Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"Need More Life in your Still-Life?"
July 18-19, 2018
 

This class will encourage students to think past mere rendering and deeper into the development of a painting. Emphasis will be on creating mood through their compositions and incorporating emotion into their work. How to describe form and light with paint is just the beginning, how to transcend the subject matter is a whole other ball of wax. The critical elements of a well-designed painting will be practiced and discussed as they relate to the still-life. The lessons of composition, form, value, edges, paint quality, subtlety, and personal interpretation will be ongoing topics. Demonstrations, discussions, and FUN are also very important aspects of the workshop. Students will receive plenty of individualized instruction to help them reach their personal goals.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"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, www.lindatraceybrandon.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Urban Landscapes: Interpreting Photos to Create Contemporary Impressionistic Paintings"
July 30 - August 1, 2018
 

Learn to create beautiful, dramatic and moody paintings, using expressive and vibrant brushstrokes. The emphasis is going to be on composition, correct values, color temperature and edges. There will be short demos and plenty of individual attention throughout the three-day workshop. Photo references are going to be provided. Participants will be encouraged to interpret rather than to replicate a photo, using vibrant brush marks, tools, imagination, and creativity. We’ll have fun and be inspired!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Vanya Allison, vanyaallison.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Arranging and Painting the Still Life"
August 13-15, 2018
 

This three-day workshop offers oil painting students the opportunity to paint a considered and finished still life. Students will be guided through the process, from the set up to completion. The topics of design, arrangement, and lighting will be discussed at length prior to the execution of a finished interpretation.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Cure the Blues…And Whites"
August 21-22, 2018
 

In this two-day class, we will focus on answers to the problems of painting pattern on pottery and porcelain, giving you the tools you need to be successful. The critical elements of a well-designed painting will be practiced and discussed as they relate to the still life. The lessons of composition, form, value, edges, paint quality, subtlety, and personal interpretation will be ongoing topics. Demonstrations, discussions, and fun are also very important aspects of the class. Students will receive plenty of individualized instruction to help them reach their personal goals.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Discover Oil Painting- Wet & Wild!"
August 31 - September 1, 2018
 

Learn how to make water look wet, reflective and splashy! With a stunning waterfall or intimate woodsy creek as your model, study water in motion. Painting water that looks wet requires some basic knowledge of the dynamics of how water moves and how objects are reflected in its mirror surface. Oil painting techniques focused on will be rich transparent darks topped with thick buttery lights. Reference photos will be supplied, or you may use your own. There will be demos, instruction at all levels, critique and lots of painting time.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting at the Grand Canyon"
September 17-21, 2018
 

Is there any better place to plein air paint and explore the concepts of working outdoors than the Grand Canyon? During the workshop, students will be painting from the spectacular South Rim for five days with special access to the views! You will cover the concepts of learning to optically “see” your subject and interpret those visual elements in order to help execute the subject onto canvas. The fundamental principles of painting – composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will be stressed along with a special emphasis on atmosphere with this grand subject. Demos and short lectures will reinforce these concepts. Individual attention will be a high priority, as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm.
 
Location: Grand Canyon, Arizona
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Cost: $675 + $75 Park 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


"Painting Light and Form from Still Life to Florals"
October 8-12, 2018
 

In this workshop students will learn about shape, value, form, color, and various techniques. Students will start with painting the still life to practice these concepts on simpler subjects and will then progress to more complex floral arrangements. In this way students learn how to approach and simplify intricate subject matter. Robert will demonstrate his method of painting each morning then students will set up to paint from life in the afternoon. Robert will provide individual instruction and critiques.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Strickland, www.robertstricklandart.com
Cost: $550
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


