The Artists Guild Week
Scottsdale Artists’ School is pleased to host an Artists Guild Workshop!
January 6 – 10, 2020
This program will feature four prominent artists who will share their expertise on drawing and painting the portrait and figure as well as exploring the rich tradition of painting still life. The Artists Guild staff—David A. Leffel, Sherrie McGraw and Jacqueline Kamin, along with Stacy Kamin— will help students master fundamental artistic skills. Every participant will receive individual attention from the entire staff. They will rotate among the different rooms of students, so everyone will receive frequent guidance. There will be several demonstrations for all the students throughout the week. And in addition to the daytime program, there will be a Thursday evening reception and demonstration from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm located at Western Spirit, Scottsdale’s Museum of the West.
The Artists Guild was founded by David A Leffel, Sherrie McGraw and Jacqueline Kamin in 2013 as a way to share their teaching with artists worldwide. Not only does The Artists Guild organize a limited number of workshops a year, but they also reach students with an online art program that includes a rich library of instructional painting and drawing videos, eCourses and eBooks with videos explaining the text. They have also developed a way for students to come into the inner sanctum of these artists’ studios in their new series, A Day in the Studio. In this series, the camera catches the artists in their studios working as though alone. Then later an explanation of their thought process is added in a voice over. These are not demonstrations—they are a peek into an artist’s private struggles with painting and drawing. The Artists Guild is continuing to develop new ways to help students master the art of painting and drawing.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to join this growing community of artists dedicated to the preservation of skill and technique in the service of beauty.
The Artists Guild Staff:
David A. Leffel
Born in Brooklyn in 1931, the distinguished painter David A. Leffel spent eleven years of his childhood battling a bone disease in various hospitals. He used this time to hone his drawing abilities. This passion eventually led him to enroll in Parsons School of Design, as well as Fordham University. At the Art Students League of New York, he flourished under Frank Mason and ultimately taught there for 25 years. In 1992 Leffel and his partner, the distinguished painter Sherrie McGraw, moved to Taos, where their studios overlook the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Well-known to art students worldwide through his bestselling books and videos, Leffel conducts workshops throughout the country and recently launched his own annual awards program for excellence in painting.
Leffel seeks to understand the process of painting in the way a theoretical physicist seeks to understand the universe. In fact, he does not paint people or fruit, but quarks and electrons, waves and particles. His objects only appear to be solid when you step back to where you can no longer see the motion. He calls this process of the artist seeking to comprehend nature “intelligence.” It is a key aspect of Leffel’s philosophy.
Leffel’s collectors respond strongly to the timeless, humane qualities in his work. In conversation with a collector, Leffel once mentioned how his paintings are about light and shadow. “Oh,” said the collector, “I thought they were about quiet.”
This connection between art and life is not limited to the attitudes of collectors: It is fundamental to Leffel’s philosophy. He asserts, “The more you invest in anything, the more you get out of it. That’s true in any area of life. That kind of attitude is always looking for a better solution: What’s stronger, what’s simpler? It requires insight to find a beautiful, consistent, structural unity. Like a good musical composition, everything dovetails, nothing is extraneous; everything functions for the good of the whole. It takes tremendous energy and commitment.
Sherrie McGraw has been at the forefront of the American Art scene for over thirty years. As a young woman in Oklahoma City in 1978, she was urged by her teachers Richard and Edith Goetz to move to New York to study at the famed Art Students League where they had studied within the lineage of Robert Brackman and George Bridgeman. In her initial years at the League she studied primarily with legendary artist, David Leffel, but also learned anatomy through Robert Beverly Hale and Jon Zahourek at the New York Academy.After just a few years in New York, she was already proceeding to make her own way as an exceptional artist and began exhibiting and winning awards in shows at the Salmagundi Club, the National Arts Club, the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, the Pastel Society, the Hudson Valley Art Association, and more. By the time she was thirty, she was teaching classes at the Art Students League, having been asked to take over those of Thomas Fogarty and Gustav Rehberger, as well as conduct her own.
