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Levels: B = Beginner, I = Intermediate, A = Advanced

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Landscape Painting from Start to Finish: Creating Atmosphere, Space and Light
July 11-13, 2016 (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: $350
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Jurassic Art (Ages 9 to 14)
July 11-15, 2016 (9am-3pm) — Experience Paleo Art and how artists use their imaginations to bring prehistoric dinosaurs, sea creatures and plants to life. Students will create casts, model creatures and figures in clay while discovering petroglyphs, pictographs and cave painting. Students will experience art from the Age of Reptiles. Each session incorporates 2D Art mediums such as drawing, painting, watercolor, mixed media. Sessions also include 3D Art mediums such as relief, additive, found objects and hand building with clay. Students will learn how to prepare their art for show and will share their creations in a Youth Art Show and Reception at the end of the session (2:30 Friday). Visit website


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

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Avatar Anime
July 11-15, 2016 (9:30am-3:30pm) — Students will learn how to create their own avatar in the Anime and Manga style. They will conceptualize and develop characters, learn how to design Manga Panels, and use rough sketches to plan and build stories. Projects will include sketching the human form, using personality to inspire heroes or villains, creating backgrounds with drama, inking, coloring and finishing techniques. Students will bring their characters to 3D life using polymer clay, modeling wire, fabrics, and recycled materials. Students will create unique art in a variety of mediums including: drawing, painting, sculpture, clay, and mixed media. Students will have the opportunity to share their creations in a Teen Academy Art Show and Reception at the end of the session (3:00 Friday). Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325 (Supplies Included)
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Paint Cool Refreshing Oak Creek in Oil or Acrylic
July 15-17, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Learn how to make water look wet, reflective and splashy! With an intimate scene of Oak Creek as our model, study water in motion. Painting water that looks wet requires some basic knowledge of the dynamics of how water moves and how objects are reflected in its mirror surface. Techniques will be demonstrated to address the various puzzles with which the artist is faced when painting this stunning, fascinating – and yes, confusing – subject! Paint in the medium of your choice. There will be demos in both mediums, instruction at all levels as needed, 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: $325
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Splash! (Ages 9 to 14)
July 18-22, 2016 (9am-3pm) — Students will spend their time exploring the kingdoms of water in all of its realms: from spelunking crystal caves of ice and snow to splashy lakes of summer fun, to hidden jewels of the desert and the uncharted depths of the deep blue sea. Students will create art inspired by rainforests, reefs, clouds, ice, oceans, streams and the living organisms who call these “home”. Each session incorporates 2D Art mediums such as drawing, painting, watercolor, mixed media. Sessions also include 3D Art mediums such as relief, additive, found objects and hand building with clay. Students will learn how to prepare their art for show and will share their creations in a Youth Art Show and Reception at the end of the session (2:30 Friday). Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Alla Prima Still Life
July 18-20, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Unlike most other subjects, the still life genre offers the artist complete control over every aspect of the final painting. The unlimited choices in color, key, arrangement and lighting one’s subject makes still life one of the most popular genres. Design begins with a concept, and ends in an arrangement of elements and lighting which is then translated into paint. Through demonstration, lecture and individual instruction, students will be offered guidance in composing, lighting and painting their subject. This class is suitable for all levels of experience, as students will compose their own arrangements in order to paint in an Alla Prima fashion (paintings which are done in a single session). Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

