Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Still Life: Interpreting Photos to Create Contemporary Impressionist Paintings"
May 29-31, 2018
 

Learn to create beautiful, dramatic and moody still life paintings.The emphasis is going to be on composition, correct values, color temperature and edges. There will be short demos and plenty of individual attention throughout the three-day workshop. Photo references are going to be provided, or you can bring your own, keeping the composition simple (about four or less objects) with a strong light contrast. Participants will be encouraged to interpret rather than replicate a photo, using vibrant brush marks, tools, imagination and creativity. We’ll have fun and be inspired!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Vanya Allison, vanyaallison.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Fundamentals: Exploring Color"
May 29-31, 2018
 

This workshop is for the beginning oil painter and those wishing to revisit the topic of “color” in painting. Any given color has the components of “hue” (red, yellow or blue), “value” (relative lightness or darkness) and “chroma” (brightness or dullness). All three components must be considered for the color to be correctly mixed. The color of any surface is affected by the “temperature” of the light source. Generally, the light source may be either “warm” (like direct sunlight) or “cool” (like a light from a north facing window). Working from simple still life arrangements, students will learn to mix and relate color in their paintings. The topics of drawing and the use of tools and materials will also be addressed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Landscape Painting from Start to Finish: Creating Atmosphere, Space and Light"
June 1-3, 2018
 

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 begin to go outside and use natural lighting, they will find that nature’s value scale is immeasurably beyond their 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. Doug will guide students through the myriad of knowledge needed to develop their skills for painting beautiful and believable space. Students will be painting from photos during the three-day workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Doug Diehl
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Drawing the Portrait in Charcoal"
June 2-3, 2018
 

Anyone who has the desire to learn the art of drawing is welcome to this two-day workshop. Students will learn how to focus on the fundamentals of drawing while building a strong foundation of the basic techniques such as shading, controlling tones and composition. Students will learn critical skills on how to see with an artist’s eye and capture what you see on paper. Individual assistance will be given to each student during the workshop. The technique of learning to see with an artist’s eye will be easy to learn and will strengthen one’s desire and willingness to take chances and be a more creative artist.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Remelle Tanhueco, www.remellefineart.com
Cost: $200 + $35 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"More Than A Likeness - Watercolor And Mixed Media at Tanque Verde Ranch"
June 4-8, 2018
 

Discover an approach to painting that balances sharp, focused detail with simple, understated suggestion, engaging the viewer in a painting that goes beyond simply a likeness to the subject. We will use watercolor and combine it with ink, charcoal, gesso and gouache to extract more from our subject than a simple likeness. We will examine the importance of composition, planning, editing and adjusting our subject while maintaining a loose informal approach. This workshop is suitable for all skill levels. I will supply subject matter, do at least two demonstration paintings each day after which I will come around and give assistance to each student. We will work hard, have a lot of fun and discover an exciting new approach to painting!
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: John Lovett
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Painting Landscapes from Photographs"
June 4-5, 2018
 

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 a well thought out composition. Students will learn to create a feeling of the landscape that gives the painting life, instead of just copying a photograph. Linda will discuss how to paint from one’s focal point out while paying attention to values, composition, and edges. This workshop will include instructor demonstrations and plenty of individual attention. In past workshops, students have been very inspired by the number of photographs supplied by the instructor, which include subject matter from the Grand Canyon, desert vistas, interior forests and high mountain scenes.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Figurative Subject"
June 6-8, 2018
 

This class will feature the figurative subject in which each day will offer students a costumed model posed in a contextual setting. Guidance will be offered regarding shape, tone, and color. The related topics of procedure, technique, tools and materials, and much more will be also discussed. This workshop is not appropriate for the beginning student.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $350 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Palette Knife Landscape Painting: Lose the Brush!"
June 8-9, 2018
 

Embrace the freedom that comes from decisive, impasto knife application! Students will plan, design, sketch and complete at least two or more compositions and will work wet-into-wet in either oil or acrylic (oil is preferred). The reinforcement of traditional fundamentals will include color theory, values, temperature management, large masses, focal point emphasis, simplification of detail and soft edges. All work will be done with a palette knife, no brushes allowed! This workshop will be interactive, hands-on and offer extensive demonstration and personal feedback from the instructor.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Renee Palmer Jones, www.RPJfineart.com
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Sketching for Beginners"
June 9-10, 2018
 

Shop my supply list to buy your portable notebook, watercolor palette, and brushes. Bring everything to class and learn how to use this expressive medium. Watercolors operate very differently than oil or pastel. A lot of the fun is in how you let the colors dry and flow. This class welcomes the new and the beginning watercolorist. We will break down the different techniques of watercolor into simple steps. Then, we will learn how to apply them in real situations. This way, when you take your next trip, you can pack your watercolor kit for painting on the go.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Observational Drawing"
June 15-16, 2018
 

This 2-day course will cover some of the intuitive and analytical approaches toward observational drawing. Basic media, mark-making, mindset, line, value, sighting, geometrics, space, composition and Hoyt L. Sherman’s ‘gestalt flash drawings’ will be covered. (Intended for beginner and intermediate students). Participants will be using Mr. Podlesnik’s published drawing textbook.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joseph Podlesnik, www.josephpodlesnik.com
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Intuitive Abstract Painting"
June 15-16, 2018
 

