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Landscape Painting Workshop in Sedona, Az
August 6-9, 2015 (Times vary) — Join award-winning artist, Joe A. Oakes, for a fun, informative painting experience in beautiful Sedona, AZ. Workshop offers a combination of outdoor inspiration and in-studio painting. We will sketch, photograph and work out compositions amongst the beautiful red rocks followed by studio painting at the Sedona Arts Center. Plenty of individual attention plus discussions and demos. Topics will include sketching & photographing local scenery with discussions on composition, color & technique. Workshop max 10 persons. $160 deposit to hold space. Full refund if cancellation received 30 days prior to workshop. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Joe A. Oakes
Sponsor: Joe A. Oakes Atelier
Cost: $360
Email: Joe A. Oakes
Phone: 760-861-4796

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Painting Landscapes from Photographs
August 6-7, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will paint a landscape in the studio using photographs. The goal will be to create simple designs that have a strong foundation and well thought out composition. Students will learn to create a feeling of landscape that gives the painting life, instead of just copying a photograph. Linda will discuss how to paint from your focal point out while paying attention to values, composition and edges. This workshop will include instructor demonstrations and plenty of individual attention. Photographs will be supplied by the instructor. Visit website


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

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Painting for All Levels
August 7, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $95; Members $85
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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There's Still Life Here in The Summer
August 11-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Come in from the heat and join Nancy Chaboun for a two-day still life getaway - at least we can pretend it's not a million degrees outside. Escape to a room full of beautiful setups to paint, new things to learn and great company to boot. The class will discuss the broader principles of painting: composition, intent, value placement, as well as the technical strategies for painting materials such as metal, glass, and porcelain. In addition to class discussions, personal attention will be provided. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $350
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Head Study (One Day)
August 15, 2015 (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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Landscape Painting Fundamentals
August 17-19, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this three 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: $525
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Learning to See Your Subject
August 20-22, 2015 (9am-4pm) — What does the act of observing mean for an artist? Discover the answer in this three day workshop as you learn to "see" the subject, interpret visual elements and execute it on canvas. Students will learn the way the optics of the eye work as well as seeing light, form, atmosphere and space. Demos and short lectures will reinforce these concepts. Individual attention will be a high priority as well as laughs and enthusiasm. Students may choose to work from their favorite photos and field sketches or set up still life subjects throughout the workshop. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $350
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Watercolor Portraits from Life
August 21-22, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this two-day workshop, Annette will guide you through her steps for painting a portrait from a live model in watercolor. Subject discussed will be how to draw a convincing head through observation of facial structure, features and shadow patterns. She will also explain materials, and her techniques for handling color, mixing flesh tones, brushwork, and controlling edges. This class will also cover understanding the water-to-paint ratio, and how to control the medium when painting vertically. Drips will happen, and that is part of watercolor's charm! There will be a demo each morning, time for students to draw and paint, and individual instruction. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Annette Smith, www.annettesmithfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200 + $20 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting for All Levels
August 21, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $95; Members $85
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Watercolor Unleashed! Paint a White Flower
August 22, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn to use light and airy washes in multiple transparent colors to paint a white flower that is many colors of the rainbow, yet appears as a "white" flower, with the sun shining through its translucent petals. A photo will be provided but you are always welcome and encouraged to paint from your own reference material whenever you 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: $90
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Alla Prima Portrait Painting
August 28-29, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Working from the model, students will explore the art of painting the portrait from life. This class is primarily about painting the head in a convincing, representational manner. Initially, emphasis will be placed on shape and tonal relationships. Students will have the chance to paint a number of simple two to three-tone head studies, and then will move into color relationships. The poses will gradually lengthen over the course of the two days, as students begin to seek orchestration of shape, value, color and edge. The related topics of composition and pictorial design will also be addressed. Students can expect instructor demonstration and plenty of individual attention. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200 + $20 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Colored Pencil Adventure
August 29-30, 2015 (9am - 4pm with a one hour lunch break) — Learn the secrets of creating high performance art with Prismacolor Art Pencils. Award winning artist and teacher Richard Drayton will guide students through step-by step techniques and demonstrations that will result in rich blended color and exciting composition and design. Participants can use their own subject matter or photographic reference and projects provided by the instructor. Artists of all levels will enjoy expanding the boundaries of creative expression with this remarkably versatile medium. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Richard Drayton, www.richarddrayton.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $300
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Watercolor Unleashed! Negative Painting in Watercolor
September 8 - October 20, 2015 (Tuesdays, 1-4pm) — As a watercolorist, artists must train their brain to see and think in terms of negative, as well as positive space. Students will learn techniques that will help them establish and maintain the light shapes in their painting – the keys to sparkling transparent watercolor! Six classes – six negative painting lessons. Each class will begin with a specific negative painting exercise, followed by the execution of a simple painting in which students will put that particular lesson to practical use. There will be demos, exercises, critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all! (No Class September 22) Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $300
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level

The Really Useful Drawing Class
September 9 - October 21, 2015 (Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm) — All fine representational paintings have one thing in common; they are drawn well! This drawing class will give students the techniques and insights to help them draw better. Students will learn how to see errors instantly and become more attuned to what their eyes are "saying" to them. Students will get a better grasp on the key principles of: shape, proportion, value, perspective and design. Each student's line work will become expressive and their drawings more exciting as the instructor leads the class through exercises and demonstrations. This class will include two sessions working from the live model; portrait for one session and figure for the other session. No Class October 7, 2015. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Bill Lundquist, www.billlundquist.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $300 + $35 Model Fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting for All Levels
September 11, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $95; Members $85
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

iPhoneography Workshop
September 12, 2015 (9am - 4pm) — The tools are in your pocket. In today's technological world, even professional photographers and artists are recognizing the iPhone as a useful photographic tool. In this workshop you will learn how to shoot, edit and share remarkable landscapes, portraits and the macro world around you with ease. Learn to use basic framing techniques and editing tools to move beyond the 'snapshot' and into the realm of stunning photography. You'll begin in the studio with an orientation and then venture into the magnificent Sedona landscape where you will learn to shoot landscapes, insects, vegetation, portraits and more in this 1-day workshop. You will also learn basic video capture techniques for use with certain apps such as Vine and Instagram. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Kelli Klymenko, kelliklymenko.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $125
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Ceramics for All Levels
September 14 - October 19, 2015 (Mondays 4-7pm) — Through demonstration and one-on-one instruction, students will learn to throw a variety of forms on the potter's wheel or techniques to create hand-built works. Slab roller, extruder and forms are also available to create functional and decorative pieces. Tuition includes the first 25-pound bag of clay, firings and glazes, and one open studio session per week. Additional bags of clay may be purchased during class for $30 per bag which includes glazing and firing fees. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Dennis Ott
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $220 (Members $202)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Ceramics for All Levels
September 15 - October 20, 2015 (Tuesdays, 9am-noon) — Through demonstration and one-on-one instruction, students will learn to throw a variety of forms on the potter's wheel or techniques to create hand-built works. Slab roller, extruder and forms are also available to create functional and decorative pieces. Tuition includes the first 25-pound bag of clay, firings and glazes, and one open studio session per week. Additional bags of clay may be purchased during class for $30 per bag which includes glazing and firing fees. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Dennis Ott
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $220 (Members $202)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Advanced Level

Ceramics for All Levels
September 16 - October 21, 2015 (Wednesdays, 9am-noon) — Through demonstration and one-on-one instruction, students will learn to throw a variety of forms on the potter's wheel or techniques to create hand-built works. Slab roller, extruder and forms are also available to create functional and decorative pieces. Tuition includes the first 25-pound bag of clay, firings and glazes, and one open studio session per week. Additional bags of clay may be purchased during class for $30 per bag which includes glazing and firing fees. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Dennis Ott
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $220 (Members $202)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level

Pottery Wheel for Beginners
September 19 - October 24, 2015 (Saturdays, 9am-noon) — This six week course is designed exclusively for those who are new to wheel work and is open for ages 12 through adult. Have fun while gaining confidence on the potters wheel. Small class size ensures that each student receives personalized, one-on-one instruction and encouragement for a fascinating hands-on experience that will bring out the potter in you. Tuition includes the first 25 pound bag of clay. Additional clay may be purchased during class for $30 per bag which also includes glazing and firing fees. Enrolled students may also participate in one open studio session per week: Open Studios: Wednesday & Saturday 1 - 4. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Richard Bayles
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $220 (Members $202)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Colored Pencil Adventure
September 19-20, 2015 (9am - 4pm with a one hour lunch break) — Learn the secrets of creating high performance art with Prismacolor Art Pencils. Award winning artist and teacher Richard Drayton will guide students through step-by step techniques and demonstrations that will result in rich blended color and exciting composition and design. Participants can use their own subject matter or photographic reference and projects provided by the instructor. Artists of all levels will enjoy expanding the boundaries of creative expression with this remarkably versatile medium. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Richard Drayton, www.richarddrayton.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $300
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting on the Rim: Grand Canyon, AZ
September 21-25, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The workshop is designed to give students complete focus on the canyon while learning what to select from the canyon's expansive view. Helping students arrange pleasing compositions while creating the feel, mood and essence of the canyon is the main goal. Careful consideration has been taken to select prime painting locations suitable for this class. The daily schedule will be split into early morning and late afternoon painting sessions, with break time in-between. This will allow the students' working hours to be during the richest and most dramatic times of day, while giving them some free time to explore the canyon. Includes a natural and cultural history lecture and tour of Kolb Studio, by GCFI director Mike Buchheit. Visit website