"Painting Landscapes from Photographs"
October 15-18, 2018
 

In this workshop, students will paint a landscape in the studio using photographs. The goal will be to create simple designs that have a strong foundation and a well thought-out composition. Students will learn to create a feeling of the landscape that gives the painting life, instead of just copying a photograph. Linda will discuss how to paint from one’s focal point out while paying attention to values, composition and edges. This workshop will include instructor demonstrations and plenty of individual attention. Previous students have been very inspired by the amount of photographs supplied by Linda, which include subject matter from the Grand Canyon, desert vistas, interior forests and high mountain scenes.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Cost: $525
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


"Painting from the Inside Out"
October 22-26, 2018
 

Dennis Perrin teaches students to think beyond simple techniques, and to explore the state of mind that sets the ground work for successful and satisfying painting. That said, Dennis will teach his patented method, The Perrin Method, and how to slow down and calm the mind during the painting process. Using flowers, figure, and still life as subject matter, Perrin will walk the student through the painting, from conception to completion, with both demonstration and personal coaching.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dennis Perrin, dennisperrinfineart.com
Cost: $595 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Capturing the Light"
October 23-26, 2018
 

Tim is best known for the light in his paintings coupled with strong composition. In this workshop, most of the time will be spent in the studio with some painting time spent outdoors as well, weather permitting. The primary focus will be how to convey the sense of strong sunlight in a painting by identifying, clarifying and pushing the values. Exercises will be used to help simplify these concepts. Students will also work on achieving clean color in their paintings, and utilizing value patterns to aid in developing successful compositions. There will be discussions on materials, scene selection and brushwork. Tim will create a demonstration painting each day and work with students individually on their paintings throughout the day.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Timothy Horn, www.timhornart.com
Cost: $575
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting: Montezuma’s Castle, Arizona"
October 26-28, 2018
 

Join Amery for three days of plein air painting in one of Arizona’s beautiful and historical locations including and surrounding Montezuma’s Castle. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about painting outside and truly appreciate nature. Students will discover how plein air painting will improve their studio work. This is an opportunity for students to meet their subject first hand. Amery will be there every step of the way to guide students through a proper set up and to show them how to succeed. Students will need an outdoor painting easel and a vehicle for transportation.
 
Location: Camp Verde, Arizona
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"All About Color – Concept, Perception, and Usage (5 days)"
October 29 - November 2, 2018
 

It’s never too early or too late to learn more about color! In this workshop, students will explore color theory and color mixing. They will learn about individual pigments, their place on the palette, as well as paint transparency and opacity. The workshop will emphasize identifying the value, intensity and temperature of color. Other topics addressed will include color perspective, concepts for creating the illusion of space, mixing techniques, the illusion of transparency, and mediums that create color effects. The goal is to study a practical way of developing and thinking about discovery and invention in color mixing. Students will acquire concepts to fill their color needs, which through use will become fluid and subconscious.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan & Doug Diehl
Cost: $635 + $35 materials fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"All About Color – Concept, Perception, and Usage (3 days)"
October 29-31, 2018
 

It’s never too early or too late to learn more about color! In this workshop, students will explore color theory and color mixing. They will learn about individual pigments, their place on the palette, as well as paint transparency and opacity. The workshop will emphasize identifying the value, intensity and temperature of color. Other topics addressed will include color perspective, concepts for creating the illusion of space, mixing techniques, the illusion of transparency, and mediums that create color effects. The goal is to study a practical way of developing and thinking about discovery and invention in color mixing. Students will acquire concepts to fill their color needs, which through use will become fluid and subconscious.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan & Doug Diehl
Cost: $415 + $35 materials fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Still Life"
October 29 - November 2, 2018
 

Loosen up your style and paint expressive still life. Learn the craft of setting up a still life by focusing on overall design, appropriate lighting, material selection and placement. Further enhance your work by paying attention to composition, values, temperature and paint quality. Eric will discuss composition, color, edges, and the use of expressive brush strokes to give life and energy to one’s painting. The atmosphere will be informal and friendly. Eric will provide individual instruction throughout the workshop. Beginner to advanced students are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eric Jacobsen, www.jacobsenfineart.com
Cost: $655
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