The purpose of intuitive painting is to free yourself of all judgments about yourself as an artist and to trust your in-born creativity and intuition. In a relaxed atmosphere, students will make a number of nonobjective (abstract) paintings. Students will use acrylic paint and a variety of tools usually not associated with painting, like cut cardboard, pieces of cloth, sponges, combs, twigs, even the palms of their hands if they wish. The second part of the workshop will focus on choosing the best parts of their large paintings with the use of viewfinders, and turning them into independent art pieces ready to be framed, or reproduced. The workshop is all about allowing yourself to be the artist you truly are.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dorota Lagida-Ostling
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"6”x 6” Tiny Canvases and Big Brushes"
June 18-19, 2018
 

Are you ready for some fun?! Students will be working with small canvases and big brushes. Jerry’s goal is to have the students complete between 12 to 24 small paintings in this 2-day class. We will focus on simple shapes, values and composition. We will work from photo references, printed or on your tablet or iPad. Scottsdale Artists’ School is planning a major fund raising event in the future utilizing students’ 6”x 6” paintings. Your art could help support our wonderful school.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jerry Cox, Jerrycoxart.myportfolio.com
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Redefining the Art of Life: Part 1"
June 21-23, 2018
 

Learn how to create a detailed miniature bust 1/3 life-size. This course is designed to give students an opportunity to work on one pose from a live model. Instruction will include armature creation and placement, creative composition, caliper reduction pointing techniques and detailing with professional oil based clay. Additional professional sculpting techniques will be demonstrated to add detailing for hair, clothing collars, etc. Each student will be working from a live model but invited to bring photos of subjects they would like to sculpt outside of the class for the instructor to review and for class discussion.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Roy W. Butler, www.roywbutler.com
Cost: $350 + $35 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Model, the Mood, and More"
June 26-28, 2018
 

Beautiful set-ups and good fun are promised as students work from the clothed model. Emphasis will be on creating a mood through composition. By posing the model in interesting environments, students will have the opportunity to explore the many facets of painting. The critical elements of a well-designed painting will be discussed including placement, values, edges, and brushwork. Students will be encouraged to incorporate mood and emotion into their paintings, allowing them to move beyond the “studio exercise phase” and into more exciting aspects of creating art.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Cost: $350 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Portrait"
June 29-30, 2018
 

This 2-day oil painting class is for the student wishing to gain experience and understanding of the painted portrait. Working from the model, students will be guided through the process of painting the portrait from life. Robert will cover the topics of drawing, color, composition, edges, and lighting the model.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $225 + $35 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Drawing the Figure, Gesture, and the Extended Study"
July 2-3, 2018
 

This two-day workshop offers students an opportunity for exposure to drawing the gestural pose. Students will be offered a simplified understanding of the anatomy and structure of the figurative subject; They will work from the live model and poses will be short. With repetition of pose and the application of the simplified concepts, students will become more fluent in this time-honored practice. Students will draw from the model applying simplified concepts of anatomy and tone relationships which will be explained through lecture and demonstration. Poses will be of varying duration. Traditional drawing media and technique will also be explored.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $210 + $35 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Portraits from Life"
July 9-10, 2018
 

In this 2-day workshop, Annette will guide students through her practical approach for drawing and painting the portrait in watercolor working from a live model. Annette will cover how to draw a convincing head through observation of facial structure, features, and shadow pattern. She will also explain materials, techniques for handling color, mixing flesh tones, brushwork, and controlling edges. Also discussed will be, understanding water to paint ratio, and how to control the medium when painting vertically. There will be a demo each morning with time for students to draw and paint in the afternoon. This class is geared toward having fun, sharpening drawing skills, and painting expressively in watercolor.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Annette Smith, www.annettesmithfineart.com
Cost: $300 + $35 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Redefining the Art of Life: Part 2"
July 12-14, 2018
 

Here is your opportunity to learn essential industry standard silicone mold making and casting techniques. The class will be fast moving and each student will create their own silicone mold and support shell from an instructor supplied master. Full hands-on participation and some student teamwork interaction will be required. The intent is for each student to finish the class with an individual, two-part silicone mold, cast part from the mold and the knowledge to continue building skills. The discussion will cover various types and examples of RTV rubber, their purposes and limitations and multiple types of mold construction techniques.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Roy W. Butler, www.roywbutler.com
Cost: $350 +$30 material fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


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

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


"Beginning Sculpting"
July 23-25, 2018
 

Never be afraid to sculpt again! Students will learn to build their own armature for the human body, attach clay, correct body proportions, and add action to their figures. Hal will provide step by step individual & class instruction as well as instructor demonstrations. Handouts will be provided. Students will leave class with a finished or nearly finished human sculpture in clay.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Hal Stewart, www.halstewartbronze.com
Cost: $300 + $35 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Introduction to Drawing and Painting the Dog"
July 24-25, 2018
 

