Painting the Southern Desert

Gretchen Lopez

November 10–12, 2018

Tuition: $495
Deposit: $250
Balance: $245 (Due Feb 24, 2018)

Not Included:
Lodging, Meals or Transportation



Experience the history of Arizona and the beauty of the Southern desert, as we paint in and around the first European settlement in the region. Tubac is a wonderful go-to destination where we will study capturing the light and learning to paint the essence of what you see from life. These loose, impressionistic oil sketches can be seen as stand-alone artworks or studies for studio work later on. Most sites are within walking distance from the Tubac Country Inn! But we will also sojourn to the Historic missions of Tumacacori and the fabulous "Dove of the Desert" at the Golden Hour, San Xavier Del Bac all within a 15 minute drive! Oils, Water-mixable Oils, Acrylic and Watercolor are all welcome with the plein-air equipment of your choice.

November 10–12, 2018

Tuition: $495
Deposit: $250
Balance: $245 Due October 10, 2018

Not Included:
Lodging, Meals or Transportation

Rooms are blocked for our group at the Tubac Country Inn for November 9–12, 2018 checking out on November 13. Book early as prices vary depending on room type with double to triple occupancy available.

$250 initial deposit is non-refundable. After balance is paid on October 10, 2018, there are no refunds on the total amount after that date. It is recommended that you purchase travel insurance which can protect you by refunding monies paid if you need to cancel your trip due to an emergency. Travel insurance is very affordable and can protect you in other ways as well. If the Arts Center cancels the expedition for any reason, all payments will be refunded.

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 paitning.  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.







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