Acrylic Landscape & Wildlife Painting: Beginning to Intermediate

Instructor: Rick Wheeler


The basics of acrylic painting from how to start your painting by ‘blocking in’ to completion. This class is designed for beginners to intermediate students and will cover color mixing, brush choices, preferred painting surfaces, and composition, as well as painting techniques such as blending, layering, transparent and opaque applications of paint. Our subjects will be landscape (large or small views) and wildlife. We’ll work from photos: either one of your own or someone’s you have permission to use. Instructor will also bring a number of photos of his own for students to use. The focus of the class will not be to copy a photo, but to interpret it, which the instructor will demonstrate and explain in class.

Early in his art education, Rick received a scholarship to study drawing and painting at the San Francisco Art Institute, as well as taking illustration courses at the San Francisco Academy of Art University. He later completed his B.A. in Fine Art at Prescott College, Arizona.

His scratchboard/watercolor work has become his signature technique, although he enjoys working in a variety of other media, including acrylics, oils, and watercolor. Likewise, his subject matter covers a range of interest, including landscape, wildlife, and figurative.

Over the years, several National Parks and Monuments have hired Rick’s art skills to promote various national park and monument interests, including wildlife conservation, logos, visitor guides, signage, and fundraisers. In recent years his work has been seen in several national exhibits, including Artists for Conservation, Paint the Parks, Arts for the Parks, and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, to name a few. He has received several awards for his work, and recently completed his 6th year as an invited artist to the Grand Canyon ‘Celebration of Art,’ Grand Canyon, Arizona. His most recent accomplishment has been to be invited as one of Artist’s Magazine’s “Artist of the Month,” for 2014.

Currently, Rick’s other interest is teaching. For the past 11 years he has had the pleasure of being an art instructor at the Art Institute wing of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, as well as holding an ongoing position as a mentor at Prescott College, Tucson, Arizona. View works by Rick at

Dates: February 5, 6, and 7, 2016

Location: CPAC

Fee: $150

Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 PM)

Registration Cut-off Date: January 29, 2016

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This workshop is full. If you would like to add your name to the waiting list, please contact Susan Ettl at or at 949-291-7001.


Mixed Magic: From Abstraction to Abstract Realism

Instructor: Betsy Dillard Stroud AWS, D.F. NWS


Explore the adventure of working with mixed media. Each day your instructor will introduce a new approach to painting using mixed media. First we will work with textural materials and acrylic to do a totally abstract painting. We will pour, create stamps (which we will use in other exercises) and learn how to approach acrylics transparently, opaquely, and translucently.

The second day: We will work with poured transparent acrylics to begin a painting. After that dries, we will use black gesso and build a painting from a black shape placed over the pouring. Some textural materials will also be used. We will begin to make our own collage papers. We will build up areas on the painting for a three dimensional effect using two sided sticky tape.

The third day: We will use textural materials, collage and acrylic to construct a subject but in an abstract way. I will do a figure, but you may do an abstracted still life or interior or landscape. We will build our paintings up with gesso, scraps of old paintings, and collage we make ourselves.

The emphasis in this workshop is to let out all the stops and experiment with new ways of looking at abstract art and your own personal painting style. The main emphasis is to have fun, keep an open mind, and play in the paint.

A internationally acclaimed and award winning artist, Stroud is also a former art historian who received her M. A. in art history from the University of Virginia. Her paintings are in hundreds of collections all over the United States and are in international collections in Japan, England, Canada, Australia, and the Bahamas.

She is the author of Painting from the Inside Out (North Light, 2002) and a Dutch edition of her book was published in Holland in 2005. Her most recent book on creativity: The Artist’s Muse: Unlock the Door for Your Creativity (also published by North Light) was released in December, 2006. At present, she is writing her third book for North Light due out in 2016, celebrating watercolor and water media artists– past and present.

Stroud has won many awards all across the United States, including the High Winds Medal in the American Watercolor Society, the Edgar A. Whitney Award in the Southwestern Watercolor Society, and her most recent award is the 2014 Dr. David Gale Award in the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition. She also served on the Board of Directors for the American Watercolor Society from 2005-2006.

Now, Stroud resides in Phoenix, Arizona where her paintings continue to reflect her love of the west and southwest, her passion for certain subject matter, the symbolism from her life and her study of art history. View works by her at Betsy Dillard Stroud.

Dates: February 24, 25, and 26, 2016

Location: CPAC

Fee: $200

Time: 9 AM – 4 PM (bring a sack lunch)

Registration Cut-off Date: February 17, 2016

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This workshop is full. If you would like to add your name to the waiting list, please contact Susan Ettl at or at 949-291-7001.