An Artist’s best friend is fascinating to draw or paint. In this introductory course, students will draw (charcoal or graphite) and paint in oil (limited color palette) dog subjects from life. Linda will discuss the best way to take photographs of dogs. Students may bring their own photos or use Linda’s photos to work on a painting. Linda will demonstrate and assist students with their own projects.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Tracey Brandon, www.lindatraceybrandon.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Unleashed! Watercolor on Canvas"
July 27-28, 2018
 

Watercolor canvas and multi-media canvas have been around for many years. Explore techniques to conquer this exciting and challenging watercolor support that allows framing without glass or mat. Painting methods – both traditional and non-traditional – will be presented during the workshop. Students will learn to use minimal “acrylic underpinnings” to set the stage for vibrant colors in their paintings and pave the way for loose watercolor washes on the canvas. (The minimal fluid acrylic needed will be provided.) A landscape scene will be used for the demo painting and a photo will be provided for use, but students are welcome to paint from their own reference material. There will be demos, instruction at all levels, critiques and lots of painting time.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Urban Landscapes: Interpreting Photos to Create Contemporary Impressionistic Paintings"
July 30 - August 1, 2018
 

Learn to create beautiful, dramatic and moody paintings, using expressive and vibrant brushstrokes. The emphasis is going to be on composition, correct values, color temperature and edges. There will be short demos and plenty of individual attention throughout the three-day workshop. Photo references are going to be provided. Participants will be encouraged to interpret rather than to replicate a photo, using vibrant brush marks, tools, imagination, and creativity. We’ll have fun and be inspired!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Vanya Allison, vanyaallison.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


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

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


"Cure the Blues…And Whites"
August 21-22, 2018
 

In this two-day class, we will focus on answers to the problems of painting pattern on pottery and porcelain, giving you the tools you need to be successful. The critical elements of a well-designed painting will be practiced and discussed as they relate to the still life. The lessons of composition, form, value, edges, paint quality, subtlety, and personal interpretation will be ongoing topics. Demonstrations, discussions, and fun are also very important aspects of the class. Students will receive plenty of individualized instruction to help them reach their personal goals.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Discover Oil Painting- Wet & Wild!"
August 31 - September 1, 2018
 

Learn how to make water look wet, reflective and splashy! With a stunning waterfall or intimate woodsy creek as your model, study water in motion. Painting water that looks wet requires some basic knowledge of the dynamics of how water moves and how objects are reflected in its mirror surface. Oil painting techniques focused on will be rich transparent darks topped with thick buttery lights. Reference photos will be supplied, or you may use your own. There will be demos, instruction at all levels, critique and lots of painting time.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting at the Grand Canyon"
September 17-21, 2018
 

Is there any better place to plein air paint and explore the concepts of working outdoors than the Grand Canyon? During the workshop, students will be painting from the spectacular South Rim for five days with special access to the views! You will cover the concepts of learning to optically “see” your subject and interpret those visual elements in order to help execute the subject onto canvas. The fundamental principles of painting – composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will be stressed along with a special emphasis on atmosphere with this grand subject. Demos and short lectures will reinforce these concepts. Individual attention will be a high priority, as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm.
 
Location: Grand Canyon, Arizona
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Cost: $675 + $75 Park Fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint the Red Rock Country of Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
November 13-16, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Lodging package for $800 (incl. tuition) also available, but limited, so don't hesitate!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Paint Sedona Arizona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
November 13-17, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Lodging package for $800 (incl. tuition) also available, but limited, so don't hesitate!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Watercolor Fun and Free at Tanque Verde Ranch"
November 26-30, 2018
 

Watercolor Fun and Free is a motivational workshop for beginning, as well as experienced painters. Karlyn offers enthusiastic, informational demonstrations and gives individual help enriched by sharing her original finished work. She is an upbeat instructor, who helps the students cultivate a loose, free style of working. She teaches with tireless energy and her high-spirited humorous teaching style makes beginners feel comfortable and challenges the advanced student. The real emphasis is on each student’s individual expression and development of their own painting style. The week will feature floral, landscape and abstract themes. Every day will begin with a demonstration, followed by individual help. Every painting will be critiqued.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Karlyn Holman
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Quiltworx University 2019 at Tanque Verde Ranch"
February 7-11, 2019
 

Six months before the workshop, our team will help guide you through the process of customizing your personal project using design elements never before released by Quiltworx. Use the Quiltster tool (6-month membership is included) to design a project on your own or work with our design team one-on-one to create your project. All projects (kits are purchased separately) will be completed using a wide range of current and popular fabric collections selected by the local quilt shop from companies such as Hoffman Fabrics, Timeless Treasures, Free Spirit, and more! We will prepare the kit for you, have it waiting at the event, and bring a team of instructors ready to teach whatever you need to know to make your design.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Judy Niemeyer
Cost: $1,175
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Paint the Red Rock Country of Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
April 2-5, 2019
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Lodging package for $800 (incl. tuition) also available, but limited, so don't hesitate!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Paint Sedona Arizona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
April 2-5, 2019
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Lodging package for $800 (incl. tuition) also available, but limited, so don't hesitate!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


 

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