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Master Workshops

Alexis Lavine – Watercolor Workshop – August 14-16

By Alexis Lavine

Hello to everyone who painted with me last September at Amarillo Art Institute. I hope this letter finds you well, painting well and often, and enjoying Spring in Amarillo!

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Introduction to Painting with Alcohol Ink

Saturday September 27, 2014 10 am – 4 pm
Level: Beginner to Advanced
Cost: $120 for AAI Members $135 for Non-Members without supplies included.
Cost: $150 for AAI Members $165 for Non-Members with these supplies included: 6 shades alcohol ink and 10 sheets of 9×12 yupo sheets

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Dyan Newton 
1-Day Acrylic Workshop August 9, 2014

9am – 5pm, Saturday, August 9th                  
Cost: $120 – Amarillo Art Institute Members $135 – Non-Members
Level: Beginner to Advanced

Dyan Newton has been painting for over 30 years, working in watercolors, pastels and oils. She has studied with well-known local and national artists. Throughout the years Dyan has developed her own impressionistic style of painting, recognizable by her lively brushwork and bright, vivid colors. Her love of painting is evident whether she is painting landscapes, portraits, animals or florals. Dyan is a signature member of West Texas Watercolor Society, has won numerous awards, and has paintings in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. and internationally.

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Mike Mahon Workshops™ – Painting Large in Oil & Pastel September 25-27, 2014

$325 for AAI Members $360 for Non-Members.

Begins with a reception and painting demo from 6-9 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 24.

“Truchas Sunset”  Oil 30” x 40”

“Truchas Sunset” – Oil 30” x 40”

Some Things You Will Learn

  • What must be done before you even start a painting
  • How to draw and paint accurately in large scale from your photos and life
  • How to accurately determine the relative proportion for large size painting, working from ANY size photo
  • How to crop your subject and create powerful compositions
  • How to use a camera and photography for paintings
  • How to color correct for poor lighting situations
  • Professional commercial art techniques for controlling your drawing quality and accuracy
  • Unique design challenges for larger pieces

Mike is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA), Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM), Pastel Society of New Mexico (PSNM) and American Plains Artists (APA). He is frequently an art show judge and has received many awards and honors for his work throughout the country. Mike was a featured artist in the book, 100 Ways to Paint People and Figures, published in 2004 by “International Artist Magazine.”

Mike with “Good Hands” painting - Oil 40” x 30”

Mike with “Good Hands” painting – Oil 40” x 30”

A Systematic Painting Process

You will learn about Mike’s DiVine Setup©, a 7-step systematic approach to painting based on classic principles of art which are logical, learnable, memorable, and which free the artist to be more spontaneous but in control of the painting.

You will learn about how to plan your painting so that you can be confident that it is good at the beginning rather than waiting to the end to see if it “works.”


  • Tuition is $325 for members & $360 for non members. A $100 registration deposit is required.
  • When we receive your deposit, you will be sent a notice of confirmation and a materials list. Class size is limited, so don’t delay.

A Word About Skill Levels

This is a beginner-friendly workshop! Just call for a preparatory phone consultation with Mike if you have had little or no experience painting. You will learn how a systematic approach to painting will help free you from not being familiar with your materials or technique. I recommend pastel rather than oil or acrylic for beginners. Since so much of the information in the workshop is new, even for experienced painters, it will be a challenging learning experience for all. Your opportunities to learn are enhanced by being around others of varying skills.

If you are an intermediate or advanced painter, you may use your favorite medium, oil, pastel or acrylic, but we recommend that you limit your choice to only one medium for the workshop. Mike’s DiVine Setup© systematic painting procedure applies to any medium, but class demos will be in either oil or pastel.

“Sun Swirl” - Pastel “20 x 24”

“Sun Swirl” – Pastel “20 x 24”

Any Questions?

Contact Mike or Cynthia at (505) 473-1098 or E-mail art@mmahon.com; OR contact Spunky Harrel at the Amarillo Art Institute: (806) 354-8802, email: director@amarilloartinstitute.org


You may sign up for this workshop on line by simply logging on to the Institute’s website at http://amarilloartinstitute.org/ or call Spunky Harrel at (806) 354-8802.

Mike enjoys teaching, and will do everything he can to insure a good learning situation for you!

After graduating from art school, Mike was the art director of an advertising agency and of a large commercial printing company; he operated an independent film animation studio and was owner of a commercial art and photography studio before starting his full time fine art career. During his over 35 years of commercial and fine art experience, he has developed the speed and accuracy that are essential in successful painting and will show you how to do it, too!

