Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Terra Cotta Figure Sculpture"
Wednesdays, January 24 - April 18, 2018
 

Explore the versatility of terra cotta clay, which requires neither an armature nor casting. Learn various techniques and tools through demonstration and hands-on sculpting from the life model or imagination. Anatomy, proportion, design, and personal growth will be emphasized, as well as both representational and abstract approaches. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Drawing"
Thursdays, January 25 - April 19, 2018
 

Learn to draw the human portrait, one of art’s most compelling subjects. Work in a variety of media including graphite, charcoal and conté and gain a comprehensive understanding of head structure, proportions and features toward achieving both a likeness and aesthetic effect. Suitable for both beginners and those with experience seeking to re?ne their skills.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Phyllis Laver
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Painting"
Thursdays, January 25 - April 19, 2018
 

This class covers all aspects of painting a traditional portrait. Learn how to achieve a likeness, model light and shade, mix flesh tones, and apply paint. Includes demonstrations, and insights into the history of portraiture. Valuable information for all levels. Drawing experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ted Xaras
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Painting: Head Structure"
Thursdays, January 25 - April 19, 2018
 

Explore the fundamentals of classic, illusionistic oil portraiture. Rather than a “how-to” course, instruction aims to support students’ personal work through the investigation of essential concepts, including modeling through spatial, planar, volumetric, tonal, chromatic, and anatomical principles; as well as utilizing light as subject matter. Previous drawing and painting experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Patrick Connors
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Life Drawing II"
Saturdays, January 27 - April 21, 2018
 

Improve your ability to draw the human form with anatomical and spatial accuracy through lectures and demonstrations on proportions, skeletal framework, surface form, and movement. Designed to advance the skills of students who have studied drawing previously.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Figure and Portrait Modeling"
Saturdays, January 27 - April 21, 2018
 

Learn to sculpt the human figure in clay on an armature from direct observation. Experienced students will model a 24-inch figure based on volume, proportion, architectonic construction, and spatial displacement of form. Beginning students will sculpt a life-size portrait first. Instruction will cover armature construction, clay-modeling, and tool usage. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Figure and Studio Painting"
January 29 - February 2, 2018
 

This intensive five-day workshop is designed for painters who have already had painting experience but would like to continue improving craftsmanship and visual concept. The workshop will focus on painting from the model as well as studio painting. There will be a deep discussion regarding visual elements such as design, placement of composition and focal point. Students should bring their own photo reference to the workshop for the studio painting assignment. The instructor will be doing a one day formal demonstration during the workshop, sharing his thoughts and experience throughout the process.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Huihan Liu, www.huihanliuart.com
Cost: $750 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Classical Figure Drawing"
Fridays, February 2 - April 6, 2018
 

Explore the classical ideal through drawing from both sculpture in PAFA’s Cast Hall and the life model. Learn to comprehend and appreciate the differences between an idealized form and a living model. Students will work in charcoal and chalk on toned paper, with emphasis on line, value, shape, size, and texture.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ernie Norcia
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Spontaneous Figure Painting"
February 3-4, 2018
 

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: Non-Credit: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Weekend Warriors Workshop"
February 3-4, 2018
 

Join us in my studio to work with outstanding models in an inspiring atmosphere! This popular painting workshop focuses on the Figure and Portrait in a series of Alla Prima exercises designed to help artists at all levels to strengthen their brushwork, color-mixing, and observation skills.
 
Location: Crockett, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $250 (includes model costs)
Website, 415-307-9796


"Painting the Inspired Portrait and Figure in Oil"
February 5-9, 2018
 

The focus of this oil painting workshop is to inspire, develop and clarify ones visual intention while painting the portrait, clothed and nude figure. Explore the harmonious benefits of working with a limited to expanded palette, abstract value patterns, visual concepts, form and edges with feeling and movement as you reveal your own aesthetic sensibilities. Supported with demonstrations, individualized instruction and visual presentation intended to renew and expand your visual vocabulary. Good drawing skills and a strong grasp of painting fundamentals are recommended.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Johanna Harmon, www.johannaharmon.com
Cost: $625 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Native American Models in Traditional Attire"
February 5-9, 2018
 

We will be exploring traditional garb and objects associated with different Native American peoples. Understanding form, figure and portrait skills, and exciting clothing and objects, will all be addressed in this workshop. Efficiency in approach and effective drawing skills will be addressed as well. There will be daily demonstrations and emphasis on working quickly.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ray Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Cost: $750 + $100 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Academic Figure Drawing (Online & In Studio)"
Mondays, February 5 - April 9, 2018
 

Experience the convenience of web-based learning with hands-on studio practice in this online/in-studio figure drawing course. Modeled after the historic 19th century Charles Bargue drawing course that was utilized by such iconic artists as Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso, this instruction will be supported by weekly instructor feedback, a history of drawing materials and techniques, and a forum for group interaction. Life-model drawing sessions in the PAFA studios will supplement online course work.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Photography"
Tuesdays, February 6 - April 10, 2018
 

Experiment with a variety of styles of portrait photography, including street, studio, family, candid, narrative, and staged. Use both historical and contemporary methods to explore a personal theme or interest. Learn how to think creatively about how lighting and composition can change the meaning of a photograph. Includes a visit to Chuck Close Photographs, on view in the PAFA museum through April 8.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Julia Staples
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395; Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Extended Pose"
Thursdays, February 8 - April 19, 2018
 

