Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Photo + Encaustic: Layers, Surface, and Substrate"
September 27-30, 2021
 

This workshop is designed for both painters and photographers interested in gaining new skills and pushing the boundaries of their studio practice through the combination of encaustic and photography. Explore a range of subject matter, as well as a variety of surfaces on which to create work.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: Members: $510 / Non-Members: $550
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, 920-868-3455


"Classical Design for the Contemporary Artist"
Tuesdays, September 28 - November 30, 2021
 

Design is the application of the formal elements of aesthetics to an artwork to enhance its strengths. This class will explain these formal elements of design: composition, space, value, light, color, line, texture and pattern. Course content will include art historical discussions using artists past and present to exemplify these design principles. The classes will also include demonstrations of the applications of each principle, and time to experiment and apply what you learned to your own work. The course will include visits to the PAFA museum and also the archives, to see rarely exhibited works on paper.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Charles Muldowney
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Color & Composition: Watercolor & Pastel"
October 1-3, 9:00–4:00
 

Pastel artists interested in getting a fresh perspective on painting the landscape beyond the usual “green scenes” will want to join us for this exploration of pushing the boundaries of colors and compositions found in nature. We will take an experiential, non- academic approach to maximizing your color and compositional skills that offers ways to expand on an overwhelming blue/green palette, the dullness of the light, or the limitations of any available scene. Working from your own photos, watercolors and pastels, Colette will use direct instruction, numerous examples, and demonstrations to guide you towards your particular goals for your work. Discussions and critiques will keep the emphasis on your artistic concerns, allowing plenty of working time and individualized instruction.
 
Location: Palos Park, Illinois
Instructor: Colette Odya Smith
Cost: $450 members/ $490 non-members
Sponsor: Chicago Pastel Painters
Website, email


"Watercolor Painting"
October 4-7, 2021
 

The workshop sessions begin as Couch completes a painting, explaining what he is doing, and why, as he paints. Students paint in the afternoons, after which Couch critiques all the day’s completed work, including his own. An optional slide show/lecture on the principles of design – including color and composition – will be presented in the afternoon of the first day. For more information, visit tonycouch.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Tony Couch
Cost: $500 Museum members/ $550 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Oil Technique for Dramatic Skies"
October 8, 2021
 

Dramatic skies at sunset, or with high wind clouds, puffy cumulonimbus clouds, rain clouds etc., are often the reason that we are drawn to paint a scene. This demonstration will cover the techniques used to obtain those different types of cloud formations, and the colors associated with them. Paint along in watercolor with Alex Sharma as she demonstrates specific brush strokes, wet-on-wet, and mixing techniques to obtain dramatic results.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $10
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Artistic Reference Photos: Utilizing Your iPhone or iPad"
Saturdays, October 9 & 16, 2021
 

We are taught to determine the composition of our painting before we start to paint. The masters will spend hours, days or even weeks doing studies to determine the composition that they want in their painting. Yeah, right! That takes too long! I want to start to paint right now! In this class, students will learn to use some great iPhone and iPad apps to reduce the compositional process down into minutes and end up with some amazing creative compositional options.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jerry Cox, www.jerrycox.net
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Impactful Pencil: Transforming Simple Graphite Works to More"
October 9-10, 2021
 

We’ve all worked with a graphite pencil, even if it’s just signing our names or writing lists. In this workshop we’ll be training our hands and minds to have a sensitivity to the amount of pressure we use to apply that graphite mark so that we can produce impactful drawings that include the full range from white to black. We’ll initially be inspired by seeing other artists’ graphite drawings. We’ll then do an exercise that stretches your comfort zone to practice applying an almost invisible layer of graphite to white paper moving to almost black coverage. We’ll refine this use of a full polarized value range through fairly fast tiny drawings, and on the second day we’ll review composition.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass
Cost: $175 + $15 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"All about Color – Concept, Perception and Usage"
October 18-20, 2021
 

In this workshop, students will explore color theory and color mixing. They will learn about individual pigments, their place on the palette, as well as paint transparency and opacity. The workshop will emphasize identifying the value, intensity and temperature of color. Other topics addressed will include color perspective, concepts for creating the illusion of space, mixing techniques, the illusion of transparency, and mediums that create color effects. Most of the time will be spent mixing hypothetical color combinations and ranges. On Thursday and Friday, students will paint simple still life objects from life and learn to see, conceptualize, and produce the colors they desire, reinforcing the concepts and techniques covered in the first three days.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Doug & Susan Diehl, www.diehlfineart.com
Cost: $415 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Expressive Brushwork in Oil & Acrylic!"
October 20-23, 2021
 

Award Winning Artist Workshops was created for artists with a desire to study with the highest caliber instructors. Join California artist Randall Sexton at the McDowell Arts Center for a 4-Day workshop in "Expressive Brushwork." Brushwork is your other “Voice”…Your Signature... It is recognizable whether you know it or not. Think of painting as if weaving a tapestry…overlapping the negative shapes with positive shapes (and visa versa) to create the edges of shapes….and to define the shapes in the process.
 
