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Crash Course for Teens
September 5-26, 2015 (Saturdays, 2-4pm) — Confidence building in basic art skills! This course introduces drawing skills for teens including proportion, perspective, shadow shape and volume using still life and portraiture. Atmospheric perspective and color will be introduced through a landscape painting project. All materials are included. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Melanie Gold
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $75
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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Drawing Crash Course
September 8-17, 2015 (Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5-8pm) — Whether you are interested in a refresher course or drawing for the first time. Drawing is the prerequisite course for all art work including all forms of painting, sculpture and mixed media. Learning to see in terms of lines, shapes and values is the essential skill required to translate the 3 dimensional world to any two dimensional surface - regardless of the medium you ultimately wish to explore. If you want to improve your painting - take this course. If you are just starting out exploring the visual arts - this is the course to take. As well as learning to draw you will learn the most essential thing in the arts: How to See, the foundation of all art. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Vince Fazio, VinceFazio.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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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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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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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: Member: $100; Non-member: $110
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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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

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Fun with Art and Wine
September 18, 2015 (6-8pm) — This is a fun two-hour adventure for those who like wine but may know nothing about making a painting. You will be led through creating a 16x20 acrylic painting on canvas in a step-by-step process. Local landscape subject matter and a surprisingly fool-proof process lead to fun, laughs, more wine and your painting is finished - suitable for framing! Must be 21 or over to participate. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Melanie and Brian Gold
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $35 includes all art materials
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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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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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

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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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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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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
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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, www.jerrycox.net
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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From Beautiful Mess to Strong Composition
September 25-27, 2015 — Abstraction can be rich with depth and drama! Julie's layering technique gives you a powerful foundation for abstract painting and helps you avoid many pitfalls. Combine luscious "happy accidents" with strong composition to create two exciting paintings that will serve as a very personal reminder of your own artistic freedom. We'll find the 'stories' in the paint, make choices, remove parts that distract, and strengthen the composition of your painting. By discussing as a group, you'll see your painting more deeply and understand how to enhance its impact. You'll gain more mastery of the abstract principles at play and leave with two surprising paintings that delight you. All experience levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Julie Bernstein Engelmann, www.julieengelmann.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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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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Advanced Level

Beyond the Wheel
October 2-3, 2015 (10am - 4pm) — For two days, we will explore ways in which we can use the wheel as a step in a sequence of processes rather than the single, end process of our work. We will investigate alterations, additions, surfaces, and finishes that will take us beyond what traditionally is the realm of the potter's wheel. Students will be encouraged to bring their own tastes, styles, and interests into the experience and take some fun risks with new techniques that will push them beyond form alone. We will explore Throwing Components, Sprigging, Handles & Appendages, Segmentation, and Surface Alteration. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Jerry Hendershot
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $225 (Includes Materials and Firing Fees)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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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

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Artists’ Essentials: A Series of Technical One-Day Workshops – Painting Surfaces
October 7, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop covers in detail the differences in various substrates (wood, hardboard, cotton, linen, and aluminum), sizing, priming, mounting, and stretching. Students will leave with a stretched or mounted canvas prepared with the primer they would like to use. Detailed information on substrates, sizes and primers, with demonstrations on sizing and priming. Sizes and primers covered will include rabbit skin glue, pva, oil primers, oil alkyd primers, acrylic gesso, and more. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Timothy Rees, www.reesfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 materials fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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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: Member: $100; Non-member: $110
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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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
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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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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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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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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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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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The Figurative Quick Study
October 15-16, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Using the set for our Speakeasy Salon we will work from photos and a live model. This course will open up new dimensions for artists to explore, instead of concentrating on the technical, we will learn to do impressions of people moving through our paintings to create movement and life in our artwork. Students will learn a fun and simple six-step method, using shape, form and brush work! Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $250
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Intermediate Level
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Head Study
October 17, 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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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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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The Portrait in Color with Lea Colie Wight
October 19-23, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This five-day intensive workshop presents principles essential for the portrait artist: construction of the head, simplifying masses of the head into basic planes, anatomical landmarks, breaking the portrait down into simple values and color relationships. Students will be guided through the building blocks of full-color portrait painting using the skills taught in the four year curriculum at Studio Incamminati. The painting process is broken down into stages and the skills necessary to each stage will be practiced. Lea will demonstrate the application of these skills through an evening portrait painting demo Tuesday, Oct. 20, 6 -9 p.m. where students will see the implementation of the painting stages. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Lea Colie Wight
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $599
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Artists’ Essentials: A Series of Technical One-Day Workshops – Mysteries of Lighting
October 21, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Students will learn about properties of optics, including spectrums of different types of bulbs, resulting gammuts, and properties of diminishing intensities of light, and more. Students will receive handouts on how to utilize the bulbs with resulting affects. Students will also study the effects on the range of colors produced by various types of illumination. They will learn how to light a model to be flattering and match various lighting set ups seen in paintings of the master, how to light the easel, and studio. Students will also take away a selection of bulbs to utilize at home. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Timothy Rees, www.reesfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 materials 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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I Heart Color Surface Ornamentation
October 23-24, 2015 (10am - 4pm) — Join the award winning clay artist, Michael Corney, in a hands on, intensive and fun exploration of underglazes. Mike will introduce you to your new best friend Color! The possibilities are endless; from transparent watercolor washes to heavy texture layering. Our focus is on surface design rather than clay forming methods. Mike will demonstrate a variety of underglaze techniques followed by student painting sessions. The class is for students of any skill level who want to establish a palette of colors and the skills to continue what they've learned back at their own studios. Experienced clay students will bring 5 of their own bisque fired pieces to experiment with as well as brushes. New students just starting out, will be supplied with bisque ware. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Corney
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $225 (Includes Materials and Firing Fees)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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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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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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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: Sedona, 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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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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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

