Workshops 2019

 

Desert Plein Air Painting
Destination Workshop
January 21-24, 2019
Saguaro Lake Ranch, AZ

 

This destination workshop with Scottsdale Artists’ School will be at the historic Saguaro Lake Ranch which is located on the banks of the Salt River in the shadows of the majestic Bulldog Cliffs.  The ranch is just east of Scottsdale, AZ and includes private cabins and beautiful grounds surrounded by rugged desert views.  There are horses at the ranch to paint (or schedule to ride) as well as wild horses roaming the area too.  The registration deadline is fast approaching because the lodging has to be reserved early.  So for more information and registration contact the Scottsdale Artists’ School directly at:

Saguaro Lake Ranch Workshop

or call

1-800-333-5707

 

 

 

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PAPA 2019 Master Workshop
May 6-10, 2019
Scottsdale Artists’ School, Scottsdale, AZ

 

Plein Air Painters of America is holding a workshop at Scottsdale Artists’ School this year offering a rare opportunity to study with several PAPA artists.   The class format starts with an opening day lecture from each instructor presenting a subject of their choice.  Students will then take two, two day classes from instructors of their choice.  There will be a maximum of fifteen students in each class.  This will be an indoor workshop covering all things related to plein air and studio work.  PAPA instructors include Mitch Baird, Russell Case, Don Demers, Kathleen Dunphy, Joseph McGurl, and Kathryn Stats.  Be sure to register quickly as this one will fill early.  Contact Scottsdale Artists’ School for more information and registration at:

PAPA Master Workshop

or call

1-800-333-5707

 

 

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Learning to “See Is Key”
All Inclusive Plein Air Workshop
June 23-28, 2019
Eden West Ranch, Cotopaxi, CO

 

This premium workshop with Art in the Aspens has a 10 student maximum and has ALL the perks!!  It’s an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in the beautiful landscape and lodging of Eden West Ranch in Cotopaxi, Colorado!!  This privately owned ranch is like apiece of heaven!” and is located in the wet mountain valley below the majestic and beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range.  ‘Country elegant’ is a good way to describe the casual atmosphere of the ranch.  This all-inclusive includes a private room, 3 meals daily, appetizers after class, and wine and beer with happy hour and with dinnter.  The meals will be catered by the chefs Michael and Steve from Rustingram Caterers.  Dietary issues can be accommodated and there are even massage options in the evenings.  It will be pampered painting!

 

 

This workshop will focus on observing and painting the landscape. We will explore the specifics of learning to ‘see’ the subject and as an artist, interpreting the visual elements, and executing them all onto canvas.  We will discuss the way the optics of the eye work as well as seeing light, form, atmosphere and space.  The fundamental principles of painting – composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will be stressed as well as building a strong design from the elements of nature. Students will sharpen their focus by pushing for simplification of form, shape, and the larger masses.  Each day we will begin with a demo covering the principles mentioned above followed by a fun day of individual instruction for each student as they work in the afternoon.  The Ranch offers panoramic views of the valley in all directions with Texas Creek running through the property.  There are large shade trees, perennial gardens, and even several outdoor decks to paint from if you don’t want to venture far.  Act quickly as the lodging has to be reserved early and the class will fill fast.  There is so much more to share, so please visit Art in the Aspens to get more information on pricing and registration at:

Learning to ‘See is Key’

or call

719-545-2795

Workshops 2018

 

’Composition, Color and Creative Cacophony’
January 12-14, 2018
Scottsdale, Arizona at Scottsdale Artists School

This will be a 3 day joint workshop with my good friend Charlie Hunter. We had so much fun and repeated requests that we decided to join forces again. This studio class will be an intensive, fast-moving and fun workshop focusing on the common elements and painting techniques utilized by both of us to create dynamic, successful paintings. While I work in full color and Charlie in monochrome we both emphasize a common devotion to the fundamental principles of painting/drawing, values, edges and composition.

Daily demos and short lectures will reinforce these core precepts, followed by lots of hands-on painting time. A workshop highlight is the critique session at the end of each day where we discuss the successes and challenges of various approaches. Individual attention is a high priority, as well as laughs, irreverence and lots of enthusiasm!

Contact the Scottsdale Artists’ School for registration by calling
(480) 990-1422
or visiting:
Composition, Color & Creative Cacophony

 

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‘Seeing and Capturing Your Subject’
April 16-20, 2018
Painting the La Jolla Coastline / San Diego, California

This Plein Air class will include painting the beautiful La Jolla coastline as well as the amazing Balboa Park with its historic old world architecture and gardens. Students will explore the specifics of observing a subject, interpreting the visual elements, and executing it all onto canvas. We will discuss the way the optics of the eye work as well as seeing light, form, atmosphere and space. The fundamental principles of painting – composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will also be stressed. Students will sharpen their focus by pushing for simplification of form, shape, and the larger masses. Each day will begin with a demo covering the principles mentioned above, followed by a fun day of painting and personal instruction. Individual attention will be a high priority as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm! Demonstrations will be in oil. This workshop will be through Scottsdale Artists School and info and registration can be found here.

Seeing and Capturing Your Subject: Painting the La Jolla Coastline, California (DESTINATION)

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‘Landscape Painting Fundamentals’
June 2-3, 2018
Portland, OR

This 2 day workshop will focus on observing and painting the landscape. We will discuss the way the optics of the eye work as well as seeing light, form, atmosphere and space. The fundamental principles of painting – composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will also be stressed. Students will sharpen their focus by pushing for simplification of form, shape, and the larger masses. Each day will begin with a demo covering the principles mentioned above, followed by a fun day of painting and personal instruction. Individual attention will be a high priority as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm! All mediums and skill levels are welcome but demonstrations will be in oil. Registration will be directly through the studio and workshop fee is $250 for both days.

Contact the studio for more information or details at:
mitch@newsletter.com

 

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‘Grand Canyon Plein Air’
September 17-21, 2018
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Is there any better place to plein air paint and explore the concepts of atmosphere than the Grand Canyon? This a an amazing experience painting from the spectacular South Rim for 5 days in which we have special access to the park’s locations!!! This event also follows the week of the Celebration of Art Plein Air Event where we will view and discuss the exhibit. If you choose to arrive early you can watch artists from around the country paint for the show.

We will cover the concepts of learning to optically “see” your subject and interpret those visual elements in order to help execute the subject onto canvas. The fundamental principles of painting – composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will be stressed along with a special emphasis on atmosphere with this grand subject. Daily demos and short lectures will reinforce these concepts. Individual attention will be a high priority as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm.

Contact the Scottsdale Artists’ School for registration by calling
(480) 990-1422
or by email at
info@scottsdaleartschool.org