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Oil & pastel
Figure / Portrait
February 13 - 16, 2018
Tuition $725+ $50 model fee

Explore the qualities of composition, value, and color, with an emphasis on the use of contrast, rhythm, and edges. Learn to interpret the subject matter and to enjoy the challenge and spontaneity of alla prima painting. Subjects will include live models. There will be daily demonstrations, a slide presentation, and as much individual instruction as possible.

Using what she descries as a blend of expressionism and impressionism, Anderson paints the human face, landscapes, and horses with equal skill. "What draws me to a certain person is character more than anything," she says. "For a while it was children, but they can be difficult to paint without getting too cute. I try to convey a touch of humanity. I still paint horses, too, because they have such a great form. I like doing winter landscapes because of the abstract quality and Indian dancers because of the color and movement. I bring something different to my portrait work after doing landscapes. Art is all about relationships and perspective."


Born and raised in the Chicago area, Carolyn Anderson attended school at Illinois State University.  She joined the VISTA program (Volunteers in Service to America) in the early 70's and was assigned to work on an Indian reservation in north central Montana and now lives in Havre, a small community near the Canadian border.

Anderson's paintings are full of color and expression.  The focus in her work is often loosely rendered in an almost sketch-like improvisation.  The emphasis is to catch the essence of each subject.  Her subjects vary from dancers to horses to landscapes, but she is primarily known for her portraits.

Anderson has participated in the C. M. Russell Art Auction, one of the Northwest's largest shows, since 1980.  In 1999 and 2000, she was awarded Jurors' Best of Show Awards, along with the 1999 Artist's Choice Award.  As a member of the Western Rendezvous of Art, she also received a Merit Award in 1999.  Her work has been featured in national publications, including American Art and Architecture, Art of the West and Southwest Art magazines.  She is represented by Total Arts Gallery in Taos, NM; Gallery 1261 in Denver, CO; and Simpson Gallagher Gallery in Cody, WY.

You can also see her work on her web site at www.carolynanderson.com.




March 12-16, 2018
Tuition $750 

Join Albert Handell in this exciting 5-day indoor/outdoor painting workshop.  There will be demonstrations four mornings during the week.   You will see and learn what to select and emphasize and what to play down or even take out of your paintings in order to make a strong design statement, and work sensibly towards finish. It will be an opportunity to see how a Master Artist works in a studio setting and on location. The studio demonstrations will clearly show how Albert perfects his PLEIN AIR studies and brings life to his large oil paintings from photographs and pastels painted on location. The workshop is geared to all levels of artists of the landscape and the still life, who have some experience working in pastels, oils, or water media.

 Bring your own photos or use some of the instructor’s photos for reference material.


Albert Handell is a nationally known Santa Fe artist, teacher, and writer. He was born in Brooklyn, New York.  At an early age, a favorite activity of his was drawing with chalks on the city street. Albert began formal studies at sixteen. He enrolled at the Art Students League of NYC to study drawing and anatomy with the late Louis Priscilla and the late Robert Ward Johnson, and later, painting with Frank Mason.

The Pastel Society of the West Coast honored him by electing him their first, ever, Life Time Achievement Award for Pastel.  He has also  received numerous awards and medals at various exhibits and invitational show and exhibits throughout the United States.  He is also a Master Signature member of the Oil Painters of Amercia.

He has been published in many prominent national publications over the years including the Pastel Journal, American Artist, Southwest Art Magazine, Art Masters, and  Art of the West among others.

Handell has also published is own book titled “Painting the Landscape in Pastel” which he co-authored with Anita West.  He has also published several books.  See his website at www.alberthandell.com for a complete listing of his publications and awards.

His work can be seen on his website and also his work is represented by Ventana Fine Art, in Santa Fe, N.M.  www.ventanafineart.com the Silver Medal $4000 Cash Award at the Laguna Art Museum Invitational. In 1987, The Pastel Society of America elected him to the Pastel Hall of Fame, one of three living artists to have been so honored at the time. He has received the highest honor accorded by Oil Painters of America, designation as Master Painter. - See more at: http://ventanafineart.com/albert-handell/#sthash.ZYE2o1ac.dpuf








Painting The Figure
April 2-6, 2018
Tuition $1200

This intensive 5 day workshop is design for painters who has already had painting experience but would like to continue improve craftsmanship as well as visual concept. The class will focus on the learning process of painting from life model as well as studio painting, such as design; placement of composition, focus point…students should bring their own photo reference to the class for the studio painting assignment, it will be complete as a final presentation by end of the class. The instructor will be doing demonstrations  during the class, and sharing his thoughts and experience both on life models and studio paintings.


