Glazing with Oils Crash Course

Cyndi Thau - Sunrise
Cyndi Thau Gelato
Cyndi Thau - Spring Fling
Cyndi Thau
Cyndi Thau - Tiempo


“Glaze Your Way to a Beautiful Painting”

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

All Materials Included!

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 to work from. 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.

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. In addition to painting she is an Assistant Gallery Director at the Sedona Arts Center Gallery where she also displays her work.

All materials included!   All you bring is yourself and clothing that you could get some paint on!

Cancellation Policy

Registration Information:

Each student must register individually.   Students may enroll 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 (M-F, 9-5).

Cancellation Policy:

Student may cancel or transfer up to 7 days before the first day of class for a 15% fee.  There are no refunds after the 7-day cut-off date.  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.  If the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the class for any reason, all fees paid will be refunded in full.

“She is the best!! - I have learned more in a short time in her classes than in much longer periods of time in other instructors' classes.” -Elizabeth Lukeman, Sedona AZ

“I thought it was a great experience since I never painted before.” - Jeanie Schwetje, Sedona AZ

“Cyndi is a clear and informative instructor. Also very pleasant to be with. She is very knowledgeable about her technique.” - Alicia Short, Mesa AZ

“I completely enjoyed the class and gained much confidence. She is excellent at teaching multi-level class. I know now why people take her class again and again - easy encouraging style, and so much knowledge to gain from Cyndi. Highly recommend!!” - Jean Dixon, Sedona AZ

“Cyndi is a wonder. Exceeds all expectation, makes sure your time is spent for a completed piece and freely shares her expertise. She is a rare one who is an artist and can teach. She was patient, well organized and extremely talented. She shared her expertise and I will remember her lessons.” - Shelly Schmaltz, Sedona AZ