Abstract Studio: Explorations

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Abstract Studio: Explorations
with Beverly Todd

March 22- 24, 2024  |  Friday – Sunday

Friday: 10 am – 5 pm  |  Saturday-Sunday: 9 am – 4 pm

  • Medium: Acrylic
  • Experience: All levels of experience are welcome.
  • Materials: Click the Materials List tab above for a list of supplies students need to bring with them.
  • Registration: Each student must enroll individually. Click the Cancellation Policy tab above for more info.
  • Location: Sedona Arts Center, Theatre Studio.

Experience the vibrant world of abstract expressionism like never before! Discover the fundamental elements of abstract artistry, where boldness, vividness, and boundless energy collide. Join this exhilarating journey of self-expression on canvas.

  • What Awaits You: Explore the core concepts of abstract expressionism, including marks, layers, colors, composition, and the physicality of painting. Channel your inner energy and intention in every stroke.
  • Your Creative Journey Includes: Develop your skills in non-objective, intuitive painting, allowing your inner artist to shine without constraints.
  • Diverse Mediums and Techniques: Immerse yourself in a world of mediums, tools, and techniques that will expand your artistic horizons.
  • Go Big and Bold: Learn the secrets to creating larger-than-life, dynamic artwork with an unrestrained, loose style.
  • Weave Stories into Your Art: Discover how to infuse your art with narrative, adding depth and meaning to your creations.
  • Transformative Techniques: Harness the power of intention as you embark on your creative journey, giving your art a unique purpose and meaning.
  • Unleash Your Individuality: Create art that is a true reflection of yourself, setting you apart from the crowd.
  • Overcome Challenges: Identify and conquer challenges and limiting beliefs, learning how to redefine and refocus your creative path.
  • Take home stunning 36” x 36” canvas artwork and accompanying paper studies.

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Beverly Todd

Beverly Todd

About Beverly Todd


Through large-scale abstract painting, Beverly interprets nature. Connects with ideas. And explores emotion. Her painting process is physical, using hardware-store brushes. Broken sticks. Rags. And hands. To move paint. To add layers. To pull back layers. To drip. To scrape and wipe. And to pull the paint across the surface. 

Beverly grew up in rural American near Union, Nebraska. Often happily lost for hours in the open prairie landscape that inspires her work. Today, she paints in her Santa Fe, New Mexico, studio and takes cues from the high desert landscape. 

Wanting to give other creatives the same experience, Bev opened Santa Fe Artist Getaway in 2019 – a place for all artists to stay, play, and create. Beverly is a workshop leader and creativity coach, sharing her passion for exploration, adventure, & creativity.


Materials List

  • Sketchbook/notepad
  • Three 36” x 36” stretched canvas
  • One 12-page pad of watercolor paper, 18” x 24”
  • Set of acrylic paint. 6-8 colors. Medium to heavy body (no fluid) 
  • Mediums: Gesso, glazing or gel medium
  • Good brands for paint and medium: Golden, Liquitex, Nova. These brands also have “starter kits.” (No house paint or craft paint).
  • Brushes. Acrylic/synthetic combos. No smaller than 1” flat or round. Several 2” to 4” cheap chip bristle brushes (from the hardware store). Large and X-large brushes (e.g., mop brush, 5” hardware store brushes). Any others that are your favorite and feel good in your hand.

Optional — Don’t feel like you need to buy these, bring what you may have on hand: 

  • Masterson Artist Palette Seal (or something similar, for mixing & saving paint).
  • If you have sensitive skin — hand barrier cream or nitrile gloves. I use thick hand lotion and wash with Dawn dish-washing detergent. 
  • Mixed media markers, like water soluble/aqua medium, oil pastels, crayon sticks, Derwent Intense blocks, Stabilo Woody markers, Kingart gel pens 
  • Drawing charcoal, graphite, colored drawing pencils (Lyra & Derwent are good brands)
  • Color wheel, color mixing chart 
  • Pallet knife, scrapers, spatulas, sticks, plastic cards (like your old credit card). Raid the junk drawer & hardware store
  • Any other tools you’d like to experiment with.

Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually.
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices at 928-282-3809, ext. 1.
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.

In-Person and Online Workshops

  • Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
  • There is a $125 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before February 22, 2024. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after February 22, 2024.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.

Everything was wonderful! I was pushed out of my comfort zone and was able to grow as an artist. The prompts and exercises were especially helpful in helping me get started with new piece.

This was my first workshop with Beverly, I'll definitely be back for more! I had an amazing experience! Everything from the painting skills and tools I picked up to the wonderful people were perfect. Beverly did a great job at meeting all of our needs.

Such a WONDERFUL workshop! This week with Beverly was transformative for my practice. I came away inspired and motivated!