Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


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

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


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

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


"Painting the Portrait"
June 29-30, 2018
 

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


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

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


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

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


"Beginning Sculpting"
July 23-25, 2018
 

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


"The Child Portrait"
October 5-7, 2018
 

In this three-day workshop, Mike will cover methods of posing and modeling the child portrait. He will also cover the anatomical differences to look for between adults and youth. The workshop is intended to help students find the issues to avoid and pointers to help them when painting the child portrait. This workshop will consist of brief demonstrations in order to exercise the objective and students will work from live child models for reference. There will be plenty of individual attention and critiques throughout the workshop. Students will leave the workshop with a better understanding of how to approach painting children.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Maczuga, www.michaelmaczuga.com
Cost: $450 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Design and Painting"
October 15-17, 2018
 

In this workshop, Mike will demonstrate his process and approach to painting with a morning demo painting the model. Students will be painting from life models in the afternoon. 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.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Carson
Cost: $375 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Inspired Painting"
October 15-19, 2018
 

In this workshop, students will spend the week inspired by beautiful things… either from the model in a vignette or from an alluring still life. It is the student’s choice to paint something different each day or to delve deeper into their chosen subject over several days. Nancy will demonstrate from the model on Monday and a still life on Wednesday. She will discuss her process, as well as the concepts of composition, intent, value, color, and application. Students will paint with one-on-one instruction and guidance. Nancy believes everyone has their own way of seeing the world and works to help students develop their own voice and style.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Cost: $670 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Expressive Color in Figure and Still Life"
October 15-19, 2018
 

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Russian figure and still life impressionistic painting with a contemporary flare. Henry will lecture on the impressionistic approach to painting, helping students gain a maximum understanding of color and relationships as they develop a solid foundation for creating paintings. Students will be given individual instruction and will work directly from life each session. This workshop is a must for artists of all levels interested in improving their painting abilities.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Henry Stinson, www.henrystinson.com
Cost: $595 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portraits & Figures in Watercolor"
October 18-20, 2018
 

Join Mary Whyte for an inspiring and educational three days of painting the figure from life in watercolor. For students of all levels, Mary will guide students in color mixing, drawing, composition, getting a likeness and creating dynamic works as well as offer tips on marketing and the business side to being an artist. Each day will start with a painting demonstration, then the students will paint alongside Mary as she offers one-on-one assistance and encouragement.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mary Whyte, www.marywhyte.com
Cost: $875 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portrait Drawing"
October 22-26, 2018
 

Over the course of five days, the instructor will teach and share her knowledge of portrait drawing that includes the techniques of charcoal and other dry mediums. During the week, students will have 30 to 60-minute sketch sessions and 4 to 6-hour drawing sessions with live models. The class will focus on how to build a strong foundation for portrait drawing. Each day will focus on each step of the drawing process. (Proportion, Block-in, Rendering and Finishing). The instructor will draw alongside students at all times, so the students can watch the step-by-step demonstrations while working on their own drawings. The goal of the last day is to achieve a well rendered drawing compared to the first day’s drawing.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sookyi Lee, www.sookyilee.com
Cost: $600 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
October 29 - November 2, 2018
 

Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall will demonstrate the techniques, and instill 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 will share his personal approach to painting. Plus, he will introduce 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.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting from Life and from Photos"
October 29 - November 2, 2018
 

In this workshop, students will start with a loose, quick acrylic underpainting, then work over it in oil paint. The acrylic paint dries within a few minutes, making it ideal for underpainting. On the first morning there will be a demonstration, then the class will paint from the model. Painting over an underpainting allows for more building up of paint so that parts can be scraped and wiped away to expose the underlying tones and forms. This process lends itself to an expressive, more abstract approach, while creating an interplay between tones, forms, and color. In addition to brushes, students will be using plastic scrapers to add and remove paint.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Shevlino, www.davidshevlino.com
Cost: $655 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Alla Prima Studio Portrait and Figure"
November 7-9, 2018
 

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.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Suchitra Bhosle, www.suchitrabhosle.com
Cost: $575 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Native American Portrait in Clay"
November 12-16, 2018
 

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.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Oreland C. Joe, Sr., www.orelandjoe.com
Cost: $765 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure in Oil: In Studio & Plein Air"
November 12-16, 2018
 

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 artist desires. Students will address design and technique in a manner in which they may express themselves in a personal way. Specific assignments will help you “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 and individual demonstrations will be given as needed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Peggi Kroll-Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Cost: $720 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Expressive Heads & Hands"
November 12-15, 2018
 