Location: Plein Air Painting on the Rim: Grand Canyon, AZ
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $740
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Creating Expressive Animal Paintings in Watercolor
September 21 - October 19, 2015 (Mondays, 9am-12pm) — Get loose, go outside the lines, and be unafraid of your watercolors! During this five-week course, Kim will guide students through three different approaches to an animal subject – a very direct painting approach, a wet-into-wet approach, and a unique "throwing paint" approach. Students will let their fears evaporate, learning instead to relax and open up their creativity and imaginations. Students will continue to explore additional techniques around the making of shapes, using color combinations, simultaneously designing foreground and background, and taking advantage of soft and hard edges. Students will gain confidence in reaching the point where they realize their painting is done. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $250
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level
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Painting for All Levels
September 25, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $95; Members $85
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Artistic Reference Photos: Utilizing Your iPhone or iPad
September 25-26, 2015 (9am-12pm) — In this two, half-day workshop students will learn to use their cell phone camera or their iPad to create great photo references. The class will be taking photos of still life, models and landscape. Students will focus on the set up, composition, values and editing of the photo reference on their devices. One fun exercise we will be doing is learning to get a photo reference in a busy open studio setting. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jerry Cox
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level

The Child Portrait
October 2-4, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this three-day workshop, Mike will cover methods of posing and modeling the child portrait. He will also cover anatomical differences to look for between adults and youth. The workshop is intended to help students find the issues to avoid and pointers to help them when painting the child portrait. This workshop will consist of brief demonstrations in order to exercise the objective and students will work from live child models as reference. There will be plenty of individual attention and critiques throughout the workshop. Students will leave the workshop with a better understanding of how to approach painting children. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mike Maczuga, www.michaelmaczuga.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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Nature Sketching & Journaling
October 3-4, 2015 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — Elaine, an award winning storyboard and botanical artist, will demonstrate a variety of drawing and annotation techniques. Step-by-step instruction will guide you from the first stroke to a finished sketch. A portfolio of information and exercises and a field kit of tools including graphite and watercolor pencils will be explored within a 4"x6" sketchbook all included in the class fee. An artist's sketchbook becomes an encyclopedia of creative thought and images. Keeping a nature sketchbook/journal may lead to uncontrollable urges to spend more time out of doors and explore new and beautiful surroundings beyond your home, neighborhood or state. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Elaine Hultgren, elainehultgren.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $275
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Painting Sedona
October 5-7, 2015 — 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 a one-hour full painting demonstration. Students will spend the remainder of the day painting with personalized instruction. The subject matter we will be working from will be landscape painting from photographs and from life. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Howard Carr
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $475
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

iPhoneography Workshop
October 8, 2015 (9am - 4pm) — The tools are in your pocket. In today's technological world, even professional photographers and artists are recognizing the iPhone as a useful photographic tool. In this workshop you will learn how to shoot, edit and share remarkable landscapes, portraits and the macro world around you with ease. Learn to use basic framing techniques and editing tools to move beyond the 'snapshot' and into the realm of stunning photography. You'll begin in the studio with an orientation and then venture into the magnificent Sedona landscape where you will learn to shoot landscapes, insects, vegetation, portraits and more in this 1-day workshop. You will also learn basic video capture techniques for use with certain apps such as Vine and Instagram. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Kelli Klymenko, kelliklymenko.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $125
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting for All Levels
October 9, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $95; Members $85
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting Larger on Location
October 9-13, 2015 — Jim McVicker was last year's Keynote Speaker for the 10th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival. He also won the best of show in last year's Laguna Plein Air Festival. Jim will demonstrate his process for starting a landscape. How to work the entire canvas in order to develop the painting as a unified whole with a cohesive feeling and not as separate parts, covering the entire canvas within the first half hour. Students will learn to see the landscape in terms of basic shapes and their relationship to each other through values and color. Special emphasis will be on simplifying the design and values to give your work a sense of completeness throughout the process. Jim will work with each artist one-on-one. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Jim McVicker, www.jimvickerpaints.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $875
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting Sedona
October 10-11, 2015 — This will be an enjoyable and intense weekend workshop involving painting on-site in the Sedona landscape. We will learn the advantages of plein air painting, as well as the various approaches to working on-site and how to efficiently compose and complete plein air paintings. Emphasis will be placed on how to effectively translate the often complex three dimensional landscape onto a two dimensional plane using thumbnail sketches, limited palettes and the thoughtful use of colors, values, shapes, edges and textures. Further emphasis will be placed on the creative process to make paintings that are more than strict representations of the landscape we see. Multiple demonstrations will be complemented by individual attention and group learning. Students of all abilities are welcome. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Bill Cramer, billcramerstudio.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $325
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Monotype Print Making
October 13-15, 2015 (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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Intermediate Level
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Bold Brush Plein Air
October 14-16, 2015 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — This plein air workshop in oils is open to artists of all levels. One of the biggest challenges for plein air painters is to successfully narrow down infinite amounts of detail and express the essence of a scene. Students will learn and apply strategies for simplification, value accuracy, compositional uniqueness and much more. Shelby will share her method of applying complimentary colors as an underpainting to the white canvas, and jumping in with both feet to grab the light before it changes. She will demonstrate her technique every morning and then help each student one-on-one throughout the rest of the day. Shelby became a full-time fine artist in 2005 and travels nation-wide painting, teaching and competing in plein air competitions. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Shelby Keefe, www.studioshelby.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $475
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Creating Beautiful Pastel Landscapes
October 14-16, 2015 — Learn to capture the sparkling beauty of nature with the immediacy of pastels. Students will learn to create a meaningful thumbnail sketch, choose an appropriate paper and use color combinations that bring the work to life all while working in the studio and from life with the beautiful Sedona landscape as subject matter. Bruce Gomez has taken home multiple awards from the Sedona Plein Air Festival each year and is one of the highest sellers. He shows his work at Abend Gallery and Telluride Gallery both in Colorado. This workshop is appropriate for Beginner-advanced plien air painters (artists should have a basic familiarity with the painting process and the materials). Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Bruce Gomez, facebook.com/brucegomezart
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $450
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Advanced Level

Designing Jewelry Using the Lost Wax Process
October 14-16, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will be designing up to three pieces of jewelry out of wax from start to finish and will prepare it for casting. Nadine will provide the supplies for the class and students will be able to choose gemstones and pearls for a nominal fee, or if students have their own gems they are welcome to use them. Nadine will demonstrate every morning what technique will be used for the day to create a piece of jewelry. On the last day, students will be able to choose their favorite pieces created during the workshop and will send them to Nadine's casting company in Sedona. Once casted, they will be sent to a finish jeweler who will set the gems. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Nadine Leo, www.mspearlco.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395 + $50 material fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting Floral Still Life in Oil and Acrylics
October 19-21, 2015 (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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The Art of Relief Sculpture: Head and Figure
October 19-23, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Relief sculpture, quite simply, is one of the most fascinating of all sculptural art forms. Although it is firmly rooted in the sculptor's realm, it owes its design and composition to the draftsman and painters' turf, and its dynamism to a 2-D format and use of perspective. Eugene will demonstrate and discuss his approach and respect of this powerful art form. Students may choose to work from a live model or their own photo reference. Although there will be live models provided during the workshop, photos and digital images are commonly used to create reliefs. Students may bring their own reference for portraits. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Eugene Daub, www.dfsculpturestudios.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $725 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting Jerome, Sedona and a fabulous Junkyard
October 21-23, 2015 — Join Randall Sexton, 2015 Sedona Plein Air Festival Keynote Presenter for a unique and varietal plein air workshop. One day will be spent in Jerome painting the Victorian Buildings, steep alleys and streets of the old mining town near Sedona another day will be at the Gold King Mine junkyard painting vintage trucks and cars, living out their retirement in the sun and shade with old shacks chickens and goats. The final day will be spent in the magical Sedona landscape. Randall's workshops are open to students of any level of experience, but are especially designed to help experienced artists further their understanding of the oil painting medium and deepen their insights to their own work. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $500
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Power Landscape
October 22-24, 2015 (10am-5pm) — This workshop is an opportunity for students to concentrate on creating a beautiful and powerful landscape. Students will learn about principles of composition through this exciting process, where painting starts with an idea and gradually unfolds into a work of art. Using landscape photo references, students will learn how to choose the right format and size for the painting and how to use structure, rhythm, color and values to create dynamic composition. Students will work their way through 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 a coherent painting that stands out. Visit website


