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Landscape Painting Fundamentals
February 15-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this four day workshop students will work on using field studies and other reference materials to create studio landscape paintings. The class will start with an abbreviated lecture on the fundamentals of sound painting, including a discussion of the importance of drawing, value, design, and color. Students will also focus on seeing in terms of mass and form rather than detail and line. From these fundamentals, students will proceed to work on their own studio landscape paintings. Students should bring reference materials such as plein air sketches, field studies and photographs. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Matt Smith, mattsmithstudio.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $700
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Basics of Oil Painting
February 15-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Qiang's approaches to still life painting will be demonstrated with particular focus on composing dramatic set-ups by observing the 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. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Qiang Huang, www.qiang-huang.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $595
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting from Life
February 15-19, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Traditional Realism. Alla prima oil painting, direct painting wet on wet. In this workshop, students will paint from life, observing the model carefully to see and understand the form and also express the character of the individual posing. The objective of the workshop is to develop skill to paint realistically in the tradition of the Old Masters. Max will critique each student's painting daily, give painting from life demonstrations, and give talks about contemporary and traditional art in relation to the painting we are doing in this workshop. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Max Ginsburg, www.maxginsburg.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $825 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Plein Air with Mark Boedges
February 15-19, 2016 (9am-4pm) — "When I paint I am trying to tell the truth about my subject. 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." 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. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mark Boedges, www.markboedges.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Pastel Color Intensive Studio-Only with Michael Chesley Johnson
February 16-19, 2016 (9-1) — In this special, four-day, studio-only, pastel-only workshop, Michael Chesley Johnson will share with you advanced concepts in color usage. Through a series of exercises and painting sessions, you will explore a variety of color palettes and practices to help bring your pastels to a higher level. Because this workshop is half-days only, you will have afternoons to explore beautiful Sedona, Arizona and, if you wish, to paint en plein air. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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3-day Phoenix Workshop with Lee McVey: The Artful Landscape
February 19-21, 2016 (9am - 4pm) — Experience lots of one on one attention and encouragement as you develop your painting skills while working from landscape reference photos. Improve your ability to see and to extract the information from photographs needed to create a successful painting. Explore compositional design, color, value and aerial perspective and more. For beginners with drawing experience to intermediate and advanced students. Visit website


Location: Phoenix, AZ
Instructor: Lee McVey
Sponsor: UART
Cost: $370.24 (including fees and taxes)
Email: Alain Boppart
Phone: 845-875-6258

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The Figure in Pastels
February 19-21, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this three-day workshop, Margaret teaches a simple step-by-step pastel painting method. Working with live models, students explore drawing, composition, anatomy, proportion, value, color, and pastel application. Emphasis is on developing form using light and shadow, and layering color for a translucent effect. This workshop is for students who want to learn about color and who want to speed up and become less tight in their work. Students do not need prior pastel experience. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Margaret Dyer, www.margaretdyer.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Figure: Arriving at Full Color
February 20-24, 2016 (9am-4pm) — 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 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 opportunities for open discussions of questions that sincere, passionate figural painters encounter. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Rose Frantzen, www.oldcityhallgallery.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $800 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Plein Air Extreme to Studio
February 22-25, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will be about efficiency in collecting field sketches and converting them to studio paintings. It will be imperative to pare down your outdoor gear to be able to hike through the desert to some spots that are further out, but worth it. We will be catching those moments in the day that make the Sonoran Desert the worthwhile subject matter it is to paint. There are also specific exercises designed to see and capture the essence of your scene and concept which will be presented at the workshop. With our fresh field sketches we'll be painting in the studio, combining the color from the field with the information from our cameras. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Ray Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Quick Sketch Figure Painting
February 22-26, 2016 (9am-4pm) — English professes, "Immediacy is important not only because it is often the nature of people, but for me, it is the most instinctive way to paint." In this workshop, students will concentrate on developing their ability to paint quickly and accurately, a skill that can be useful in many situations. Students will work from models in natural situations (chatting, playing music, walking around, but not strictly "posed") both indoors and outdoors. The goal of this workshop is not to create a finished painting, but numerous very quick, spontaneous, yet controlled studies. Many studies may even be wiped out during the day, as students practice their oil sketching technique. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Kim English
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Conceptual Still Life
February 23-26, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Breathe life into your work with a more spontaneous approach to classical still life. Students will learn how to think about developing a concept by painting light and movement. Students will learn Jeff's thought process in setting up a still life and executing it by going directly to paint. Observe as he demonstrates his painting methods and principles each day with commentary throughout the process. There will be open discussion of his material choices, prop selection, paint application, values, color choices and lighting. Students will receive one-on-one instruction with special attention to their particular needs. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jeff Legg, www.jefflegg.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $625
