Master the Fine Art of Colored Pencil with Richard Drayton!

The humble colored pencil has finally come into it’s own as a recognized fine art medium. This wonderful medium requires no water, no turpentine, no harsh chemicals or complex procedures of any kind. They don’t dry out or go bad when not in use and are easy to store.

Drawing Classes with Richard DraytonIn my classes and workshops you will learn how to create rich, vibrant color and value using Prismacolor Fine Art Pencils. These pencils have a soft wax-based pigment that can be applied in a painterly opaque fashion. The basic technique is known as “burnishing”. This involves a careful layering of color, building up to the opaque and smooth application of pigment. The process is more like painting than a drawing and the resulting finished art is actually a “painting”.

The workshops and classes will also cover basic drawing and painting principles, as well as learning to work from photography.

Both novice and expert students are welcome and will be encouraged to explore their creativity while working on a project of their own, or choosing among those offered.

Classes and workshops are conducted at Sedona Arts Center in Sedona, Arizona.

Individual instruction is also available – please contact Richard directly if interested in private lessons.

Richard is represented in Sedona by the Sedona Arts Center Gallery.





Richard will be having the following 2 day workshops at Sedona Arts Center. 

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March 3rd and 4th, 2018 – Saturday and Sunday

April 7th and 8th, 2018 – Saturday and Sunday

May 12th and 13th, 2018 – Saturday and Sunday

June 9th and 10th, 2018 – Saturday and Sunday

July 14th and 15th, 2018 – Saturday and Sunday

August 18th and 19th, 2018 – Saturday and Sunday

All Levels Invited!
Workshop meets 9am–4pm each day with a one hour lunch.

Please CLICK HERE to register for all of the workshops



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Testimonials from Richard Drayton’s students:

My colored pencil workshop brought together a wonderfully enthusiastic and dedicated group of artists!

For the first-time students that joined us, the focus was on learning my technique of blending colors to achieve a high level of richness and saturation and a truly painterly effect with Prismacolor fine art pencils.

I provided several different image and color blending exercises designed to expedite the learning process, and my returning students continued to hone their skills on one of these or a project of their own.

As usual, I had the most fun……working with each student individually and as a group….answering questions and getting to know everybody while sharing some of the secrets of creating a high performance visual experience.

My thanks to everybody for all of these kind remarks and allowing me to have so much fun!

– Richard Drayton


“Thank you for your great teaching style that made me feel more secure about it all. I learned more than I ever learned in many other classes”.

– Karen R.

“Amazing class. I so enjoyed it”.
– Sandy B.

“I would like to thank you for a great art class. I loved it all and can’t believe how much I learned in two days”
– Susan M.

“Class was a blast! I felt so inspired. Thank you for being such a fantastic artist and teacher”.
– Carol O.

“Thank you so much for a fabulous class. Your teaching style is wonderful and I especially appreciate your patience with all your students, even when they ask as many questions as I do. So often people who have extraordinary talent in a given area do not make good teachers. You certainly do not hold to that model. The five of us from Phoenix agreed on the way home that  we had garnered more jewels from you in two days than we had in any other class or seminar we have ever taken. I look forward to coming to Sedona for another class”.
– Janice P.

“The class last weekend was excellent. Thank you very much”.
– Sharon C .

“Richard took individual time with each student which is something I don’t see often in the workshops I take. Wonderful!!!”

Richard Drayton Drawing Classes at Sedona Art Center

“I took Richard’s class to learn more about composition for my art glass pieces, but what I learned was ‘how to see’.  This ability to see things in a different way gave me a magical ability to draw.  I learned so much more than I had anticipated from his instruction. Richard’s relaxed approach to drawing teaches his students how much fun it is to create art.”

Richard Drayton Drawing Classes at Sedona Art Center

“Richard’s instruction is knowledgeable and well-communicated. He encouraged each of us to take on a project of our own and was extremely supportive and informative in problem solving for each person’s experience level and individual piece. His attitude is always positive and enthusiastic, and he has a way of bringing a group together, so the classes are always fun.”

Richard Drayton Drawing Classes at Sedona Art Center

“Richard Drayton was probably one of the best instructors I have run across. He was extremely informative and helpful, not condescending or “full of himself”, spent a lot of time with each individual student, had us working on different things and was a lot of fun! I got a lot out of the workshop and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’d recommend his workshops to anyone.”

Richard Drayton Drawing Classes at Sedona Art Center

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