Painting For All Levels

Gretchen Lopez

Weekly One-Day Classes

Multiple Dates (see below)

Fridays from 10 am—4:30 pm
oil or acrylic / all levels


Gain the confidence to be a painter!

From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylicwill 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. The materials list is available below.

TUITION: $95 (members $85)

This one-day class meets from 10 am-4:30 pm in the North Studio.

Cancellation Policy:  Student may cancel 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.  If the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the class for any reason, all money paid will be refunded in full.

May 11, 2018

May 18, 2018

June 15, 2018

June 29, 2018

July 13, 2018

July 27, 2018

August 10, 2018

August 24, 2018

September 7, 2018

September 21, 2018


Workshop Materials List


Even if you have painted before or have never touched a paint brush, this class will be a great help in getting you started in the basics of learning to paint, or even as a review for those who wish to get back into painting again.

For our first class together, we will start with the basics of drawing and learning to draw onto the canvas with our brush, working from a simple still life. Drawing and painting go hand in hand, along with a good understanding of values or the use of light and dark in our painting.

Here is a list of supplies you will need for the classes:

  • 2 canvas boards and 2 stretched canvases no larger than 16x20
  • A small drawing pad, pencils or charcoal, a kneaded eraser and a pencil sharpener.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 knives: please get a palette knife with a four to five inch blade for mixing paint.

I look forward to meeting you!

Gretchen Lopez

About 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 painting.  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.

Gretchen also teaches this PAINTING CRASH COURSE:

Basics of Painting Crash Course
Gretchen Lopez | Multiple Dates
Tuition: $145 (Members $133) | All materials included

Get to know your brushes and how they can work for you, with a bolder and looser approach to painting. If you want to loosen up and learn to build your skills of observation, this crash course is for you. Learn how simple shapes and a limited palette of color, can help build a landscape. Students will leave with small studies and a finished painting, and also with the inspiration to paint more. With materials included all barriers have been removed so that you can explore the fun of painting! All you bring is yourself and clothing that you could get some paint on!







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