Adult Workshops

 

Impressionism in Oils Painting

Instructor: Charles Thomas

 


This workshop is for artists who would like to paint more expressively and artfully without getting lost in details and technical accuracy.

Impressionism is a way of seeing as well as recording, so we’ll start by picking the essentials from a scene in order to arrive at a simple design that emphasizes a few key elements rather than describing what’s there in every minute detail. This kind of painting is often easier on the eye and easier to appreciate than straight realism. Our goal is visual poetry that invites the viewer in instead of a lengthy essay that impresses through detail.

We’ll start with simple shapes and accurate values that are often all that’s required to convey whatever we’re painting convincingly. From there we will move onto choosing colors, putting down paint, and making something beautiful that reads well and is fun to create.

We will work from photos that I will supply so that everyone is on the same page. I will demonstrate and then you will get to work with as much individual assistance as you like. Although we will be using the same reference sources, there wont be any expectation of the same result, as we all have a unique aesthetic. There will be problems to solve, and hard work involved, but hopefully a rewarding result, and a basic skill set to take you forward.

Charles Thomas, b1960, began his art career in graphic design and then spent twelve years as an illustrator before delving into fine art in 1998. As a fine artist, Charles’ work has been recognized by the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society, where he has been a finalist in their national exhibitions. An experienced workshop instructor, Charles has taught classes in Utah and Arizona teaching in outdoor and studio environments.

Charles makes his home in rural Southern Arizona, where he can often be found exploring the trails, backroads and byways of the West, in search of the next painting. View works by Charles at Charles Thomas.

Dates: October 31 – November 1, 2022

Time: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM (bring a sack lunch)

Location: Theater Lobby at CPAC

Fee: $305, Early Bird Special $280 if paid in full by October 3, 2022

Registration Cut-off Date: October 24, 2022

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Personalized Painting

Instructor: Fran Sutherland

 

Join Fran for a wonderful workshop to learn how to create a painting with your preferred paint media (water color, acrylic or water based oil paints). Painting is an art form that uses brushes and color to express its subject and/or idea. This course is open to both experienced painters as well as those with little or no painting experience.

Day One

  • Practicing the difference between Eastern and Western brushes and their appropriate media. In addition, caring for your brushes will be addressed
  • Brainstorming and choosing a personal and meaningful subject or idea
  • Choose medium for your painting
  • Using thumbnail sketches, select, and create the compositional picture plane which works best for your painting

Day Two

  • Discuss how orientation and scale of the substrate (canvas, board, or paper) expresses your subject and/or idea
  • Fran will address design elements and principles to create the illusion of three dimensions on a two dimensional surface
  • Students will begin their painting
  • Critique

Day Three

  • Individual instruction
  • Critique

Frans’ approach to leading a workshop is to establish a rapport with each participant. The sessions will consist primarily of painting time with individual instruction followed by group critiques.

An award winning artist and teacher, Fran Sutherland earned her BS and MS degrees at the State University of New York at New Paltz, NY. She is a member of the Arts Society of Kingston (ASK) Kingston, NY, Woodstock Art Association and Museum (WAAM), Woodstock, NY, Tubac Center of the Arts, and the Santa Rita Art League (SRAL), Green Valley, AZ. View works by Fran at Fran Sutherland.

Dates: November 9 – 11, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (1 hour break for lunch) (bring a sack lunch).

Location: Theater lobby at CPAC

Fee: $330, Early Bird Special $300 if paid in full by October 12, 2022.

Supplies: Students should bring art supplies that they own which could include pastels and/or paints (only water base oils), brushes, paper and/or canvas, paper towels, and a water container to understanding how to use them. Fran will bring extra materials for executing the idea determined in the morning in the medium chosen for that painting.

Registration Cut-off Date: November 2, 2022

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Using Suggestive Brushwork in Oil Painting

Instructor: David Simons

 


Join David Simons for a great two day workshop whose theme is moving from copying to suggestive brushwork. This class is designed for beginners to advanced oil painters. In it, you will learn how to trust yourself and paint what you see (shapes) and not what you think you see (objects). To accomplish this, David will teach you how to train your inner critic to focus on shape, color, values and their relationships instead of objects.

