Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Suggesting Reality"
April 20-24, 2020
 

By observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to his or her character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experiences. This workshop will explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Participants will explore systems of dividing the space within the rectangle, distributing the lines and forms of the subject. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; the important power of content, symbol and abstraction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Suggesting Reality & Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety"
April 20 - May 1, 2020
 

By observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to his or her character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experiences. This workshop will explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Participants will explore systems of dividing the space within the rectangle, distributing the lines and forms of the subject. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; the important power of content, symbol and abstraction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $1200 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"People in Places"
April 23-24, 2020
 

Beautiful set-ups and good fun are promised as students work from the clothed model. Emphasis will be on creating a mood through composition. By posing the model in interesting environments, students will have the opportunity to explore the many facets of painting. The critical elements of a well-designed painting will be discussed including placement, values, edges and brushwork. Students will be encouraged to incorporate mood and emotion into their paintings, allowing them to move beyond the “studio exercise phase” and into more exciting aspects of creating art. Enjoy painting the model in the environment. Whether it’s in the kitchen or sitting at the table drink in hand…each day will be something new and different.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Cost: $235 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety"
April 27 - May 1, 2020
 

By observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to his or her character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experiences. This workshop will explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Participants will explore systems of dividing the space within the rectangle, distributing the lines and forms of the subject. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; the important power of content, symbol and abstraction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Dynamics of Art: Composition and Color"
April 27 - May 1, 2020
 

The dynamic power of composition and color will be the beginning of this adventure. Working from photos, students will look for key areas including light and dark values, edges, lines and blocks of color as a warm up to composing a dynamic composition. Next comes taking those photos/sketches and painting them on “thumbnails” (small paintings or sketches on paper or canvas) where students will be experimenting with their composition and color. Moving on to decide which “thumbnail” to use as a start for their painting, students will compose the subject they decide on to begin work with their canvases or panels. Throughout this creative time, there will be demos, individual help and group or solo critiques.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dinah Worman, www.dkworman.com
Cost: $865 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Dynamic Still Life"
April 27-30, 2020
 

Paint looser and more confidently during this four-day workshop with Oregon artist Sarah Sedwick! Take a step-by-step approach to Alla Prima oil painting, from black-and white studies to brilliant color. Build a beautiful composition with life and movement, get a new perspective on the still life, and learn tips for bringing inspiration to your home studio practice. Students will cover the basics of value and composition design, and do quick, fun exercises to focus on loose, energetic brushwork before creating a finished piece. Sarah will demonstrate, and work with each student individually. Painters of all levels are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sarah Sedwick, www.sarahsedwick.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Developing the Figure through Drawing and Painting"
April 27-30, 2020
 

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. Aristides provides frequent demos, breaking down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps, as well as critique and instruction each session. Students will focus on how to start a drawing and develop proportion, value, color, and edge-work, which will help them to accurately capture a likeness within a limited time frame. Practicing this way over the course of the four days will help to sharpen your observation, and take your skill to a new level.
 
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


"Resurrect Your ‘Closet Paintings’"
April 28-29, 2020
 

We all have them, those paintings that you slaved over but they’re just not quite right. This workshop is custom made for you to bring those paintings in and finally finish them. No one likes to show others their mistakes but this workshop will focus on these fundamentals – composition, values, balance, perspective and color to make your almost-there paintings glow. No judgment or criticism. Just a lot of fun and productive, collaborative painting to clean out your stack of unfinished work! Any subject matter is welcome. Please bring your original reference material (photos) with the paintings. Oil paint is preferred in this workshop but acrylic is welcome, too. We will be painting wet into wet.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Renee Palmer-Jones, www.rpjfineart.com
Cost: $235 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Composition and Design: Field to Studio"
April 30 - May 2, 2020
 

Participants in this dynamic workshop will have the opportunity of working with and learning from celebrated landscape painter and teacher David Dibble. Course will focus on composition and strong design using the foundational principles of drawing, value, and color. Landscape will be the primary focus but artists of all subject matter will find this three-day intensive workshop to be an exciting and enlightening step forward.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Dibble, www.dibbleart.com
Cost: $395 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Still Life Composition and Painting"
May 1-3, 2020
 

This workshop will explore a powerful and rational approach to still life composition and oil painting techniques with brushes and palette knives. David adjusts his advice according to each person’s ability – from raw beginner to advanced professional. However, more advanced students will find it easier to focus on the subtleties of composition. A solid drawing background is highly recommended. David will work individually with each student to compose a still life setup. He will then give painting demonstrations while answering questions, and will help students while they work on their own paintings. Students may choose to create a new composition every day if desired, or may dig in and explore the finishing stages.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Cheifetz, www.davidcheifetz.com
Cost: $415 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Contemporary Still Life in Oil"
Saturdays, May 2-9, 2020
 