Born in Guangzhou, China, Huihan completed his formal art training at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art with a BFA in 1975 and taught there from 1979-1987.  He graduated from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, with an MFA in 1993.

 Huihan’s art was influenced by the 19th century academic French and Russian schools which were brought to the art schools in China in the 50’s. He highly regards the group of Naturalists who worked in the academic tradition, but portrayed scenes from ordinary life in the late 19th century.  Inspired to travel to different regions of the world, he began painting as a cultural bridge to connect people.  His goal was to share the joyful moments and compassion he experienced in these cultures.

 His paintings can be considered impressionistic realism; a combination of primary field study and reference, focused on compositional arrangement, color design, accurate detail, spontaneous brushstrokes and texture.  In his paintings, he pays close attention to the characteristics of people.  Gesture and atmosphere suggest a deeper meaning.

 Huihan has been included in major national shows and invitational exhibitions.  He paintings have won numerous awards such as “Best of Show” in the Western Rendezvous of Art; “Gold Medal for Best Paiting in the California Art Club’s 92nd Annual Juried Exhibition, among numerous others.

 Huihan has been published in many national art publications and periodicals, too numerous to mention.  His work has been shown in numerous museums and his work is highly sought after by collectors.

 He is a Master Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, Master Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America and is also a Signature Member of the California Art Club.

 His work is represented by The Sylvan Gallery-Charleston, S.C.; Total Arts Gallery-Taos, N.M.; Trailside Galleries-Scottsdale, Az; among others.  His work can also be seen on his website at www.huihanweizhenart.com.



September 29-October 2, 2018
Tuition $ 495 

The elements in her artwork consist of light, color and focal point.  She likes working with both pastels and oils.  Pastels show immediate results and they stay brilliant, oils allow you to create new colors from existing pigments.

What You Will Learn
Kaye brings years of experience to this workshop.  Demos will occur in the morning and one-on-one instruction will be in the afternoon.  Still-life setups will be available or bring reference photos with you. The main focal point of the class will be light:  how it falls on objects and what happens when it travels across the painting.  Space, color, and form will also be addressed.

This class will consist of both oils and pastels, with demonstrations in both mediums.


Kaye Franklin began her art career in 1975 while living in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. She and her family moved to Graham, Texas in 1979, it was then that she began a serious quest for the best schools and instructors.
Franklin took various workshops and studied  with Connecticut artist William Henry Earle.

 Her pursuit of excellence has won her the deepest respect of her students, peers and serious collectors.
She has received many national awards and honors that have culminated in her recognition as Master Pastelist,  and her election to Signature Membership in the Pastel Society of America and Oil Painters of America.  She is a
Member of the Salmagundi Club, Signature Member of the National Academy of Professional Plein-air Painters and Signature Member of American Women Artists 

She has taught classes and workshops for over 20 years and has been published in numerous national publications.

See www.kfranklinstudio.com  for examples of her work.  





Oil & Pastel 
Portraits in Pastel and Oil
October 1-4, 2018
Tuition $575 + $40 model fee

Expressive Portraits and Figures

Workshop Description

The most successful paintings go beyond mere rendering; they create an emotional response in the viewer. Explore the secrets of masters like Degas, Sargent, and Fechin as you work from the live model

 You will learn how to:

• Achieve high art rather than mere rendering
• Free yourself from the literal
• Create drama
• Maximize Suggestion
• Achieve glowing, realistic skin tone
• Simplify values
• Avoid “unpleasant” detail
• Capture expression

 William will demonstrate in oil and pastel. We will also view a slide show of masterworks that embody these principles.

 Expect your work to become fresher, looser, and more painterly!

“Alone in Warsaw”  Oil


William A. Schneider, OPA, PSA works in oil and pastel.

His skills were honed during eight years at the American Academy of Art’s Saturday Program in Chicago where he studied figure drawing and pastel with William Parks and oil painting with Ted Smuskiewicz.  He continued his education through workshops with masters like Dan Gerhartz, and Richard Schmid. He learned his advanced pastel techniques in studies with Harley Brown.