Draw or paint the life model in a single pose for the entire length of the course, and gain an understanding of what it takes to produce a finished artwork. Students will be guided in initiating an individual project using drawn/painted studies before embarking on a single, larger-scaled work. Instruction will involve accurate measurement, value, color, composition and narrative content. Lecture and demonstration will address historical and contemporary methods and materials. All levels and all media are welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Building Blocks of Child Portraiture"
February 11-13, 2018
 

Join Louis as he guides you through his process of painting children's portraits. He will demonstrate in the morning painting a child from life. After the demo, you will all practice painting from life as he makes his way through the room giving individual instruction. Louis will go through tips and tricks that help you navigate through the difficulties of a child’s pose while trying to capture children’s likenesses and color from life. There will be discussions about child’s structure and how to capture their subtle identifying markers, as well as pitfalls that people usually have when painting children. There will also be talks on the concept of form and color, as well as effectively using visual aids.
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: Louis Carr
Cost: $490
Sponsor: Painting Miles
Website, email


"One-Way Trip to Composing Sculpture"
February 12-16, 2018
 

Composition is often mistaken for design. Designing is thoughtfully organizing placement – it requires an experienced, educated, intelligent eye, taste and certain elegance. Composing is none of the above. It’s transcending the raw experience and observation, living it all again in a new, unknown form. Composing is a much more carnal, visceral, unruly process, whereas design is much more planned, logical and ruled. Making the block of clay exude emotions is composing – that is the art of sculpting. The workshop will focus on observing the model and sculpting what students have not seen before. Simon will teach students how to breathe emotions into the clay and how to truly experience sculpting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Portrait and Figure in Full Color"
February 12-16, 2018
 

This five day workshop will center around the portrayal of the human figure, with emphasis on painting the portrait for 2 days, then a half-length or full length figure for the next three. Live demonstrations by the instructor will be given, as well as materials talks and method lectures and personalized individual critiques. This will take place while the model is posing to insure live feedback and reinforce concepts, as well as help discover the student’s points of strength and specific areas of weakness. As color will be a central focus throughout the class, students may expect to find a number of rich setups that may include in addition to the live model; drapery, headpieces, makeup, flowers, and possibly stuffed parrots.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Teresa Oaxaca, www.teresaoaxaca.com
Cost: $775 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure: Arriving at Full Color"
February 17-21, 2018
 

This advanced workshop will explore alla prima painting in a progressive study from bold, accurate monochromatic structure, reinterpreting this into color temperature, followed by directly relating these practices to a sensitive full-color understanding. There will be two short demos and one longer demo, along with a great deal of one-on-one instruction at the student’s easel. This intensive workshop will also avail opportunities for open discussions of questions that sincere, passionate figural painters encounter. Students will be asked to explore what they wish to bring to their paintings of the figure, using the model as a conduit for discovering what painting problems (e.g. drawing, anatomy, paint quality, color, edges), or perhaps, what conceptual questions and creative directions intrigue them.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rose Frantzen, www.oldcityhallgallery.com
Cost: $800 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Quick Sketch Figure Painting"
February 19-23, 2018
 

Kim professes, “Immediacy is important not only because it is often the nature of people, but for me, it is the most instinctive way to paint.” In this workshop, students will concentrate on developing their ability to paint quickly and accurately, a skill that can be useful in many situations. Students will work from models in natural situations (chatting, playing music, walking around, but not strictly “posed”) both indoors and outdoors. The goal of this workshop is not to create a finished painting, but numerous very quick, spontaneous, yet controlled studies. Portable easel required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim English
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Michael Holter"
February 19-22, 2018
 

Texas artist, Michael Holter works in both watercolor and oil. Michael's work has received numerous awards and can be found in private and corporate collections in the US and several foreign countries. His current work is in two categories: watercolor figurative and oil landscapes (both plein air and studio). Although Michael has been painting most of his life, his work experience spans a wide range of creative endeavors, from art teacher, creative director and businessman in fine art and commercial art. Michael has owned and operated two galleries. The workshop's structure is All Inclusive with 4 nights at a luxury lodge in Texas' beautiful Hill Country with meals and wine included for one price.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Michael Holter
Cost: $1,550
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"Drawing the Portrait"
February 23-25, 2018
 

This workshop will concentrate on learning how to draw and construct a fine portrait. Students will work in conte as it is very flexible and useful in learning this process. Ned will teach some fairly easy steps to accurately render the proportions and structure of the head and models will be used to show the structure and changes in the facial planes. Ned will use strong light and shadow patterns to illustrate. Students will learn how to break the head down into simple value patterns and with the use of lost and found edges, make a compelling portrait. Ned will review the generic structure of the individual features of the face including: the eye, nose, mouth and ear.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ned Mueller, www.nedmueller.com
Cost: $395 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Master Class with Stuart Shils: The Life Studio as Painted and Perceptual Space"
February 23-25, 2018
 

Join acclaimed painter Stuart Shils for a three-day painting intensive, focusing on pictorial structure, composition and color. The life model will be the primary subject, with emphasis placed on close-looking, improvisational shorthand and editorial intervention to establish perceptual hierarchy. A day will be devoted to working from reproductions of old and modern masters to interpret their construction and organization of painted space. Acrylic paint will be the main medium, with considerable emphasis on drawing with graphite, crayons and cut-paper collage.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Stuart Shils
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Painting FAQ"
February 24-26, 2018
 

