Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Outrageous Color in Landscape Painting"
January 27-28, 2022
 

Focus on learning to use a loose, colorful and expressive painting technique in your landscapes. Learn to organize and edit scenes to achieve better compositions. Improve your skill and confidence while putting pizazz into your paintings with bold color. His paintings start fast and end slowly and thoughtfully. Joseph always chooses poetry over correctness in his paintings. Students should have their own photo references. This is an easy going, casual workshop for all levels of painters. He believes in patience, good humor, and boundless encouragement. He starts each day with a 30-minute demo in acrylic while sharing tips, techniques and procedures. Each day will end with an always, gentle class critique.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $180 Member | $220 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Pre-College: Figure Painting"
Saturdays, January 29 - April 2, 2022
 

Figure painting is one the most versatile and popular subjects taught at PAFA. Learn to paint the life model in oil, focusing on human anatomy and proportions, painthandling, materials, and design. Prior basic drawing experience recommended. Note: This class will use nude models, and includes a $25 model fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Inga Kimberly Brown
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"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


"Oil Painting Essentials"
January 31 - February 4, 2022
 

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


"Fundamentals of Landscape Painting"
Tuesdays, February 1-15, 2022
 

The most important steps in representational landscape painting are the first steps: the compositional design and block in! This workshop will focus on designing a good composition and nailing the values from the start, starting with a solid value plan with large simple shapes and working through the painting process to whatever level of ‘finish’ is desired. The finishing touches or amount of detail is a matter of personal taste, but the ‘start’ is key to any successful painting. Additionally, perspective as it relates to the landscape, mixing quick clean color, what’s needed when going outdoors to paint and lots more will be covered in three short days. Be ready to work, learn and have fun doing it!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Paul Steele, www.paulsteelefineart.com
Cost: $160 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portrait Painting"
February 1-3, 2022
 

This workshop is designed to teach students to paint a convincing portrait. Students will learn how to capture a likeness of their subject through the use of color value to add depth, brushwork to depict hate, glowing skin tone and clothing. Jenny will demonstrate techniques throughout the workshop. Students can work in acrylic or oil. Students who wish to paint in Oil can use materials (oil paint, brushes, palette, turpenoid) supplied by instructor for $10 fee (canvases are still supplied by student).
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Jenny Berry
Cost: $135 Member | $165 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"People in Places with Things"
Wednesdays, February 2-16, 2022
 

Explore the model as one element among many in a painting…Is it a painting of a woman in a room, or is it a room with a woman in it? We will have a different pose each class to explore these possibilities. The critical elements of a well-designed painting will be discussed including placement, values, edges and brushwork. There will be demonstrations, critiques and individual instruction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Cost: $350 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstracting the Landscape"
February 3, 2022
 

Take your landscapes to an impressionistic and somewhat abstracted level to make them more painterly and exciting. Students will paint landscapes from their own photos or those supplied by instructor and learn both design strategies and exciting brushwork to create works of art. The instructor will demonstrate color mixing for color harmony and finishing techniques.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Pullinsi, www.lindapullinsi.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Unspoken Rules of Color"
February 4-6, 2022
 

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 and Figure Painting 'Weekend Warriors' Workshop"
February 5-6, 2022
 

These popular weekend classes focus on the figure/portrait in a series of exercises designed to challenge artists at every experience level. Working from life, students come away with a new understanding of the human form, color-mixing, composition, and paint-handling. Saturday is an “aerobic work-out” of short poses (25 to 40 minutes).... and Sunday consists of longer poses - (one in the AM and one in the PM). Each student is expected to bring their own easel (plein air set-up works great) and supplies (a supply list will be sent out upon registration).
 
Location: Benicia, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $275 (includes model fees)
Website, 415-307-9796


"Palette Knife Landscape Painting: Lose the Brush!"
February 5-6, 2022
 

Embrace the freedom that comes from decisive, impasto knife application. Work wet-into-wet in either oil or acrylic (oil is preferred). Students will plan, design, sketch and complete at least two or more compositions in the workshop. This class will focus on the reinforcement of traditional fundamentals including color theory, values, temperature management, large masses, focal point emphasis, simplification of detail and soft edges…all with a palette knife! No brushes allowed. Learn to identify and solve “problems” ahead of time to ensure beautiful results. This is a fun, relaxed atmosphere that will push even the most advanced artists out of their comfort zones and open a new door to passionate expressionism.
 
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


"Still Life: Interpreting Photos to Create Contemporary Impressionist Paintings"
February 7-9, 2022
 

Learn to create beautiful, dramatic and moody still life paintings. The emphasis is going to be on composition, correct values, color temperature and edges. There will be short demos and plenty of individual attention throughout the three-day workshop. Photo references will be provided, or students may bring their own, keeping the composition simple (four or fewer objects) with a strong light contrast. Participants will be encouraged to interpret rather than replicate a photo, using vibrant brush marks, tools, imagination and creativity. We’ll have fun and be inspired!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Vanya Allison, www.vanyaallison.com
Cost: $350 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Old West: Tubac, Arizona"
February 7-11, 2022
 

Learn to simplify the plein air subject and mix colors that suggest light, not detail. Two of the most important aspects to plein air painting are creating a strong, expressive design and understanding how to interpret color outdoors. Students will focus on developing a sense of design and rhythm. While staying at the Tubac Golf Resort, a restored 1800’s ranch, students will be near the Santa Rita Mountains on the Santa Cruz River. The historic village of Tubac provides old adobe buildings and street scenes to paint. Nearby, students will paint the beautiful Spanish Church built in 1828 at the Tumacacori Mission. There will also be slide shows in the evenings, group critiques and dinners, and sunrise painting for early risers!
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Phil Starke, www.philstarke.com
Cost: $665 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Fundamentals of Abstraction"
February 8-10, 2022
 

This workshop is for the painter ready to push his or her work beyond the point of recognizable subject matter into the realm of pure abstraction. Students will start with traditional representational approaches and move quickly through progressively more abstract techniques, eventually arriving at purely non-objective paintings. Special attention will be paid to the elements of composition as they apply to abstract painting. 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 plan to take photos during the workshop. Printed photos and/or digital images on laptop/iPad may also be used. Students will have the option to paint from a still life set-up.
 
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


"Creating Luminosity in Landscapes"
February 10-12, 2022
 

Learn three secrets to create a luminous painting, one that has an inner glow. Experiment with the medium of your choice using prismatic color. Exercises will be offered to enable you to use more sophisticated color choices in your work. Experiment with small color studies and choose your favorite to develop into a larger piece. See how adding tonal variations into shadow areas hold an opportunity for your paintings to take on a richer feel. Better understand why some paintings stand out in a crowd. Use colorful neutrals to help enhance your sunlit areas. Personal one on one time at your easel will assist you in advancing to the next rung in your work.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Linda Richichi
Cost: $295 Member | $325 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Color Confidence"
February 10-13, 2022
 

Learn to mix the exact colors that you want. Experience the delight and joy of color mixing as you become successful and efficient with color mixing. This workshop will help you identify what color you want to mix and then how to mix it efficiently. We will examine how color theory works, and why it doesn’t work so well sometimes. The basics of color theory will be covered but most of the time will be spent mixing color and making small studies. Creativity is sometimes chaotic but color mixing doesn’t have to be, it can be a tool to express your creativity and this class will make it just that. This is a class for all painting media.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jane Jones, www.janejonesartist.com
Cost: $630 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting with the Nagels (Pastel, Oils or Acrylics)"
Thursdays, February 10 - March 24, 2022
 

