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Is This Workshop for Me?

This workshop is for any level of painter. If you've struggled with outdoor painting or simply want to get started in plein air painting, this is the workshop for you. However, even advanced painters will learn a great deal from Doug and will find this workshop very valuable. Our days will consist of lectures, demonstrations, student work and critiques.

This is a plein air landscape workshop. Tthough students may choose to paint in oil if they wish, Doug will be painting in pastel only. Students should be familiar with the medium of their choice.

Please note that Sedona is considered high elevation and sits at 4500 feet. You will want to drink plenty of water during your stay and take it easy the first day or so to acclimate.

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Our Schedule

The workshop runs Monday through Friday. Each day is a full day. You will need to bring a bag lunch, beverages and snacks.

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Where to Stay

Our studio is at Gandolfo Studios, 220 Goodrow Lane, Sedona, Arizona 86336.

Limited lodging is available at the studio. Gandolfo Studios has three private rooms. The smaller room has a double bed and sitting area. The larger room has a fireplace, two twin beds, a sitting area and an outside area. The outside area is fenced in. The larger room has a door to the small bathroom. But there is a larger bathroom on the other side of the studio. The kitchen has a large refrigerator, microwave, stove top, oven and dishwasher. The kitchen and dining area will be available for those staying at the studio. No pets, no wi-fi access (but there are many coffee shops in the area where you can get that.) To arrange lodging at Gandolfo Studio, contact Michael Chesley Johnson, Coordinator, at **Lodging arrangements, both registration and cancellation, are ultimately the responsibility of the student.**

Closest to the studio are the Super 8 and Days Inn. There are many other fine options, however.

Although Sedona isn't very big, avoid staying in the Village of Oak Creek (VOC.) VOC, on Route 179 and near I-17, is considered part of Sedona, but it's about 5 miles out and can be a very slow drive.

Craigslist for Sedona vacation rentals:
You can screen for number of bedrooms, pets etc.

Weekly rentals are available in time share places through this link. Just choose location and dates.

B&Bs such as the Sedona Bed & Breakfast Guild:

Come with a friend, spend some time, and rent a house through a Sedona Property Manager such as:
These are mostly furnished monthly rentals, but they do have some weekly rentals.

Then there are traditional hotels and motels and all other types of accomodations listed through the Chamber: This list is very comprehensive!

Sedona also has plenty of pet-friendly lodging. Check out the Trip Advisor page on Sedona Pet-Friendly Hotels.

How to Get to Sedona, Arizona

Sedona is 2 hours (121 miles) by car from the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport (PHX). It's an easy drive, mostly in Interstate 17. Here's the map from Google:

Click for Larger Map and to View Complete Directions

By the way, if you are renting a car, know that it is expensive to rent a car at the Phoenix airport. It is much cheaper to rent one in Sedona or Cottonwood. You can take a shuttle from Phoenix to Sedona or Cottonwood to pick up a car. There are two shuttle companies:

(door-to-door pickup and drop off) (scheduled pickup/drop off times and locations)

Do you need a car? Yes! You will need a car to get to the painting locations.

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Studio Location

Our studio is at Gandolfo Studio, 220 Goodrow Lane, Sedona, Arizona 86336. Please keep in mind that this is a working studio, and that you may be exposed to solvents and other materials commonly found in art studios.

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What to Bring

Typically, Sedona and the Verde Valley are warm in late October and early November. However, be prepared for cool nights and mornings. Dress in layers.

You will want to make sure you bring all the art supplies you need. There is no longer an art supply store in Sedona. Prescott, about an hour away, has the closest (the Art Store). If you are coming through Phoenix, stop by the Dick Blick store in Tempe. For details on traveling with paint, see Robert Gamblin's Studio Note #14.

Pastels you should take in your carry-on luggage. Put them in a container that will be easy for security to open, such as the Heilman Pastel Box. Make sure the container can be easily secured again so your pastels don't go spilling down the aisle.

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Supply Lists

Doug will send you a supply list once you have registered.

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