Please see below for a listing of classes and workshops offered. This page is updated as new classes and workshops are scheduled. Mentoring sessions are available at $85 per three-hour session. Sessions meet in my studio in Albuquerque, unless other arrangements are made. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org inquiries.
Plein Air on the Santa Cruz
Nov 3 -20, 2019
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The Tubac Center of the Arts and Rancho Santa Cruz announce Plein Air on the Santa Cruz, Tubac, Arizona's second Plein Air Retreat and Workshop, culminating in an exhibition and sale to take place at Tubac Center of the Arts. The event begins Nov. 3, 2019 in Tubac, Arizona with a workshop I will present.
I am pleased to announce I will present a workshop at this event on Sunday, Nov 3, 2019. [Please check back later for workshop details, including event registration info]
This is a unique opportunity for artists to experience a taste of southern Arizona’s ranch life and an enriching artistic experience with fellow plein air artists from the region and beyond.
For more information and to enter the juried selection process, contact Michael Fenlason at email@example.com. The retreat starts Saturday, Nov. 2 (check-in), and runs through Friday, November 9. A variety of guest artist packages are available at the ranch. All packages include paint outs, workshops, welcome reception and the opportunity to show and sell work at the Tubac Center of the Arts.
Tubac is one of Arizona’s oldest towns, an 1800’s Spanish Presidio turned artist colony, just a 45-minute drive south of Tucson. Since 1963, The Tubac Center of the Arts has hosted highly acclaimed art shows and events throughout the year for local residents and visitors from all over the globe. http://tubacarts.org
The historic Rancho Santa Cruz has recently re-opened for business and offers lodging and a gallery featuring local artists. Located in a large grove of magnificent cottonwood trees along the Santa Cruz River, the 100-year old property has been revived to its authentic western roots and is becoming a destination for artistic and cultural retreats. http://ranchosantacruz.us.
Watch the video for the 2018 event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VXsvCEmMLY
Clouds & Sky in the Landscape
This workshop or 8-week oil painting class will introduce students to the relationship between sky and ground and explore ways to impart luminosity in skies, strengthen compositions through effective placement of cloud shapes and enhance mood with creative use of color. Sessions will meet in the studio. Some observational time will be spent outside. It is advised that students who take this class have a grasp of art fundamentals.
Composing the Landscape
All successful art is derived from sound compositional choices. This workshop or 8-week studio class will familiarize students with the tools of composition necessary for conveying his or her expressive vision and intent for a given subject. Weekly sessions will explore value, color, shape, line, space, and direction as they apply to landscape oil painting. Students can expect individual attention based on their specific needs and skill level.
Refining the Landscape
This workshop or 8-week class focuses on the process of seeing and painting the landscape in ways that enable artists to convey their intent quickly and effectively. Studio sessions will include distilling the visual complexity of nature to a few compositional choices, use of limited color palettes and values, and the economy of brush strokes. The instructor will give attention to common challenges that face many plein air and studio painters such as, establishing and maintaining the intent for a painting from start to finish; properly assessing greens in the landscape and interpreting them with pigment; and rendering skies that are luminous and compositionally interesting.
Painting the Landscape en Plein Air
This workshop or 8-week class is for artists who have experience painting outdoors and would like to hone their skills through more one-to-one time with the instructor. The first part of the course will be a review of approaches to oil painting en plein air. The majority of the sessions will meet outdoors, weather permitting.
Nocturne Painting In Oils
Paint the magic light, mood and mystery of twilight time, including the sunset, darkness of night and moonlit subjects. This workshop or 8-week class will challenge students to “see” and paint color and values of low light subjects. Most sessions will be in the studio, with outdoor painting an option, if the class is agreeable. There will be demonstrations by the instructor, and students will use photo references of their choosing. Experience painting with oils is required for this class.
Is it required that students use only oil paints in your classes and workshops, or are other mediums allowed?
Occasionally other mediums are acceptable, but the use of oils is strongly recommended. My instruction focuses largely on general principles of composition and design, thus much of the instruction is useful regardless of of which medium is used.
Is art experience a prerequisite for taking your classes and workshops?
Having a foundation in drawing and composition will enable students to get the most from my instruction. My students generally have some experience, but there is a full range of experience and backgrounds. I try to help students according to each one's level of experience and skill.
Here is a sample of responses made anonymously by students when asked what was most helpful about Tom's classes and workshops?:
"Instructor is very kind. Honors each student. Takes time for personal attention."
“Clear concepts and objectives presented.”
“Thoughtful approach – really enjoyed the demos.”
“Tom knows how to break down the work into a step-by-step approach and proceed methodically. It was helpful to hear the basic concepts reinforced when looking at specific paintings.”
“Learning new techniques & actually seeing how to do them as well as doing it ourselves. Appreciated the handouts and actual discussion of painting.”
“The talks and info given was then translated into the paint exercise. New techniques for me were used that I will definitely put to use.”
“The class was excellent! I liked (having) a specific list of goals for each class; the critiques, as well as the homework.”
“The individual attention as I worked out a difficulty.”
“The demos were brilliant.”
“I loved this class!”