Paint the subject of your choice in the medium of your choice with daily individual comments and help. Beginning pastelists will be encouraged with step-by-step demos. Advanced painters in any medium will benefit from open or individual daily group critiques. Students will vote on the last day Plein air outing.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Don & Joyce Nagel
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"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


"How to Construct a Painting in the Studio"
February 14-18, 2022
 

In this workshop, Joseph will guide students through his process for constructing a painting from conception to completion, including the proper use of materials. 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 appropriate photographs provided by the instructor, each working in the same process as Joseph does in his studio. 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


"Monday Painting Club - Landscape Focus"
Mondays, February 14, 21, 28, March 7
 

The focus will be on creating strong landscape paintings from photos on your ipad/laptop images and photos. We will challenge ourselves to work on strong foundational elements- line, shape, value, color harmony, composition. My goal is to help you find your artistic voice and bring new energy to your paintings! Decide what subjects you are drawn to in the meantime. I want you to paint what you love!
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Pam Padgett, www.pamelabpadgett.com
Cost: $450
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Lovely Skies, Seas, And Trees"
February 15-17, 2022
 

Gary Baughman weaves a scientific understanding of light and color into his Plein Air painting, giving students a fresh understanding of how to render subject matter with an enlightened eye toward rendering accurate and interesting compositions, shapes, values, colors, and edges. Baughman will demonstrate his method of working wet in wet and in one pass, encouraging students to work rapidly to capture the fleeting shadows and lighting as the sun moves across the sky. Students will be working in a small format, so that at least one painting can be finished each day. Gary will provide one-on-one supervision and instruction. Students may work in oil or pastel. This workshop is tailored for intermediate painters and/or beginners with good drawing skills.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Gary Baughman
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Better Portraits in Oil"
February 17-20, 2022
 

This four day workshop is for intermediate, advanced, and professional oil painters. We will have two live models and you will have the option to work from life or from provided 11 x 14" professional grade color photos (Nearly everyone finds this easier-but I think working from life is better). We will have two pretty models in so you may get your easel near to them. Two demos by instructor and ongoing rapid demos will happen throughout the day. Class is limited to 14. One evening I'm hosting trip to my home and studio where dinner for students and their guests. On another night, we will attend Crystal Bridges Museum of Art.
 
Location: Bentonville, Arkansas
Instructor: Tim Tyler
Cost: $695.00
Sponsor: Lincoln Fine Art
Website, email, 479-250-7714


"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


"Painting like the Masters: Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor"
Mondays, February 21 - March 28, 2022
 

Learn to paint like the masters by a former Ringling instructor in your medium of choice with simple techniques. Depth and perspective, light and shadow will be covered with personal instruction and demonstrations. Easy subject materials will be provided. A delightful method of creating beach scenes, seascapes, landscapes, florals, abstract, etc. will be introduced. Seasoned artists or complete novices will enjoy these classes. Students can bring their own materials or materials can be purchased from the instructor. Be prepared to have fun while learning.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Renee DiNapoli
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting the Dog as Fine Art"
February 21-24, 2022
 

Dogs are front and center in this dynamic workshop with several live animals to inspire and inform your efforts. There will be plenty of demos but everyone jumps right in on the first day with fun, mind- altering exercises. You won’t even know you’re working but results will be apparent as each day we build on previous work. You will fall in love with a “modified” limited palette as it will quickly move you forward preparing you for a full complement of color on the last day. If you want to bring life into your animal portraits this is the place for you. There’s never a loss of fun and laughs while getting some serious work done.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Johanne Mangi, www.johannemangi.com
Cost: $595 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Loose & Expressive: All Subjects"
Tuesdays, February 22 - March 29, 2022
 

Joseph will guide and encourage you in painting any subject and offer gentle critiques that will have you painting with better design, vivid color, and pure spunk than you thought possible. He emphasizes creativity and has a no fear attitude about painting. Fear of failure can prevent one from advancing. Learn more about brushes, palettes, paints and techniques. Learn to simplify in painting your subject, create varied pure color from a limited palette and leave out unnecessary detail. He will generously share his lifetime of knowledge in drawing and painting. Each student can supply their own reference sketches, photos or still life to paint from or use Joseph’s reference photos. Joseph’s demonstrations will be done in acrylics. Join us!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $185 Member | $215 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Persons of Interest: Clues for Painting Lifelike Impressionistic Figures"
February 22-23, 2022
 

A sleuthing expedition into what the human eye needs to see to identify a figure. This class will spend one day working with a live costumed model and a second day working with students’ own photos. Acting like detectives, we’ll learn to eliminate unnecessary detail and delve into the Impressionists’ findings on color and figure to create fully alive portraits and figurative paintings. Oil and acrylic painters will find new ways of approaching color and form in this fun and freeing 2-day exploration.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Leslie Dyas
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting the Desert Mountain Landscape"
February 22-25, 2022
 

This workshop is aimed at students looking to improve their techniques for painting the rugged desert mountain landscape. It will cover all aspects of approaching this challenging subject: effective color mixing techniques, creating intelligent composition to draw viewers into the painting, atmospheric and linear perspective, painting rocks and shrub convincingly, value structure and how to approach a landscape from start to finish with a heavy focus on creating the effect of natural light. Students will spend four days in the studio where Matt will take you through his entire process -capturing reference material through plein air painting and photography, editing images to make better compositions and transferring concepts to canvas. This immersive workshop will consist of demonstrations, discussion and plenty of hands-on painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Matt Ryder, www.ryderscanvas.com
Cost: $550 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portraits in the Garden with Models - Pastel or Oil"
Fridays, February 25 & March 4, 2022
 

Portrait painting can be an artistic challenge. Working with models, Nancy Goff will be teaching students the basic rules of seeing: going for the big picture; subject relationships; and dividing the work into light, halftone and shadow. The course will benefit both pastel artists and oil painters. Why Pastel? Pastel can produce both solid and forceful effects. It’s versatile and as permanent as oil, immediate, and it has the advantage of being both a drawing and painting medium. It can also be satisfying, flexible and fun. Why Oil? Oil paint works hand-in-hand with pastel in that the painting is built the same way. Goff enjoys switching between the two mediums, and students will learn more about both while improving their technical skills.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Nancy Goff
Cost: $200 Member | $230 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Explosive Colorful Portrait Painting"
February 28, 2022
 

Do you want a painting that will have explosive colors that are not garish? This is the class for you! No matter if you’re working from a limited palette or using many colors, it is the control of the values and temperatures that will make your painting an expressive image. We will be using traditional and non-traditional tools. A canvas and illustrated class notes will be supplied.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jerry Salinas, www.salinasart.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portrait and Figure: Drawing and Alla Prima"
February 28 - March 4, 2022
 

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


"The Kogan Method"
February 28 - March 10, 2022
 

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. $1075 for the three-workshop program…which is a $200 savings or $425 per workshop if taken independently.
 