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

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Landscape Painting from Start to Finish: Creating Atmosphere, Space and Light
October 23-25, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The sky is an ocean of atmosphere many miles deep, a transparent sea of air. As we look out into the vista, we may not be conscious of actually seeing the air but we plainly see its effects on the landscape. When painters began to go outside and use natural lighting, we found that nature's value scale was immeasurably beyond our own puny value scale. Learn how to make a true representation of any scene in nature using "relative" rather than "absolute" or actual values and color relationships. Expect concept lectures, demonstration and individual instruction as Doug winds you through the myriad of knowledge needed for you to develop your skills for painting beautiful and believable space. You will be paintings from photos. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Doug Diehl
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $375
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting for All Levels
October 23, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $95; Members $85
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Plein Air Painting Crash Course
October 25-26, 2015 — Tired of painting average pieces? Want to create more meaningful art? Take this two day intense workshop. We will focus on creating and composing inspiring pieces of art. Learn how to design paintings that are interesting and beautiful. This course will include demonstrations and a focus on: thumbnail sketching, color use, values, edges, shapes and how they are used in composition. Set in beautiful Sedona, we will use this fabulous landscape to bring out your next level of creativity. Students of all abilities are welcome. This workshop follows right on the heels of the 11th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival. Jim is one 15 invited artists from around the country painting the Sedona landscape Oct 17 - 24. Visit website


Location: Jerome, AZ
Instructor: Jim Wodark, jimwodark.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $325
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Composition and Technique with Water-Mixable Oils
October 25-27, 2015 — As word has spread about Charlie Hunter's distinctive work, curiosity has arisen about how he goes about making a painting. Why water-mixable oils? Is it true that a squeegee is involved? And what about those Stim-U-Dents we keep hearing about? All will be revealed in this fast-moving workshop, featuring two days field-painting in the exotic former mining town of Jerome, off-color jokes and stories about the ongoing feline-human conflict taking place daily at the Hunter home in Vermont. We'll learn and laugh a lot while staying true to the credo of have big fun; make big mess. Hunter is the recipient of numerous plein air painting awards, with his work on display in galleries and museums across the US. Visit website


Location: Jerome, AZ
Instructor: Charlie Hunter, hunter-studio.com
Cost: $475
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Artist Retreat: Abstract/Figurative Workshop
October 26-30, 2015 — This workshop pushes you out of your safe zone and into a looser, abstract direction drawing, painting and collaging the contemporary nude. You will learn expressive painting techniques for the modern painter. If you ever wanted to learn how to paint the freestyle abstract figure, this workshop is for you. Color is explained and explored. You will learn the 12 Design Compositions for a successful painting. "Drawing the nude" skills are not a prerequisite. Classes will include a variety of poses with an undraped model, lots of paint sketching, gestural drawing and finger painting techniques. Be prepared to paint looser, bolder, freer, lighter and more intuitively. Plenty of time for action-filled painting exercises, demos and personalized attention. All water soluble paints are welcomed. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Robert Burridge
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $600
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Sedona Fall Colors - Watercolor or Oil
October 26-30, 2015 — Learn to capture the beauty of light! Betty Carr teaches students to accurately portray the effect of light on any subject, both in oil and in watercolor. Students can work in either medium and will explore a variety of locations in beautiful Sedona. This weeklong workshop begins directly following the annual Sedona Plein Air Festival. During her workshop Betty begins each day with a demonstration/ lecture covering tools, techniques, brushwork, problems and solutions. Emphasis throughout the week is on organization and simplification of darks and lights, value and color relationships, edges, movement and mass to create a dynamic, coherent composition. Betty Carr's energetic style and enthusiasm for painting and teaching create an infectious atmosphere of adventure. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Betty Carr, bettycarrfineart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $600
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Ceramics for All Levels
October 26 - November 30, 2015 (Mondays 4-7pm) — Through demonstration and one-on-one instruction, students will learn to throw a variety of forms on the potter's wheel or techniques to create hand-built works. Slab roller, extruder and forms are also available to create functional and decorative pieces. Tuition includes the first 25-pound bag of clay, firings and glazes, and one open studio session per week. Additional bags of clay may be purchased during class for $30 per bag which includes glazing and firing fees. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Dennis Ott
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $220 (Members $202)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolor: Creative Design and Innovative Color Patterns
October 26-30, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will discover ways to develop their own personal painting style. Variation and simplification in design, influence of color, variations in texture, and the use of abstract images are some of the essentials, which will be explored. Students will learn to see and understand Judi's concept of 'magical shapes', as well as learn new ways to see and capture mood and emotion. The focus of this workshop is to assist the artists in creating their own expressive paintings. In addition to planning landscapes, students may want to further develop their skills with animal and human figures. With over 100 awards to her credit, Judi is a painter who also teaches. Her paintings are known for their luminosity, humor and sparkle. Visit website


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

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All About Color - Concept, Perception, and Usage
October 26-30, 2015 (9am-4pm) — It's never too early or too late to learn more about color! In this workshop, students will explore color theory and color mixing. They will learn about individual pigments, their place on the palette, paint transparency and opacity. The workshop will emphasize identifying the value, intensity and temperature of color. Other topics addressed will include color perspective, concepts for creating the illusion of space, mixing techniques, the illusion of transparency, and mediums that create color effects. Most of the day will be spent mixing hypothetical color combinations and ranges. On Thursday and Friday, students will paint simple still life objects from life, and learn to see, conceptualize, and produce the colors they desire, reinforcing the concepts and techniques covered in the first three days. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Susan & Doug Diehl
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $635 + $35 material fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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All About Color - Concept, Perception, and Usage (3 day Bootcamp)
October 26-28, 2015 (9am-4pm) — It's never too early or too late to learn more about color! In this 3-day workshop, students will explore color theory and color mixing. They will learn about individual pigments, their place on the palette, paint transparency and opacity. The workshop will emphasize identifying the value, intensity and temperature of color. Other topics addressed will include color perspective, concepts for creating the illusion of space, mixing techniques, the illusion of transparency, and mediums that create color effects. Most of the day will be spent mixing hypothetical color combinations and ranges. The goal is to study a practical way of developing and thinking about discovery and invention in color mixing. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Susan & Doug Diehl
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395 + $35 material fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Anatomy and Drawing
October 26-31, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This anatomy class is a must for all 3-D and 2-D artists. Simon covers each body part, toward an understanding of movement and form: how a joint moves, how far you can "push" it for expressions sake, and when you will "break" it. This workshop is an intense class with Simon illustrating the concepts as he moves through the body parts. It will empower students drawing and increase their understanding and freedom to manipulate the figure in space. Students will create an anatomy textbook of their own, forever a useful resource. The following drawing workshop will reinforce the understanding and use of anatomy in the future work of each student. Students can use pencil, chalk, charcoal, brush, stick, anything that leaves a mark on paper. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $725 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Kogan Anatomy Workshop
October 26-28, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This anatomy class is a must for all 3-D and 2-D artists. Simon covers each body part, toward an understanding of movement and form: how a joint moves, how far you can "push" it for expressions sake, and when you will "break" it. This workshop is an intense class with Simon illustrating the concepts as he moves through the body parts. It will empower students drawing and increase their understanding and freedom to manipulate the figure in space. Students will create an anatomy textbook of their own, forever a useful resource. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $400 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Abstraction from Realism: An Exploration of Basic Abstract Elements
October 27-30, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Many of the students who come to Michael have a thorough understanding of more representational painting, yet their paintings lack that certain "something" which separates their work of art from the rest. These students will learn to take imagery, break it down into its basic components of shapes, texture and color, then assemble them back into a work of art that is much more expressive than a highly rendered subject. This workshop is an in-depth look at how to take any object (still life, landscape or urban landscape) and use several basic compositional devices to create a finished work of art. The painting may ultimately become totally abstract or may hold some of the characteristics of the original subject matter. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michael Steirnagle, www.steirnagle.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $495
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Ceramics for All Levels
October 27 - December 1, 2015 (Tuesdays, 9am-noon) — Through demonstration and one-on-one instruction, students will learn to throw a variety of forms on the potter's wheel or techniques to create hand-built works. Slab roller, extruder and forms are also available to create functional and decorative pieces. Tuition includes the first 25-pound bag of clay, firings and glazes, and one open studio session per week. Additional bags of clay may be purchased during class for $30 per bag which includes glazing and firing fees. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Dennis Ott
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $220 (Members $202)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
October 27-30, 2015 (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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Ceramics for All Levels
October 28 - December 2, 2015 (Wednesdays, 9am-noon) — Through demonstration and one-on-one instruction, students will learn to throw a variety of forms on the potter's wheel or techniques to create hand-built works. Slab roller, extruder and forms are also available to create functional and decorative pieces. Tuition includes the first 25-pound bag of clay, firings and glazes, and one open studio session per week. Additional bags of clay may be purchased during class for $30 per bag which includes glazing and firing fees. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Dennis Ott
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $220 (Members $202)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Kogan Drawing Workshop
October 29-31, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This drawing workshop will reinforce the understanding and use of anatomy in the future work of each student. Simon will show students how to be happy with the way they draw. Students can use pencil, chalk, charcoal, brush, stick, anything that leaves a mark on paper. This is not a traditional drawing class, where you sit for hours and bore your eyes and wear your back to death - no! This class is defining the word drawing itself - it is the active, exciting and happy type, where techniques and definitions will change every time you start a new work and it is all about you! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $400 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level

