Luminous Landscapes

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Grisaille Process, in the field


Luminous Landscapes
with Michelle Held
October 31 – November 2, 2021

Michelle believes that evoking a feeling of light, space, and PASSION is the key to any successful contemporary painting. Michelle gives attention to composition, design and value and gives credence to a “go with the flow” attitude.

This will be an exciting workshop painting two days en plein air, capturing the brilliance and incredible color of Sedona. We will spend one day in the studio painting a chosen piece taken from our studies we created outside. Learn to compose and nail the design starting with a grisaille underpainting and bring it into brilliant luminous full color.

Recently Michelle won the people’s artists choice at Forgotten Coast for two years in a row. She also won the Grand prize in Sedona Paint Out 2020.  However, the real victory has come with her love of teaching. Michelle finds that paying it forward is the best way to fulfill the soul.


Taking a note from the birds she so loves to paint, Michelle approaches painting like flight, letting the swells and surges of the wind carry her and her brushes through those brilliant beautiful skies.


“I invite you to share in this unique opportunity in illuminating the Sedona Landscape to really capture the form and light!”


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.

  • Unless fully vaccinated, we require that masks be worn at all times while inside our buildings.  Paper masks are available for no charge.
  • Thermometers are available in the Gallery and Studios for self-checking of temperature upon entrance.

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Michelle Held

Michelle Held

Painting en plein air confirms Michelle’s love for this beautiful world and the wonders of the ever changing environment. With an insatiable appetite for color, light, and texture, Michelle strives to inspire happiness, trigger your imagination and make an emotional connection with the viewer. She believes evoking a feeling of light, space and passion is key to any successful painting. Michelle has been a working artist in Sarasota Florida for 24 years. Her passionate work in historical restoration, custom hand painted wall finishes and murals propelled her into a career in fine art. She is especially known for her heartfelt paintings of iconic Florida birds, wildlife and landscapes. Working En Plein Air, her work is characterized by the representation of the luminous effects on nature!

Supply List

An easel and a pallet for oil – probably glass or wood. If you are comfortable with grey paper pallet, that works too

Sketch book and pencils for drawing

Titanium…I use Blockxx
Lemon Yellow
Cadmium yellow
Golden ocre or yellow ocre
*Indian Yellow
cadmium orange
napthol red
Quinacridone rose
ultramarine blue ( I LOVE Michael Harding)
Transparent red oxide
ivory black
A couple of my favorite colors that are bonus colors
*Brilliant yellow light
*Pale violet
*Radiant Violet
*radiant blue

I prefer working on panels whenever possible. I personally love Centurion.
Please bring multiple sizes. Several smaller for 1st 2 days. 1 larger for 3rd day


• Pallet knife
• Brushes (I use several filberts and flat brushes)
• Razor blade to clean pallet
• Gamsol
• Neo McGilp
• Paper towel
• grocery bags for trash
• Wet-ones wipes keep the hands clean
• I also use Murphy’s oil soap to clean my brushes and dawn soap

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

  • A student may pay in full or place a $125 non-refundable deposit to save a space in the workshop
  • Any unpaid balance is due at least 30 days prior to first day of class
  • If a student cancels before the 30-day cut-off, the balance is refunded (or cancelled if not already paid) – the deposit is non-refundable
  • If a student cancels within the 30-days prior to class, no refund is given and both deposit and balance are forfeited
  • 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.

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.