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


"Plein Air with Mark Boedges"
February 28 - March 4, 2022
 

“Every time I put brush to canvas I am trying to find what is essential about that scene and to give it life on the canvas. Invariably, a significant part of this goal is achieved by simply rendering an authentic light. Whether direct sunlight or indirect ambient light, I aim to capture the particular effect that the light is having on my subject on that day and at that time everything else in my painting flows from this.” – Mark Boedges. This workshop will focus primarily on giving students the tools to render authentic light by carefully using correct values and rigorously maintaining color temperature relationships between light and shadow. Portable equipment and transportation required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Boedges, www.markboedges.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Figurative Subject"
Saturdays, March 5 - April 9, 2022
 

During this six-session class, students will paint the portrait, nude and costumed model. We will work indoors exploring both warm and cool artificial light sources. Our studies will be alla prima, with each day offering a new subject. Through lecture, demonstration and individualized help, Robert will explain principles of painting that will inform your considerations regarding value, color and edge relationships. Other topics 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 painting class. All skill levels and all mediums are welcome. Please bring the tools and materials with which you are familiar.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Open Painting in The Medium of Your Choice"
Mondays, March 7-28, 2022
 

Paint with the medium (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel) of your choice in a relaxed atmosphere with as much instructor help as you want. Bring in new or unfinished work you want to do. Short demos, techniques, and critiques will be available to assist you. Realism, impressionism, or something more modern is all welcome.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Dennis Lake
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting Florals Large and Loose"
March 7-8, 2022
 

Come and join the fun of painting large, loose florals! Krista Eaton paints in a delightful contemporary style that works for both oil and acrylic painters. If you’ve thought about trying to paint something large, now’s the time. Students will create their own style and learn to be free with their painting by focusing on large shapes rather than fussy details. Students will be amazed at the work they can create when they learn to paint fast and loose! All levels are welcome, even beginners.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Krista Eaton, www.kristaeaton.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Investigating the Modern Portrait"
March 7-11, 2022
 

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. All questions will be answered both visually and verbally. The majority of instruction will be one-on-one coaching, in order to help diagnose any stumbling blocks that students may have.
 
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


"Composing in Color"
March 8-10, 2022
 

Paint is a colored substance, spread on a surface. The magic of painting is turning paint into color. Making the colors tell a story, giving a viewer butterflies, mesmerizing – that is composing in color. Students will start with simple still life, progress to the model and then into complex settings. Students will whisper a mood with the color and learn to let the color talk.
 
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


"Painting Hands"
March 11-13, 2022
 

Hands describe so much emotion in a painting. Color, structure, values... so many aspects to painting a hand that can be captured to make convincing realistic hands. Come learn how to create realistic hands in Shana’s hand painting workshop. Over this three-day workshop, Shana will discuss the structure of hands so that students will understand the bone structure while learning how to paint skin tones and values of dynamic hands. The first day will be working on drawing the hand down on the panel and starting the painting. The next two days will be Shana demoing and students working as Shana guides them through their 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 11-13, 2022
 

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. This is 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 7 colors that will help us refine our understanding of color relationships. We will focus on the 4 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


"Plein Air Oil Painting"
March 11, 2022
 

In this one-day workshop, students will take to the streets of Scottsdale to dive deep into the fundamentals of plein air painting such as drawing, color mixing, assessing tonal values, subject matter, composition, and direct and indirect painting techniques. Students will also discuss the practicalities of painting outdoors such as dealing with the ever-changing light and weather presented. Through demonstrations, lectures, and critiques, Simmons hopes to improve your painting abilities and help expand your sense of individuality. Grab your painting kit and come sling some paint! Portable equipment and transportation required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Spencer Simmons, www.thespencersimmons.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting Class"
Mondays, March 14 - April 4, 2022
 

Get ready to paint outside. Linda shows students how to capture light, color, and the spirit of Sarasota with demos and one on one help in the beautiful garden surrounding Art Center Sarasota.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Linda Richichi
Cost: $125 Member | $155 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Extended Studies: Studio Painting and Drawing"
Mon & Wed, March 14 - April 27, 2022
 

An observationally based course designed to reinforce and develop skills beyond basic drawing and painting. Students will work with a variety of subjects; still-life, portrait and figure. In addition to working from direct observation, photographs also provide great source material. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with size and subject as well as the explore their media as a tool for invention, conceptualization, and idea development. The course also affords students an opportunity to take a look at materials in more breadth and depth. Drawing materials are always available as well as some painting materials.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Little, www.michaelmlittle.com
Cost: $630 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Techniques and Composition for Dramatic Wildlife Painting"
March 14-18, 2022
 

Join this intensive, five-day workshop and discover approaches and techniques for creating dynamic wildlife paintings. Beginning with an abbreviated lecture on the principles of design and composition and the fundamentals of painting and how they translate into dramatic wildlife paintings, Dustin will then guide students through the process of creating a wildlife work from concept to completion — each day focusing on a fundamental aspect of the process. Techniques for overcoming the limitations of reference photography and using reference and field studies to realize the student’s idea, understanding form, design, and color to create drama as well as introducing painting techniques that will enhance one’s work are some of the components of wildlife painting that will be covered in this workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dustin Van Wechel, www.dustinvanwechel.com
Cost: $635 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint with an Understanding of the Masters"
March 14-18, 2022
 

Robert Johnson is an OPA Master. His workshop in oils will focus on developing an understanding of the essential elements of painting that have been passed on through the centuries. Brush strokes will be heavily emphasized as a means to depict form, achieve expressive power, and maintain a painting’s feeling of spontaneity and life. Robert will teach the importance of an understanding of values, edges, light, and color to create a powerful and memorable painting. Still-life, florals, and the portrait will be the subject matter of the workshop and students can feel free to choose a subject or subjects they wish to paint. Robert will demonstrate the still life and portrait. The workshop is open to all levels.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Johnson, www.robertjohnsonart.com
Cost: $680 (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 14-18, 2022
 

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. Students will address design and technique in a manner in which the individual artist may express themselves in a personal way. 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.
 
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


"Fundamentals of Studio Landscape Painting"
March 14-18, 2022
 

Designed for all students wishing to develop further fundamentals in landscape painting, including a greater understanding for values, color mixing, atmospheric perspective, and composition including design organization and emphasis. The focus will also be on developing more fluid brushwork and a personal statement in representing outdoor subject matter. Though we will accomplish 8-10 painting studies, the primary focus will be on imparting the necessary information for self-evaluation and growth. Instruction will include lecture and slide presentation, demonstrations, class critique, and plenty of one-on-one time with each student. A field easel is optional, the Artists’ School will have studio easels available. Finally, a class that deciphers the mysteries of age-old concepts and breaks it down into simple, straightforward, easy to understand mechanisms.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: John Poon, www.johnpoon.net
Cost: $655 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Water and Beaches"
March 17-18, 2022
 

Every object in a landscape painting involves the use of perspective which means buildings, roads, trees, people, boats, paths…well you get the drift. It is simple to learn and your paintings will be easier and improve drastically. Learn how Joseph chooses subjects, organizes and edits his ideas to get the most dynamic, expressive paintings. Learn to be bold and confident using a fully loaded larger brush. He will share generously his knowledge of painting in each class with demonstrations and feedback. Remember Joseph chooses poetry over exactness, so be bold. He will supply photo references and students are welcome to bring their own. This is an easy going, casual workshop for all levels of painters. He believes in patience, good humor, and boundless encouragement.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $180 Member | $220 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Alla Prima: Painting the Portrait and Figure from Life"
March 21-25, 2022
 

This workshop is designed to create a relaxed, fun, informative, yet intense working environment. Romel will demonstrate his approach to painting the portrait and figure from life, using Alla Prima (completing the painting while the paint is still wet) with the emphasis on improving color, drawing skills, value relationships, understanding edges, and capturing the feeling of light. Learn to make a painting stronger and more exciting with creative use of color and edges, visual movement, paint application, brush handling, distribution of abstract shapes and strong design. Romel will explain how to set up the model and lighting and how to best use photography. He will also discuss the art materials he uses. Instruction will be individualized for each student’s specific needs.
 
