Workshops

Workshops are a more focused approach on one topic for one or two days.

Workshops are offered to members of the Sun West Art Club and their guests only.  Guests may attend a workshop (for a total of 8 sessions) when accompanied by a Club member and will be assessed a “guest” fee in addition to the tuition. Guests must sign up on the Wait List and will be granted admission if there are seats available.  Club members have priority access to workshops. 
Register and Pay Online.  $34 for 1/2 day/$50 for 1 day/$100 for 2 days.
 
Upcoming Workshops – 

Acrylics/Oil   

Sue Nuhn – The Eyes Have It:  Painting the Human and Animal Eyes Realistically in Oil or Acrylic

January 11  1 – 4:00  (Member Artist Instructor)

Please be advised that we are a “No scent” class. No perfumes, aftershave, turpentine, Liquin, etc

This half day afternoon oil and acrylic workshop will give you an opportunity to see and paint the eyes as you might never have before. Sue will demonstrate what to look for and how to paint the eyes that will help bring your person or animal painting to life. For if you capture the eye, you are more than half way to a very successful painting. We will also explore some of the paint combinations that are most often used to paint skin and if time allows we will paint some teeth. Join us! Open to all levels

 

Sue Nuhn – Painting Pet Portraits in Oil or Acrylic – March 28  9 – 4:00 (Member Artist Instructor)

Please be advised that we are a “No scent” class. No perfumes, aftershave, turpentine, Liquin, etc.

Oh my gosh – Who can resist the urge to capture the image and personality of our beloved pets? You will find a good painting has much more life than a photograph. You will work from a head and shoulder photo of your pet, mostly a head painting. Be sure you have a good, sharp detail of the eyes and nose. It’s difficult to paint from a fuzzy photo. Your photo should show your pet’s character to create an interesting painting and be taken at eye level rather than from above. If you prefer not to paint a dog or cat, other animals are fine, too. Your choice!

Sue will demonstrate transferring an image onto a canvas panel, painting the eyes and nose and how to paint both long and short haired animals. She will also give individual help as students work on their own projects.

 

Ed Sprafkin – Studio Landscape Painting – February 6 and 7  9 – 4 both days. (Visiting Artist Instructor)

Edward Sprafkin has been teaching drawing and painting professionally for
the past twelve years. His focus is landscape painting on location called,
“Plein Air Painting” which he finds both exhilarating and rejuvenating.
When the weather does not permit he can be found hard at work in his art
studio. Artist’s website: https://edwardsprafkin.com/

Workshop Description-

Studio Landscape Painting Workshop: In this two-day workshop students will
choose their subject matter, and instructor Edward Sprafkin will guide you
through the process of translating a photo reference into a painting. Learn
about color mixing, atmospheric perspective, and the four major values
plans of the landscape. Oil and Acrylic painters welcome.

 

Art Journals 

Sandy Kortan – “Illustrate Your Life….through the Decades” in Book or Journal format.

All dates are considered one workshop = $50 total fee.Oct. 26 (9 – 3), Oct. 27 (1 – 4), Dec. 7 (9 – 3), Dec. 8 (1 – 4), Jan. 4 (9 – 3) & Jan. 5 (1 – 4).  (Member Artist Instructor)

This is a fun, collaborative & interactive workshop in which we will begin talking about the stages of life; collectively & then individually we’ll brainstorm events & happenings during our lives. Individually, we’ll prioritize events/happenings, which will then be illustrated in a book format. Using all your art medium skills you’ve learned; draw, sketch, watercolors, collage, acrylics, inks, pastels, & a combination of all of mediums, you will illustrate the events. Next, you’ll embellish covers, create title page, table of contents/index, dedication page, etc. And lastly, share & celebrate our books. (Sharing Book PARTY). Some at-home work on the illustrations will need to be done at home in-between classes.

