Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Painting a Portrait in Oil"
October 4-7, 2021
 

Each morning Susan will do a demo then students will paint in the afternoon from a live model. On the morning of the first day Susan will demo a small value block in then students will paint a value block-in in the afternoon. On days two, three and four the class will work on painting a larger portrait in full color.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan Lyon, www.susanlyon.com
Cost: $795 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Expressive Portraits From Life and Photos"
October 11-14, 2021
 

Every professional artist says, “Work from life!” But sometimes we have no choice. Unfortunately, photos lie to us. There are four elements to realistic painting: shape (drawing), value, color, and edges; the problem is that even in the best of photo references three of the four are always wrong! So, we become very adept at copying wrong information…and it shows in our paintings! While there is no substitute for plenty of life-work, in this workshop you will learn how to spot the errors in the photo reference, and more importantly, compensate for them. William will demonstrate in both oil and pastel - a complete head study as well as several “mini-demos” (painting eyes, mouth, etc).
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: William Schneider, www.schneiderart.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Portrait in Relief"
October 11-15, 2021
 

For any artist wishing to know the full process of creating relief sculpture in a permanent medium this is an invaluable class to take. Eugene will demonstrate how to use every stage of the process to enhance the final portrait. We will be making a plaster mold that will offer the opportunity to refine and enhance. From this Negative mold we will make a final positive cast which can be considered final or can be made into another material such as bronze. Daub will also demonstrate the process of adding names or wording to the relief. This is a rare opportunity to learn this amazing art form by one of the pioneers and leaders in the field.
 
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


"Drawing and Painting the Figurative Subject"
Saturdays, October 16 - November 20, 2021
 

Students will have the opportunity to draw portrait and nude models from life. Three sessions will be devoted to drawing of the model. Drawing is the most important area of study for the figurative artist! Shape, value relationship, edge relationship and anatomy will be considered during these three sessions. The following three sessions students will paint the portrait, nude and costumed model. Subjects will be lit with cool and warm light sources. An understanding of the effective difference between warm and cool lighting is essential to a successful interpretation. Color mixing, design, and other topics will also be addressed. This class welcomes all levels of experience and all mediums.
 
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


"Figure Drawing for the Painter"
October 18, 2021
 

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


"Essentials of Classic Italian Sculpting: A Portrait Study"
October 21-23, 2021
 

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


"Figure Painting and Composition"
October 25-26, 2021
 

Mr. Carter will teach this workshop with an emphasis on integrating the human figure and surrounding elements into an arrangement of dark and light value patterns in order to create more dynamic and dramatic compositions. Students will be painting from a costumed model in a room setting. Mr. Carter will discuss how to orientate the subject on the canvas, identify primary and secondary focal points and create a block-in using interconnected patterns of dark values. Students will be shown methods for establishing accurate proportion and drawing, value simplification and shape abstraction. Keying the compositional color scheme and warm and cool color relationships will be part of Mr. Carter’s discussions. Mr. Carter will give painting demonstration on Wednesday Oct 27.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: John Michael Carter, www.johnmichaelcarter.com
Cost: $400 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Costumed Portrait"
October 25-26, 2021
 

(Day 1) 9am-12pm Value Structure demo, 1pm-4pm Students will be painting with one-on-one instruction. (Day 2) 9am-12pm Color and Edge demo, 1pm-4pm Students will be painting with one-on-one instruction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mary Qian, www.maryqian.com
Cost: $400 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figure Painting and Composition"
October 28-29, 2021
 

Mr. Carter will teach this workshop with an emphasis on integrating the human figure and surrounding elements into an arrangement of dark and light value patterns in order to create more dynamic and dramatic compositions. Students will be painting from a costumed model in a room setting. Mr. Carter will discuss how to orientate the subject on the canvas, identify primary and secondary focal points and create a block-in using interconnected patterns of dark values. Students will be shown methods for establishing accurate proportion and drawing, value simplification and shape abstraction. Keying the compositional color scheme and warm and cool color relationships will be part of Mr. Carter’s discussions. Mr. Carter will give painting demonstration on Wednesday Oct 27.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: John Michael Carter, www.johnmichaelcarter.com
Cost: $400 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Costumed Portrait"
October 28-29, 2021
 

(Day 1) 9am-12pm Value Structure demo, 1pm-4pm Students will be painting with one-on-one instruction. (Day 2) 9am-12pm Color and Edge demo, 1pm-4pm Students will be painting with one-on-one instruction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mary Qian, www.maryqian.com
Cost: $400 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Likeness through Abstraction"
November 1-4, 2021
 

In this workshop we will concentrate on representing a likeness through large shapes. By using this step by step approach, the complexities of painting a portrait are simplified to the very basics. By making large shapes progressively smaller, students will begin placing simplified versions of the features until they have a fully developed portrait. The color palette will remain limited and students will see how to achieve many different “flesh” colors with very few colors on the palette.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Seth Haverkamp, www.sethhaverkamp.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"A Problem with Patterns?"
Mondays, November 1-15, 2021
 

Having difficulty with patterned backgrounds? How about porcelain decoration? Even surface texture can be interpreted as a pattern. In this class we’ll navigate ways of using pattern to your advantage and how to incorporate them into your compositions. Nancy will give demos and individual instruction to help students approach pattern in their works.
 
