Veterans Art Classes | 2024 Schedule

Veterans Art Classes meet on the 4th Saturday of each month* from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at AAG.
In recognition of the sacrifice made in service to our country, AAG offers a program to provide free art instruction for Veterans of US military service.
*schedule is subject to change based on holidays. Please be sure to check the website for additional information.

No previous experience required. All materials will be provided. EMAIL Tess Mosko Scherer to register.  Include your name, phone number and the class title.

Arizona Artists Guild is located at 18411 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85023

January 27, 2024 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Imperfect:  an exploration in values with Eric Shi

In this workshop, you will be exploring the power of color through value – the lightness or darkness of color in making art.
We will work from reference photos in black and white to create drawings in two to three colors. The lightness or darkness of the values will be the emphasis of the work.

A Chinese born American artist, Hao “Eric” Shi was confronted with a seismic culture shift during his adolescent years when his family migrated to the United States. This singular life changing event had a profound impact on the way he sees the world.

Channeling this unique perspective, Eric strives to create art that is representative and honest to his life experience and cultural diversity. Utilizing expressive lines and bold colors, Eric explores the relationship between the artist and his subject matter through portraiture, landscapes and more.

An avid traveler and SCUBA diver, Eric hopes to continually progress and evolve his artistic style, as he immerses himself into different cultures.

Supply list: colored pencils, paper, cardboard/matboard, colored markers, tape, willingness to try something new and have fun at it.

February 24, 2024 |  10:00-2:00 
Drawing hands and feet with David Bradley

This class we will explore the techniques of contour drawing and reductive charcoal drawing. These seemingly opposing processes of working actually work well in tandem with one another.
Hands and feet are both challenging and rewarding to draw. So many folds and interesting shapes. Yet the finished work is generally recognizable and the process is rewarding.

Materials: charcoal paper, charcoal, kneaded eraser, stumps, chamois, rags, Apron (optional)
No previous experience required. All supplies will be provided

 

March 23, 2024 |  10am – 2pm
Trees – Trees – Trees with David Bradley and Tess Mosko Scherer

Trees are so much fun to draw and paint. They have so much character and lend themselves to artistic interpretation.
No previous experience required. All supplies will be provided for the Veterans In Person Class. Supplies for the Creative Distraction are available if needed. Email ArtistsofAAG@gmail.com for supplies.

Materials: 16 x 20 paper or canvas, charcoal, colored pencil, or other soft drawing materials, watercolor or acrylic paints, brushes, water, paper towels, Apron (optional)

 

April 27, 2024 | 10:00-2:00 
Pet Portraits – or paint yourself as your spirit animal with David Bradley and Tess Mosko Scherer

In this workshop we will focus on how to draw common domesticated animals, focusing on the features that make beloved pets unique. If you do not have a pet, no fear, you can draw an animal that you feel a connection with, a spirit animal, or a friend’s pet(bring photos).

Materials:
16 x 20 paper or canvas, charcoal, kneaded eraser, stumps, chamois, rags,
watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil, pastel
Apron (optional)

No previous experience required. All supplies will be provided.

May 25, 2024   | 10:00-2:00 
Painting Flowers in the Style of Georgia O’Keeffe

In this workshop we will focus on exaggerating the characteristics of flowers, filling the page with full or partial parts of the flowers, using bold color with a limited palette.

Materials:
16 x 20 canvas or paper, watercolor, acrylic, brushes, pens, water, rags, Apron (optional)

No previous experience required. All supplies will be provided.

 

June 22, 2024  |  10am – 2pm
Abstract Painting with Lisa Wayman

In this class participants will use the neurographic drawing process to develop complex abstract art work. We are going to play with line, shape and color. Complimentary and contrasting colors will create visually exciting works of art.
No previous experience required. All supplies will be provided for the Veterans in-person Class. Supplies for the Creative Distraction are available if needed. Email ArtistsofAAG@gmail.com for supplies

Materials list:
Straight edge, Canvas, Acrylic paint, Brushes, Water, Apron, Rags

No previous experience required. All supplies will be provided.

July 22, 2023 | 10am – 2:00 pm
Painting Water with Ellen Nemetz

In this class, Ellen Nemetz will take us through her process of painting movement in water.  We will work from reference photos with acrylic on canvas.