 

Pastels 

Sue Nuhn – “Let’s Make Faces: Rendering the Face with Pan Pastel”.  December 14  9 – 4:00 (Member Artist Instructor)

Please be advised that we are a “No scent” class. No perfumes, aftershave, turpentine, Liquin, etc

Does sketching a face seem too challenging? Not with these simple tools and ideas. This is easy enough for even the new artist to do. No kidding, you will LOVE this workshop! Can’t draw a stick figure! Not to worry. This workshop is for YOU! If starting from scratch seems too intimidating, no problem as we’ll be transferring images from your photo reference onto your paper.

 

Peggy Orbon –  “Pastel Paintings”   January 16   9 – 4:00 (Visiting Artist Instructor)

 www.PeggyOrbon.com

Peggy has traveled world-wide, living in New England, Italy, Scotland and New Mexico before settling in Arizona.  Inspired by the West’s dramatic colors and fantastic vistas, she focuses on landscapes in oils and pastels.  She is a member of the Arizona Plein Air Painters and a signature member of the Arizona Pastel Artists Association.  Her work is featured in private collections and galleries across the US. 

     

“I especially enjoy painting en plein air.  The need to get the painting down quickly before the light changes too much keeps my painting fresh. I’m often able to use a scene I’ve painted quickly on location as a source in creating a larger studio work”. See more at  www.peggyorbon.com.

 

Watercolor

Betty Carr – “Expressive, Luminous Paintings with Impressionistic Strokes”. Love. 15 & 16  9 – 4 both days.  (Visiting Artist Instructor)

Betty Carr, AISM, APAP., KA

Each morning starts with a demonstration and discussion on simple proven methods for successful and beautiful paintings. We will begin with some “warm up” brush techniques, fun!
Students will receive daily individual instruction and critiques to help with a more personalized learning experience. We’ll be focusing the “how tos” of seeing light on form, understanding temperatures of light and shadow, working with edges in creating debth, and using value sketches in creating fantastic compositions for our paintings.

We will be focusing the landscape and learning new and exciting ways to handle a variety of textures, (trees, water, rocks, etc.). Bring your favorite photos of landscapes with great lighting.

Photos will be used and explained as a vital and helpful source of information to create that one of a kind painting through the use of light and shadow. Emphasis will be on mastering the handling of the exciting techniques in Watercolor. Impressionistic, loose painterly brush strokes will also be emphasized through numerous demonstrations.

We will be doing numerous studies along with more completed paintings to round out the learning process. A great time will be had by all!!!!!!!

Carr’s passion for art and spirited teaching style makes this workshop an inspiring experience
painting in Watercolor!

Betty Carr fine art .com

GARDEN’S PRESENT

 

 

John Erwin – “Painting the Night Sky” – February 1st  9 – 4 (Visiting Artist Instructor)

  In this class you  will learn how to paint the Milky Way Galaxy, as it stretches across the night sky. We will work wet into wet to create an evening sky filled with stars, as the sun lowers itself below the horizon. You may  choose to paint either a forest scene  or the red rocks, as your foreground.  We will finish our watercolor by painting in the shadows and filling our sky with additional stars.  We will create this painting in a step by step process to insure  a successful outcome. I know you will enjoy this fun filled class. 

 

Kim Johnson – “Loose and Colorful Paintings in w/c”. Two Full Day workshops – (Visiting Artist Instructor)

      Animals/Birds – Jan. 23. 9-4

      Portraits of People  Jan. 30.  9-4

Kim will demonstrate her loose technique in painting animals/birds and portraits in watercolor. She will show how to use lost and found edges for interest and movement and integrating the foreground with the background to make a cohesive painting. Kim will show you how she develops her painting through shapes, composition and use of correct values.

 

 

Sonja Hutchison – “Adding Dimensions to Your W/C Paintings” March 13 and 14  9 – 4:00 (Visiting Artist Instructor)

This workshop is for artists who are inspired to add exciting new dimensions to their watercolor paintings. 

On day one, attendees will learn how they can enhance their painting surface with a charcoal splash technique. This process creates a richly textured, abstract background that encourages creative exploration in developing new work. 

