Watercolor Portraits - 1/20/24 & 1/21/24

The Desert Art Center is proud to host a two-day workshop taught by Jim Nelson, a retired biochemist and student of Charles Reid for 25 years. Join us on January 20th and 21st, 2024 to learn how to paint in a loose impressionistic style. This workshop will focus on watercolor portrait painting techniques. In the morning, Jim will demonstrate his techniques, followed by lunch and then an afternoon of painting for the students. A suggested supply list will be sent to students in advance to ensure they are well prepared for this exciting opportunity. To reserve your spot, please send a $50 deposit to Jim Nelson at 243 S Cahuilla Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Jim at 734-355-4029. There is a class limit of 10 students.


$175 total with a deposit of $50

Contact Jim Nelson to register: 

Abstract Painting - 1/27/24 & 1/28/24

Discover your inner artist and explore the world of abstract art with Kathleen Scoggin! This two-day workshop will provide you with the opportunity to learn from a contemporary abstract artist and create your own unique pieces. Kathleen works with a variety of mediums, including watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media, and draws inspiration from nature to create pieces that express organic subjects. Her work is based on unique texture techniques that describe the varied earth forms all around us. During the workshop, Kathleen will share her techniques and guide you through the process of creating your own abstract masterpiece. Don’t miss this chance to tap into your creativity and be inspired by the beauty of nature. The workshop will take place on January 27th and 28th, 2024 and costs $125 for both days.

Contact Kathleen Scoggin to register: (503) 515-9633

Bold Vibrant Landscapes - 2/03/24

Join fine artist and nature lover Joe A. Oakes for a transformative two-day workshop at The Desert Art Center. In this workshop, you will learn how to create bold and vibrant landscapes bursting with color, light, and shadow. Joe’s expertise in color theory and composition will guide you in creating stunning works of art that capture the beauty of the natural world. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced painter, Joe’s warm teaching style and keen eye for detail will help you take your skills to the next level. The workshop will take place on February 3rd, 2024 and costs $100.

Contact Joe to register:  760-861-4796

Plein Air Oil for Beginners - 2/03/24 & 2/10/24

Join us at The Desert Art Center on February 3rd and 10th for two exciting workshops on Plein Air oil painting. On February 3rd, we will be hosting a workshop designed specifically for beginners. This workshop will feature a painting demonstration as well as an equipment demo, so you can learn everything you need to know to get started with Plein Air painting.

On February 10th, we will be offering a workshop for artists who already have some experience with Plein Air painting but are looking to improve their skills. This workshop will be taught by Nita Harper, a professional artist with a lifetime of experience painting in some of the most beautiful places on earth. Nita is a signature member of Laguna Plein Air Painters and an Artist member of the California Art Club.

Both workshops will be Plein Air and will take place on the beautiful grounds of The Desert Art Center. The cost for each workshop is only $60 per person, so don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to improve your painting skills and learn from a true master of the art. Contact Nita to register: 310-403-4128

Making your Paintings Pop - 2/10/24 & 2/11/24

Join us at The Desert Art Center for a two-day workshop with acclaimed artist and teacher Bob Hannah. Titled “Making Your Paintings Pop!”, this workshop will focus on the essential elements of design and composition, value changes, and the art of emphasizing strong darks and perspective. With Bob’s expert guidance, you’ll explore techniques to elevate your paintings to the next level and create truly stunning works of art. Bob is known for his fun and engaging teaching style that encourages students to have a great time while learning. You’ll experience plenty of “Aha” moments as you work through the material and discover new approaches to your painting. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to learn from one of the best! The workshop will take place on February 10th and 11th, 2024. The fee is $135. 

Contact Bob to register: 206-409-9786

Drawing the Head - 2/17/24 & 2/18/24

Join us at The Desert Art Center on February 17th and 18th, 2024, for our two-day workshop, “Drawing the Head,” taught by Jessica Schiffman. You’ll discover the art of drawing the human head and neck. Whether you’re an experienced artist or a beginner, you’ll benefit from the relaxed and supportive atmosphere as you learn the planes and proportions of the head, as well as the features, angles, and techniques needed to create a recognizable drawing of a friend or family member. During the workshop, you will draw from diagrams and photographs, and we will provide a large selection of images to choose from. However, don’t forget to bring several photos of the person you wish to draw as your final project. Drawings will be done in graphite or charcoal, and teacher demos and individual attention will be provided to ensure you get the most out of the experience. With nearly thirty years of experience as an artist and twenty years of teaching, Jessica Schiffman will inspire and instruct you to develop your skills and improve your craft. The workshop is priced at $200, and students at all levels are welcome to attend. Don’t miss out on this creative and informative journey into the world of drawing!

Contact Jessica to register: (951) 212-3783

The Artist's Eye - 2/24/24 & 2/25/24
3/16/24 & 3/17/24
3/23/24 & 3/24/24

Join us at The Desert Art Center for a two-day workshop, “The Artist’s Eye: A Drawing Workshop Addressing Barriers to Seeing Like an Artist.” This class is perfect for artists of all levels, especially beginners who feel like they are missing something in their work. Taught by Cathy Parker, an artist with a BA in Fine Arts and a background in psychology, you will learn how to link fundamental concepts with your ability to truly see, rather than just look. Cathy breaks down her well-practiced drawing skills into step-by-step exercises, and her background in psychology helps her explain fundamental art concepts and how the brain can interfere. Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your skills and take your art to the next level. The class will take place on February 24th and 25th, 2024, and is $75. Register today!

