Summer Colony Workshop

Plein Air to Studio

Matt Sterbenz

July 16–19, 2018

Tuition: $1025

7–10am—morning session
(on school grounds or destination)
11am–5pm—plein air painting 2 days, studio painting 2 days (depending on weather conditions)
6pm–dark—sunset painting on school campus


Join Matt Sterbenz in this informative workshop surrounded by the Red Rocks of Sedona. Students will learn how to capture the fleeting beauty of nature through plein air painting, and use these outdoor paintings as references for studio paintings. Students will learn how to create plein air paintings that can serve as finished pieces on their own, as well as quick "sketches" created specifically for later studio references.

Matt will provide daily demonstrations and discuss the importance of composition, design, structure, harmony, light, and color theory. Students of all skill levels are welcome, but should be familiar with their medium of choice.

This workshop is part of the Sedona Summer Colony Residency Program , an artist-in-residence partnership project between Verde Valley School and the Sedona Arts Center. You can explore continuing your work with a private residency after the workshop by clicking HERE. Sedona Summer Colony Artist Residencies are available July 20 -Aug 11, 2018. Day residency rates for this workshop are available to those that live within the Sedona area. Call the Sedona Arts Center at 928-282-3809 to explore this option.

TUITION: $1025

Includes Lodging July 15–19 with welcome dinner on July 15 and breakfast and dinner daily July 16–19 (10am and 5pm) plus breakfast at 10am on July 20. Meals, Lodging and Workshop all take place on the Verde Valley School Campus.

Payment Options: Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $400 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop.

Class meets 7am–10am, then 11am–5pm, then 6pm–dark.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: The $400 deposit is non-refundable; the balance is due one month before the first day of the workshop. No refunds after the one-month cut-off date. If paying in full upon registration, $400.00 of the total tuition fee is non-refundable. There are absolutely no refunds after the 30 day cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all money paid will be refunded in full.


July 16–19, 2018

Workshop Materials List

Plein Air Materials

Easel: You need some kind of easel and palette you can take with you. There are many varieties,
the most common being a French Easel. Other options include various Pochade boxes or a DayTripper easel. A quality easel can be expensive but is worth the investment. Remember: You get what you pay for!

Wet Panel Carrier: A box with slots designed for transporting wet panels without smearing them. If you don?t have one of these you can make do with a pizza box (Just don?t tip it!)

Oil paints: My preferred brands are Gamblin, Utrecht, and Holbein. Bring a variety of bright
colors that you are comfortable with. No earth-tones please!

My palette: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Light,
Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue Hue (Utrecht), Viridian Hue (Holbein),
Yellow Green (Utrecht brand).

Brushes: Flat hog bristle brushes in sizes # 2,4,6,8, and 10, and a palette knife for mixing.

Panels: I prefer oil-primed Belgian linen, but acrylic-primed canvas is cheaper and easier to find.
Bring whatever kind you are comfortable with. Bring at least 10 panels of variety of sizes for
plein air painting (such as 8x10 and 9x12), and bring a couple larger panels (such as 12x16) for a
studio painting.

Spill-proof solvent container: No glass! There are many varieties of metal solvent cans. Get agood one with a rubber lining on the lid. Hobby Lobby has a decent one for about $15.

Medium: I don?t usually paint with a medium, but feel free to bring one if you like.

Laptop/tablet and Camera: We will be doing some studio painting as well, and it?s important to have a digital camera (a good cell phone camera will work just fine) and a laptop/iPad or similar device to view the photos.

Other materials: Plastic grocery/garbage bags, paper towels, Gamsol odorless mineral spirits from Gamblin, razor blade scraper (if using a glass palette), sketchbook and pencil, composition/view-finder, and a backpack to carry all of your supplies. We will be spending time outside, so make sure to bring a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, water,and anything else you may find useful.


Matt Sterbenz was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his Bachelors in Fine Art from Arizona State University in 2011, and is the former President of the Arizona Plein Air Painters. He frequently finds himself hiking and painting en plein air; a process which he believes is critical for producing effective studio work.

Matt has participated in some of the nation?s top plein air events, including the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, Sedona Plein Air Festival, and the Pacific Northwest Plein Air event. Matt?s work has also appeared in publications including Southwest Art and Plein Air magazines. Matt was a featured artist and faculty member of the 2016 Plein Air Convention in Tucson. He is represented by Amery Bohling Fine Art in Scottsdale, Arizona.







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