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
February 23-26, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Saturated Wet Watercolor: Flowers or Koi Fish
February 26-27, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Students will experience an exciting way to paint in watercolor as they begin loosely painting the negative background, thinking only in terms of warm and cool, light and dark. Students will then slowly refine painting by both lifting and adding paint. This method is perfect for Koi Fish and flowers as they have soft edges. The saturated wet paper allows easy lifting, gives soft edges, and maintains a unified background. This two-day workshop will give students a real sense of this method, as timing is extremely important. The class will begin with a loose abstract painting and then lift paint from the damp surface to create the movement and flow. Students will add details like scales at the very end. The results are stunning with rich, vibrant colors. Create beautiful paintings that have a few tight details surrounded by loose, painterly color. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Linda Pullinsi, www.lindapullinsi.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

Portrait Painting FAQ
February 26-28, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This advanced workshop will explore "Alla Prima" portrait painting and the frequently asked questions that can best help artists to navigate what they are seeing. 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 opportunities for open discussions of questions that sincere, passionate portrait painters encounter. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Rose Frantzen, www.oldcityhallgallery.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $575 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

Making a Painting Work
February 29 - March 4, 2016 (9am-4pm) — A good painting tells as much about the artist as the painting itself. Ned will talk about the whole process of putting a painting together; from the first concept to small idea and value composition studies, the use of a color study and on to the finished painting. Students will also do direct painting without preliminary studies. The emphasis will not be on the finished piece but on the process of making a more successful painting. Remember, most paintings are ruined at the start, not at the end, as not enough preliminary thought is given to them. Starts, mistakes and failures could be the order of the day, but Ned says, "We will make mistakes, work hard, and have a good time doing it!" Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Ned Mueller, www.nedmueller.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting the Figurative Subject
February 29 - March 3, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Working from the model, students will explore the art of painting portraits, nude, and costumed subjects. Through lecture and demonstration students will gain a further understanding of the interrelated components of painting: shape, value, color and edges. "The gamut of paint is far smaller than the gamut of our visual reality. Values, color and edges must be painted relative to one another; not piecemeal." These concepts and suggestions regarding value, color and edge relationship will be reinforced through exercises designed for that purpose. A direct simplified interpretation will be encouraged. A consideration of the temperature of the light source will precede painting the subjects in both cool and warm light sources. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $500 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting Flowers and Still Life with Intention
February 29 - March 4, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Stephanie's workshops are sometimes affectionately called "boot camp" by her students. Her goal is to get students as far as possible in five days. For students, this workshop is about learning to put on your canvas only what you choose to put there! This involves studying color and mixing it, brushstrokes, paint application, edges, values and light. Stephanie's approach to both oil and pastel are the same. Students will also learn to have a concept before starting a painting, insuring a much greater chance for success. Stephanie feels that a painting should be a conscious endeavor and that students control what goes onto their canvas or paper. Subject matter will be a combination of fresh flowers, fruit and still life objects. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Stephanie Birdsall, www.stephaniebirdsall.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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A Modern Approach to Watercolor
February 29 - March 4, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The goal of this workshop is to show the untapped power of watercolor. The focus will be on how to approach this medium from a contemporary point of view, powerful, emotional and delicate, not the traditional transparent way it is looked upon. Antonio applies watercolor in a thick and juicy manner, giving his subjects a startling boldness. Learn how attention to details and unusual perspective make for poetic, moody works with strong textural qualities. Antonio's presentation will show the materials he uses (paints, paper, palettes, brushes, etc.), his set-up and how he applies colors. He will demonstrate a modern approach to water media, while students watch and ask questions. The remainder of the day will be one-on-one instruction. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Antonio Masi, www.antoniomasi.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 1-4, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Painting the Head and Figure in Alla Prima
March 4-6, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will be for the painter who wants to freshen up their approach to painting by using cleaner color and a more bravura approach to applying paint. The first day will start with instructor painting demonstration followed by students working from the live model. This workshop's emphasis will be on various techniques of alla prima painting used to create a solid foundation of the human head and figure and how to create a likeness of the person sitting for you. Techniques and materials of the instructor will be explained before demonstration. Students will have a chance to paint from the model with instructor critiques throughout the session. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Tony Pro, www.profineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $425 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Discover a New Way of Seeing Color
March 7-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — 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 us 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. Besides being a much sought after workshop instructor, she also offers weekly classes at her studio in Northern California. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Camille Przewodek, www.przewodek.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $675 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Watercolor Workshop in the Rose Garden