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


"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
November 15-19, 2021
 

Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall will demonstrate the techniques, and instill the confidence to enjoy painting people. 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 – regardless of 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


"Explosive Colorful Portrait Painting"
November 15, 2021
 

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


"Inspired Painting"
November 30 - December 3, 2021
 

In this workshop, students will spend the week inspired by beautiful things…either from the model in a vignette or from an alluring still life. It is the student’s choice to either paint something different each day or to delve deeper into the chosen subject over several days. Nancy will demonstrate from the model on Monday and from a still life on Wednesday. She will discuss her process, as well as the concepts of composition, intent, value, color, and application. Students will paint with one-on-one instruction and guidance. Nancy believes everyone has their own way of seeing the world and works to help students develop their own voice and style.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Cost: $545 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstracting the Figure"
November 30 - December 2, 2021
 

This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide students through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. 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 also plan to take photos while in class (printed photos may be used and/or images from a laptop/iPad, especially if it has photo-editing software). This class is open-media but the instructor will demonstrate using acrylics.
 
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


"Alla Prima Portrait Painting"
December 3-6, 2021
 

Sean Cheetham uses a very distinct palette, called a “mud-palette”, when working on Alla Prima portraits. This palette will be discussed extensively throughout the workshop. The benefits of working with this palette are value and color control. Sean will discuss harmony and unity and will teach students a simple step-by-step process to painting Alla Prima portraits. Sean will be going over composition, drawing, likeness, organizing the palette, color mixing, value, edges, and producing a completed portrait. The workshop will start off with a demonstration and then Sean will continue to paint alongside the students throughout the weekend, as well as offer critiques. Since the focus will be on direct wet-into-wet painting, there will be a different model each day.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sean Cheetham, www.seancheethamfineart.com
Cost: $600 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Charcoal and Pastel Portrait"
December 4-6, 2021
 

This three-day charcoal drawing workshop will include demonstrations as well as individual guidance and feedback. Kate will focus on the importance of placement accuracy, values, edges and textures, and the usefulness of photographic reference. She will show how she sets up, lights, and photographs a model. Students may also take new reference of the same model but can bring their own if they so desire. The class will start with a demonstration and discussion, then participants will be encouraged to work on their own drawings using the same process. Kate will lend assistance to each and every person.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kate Zambrano, www.katezambrano.com
Cost: $400 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting from Life"
December 13-17, 2021
 

In this workshop, students will paint from life, observing the model carefully, first to block in the larger forms and later to develop the secondary forms. This workshop will concentrate on the relationships of shapes, values and colors in order to describe the special and sculptural forms we are seeing with greater depth. This will enable students to express the gesture and especially the unique character of the individual posing. Rembrandt, Velasquez and Sargent will be a powerful influence in in our workshop. Max will critique each student’s painting daily, give painting from life demonstrations, and talk about contemporary and traditional art in relation to our painting in this workshop. Multi-figure compositions will be discussed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Max Ginsburg, www.maxginsburg.com
Cost: $850 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Portraits with Character"
January 3-4, 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


"The Fundamentals of Painting"
Tuesdays, January 4-25, 2022
 

This workshop will go over the fundamentals of painting with emphasis on portrait. Students will utilize preliminary studies in charcoal and transition into painting within these four sessions. Students will then learn how to paint form and capture the essence of the sitter. The focus will be on simplification by minimal use of values and using a variety of edges to create form. The methods used in the workshop can also be used in painting most subject matters. Personalized and individual critiques will take place while the model is posing, to ensure live feedback. Remelle will go over techniques and methods on how to paint from life.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Remelle Tanhueco
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Drawing Heads Beautifully"
Thursdays, January 6-27, 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


"Starting Methods for Beginners in Portraiture"
January 10-14, 2022
 

This workshop is perfect for anyone struggling with portrait painting. Students will learn to see and simplify values, create form, and understand edges and chroma to control your composition and create dramatic portraiture using Tina’s practical and easy to use strategies. Tina will demonstrate how to pose and paint from the live model as well as how to photograph the model. Tina will teach you how to organize your palette to mix realistic colors, values, and temperatures for different skin types and two easy strategies to achieve an accurate likeness. Tina will demonstrate three oil painting methods including open grisaille, accurate color wash and Tina’s favorite, selective start to help students discover the process that will help them achieve their best work.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Tina Garrett, www.tinagarrett.com
Cost: $625 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Drawing and Painting the Figurative Subject"
January 10-14, 2022
 

