October 2015 – January 2016 Classes

Fundraiser Workshops for Boyce Thompson Arboretum
October 2015 – January 2016

I’ve added a new acrylic painting workshop for the Boyce Thompson Arboretum benefit series!
Workshop 3: Dragonhead at Sunset for advanced beginners/intermediate artists.
Check out the details below.

Workshops 1 and 2 are appropriate for beginning artists, and, as is customary, will be held at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum (BTA), Smith Building, in Superior, Arizona.

Workshop 3 will be held at Hobby Lobby, Classroom 1, on the northwest quadrant of Southern and Signal Butte, in Mesa, Arizona.

In all workshops, drawing is not a requirement. You come to paint, not draw. All workshops are limited to ten students to provide maximum opportunity for individual guidance.

Workshop 1: Introduction to Painting with Acrylics

October 23-24-25 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday); from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Repeated December 11-12-13.

Show up in your painting clothes, and enjoy the fun of painting. Everything you need for the class will be provided – except an apron. Drawing ability is not necessary. Some of us see changes in color more than ‘lines’. You can be a confident painter without knowing how to draw.

Shrunk for Web Arboretum Portfolio_0002_edited-1Day One: The day begins with the brush you hold in your hand. The brush is your magic wand. You’ll have four brush types to learn, practice with, and use to paint your picture using a composition I give you. You will learn about paint opacity, blending, and diluting. Painting is like writing with a pen. We have our own touch and signature look. Just as you learned cursive writing as a child, it takes some practice to swoosh a paint brush.

Days Two & Three: Building on your knowledge and confidence with your new skill set, we move to the “awe” factors: composition, color and contrast. You will become aware of the impact of these. You will finish your first painting on Day two, and start another one. By the end of day three, you will have finished two basic paintings. Each day starts with class instruction and demonstrations to the class. I then offer one-on-one guidance as the painting day progresses.

Cost: Enrollment for this fundraiser to benefit BTA is $225 and includes: a set of ‘must-have,’ good-quality brushes, paints, and canvas boards (a value of $95) that you will keep, plus admission to the Arboretum (park entry is usually $10 per day). Other art supplies, such as easels and design materials, will be available for use.

To Enroll: Call the Arboretum at 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours, and have your credit card ready.

QUESTIONS: Call me at 480-982-1336 or email me at sueanndickey@hotmail.com


Workshop 2: The Next Step for Beginning Painters

November 13-14-15, 2015 (Fri. Sat. Sun.), from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Repeats January 8-9-10, 2016 (Fri. Sat. Sun.), from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.

This workshop picks up where Introduction to Painting with Acrylics left off. Key concepts include the perception of depth, and the contrast of light and shadow. We willfocus on identifying and developing a good composition, which includes outdoor instruction during a short walk around the Arboretum grounds. You will create a painting, under my guidance, of a spring-time desert scene.

Cost: Enrollment fee for this fundraiser to benefit the BTA is $225.00. BTA park entry is included. Painting supplies are not provided. Students bring their own brushes, paints, and canvas boards (12” x 16” or 16” x 20”). I will have a few extra supplies that can be purchased at cost, if needed. As in the first course, easels and miscellaneous items will be available to use.

To Enroll: Call the Arboretum at 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours, and have your credit card ready.

QUESTIONS: Call me at 480-982-1336 or email me at sueanndickey@hotmail.com


Workshop 3: Dragonhead Mountain at Sunset (Adv. Beginner/Intermediate Level)

This four-day workshop is scheduled so students have time to practice and work on their own between class days. The first workshop dates are:

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, October 9, 2015 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 10, 2015 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 17, 2015 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Workshop Repeats:
November 17, 20, 21, 24 Same hours as above
December 1, 4, 5, 8 Same hours as above

Trail to Dragon HeadThe Scene: Dragonhead is an iconic area in the Superstitionmountains. This photo at sunsethas vibrant, magical, earth colors that are reflected to the thunderhead clouds in the sky. The foreground includes saguaros, brittlebush and paloverdes that lead the viewer’s eye into the depth and emotion of the scene. If you’ve been painting quail or other desert animals, this is a great scene to incorporate them into.

The Technique: You will create your own expression of this photo. You’ll see two approaches I have used to produce very different moods. If you haven’t been painting in “Layers” yet, you are definitely ready for it, and I’ll show you how to brighten dull colors.

The Format: I will paint the process of layering, and you can follow along with me step by step. There will be plenty of time between steps for individual assistance.

Location: Hobby Lobby at Signal Butte and Southern, north of Highway 60, Mesa, AZ. http://www.hobbylobby.com/StoreDetail/409/85118

To Enroll: Call me at 480-982-1336, or email me at sueanndickey@hotmail.com

Cost: The price for this fundraiser to benefit BTA is $225.00, payable by check to me at the address below. A full refund is available if cancelled 3 weeks before the class start date. No refund thereafter.

Sue Ann Dickey, 9784 E. Little Nugget Way, Gold Canyon, AZ 84118

Supplies: You will bring your own practice canvas pads, good quality paints and brushes, 16 x 20 gallery-wrap canvas, and apron. A list of required items will be provided to you when you register. All items will be available for purchase at the Hobby Lobby. I will supply youreasel, outline sketch, disposable plate palette, water cups, and paper towels.

Inquiries: Contact me by email or phone:
sueanndickey@hotmail.com or 480-982-1336

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