Collage: Alter, Layer, Fuse!

Instructor: Francie Ginocchio


In this two-day workshop you will explore a unique approach to collage that begins with altering papers to create an array of collage materials. Next you will compose, layer and fuse the prepared papers to a paper foundation using a heated “tack” iron. It doesn’t stop there. Your piece will be glazed, shadowed and enriched with more layers and color. Students will work on 4″ – 6″ bases and will leave with the basics of this great collage technique.

Francie’s main focus for the last thirty-plus years has been contemporary art quilts. Bright colors, movement and careful craftsmanship are at the heart of her work. She enjoys the entire art quilt process: designing, piecing, layering, and stitching with beautiful threads to create a unique twist on tradition.

In the past three years Francie has been experimenting with a type of collage that involves altering papers (fun and endless possibilities), coating them with acrylic medium, layering, heat-fusing to a paper foundation with a tack iron, and coloring with acrylic paints. She has taken classes with and learned many techniques from Laure Lein-Svencner and Karen Sako, both from Illinois.

Francie’s work can be found in Japan, Costa Rica and throughout the Midwest in hospitals, insurance companies, banks, public buildings and private homes. She lectured and taught quilt making for many years, judged quilt shows and does technical editing for quilt publications.

Some of her commissions include UW-Hospitals and Clinics (Madison, WI), Samaritan Bethany (Rochester, MN), Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance (Milwaukee, WI), The Appleton Heart Institute (Appleton, WI), The Children’s Music Network as well as hospitals, private homes and businesses. View works by her at Francie Ginocchio.


Dates: March 11 and 12, 2016

Location: CPAC

Fee: $125

Time: 9 AM – 4 PM (bring a sack lunch)

Material Fee: $15, includes additional collage materials from instructor: papers, stamps, pastels, other acrylic mediums, tape, etc.

Registration Cut-off Date: March 1, 2016

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This workshop is full. If you would like to add your name to the waiting list, please contact Susan Ettl at or at 949-291-7001.

Textural Abstract Painting

Instructor: Francheskaa


TEXTURAL ABSTRACT PAINTING will give your painting the tactile relief to the surface of the painting which will arouse excitement, curiosity and intrigue.

ADDITIVE AND SUBSTRACTIVE TECHNIQUES applied to the surface of the painting. (These materials will be furnished)

TEXTURED TOOLS, GELS AND HEAVY MOLDING PASTE will be adhered to the painting either following the patterned designed or accentuating the colored shapes. The texture will dramatized the movement and rhythm in the painting.

The TEXTURE adds a new dimension to the painting.

Francheskaa’s work focuses on Abstract Expressionism in acrylic and watercolor on paper and canvas. Her passion is the process of painting, to be free, to be opened, to paint, to be one with the painting. Her work has been featured in numerous shows at various sites, including: Mesquite Gallery, Tubac, Sole, Tubac Performing Arts Gallery, CPAC Gallery, North Western Finance, Alliance Bank, Tohono Chul, Tucson Arizona; Wilbur May Museum, John Ben Snow Memorial Trust Art Gallery, Reno, NV. She has also won numerous awards including:

  • Best of Show. SAWG, Sonora Desert Museum, Sonora Fiesta 2010.
  • Honorable Mention, CASA Exhibition; February, 2009.
  • Abstract Award, Aqueous Show, 2009.
  • Merit Award, Teacher/Artist Exhibition, 2009.
  • “Best of Show”, 41st Annual Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild Membership Show, October, 2008.
  • “Best of Show, Arizona Watercolor Association Spring Membership Show, spring, 2008.

Francheskaa has been working as a professional artist since 2002 after retiring from teaching art for the California and Nevada Public School Systems. She also taught for Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada; Inservice to Teachers for Re -Certification, Pima Community Collage in Tucson, Arizona; Oasis; Arizona Art Supply; Saddlebrooke; Riovista; Santa Rita Art League; CPAC; SAWG; SLFA and CASA.

Francheskaa received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California, San Jose, CA and her Secondary Teaching Certificate, San Francisco State University, CA. She also has a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Francheskaa is a signature member of Southern AZ Watercolor Guild, SAWG and Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona , CASA. View works by Francheskaa at Franchesskaapaints.

Dates: April 14 and 21, 2016

Location: CPAC

Fee: $130

Time: 10 AM – 4 PM (bring a sack lunch)

Registration Cut-off Date: April 7, 2016

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