As always, David will guide you step by step to create two paintings. A demonstration will be done each morning and individual instruction will be given to each student while they paint in the afternoons. He will address which colors to apply during each step, thickness of paint applications through each step, using different planes of brushes, auditioning colors, and most importantly seeing layers of brushstrokes.

David Simons is a self-taught artist of over 30 years from Tubac, Arizona. His unique and captivating oil paintings have made him one of the most notable artists in the Southwest, with collectors worldwide. Displaying a range of diverse subjects in his work, David brings his signature style to life with scenes from the southwest, seascapes, portraits, still life, and more. David also hosts workshops on oil painting and is a renowned artist not only by Arizona locals, but national publications such as Southwest Art, Art Talk Magazine, and Arizona Highways.

“Oil painting for me is a meditative experience — essential to my well-being, and a necessary part of my life. Painting brings me great joy, and, I hope, uplifts the hearts of those who view my work.

I like to explore the subtle ways that light affects the subject. I also enjoy color, but the value relationships in a scene are what interest me most. I also like to emphasize the abstract nature of what surrounds us.” View works by David at David Simons

Dates: December 5 and 6, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (bring a sack lunch).

Location: Theater Lobby at CPAC

Fee: $345, Early Bird Special $315 if paid in full by November 7, 2022

Registration Cut-off Date: November 28, 2022

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Mixed Media Gelli Printing

Instructor: Susan Ettl

 

Susan started Gelli printing twenty years ago when she had to make her plates from real gelatin, yes Jell-O! Thanks to some innovative women, people can now buy permanent Gelli plates in a variety of shapes and sizes. The beauty of using these flexible plates instead of a hard surface for monotypes is that imprints as something as fine as cheesecloth can be accomplished Plus, the process is quick, easy, and fun!

Join Susan for a day filled with serendipitous surprises using a variety of techniques to produce a marvelous collection of papers. These printed papers can be used for collage, book pages/covers, substrates for other pieces of artwork, foundations for art journal pages, and more.

Some of the techniques used in Gelli printing include using stamps, stencils, brushes, pipettes, and a selection of texture-making tools such as placemats, shelf liners, bath mats, cheesecloth, potato mashers, etc. A variety of media (acrylics, watercolors, inks, sprays inks) can be printed on an array of papers, including deli, tissue, old books pages, etc.

In the morning students will learn several layering techniques using stamps, stencil, and texture-making tools. In the afternoon, students will explore the use of sumi ink, ink pads, spray inks, and mica powders to create luscious effects.

Susan Ettl is an artist and instructor who creates vibrant collages and paintings, which focus on the interplay of color and texture produced by layering paints and paper. Her work has a primordial essence which speaks of an eternal universality influenced by her travels in Europe, Mexico, and Central America. Susan has taught art workshops for both adults and children. She encourages her students to create their own images to use in their work. She continues her art education by studying with local, national and international instructors. The courses she took in 2021 have inspired her process to be more joyful and intuitive. View works by Susan at Susan Ettl.

Dates: January 4, 2023

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (bring a sack lunch).

Location: Theater Lobby at CPAC

Fee: Includes Special Supplies (Sumie ink, ink pads, spray inks, mica powders, specialty papers, and more): $130, Early Bird Special $115 if paid in full by December 7, 2022.

Registration Cut-off Date: December 28, 2022

Supply List: Will be available soon.

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Mixing It Up!

Color, Texture, Design, and Collage

Instructors: Susan Ettl

 



Join Susan to explore the wonderful world of collage using mixed media. Have fun creating your own unique collage papers using a variety of media for inclusion in a series of mixed media pieces you will create. Susan will reveal many secrets of collage, the rule of differences, and how to use amazing papers in your work. Composition, patterns, textures, marks, and color will be covered to aid each student to express their inner artist to create dynamic work. This workshop is suitable for beginners as well as experienced artists. Come join the fun and camaraderie.

The class begins with learning about the four characteristics of color (hue, value, temperature, and intensity). Students will discover how using the split-primary color wheel will create vibrant secondary and intermediate colors. This information will help students produce a wide selection of colored collage papers using a variety of paint applications. Additional collage papers will be created using different mark making tools and several media, including sumi ink, graphite, Stabilo markers, etc. Students will also make their own stamps and stencils using simple tools. Some fun design exercises have been developed to get students creative juices flowing. These will be followed by students creating a series of collages, while learning some easy design principles and formats.

