Intuitive Expressive Painting

Jesse Reno
Jesse Reno
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Jesse Reno


Imagining the Unimaginable – with Jesse Reno

In this mixed-media painting class you will learn to create paintings that emerge from an abstract base of markings, colors, line, and shape to form expressive and organic creations. You will learn painting and mark-making techniques that will encourage imagery and connection to your work. Through a series of painting exercises, you will explore and express your ideas by imagining what could be created from abstraction rather than confining your ideas to predetermined outcomes.


Within the process, we will create narrative dialogue by noting what we see and feel in our work. Through the practice of subtractive painting we will remove the parts that are no longer relevant or keep us trapped from progress. This teaches us choice and freedom to change direction in our work. We continually build layers within our paintings combining fragments of past ideas with the new until we arrive at a feeling of completion. Through this engagement we learn to experiment, take risks, re-associate our work from perspectives unconfined by our expectations. This allows us to see things clearly and move to a more expressed and personal engagement when painting.

Using simple materials and techniques you will be free to express yourself within your paintings in new ways – finding yourself as a painter from the raw base of art, learning your personal likes and dislikes, connecting you to your practice and imagery from a position of experimentation and instinct, and teaching you to imagine the unimaginable. Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Tuition: $800.00

Payment Options: Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $125 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop.

A materials fee of $25.00 is payable to the instructor on the first day of class and includes a kit with acrylic paints, assorted oil pastels, colored pencils, and five sheets of 18 x 24 Bristol paper.

See Jesse Reno’s speech at the National Art Education Association HERE

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 face masks, covering mouth and nose, be worn in our buildings until further notice. (Note: face shields are not adequate) Paper masks are available for no charge.
  • 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.


Jesse Reno

Jesse Reno

Jesse Reno is a self-taught mixed-media painter. He has been drawing since he could hold a pencil, and exhibiting his works since 2000. Jesse has amassed more than 3,000 paintings in the last 12 years, and has exhibited his work extensively across the US, France and Mexico. Jesse’s work has been covered in various art publications including Juxtapoz, Artnews, Artension, and Somerset Studio. One of his largest works can be seen in Winnipeg, Canada where he was commissioned by the Province of Manitoba to create a 25 x 40 foot mural as a reminder of the cultural importance of the Native American people in the region.

  • Materials to Bring:
    A mix of paint brushes: 1 Fan brush 1 one-inch flat 1 two-inch flat 1 Chip brush These do not need to be fancy.
  • Optional
    Pad for notes. Any favorite brush or supplies you like to use in your personal practice. Keep it simple.
  • $25.00 Lab Fee includes:
    A kit of non-toxic Acrylic Paints Assorted Oil Pastels Colored Pencils Five Sheets of 18"x24" Bristol paper

Cancellation Policy

Registration Information:

Each student must register individually.  Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $125 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop. There are no refunds after the 30-day final payments have been made.  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:               

The $125 deposit is non-refundable; the balance is due one month before the first day of the workshop. No refunds after the one-month cut-off date. If paying in full upon registration, $125 of the total tuition fee is non-refundable.  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 30 day 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.

"I've taken both a two day and a five day class with Jesse. The two day class gave me all the basics of his process. I credit him with being the person who got me painting. The five day class not only helped me to better understand his process, but it also made me be more aware of the choices - in particular, the choices I make regarding "contrast" in my paintings - in color, intensity, size and texture. The structure of his classes, with both demo time and work time keep things moving and allow plenty of time for questions and practice. His way of talking aloud while he is painting is really a helpful teaching tool. Jesse is funny and supportive. He understands that art is life and life is art. I loved painting with him!" - Samyak Yamauchi

"I have taken 4 workshops with Jesse-each one I gained RENEWED perspective on approaching paintings from an "UNPLANNED" approach. He uses a variety of creative prompts, mark making, and exercise to jump start the creative process. I enjoyed his mix of class techniques-fast paced prompts, live demonstrations, and plenty of time to work independently with his guidance and input. Along with strengthening my painting techniques, I have also applied his techniques to my art journaling and have gained a new found trust in the creative process" - Jo K. Quetsch

"Working with Jesse gets my creative juices flowing. He reminds me to dance with the paint, not to force a solution on the painting, but to respond to a combination of what is within me and what emerges on the canvas. Jesse's unique approach to life and painting inspire me to be more appreciative and curious about what I will discover next with the brush. He reminds me to be fascinated, patient, strong, gentle, delighted, and bold." - Jacqui Beck

See Jesse Reno's speech at the National Art Education Association