This advanced workshop will explore “Alla Prima” portrait painting and the frequently asked questions that can best help artists to navigate what they are seeing. What questions can artists ask themselves to better see the colors, values, edges, and proportions of the model? How can these questions contribute to a sensitive relationship between seeing, attention, and the quality of the experience with the model? Along with a demo, there will be a great deal of one-on-one instruction at the student’s easel. Students will be asked to explore what they wish to bring to their portrait paintings, using the model as a conduit for discovering what painting problems (e.g. drawing, anatomy, paint quality, color, edges), or perhaps, what conceptual questions and creative directions intrigue them.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rose Frantzen, www.oldcityhallgallery.com
Cost: $575 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
February 26 - March 2, 2018
 

Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted’s daily demonstrations and presentations, he shares his personal approach to painting. Plus he introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. In an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive, Ted encourages, in each participant, a renewed enthusiasm for his or her art regardless of their skill level.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Weekend Warriors Workshop"
March 3-4, 2018
 

Join us in my studio to work with outstanding models in an inspiring atmosphere! This popular painting workshop focuses on the Figure and Portrait in a series of Alla Prima exercises designed to help artists at all levels to strengthen their brushwork, color-mixing, and observation skills.
 
Location: Crockett, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $250 (includes model costs)
Website, 415-307-9796


"Creating Strong Figure Compositions from the Live Model Utilizing Abstraction Principles"
March 5-8, 2018
 

Michael will instruct on the process of creating structurally sound paintings from a live model. The emphasis of the workshop will be placed on producing “finished” paintings by addressing the principles of abstract design and motifs. Importance will also be placed on creating a strong sense of light and form utilizing his approach to color and light theory. Michael will take students step-by-step through his process of setting up the model, analyzing shapes, creating a black and white compositional study, determining a color palette, and finally executing a well-designed vibrant figure painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Steirnagle, www.steirnagle.com
Cost: $495 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Essential Human Anatomy"
Mondays, March 5 - May 7, 2018
 

The human body is one of the most fascinating subjects an artist can depict, but its anatomical complexity can make it intimidating. Roberto Osti, artist, teacher and author of Basic Human Anatomy: An Essential Visual Guide, makes anatomy approachable and enjoyable in this online course. Study the structural aspects of the human form: basic landmarks, essential volumes, and proportional relationships. Progress to the main muscle groups to identify their surface effects and aesthetic characteristics. Includes videos, lectures and assignments with regular instructor feedback.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"David Shevlino Paints the Clothed Figure"
March 8-11, 2018
 

Would you like to create fresh, loose figure paintings? Instruction by this contemporary master is relaxed, in my home studio and outdoors in the Broadlands neighborhood, limited to 12 students. David will teach you how he paints from live models alla prima (wet into wet). Learn how to simplify form, values and color into understandable tones and shapes. Each day in the workshop we will watch David demonstrate, and then paint from live models ourselves. Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to come and learn. Every student will appreciate painting loosely and with greater economy in their strokes.
 
Location: Ashburn, Virginia
Instructor: David Shevlino
Cost: $545
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Website, email, 571-236-0047


"Go Big or Go Home!"
March 8-12, 2018
 

Have you ever been inspired to work in the grand scale of paintings hanging in museums? Figure painter Timothy Rees will lead students through the mechanics of executing large figure paintings, from conception of idea to execution. Students will be provided a large stretched canvas (which can be rolled and shipped after the workshop), as well as extra-large brushes. After watching a demonstration each morning, students will work for five days to execute a painting that is five feet or larger. All styles are welcome, and the main focus will be in planning, setting up the model, positioning the model and canvas to view everything in the correct perspective, painting on a large scale, and more.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Timothy Rees, www.reesfineart.com
Cost: $600 + $120 model fee + $150 materials fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Classical Figure Painting"
Sundays, March 11 - April 22, 2018
 

Create luminous figure paintings using traditional painting materials and procedures established during the Renaissance. Through step-by-step instruction, learn how to create an underpainting and then glaze and scumble transparent and opaque layers to achieve a rich sense of color, volume and space. Basic drawing experience recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ernie Norcia
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Discover a New Way of Seeing Color"
March 12-16, 2018
 

This workshop will introduce a way of seeing and using color to paint outdoor light; capturing the time and type of day by expressing the various light keys of nature. The first two days, students will paint outdoor still life (crucial study that will prepare students to tackle the landscape on Wednesday and Thursday). On Friday students will study the clothed figure outdoors. Camille is an acknowledged authority on color that regularly serves as an entry and awards judge. She has been a regularly featured, on-stage demonstrator at Plein Air Magazine’s Plein Air Convention, and an invited instructor, lecturer, and panelist on the Hensche-Hawthorne approach to seeing and painting color at American Artist’s Weekend with the Masters.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Camille Przewodek, www.przewodek.com
Cost: $675 +$50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain"
March 17-24, 2018
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Andalusia, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, 405-455-8073


"Alla Prima Painting with Christine Lafuente: Interior with Still Life and Figure"
March 17-18, 2018
 

Work with renowned painter and PAFA alum, Christine Lafuente, and learn how translate a visually rich still life and life model arrangement into painterly form. Instruction will guide you through composing a painting with gestural and tonal relationships, achieving harmony and palette organization, mixing and applying color masses, and using principles of oil viscosity to build form into wet-into-wet painting.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Christine Lafuente
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Developing the Figure through Drawing and Painting"
March 19-22, 2018
 

Learn how to paint the human figure starting with drawing and then progressing to painting from the life model. Students will learn a systematic technique by painting models holding short and long poses. The great paintings throughout history always have a beautiful balance of proportion, value, color and edge. These aspects are what give power and presence to your work. Aristides provides frequent demos, breaking down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps, as well as critique and instruction each session. Students will focus on how to start a drawing and develop Proportion, Value, Color, and Edge-work, which will help them to accurately capture a likeness within a limited time frame.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Juliette Aristides, www.aristidesarts.com
Cost: $550 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Pastels, Portraits, Shapes, Colors and Values 2"
March 23-24, 2018
 

