Sedona, AZ Mentoring Program – October 22-28, 2017 Comments Off on Sedona, AZ Mentoring Program – October 22-28, 2017

 Join this legendary Artist-Instructor for his  Mentoring Plein Air Painting Workshop in Red Rock Country of SEDONA, ARIZONA.

Sunday, October 22 (afternoon) – Saturday, October 28, 2017 (noon).



The Gandolfo Studio is located at 220 Goodrow Lane, in Sedona
Phone number for Carol Gandolfo: 928.961.6535

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Please scroll down for instructions on how to sign up for this Mentoring Program.

Stormy Afternoon, Sedona Oil 22×48 by Albert Handell

About the Workshop
  • Sunday 5-7PM our first meeting at the studio (at that time Albert will give out important information on en plein air painting, portability for both: pastels and oils, an explanation of sunny and grey day lighting conditions and an overall view of the week’s schedule, including maps to various painting locations) followed by our first workshop dinner-individual checks please.
  • Our daily schedule for Monday through Friday

Morning 9AM till noon Paint Along or demonstration by Albert

Afternoon 2-5PM paint on location with help at the easel.

Evening 7-9PM daily studio critique plus career building

  • Saturday 9AM-12PM an in-depth personal farewell critique for each individual artist. The object being you can work better after the week is ended.


Our workshop coordinator is Michael Chesley Johnson, cell: 207.263.6718, email:

In this program, enrolled artists will be limited to 16 participating artists or less.

THE SWIRL OF LIFE by Albert Handell
Mixed Media Pastel -painted on location 12×18

This pastel technique, watercolor under painting finishing with pastel is demonstrated during the week

How is this Mentoring Program different from Albert’s typical 5-day painting workshop program?

This 6-day program starts with our first half-day meeting on SUNDAY 5:00-7:00PM at the Gandolfo Studio, followed by our first dinner at REDS Restaurant and ends  with an individual in-depth farewell critique on SATURDAY at noon.

It also includes: Monday through Friday an evening session 7-9PM, Albert explains and answers all questions on career building.

Each day participants will paint together at designated locations that Mr. Handell knows intimately. In the mornings as you paint alongside Mr. Handell, he will show you step-by-step how he starts and works through a painting till finish. You will see for yourself what and how he emphasizes, what is important, what “un-essentials” he eliminates (which is also very important) and how he keeps to the theme of the painting till finished. If you wish, you will be able to paint the same subject he is painting, which gives you a realization of painting that is unique.

In the afternoon, 2-5PM painting on location with help at each artist’s easel.

Each evening participants will meet to review the day’s painting, have nightly critiques, and receive suggestions for the next day’s painting, and all career-building information will be kept to the evenings.

Career Building – Discussed and Explained in Detail in the evening sessions:

Mr. Handell will first explain how he has built his own career and give you important insights and information on how to build yours. He will then answer all individual questions and give you insights from his extensive experience as an artist, judge and juror of many national exhibitions. You might be surprised by the insights revealed.

Also information on:

  • How to find and get into a good gallery
  • Explaining what is a “good gallery”
  • What to expect from your gallery
  • What is your obligation to your gallery

Also covered (partial listing):

  • What regional and/or national shows should one enter both as a pastelist or as an oil painter (you will find this information surprising)
  • The importance of “being-in-print” (how to go about getting into print, including both magazine articles and books)
  • What makes up an impressive portfolio
  • Should I join a co-op and what makes a good co-op?
  • How to organize your office (very important)
  • The tax advantages of declaring yourself an artist (an individual contractor) even though sales of paintings may be minimal or none at all – this part of the program alone, especially for the future, can be worth the price of the program many times over!

Yet there is much, much more – all presented to you in the evenings after the day’s painting.


Late Afternoon, Sedona

The light conditions in Sedona are breath-taking, bring your cameras!!!

Who is this workshop for?

The mentoring program is designed for those who want an “all inclusive workshop” experience; it is open to anyone who has either taken a workshop with Mr. Handell, or has taken at least one workshop with an artist who gives painting workshops in pastels or oils.



Enrollment is strictly limited and spaces for the program will fill up quickly, so don’t hesitate to reserve your space at this time. This program will be closed after the 14th artist signs up, and a waiting list will be started.

To sign up, a non-refundable deposit of $175 is required to register. The full tuition amount is $800.

Please contact the Handell Studio/Office directly.

