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Back by popular demand... a painting class with local artist April Howland. Howland’s work features wildlife and pets in bold, gorgeous color. This four-week long course begins with a tour of Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center to introduce you to our gorgeous wildlife models—bears, mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, foxes and more. Subsequent weeks will allow you to sit at the animal enclosures as long as you like to draw or paint from real life. Howland will offer activities and coaching as you work on your pieces. Bring your own art supplies and easels and a camera or smart phone to capture poses. Sit and relax and become one with your art. All skill levels welcome. Pencil, Watercolor, acrylic and oils are all welcome. Artists are encouraged to work on several pieces over the course of each class time as animals are free to roam their enclosures and cannot be counted on to pose for too long! 

Cost:  $200/person for the entire 4-week series

Dates: Mondays, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, November 18th and 25th, December 2nd and 9th

Space is limited to 15 participants. 

Artist April Howland bio:

April Howland has been been a professional artist for over 15 years. After studying under a wonderful art mentor in Sedona, Arizona and receiving her degree, she sought out various acclaimed artists and instructors and began honing her fine art skills. Inspired by nature and animals, April’s primary focus remains steady in her thriving wildlife series and domestic animal portrait business. As she travels the globe from Alaska to Africa for inspiration, April’s eye for composition and design combined with her love of color enables her to create rich and unique art pieces. Her one of a kind style is a successful blend of contemporary and realism. She uses a variety of materials to accomplish her works, but her methodology remains consistent. “To me, each piece of art is a beautiful learning experience with amazing shapes and tones.”

April’s works have been in a number of juried shows. She has been a guest artist in various galleries and is now represented by Beals & Co in Santa Fe and Coco Milano’s in Mesa, AZ. April has been featured in a variety of publications and television news programs for her artwork which include Phoenix People, The Barking Beast San Diego, Scottsdale’s Foothills Focus, The Arizona Republic, PBS Horizon Arizona, and many local NBC, FOX and ABC news programs. April has many collectors both national and abroad. She resides in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband Glen, her son, and a small group of rescue animals.

To see April’s work make sure to visit and find
Howland Studios on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.