Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Painting Birds in Watercolor"
Wednesdays, July 6-27, 2022

Get loose, go outside the lines, and be unafraid of your watercolors! During this 4-week course, Kim will guide students through several different approaches to painting birds -- a very direct painting approach, a wet into wet approach, and a unique “throwing paint” approach. Students will learn to relax and open up their creativity and imaginations. Although, continue to explore additional techniques around the making of shapes, using color combinations, simultaneously designing foreground and background, taking advantage of soft and hard edges, students will gain confidence in reaching the point where they realize their painting is done.
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Paint without fear"
July 7-14, 2022

Bonjour, join us and artist Gregory Wellman at our beautiful country house, La Salle, in Southern France for a 7 night painting holiday. Luxury accommodation, delicious meals with wine, a friendly environment and like minded people. Non painters are welcome. We will visit villages nearby, passing through glorious landscapes ablaze with Sunflowers. We will be winetasting at the Chateau, visiting wonderful farmer's markets plus a fabulous flea market. Groups are of 5 -10 artists enabling plenty of individual tuition, painting on location and in the studio. Gregory demonstrates in acrylic but invites artists to bring their preferred medium. His teaching style is encouraging and confidence building while developing skills and technique. Pack your paints and brushes and let's go!
Location: Toulouse, France
Instructor: Gregory Wellman
Cost: $1660
Sponsor: Painting holidays at La Salle
Website, email, 0033(0)562294520

"Colorful Birds in Watercolor"
July 7-8, 2022

David will be teaching a combination of wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry painting techniques to capture a colorful Polly-want-a-cracker parrot and a regal American bald eagle in full flight with bright chalk marker color notes added. David often includes ink chalk marker color accents in his internationally-renowned California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture paintings. With his years of college and workshop teaching experience, he is known for breaking down his watercolor painting techniques clearly and always with a dose of humor and encouragement.
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713

"Modeling Animals in 3-D"
Mondays, July 11 - August 1, 2022

This will be a four-week online study of the anatomy and tools for correct proportion when sculpting horses and other animals. 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 how to build armature and use shapes for proportion and muscle skeletal structure to reference in finishing their sculpture. Rod’s known for his expressive animal sculptures, based on solid proportions, but not derived from extensive math or measuring. Students can expect to finish a medium sized clay model, suitable for bronze casting. The workshop will use Zoom and a closed Facebook group and will include online critique, demos and group learning for all levels.
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Rod Zullo
Cost: $400 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"For the Birds: Interpreting Photos to Create Contemporary Impressionist Paintings"
July 13-15, 2022

Learn to make beautiful paintings by using loose, vibrant and confident brush strokes to create energy and movement. The emphasis will be on shapes, values, composition, color temperature, edges, textures and color harmony. There will be a demo and plenty of individual attention throughout the three-day workshop. Participants will be encouraged to interpret rather than just copy photos. Photo reference will be provided or students can bring their own. Come have fun and be inspired!
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Vanya Allison,
Cost: $350 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Wild Clay Workshop - Wilderness Artist Residency"
July 20 - August 6, 2022

Visitor Center Artist Camp is an Artist Residency site in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, nestled between rural townships, abandoned mines, and the vast wilderness of the Ottawa National Forest. We hold one residency session each summer, hosting artists from around the country for two weeks of camping, exploring, learning, making, and sharing. Choose the Wild Clay Workshop with master ceramicist Amy Joy Hosterman of Stinky Cheese Ceramics to immerse yourself in the clay process, learning everything from harvesting clay on-site and mixing clay bodies by hand with local natural materials, to firing using electric kilns or experimental wood-barrel kilns, atmospheric propane kilns, and raku kilns, all while camping in the woods! All skill levels welcome!
Location: Ewen, Michigan
Instructor: Amy Joy Hosterman, Rebecca Meszler
Cost: $1000
Sponsor: Visitor Center Artist Camp
Website, email, 612-385-2835

"Painting Pollinators"
July 27-29, 2022

The Sonoran Southwest is full of gorgeous flowers that need pollinators. This class will discuss and observe bees and hummingbirds. Using simple techniques students will first learn to break the subject down into simple shapes and draw more accurately. Then multiple layers of color will be used to add vibrancy and sparkle!
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Devon Meyer,
Cost: $160 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Needle Felted Animal Sculptures"
July 28, 2022

In this fauna-inspired workshop, we will learn how to make incredibly realistic 3-dimensional felt sculptures of our beloved animals. The class will start with an overview of wool types and needles that are used for felting. We will then experiment with various felting techniques and will work on prepping the wool and creating a wire skeleton for your sculpture. In the second half of the class we will add wool to the skeleton and apply the needle-felting techniques to complete the felted animal. All materials will be provided.
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tamara Tsurkan
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292

"The Ins & Outs of Dogs"
August 26, 2022

You asked for it and we’re doing it! This one day workshop is a crash course in Dog Anatomy without all the boing diagrams!! Johanne will demonstrate how to paint various shapes of ears, noses, eyes and even snouts. Then put them all together into a portrait. Ever wonder how to make your portrait look real? It starts with knowing how all the parts fit! This workshop will change the way you approach any portrait. Even people! The workshop will be recorded and the recording available to students for two months.
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Johanne Mangi
Cost: $75 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Polar and Panda Bears and Cubs"
November 10-12, 2022

Both engaging creatures are synomymous with the color white, but guess what? White fur is like white snow. It often reflects subtle and beautiful ambient colors. And Pandas live in rich forest-likesettings. There is a ton of creative color possibilities, and that is what we will be exploring with both mamas! A simple five-color palette and two round watercolor brushes will be required.
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572

"Zooming Zoo Animals"
Fridays, November 11 - December 2, 2022

Have you considered wildlife painting? Come join us for a unique experience. Johanne has designed a workshop centered around a live stream from the Beardsley Zoo in CT. Along with the live animal demonstrations we will have access to high resolution photographs by the Zoo's official photographer. Does all that fur confuse you? Do your paintings fall short of lifelike? Wondering how to make your subject alive? Want to learn better brush handling? Afraid you haven't the drawing skills to tackle this subject? If you answered yes to one or more of those questions then this workshop is for you! We will explore all of that and more. Johanne guarantees you will end up much braver than you imagined possible.
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Johanne Mangi
Cost: $300 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


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