mesmerizing – that is composing in color. Students will start with simple still life, progress to the model and then into complex settings. Students will whisper a mood with the color and learn to let the color talk.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Hands"
March 11-13, 2022
 

Hands describe so much emotion in a painting. Color, structure, values... so many aspects to painting a hand that can be captured to make convincing realistic hands. Come learn how to create realistic hands in Shana’s hand painting workshop. Over this three-day workshop, Shana will discuss the structure of hands so that students will understand the bone structure while learning how to paint skin tones and values of dynamic hands. The first day will be working on drawing the hand down on the panel and starting the painting. The next two days will be Shana demoing and students working as Shana guides them through their paintings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Shana Levenson, www.shanalevenson.com
Cost: $400 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Alla Prima Speed Portraits with a Limited Palette"
March 11-13, 2022
 

Gaining the ability to work quickly and precisely is key to your development as a painter. Alla Prima painting with a timer, forces you to simplify and focus on big shapes. This is the secret behind all great works. In this workshop, Dominique will provide frequent demos, breaking down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps, as well as critique and instruct each session. We will work with a systematic technique and use a limited palette of 7 colors that will help us refine our understanding of color relationships. We will focus on the 4 main aspects of a portrait: Proportion, Value, Color, and Edge. Practicing this way will sharpen your observation and take your skill to a new level.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dominique Medici, www.dominiquemedici.com
Cost: $395 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Oil Painting"
March 11, 2022
 

In this one-day workshop, students will take to the streets of Scottsdale to dive deep into the fundamentals of plein air painting such as drawing, color mixing, assessing tonal values, subject matter, composition, and direct and indirect painting techniques. Students will also discuss the practicalities of painting outdoors such as dealing with the ever-changing light and weather presented. Through demonstrations, lectures, and critiques, Simmons hopes to improve your painting abilities and help expand your sense of individuality. Grab your painting kit and come sling some paint! Portable equipment and transportation required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Spencer Simmons, www.thespencersimmons.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Encaustic Collage and Image Transfers"
March 11-13, 2022
 

Encaustic and paper are an incredibly versatile match and, with the addition of pigment sticks and other materials, we will create works with an optical depth, luminosity, and a painterly quality. Paper will be the foundation of our pieces which will serve as rich backgrounds for transferring photographic images on the surface. Basics of studio safety, substrate options, painting techniques, and archival work methods will be covered. All base mediums and paints as well as eco-dye supplies will be provided, but students will be encouraged to bring a variety of found papers and other materials to use. No prior experience with encaustic painting required, but general art-making experience is helpful.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Tubac School of Fine Art
Website, email, 520-398-2589


"Extended Studies: Studio Painting and Drawing"
Mon & Wed, March 14 - April 27, 2022
 

An observationally based course designed to reinforce and develop skills beyond basic drawing and painting. Students will work with a variety of subjects; still-life, portrait and figure. In addition to working from direct observation, photographs also provide great source material. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with size and subject as well as the explore their media as a tool for invention, conceptualization, and idea development. The course also affords students an opportunity to take a look at materials in more breadth and depth. Drawing materials are always available as well as some painting materials.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Little, www.michaelmlittle.com
Cost: $630 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Techniques and Composition for Dramatic Wildlife Painting"
March 14-18, 2022
 

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 some of the components of wildlife painting that will be covered in this workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dustin Van Wechel, www.dustinvanwechel.com
Cost: $635 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint with an Understanding of the Masters"
March 14-18, 2022
 

Robert Johnson is an OPA Master. His workshop in oils will focus on developing an understanding of the essential elements of painting that have been passed on through the centuries. Brush strokes will be heavily emphasized as a means to depict form, achieve expressive power, and maintain a painting’s feeling of spontaneity and life. Robert will teach the importance of an understanding of values, edges, light, and color to create a powerful and memorable painting. Still-life, florals, and the portrait will be the subject matter of the workshop and students can feel free to choose a subject or subjects they wish to paint. Robert will demonstrate the still life and portrait. The workshop is open to all levels.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Johnson, www.robertjohnsonart.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure in Oil: In Studio and Plein Air"
March 14-18, 2022
 

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. 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.” Be ready to cover a lot of canvas and to “learn through earnest mileage.” Students will receive plenty of one- on-one instruction and individual demonstrations will be given as needed.
 