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

Advanced Level

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

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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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Advanced Level

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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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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Crash Course for Teens
October 29 - November 19, 2015 (Saturdays, 2-4pm) — Confidence building in basic art skills! This course introduces drawing skills for teens including proportion, perspective, shadow shape and volume using still life and portraiture. Atmospheric perspective and color will be introduced through a landscape painting project. All materials are included. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Melanie Gold
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $75
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

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From Beautiful Mess to Strong Composition
October 30 - November 1, 2015 — Abstraction can be rich with depth and drama! Julie's layering technique gives you a powerful foundation for abstract painting and helps you avoid many pitfalls. Combine luscious "happy accidents" with strong composition to create two exciting paintings that will serve as a very personal reminder of your own artistic freedom. We'll find the 'stories' in the paint, make choices, remove parts that distract, and strengthen the composition of your painting. By discussing as a group, you'll see your painting more deeply and understand how to enhance its impact. You'll gain more mastery of the abstract principles at play and leave with two surprising paintings that delight you. All experience levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Julie Bernstein Engelmann, www.julieengelmann.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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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

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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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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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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Artists’ Essentials: A Series of Technical One-Day Workshops – Making Frames
November 4, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Participants of this one-day workshop will learn the fundamentals of frame building, such as how to join premade molding, and build up raw materials to create a molding of their design. Demonstrations will be given on all the tools (manual and power) to get the job done. Various sizes and finishes (paints and guilding) will be demonstrated, and students will learn how to finish raw wood to create a gallery quality finish. All you need are basic materials available at most hardware stores. Students will leave with a small frame, finished how they desire. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Timothy Rees, www.reesfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 materials fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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iPhoneography Workshop
November 4, 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: Member: $100; Non-member: $110
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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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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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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The Magic of Saggar
November 8 & 15, 2015 (Sundays, 10am - 4pm) — Using traditional tinfoil Saggar techniques we will be vamping up the results to a whole new level! By using new oxide and carbonate applications, as well as additives such as honey, eggs, eggshells, sea salt, Brillo pads, sawdust, to name a few, we will create colors and textures that we have never achieved before. This workshop is geared toward any level, if the potter's wheel is used, wheel experience is necessary. No experience needed for hand building. All workshop materials are included. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Dennis Ott and Dr. Bruce Peek
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $225 (Includes Materials and Firing Fees)
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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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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Glazing Crash Course
November 10-19, 2015 (Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-4 p.m.) — Color, Light, Shadow, Translucency - These are the ingredients that we will work with to create a beautiful painting for you to take home. Our subject will be flowers and using the glazing technique we will apply thin layer upon layer of oil paint to achieve the depth and translucency associated with all things in nature. We will discuss composition, color mixing, edges, blending and values. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Cyndi Thau
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $145; Members $133; All materials included
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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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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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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Fun with Art and Wine
November 13, 2015 (6-8pm) — This is a fun two-hour adventure for those who like wine but may know nothing about making a painting. You will be led through creating a 16x20 acrylic painting on canvas in a step-by-step process. Local landscape subject matter and a surprisingly fool-proof process lead to fun, laughs, more wine and your painting is finished - suitable for framing! Must be 21 or over to participate. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Melanie and Brian Gold
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $35 includes all art materials
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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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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Artists’ Essentials: A Series of Technical One-Day Workshops – Mastering Mediums
November 18, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This one-day workshop focuses on the effects and use of various mediums and varnishes. Paints, various oils, waxes, and special painting mediums will be discussed and demonstrated, and students will be permitted to experiment with their use. Students will learn what type of medium to use specific to stages and styles of painting. Varnishes will also be discussed and demonstrated, including preparation of non-premade varnishes. Students are encouraged to bring in a completed painting to varnish using the supplied varnishes. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Timothy Rees, www.reesfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 materials fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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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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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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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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Winter Landscape on Rice Paper: Abstracted Realism
December 2, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this one-day workshop learn to create beautiful winter landscapes in watercolor on rice paper. The crinkles in the rice paper add lovely abstract shapes, which work very well depicting foliage and cause them to resemble batiks. The class will briefly go over color mixing and composition before the morning demonstration. There will be individual assistance as students begin their painting. Students will mount their rice paper and layer colors creating a beautiful landscape. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Linda Pullinsi, www.lindapullinsi.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Artists’ Essentials: A Series of Technical One-Day Workshops – Utilizing Photographs
December 2, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Whether or not photographic references are used, artists need to understand the fundamentals of photography to properly photograph their artwork. The basics of photography and camera use will be covered, and students will have practice photographing the model to match their specific artistic vision. Students will learn how to set up lighting and photograph their artwork. Demonstrations will then be given on basic computer adjustments to match the photograph to the painting. Students are encouraged to bring some paintings in to be photographed. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Timothy Rees, www.reesfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 materials fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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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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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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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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iPhoneography Workshop
December 5, 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: Member: $100; Non-member: $110
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Advanced Level