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


"Putting Radiant Light into your Paintings"
March 21-25, 2022
 

This workshop will use still life as a means to study light, the artist’s greatest gift. Using the Russian Impressionist tradition of comparing and contrasting, students will paint indoors in both warm and cool light. The emphasis will be on putting warm and cool colors next to each other to create a sense of radiant light and harmonious color no matter what the subject matter. Make colors sing! Students will examine photo references to become familiar with the evidence of warm or cool light. Seventeen different light effects that happen out in the real world will be examined along with the color of the shadows and the shaping features. Think of this workshop as the study of light.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan Diehl, www.diehlfineart.com
Cost: $665 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Basics of Oil Painting"
March 21-24, 2022
 

Qiang’s approach to still life painting will be demonstrated with a particular focus on composing dramatic set-ups by observing light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas. Using demonstrations, presentation, and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process of creating energetic paintings by manipulating values, colors, edges and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to their current skill level and personal goals in art. This workshop is designed for indoor practice with live settings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Qiang Huang, www.qhart.com
Cost: $625 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Sketch and Quick Studies to Studio"
March 21-24, 2022
 

This workshop will be about efficiency in collecting field sketches and converting them to studio paintings. Students will be catching those moments in the day that make the Sonoran Desert the worthwhile subject matter that it is to paint. There are also specific exercises designed to see and capture the essence of a scene and concept which will be presented during the workshop. With their fresh field sketches in hand, students will be painting in the studio, combining the color from the field with the information from their cameras. Students will be working with both to produce studio pieces where all aspects of this process will be condensed and consolidated: color, design, drawing, and personal expression.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ray Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Cost: $635 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Extended Studies: Painting I"
Tuesdays, March 22 - May 24, 2022
 

This class will teach the core skills required for professional oil painting. Students will study the effects of light on form and learn to apply the information to the painting of still life, portrait, and figure. Starting with a light and shadow value pattern, students will then learn to build the illusion of dimension with form. Working with a limited palette of just three colors, students will learn to mix a full range of primary, secondary and tertiary colors. Students will learn how to see the shapes of color and value making them easier to render. The purpose of edges will also be explained. Students will learn how and why artists squint.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jennifer Freeman, www.jenniferemilefreeman.com
Cost: $735 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"All Subject Painting"
March 22-24, 2022
 

Personalized instruction in composition, color mixing, light and shadows and brushwork to help make any subject appear more realistic and add depth to the paintings. Jenny will demonstrate techniques throughout the workshop. Students who wish to paint in Oil can use materials (oil paint, brushes, palette, turpenoid) supplied by instructor for $10 fee (canvases are still supplied by student).
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Jenny Berry
Cost: $135 Member | $165 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Simplified Beginnings - Mixing Color for Portraits with a Limited Palette"
March 25, 2022
 

In this one-day workshop, students will concentrate on mixing flesh tones from only three colors, discovering the beautiful array of color that only the primaries provide. The students will sketch the portrait onto the canvas at home beforehand. This will enable the class to quickly dive into mixing beautiful flesh tones as demonstrated by Jean. Time will be spent seeing the correct values and mixing those values in color. The portrait will be divided into a pattern of light and shadow and you will be shown how to mix an average flesh tone for each. Next students will mix an array of half tones, accents and highlights, following Jean’s demonstration. Beautiful flesh tones are easier than you think!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jean Hildebrant, www.jeanhildebrant.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Capturing the Atmosphere"
March 28 - April 1, 2022
 

This workshop is for all levels. The first two days we’ll focus on painting outdoors, learning to quickly gather necessary visual information, simplify a landscape and interpret color relationships. Other fundamental concepts will include the importance of values, shapes and edges. The second part of this workshop will focus on designing a studio painting from plein air studies and photos. Artists will learn to analyze the information they gathered in the field interpreting color and value relationships in order to create depth in a landscape painting. Many outdoor painting principles will be discussed - including how to design a landscape, and the importance of values, shapes and edges - but with a greater focus on composing a finished piece.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dave Santillanes, www.davesantillanes.com
Cost: $750 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Discover a New Way of Seeing Color"
March 28 - April 1, 2022
 

“Color that expresses the light key of nature can make any subject strikingly beautiful.” —Camille Przewodek. This workshop introduces a way of seeing and using color to paint outdoor light; capturing the time and type of day by expressing the various light keys of nature. The first two days, students will paint outdoor still life (crucial study that will prepare students to tackle the landscape on Wednesday and Thursday). On Friday, students will study the clothed figure outdoors. Students are encouraged to bring original artwork or photos and talk to Camille about their vision as artists during the week. Camille is an acknowledged authority on color that regularly serves as an entry and awards judge. Portable easel required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Camille Przewodek, www.przewodek.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Lowcountry Landscape"
March 29-31, 2022
 

Join Colorado-based pastelist and instructor Susan Mayfield for this 3-day workshop exploring ways to make a more dynamic painting. In this workshop, students will focus on the landscapes of the Lowcountry as inspiration and subject matter. This workshop will consist of demos, painting exercises, group discussions, positive critiques and lots of hands-on individual attention. Oil and acrylic painters are welcome to attend, as long as they understand that the demos will be done in pastel. Make colors pop, develop more interesting compositions, learn to edit and simplify, learn to use contrasts to push values and color temperature to make a stronger painting. Students will learn guidelines to help them critique their own work while strengthening the fundamentals in their paintings.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Susan Mayfield
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Master Class: Painting the Figure with Observation and Imagination"
April 2-3, 2022
 

Abstract and representational artists of all levels are invited to explore techniques and concepts in painting with an emphasis on individual development of style, theme and expression. Working from the life model in an interior arrangement, discover how an objective image can be transformed into a personal statement through the process of painting and engaging your imagination. Investigate the metaphorical meaning in figure painting through representational and abstract approaches. Individual and group critique, discussion and a PowerPoint presentation of works from old masters and contemporary artists will complement studio activity.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ying Li
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting like the Masters: Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor"
Mondays, April 4-25, 2022
 

Learn to paint like the masters by a former Ringling instructor in your medium of choice with simple techniques. Depth and perspective, light and shadow will be covered with personal instruction and demonstrations. Easy subject materials will be provided. A delightful method of creating beach scenes, seascapes, landscapes, florals, abstract, etc. will be introduced. Seasoned artists or complete novices will enjoy these classes. Students can bring their own materials or materials can be purchased from the instructor. Be prepared to have fun while learning.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Renee DiNapoli
Cost: $115 Member | $145 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Figurative Painting (Week #1)"
April 4-8, 2022
 

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. Students enrolled in both of Milt’s workshops will receive a tuition discount. Tuition for both weeks is $1,370 (a $200 savings!)
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Cost: $785 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Seeing and Capturing your Subject"
April 4-8, 2022
 

What does the act of ‘seeing’ mean for an artist? Discover the answers in this 5-day workshop as we explore the specifics of observing a subject, interpreting the visual elements, and executing it all onto canvas. We will discuss the way the optics of the eye work as well as seeing light, form, atmosphere and space. The fundamental principles of painting - composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will also be stressed. Each day we will begin with a demo, followed by a fun day of painting and personal instruction. Students may choose to work from their favorite photos and field sketches or set up still lifes. Demonstrations will be in oil but acrylic is welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figurative Painting (2 Weeks)"
April 4-15, 2022
 

