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Toscana Studio and Gallery

2014 Art Classes & Workshops

with Aureleo Rosano
March 22 and 23
9:00 am - 3
:00 pm

Two days in the studio with Aureleo Rosano (look at his work at Toscana, or facebook and at Five percent lecture, ninety-five percent hands-on. Instructions in basic, modern mosaic supplies and techniques. Familiarization and practice with Italian glass tiles, stained glass, glues, mastics, grouts, etc. At the end the end of two days, the student will have a small, completed mosaic, ready for disposal or ready for framing and eternal enjoyment.

Call 520-575-1445 to register with Toscana Studio and Gallery

Registration form here.

Aureleo Rosano
with Francheskaa

4-Day Workshop
March 6, 13, 20, 27
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Learn 5-6 characteristics of 4 different compositions to be used in Realism or Abstract Painting. These compositions are traditional compositions used by realistic masters. I have incorporated the characteristics of a particular composition and painted it, in the abstract painting style.

The example of a "T" Composition is used both realistically and abstractly.

Learn the characteristics of the composition and transfer that composition into a Realistic or Abstract Painting.

Four Compositions will be painted each day. Learn how to critique your painting as you paint.

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Capturing The Essence of the Portrait
Series 2 With Model
Oil or Acrylic
Taught by Cima Mehr
Tuesdays, March 25, April 1, 8, and 15
Three hour class 9:30-12:30
4-week session, class on-going $180

In this course you will learn to observe the anatomy and planes of the head, observation of features and perspective, measurements and drawing with paint on canvas. You will learn monochromatic drawing to observe and memorize values by sketching with paint a value study. We will focus on composition. shadows and cast shadows, edges and angels, mixing colors for flesh tone and features, lips, nose, eyes, ears and hair. Learn how to get a likeness and capture the feeling in the subtle expressions of the model. Finishing touches include reflected light, highlights checking the soft and hard edges portrait in color is completed. Cima will work with each student individually at their skill level.

For Supply List and questions, please contact Toscana Studio at (520) 575-1445.

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Landscape Painting from Life
with David Schwindt

April 5, 6, 7, 2014, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Three full day classes  $330

The key to creative vision lies in the way we draw. Anyone can draw with practice. We will focus on how this influences the way we paint. David will review those basic principles that some of us forget, even as advanced painters. He will demonstrate how contour drawing can simplify the way we see the landscape, and discuss how other perceptual skills can be used to develop your individual creative styles. Be prepared to sketch and paint. Individual concerns will be addressed. For more information on drawing please see Past Issues on the email newsletter page at and read the August newsletter, “Drawing Matters,” or link to:

You may work in your preferred medium: watercolor, pastel, oil or acrylic. If you are new to outdoor painting, watercolor or pastel can be used with an all-purpose sketchbook as an end product or as preliminary studies to a studio painting in any other medium.

Call or email instructor for materials list:
David Schwindt, 520-878-9555 or

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Registration form here.
David Schwidt 
Still Life Oil Painting Workshop
Taught by Linda Dobkin
April 19 & 20
10:00 am -4:00 pm

In this still life class, we will focus on bringing a painting to a finish. Learn the professional tips that make your painting stand out from the rest. We will learn how the eye moves around the canvas, and how to determine hard and soft edges to create atmosphere. I will bring pottery, fruit and flowers, among other props.

Linda has been teaching painting classes for many years, and is currently teaching at the Scottsdale Artist School. Linda's works have brought her numerous awards and ribbons on a number of occasions at Pima Community College as well as the ubac Center of the Arts and the Karen Newby Gallery. Presently, her works can be seen in Tucson at Jane Hamilton Fine Art Gallery and in Tubac.
Linda Dobkin

Adult On-Going Art Classes

Time Travel Life Studies
    Every Friday $20.00 a session
    1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Time Travel Life Studies Every Friday, a live model costumed and reminiscent of a time period in history, recent or distant past, will pose for a 3 hour session, from 1:30-4:30. This is a non instructional session and is designated to be a long pose, any medium is fine.
    Please send an e-mail to if you are interested in being on the Life Studies List. Each week, we send out a notice email to those who are on the Life Studies list, to let you know the model particulars, male, female, costumed or themed. You must RSVP by the Thursday night before to participate as it is first come, first serve. When the weather is nice we often do a model outdoors in the desert garden. We love suggestions of time periods or characters. Send suggestions and or indicate interest to Linda
Monet by Linda Ahearn
Oil Painting with Linda Ahearn

Thursdays, six weeks and on going (you can join any time) - $200.00

    10:00 am - 12:30 pm

    For more information click here. 

    To register for this class download the registration form here

Organ Pipe Cactus by Linda Ahearn

Friday Sculpt with Linda Ahearn

    Friday's, six weeks and on going beginning August 16 (you can join any time) - $200

    Meets every Friday from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

    For more information click here To register for this class download the registration form here.

Wind Spirit by Linda Ahearn

Toscana Studio Life Studies for Sculptors with Linda Ahearn

    Two Mondays a month beginning Aug. 19, 2013- $25.00 a session

    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    If you are a sculptor and would like to work from a live model, this non-instructional life studies session is for you. For more information click here.

    To register for this class email Linda.

Archer by Linda Ahearn 
Creating Acrylic Ink Abstracts on Yupo Paper, with Susan Oyler

September 16, 10:00 - 3:00, $100
    Or by appointment - $100.00
    For information on this class go here
    To register for this class download the registration form here.

Sea Dreams by Susan Oyler
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