"Best workshop I've taken in 20 years of workshops."
- D. B.

Learning IMAGE STRUCTURE will change how you see, how you paint, and how people respond to your work. It's changed me as an artist, and I'm seeing it help many other artists grow faster than they thought possible.

- David

SCOTTSDALE, AZ | November 8-12, 2021


Beyond Description: Expressive Painting through Image Structure

Your growth as an artist is my priority as we study great artists and unlock the universal secrets of image structure. At a primal level, it’s this abstract image structure that moves us – the use of line, shape, space, value, color, and texture. This applies to any style or genre of painting because every good painting is good due to the underlying abstraction – the power of the purely visual. PAINT YOUR WAY. Helping other artists exceed their own expectations is one of the most enjoyable things I ever get to do. The plan is always to help you reach your potential, painting YOUR way, with YOUR voice and vision, but better than ever before. You can paint representational or abstract. Oils, watercolors, collage, and acrylics welcome. Come be encouraged and inspired in a fun, upbeat atmosphere and go home ready to create your best work yet.

November 8-12, 2021

9:00AM - 4:00PM


(800) 333-5707 Scottsdale Artists' School





"Boy, did I pick the right workshop. Exceeded my expectations." 

"One of the best teachers I've had." 

"Most valuable teacher I ever had as a workshop teacher."

"Excellent instructor--funny, clear, and concise."

"David tailors his attention to the needs of each student."

"Exceeded my expectations.  Thank you!"


ONLINE via ZOOM - Scottsdale Artists' School

Should you work in series? The masters have left an unmistakable example and resounding answer: YES! Working in series is essential to your growth and also meets the needs of galleries and collectors. David will coach you through the development of a painting series of your own. We will discuss how to set up visual problems, how to ask the right questions, and how to fully unleash your native curiosity and creative gift. 

4 sessions, Tuesdays and Thursdays
10 am - 1 pm Mountain Time / 12 - 3 Eastern
dates: January 19, 21, 26, 28 (Tuesdays and Thursdays)


(800) 333-5707 Scottsdale Artists' School


DEEP DIVE:  COLOR | June 3, 10, 17, 24

ONLINE via ZOOM - Scottsdale Artists' School 

Thursdays | 10AM-1PM Mountain Standard Time | ONLINE - ZOOM 

This workshop will unlock secrets of color structure found in nature and in master paintings throughout art history. “Painting from the heart” is not enough. To become a work of art, ideas and emotion must take form, organized into a coherent, expressive design. As I like to say, “Vomiting up the rainbow does not a colorist make.” Good painters, like musicians, create harmonies intentionally. If you are ready to go deeper in your understanding of color, this workshop is for you. Topics include: How to Create Color Harmonies, Image Structure Basics, The Power of Hierarchy in Color, The Secret of Color Transitions, Seeing Color in Nature, Film, and Pop Culture, Staying Open to Wonder, Overcoming Personal Obstacles, Painting with Confidence and Freedom. There will be assignments between sessions.

4 sessions, Thursdays in June
10 am - 1 pm Mountain Standard Time / 1 - 4 Eastern
June 3, 10, 17, 24 (Thursdays)

(800) 333-5707 

Scottsdale Artists' School




"THANK YOU for branching out and being willing to teach via Zoom. I have been attempting to take your class for over 2 years. I'm feeling very fortunate and appreciative."

"Your class today was soooo great! Thank you for so generously sharing such useful information!"
- Melanie M.

"Just wanted to say that this workshop is amazing! I have learned so much - and am enjoying it immensely. LOVE the power points.
Thank you, thank you!"  - Mary J. 

"The content is terrific. I have attended many workshops, and never had this level of instruction.

"Being able to absorb, chew over, and act on all the info from one week to the next is priceless."

"There were so many points of wisdom to think about." - Kathleen M.

"Terrific day, David, and tech-smooth overall. Thanks for all this." - G.M.

"Thanks for a great first day of class." - Deborah C.

