Inspiration from the Masters
iPad Drawing & Painting Workshop
Looking at Monet, Rodin, Matisse & Diebenkorn
April 28th – April 30th, 2017

An iPad art class like none other!
Intermediate to advanced level

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Registration deadline Wednesday, April 26th, 11:59PM PST.

From top left, clockwise: Claude Monet, La Grenouillère (detail), 1869, oil on canvas, 29 3/8 x 39 1/4 in; Auguste Rodin, The Age of Bronze (detail), ca. 1875–1877, bronze, 71 1/2 x 21 1/4 x 25 1/2 in; Richard Diebenkorn, Woman on Porch, 1958, oil on canvas, 72 x 72 in; Henri Matisse, The Blue Window, 1913, oil on canvas, 51 1/2 x 35 5/8 in.

This Inspiration from the Masters iPad Drawing & Painting Workshop is like none other. The workshop takes advantage of the unique coincidence of overlapping museum art shows in San Francisco that showcase works by four great artistic masters: Claude Monet, Auguste Rodin, Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn. We will use the artworks of each of these artists as inspiration for our own creative explorations and expressions. The art tool being used in this weekend is the iPad – a versatile, powerful and portable art studio. The main app we will use is Procreate.


Jeremy Sutton, After Matisse’s Studio, Quai Saint Michel, 2017, iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Procreate

This is a three day class, each day with a distinct theme, syllabus and location:


Friday, April 28th, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: 1890 Bryant Street, Studio 306, San Francisco, CA 94110

1.1 Art History: Monet, Rodin, Matisse & Diebenkorn

Stories, context and conversations: we will explore how each artist evolved and grew, their struggles and breakthroughs, what were the key turning points in their lives, and the lessons we can learn from each. Plus we will learn about their friendships, admiration of, and influence on, each other.

1.2 Tools & Technique: Organization, Optimization and Navigation

We will go deep into the nitty gritty of using the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and Procreate. We’ll look at using the cloud, mobile art resources and handy digital plein air accessories, at artwork organization, interface navigation, customization of brushes, use of layers, importing of custom backgrounds and photos, trouble-shooting, back-up, archive and sharing. You will learn how to use photography to capture backgrounds and import those backgrounds as layers over which to draw and paint. We will look at a variety of ways that you can utilize photo references for drawing and painting. Though Procreate is the main app we’ll be using, Jeremy will show a few other apps such as Sketch Club, Art Set Pro and Art Rage.

1.3 Principles & Practice: Line, Shape, Value, Composition, and Color

Applying the lessons of the masters, we’ll prepare for the museum visits with practice these basic principles.

Jeremy Sutton, Cutouts inspired by Matisse, 2015, iPad Air, Pencil by 53, Sketch Club


PART 2.1: Saturday, April 29th, 2017
Starting Location: 9:30 a.m. Legion of Honor Museum
Exhibition: Monet: The Early Years
Syllabus: AM – Painting from observation of Monet’s early paintings, taking inspiration from the way he loosened his brush strokes and composed his canvases. Instructor demonstration followed by painting project.
Drawing from the Rodin sculptures in the Legion of Honor collection, and capturing the power and beauty of the human form as portrayed in his magnificent works. Instructor demonstration followed by drawing project. This year is the centenary of Rodin’s death and the Legion of Honor is displaying some of it’s finest Rodins from it’s extensive collection, including many that appear in the current Auguste Rodin: The Centenary Installation.

In this session we will enjoy the juxtaposition at the Legion of Honor Museum of these two contemporaries, Monet and Rodin, born two days apart, who admired each other and were both pioneers of different genres, each breaking new ground amidst public criticism before becoming accepted later in their careers. Read this fascinating article about their life long friendship. Both Monet and Rodin struggled artistically and financially before achieving recognition and success, both persevered against great odds and embarked on a level of rough hewn naturalism and states of “unfinishedness” not seen before. Both were fascinated by the effects of natural and ever-changing light yet depicted that in two completely different media and ways—Monet’s vibrant bold brush strokes on the one hand and Rodin’s powerful and beautiful sculptural statements on the other.