Born to be Wild
July 18-22, 2016 (9:30am-3:30pm) — Student will discover the world’s most exotic and wild animals, plants, and places. During the week, the class will explore areas where extreme wilderness and its wildlife rules as they create art that captivates untamed and mysterious aspects of nature. Each session will incorporate 2D Art mediums such as: drawing, painting, watercolor and mixed media. Students will also discover 3D Art mediums such as: relief, additive, found objects, and hand building with clay. Students will learn how to prepare their art for show and will share their creations in a Teen Academy Art Show and Reception at the end of the session (3:00 Friday). Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325 (Supplies Included)
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level
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Wild & Tame (Ages 9 to 14)
July 25-29, 2016 (9am-3pm) — Discover the world’s most strange and wild animals. Explore zoo animals, the taming of wild animals, and the tame and lovable pets we call friends. Each session incorporates 2D Art mediums such as drawing, painting, watercolor, mixed media. Sessions also include 3D Art mediums such as relief, additive, found objects and hand building with clay. Students will learn how to prepare their art for show and will share their creations in a Youth Art Show and Reception at the end of the session (2:30 Friday). All art supplies are included in the cost of registration. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Comic Book Art – Villains & Legends
July 25-29, 2016 (9:30am-3:30pm) — Students will create legendary characters and villains with mixed media, clay, drawing, painting, cartooning, and more in this mix of mediums and styles! Students will gain experience drawing the human figure, creating action poses and dramatic scenes. Traditional drawing, painting and sculpting techniques will be enhanced by comic book style, attitude, themes and drama. Students will bring their characters to 3D life using polymer clay, modeling wire, fabrics, and recycled materials. Students will also learn how to prepare their art for show at the end of the week, will share their creations in a Teen Academy Art Show and Reception (3:00 Friday). Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325 (Supplies Included)
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Wonderland (Ages 9 to 14)
August 1-4, 2016 (9am-3pm) — Students will dwell in a land of wondrous color as they explore natural wonders of the world. Students will use them to base their own fantastical worlds on and will create their own Wonderlands. Each session incorporates 2D Art mediums such as drawing, painting, watercolor, mixed media. Sessions also include 3D Art mediums such as relief, additive, found objects and hand building with clay. Students will learn how to prepare their art for show and will share their creations in a Youth Art Show and Reception at the end of the session (2:30 Friday). Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $240 (Supplies Included)
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolor Portraits from Life
August 2-4, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this three-day workshop, Annette will guide you through her steps for painting a portrait from a live model in watercolor. Subject discussed will be how to draw a convincing head through observation of facial structure, features and shadow patterns. She will also explain materials, and her techniques for handling color, mixing flesh tones, brushwork, and controlling edges. This class will also cover understanding the water-to-paint ratio, and how to control the medium when painting vertically. Drips will happen, and that is part of watercolor’s charm! There will be a demo each morning, time for students to draw and paint, and individual instruction. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
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Figure Painting: Simplified
August 9-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — If you have been intimidated by the idea of painting the figurative subject, or simply want to revisit the basics of painting portraits, nudes and costumed models, this class is for you. Robert will offer simplified concepts to help build a solid foundation in the fundamentals of figure painting. Clearly expressed principles regarding values, form modeling, color and edges will demystify these sometimes confusing topics. Robert will present manageable concepts of anatomy and show how they are useful. Students will paint many studies of relatively short duration to reinforce these fundamental ideas. This class will be an informative, non-intimidating introduction to painting the figure, and will leave you feeling more confident in your understanding of the human form and your painting abilities. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $350 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level
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Paint the “Sacred Datura” in Watercolor
August 13, 2016 (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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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Photography and the Painted Landscape
August 16-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will offer students an opportunity to enhance their understanding when working from the landscape photograph. Robert will guide artist considerations regarding how to choose and interpret their photographic reference. Following a demonstration and lecture, students will paint a finished interpretation from their chosen photograph with the guidance of this signature member of the Plein Air Painters of America. Composition and an understanding of value, color and edge relationships will be addressed in lecture and demonstration. Join Robert for an informative class on painting from photographs. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Head Study
August 20, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop students will receive a variety of training techniques to create a convincing head study. Jerry will provide a thorough investigation of the individual forms of the head and teach students how to make them come together as an integrated whole. Students will also learn to use an approach to help first identify the large shapes and then go into the details. The core of instruction will be focused on drawing, values, edges, planes of the head and composition. Before the workshop, a booklet of information will be emailed to all students to help prepare for the class. Bring your chosen medium: charcoal, pastel, oil paint or digital. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

There's Still Life Here in The Summer
August 22-24, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Come in from the heat and join Nancy Chaboun for a two-day still life getaway - at least we can pretend it's not a million degrees outside. Escape to a room full of beautiful setups to paint, new things to learn and great company to boot. The class will discuss the broader principles of painting: composition, intent, value placement, as well as the technical strategies for painting materials such as metal, glass, and porcelain. In addition to class discussions, personal attention will be provided. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting the Multi-Layered Portrait in Oil
August 24-26, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This is a workshop that will utilize the traditional steps of drawing, underpainting, and overpainting to capture a portrait in oil. We will be breaking down the process of painting a portrait into several discreet steps to help gain a better understanding of the different aspects that go into painting a portrait. By doing this process you will get practice at seeing form, value, and color separately, and be able to combine them to create a portrait. We will also discuss glazing and its application. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Rachel Bess, www.rachelbess.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $350 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting the Grand Canyon
September 19-23, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Is there any better place to plein air paint and explore the concepts of working outdoors than the Grand Canyon? We will be painting from the spectacular South Rim for 5 days with special access to the views! We will cover the concepts of learning to optically “see” your subject and interpret those visual elements in order to help execute the subject onto canvas. The fundamental principles of painting – composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will be stressed along with a special emphasis on atmosphere with this grand subject. Demos and short lectures will reinforce these concepts. Individual attention will be a high priority as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 park fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