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. Students enrolled in both of Milt’s workshops will receive a tuition discount. Tuition for both weeks is $1,370 (a $200 savings!)
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Cost: $1370 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Bringing the Outdoors in: Painting Expressive Landscapes in Oil"
April 4-8, 2022
 

This unique five-day workshop experience with award-winning, contemporary American Impressionist, Eric Jacobsen is intended to hone students’ painting skills and expand their creative language. Emphasis will be on risk-taking, abstract design, and mark-making – the three necessary components to take one’s work to the next level and separate oneself from the “pack”. Students will learn to see like a poet and unlock their true creative potential. Students are encouraged to take a journey into new artistic territory and open up the possibility for a purer, honest, and unique result for their paintings. Sign up now!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eric Jacobsen, www.jacobsenfineart.com
Cost: $655 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstract It"
Tuesdays, April 5-26, 2022
 

On the surface, non-representational painting appears easy, giving you the freedom to do whatever you want. In practice, many painters find it takes considerable thought and study. Through the process, artists often end up throwing out more paintings than they keep or end up painting over them trying to find a little magic. This workshop will use a step-by-step approach of stacking layers of paint while keeping a flexible composition to arrive at an interesting destination. Students will push paint around using various techniques and strategies to build a work that is uniquely personal. The class with focus on the basic elements of visual art such as line, color, shape, texture, pattern, space, value, and form to communicate individual expression.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Max Hammond, www.maxhammond.net
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Pushing Color with Landscapes"
Tuesdays, April 5-26, 2022
 

Focus on learning to use a loose, colorful and expressive painting technique in your landscapes. Learn to organize and edit scenes to achieve better compositions. Improve your skill and confidence while putting pizazz into your paintings with bold color. His paintings start fast and end slowly and thoughtfully. Joseph always chooses poetry over correctness in his paintings. Students should have their own photo references. This is an easy going, casual workshop for all levels of painters. He believes in patience, good humor, and boundless encouragement. He starts each day with a 30-minute demo in acrylic while sharing tips, techniques and procedures. Each day will end with an always, gentle class critique.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $125 Member | $155 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Art Escape - Charleston- Gardens of Spring"
April 8-11, 2022
 

3 full days of Escaping into Gardens and History of Charleston- the plantations, the architecture and the Southern Style. All Breakfasts, lunches snacks included. Lodging separate. Transportation between locations is included. You will have an option work with Painter- Lorelle Miller to do Plein Air Watercolors, oil or your own medium of choice or go with fine art photographer April Bielefeldt. Spring in the South offers a mix of Oak Lined roads, fine gardens, and quaint streets and plantations. Evenings will be available for sharing and critique if you choose. April / Lorelle like to take an immersive approach, staying in historic places, eating local foods encouraging artists to play! Recharge and nurture the Creative Spirit inside you.
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Instructor: Lorelle Miller - April Bielefeldt
Cost: $1500.00
Sponsor: FallPhotoTrips
Website, email, 818-723-7413


"Color Mixing with a Limited Palette and Palette Knife Painting"
April 11-12, 2022
 

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. Day One: Students will 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 set the artist on the way to mastering color temperature, values, and intensity. Day Two: Students will focus on 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, www.RPJfineart.com
Cost: $235 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Equine Painting"
April 11-15, 2022
 

This five-day workshop is designed to improve your painting skills and help you develop your personal style. Mr. Homer will demonstrate how to go beyond merely copying a photo and how to add drama and mood to your paintings. Photoshop techniques for correcting color and distortion will be covered as well as how to compose using different backgrounds. Students will explore the principles of realism, abstraction, and impressionism. You will do exercises to help develop accurate but expressive brushwork and be shown how to render minute detail. Emphasis will be on accurate drawing, values, edges, “keying in” a painting, and on finishing techniques. Mr. Homer will make sure that you get individual attention and instruction geared to your level.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Chauncey Homer, www.chaunceyhomer.com
Cost: $600 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figurative Painting (Week #2)"
April 11-15, 2022
 

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. Students enrolled in both of Milt’s workshops will receive a tuition discount. Tuition for both weeks is $1,370 (a $200 savings!)
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Cost: $785 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure and Color"
April 13-16, 2022
 

The 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


"Loose & Expressive Painting Any Subjects"
April 14-15, 2022
 

Joseph is an award-winning artist known for his loose and expressive style of painting. He is completely unafraid of bold color and design and will help you put a fierce, creative freshness in your painting. The whole point is to enjoy the adventure. He paints in acrylic, oil, and watercolor and is eager to show you what you are capable of. Working from objects, photos and sketches, each day will be a new subject but approached to get the most from color, design and light. This is an easy going, casual workshop where each painter gets personal attention. He believes in patience, good humor, and boundless encouragement. Each day will end with an always, gentle class critique.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $180 Member | $220 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Design and the Contemporary Still Life"
Saturdays, April 16 - May 21, 2022
 

During this six-session class, students will paint still life arrangements with guidance from an accomplished painter. This is a design class with concepts that are applicable to any subject! Robert will share concepts of design which will inform the still life arrangements and lighting. Pictorial design and light, as it falls on form, are the primary topics of study. Students will be encouraged to paint both warm and cool lit arrangements. Let’s orchestrate some beautifully colored paintings! 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: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Fundamentals of Painting"
April 16, 2022
 

The fundamentals of painting can be boiled down to two concepts: 1) Learning to see as an artist and by extension making marks that represent what we see and feel. 2) Learning to control the medium, everything from selecting your art materials to setting up your palette, to mixing color, to the application of brush marks. All of this is about staying in control. In this workshop Paul will demonstrate fun techniques to help the student see like an artist as well as fun exercises the student can practice that help them stay in control of the painting, allowing an artist to find their individual artistic voice. These techniques are also valuable in breaking the ‘block’ many artists experience.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Paul Steele, www.paulsteelefineart.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Oil Painting Texture and Depth"
April 18-21, 2022
 

Expand your painting knowledge beyond the brush and palette knife. In this workshop you will be introduced to oil sticks, cold wax and color shapers and combine them with brushwork to build up texture and depth in an oil painting. Daily demonstrations by Michelle will get your day started with purpose. Michelle will explain why and when to manipulate the paint to achieve a more sophisticated painting surface. All levels and subject matter can benefit from this process. Bring a photo, small study or painting to work from.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michelle Jung, www.michellejungstudio.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Expressive Portrait"
April 18-22, 2022
 

This workshop will cover the themes and processes of: understanding visual elements and their efficient usage in order to create a specific mood and message; how to build portrait painting structure with interesting brush strokes; case studies, color scheme, color pattern design and basic composition. Students will create a unique portrait painting from reference photos provided or from their own photographs. Working from this list of themes, students will address each one in accordance with their level of experience. If you have further questions about this workshop, please don’t hesitate to email the instructor at info@zinlim.com
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Zin Lim, www.zinlim.com
Cost: $760 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Landscape Sketch"
Tuesdays, April 19 - May 24, 2022
 

The oil sketch is a traditional way for painters to execute preparatory ideas and quickly capture initial impressions – perfect for plein air painting! Learn useful techniques for rapidly encapsulating color and form while working directly from observation. Select locations along the Schuylkill River will include beautiful Laurel Hill Cemetery and Bartram’s Garden.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Simplifying the Painting Process from Photos"
April 21-22, 2022
 

Join Linda at the Desert Caballeros Museum as she teaches a two-day workshop where students will paint a landscape in the museum learning center using photographs supplied by the instructor. The goal will be to create simple designs that have a strong foundation. Students will learn to create a feeling of the landscape that gives the painting life, instead of just copying a photograph. Much attention will be directed toward color mixing, the use of the color wheel and color mixing charts. This workshop will include instructor demonstrations. Photographs supplied by the instructor will include subject matter from the Grand Canyon, desert vistas, interior forests and high mountain scenes. Portable equipment and transportation required.
 