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $575
Website, email, 1-877-860-3500


"Painting in a Blue Mood"
October 22, 2021
 

Blue is an iconic color often associated with water and the sky. Blue can also indicate “mood”—as in, tranquil, time of day, place, season, feelings, etc. Through the various subject matter, Alex will demonstrate how to use blue in all its many variations to convey mood. These variations include how to change blue with other colors, how to get blue to approach or recede to create distance, use of value to obtain impact, and how to use blue in an arbitrary way to create interest. Alex will demonstrate in watercolor; however, the methods and considerations are the same for all paint media. Come prepared to paint in your medium of choice.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $10
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"The Monochrome Approach & Encaustic Monotypes – Santa Fe, NM"
October 23-24, 2021
 

This workshop offers artists the opportunity to explore and develop ideas while using black ink, graphite, charcoal and carbon. When working monochromatically contrast is increased and subtle tones become clearer. Color is no longer a distraction and you can focus on the overall composition. This process allows for more expressive mark making and control while painting. What you lose in not having color, it’s gain in quality of composition, form and tone, as well as the ability to communicate mood and atmosphere in a totally different way. Color may be applied later if desired. We follow CDC guidelines, ages 18+, max 6 and min of 3 people per class. All levels welcome. Registration & Information Email me at: jorgeluisbernal@gmail.com
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jorge Luis Bernal
Cost: $350.00
Sponsor: Encaustic Art Institute
Website, email, 301-821-3999


"Introduction to Watercolor Painting"
October 29, 2021
 

If you have ever wanted to try to paint in watercolor but didn’t know how to start—or thought it would be too hard— this demo will introduce you to classic watercolor painting and the methods used to put paint to paper. Color mixing, brushwork, weton- dry, wet-on-wet techniques, types of watercolor paper, painting mediums and care of materials will all be demonstrated and practiced. Paint along with Alex using whatever watercolor paints and brushes you may have.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $10
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Charcoal: Expressive Mark-Making, A Painter's Approach to Drawing"
November 5-6, 2021
 

Students will explore charcoal as the perfect drawing medium for expressive mark making. Students will develop a personal approach to loose, aggressive mark making with a combination of additive and subtractive techniques using charcoal and erasers for mark making and developing grounds. The class will focus upon mark making as it relates to abstraction and later students may opt to explore the different ways these same techniques can be applied to observational drawing for a provocative and beautiful fusion of abstraction and realism. Gary Chapman is a Professor of Art - Drawing and Painting at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has had over 60 solo exhibitions. For more information, visit garychapmanart.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Gary Chapman
Cost: $295 Museum members/ $325 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Color Mixing"
November 5-6, 2021
 

The ability to understand color can easily be broken down into logical methodical elements. First, we will learn how to mix what we see by defining a color in terms of hue, saturation, and value. With this method, students will gain the capability to match any color with ease. Next, we will discuss the use for a split primary palette, and the effects of transparent color. Students will understand the strengths and limitations of every color on and off their palette. Students will then see how to choose their palette for each painting to support their specific color goal.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jessica Garrett Lawrence
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


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

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


"Explosive Colorful Portrait Painting"
November 15, 2021
 

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


"Design Boot Camp"
November 30 - December 3, 2021
 

Get ready to hunker down and explore the first and foremost demand of picture-making – good design. Composition is not simply being able to fit the subject matter on the canvas. Good composition is creating a beautiful and dynamic visual statement through the adaptation of an intentional plan – a coordination of parts to produce a harmonious whole. Intent and purpose trumps all in the planning of a painting. Students will go on an exploration of all the principles of design: proportion, dominance, subordination, movement, creating emphasis, and space, all as a means to an end. Students will exploit the elements of art: value, line, texture, shape and color in their search for a unity of effect.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Doug & Susan Diehl, www.diehlfineart.com
Cost: $520 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Interpreting Your Photographic Reference"
Saturdays, December 4-18, 2021
 

