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Beginning Drawing: The Portrait
October 1 - December 10, 2016 (Saturdays, 9am-12pm) — Learn the fundamentals of drawing through one of art’s most compelling subjects: the portrait. Explore concepts of line quality, shading, and composition as you address the structure and features of the human head. Work in graphite, charcoal and conté to capture the spirit and likeness of a range of models while developing skills to use toward future artistic endeavors. Suitable for both beginners and students with drawing experience seeking to refine their skills. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Allison Syvertsen
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Classical Portrait Painting
October 2 - December 11, 2016 (Sundays, 10am-1pm) — Create luminous portraits using time-tested materials and traditional painting procedures established during the Renaissance. Step-by-step instruction will demonstrate how to begin and develop a portrait painting. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship of facial parts to the whole of the head, and the development of volume by painting the model from multiple vantage points. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Ernie Norcia, norciaportraits.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $595, Non-Credit: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Portrait Painting Workshop in The Netherlands
October 3-7, 2016 — Join us for a rare opportunity to study within the walls of an historic castle in the heart of The Netherlands. This 5-day painting course will incorporate painting, art and theory lectures, and a guided visit to well-known Dutch Museum Collection and a tour of Kasteel Keppel. Optional will be a weekend near The Hague visiting the Mauritshuis museum and the Frans Hals museum after the workshop. This class teaches portrait painting using both direct and indirect methods. An oil grisaille (monochrome brown) underpainting will be taught first, left to dry and then painted over with a full color palette, all white observing and painting from the live model. Drawing, value, color and edges will be discussed. Visit website


Location: Laag Keppel, Netherlands
Instructor: Teresa Oaxaca
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $850
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690 or 206.571.0442

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Telluride Painting School – The Figure and the Natural World
October 3-14, 2016 (9 am-1 pm) — Nestled in the phenomenal landscape of Colorado’s Mountains, the Telluride Painting School is a program of excellence that encourages artists/students of all levels to find their artistic voice through the creation of deeply meaningful and uniquely personal work. This workshop will explore new techniques and concepts in painting with an emphasis on individual development of style and theme. Students will investigate approaches to representational and abstract painting, as well as the metaphorical meaning in figure and landscape paintings. Working from live models and landscape, students will discover how a basic image can be transformed into a personal statement through the process of painting. Students are encouraged to experiment with ideas/techniques with the purpose of developing a personal expression. Visit website


Location: Telluride, CO
Instructor: Ying Li
Sponsor: Ah Haa School for the Arts
Cost: $1145
Email: Kathleen Cole
Phone: (970) 728-3886

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
October 3-7, 2016 (9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) — This intensive workshop is designed for individuals with little or no prior drawing training and perhaps believe that learning to draw well is only possible for those lucky people with “inborn talent”. However, it has been proven that the global skill of drawing any perceived object, person or place requires five basic component perceptual skills – perception of edges, spaces, relationships, lights and shadows, and the whole or gestalt. Each day begins with a lecture on one of the five skills required. After lectures, students participate in drawing exercises, with Brian Bomeisler’s instruction, through the day. The day will end with a critique of the day’s session. To view some of his and student artwork and biography, visit drawright.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Brian Bomeisler
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $1,600 Museum members or non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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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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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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Express Yourself
October 7-12, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Art in the Aspens; Premium workshops with all the perks! Included: Tuition, private lodging, all meals, appetizers after class, cocktails, beer and wine. Meals prepared by on-site chefs. Massage available in the evenings. Figure painting on location and in-studio with renowned artist Michelle Torrez. Quick studies leading to longer poses as the week progresses. Celebrating 26 years of fine art workshops. Visit website


Location: Pueblo, CO
Instructor: Michelle Torrez
Sponsor: Art in the Aspens artist workshops
Cost: $2295 + Model Fee $40.00
Email: Marty Brens
Phone: 719-545-2795

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Follow-On Drawing Class
October 8-9, 2016 (9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) — This intensive two-day workshop is designed for those who have completed the introductory Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workshop, or have sufficient experience to follow the syllabus. Utilizing approaches developed by Betty Edwards, students gain further understanding of basic perceptual skills. Instruction focuses on expressing volume and space in drawing; exploring crosshatching techniques; and working with still life and the human figure. Students learn how to perceive edges, spaces, relationships, lights and shadows in ways that enlarge their understanding of drawing principles and enhance their drawing skills. To view some of his and student artwork and biography, visit drawright.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Brian Bomeisler
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $825 for Museum members or non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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2-Day Portrait Painting From Life Workshop
October 8-9, 2016 (10am - 5pm) — This workshop will focus on painting the portrait from life. Visit website


Location: Van Nuys, CA
Instructor: Sean Cheetham
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $395.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Figure Drawing in Paradise with Alaina Plowdrey, hosted by The Marker Resort
October 13, 2016 (5-7pm) — The Studios of Key West is partnering with The Marker Resort for a workshop that mixes the two best parts of Key West, creativity and relaxation! Alaina Plowdrey, a popular instructor on the island, will be leading this workshop. She will take students through the process of drawing a scene in paradise step by step. Materials are included for this workshop, come ready to sip a drink poolside and paint a masterpiece! Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Alaina Plowdrey, www.alainaplowdrey.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $40, $30 members or hotel guests
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
October 15-22, 2016 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: SNOW & WHITE
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: (+33) 05.53.24.34.22