Allen will focus on the elements of shape, value and color in creating an expressive portrait painting. The first day will start with a demonstration where he will talk about facial structure and proportion followed by specially designed exercises to help students better understand pastels and the relationships of color, value and shape. The remaining first and second day, participants will work from the model and apply the principles that have been discussed. For more advanced students, there will be discussion on creating more beautiful paintings through the manipulation of edges and value/color. Allen will work individually with each student to help them find solutions to their problems. Allen’s thoughtful and positive approach will guide students to create more successful paintings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Allen Garns, www.allengarns.com
Cost: $200 + $35 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Alla Prima: Painting the Portrait & Figure from Life"
March 26-30, 2018
 

This workshop is designed to create a relaxed, fun, informative, yet intense working environment. Romel will demonstrate every morning his approach to painting the portrait & figure from life, using alla prima (a style of painting where the painting is completed while the paint is still wet) with the emphasis on the use of improving color, drawing skills, value relationships, understanding edges and capturing the “feeling” of light. Learn to use the elements that make a painting stronger and exciting: creative use of color & edges, visual movement, paint application/brush handling, distribution of abstract shapes and strong design. In addition, Romel will explain how to set up the model & lighting and how to best use photography.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Romel de la Torre, www.romeldelatorreart.com
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure in Oil: In Studio and Plein Air"
March 26-30, 2018
 

In this workshop, the figure will be the subject matter; however, the focus will be on improving drawing skills and seeing values and colors correctly, along with understanding their relationships to each other. There will be daily demonstrations emphasizing the big shapes and establishing their relationships correctly. Students will address design and technique in a manner in which the individual artist may express themselves in a personal way. Students will experience many specific assignments, which will help them to “get to the point a little more quickly.” Be ready to cover a lot of canvas and to “learn through earnest mileage.” Students will receive plenty of one- on-one instruction and individual demonstrations will be given as needed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Peggi Kroll-Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Cost: $685 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Adding the "You" Factor to Your Paintings 2"
March 26-28, 2018
 

This workshop is all about making unique, personal, and creative paintings. We will explore options and strategies for you to try on that will include still life, figure, and landscape examples of each concept as well as a look at the art history behind it. Plan on bringing personal photos or sketches of subject matter that you love to paint or would love to paint. The subject will be the jumping off place – the real subject will be YOU. Our focus will be on seeing and thinking abstractly, crafting a beautifully designed painting, and finding and expressing that thing that is your own.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Donna Zagotta
Cost: $345
Sponsor: Artensity
Website, email


"Figurative Painting"
April 2-6, 2018
 

Milt Kobayashi will take students through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the affect light has on form. By midweek, he will be taking students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully, enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking. Students enrolled in both of Milt’s workshops (April 2-6 and April 9-13) receive a discount. Tuition for both weeks is $1,300 (a $200 savings!)
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Cost: $750 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Image to Abstract 2"
April 3-5, 2018
 

Are you ready to push your work beyond the point of recognizable subject matter into the realm of pure abstraction? This workshop will have students start with traditional representational approaches and move through progressively more abstract techniques until arriving at purely non-objective paintings. Special attention will be paid to the elements of composition as they apply to abstract painting. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos during the workshop. Printed photos and/or digital images on laptop/iPad may be used for reference. Photo editing software is also helpful but not required.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson
Cost: $420
Sponsor: Artensity
Website, email


"Weekend Warriors Workshop"
April 7-8, 2018
 

Join us in my studio to work with outstanding models in an inspiring atmosphere! This popular painting workshop focuses on the Figure and Portrait in a series of Alla Prima exercises designed to help artists at all levels to strengthen their brushwork, color-mixing, and observation skills.
 
Location: Crockett, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $250 (includes model costs)
Website, 415-307-9796


"Watercolor Portraits from Life"
April 9-11, 2018
 

In this workshop, Annette will guide students through her practical approach for drawing and painting the portrait in watercolor working from a live model. Annette will cover how to draw a convincing head through observation of facial structure, features, and shadow pattern. She will also explain materials, techniques for handling color, mixing flesh tones, brushwork, and controlling edges. Also discussed will be, understanding water to paint ratio, and how to control the medium when painting vertically. There will be a demo each morning with time for students to draw and paint in the afternoon. The first day, students will concentrate on smaller, quick studies to gain confidence with technique. This class is geared toward having fun, sharpening drawing skills, and painting expressively in watercolor.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Annette Smith, www.annettesmithfineart.com
Cost: $300 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figurative Painting"
April 9-13, 2018
 

Milt Kobayashi will take students through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the affect light has on form. By midweek, he will be taking students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully, enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking. Students enrolled in both of Milt’s workshops (April 2-6 and April 9-13) receive a discount. Tuition for both weeks is $1,300 (a $200 savings!)
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Cost: $750 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Juan Jr. Ramirez Paints Realistic Portraits"
April 15-18, 2018
 

Learn how Juan uses the masters' methods to paint from photos as if they were live models. The focus in this class will be on realism. Explore the techniques that bring your portrait paintings to life. Instruction is relaxed, limited to 15 students. Explore in depth how to use drawing, color mixing and oil paint application to create realism. Each day in the workshop we will watch Juan demonstrate, and then paint from photos ourselves. Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to come and learn.
 
