Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Dynamic Still Life"
April 27-30, 2020
 

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 learn tips for bringing inspiration to your home studio practice. Students 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.
 
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


"Still Life Composition and Painting"
May 1-3, 2020
 

This workshop will explore a powerful and rational approach to still life composition and oil painting techniques with brushes and palette knives. David adjusts his advice according to each person’s ability – from raw beginner to advanced professional. However, more advanced students will find it easier to focus on the subtleties of composition. A solid drawing background is highly recommended. David will work individually with each student to compose a still life setup. He will then give painting demonstrations while answering questions, and will help students while they work on their own paintings. Students may choose to create a new composition every day if desired, or may dig in and explore the finishing stages.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Cheifetz, www.davidcheifetz.com
Cost: $415 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Contemporary Still Life in Oil"
Saturdays, May 2-9, 2020
 

Traditionally, still life consists of arranging objects for their decorative value and thematic qualities, this class will look at things a little differently. The focus of this two-day class will be on designing powerful compositions using simple objects. By grouping sometimes unrelated things, from unusual vantage points, attention is drawn to the movement and abstract quality of shapes. The resulting paintings will have a cleaner, streamlined appearance. The class will be painting in a square format, experimenting with textural effects. Setting up objects for the contemporary still life will be discussed. Students will paint from various still life photos, provided by Diane. There will be plenty of one- on-one instruction throughout the day with demonstrations as needed to clarify concepts.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Diane Eugster, www.dianeeugsterart.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Expressive Color in Figure and Still Life"
May 4-8, 2020
 

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


"Painting the Rose"
May 4-8, 2020
 

Garden roses are some of the most beautiful forms in the botanical world. They have been cultivated for centuries and bear little resemblance to the stiff generic varieties that are commonly available. In this intensive workshop painters will have an opportunity to study their complex geometry and exquisite color subtlety. The course will include an indirect method of painting and the introduction of a specific limited palette. A brief slide lecture on the history of the genre will inspire us as we explore this timeless motif. Previous painting experience is encouraged.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathleen Speranza, www.kathleensperanza.com
Cost: $865 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


 

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