The Soul of the Artist

Jeanne Bessette

October 1–5, 2017

Open to all Levels

Class meets 10am–5pm on the first day, 9am–4pm on subsequent days with a one hour lunch.

TUITION: $1500

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This comprehensive workshop with Jeanne Bessette includes a seminar on the “Business of Art” Wednesday evening from 6 – 9 pm and an opportunity for workshop students to participate in an exhibition during the “Sedona First Friday Evening in the Galleries”. The 5-day workshop begins on Sunday October 1st and continues through Thursday, October 5. Friday, October 6 will be an open studio session to finish and arrange work for display on the studio walls. Jeanne will present a gallery talk about her own work and the workshop experience from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. The First Friday Evening in the Galleries runs from 5:00 – 8:00 pm,  students participating in the exhibition may take work down that night or the following morning. 

Jeanne believes that there is an artist in everyone and imagination is the key, that people love to share their stories and paintings are a way to do that without words. Although many techniques will be demonstrated, Jeanne relies heavily on the emotional impact of her work and shows artists how to tap into their own unique message. Her intuitive approach to painting and her ability to see the strengths artists bring to their own artmaking helps workshop participants strengthen their own personal voice. 

If you have a desire to learn to trust yourself as a painter please join us.


TUITION: $1500

Note: Deposit and cancellation policy is particular to this workshop. A $500.00 deposit (non-refundable) will hold your position in the workshop if you choose the payment plan option during online or phone registration. Balance of $1000.00 is payable 90 days prior to the workshop (automatically charged on July 1, 2016) all payments are non-refundable at that time. No special discounts or coupons are applicable to this workshop.

Class meets 10 - 5 on the first day, 9 - 4 on subsequent days with a one hour lunch.


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Workshop Materials List

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At least six full sheets of Fabriano 300# paper (or equivalent), pre-gesso'd on both sides

Up to 3 stretched canvases no larger than 24 X 24 as you will be working flat on your table.

Various acrylic paints (artist choice)
? Recommended: cool and warm reds, blues and yellows
? A good jar of gesso (recommended, Utrecht mid line or pro line as it has a high titanium content.)
? Black, any other colors that artists love to use ? student?s choice, and some additional colors that you would like to experiment with.

I recommend that artists not use Liquitex Basics or other low grade paints. Golden, Matisse, Nova color are my favs. I recommend Nova Color as my favorite paint.

Favorite paint brushes and mark making tools (variety of sizes).

Oil pastels, colored pencils, chalk, matte medium, inks.

Rags or paper towels.


Art Not Business as Usual Jeanne Bessette, Wednesday, October 4, 6 to 9 pm, Free to workshop participants, $50 / members $20

The Business of Art

Our Business of Art series helps artists to bridge the gap between private work in the world of their chosen practice and the public world of galleries, exhibitions and sales. Each of the programs aims to facilitate that crucial transition with experts in various
aspects of the process. Start with an intensive 3-hour immersion with Visiting Artist Jeanne Bessette and follow up with skilled local experts in various areas of expertise.

Most of the upcoming Business of the Arts sessions are free for Sedona Arts Center members, or $10 per session for non-members. Contact our office in the historic Art Barn to sign up and reserve your place: 928-282-3809.


About Jeanne Bessette

Jeanne considers herself one of the fortunate ones. She has enjoyed much success living a creative life as a full time artist. Her deep desire to help others do the same has led her to teaching and mentoring other creatives to live a fuller more authentic life. If you ask her what she attributes her career success to, she will tell you it is a combination of inner work, devotion to her craft, a keen eye on her business and a boots on the ground tenacity. Her workshops and retreats are filled with depth, warmth and wit with a sprinkle of technique. Her intuitive approach to painting and her ability in helping artists find their true voice leads her workshop participants to developing a stronger sense of self.

"I'm a realist which to me means I imagine the best, most outrageous life I can imagine, then I go about the business of achieving that life. If I were asked to describe myself in one sentence, I'd probably ask for an extension. I paint almost every dayin my studio in Raleigh, North Carolina, which is literally 25 paces from my back door (less if you have longer legs). I'm not a native to the South; I'm a repaired New Englander which means I talk to strangers, smile more and grump less, but I still love going home to Rhode Island. I have an organic garden. I've been living mostly harmoniously with the same person for 20ish years and I have a simple but full life.

My favorite color is purple...to the point of ridiculous. When I put my purple Doc Martens on, I think I have super powers. I love strawberries and caramel candy apples-not so much chocolate. I know! Can we still be friends? I'm a really good golfer. I'm a wine snob, a total foodie and I cook without recipes. In fact, recipes make me squeamish. I've been featured in several articles and magazines including landing on the cover of "Art Business News" as one of the top fifty artists to watch (I'm proud of that...so is my mom). I am now internationally collected and recognized in six countries."

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