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It’s the Little Things: Painting Small Wonders
with Jillian Sanders

Saturday and Sunday  Nov. 2 – 3, 2024 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • Experience Level: Beginning-Intermediate
  • Medium: Acrylic or Oils, Teacher will be working in water-soluble oils
  • Materials List: Click the tab above for a list of materials students need to bring with them.
  • Registration: Each student needs to enroll individually.
  • Location: Sedona Arts Center, Art Barn building.

In this workshop students will be encouraged to forget about the big picture and instead focus on capturing the little things that spark joy: a hot cup of tea steaming on a windowsill, a favorite locket or lipstick, an old stuffed animal that passed through generations of little hands. The things we hold close in our hearts are so often taken for granted, so let’s take the time to honor them in paint! This workshop will delve into capturing light through color, framing and focus, and mastering the essential strokes when approaching a miniature still life.

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Jillian Sander

Jillian Sander

Jillian Sander is a crafter of whimsy and life’s fantastical little wonders. Jillian is a multimedia artist with a focus in illustration, painting, and fiber sculpture. Though her practice is multi-faceted, she finds that her themes stay constant, and she spends much of her time exploring the depths of imagination. Often, she discovers there’s magic to be found all around her! Jillian is constantly amazed by the intricacies of the natural world, and spends much of her time researching flora and fauna and adventuring in the great outdoors to get up close and personal, and oftentimes a little muddy. Jillian earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently resides in Flagstaff, AZ, where she runs her business, The Crafty Critter. Her work has traversed multiple anthologies, galleries, businesses, publications, murals, screenings, and fests, and she has taught workshops and classes of all sorts. She is pleased as punch to be bringing her expertise to the lovely community of Sedona.

Materials List – students must bring the following items with them:


  • Titanium White
  • Lemon Yellow or Cadmium Yellow Light 
  • Cadmium Yellow medium 
  • Cadmium Orange or Permanent Orange
  • Gold Ochre or Yellow Ochre
  • Naphtol Red or Cadmium Red Light
  • Quinacredone Red/Permanent Alizarin Red
  • Phthalo Blue/Cerulean
  • Ultramarine Blue 
  • Phthalo Green/ Viridian
  • Transparent Red Oxide
  • Pale Violet


Gamsol or Zest-It


Long handled natural bristle brushes (flats or filberts) such as hog hair or Rosemary’s long-handled long “Ivory” flats

  • Size 1 round.
  • Size 2, 4, 6, 8 flats or filberts with long bristles. 

No need to buy new brushes if you already have a decent set!


3 canvases in different sizes, 6”x6” or 6 x 8”, 8 x 10” or 9 x 12”, and 11”x14” o4 12”x12”, etc. We’re looking for a range of sizes, small to large. Please also bring a canvas book for exercises, I use Canva Artboards by Canson.


  • Sketchbook and pencil for sketching and note taking
  • Paper towels (I like the blue shop paper towels from Home Depot)
  • Palette (I like Richeson’s Grey Matters Paper Palette for easy clean up, non-absorbent surface and middle value that allows you to see your mixed paints better than a white palette). 

Contact Jillian if you have any questions about the class or materials list:

Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually
  • 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 Workshops Registration/Cancellation Policy:

  • 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 October 2, 2024. Any remaining balance will be refunded or can be kept on file at the Sedona Arts Center for a future workshop or class.
  • There are no refunds after October 2, 2024.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full

Important Cancellation Policy 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.


Jillian is by far the most patient teacher I've ever had. She knows exactly how to lead without introducing any pressure or self-doubt. She models excellence in her craft without making you as the student feel inferior or overwhelmed. She didn't just show me what the end product should look like, but taught me the language of the art so that I could confidently achieve a beautiful end product independently. To teach high level artistic skills while keeping the environment relaxed, fun, and playful is an incredible feat. With Jillian as a teacher you will feel both inspired and capable, motivated and relaxed. I truly can't recommend her classes more.


Jillian has a natural ability to make meaningful connections with her students, taking a genuine interest in the person. Her interest and dedication to her students motivates them to excel, and her ability to teach multiple generations was an incredible asset to the school. Jillian could identify her student’s strengths, building on them, encouraging them to grow and succeed. She creates an atmosphere that celebrates trying new things. Jillian has a way of bringing a sense of calm and confidence to her teaching space, making each and every student feel welcome, valued, and heard. Jillian is hard working, her enthusiasm is contagious, and her ideas and ability to think outside of the box are endless.


Her use of mixed mediums and her incredible imagination is something I admire in her as an artist and the pieces she created brought joy.... Jillian has the experience to create an inclusive and engaging learning environment. She is someone that finds uniqueness in the individual artistic process and would be accepting and supportive with students who have various backgrounds and talents. As a leader, she will be able to nurture and highlight her students and motivate them to express themselves at their highest level.


As a cartoonist myself, I enjoy Jillian’s cartooning work, but especially her ability to translate it with a variety of media. Seeing her voice creatively represented not only in comics, but as murals, sculptures, paintings, and puppets is an absolute delight(...). Students would be very lucky to work under her guidance.