Ellen Nemetz is a contemporary artist based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Nemetz studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Madison, Wisconsin. As a military wife, Nemetz traveled extensively until settling in Arizona. She studied art at the Maricopa County Community Colleges from which she has twice received the League of Innovation Award.

Everywhere Nemetz has lived, water has influenced her emotions. Her paintings of water reflect not only the beauty of water, but the necessity of water in our desert environment for our health, recreation, and happiness. So much of our enjoyment of the outdoors in Phoenix involves water: in pools, floating down the Salt River, boating on the reservoir lakes that ring Phoenix. Here in the desert, water is more precious than in any other location.

Nemetz’s art has been exhibited widely in the southwest in solo and group shows including the Phoenix Sky Harbor Museum and a solo show at the Shemer Art Center and Museum. Nemetz is actively involved in the Arizona arts community. Nemetz is a former member of the Eye lounge artist cooperative, the co-curator of the First Studio Gallery space, and an active member of several arts organizations. Her works are in public and private collections in Europe, New Zealand and throughout the United States.

Materials:  acrylic paint, brushes, water containers, rags, aprons, canvas, reference photos.
No previous experience required. All supplies will be provided.

August 24, 2024 | 10:00-2:00 
Landscape Collage with David L. Bradley and Tess Mosko Scherer

In this class we will focus on tips to make your landscape more interesting by utilizing the art of collage to create color, texture, and design in a balanced, finished work of art.

Supplies:
Source materials, such as: Photographs, magazines, cards, colored paper, pieces of art you no longer want to keep, copies of images you like, ribbons, etc
Acid free glue, such as Elmer’s, a stiff backing board to work on, 8 x 10 to 16 x 20 in size.
Scissors, Exacto knife if you have one (and a board to cut on), Straight edge
Water, Paint brush for gluing, Rags or paper towels, Apron

No previous experience required. All supplies will be provided.

September 28, 2024 | 10:00-2:00 
Sculpting in the Style of Henry Moore with David L. Bradley and Tess Mosko Scherer

Henry Spencer Moore (1898-1986) was one of the most important British artists of the twentieth century and arguably the most internationally celebrated sculptor of the period. He is renowned for his semi-abstract monumental bronzes, which can be seen all over the world. In this workshop we will sculpt floral foam into semi-abstract figurative shapes. Once the sculptures are complete we will cover them with paint to resemble bronze, clay, metal or other materials.

Materials: sculpting tools, floral foam, paint, brushes, apron, water

No previous experience required. All supplies will be provided.

October 26, 2024  | 10:00-2:00 
Mono-printing with Tess Mosko Scherer

Participants will have fun experimenting with color, design and composition as we experiment with monoprinting from botanicals, and found objects. The possibilities are limitless.  

No previous experience required. All supplies will be provided. 

Materials List:
Paper, Acrylic paint, Gelli plate, brayer, Paint brushes, Water jar, Rags or paper towels, Apron (optional)
Fresh Flowers, leaves, Stencils
Found Objects; keys, wrenches, washers, coins, and any other flat object with texture, unusual shape.

November 23, 2024 | 10-2:00 
Holiday Cards with watercolor with John Erwin
NOTE:  this class is open to anyone who attended the  Veterans, Creative Distraction and Creative Journey classes this year.


John Erwin will lead us on a watercolor adventure that can be a painting, or made into a card that you can keep or send to a loved one.

Materials: watercolor paper, brushes, watercolor paint, water, paper towels. All supplies will be provided

Enjoy the holiday feast of turkey and all the fixings’ as a way to celebrate the holiday season and express gratitude to our Veterans and all who have attended classes in 2023. This is always a fun day. RSVP is required as space is limited.
No previous experience required. 

December 28, 2024 | 10:00-2:00 
Alcohol Ink / Open Studio with Tess Mosko Scherer


Alcohol Ink has become an annual tradition for this December Class. This is a relaxed class exploring the spontaneity of alcohol ink on ceramic tiles, yupo paper and other surfaces. All materials. will be provided to further explore the expressive and painterly properties of alcohol ink.
This is always a fun class. Prepare to get a little dirty!!
No previous experience required. All supplies will be provided.