Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

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

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

"Painting and Drawing Holidays"
August 20-26, 2018

During the course the students will receive a minimum of 22 hours a week of tutoring and 24 hours a day access to the studio. The groups are kept small, up to 10 students. Every person regardless of their level will receive a tailored program putting the focus in their interests and wishes in a friendly, relaxed and inspiring atmosphere. Our local chefs will make delicious traditional Spanish dishes and international dishes using mediterranean ingredients. The price includes accomodation, main meals, art materials and equipment, tutoring, transfers from and to the airport and a visit to the nearby village. We also offer discounts to partners.
Location: Villanueva de la Vera, Spain
Instructor: Granada Munoz
Cost: 1400€
Sponsor: Las Paulinas
Website, email, 0044 7480 219 108

"East Meets West"
August 20-24, 2018

Strengthen your artwork with the limitless creative possibilities of Chinese and watercolor painting. Lian will teach his approach on design, composition and color with clear, practical easy-to-follow demonstrations and instruction. The first 2 days, you will practice “Chinese Brush Painting” in a spontaneous style and then in detail. The following 3 days, your skills will continue to develop with Lian’s one-of-a-kind color pouring, blowing, and blending method. Participate in helpful critiques as he takes you step by step through several paintings. Lian is the author of four Chinese Painting Instructional Books.
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572

"All Creatures Great and Small"
August 27-30, 2018

Discover how to create fresh, lifelike paintings of a variety of animals as you explore composition, color, texture, and storytelling. In this workshop, learn how to realistically capture texture without obsessing over detail, choose a dynamic point of view, mix colors to promote interest, and vary your brushwork for different effects. Through daily demonstrations, Susan will highlight various facets of painting animals followed by one-on-one assistance in your production of painted samples to reinforce each principle discussed. Expect to take home many small studies to refer to when working independently on your own projects. You will leave this workshop with the knowledge and tools necessary for portraying a variety of animals convincingly.
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Ploughe,
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455

"Watercolor Painting: Let the Colors Paint Themselves"
November 9-11, 2018

Lian begins the workshop with teaching basic watercolor painting techniques – composition and coloring – “color pouring and blending” and “paint around.” There are four to six short demonstrations each day with practice sessions in-between. During critiques, Lian will help you understand possible next steps and how to touch up your paintings. Lian Quan Zhen is a highly sought-after workshop watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher in the United States and abroad. After immigrating to the United States in 1985, he received a BA from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and a master’s degree in architecture from MIT in 1996. Visit
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Cost: $375 Museum members/ $400 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222

"Painting the Dog as Fine Art"
November 27-29, 2018

Come and learn first-hand how to elevate your dog portraits from ordinary to head turning! Johanne will guide students in this three-day workshop to embrace no fear painting. This will not be a garden variety workshop as she uses live models to instill her concepts. Be prepared for fun, laughs and serious work. There will be demos and surprises to help students jump right in on the first day. Students will start with crazy drawing exercises to break free from fast held mind limiting beliefs. Then students will quickly segue into oil painting with a limited palette. The final day includes a full color palette. If you want to bring life into your animal portraits this is the class for you.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Johanne Mangi,
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Painting for the Love of Animals and the Landscape"
December 3-6, 2018

This workshop will focus on animal portraiture and the landscape. The first two days will have animals as the subject matter – capturing their amazing spirit on canvas. Whether painting a portrait of a cow, lamb, or one’s beloved pet(s), students will take advantage of the beauty of animals to work on creating good composition, interesting brushwork and focus on values, edges, and color mixing. Students will then explore these techniques to develop exciting landscape paintings. Julee will stress the idea of taking risks, being energetic in one’s painting marks, and approaching their painting fearlessly. Students will work from their own photos and studies. Please bring good photos with interesting light and subject matter to make the most of this workshop.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Julee Hutchison,
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Birds in Sculpture"
December 5-9, 2018

The class begins with a discussion of bird anatomy, the principles of aerodynamics, and how to achieve the illusion of movement in sculptures of birds in flight. Students will learn how to construct an armature for blocking in birds in flight, and explore all aspects of modeling in oil based clay. Sandy will help students determine the difference between a sculpture that is technically adequate and one that has spirit and life. Students will learn the importance of assembling strong, meaningful shapes and how eliminating unimportant details can create the bird’s essence. Students will work from photography, drawings, field guides, and internet imagery of birds in flight. The focus will be on armature building, assembling references for a specific species, aerodynamics, anatomy, and creating art.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sandy Scott,
Cost: $680 + $50 materials fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Animals, Figures & Backgrounds"
December 11-14, 2018

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.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman,
Cost: $420
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Bringing Animals to Life"
January 28 - February 1, 2019

Bringing an animal to life is both joyful and powerful. Through demonstrations, examples, and individual attention, this 5-day workshop will enhance each student’s ability to develop and execute paintings that will bring animals to ‘life.’ Regardless of current level of expertise, participants will leave with a better awareness and understanding of painting in general, along with a deeper appreciation of ways to breathe spirit and personality into the characters that populate their paintings. Bill will address keys to both artistic and technical growth that will apply to all facets of one’s work, improving the result while bringing greater joy and depth to the process.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: William A. Suys Jr.,
Cost: $680
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Experience the Wonders of Water-Based Media"
February 25 - March 1, 2019

This is an experimental workshop allowing abstract design to dictate the subject matter. This is usually done with a combination of watercolor, acrylic, gouache and gesso (white). This workshop will include painting figures, wildlife, and florals. Mort will demo each morning and will work with students in the afternoon. He may request to paint directly on student’s work with their approval. Mort will be giving a slide presentation to explain his process. Each student may bring three pieces of their own work for class critique.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Morten E. Solberg,
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Techniques and Composition for Dramatic Wildlife Painting"
March 18-22, 2019

Join this intensive, five-day workshop and discover approaches and techniques for creating dynamic wildlife paintings. Beginning with an abbreviated lecture on the principles of design and composition and the fundamentals of painting and how they translate into dramatic wildlife paintings, Dustin will then guide students through the process of creating a wildlife work from concept to completion — each day focusing on a fundamental aspect of the process. Students should bring reference materials such as photographs, field sketches, and plein air paintings from which to work.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dustin Van Wechel,
Cost: $635
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Birds and Blooms"
August 12-16, 2019

Collaging exotic birds in mixed media. An impressionistic painted backdrop sets the stage for exotic birds in colorful collaged plumage with a variety of media. Learn to create collage papers exclusively with Gelli Plate mono printing techniques. In addition to collage we will experiment with adding (and subtracting) charcoal, watercolor pencil, metallic leaf, pigment pens, and found objects such as string, yarn, wrappers, feathers, and anything else a magpie might steal!
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire,
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


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