Watercolor Figure Painting with Charles Reid
October 3-7, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Learning to simplify and avoid overworking are the goals of this workshop. Reid uses the same approach for figures, still life and landscapes. Students will learn about contour drawing, which helps one concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than on individual isolated objects. Students will practice “direct painting”, using as few over-washes as possible. The workshop will concentrate on good paint consistency (the correct ratio of water and paint when the bush is loaded). The goal will be to achieve the correct color, edge variety and tonal value with the first try. Recommended reading, “Charles Reid’s Watercolor Solutions” and “Charles Reid’s Watercolor Secrets” by North Light books. Portable easel is recommended but not required. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Charles Reid, www.charlesreidart.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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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting Best Practices
October 4-6, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Natural Pigments spent years developing a technical workshop to teach skills that are not taught in art school and universities—a thorough understanding of artist’s materials and tools, what they are designed to do, when to choose them and how to provide considerable longevity to your finished work. This workshop covers the most important aspects of painting that have proven to be the best practices. The information-packed workshop includes all aspects of constructing a painting from the support and ground to the final layers. Practical procedures will be clearly explained and demonstrated on how to build your oil paintings based on conservation research during the past century. This workshop is designed for painters of all mediums, but special emphasis is given to oil painting. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: George O’Hanlon & Tatiana Zaytseva
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $450 + $10 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level

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


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting Landscapes from Photographs
October 10-12, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will paint a landscape in the studio using photographs. The goal will be to create simple designs that have a strong foundation and well thought out composition. Students will learn to create a feeling of landscape that gives the painting life, instead of just copying a photograph. Linda will discuss how to paint from your focal point out while paying attention to values, composition and edges. This workshop will include instructor demonstrations and plenty of individual attention. Photographs will be supplied by the instructor. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $375
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting for the Love of Animals and the Landscape
October 10-13, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on animal portraiture and the landscape. The first two days will use animals as the subject matter — capturing their amazing spirit on canvas. Whether painting a portrait of a cow, lamb or one’s beloved pet(s), students will take advantage of the beauty of animals to work on creating good composition, interesting brushwork and focus on values, edges and color mixing. Using these techniques, the workshop will shift subject matter for the last two days to painting the inspiring landscape. Julee will stress the idea of taking risks, being energetic in one’s painting marks and approaching their painting fearlessly. Please bring good photos with interesting light and subject matter to make the most of this workshop. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Drawing the Figurative Subject
October 11-14, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Working from the model, students will have the opportunity to draw the portrait and the nude and clothed model from direct observation. Line, shape and tonal relationships will be explored through exercises designed to strengthen the students’ understanding of anatomy, form modeling, composition and technique. Length of pose will vary from the relatively short gestural pose to a longer format which offers the opportunity to examine principals of tone. Lecture and demonstration will clarify and enhance the understanding of figure drawing fundamentals. Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

Acrylics into Abstraction
October 17-20, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is for artists interested in exploring the abstract realm and the expressive potential of acrylics to deepen their artistic development. The focus will be on embracing abstraction while learning unique techniques developed by Marianne to create luminous layers of transparent and opaque color with acrylic paint. Personal artistic expression, composition, color and value will be woven into group and individual workshop discussion. Visit website