March 7-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Plein Air painting is a wonderful way to develop artistic skills while enjoying the rose garden that surrounds Scottsdale Artists' School. A successful watercolor painting integrates the unique qualities of watercolor paint and paper with all of the traditional concerns of the artist: composition, perspective, light, form and color. Students in Carolyn's workshop will learn through demonstration, exercises and practice. Throughout the week, students will work in the classroom and outdoors in the rose garden. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Carolyn Lord, www.carolynlord.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Oil Painting
March 7-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Seeing with freshness, honesty and great clarity is a fundamental tool used to create powerful paintings. Robert focuses on exploring these time-tested principles of painting in this inspiring workshop, which will stress the beauty of working with fresh oil paint. The workshop will paint from both models and still life arrangements. Robert will teach careful observation and control of values, color and edges as a means of achieving realistic honesty in a painting, all while preserving the magical and mysterious quality present in great works of art. The brush stroke itself will be emphasized as a means to depict form, achieve expressive power, and maintain a paintings freshness and life. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Johnson, robertjohnsonart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Taking Your Portrait and Figure Painting to the Next Level
March 7-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is designed to create a relaxed, informative, yet intense working environment. Romel will demonstrate his approach to painting the portrait and figure from life daily, using his direct fluid painting style with heavy emphasis on the use of improving color, drawing skills, value relationships, understanding edges and capturing the "feeling" of light. Students will learn to use the elements that make a painting/drawing work: creative use of color and edges, visual movement, paint or charcoal application, distribution of abstract shapes and strong design. Students will also learn how to combine working from life and photographs to create a finished piece. Romel provides easy-going individual instruction, as well as critique and group discussion. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Romel de la Torre, www.romeldelatorre.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Light, Color and Design in the Southwest at Tanque Verde
March 7-11, 2016 — This workshop is geared toward intermediate level photographers using a DSLR or mirror-less camera, who have a good understanding of the basics of exposure, camera control settings, and their photo editing software. Much of our time will be spent in the field as a group where Brenda will provide individual hands-on guidance as you make your photographs. The class will be out early and late to take advantage of the rich color of light at these times. We will reserve midday for editing in the classroom, image reviews, and discussions. Our subject matter is limitless and line, pattern, and texture abound in this place! Locations will include Saguaro National Park, The Arizona-Sonoran Desert History Museum, and the Barrio. Visit website


Location: Tucson, AZ
Instructor: Brenda Tharp
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $800
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 8-11, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Watercolor: Inspired by a Photo
March 12-13, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Have a great photo that inspires you to paint? Bring it to this workshop and learn how to transition a photo to watercolor. Students will connect their subject to paper, use lights and darks to add visual interest, and add value through lost and found edges! Students will learn to improve their color selection for enhancing figures and backgrounds, and see amazing results! Students should bring their own digital or print of a portrait, figure, animal or still life. During this workshop there will be demonstrations, plenty of time to paint, and individual attention throughout! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting the Figure from Photographs
March 14-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted's daily demonstrations and presentations, he shares his personal approach to painting - plus he introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. In an atmosphere that's both creative and supportive, Ted encourages, in each participant, a renewed enthusiasm for his or her art - regardless of their skill level. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $675
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

Painting with Emphasis on Light and Color: Indoor and Outdoor Still Life and Figures
March 14-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will emphasize capturing and understanding the variety of lights through color relationship. By doing so the local colors, such as fresh tones, will be eliminated. The same principle applies to all subjects. Still life is always the best subject to learn about color relationships and constructing planes. This knowledge and skill are essential in portraiture, not only to capture the likeness, but the light that will help set up a paintings harmony, mood, and atmosphere. This workshop will also include a focus on design and the art of setting up a still life. Students will have the option to work from the live model, as well as still life throughout the week. Portable easel required. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Sunny Apinchapong-Yang, apinchapong.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Landscapes: Color, Value and Design
March 14-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The development of dynamic, sensitive and believable landscape paintings is the focus of this class. Susan will share ideas on successful use of reference materials and developing sensitive and effective color relationships. Daily demos will include composition, editing and simplification for impact, and creating believable natural lighting effects. Students can expect to produce a new painting each day. Susan will conduct daily demonstration and plenty of individual instruction and critique will be provided. "You'll be painting the soul of the subject, not the details!" Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Susan Ogilvie, www.susanogilvie.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Guided Freedom of Self-Expression
