Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Painting the Figurative Subject"
June 21-23, 2021
 

During this three-day workshop, students will paint the portrait, nude and costumed model. Students will work indoors exploring both warm and cool artificial light sources. Studies will be Alla Prima, with a new subject each day. Through lecture, demonstration and individualized instruction, Robert will offer an understanding of general principles of painting that will inform your considerations regarding value, color and edge relationships. Other topics, will include the importance of identifying the color and strength of the light source, simplifying one's value and color interpretation, designing your paintings, posing and lighting the subject, and more. Join us for a fun and informative three days of painting the figurative subject. All skill levels and all mediums are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $350 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Portraits and Figures in Watercolor"
June 23-25, 2021
 

Join Mary Whyte for an extraordinary workshop at Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville, Alabama. Using live clothed models, Whyte will demonstrate daily and guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Whyte's work is in many corporate and museum collections and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine and American Art Collector magazines. We the People: Portraits of Veterans in America exhibition will be on display from June 27 through September 26, 2021 at the Huntsville Museum of Art. For more information, visit marywhyte.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $775 Museum members/ $825 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Essentials of Classic Italian Sculpting: A Portrait Study"
July 8-10, 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


"Painting the Head from Life"
July 8-10, 2021
 

Painting from a live model is an effective way to improve skills in painting any subject matter. In this workshop you will receive instruction on drawing, design, proper value and color use, and edge control. To benefit most from this class an artist should have some drawing skills and a working knowledge of the medium they are using. The workshop will consist of power point presentations, lectures, demos, and every student will get individual instruction at their easel. While most of the demos/instruction are geared for oil painters, acrylic artists, familiar with their medium, will also benefit and are welcome. A full color booklet of class notes is included.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Portraits in Watercolor"
July 12-16, 2021
 

Though often viewed as intimidating and challenging, painting the figure can be just as approachable as a still life and landscape, and brings with its accomplishment a unique satisfaction and reward. Ted will discuss the pitfalls and pluses of painting from photographic reference as well as how to achieve spontaneity, character, and life in your paintings. Class will include daily demonstrations and one-on-one interaction with class members. As Ted shares the specific techniques he uses to bring excitement to his figurative work, you will find your paintings taking on a new life. And, experience great fun in the process! Ted Nuttall is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and Watercolor West.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Figure Drawing for the Painter"
July 26-28, 2021
 

In this three-day workshop, students will learn various drawing techniques from an accomplished draftsman and 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 the rendering of the forms of the subject. Students will be encouraged to work in a variety of drawing mediums and will be exposed to a variety of techniques for their application and use. Students may draw on white, toned or black paper with charcoal, graphite, conte, or pastel. Length of pose will vary. Join us if you would like to draw this engaging subject from life.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $350 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Fundamentals of Painting"
August 6-7, 2021
 

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 two days. Students will 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, www.remellefinearts.com
Cost: $235 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Expressive Flowers, Faces and Figures in Watercolor"
August 16-20, 2021
 

Fresh flowers in the studio will be our inspiration in this intensive watercolor workshop held in the historical, charming, and picturesque town of Rockland, Maine. In our studio, you will have views of a fabulous harbor as well as the comfort of our studio - best of all worlds!!! We will progress to the head and figure - working from photos and a possible model will enable us to work intuitively, spontaneously and directly. Our goals throughout the workshop will be to capture the "life" in our paintings. Janet is a very popular professional painter and instructor with many workshops throughout the United States and abroad.
 
Location: Rockland, Maine
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Website, email, 207-594-4813


"Interpreting Your Photographic Reference"
August 23-25, 2021
 

Painters often use photographic references when creating works of art. During this three-day workshop, students will paint the subjects of their choice using their photographic reference. The painter must understand that photography often misrepresents the true relationships of the value, color and perspective. With guidance, the student will learn to consider the photographic reference as raw material, to be interpreted rather than slavishly copied. Let’s make “art” from our photographic reference! Please bring several photos of interest to each class. This class is open to all levels of experience and all mediums. Please bring tools and materials you are familiar with.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $350 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Dynamic Figure Studies"
August 26-28, 2021
 

In this workshop, students will be guided through the process of creating a large figure painting in a short time frame. Emphasis will be placed on composition, design, structure, anatomy, and values. Working from a live model for three days, Paolo will paint with students, demonstrating and lending guidance when needed. Students will also be given the opportunity to paint quick figure studies as a warm up. This is an all-levels oil painting class; students can bring a palette that they are familiar with or follow along with Paolo and use his palette.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Paolo Acuna, www.paoloacuna.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Narrative Figure"
August 28-29, 2021
 

The Phelps will demonstrate a variety of techniques to create figurative ceramic relief work with an emphasis on storytelling. The twins will share their process from start to finish on how they create and discuss how the figure can be the perfect vehicle to communicate topics like social/political, environmental issues, race, religion, class, sexuality, gender, poverty, war, and other issues of our time. Sequential topics that range from initial idea generation, inspiration from music, pictorial documentation, personal interviews, site visits, material meaning, and other related topics that inspires and informs their work will be explained. Formal aspects of armature/relief board construction, composition, scale/proportion, figure sculpting, surface treatment, hollowing, drying, and firing techniques, and final presentation will be revealed.
 
Location: Carbondale, Colorado
Instructor: Kyle & Kelly Phelps
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Carbondale Clay Center
Website, email, 970-963-2529


"Watercolor Furry Animal Portraits"
September 12, 2021
 

In this workshop we will create in-depth watercolor portraits using masking fluid and gouache techniques. I’ll teach you step by step how to draw the shapes to make your special portrait. You can also trace your image if needed. Watercolor techniques using masking fluid will bring depth to the fur textures. Color temperature, intensity, and glazing will be discussed and practiced. Glaze layers will be achieved with layers of masking fluid to save lines and shapes. Toward the end of the workshop day we’ll unveil the hidden layers saved by the masking fluid. I’ll show you how to adjust the values and colors to bring forth a cohesive painting.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $160.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"'Carmel By The Sea' En Plein Air"
September 15-17, 2021
 

Paint along the Monterey and Carmel Coastline en plain air with Plein Air Painters of America member, Randall Sexton. Open to all levels, this workshop is especially geared to encourage the experienced artist to reach greater heights in their work. Sexton will review the basics of solid picture making - while sharing his own methods for simplifying the complex. Three days (weather permitting) will be spent on location en plain air. Daily demonstrations will be followed up with individual assistance at the easel.
 
Location: Carmel, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website, 831.620.2955


"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


"Mary Whyte Watercolor Workshop"
October 21-22, 2021
 

Join Mary Whyte for an inspiring and educational two days of painting the figure from life in watercolor, suitable for students of all levels. Mary will guide students in color mixing, drawing, composition, getting a likeness and creating dynamic works, as well as offer tips on marketing and the business side of being an artist. Each day will start with a painting demonstration, then the students will paint alongside Mary as she offers one-on-one assistance and encouragement. Learn how to capture your subject in a watercolor portrait with expert, Mary Whyte. Sponsored by Philadelphia Water Color Society.
 
Location: Wallingford, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Philadelphia Water Color Society
Website, email


"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


"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


"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 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


 

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