Paint Luminous Birds



Paint Luminous Birds
with Michelle Held
February 8 – 10, 2022

Join this exciting workshop with  Michelle Held. Get ready to learn technique and form that you can apply into all your paintings.
Michelle will cover design, composition, values and edges to make a dramatic successful luminous bird painting.

We will study bird anatomy, gesture and proportions with drawing and paint, ultimately we will study the light effects on these majestic birds.

Michelle will guide you on your path by helping you infuse heart and passion into your final masterpiece!!


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 while inside our buildings.  Paper masks are available for no charge. (Face shields alone are not adequate)
  • Thermometers are available in the Gallery and Studios for self-checking of temperature upon entrance.

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Michelle Held

Michelle Held

Michelle brings with her a splash of vibrancy, a flutter of unique perspective, and the song of nature in its truest form.
Passionately working as an artist and business owner for the past 25 years, Michelle has been living out her dreams in Sarasota, Florida. Michelle currently participates in invitational paint outs and is widely collected throughout the United States. Often commissioned for custom paintings as well as historical restoration, Michelle’s  passion for wildlife and its ecosystems brought her to embrace the natural world through painting from life .

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.

Michelle finds that paying it forward and teaching 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 of sculpting and painting birds to really capture the form and light!!


This is what I recommend for class, please always feel free to reach out with questions!



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 (sometimes we do sketch)



Lemon Yellow

Cadmium yellow

Indian Yellow

napthol or cadmium red

Quinacridone rose

ultramarine blue

Transparent red oxide

ivory black

A couple of my favorite colors that are bonus colors! (Fun if you’d like to try!!)

*Brilliant yellow light Richardson

*Pale violet (Michael Harding)

*Kings Blue Michael Harding

I also love the Radiant colors by Gamblin


I prefer working on panels whenever possible. I personally love Centurion.

Please bring multiple sizes.

I suggest like 8×10 or 9×12 or 11×14

Find something you are comfortable with!!


  • Pallet knife
  • Brushes (I use several filberts and flat brushes)
  • Ask me for a list if you are going to order Rosemary brushes!!
  • Razor blade to clean pallet
  • Gamsol Oderless mineral spirits
  • Neo McGilp or liquin (medium)
  • 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.