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

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The Art of Relief Sculpture: Head and Figure
October 17-21, 2016 (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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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting Beautiful Florals
October 18-20, 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: $395
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Landscape Painting from Start to Finish: Creating Atmosphere, Space and Light
October 21-23, 2016 (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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Creating Dynamic Representational Paintings through Abstraction and Color
October 24-27, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this intense workshop, Michael will show you the secrets of dynamic composition, vibrant color and atmospheric light using the palette knife. He will guide you through his method of establishing strong design by analyzing shapes abstractly. Utilizing photographs, you will learn his process of assigning structural abstract design to a photograph, to build shapes around this structure and to ultimately finish with a well-designed, vibrant representational painting. Through multiple demonstrations he will emphasize his methods of color mixing and light theory to achieve luminous light-filled paintings. In order to paint representationally Michael feels it is important to first approach your imagery abstractly. This means learning to create a painting by designing shapes rather that painting objects or people. 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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Intermediate Level

Sculpting Children – Rekindled Memories
October 24-28, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Jerry will show students how to use their photographs to spark the pilot light of their imaginations and memories. These rekindled memories of childhood or of their own children will be the inspiration to bring the sculpture to life. Students will use water based clay so their sculptures can be fired in a kiln, thus avoiding the expense of molds and bronze casting costs. The first session will meet at Jerry’s studio in Paradise Valley, AZ to discuss the creative process and determine goals. The workshop will include Instructor demonstrations and individual daily critiques. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jerry Cox, www.jerrycox.net
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $585
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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All About Color - Concept, Perception, and Usage
October 24-28, 2016 (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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Composing in Color
October 24-28, 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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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying, and Expression
October 31 - November 3, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The workshop will consist of one-on-one instruction, demonstrations, critiques, and plenty of time for students to paint. Derek will do a demo each morning with the students painting in the afternoons. Students will use oils to paint from photographs and still-lifes. Derek will cover topics such as the power of warm and cool, complementaries, color-theory, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, and loosening brushwork. There will be a strong emphasis on seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships and 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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Intermediate Level
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Sculptural Drawing Intensive – Figure and Portrait
October 31 - November 4, 2016 (9am-4pm) — A professional portrait painter and award winning bronze sculptor, Rick Casali creates a unique workshop experience for any artist interested in the figure and portrait. Rick’s philosophy defines structural form as the foundation for expressing the spirit of the model or portrait client. Demos in both charcoal and clay will address the model’s pose/action, proportion, geometric planes, specific anatomy, organic rhythms, perspective, and the power of light and shade. Students will draw the same pose from different angles in an effort to truly comprehend what is happening. The head will be drawn in wildly different positions to emphasize sound construction of the skull over enticement towards the features. Recommended for portrait painters, pastel artists, students of drawing, figure sculptors, and computer animators. Visit website


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

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Painting from Life
October 31 - November 4, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Traditional Realism. Alla prima oil painting, direct painting wet on wet. In this workshop, students will paint from life, observing the model carefully to see and understand the form and also express the character of the individual posing. The objective of the workshop is to develop skill to paint realistically in the tradition of the Old Masters. Max will critique each student's painting daily, give painting from life demonstrations, and give talks about contemporary and traditional art in relation to the painting we are doing in this workshop. Visit website


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

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Oil Painting
October 31 - November 4, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Seeing with freshness, honesty and great clarity is a fundamental tool used to create powerful paintings. Robert focuses on exploring these time-tested principles of painting in this inspiring workshop, which will stress the beauty of working with fresh oil paint. The workshop will paint from both models and still life arrangements. Robert will teach careful observation and control of values, color and edges as a means of achieving realistic honesty in a painting, all while preserving the magical and mysterious quality present in great works of art. The brush stroke itself will be emphasized as a means to depict form, achieve expressive power, and maintain a paintings freshness and life. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting in Gold Canyon, Arizona
November 7-10, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is designed to introduce orchestration of the landscape for strong personal statements. We have no obligation to copy what is before us that is what the camera does. Concentration will be on the intellectual process of interpreting landscape to “fit” your motive. Although this is an outdoor workshop, much of the discussion will apply equally to studio work and procedures. Students will work on defining and developing what constitutes a strong pictorial concept and selection of only those elements in the landscape which support that end. The ultimate goal is to help students think and create on a higher plane. The small workshop size is intended to encourage enthusiastic discussions and questions dealing with our profession today…practical, as well as intellectual. Visit website


