Christmas – then Thanksgiving MODERN!
PAINT THE HOLIDAYS via ZOOM! (online)
October 5 – 27, 2020
Beginners through Advanced
Pick Your Acrylic Painting Sessions
2.5 Hours Each, 1 pm – 3:30 pm AZ Standard Time
LIVE from my Studio – Step by Step Instruction Individual assistance during the class.
Price: $28 per session; Register by September 20
Supply list provided after registration
Christmas comes first
BEGINNERS! No Drawing Necessary.
Sessions 1,2 and 3: ‘How-To Make’ then Create
Oct. 5 Monday, 1 – 3:30 p.m. You will paint 3D balls that will morph into a pomegranate, and an ornament. Next: Learn to make flowing ribbons that create movement. The session ends with landscape: snowman with a scarf (ribbon morphed), mounds of snow, distant line of trees
Oct. 7 Wednesday, 1 – 3:30 p.m. A Charlie Brown tree; snow – laden, fir boughs that soften a scene, and stacked presents
Create Your Original Compositions! Design borders for two cards and two paintings. No Drawing Necessary. You have a few days to work it out. Success without Stress starts with simplicity! Don’t put everything you’ve learned into one painting. Rather, make several smaller designs/paintings.
Oct. 14 Wednesday, 1 – 3:30 p.m. Shading and shadows-consistency is key. They add depth perception.
I will be one click away.
INTERMEDIATES/ADVANCED Session 4 & 5 – Christmas Cheer! (Drawing is not necessary)
Oct. 16 Friday 1 – 3:30pm
Oct . 19 Monday 1 – 3:30pm
Sweet Memories. A memory that brings a smile to your face will be joyous for you to paint and share. There is time for ONE image of your choosing (realistic). Additionally, there is the Help Session of 2 hrs. to work ahead. If you have an image that has been tried and failed, the Help Session is is an opportunity to
get a fresh perspective and suggestions.
Subject Ideas: Christmas Stocking,Amaryllis, Crystal Still Life
Christmas Stocking – Your painting of a loved ones’ sock will be a treasured keepsake. I recommend a canvas size of 11 x 14 if highly detailed.9x 12 minimum size.
Flower Power – TheAmaryllis. It makes a beautiful card, especially on a cream-toned background. Accent with gold. Canvas size depends on how many blooms and if you will put on a bow, place it in a vase or a pot–on and on. Remember, larger is easier to paint than smaller.(9 x 12” minimum for single bloom)
Crystal Still Life — I equate the holidays with much laughter and many smiles whilst toasting the blessings of family, friends, and life!
ALL LEVELS — HELP! Session (NO CHARGE)
Oct. 19 Monday I’ll be available to help you from 10:00 a.m. to Noon via Zoom!
“Over the River and Through the Woods”
Session 6 – All Levels- COLOR AND CONTRAST
October 21 – 1 – 3:30 pm.
Your work with ribbons has set you up for success to make colorful roadways, rivers and hillsides in a contemporary style. Add a couple of acorns and oak leaves – fresh art!
Session 7 – BEGINNERS – CARD BORDERS (leaves and pumpkin)
October 23 – 1 – 3:30 pm.
Vine maple leaves will provide movement, and the pumpkin, an anchor. You may use any reference material you like.
Session 8 & 9 – INTERMEDIATE /ADVANCED – Go Modern!
October 27 – 1 – 3:30 pm.
October 30 – 1 – 3:30 pm.
S-T-R-E-T-C-H Be Not Afraid. This will be fun, not an ordeal. A great painting happens when the artist is emotionally connected. To incorporate that feeling into a painting is a study in color, texture, and often, simplification of shapes.
We’ll do some small, fast experimental paintings in a variety of styles. You might discover a new side of your artistic self.
2019 Summer Workshops
Escape the Heat – Learn to Paint!
Explore Your Inner Creativity with Acrylics
6 Sessions: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tues & Wed: June 12 & 13
Wed. & Thurs: June 18 & 19, 25 & 26
Location: Artist’s Studio – Tempe
Maximum class size: 4
This is a no-stress class geared to the student who hasn’t held a brush since childhood. You will paint two pictures. You will learn the basics about color, contrast and composition. Supplies are provided and drawing is not necessary!
Intermediate Level – Acrylics!
6 sessions: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, July 9 & 10; July 16 and17; July 23 and 24
Location: Tempe – Artist’s Bldg.
Maximum class size: 10
A continuation for advanced beginners and intermediate level students. We will all paint the same image, and I will demonstrate my techniques. Contact me for the full class description.
Private and semi-private classes. These can be scheduled in one or two hour sessions at mutually convenient times.
Sue Ann is happy to answer questions.
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What Students Have Said
Over the years I’ve signed up for many art classes, but none that I enjoyed more than the one I took with Sue Ann Dickey. Beyond being well-structured and fun, she taught so many useful techniques I had never seen before. She also showed us many of her paintings broken down into the steps she took as she worked on them which I found most helpful in understanding how I could go about my own paintings. After her well-planned presentation, as she gave the students time to paint, I loved the personal attention and positive remarks she gave each of us. What an enjoyable teacher she is!
I have taken a number watercolor, acrylic and oil painting classes, including classes at Scottsdale Artists School and the Shemer Art Center. The classes I have taken from Sue Ann Dickey rank at the top of my experiences. She is a skilled artist and instructor. She is adept in explaining concepts and processes while providing inspiration and encouragement in a nurturing environment. I highly recommend her and will be first in line to sign up for future classes!
Sue Ann is an accomplished artist and she knew how to teach. I was a teacher for 20 years, so I knew what she faced with that large class. She had a calm, cheerful demeanor. She communicated clearly and interacted with each person at their level. No one was ignored, and she kept it moving. I ranked her ‘Excellent’ in every category.
Anonymous ASU student review
Sue takes the pain out of painting. This is my third class with her. She’s an amazing instructor and a genuinely nice person.
Anonymous ASU student review
In my opinion, she’s the best painting instructor in the Valley.
Anonymous ASU student review