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Introduction to Commissioned Portraiture
October 15, 2016 (9am-12pm) — In this three hour class we will talk about the many considerations that go into a portrait commission, including the following: What makes a good portrait? What goes into a portrait portfolio? Do you need a contract? How do you find clients? How do you price your work? Life or photography? How do you light your subject? Working with children. Working with the corporate client … And much more. Students are encouraged to bring their work or photos of their work and we can go through the portfolios during class to discuss goal setting. No materials needed as this is a discussion and question oriented class. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Linda Tracey Brandon, www.lindatraceybrandon.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $45
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Paper Paintings
October 17-21, 2016 — During this comprehensive workshop you will learn a unique figurative collage technique, using a variety of hand painted and found papers. Emphasis will be on developing imagery and form using light, shadow, and directional ripping– very similar to traditional painting techniques. This workshop is all about having fun and experimenting with hand-painting, staining, stamping and patterning sheets of paper! No prior collage experience is necessary. Some painting experience is helpful, but not imperative. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $600
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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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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Exploring the Surface: Painting the Still Life & Figure
October 24-26, 2016 — This 3-day workshop will cover topics including Value Studies, Color Theory, Simplification, Application: Brush and Palette Knife, Painting the Figure from Photographs (optional), Painting Still Life from Life, and Additional Intermediate and Advanced Painting Concepts. Angela's subjects often walk a fine line between abstraction and reality. Settled amid thick layers of paint, her simple subjects wander softly in and out of the background. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Angela Nesbit
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $495
Email: Laura Shainker
Phone: 404-414-8343

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Painting Portrait Studies in Oil
October 24-28, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Expand your observational understanding in this workshop focused on painting the portrait. Portrait sketches are an effective way to improve skills in rendering any subject matter, through the practice of drawing, applying design principles, understanding paint quality, and use of color. Each day you will paint a head study from a different vantage point with different lighting. Throughout the workshop Dawn will provide group instruction, as well as individualized attention, to find the painting process and selection of colors that best suits your needs. Open to oil and acrylic painters, however those with some drawing skills and working knowledge of materials will benefit the most from this experience. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.DawnWhitelaw.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $555
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Drawing and Painting With Charles Reid
October 24-28 or Oct 31 - November 4, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice “direct painting”, using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try. Charles is the author of Charles Reid’s Watercolor Secrets and Charles Reid’s Watercolor Solutions, and many more. He is a member of the National Academy of Design. Visit website


Location: New Orleans, LA
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995 incl. model fees
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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The Portrait from Life
October 24-27, 2016 — David Gray is an award winning oil painter known for his still life and human subject paintings rendered in a style reminiscent of the French Neoclassical painters Jacques-Louis David and his student Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. Working from the live model David will take you step by step through the process he uses in creating his professional works. From initial under-drawing though final glazes learn to build your painting in a series of layers that will help you effectively translate the observed model into an elegant and refined portrait. This study will also include some information on color mixing and color theory as it relates to light and form. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: David Gray, www.davidgrayart.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $660
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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The Figure in Pastel with Margaret Dyer
October 24-26, 2016 (9:00 - 4:00) — Margaret teaches a simple step-by-step 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. For those wanting to speed up and become less tight in their work, this is an excellent class to take. Students do not need prior pastel experience. Oil painters welcome. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Margaret Dyer
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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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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Telluride Painting School – Painting from Observation
October 31 - November 11, 2016 (9 am-1 pm) — Ron Milewicz will guide students as they capture the human form with oil paints, working from a live model. Students will learn how working from observation can be an act of deep creative invention, where color, light and movement are used as metaphors for the physical and emotional experience of life. Students will engage in a process of truly ‘seeing’ that involves both rational analysis and an opening up to an intuitive understanding of the motif, and each will develop a unique and intelligent pictorial response to the image as it takes its place on the canvas. Visit website


Location: Telluride, CO
Instructor: Ron Milewicz
Sponsor: Ah Haa School for the Arts
Cost: $1145
Email: Kathleen Cole
Phone: (970) 728-3886

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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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Sculpting Faces
November 4, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This class will be a fun one day exploration of faces – human or animal – and as representational or as “fantastic” as you like. Using slab building techniques, students will create three dimensional faces that can be displayed on the wall when completed. Jane will discuss basic facial anatomy and proportion and will demonstrate how to establish structure and model features. She will also demonstrate the application of ceramic underglazes. Firing is not included in the class but a list of businesses providing firing services will be available. Visit website


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

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The Power of Pastel
November 4-6, 2016 (9:00- 4:00pm) — This workshop focuses on a better understanding of how to build a portrait starting with photo references and then finishing from live models. Medium will be pastel. Learn how to understand light; build a solid foundation in composition and color; how to take better references, especially when working with children, and how to take control of the pastel medium. Christine takes the class through her 5-layer approach. This is not a “demo in the morning" and then “do your own thing in the afternoon" workshop. Her casual teaching style makes the workshop challenging and yet fun. All levels welcome. Model fees, breakfasts and catered lunches are included! Visit website


Location: Carnegie, PA
Instructor: Christine Swann, PSA, IAPS-MC
Cost: $450.00
Email: Christine Swann
Phone: 724-612-2886