March 14-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This "casually intense" workshop includes the traditional basics such as anatomy, composition, proportion, building your own armatures, etc. The instruction is set up in such a way to give the greatest amount of individual freedom for every student to pursue their own strongest interest. This includes their choice of subject matter and size they wish to work. Although accuracy of anatomy and proportion is discussed, the greater emphasis is on allowing individual uniqueness to blossom…often in spite of how things "technically" are. This technique is used to help release the 'aesthetic power' that resides in everyone. Guided freedom of self-expression is the essence of this workshop…whether working realistic or abstract. Lincoln is especially gifted at gently pushing each student along their chosen path. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Lincoln Fox, www.lincolnfox.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Turbo French Academy
March 14-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Used by artists such as Gerome and Norman Rockwell, the French Academic process encourages the handling of complex issues of painting one at a time, allowing for a confident, strong, and accurate final piece. Day one students will execute compositional designs, as well as drawing studies of hands, feet, drapery and portrait. The second day will lead to the completion of a full size drawing, or cartoon. Day three will involve color studies and paintings completed Alla Prima. The fourth and fifth days students will execute a drawing transfer and complete their final piece. Students will learn design, drawing technique, color, paint application, and sound working method for not just painting a model, but creating a work of art. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Timothy Rees, www.reesfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $635 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 15-18, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Artful Landscape with Lee McVey
March 18-20, 2016 (9am - 4pm) — Experience lots of one on one attention and encouragement as you develop your painting skills while working from landscape reference photos. Improve your ability to see and to extract the information from photographs needed to create a successful painting. Explore compositional design, color, value and aerial perspective and more. For beginners with drawing experience to intermediate and advanced students. Visit website


Location: Tucson, AZ
Instructor: Lee McVey
Sponsor: UART
Cost: $370.24 (including fees and taxes)
Email: UART
Phone: 845-875-6258

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Drawing the Portrait from Life
March 19-21, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this course will be on life drawing methods to investigate the underlying rhythm, expression and emotion of the modern portrait. Students will explore charcoal on toned paper with one pose for the duration so that they can patiently observe and record their findings. All observation will be cumulative and used towards finishing the final work. Instruction will include discussion of practical technical information on the use of charcoal and white chalk, the properties of light on form and how the topography/depth of the face's form can be visualized and represented. Most importantly, students will learn to transcend the materials so that their full concentration is placed on expressing the model’s presence and emotion. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: David Jon Kassan, www.davidkassan.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $475 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Modeling the Horse from Life
March 21-25, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Students will spend the week modeling a horse from life. Students will be taught to make a fast, effective armature that will give them the foundation to complete a clay model of a horse during the workshop. Rod will teach an accurate way of proporting based on his own method, which he has successfully used to create award winning horse sculptures. Students can expect to complete a clay model during the week. Rod's methods, philosophies and concepts will also be discussed. This workshop will be primarily outdoors sculpting horses from life on location (30 minute drive). Transportation is necessary. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Rod Zullo, www.rodzullo.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 horse fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Contemporary Russian Colorism
March 21-25, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will show students the best way to paint color using the secrets of Russian Impressionism, with a contemporary feel. Nancy will present a lecture on the rules of painting to give each student a good start. Two days of the workshop will be devoted to still life, and three days to models. Students will learn to paint what they see, and check their work with the rules. There will be a lot of information to give a new perspective on color and painting. After the workshop, students will never look at painting the same way again! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Nancy Seamons Crookston, www.nancycrookston.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Fundamentals of Studio Landscape Painting
March 21-25, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Develop a better understanding for the fundamentals of color, composition, value, paint application and atmospheric perspective pertaining to landscape painting. Discussions will focus on the subjects of emphasis and pattern, with a goal to creating more dynamic compositions. We will also learn a reliable, step-by-step system for creating larger studio works from start to finish. In addition to any prerequisite studies, we will set as a goal 1-3 completed paintings for the week depending on the size of the canvas. Instruction will include lecture and slide presentation, instructor demonstrations, class critiques, and one-on-one time with each student. The principles taught apply universally to a variety of mediums, and though demos will be done in acrylics, all students are welcomed. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: John Poon, www.johnpoon.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $625
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 22-25, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Investigating the Modern Portrait
March 23-27, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this course 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. 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. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: David Jon Kassan, www.davidkassan.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $700 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Head Study
March 26, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop students will receive a variety of training techniques to create a convincing head study. Jerry will provide a thorough investigation of the individual forms of the head and teach students how to make them come together as an integrated whole. Students will also learn to use an approach to help first identify the large shapes and then go into the details. The core of instruction will be focused on drawing, values, edges, planes of the head and composition. Before the workshop, a booklet of information will be emailed to all students to help prepare for the class. Bring your chosen medium: charcoal, pastel, oil paint or digital. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jerry Salinas, www.salinasart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Figurative Painting
