Painting For All Levels

Gretchen Lopez
Gretchen Lopez
Gretchen Lopez
Gretchen Lopez
Gretchen Lopez


Gain the confidence to be a painter!

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

Gretchen Lopez

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.

  • Canvas
    2 canvas boards and 2 stretched canvases no larger than 16x20
  • Sketching
    A small drawing pad, pencils or charcoal, a kneaded eraser and a pencil sharpener.
  • Palette
    A good palette, about 12x16 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
    You will need rags, paper towels, a small metal container for your turpentine or plastic container for water. Acrylic painters, don't forget a squirt bottle.
  • Brushes
    long handled brights, #6 and #8, also long handled filberts, #4 and #6; a two-inch brush for backgrounds, and I recommend a #2 round sable brush for detail. These are the brands I recommend- Silver white, Connoisseur, or Galleria.
  • Paints
    We will learn to mix color from a limited palette! Here are the colors you will need: Cadmium red medium, Cadmium yellow medium, Cobalt blue, Burnt sienna, Burnt umber and Titanium white.
  • Palette Knife
    please get a palette knife with a four to five inch blade for mixing paint.

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.