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


"Fundamentals of Studio Landscape Painting"
March 14-18, 2022
 

Designed for all students 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. Though we will accomplish 8-10 painting studies, the primary focus will be on imparting the necessary information for self-evaluation and growth. Instruction will include lecture and slide presentation, demonstrations, class critique, and plenty of one-on-one time with each student. A field easel is optional, the Artists’ School will have studio easels available. Finally, a class that deciphers the mysteries of age-old concepts and breaks it down into simple, straightforward, easy to understand mechanisms.
 
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


"Create and Cast Your Own Bronze Sculpture"
Saturdays, March 19 - April 9, 2022
 

Jerry will be teaching an exciting sculpture class in which students will create their own small sculpture in wax and watch it cast in bronze at a foundry. In the first two sessions, students will learn the history and mysteries of bronze casting and create a small 6” sculpture to later be cast in bronze. For the third session, students will meet at the foundry where they will experience the bronze casting process, including a bronze pour and the divestment of their own sculptures. The final session will meet back at the School where the class will finish and photograph their bronze sculptures. Students may bring their own small sculpture tools or borrow ones from the instructor.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jerry Cox
Cost: $250 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Traveler’s Creative Sketchbook"
March 19, 2022
 

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


"Creating Expressive Animal Paintings in Watercolor"
Mondays, March 21 - April 11, 2022
 

Get loose, go outside the lines, and don’t be afraid of watercolors! During this four-week course, Kim will guide students through three different approaches to an animal subject: a very direct painting approach, a wet-into-wet approach, and a unique “throwing paint” approach. Students will let their fears evaporate, learning instead to relax and open up their creativity and imaginations. Students will continue to explore additional techniques around the making of shapes, using color combinations, simultaneously designing foreground and background, and taking advantage of soft and hard edges. Students will gain confidence in reaching the point where they realize their painting is complete.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Extended Studies: Drawing I and Drawing II"
Mon & Wed, March 21 - May 25, 2021
 

An introductory drawing course simplified to help students further their representational artistic endeavors. Students will develop basic drawing skills, enhancing their ability to translate visual relationships. Helping them organize and develop a two-dimensional story. Included will be an important focus of light and shadow on form and how to relate that information to your drawing and painting interpretation. Students will work from photos and drawings, as well as direct observation of still-life and model. Homework assignments are optional. *Drawing materials included.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jennifer Freeman, www.jenniferemilefreeman.com
Cost: $630 (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 21-25, 2022
 

This workshop is designed to create a relaxed, fun, informative, yet intense working environment. Romel will demonstrate his approach to painting the portrait and figure from life, using Alla Prima (completing the painting while the paint is still wet) with the emphasis on improving color, drawing skills, value relationships, understanding edges, and capturing the feeling of light. Learn to make a painting stronger and more exciting with creative use of color and edges, visual movement, paint application, brush handling, distribution of abstract shapes and strong design. Romel will explain how to set up the model and lighting and how to best use photography. He will also discuss the art materials he uses. Instruction will be individualized for each student’s specific needs.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Romel de la Torre, www.romeldelatorreart.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Putting Radiant Light into your Paintings"
March 21-25, 2022
 

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 to create a sense of radiant light and harmonious color no matter what the subject matter. Make colors sing! Students will examine photo references to become familiar with the evidence of warm or cool light. Seventeen different light effects that happen out in the real world will be examined along with the color of the shadows and the shaping features. Think of this workshop as the study of light.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan Diehl, www.diehlfineart.com
Cost: $665 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Basics of Oil Painting"
March 21-24, 2022
 