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Drawing Academy with Alaina Plowdrey: The Figure
November 7, 14, 21 (Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm) — Classic instruction and guided practice. Alaina’s academically-inspired, yet informal teaching style has helped her build quite a student following. Beginning students and those who’d like a professional refresher will work with a live model during each class, focusing on a different aspect of drawing the figure. Sign up for one class or all three. Full Series: $125 ($110 members) or Drop in: $50 ($40 members). Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Alaina Plowdrey, www.alainaplowdrey.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Watercolor Portraits: Painting the Figure from Photographs
November 7-11, 2016 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) — 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. What’s more, significant time is allowed for one-on-one instruction. Visit his website: tednuttall.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Ted Nuttall
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $675 Museum members/$700 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Portrait Painting
November 7-10, 2016 — In this portrait painting workshop Jeff Hein will discuss what he believes to be the key elements of creating a great portrait. He will discuss creating a concept, formulating good composition and designing of marks, strokes, shape and color. Jeff will also break down the formal process of painting a head into its most basic parts; drawing, value and color. As Jeff demonstrates daily he will show his techniques and discuss key principles associated with these three areas. As students paint from a live model each day, Jeff will critique and assist on an individual basis in an effort to help each student complete the workshop a better portrait and figure painter. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Jeff Hein, www.jeffhein.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $680, plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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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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Sculpting Memory Shapes & Patterns of the Figure w/ Stephen Perkins
November 11-14, 2016 (10 am - 5 pm w/ 1 hour lunch break) — This sculpture workshop will be useful to both 2D and 3D artists of all levels. The workshop focuses on the archetypal or memory shapes of the figure by abstracting the figure into simpler geometry and planes. Working from Stephen’s demonstrations, the class will start with the the larger forms (pelvis, ribcage/shoulder girdle, head) and proceed to the smaller forms, developing a conceptual geometric shape for each of the major and minor forms of the figure. Visit website


Location: Oakland, CA
Instructor: Stephen Perkins
Sponsor: Dogtown Sculptors
Cost: $475
Email: Paul Bigelow

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Oil Bars with Lois Silver
November 12-13, 2016 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) — Discover rich, colorful and surprisingly easy drawing and painting techniques using oilbars without solvents or brushes. Lois Silver will show how to combine drawing and painting skills, emphasizing composition, color and value. Students will learn to incorporate the figure into the painting in a creative narrative manner, using photos from Lois' collection. All levels. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Lois Silver
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $310
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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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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Head Study
November 19, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop students will learn a variety of 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, acrylic 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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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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Painting the Figure from Photographs
December 5-9, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted's daily demonstrations and presentations, he shares his personal approach to painting - plus he introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. In an atmosphere that's both creative and supportive, Ted encourages, in each participant, a renewed enthusiasm for his or her art - regardless of their skill level. Visit website


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

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Painting Figures and Animals from a Photo Reference
December 9-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This 3-day workshop will concentrate on painting animal and human figures as well as 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. Participants will learn to leverage their contour drawing as a guide (not a border) as the basis for building form with the use of glazes and washes. This is an excellent workshop for gaining confidence in painting both animal and human forms, upgrading your painting ability, and learning to be more analytical of your own & others’ paintings. 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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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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Painting Old Saint Nick
December 12, 2016 (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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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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Spontaneous Figure Painting
December 17-18, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Tired of getting lost in the details, and the look of traditional figure painting? Then this workshop is for you! Learn expressive painting techniques to render the figure in a looser and more contemporary manner, creating a lively surface while boosting your creativity, technique and skill. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi, www.kassemamoudi.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $205
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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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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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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Painting the Portrait
January 16-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — There are many criteria that go into creating a successful portrait. While capturing a good likeness of the sitter is very important, it's not enough. A great portrait feels alive, evokes emotion, and captures the viewer through the beauty of its maker's compositional and aesthetic choices. In this portrait painting workshop, Jeff Hein will discuss what he believes to be the key elements of creating a great portrait. He will discuss creating a concept, formulating good composition and designing of marks, strokes and color. Jeff will also break down the formal process of painting a head into its most basic parts; drawing, value and color. As Jeff demonstrates daily, he will show his techniques and discuss key principles associated with these three areas. Visit website


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

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Sculpting the Figure
January 16-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Vala Ola will take students through the process of creating a figurative sculpture that is suitable for casting in bronze. The clay figure will be one-third life size in a creative pose. The focus will be on anatomy, curves and planes, bone structure, ribcage, contraposto, and face. A full day will be devoted to the head and special focus will be spent on eyes, lips, hair. Vala will provide tips on achieving likeness using calipers and will address sculpting the hands and feet. Other topics such as: fleshy forms vs. defined muscles, using shadows, points of interest, leading the eye around, texture, lost edges, and drapery will also be discussed. Vala will detail tools to use, how to create textures, composition and communicate emotion. Visit website


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

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Alla Prima Figure Painting
January 16-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is about painting the figure Alla Prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to the subjects. On the first morning there will be a demonstration then students will paint from the model. Students will learn to look at the nude figure and see it in terms of large, overall basic shapes. Working on a toned ground, students will start by sketching and placing the subject on the canvas. Then they will block in three simple values: light, dark and mid-tone. This helps artists to paint the subject with greater clarity and directness. This workshop will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely and to paint their subject with greater economy. Visit website