Location: Gold Canyon, AZ
Instructor: M. W. Skip Whitcomb, www.skipwhitcomb.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $675
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Art of Clean Color
November 7-10, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Working with flowers and fruit, this workshop will either introduce the student to or help hone their color mixing skills. Students will concentrate on beautiful, intentional brushstrokes, paint quality along with edges and values. The subject matter will be from life. Each day will start with a 25 stroke painting to warm up and practice intentional brush strokes and color. Stephanie will assist in still life set ups and instruct students on how to look for the rhythm and fall of light on the subject. It’s an intense and fun filled opportunity to truly gain a deeper understanding of what you are painting and how you want to paint! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Stephanie Birdsall, www.stephaniebirdsall.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $525
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Animals, Figures, and Backgrounds
November 7-10, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Over four days, students will breathe life into their paintings by going outside the lines and “getting loose” with their techniques. Each day will begin with a demonstration, followed by plenty of painting time with lots of individual attention from Kim. She will focus on helping students gain confidence painting the human/animal form or portrait, upgrade their ability, and learn to be more analytical of their own paintings. Techniques will include painting shapes and the application of paint with correct values, leaving lost and found edges for interest and movement, and integrating the foreground with the background to make a cohesive painting. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $400
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 7-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, the figure will be the subject matter; however, the focus will be on improving drawing skills and seeing values and colors correctly, along with understanding their relationships to each other. There will be daily demonstrations emphasizing the big shapes and establishing their relationships correctly. This provides a springboard to adding additional information, if the individual artist desires. Students will address design and technique in a manner in which the individual artist may express themselves in a personal way. Students will experience many specific assignments, which will help them to "get to the point a little more quickly." Be ready to cover a lot of canvas and to "learn through earnest mileage." Students will receive plenty of one-on-one instruction. Visit website


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

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Painting the Alla Prima Studio Portrait & Figure
November 9-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, Suchitra will teach students the key to simplifying shapes and the essence of how to see accurate color relationships. Students will explore the basis of color theory through small and simple color exercises using the live model. Suchitra will teach students how to see color temperature which will help students to understand how to paint the color of the light. In addition, Suchitra will introduce portrait and figure construction by means of interpreting planes. Suchitra will demonstrate each morning and provide individual instruction throughout the workshop. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Suchitra Bhosle, www.suchitrabhosle.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $575 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Plein Air Extreme to Studio
November 14-17, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will be about efficiency in collecting field sketches and converting them to studio paintings. It will be imperative to pare down your outdoor gear to be able to hike through the desert to some spots that are further out, but worth it. We will be catching those moments in the day that make the Sonoran Desert the worthwhile subject matter it is to paint. There are also specific exercises designed to see and capture the essence of your scene and concept which will be presented at the workshop. With our fresh field sketches we'll be painting in the studio, combining the color from the field with the information from our cameras. Portable easel and transportation required. Visit website


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

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The Extended Portrait Study
November 14-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on the development of an extended portrait study. Ryan will discuss how to lay in a portrait, considering the structure and general impression. He will instruct students on how to control value, color harmonies and painting surface. Students will work on developing one portrait from one model for the length of the workshop which will give students a chance to make necessary corrections and refinements to their work. Ryan will cover materials both for drawing and painting, elements of lighting a model, posing a model, and how to make decisions about what you’d like to capture in portrait painting. Ryan will demo each day and will offer personal critiques for each student. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Ryan Brown, www.ryansbrownart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $675 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Native American Portrait in Clay
November 14-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is designed to help students understand the Native American portrait in clay. Oreland will start by covering the skull, major tendons and muscles. Once the basics have been established, students will move to gesture and certain key areas to identify the clay study as Native American. The study will involve two live demonstrations which will include one male Native American model and one female Native American model. Monday and Tuesday mornings will begin with one gesture exercise working from live models. The goal of the workshop is to help students understand the Native American bone structure and facial surface. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Oreland C. Joe, Sr., www.orelandjoe.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $950 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Figure and Studio Painting
November 14-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This intensive five-day workshop is designed for painters who have already had painting experience but would like to continue improving craftsmanship and visual concept. The class will focus on painting from the model as well as studio painting. There will be a deep discussion regarding visual elements such as design, placement of composition and focal point. Students should bring their own photo reference to the class for the studio painting assignment. The instructor will be doing a one day formal demonstration in class, sharing his thoughts and experience throughout the process. Visit website