Pottery Wheel for Beginners
October 31 - December 5, 2015 (Saturdays, 9am-noon) — This six week course is designed exclusively for those who are new to wheel work and is open for ages 12 through adult. Have fun while gaining confidence on the potters wheel. Small class size ensures that each student receives personalized, one-on-one instruction and encouragement for a fascinating hands-on experience that will bring out the potter in you. Tuition includes the first 25 pound bag of clay. Additional clay may be purchased during class for $30 per bag which also includes glazing and firing fees. Enrolled students may also participate in one open studio session per week: Open Studios: Wednesday & Saturday 1 - 4. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Richard Bayles
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $220 (Members $202)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Colored Pencil Adventure
October 31 - November 1, 2015 (9am - 4pm with a one hour lunch break) — Learn the secrets of creating high performance art with Prismacolor Art Pencils. Award winning artist and teacher Richard Drayton will guide students through step-by step techniques and demonstrations that will result in rich blended color and exciting composition and design. Participants can use their own subject matter or photographic reference and projects provided by the instructor. Artists of all levels will enjoy expanding the boundaries of creative expression with this remarkably versatile medium. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Richard Drayton, www.richarddrayton.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $300
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Plein Air Painting
November 2-5, 2015 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — This workshop will provide us with the chance to explore two or three different venues: the unique Sedona landscape of high desert red rock vistas, Jerome's Victorian houses and steep streets and the very special Gold King Mine Junkyard and Ghost Town (full of vintage old cars!) The primary focus will be on how to convey the sense of strong sunlight in your paintings by identifying, clarifying and pushing the values. We will also work on achieving clean color in our paintings, and utilize value patterns to aid in developing successful compositions. Horn will create a demonstration painting each day, and work with students individually on their paintings. Students should already have taken studio painting instruction prior to taking this plein air workshop. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Timothy Horn
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $650
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Advanced Level

In Search of Goose Bumps
November 2-6, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Being a good modeler and having a solid understanding of anatomy is very important in traditional sculpture. However, this part of the sculpting process is mainly the domain of the intellect. Whereas the ability to bring an object to life, so it lives in its own space, as opposed to being a mere replica of life, is the domain of a much deeper place. This deeper place is where art lives and will be the emphasis for this workshop. Students will be exploring the philosophical side of art. Once the foundation is laid, what are the elements that bring an object to life? Class size will be limited to 10 students. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: John Coleman
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $1,200 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Learning to See
November 2-6, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Through lecture and demos, individual critique and attention, students will be expected to gain a deeper understanding of the "Basic Principles of Making Pictures": Design composition, Values, Colors, Balance and Harmony, Forms described by light and color, Handling and manipulation of the materials including watercolor and oil. Working live from the horse and from photo reference, students will practice the application of these basic principles. A slide presentation of deceased masters, as well as a presentation showing the steps involved in moving from concept to finished work will be included in the lecture portion of this workshop. Students will be able to work in either or both mediums. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Grant Redden and Jim Norton
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $1,200 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Creative Gift
November 2-6, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will touch on the life of creativity sharing techniques of figure painting with live studio models. Refresh yourselves with painting techniques, principles and proven procedures that will bring success. Studying from master artists of history, students can instruct themselves in helpful ways to approach drawing and painting from life today. With western subjects artists dedicate their skills and abilities to creating believable narratives and genuine, natural beauty in art. Their goal will be to redefine success as the journey rather than the destination. Enjoy the experience of working together discovering your creative gift and renewing the commitment to technical skill and individual expression along the way. The class will include personal hands on critique, demonstrations and visual presentation. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: R. S. Riddick, www.rsriddick.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $1,200 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

Creativity in Sculpture
November 2-6, 2015 (9am-4pm) — How does an artist take a subject, give it life, emotion and gesture to best tell a story in the three dimensional form? This workshop will deal with creativity; the development of an idea from a selected character from history or literature of the American West. An emphasis will be placed on the given subjects with the goal to form an idea that sums up the nature of the character, a moment of interest that tells a story. Paul and Jason will lead the participants in the creative development of their idea into a sculptural form to best represent that character and through the process hopefully achieve that "something special"! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Paul Moore and Jason Scull
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $750
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

Creating Design, Color & Form in Representational Painting
November 2-6, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Led by two Cowboy Artists of America, Martin Grelle and Bruce Greene will take students on an artistic journey with exercises to promote a full expression of concept in their artwork. There will be many topics covered, with the focus being on design, color and form within Western representational painting. Students will have the opportunity to tackle a variety of subject matter, from the Western cowboy figure to painting plein air in front of Arizona's beautiful landscapes. Martin and Bruce will each do a demonstration for the class, and there will also be plenty of time for painting and individual attention. In addition, each student will have the opportunity to bring two completed paintings to be discussed during a critique session. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Bruce Greene and Martin Grelle
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $1,000 + $35 model fee
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
November 3-6, 2015 (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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Texture - Color - Feeling
November 6-9, 2015 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — Jan's experience and enthusiasm create an atmosphere of fun and spontaneity inspiring new directions and discovery through innovative combinations of design and materials. The layering method yields a magnetism that is particular to mixed media. Many techniques, materials, compositions and above all emotion, play off each other in creating the work. Part of the adventure is not knowing where you are going until you get there! You will become thrilled with possibility as you journey through this abstract painting process. You will learn to let go of painting habits and gain the knowledge of layering textures, colors and feelings while executing shapes utilizing a structure of positive and negative space. All of the paints used will be waterbased. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Jan Sitts, www.jansitts.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $575
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Painting for All Levels
November 6, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $95; Members $85
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Intermediate Level
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Nature Sketching & Journaling
November 7-8, 2015 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — Elaine, an award winning storyboard and botanical artist, will demonstrate a variety of drawing and annotation techniques. Step-by-step instruction will guide you from the first stroke to a finished sketch. A portfolio of information and exercises and a field kit of tools including graphite and watercolor pencils will be explored within a 4"x6" sketchbook all included in the class fee. An artist's sketchbook becomes an encyclopedia of creative thought and images. Keeping a nature sketchbook/journal may lead to uncontrollable urges to spend more time out of doors and explore new and beautiful surroundings beyond your home, neighborhood or state. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Elaine Hultgren, elainehultgren.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $275
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Painting the Figure from Photographs
November 9-13, 2015 (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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The Figure in Oil: In Studio and Plein Air
November 9-13, 2015 (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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Tricks and Techniques for Animal Sculpture
November 9-10, 2015 (Monday 9am-4pm, Tuesday 9am-12pm) — In this workshop, Diane will demonstrate 'tricks of the trade,' such as how to create the textures of feathers, scales, fur and skin and how to create realistic branches or vegetation that fit the needs of the sculpture, as well as other 'habitat' items. Students will be able to try these techniques in both clay and sculpting wax. Diane will also demonstrate how to create small-to-medium armatures (internal skeletons of wire). Various resources for everything from tools to various products used in the creation of a sculpture will be discussed and handouts will be supplied. The workshop will also discuss design, patinas, and anything else students might have questions about. Students should not expect to have a completed sculpture. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Diane Mason, www.ddmason.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $150
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Using Plein Air Studies Effectively
November 9-10, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will consist of individual attention given to each student, demonstrations and critiques. Students may use any medium they desire but oils are preferred. Day one of the workshop will be en plein air on the grounds of the School. Day two will be inside working on creating paintings from the plein air studies done the day before. Emphasis will be on simplifying and developing strong compositional statements using the plein air studies. Ann will work with the students on producing a composition that is a foundation for the use of shapes, color temperature, value, edges and brushwork. Visit website


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

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Landscape or Still Life using Photo Reference
November 9, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will paint landscapes and florals using photographs for reference. The goal will be to create simple designs that have a strong foundation and well thought out composition. Students will learn ways to improve backgrounds and edges, all of which contribute to the mood of the painting and the emotional response of the viewer. Students will learn to create a feeling that gives the painting life, instead of just copying a photograph. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Joni Falk and Linda Glover Gooch
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $100
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting What You See: The Alla Prima Approach to Painting
November 10-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Each day Keys will do a demonstration while discussing the skills necessary for creating beautiful still life paintings using "Alla Prima" methods. Following each mornings' demo, the 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, the students will receive insight into learning to see correctly and develop an adeptness in the following areas: composition, drawing, color, value and edges. Visit website


