Prescott Plein Air Painting Workshop

Celebrating Prescott’s Diverse Landscapes


Learn to capture the natural light and beauty of the Prescott Highland Center’s trails and gardens, in a three-day plein air workshop! The Center exemplifies nature at its best, with careful preservation and an adherence to the history of the Highlands.

Plein Air Painting Workshop


Join Gretchen Lopez and learn to compose and work with the landscape or zero in on a garden setting while working in oil, water mixable oil or acrylic.

-Learn how to find the focal point in our composition, and simplify complex scenes.
-Find out how important the start of a painting is, by looking for and using large shapes to pull a composition together.
-Learn to mix color from a limited palette.
-Get to know your brushes and use brush technique to achieve successful paintings filled with movement and energy.

It’s time to get some fresh air and experience great painting adventures while enjoying the beauty of the outdoors!! (Note: Our Classroom will be available for inclement weather.)

  The Art of Gretchen Lopez


Gretchen’s work is inspired, not only by her love of painting, but from her ethnic
heritage, teaching and the world around her. After majoring in advertising and design, she went on to study fashion illustration at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, then finished out her studies at The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. As a tenth generation Native of California, Gretchen is a descendant of the first Spanish settlers and the California Rancheros. Combined with her native roots, her work is inspired by this rich Ethnic heritage. Vibrant color and spontaneity, are expressed in the gentle beauty of the Native and Hispanic people she paints. Combining the traditional with the contemporary, she is able to paint with freedom and passion. Gretchen lives in Northern Arizona, where she continues to pursue her love of painting and teaching. She has taught at the Sedona Arts Center for over 20 years, and teaches workshops abroad in Spain and Mexico. Gretchen was nominated for the Viola Award for Excellence in Art Education, and has won numerous awards in the Sedona Plein Air Festival, including “Best of Show” for 2021. Her works are in private collections both nationally and internationally, as well in exhibits at the Historic Phippen Museum of Western Art. Gretchen’s work is represented by The Sedona Arts Center Gallery, Adelante Gallery, and The Wyatt Gallery.

She is also a member of the Impressionist Society of America.


Betty Carr Watercolor Plein Air

Plein Air Painting Workshop: Betty Carr

August 2-4
9am – 3pm, $275

Luminous floral still life’s and landscapes in Watercolor

This workshop will focus on techniques in painting the effects of light in a floral still life and a landscape setting.

The “how tos” in achieving dynamic, impressionistic paintings using painterly brushwork will be demonstrated. Color relationships, values, edges and temperatures of light and shadow
will also be covered.

Come and enjoy painting in this gorgeous area in Prescott. We will be doing some small plein air studies during our
landscape session.

Betty is a Master in the American Impressionist Society, AISM Signature
Suggested reading by Betty Carr—“Seeing the Light”, an artist’s guide” Create depth, form and Atmosphere Watercolor and Oil
North Light Publication

Betty Carr
Betty Carr Plein Air
Betty Car Plein Air Watercolor
Betty Carr

The Art of Betty Carr

Betty Carr received her MFA from San Jose State University and has taught painting and sculpture for many years. She has been selected as a Master Artist in the American Impressionist Society AISM signature. As a professional artist throughout her distinguished career she has traveled extensively gathering inspirational subject matter through her plein air painting experiences. Carr is the author of acclaimed instructional book, ” Seeing the Light: An Artist’s Guide”, and her work featured in numerous books including Creative Composition & Design,’The Painter’s Workshop; Splash 5; Painter’s Quick Reference; Flowers; Landscapes, and Flower Pocket Pal. Her work is featured in the recent book,” Sedona’s Best Artists”.

Her painting, “Autumn Vineyards” won the prestigious award at the Sedona Plein Air Festival, Alcantara Vineyard’s new Spring blend wine label. She has been featured in Southwest Art, Art of the West, Workshop Magazine-American Artist, Watercolor Magazine, American Artist, International Artist and Art Talk, cover artist Southwest Art magazine, June issue 2010. Carr is a signature member of Knickerbocker Society of Artists and Arizona Plein Air Painters. Betty has been professional plein air painter for many years!

Betty has taught workshops both nationally and internationally for many years. She has received numerous juried awards as well as exhibited in major exhibitions and galleries throughout the country along with being the juror in many fine art exhibitions Her paintings of OIL, ACRYLIC and WATERCOLOR can be seen on her Web Site : Betty Carr Fine Art .com.


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