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


"Plein Air Sketch and Quick Studies to Studio"
March 21-24, 2022
 

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


"Extended Studies: Painting I"
Tuesdays, March 22 - May 24, 2022
 

This class will teach the core skills required for professional oil painting. Students will study the effects of light on form and learn to apply the information to the painting of still life, portrait, and figure. Starting with a light and shadow value pattern, students will then learn to build the illusion of dimension with form. Working with a limited palette of just three colors, students will learn to mix a full range of primary, secondary and tertiary colors. Students will learn how to see the shapes of color and value making them easier to render. The purpose of edges will also be explained. Students will learn how and why artists squint.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jennifer Freeman, www.jenniferemilefreeman.com
Cost: $735 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Desert Blossoms in Watercolor"
March 22-29, 2022
 

The desert is full of inspiration with its magnificent cacti and blooms. In this class students will use this inspiration and some basic techniques to draw and paint desert plants and blossoms. Students will learn to break down their subject into simple shapes and draw more accurately. After drawing, students will use multiple layers of color while exploring various ways of adding vibrancy and contrast to their paintings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Devon Meyer, www.devonmeyerartist.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Extended Studies: Painting II"
Thursdays, March 24 - May 26, 2022
 

In this second session, Jerry will expand on the core elements from Painting I. Students will be introduced to a full palette of colors which they will use to paint portraits, figures and still life. Students will experiment with their palette to see the vast amount of colors they can mix. This fun and educational class is designed to push skills to a higher level. Painting I is not required for students with Intermediate skills.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jerry Salinas, www.jerrysalinas.com
Cost: $735 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Simplified Beginnings - Mixing Color for Portraits with a Limited Palette"
March 25, 2022
 

In this one-day workshop, students will concentrate on mixing flesh tones from only three colors, discovering the beautiful array of color that only the primaries provide. The students will sketch the portrait onto the canvas at home beforehand. This will enable the class to quickly dive into mixing beautiful flesh tones as demonstrated by Jean. Time will be spent seeing the correct values and mixing those values in color. The portrait will be divided into a pattern of light and shadow and you will be shown how to mix an average flesh tone for each. Next students will mix an array of half tones, accents and highlights, following Jean’s demonstration. Beautiful flesh tones are easier than you think!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jean Hildebrant, www.jeanhildebrant.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Pushing the Excitement of Pastel"
March 25, 2022
 

Been in a rut with your pastel work? Want to change it up but don’t know how? Come learn a few simple ways to dramatically change the storyline of your work with high contrast and energy! Sometimes all it takes is that one gutsy move on your part to take you to that next level. In this one day workshop you will do just that, while keeping it simple, relaxed and fun. Use of supplies included but if you have pastels you like using feel free to bring them. No need to buy your own supplies just for this class.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jennifer Freeman, www.jenniferemilefreeman.com
Cost: $110 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Sculpting Faces"
March 26, 2022
 

This class will be a fun one-day exploration of faces, human or animal and as representational or whimsical as you like. Using hand building and modeling techniques, students will create three dimensional faces that can be displayed on the wall when completed. Jane will discuss basic facial anatomy, proportion and expression. She will demonstrate how to establish structure, model features and apply ceramic underglazes. Students may wish to bring sketches or images as inspiration but be prepared to work intuitively and have fun with the clay.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jane Kelsey-Mapel, www.janekelseymapel.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstracting the Landscape"
March 28-31, 2022
 

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


"Figures in Landscapes"
March 28 - April 1, 2022
 

Truman Hosner teaches a natural way to draw and paint the figure outdoors and insert it into the landscape. In the tradition of painters like Joaquin Sorolla, he uses observation techniques of light, shadow, and temperature to show the student how to develop fast, natural approaches to working with the figure en plein air.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: W. Truman Hosner, www.wtrumanhosner.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Capturing the Atmosphere"
March 28 - April 1, 2022
 