Traditionally, still life consists of arranging objects for their decorative value and thematic qualities, this class will look at things a little differently. The focus of this two-day class will be on designing powerful compositions using simple objects. By grouping sometimes unrelated things, from unusual vantage points, attention is drawn to the movement and abstract quality of shapes. The resulting paintings will have a cleaner, streamlined appearance. The class will be painting in a square format, experimenting with textural effects. Setting up objects for the contemporary still life will be discussed. Students will paint from various still life photos, provided by Diane. There will be plenty of one- on-one instruction throughout the day with demonstrations as needed to clarify concepts.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Diane Eugster, www.dianeeugsterart.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Expressive Color in Figure and Still Life"
May 4-8, 2020
 

Don't miss this great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Russian figure and still life impressionistic painting with a contemporary flare. Henry will lecture on the impressionistic approach to painting, helping students gain a maximum understanding of color and relationships as they develop a solid foundation for creating paintings. Students will be given individual instruction and will work directly from life each session. This workshop is a must for artists of all levels interested in improving their painting abilities.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Henry Stinson, www.henrystinson.com
Cost: $595 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Rose"
May 4-8, 2020
 

Garden roses are some of the most beautiful forms in the botanical world. They have been cultivated for centuries and bear little resemblance to the stiff generic varieties that are commonly available. In this intensive workshop painters will have an opportunity to study their complex geometry and exquisite color subtlety. The course will include an indirect method of painting and the introduction of a specific limited palette. A brief slide lecture on the history of the genre will inspire us as we explore this timeless motif. Previous painting experience is encouraged.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathleen Speranza, www.kathleensperanza.com
Cost: $865 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Monotype Printmaking"
May 4-6, 2020
 

There is no experience necessary for participation in this workshop. Attendees will be introduced to the variety of methods used in the creation of what is known as "The Painterly Print". The range of techniques is broad and includes Additive, Subtractive, Line Transfer, Ghost Printing and Chine-Collé. The beauty of Monotype Printmaking comes from the spontaneity that is a major element in this unique method of artistic expression.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Gerald Ruggiero
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


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

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


"Understanding Color-The Power of a Limited Palette"
May 11-14, 2020
 

There are certain irrefutable truisms in painting, one is the fewer colors used, the stronger and more harmonious the statement. Working from a “standard” palette of 12-14 colors, students will calculate progressive sequences on the color wheel to create complimentary schemes, simple triads, and dynamic triads of color, referred to as harmonic chords, comprised of three to six colors, and explore how to select the best color set to serve our concept. Each new piece will require an entirely new working palette. The goal of this workshop is to give the artist a reliable foundation for making color decisions, in other words to demystify color harmony in painting and empower them with a deeper understanding of an important principle.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: M. W. Skip Whitcomb, www.skipwhitcomb.com
Cost: $550 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint the Town! Cityscape Painting Fundamentals for Day and Night City Scenes"
May 11-14, 2020
 

Award-winning artist, Rob Adamson, will teach this four-day workshop that will provide students with the painting fundamentals needed to create stunning, vibrant cityscapes. Students will work from photo reference (provided by instructor, but are also welcome to bring their own cityscape reference) to paint day and night city scenes. Students will be taught a simplified 1 and 2-point perspective to create memorable paintings. Other topics covered are design, drawing, value, color, edges, and lighting and glazing techniques. The instructor will provide lectures, demonstrations and individual instruction. Beginners through advanced artists are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rob Adamson, www.robadamsonstudio.blogspot6.com
Cost: $550 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure and Color"
May 11-14, 2020
 

This workshop will focus on an analytical and emotive approach to painting the human figure with an emphasis on color and value relationships in a related atmosphere. 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 Alla Prima technique, which involves both scumbling and glazing. Steven will also teach techniques for dealing with the flux of changes that occur as a model poses. 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


"An Approach to Figure Painting"
May 18-21, 2020
 

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


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying, and Expression"
June 1-3, 2020
 

Students will use oils (acrylics are allowed, as well) to paint from photos. They will have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of trees, boats, cityscapes, figures, koi, hanging fruit. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos if they choose. Penix will cover topics like how to make your paintings more 3-dimensional, the power of warms and cools, color theory, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, elements of light and shadow, the power of suggestion and finally painting how you see versus just copying a photograph.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Derek Penix, www.derekpenix.com
Cost: $495 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


 

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