Location: Ashburn, Virginia
Instructor: Juan Jr. Ramirez
Cost: $395
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Website, email, 571-236-0047


"Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain"
April 21-28, 2018
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 €
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, +34 856 830 008


"Still Life and Portrait Workshop with Robert Johnson & Rick Hodgins"
April 24 -27, 2018
 

Intermediate to Advanced - This class is designed to advance you from ordinary to extraordinary. From the intermediate to the most advanced, you will explore and discover the mastery of oil painting techniques. Develop a better understanding of color, stroke and composition. A lesson in portrait painting will be held on the last day of the workshop. Two teachers! Four great days!
 
Location: Round Top, Texas
Instructor: Robert Johnson & Rick Hodgins
Cost: $645
Sponsor: Art Round Top by The Gallery at Round Top
Website, email, 979-249-4119


"Design and Painting"
April 26-28, 2018
 

In this workshop, Mike will demonstrate each morning to show his process and his approach to painting the live model. The afternoon will be devoted to painting life models. Mike will demonstrate his technique of “drawing” with paint as well as show other techniques or “tricks” to simplify the figure, which can be a daunting task for many oil painters. He will discuss the balance between representational technique and instinctive design decisions that can transform an academic figure study. The idea is to better enhance and evolve your own personal style by remaining free to manipulate the painting as you envision it.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Carson
Cost: $350 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Felicia Forte Paints Alla Prima Still Life and Portrait"
April 27-29, 2018
 

Alla Prima painting, or wet into wet, single session painting is a stimulating method which teaches you to be present in every brush stroke, focusing only on the essentials—ultimately giving you great dexterity and control. With demonstration and gentle critique, Felicia will challenge you to correctly observe and record the fundamentals: shapes, values, edges and color. In this workshop Felicia will combine portraiture, the subject that she was first interested in and with which she gained her skill with her current interests in still life, interiors and abstraction. Felicia is an inspired and creative teacher—with 9 years of teaching experience, she interacts with each student according to their experience and strengths. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Felicia Forte, www.feliciaforte.com
Cost: $480
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Composite Drawing: Transcribing a Facial Memory into Art"
April 30 - May 4, 2018
 

Composite drawings are investigative tools meant to convey information about a suspect’s face. However, it is important not to overlook the technical aspects of good draftsmanship. Effective art technique and style both enhance the ability to capture a likeness, and increase the potential for recognition and identification in these drawings. This workshop will address three critical aspects of the composite drawing process: drawing, interviewing, and application within a law enforcement context. It comprises a range of drawing-intensive exercises that reinforce traditional drawing fundamentals such as facial proportion, value and shading. Additionally, practical exercises will explore distinctions of gender, ancestral heritage and expression. Photographic reference material will be utilized and instruction will be supplemented through a demonstration with a live model.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jorge Molina
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Understanding the Human Face"
April 30 - May 4, 2018
 

If you struggle to get the desired degree of likeness or just the right expression in your portraits, this might be the class for you! As artists, a better comprehension of the human face in all its complexity and variation can lend an added dimension to our portraits. This unique workshop will involve exercises in both drawing and sculpture. It benefits artists working in any medium who seek to accurately and naturalistically depict facial images. We will cover basic craniofacial anatomy, depiction of individual facial features, facial variations due to sex and ancestry, subtleties of growth and aging, along with the myriad expressions that can be read from our faces. Each artist will master new skills for greater insight into portraiture.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Karen T. Taylor, www.karenttaylor.com
Cost: $950
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Portrait in Pastel"
Wednesdays, May 2-30, 2018
 

You will work with a live model and nail down the important elements in getting a resemblance every time. Dealing with anatomy, proportion, perspective and composition we also address color and value. All students will receive individual attention. There will be brief demonstrations from an experienced teacher and Master Pastellist.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Annette Hanna
Cost: $270
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Painting Figures and Animals from a Photo Reference"
May 3-4, 2018
 

This 2-day workshop will concentrate on painting animals on Day 1 and human figures on Day 2 as well as the application of paint with correct values, leaving lost and found edges for interest and movement, and integrating the foreground with the background to make a cohesive painting. Participants will learn to leverage their contour drawing as a guide (not a border) as the basis for building form with the use of glazes and washes. This is an excellent workshop for gaining confidence in painting both animal and human forms, upgrading ones painting ability, and learning to be more analytical of your own and other’s paintings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Oil Painting Strategies for Working from Life"
May 7-11, 2018
 

This workshop will primarily focus on painting the figure with an emphasis on the head and face. Students will learn about retinal vs construction based painting techniques and how to combine them in order to play to each of their strengths. There will be a strong focus on color and value, with an exploration of strategies for seeing and mixing color. A short discussion about color harmony will also take place. Drawing techniques such as measuring, triangulation, halving, the use of verticals and horizontals, and shape visualizations will be discussed. Squinting is a powerful tool and students will learn how to get the most out of it, including why and when to use it, both for checking values and for transcribing shapes.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ricky Mujica, www.rickymujica.com
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"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


"Painting from Life"
May 17-21, 2018
 

Max will demonstrate painting procedures and individually critique students work daily. In this workshop we will carefully observe the poetry and uniqueness of the reality (model) we are painting. Attention will be given to Design, Proportion, Values, Color and the mixing of cool and warm colors, and the use and care of materials. Max will discuss concepts, expression of concepts, contemporary realism and the paintings of the Old Masters.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Max Ginsburg, www.maxginsburg.com
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Artist Pilgrimage: Photography"
May 20-27, 2018
 

The Artist Pilgrimage is an artist-led exploration of the “hidden” Cilento area of southern Italy. Our aim is not just to show what this region has to offer, but enter into a dialogue about "ways of seeing" and to facilitate real connections with the spirit of this place and with our fellow travelers. In an informal and comfortable setting, Imke will work both with beginners looking to improve their skills and advanced participants who are invited to expand on specific areas in their photography practice with as much or as little tutoring as they wish.
 
