Glazing in Oils Crash Course

Cyndi Thau - Sunrise
Cyndi Thau - La Fiesta Continuar
Cyndi Thau - -Gelato -72 dpi
Cyndi Thau - A Garden of Purple 24x18
Cyndi Thau - Spring Fling
Cyndi Thau - Tiempo
Cyndi Thau - Sunshine 36x24


Glazing in Oils Crash Course
with Cyndi Thau

Jan 19, 21, 23, 25  |  Tue, Thu, Sat, Mon  |  SAC Special Exhibition Gallery Studio  |  1-4pm  |  4 Class Sessions

Color, Light, Shadow, Translucency – These are the ingredients that we will work with to create a beautiful painting for you to take home. Our subject will be flowers and using the glazing technique we will apply thin layer upon layer of oil paint to achieve the depth and translucency associated with all things in nature.

Students will be taught how to choose a composition, transfer it to the canvas and then begin the process of laying in color. This class will be taught in four sessions to allow for critical drying time between layers. We will focus on light and shadow, paying attention to brushwork and edges as we build up the design. Paintings will be done on a gallery wrap canvas and students will be given a choice of images from which to work. Attention to detail is important and even more critical is the use of light and shadow to form the shapes while laying in color to complete the design.

Each of the four sessions will begin with a demonstration and instruction followed by individual attention. We will discuss composition, color mixing, edges, blending, and values. At the end of the fourth session, each student will have a beautifully completed painting to grace your wall at home.

Open to all levels and all materials included!

In-Person Classes
COVID Health and Safety Protocols
The health and safety of our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, and Staff are a top priority. Since COVID-19 first surfaced, our staff continues to monitor the situation closely, taking every precaution to keep our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, Staff, and our community safe.

  • We require that masks be worn at all times inside our buildings.
  • Enrollment in classes and workshops is limited to ensure social distancing is possible.
  • Staff perform a rigorous sanitation protocol throughout the day.
  • Thermometers are available in the Gallery and Studios for self-checking of temperature upon entrance.
  • Sanitation stations are available at each entrance to the Center. Paper masks are available for no charge.

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Cyndi Thau

Cyndi Thau

From time spent outdoors and traveling to time spent in the studio Cyndi has always wanted to keep art a central focus in her life. Originally from Arizona, Cyndi attended college at Arizona State University where she obtained a degree in design from the College of Architecture. She later obtained a second degree in computer graphic design. This was followed by studies with a variety of artists including Tom Browning, Gretchen Lopez, Joshua Been, and Betty Carr. Upon graduation Cyndi had an opportunity to live and work in Alaska at a remote fly-out fly fishing lodge where she was able to observe the wildlife and culture that abounds. Between the summer seasons in Alaska, Cyndi spent five months in South America. She studied at a Spanish language school in Ecuador followed by working in a remote section of Chile.

As the time in Alaska came to a close she elected to relocate to Central America where she could focus on developing her skills as an artist while continuing to learn Spanish. Costa Rica became the country of choice and it was here that she opened a small art gallery close to the beach. She spent seven years living and working as an artist in this beautiful location. In addition to operating the gallery she spent each day creating new pieces of art which included paintings, murals, and mosaics.

It was during this time that the love of flowers developed. “I am fascinated by the forms, colors, depth, and the play of light and shadow that interact to make a painting. Most of my paintings are close up, detailed compositions rather than a more overall view. I use thin layer upon layer of oil paint to achieve the translucency that I associate with all things in nature”.  In general these painting are colorful, detailed and large and grace the homes of clients around the world.

Cyndi now resides in the peaceful region of Oak Creek Canyon, outside of Sedona, Arizona.

Materials List

All materials included!

Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually
  • Classes must be paid in full upon registration
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn

In-Person and Online Classes Cancellation

  • Students must cancel or transfer at least 7 days prior to the first day of class
  • If a student cancels or transfers before the 7-day cut-off, a 15% fee will be applied
  • If a student cancels within 7 days prior to class, there are no refunds
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the class 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.

Covid-19 Update for In-Person Classes and Workshops: 

As long as SAC is able to provide an environment that adheres to the CDC guidelines for social gatherings, and assuming all other normal criteria are met and the workshop or class goes forward, the above cancellation policies are in effect.

"Cyndi is such a helpful teacher, no matter what evolution you are on the art spectrum, she honors that and helps move your goals ahead."

"The class was an excellent experience, especially since this was the first in-person class I have attended since January; It was set up well for social distancing, yet felt warm and inviting."

"I always learn something new. Cyndi takes time with each student to help with a task, explain a concept or just to help us relax."

"I have taken two classes from Cyndi and plan on taking at least one morel Even though the class atmosphere is relaxed and fun, I have learned valuable techniques. But most of all I appreciate the encouragement from Cyndi and other participants, which at my level of learning, is wonderful."

"Amazing class Cyndi teaches! Learned so much!"

"Cyndi is most patient and assesses the level of where you are and dangles the idea of where you can go. Amazing class and after a few, I can say my ability to see and knowledge has increased dramatically under her teachings. I never painted before her class and encourage all to give it a try."

"Cyndi is the best painting teacher I have ever had - I keep repeating her class (and don't always complete this survey), but, just so you know."