"Immensely valuable, challenging, and enjoyable!"

"I love the fact that this is online and runs just one day a week. I feel like I am learning so much more with this format. It is so nice to have an entire week to absorb the information and work on the exercises."

"I am loving this workshop!"

"You ran a great 4 sessions; fantastic amount of material, homework and well presented and structured."  - Cindy F. 


"Of all the workshops I have taken this was by far one of the most enjoyable. The five days seemed to go by too fast." - David G.

Learning IMAGE STRUCTURE will change how you see, how you paint, and how people respond to your work. It's changed me as an artist, and I'm seeing it help many other artists grow faster than they thought possible.

"Best workshop I've taken in 20 years of workshops."
- D. B.

UNSURE whether my workshops are right for you?  Feel free to email questions:  slonimdavid@gmail.com.  

Common Questions:

Q:  Can I paint in acrylics or watercolor?  

A:  Yes!  The only restriction, for health reasons, is no pastels.  I wil be painting and demonstrating in oils. (solvent-free! I'll show you how to paint and clean up without destroying brain cells, getting depressed, or developing cancer from paint thinners).

Q:  What if I don't want to paint abstracts?

A:  No problem!  I teach principles of visual communication that apply to any style or genre.

We'll look at master slides by artists like Wyeth, Degas, Rembrandt, Mitchell, Velasquez, Frakenthaler, Sargent, Sorolla, Cassatt, Cezanne, Vermeer, and many others.  This workshop is for every painter. 

Q:  I don't enjoy laughing, good music, or being creatively inspired in a group of like-minded art friends.  Is this the right workshop for me?

A:  Sorry, but no!  This is going to be a fun, upbeat, and energizing week designed to refresh you.


“The strength of the design and composition in these classes has not been equaled or even approached in other classes and workshops I’ve taken.” – G.H.

"The best workshop I've ever taken."  - J.K.  


Your growth as an artist will accelerate as we study great artists and unlock the universal secrets of image structure.


In this workshop you can paint your way, YOUR voice and vision, but better than ever before.

Mastery of abstract IMAGE STRUCTURE is the key to connecting with your audience in any style and genre.

Come be encouraged, inspired, and energized.

Go home ready to create your best work yet. 


"Thank you so much for the time, energy and love that you put into last week's workshop.
David, you are an exceptional teacher and communicator." - S.R.


"This is the richest workshop I have ever taken." - S.B.

Image structure topics include:


Good paintings have good bones--a clear and compelling organization of space.


Paintings that move us distribute light and dark to convey feeling.


Good painters, like musicians, create color harmonies intentionally, resolving tension with unity.


You will not be taught to imitate my painting style.  

Instead, you will be encouraged to explore, take risks, and become the best version of YOU. 

I will help you find your artistic voice, paint with more confidence, and enjoy more success.  

- David

"By far the best workshop I've ever taken." - N.J.

About David:

David graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1988After a decade illustrating for clients like UPS, Wrigley's Gum, T.G.I. Fridays, and Tony's Frozen Pizza, he turned to painting full time in 1998, focusing on plein air landscapes.

Over the years he has painted hundreds of landscapes and still-lifes as well as commissioned portraits for corporate and private clients. David is also a children's book author/illustrator, with over 26 children's books published. Awards include a NY Times Top 10 Picture Books of the Year, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum, National Jewish Book Awards Gold, and starred reviews in Publishers Weekly. (davidslonimpresents.com)

David relaunched his career in 2014 as an abstract painter, exhibiting with galleries in Boston, Jackson Hole, Scottsdale, Indianapolis, Chicago, and The Hamptons.

He and his wife, Bonnie, have been married 32 years.  They have four adult children and several grandchildren. 

“David you are a great teacher. Your ability to communicate and get your message across to your students is a gift from God. Your dedication and passion shows in your teaching and your work. Thanks for a great workshop!” - C.W.

“Thank you for all the work that has gone into making this such a wonderful experience.”
- C.N.