Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"The Child Portrait"
October 2-4, 2020
 

In this three-day workshop, Mike will cover methods of posing and modeling the child portrait. He will also cover the anatomical differences between adults and youth. The workshop is intended to help students find the issues to avoid and pointers to help them when painting the child portrait. This workshop will consist of brief demonstrations in order to exercise the objective and students will work from live child models for reference. There will be plenty of individual attention and critiques throughout the workshop. Students will leave the workshop with a better understanding of how to approach painting children.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Maczuga, www.michaelmaczuga.com
Cost: $450 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Portraits from Life"
October 26-29, 2020
 

In this four-day workshop Annette will share with students her method for painting an expressive watercolor portrait from a live model. Day one will be devoted to small quick studies meant to gain familiarity with technique and brush up on drawing skills. For the remainder of the workshop, students will have the option to paint one to three -hour portrait studies. There will be a demonstration every morning with plenty of time for students to paint in the afternoon. Individual attention will be given to all students. Annette will cover how to draw a convincing likeness by learning to see facial planes and structure of the human head. She will explain her use of color, mixing flesh tones, brushwork and controlling edges.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Annette Smith, www.annettesmithfineart.com
Cost: $420 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Features of the Human Head"
October 27-30, 2020
 

This four-day course will cover in-depth how to paint the primary features of the human head. We will spend time focusing on the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and then on the final day spend time putting everything together while painting from a model. By focusing on each feature, we will gain a better understanding of the landmarks and anatomy and then apply that knowledge to a final portrait painting. Each day will begin with a demo and lecture by Howard and then you will finish your own studies in the latter half of the day with input and assistance from Howard.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Howard Lyon, www.howardlyon.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Likeness through Abstraction"
November 2-5, 2020
 

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


"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
November 9-13, 2020
 

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. Significant time is also allowed for one-on-one instruction in an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive.
 
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


"Cafe Interiors"
November 16-19, 2020
 

You’re sitting in a café, with a warm latte in your hands, and you look around at the way the light streams in from the window and how the café lights twinkle and bounce off the coffee cups and light the baristas face. This is a painting. This is your painting to create. Come join Jennifer in a class built to give you confidence and teach you to build the painting that you want from your actual experience in a café. You will gather references together in a cafe, watch a demo, design layouts and ultimately create a painting that shares your experience. Come enjoy the creativity! All mediums welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jennifer Diehl, www.diehlfineart.com
Cost: $550 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting What You See: The Alla Prima Approach to Painting the Portrait"
November 17-20, 2020
 

Each day, students will have opportunity to explore the fundamentals of painting, using “Alla Prima” methods to faithfully render the human head. Topics will include, drawing, values, color and color temperature, edges, composition, as well as brushwork, setting up and lighting the model, and capturing a likeness. Daniel will demonstrate each morning, followed by student painting time, critiques, and one-on-one instruction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Daniel J. Keys, www.danieljkeys.com
Cost: $660 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstracting the Figure"
December 1-3, 2020
 

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


"Inspired Painting"
December 1-4, 2020
 

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


"Alla Prima Portrait Painting"
December 4-7, 2020
 

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 in one’s final piece. He 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 offering 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 5-7, 2020
 

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


"Animals, Figures and Backgrounds"
December 14-17, 2020
 

Over four days, students will breathe life into their paintings by going outside the lines and “getting loose” with their techniques. Each day will begin with a demonstration, followed by plenty of painting time with lots of individual attention from Kim. She will focus on helping students gain confidence painting the human/animal form or portrait, upgrade their ability, and learn to be more analytical of their own paintings. Techniques will include painting shapes and the application of paint with correct values, leaving lost and found edges for interest and movement, and integrating the foreground with the background to make a cohesive painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Cost: $420 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting from Life"
December 14-18, 2020
 

Practice Alla Prima Oil Painting, direct painting, wet on wet, without a preliminary pencil or charcoal drawing. 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 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 powerful influences. Max will critique each student’s painting daily, give demonstrations, and talk about contemporary and traditional art in relation to our painting in this workshop. Multi-figure compositions will also 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


"Drawing and Painting the Figurative Subject"
December 14-18, 2020
 

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. Students will work from the model, both nude and costumed. 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. 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


"Head and Hands"
January 4-5, 2021
 

In this workshop Mian will break down the process of painting a head into three basic parts: drawing, value and color. Structure, shape of the head, light and shadow will also be analyzed. Hands are one of the most difficult subjects to paint and are often not emphasized enough. Students will receive detailed instructions on how to paint hands. Situ will be able be doing demonstrations and helping students individually.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mian Situ, www.miansitufineart.com
Cost: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Costumed Figure"
January 4-5, 2021
 