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

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Still Life Painting: Light and Shadow
November 10-11, 2015 (Tuesday 1-4pm, Wednesday 9am-4pm) — In this workshop Elizabeth will discuss the concept of painting strong light and shadow in her paintings. Along with painting with emotion and not just copying what is seen. Robbins will begin with a demonstration on Tuesday afternoon 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: $150
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Successful Plein Air Painting in a 2 Hour Window
November 10, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn how to simplify a scene into 3 values in either pastel or oil. Students will compose using a study thumbnail and their paintings will have harmony and greater impact. They will also learn how to harmonize color and match it to the value shapes from their thumbnail. This method is guaranteed success. Students will learn how to put shapes of color directly using a palette knife, and then soften with a brush. This saves time. Join this class and take your painting skills up a notch! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Colleen Howe, www.colleenhowe.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $100
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
November 10-13, 2015 (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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Find Your Vision and Keep Your Focus
November 11, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This one-day workshop will consist of discussion and exploration of the vision every artist needs to create a powerful painting. Discussion and painting in the morning followed by a painting session in the afternoon with individual attention and critique. Experimentation is encouraged. Examples of paintings with drama and emotion will be shown and analyzed. How were they created? Understand what design, edges, and color/value choices were made to portray different atmospheres and emotions. Models will be provided. The emphasis will be on figure painting but the techniques and principles discussed are applicable to all subjects. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Nancy Boren, www.nancyboren.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $100 + $10 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Studying Light and Color in the Landscape
November 11, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will concentrate on how light during different times of day affects local color. Kim will talk about different types of light and shadow: light, highlight, halftone, shade, cast shadow, and reflected light. Students will paint both front lit and backlit scenes. Value studies and color studies will be emphasized in order to get the line, shape and value of the composition correct, as well as the color planes. Kim will offer demos and lots of individual attention at the easel. This workshop will take place off campus at Papago Park (approximately 10 minutes from SAS). Portable easel and transportation required. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Kim Casebeer, www.kimcasebeer.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $100
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Paper Paintings
November 13-15, 2015 (10 - 5 on the first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — Paper Paintings is an intense workshop in which students are taught a unique figurative collage technique. Students will learn to make a beautiful palette of colors with various papers and create an under-painting and collage with paper for a final finish. Working with photographic reference, students will explore drawing, composition, proportion, value, color and collage application. Emphasis will be on developing form using light and shadow, just like in traditional painting techniques. No prior collage experience is necessary. Some painting would be helpful, but not imperative. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $375
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Painting Animals and Pets, Crash Course
November 14-15, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Give yourself the gift of creating fun portraits of your furry family members. We will learn how to get a likeness, and have fun with color, shape and texture to paint our pets! All art materials are provided! However you must bring the photos for us to work from. Please bring a variety with different light and backgrounds so that we will have some options to explore! With materials included all barriers have been removed so that you can explore the fun of painting! All you bring is yourself and clothing that you could get some paint on! A teacher of painting, life drawing and portraiture at the Sedona Arts Center, Gretchen was nominated for the Viola Award for Excellence in Art Education. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $130; Members $118, All materials included
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Alla Prima Portrait and Portrait Sketch
November 16-18, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Each of the three days, students will have opportunity to explore the fundamentals of painting, using "Alla Prima" methods to faithfully render the human head. Topics will include, drawing, values, color and color temperature, edges, composition, as well as brushwork, setting up and lighting the model, and capturing a likeness. Daniel will demonstrate each morning, followed by student painting time, critiques, and one-on-one instruction. Day one will also include a digital presentation featuring an in-depth look into the foundations of sound painting, further enhancing the learning experience. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Daniel J. Keys, www.danieljkeys.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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From Plein Air to Studio
November 16-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn how to go from several small outdoor studies to one large studio painting. This workshop will teach students how to collect useful information in the field - by sketching and painting on site, and with a digital camera - and then how to use their references to produce a bigger painting in the comfort of the School's studio. Day 1 and 2: Students will spend time in the Tonto National Forest sketching and painting together. Day 3: Students will watch as Thomas executes a large painting in the School's studio using field references, clearly explaining his methods and techniques. Day 4 and 5: Students will have two days to work on a large painting in the studio with Thomas' assistance. Visit website


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

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Painting Life with Life
November 16-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will learn how to paint people and animals with energy and excitement while mastering techniques of design and color. This is a no-nonsense approach to watercolor and will answer many of the questions artists constantly ask. Why is my work muddy? How can I loosen up? Students will learn to paint boldly, think outside the box and paint outside the lines, with examples of basic color mixing including luscious greens, glowing white, great grays, and rich blacks. Students will learn to develop good composition and strong values while focusing on wild life figures. Bev will help create a recipe for great skin tones, good ways to paint hair and how to choose the best photographs to work with. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Bev Jozwiak, www.bevjozwiak.com/wp/
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Reflected Light and Foreign Color
November 16-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will be useful for students of all levels, from beginner to advanced, who want to learn a simple 10 color palette (taught to Dan by James Reynolds) using a subject that requires no drawing skills. Dan will work over any piece as requested by the student if the painting is not too large (18×24 inches or less), and the student is required to bring all their own reference material. Dan will help beginners select good reference materials. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Dan Mieduch, danmieduch.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $625
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting from Life
November 16-20, 2015 (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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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
November 17-20, 2015 (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 for All Levels
November 20, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $95; Members $85
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Colored Pencil Adventure
November 21-22, 2015 (9am - 4pm with a one hour lunch break) — Learn the secrets of creating high performance art with Prismacolor Art Pencils. Award winning artist and teacher Richard Drayton will guide students through step-by step techniques and demonstrations that will result in rich blended color and exciting composition and design. Participants can use their own subject matter or photographic reference and projects provided by the instructor. Artists of all levels will enjoy expanding the boundaries of creative expression with this remarkably versatile medium. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Richard Drayton, www.richarddrayton.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $300
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
November 23-25, 2015 (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 three 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: $225
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Design Boot Camp
December 1-4, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Explore the first and foremost demand of picture making - good design. Composition is not simply being able to fit the subject matter on the canvas. Good composition is creating a beautiful and dynamic visual statement through the adaptation of an intentional plan - a coordination of parts to produce a harmonious whole. The workshop will be seated at tables and will work on a series of exercises with a variety of mediums. Students will go on an exploration of all the principles of design: proportion, dominance, subordination, movement, creating emphasis and space, all as a means to an end. Students will exploit the elements of art: value, line, texture, shape and color in our search for a unity of effect. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Susan & Doug Diehl, www.susandiehl.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $495
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Flora's Garden
December 1-5, 2015 (10am-5pm) — Painting floral still life is a wonderful and liberating experience. There is no better metaphor for the act of painting and exploring the palette than that, provided by the diversity and splendor of floral arrangement as a subject matter. There will be several inspirational florals to paint during the week and in the process students will learn balance, structure and oil painting technique and explore an endless variety of color play. Focus will be on understanding the flow of composition using rhythm, value, shape and color. There will be a short painting demonstration every day and a lot of individual help and guidance, with a group critique and feedback by the end of the workshop. 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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The Language and Practice of Life Drawing
December 1-5, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Working from the live model in two sessions daily, students will gain confidence and fluency in this most essential discipline. Through lectures, demonstrations and personal interaction, Ned Jacob will share knowledge and insight that has made him, arguably, one of the most respected draftsman of his generation. Neophytes will welcome this opportunity to gain a sound introduction to figure drawing; professionals will value this focused five-day workshop to sharpen tools grown dull through neglect. Subjects discussed will be: hiring, posing and lighting the mode; exploring the exquisite relationship between media and working surfaces; using correct drawing posture and address to the format; using charcoal, sanguine chalk and conte. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Ned Jacob
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $795 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 1-4, 2015 (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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Alla Prima Portrait Painting
December 3-6, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Sean Cheetham uses a very distinct palette, called a "mud-palette", when working on alla prima portraits. This palette will be discussed extensively throughout the workshop. The benefits of working with this palette are value and color control. Sean will discuss harmony and unity in your final piece. He will teach you a simple step-by-step process to painting alla prima portraits. Sean will be going over composition, drawing, likeness, organizing your palette, color mixing, value, edges, and producing a completed portrait. The workshop will start off with a demonstration and then Sean will continue to paint alongside the students throughout the weekend and offer critiques. There will be a different model each day as the focus is on direct wet-into-wet painting. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Sean Cheetham, www.seancheetham.blogspot.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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Perspective and Illusion
December 4-6, 2015 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — Illusion is the magic of art, while perspective is the organization of form and space from one unique point of view. In this 3-day workshop you will learn how artists manipulate perspective by using techniques that range from simple and effective, to complex and extraordinary. Artist Kurt Wenner will demonstrate the essentials of geometry and perspective, as well as cover a variety of hands-on exercises. This new set of skills will allow you to continue experimenting with perspective and illusion on your own. Open to all levels of artists and educators. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Kurt Wenner, www.KurtWenner.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $650 (includes all materials)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Painting for All Levels
December 4, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $95; Members $85
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Ceramics for All Levels
December 7 - January 11, 2016 (Mondays 4-7pm) — Through demonstration and one-on-one instruction, students will learn to throw a variety of forms on the potter's wheel or techniques to create hand-built works. Slab roller, extruder and forms are also available to create functional and decorative pieces. Tuition includes the first 25-pound bag of clay, firings and glazes, and one open studio session per week. Additional bags of clay may be purchased during class for $30 per bag which includes glazing and firing fees. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Dennis Ott
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $220 (Members $202)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Wildlife Painting
December 7-11, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The emphasis of the workshop will be on drawing and painting wildlife. Photographs will be used during the workshop. Greg will bring a supply of good photos and students may bring in their own photos. The workshop will include plenty of drawing and painting time, and students will have ample time for problem solving with Greg. Throughout the five days, Greg will demonstrate painting with commentary as he goes along and will critique work for students who desire it. Greg will also self-critique his own work to give students an awareness of his procedures, progress, mistakes, etc. Visit website