Contact Cathy to register: 707-363-2698

Selling Your Artwork Online - 2/28/24

This will be a two-hour class helping you to understand what is out there and, most importantly, where to start.

We will cover personal websites and their importance, social media and spreading the word about your art, and E-commerce, the best, easiest, and most appropriate sites for selling your art. This will be a personalized class, so come to class and be ready to tell me what media you work in, the usual size of your art, and the price of a single piece, whether it be in the tens, hundreds, or thousands of dollars.

These three pieces of information will determine which websites you should use to sell on and the next steps of your internet journey.

I will have handouts of all the social media sites, website builders, and sales platforms that I mention so you can look them up at home.

If you can post a photo on Facebook, you have the skills necessary to start selling your art on the internet.


Elements of Watercolor - 3/2/24 & 3/3/24

“Elements of Watercolor” on March 2nd & 3rd, 2024.

A Basic Workshop for Beginners

This is a short introduction to the basics of watercolor to enable new students to join one of the regular classes with the basic knowledge of how to handle this challenging but rewarding medium:

  • The importance of the proportion of water and paint
  • Brushes-sable or synthetic, care of brushes
  • Paper-rough, cold press or hot press
  • Paints, colors and setting out your palette The color wheel and complimentary colors
  • Warm and cool colors, granulation, transparency
  • Mixing, on the palette, brush and paper
  • Highlights, reserving whites, using Miskit, white paints
  • Correcting mistakes
  • Creating volume, shadows and shapes

You will have the opportunity to practice techniques and we hope to complete a landscape and a still life. You will learn about:

  • Composition-‘rule’ of thirds
  • Techniques-washes, glazes, dry brush, spattering & scraping
  • Basics of perspective, painting lines
  • Salt, straws, runny paint, spattering, cling film and textures
  • Skies-blue skies and cloudy
  • Trees, bushes, palms and grasses
  • Brickwork, timber, rocks, beaches and water

The course runs on Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3 2024, in the Terry Masters Gallery at the Desert Art Center, 550 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs 92262.

The cost for two days instruction is $120, by check, cash or Zelle.

Pay on the day but please book a place, so I can prepare for you.

Let me know if you need the materials list. All students must have their own, paper, paints, brushes and other materials.

To book contact, 760 408 3313

The Art of Beeswax 3/3/24, & 3/9/24-3/10/24

The Art of Beeswax: Add to your repertoire of creative techniques! This multi-session, exploratory introduction uses hot (encaustic) and cold beeswax techniques to enhance your original art works by adding intriguing layers and textures or simply preserve without needing to put works under glass. Participants will learn the history of working with beeswax and damar resin; simple tools, materials, and fusing techniques; and safety concerns. We will then make a practice board for various layering, incising, and coloring techniques. In addition, you will create a more “finished” small piece using your own artwork. This workshop is best suited for photographic, pen and ink, watercolor/gouache, graphite, colored pencil, or collage works made on cotton or natural fiber papers. It does not work well with acrylics or heavy oils as a base painting. No previous experience necessary. Essential materials and tools are provided. 
$125 for 3 sessions (1 Zoom, 2 in-person) plus $25 materials fee.
To request a brief outline + optional supply list for our 3 sessions or sign up:  contact Diana directly at or call (760)219-6219. Full itinerary will be emailed upon payment

Plein Air 3/16/24 & 3/17/24 - Off site @ Araby Wash

Plein air painting  is exciting and uplifting but can be confusing as well. Light and shadows are changing every moment. The natural world is filled with infinite shapes, colors and shades of light and dark. Where do you begin?
This workshop will help you to simplify and organize what you see, to create dynamic paintings with strong, logical dark and light patterns. Topics will include composition, focal point, value  (light and dark), underpainting,  ala prima (painting wet-on-wet, without making mud), color theory, and mixing paint. Jessica will do a demo painting, explaining each step. $200 

Contact Jessica to register: (951) 212-3783

Collage and More - 4/06/24 & 4/07/24

If you’re looking for a fun and informative art workshop, you won’t want to miss Collage & More at The Desert Art Center. This two-day event, taking place on April 6th and 7th, 2024, is the perfect opportunity to learn how to create powerful collage paintings using acrylic paint. Taught by Kathleen Scoggin, a contemporary abstract artist with a passion for nature, the workshop will cover everything from selecting a theme to using composition and design to create a truly unique piece. All substrates are welcome, so whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist, you’ll be able to take your skills to the next level. The cost for both days is just $125, so don’t wait – sign up today!

Contact Kathleen to Register: (503) 515-9633

The Art of Pastel - 06/01/24

Led by Natalie Richards, a Roycroft Master Painter, this workshop will teach you how to create intense pastel studies of desert landscapes, sunsets and more. Natalie has been conducting pastel workshops and weekly lessons since 2017, and has honed her skills to become a respected and renowned artist. By the end of the day, you will have learned the techniques and skills needed to create stunning, vibrant pastel paintings. This is an opportunity not to be missed, $100 on 6/01/2024.

Contact Natalie to register:  951-545-7451

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