Location: Sant'Arsenio, Italy
Instructor: Imke Lass
Cost: From 2200 EUR double occupancy, 2500 EUR single
Sponsor: Viandante Project
Website, email, +393888774001


"An Approach to Figure Painting"
May 21-24, 2018
 

In this workshop, students will paint a figure from life over the course of four days, and discuss choices for setting up the pose, composition, color harmony, lighting, spacing and bringing the painting to a decent level of resolve. Joseph will discuss the language of describing paint in order to better understand mixtures. Joseph will explain his approach to figure painting and demonstrate by painting along and illustrating his ideas about the approach. Previous drawing experience is highly recommended.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joseph Todorovitch, www.todorovitch.com
Cost: $550 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France"
May 26 - June 2, 2018
 

Imagine painting in a 17th century château in the middle of wine country in rural France. Relax, unwind, discover and deepen your artistic creativity. All-inclusive, quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing, and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of International artist Mike Snow. Discover untapped painting skills and grow your artistic talents with this intense immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 €
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, +33 5 56 24 34 22


"The Renaissance Figure: Rome and Florence with Roberto Osti"
May 28 - June 9, 2018
 

During the Italian Renaissance, the depiction of the human body was redefined by artists such as Alberti, Pollaiuolo, Leonardo and Michelangelo. Hone your own figure drawing skills in the region where figure-based art was revolutionized in this two-week study-abroad class in Rome and Florence! Explore the history of how the depiction of the human body evolved and developed in Italy from the 14th to the 17th centuries at museums and architectural sites of area, including day trips to Orvieto and Bolgna. Further enrich your knowledge in the studio through figure drawing sessions and anatomy lectures at select ateliers. Don’t miss this opportunity to see and experience the rebirth of the human figure in art!
 
Location: Rome and Florence, Italy
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: For Credit: $2,850; Non-Credit: $1,950
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Figure Drawing"
Thursdays, May 31 - June 28, 2018
 

Designed for students of all levels, this five-week course covers fundamentals of proportion and anatomy while encouraging individual expression and interpretation. Combing both traditional and contemporary approaches, instruction includes: understanding of form, skeletal, and musculature structure, as well as the figure in space. Students will learn to construct the figure using live models, photography, and principals taken from fashion illustration.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Amy D'Apice, artconspiracy.net
Cost: $350 + model fee
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Environmental Portraiture"
June 6-7, 2018
 

How does a portrait anchored in a particular location offer more information about the person in the frame? How can the environment act as an extensible metaphor of interiority or show you what the person cares about and how they spend their time. Explore examples of environmental portraiture, the act of photographing subjects in specific places. Make your own portraits integrating ideas of place more conscientiously into your compositions. Often environmental portraiture focuses on where people spend time working or living, but you will think of this idea to include the natural surroundings of Door County. Use your camera to talk to strangers and find out more about their life. Familiarity with your camera is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rachel Herman, www.RachelHerman.net
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Very Short Films"
June 8-9, 2018
 

Some photographs convey a story, a narrative that veers on the cinematic. These photographs appear to have a beginning already in motion, a dramatic situation in progress, and a conclusion that is up to the viewer to complete. How do you as a photographer create a scene specifically to photograph it? We’ll examine the work of Cindy Sherman’s Film Stills and Gregory Crewdon’s Twilight as examples of this approach, as well as many others. As a group, you will analyze these cinematic photographs and discuss considerations like character, conflict, tableau, lighting, props, and logistics. Together scout a location, cast a lead and supporting cast, and photograph the story as it unfolds. Together, the class will make films that are one frame in length.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rachel Herman, www.RachelHerman.net
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Portrait Sketches with Dominique Medici"
June 8-10, 2018
 

Gaining the ability to work quickly, and with precision, is key in your development as a painter. The most efficient way to develop your observation and intuition is to practice with shorter poses. The time restraint forces you to forego detail, see the big picture, and focus on gesture and large masses. This is the secret behind all great works. In this class, we will work with a systematic and disciplined technique that is uniquely designed to achieve this aim. I will provide frequent demos, breaking down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps, as well as critique and instruction each session. Since simplicity is one of our goals, we will be using a limited palette.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Dominique Medici, www.dominiquemedici.com
Cost: $375 + model fees
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Watercolor Portraits: Painting the Figure from Photographs"
June 11-15, 2018
 

Though often viewed as intimidating and challenging, painting the figure can be just as approachable as a still life and landscape, and brings with its accomplishment a unique satisfaction and reward. Ted will discuss the pitfalls and pluses of painting from photographic reference as well as how to achieve spontaneity, character, and life in your paintings. Class will include daily demonstrations and one-on-one interaction with class members. As Ted shares the specific techniques he uses to bring excitement to his figurative work, you will find your paintings taking on a new life. And, experience great fun in the process! Ted Nuttall is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and Watercolor West.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Painting and Drawing with Charles Reid"
June 11-15, 2018
 

A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice “direct painting”, using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try. Charles is the author of Charles Reid’s Watercolor Secrets and Charles Reid’s Watercolor Solutions, and many more. He is a member of the National Academy of Design.
 
