Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Oil and Cold Wax Painting: Explore the Possibilities"
May 7-8, 2020
 

This will be a fun and informative workshop, focusing on cold wax medium with oils and creating layers, depth and textures in a painting. Students will achieve this by using various tools and mediums, such as oil paint, oil pastels, powdered charcoal, collage, tissue paper, photos (laser printing), old credit cards, squeegees, brayers, etc. Bring your creativity, curiosity and fearlessness to create exciting and interesting paintings in either a traditional or abstract style. Remember, the more you experiment, the faster you grow as an artist! Happy painting!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Vanya Allison, www.vanyaallison.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Texture Guidebook"
August 1, 2020
 

Over the past two decades of writing art technique books, I have found that many artists stick with what they know works. In order to grow and experience more adventure in painting even advanced painters need to push themselves to discover new techniques. Learning a lot of acrylic texture techniques in one day can be a challenge, but when you learn the techniques by creating a book you will have an instant referral at your fingertips. Another win is that there is no pressure to make a finished composition. It is fun to layer some pastes and gels, add collage or stencil, fuse some pieces together and learn how to alter the surface so you can draw or write onto your pages.
 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Art Unraveled
Website, email


"Double Delight"
August 2, 2020
 

Expand your perceptions by adding two paintings on top of each other. This class will result in some amazing art that you create using acrylic on panel and then add another transparent painting on Plexiglas on top. You will connect the two with fasteners that will also work as a stand-off for hanging the art. Imagine that the clouds are really creating shadows as the light passes through the first layer. The water shimmers behind the tress in the foreground and the abstract textures are multidimensional. You will learn about some unusual materials that can spark new ideas for future projects. This is a fascinating way to work with composition and color mixing.
 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Art Unraveled
Website, email


"Fiber Web Painting"
August 3, 2020
 

This unique painting class uses various fibers to move the paint and make implied textural layers. The student will learn how to use transparent colors to create vibrant layers, how to add shadows for depth, unusual ways to incorporate stencils and some other fun painting materials that will be used to add to the composition. You will learn how to add color without covering and what to use for texture and opacity. In this course you will learn about color mixing, how to create transparent layers, composition tips and making transparent collage papers. The newcomer to painting will find this mixed media course welcoming and friendly. The advanced student will discover new ways to add unusual textures to any style of acrylic painting.
 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Art Unraveled
Website, email


 

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