Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"How to Sell Your Art Online with The Abundant Artist"
September 22-23, 2017

The Abundant Artist teaches artists how to dispel the myth of the starving artist. We teach artists how to sell art online through online courses and real-world workshops like this one! Over 12,000 artists have come through TAA’s courses, and dozens of artists credit TAA with helping them launch their art careers. Cory Huff, founder of TAA, is the author of the best-selling book How to Sell Your Art Online (Harper Collins, 2016). He has been helping artists sell art since 2009.
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: Cory Huff
Cost: $200 - $300
Sponsor: Painting Miles
Website, email

"Taking the Next Step in Fine Art Photography"
September 22-24, 2017

It is critical to the growth of a fine art photographer to understand what comes next after creating an image and that today, photographers make work in projects–a series of images that tell a story or explore a subject in depth. This workshop provides an insight into the world of photography and helps photographers package themselves and their work in a professional manner. Throughout the workshop portfolios will be shaped and edited. Participants will learn how to build and write a résumé, how to construct a bio, and how to title and write personal statements about their work. Students will learn about photography competitions, how submit to publications and prepare work for exhibition. Information about grants, portfolio reviews and exhibition proposals are also covered.
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Aline Smithson
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

"Introduction to Frame Making"
Thursdays, September 28 - December 7, 2017

Experience hands-on instruction through all the steps of frame-making for works on paper, panel or canvas. Create a traditional handcrafted frame from scratch, using only hand tools and square lumber, and then incorporate modern techniques of custom framing and matting. Includes discussion of historical framing styles, including gilding and conservation methods. The lab fee inlcudes basic materials.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sherif Habashi
Cost: $395, Lab Fee: $100
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

"The Portrait and The Figure"
May 8-10, 2018

Using live models, Mary will demonstrate and guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines. She has been awarded the Portrait Society of America's Gold Medal.
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


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