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

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Modeling Dogs from Life
December 7-11, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Dogs will be brought into the studio for this workshop. Rod's sculpting techniques and philosophies will be discussed in length, along with professional marketing strategies. Students will learn to build fast, effective armatures to model quickly and confidently from live models. Rod's modeling techniques, based on his unique preparation and proporting method, will allow students to work fast and accurate, creating expressive clay models which are fundamentally truthful and honest to nature. Students can expect to complete between one and three (depending on experience) clay models suitable for casting in bronze. Rod is an elected professional member of the National Sculpture Society, and has won numerous awards from the organization for his expressive animal sculptures. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Rod Zullo, www.rodzullo.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: Nurture and Nature
December 7-11, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Give yourself a gift and enjoy a week of painting models in engaging poses and vignettes. Or paint still lives full of flowers and beautiful treasures. Or both! There will be plenty to stimulate, challenge and study. In this workshop the essentials; drawing, composition, value, color, and edges will be covered. There will also be conversation about painting more specific things like metals, reflections, surface texture and pattern. Demos, along with individual attention are on the lesson plan. Nancy's goal is to help students become the painter they want to be. After all, each of us have a unique way of seeing what is around us. Visit website


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 8-11, 2015 (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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Image to Abstract 1
December 8-10, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction to his or her work, while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide the student through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. 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). There will be at least one session painting from a still life set-up. 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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Painting and Drawing the Horse in Sunlight
December 8-12, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Plein air painters and students will welcome the opportunity to work with this internationally known artist and teacher. In two sessions daily, through demonstration and personal instruction, students will learn sound methods and procedures in rendering the equine subject in sunlight. The understandings gained through this intensive five-day workshop will be useful in future practice when working sur le motif from all animal subjects, as well as coping with problems inherent in painting ever illusive effects of light and atmosphere. Those of all experience levels with a serious commitment to the subject will be welcome. Portable equipment is required - students will be working outdoors with a live horse model, on the property of Saguaro Lake Ranch Resort. Lodging details provided upon registration. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Ned Jacob
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $795 + $50 horse fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Ceramics for All Levels
December 8 - January 12, 2016 (Tuesdays, 9am-noon) — Through demonstration and one-on-one instruction, students will learn to throw a variety of forms on the potter's wheel or techniques to create hand-built works. Slab roller, extruder and forms are also available to create functional and decorative pieces. Tuition includes the first 25-pound bag of clay, firings and glazes, and one open studio session per week. Additional bags of clay may be purchased during class for $30 per bag which includes glazing and firing fees. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Dennis Ott
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $220 (Members $202)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Drawing Form in Space
December 8-10, 2015 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — The great drawings of the Renaissance have an astounding beauty and ability to communicate however, in our time this mastery can seem unachievable. In this workshop, you will learn that in the Renaissance the structure of drawing was a specific visual language that is still available for us to use. You will learn that you can design drawings using this elegant and controlled language of form, proportion, light and space. By working from drawings and plaster casts, a set of specially designed exercises will guide you through basic to more advanced drawings. Open to all levels of artists and educators. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Kurt Wenner, www.KurtWenner.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $650 (includes all materials)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Ceramics for All Levels
December 9 - January 13, 2016 (Wednesdays, 9am-noon) — Through demonstration and one-on-one instruction, students will learn to throw a variety of forms on the potter's wheel or techniques to create hand-built works. Slab roller, extruder and forms are also available to create functional and decorative pieces. Tuition includes the first 25-pound bag of clay, firings and glazes, and one open studio session per week. Additional bags of clay may be purchased during class for $30 per bag which includes glazing and firing fees. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Dennis Ott
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $220 (Members $202)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Drawing the Quick Portrait in Conte
December 9-11, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on the portrait drawn with conte and hard pastel. Students will work from several models and poses to get a feel for the broad, gestural start and the sense of underlying structure. These materials allow a great variety of strokes and marks, with expressive smudges and tones added to the tool-box of form building marks. The quick portrait is about seeing the big underlying forms and bone structure, the ability to create likeness that starts with the shape of the head, and finds the features, without just copying features alone. Drawing the portrait well is about making decisions about light and shadow, where a shape starts and stops, and knowing what to include when creating form. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: David Riedel, www.davidriedelfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $375 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Introduction to Painting Still Life
December 14-16, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will paint the still-life while studying how paint functions to create depth and atmosphere. Students will study how to use color, value, edges, and a good drawing sense to create a vibrant still-life, one that is not based on copying stuff on a table, but of a painterly, creative response to the set-up. The workshop will start with an understanding of the main idea for each painting, and developing the big shapes with a sense of the abstract interconnections. Using the unique qualities of paint, students will create the illusion of depth and atmosphere. Each student can produce several studies or pursue a more in-depth work. Visit website


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

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Mastering Acrylics and Watercolor
December 14-16, 2015 (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: $395
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Oil Painting: Clean and Simple
December 14-16, 2015 (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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Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying, and Expression
December 14-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is for adults from beginner to advance. The workshop will consist of one-on-one instruction, demonstrations, critiques, and plenty of time for painting. Students will use oils to paint from photographs and still-lifes. Penix will cover topics such as the power of warm and cool, complementaries, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, and loosening brushwork. There will be a strong emphasis on seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships. Penix will cover how fear can ultimately keep you from expression. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Derek Penix, www.derekpenix.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $495
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level

Pottery Wheel for Beginners
December 12, 2015 - January 16, 2016 (Saturdays, 9am-noon) — This six week course is designed exclusively for those who are new to wheel work and is open for ages 12 through adult. Have fun while gaining confidence on the potters wheel. Small class size ensures that each student receives personalized, one-on-one instruction and encouragement for a fascinating hands-on experience that will bring out the potter in you. Tuition includes the first 25 pound bag of clay. Additional clay may be purchased during class for $30 per bag which also includes glazing and firing fees. Enrolled students may also participate in one open studio session per week: Open Studios: Wednesday & Saturday 1 - 4. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Richard Bayles
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $220 (Members $202)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Intermediate Level
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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 15-18, 2015 (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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Art History: Spanish Art from El Greco to Goya
ongoing until December 15, 2015 (Tuesdays, 10am-12pm) — Anne gives regular lectures at the Phoenix Art Museum, Scottsdale Community College and special interest groups in the Valley. She holds a Master Degree in Art History from ASU, and is widely recognized for her comprehensive knowledge of art history together with related issues of the history of the times and her ability to present that knowledge with skill and humor. September 1 – Introduction: Multifaceted Spain Toledo of El Greco; September 15 – El Greco at the Escorial; October 6 – A Different Turn on Still Life; October 20 – Genre and Religious Paintings in Seville: Ribera, Murillo, Zurbaran; November 9 – From Seville to Madrid and Italy: Velazquez; November 16 – Other Painters at the Court; December 1 – Goya's Way to Modernity: Tapestry and Painting; December 15 – Goya's Caprichios Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Anne Connor
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $10/Session (Pay at Door)
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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Painting for All Levels
December 18, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $95; Members $85
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 21-23, 2015 (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 three 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: $225
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 28-30, 2015 (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 three 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: $225
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Advanced Level

Paint Sedona (INT-ADV) with Michael Chesley Johnson
January 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 intermediate-advanced level workshop, Michael will help you fine-tune your plein air painting skills and take them to the next level. If desired, Michael will gladly talk about the business of being an artist. 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 Landscapes from Photos
January 5-7, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Even if you prefer painting landscapes in plein aire, at some point you are going to use photographs as a reference, perhaps for the shape of a tree, the light on a canyon wall or the perfect color of a field of flowers. This workshop will help students explore some of the shortcomings of photographs and how to translate the image in a photograph into information they can use in their paintings. Dick will encourage students to paint along with him and take a painting from start to finish. Throughout this fun and non-intimidating class, the fundamentals of good painting will be emphasized. There will be step-by-step demonstrations. Dick will provide reference materials or students may bring their own. Visit website


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

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Painting Beautiful Florals
January 5-8, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Hedi Moran's workshop will focus on the process of creating impressionistic still life florals. 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. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Hedi Moran
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $500
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