Phone: 505-983-8373 / 505-603-1524
Email: /

The Handell Office accepts all credit cards, and it is the preferred method of payment for tuition.

A receipt will be sent to you for your tuition deposit. We will appreciate receiving the $800.00 balance on your tuition two months before the first day of the program, AUGUST 22. Receiving the full tuition two months prior to the program will help us from overbooking.

Our local workshop co-ordinator:
Michael Chesley Johnson
Cell: 928.362.0416

 Refund Policy

If your tuition has been paid in full, a full refund minus the nonrefundable deposit is offered to you for any reason, at any time, until ONE MONTH prior to the first day of the workshop, on SEPTEMBER 22,  2017. Due to the very small class size, no cash or credit refunds can be offered after this date. If an emergency does arise, and you can’t attend the program, no cash refund will be given, but you will receive an $800.00 tuition credit available for you to use at any Paint-A-Long Mentoring Program, good for the next two years.


Tlaquepaque Village in Sedona (where we will be painting on Thursday morning)

Our Sunday Meeting

  • The week starts on Sunday afternoon at 5 PM until 7 PM for our first session at the Gandolfo Studio.
  • At this time, Albert will give out location maps and important information on Plein Air Painting — as well as details about the week’s schedule. He will also start with his information on career building.
  • At 7:00 PM, we will have our first workshop dinner together at REDS Restaurant, which is conveniently located near the studio (individual checks please).

Below are directions, etc., for Gandolfo Studio and nearby REDS Restaurant:

Gandolfo Studio, 220 Goodrow Lane, Phone: 928.961.6535 (Carol Gandolfo)

To get to Goodrow Lane, turn North on Rodeo Road at the light.  Take the next right, which is Bennett Way.  Then go left on Goodrow Lane.  Again veer left where it says “No Outlet.” Look for number 220 on the right, just past Schimberg Lane (on your right also.) There are two little driveways, either of which you may use. Extra parking is along Schimberg Lane.

REDS Restaurant at Sedona Rouge Resort, 2250 West 89A, Phone: 928.203.4111- which is conveniently located at the base of the road that leads to the studio

Coming from the north, and immediately before Rodeo Drive, turn right into the REDS parking lot. If you miss the turn, turn right on Rodeo. Immediately after this turn, REDS is on your right.

**Both studio and restaurant are located within a short distance of each other.  Should you have difficulty finding either the restaurant or the studio, contact Michael Chesley Johnson, workshop sponsor, on his cell phone at 207-263-6718**


Mountain Stream by Albert Handell Oil 16×20 (Actual Demonstration)

Albert will demonstrate oils during the week

The Week

  • Each morning, 9:00AM – noon: we will all meet on location or at the studio. Every morning, Albert will either demonstrate or paint along with you.
  • 12:00 noon – 2:00PM: Lunch and travel to and set-up for the afternoon painting session.
  • 2:00 – 5:00PM: we will paint on location. Mr. Handell will give individual help at the easel (optional). Our painting subject matter will vary from Sedona’s beautiful red rock mesas and buttes, the quiet slickrock banks of Oak Creek, the area’s graceful sycamore and cottonwood trees, to wide-open breathtaking vistas and skies.
  • 5:00 – 7:00 PM: Supper. Friday evening, we will meet at a local restaurant for our final farewell dinner (individual checks)
  • 7:00 – 9:00 PM: we will meet at the studio for our daily critique. Mr. Handell will also present eye-opening career building information at that time.
  • Saturday morning from 9AM till noon, we have a final in depth, very informative critique which will help individual artists with their painting after the week ends. If you can, please bring 6 or 8 images; either prints or computer images (or originals) of works done before the workshop and everything painted during the week.

Accommodation Recommendations

Where to Stay: Mr. Handell will be staying at Days Inn:

Days Inn Sedona
2991 West 89A, Hwy 89, Sedona, AZ 86336 US
Phone: 1-928-282-9166
Fax: 1-928-282-6208
Reservations: 1-877-282-9166 FREE

If you wish other accommodations:

For more information on Sedona, please contact artist Michael Chesley Johnson, our Sedona coordinator who lives and paints in and knows Sedona very well.

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.

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. Shuttles: Arizona Shuttle ( or Ace Express Shuttle Service (


Coastal Tree by Albert Handell  Mixed Media Pastel  12X18  Actual Demonstration
To see the full list of painting supplies (in both pastel and oils) recommended by Albert, please click the button below.
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We look forward to a wonderful and productive time together! – Albert & Jeanine