Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Tools for Oil Landscape Paintings … Ways to Tell Your Story!"
August 4-5, 2021
 

To make a painting sing, an artist uses color, light, depth, contrast and balance…but to tell the story of a landscape, the mood and drama of the scene actually bring it to life! Learning to manage and pull these elements together effectively make painting decisions easier. This workshop will focus on techniques and strategies to do that! Mixing and organizing paint sequences of color steps to create depth and movement and to design light and shadow shapes help in landscape storytelling. David will demonstrate using oil paint and provide discussions, visual displays, and personalized instruction. Please bring a selection of landscape photographs for reference.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Flitner, www.davidflitner.com
Cost: $235 (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


"Landscape Painting Fundamentals"
August 9-11, 2021
 

Students will paint the landscape from photos in the cool indoors of the classroom studio. They will approach the indoor class as if they are outdoors, focusing on quickly getting that solid ‘block-in’. This will progress by painting many small canvases each day. A solid start is key to a successful painting. Learning to paint is about learning to see. As a student learns to accurately see, they can emulate this information in a more truthful way, and they discover what a painting doesn’t need. Then suddenly everyone in the class has paint on their clothes! This is a painting adventure. Be ready to have fun and learn!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Paul Steele
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Color Mixing with a Limited Palette and Palette Knife Painting"
August 12-13, 2021
 

This exciting two-day class for oil painters is designed to give the artist a really useful method of color mixing to achieve consistent, harmonious paintings, and to then apply those skills to palette knife painting. Learn how to use only six oil colors (plus white) to create every color of paint previously purchased one tube at a time. Using this method will save hundreds of dollars over time, replace mountains of paint tubes from different manufacturers, and set the artist on the way to mastering color temperature, values, and intensity. We will reinforce traditional fundamentals including: values, temperature management, large masses, focal point emphasis, simplification of detail and soft edges…all with a palette knife! No brushes allowed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Renee Palmer-Jones
Cost: $235 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying and Expression"
August 16-20, 2021
 

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, and 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: $725 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"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


"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


"Painting the Features of the Human Head"
October 12-15, 2021
 

This 4-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


"The Beauty of the Skyscape"
October 18-20, 2021
 

In this workshop students will study various clouds and skies from thin wisps to threatening thunderheads. Billowing clouds come in countless shapes, sizes and various colors. Participants will work with photographs with low horizons giving a focus on how to handle different skies, including sunsets and stormy scenes. Linda will provide several photographs and students are encouraged to bring photos of skies that they would like to paint. Students will learn to create a feeling of the landscape that gives the painting life, going beyond just copying a photograph. Special attention to values, composition and edges will be discussed along with several examples of clouds in progress. This workshop will include instructor demonstrations, visual teaching boards and study handouts.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Cost: $400 (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


"Create Glowing Color in Still Life"
October 25-26, 2021
 

In this workshop by Oil Painters of America Master Jeff Legg, you will learn the secrets of making your oil paintings glow with luscious, luminous color. Jeff will step you through the process of setting up a still life in such a manner as to enhance opportunities to create form, depth and luminosity. Students will select their own props and composition to paint from life, receiving one-on-one help with their particular needs. Paint application, composition, color and material choices are just a few of the topics open for discussion. Daily demonstrations by Jeff will illustrate in real time the teachings of this master painter.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jeff Legg, www.jefflegg.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


"Plein Air in Studio: The Color of Value"
October 25-26, 2021
 

This is a two-day in-studio workshop designed for intermediate to advanced students who have had some experience working in plein air or would like to learn techniques to work more successfully on location. Focus will be on designing the large patterns in terms of value (dark to light), developing these shapes into color and keeping the color true to the value they represent. By limiting the number of values, form takes the lead over minutiae, thus, strengthening the impact of the work. Students should bring their own photos and references. Some photo references will be available for students to choose from if needed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathryn Stats, www.kathrynstats.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


"Plein Air in Studio: The Color of Value"
October 28-29, 2021
 

This is a two-day in-studio workshop designed for intermediate to advanced students who have had some experience working in plein air or would like to learn techniques to work more successfully on location. Focus will be on designing the large patterns in terms of value (dark to light), developing these shapes into color and keeping the color true to the value they represent. By limiting the number of values, form takes the lead over minutiae, thus, strengthening the impact of the work. Students should bring their own photos and references. Some photo references will be available for students to choose from if needed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathryn Stats, www.kathrynstats.com
Cost: $400 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Create Glowing Color in Still Life"
October 28-29, 2021
 

In this workshop by Oil Painters of America Master Jeff Legg, you will learn the secrets of making your oil paintings glow with luscious, luminous color. Jeff will step you through the process of setting up a still life in such a manner as to enhance opportunities to create form, depth and luminosity. Students will select their own props and composition to paint from life, receiving one-on-one help with their particular needs. Paint application, composition, color and material choices are just a few of the topics open for discussion. Daily demonstrations by Jeff will illustrate in real time the teachings of this master painter.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jeff Legg, www.jefflegg.com
Cost: $400 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting with Intention, with the Goal of Success!!"
November 1-4, 2021
 