This workshop is for all levels. The first two days we’ll focus on painting outdoors, learning to quickly gather necessary visual information, simplify a landscape and interpret color relationships. Other fundamental concepts will include the importance of values, shapes and edges. The second part of this workshop will focus on designing a studio painting from plein air studies and photos. Artists will learn to analyze the information they gathered in the field interpreting color and value relationships in order to create depth in a landscape painting. Many outdoor painting principles will be discussed - including how to design a landscape, and the importance of values, shapes and edges - but with a greater focus on composing a finished piece.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dave Santillanes, www.davesantillanes.com
Cost: $750 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Discover a New Way of Seeing Color"
March 28 - April 1, 2022
 

“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. Portable easel required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Camille Przewodek, www.przewodek.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Sketching for Beginners"
March 31 - April 2, 2022
 

This is a wonderful class for beginners. Students will spend their time painting from life and photos in the studio. With good weather they may paint outdoors on the School grounds. Shop Amery’s supply list to buy the portable notebook, watercolor palette, and brushes. Bring everything to class and learn how to use this expressive medium. Watercolors operate very differently than oil or pastel. A lot of the fun is in how one lets the colors dry and flow. Students will break down the different techniques of watercolor into simple steps. Then, they will learn how to apply them in real situations.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figurative Painting (Week #1)"
April 4-8, 2022
 

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. Students enrolled in both of Milt’s workshops will receive a tuition discount. Tuition for both weeks is $1,370 (a $200 savings!)
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Cost: $785 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Seeing and Capturing your Subject"
April 4-8, 2022
 

What does the act of ‘seeing’ mean for an artist? Discover the answers in this 5-day workshop as we explore the specifics of observing a subject, interpreting the visual elements, and executing it all onto canvas. We will discuss the way the optics of the eye work as well as seeing light, form, atmosphere and space. The fundamental principles of painting - composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will also be stressed. Each day we will begin with a demo, followed by a fun day of painting and personal instruction. Students may choose to work from their favorite photos and field sketches or set up still lifes. Demonstrations will be in oil but acrylic is welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Acrylic Landscapes"
April 4-8, 2022
 

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 (2 Weeks)"
April 4-15, 2022
 

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. Students enrolled in both of Milt’s workshops will receive a tuition discount. Tuition for both weeks is $1,370 (a $200 savings!)
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Cost: $1370 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Bringing the Outdoors in: Painting Expressive Landscapes in Oil"
April 4-8, 2022
 

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


"Abstract It"
Tuesdays, April 5-26, 2022
 

On the surface, non-representational painting appears easy, giving you the freedom to do whatever you want. In practice, many painters find it takes considerable thought and study. Through the process, artists often end up throwing out more paintings than they keep or end up painting over them trying to find a little magic. This workshop will use a step-by-step approach of stacking layers of paint while keeping a flexible composition to arrive at an interesting destination. Students will push paint around using various techniques and strategies to build a work that is uniquely personal. The class with focus on the basic elements of visual art such as line, color, shape, texture, pattern, space, value, and form to communicate individual expression.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Max Hammond, www.maxhammond.net
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Botanical Abstraction"
April 7, 2022
 

Take your watercolor botanical paintings to the next level by abstracting your images while focusing on winning design principles. Linda will provide flower photos and demonstrate different ways to decide color harmonies and exciting design possibilities. Students will work out their ideas with color studies before moving onto their final piece.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Pullinsi, www.lindapullinsi.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Color Mixing with a Limited Palette and Palette Knife Painting"
April 11-12, 2022
 

This exciting two-day class for oil painters is designed to give the artist a really useful method of color mixing to achieve consistent, harmonious paintings, and to then apply those skills to palette knife painting. Day One: Students will learn how to use only six oil colors (plus white) to create every color of paint previously purchased one tube at a time. Using this method will set the artist on the way to mastering color temperature, values, and intensity. Day Two: Students will focus on traditional fundamentals including values, temperature management, large masses, focal point emphasis, simplification of detail and soft edges…all with a palette knife! No brushes allowed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Renee Palmer-Jones, www.RPJfineart.com
Cost: $235 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Equine Painting"
April 11-15, 2022
 