Location: Savannah, Georgia
Instructor: Charles Reid
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Composing and executing the half-length portrait in 4 days"
June 14-17, 2018
 

The amazing Teresa Oaxaco is returning to Whidbey Island! In this workshop students will work with a four-day, mid length life size pose from the live model with portrait, hands, dynamic costume and still life elements. Compositions, value and color will be discussed. Techniques will involve underpainting, overpainting, impasto and wet into wet effects. Materials, supports, and drying time will be discussed. Teresa will carry a 4 day pose through to completion during the mornings so as to demonstrate the technique overall. Students will receive daily critiques and lectures.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Teresa Oaxaca, www.teresaoaxaca.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Painting and Drawing with Charles Reid"
June 18-22, 2018
 

A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice “direct painting”, using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try. Charles is the author of Charles Reid’s Watercolor Secrets and Charles Reid’s Watercolor Solutions, and many more. He is a member of the National Academy of Design.
 
Location: Savannah, Georgia
Instructor: Charles Reid
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"The Figure in Clay"
July 18-21, 2018
 

This workshop investigates sculpting the human figure through a methodical and anatomical approach. While hand building from observation, you will gain an understanding of the planes of the figure, gesture of the body, and human expression. Join Robin as she discusses and demonstrates topics related to human anatomy, skeletal structure, body proportion, and pose. Hands-on practice will help you develop skill in building armatures, sculpting technique, and problem-solving. From clothed and nude models, you will use self-hardening clay to sculpt a head, torso, and full figure.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Robin L. Power, www.RobinPower.com
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $565, includes clay and model fees
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture"
July 21-24, 2018
 

In my California Vibe workshop, you will learn watercolor portraiture that goes beyond the norm with super expressive paint applications and wildly intense colors. You will learn: how to take dramatic, stylistic photographs with camera, smart phone, or computer pad; a simple technique to trace contour outlines from your photographs that can be easily transferred to any size of watercolor paper; to render head structure and facial features economically and with minimal brush strokes; to use a minimal color palette and the four basic water/pigment consistencies to render strong value contrasts, subtle tints, and intense hues.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: David Lobenburg
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Portrait in Pastel"
July 23-25, 2018
 

The core of Cuong's lessons will be based on drawing, values, edges, composition and creating life-like skin tone color. Students will focus on the fundamentals of drawing the human head while developing new skills in soft pastel. The workshop will feature a live model, and Cuong will demonstrate his own techniques to draw from life. This is a great opportunity for you to discover your own passion for drawing or take your existing skills to the next level.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Cuong Nguyen
Cost: $420
Sponsor: Artensity
Website, email


"Figure in the Environment"
August 2-5, 2018
 

We will learn how to bring together work from life, from studies, and from photos to create convincing paintings of a figure in an environment. We will first work in the field to create an oil study from life of an external environment. We will then move inside and work with the model from life. Using our oil sketch and photos for our environment reference, we will place the figure in a believable space. A unified palette will bring cohesion to the picture. I will demo both in the field and from the model, as well as help everyone hands-on to bring expression and control to their figurative work.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Kenny Harris, www.kenny-harris.com
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Drawing the Portrait: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach"
August 8-11, 2018
 

This workshop embraces a cross-disciplinary approach to drawing the portrait. Using classical methods relied on by artists for centuries, you will alternate between drawing and sculpting from life. This approach to visualizing, understanding, and representing the human head will accelerate your learning and confidence. A portion of each day will be spent working from a live model to create finished drawings in graphite and charcoal. In addition, you will spend time working on a 3D clay head study; focusing on proportion, generalizing shapes, and identifying plane changes. These sculptural exercises will help you to better draw anatomically correct and proportional features. Leave this workshop with a set of new skills and tools to analyze and perfect your future work.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Borcherding
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $565, includes clay and model fees
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"California Vibe Portraiture"
August 13-17, 2018
 

Shake it up with David Lobenberg. Apply watercolor with splatters, swabs, slaps, splats, and slashes to that portrait you’ve be waiting to paint or use one of David’s outline drawings. Come flood, blossom, and create textures with a style that is about gesture, expressive color, soft transparency and hard opacity. You’ll paint several studies with step-by-step demonstrations from painting start to painting finish. David’s watercolor paintings can be found in private, public, and corporate collections across the country. His work has been featured in American Artist, Southwest Art, and American Art Collector magazines and several others.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"The Secrets to Natural Light Portrait Photography"
August 17-18, 2018
 

Take your portrait photography to the next level in this hands-on workshop. With a focus on naturally lit portraits, learn how to view and interpret light in relation to the figure, guide your subject, and infuse each image with content. Through lectures, guided exercises, and discussions, this workshop will address historical and contemporary trends in portraiture, adapting to different times of day and filters of light, interacting with and guiding your subject, candid vs posed or stylized approaches, and scouting locations. You will shoot on location with models and fellow classmates as subjects. An understanding of your DSLR and manual mode are required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rebecca Kames, www.KamesPhotography.com
Cost: Members: $240, Non-Members: $265
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting People with Light and Color"
August 17-19, 2018
 

Contemporary impressionist painting “secrets” are introduced and demonstrated: establishing the composition, light and dark masses, and the proportions and structure of the head and figure; capturing the effects of light and atmosphere; expressing vibrant color with alla prima brush strokes; selecting and mixing colors on the palette and the canvas; painting convincing flesh tones; rendering folds and clothing in a painterly manner; and helpful studio tips. Painting in oil is recommended, but acrylic, watercolor and pastel are also accepted.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Katriel Srebnik
Cost: $550 plus Model Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Painting and Drawing Holidays"
August 20-26, 2018
 

During the course the students will receive a minimum of 22 hours a week of tutoring and 24 hours a day access to the studio. The groups are kept small, up to 10 students. Every person regardless of their level will receive a tailored program putting the focus in their interests and wishes in a friendly, relaxed and inspiring atmosphere. Our local chefs will make delicious traditional Spanish dishes and international dishes using mediterranean ingredients. The price includes accomodation, main meals, art materials and equipment, tutoring, transfers from and to the airport and a visit to the nearby village. We also offer discounts to partners.
 