 

On day two, we will use granulating paints to create richly weathered and sculpted pieces. Our paintings will come to life through a combination of exciting wet-into-wet paint application, carved out lights and glazing finishes. The earthy weathered effects you will achieve may inspire new approaches to painting rocky scenes, figures and buildings. 

Each day provides specific techniques that you will be able to use again and again to bring fresh energy to your watercolor paintings.  

  

Sue Nuhn –  “Getting Up Close with Flowers: A Bug’s Eye View”  Nov. 9.  9-4  (Member Artist Instructor)

Please be advised that we are a “No scent” class. No perfumes, aftershave, turpentine, Liquin, etc

Who doesn’t love flowers but have you ever painted a macro view of one? This is your opportunity to explore a bug’s eye view of your favorite flower.

This one day workshop is perfect for the new to watercolor artist as well as the more seasoned painter.

 

Sue Nuhn – “The Eyes Have It:  Painting the Human and Animal Eyes Realistically in Watercolor”. January 11 9 – 12:00. (Member Artist Instructor)

We are a “No Scents” class – No perfumes, aftershave, lotions

This half day morning watercolor workshop will give you an opportunity to see and paint the eyes as you might never have before. Sue will demonstrate what to look for and how to paint the eyes that will help bring your person or animal painting to life. For if you capture the eye, you are more than half way to a very successful painting. We will also explore some of the paint combinations that are most often used to paint skin and if time allows we will paint some teeth. Join us! Open to all levels

 

Sue Nuhn – “Painting Pet Portraits in Watercolor” February 8.  9 – 4:00 (Member Artist Instructor)

Please be advised that we are a “No scent” class. No perfumes, aftershave, turpentine, Liquin, etc.

Oh my gosh – Who can resist the urge to capture the image and personality of our beloved pets? You will find a good painting has much more life than a photograph. You will work from a head and shoulder photo of your pet, mostly a head painting. Be sure you have a good, sharp detail of the eyes and nose. It’s difficult to paint from a fuzzy photo. Your photo should show your pet’s character to create an interesting painting and be taken at eye level rather than from above. If you prefer not to paint a dog or cat, other animals are fine, too. Your choice!

Sue will demonstrate transferring an image onto paper, painting the eyes and nose and how to paint both long and short haired animals. She will also give individual help as students work on their own projects.

 

Sue Nuhn – Painting the Portrait with Watercolor
  April 11  9 – 4:00 (Member Artist Instructor)

Please be advised that we are a “No scent” class. No perfumes, aftershave, turpentine, Liquin, etc

Put your fears and doubts away because even a first time artist can paint a portrait using this easy method. Afraid you don’t know how to draw a stick figure. No problem as we won’t be drawing stick figures. We’ll be transferring photos and Sue will show you what details to put in and what to leave out.

You will soon fall in love with painting the face as Sue leads you step by step into how she captures the spirit and energy of a person.

 

Val Anderson – “Water Media Batik”. Jan 25th –  9 – 4:00  (Member Artist Instructor)

We will create a “batik” using acrylic or watercolor paints on Japanese washi paper. Students may use their own pictures or studies. There will be a still life set up as well for those who would like to use that as a reference. You will sketch an outline of your picture or the still life on the washi paper and use paint to finish the project. we will cover the image with wax, crumple it when it is dry and apply the “batik” finish. We will iron off the wax with paper towels or newspaper. Come and join in oh this FUN project!

 

 

Other Art Topics –

Val Anderson – “Encaustics”.  March 7th – 9 – 4:00 (Member Artist Instructor)

Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which color pigments may be added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a painted surface. In this workshop we will create a mixed media painting using acrylic paints, papers, inks and ephemera, i.e. things that you have been collecting. We will use black and white pictures to inspire our art work. Then we will create a collage background and add our ideas for the painting as we progress. The piece will be “antiqued” and then covered with batik wax which gives it an ethereal appearance. Step by step instructions will be provided to create your own encaustic painting that is full of interesting textures, colors and shapes.