"The Magic of Paintings Things You Love: Flowers, Fruit & Still Life"
November 6-9, 2018
 

Stephanie will help students define their concept and show them how to design their painting, making every inch of a canvas beautiful. Working with flowers and fruit in a still life composition, which could be formal or a vignette, this workshop will either introduce the student to or help them hone their color mixing skills. Students will concentrate on beautiful, intentional brushstrokes, paint quality, along with edges and values. She will show students how to start with a 25 stroke painting to warm up or break “painter’s block”, and practice intentional brush strokes and color. Stephanie will assist in still life set ups and instruct students on how to look for the rhythm and fall of light on the subject.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Stephanie Birdsall, www.stephaniebirdsall.com
Cost: $575
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting into Abstraction"
November 6-9, 2018
 

This course is for realist painters wanting to incorporate more abstract expression in their work and for abstract painters seeking guidance in developing their expression. Addressing methods for handling both acrylic and oil paint mediums, the focus will be on embracing abstraction while learning unique techniques developed by Marianne Mitchell to create luminous layers of transparent and opaque color. The relationship between emotional expression, compositional skill, and technical facility will be emphasized in discussion and demonstration while each student is supported on their artistic journey throughout the workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Marianne Mitchell, www.mariannemitchell.com
Cost: $525
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


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying & Expression"
November 7-9, 2018
 

This three-day workshop is for all skill levels. The first half of each day Penix will demonstrate his process in oil from start to finish. The second half of the day students will paint with Penix’s guidance. Students may use oils or acrylics. They will have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of boats, cityscapes, figures and fish. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos. Penix will cover topics such as the power of warms and cools, complementaries, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, elements of light and shadow and the power of suggestion. There will be a strong emphasis on seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Derek Penix, www.derekpenix.com
Cost: $415
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


"Paint the Red Rock Country of Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
November 13-16, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Lodging package for $800 (incl. tuition) also available, but limited, so don't hesitate!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Paint Sedona Arizona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
November 13-17, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Lodging package for $800 (incl. tuition) also available, but limited, so don't hesitate!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Tiny Treasures: Landscapes from Photos"
November 14-16, 2018
 

Whether students wish to paint a rustic sled in the yard or snowy stoop with a wreath on the door, they can use their favorite landscape photo in this three-day class to focus on painting small jewels. The mornings will begin with a short demonstration after which Joni will give plenty of individual attention throughout the rest of the day. Students will work on paintings 8×10 or smaller. Students may use their own photos or choose from those provided. Small paintings may end up as thumbnails for larger canvases, and often are less inhibiting, and frequently become the perfect image for a future holiday card. Come enjoy a fun, stress-free workshop during this busy season!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joni Falk, www.jonifalk.com
Cost: $415
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


"Painting What You See: The Alla Prima Approach to Painting"
November 27-30, 2018
 

Each day, Daniel will do a demonstration while discussing the skills necessary for creating beautiful still life paintings using “Alla Prima” methods. Following each morning’s demo, students will set up still life compositions of their own and paint them from life while receiving one-on-one instruction. During this intensive course, students will receive insight into learning to see correctly and develop an adeptness in the following areas: composition, drawing, color, value, and edges.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Daniel J. Keys, www.danieljkeys.com
Cost: $660
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"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, johannemangi.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Landscape Painting from Start to Finish: Creating Atmosphere, Space & Light"
December 1-3, 2018
 

The sky is an ocean of atmosphere many miles deep – a transparent sea of air. As we look out into the vista, we may not be conscious of actually seeing the air but we plainly see its effects on the landscape. When painters begin to use natural lighting, they will find that nature’s value scale is immeasurably beyond their own tiny value scale. Learn how to make a true representation of any scene in nature using “relative” rather than “absolute” or actual values and color relationships. Expect concept lectures, demonstration, and individual instruction as Doug winds students through the myriad of knowledge needed for artists to develop their skills for painting beautiful and believable space. Students will be painting from photos.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Doug Diehl
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, www.juleehutchison.com
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Beautiful Florals"
December 3-6, 2018
 