This five-day workshop is designed to improve your painting skills and help you develop your personal style. Mr. Homer will demonstrate how to go beyond merely copying a photo and how to add drama and mood to your paintings. Photoshop techniques for correcting color and distortion will be covered as well as how to compose using different backgrounds. Students will explore the principles of realism, abstraction, and impressionism. You will do exercises to help develop accurate but expressive brushwork and be shown how to render minute detail. Emphasis will be on accurate drawing, values, edges, “keying in” a painting, and on finishing techniques. Mr. Homer will make sure that you get individual attention and instruction geared to your level.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Chauncey Homer, www.chaunceyhomer.com
Cost: $600 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Impasto Approach with Andrew Denman"
April 11-15, 2022
 

Join Andrew Denman as he shares the secrets to his dramatically different approach to painting in an easy, step-by-step tutorial. Denman is known for his beautiful portrayals of wildlife in a unique style combining realism with stylization and abstraction. You will employ a series of thick, impasto underpaintings, cover over with many layers of gesso, then sand down to reveal astonishing textures, patterns, and colors, which can either stand on their own, function as an abstract foil to any subject, or provide underlayment for natural textures like fur, feathers, bark, rocks, and grass. The first three days will focus on a series of easy-to-follow exercises. The last two days, students will create a small finished painting of their own.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Andrew Denman, www.andrewdenman.com
Cost: $650 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figurative Painting (Week #2)"
April 11-15, 2022
 

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. Students enrolled in both of Milt’s workshops will receive a tuition discount. Tuition for both weeks is $1,370 (a $200 savings!)
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Cost: $785 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure and Color"
April 13-16, 2022
 

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


"Design and the Contemporary Still Life"
Saturdays, April 16 - May 21, 2022
 

During this six-session class, students will paint still life arrangements with guidance from an accomplished painter. This is a design class with concepts that are applicable to any subject! Robert will share concepts of design which will inform the still life arrangements and lighting. Pictorial design and light, as it falls on form, are the primary topics of study. Students will be encouraged to paint both warm and cool lit arrangements. Let’s orchestrate some beautifully colored paintings! This class is open to all levels of experience and all mediums. Please bring tools and materials you are familiar with.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Fundamentals of Painting"
April 16, 2022
 

The fundamentals of painting can be boiled down to two concepts: 1) Learning to see as an artist and by extension making marks that represent what we see and feel. 2) Learning to control the medium, everything from selecting your art materials to setting up your palette, to mixing color, to the application of brush marks. All of this is about staying in control. In this workshop Paul will demonstrate fun techniques to help the student see like an artist as well as fun exercises the student can practice that help them stay in control of the painting, allowing an artist to find their individual artistic voice. These techniques are also valuable in breaking the ‘block’ many artists experience.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Paul Steele, www.paulsteelefineart.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Portraits with Character"
Mondays, April 18 - May 9, 2022
 

Painting portraits can be intimidating to say the least, but I want to show you how to let go of that fear! In this class you will need some drawing skills behind you to achieve good contour drawings for your paintings. We will dissect the face and put it back together, and from there I will show you how to cross those lines to get good connecting shapes within your subjects and to your backgrounds. We will concentrate on composition, the use of color, lights and darks, and where to use soft and hard edges. Participants will gain confidence, learn to be more analytical of their own and others’ paintings, and upgrade their abilities.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Oil Painting Texture and Depth"
April 18-21, 2022
 