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

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Design Boot Camp
November 29 - December 2, 2016 (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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Color Harmony and Edges- an Artist’s Toolbox for Painting Impressionism in Acrylics
November 29 - December 2, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Have you been frustrated with the drying time, hard edges and “plasticy” look of acrylics? Do your paintings look muddied or muddled? Dianna has studied the medium for almost 20 years and has some great practical tools for working in acrylics. Come learn the strengths of acrylics in this fun, fast paced, and energizing environment. Students will be creating Impressionist paintings they never thought possible with this incredible medium. Working from still life and photographs, students will explore the world of color harmony and color mixing as well as techniques to create soft and lost edges right from the start. Students learn how to make the switch from making pictures to creating paintings by using and practicing these tools. Visit website


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

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The Language and Practice of Life Drawing
November 29 - December 3, 2016 (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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Oil Painting Essentials
November 29 - December 3, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop the core elements of successful oil painting will be explored. Drawing on lessons from his recently published book Oil Painting Essentials, Gregg Kreutz will teach and demonstrate the key factors in getting paintings to come to life. Factors such as how to create drama, how to create depth, how to make the paint dynamic, how to give vibrancy to the light, these and other critical issues will be taught through portrait, figure, and still life painting. Kreutz, a celebrated painter and teacher at New York’s Art Student’s League, believes that a hands-on familiarity with different genres helps painters gain proficiency with whatever subject they choose to paint. Mastering core principles–learning oil painting essentials–expands the painters options. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Gregg Kreutz, www.greggkreutz.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $695 + $50 model
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Discover the Joy of Creativity
December 5-9, 2016 (10am-5pm) — If you feel that your artwork has become stale and a little predictable, this workshop is calling your name. Larisa will walk students through the process of creating dynamic paintings while rediscovering the joy of creativity. Each day of the workshop students will focus on different subjects: still life, landscape, cityscape, figure and animals. In addition to the basic principles of painting such as composition, design, values and color mixing, this class will teach students how to paint a credible and convincing painting full of energy. Using photo references and life models, students will learn how to simplify and use structure, colors, and values, how to move paint around to create dynamic composition, and stay inspired during the painting process. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Larisa Aukon, www.aukonlarisa.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Wildlife Painting
December 5-9, 2016 (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

Advanced Level

Painting and Drawing the Horse in Sunlight
December 5-9, 2016 (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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Image to Abstract 1
December 6-8, 2016 (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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Alla Prima Portrait Painting
December 9-12, 2016 (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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Go Big or Go Home!
December 12-16, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Have you ever been inspired to work in the grand scale of paintings hanging in museums? Figure painter Timothy Rees will lead students through the mechanics of executing large figure paintings, from conception of idea to execution. Students will be provided a large stretched canvas (which can be rolled and shipped after the workshop), as well as extra-large brushes. After watching a demonstration each morning, students will work for five days to execute a painting that is five feet or larger. All styles are welcome, and the main focus will be in planning, setting up the model, positioning the model and canvas to view everything in the correct perspective, painting on a large scale, and more. Class is limited to 10 students. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Timothy Rees, www.reesfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $150 materials fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Portrait Drawing Intensive
December 14-16, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This structured, three-day long (approximately a 12 hour pose) workshop will offer students of all levels a unique opportunity to engage, interpret and create a compelling drawing of the head and shoulders from life. Throughout the development of the long pose drawing, students will be guided by means of descriptions and demonstrations on planar head landmarks, light and tonal effects on the flesh, the appearance of structure, and comprehending/interpreting form through dynamic mark making and expressive feature drawing. Critiques will exist in the form of lecture demonstrations (for planning and troubleshooting) and in one-on-one exchanges. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Dan Thompson, www.danthompsonart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $450 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Head Drawing
January 3-5, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The simple, abstract beauty of line, when combined with accurate values and thoughtful edges, is one of the most beautiful mediums of human expression. The aim of this workshop will be to give students a better understanding of how to become an excellent draftsman, and time to practice drawing from life. This workshop will cover the following topics: how to handle the medium of charcoal, how to draw accurately and what makes a drawing beautiful. Joshua will open each day with a demonstration and students will spend the remainder of the day drawing from life, with individual critiques. Visit website


