Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Painting Animals with Personality - Watercolor (Online)"
March 10-11, 2021

The course will be a step-by-step tutorial of how to paint an animal in a dynamic composition with watercolor. Carol will demonstrate for 20 minutes and the participants will paint along and with additional time to finish each step. The tutorial painting will be completed each day. There will be two animals featured. Day 1: Cows. Day 2: Dog. Carol will discuss how to construct a representational animal from a reference photo. Instruction will include how to paint animal anatomy in a dynamic, artistic way. Participants are invited to paint along and ask questions. There will be a follow up critique with constructive feedback each day.
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carol Carter,
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713

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

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

"Polar Bear and Baby - Watercolor (Online)"
April 10-11, 2021

You will follow David’s step-by-step painting method to create a colorful painting. David’s person-to-person and online teaching persona is enthusiastic, fun, and engaging. We will be painting with only five primary colors, but we’ll be able to mix a myriad of expressive colors that will go into our painting. This minimal array of palette colors will aid in creating a strong color unity and also minimize the confusion that comes with too many color choices. Max 16 participants.
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David Lobenberg,
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713

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

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

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

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

"Koi Joy"
July 9-11, 2021

Are you mezmerized and joyed by the incredibly beaurtiful, ballet-like motion, fluidity and grace of Koi? Come truly express yourself with David Lobenberg's bright colors and new and exciting paint application techniques You will use everything from stencils and pipettes to conte crayon and chalk markers to bring your Koi to life with curving and bending motions which convey these graceful creatures. David’s watercolor paintings can be found in private, public, and corporate collections across the country. His work has been featured in American Artist, Southwest Art, and American Art Collector magazines and several others.
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572

"Pet Portrait Painting"
September 16-18, 2021

In this three-day workshop, students will complete a beautiful, fun portrait of their favorite fur baby! Working from your own photos, you will be guided every step of the way from the drawing stage, to the painting stage, and finishing off with the perfect background. Students will learn how to make a drawing from their photos, oil painting techniques that include textures and colors for fur, capturing expression and a likeness, being bolder with color, and adding a unique background to tie it all in. Stephanie Weaver is based out of Huntsville, AL. She paints realistic landscapes, still life, pet and children’s portraits with a preference of oils. Visit
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Stephanie Weaver
Cost: $400 Museum members/ $425 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


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