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Mixed Media-Paper


with Annie Allen

Calendar Mar 23, 2019 at 9 am

For this Journey into art we will begin with a journal to capture our sketches & ideas, a “16 x 20” canvas, a palette of dyes, acrylics & acrylic mediums, brushes & spray bottles.  Using mother nature as our launching pad we will develop a storyboard on canvas.  A triad of potential that uses symbols and contrasting colors.  Birds, fish & animals are part of this theme.  We will work with anatomy playing with line, shadows and a sense of weight using darks & lights.

All level of artists are invited to join in for an exploration into our natural world and our own vision of this world.  You are encouraged to bring your own brushes which should include a variance of sizes.  Examples:  Acrylic/watercolor in round, bright for flats & angle brush types.  Small, medium & large sizes.  Also fan brushes and old scrub brushes are encouraged.  I will have plenty of old brushes as well. 

Because of the use of dyes, I encourage old clothing and/or coverings such as t-shirts.  The dyes used are environmentally safe and will wash off of your skin as well.  I love the messy process!  The class will include a triad of dyes (Golden Yellow, Cobalt Blue & Scarlet Red) that have been pre-mixed in containers for your use.

Date: March 23-24, 2019 9am - 4pm Limited to 15 participants. 
Workshop Fees: TCA Members $300, Non-members, $350 (Member discounts will be taken at checkout.)

Plein Air Pastel & Oil
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Plein Air Pastel & Oil


with Michael Chesley Johnson

Calendar Feb 20, 2019 at 9 am

Join nationally-known artist Michael Chesley Johnson as he shows you how to paint the landscape on-location and in the studio. In this workshop, you'll start in the studio with basic principles, and then you'll move to the field where Michael will demonstrate his method for "capturing the moment" quickly and efficiently but without sacrificing mood and magic.

Afterward, you'll have the opportunity to practice your new skill with Michael going from easel to easel offering plenty of personal help. Each day will offer at least one demonstration plus critiques of student work done in the workshop.

Date: February 20-22, 2019 9am - 4pm Limited to 12 participants. Workshop Fees: TCA Members $300, Non-members, $350 (Member discounts will be taken at checkout.

Plein Air Sketching


with Rick Wheeler

Calendar Mar 29, 2019 at 10 am

With mixed media in mind, enjoy this 3-day workshop drawing the beautiful landscapes and historic landmarks of the Sonoran Desert.  Our mediums of choice will be pencil, water-soluble graphite, pen & ink wash, watercolor pencils, and a small palette of watercolors (optional).  Each day will focus on points of interest in the Tubac area.  March is an excellent time of year for this type of workshop.  The class is open to beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.

Originally from California, Rick has lived in the Four Corners region of the desert southwest since 1994.  He holds a B.A. degree in fine Art, with a minor in Integrative Studies from Prescott College, Arizona, as well as an Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design.  He has studied at the San Francisco Art Institute with a focus on drawing and painting and at the San Francisco Academy of Art University in illustration.  Both “fine art” and commercial art” approaches proved valuable, and helped broaden his perspectives into the art world.

Date: March 29, 30, 31, 2019 10am - 4pm; lunch break Noon-1pm Limited to 8 students. 
Workshop Fees: TCA Members $350, Non-members, $400 (Member discounts will be taken at checkout.

Watercolor on Gesso


with Michaelin Otis

Calendar Feb 16, 2019 at 9:30 am

Nationally known artist, Michaelin Otis, will show you all her secrets about painting watercolor onto a handmade surface and framing the piece without glass!  You will learn how to compose a painting based on value, prepare your surface, paint in watercolor and varnish the final painting.  We will discuss color, value, drawing, composition – all while having lots of fun.  You will learn all the different techniques needed to create beautiful paintings.  The first day you will prepare a surface for the following day.  You will be given a prepared surface to paint on the first day.  This is such a fun and rewarding technique, it almost paints itself!  Supply list will be sent at registration, be prepared to have a really great two days with lots of laughs!

 Michaelin Otis is an award winning, nationally known artist, workshop leader, art show juror and author.  Her very popular book, “Watercolor for the Fun of It - Painting People,” was published by North Light Books in 2002.  She is a contributing author for “Drawing and Painting People – The Essential Guide” and has illustrated eight children’s books.  The latest book, “Trainman” is being published by the Autism and Asperger Publishing Company.  She owned and operated her own gallery and teaching studio, Avalon Arts, for 18 years in White Bear Lake, MN.  Her compelling portraits have been featured in numerous publications, book covers, magazines and CD cover, as well as a show at S.P.A.S. Gallery in St. Petersburg, Russia, in June of 2005.  She has written articles for Watercolor Magazine, Artist Magazine and Watercolor Magic.  She has Been featured in many other, including most currently “Western Art Collector”.  Michaelin has won numerous awards, and has her signature membership in the Louisiana Watercolor Society and the Taos National society of Watercolors.  She has been accepted into numerous national juried shows.  For many years she taught for HK Holbein art materials at trade show around the country.  She is currently being represented by Manos Gallery, Tubac, AZ.

Date: February 16-17, 2019 Limited to 12 participants. 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM 
Workshop Fees: TCA Members $250, Non-members, $300 (Member discounts will be taken at checkout.)

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