Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Quiltworx University 2019 at Tanque Verde Ranch"
February 7-11, 2019
 

Six months before the workshop, our team will help guide you through the process of customizing your personal project using design elements never before released by Quiltworx. Use the Quiltster tool (6-month membership is included) to design a project on your own or work with our design team one-on-one to create your project. All projects (kits are purchased separately) will be completed using a wide range of current and popular fabric collections selected by the local quilt shop from companies such as Hoffman Fabrics, Timeless Treasures, Free Spirit, and more! We will prepare the kit for you, have it waiting at the event, and bring a team of instructors ready to teach whatever you need to know to make your design.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Judy Niemeyer
Cost: $1,175
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Plein Air Painting in Tubac, AZ, with Michael Chesley Johnson"
February 20-22, 2019
 

Join Michael Chesley Johnson in this plein air painting workshop in historic Tubac, Arizona. Tubac offers us Tumacacori National Monument, an old Spanish presidio and more. Perfect for any level of painter, the workshop will give you the basics for plein air painting, starting with outdoor painting goals, values and design, color palettes and harmony, plus how to capture the landscape quickly without sacrificing mood and magic. Each day starts with a lecture followed by an outdoor demonstration and then student work, with Michael offering help and daily critiques. Michael has painted and taught for over 18 years. Author of Outdoor Study to Studio, he is also a frequent writer for Pastel Journal, The Artist's Magazine and PleinAir Magazine.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Tubac Center of the Arts
Website, email, 520-398-2371


"Paint the Red Rock Country of Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
April 2-5, 2019
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Lodging package for $800 (incl. tuition) also available, but limited, so don't hesitate!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


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

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


"Sewing the Land I and II: fused, collaged, and quilted landscapes"
January 6-11, 2020
 

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


 

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