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Toscana Studio and Gallery

2014 - 2015 Art Classes & Workshops

Landscape Painting from Photos
With David Schwindt

Tuesdays, Jan. 20, 27 & Feb. 3, 10, 2015
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Paint from life, sketches, and photos. See how to simplify the planes of the landscape, and how sketching and the perceptual skills influence the final painting. 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.

Photos can be a useful resource for imagery in painting when one has developed the basic perceptual skills in working from life. They can also be useful to beginners by working from the “flat” image rather than the “round” image of real life.

We will explore various styles of interpretation in the medium of your choice. Learn how to strengthen your ideas before you start painting, what to look for in a subject, and how to build strong compositions.

You may work in your preferred medium: watercolor, pastel, oil or acrylic.  Call or email instructor for questions regarding materials list:
David Schwindt, 520-878-9555 or

See his paintings and more information at  Flyer for this class with additional information here.

To sign up for this class call Linda Ahearn at 520-575-1445

Adult Art Classes at Toscana Studio and Gallery painting by David Schwidt

Beginning Watercolor
with Nancy Bautzman, O.P.A.
January 29, Feb. 5, 12,19 & 26
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

5 weeks

"My goal is to share my joy in painting." You will learn basic information of the materials, and how to use watercolor paints. You will also learn the basics of color mixing. Drawing and composition are an important part of composing a painting and we will spend time learning techniques to accomplish a good start. The supply list is designed to maximize your success. Each class will help you see the ease and wonder of this medium. It requires 5% talent and 95% tricks and techniques.

Unpeeled watercolor by Nancy Bautzman
Still Life Oil Painting Workshop
With Linda Dobkin
Feb. 14 and 15
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 Tubac 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.

Flyer for this class with additional information here.

To sign up for this class call Linda Ahearn at 520-575-1445

Adult Art Classes at Toscana Studio and Gallery painting by Linda Dobkin
The Fine Art of Expressive Animal Painting In Oil
With Sarah Webber

Sat. & Sun. March 21 & 22
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sarah has a unique, colorful and painterly style. She is known nationally for her expressive portraits of wildlife and domestic animals that are characterized by sensitivity to the animal’s soul.

The first day’s concentration will be on line and form, gesture and color studies. We will paint an animal photo of your choice on the second day. Bring your own photo or select from Sarah’s references. Supply list available upon request.
This class is for intermediate artists.

To sign up for this class call Linda Ahearn at 520-575-1445
Bear by Sarah Webber

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

Tuesdays Sculpt with Linda Ahearn

    Tuesday's, six weeks and on going  (you can join any time) - $200

    Meets every Tuesday 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 - $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 
Friday Mornings Open Sculpt

      10:00 am - 12:30 pm, $20.00

Join this group of sculptors and work independently on your own work. This is a non-instructional session. Toscana is a nurturing and inspiring environment to create art.

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