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

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Constructing the Head
January 21, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this one day class is improving drawing skills necessary for capturing a likeness when working from life. Class will cover basic head construction, learning to see underlying forms which make up facial structure, and finding the features within this structure. The first half of the day will be spent drawing quick sketches of the Asaro head from various angles. The second half of the day students will draw quick sketches from a live model. There will be demos followed by student drawing time. This drawing class is a great addition to Annette Smith’s Watercolor Portraits from Life class (Jan 28-Feb 11), but will be beneficial to anyone interested in portrait studies. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Annette Smith, www.annettesmithfineart.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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Painting the Portrait
January 23-26, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on every aspect of painting a portrait in oil—from drawing, values, edges, color, and the various techniques of thin to thick paint. This workshop will benefit the beginner to the advanced artist. Each morning, Scott will paint a three-hour demonstration focusing on a different aspect of painting. After lunch, students will paint a portrait, while Scott works with each student individually. Visit website


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

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Painting the Costumed Model in a Scene
January 23-27, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on blocking in the costumed figure in a scene; the lighting will be strong and dramatic. Susan does not want to focus on the portrait; instead there will be props, like tables and still life items, to integrate into the painting. Susan will demonstrate the mornings of day one, two and four with students painting in the afternoon. Students will spend the final two days working on a full color study. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Susan Lyon, www.susanlyon.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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Revealing the Soul: Creating Sensitive Portraits in Pastel
January 30 - February 2, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The best paintings, especially portraits, go beyond mere rendering. They capture an emotion! Somehow, shapes of color magically seem to reveal the soul of the sitter. In this workshop, students will learn how to take advantage of the unique properties of pastel. Students will work to achieve high art by creating drama, maximizing suggestion and freeing oneself from the literal. William will explain color temperature, simplifying values and the basics of composition. Students will learn how to achieve glowing, realistic skin tone, suggest movement and capture expression. In addition to demos and detailed handouts, students will also view a slide show of masterworks that embody these principles. Expect your work to become fresher, looser, and more painterly. Visit website


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

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The Unspoken Rules of Color
February 3-5, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In the beginning we are all told to paint what we see. If we understand the rules of color creating that illusion of what we see will become a little closer to reality. This is a hands-on workshop and brief demonstrations will be given to exercise the objective. Students will work from the live model as reference. Visit website


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

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Painting the Inspired Portrait and Figure in Oil
February 6-10, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this oil painting workshop is to define and organize the essential structure of a clarified visual approach as students paint the portrait along with the clothed and nude figure. Students will explore abstract value patterns, visual concepts, form and edges with feeling and movement while developing their aesthetic sensibilities. The workshop will include demonstrations, individualized instruction and visual presentation intended to renew and expand each student's visual vocabulary. Good drawing skills and a strong grasp of painting fundamentals are recommended. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Johanna Harmon, www.johannaharmon.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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Taking Your Figure and Still Life Painting to the Next Level
February 13-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is designed to create a relaxed, informative, yet intense working environment. Romel will demonstrate his approach to painting the figure and still life from life, using his direct fluid painting style with heavy emphasis on the use of improving color, drawing skills, value relationships, understanding edges and capturing the "feeling" of light. Students will learn to use the elements that make a painting stronger and more exciting: creative use of color and edges, visual movement, paint application, distribution of abstract shapes and strong design. Students will also learn how to combine working from life and photographs to create a finished piece. Techniques of past great artists like Sargent, Zorn, and Sorolla will also be discussed. Visit website


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

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The Figure: Arriving at Full Color
February 18-22, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This advanced workshop will explore alla prima painting in a progressive study from bold, accurate monochromatic structure, reinterpreting this into color temperature, followed by directly relating these practices to sensitive full-color understanding. There will be two short demos and one longer demo, along with a great deal of one-on-one instruction at the student's easel. This intensive workshop will also avail opportunities for open discussions of questions that sincere, passionate figural painters encounter. Together with Rose, students will navigate what it is to be a painter who strives to be an artist. Visit website


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

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Quick Sketch Figure Painting
February 20-24, 2017 (9am-4pm) — English professes, "Immediacy is important not only because it is often the nature of people, but for me, it is the most instinctive way to paint." In this workshop, students will concentrate on developing their ability to paint quickly and accurately, a skill that can be useful in many situations. Students will work from models in natural situations (chatting, playing music, walking around, but not strictly "posed") both indoors and outdoors. The goal of this workshop is not to create a finished painting, but numerous very quick, spontaneous, yet controlled studies. Many studies may even be wiped out during the day, as students practice their oil sketching technique. Visit website


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

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Drawing the Portrait
February 24-26, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will concentrate on learning how to draw and construct a fine portrait. Students will work in conte as it is very flexible and useful in learning this process. Ned will teach some fairly easy steps to accurately render the proportions and structure of the head and models will be used to show the structure and changes in the facial planes. Students will learn how to break the head down into simple value patterns and with the use of lost and found edges, make a compelling portrait. Ned will review the generic structure of the individual features of the face including: the eye, nose, mouth and ear. Students will learn how to see and interpret the forms to get a strong likeness. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Ned Mueller, www.nedmueller.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395 + $35 Model Fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Portrait Painting FAQ
February 25-27, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This advanced workshop will explore "Alla Prima" portrait painting and the frequently asked questions that can best help artists to navigate what they are seeing. What questions can artists ask themselves to better see the colors, values, edges, and proportions of the model? How can these questions contribute to a sensitive relationship between seeing, attention, and the quality of the experience with the model? Along with a demo, there will be a great deal of one-on-one instruction at the student's easel. This intensive workshop will also avail opportunities for open discussions of questions that sincere, passionate portrait painters encounter. Visit website