Location: Wickenburg, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Cost: $280 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Urban Landscapes: Interpreting Photos to Create Contemporary Impressionistic Paintings"
April 21-23, 2022
 

Learn to create beautiful, dramatic and moody paintings using expressive and vibrant brushstrokes. The emphasis is going to be on composition, correct values, color temperature and edges. There will be short demos and plenty of individual attention throughout the three-day workshop. Photo references are going to be provided. Participants will be encouraged to interpret rather than replicate a photo, using vibrant brush marks, tools, imagination, and creativity. We'll have fun and be inspired!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Vanya Allison, www.vanyaallison.com
Cost: $350 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Dynamic Figure Studies"
April 22-23, 2022
 

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 two 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: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Palette Knife Still Life: Full and Rich Color"
April 23, 2022
 

Let go of precision and gain a deeper understanding of color. Using the palette knife opens up the artist to new possibilities with color and edge. This workshop is great for the artist who loves both impressionism and experimentation in painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Anton Nowels, www.antonnowels.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety"
April 25-29, 2022
 

Through lecture and demonstration, this workshop will reinforce the student’s understanding of composition, form and various methods of applying paint. Students will work on specific assignments, exploring ways of simplifying and abstracting the subject while adding endless variety to the marks and colors used. Students will be shown multiple ways of starting and building a painting (both with direct and indirect procedures such as Alla Prima and glazing) and ways of simplifying their palette preparation. This workshop inspires a more experimental approach, discovering new tools, methods, materials, as well as in adjusting elements of the painting, such as the value key/color palette, shapes and edges. Students are advised to first attend “Suggesting Reality” to be fully prepared for this class.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $750 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Alla Prima II"
April 25-29, 2022
 

Richard Schmid not only left us masterpieces of painting but he also left us masterpieces of writing. His treatise on painting, Alla Prima II, will be read for many generations. It is the foundation of how an artist sees. I was lucky enough to be there during the writing of much of this wonderful work and hearing excerpts as he was writing. The gift that Richard gave us jumps from every page. Richard’s time at the Palette and Chisel in Chicago was a very special time. I hope to share with you his teachings and wisdom I gained from many years of knowing him. Join us for a very special workshop to celebrate the life and teachings of this great man.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Clayton J. Beck, III, www.claytonjbeckiii.com
Cost: $875 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting with Sunny"
April 25-29, 2022
 

This course provides an introduction to figure painting and composition for beginning and advanced students who want to develop their painting and observational skills. Students will learn storytelling skills as used in illustration, animations, or toward the Fine Arts field. There will be an emphasis on color, light, design, and composition. Students will develop their ability to visually communicate, conceptualize, and express their creative ideas. Through exploration of materials, colors and applications, students will consider and apply the aesthetic and conceptual developments. This course emphasizes drawing, painting techniques, and exploration of the subject for accuracy, understanding, and point of view.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sunny Apinchapong-Yang, apinchapong.blogspot.com
Cost: $625 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Dynamic Still Life"
April 26-29, 2022
 

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 studio tips for setting up your own fantastic still lifes! We 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. Instruction is in oils. (Ages 15 and above.) Learn more about Sarah on Facebook and Instagram (@sedwickstudio).
 
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


"Tapping into your Inner Voice"
May 2-6, 2022
 

Have you ever wondered if what you’re doing in your work as an artist is truly what you’re supposed to be doing? This workshop is intended to serve as a vehicle to aid in finding your path. We will open up dialogue and explore creative ways to meet this challenge. The purpose of this workshop is not about the utilization of tools or learning specific painting techniques. It’s more about finding out who we are as artists and allowing that discovery to play a dominant role in what we intuitively express in our artwork. It’s about feeding our souls. This class is designed for the intermediate to advanced student, but is open to all levels of experience and learning.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ron Hicks, www.ronhicks.com
Cost: $750 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Making Connections"
May 2-6, 2022
 

Discover the magic system that ties a painting together with harmonious color, powerful brushwork, and well-designed abstract structural shapes. Direct the viewer with intent using intellect and intuition. This class will build upon your knowledge through exercises, demonstrations, enlightening visuals, and master dissections as well as group and individual critiques. Personal photo references and studies will be used. Kevin is author of four popular books on painting, a world class plein air painter, mentor, and teacher. His motto is “Painting is simple, but not easy”. Kevin sets a tone in class that is challenging and encouraging and will keep you laughing all the while you are learning. Please come with an open mind and optimistic, kind spirit.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kevin Macpherson, www.kevinmacpherson.com
Cost: $995 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Trompe L’oeil"
Tuesdays, May 3-17, 2022
 

This workshop will focus on Trompe l'oeil, a technique that has been used for centuries to “deceive the eye.” Students will learn to apply these techniques to create pieces that reach a depth that at first glance seem to be the actual object. This class will focus on simplifying the creation of a life-like painting in a step-by-step process. Dustin will start off the class by demonstrating techniques and students will then work from their own set-ups with hands-on instruction. Students will work in layers on the same painting throughout the entire class. Students are asked to bring in items that they want to paint to create their narrative, though there will also be items provided. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dustin Klassen, www.dustinklassen.com
Cost: $160 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Drawing and Painting"
Sundays, May 8 - June 12, 2022
 

Capture the small town beauty Manayunk's hilly streets, rowhomes, and storefronts. Learn to create a convincing sense of space, light and time of day while depicting streetscapes, trees, water and sky. Color mixing and painting techniques for oils will be demonstrated, but all drawing/painting media are welcome. Located just 15 minutes outside of Philadelphia, Manayunk offers engaging urban and riverside neighborhood subjects with parking, shade, provisions and facilities available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Larry Francis
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Tapping into your Inner Voice"
May 9-13, 2022
 

Have you ever wondered if what you’re doing in your work as an artist is truly what you’re supposed to be doing? This workshop is intended to serve as a vehicle to aid in finding your path. We will open up dialogue and explore creative ways to meet this challenge. The purpose of this workshop is not about the utilization of tools or learning specific painting techniques. It’s more about finding out who we are as artists and allowing that discovery to play a dominant role in what we intuitively express in our artwork. It’s about feeding our souls. This class is designed for the intermediate to advanced student, but is open to all levels of experience and learning.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ron Hicks, www.ronhicks.com
Cost: $750 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Creating Poetry in the Commissioned Portrait"
May 9-12, 2022
 

A strong likeness is foundational for a portrait, but finding poetry in identity should be a portrait artist’s goal. This four-day workshop will inspire portrait painters to reach for the next level in their painting journey. Louis will break down the elements of a portrait into digestible blocks which progressively build on each other. Likeness, composition, gesture, and emotion will kick off day one. Creating dimension with the properties of paint such as value, color, transparency and opacity will continue the next two days. Developing character through edges, texture, and glazing will close out the final day. Louis will demonstrate these concepts each morning and students will apply what they learn in the afternoon with individual instruction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Louis Carr, www.lcarr.faso.com
Cost: $650 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint the Town! Cityscape Painting Fundamentals"
May 9-12, 2022
 

