Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Need More Life in your Still-Life?"
July 18-19, 2018
 

This class will encourage students to think past mere rendering and deeper into the development of a painting. Emphasis will be on creating mood through their compositions and incorporating emotion into their work. How to describe form and light with paint is just the beginning, how to transcend the subject matter is a whole other ball of wax. The critical elements of a well-designed painting will be practiced and discussed as they relate to the still-life. The lessons of composition, form, value, edges, paint quality, subtlety, and personal interpretation will be ongoing topics. Demonstrations, discussions, and FUN are also very important aspects of the workshop. Students will receive plenty of individualized instruction to help them reach their personal goals.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Arranging and Painting the Still Life"
August 13-15, 2018
 

This three-day workshop offers oil painting students the opportunity to paint a considered and finished still life. Students will be guided through the process, from the set up to completion. The topics of design, arrangement, and lighting will be discussed at length prior to the execution of a finished interpretation.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Light and Form from Still Life to Florals"
October 8-12, 2018
 

In this workshop students will learn about shape, value, form, color, and various techniques. Students will start with painting the still life to practice these concepts on simpler subjects and will then progress to more complex floral arrangements. In this way students learn how to approach and simplify intricate subject matter. Robert will demonstrate his method of painting each morning then students will set up to paint from life in the afternoon. Robert will provide individual instruction and critiques.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Strickland, www.robertstricklandart.com
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Inspired Painting"
October 15-19, 2018
 

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 paint something different each day or to delve deeper into their chosen subject over several days. Nancy will demonstrate from the model on Monday and 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: $670 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Expressive Color in Figure and Still Life"
October 15-19, 2018
 

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Russian figure and still life impressionistic painting with a contemporary flare. Henry will lecture on the impressionistic approach to painting, helping students gain a maximum understanding of color and relationships as they develop a solid foundation for creating paintings. Students will be given individual instruction and will work directly from life each session. This workshop is a must for artists of all levels interested in improving their painting abilities.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Henry Stinson, www.henrystinson.com
Cost: $595 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting from the Inside Out"
October 22-26, 2018
 

Dennis Perrin teaches students to think beyond simple techniques, and to explore the state of mind that sets the ground work for successful and satisfying painting. That said, Dennis will teach his patented method, The Perrin Method, and how to slow down and calm the mind during the painting process. Using flowers, figure, and still life as subject matter, Perrin will walk the student through the painting, from conception to completion, with both demonstration and personal coaching.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dennis Perrin, dennisperrinfineart.com
Cost: $595 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Still Life"
October 29 - November 2, 2018
 

Loosen up your style and paint expressive still life. Learn the craft of setting up a still life by focusing on overall design, appropriate lighting, material selection and placement. Further enhance your work by paying attention to composition, values, temperature and paint quality. Eric will discuss composition, color, edges, and the use of expressive brush strokes to give life and energy to one’s painting. The atmosphere will be informal and friendly. Eric will provide individual instruction throughout the workshop. Beginner to advanced students are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eric Jacobsen, www.jacobsenfineart.com
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Magic of Paintings Things You Love: Flowers, Fruit & Still Life"
November 6-9, 2018
 

Stephanie will help students define their concept and show them how to design their painting, making every inch of a canvas beautiful. Working with flowers and fruit in a still life composition, which could be formal or a vignette, this workshop will either introduce the student to or help them hone their color mixing skills. Students will concentrate on beautiful, intentional brushstrokes, paint quality, along with edges and values. She will show students how to start with a 25 stroke painting to warm up or break “painter’s block”, and practice intentional brush strokes and color. Stephanie will assist in still life set ups and instruct students on how to look for the rhythm and fall of light on the subject.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Stephanie Birdsall, www.stephaniebirdsall.com
Cost: $575
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting What You See: The Alla Prima Approach to Painting"
November 27-30, 2018
 

Each day, Daniel will do a demonstration while discussing the skills necessary for creating beautiful still life paintings using “Alla Prima” methods. Following each morning’s demo, students will set up still life 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
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Beautiful Florals"
December 3-6, 2018
 

Hedi Moran’s workshop will focus on the process of creating impressionistic floral still life. Emphasis will be on basic concepts of composition, and the importance of transparent color lay in. Effective use of light and temperature to create vivid and lively oil paintings will also be covered, along with how to use soft and hard edges in and around the focal point. The painting process begins with laying in rough shapes (not objects) with initial colors. Refining the painting starts in the focal area and moves outward from there, with the paint getting thicker, edges sharper and color contrasts strengthened. The entire painting is worked at the same time, so that all elements come together simultaneously.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Hedi Moran, www.hedimoranfineart.com
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Basics of Oil Painting"
December 12-15, 2018
 

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
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Still Life Painting as Fine Art"
January 3-6, 2019
 

Kelli’s teaching style truly reaches both the beginning and the seasoned painter. She breaks down artistic language into clear terms that are easily understood. And her experience with still life painting facilitates growth in students who have a grasp on the fundamentals, but are looking for ways to take their still life from great exercises or studies to a higher level of art. 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. Daily demonstrations, critiques and discussions will be given.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kelli Folsom, www.kellifolsom.com
Cost: $575
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Luminous Colors with Underpainting & Glazing"
January 10-13, 2019
 

Luminous color! As artists we are quickly attracted to and entertained by color. Creating jewel-like luminous colors is the focus of this workshop. Master artists of the past used the technique of underpainting and glazing to make their colors as beautiful and luscious as possible. Artists have traditionally used relatively slow drying media for this technique, but in this workshop students will be using an alkyd medium, which dries more quickly and is much easier and convenient to use. Students will work from still life photographs and drawings provided by Jane.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jane Jones, www.janejonesartist.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Still Life with a Strong Light & Shadow Concept"
January 21-25, 2019
 

In this workshop, Elizabeth will discuss the concept of painting strong light and shadows, along with painting with emotion and not just copying what is seen. Elizabeth will do daily demonstrations and discuss important concepts such as composition, temperature changes, edges, and seeing things as shapes. There will be a strong emphasis will be on painting florals and vases.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Elizabeth Robbins, elizabethrobbinsart.com
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Bringing the Garden Indoors"
January 28-31, 2019
 

Kathy’s workshop is filled with an abundance of fresh flowers. She starts each day with a demo, emphasizing the importance of design with a strong block in. Kathy will talk about how to get transparency in flowers with clean color, how to block in leaves as a mass, and creating value patterns. For one of the demos, she will bring in a plein air painting to demonstrate how to finish it in the studio using photos. Students will set up their own “garden still life” with Kathy assisting. Kathy is so happy to be one of the Putney Painters -painting, laughing, and sharing a special friendship with Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik for 15 years.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathy Anderson, www.andersonstudio.com
Cost: $575
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"A Creative Approach to Floral Compositions"
January 28-31, 2019
 

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
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Oil Painting Essentials"
February 11-15, 2019
 

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 painters’ options.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Gregg Kreutz, www.greggkreutz.com
Cost: $730 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


 

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