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

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Painting the Figure from Photographs
February 27 - March 3, 2017 (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 Female Form
February 27-30, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Working from the nude model on a sustained pose, this unique four-day workshop is for artists wishing to expand their knowledge of the human figure through sculpture. Rick Casali's innovative teaching style embraces the French method of "secret figure" - a knowledge/concept approach to understanding the body. This workshop will consist of daily sculpture demos by Rick covering proportion, anatomy, pose/action, and geometric construction. This proven method relies on memorization and understanding, thus students are advised to keep a sketch book during the week. Each student will sculpt their own 24" female figure in oil clay on a wire armature. Visit website


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

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Painting the Figurative Subject
February 28 - March 3, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Working from the model, students will explore the art of painting portraits, nude, and costumed subjects. Through lecture and demonstration students will gain a further understanding of the interrelated components of painting: shape, value, color and edges. "The gamut of paint is far smaller than the gamut of our visual reality. Values, color and edges must be painted relative to one another; not piecemeal." These concepts and suggestions regarding value, color and edge relationship will be reinforced through exercises designed for that purpose. A direct simplified interpretation will be encouraged. A consideration of the temperature of the light source will precede painting the subjects in both cool and warm light sources. Visit website


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

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The Art of Seeing: Making a Painting Work
February 28 - March 3, 2017 (9am-4pm) — A good painting tells as much about the artist as the painting itself. Ned will talk about the whole process of putting a painting together; from the first concept to small idea and value composition studies, the use of a color study and on to the finished painting. Students will also do direct painting without preliminary studies. The emphasis will not be on the finished piece but on the process of making a more successful painting. Remember, most paintings are ruined at the start, not at the end, as not enough preliminary thought is given to them. Students will work on counter-change, color harmony and the balance of masses and shapes in size, value and color. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Ned Mueller, www.nedmueller.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $550 + $35 Model Fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Alla Prima Portrait and Portrait Sketch
March 6-8, 2017 (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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Capturing the Expressive Qualities of the Alla Prima Portrait
March 6-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will be a comprehensive study into painting the portrait "Alla Prima" in oils. Michelle will do a demonstration each morning while discussing the key elements that make up not only an accurate portrait, but a compelling portrait painting. The fundamentals of painting are key to achieving a solid effect of light and form in paint, but great portraiture goes beyond this and captures a sense of breath and aliveness in the finished painting. Students will paint after the morning demo and Michelle will give individual help to each student as they work from a live model, not only advising on the current painting, but helping the student as a whole achieve the next desired level in their work. Visit website


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

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Creating Strong Figure Compositions from the Live Model Utilizing Abstraction Principles
March 6-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Michael will instruct on the process of creating structurally sound paintings from a live model. The emphasis of the workshop will be placed on producing “finished” paintings by addressing the principles of abstract design and motifs. Importance will also be placed on creating a strong sense of light and form utilizing his approach to color and light theory. Michael will take students step-by-step through his process of setting up the model, analyzing shapes, creating a black and white compositional study, determining a color palette, and finally executing a well-designed vibrant figure painting. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michael Steirnagle, www.steirnagle.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $495 + $50 Model Fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Advanced Level

The Figure and Portrait in Line and Wash
March 10-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — From the delicate hatching of silverpoint to the liquid washes of watercolor, master artists have developed a rich assortment of techniques to create an image on paper. Each approach provides a distinctive perspective which allows artists to better understand form and render with greater fidelity. Artists as diverse as DaVinci and Sorolla will be reviewed to see how each resolved issues related to drawing and painting. The first two days will be devoted to line drawing using silverpoint and pen and ink. The last two days will focus on watercolor in both monochrome and full color painting. A diversity of methods and techniques will be demonstrated in addition to a thorough analysis of form and anatomy. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Liberace, www.robertliberace.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $660 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting Figures and Animals from a Photo Reference
March 10-11, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This 2-day workshop will concentrate on painting animal and human figures as well as 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. Participants will learn to leverage their contour drawing as a guide (not a border) as the basis for building form with the use of glazes and washes. This is an excellent workshop for gaining confidence in painting both animal and human forms, upgrading your painting ability, and learning to be more analytical of your own & others’ paintings. Visit website


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

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Painting People from Photographs
March 12-18, 2017 — Join us for great fun in San Miguel! The weather is perfect at this time of year, cool, and spring-like, with many flowering trees in bloom. All levels of painting experience welcome. 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. In an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive, he encourages, in each participant, a renewed enthusiasm for his or her art – regardless of their skill level. Our hotel with its beautiful studio is located across the street from the Art institute and a short walk from the main plaza in San Miguel. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Ted Nuttall
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $1695 painters, $1495 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Art of the Figure Sketch
March 13-16, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Join Timothy Rees as he presents his thinking and methods behind his delicate and colorful figure oil paintings. Students will explore a thoughtful approach to rendering out a highly realistic figure painting, touching on such topics as initial studies, handling color, and working out drawing issues. On the last day, students will focus on the design process, learning how to simplify, abstract objects, and apply paint in various ways on a separate canvas before applying it to their figure painting. By foiling realism and abstraction together, students will end with a painting that is both powerful and beautiful. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Timothy Rees, www.reesfineart.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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Head Study
March 13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop students will learn a variety of 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, acrylic 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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Sculpting Faces
March 13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This class will be a fun one day exploration of faces – human or animal – and as representational or as “fantastic” as you like. Using slab building techniques, students will create three dimensional faces that can be displayed on the wall when completed. Jane will discuss basic facial anatomy and proportion and will demonstrate how to establish structure and model features. She will also demonstrate the application of ceramic underglazes. Firing is not included in the class but a list of businesses providing firing services will be available. Visit website