Hedi Moran’s workshop will focus on the process of creating impressionistic floral still life. Emphasis will be on basic concepts of composition, and the importance of transparent color lay in. Effective use of light and temperature to create vivid and lively oil paintings will also be covered, along with how to use soft and hard edges in and around the focal point. The painting process begins with laying in rough shapes (not objects) with initial colors. Refining the painting starts in the focal area and moves outward from there, with the paint getting thicker, edges sharper and color contrasts strengthened. The entire painting is worked at the same time, so that all elements come together simultaneously.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Hedi Moran, www.hedimoranfineart.com
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Image to Abstract 1"
December 4-6, 2018
 

This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide students through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class (printed photos may be used and/or images from a laptop/iPad). There will be at least one session painting from a still life set up. This class is open-media but the instructor will demonstrate using acrylics.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.markdanielnelson.com
Cost: $415
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


"Create Moving Atmosphere in the Landscape"
December 10-14, 2018
 

Light and atmospheric forces act upon the landscape to create a story, and it’s up to you to decide how to tell it. Join award-winning artist Kathleen Hudson as she reveals how she infuses her landscapes with atmosphere. Students will learn how to see subtle color and value shifts that give their paintings depth. They will also learn tools for effective self-critique so they can strengthen their own work at each stage of progress. Each morning will feature a presentation and demonstration, and then exercises for students focusing on value and composition. Afternoons will be devoted to one-on-one instruction. Studies during the first 3 days will lead to a finished (or at least near-finished!) studio landscape painting by the final day.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathleen Hudson, www.kathleenbhudson.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Basics of Oil Painting"
December 12-15, 2018
 

Qiang’s approach to still life painting will be demonstrated with a particular focus on composing dramatic set-ups by observing light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas. Using demonstrations, presentation, and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process of creating energetic paintings by manipulating values, colors, edges and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to their current skill level and personal goals in art. This workshop is designed for indoor practice with live settings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Qiang Huang, www.qhart.com
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint the Town! Cityscape Painting Fundamentals for Day and Night City Scenes"
January 3-5, 2019
 

Award-winning artist, Rob Adamson, will teach this three-day workshop that will provide students the painting fundamentals needed to create stunning, vibrant cityscapes. Students will work from photo reference (provided by instructor, but are also welcome to bring their own cityscape reference) to paint day and night city scenes. Students will be taught a simplified 1 and 2-point perspective to create memorable paintings. Other topics covered are design, drawing, value, color, edges, and lighting and glazing techniques. The instructor will provide lectures, demonstrations and individual instruction. Beginners through advanced artists are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rob Adamson
Cost: $415
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Still Life Painting as Fine Art"
January 3-6, 2019
 

Kelli’s teaching style truly reaches both the beginning and the seasoned painter. She breaks down artistic language into clear terms that are easily understood. And her experience with still life painting facilitates growth in students who have a grasp on the fundamentals, but are looking for ways to take their still life from great exercises or studies to a higher level of art. Conundrums like what goes together, what to do with the background, how to not overwork the painting and how to set up a still life that tells a story with impact will be solved. Each student will work at their own pace and at their own skill level. Daily demonstrations, critiques and discussions will be given.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kelli Folsom, www.kellifolsom.com
Cost: $575
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"From Photograph to Painting: Sharpening Your Value and Drawing Skills"
January 7-10, 2019
 

“Color gets the credit, but value does the work!” It’s a phrase you have probably heard before, but what does it mean? During this intensive four-day workshop, dive into the world of values with master-of-the-limited-palette, Charlie Hunter. Using photographic images as a starting point, this class will focus on how to make values work to build stronger paintings. Students will work with Hunter as he guides them through creating value drawings from personal photographs – an often-overlooked step that pays off in spades! Then, with these drawings as one’s stepping stone, students will be able to develop memorable and dynamic paintings. By simplifying forms and emphasizing composition, student’s work can take on a power that will truly make it stand out.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Charlie Hunter, www.charliehunter.art
Cost: $500
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