(Day 1) 9am-12pm Value Structure Demo, 1-4pm Students will be painting with one-on-one instruction. (Day 2) 9am-12pm Color and Edge Demo, 1-4pm Students will be painting with one-on-one instruction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mary Qian, www.maryqian.com
Cost: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Costumed Figure"
January 7-8, 2021
 

(Day 1) 9am-12pm Value Structure Demo, 1-4pm Students will be painting with one-on-one instruction. (Day 2) 9am-12pm Color and Edge Demo, 1-4pm Students will be painting with one-on-one instruction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mary Qian, www.maryqian.com
Cost: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Head and Hands"
January 7-8, 2021
 

In this workshop Mian will break down the process of painting a head into three basic parts: drawing, value and color. Structure, shape of the head, light and shadow will also be analyzed. Hands are one of the most difficult subjects to paint and are often not emphasized enough. Students will receive detailed instructions on how to paint hands. Situ will be able be doing demonstrations and helping students individually.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mian Situ, www.miansitufineart.com
Cost: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Starting Methods for Beginners in Portraiture"
January 11-15, 2021
 

Tina shares with her students the practical methods she uses in her award-winning portraiture. 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. Tina will demonstrate how to pose and paint from the live model as well as how to photograph the model and how to edit your photos with and without photoshop. She will teach you how to organize your palette to mix realistic colors, values, and temperatures for different skin types and how to achieve an accurate likeness in your portraiture. Each morning Tina will demonstrate and lecture. Then, she will work one-on-one with every artist as they paint. All levels welcome!
 
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


"Figure and Studio Painting"
January 11-15, 2021
 

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


"The Expressive Portrait"
January 18-22, 2021
 

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 and will demonstrate how to construct individual features.
 
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


"Figurative Drawing and Painting"
January 18-22, 2021
 

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 works, edge control, lost and found, composition and design, will all be explained and demonstrated. Different techniques introduced in the book “Henry Yan’s Figure Drawing” 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 18-22, 2021
 

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 students paint from a live model each day, Jeff will critique and assist on an individual basis.
 
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


"Painting a Finished Portrait in Four Days"
January 25-28, 2021
 

This workshop will focus on blocking in the costumed figure in a scene; the lighting will be strong and dramatic. Susan does not want to focus on the portrait; instead there will be props, like tables and still life items, to integrate into the painting. We will focus on getting the drawing and values correct using a limited palette. Susan will demonstrate in the mornings for the first three days and the students will paint in the afternoon on the same pose all week. Students will get to paint all day on Thursday.
 
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


"Oil Painting Essentials"
February 1-5, 2021
 

In this workshop, the core elements of successful oil painting will be explored. Drawing on lessons from his recently published book Oil Painting Essentials, Gregg Kreutz will teach and demonstrate the key factors in getting paintings to come to life. Factors such as how to create drama, how to create depth, how to make the paint dynamic, how to give vibrancy to the light, and other critical issues will be taught through portrait, figure, and still life painting. Kreutz, a celebrated painter and teacher at New York’s Art Students League, believes that a hands-on familiarity with different genres helps painters gain proficiency with whatever subject they choose to paint. Mastering core principles and learning oil painting essentials expands the painter’s options.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Gregg Kreutz, www.greggkreutz.com
Cost: $730 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Unspoken Rules of Color"
February 6-8, 2021
 

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 8-12, 2021
 

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 may wish to do a relief portrait and/or 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 with suggestions for taking photos of your subject and avoiding problems that happen with lighting and distortion). 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 10-14, 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. Significant time is also allowed for one-on-one instruction in an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive.
 
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 12-16, 2021
 

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 demos and one-on-one instruction. This intensive workshop will also avail students opportunities for open discussions of questions that sincere, passionate figural painters encounter. Students will be asked to explore what they wish to bring to their paintings of the figure. They will use the model to discover what painting problems (e.g. drawing, anatomy, paint quality, color, edges), or perhaps, what conceptual questions and creative directions intrigue them. 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, www.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 15-19, 2021
 

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 15-19, 2021
 

In this workshop, Joseph will guide students through his process for constructing a painting in the studio setting. The workshop will be structured to show the various phases a painting goes through from conception to completion. 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 photographs provided by the instructor. 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 19-21, 2021
 

This advanced workshop will explore “Alla Prima” portrait painting and the frequently asked questions that can best help artists to navigate what they are seeing. 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. 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 (e.g. drawing, anatomy, paint quality, color, edges) or perhaps, what conceptual questions and creative directions intrigue them.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rose Frantzen, www.oldcityhallgallery.com
Cost: $600 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Kogan Method"
March 1-11, 2021
 

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.
 