Impressionism in Acrylics: A Fresh Approach to Painting in Acrylics
January 5-9, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Award-winning artist Dianna Shyne, will share tools and techniques she uses to create dynamic impressionist paintings. Dianna's classes are always fast, fun and packed with information. The possibilities with this medium are endless, but a good understanding of handling acrylics is essential. Whether students are seasoned oil painters, experienced watercolorists, or newcomers to acrylics, Dianna will take students through the steps to create vibrant, oil-like acrylic paintings. With demonstrations and lectures on color mixing, values, design, composition, and color harmony students will do exercises to improve their skills while still having plenty of time to work on their own paintings. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Dianna Shyne, www.diannashyne.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $635
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Composing in Color
January 5-9, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Paint is a colored substance, spread on a surface. The magic of painting is turning paint into color. Making the colors tell a story, giving a viewer butterflies, mesmerizing - that is composing in color. Students will start with simple still life, progress to the model and then into complex settings. Students will whisper a mood with the color and learn to let the color talk. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Best of Both Worlds: Keep it Fresh by Combining Life Studies and Photographic Resources
January 8-10, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this three-day workshop, painting from the live model marries painting from the photograph… how to make completed portraits as fresh as if the artist painted them from life. This workshop is designed especially for students who would like to bring a painting to completion, but desire more time than a typical open studio session and need the tools to do so without the model present. Students will learn how to observe, analyze and understand the painting of skin tones; how to pose, light, and photograph their model so that they can get excellent resource materials. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Chris Saper, www.chrissaper.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting for All Levels
January 8, 2016 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $95; Members $85
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Intermediate Level
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Portrait Sculpture: Finding the Character
January 11-15, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The Portrait - a compelling structure with a psychological presence. There are many approaches to portrait sculpture. This workshop is a gestalt approach that employs many theories and techniques. Structure and anatomy will be reviewed but the emphasis will be learning 'how to see' and assimilate. The final effort will be to attain that which is the most beguiling… 'a psychological presence.' Students will work from live models and photos. Students are encouraged to bring photos and/or digital images. Eugene Daub is the sculptor of the Rosa Parks sculpture recently unveiled in Statuary Hall in the Capital in Washington DC. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Eugene Daub, www.dfsculpturestudios.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $725 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

Painting the Portrait
January 11-15, 2016 (9am-4pm) — There are many criteria that go into creating a successful portrait. While capturing a good likeness of the sitter is very important, it's not enough. A great portrait feels alive, evokes emotion, and captures the viewer through the beauty of its maker's compositional and aesthetic choices. In this portrait painting workshop, Jeff Hein will discuss what he believes to be the key elements of creating a great portrait. He will discuss creating a concept, formulating good composition and designing of marks, strokes and color. Jeff will also break down the formal process of painting a head into its most basic parts; drawing, value and color. As Jeff demonstrates daily, he will show his techniques and discuss key principles associated with these three areas. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jeff Hein, www.jeffhein.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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Wiegardt's Painterly Watercolors
January 11-15, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This is a workshop for those who wish to loosen up in watercolor. Painting techniques and a philosophy of design will encourage bold, loose paintings. Eric believes most painting problems are the violation of an elementary painting principle. Lectures will be easily understood and helpful. It is recommended that the student have minimal previous experience. There will be ample time for students to try the concepts presented in a safe environment. Eric will do a completed painting demonstration daily. Subject matter may include land, marine, streetscapes, florals and interiors. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting with Emphasis on Light and Color: Still Life and Figure
January 11-15, 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 principles apply 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 painting's 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. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Sunny Apinchapong-Yang, apinchapong.blogspot.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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Advanced Level

Explore Historic Verde Valley in Paint with Michael Chesley Johnson
January 12-15, 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 intermediate-advanced level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his special painting spots in the Verde Valley. In addition to painting Sedona's red rocks, we'll visit historic Jerome and the Gold King Mine and other beautiful locations. 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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Advanced Level

Put Drama in Your Figures and Portraits
January 18-22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The most successful paintings go beyond mere rendering; they tell a story. This workshop will focus on the planning and techniques necessary to create a "painting" rather than a "study." Even a portrait can tell a story! In this workshop, students will learn: how to think like film makers such as Hitchcock or Spielberg; how to use the "big tone" approach to nail the composition; the secrets to glowing, realistic skin tone; how to achieve high art rather than mere rendering; the anatomy of facial expressions and the basics of design; how to avoid "unpleasant detail." William will demonstrate in oil and pastels and present a slide show of masterworks that embody these principles. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: William Schneider, www.schneiderart.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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Advanced Level

Sculpting the Figure
January 18-22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Vala Ola will take students through the process of creating a figurative sculpture that is suitable for casting in bronze. The clay figure will be one-third life size in a creative pose. The focus will be on anatomy, curves and planes, bone structure, ribcage, contraposto, and face. A full day will be devoted to the head and special focus will be spent on eyes, lips, hair. Vala will provide tips on achieving likeness using calipers and will address sculpting the hands and feet. Other topics such as: fleshy forms vs. defined muscles, using shadows, points of interest, leading the eye around, texture, lost edges, and drapery will also be discussed. Vala will detail tools to use, how to create textures, composition and communicate emotion. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Vala Ola, www.valaola.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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Alla Prima Figure Painting
January 18-22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is about painting the figure Alla Prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to the subjects. On the first morning there will be a demonstration then students will paint from the model. Students will learn to look at the nude figure and see it in terms of large, overall basic shapes. Working on a toned ground, students will start by sketching and placing the subject on the canvas. Then they will block in three simple values: light, dark and mid-tone. This helps artists to paint the subject with greater clarity and directness. This workshop will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely and to paint their subject with greater economy. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: David Shevlino, www.davidshevlino.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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Intermediate Level
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Figure and Portrait Drawing with Charcoal
January 18-22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will be focused on both short and long pose charcoal drawings from live models. Different techniques mentioned in the book (Henry Yan's Figure Drawing-Techniques and Tips) will be introduced and practiced, as well as some basic skills in drawing human anatomy and portraiture. Demonstrations and individual help will show students how to draw with beautiful line work; methods of placing tones for rendering images three dimensionally; design of realistic works with supporting abstract elements; and ways to draw with painterly approaches. 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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Ceramics for All Levels
January 18 - February 22, 2016 (Mondays 4-7pm) — Through demonstration and one-on-one instruction, students will learn to throw a variety of forms on the potter's wheel or techniques to create hand-built works. Slab roller, extruder and forms are also available to create functional and decorative pieces. Tuition includes the first 25-pound bag of clay, firings and glazes, and one open studio session per week. Additional bags of clay may be purchased during class for $30 per bag which includes glazing and firing fees. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Dennis Ott
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $220 (Members $202)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Ceramics for All Levels
January 19 - February 23, 2016 (Tuesdays, 9am-noon) — Through demonstration and one-on-one instruction, students will learn to throw a variety of forms on the potter's wheel or techniques to create hand-built works. Slab roller, extruder and forms are also available to create functional and decorative pieces. Tuition includes the first 25-pound bag of clay, firings and glazes, and one open studio session per week. Additional bags of clay may be purchased during class for $30 per bag which includes glazing and firing fees. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Dennis Ott
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $220 (Members $202)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
January 19-22, 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 intermediate-advanced level workshop, Michael will help you fine-tune your plein air painting skills and take them to the next level. If desired, Michael will gladly talk about the business of being an artist. 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

Ceramics for All Levels
January 20 - February 24, 2016 (Wednesdays, 9am-noon) — Through demonstration and one-on-one instruction, students will learn to throw a variety of forms on the potter's wheel or techniques to create hand-built works. Slab roller, extruder and forms are also available to create functional and decorative pieces. Tuition includes the first 25-pound bag of clay, firings and glazes, and one open studio session per week. Additional bags of clay may be purchased during class for $30 per bag which includes glazing and firing fees. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Dennis Ott
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $220 (Members $202)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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Painting for All Levels
January 22, 2016 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $95; Members $85
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Colored Pencil Adventure
January 23-24, 2016 (9am - 4pm with a one hour lunch break) — Learn the secrets of creating high performance art with Prismacolor Art Pencils. Award winning artist and teacher Richard Drayton will guide students through step-by step techniques and demonstrations that will result in rich blended color and exciting composition and design. Participants can use their own subject matter or photographic reference and projects provided by the instructor. Artists of all levels will enjoy expanding the boundaries of creative expression with this remarkably versatile medium. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Richard Drayton, www.richarddrayton.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $300
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level

Pottery Wheel for Beginners
January 23 - February 27, 2016 (Saturdays, 9am-noon) — This six week course is designed exclusively for those who are new to wheel work and is open for ages 12 through adult. Have fun while gaining confidence on the potters wheel. Small class size ensures that each student receives personalized, one-on-one instruction and encouragement for a fascinating hands-on experience that will bring out the potter in you. Tuition includes the first 25 pound bag of clay. Additional clay may be purchased during class for $30 per bag which also includes glazing and firing fees. Enrolled students may also participate in one open studio session per week: Open Studios: Wednesday & Saturday 1 - 4. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Richard Bayles
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $220 (Members $202)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Painting Crash Course
January 23-24, 2016 — This course guides you in a painting process that will focus on using brushwork and a limited palette of color to see the shapes, tones and edges that create the illusion of form. This is a great class for the first time painter or a nice refresher course for the returning painter. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $130; Members $118, All materials included
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Examining the Still-life: A Fresh Approach to Painting
January 25-28, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Each morning Daniel will do a demonstration while discussing the skills necessary for creating beautiful still life paintings using "Alla Prima" methods. Following each morning's demonstration, students will set up their own still life compositions and paint them from life while receiving one-on-one instruction. During this three-day course, students will receive insight into learning to see correctly and develop adeptness in the following areas: composition, drawing, color, value and edges. Visit website