 William’s paintings have been featured in numerous magazine articles and several books. His work has received awards in exhibitions including those of: Academic Artists, American Impressionist Society, The Degas Pastel Society, Oil Painters of America, Portrait Society of America, and Salon International. In 2012 the Pastel Society of America elected William to the title “Master Pastelist”.





Oil Painting 
Landscape/Still Lifes
October 16-20, 2018
Tuition $595 

This class is devided into two parts.  The first two days are devoted to still life painting followed by landscape painting for the remaining three days.

You will learn how to create not just a painting, but a piece of art.   You will also learn  how to put soul, power and emotion into your painting to avoid ending up with just a copy of your subject.  Guido will demonstrate how to combine your visual impressions with you inner sensitivity to find your own artistic language, allowing your individual personality to be recognizable in every brushstroke.  You will be encouraged to show excitement and emotions to bring your painting alive.

Don’t be satisfied with something that is just pretty and polished, but instead express yourself in a bold and colorful way, by always allowing your enthusiasm about the beauty of a landscape or a still life setup to surface in your painting. 

Do you want to achieve a convincing result in one session?  Do you want to catch a particular mood in one spontaneous moment?  Set your goal, and Guido will describe and demonstrate to you how to get there.  This is done by learning how to see, by making decisions about composition, color relationships, values, and temperatures quickly and confidently, by concentrating your energy and staying focused on the essential points.  This workshop gives you tools that will enable you to create a thrilling piece of art any time, any place and under any circumstances.  After this class, you will feel encouraged to leave your routine and get inspired to reach for a higher quality in your art.  Learning how to see and how to trust your own judgment, opens up new horizons for your artistic efforts.


Guido Frick is truly an outdoor painter. “It might sound overstated, but I really consider nature as my original studio.”  The German born painter lives half of the year in Europe and travels the other half almost exclusively through America’s western states. He wants to express himself, about places like Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah and others.  In the early 1980’s he met with instructor and painter Sergei Bongart, and still considers this encounter as the most influential experience he has had as a painter.  “Sergei truly opened my eyes and showed me the way.”  Throughout the 70’s Guido has studied with Professor Karel Hodr from Progue, a well respected impressionist painter and art teacher throughout Europe.  He has been published in various publications and is always crossing the line between impressionism and expressionism.  His work can be seen at New Masters Gallery-Carmel, CA www.newmastersgallery.com,, Evergreen Fine Art-Evergreen, CO www.evergreenfineart.com , among others.  Also see examples of his work on his website at www.guidofrick.com.




December 3-7, 2018
Tuition $695 

“Art reveals the evidence of our experiences and values. By observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to his character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experiences.

Through art, subjects become significant to us in unique ways, aesthetically and conceptually.”

 Through lecture and demonstration, 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.


Douglas Fryer's pensive and atmospheric paintings point to the essences of his subjects. He is recording, in paint, his emotional responses to those places, objects and people that have inspired him and hoping to awaken an emotional response in his viewers.

 Fryer studied at Brigham Young University, receiving a BFA in Illustration and an MFA in Painting and Drawing. He has taught fine art and illustration at Brigham Young, the University of Hartford in Connecticut, and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. He lives and paints in the countryside of Spring City, Utah.

 “I tend to see the land as shape, pattern and edges. Of course, in painting these become planes, marks and hard and soft transitions of value and color. Once the subject is decided, the only choices you have left are ones of composition.”

“It is all about the arranging of marks on a surface, and the creation of an abstracted version of reality, with the suggestion of things that are unseen, but felt.”

Douglas Fryer was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was raised in Illinois and California. In 1988 he received his BFA in Illustration from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. He later returned to BYU for further study toward and MFA in Painting and Drawing, and received his MFA in 1995. Fryer has taught fine art and illustration at several universities and art schools, including Brigham Young University; the University of Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut; the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City, New York; and Snow College, Ephraim, Utah.

Doug’s work is represented by Meyer Gallery, Santa Fe, N.M. www.meyergalleries.com and Illume Gallery of Fine Art, St. George, Ut www.illumegalleryoffineart.com.  Also visit www.dougfryer.blogspot.com





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