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"
March 1-3, 2021
 

This anatomy class is a must for all artists, 3-D and 2-D, 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 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. Simon will show students how to be happy with the way they draw. 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


"Portrait and Figure: Drawing and Alla Prima"
March 1-5, 2021
 

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 later part will concentrate on the spirited technique of Alla Prima, (“wet into wet” application of oil 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


"One-Way Trip to Composing Sculpture"
March 5-7, 2021
 

Composition is often mistaken for design. Designing is thoughtfully organizing placement- it requires an experienced, educated, intelligent eye, taste and certain elegance. Composing is none of the above. It’s transcending the raw experience and observation, living it all again in a new, unknown form. Composing is a much more carnal, visceral, unruly process, whereas design is much more planned, logical and ruled. Making the block of clay exude emotions is composing - that is the art of sculpting. The workshop will focus on observing the model and sculpting what students have not seen before. Simon will teach students how to breathe emotions into the clay and how to truly experience sculpting.
 
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 8-12, 2021
 

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. Students will execute preliminary drawings before moving on to full-scale oil paintings. Instruction will include practical technical information on paint qualities, pigments, palette, mediums, and paint supports.
 
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 8-11, 2021
 

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


"Figure in Lace"
March 12-14, 2021
 

There are so many nuances when painting lace fabric. In this workshop, Shana will talk about the structure of painting lace and sheer fabric on forms as well as seeing beyond the photo reference and finding the colors beyond what is there. Photo reference will be provided and the lace fabric the students are working from will be in the studio live so that the students can see in detail what the lace feels and looks like. Learning to paint lace doesn’t have to be intimidating. This workshop will allow students to approach lace with more confidence and to see beyond every thread to create character and luminosity to the fabric. Students will be able to take the information for painting lace and incorporate these concepts into other parts of future 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 12-14, 2021
 

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 - 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 seven colors that will help us refine our understanding of color relationships. We will focus on the four 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 15-19, 2021
 

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. This provides a springboard to adding additional information, if the individual artist desires. 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. Portable easel required.
 
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 22-26, 2021
 

This workshop is designed to create a relaxed, fun, informative, yet intense working environment. Romel will demonstrate every morning his approach to painting the portrait and figure from life, using Alla Prima (a style of painting where, instead of building colors up with layers or glazing over an underpainting, the painting is completed while the paint is still wet) with the emphasis on improving color, drawing skills, value relationships, edges, and capturing the “feeling” of light. Learn to use the elements that make a painting stronger and exciting: creative use of color and edges, visual movement, paint application, brush handling, distribution of abstract shapes and strong design. Romel will also explain how to set up the model and lighting.
 
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


"Figurative Painting"
March 29 - April 2, 2021
 

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.
 
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 for 2 Weeks"
March 29 - April 9, 2021
 

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.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Cost: $1,370 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figures in Landscapes"
March 29 - April 2, 2021
 

Truman Hosner teaches a natural way to draw and paint the figure outdoors and inserting 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: William Hosner, www.wtrumanhosner.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figurative Painting"
April 5-9, 2021
 

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.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Cost: $785 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portrait Painting in Layers"
April 6-9, 2021
 

Capturing a likeness is among the most elusive yet emotionally satisfying of artistic endeavors and a good drawing is undoubtedly the most critical component in achieving a good result. In this four-day workshop Joshua will walk students through the steps necessary to create a luminous, indirect portrait painting from life, beginning with a drawing in graphite and white chalk. Demonstration and critiques will center around the principles of form and how to understand and achieve the illusion of three-dimensions. By better understanding the importance of form the student will gain new insight into values, structure, expression and indeed, color.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joshua LaRock, www.joshualarock.com
Cost: $750 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Focusing on the Facial Features for the Artist"
April 12-16, 2021
 

Students will do exercises working from reference and live models to improve their understanding of the facial features. Jerry will thoroughly address the nose, eyes, ears and mouth. Students will learn to simplify the anatomy and structure of the planes of the face. Jerry will also discuss value and lighting and how to expose the facial features to a proper light source to show the halftones, highlights and shadows to create a realistic three-dimensional form. Colors of the facial zones will also be explained and practiced. Individual attention will be given to each student. A packet of class notes will be emailed to each student. This class is open to all levels, digital and drawing mediums are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jerry Salinas, www.jerrysalinas.com
Cost: $650 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure and Color"
April 14-17, 2021
 

This 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


"Developing the Figure through Drawing and Painting"
April 26-29, 2021
 

Learn how to paint the human figure starting with a drawing and progressing to painting from the live model. Students will learn a systematic technique via painting models holding short and long poses. The great paintings throughout history always have a beautiful balance of proportion, value, color, and edge. These aspects are what give power and presence to one’s work. Figure painting is deeply rewarding, engaging, and bound to take one’s appreciation and skill to the next level. Aristides provides frequent demos, breaking down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps, as well as critique and instruction each session.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Juliette Aristides, www.aristidesarts.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


 

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