Expand your painting knowledge beyond the brush and palette knife. In this workshop you will be introduced to oil sticks, cold wax and color shapers and combine them with brushwork to build up texture and depth in an oil painting. Daily demonstrations by Michelle will get your day started with purpose. Michelle will explain why and when to manipulate the paint to achieve a more sophisticated painting surface. All levels and subject matter can benefit from this process. Bring a photo, small study or painting to work from.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michelle Jung, www.michellejungstudio.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Expressive Portrait"
April 18-22, 2022
 

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. If you have further questions about this workshop, please don’t hesitate to email the instructor at info@zinlim.com
 
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


"Mastering Water Media: Acrylic and Watercolor"
April 18-22, 2022
 

Capturing the beauty of light through studying temperatures of light and shadow, visual movement, and value/color relationship will be demonstrated daily. In this workshop the still life, landscape, sky-scape, and architectural subjects will be focused on, as well as adding figures into a painting. Carr will emphasize the “how to’s” in achieving dynamic and impressionistic paintings using painterly brushwork in both watercolor and acrylic. Massing and organizing darks and lights, importance of drawing and the value sketch, atmospheric and linear perspective will also be covered. Students will enjoy gaining painting skills while exploring the wide variety of amazing techniques and useful supplies in both acrylic and watercolor. Through individual instruction, observing daily demonstrations, and critiques, students will develop a personal style.
 
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 18-21, 2022
 

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


"Simplifying the Painting Process from Photos"
April 21-22, 2022
 

Join Linda at the Desert Caballeros Museum as she teaches a two-day workshop where students will paint a landscape in the museum learning center using photographs supplied by the instructor. The goal will be to create simple designs that have a strong foundation. Students will learn to create a feeling of the landscape that gives the painting life, instead of just copying a photograph. Much attention will be directed toward color mixing, the use of the color wheel and color mixing charts. This workshop will include instructor demonstrations. Photographs supplied by the instructor will include subject matter from the Grand Canyon, desert vistas, interior forests and high mountain scenes. Portable equipment and transportation required.
 
Location: Wickenburg, 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


"Urban Landscapes: Interpreting Photos to Create Contemporary Impressionistic Paintings"
April 21-23, 2022
 

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


"Dynamic Figure Studies"
April 22-23, 2022
 

In this workshop, students will be guided through the process of creating a large figure painting in a short time frame. Emphasis will be placed on composition, design, structure, anatomy, and values. Working from a live model for two days, Paolo will paint with students, demonstrating and lending guidance when needed. Students will also be given the opportunity to paint quick figure studies as a warm up. This is an all-levels oil painting class; students can bring a palette that they are familiar with or follow along with Paolo and use his palette.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Paolo Acuna, www.paoloacuna.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Palette Knife Still Life: Full and Rich Color"
April 23, 2022
 

Let go of precision and gain a deeper understanding of color. Using the palette knife opens up the artist to new possibilities with color and edge. This workshop is great for the artist who loves both impressionism and experimentation in painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Anton Nowels, www.antonnowels.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety"
April 25-29, 2022
 

Through lecture and demonstration, this workshop will reinforce the student’s understanding of composition, form and various methods of applying paint. Students will work on specific assignments, exploring ways of simplifying and abstracting the subject while adding endless variety to the marks and colors used. Students will be shown multiple ways of starting and building a painting (both with direct and indirect procedures such as Alla Prima and glazing) and ways of simplifying their palette preparation. This workshop inspires a more experimental approach, discovering new tools, methods, materials, as well as in adjusting elements of the painting, such as the value key/color palette, shapes and edges. Students are advised to first attend “Suggesting Reality” to be fully prepared for this class.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $750 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Alla Prima II"
April 25-29, 2022
 

Richard Schmid not only left us masterpieces of painting but he also left us masterpieces of writing. His treatise on painting, Alla Prima II, will be read for many generations. It is the foundation of how an artist sees. I was lucky enough to be there during the writing of much of this wonderful work and hearing excerpts as he was writing. The gift that Richard gave us jumps from every page. Richard’s time at the Palette and Chisel in Chicago was a very special time. I hope to share with you his teachings and wisdom I gained from many years of knowing him. Join us for a very special workshop to celebrate the life and teachings of this great man.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Clayton J. Beck, III, www.claytonjbeckiii.com
Cost: $875 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting with Sunny"
April 25-29, 2022
 