March 28 - April 1, 2016 (10am-5pm) — 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 affect light has on form. By midweek, 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. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $750 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Acrylic Landscapes
March 28 - April 1, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Understanding the demands of the acrylic medium is the primary focus of this workshop. William will emphasize color, composition, atmospheric light, and architectural elements. Students will receive individual instruction and critiques in the studio and should complete the workshop with a significant level of confidence working with acrylics. Photography as a visual source for landscape painting is an important part of the class. Photos will be provided. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: William Hook, www.williamhook.net
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $800
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Alla Prima Portrait in Oil
March 28 - April 1, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Students will learn a shape-oriented approach to properly seeing the model and painting the Alla Prima portrait. Students will paint with varying time limits, models, poses and lighting situations. Students will be given individual critiques throughout the workshop from which they can gauge their progress and get an ample amount of individual attention from Albin. There will also be a discussion on art principles from which the students can take away a plan to further develop their own foundation to creating visually stimulating work independent of their chosen direction or style. Although the principles in this class will apply to other mediums all work done in class will be done in oil except for a small side trip with our sketchbooks. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Albin Veselka, www.albinveselka.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting Still Life with a Strong Light and Shadow Concept
March 28 - April 1, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop Elizabeth will discuss the concept of painting strong light and shadow in a paintings, along with painting with emotion and not just copying what is seen. Elizabeth will do daily demonstrations and discuss the important concepts such as composition, temperature changes, edges, and seeing things as shapes. A strong emphasis will be on painting florals and vases. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Elizabeth Robbins, www.elizabethrobbinsart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Figurative Painting (2 Weeks)
March 28 - April 8, 2016 (10am-5pm) — 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 affect light has on form. By midweek, 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. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $1,300 + $100 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 29 - April 1, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Figurative Painting
April 4-8, 2016 (10am-5pm) — 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 affect light has on form. By midweek, 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. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $750 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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One Way Trip to Composing Sculpture
April 4-8, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Composition is often mistaken for design. Designing is thoughtfully organizing placement- it requires an experienced, educated, intelligent eye, taste and a certain elegance. Composing is none of the above. It's transcending the raw experience and observation, living it all again in a new, unknown form. Composing is a much more carnal, visceral, unruly process, whereas design is much more planned, logical and ruled. Making the block of clay exude emotions is composing - that is the art of sculpting. The workshop will focus on observing the model and sculpting what students have not seen before. Simon will teach students how to breathe emotions into the clay and how to truly experience sculpting. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Figure in Oil: In Studio and Plein Air
April 4-8, 2016 (9am-4pm) — 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. This provides a springboard to adding additional information, if the individual artist desires. 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. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Peggi Kroll-Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $685 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Image to Abstract 2
April 5-7, 2016 (9am-4pm) — 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. Mark will start with traditional representational approaches and move through progressively more abstract techniques until 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 also plan to take photos while in class. Prints may be used and/or laptop/iPad (especially if it has photo-editing software). Note: Participation in "Image to Abstract 1" is not required. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
April 5-8, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Acrylic! Use Like Watercolor – Use Like Oil
April 9-10, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Expand your painting repertoire! Take advantage of the amazing versatility and brilliant colors of acrylic. Students will paint a landscape in which they incorporate the juicy, transparent characteristics of watercolor and the richness and forgiving nature of oil – in the same painting! A photo will be provided, but students are always welcome and encouraged to paint from their own reference material whenever they wish. There will be demonstrations of techniques suitable for the subject matter, exercises, critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Mentoring Workshop with Albert Handell in Sedona Arizona
April 10-16, 2016 (9am - 9pm) — This mentoring program is focused on advancing your craft and on career-building. It is an exciting, in-depth program different from Mr Handell's workshops. Everyone will paint together during the day, every day, both in the morning and afternoon. You will paint along with Mr Handell as he starts and finishes his paintings on location. In the evening will be a critique of the day's paintings and continued instruction, plus valuable (and effective) information on career-building. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Albert Handell
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $975
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Putting Radiant Light into Your Paintings
April 11-15, 2016 (9am-4pm) — 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 in such a way that creates a sense of radiant light and harmonious color unity no matter what the subject matter is. Make colors sing! Students will spend time examining photo references for evidence of warm or cool light and 17 different light effects that happen out in the real world. Think of this workshop as the study of light. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Susan & Doug Diehl, www.susandiehl.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $635
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Putting The Horse In Action!