Lunch in the wonderful Legion of Honor Café.

PART 2.2 After lunch at the museum you will put into practice everything you have learned from the examples of Monet and Rodin, and create original plein air San Francisco cityscapes, inspired by the their works. This is when it all comes together: the artistry, technique and inspiration! There will be instructor demonstrations followed by plein air painting projects at beautiful scenic locations close to the Legion of Honor Museum (such as Pacific Heights, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Palace of Fine Arts). We will aim to be wrapped up for the day by 5:30 p.m..

Jeremy Sutton, after Rodin’s “Meditation”, 2016, iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and Sketch Club


Sunday, April 30th, 2017
Location: 10 a.m. SFMOMA
Exhibition: Matisse/Diebenkorn (see this ArtNews article on the “conversation” between Matisse and Diebenkorn illustrated in this show, and also watch the wonderful interview with Diebenkorn talking about how he starts a painting on this page of the Baltimore Museum of Art web site, where the show was before SFMOMA). From when Diebenkorn first saw the Matisse’s on the walls of Sarah Stein’s home in Palo Alto while he was a student at Stanford during WWII, and through out his career, Matisse was always a great influence and inspiration. The dynamic tension between abstraction and representation playing out on their canvases throughout their lives.
We will explore color and form, working from the inspiring examples of these two masters, both artists who, as mentioned, played with the boundary between representing reality and bold abstraction. We will see close up the way they built up layers of brush strokes of varying color to create rich, deep, interesting painted surfaces. We will also see how each left their marks of process, their artifacts of construction, visible as they experimented, transformed and corrected their compositions. In seeing, and drawing, their artworks in this show they give us freedom to be bolder, more abstract and more creative in our own art.

Matisse, while being thirty years younger than both Monet and Rodin, knew them both. Matisse, like Monet, took a strong interest in painting gardens both as a backdrop for figures, as well as a subject in themselves. As a thirty year old man Matisse took his drawings to show Rodin (see Museé Rodin article). Though Matisse was a little disappointed that Rodin advised him to come back with more polished drawings, they kept in touch and Rodin’s approach to sketching figures and sculpting was of great influence on Matisse.

Jeremy Sutton, after Matisse, 2017, iPad iPad, Apple Pencil, Procreate

Jeremy Sutton, after Diebenkorn, 2015, iPad Air, Pencil by 53, Art Rage

Lunch in the tasty SFMOMA Cafe 5.

PART 3.2
After lunch at the museum you will put into practice everything you have learned from the examples of Matisse and Diebenkorn, and create original plein air San Francisco cityscapes, inspired by these two masters of abstract form, rich surfaces and bold color! There will be instructor demonstrations followed by plein air painting projects at beautiful scenic locations. We will aim to be wrapped up for the day by 5:30 p.m..

Tuition Fee

$1,600, includes all tuition, catalogues to the exhibitions and special art bags; entrance to the exhibitions; letter size pigment ink jet prints on heavy weight matte paper during class and a pigment inkjet print on Breathing Color Lyve canvas, up to 30″ x 24″, to be printed and shipped after class. Meals, travel and accommodations at student’s own expense. Simple refreshments are provided in the studio.

Please note that, like all of Jeremy’s classes and workshops, this workshop is covered by the PaintboxTV Terms and Conditions which includes: “All purchases, including all registrations for workshops and classes, are FINAL and are NON-REFUNDABLE. If a user changes their mind, or is for any reason unable to attend a class or workshop they registered for, and can give more the seven days notice before a class starts, then the value of the registration payment can be applied to a later class or workshop or any other product or service offered on PaintboxTV®.”

Small Class Size

There will be a maximum of six students, so everyone will get individual attention and benefit from this action-packed workshop of digital art education. They will have fun and be inspired and stretched creatively.

