‘Exciting and Challenging’: Virtual Fine Arts Supports Students at Scottsdale Artists’ School
By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
TRudy Hays says the Scottsdale Artists’ School found bringing their virtual fundraiser online “exciting and empowering.”
Because patrons from all over the world had the chance to participate, the school is starting again. The 28th edition of the Beaux-Arts will take place from November 10 to 13.
âLast year, introducing Fine Arts on a virtual platform for the first time was both exciting and empowering,â said Hays, executive director of the school.
âWe have decided to stay virtual for 2021 because it allows our instructors, students and artistic community from around the world to participate. “
Beaux Arts, a large virtual silent art auction, is the school’s main annual fundraiser. It features a variety of original works of art – such as oil paintings, watercolors, drawings and sculptures – by renowned professional artists. The auction also features a limited set of works by student artists from the school as well as unique travel packages and treasures.
For 39 years, the Scottsdale Artists’ School has been a significant influence in the community, teaching the fundamentals of fine art to aspiring artists and artists of all ages and skill levels.
The school is considered a leader in visual arts training for all levels, offering over 270 adult programs each year taught by top artists across the country. The learning environment includes fully equipped studios, a library, a student lounge and a revolving art gallery. In addition, the school has a leading academy for young people and an extensive outreach program.
The Scottsdale School of Artists annually attracts over 3,000 students and visitors from all 50 states and many overseas countries.
âWe have over 250 workshops and classes per year for adult fine art programs,â said spokesperson Skye Fallon. âOur instructors come from across the country and around the world in some cases. We offer oils, acrylics, drawings and sculptures – almost anything you can think of. We don’t have a potter’s wheel or anything like that. We have sculptors who cut.
Children aged 6-18 can participate in their own programs.
âIt’s not like arts and crafts,â says Fallon. âMany parents send their children to an arts and crafts camp. The children live a real artistic experience. They get the real tools that artists use here. It is really awesome. With COVID, we ran camps throughout the two summers and gave the kids their own artist space, table, easel, and social distancing with their own little art studio. There were 10 to 12 people in a room.
Some students may not be able to receive this education without assistance. Beaux-Arts revenue is vital to supporting these programs.
At the Beaux-Arts, participants can bid on the Beaux-Arts signature painting, âTwo Bedroom Ranch,â by Timothy Horn, an 18 by 24 oil painting created exclusively for the event.
Horn – a leading landscape painter whose subject matter often includes structural elements such as period buildings and vehicles – is an instructor at SAS. His paintings deal as much with the subjects he paints as with the effects of light in a particular scene. He has won numerous awards, has been featured in many high-end art magazines, and is represented by four galleries.
In addition to the auction, guests can also purchase tickets to win the 2021 Signature Raffle Sculpture, an enchanting piece by Sandy Scott. “Pacer” is an 11 x 13 x 5 bronze sculpture of a Standardbred horse captured in its “pace” gate. Scott is a master sculptor whose art adorns many well-known places across the United States, including the Clinton Library, which features his magnificent âPresidential Eagleâ.
The Fine Arts auction will begin at noon on Wednesday November 10 and end at 6 p.m. on Saturday November 13.
âBefore COVID, we were giving around $ 75,000 a year in scholarships,â Fallon said. âThey are based on need and merit. We have really supportive artists who teach here.
Fine Arts 2021
WHEN: Noon Wednesday November 10 to 6 p.m. Saturday November 13
OR: Virtual, scottsdaleartschool.org
COST: Free registration