Drawing is fundamentally important to the student interested in painting portraits, nude and costumed subjects. Working from life is always preferable. Studio time will be divided equally between the practices of drawing and painting. The first half of the class will focus on figure drawing. Academic concepts of “comparative measurement”, “generalized proportions” and “tonal modeling” will be addressed in lecture and practice. The remainder of the class will be devoted to painting the model both nude and costumed. The topics of design, color mixing, color temperature and paint application will be discussed. Students will paint both warm and cool lit subjects. This class is open to all levels of experience. Students will receive lots of individualized support.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $625 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figure and Studio Painting"
January 10-14, 2022
 

This intensive five-day workshop is designed for painters who have already had painting experience but would like to continue improving their craftsmanship and visual concept. The workshop will focus on painting from the model as well as studio painting. There will be a deep discussion regarding visual elements such as design, placement of composition, and focal point. Students should bring their own photo reference to the workshop for the studio painting assignment. The instructor will be doing a one- day formal demonstration during the workshop, sharing his thoughts and experience throughout the process.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Huihan Liu, www.huihanliuart.com
Cost: $785 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figurative Drawing and Painting"
January 17-21, 2022
 

Learn how to use different methods and techniques in drawing and painting the figure with charcoals and oils. Accurate structures and values will be emphasized in drawing practices, and how it’s been used in paintings. Applications, in both drawing and painting, of line works, rendering of 3D forms, color choices, brush work, edge control, composition and design, will all be explained and demonstrated. Different techniques introduced in the book “Henry Yan’s Figure Drawing Techniques and Tips” will be used in drawing and painting practices. Although it’s a drawing and painting workshop, students can also choose to draw for the entire time of the five-day workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Henry Yan, www.henryyanart.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Portrait"
January 17-21, 2022
 

There are many criteria that go into creating a successful portrait. While capturing a good likeness of the sitter is very important, it’s not enough. A great portrait feels alive, evokes emotion, and captures the viewer through the beauty of its maker’s compositional and aesthetic choices. In this portrait painting workshop, Jeff Hein will discuss what he believes to be the key elements of creating a great portrait. He will discuss creating a concept, formulating good composition and designing of marks, strokes, and color. Jeff will also break down the formal process of painting a head into its most basic parts; drawing, value, and color. As Jeff demonstrates, he will show his techniques and discuss key principles associated with these three areas.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jeffrey Hein, www.jeffhein.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Expressive Portrait"
January 17-21, 2022
 

Modeling a portrait from life is a fantastic way to study the forms of the human face and head, and improve clay modeling skills. Alicia will break down the important structural elements needed to achieve a likeness, the proportions of the face and head, and the specific forms of the features...as well as how they change in subtle expressions. Students will work from life to create a roughly 3/4 life size bust in water-based clay on a fixed armature. Teaching methods will include brief lectures, demos, and individual feedback. Alicia will develop a piece alongside students throughout the week. Alicia will also demonstrate how to construct individual features and students will be encouraged to model the features highlighted during each demo.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Alicia Ponzio, www.aliciaponzio.com
Cost: $760 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Inspired Portrait and Figure in Oil"
January 31 - February 4, 2022
 

Designed to wake your aesthetic voice, the focus of this workshop is to freely capture the essence of what inspires you most while painting the portrait and clothed figure. Starting with a strong value-based composition, learn to define and simplify a visually interesting narrative to its most essential elements; then, explore ways to build on that concept with color, edges and texture. There will be daily demonstrations of varying lengths shared with painting time and individualized instruction, quick studies, and a brief visual presentation. Good drawing skills and a strong grasp of painting fundamentals are recommended.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Johanna Harmon, www.johannaharmon.com
Cost: $655 (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


"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


"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


"Quick Sketch Figure Painting"
February 14-18, 2022
 

Kim professes, “Immediacy is important not only because it is often the nature of people, but for me, it is the most instinctive way to paint.” In this workshop, students will concentrate on developing their ability to paint quickly and accurately, a skill that can be useful in many situations. Students will work from models in natural situations (chatting, playing music, walking around, but not strictly “posed”) both indoors and outdoors. The goal of this workshop is not to create a finished painting, but numerous very quick, spontaneous, yet controlled studies. Portable easel required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim English
Cost: $680 (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


"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


"The Artists Guild Week"
February 21-25, 2022
 

Scottsdale Artists’ School is pleased to host a week-long Artists Guild Workshop with David A. Leffel, Sherrie McGraw, Jacqueline Kamin, and Stacy Kamin. These four prominent artists will share their expertise on drawing & painting the portrait & figure as well as the still life. Every participant will receive individual attention from the entire staff. They will rotate among the different rooms of students, so everyone will receive frequent guidance and several demonstrations. Students will explore the qualities that define different textures. By painting still lifes & models in luxurious settings, students should feel much more confident about capturing the characteristics that distinguish copper from pewter, satin from velvet, and skin from hair. Join us for an intense but enjoyable week!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: 4 prominent artists
Cost: $1900 (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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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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