Landscape & Architecture in Watercolor

The watercolor workshop focused on the southwest landscape and architecture for beginning to intermediate students. We’ll work from photographs (your own or one will be provided by Rick), as well as life, also known as plein air painting. Rick will provide demos and instruction in an easy going low-stress atmosphere

January 19, 20 & 21, 2018

Acrylic Landscape Painting: A Painterly Approach

This class focuses on what is known as loose brushwork, or “painterly” painting. Realism or representational painting is the style of work, with looser more visible brushstrokes as the technique in rendering a landscape. This technique is less about detail and more about simpler more expressive shapes and color. Other techniques we will explore are ‘blocking in,’ working wet-into-wet, wet-over-dry, impasto (thick painting), and glazing (thin transparent layers of color), among others. Because this is a class for beginners and intermediate students, there will also be time spent on some fundamentals such as color mixing, and general materials and techniques.
We’ll be working primarily from photographs, with the goal being not to copy a photograph but to interpret it. The instructor requests that students bring a photo of their own or one they’ve been given permission to use. The instructor will also provide several photos of his own for student use.
This is an ongoing class, meeting once a week beginning Thursday, February 15, 1-4pm and continues on a weekly basis through April. The class is meant to be a ‘drop-in’ class with students free to come and go from week to week based on their schedules and interest.

Thursdays: Beginning February 15, 2018/$45

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Rick Wheeler

Workshop Instructor

Rick Wheeler Instructor Tubac School of Fine Art LLCOriginally from southern California, Rick moved north shortly after high school to study art. After early years at the Junior College level, Rick was awarded a scholarship to the San Francisco Art Institute to study drawing and painting. Later education included illustration courses at the San Francisco Academy of Art University. The combination of these two schools proved pivotal to Rick’s art education and the practical application of making a living, both as an illustrator and an art instructor. He holds a BA degree in Fine Art from Prescott College, Arizona.
Rick now divides his time from winter in Arizona to summer in Oregon. Rick is currently an art instructor at the Tubac School of Fine Art, the Art Institute at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (now in his 13thyear), the Community Performance and Art Center (Green Valley), and the Tubac Center of the Arts. His Oregon teaching experience includes the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology.
Rick’s skill as an art instructor is, in part due to his broad range of styles and media. He enjoys experimentation through mix media, as well as the more traditional watercolor, acrylic, and oil painting. A consummate draughtsman, he takes pleasure in teaching classes for beginners to advanced drawing students, whether with pencil, pen & ink, or charcoal. Rick is primarily a studio artist, but he also enjoys teaching outdoor painting, aka ‘plein air’ painting, using traditional transparent watercolor.
Rick’s scratchboard work – a lesser known drawing technique – has become his recognized art style. Over the years as an illustrator, this work has been in high demand by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management, as well as several State Parks and clients in the field of Environmental Protection. His drawings, paintings, and scratchboard work can be found in Private and Public permanent collections both here and abroad, including the Grand Canyon Museum Collection, St George Art Museum, Grand County (UT), and Sonoma State University (CA), and others.
Rick is currently a member of the Artists for Conservation, International Society of Scratchboard Artists, and was a former member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (25-year member, now retired).
To see Rick’s complete bio, including his art exhibit history, as well as awards and recognitions, received, please visit

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