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American Memory in Stone and Steel: National Monuments of Tragedy and Triumph
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American Memory in Stone and Steel: National Monuments of Tragedy and Triumph

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with Chuck Tampio

Calendar Next session starts Nov 14, 2019 at 5 pm

America in Stone and Steel is a multimedia presentation that focuses on monuments and memorials around the world and investigates their current meaning - often in contrast with their original intent.  They are examined both as important works of public art, as well as strong cultural statements.  Behind the scenes stories illuminate such icons as the Statue of Liberty, the Lincoln Memorial and the pyramids of Egypt.

Charles Tampio moved to Tucson after 25 years in Washington, D.C. where he held a variety of jobs in education and environmental nonprofits.  He was President of Earthforce and vice president of the Close Up Foundation and is currently president of the charitable Levelor Foundation.  He is a docent at the Tucson Museum of Art and has given record setting presentations in Tucson and all over the country.   Among his other accomplishments - he was the first anchor for C-SPAN. 

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!

Chinese Painting


with Lian Zhen

Calendar Next session starts Feb 23, 2020 at 9 am

Lian's workshop First day:

Chinese painting session. Students learn how to use Chinese brushes, ink and colors, as well as theories of the Asian Art. You will learn to use the spontaneous style painting technique (not painting subjects like bamboo, chrysanthemum, orchid, nor plum blossom).

Next two-days: Watercolor painting. Lian teaches basic techniques such as compositions and coloring, and his unique methods including "Color Pouring and Blending" and "Paint Around (negative painting)". He shows you how to mix colors on watercolor paper, as well as letting the pigments paint themselves. Only three primary colors will be used. 

Lian Quan Zhen is a sought-after watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher in the US and abroad. He is one of the most popular authors of North Light Books.

He started sketching and painting in his childhood and continued as hobby while practicing as a family physician in Canton Province, China. After immigrating to the US in 1985, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and a Master of Architecture Degree from MIT in 1996. He has had many shows in the US, Hong Kong and China and developed an international following. His paintings hang in numerous institutional and private collections including the MIT Museum which has collected 14 of his paintings.

TCA Members receive a $50 discount on all classes.

Encaustic - Painting


with Sherrie Pasternak

Calendar Next session starts Feb 14, 2020 at 10 am

Artist and teacher Sherrie Posternak will introduce students to the fascinating unbounded medium of encaustic- painting with heated, pigmented beeswax medium. This ancient medium is experiencing a truly extraordinary revival, and after two full days of demonstrations and student experimentation, you will understand why. A full range of beginning and intermediate techniques will be taught: history and safety, studio set-up, substrates and grounds, surface techniques and fusing, recipes for encaustic medium and paint, more advanced texture and surface techniques, collage, mixed media, and 3-D applications.

Supplies provided by teacher: Use of all equipment, tools and supplies. Supplies/materials provided for reimbursement by students listed below.

Kit/supplies fee: Encaustic medium, encaustic paint, brushes, cradled and uncradled wooden panels, encaustic ground, some collage materials, soy solvent, razor blades, beeswax, damar resin, pigments, Gamsol, lint-free cloths, masking tape and stencil making materials, some mixed media materials. $50 per student payable to instructor.

From a Scrap of Paper
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From a Scrap of Paper

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with Hall/Kuzara

Calendar Next session starts Dec 12, 2019 at 5 pm

Please join the conversation with Studio Artists Virginia Hall and Barbara Kuzara, in an open discussion about their creative process, various mediums they use and what inspires them. 

"The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place, from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web" Pablo Picasso 

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!

In the Light - Pastel Workshop


with Jan Thompson

Calendar Next session starts Nov 9, 2019 at 10 am

Into the Light describes my technique for this pastel painting class to be offered in beautiful Tubac, AZ.  We will start with the darkest darks, either by paper color or pastel values and washes on the papers.  We will move toward the light by progressively using lighter, softer pastels.  I will discuss what pastel is in case you are a beginner.  We will try to work from your photos (bring some of your favorites) and we may go Plein Aire one day.  Think about composition and contrast in your photos.

Any skill level is fine as we all enjoy critique and learning from each other.  We will probably discuss how one can become a slave to photos and how to get away from "pure copying".  I will talk about shape, value, edges and composition while we attempt to create the illusion of 3-D on a 2-D surface.  We will practice looking at our world (wood, grass, sky, water, etc) then express our concepts on paper.  It is my hope that we can convey these responses to our viewers with some great paintings

Whether or not you have ever used pastels, I know you will enjoy their immediacy and vibrant colors. Pastel is like drawing and painting at the same time. Beauty is all around us – Most of all we will have fun!

Marketing Your Art
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Marketing Your Art

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Calendar Next session starts Oct 19, 2019 at 10 am

Painting from a Photo Reference


with Dan Graziano

Calendar Next session starts Oct 27, 2019 at 9 am

This workshop will discuss techniques to quickly transfer the important elements of a reference photo to the canvas, as well as creating an artistic painting rather than simply rendering a photograph.  Beginning with a discussion on the "basics" of oil painting (from materials to paint handling), the workshop will also address the fundamentals of color, value, edges and perspective.  Learn how to use a reference photo and create a loose, expressive and "painterly" painting!

Instruction will include a short painting demo by Dan, with explanation of his process along the way.  Participants will then work from their own photo references incorporating the techniques discussed, with planty of one-on-one individual instruction throughout the day.

TCA Members receive a $50 discount on all classes.

Painting the Impressionist Landscape


with Lois Griffel

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

Lois" workshop focuses on how to capture color and ;ight 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 all classes. 

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