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New digital platform for artists of all ages emerges at Scottsdale Artists’ School

Posted 1/18/21

Scottsdale Artists’ School’s has announced that a new online platform for youth and adults has been added to its catalog of fine art programs.

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New digital platform for artists of all ages emerges at Scottsdale Artists’ School

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Scottsdale Artists’ School’s has announced that a new online platform for youth and adults has been added to its catalog of fine art programs.

Artists of all ages and experience levels can now take quality fine art classes and workshops online with professional instructors from around the country.

The online program offers the same fine quality, which students have come to expect from the school. Options range from intensive one, two and three-day curriculums to weekly courses that include multiple instructor critiques and a virtual community designed for feedback from other students.

Programs being offered in 2021 include instruction from nationally recognized artists such as: Joanne Mangi, Tina Garrett, Dominique Medici, Susan Lyon, David Michael Slonim, Claudia Hartley, Sarah Sedwick, Shana Levenson and many others.

“We have been researching opportunities for an online platform for several years,” said SAS Executive Director Trudy Hays. “Fine Art instruction is uniquely visual and personal which made it a little more challenging to move to an online teaching arena. We are grateful for input from our instructors and students who have shared their expectations for what a successful online program entails. Virtual programs are appearing everywhere, some are quality, others seem to be rushed. We wanted to make sure we created one that fit our students needs, not simply as a Band-Aid for the times.”

“Online workshops give the student a personalized experience as we bring the instruction into their home,” said artist and instructor, David Michael Slonim.

“Thanks to the camera, every person gets the best seat in the house for demos, enjoying a close-up view and seeing every detail. In addition, online critiques enable students to watch as I paint with them and make suggestions.”

Mr. Slonim is one of the accomplished instructors teaching for SAS online, according to the press release. He has received many awards and his work graces the walls of many museums and private collections around the U.S. He is also a prolific children’s author and illustrator, having written and illustrated over 25 books, translated into six languages.

The online art program had a soft opening in 2020 featuring the school’s lecture series on Art History taught by Anne Connor, a historian who is widely recognized for her comprehensive knowledge on the subject. Ms. Connor’s online lectures have been well attended and her series is continuing on Tuesday’s and Thursdays through May 2021.

SAS Youth Academy began its virtual education for ages 6 to 18 last August and it too has been a success. The Academy offers a special “College Corner” for teens and adds new sessions each week with the opportunity for first-time students to try their first class free.

“We are excited to grow our online platform and we have designed it as a permanent fixture to our already extensive on-campus programming,” said Ms. Hays. “Our hope is that it will reach a new demographic of students who desire fine art education, but may be limited by time or travel.”

For 38-years, Scottsdale Artists’ School has taught fundamentals of fine art to artists and aspiring artists of all ages and skill levels. The school offers diverse programming taught by the nation’s leading artists. Scholarships are offered throughout the year and are based on both need and merit.

For more information on the school’s schedule, call the front desk Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit www.scottsdaleartschool.org.

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