According to Norman Rockwell, “The viewer will forgive anything… except heads and hands.” Their gesture and proportion must be spot on or the viewer will regard the work as amateurish. This four-day oil and pastel workshop is for artists who are intermediate or higher. Students will learn the structure and gesture of the hands as well as a technique to create Fechin’s broken edge effects and the key to power through suggestion. William will demonstrate in both oil and pastel a complete head and hand study as well as several “mini-demos” -eyes, the mouth, etc. Students will receive a free copy of The Book of 100 Hands, by George Bridgeman (anatomy teacher at the Art Students League for 45 years).
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: William Schneider, www.schneiderart.com
Cost: $575 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Capturing the Expressive Qualities of the Alla Prima Portrait"
November 27-30, 2018
 

This workshop will be a comprehensive study into painting the portrait “Alla Prima” in oils. Michelle will demonstrate each morning while discussing the key elements that makeup not only an accurate portrait but a compelling portrait painting. The fundamentals of a 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. She will not only advise on the current painting but will help students as a whole achieve the next desired level in their work.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michelle Dunaway, www.dunawayfineart.com
Cost: $625 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Alla Prima Portrait Painting"
December 7-10, 2018
 

Sean Cheetham uses a very distinct palette, called a “mud-palette”, when working on Alla prima portraits. The benefits of working with this palette are value and color control. Sean will discuss harmony and unity in one’s final piece. He will teach students a simple step-by-step process to painting Alla prima portraits. Sean will be going over composition, drawing, likeness, organizing the 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, as well as offer critiques. Since the focus will be on direct wet-into-wet painting, there will be a different model each day.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sean Cheetham, www.seancheetham.blogspot.com
Cost: $600 + $50 model 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, www.kj-art.com
Cost: $420
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portraiture in Selective Start from Life and Photos"
January 7-11, 2019
 

ARC Associate Living Master, Tina Garrett is one of the few artists teaching the Selective Start method described by author and artist Richard Schmid. It is her favorite way to approach painting the portrait from life and photos. Learn to see and simplify values, create form, and understand edges and chroma to control the composition and create dramatic portraiture. Tina will teach students how to organize their palette to mix realistic colors, values, and temperatures for different skin types and share two easy strategies to achieve an accurate likeness in the portraiture. Tina will demonstrate creating portraits from both the live model and from photos. Tina will demonstrate photo editing strategies as well as model posing and lighting knowledge.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Tina Garrett, www.tinagarrett.com
Cost: $625 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Anatomy & Drawing"
January 7-11, 2019
 

This anatomy class is a must for all artists, working in any medium. Simon covers each body part, not medical dissection, but conceptually, toward an understanding of movement and form for the needs of the artist: how a joint moves, how far you can “push” it for expressions sake, and when you will “break” it. It will empower students’ drawing and will increase their understanding and freedom to manipulate the figure in space. Students will create an anatomy textbook of their own, forever a useful resource. The workshop will reinforce the understanding and use of anatomy in the future work of each student. Students can use pencil, chalk, charcoal, brush, stick, or anything that leaves a mark on paper.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $685 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure in Pastels"
January 11-13, 2019
 

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. Pastel is one of the most misunderstood of all media. Often confused with chalk, pastel is actually dry powdered pigment molded into a crayon shape with binding solution. Because pigments have lasting brilliance, pastel is as close as an artist can come to painting with pure color. Students do not need prior pastel experience.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Margaret Dyer, www.margaretdyer.com
Cost: $415 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Portrait"
January 14-18, 2019
 

There are many criteria that go into creating a successful portrait. In this portrait painting workshop, Jeff 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. 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 as a better portrait painter.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jeff Hein, www.jeffhein.com
Cost: $680 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Sculpting the Figure"
January 14-18, 2019
 

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, contrapposto, and face. A full day will be devoted to the head with special focus on eyes, lips and hair. Vala will provide tips on achieving likeness using calipers and will address sculpting the hands and feet. Other topics such as: fleshy forms versus defined muscles, using shadows, points of interest, leading the eye around, texture, lost edges, and drapery will also be discussed. The final result will be a beautiful anatomically correct figure that emotionally engages the viewer.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Vala Ola, www.valaola.com
Cost: $680 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figure and Portrait Drawing with Charcoal"
January 14-18, 2019
 

This workshop will be focused on both short and long pose charcoal drawings from 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.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Henry Yan, www.henryyanart.com
Cost: $665 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure in Action"
January 21-25, 2019
 

The expressive movement and energetic form of classical figure painting has influenced artists for centuries. This class will explore the dynamic potential of the human form and introduce these concepts into drawings and paintings. Students will study the various approaches artists from the past used to infuse their work with movement and energy and then execute their own pictures with the help of live models. Demonstrations will be given focusing on arrangement of the model and painting and drawing technique.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Liberace, www.robertliberace.com
Cost: $760
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


 

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