Mike Mahon

Mike Mahon


$360.00 Register

Guido Frick Workshop to be Held May 30 – June 1

May 30 – June 1, 2014 – 9AM – 4PM 

Members – $550 Non-Members $600

($100 deposit to hold your spot in workshop)

German impressionist artist, Guido Frick will be at the Amarillo Art Institute on MAY 30 – JUNE 1 for a three day workshop.  Guido has been referred to as one of the “up & coming” artists of our time. Guido began his art career by enrolling in an art academy in Constance, his home-town in southern Germany, Frick decided on landscapes for his subject matter, and became “absolutely dedicated to painting outdoors.” Now living in Germany as well as in USA… , Frick conducts Workshops for Student painters while he explores the land on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. His brilliant colors and loose impressionistic style are both things that you can learn in his class.

Contact AAI at 806-354-8802 or sign up online.  We have a supply list that we can email you after you register.  But, do so soon, as time is quickly approaching.

Dyan Newton – Develop Luminous Paintings with Vibrant Crisp Colors – May 10, 2014

1⁄2-Day Acrylic Workshop May 10, 2014
May 10 (Saturday) & May 22 (Thursday) 1pm – 5pm
Cost: $60 – Members $75 – Non-Members
Level: Beginner to Advanced

Dyan Newton has been painting for over 30 years, working in watercolors, pastels, acrylics and oils. She has studied with well-known local and national artists. Throughout the years, Dyan has developed her own impressionistic style of painting, recognizable by her lively brushwork and bright, vivid colors. Her love of painting is evident whether she is painting landscapes, portraits, animals or florals. Visit Dyan’s website at dyannewton.com

$135.00 Register

Ned Mueller – The Art of Seeing – Making a Painting Work – May 23-25, 2014

The Art of Seeing – Making a Painting Work

3-day Indoor painting workshop

May 23-25, 2014 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) 9:30am – 4:00pm daily

Cost $300 – Members $350 Non-Members
($100 deposit required to reserve spot in workshop)

All Paint Mediums Welcome


A good painting is a very personal statement by the artist and tells as much about the artist as the painting itself. We will talk about the whole process of putting a painting together, from the first concept to small idea, value or color studies to a more finished product. The emphasis will not be so much on a finished painting as the process of achieving it. Most paintings are ruined at the start because of little thought and idea of what to paint and how one will do it. We will work on color harmony and the balance of shapes and edges in size, value, and color. We will work on seeing things in a more “abstract” way instead of more literally. In other words, to not see things as sky, water, trees, and ground, but as an interesting and compelling arrangement of shapes and colors. This opens up to seeing more options of what to paint, seeing more as an artist and being able to find your own voice. Bring a good sense of humor and we will have a grand time, making mistakes, working hard, and enjoying the whole experience. Artists may work from their own photos and Ned will have a large selection and variety of great photos to paint from, including landscapes, figures, and portraits from all over the country and world for you to use.

Recently Ned was a finalist in the 2014 PLein Air Salon Contest and was awarded second place in the 2014 Outdoor Painters Salon Show in Dallas going on now.

$350.00 Register

Ned Muller Workshop Rescheduled from April 25-27 to May 23-25

Last Light St. Ives - England- Ned Mueller

Last Light St. Ives – England- Ned Mueller

Dear Artists and Friends,

I’m super excited that Ned Muller is joining us in Amarillo!  However, our scheduled workshop date of April 25-27 must be rescheduled for Ned.  He has asked that we schedule the workshop next month on May 23-25.  I am hoping that is a great weekend for you to get in here and learn from a really special master artist and man who will change your life as an artist forever!  A reminder of the incredibly affordable workshop price of $300 for Members and $350 for Non-Members.  Please let me know asap if this workshop date in May will work for all of you!

Make plans to join us for a once-in-a-lifetime workshop at a wonderful workshop price!



Ned Mueller how to Work From Studies in Oil

Ned Mueller

Ned Mueller

Friday – Sunday, May 23-25, 2014, 9:30am – 4:00 daily
Cost: $300.00-Members $350-Non-Members

All Paint Media Welcome
($100 deposit required to reserve spot in workshop)

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ned Mueller was raised in the Gallatin Valley near Bozeman, Montana. His excellent skills in depicting the human figure, animals and landscapes have earned him prestige and numerous awards. He graduated from the Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles, and worked as an illustrator for twenty-five years including work for Disney Imagineering before becoming a full-time painter. He has been inspired by such greats as Harley Brown, Richard Scmid, Bettina Steinke, and Sergei Bongart. Ned is a member of the Northwest Rendezvous Group, the Oil Painters of America, the Plein Air Painters of America, the Knickerbocker Society, and the California Art Club. Ned is a very accomplished and highly respected artist who has been drawing and painting for over 60 years. He is a graduate of the prestigious Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles. He has participated in many of the major invitational shows in the country, including the “Artists of America,” Great American Artists’,” “Prix de West,” “Oil Painters of America,” “Pastel Society of America,” “The Northwest Rendezvous,” and the annual “Plein Air Painters of America Exhibition.” His work has been on display in some of the Finest Galleries in the country, and his award-winning work is included in many private fine art collections. [Read more…]