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


"Principles of Painting"
January 3-6, 2022
 

This workshop is an intense four days of inspiration, hard work and productive learning. The main principles Moore covers are design, color, composition, and edges. Beginning with slide lectures in the morning, he isolates each element with the help of computer technology and focuses on a different principle each day. Lectures are followed by painting exercises and/or demonstrations of the principles being taught. Students are encouraged to apply lessons to subject matter of their choice, whether landscapes, still life, or figure. Exercises are geared toward learning the principles, not toward producing a finished painting. Demos will be in oil.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Moore, www.rmoorefineart.com
Cost: $650 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Principles – Warm Light and Cool Shadows"
Saturdays, January 8-15, 2022
 

Take a step into outdoor painting! Painting outdoors can be overwhelming. This workshop gives you tools to simplify the painting process and develop more dynamic compositions. This workshop is great for artists who are inspired by both impressionism and painting outdoors. Portable equipment required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Anton Nowels, www.antonnowels.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Color Mixing with a Limited Palette"
January 8, 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 save hundreds of dollars over time, replace mountains of paint tubes from different manufacturers, and set the artist on the way to mastering color temperature, values, and intensity.
 
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


"Intro to Acrylic Pour Painting"
January 8, 2022
 

Acrylic Pouring is a fun way to create abstract art to enrich your life and enhance your home. Each student will learn how to select and mix colors with pouring medium, choose one of several methods, and complete 1-3 paintings. Students will have the opportunity to try 3 of these different pouring techniques: Dirty Pour, Open cup, Dutch Pour, Flip cup, and Smashes. Each student will create up to 3 canvases during class, depending on the speed with which you work.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Ringelstetter
Cost: $85
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Painting The Poetic Landscape"
January 21-23, 2022
 

Once you learn the mechanics of painting the landscape, it’s time to learn how to add the magic…the poetry. We’ll examine the difference between paintings that merely contain elements of the landscape, and those that convey a distinct visual message… and how to gain the skills necessary to accomplish this. We’ll cover some methods that will help you develop a strong composition and edit unnecessary details that detract from the emotion you want to convey. Each day will begin with a demonstration followed by students working on a specific painting exercise. Instructor demos will include both oil and pastel. This workshop is open to all levels, although artists with at least some basic landscape painting experience will benefit most.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke, www.BarbaraJaenicke.com
Cost: $465
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"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


"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


"Beyond Description: Expressive Painting through Image Structure"
February 14-18, 2022
 

Your growth as an artist is my priority as we study great artists and unlock the universal secrets of image structure. At a primal level, it’s this abstract image structure that moves us-- the use of line, shape, space, value, color, and texture. This applies to any style or genre of painting because every good painting is good due to the underlying abstraction--the power of the purely visual. Helping other artists exceed their own expectations is one of the most enjoyable things I ever get to do. The plan is always to help you reach your potential, painting your way, with your voice and vision, but better than ever before. Paint representational or abstract. Oils, watercolors, collage, and acrylics welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Michael Slonim, www.davidmichaelslonim.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Intermediate Acrylic Pour Painting"
February 19, 2022
 

This workshop is meant for students who have some experience in acrylic pour painting, or those who attended the January 2022 introductory course. Instructor Mary Ringelstetter will guide students through more advanced pour techniques and color mixing options. Each student will create up to 3 canvases during class, depending on the speed with which you work. Class size is extremely limited and early registration is recommended!
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Ringelstetter
Cost: $115
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"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


"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


"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


"Value, Value, Value: Introduction to Scratchboard"
May 14-15, 2022
 

Scratchboard, as in black and white photography, draws its drama by including the widest range of light to dark in each “painting.” The process itself is as basic as drawing with a pencil. The artist uses a knife instead of a pencil and applies the strokes to a panel coated with black india ink over white clay instead of applying to white paper. With each stroke of the knife blade, a scratch removes the black ink revealing the white beneath. The challenge is to remember you are creating various grey tones all the way to white (depending on the amount of scratching you do to remove the black). It is a thrill mid-process because your imagery emerges with each stroke.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass
Cost: $175 + $15 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Photography Basics and Adobe Lightroom Post-Processing"
May 21-22, 2022
 

Day 1: Field Day at Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area. In the field, we’ll cover how to use aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and focusing to perfect your compositions and exposures. Day 2: Post-Processing and Adobe Lightroom at River Arts Studio. In the studio, we’ll spend time learning to process the photos you took on Day 1 using Adobe Lightroom. Students should bring their cameras and any necessary cords, laptop and charger, and a notepad.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mike Murray
Cost: $60
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


 

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