Susan Ettl is an artist and instructor who creates vibrant collages and paintings, which focus on the interplay of color and texture produced by layering paints and paper. Her work has a primordial essence which speaks of an eternal universality influenced by her travels in Europe, Mexico, and Central America. Susan has taught art workshops for both adults and children. She encourages her students to create their own images to use in their work. She continues her art education by studying with local, national and international instructors. The courses she took in 2021 have inspired her process to be more joyful and intuitive. View works by Susan at Susan Ettl.

Dates: January 17 – 19, 2023

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (bring a sack lunch).

Location: Theater Lobby at CPAC

Fee: $340, Includes Special Supplies (paints to create the split-primary color wheel, specialty papers, supplies for creating stamps and stencils, and more). Early Bird Special $310 if paid in full by December 20, 2022.

Registration Cut-off Date: January 10, 2023

Supply List: Will be available soon.

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Media Manipulation

Oil Resist with Acrylic Paint

Instructor: Fran Sutherland

 


As Albert Einstein said: “The only thing that’s constant is change.” “Feeling and seeing art subjects and ideas is personalized” summarizes Fran’s approach to creativity. In this workshop, the oil media resist acrylic technique will be used to recycle an old painting for fun. Fran utilized this acrylic texture atmospheric technique when she painted her award winning art piece, Canyon Cliff (left). Choose a canvas to repaint on or do it over emphasizing the original intent with texture and atmosphere. Enjoy this creative process.

Day One

  • Elements and principles of design and the relationship to the subject and/or idea of the composition
  • Demonstration of Acrylic resisting oil medium technique
  • Student practice this new technique.

Day Two

  • Begin work on new painting
  • Critique

Day Three

  • Continue on artwork begun on Day 2 or start a second painting
  • Individual instruction
  • Critique

A native New Yorker, Fran Sutherland is a painter, teacher, and restorer of historic homes. She moved to the Hudson Valley in 1958 and earned a B.S. and M.S. at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Sutherland’s creative work has been strongly influenced by Eastern aesthetics, as well as her enjoyment of the Hudson Valley landscape and her thirty-year career as an art teacher. The artist continues to teach privately and is an active member of the Woodstock Artists Association. Whether working with encaustics, oils, or watercolors, much of her art integrates geological coloration and the play of light displayed in places where she has traveled. View works by Fran at Fran Sutherland.

Dates: January 30—February 1, 2023

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (bring a sack lunch).

Location: Theater Lobby at CPAC

Fee: $330, Early Bird Special $300 if paid in full by January 3, 2023.

Registration Cut-off Date: January 23, 2023

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Rockscapes

Watercolor for Arizona Landscapes

Instructor: Roberta Rogers

 


Students will have the opportunity to use color, shapes and textures to express the Arizona “Rockscapes.” This topics abounds with possibilities since it includes big skies, flora and earth. Favorite subjects include the Grand Canyon, Red Rock Crossing, Painted Desert, Antelope Canyon, and others.

Roberta Rogers hold a Master’s Degree in Art from California State University at Fresno. A third generation watercolorist, Rogers has specialized in water color landscapes and historic architecture of the Southwest. Her work is recognized by its’ sparkling color, attention to detail and interesting views of subject matter.

The artist taught Watercolor for 25 years at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff before moving to Tubac where she has taught for the Tubac Center for the Arts and Tubac School of Fine Arts. Currently showing at Tubac Arts and Gifts at 30 Tubac Road and exhibiting at various outdoor shows such at the Tubac Festival of Fine Art and Art in the Park-July 4th in Flagstaff are shows! Best of Show in Arizona Aqueous Competition for 2019 for “Red Hots.” View works by Roberta at Roberta Rogers

Dates: February 21, 22, and 23, 2023

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (bring a sack lunch).

Location: Theater Lobby at CPAC

Fee: $330, Early Bird Special $300 if paid in full by January 24, 2023.

Registration Cut-off Date: February 14, 2023

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Seeing Better, Painting Better

Instructor: David Simons

 


The key to good painting is observation so when we learn to see better we will paint better. This workshop is designed for beginners to advanced oil painters. While some techniques will be taught, the focus will be on observation and painting essentials. A demonstration will be done each morning and individual instruction will be given to each student while they paint in the afternoons.

