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3 art workshops for adults begin in January at Phippen

A previous art and wine event at the Phippen Museum. (Courtesy)

A previous art and wine event at the Phippen Museum. (Courtesy)

Three workshops for adults at the Phippen Museum will appeal to beginner students as well as experienced artists, and include sculpting horses, color mixing, and wine.

First up, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12-13, is a workshop on horses by sculptor and Phippen Education Coordinator Neal McEwen called “Introduction to Representational Sculpture — The Horse.”

McEwen will cover areas including assembly of bases, a systematic system for designing and constructing an armature to ensure correct anatomical dimensions, discussion and practice in sculpting the skeletal and muscular structure of the horse, features and differences of various breeds, and sculptural details relating to elements of anatomy (including study of the horse in motion), facial features and hair.

The class is a combination of lecture and clay modeling with an emphasis on the application of hands-on technique. The cost is $75 per student, and all materials will be provided.

At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, beginners are invited for an evening of artistic inspiration and fun with “Art & Wine: A Perfect Pairing.” This introductory event is a two-hour excursion for those who enjoy wine and would like to learn more about painting.

Participants will explore different painting techniques as museum staff leads them through the step-by-step process of creating their own original, winter-themed, acrylic painting. Wine and snacks will be available.

Participants will take home their finished and ready-to-frame acrylic paintings. The cost is $35 per person and attendees must be 21 or older to participate. All materials will be provided, but seating is limited.

Lastly, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26-27, award-winning artist Gretchen Lopez will lead a workshop called “Basic Painting for All Levels.” It is perfect for the beginning student or experienced painter who wishes to expand their skills, and costs $150.

Lopez will introduce students to the basics of starting a painting, along with getting to know their brushes and how to mix color from a limited palette.

The class will work from a still life the first day and from photo reference on the second. Some materials are required, and students are welcome to bring their own reference material. Instructor demonstrations and one-on-one will be provided. Lopez also will present a special color-mixing clinic.

Seating is limited for these events, so reserve a seat now at 928-778-1385. The Phippen Museum is at 4701 Highway 89 at the roundabout. For more information, visit


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