Seeing Better, Painting Better

This class is for beginners to advanced. I focus on overcoming the idea of seeing “things” and developing the ability to see and focus on : shapes, values, colors and their relationships. The process of developing the “painter’s eye” is the goal of this class. The mornings will have a demonstration each day and the afternoons the students will paint along with my personal instruction. The real work of painting happens inside us and not on the canvas. We need to learn to paint what we see and not what we think we see.

April 27, 28 & 29 $375

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David Simons

David Simons


David is a self-taught artist of over 30 years from Tubac, Arizona. His unique and captivating oil paintings have made him one of the most notable artists in the Southwest, with collectors worldwide. Displaying a range of diverse subjects in his work, David brings his signature style to life with scenes from the southwest, seascapes, portraits, still life, and more. David also hosts workshops on oil painting and is a renowned artist not only by Arizona locals, but national publications such as Southwest Art, Art Talk Magazine, and Arizona Highways. “Oil painting for me is a meditative experience — essential to my well-being, and a necessary part of my life. Painting brings me great joy, and, I hope, uplifts the hearts of those who view my work. I like to explore the subtle ways that light affects the subject. I also enjoy color, but the value relationships in a scene are what interest me most. I also like to emphasize the abstract nature of what surrounds us.” David is also a signature member of the American Impressionist Society

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“What you gave me through those lessons has brought me such incredible joy!  I try to keep learning and feeding this (hopefully healthy) addiction.  Thank you for starting me on this journey!”  C.S. – NM

“I enjoyed your class and your very basic way of analyzing and depicting subject matter.  Thank you for several enlightening days.”  B.L.H. – AZ

“Thank you so much [for] your talent and patience in teaching.”  L.W. – AZ

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