Capturing the Light

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Capturing the Light
with Manon Sander
October 31 – November 2, 2021


Learn Manon’s secrets about how to make a luminous, light-filled painting by implementing a technique that will take all randomness out of your decision making as you build your painting. Making a painting consists of intentional choices in regards to composition, design, value, color, edges, etc. Being a strong proponent of making these choices intentionally rather than in a random, trial-and-error way, Manon gives her students the reasons behind every step. This workshop will include demos during which she will inject valuable lessons about design and how to simplify a scene and will focus heavily on how to see value and color, how to mix color using the four questions that make color mixing so much easier, how to avoid muddy or chalky colors, and how to use edges to lead the eye through the painting. You will have lots of fun and plenty of time of time at your own easel in the comfort of the studio during which Manon will be by your side guiding you through your painting.

Suggested experience level: Beginner with working knowledge of their medium to advanced.

Oil and acrylics.

In-Person Classes
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  • We require that masks be worn at all times while inside our buildings.
  • Enrollment in classes and workshops is limited to ensure social distancing is possible.
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  • Sanitation stations are available at each entrance to the Center. Paper masks are available for no charge.

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Manon Sander

Manon Sander

Manon considers herself a contemporary impressionist, aiming to communicate her joie
de vivre through paintings that reflect the color, light, and joy she feels surrounded by
and is ever so grateful for. Her focus is to capture the effects of light on a subject and the
feeling it evokes, expressing it through interesting patterns, luminous color, and juicy
brush strokes.

Manon participates in plein air competitions and juried shows of national organizations
like the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society and American Impressionist Society.
Manon’s award winning work has been included in publications like Southwest Art
Magazine and Plein Air Magazine. She is a sought-after painting instructor and made her
debut as invited faculty member of Plein Air South in 2020. Manon maintains a studio at
the Village Art Studios in Tequesta, FL. Her work is represented by Arsenault Gallery in
Naples, FL, Sea Spirit Gallery and Lost Art Gallery in St. Augustine, FL.

Manon Sander’s Studio Workshop Material List



  • Titanium White
  • Lemon Yellow or Cadmium Yellow Light (Gamblin preferred)
  • Cadmium Yellow medium (Gamblin preferred)
  • Cadmium Orange or Permanent Orange
  • Gold Ochre or Yellow Ochre
  • Naphtol Red (Gamblin preferred) or Cadmium Red Light
  • Quinacredone Red/Permanent Alizarin Red
  • Phtalo Blue/Cerulean
  • Ultramarine Blue (Michael Harding preferred)
  • Phtalo Green/ Viridian
  • Transparent Red Oxide
  • Black

The colors printed in bold letters are what I’m using right now, but please don’t go and buy all these if you are already working with a split primary palette and have the alternative colors.

Medium: Gamblin solvent-free gel,  Liquin original optional, or Neomegilp. Any of these work great.

Thinner: Gamsol or Zest-It only! (for oil painters). !Please note that  turpentine or  equally smelly unhealthy solvents will not be allowed in class


Long handled natural bristle brushes (flats or filberts) such as hog hair or Rosemary’s long-handled long “Ivory” flats which is what I use  and which can be ordered through

  • Size 1 round.
  • Size 2, 4, 6, 8 flats or filberts with long bristles.
  • 2” diamond-shaped palette knife.

No need to buy new brushes if you already have a decent set. However, I don’t recommend painting with brushes hardened by dried paint or brushes that are worn down to a nub (Though I do applaud those who own that kind of brush because it means you are painting a lot! )

Canvases in small sizes, 5 x 7” or 6 x 8” for value studies, 8 x 10” or 9 x 12” for the paintings.


  • Sketch book 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).

If you have questions about the supplies please don’t hesitate to email me at

See you in class!

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.

"Thanks Manon for all of your great teaching of colors, temperature values, etc. I have not had anyone do it as well as you instruct so I thank you very much." Al H.

" I am thankful for you and the many new friends that I have made in your classes . I still have a lot to learn, but I feel that I have come a long way under your tutoring…and, I am having a great time. It doesn’t get better than that !" Connie K.

"Just a note to thank you for a wonderful training! You “exchanged in abundance!” meaning I got much, much more for my money than expected! You not only are a wonderful artist, you are an exceptional teacher. You have enormous patience, no matter what the student’s skill level is and always made me feel like I was good. (which is debatable! Haha) You make each person feel like they are special…and always pointed out the right things they did while gently correcting any area that needed to be corrected. That is NOT a common trait and congratulations on mastering it! I learned an enormous amount about temperature, values and color. And that you drilled us over and over on it, I feel like I actually “got it” and was able to make this information “my own” so I can use it naturally into the future. You are a true joy to watch…taking a blank canvas to a vibrant and alive painting…and we didn’t even do complete paintings…just exercises. But your display of certainty gave me confidence that I could do that as well…and often a skill comes from just changing your mind and deciding you can do it!" Claire T.

"Thank you for another wonderful session! Slow but sure, I feel things getting into my head with repetition and you always bring some new skill to each painting- you are not only a fabulous artist but also an amazing teacher! " Connie R.