Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Plein Air Painting in Boulder, Colorado"
June 15-19, 2020
 

Join Mark for a five-day intensive plein air workshop in the beautiful Rocky Mountains outside of Boulder, Colorado. Mark will take his students high into the mountains, just west of Boulder, to paint crashing streams and epic vistas. Students will watch Mark demo each day, and then receive personalized one-on-one critiques of their work as they paint. Portable equipment and transportation required. Students will receive lodging recommendations upon registration.
 
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Instructor: Mark Boedges, www.markboedges.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Art of the Sketchbook"
July 24, 2020
 

Let's face it - life gets busy and studio time can be hard to come by. The key to maintaining a healthy studio practice lies in the sketchbook. This class explores the sketchbook as a portable art studio, a place to 'play' like nobody's watching, and a way of recording your personal process. Together, we'll embark on a creative journey starting with non-traditional warm-up exercises and resulting in standalone abstract works in your personal sketchbook. We'll explore color mixing, palette building, creative prompts, doodling, paint application and collage. Learn to take risks and work out ideas before starting on a big canvas. Most importantly, you'll learn to love the process in addition to the end result.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Exploring Pastels and Painting Mountainscapes"
July 24, 2020
 

This day is split into two 3-hour segments. Picture yourself painting with a nationally acclaimed pastelist, Kathy Beekman. Kathy will introduce and guide you through the wonderful world of pastels where you will explore different types of pastels, techniques of planning your paintings, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to use your fingers as tools, avoid mistakes and give great tips for framing your artwork. Enjoy lots of painting action and one-on-one instruction in this playful learning environment.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kathy Beekman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Fingerpainting Sunscapes and Moonscapes"
July 25, 2020
 

This day is split into two 3-hour segments. In this one-day workshop, you will be painting along with master finger-painting Kathy Beekman, as she shows you how to create dynamic paintings incorporating the sun and the moon. Perfect for beginners and fun for students that love to get down and dirty with their fingers. Learn how to mix color directly on your paper and how to manipulate the pastel sticks to create dreamy imagery. You'll be sure to find it refreshing not using any tools other than your fingers. Bonus: By the end of the day you will have a minimum of two beautiful paintings and a wonderful story about how they were created to share with family and friends.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kathy Beekman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Kathy Beekman
Website, email, 303-269-6963


"Expressive Landscape Painting"
July 25, 2020
 

The foundation of this workshop lies in traditional landscape painting, however, the resultant paintings will be anything but traditional! This workshop is rooted in the formal qualities of landscape painting and uses these principles as means to abstract. The first half of the workshop will be spent exploring automatic drawing techniques, compositional studies, and non-traditional color palettes. The later half will be spent working on a larger, more involved painting. The sequential layout of this class will give students the tools and confidence to take chances and make informed decisions on the canvas.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"The Landscape in Abstraction"
July 26, 2020
 

There's no feeling quite like throwing a big bold brush stroke right across your canvas! This workshop will explore highly abstract landscape painting with a focus on intuitive mark, color, layering and texture. Together, we will transform simple reference imagery into rich, energetic, abstract paintings. The first half of the workshop will be spent creating a small series of mini abstracts, the latter half will be spent working on a larger, more involved painting. We will use non-traditional tools for paint application, take risks, and visit the great question of all: "Is my painting finished?"
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting Landscapes in Gouache!"
July 26, 2020
 

Holbein's Acryla Gouache is an exciting, colorful medium! Learn the basic techniques for painting small landscapes with this forgiving, correctable, and buttery paint. In this workshop, you'll learn methods - surprisingly easy, fresh, and effective - for creating gorgeous landscape paintings on wood panels! You will leave with at least one finished artwork and the knowledge to create many more!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Capture the Beauty of Trees"
July 26, 2020
 

This day is split into two 3-hour segments. Discover and capture the magical personalities of trees in this soft pastel workshop. With many demonstrations, experimentation, and plenty of individual instruction, you will learn Kathy's techniques for achieving mood, emotion and atmosphere in the tree "portraits" that you produce. Plus! You'll learn how to create spiraling limbs and glowing keyholes of light shining through the trees you paint. All of Kathy's workshops are grounded in technique, experimentation, and intriguing information about the subject at hand. Her number one priority is that every student is able to build their confidence level in a safe and playful environment.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kathy Beekman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


 

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