Sunday, December 4, 2011

Scottsdale Artists School Workshop in Tubac, Arizona

"Yellow House, Tubac" 9x12, oil
I have a plein air workshop coming up in Tubac, Arizona, that I'd like to spread the word about.  This will be through Scottsdale Artists' School, and I am, quite frankly, tickled pink that they asked me to teach a workshop.  SAS is one of the premiere art schools in the country, and I'm proud to be part of it.

The workshop runs January 23-26, 2012,  (that's a Monday-Thursday) and will be based at Amado Territory Ranch Inn.  (That's about 8 minutes from Tubac.) The workshop is for all levels and all media, although I will be working in oil and pastel.   Space is limited, and so is the lodging, so don't delay in signing up!

You can register here at the Scottsdale Artists' School site.

Here's a little about the workshop:

Join Michael Chesley Johnson for a mid-winter retreat in historic Tubac, Arizona. Tubac is one of the earliest settlements in Arizona and is home to the Tumacacori Mission, which was established in 1691 and is now a National Historic Park, and the Presidio, a fort founded in 1752 and now a State Park. Besides historic buildings, we'll paint Tubac's colorful streets and its mountain views.

For the student not yet comfortable with plein air painting, this workshop will show them how to get out in the field with a minimum of fuss and baggage. Holding to the concept that everything a painter needs should fit into a backpack, students will learn to strip down their gear to the essentials. In addition, they'll learn an easy, step-by-step process to capture the moment without sacrificing mood and magic. 

During the four-day workshop, students can expect to do at least one painting a day. They can expect daily demonstrations plus some studio time for initial lectures, critiques and wrap-up. Portable easel and transportation necessary.

I hope you'll join me!  Below are some photos to whet your appetite.

St Ann's Catholic Church

Historic Storefront in Tubac

Local Color in Tubac

More Local Color in Tubac

Historic Tumacacori Bar (great pool table!)

Tumacacori Mission Courtyard

Tumacacori Mission Courtyard

Tumacacori Mission Bell Tower

Demonstration at the Mission

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