April 11-15, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Students will be given the tools to sculpt the horse with greater strength. Topics covered will include: proper proportion and how to achieve it, how to express the fleshy and bony parts of the horse; the way the rhythms of the horse's body are made and how to keep them throughout the piece. Students will look at how the horse moves and expresses himself. Special attention will be paid to composition and how to make the piece come to life. Students will build on the fundamentals of mass, texture, light and design. The ultimate goal is to give the student the tools to identify their own sense of design so they can move toward making unique statements in sculpture. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Curt Mattson, www.curtmattson.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $625
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Power of Landscape
April 11-15, 2016 (10am-5pm) — This workshop is an opportunity for art students to concentrate on creating a beautiful and powerful landscape, and learn about principles of composition. Using landscape photo references, students will learn how to choose the right format and size for their painting along with how to use structure, rhythm, and values to create dynamic compositions. Students will work their way to the challenging aspect of completing the painting using a few simple guidelines. Along the way students will play with colors and discover what helps to create coherent painting and what makes it stand out. The workshop will begin with a short guidance and demonstration and ends with the group discussion time. Plenty of time will be devoted to individual instruction. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Larisa Aukon, www.aukonlarisa.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Capturing the Light in Floral Still Life
April 12-14, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will show students how to create stronger paintings by gaining a better understanding of how to produce and use dramatic light effects. Included in the workshop are ways to improve backgrounds, edges and composition, all of which contribute to the mood of the painting and the emotional response of the viewer. Multiple still life arrangements will be provided. Joni makes it her mission to give each student as much individual attention as possible. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Joni Falk, www.jonifalk.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Animal Artistry through Applique at Tanque Verde
April 18-22, 2016 — This retreat is for quilters at an intermediate level, who have a basic understanding of appliqué techniques. David creates highly detailed images for his award winning quilts by using simple shapes, and by letting the fabric create texture to achieve a ‘painted’ effect. During this workshop, David will show you how to adapt a photograph into a wall quilt, using hand-appliqué and piecing techniques. A great deal of time is spent on tracing and pattern drawing, along with fabric selection - which is key to his process. He will show you how to get beautiful details from simple shapes by letting the fabric do all the hard work. Visit website


Location: Tucson, AZ
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Oil Painting: Clean and Simple
April 18-20, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Howard Carr is considered a master of color and an outstanding teacher who emphasizes the simplicity of how a painting works and how to do it. Pure, clean, luminous results in your landscapes are taught step-by-step, from beginning to end, with daily demonstrations and individual instruction. Each day will begin with a question-and-answer session followed by an hour-long painting demonstration. Students will spend the remainder of the day painting at their easel with personalized instruction. The subject matter will be landscape painting from photographs. Howard will demonstrate daily, and give individual critiques throughout the workshop. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Howard Carr
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Expressive Figure Sculpture
April 18-22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This five-day workshop teaches the underlying principles and methods for artistic advancement and consistency in the creation of expressive figurative art. Through lectures, demonstrations and one-on-one instruction, students obtain a greater understanding of the tools, methods and practices required to improve their speed, technique and overall artistic expertise. Students will work from a live model each day, learning to use gesture, expression and dynamic movement to create evocative figurative art. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Edward Eyth, www.edwardeyth.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Mastering Acrylics and Watercolor
April 18-22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on techniques in painting the effects of light on form in various situations resulting in masterful paintings. The "how to's" in achieving dynamic and impressionistic paintings using painterly brushwork will be demonstrated daily. The still life, landscape and introduction of the figure in a painting will be covered throughout the workshop. Color relationships, values, edges and temperatures of light and shadow will be discussed. Massing and organizing darks and lights, understanding atmospheric and linear perspective and using a value sketch will also be covered. Students will receive individual instruction handling challenging aspects of the acrylic and watercolor mediums along with daily critique sessions. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Portrait Painting Workshop
April 18-22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will explore painting the portrait from life using a controlled chaos style of direct painting. This style will be very similar to that of the Russian Master, Nicolai Fechin, one of Jeff's greatest influences. Exercises throughout the workshop will include gesture painting, master studies, photo work and working from the live model. The workshop will include several demos and lots of one-on-one attention. Students will be leaving this workshop feeling more confident with their abilities and have a better understanding on how to study at home, as well as from life. This workshop is NOT designed for beginners. Students will be required to have a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of oil painting and the human form. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jeffrey Watts, www.jeffreyrwatts.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $850 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Monotype Print Making