Award-winning artist and college art professor, Rob Adamson, will teach a four-day workshop on the painting fundamentals needed to create stunning, vibrant day and night cityscapes. Students will be taught simplified one and two-point perspective. Principles of design, value, color and edges will be covered. These principles can also be applied to landscape paintings. Color glazing techniques will be demonstrated. Students will work from photo references provided by the instructor, but can also work from their own photo references to create memorable paintings. The instructor will provide lectures, demonstrations and individual instruction. Beginners through advanced artists are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rob Adamson, www.robadamsonstudio.blogspot.com
Cost: $550 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Oil Painting from Sketch to Studio"
May 9-11, 2022
 

This class will teach you my favorite tricks for turning small studies into large studio works. You will learn how to choose a good subject and how to turn it into a compelling composition. Class will begin with a simple demonstration of creating a sketch and color study. Students will then be able to make their own studies to prepare them to work larger. The following days of the workshop will be your opportunity to work on your studio piece. Amery will walk you through transferring your idea onto the large canvas and then how to color match from your study. Please bring multiple reference images for this class.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Make Your Paintings More Three-Dimensional"
May 12-15, 2022
 

This workshop is for all skill levels from beginner to advanced. Penix will cover topics such as the power of warms and cools, complementaries, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, elements of light and shadow, the power of suggestion and seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships. There will be a strong emphasis on making your paintings more three-dimensional. Students will use oils (other mediums are welcome) to paint from photos. They will have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of boats, cityscapes, figures, birds, hanging fruit and fish. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Derek Penix, derekpenix.com
Cost: $595
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Why Still Life?"
May 12-14, 2022
 

Because you can always have a living model...and with it you can explore and learn all aspects of painting. From mark making to surface texture and even emotional connections. three days of beautiful set-ups to inspire you. There will be demonstrations, critiques and individual instruction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Cost: $350 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Color Mixing with a Limited Palette"
May 14, 2022
 

This relaxing, one-day class for oil painters is designed to give the artist a really useful method of color mixing to achieve consistent, harmonious paintings. Color Theory doesn’t need to be complicated nor involve lengthy charts to consult. 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 set the artist on the way to mastering color temperature, values, and intensity. Note: It is imperative to purchase the exact oil colors given in the supply list. It is also imperative to use the same brand of paint. Please do not bring any color that says “hue” on the label.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Renee Palmer-Jones, www.RPJfineart.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Creating Energy & Life in Your Paintings"
May 16-18, 2022
 

Join LPAPA Signature Artist Michele Usibelli for this intense and fun filled 3-Day Workshop focused on “Bringing Paintings to Life!” Lessons will include an abbreviated lecture on the fundamentals of sound painting, a discussion of drawing, value, design and color, plus lively Q&A sessions.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Michele Usibelli
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Landscape Painting: Earth, Water, and Sky (& More)!"
May 19-22, 2022
 

David Dunlop is a modern-day old master whose luminous paintings draw from both Renaissance techniques and contemporary science. Each day begins with demonstrations and followed by Dunlop working individually with each artist. These personal instructor visits allow each artist to expand their skills and enjoyably realize their own ambitions in a relaxed, friendly, and comfortable way. The workshop will have a daily combination of lecture/slides, demo in acrylic, oil and watercolor and student painting. The following subjects will be covered: Day 1. Broad Panoramic Landscapes with Big Skies. Day 2. Water. Day 3. Intimate Landscapes; Nature up Close. Day 4. The Other Landscape, the Cityscape. For more information, visit daviddunlop.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David Dunlop
Cost: $725 Museum members/ $775 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"From Photograph to Painting: Sharpening Your Value and Drawing Skills"
Mayy 23-26, 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


"The Figure and the Landscape"
May 30 - June 4, 2022
 

Have you been struggling with adding a figure into a scene…or been curious about painting from life en plein air? Come join Randall Sexton for this unique workshop experience in the Northwoods of Wisconsin at the natural serene world of Dillman’s Bay Resort. The class will focus on the fundamentals of plein air for two days and then experience the joy of working on location from life with a model(s). Open to all levels the demonstrations will be done in oil, but the workshop is open to other mediums as well. Beginning students must have some experience with plein air (mainly to insure that you have proper equipment and experience working outside. Hope you can join us!
 
Location: Luc du Flambeau, Wisconsin
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Dillman's Bay Resort
Website, email, 715-588-3143


"Dafford Murals Master Workshop"
June 6-18, 2022
 

West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) announces the Dafford Murals Master Workshop, an intensive introduction to the materials, processes, and techniques of renowned muralist Robert Dafford. During this twelve-day hands-on workshop, June 6-18, 2022, Dafford will share his process from start to finish, with students applying these lessons on interior wall panels before moving onsite to the riverfront. Dafford’s team will complete the murals in the following weeks. Artists may apply to participate through submission of works samples through CaFÉ, an online application and jurying site at bit.ly/3m1AoTs. Submissions must be received by January 31, 2022. Accepted applicants will be notified by February 18, 2022.
 
Location: Paducah, Kentucky
Instructor: Robert Dafford
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Paducah School of Art and Design
Website, email, 270-534-3902


"An Approach to Figure Painting"
June 6-9, 2022
 

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


"Landscape Painting: Beyond the Photo"
June 6-10, 2022
 

Among representational artists, there has been an endless battle between those who paint from life and those who use photographic references. However, it’s a misguided argument: the source of the visual information we use to paint is irrelevant. The real issue lies not in painting from life or photos, but whether we’re simply copying what we see as opposed to using the information as a springboard for creating the paintings we want. In this workshop, participants will work from photographic references of the landscape to learn to break down the information, analyze it, and use it to generate tonal sketches, change color palettes, and create paintings based on multiple images, memory, and imagination. Lectures, demonstrations and one-on-one painting instruction each day.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John MacDonald
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Plein Air Painting in Beartooth, Montana"
June 13-17, 2022
 

Landscape painting is mostly about learning how to see; how to interpret, compare and edit the shapes and colors of the scene we choose to paint. In other words, to not see literally the mountains, trees, grass, water, etc. but to see them as an interesting and beautiful arrangement of shapes and colors. This opens up a whole lot more possibilities for things to paint and also helps us find our own voice. Students will concentrate on the process of painting and not be so concerned with doing “finished” paintings. Students will work on what makes a plein air painting work; the mood, rhythm and movement along with an interesting and compelling arrangement of values, masses and color.
 
Location: Beartooth, Montana
Instructor: Ned Mueller, www.nedmueller.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting in Boulder, Colorado"
June 13-17, 2022
 

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


"Learning to Paint the Head"
June 16-18, 2022
 

This class is designed as a skills building workshop. We will take a deep dive into drawing and proportions, value as it relates to skin tone, edges, and likeness. Class exercises, where you will work from photo reference, will equip you for painting better portraits. 4 weeks of online help, following the class, will walk you through that portrait project that you have been wanting to do. Students will receive a full color booklet of notes. Class size will be held to 12 students to maximize individual attention.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $590
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Sketch to Studio"
June 16-18, 2022
 

Students will paint “grocery bag” sketches on Kraft paper and then use the color sketches and pencil drawings to create larger paintings. This practice trains visual memory and helps a painter find their personal style.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Capturing the Light: Painting in Hope Valley near Lake Tahoe, CA"
August 2-5, 2022
 

Frustrated with trying to catch the ever-changing light condition while painting outdoors? Always wanted to learn about plein air painting but have been afraid to try it? Need some inspiration to kick-start your work? This workshop is for you! Join Kathleen Dunphy, award-winning oil painter, for an intensive workshop of painting landscapes on location in beautiful Hope Valley, CA. Kathleen will walk you through her process for creating dynamic, light-filled paintings. All levels welcome. This workshop starts with a comprehensive lecture on the fundamentals of good painting and tips for plein air work. Workshop includes lectures, hand-outs, demonstrations, lots of one-on-one instruction and painting on location. Students will get the opportunity to paint several studies in this high-energy workshop.
 
