The AAG Guild School of Art offers its members an up close and personal way to decide which workshops they want to attend. Guild members and their guests will meet the artists and view their art prior to the workshop at our monthly meetings. This year, our monthly program speakers, along with our current president, will be conducting workshops. Be sure to attend the AAG general meetings to get a taste of the presenting artist’s style and medium, in addition to finding out what’s in store for the workshop. Additionally, click on each presenters’ name to go to their website.
Tess Mosko Scherer | Digital Media Lab | monthly program | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm | $35/session
Digital Media Labs will be held monthly on the following dates (second Friday of each month):
2019: August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, and December 13.
2020: January 10, February 14, March 13, April 10, May 8.
Space is limited as this is a hands-on program. Participants are invited to bring their laptop, tablet, or smart-phone. Bring digital images and information to edit, post on social media, or update your website. Topics covered: posting, creating events, sharing, boosting and other aspects of Instagram and Facebook, along with business tips and marketing strategies. Photo editing, management and other aspects of social media and marketing will be covered. Word Press webite and Blogging. Each session is driven by the needs of the attendees.
Tess Mosko Scherer has had two successful careers in the arts, first as a gallerist owning Scherer Gallery for 30 years, after which she launched her career as an artist with a vibrant studio practice. She generously shares her knowledge and insights in this ongoing program.
Cost: AAG members: $35 |non-members: $45
Ann Osgood | Flowers with Precious Metals| October 18, 2019 | 10:00 – 4:00
This workshop is painting flowers with acrylic paint. Rather than the usual still life bouquet we will be thinking about the mood the flowers can convey. We start with the flowers and paint them from life. What happens next is adding background colors and design elements that give our interpretation a personal touch. The fun will be enhanced when we add gold or silver leaf to our paintings.
Trevor Swanson | Wildlife Painting | Oil | December 6, 2019 | 10:00 -4:00
Trevor will provide an overview of the design and painting process that used to create a finished work. While this normally takes weeks to accomplish, we will do as much as we can to go over a lot of the techniques and tricks learned over the years to create detail and bring a subject to life. Trevor creates a fun learning experience, and welcomes beginners as well as advanced students. We all have something to learn from each other.
By the age of 25, Trevor had won several artistic competitions, including the coveted “Artist of the Year” award from the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep. As a result of his exceptional talent, Trevor’s reputation has soared to an early prominence in the world of fine art.
Trevor has traveled extensively throughout the world to capture rare and beautiful moments. He pursues a much deeper discovery on canvas. His artwork celebrates the majesty of untamed wildlife and beauty of unspoiled environments. “I paint realistically, because the beauty of life is in the little things. The multi-colored moss growing on the rock where a wolf is standing, the light beaming through trees branches onto the fur of a bear; these are the details that breathe life into the painting. I try hard to portray these subtle elements of tone and mood because they complete the story being told.”
“I love to lose myself in the rich color and vivid detail of my own brush strokes and discover only later where it has taken me. It gets more exciting all the time.
Arthur Norby | Sculpture | January 4, 2020 | 10:00 – 4:00 pm
In this workshop, I will discuss armature building, composition, creating interesting textures, how and when to make the sculpture hollow, and preparation for mold making (mold making is another skill set). I use a high degree of hand shaping, then use tools for creating details and texturing. The class project will be about twelve inches cubed, but those who feel a need to work larger may do so.
The goal of the workshop will be to finish a clay model, give insight into three-dimensional art, how to use models or photos. I will provide several models suitable for the time available. I will demonstrate and discuss the use of oil base sculpture clay and compare its limitations to wet clay. In short, the goals of this workshop are to 1. Have a good time. 2. Discuss composition and limitations of wet clas and firing of clay. 3. Attempt to complete a small scale sculpture
Participants may bring samples of their own sculptures if they wish to discuss problems.
Arthur’s career has spanned 40 years and has been varied and intense. His first sculptures were created in 1979, with his first collection of bronzes being created in 1980 and 1981. He has created over 600 sculptures in a variety of subjects, including more than 15 large scale/public bronzes.
Arthur’s first monumental public sculptures were created for Trenton, New Jersey in 1991 and Windom, Minnesota in 1993. In 1996 I was chosen through a national call for proposals to design the Minnesota Korean War Veterans Memorial which was dedicated in September of 1998.
From 1996 through 2007 he resided in Arizona, operated The Norby Gallery and through the competitive process was commissioned to create six heroic public bronzes, as well as two sculpture gardens which encompassed eight life-size bronzes, seven life-size portrait busts and numerous other commissions. In 2006 I was awarded a one-person exhibit of paintings and sculpture by the West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, Arizona. In 2008 I presented a retrospective exhibit of sculpture and paintings for the Ravalli County Museum, Hamilton, Montana.
Throughout my career I have attended workshops and taught studio techniques, as well as having taken part in school residencies at several grade levels .
In 2007 Arthur retired from gallery activities to concentrate more intensively on his artwork.
John Erwin | Watercolor Painting | February 21, 2020
Watercolor can be elusive and challenging. John Erwin instructs in a way that creates successful paintings. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of color and design to create well-balanced paintings. John will instruct on how to start and complete a painting.
John is a juried member of the Arizona Artist Guild, the Arizona Watercolor Association and a Signature member of the Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona. He is a co- founder of the Pinnacle Peak Painters critique group and a member of the 22×30 Critique Group. He also coordinates the Open Studio for the AAG. He has taught for over 40 years and now teaches watercolor, sketching and printmaking. He has been an instructor at the Shemer Art Center.
Bill Lundquist | The Portrait | Charcoal or Oil | April 4, 2020
Bill Lundquist has been a professional artist for over fifty years. For three decades he has been affiliated with Scottsdale Artists’ School and has been a continuous instructor there for the past twenty-two years teaching students to draw and paint. Using a constructive, straightforward approach augmented by demonstrations and individual help, Bill is there to assist artists on their journey to achieving artistic competence and creative expression. American Artist magazine featured him in their February 2009 issue in an article called, A Journey That Never Ends.
Cost: AAG members: $70 |non-members: $80 | Click here to register.
Lord Leo by Carmen Timm, workshop Chair for Arizona Artists Guild.