Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Figure Sculpture Workshop"
July 29-30, 2017
 

Learn the techniques and tools of figure sculpture through demonstration and hands-on sculpting from the life model. Explore anatomy, proportion, design and personal expression through the versatility of terra cotta clay. Sculptures will be fired at the end of the workshop.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Cost: $215, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Art and Film"
July 31 - August 4, 2017
 

This course examines the correlative relationship between the visual and cinematic arts, and the similar elements they use to tell their stories: composition, perspective, the expressive power of light and dark, and symbolic color. Students will learn how to translate powerful elements into narrative paintings using their own photographs as source material.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Clarissa Shanahan
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Photography"
July 31 - August 4, 2017
 

Discover the creative possibilities of digital photography. Learn to use the camera as an expressive tool as you develop an understanding of photography’s technical and visual aspects. Instruction covers camera functions, compositional strategies, image editing in Photoshop, and creating digital prints. Required: DSLR camera or compact camera with manual functions. Note: A limited number of cameras are available for checkout during the course from the PAFA library if needed. In order to guarantee equipment availability, students requiring a camera rental must let the Continuing Education Office know upon registration.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sharon Koelblinger
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Drawing, Section 2"
July 31 - August 4, 2017
 

Ideal for teens who want to further their drawing skills and develop a strong body of work for their portfolios. Students will work in drawing media from the still life, PAFA’s historic cast collection, and figure/portrait models to learn principles of composition, value, perspective, and drawing techniques. Note: This class will utilize nude models.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wilson
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Spontaneous Figure Painting"
August 5-6, 2017
 

Tired of getting lost in the details of traditional figure painting? Then this workshop is for you! Learn expressive painting techniques to render the figure in a looser and more contemporary manner, creating a lively surface while boosting your creativity, technique and skill. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Printmaking"
August 7-11, 2017
 

Printmaking enhances drawing/painting skills and creates striking contributions to a college portfolio. Explore the exciting possibilities of traditional line etching, screenprinting on t-shirts or other materials, and the painterly monotype. Learn the methods of image development, printing for each process, as well as the safe handling of all materials.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Shushana Rucker
Cost: $425 + Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Monotype: The Painterly Print"
August 7-11, 2017
 

Monotypes are an expressive and accessible entry into printmaking: draw or paint an image on a Plexiglass plate or other surface and then print it on paper or fabric to create a one-of-a-kind artwork. Instruction will cover both hand-printing and press techniques, as well as water- and oil-based colors.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Rosati
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pastel Portraiture with Ellen Eagle"
October 6-8, 2017
 

Learn everything you need to know about pastel portraiture with Ellen Eagle, noted author of Pastel Painting Atelier and instructor at the Art Students League in New York. Be inspired by the artist’s passion for the medium, and her extensive knowledge of its history and applications. In addition to methods of executing a successful portrait, topics such as studio set-up, pastel varieties, tools, and surfaces will be addressed. The workshop will include a visit to PAFA's Center for the Study of the American Artist, where Eagle will discuss rarely-exhibited pastel works from PAFA's collection. Ideal for the dedicated portraitist or those seeking to enhance their knowledge of pastel and color.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ellen Eagle, www.elleneagleportraits.com
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Perceptual Moment with Stuart Shils"
October 13-15, 2017
 

Embrace the concerns of making a painting rather than the conventional notion of painting a landscape. Experience the vitality of working outdoors while painting on location at a variety of Philadelphia sites. Explore the intersection between the internal perceptual moment and the design of the working surface as the fundamental concern of painting. Drawing, as the engine of thought and means of informing the brush, will be emphasized in a variety of media.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Stuart Shils
Cost: $950
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Anatomical Drawing with Roberto Osti"
October 28-29, 2017
 

The human body is one of the most fascinating and inspiring subjects an artist can depict, but because of its complexity it can also be very intimidating. Join Roberto Osti, artist, teacher and author of Basic Human Anatomy: An Essential Visual Guide to gain the confidence to understand and enjoy drawing the beautiful forms of the figure. Saturday will be devoted to study of the human form from a structural point of view: basic landmarks, essential volumes, and proportions and proportional relationships of body and its segments. Sunday will be dedicated to the study of the main muscle groups and aesthetic aspects they produce in the body. Each day will be divided into a lecture and then drawing from the model, with individual assistance from Mr. Osti.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Children's Book Illustration with David Wiesner"
November 11-12, 2017
 

Explore the visual language of picture books in this hands-on illustration workshop with Caldecott Medal-winning book creator, David Wiesner. Picture books are about how images work together, relate to each other, and convey information to create a whole that is greater than the individual elements. Learn how images move the reader through the book; how to create a compelling visual rhythm; how information and emotion are transmitted through the size, shape and number of images; and how design affects not only the look of the book, but the story elements as well. Drawing will be the primary focus of the class; a choice of stories will be available, but students may bring their own – original or public domain.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wiesner, www.davidwiesner.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Fundamentals of Comics Storytelling"
December 2-3, 2017
 

Comics is a kind of alchemy, blending text and images on the page to tell stories that make powerful impressions. Words and pictures play off of each other and swap roles in ways that provide the author a powerful range of expression. Learn how to master the basics of this rich visual language through a series of short exercises and slideshows. Investigate the principles of panel-to-panel storytelling, view examples of page and book design, and survey the traditional tools of the trade: India ink, pens and brushes, and bristol board.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Matt Madden
Cost: $495, Lab Fee: $15
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


 

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