This course provides an introduction to figure painting and composition for beginning and advanced students who want to develop their painting and observational skills. Students will learn storytelling skills as used in illustration, animations, or toward the Fine Arts field. There will be an emphasis on color, light, design, and composition. Students will develop their ability to visually communicate, conceptualize, and express their creative ideas. Through exploration of materials, colors and applications, students will consider and apply the aesthetic and conceptual developments. This course emphasizes drawing, painting techniques, and exploration of the subject for accuracy, understanding, and point of view.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sunny Apinchapong-Yang, apinchapong.blogspot.com
Cost: $625 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Dynamic Still Life"
April 26-29, 2022
 

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 studio tips for setting up your own fantastic still lifes! We will cover the basics of value and composition design, and do quick, fun exercises to focus on loose, energetic brushwork before creating a finished piece. Sarah will demonstrate, and work with each student individually. Painters of all levels are welcome. Instruction is in oils. (Ages 15 and above.) Learn more about Sarah on Facebook and Instagram (@sedwickstudio).
 
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


"Beginning Oil Pastel"
April 30, 2022
 

Oil pastels are probably the most misunderstood and underappreciated medium there is. When you say “oil pastels” to most artists they think “crayons” because their first exposure to them is with a student grade version. Misconceptions and bad first experiences abound. The truth is 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. You mush, squash, push and blend with your fingertips. You apply, texture, carve, scrape and cut away with your palette knife. This workshop will teach you three basic techniques for creating everything from lush landscapes to eye-popping abstracts.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Scott Turner, www.turneronlinegallery.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Portraits from Life"
May 2-4, 2022
 

Watercolor is a magical medium well-suited for portraiture from life. In this 3-day workshop, Annette will guide students through her practical approach for drawing and painting the portrait in watercolor working from a live model. She will cover how to draw a convincing head through observation of facial structure, features, and shadow pattern. She will also explain materials, techniques for handling color, mixing flesh tones, brushwork, and controlling edges. In addition, Annette will discuss understanding water to paint ratio, and how to control the medium when painting vertically. There will be a demo each morning with time for students to draw and paint in the afternoon. This class is geared toward having fun, sharpening drawing skills, and painting expressively in watercolor.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Annette Smith, www.annettesmithfineart.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Tapping into your Inner Voice"
May 2-6, 2022
 

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


"Making Connections"
May 2-6, 2022
 

Discover the magic system that ties a painting together with harmonious color, powerful brushwork, and well-designed abstract structural shapes. Direct the viewer with intent using intellect and intuition. This class will build upon your knowledge through exercises, demonstrations, enlightening visuals, and master dissections as well as group and individual critiques. Personal photo references and studies will be used. Kevin is author of four popular books on painting, a world class plein air painter, mentor, and teacher. His motto is “Painting is simple, but not easy”. Kevin sets a tone in class that is challenging and encouraging and will keep you laughing all the while you are learning. Please come with an open mind and optimistic, kind spirit.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kevin Macpherson, www.kevinmacpherson.com
Cost: $995 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portrait Drawing in Charcoal to Limited Palette"
May 2-6, 2022
 

This workshop will focus on developing drawing skills for representational portraits. Students will learn the key concepts of portraits as well as the fundamentals of drawing. Over the course of five days, the instructor will teach and share her knowledge of portrait drawing that includes the techniques of charcoal and other dry mediums like Da Vinci’s Red Chalk and monochromatic/limited colors of pastels. The goal of this workshop is to experience different ways of using different mediums to give you an opportunity to discover your own passion for portrait and find your best medium for your own style. Students will have 30 to 60-minute sketch sessions and four to six-hour drawing sessions with live models.
 