Location: Hope Valley, California
Instructor: Kathleen Dunphy, www.kathleendunphy.com
Cost: $875 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Studio Painting: Beyond the Basics"
August 18-20, 2022
 

In this class you will develop a better understanding of certain aspects of your work. Take a step beyond the basics of painting by exploring color harmony, value pattern and edges.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $495
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Using Abstract Thinking to Create Illustrative Paintings"
August 23-25, 2022
 

Aline is known for her vivid paintings and creative use of color. Working from their own photo references, students will transform these into pastel or oil paintings using the principles of color and design. Aline will emphasize the understanding of color in terms of temperature, intensity, and value while translating those ideas using pastel or oil techniques. Experimenting with exciting different colors while maintaining the value and intensity will serve as a great exercise in helping students expand their color sensitivity. Ten stroke exercises are fun to develop confidence in both decision-making and interesting strokes. Let’s say goodbye to overworked tight pastels and oils and learn to create loose, bold but still illustrative paintings.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Aline Ordman
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Abstract Painting with Oil and Cold Wax"
August 27-28, 2022
 

Come and explore a new medium! In this class, you will learn about building multiple layers with cold wax and oil paints. The wax and paint will be brushed, smeared, and spread into a pleasing composition of layered, translucent color. Once the layers are built, you can work back into them, making marks and patterns. When layering paint, understanding color theory is very important, particularly with translucent paint. You will spend some time mixing colors and see how far you can “push” the paint colors that are provided. The end result of this time spent emerged in wax and paint will be several abstract paintings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $305
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Plein Air Painting in Vermont"
September 12-15, 2022
 

Join Randall for his annual return to the quintessential New England backdrop of Landgrove Vermont. Close to the Vermont Country Store in Weston, between Manchester and Brattleboro, this plein air workshop is a favorite of past and returning attendees. All levels welcome, visiting students are encouraged to spoil themselves at the Langrove Inn that hosts the workshop series.
 
Location: Landgrove, Vermont
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Website, (802) 824-6673


"Creating Beautiful Landscapes in Acrylic or Oil"
September 15-18, 2022
 

Completing a painting each day. Learn to perceive and simplify shape and color while creating a painting. Visually interpret relationship of shape, value and color. Donna Bland will start a demo painting, then begin a step-by-step process to completing a painting each day. Bland lives and paints in the Austin, Texas area. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, the Austin Plein Air Painters, American Women Artists and Artists of Texas. She formally studied art at The Student Art League of New York, Scottsdale School of Art, University of Georgia and Tyler Junior College in Texas. For more information, visit donnabland.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Donna Bland
Cost: $550 Museum members/ $600 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Simplifying the Complex en Plein Air / Kentucky Style"
September 22-24, 2022
 

Come paint in central Kentucky with award-winning California artist Randy Sexton. This 3-day workshop is open to all levels—but it is especially geared to push the experienced artist to greater heights. Randy will review the basics of solid picture making… while sharing his own methods for “Simplifying the Complex.” Three days will be spent on location (gathering direct experience en plein air.) Daily demonstrations will be followed up with “one-on-one” assistance at the easel. An additional day of Portrait and Figure painting is also an option!
 
Location: Springfield, Kentucky
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $595
Sponsor: The Art Distillery
Website, 831.620.2955


"Painting The Figure and Portrait Alla Prima"
September 22-25, 2022
 

Learn techniques to create a fresh, direct response to your subjects. There will be painting demonstrations and lots of class time for students to work from a live figure and portrait model. The class will work on a different painting/pose each day and learn to simplify and interpret the figure/portrait as a series of basic shapes and planes described by light and shadow. In addition to discussing technical concepts like value, color, paint application and basic proportions of the head and figure, we’ll also talk about some of the psychological aspects of learning to paint, such as giving ourselves permission to experiment and make mistakes so that we can learn and discover ways to become better, more creative artists.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: David Shevlino, www.davidshevlino.com
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Expressive Realism: Landscape, Still-life, and Figurative"
September 22-24, 2022
 

Join us for this “Three day ~ Three subject” workshop focused on the importance of design and paint handling while exploring the differences and similarities of Landscape, Still-Life, and Figurative subject matter. In his workshops Randall Sexton is frequently asked to help people “loosen-up” with their brushwork. Yes indeed, Brushwork is your other “Voice”…Your Signature… It is recognizable whether you know it or not….but brushes aren’t the only way to this endgame. A solid understanding of the fundamentals of good design will bolster your ability to paint more expressive and exciting work. Oil/Acrylic, All Levels Welcome.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, 831.620.2955


"Exploring Oil and Cold Wax Painting"
September 23-25, 2022
 

When I discovered oil and cold wax painting five years ago, I was instantly hooked! I’m here to make your learning a little less intimidating by sharing with you everything I know about this genre, so that you can grow as an artist no matter what your experience. We will discover how to use cold wax with oil paint by creating abstract samplers and full-sized paintings on wood and paper. We’ll cover preparing surfaces, favorite techniques, layering, revealing, concealing, shifting, editing and working with colors. Trying something new can be scary, but it can also be an investment. Aren’t you worth it? If growth as an artist is a priority, let’s take the mystery out of this medium together!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Cost: $430
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Drawing to Painting"
Tuesdays, October 4 - November 22, 2022
 

Do you enjoy drawing, but are intimidated by paint? In this eight-week course, we'll explore diverse techniques and media that will give you the confidence you need to enable a smooth transition from drawing to painting. Find out why many common painting problems have their roots, and their solutions, in drawing. Topics include drawing with ink, the roles of value, understanding color, paint sticks and pastels, the expressive use of mark-making and more. This course is for people with some experience of drawing fundamentals, though beginners are also welcome.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Moninski
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Impressionism in Action"
October 19-22, 2022
 

Colley Whisson believes "It is not what you paint but how you paint it". He has a strong belief that he is not copying nature but giving expression to visual ideas. Colley teaches the fundamentals needed to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and sensitivity to the subject. Colley's workshops are conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. In this workshop, he will focus on tone, composition, brushwork, color saturation, and pay special attention to the importance of edges. Colley employs a step-by-step process, demonstrating to all levels of students the best approach to constructing a painting. Weather permitting, Colley will conduct an outdoor demonstration to show his approach to working on site, or 'en plein air'.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Colley Whisson, www.colleywhisson.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Taking Your Work to The Next Level"
November 3-5, 2022
 

Artists who are interested in improving their work often get stalled in their progress and just need a kick-start to get back on the path for excellence. This workshop is a chance to take a good honest look at your current work and consider what exactly needs improvement. The class will be divided into three parts: identification of the one area that most needs improvement, individualized exercises to address the problem, studio painting to put new ideas in to practice. Six weeks of online mentoring is included with the class to maximize the class work. Class size is limited to 12 to maximize individual help.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $550
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


 

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