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

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Loosening Up & Seeing Color Everywhere: Watercolor Portraits
March 16-19, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) — Do you find yourself picking up those small brushes too soon? Do you wish you could see more and different colors in your images? Do you always intend to loose some edges but then find your finished paintings very tight? In this workshop, students work on understanding the structure of the face and expanding their color palette and then applying what they learn to working from photographs and from life. Kathy Durdin has exhibited and won awards in numerous watercolor exhibits across the US. She is a signature member of Florida, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida Suncoast Watercolor Societies. In 2013, she was featured in Watercolor Artist “Ones to Watch”. Visit kathydurdin.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Kathy Durdin
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $425 Museum members/ $450 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Portrait Drawing with Pencil and Water Soluble Graphite
March 17-19, 2017 — In this 3 day workshop, students create a single portrait drawing from the live model in tandem with the instructor. At each major stage of the drawing process, there is a demonstration and lecture to map out the next step forward. The first day students learn to work with water soluble graphite, and we will establish our portrait design through thumbnail/value studies. The second day we begin the portrait block-in based on our design, and then begin massing in key tonal areas with water soluble graphite. On the third day, we'll focus on rendering the half-tones and lights of our portrait. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Tenaya Sims, www.tenayasims.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $350
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Drawing the Portrait from Life
March 18-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this course will be on life drawing methods to investigate the underlying rhythm, expression and emotion of the modern portrait. Students will explore charcoal on toned paper with one pose for the duration so that they can patiently observe and record their findings. All observation will be cumulative and used towards finishing the final work. Instruction will include discussion of practical technical information on the use of charcoal and white chalk, the properties of light on form and how the topography/depth of the face's form can be visualized and represented. Most importantly, students will learn to transcend the materials so that their full concentration is placed on expressing the model’s presence and emotion. Visit website


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

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Painting Life with Life
March 20-24, 2017 (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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Investigating the Modern Portrait
March 22-26, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this course will be advanced life painting and drawing methods to investigate the underlying rhythm, expression and emotion of the modern portrait. Students will work to develop clarity of vision essential for accurate observation; learning to focus on what is in front of them without being overwhelmed. Students will explore the uniqueness of individual features and their relationship to each other as part of a coherent whole. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the structure of the model, as well as the artist’s analysis and interpretation. All questions will be answered both visually and verbally. The majority of instruction will be one-on-one coaching, in order to help diagnose any stumbling blocks that students may have. Visit website


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

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Painting with Emphasis on Light and Color: Still Life and Figure
March 27-31, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will emphasize capturing and understanding the variety of lights through color relationship. By doing so the local colors, such as fresh tones will be eliminated. The same principles apply to all subjects. Still life is always the best subject to learn about color relationships and constructing planes. This knowledge and skill are essential in portraiture, not only to capture the likeness, but the light that will help set up a painting's harmony, mood, and atmosphere. This workshop will also include a focus on design and the art of setting up a still life. Students will have the option to work from the live model, as well as still life throughout the week. Visit website


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

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The Figure in Oil: In Studio and Plein Air
March 27-31, 2017 (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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Figurative Painting
April 3-7, 2017 (10am-5pm) — Milt Kobayashi will take students through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the affect light has on form. By midweek, he will be taking students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully, enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking. Visit website


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

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Figurative Painting (2 Week)
April 3-14, 2017 (10am-5pm) — Milt Kobayashi will take students through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the affect light has on form. By midweek, he will be taking students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully, enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $1300 + $100 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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One Way Trip to Composing Sculpture
April 3-7, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Composition is often mistaken for design. Designing is thoughtfully organizing placement- it requires an experienced, educated, intelligent eye, taste and a certain elegance. Composing is none of the above. It's transcending the raw experience and observation, living it all again in a new, unknown form. Composing is a much more carnal, visceral, unruly process, whereas design is much more planned, logical and ruled. Making the block of clay exude emotions is composing - that is the art of sculpting. The workshop will focus on observing the model and sculpting what students have not seen before. Simon will teach students how to breathe emotions into the clay and how to truly experience sculpting. Visit website


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

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Watercolor: Simple, Fast and Focused!
April 3-7, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) — Challenge yourself and go beyond your boundaries in watercolor! Gain more confidence by simplifying your approach to subject matter. Learn to paint with energy and focus. Understand that clarity of thought and emotion are essential in the medium of watercolor. He is a graduate of Pratt Institute and also studied the art with Edgar Whitney. He is a signature member of prestigious art societies including the American Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, North East Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society, and New Jersey Watercolor Society. Mel has written numerous feature articles and is the author of two popular books, Watercolor: Simple, Fast, & Focused and The Figure In Watercolor: Simple, Fast, & Focused. Visit melstabin.com Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Mel Stabin
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $825 Museum members/ $850 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Advanced Level

Figurative Painting
April 10-14, 2017 (10am-5pm) — Milt Kobayashi will take students through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the affect light has on form. By midweek, he will be taking students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully, enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking. Visit website