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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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

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Glazing Crash Course
December 8-17, 2015 (Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-4 p.m.) — Color, Light, Shadow, Translucency - These are the ingredients that we will work with to create a beautiful painting for you to take home. Our subject will be flowers and using the glazing technique we will apply thin layer upon layer of oil paint to achieve the depth and translucency associated with all things in nature. We will discuss composition, color mixing, edges, blending and values. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Cyndi Thau
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $145; Members $133; All materials included
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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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

Fun with Art and Wine
December 11, 2015 (6-8pm) — This is a fun two-hour adventure for those who like wine but may know nothing about making a painting. You will be led through creating a 16x20 acrylic painting on canvas in a step-by-step process. Local landscape subject matter and a surprisingly fool-proof process lead to fun, laughs, more wine and your painting is finished - suitable for framing! Must be 21 or over to participate. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Melanie and Brian Gold
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $35 includes all art materials
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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From Beautiful Mess to Strong Composition
December 11-13, 2015 — Abstraction can be rich with depth and drama! Julie's layering technique gives you a powerful foundation for abstract painting and helps you avoid many pitfalls. Combine luscious "happy accidents" with strong composition to create two exciting paintings that will serve as a very personal reminder of your own artistic freedom. We'll find the 'stories' in the paint, make choices, remove parts that distract, and strengthen the composition of your painting. By discussing as a group, you'll see your painting more deeply and understand how to enhance its impact. You'll gain more mastery of the abstract principles at play and leave with two surprising paintings that delight you. All experience levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Julie Bernstein Engelmann, www.julieengelmann.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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Watercolor: Inspired by a Photo
December 11-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Have a great photo that inspires you to paint? Bring it to this workshop and learn how to transition a photo to watercolor. Students will learn how to connect their subject to paper, use lights and darks to add visual interest, and add value through lost and found edges! Students will learn to improve their color selection for enhancing figures and backgrounds, and see amazing results! Students should bring their own digital or print of a portrait, figure, animal or still life. During this workshop there will be demonstrations, plenty of time to paint, and individual attention throughout! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Watercolor Unleashed! Paint a White Flower
December 12, 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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Artistic Reference Photos: Utilizing Your iPhone or iPad
December 12-13, 2015 (9am-12pm) — All artists run into the issue of not having enough time to complete a painting. Whether it is working from a live model, still life or a plein air landscape, time can always become a factor. With that being said, the importance of a quality photograph can be essential to the completion of a painting. In this class, students will learn to use the camera on either their iPhone or iPad to create great photo references. Students will learn to take photos of still life, models and landscape. The class will focus on the set-up, composition, values and editing of the photo reference on their devices. Join Jerry for this informative class and don’t allow time to dictate your artwork. Visit website


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

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Painting Old Saint Nick
December 14, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Whether you have been naughty or nice, you may join Robert Lemler for this festive one-day workshop! Students will practice their figure painting skills with a live, professional Santa Claus model. Robert will offer students a simplified understanding of principle and procedure when painting the costumed figure. While painting alongside the students, Robert will be answering questions and demonstrate his techniques. This is a great workshop to get in the spirit of the holiday season! Visit website


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

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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

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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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The Holiday Still-Life
December 15, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Take a break from the hectic holiday pace with a day of painting. Be inspired by beautiful still-life set-ups, using rich colors and textures of the season. There is so much to choose from; will it be the Santos or the holly and amaryllis, perhaps the ornaments and ribbons that add such beautiful color? Join Nancy for the day and be inspired by the holiday season! The day will begin with a short demonstration and the rest of the time will be left for students to create their own holiday themed still-life paintings. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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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

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Tiny Treasures: Painting a Winter Scene
December 16, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Whether students wish to paint a festive winter scene (think rustic sled in the yard, snowy stoop with a wreath on the door) or their favorite landscape/still life photo, this fun, one-day class will focus on the holiday “snowscape”. The one-day workshop will begin with a short demonstration and Joni will give plenty of individual attention throughout the rest of the day. Students will work on paintings, 8×8 or smaller, which could end up becoming the perfect holiday card! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Joni Falk, www.jonifalk.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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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

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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

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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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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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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

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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 complet