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

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Painting the Costumed Model in a Scene
January 25-28, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on blocking in the costumed figure in a scene; the lighting will be strong and dramatic. Susan does not want to focus on the portrait; instead there will be props, like tables and still life items, to integrate into the painting. Susan will demonstrate each morning and students will paint each afternoon. There will be three different poses for the week, one pose the first day, a new pose for the second day and a final pose for the third and fourth day. Students will need three canvases for the entire workshop. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Susan Lyon, www.susanlyon.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $625 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting an Indoor Garden
January 25-28, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This four-day workshop will start each day with a demo. For the afternoon painting sessions, Kathy will provide an array of nursery flowers for the students to choose from to create their own natural floral designs. During the workshop, her emphasis will be on how to choose what to paint and what to leave out to achieve a strong design- the most important objective. Kathy will discuss how this relates to painting outside, how to keep a clean transparency in flowers, and how to paint leaves in masses (a challenge for many) with simple value patterns. Kathy will also bring in a painting that was started plein air and show students how to finish it in the studio using photos. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Kathy Anderson, www.kathyandersonstudio.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $550
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Capturing the Expressive Qualities of the Alla Prima Portrait
January 25-28, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will be a comprehensive study into painting the portrait "Alla Prima" in oils. Michelle will do a demonstration each morning while discussing the key elements that make up not only an accurate portrait, but a compelling portrait painting. The fundamentals of painting are key to achieving a solid effect of light and form in paint, but great portraiture goes beyond this and captures a sense of breath and aliveness in the finished painting. Students will paint after the morning demo and Michelle will give individual help to each student as they work from a live model, not only advising on the current painting, but helping the student as a whole achieve the next desired level in their work. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michelle Dunaway, www.dunawayfineart.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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Plein Air Painting in Historic Tubac, Arizona
January 25-29, 2016 (9am-4pm) — There are many aspects to plein air painting, but two of the most important are creating a strong, expressive design and understanding how to interpret color outdoors. This workshop will focus on developing a sense of design and rhythm, learning to take what the landscape gives you and improve upon it. Focus will also be on how to understand the thought process of mixing color outside, using colors that will give the painting the effect of light not just copying what the student sees. Students will also work on understanding the painting process in the studio and the importance of setting and achieving goals in their work. Portable easel and transportation required. Visit website


Location: Tubac, AZ
Instructor: Phil Starke, www.philstarke.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $635
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Explore Advanced Color en Plein Air with Michael Chesley Johnson
January 26-29, 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 intermediate-advanced level workshop, Michael will help you explore the many possibilities of color in the landscape and bring your painting to the next level. 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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Photo Tour Scottsdale, Sedona & the Grand Canyon
January 27 - February 3, 2016 — Scottsdale, Arizona, located in the Valley of the Sun, and the Sonoran desert area surrounding greater Phoenix as well as Sedona and the Grand Canyon are among Patrick's favorite places in America's great Southwest! During the course of the week we will enjoy photographing the wonders of the Sonoran desert in and around greater Phoenix's mountain preserves such as Papago Park and North Phoenix Mountain Preserve. We will also take a full-day tour to the Grand Canyon South Rim where winter white snow may still offer a beautiful contrast to the rich colors of the canyon walls. But that is not all! Scottsdale is vibrant and brimming with activity! Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from $3399.00 pp double occ.
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 331 422 9047

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Head Drawing
January 28-30, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The simple, abstract beauty of line, when combined with accurate values and thoughtful edges, is one of the most beautiful mediums of human expression. The aim of this workshop will be to give students a better understanding of how to become an excellent draftsman, and time to practice drawing from life. This three-day workshop will cover the following topics: how to handle the medium of charcoal, how to draw accurately and what makes a drawing beautiful. Joshua will open each day with a demonstration and students will spend the remainder of the day drawing from life, with individual critiques. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Josh Clare, www.joshclare.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $375 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Composition and Technique: Working with a Limited Palette
January 29-31, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Charlie Hunter will lead a class focusing on his unique painting technique and sense of composition. Students will start each day with a discussion of the challenges of image-making, followed by a sketching session. From those sketches, students will create paintings using Charlie's limited-palette technique. Charlie describes his work as "drippy portraits of rotting American infrastructure." His painting process involves careful observation, preliminary sketching and use of a muted, earth-toned palette in water-mixable oil. Hunter is the recipient of numerous plein air painting awards and was the subject of a recent feature in Plein Air Magazine. As a member of the Putney Painters, Charlie paints regularly with Richard Schmid, who features Hunter's drawings in the updated and expanded Alla Prima II. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Charlie Hunter, www.hunter-studio.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $425
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Composing the Head and Figure
February 1-4, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of picture making and direct painting from a live model. Aaron will discuss various limited palettes, starting techniques, as well as color studies, and the preliminary work involved in starting a painting. The first part of the workshop will focus on the portrait; the second part will focus on the figure and setting up a scene. There will be daily demonstrations (two on the first and third day) and critiques. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Aaron Westerberg, www.westerberg-fineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $495 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Capturing the Light
February 1-5, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This five-day workshop is geared toward beginner and intermediate painters working in oil. Tim began his career painting outside, but now spends as much time painting in the studio. In this workshop, most time will be spent in the studio, with some painting time spent outdoors as well, weather permitting. Tim is best known for the light in his paintings coupled with strong composition. The primary focus will be how to convey the sense of strong sunlight in a painting by identifying, clarifying and pushing the values. Exercises will be used to help simplify these concepts. Students will also work on achieving clean color in their paintings, and utilize value patterns to aid in developing successful compositions. Visit website


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

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The Completed Painting: From Beginning to End
February 1-5, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on a certain process in creating finished artwork. This will involve creating oil sketches from the live model to capture value and color relationships, as well as taking photos to record details not captured in studies. Mike will then walk through the process of using these aids to create a more completed painting of the subject. During the workshop, Mike will discuss design, composition, and look to the masters of the past to gain understanding. As part of this workshop, students will be working from printed photos or other digital devices (not provided by the school) to paint from combining both working from life and from photos. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mike Malm, www.michaelmalm.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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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
February 2-5, 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 intermediate-advanced level workshop, Michael will help you fine-tune your plein air painting skills and take them to the next level. If desired, Michael will gladly talk about the business of being an artist. 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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Intermediate Level
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Photo Tour Scottsdale, Sedona & the Grand Canyon
February 3-10, 2016 — Scottsdale, Arizona, located in the Valley of the Sun, and the Sonoran desert area surrounding greater Phoenix as well as Sedona and the Grand Canyon are among Patrick's favorite places in America's great Southwest! During the course of the week we will enjoy photographing the wonders of the Sonoran desert in and around greater Phoenix's mountain preserves such as Papago Park and North Phoenix Mountain Preserve. We will also take a full-day tour to the Grand Canyon South Rim where winter white snow may still offer a beautiful contrast to the rich colors of the canyon walls. But that is not all! Scottsdale is vibrant and brimming with activity! Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from $3399.00 pp double occ.
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 331 422 9047

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The Female Form
February 3-6, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Working from the nude model on a sustained pose, this unique four-day workshop is for artists wishing to expand their knowledge of the human figure through sculpture. Rick Casali's innovative teaching style embraces the French method of "secret figure" - a knowledge/concept approach to understanding the body. This workshop will consist of daily sculpture demos by Rick covering proportion, anatomy, pose/action, and geometric construction. This proven method relies on memorization and understanding, thus students are advised to keep a sketch book during the week. Each student will sculpt their own 24" female figure in oil clay on a wire armature. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Rick Casali, www.rickcasali.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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The Child Portrait
February 5-7, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this three-day workshop, Mike will cover methods of posing and modeling the child portrait. He will also cover anatomical differences to look for between adults and youth. The workshop is intended to help students find the issues to avoid and pointers to help when painting the child portrait. This workshop will consist of brief demonstrations in order to exercise the objective and students will work from live children models as reference. There will be plenty of individual attention and critiques throughout the workshop. Students will leave this workshop with a better understanding of how to approach painting the youth. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mike Maczuga, www.michaelmaczuga.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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Painting Outdoors in Gold Canyon, Arizona
February 8-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This landscape workshop will emphasize working from life. During the workshop, most time will be spent painting on location in Gold Canyon, Arizona, which will allow for closer proximity to painting locations. Dan will cover the process of gathering essential information and editing in the field. The importance of how to start a painting will be stressed since a correct start makes the entire process less difficult. Dan will also cover the importance of a solid foundation in design, drawing, values and color. Please come prepared with the supplies to do at least two paintings a day. Individual attention, demos, and some laughter are included in the cost! Portable easel and transportation required. Visit website


Location: Gold Canyon, AZ
Instructor: Dan Young, www.danyoungstudio.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $575 + $20 park fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707