April 21-23, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This monotype workshop covers a wide range of techniques possible in the monotype process including additive and subtractive approaches, ink rolling methods, ghost prints, and "Chine Colle". You will learn "additive" and "subtractive" techniques used in the image making process. Through demonstrations and guidance students will learn how to compose a monotype using all design elements such as line, color, value, edge and texture. This high energy workshop will afford participants with a truly fun experience while acquiring critical skills that can be used in any art form going forward. Monotype is the "painterly print" and is, by far, the most rewarding and exciting method of artistic expression! This will be the most fun you will ever have using a brush and paint! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Gerald Ruggiero
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $300
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Plein Air Painting Workshop with Michael Chesley Johnson
April 22-24, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Join nationally-known artist Michael Chesley Johnson as he shows you how to paint the landscape on-location. In this plein air workshop, you’ll start in the studio with basic principles and then move to the field where Michael will demonstrate his method for “capturing the moment” quickly and efficiently but without sacrificing mood and magic. Afterward, you’ll have the opportunity to practice your new skill with Michael going from easel to easel offering plenty of personal help. Each day will offer at least one demonstration plus critiques of student work done in the workshop. Students may work in any medium, but Michael will be demonstrating in oil and pastel. Suitable for any level of painter. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $400
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Plein Air Painting in the Desert with Michael Chesley Johnson
April 22-24, 2016 (9-4) — Join Michael for threef ull days of painting in the desert around Scottdale, Arizona. Locations may include Lost Dutchman State Park. Sponsored by Scottsdale Artists School and Arizona Plein Air Painters. Michael will lecture, demonstrate and help students at the easel. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists School
Cost: $400
Email: Daniel Caprario
Phone: (800) 333-5707

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Painting with Ruo Li
April 25-29, 2016 (9am-4pm) — On the first day Ruo Li will talk about the most important aspects of seascape paintings and answer questions. Following this discussion, he will demonstrate his techniques of seascape painting. During the second day, students will paint seascapes with photo reference in studio while Ruo gives individual attention and critiques. On the third day, students will be out in the field for a day of plein air and will have the opportunity to paint in the morning while Ruo demonstrates in the afternoon. Day four will consist of another demo and discussion of common problems that arise in painting. For the remainder of the week, students will have the opportunity to start new paintings or work on ones already in progress. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Ruo Li, www.ruoli.net
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $700
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Figure Painting: An Intuitive Approach
April 25-29, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, Kevin will emphasize a more intuitive way to look at drawing and painting. Learning to see 'impressionistically'- the ability to 'suggest,' rather than 'render' the subject will be explored. This approach involves many quick drawing and painting exercises from the figure, as well as having students work on more finished paintings during the course of the workshop. Demonstrations will be done every morning, followed by students exploring what was taught during the demonstration. Individual attention will be given during the student's work sessions. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Kevin Beilfuss, www.kevinbeilfuss.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Grand Canyon Workshop
April 25-29, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Amery Bohling is well noted for her works of the Grand Canyon. She is a participating artist in the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, and is one of the Grand Canyon 7 Painters. For this special workshop some outdoor painting experience is preferred, however many levels of experience are welcome. In this workshop there will be a solid emphasis placed on fundamentals which are valuable at any stage of learning. These lessons include tricks of painting values, drawing, and composition. Students will learn every step Amery takes in producing plein air paintings, from scouting to sketching to final product. Outdoor painting experience is recommended. Portable easel and transportation required. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Understanding the Human Face
April 25-29, 2016 (8:30am-4:30pm) — If you struggle to get the desired degree of likeness or just the right expression in your portraits, this might be the class for you! It benefits artists working in any medium who seek to accurately and naturalistically depict facial images. As artists, a better comprehension of the human face in all its complexity and variation can lend an added dimension to our portraits. This unique study-oriented workshop will involve exercises in both drawing and sculpture. We will cover basic craniofacial anatomy, depiction of individual facial features, facial variations due to sex and ancestry, subtleties of growth and aging, along with the myriad expressions that can be read from our faces. Attendees will do multiple exercises to enhance discernment and comprehension of the human visage. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Karen T. Taylor, www.karenttaylor.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $950
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Figure and Studio Painting
April 25-29, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This intensive five-day workshop is designed for painters who have already had painting experience but would like to continue improving craftsmanship and visual concept. The class will focus on painting from the model as well as studio painting. There will be a deep discussion regarding visual elements such as design, placement of composition and focal point. Students should bring their own photo reference to the class for the studio painting assignment. The instructor will be doing a one day formal demonstration in class, sharing his thoughts and experience throughout the process. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Huihan Liu, www.huihanliuart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $750 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Acrylics into Abstraction
May 2-5, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This course is for artists interested in exploring the abstract realm and the expressive potential of acrylics to deepen their artistic development. The focus will be on embracing abstraction while learning unique techniques developed by Marianne Mitchell to create luminous layers of transparent and opaque color with acrylic paint. Personal artistic expression, composition, color and value will be woven into group and individual workshop discussion. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Marianne Mitchell, www.mariannemitchell.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $500
