Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Random Rhythm"
Saturdays, October 9 - November 6, 2021
 

Explore soft pastels while applying the principle of random rhythm. Combine realistic objects with abstract self-expression. Manipulate the tempo of your painting with expanding light and movement. Practice basic soft pastel techniques like layering, stroking and color gradation; replace lackluster passages with color-rich shapes and blend and weave colors that inspire you. Create gestural marks and glaze your way over under-painted washes as you build your pastel paintings. Expect step by step demonstrations and helpful class participation. Beginners welcome. Printed reference materials provided. Subject matter ranges from fresh produce or shiny ceramics to landscapes. Please refer to supply list.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Liz Kenyon, www.lizkenyon.com
Cost: $265 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Small and Quick Still-Life Studies"
October 18-21, 2021
 

Are you looking to increase how fast you can paint? Are you just beginning to learn to paint? Do you want to get better faster? Do you stress or get anxious when staring at that big canvas and wonder what to put on it? Do you often wonder where to start? Then making small quick studies might be for you. This class is all about making six-hour studies on small panels. We will cover prepping the surface, what paints to use, picking out subject matter, where and how to start a painting, some tricks about quickly mixing colors, using brushstrokes wisely, simplifying the value scale, and how to market and sell them when they are done!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Clinton Hobart, www.clintonhobart.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


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

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


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

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


"Painting with Intention, with the Goal of Success!!"
November 1-5, 2021
 

Stephanie has been a Putney Painter for 14 years, the group founded by Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik. Learn to see what it is that you want before you start to paint. Stephanie believes that every brushstroke and color should be intentional. She’ll teach you how to think before you apply a brushstroke, making your paintings happen faster and with more accuracy. Learn to mix clean color and make beautiful brush strokes that will direct your viewer’s eyes through your painting. Edges and composition will also be thoroughly explored. And don’t forget values!! Paint with confidence and certainty. Subject matter will be organic, all living things; flowers, fruit, vegetables and leaves...whatever we can find that is beautiful! Oil and Pastel welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Stephanie Birdsall, www.stephaniebirdsall.com
Cost: $720 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


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

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


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying, and Expression"
November 8-11, 2021
 

Students will use oils (acrylics are allowed as well) to paint from photos. They will have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of trees, boats, cityscapes, figures, koi, and hanging fruit. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos if they choose. Penix will cover topics like how to make your paintings more 3-dimensional, the power of warms and cools, color theory, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, elements of light and shadow, the power of suggestion and finally painting how you see versus just copying a photograph.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Derek Penix, www.derekpenix.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Flowers at Dusk"
November 16-19, 2021
 

Each morning, the artist will demonstrate a painting from start to finish of garden flowers in twilight - all from photo reference. Discussions will include the basics -drawing, value, color, edges, and composition- as well as advanced talks about taking, editing, and using digital images as reference. Students will follow up after a lunch break to begin their own works, using images that will be provided for them. In addition to the materials list, students are encouraged to bring an electronic device from which they'll view their subjects (i.e. an iPad or small laptop). If no device is available, a printed image will be provided for their use.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Daniel J. Keys, www.danieljkeys.com
Cost: $660 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Inspired Painting"
November 30 - December 3, 2021
 

In this workshop, students will spend the week inspired by beautiful things…either from the model in a vignette or from an alluring still life. It is the student’s choice to either paint something different each day or to delve deeper into the chosen subject over several days. Nancy will demonstrate from the model on Monday and from a still life on Wednesday. She will discuss her process, as well as the concepts of composition, intent, value, color, and application. Students will paint with one-on-one instruction and guidance. Nancy believes everyone has their own way of seeing the world and works to help students develop their own voice and style.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Cost: $545 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Still Life Painting as Fine Art"
December 7-11, 2021
 

Painting still life has long been a way to learn the fundamentals of painting as it is perhaps the most convenient way to study values, color relationships, form and drawing. This is the first step, but what comes after that? How does one transition from student work to artist? Kelli’s teaching style truly reaches both the beginning and the seasoned painter. Conundrums like what goes together, what to do with the background, how to not overwork the painting and how to set up a still life that tells a story with impact will be solved. Each student will work at their own pace and at their own skill level. There will be daily demonstrations, critiques and discussions.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kelli Folsom, www.kellifolsom.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Negative Painting with Watercolor"
January 3-6, 2022
 

Discover the exciting results of negative painting! This is a technique of painting around an object (negative space) to define it in the composition. Create interesting shapes and depth by building transparent glazes, overlapping and interlocking shapes. Build confidence in handling glazes, wet into wet, changing colors and more. Students will develop a stronger understanding of color pigments and how they directly relate to the complex medium of watercolor. Students will benefit from daily demonstrations, friendly critiques, and one-on-one help.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying, and Expression"
January 17-21, 2022
 

Students will use oils (acrylics are allowed as well) to paint from photos. They will have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of trees, boats, cityscapes, figures, koi, and hanging fruit. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos if they choose. Penix will cover topics like how to make your paintings more 3-dimensional, the power of warms and cools, color theory, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, elements of light and shadow, the power of suggestion and finally painting how you see versus just copying a photograph.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Derek Penix, www.derekpenix.com
Cost: $725 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Bringing the Garden Indoors"
January 24-27, 2022
 

Join Kathy for an indoor garden workshop where the emphasis will be on how to set up a natural feeling “garden” and the importance of a good block-in. During the morning demos, Kathy will show how to create strong value patterns, designing with edges, keeping clean transparent color, and the importance of drawing. In the afternoon, students will paint with one-on-one assistance from Kathy.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathy Anderson, www.kathyandersonstudio.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"A Creative Approach to Floral Compositions"
January 24-27, 2022
 

Each day, Daniel will do a demonstration while discussing the skills necessary for creating beautiful floral paintings using Alla Prima methods. Following each morning’s demo, students will set up floral compositions of their own and paint them from life while receiving one-on-one instruction. During this intensive course, students will receive insight into learning to see correctly and develop an adeptness in the following areas: composition, drawing, color, value and edges.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Daniel J. Keys, www.danieljkeys.com
Cost: $660 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Artists Guild Week"
February 21-25, 2022
 

Scottsdale Artists’ School is pleased to host a week-long Artists Guild Workshop with David A. Leffel, Sherrie McGraw, Jacqueline Kamin, and Stacy Kamin. These four prominent artists will share their expertise on drawing & painting the portrait & figure as well as the still life. Every participant will receive individual attention from the entire staff. They will rotate among the different rooms of students, so everyone will receive frequent guidance and several demonstrations. Students will explore the qualities that define different textures. By painting still lifes & models in luxurious settings, students should feel much more confident about capturing the characteristics that distinguish copper from pewter, satin from velvet, and skin from hair. Join us for an intense but enjoyable week!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: 4 prominent artists
Cost: $1900 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"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


"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


"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


 

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