Paint the Southwest Workshops

Join Michael for a plein air painting workshop in the Sedona, Arizona, area!  New locations in New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and California coming soon!

October – April: Sedona and Verde Valley Area, Arizona

Join Michael in Sedona’s beautiful Red Rock Country! Sedona and the surrounding Verde River Valley area offer a wealth of material for the painter like nowhere else: stunning vistas of red rock formations, quiet creeks edged with cottonwood and sycamores, mysterious canyons plus much more. Michael has been painting the area for over 10 years and will share with you some of his favorite locations. For details, schedules and to register for one of these painting workshops in Arizona, visit the Paint Sedona site at

In this workshop, you’ll get lots of personal attention. Michael limits the workshop size to typically no more than four students. Workshops last four days (Tuesday-Friday) from 9-1 each day. You will work with Michael in the morning in the studio with critiques and lectures followed by demonstrations and student work. Michael will make sure you have plenty of time to paint under his experienced eye. In the afternoons, you may either paint on your own (he will gladly give you location suggestions) or explore the area’s many restaurants, shops and galleries. The week may also include a visit to his private studio.

Michael offers three different types of workshops: all-level STUDIO or OUTDOOR (plein air, basic painting instruction, intermediate-advanced OUTDOOR  (more advanced plein air painting instruction or retreats), and special topic OUTDOOR painting (advanced color, advanced design, hiking to paint). There are also some one-day workshops. He will also gladly create a customized workshop for a group. For full details and to check openings, please visit (Schedule is subject to change up until first sign-up for a week.)

Price: USD $300. Package deal!  Five nights lodging at Gandolfo Studios + tuition for only $600!

Remaining Spring 2017 Schedule:

Apr 2-8, 2017 (Special Joint Workshop with Doug Tweddale, $475)

Fall/Winter/Spring 2017/2018 Schedule:

Oct 22-28, 2017 (Special Albert Handell Mentoring Program)
Oct 30-Nov 3, 2017 (Special Doug Dawson Workshop)
November 14-17, 2017
November 28-December 1, 2017
December 5-8, 2017
December 12-15, 2017
December 19-22, 2017
December 26-29, 2017
January 2-5, 2018
January 9-12, 2018
January 16-19, 2018
January 23-26, 2018
January 30-February 2, 2018
February 6-9, 2018
February 13-16, 2018
February 20-23, 2018
February 37-March 2, 2018
March 6-9, 2018
March 13-16, 2018
March 20-23, 2018
March 27-30, 2018
April 3-6, 2018
April 10-13, 2018

What to Expect

In the all-level workshops, Michael focuses on fundamentals for painting outdoors – how to begin, how to proceed and how to finish. He’ll show you how to capture the moment quickly and effectively but without sacrificing mood and magic. The workshop will include demonstrations but also plenty of time for student work plus group critiques. Advanced workshops are customized more to students’ needs and can also include mentoring. Whatever the workshop, Michael gives personal attention at the easel, complete with helpful tips and suggestions. You can expect an intense but very rewarding time!

Past Students!  Need a Critique?

Get valuable feedback after you’ve taken a workshop with me and have had a chance to put your new skills to work!

Are You New to Plein Air Painting?

If so, I strongly encourage you to take my online plein air painting course.
It’s only $20 and includes a downloadable text and several helpful videos for you to watch!
Use the coupon code WORKSHOP2017 and get it for only $15!

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