From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting.
Gretchen Lopez majored in advertising and design, when she attended Ventura College, then went on to study fashion design and illustration at the Fashion Institute of Design and Mechandising in Los Angeles. She completed her studies at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
As a tenth generation native of California, Gretchen has a rich family heritage. She is a descendant of the first Spanish settlers of what was to become the Mexican Rancheros, her colorful family background includes Chumash and Apache Bloodlines. Gretchen’s works are greatly inspired by her ethnic heritage. Being experienced in many mediums and techniques allows her to express a feeling of freedom, vibrancy and spontaneity through color and design to depict the varied faces, fabrics and gentle beauty of Native and Hispanic women in her paintings.
She combines traditional as well as comtemporary elements in her works, from the figurative to still lifes. Gretchen resides in Northern Arizona, where she pursues her love of paitning. A teacher of painting, life drawing and portraiture at the Sedona Arts Center in Sedona, Arizona, Gretchen was nominated for the Viola Award for Excellence in Art Education. Her works are included in numerous private collections both nationally and internationally, and can be seen in select galleries throughout the Southwest.
Sketching • small drawing pad • pencils or charcoal • kneaded eraser • pencil sharpener
Palette • A good palette, about 12×16 inches. Masterson palettes are great with a piece of tempered glass for mixing your paints if you work in oils. If you work in acrylic, the Masterson comes with a sponge, palette paper, and instructions that will keep your paint from drying out.
Rags & Towels • rags • paper towels • a small metal container for your turpentine or plastic container for water. • spray bottle of water (for acrylic painters)
Brushes Recommended brands: Silver white, Connoisseur, or Galleria • long-handled brights, #6 and #8 • long-handled filberts, #4 and #6 • a #2 round sable brush for detail • inexpensive two-inch brush for background
Paints We will learn to mix color from a limited palette! Here are the colors you will need in water mixable oils, traditional oils, or acrylic in 37ml tubes: • Burnt Umber • Burnt Sienna • Cadmium Red Light • Alizerin Crimson • Indian Yellow (for water-mixable oils, available in Duo Aqua from Holbein – Jerry’s Artarama) • Cadmium Yellow Light • French Ultramarine or Ultramarine Blue • Cerulean Blue
Palette Knife • palette knife with four to five-inch blade for mixing paint
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).
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.
Gretchen has taught me to paint far better than I thought I could! Her patience and expertise are reasons I take her classes on a regular basis.
I love Gretchens' teaching style and her ability to share some of her mastery with her students. I will keep returning to her classes!
Gretchen is a wonderful artist and a wonderful person willing to tirelessly explain techniques and share her knowledge.
Ongoing encouragement. Extremely supportive. I learn something new in every class.