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Composite Drawing: Transcribing a Facial Memory into Art
May 2-6, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Composite drawings are investigative tools meant to convey information about a suspect's face. That being said, they must also be good artwork. Effective art technique and style both enhance the ability to capture a likeness, and increase the potential for recognition and identification. This workshop addresses three critical aspects of the composite drawing process: drawing, interviewing, and application within a law enforcement context. The workshop content comprises a range of drawing-intensive exercises that reinforce traditional drawing fundamentals such as facial proportion, value and shading. Additionally, practical exercises will explore distinctions of gender, ancestral heritage and expression. Photographic reference material will be utilized in class and instruction will be supplemented through a demonstration with a live model. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jorge Molina
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $850
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Forensic Facial Reconstruction Sculpture
May 2-6, 2016 (8:30am-4:30pm) — This hands-on workshop presents the forensic technique of sculpting a face based on the bony architecture of the skull. Attendees learn step-by-step procedures for creating an accurate skull-to-face likeness along with the placement and function of head and neck muscles. Participants will build musculature and facial features using oil-based plastilene clay. Anatomical skull models are provided for in-class use only. We will work on identical skull castings to incorporate elements of the Anatomical and the Tissue Depth Facial Reconstruction approaches using a Combination Method. Upon completion of the sculptures, attendees will see and compare an actual life photo of the deceased person whose skull they have reconstructed. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Karen T. Taylor, www.karenttaylor.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $950
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting Floral Still Life in Oil and Acrylics
May 3-5, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This a great floral still life class for all skill levels. Work in oil or acrylic - your choice, since Krista is proficient in both. Paint from contemporary floral still life setups to further develop your skills in drawing, value, color and edges - all in a fun and relaxed environment. No pressure, no need to complete a large, complex still life unless you wish. You can work on smaller surfaces to capture portions of setups if you want to complete more paintings. Learn how to create depth and dimension in a painting with a strong focal point. As an added bonus, Krista will share an overview with the class on how to successfully market and sell art online. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Krista Eaton, www.kristaeaton.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting the Portrait
May 7, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your understanding of the painted portrait. During this one-day class, students will be offered a simplified understanding of principle and procedure when painting the portrait study. Robert will share his experience and understanding of the structure of the head as revealed by the strength, direction and color of the light source. The morning demonstration and lecture will be followed by an afternoon of portrait painting. Please consider joining Robert for an informative and enjoyable experience while working with the portrait model. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 Model Fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Wet and Wild: Paint Vibrant Water Scenes in Brilliant Color
May 13-15, 2016 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — Learn how to make water look wet, reflective and splashy! With intimate woodsy creeks as your model, study water in motion and glassy reflection. Painting water that looks wet requires some basic knowledge of the dynamics of how water moves and how objects are reflected in its mirror surface. Techniques will be demonstrated to address the various puzzles with which the artist is faced when painting this stunning, fascinating - and yes, confusing - subject! Choose either oil, watercolor or acrylic as your primary medium. In addition to traditional methods for these three mediums, learn to use 'acrylic underpinnings' to set the stage for vibrant colors in your 'waterscape' paintings. This unique approach will add considerably to your repertoire of painting techniques! Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $450
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

An Approach to Figure Painting
May 16-19, 2016 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Joseph Todorovitch, www.onejoseph.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $550 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Figure and Portrait Painting
May 23-27, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on how to use beautiful oil colors to paint from live models. Students will practice traditional, as well as contemporary ways of painting the human figure and portrait. The workshop will begin with a relatively simple, limited color palette for quick paintings, and progress to a full color palette for longer paintings. Demos and individual help will show students how to mix good colors in order to paint realistically, as well as more expressive, contemporary approaches. Topics include: how to mute colors in order to match the right values; how to handle color temperatures; method of premixing colors; the application of various thin and thick brushworks, edge control, lost and found, and composition and design. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Henry Yan, www.henryyanart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $635 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Intermediate Level
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The Figure in Action
June 6-10, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The expressive movement and energetic form of classical figure painting has influenced artists for centuries. This class will explore the dynamic potential of the human form and introduce these concepts into drawings and paintings. Students will study the various approaches artists from the past used to infuse their work with movement and energy and then execute their own pictures with the help of live models. Demonstrations will be given focusing on arrangement of the model and painting and drawing technique. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Liberace, www.robertliberace.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $825 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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