Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Heather's Corner: Oro Valley Artists: An Art Class Worth Your Time

Oro Valley's Toscana Studio and Art Gallery (9040 North Oracle Road) is offering an exciting opportunity to take a class from a renowned local artist, titled Landscaping Painting from Photos with David Schwindt.

The class will look at how photos can be a useful resource for imagery in painting when one has developed the basic perceptual skills in working from life. Also, the class will strive to improve your color mixing skills with simple exercises, and work individually with the instructor to build on your own vision and unique way of seeing.

"Fall Cottonwoods on the Santa Cruz"
David Schwindt is an artist with strong ties to the southwest. In 1999 he was one of a handful of artists selected by The Grand Canyon Trust to raft the Colorado River with the purpose of painting pieces that would later be exhibited at the Forbes Galleries in New York and San Francisco.

David is a member of The Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters and is a certified teacher for The School of Color, focusing on color as a quality of light. His art is currently exhibited at galleries in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, including Toscana Studio and Gallery.

The class is four weeks long and meets Tuesdays, January 20, 27, and Feb 3 and 10, from 9:00am to 12:00 pm. The class is flexible in allowing the students to work with your preferred medium: Watercolor, pastel, oil, or acrylic. Call or email instructor for questions regarding materials list:

What a wonderful way to continue your pathway to artistic exploration or to dust off your old brushes and start again in the new year. However, if you are unable to take this class, check back with Toscano Studio as they regularly offer classes with a variety of techniques. Please take a moment to admire some of David's paintings here and if you do happen to take the class, we'd love you to share what you've done.
Heather Nenadovich has lived in Oro Valley a total of five years. She has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona. Her husband is Canadian so she is a hockey fan by default and so are her two very clever children. When not being a mommy, she enjoys hiking in Catalina State Park, hand building pottery, and gardening. Her favorite things about living in Oro Valley are the towns recognition of art and culture, their commitment to preserving nature and the Christmas parade. (Also anything from GMG Chinese Bistro.)

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