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

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Capturing Facial Expression
April 18, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This one-day workshop will focus on capturing the expressive quality of a face. There will be discussion of the structure of the face with examples of various artists’ portraits showing different approaches. Cynthia will demonstrate drawing the structure of the face with oil, then applying color. Students will first do a series of short studies from different angles with a limited palette in both drawing & painting in order to see and capture the essence of the portrait. Finally, there will be a 3 hour pose for a longer exploration of the portrait. The objective is to learn to quickly see and respond to the uniqueness of each facial angle and expression. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Cynthia Peterson, www.cynthiapetersonfineart.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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Forensic Art Focus: Composite Drawing – Based on Experience
April 24-28, 2017 (8:30am-4:30pm) — Composite drawing is one of the most commonly needed types of forensic art to aid law enforcement investigations. Accurate sketches from eyewitness descriptions require a thorough knowledge of art, anatomy and psychology. This important new workshop offers the combined skills of three highly accomplished forensic art practitioners and instructors. It offers a unique and unprecedented compilation of years of knowledge and proven keys to success. In particular, this class focuses on ways to go well beyond just copying photos or photo pieces so that artists can achieve more accurate likenesses to the target subjects. Attendees will gain insights into various approaches to the interview and facial drawing process and a view of the successful strategies of each of the three instructors. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Karen T. Taylor, Stephen Mancusi, Jorge Molina
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $1200
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting the Figure in the Landscape with Tina Garrett
April 26 - May 6, 2017 — Join us for an unforgettable painting holiday in scenic southern France! We’ll stay at the beautifully restored luxury private hotel, Montfaucon, where we will enjoy gourmet dinners & breakfasts and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Tina Garrett has earned a Master Artist designation through the National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society Signature Member Guild and an ARC Associate Living Master designation by the Art Renewal Center. She has exhibited in galleries across the U.S. as well as the Museum of Modern Art Europe (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Tina Garrett, www.tinagarrett.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3700
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Design and Painting
April 27-29, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, Mike will demonstrate his process and approach to painting with a model morning paint demo. The afternoon will be devoted to painting life models. Mike will demonstrate his technique of “drawing” with paint as well as show other techniques or “tricks” to simplify the figure, which can be a daunting task for many oil painters. He will discuss the balance between representational technique and instinctive design decisions that can transform an academic figure study. The idea is to better enhance and evolve your own personal style by remaining free to manipulate the painting as you envision it. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michael Carson
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $350 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Understanding the Human Face
May 1-5, 2017 (8:30am-4:30pm) — If you struggle to get the desired degree of likeness or just the right expression in your portraits, this might be the class for you! It benefits artists working in any medium who seek to accurately and naturalistically depict facial images. As artists, a better comprehension of the human face in all its complexity and variation can lend an added dimension to our portraits. This unique study-oriented workshop will involve exercises in both drawing and sculpture. We will cover basic craniofacial anatomy, depiction of individual facial features, facial variations due to sex and ancestry, subtleties of growth and aging, along with the myriad expressions that can be read from our faces. Attendees will do multiple exercises to enhance discernment and comprehension of the human visage. Visit website


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

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Painting the Clothed Figure in the Environment: An Energized Start and Graceful Finish
May 9-12, 2017 — In this workshop, students will work from a live model to vigorously apply paint in simplified blocks. Using a limited palette, students will paint with both thin and thick paint, in conjunction with wiping paint out, to achieve a successful drawing. Students will then work on pushing values to paint in the fall of light and add a three dimensional effect. Using a grey toned canvas with paint scumbled over it, in conjunction with thick paint in the lighter areas, a fully realized figure can be achieved. Paint manipulation and brush handling will be discussed and demonstrated. Seth will discuss how this leads directly into a multiple layered studio figure painting. Seth will also discuss the similarity between painting from life and from photographs. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Seth Haverkamp
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $550 plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Studying the Old Masters
May 15-19, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will provide the opportunity to deeply study an old master painting (figurative or portrait) and learn various processes of the old masters. Students will do a small color study of the chosen work, develop an accurate drawing to work from, and then create the final painting. This experience will provide a better understanding of the painting process, how to draw for an underpainting and explore several different approaches to creating a painting from start to finish. The workshop will also cover the painting process used throughout the 19th century and by illustrators such as Norman Rockwell and Dean Cornwell. Additionally, the course will cover how to apply modern tools to this process and your own work. Visit website


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

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For Love or Money: Portraiture and the Pursuit of Excellence, with Chris Saper
May 22-25, 2017 — This four-day workshop is designed to provide hands-on skills necessary to paint portraits successfully. The course is focused on gaining painting skills by working from life with a special emphasis on seeing, mixing and painting color in light, and in shadow. Drawing skills and specific portrait measuring techniques will be emphasized to achieve likeness, giving students a solid plan to continue to work on improving their results. Artists are welcome in any medium. Chris has experience in pastel, charcoal, and oil painting. Topics include: producing excellent photographic resources from which to work, presenting yourself and your work effectively, client relations, understanding your market, embracing and sifting through social media and the Internet presence, and developing your own business plan. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Chris Saper, chrissaper.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $630 plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Oil Painting: Inspiration and Design
June 2-5, 2017 — This four-day oil painting workshop presents the opportunity to paint directly from the model or a still life setup, and emphasizes the importance of having a clear idea for a painting. What is it you see that makes you want to paint something? Awareness of your inspiration guides the decisions you make as you paint. Lectures and demonstrations will reinforce an understanding of design, vision, and a lighthearted approach. Afternoons are studio time, with time for students to paint on their own and receive individual instruction. Appropriate for all levels; true beginners are advised to familiarize themselves with tools and materials, before class starts. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Aimee Erickson, www.aimeeerickson.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $680
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Still-life, Portrait and Figure
July 11-13, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Explore the wonders of watercolor with an inspirational three-day workshop in Laguna Beach, California. Mary will cover the fundamentals of getting a likeness, planning dynamic compositions, mixing clean colors, achieving value balance and creating paintings with emotion. Her daily demonstrations from life and one-on-one assistance will guide you to making your best paintings ever. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines. She has been awarded the Portrait Society of America's Gold Medal. Visit website


