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Painting the Impressionist Landscape


with Lois Griffel

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 8, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Lois' workshop focuses on how to capture color and light into your paintings by gaining insight into the foundations of Impressionism.

The workshop is based on her two books, Painting the Impressionist Landscape and Painting Impressionist Color.

You will learn how to interpet nature with rich and beautiful color. Lois will combine impressionist therory with the essential principles of successful paintings.

The morning session will be held outdoors with the afternoons in the studio. Each consecutive class is based on what has been previous covered; building from each lesson to make the learning curve easier,

Open to artist of all levels, oil, water-based oils or pastels. Acrylics if you have experience with using them outdoors.

The workshop is informal and fun, be perpared to learn a lot and work hard too.

Lois Griffel was honored by the American Imppressionist Society as a Master Signature Artist.

Her book, Painting the Impressionist Landscape was published over 25 yrs ago and is still considered an exemplary source on seeing color and light. It has been translated into four languages. Her second book, Painting Impressionist Color embellishes lessons in the first book, including many new concepts.

Lois's paintings have twice been on the cover of American Artist Magazine. She was also featured in The Artist Magazine, The Boston Globe, American Art Review and the New York Times.

Lois has taught throughout the US and Europe and has sold out shows in New England.

Her mission is to share her love of color with artisti and collectors to help people see the world in a new and beautiful way. "Nature is precious and fleeting and we must do everything in our power to perserve it."

TCA members receive a $50 discount on selected classes. 

The Art and Architecture of Mission San Xavier del Bac
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The Art and Architecture of Mission San Xavier del Bac

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with Bill Boslego

Calendar Next session starts Mar 19, 2020 at 5 pm

A look at the exhuberant and playful art of the Mission, with an emphasis on its illusionistic effects, unusual details and surprising stories behind the art.

Talks in this series are free for TCA members and an $8 donation is suggested for general public attendance.

Pre Registration is not required - We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Painting The Soul – People and Animals In Watercolor


with Michaelin Otis

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 27, 2020 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Michaelin Otis, author of “Watercolor for the Fun of It – Painting People”, (available at TCA gift shop) will show you how to draw accurate faces, get a likeness, and paint it in Watercolor. Participants will learn how to paint on a very forgiving serface. Michaelin will provide reference material. Feel free to bring your own photos for review and learn how to judge it for good reference. In this 3-day class will create one portrait of a person and one of an animal. 

TCA members recieve a $50 discount on all workshops.

Palette Knife Oil Painting for Bold Textures and Brilliant Colors


with Linda Star Landon

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 1, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 3 weeks

Learn to paint colorful, textural impressionist desert landscapes featuring saguaros and prickly pears with a palette knife.  Linda will also share what she has learned in her 25+ years of painting on how to create better art.  Some experience with oil paints required.

1/2 day class. Wednesday's 9am-12pm for three weeks.  April 1, 8, 15, 2020. Sign-up is for all three sessions.

TCA Members receive a $50 discount on all classes.


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