Materials List

Each student will need to bring a fully charged iPad with charging cables and plug adaptors, and with the latest versions of Procreate, Art Rage, Sketch Club, Art Set Pro and Glaze installed. See iPad Art Tools. On this page you’ll find a list of the apps I use on my iPad, plus accessories you may be interested in getting. Given that the apps are relatively inexpensive, I recommend installing the apps I list on that page and exploring them. The main app we’ll use on this class is Procreate. If you are considering purchasing an iPad then I absolutely recommend going for the iPad Pro / Apple Pencil combination! I recommend bringing your Apple ID with you to class on the first day in case there are apps we mention that you wish to download and install in class.


Instructor Jeremy Sutton travels the world performing live iPad painting at private events and public institutions, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C., and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Jeremy performed live digital painting with the Cirque du Soleil Totem show in San Francisco. He has taught iPad art workshops and classes in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and at the Seoul Museum of Art, Korea.


Featured in article in Shots magazine

Thoughts on Mobile Digital Art

Jeremy Sutton, Still Life, 2015, iPad Air, Pencil by 53, Sketch Club

What about other mobile devices besides the iPad?

There is an ever growing list of excellent and powerful mobile art tools and devices, including the Wacom Cintiq Companion (Windows 10 and Android), Microsoft Surface Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note, etc etc… Each platform and device has it’s own fan based and dedicated users, plus there are many good apps which only exist on one platform or another. Sketch Club and Procreate, for instance, are only on iOS, while Art Flow is only on Android. In my classes I teach practical lessons based on my own experience as a professional artist. You learn about the tools I use every day. Currently the iPad Pro with Apple Pencil and Procreate are my main mobile art tools and that is why I am focusing on teaching with these tools in this class.

“Valentine Standing”, 2015, iPad Air, Pencil by 53, Sketch Club
This sketch was created from life at a Dr. Sketchy’s drawing session in San Francisco.

Do I need any training or experience in drawing or painting?

No prior art experience is needed. The wonderful thing about making art on your iPad is that it is easily accessible to everyone! I teach with encouragement and enthusiasm. The class is fun with an emphasis on playing and exploring and taking risk on your digital canvas. All you need is an open mind and willingness to explore. Everyone can express themselves freely on the iPad and my class is aimed at empowering you in this with a solid understanding and mastery of the tools. I describe the level that this class is aimed at as being Intermediate to Advanced. What I mean by that is that I expect all students to have mastered the basics of their iPads and not be lost in the operating system. I expect you will have practiced drawing on the iPad before coming to class. Please ensure you have opened Procreate and played and explored using it prior to class: the more familiarity you have with Procreate the better, since that is the main app we will be using.

Jeremy Sutton, Tower Bridge, 2016, iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Sketch Club

Accommodation Suggestions for Out of Town Visitors

Hotels in San Francisco have become very expensive in the last couple of years but here are a few downtown hotels to contact – sometimes they have reasonable deals and special rates and discounts – always ask for their best rates. Check to see how much they are on Expedia and then, before booking through Expedia, call the hotel directly and see if they’ll match the rate (you always have more flexibility if you book directly through the hotel rather than a third party like Expedia).

Hotel Rex (great 1920s style lounge)

The Marker Hotel (formerly Monaco Hotel)

Hotel Beresford (above English style pub)

Villa Florence

Sir Francis Drake

Sheraton Palace

Hotel Griffon

Hotel Whitcomb

If you are not familiar with San Francisco please feel free to run any hotel suggestions by me before booking.

You can also see what is available on airbnb. Please feel free to ask my opinion before you commit to a booking – as with hotels I can advise you whether it is in a neighborhood I’d recommend or not. Please note that airbnb cancellation and change terms are frequently much more restrictive than booking a regular hotel room, and their prices sometimes not that much different – so I would suggest always seeing what is available in hotels first.