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

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Painting Beautiful Florals
January 3-6, 2017 (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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Portraiture in Oil and Pastel
January 3-7, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The objective of this workshop will be an emphasis on representational painting using various live models as subjects. This is an intensive workshop and will include demonstrations, explanations of materials and techniques. Students will choose their medium, either oil or pastel, and will be instructed in the fundamental development of a painting with an emphasis on drawing, composition, values, color and edge control. Wende will explain the elements to consider when arranging the model. The set-up, lighting, and positioning of the model to create an interesting composition, will be addressed. Instruction in drawing and color mixing for portraiture as well as suggestions to address specific aspects of the process of working in either oil or pastel will also be given. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Wende Caporale, www.wendecaporale.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $750 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Anatomy and Drawing
January 3-7, 2017 (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. This 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: $650 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Figure in Pastels
January 6-8, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this three-day workshop, Margaret teaches a simple step-by-step pastel painting method. Working with live models, students explore drawing, composition, anatomy, proportion, value, color, and pastel application. Emphasis is on developing form using light and shadow, and layering color for a translucent effect. This workshop is for students who want to learn about color and who want to speed up and become less tight in their work. Students do not need prior pastel experience. Visit website


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

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Portrait Sculpture from Photo or Historical Reference
January 9-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Doing a portrait from a live model has become a rare event. Of all the portraits Eugene has done, which number in the hundreds, only 5% are from life. In reality most portraits being done today are from photo reference. Working from reference (photo or other) challenges artists to flesh out the information that is difficult or impossible to see, and accentuate the uniqueness by taking reasonable artistic liberties. Students will also be working from a live model as part of the learning experience. The main goal is to gain a deep understanding of the head and features. And into that matrix, we weave expression and a psychological context. Students are welcome to work in relief as well as in the round. 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 Completed Painting: From Beginning to End
January 9-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on a certain process in creating finished artwork. This will involve creating oil sketches from the live model to capture value and color relationships, as well as taking photos to record details not captured in studies. Mike will then walk through the process of using these aids to create a more completed painting of the subject. During the workshop, Mike will discuss design, composition, and look to the masters of the past to gain understanding. As part of this workshop, students will be working from printed photos or other digital devices (not provided by the school) to paint from combining both working from life and from photos. Visit website


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

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Light and Shadow: Painting the Portrait and Still Life
January 9-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on the "chiaroscuro" approach of the old masters, which uses strong light and rich shadow to create intense and dramatic paintings. The workshop will include two instructor demonstrations, illustrating Michael's technique and giving insight into his methods and philosophies. Students will have the option to paint either portrait or still life, or both during the course of the workshop. Michael will also help students set up their own vivid still-life compositions, and there will be a live model each day as well. All painting will be done from life. Special attention will be given to the unique properties of light and shadow, as well as design, value, edges, color, and sculptural brushstroke. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michael Siegel, www.siegelfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $675 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Figure and Portrait Drawing with Charcoal
January 9-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on both short and long pose charcoal drawings from live models. Different techniques mentioned in the book (Henry Yan's Figure Drawing-Techniques and Tips) will be introduced and practiced, as well as some basic skills in drawing human anatomy and portraiture. Demonstrations and individual help will show students how to draw with beautiful line work; methods of placing tones for rendering images three dimensionally; design of realistic works with supporting abstract elements; and ways to draw with painterly approaches. Visit website


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

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Suggesting Reality
January 16-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Through lecture and demonstration, this workshop will not only reinforce an understanding of composition and form, but will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; how the artist may represent nature in order to reflect on his or her perceptions, experiences and values while also contemplating the important power of symbol and abstraction. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Grand Canyon Winter Workshop
February 12-18, 2017 (8am - 4pm) — All-inclusive 6 day, 6 night oil painting workshop, art vacation. Private accommodations at Thunderbird Lodge on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, meals at Bright Angel Lodge, and instruction are all included (excludes travel). The studio, located within Thunderbird Lodge, looks out into the Grand Canyon. The winter season provides some of the most magnificent colors within the canyon walls. An inspirational location to nurture an artistic soul. Thunderbird Lodge is in a prominent location in the center of the historic district of Grand Canyon Village. It is nestled between the historic El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodges. Restaurants, gifts shops, Kolb Studio, Vercamps Visitor Center and the Bright Angel Trail Head are all within walking distance. Visit website


Location: Grand Canyon, AZ
Instructor: Paula Swain
Sponsor: Sedona Joe's Art Retreats
Cost: $2,975
Email: Scott Hairston
Phone: 832-212-1165

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