As always, David will guide you step by step to create two paintings. A demonstration will be done each morning and individual instruction will be given to each student while they paint in the afternoons. He will address which colors to apply during each step, thickness of paint applications through each step, using different planes of brushes, auditioning colors, and most importantly seeing layers of brushstrokes.

David Simons is a self-taught artist of over 30 years from Tubac, Arizona. His unique and captivating oil paintings have made him one of the most notable artists in the Southwest, with collectors worldwide. Displaying a range of diverse subjects in his work, David brings his signature style to life with scenes from the southwest, seascapes, portraits, still life, and more. David also hosts workshops on oil painting and is a renowned artist not only by Arizona locals, but national publications such as Southwest Art, Art Talk Magazine, and Arizona Highways.

“Oil painting for me is a meditative experience — essential to my well-being, and a necessary part of my life. Painting brings me great joy, and, I hope, uplifts the hearts of those who view my work.

I like to explore the subtle ways that light affects the subject. I also enjoy color, but the value relationships in a scene are what interest me most. I also like to emphasize the abstract nature of what surrounds us.” View works by David at David Simons

Dates: March 6, 7 and 8, 2023

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (bring a sack lunch).

Location: Theater Lobby at CPAC

Fee: $515, Early Bird Special $470 if paid in full by February 6, 2023

Registration Cut-off Date: February 27, 2023

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Painting Light – Creating Atmosphere

Instructor: Tonja Vojacek Sell

 

Create luminous paintings filled with light or with a dramatic atmosphere by better understanding keys to color and contrast that alter the mood of your paintings regardless of the subject. Learn tools, tricks and techniques to paint anything with more confidence whether you are an experienced painter or just starting the journey.

Tonja will provide solid individual guidance and valuable personalized critique in a fun, experimental environment. Composition; contrast; value; color-mixing; painted edges; paint and surface manipulation; and much more will be covered in this exciting three day workshop. Oil, Acrylic, Pastel, and Mixed-media are welcome.

Each day will include teaching and demonstration. Participants will work on their own painting(s) from images they bring with plenty of one-on-one instruction.

Tonja Vojacek Sell is a Wisconsin native and daughter of glass artisans. She attended the Milwaukee School of Art & Design, where she studied fine arts, drawing, and illustration.

Tonja lives with her family in the home, teaching studio & gallery they built near Lake Superior. They spend part of their winters in Cochise County, AZ. Tonja works in and teaches many different mediums; including oil, acrylic, watercolor, ceramic, glass, felt and more!

Tonja is an award winning artist who has been represented by galleries across the country and her work is in multiple private collections Internationally. She is well known for her figurative work but enjoys painting a wide range of subjects and styles.

She and her husband, Matthew, also lead International Art Tours where students explore and paint. Links to her online classes may be found on her website.

Dates: April 3 – 5, 2023

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (bring a sack lunch).

Location: Theater Lobby at CPAC

Fee: $370, Early Bird Special $335 if paid in full by March 6, 2023

Registration Cut-off Date: March 27, 2023

Supply List: Will be available soon.

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Plein Air Impressionism

Instructor: Charles Thomas

 


In this two-day class we will cover the essentials of what goes into a successful outdoor location painting and how to arrive at a composition that gets to the essence of the scene rather than recording it verbatim. Students will be taught mapping values; choosing colors; paint handling; edges; depth; and atmosphere. Most importantly they will learn how to put it all together into a coherent design that says what they want to say without getting lost in details.

Working with simple shapes and accurate values, we will explore how to suggest reality without over defining it, how to see more abstractly and paint an effective design rather than render a collection of things.

Charles Thomas, b1960, began his art career in graphic design and then spent twelve years as an illustrator before delving into fine art in 1998. As a fine artist, Charles’ work has been recognized by the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society, where he has been a finalist in their national exhibitions. An experienced workshop instructor, Charles has taught classes in Utah and Arizona teaching in outdoor and studio environments.

Charles makes his home in rural Southern Arizona, where he can often be found exploring the trails, backroads and byways of the West, in search of the next painting. View works by Charles at Charles Thomas.

Dates: April 10 and 11, 2023

Time: 9:30 AM – 4:30 (bring a sack lunch).

Location: TBD (Directions provided before the workshop)

Fee: $305, Early Bird Special $280 if paid in full by March 13, 2023

Registration Cut-off Date: April 3, 2023

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