Stephanie has been a Putney Painter for 14 years, the group founded by Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik. Learn to see what it is that you want before you start to paint. Stephanie believes that every brushstroke and color should be intentional. She’ll teach you how to think before you apply a brushstroke, making your paintings happen faster and with more accuracy. Learn to mix clean color and make beautiful brush strokes that will direct your viewer’s eyes through your painting. Edges and composition will also be thoroughly explored. And don’t forget values!! Paint with confidence and certainty. Subject matter will be organic, all living things; flowers, fruit, vegetables and leaves...whatever we can find that is beautiful! Oil and Pastel welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Stephanie Birdsall, www.stephaniebirdsall.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Beyond Description: Expressive Painting through Image Structure"
November 8-12, 2021
 

Your growth as an artist is my priority as we study great artists and unlock the universal secrets of image structure. At a primal level, it’s this abstract image structure that moves us-- the use of line, shape, space, value, color, and texture. This applies to any style or genre of painting because every good painting is good due to the underlying abstraction - the power of the purely visual. The plan is always to help you reach your potential, painting your way, with your voice and vision, but better than ever before. You can paint representational or abstract. Oils, watercolors, collage, and acrylics welcome. Come be encouraged and inspired in a fun, upbeat atmosphere.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Michael Slonim
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Source to Studio"
November 8-12, 2021
 

This workshop is aimed at the more experienced landscape oil painter who wishes to explore the ideas, techniques and issues involved with expanding upon studies successfully in the studio. Jill Carver will discuss concepts and techniques aimed to resolve and strengthen motifs and improve overall design, from initial ‘thought boards’ to actual techniques. She will discuss the science of how we see and how we can control and excite eye movement. Moving on from advanced design concepts, Jill will tackle the practical techniques of scaling up a design through ‘surface quality’ issues of working larger, working wet-over-dry, re-working passages that need correction, and the use of mediums, glazing techniques and varnishes. Students will work from their own visual material.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jill Carver, www.jillcarver.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Source to Studio"
November 15-19, 2021
 

This workshop is aimed at the more experienced landscape oil painter who wishes to explore the ideas, techniques and issues involved with expanding upon studies successfully in the studio. Jill Carver will discuss concepts and techniques aimed to resolve and strengthen motifs and improve overall design, from initial ‘thought boards’ to actual techniques. She will discuss the science of how we see and how we can control and excite eye movement. Moving on from advanced design concepts, Jill will tackle the practical techniques of scaling up a design through ‘surface quality’ issues of working larger, working wet-over-dry, re-working passages that need correction, and the use of mediums, glazing techniques and varnishes. Students will work from their own visual material.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jill Carver, www.jillcarver.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"From Photograph to Painting: Sharpening Your Value and Drawing Skills"
January 24-27, 2022
 

During this intensive four-day workshop, dive into the world of values with master-of-the-limited-palette, Charlie Hunter. Using photographic images as a starting point, this class will focus on how to make values work to build stronger paintings. Students will work with Hunter as he guides them through creating value drawings from personal photographs – an often-overlooked step that pays off in spades! Then, with these drawings as one’s stepping stone, students will be able to develop memorable and dynamic paintings. By simplifying forms and emphasizing composition, student’s work can take on a power that will truly make it stand out. Multiple demos by Hunter will show how he goes about creating his award-winning work.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Charlie Hunter, www.charliehunter.art
Cost: $600 (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


"Plein Air to Studio, Making your Studies Work for you Indoors"
January 31 - February 3, 2022
 

This workshop is a combination plein air and studio workshop. Students will begin on location outdoors making sketches and studies. These sketches will then be used as inspirational resource materials for more complete, slightly larger, studio pieces that remain fresh and inviting. Lori Putnam’s paintings are a personal and genuine response to a scene, and she encourages her students to learn to do the same. Students will leave this workshop excited and ready to experiment more on their own. Students will be pointed toward meaningful, personal, artistic growth. Participants will receive a free copy of “Plein air, Right from the Start.” The workshop will include lectures and demonstrations, individual painting time, personalized instruction and group discussions. Some experience working en plein air suggested.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Lori Putnam, www.loriputnam.com
Cost: $785 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Capturing the Light"
January 31 - February 4, 2022
 

In this workshop, most of the time will be spent indoors, with some painting time spent outdoors as well, weather permitting. Tim is best known for the light in his paintings coupled with strong composition. The primary focus will be how to convey the sense of strong sunlight in a painting by identifying, clarifying, and pushing the values. Exercises will be used to help simplify these concepts. Students will also work on achieving clean color in their paintings and utilize value patterns to aid in developing successful compositions. There will be discussions on materials, scene selection, and brushwork. Tim will create a demonstration painting each day and work with students individually on their paintings throughout the day.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Timothy Horn, www.timhornart.com
Cost: $715 (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


"Plein Air Painters of America"
February 13-17, 2022
 

This workshop will focus on the foundational principles required to complete successful landscape paintings in the field. A solid understanding of drawing, value, design, and color is fundamental when it comes to analyzing the subject at hand and completing a successful painting. We will cover these principles in depth and discuss how they apply to organic forms in a natural environment. Participants should expect plenty of personal attention and daily demos. This class is open to all skill levels. Instructors include: Mitch Baird, Aimee Erickson, Dave Santillanes, and Eric Jacobsen.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: 4 instructors
Cost: $850 (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


 

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