Location: Laguna Beach, CA
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Alla Prima Figure Painting
July 13-16, 2017 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) — This class is about painting the figure alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. The class will paint from the model. Students will learn to look at the nude figure and see it in terms of large, overall basic shapes. Working on a toned ground, we’ll start by sketching and placing the subject on the canvas. Then we block in three simple values: light, dark and mid tone. By learning to simplify form, values and color, we begin to interpret and break down the figure into more understandable tones and shapes. This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: David Shevlino
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $595 (Plus model fee)
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Alla Prima Portrait Painting
September 15-17, 2017 (10am-5pm) — Alla Prima painting, or wet into wet, single session painting is a stimulating method which teaches you to be present in every brush stroke, focusing on only the essentials, ultimately teaching you great dexterity and control. With demonstration and gentle critique, Felicia will challenge you to correctly observe and record the fundamentals: shapes, values, edges and color. You will paint with the Zorn Palette, a limited primary color palette that allows for easier color harmony by eliminating the need to choose between cool or warm versions of each primary. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Felicia Forte, www.feliciaforte.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $480 plus model fee
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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2D Anatomy
Ongoing (Total Course Time: 19:08:42 Hours) — In this online self-study course, students analyze the important muscles needed to create convincing figures and learn about surface anatomy such as the fat distribution and the fascia that surrounds every inch of the living form. Through thought out, easily understood assignments, the student better understands the living form of the model and is able to more easily create from the imagination. Most importantly, the student will have the confidence to edit the living model and therefore interpret more poetically what he/she sees to make their drawing or painting more personal. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Rey Bustos
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Drawing From Imagination
Ongoing (Total Course Time: 21:44:17 Hours) — Prepare to learn about how to draw using critical thinking and visualization in this online self-study course. Master Artist Glenn Vilppu teaches you that drawing does not occur on paper, but in the mind. He offers a fascinating insight on how to draw analytically while still managing to make it life like. You will find out what it takes to communicate the story your drawing is trying to tell, and how it can be best expressed. This is a great class for all artists; it even includes Glenn’s critiques of student work in this classroom video experience. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Glenn Vilppu
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Beginning Composition
Ongoing (Total Course Time: 22:18:36 Hours) — In composition, there are no standardized or predetermined rules. Beginning Composition will introduce students to a unique and proven method of learning the fundamental concepts of composition and visual literacy. Students will be exposed to information and demonstrations that will enable them to see problems and correct their own compositions and become more visually expressive. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Bill Perkins
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Fantasy Illustration
Ongoing (Total Course Time: 20:09:14 Hours) — Explore the aspects of Fantasy Illustration, including the successful design of the fantasy elements in an illustration such as costumes, props and architecture. Improving the structure and underlying emotional impact, and the composition of the illustrations will be discussed. Composition of real and limited space (graphical space) will be compared and experimented with. Creature and human character design though posing and integration into the composition will also be explored. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Craig Elliott
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818*708-9232

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Visual Development Fundamentals
Ongoing (Total Course Time: 20:16:19 Hours) — In this online self-study course, learn the critical components of making great Concept Art by studying Film, Animation, Games and Painting, as well as developing your own project to flex your artistic muscle. You will select a classic story to redesign by choosing a style and creating that world with much reference and sketching, leading to a final concept painting. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Peter Markowski
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Introduction to Creature Design
Ongoing — In this self-study Creature Design course, we will fully develop 2-3 creatures using guided creativity while grounding students with real-world plausibility. Students will learn early stage ideation, rendering and color techniques to create new and original creatures from a blank page, all the way to a finished portfolio piece. We will go over more grounded earthly creatures all the way to creatively designed aliens. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Eric Ryan
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Introduction to Character Design
Ongoing (Total Course Time: 20:05:32 Hours) — Introduction to Character Design caters to those who are new to or at an intermediate level in terms of design knowledge when it comes to characters. We will be producing 3 characters (and their 3 variants) that fit together in the same world based off of classic archetypes. There will be a significant amount of freedom but the instructor will act as an Art Director to help make your work coherent and imaginative. This class is structured in a way that helps you have 3 or more portfolio worthy images showing competent character design. Prerequisites: Significant understanding of human anatomy, some level of knowledge of animal anatomy, a decent foundation in the fundamentals of drawings/painting. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Eric Ryan
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Painting From Life (Emphasis on Drapery & Folds) - Self Study
Ongoing (Total course time 22:26:25 Hours) — In this self-study online class, Painting from Life will emphasize the mechanics of material through color, temperature, and abstraction. In addition, Ron will break down the drapery into its anatomy: the 7 folds principle and the fold characteristics of certain fabrics. You will also observe texture and reflection of light on the weave of fabrics from velvety materials to cloth with sheen. Although this class is taught traditionally, students may work digitally on their own. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ron Lemen
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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