Currently, McGraw teaches workshops throughout the country. She gives lectures and demonstrations for art institutions such as the Portrait Society of America, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Brigham Young University, the Art Students League of New York, the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, and the Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia. Her work has been shown in major institutions including the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Gilcrease Museum, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and the Tucson Museum, as well as numerous prestigious collections, such as that of Senator John Warner, the Mellon family, the Forbes family, John Geraghty, Forest Fenn, Howard Terpning, John Mellencamp, George Carlson, Scott Christensen, and musicians Ida Kavafian, Steve Tenenbom, and Peter Wiley. She was the Vice-President of American Women Artists.McGraw is the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Language of Drawing, which has been drawing worldwide attention and can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art bookstore in New York City. She edited and wrote a foreword to The Drawings of Nicolai Fechin by Russia’s famed author Galina Tuluzakova, and worked on an initial edit of Tuluzakova’s new book on Fechin’s paintings, coming out later this year. Her work will be included in a book on drawing by Juliette Aristides, also to be published this year. She is presently writing a book on painting. The Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California, celebrated its 81st spring commencement in May 2010. Sherrie McGraw was selected to receive an Honorary Doctorate degree and presented a brief speech along with a slide show of her work at the event.
Born in 1950 in Washington, D.C., Jacqueline Kamin received her formal art education from the Corcoran Museum School in her native town, and later attended the Art Students League and the Sculpture Studio , both in New Youk City.
Some of her many awards include, first place in the landscape category presented by the Coastline Community in 1992 , an honorable mention from the California Art Club 89th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, First Place for Still Life at the 3rd Annual California Autumn Salon, 2002 and an honorable mention from the Sights of Santa Ana invitational’ held at the Bowers Museum in 2004.
Recent exhibits include” The Annual California Autumn Salon in Beverly Hills, The 23rd Annual Juried Non-Members Exhibition at The Samagundi Club, NYC, America’s oldest art club, leading to her membership” and the 92nd Annual Californa Art Club Exhibition at the Pasadena Historical Museum. Jacqueline teaches at workshops run by the Scottsdale Artist School in Scottsdale Arizona, and in 2006 was included in the Art Competition and Exhibition sponsored by the Susan Katheleen Black Foundation, where she won the Juror’s Choice Award.
Jacqueline Kamin is a member of the Oil Painters of America, the California Art Club, where she serves on the Board of Advisors, and the Salmagundi Club. She also serves as President and Master Signature Member of American Women Artist.
Having grown up in the cosmopolitan city of Washington, D. C., Stacy Kamin has lived a life any aspiring artist would envy. Providence brought her into the world with a mother who nurtured Stacy’s interest in drawing and painting every step of the way. Noted artist and teacher, Jacqueline Kamin, indulged her child’s art supply caprices and enrolled her in children’s classes at the National Gallery at a very young age. Art was alive in this bright artistic spirit, and as Stacy herself says, “Creating images from pencils and paint was like magic to me. I knew early on that I had to be an artist.”
Stacy studied illustration and traditional animation at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, earning a BA in 2000. After graduation, she interned with a small animation company long enough to realize that illustration was not her calling, although a fascination with capturing movement was. This she would explore through line and paint as a fine artist.
She joined her family in Los Angeles and there found a well-respected Chinese artist, Shuqiao Zhou, to mentor her privately for six years. Zhou’s teachers came from the great Russian lineage of Ilya Repin and Valentin Serov, and through this expressive tradition, imparted a love of paint that is still a hallmark of Stacy’s work.
Drawn to the dramatic effects of Rembrandt, Stacy sought out the instruction of two well-known masters of this knowledge—David A Leffel and Sherrie McGraw. She credits their influence for the startling light that she is able to achieve in her own work. “They introduced me to Abstract Realism, a way of painting so rich that I can’t imagine my education ever ending—I will be a student of this great tradition for my entire life.”
This humility coupled with a selfless generosity led her to teaching. She presently conducts classes for her alma mater through online instruction, and locally at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, Brentwood Art Center and the Kline Academy of Art, as well as acting assistant instructor for Bright Light Fine Art workshops nationwide.
We look forward to this unique workshop and furthering students’ art education in an intense but enjoyable week of study and camaraderie.
Artists Guild Workshop students are invited to attend a special reception and demonstration at Western Spirit,
Scottsdale’s Museum of the West on Thursday evening from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.