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


"Trompe L’oeil"
Tuesdays, May 3-17, 2022
 

This workshop will focus on Trompe l'oeil, a technique that has been used for centuries to “deceive the eye.” Students will learn to apply these techniques to create pieces that reach a depth that at first glance seem to be the actual object. This class will focus on simplifying the creation of a life-like painting in a step-by-step process. Dustin will start off the class by demonstrating techniques and students will then work from their own set-ups with hands-on instruction. Students will work in layers on the same painting throughout the entire class. Students are asked to bring in items that they want to paint to create their narrative, though there will also be items provided. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dustin Klassen, www.dustinklassen.com
Cost: $160 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Drawing Heads Beautifully"
Thursdays, May 5-26, 2022
 

What did DaVinci, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Bernini and other great masters have in common? They all knew that drawing ability is fundamental to creating respectable artwork, and such ability is not possible without an understanding of the anatomy of their subjects. In this course, we will explore the anatomy of the head, including the bone structure and musculature, and how an understanding of this anatomy can help you to elevate your drawing ability. We will then practice applying this knowledge as you create your artwork, thus adding essential tools to your drawing toolbox. Don’t wait any longer to develop these critical skills.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Tracy Schacht, www.tracyschacht.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Essentials of Classic Italian Sculpting: A Portrait Study"
May 5-7, 2022
 

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


"Tapping into your Inner Voice"
May 9-13, 2022
 

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


"Creating Poetry in the Commissioned Portrait"
May 9-12, 2022
 

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


"Paint the Town! Cityscape Painting Fundamentals"
May 9-12, 2022
 

Award-winning artist and college art professor, Rob Adamson, will teach a four-day workshop on the painting fundamentals needed to create stunning, vibrant day and night cityscapes. Students will be taught simplified one and two-point perspective. Principles of design, value, color and edges will be covered. These principles can also be applied to landscape paintings. Color glazing techniques will be demonstrated. Students will work from photo references provided by the instructor, but can also work from their own photo references to create memorable paintings. The instructor will provide lectures, demonstrations and individual instruction. Beginners through advanced artists are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rob Adamson, www.robadamsonstudio.blogspot.com
Cost: $550 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Oil Painting from Sketch to Studio"
May 9-11, 2022
 

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


"Why Still Life?"
May 12-14, 2022
 

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


"Color Mixing with a Limited Palette"
May 14, 2022
 

This relaxing, one-day class for oil painters is designed to give the artist a really useful method of color mixing to achieve consistent, harmonious paintings. Color Theory doesn’t need to be complicated nor involve lengthy charts to consult. Learn how to use only six oil colors (plus white) to create every color of paint previously purchased one tube at a time. Using this method will set the artist on the way to mastering color temperature, values, and intensity. Note: It is imperative to purchase the exact oil colors given in the supply list. It is also imperative to use the same brand of paint. Please do not bring any color that says “hue” on the label.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Renee Palmer-Jones, www.RPJfineart.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Loosening the Boundaries with Mixed Media"
May 16-18, 2022
 

What is your narrative? Let’s explore it together. Liven up and loosen up! Let’s jumpstart your creativity. See what inspiration comes in the process as well as what story evolves. Students will use acrylics, markers, mixed media including paper, magazines, personal photos, and finishing touches of oils and more, executing a very personal painting with your own symbolism. Come feel renewed excitement as your inspiration is piqued. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Suzie Black, www.suzieblack.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Desert Landscape in Pastel"
May 16-18, 2022
 

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


"Desert Animals in Sculpture"
May 19-21, 2022
 

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


"From Photograph to Painting: Sharpening Your Value and Drawing Skills"
Mayy 23-26, 2022
 

During this intensive four-day workshop, 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. Multiple demos by Hunter will show how he goes about creating his award-winning work.
 
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


"An Approach to Figure Painting"
June 6-9, 2022
 

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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