"Painting Landscapes from Photographs"
January 7-9, 2019
 

In this workshop, students will paint a landscape in the studio using photographs. The goal will be to create simple designs that have a strong foundation and a well thought out composition. Students will learn to create a feeling of the landscape that gives the painting life, instead of just copying a photograph. Linda will discuss how to paint from the focal point out while paying attention to values, composition and edges. This workshop will include instructor demonstrations and plenty of individual attention. Previous students have been very inspired by the amount of photographs supplied by Linda, which include subject matter from the Grand Canyon, desert vistas, interior forest and high mountain scenes.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, goochstudio.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Luminous Colors with Underpainting & Glazing"
January 10-13, 2019
 

Luminous color! As artists we are quickly attracted to and entertained by color. Creating jewel-like luminous colors is the focus of this workshop. Master artists of the past used the technique of underpainting and glazing to make their colors as beautiful and luscious as possible. Artists have traditionally used relatively slow drying media for this technique, but in this workshop students will be using an alkyd medium, which dries more quickly and is much easier and convenient to use. Students will work from still life photographs and drawings provided by Jane.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jane Jones, www.janejonesartist.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Suggesting Reality"
January 14-18, 2019
 

Through art, subjects become significant to us in unique ways, aesthetically and conceptually. This workshop will not only reinforce an understanding of composition and form, but will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; how the artist may represent nature in order to reflect on his or her perceptions, experiences and values while also contemplating the important power of symbol and abstraction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $685
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


"Plein air Painting at Saguaro Lake Ranch, AZ"
January 21-24, 2019
 

Come and paint with Mitch Baird at historic Saguaro Lake Ranch which is located on the banks of the Salt River in the shadow of the majestic Bulldog Cliffs. Mitch will cover concepts of learning to optically “see” the subject and interpret those visual elements in order to help execute the subject onto canvas. The fundamental principles of painting -composition, drawing, value, color and edges- will be discussed along with a special emphasis on atmosphere and light. Demos and short lectures will reinforce these concepts. Individual attention will be a high priority as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm.
 
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Cost: $575
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


"Getting Your Values Right"
January 21-24, 2019
 

This workshop will focus on the tonality of your paintings and how it effects everything from composition to color. If the values are not spot on, the whole painting will fall apart visually. If they are correct, the painting will be rock solid. The first day will begin with a 90-minute power point presentation analyzing the use of values in Masters’ paintings to the present contemporary artists. Exercises during class will include pencil sketches, marker value studies, and small value paintings. Day two will be working with a limited palette, and day three and four building up to a full palette of colors. Jay will demonstrate the exercises each day. Students will be painting outdoors at various scenic locations.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jay Moore, www.jaymoorestudio.com
Cost: $760
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Still Life with a Strong Light & Shadow Concept"
January 21-25, 2019
 

In this workshop, Elizabeth will discuss the concept of painting strong light and shadows, along with painting with emotion and not just copying what is seen. Elizabeth will do daily demonstrations and discuss important concepts such as composition, temperature changes, edges, and seeing things as shapes. There will be a strong emphasis will be on painting florals and vases.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Elizabeth Robbins, elizabethrobbinsart.com
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Image to Abstract 2"
March 12-14, 2019
 

This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide students through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class (printed photos may be used and/or images from a laptop/iPad). Photo editing software is also helpful but not required. Students will have the option to paint from a still life set up.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.markdanielnelson.com
Cost: $415
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint the Red Rock Country of Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
April 2-5, 2019
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Lodging package for $800 (incl. tuition) also available, but limited, so don't hesitate!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Paint Sedona Arizona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
April 2-5, 2019
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Lodging package for $800 (incl. tuition) also available, but limited, so don't hesitate!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


 

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