Location: Villanueva de la Vera, Spain
Instructor: Granada Munoz
Cost: 1400€
Sponsor: Las Paulinas
Website, email, 0044 7480 219 108


"Egg Tempera and the Early Renaissance Method of Developing Fleshtones"
August 20-24, 2018
 

This course will teach the technique of painting flesh tones in egg tempera painting as it was practiced in 14th and 15th Century Italy. This painting technique requires discipline but pays great dividends to those who learn to master it. The paint is actually applied in cross-hatch strokes. The brilliant and jewel-like surface is often described as luminescent. The paints are made by mixing powdered pigments with the yolk of an egg. This color mixture is applied over a detailed under-drawing thus allowing the artist to separate the painting process into distinct tasks. The artist first composes, draws and establishes the values of the painting in black and white. The painter can now give his or her full attention to issues of color.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Fred Wessel, www.fredwessel.com
Cost: $875
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"'Carmel By The Sea' En Plein Air"
August 27-30, 2018
 

Paint along the Monterey and Carmel Coastline en plain air with Plein Air Painters of America member, Randall Sexton. Open to all levels, this 3 (or 4) day workshop is especially geared to encourage the experienced artist to reach greater heights in their work. Sexton will review the basics of solid picture making - while sharing his own methods for simplifying the complex. Three days (weather permitting) will be spent on location en plain air, while an (optional) fourth studio day will focus on simplifying the figure directly (with a model). Daily demonstrations will be followed up with individual assistance at the easel.
 
Location: Carmel, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600 for 3 Days, $800 for 4 Days
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website, 831.620.2955


"The Alla Prima Portrait"
August 27-30, 2018
 

Learn how to make convincing, sensitive portraits that are true to life through a coherent, analytical approach to painting. Fundamentals of portrait painting using oil paints will be emphasized, but more specifically you will focus on learning to see and understand visual phenomena. Through demonstrations and personal critiques, Philip will introduce a variety of topics, including creating a strong likeness with accurate drawing, value understanding based on the effects of light, color mixing, edge manipulation, and cranial structure. Using a simple step-by-step process, you will paint one six-hour portrait each day. This workshop is designed for painters with experience in oil, however artists with less experience who prefer to work in grisaille are encouraged to participate.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Salamone, www.PhilipSalamone.com
Cost: Members: $510, Non-Members: $550
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Portrait and The Figure"
September 13-15, 2018
 

Join Mary Whyte for an extraordinary workshop in watercolor in Indianapolis, IN. Using live clothed 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: Indianapolis, Indiana
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Gourmet Artists Retreat in Southwest France"
September 15-22, 2018
 

Imagine painting in a 17th century château in the middle of wine country in rural France. Relax, unwind, discover and deepen your artistic creativity. All-inclusive, quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing, and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of International artist Mike Snow. Discover untapped painting skills and grow your artistic talents with this intense immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 €
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, +33 5 56 24 34 22


"Frans Hals: Birth of the Painterly Portrait"
October 3-6, 2018
 

Frans Hals was the first portrait painter to merge rigorous naturalism with effortless and economical virtuosity. His sublime approach signaled the beginning of alla prima painting and influenced some of the greatest painters of the nineteenth century such as Zorn, Sorolla and Sargent. This class will explore the methods and materials of this great Dutch master and apply them in the studio by creating portraits inspired by his impeccable grace and fluidity.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Robert Liberace, robertliberace.com
Cost: $895 plus model fee
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Figurative Design in Watercolor"
October 4-6, 2018
 

Challenge yourself to go beyond your comfort level in designing figures in watercolor with Jeannie McGuire! You as a participant in this workshop will be inspired to imagine a story, character and persona of the people in your reference photos. You will explore the interplay between the figures and their backgrounds, intentional and spontaneous marks, and the freedom to change one's mind.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire
Cost: $435 Includes a light breakfast each day
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Studio
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"Felicia Forte Paints Alla Prima Still Life and Portrait"
October 5-7, 2018
 

Alla Prima painting, single session painting is a stimulating method which teaches you to be present in every brush stroke, focusing only on the essentials, ultimately giving you great dexterity and control. With demonstration and gentle critique, Felicia will challenge you to correctly observe and record the fundamentals: shapes, values, edges and color. In this workshop Felicia will combine portraiture, the subject that she was first interested in, and with which she gained her skill with her current interests in still life, interiors and abstraction. Felicia is an inspired and creative teacher with 9 years of teaching experience under her belt. She will interact with each student according to their experience and strengths. All levels welcome!
 
Location: Ashburn, Virginia
Instructor: Felicia Forte
Cost: $480
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Website, email, 571-236-0047


"The Environmental Portrait"
October 13-14, 2018
 

The environmental portrait is a witch’s brew of improvisation, technical mastery, artistic expression, furniture moving and something between psychoanalysis and speed dating – expressed as a photograph. I believe it’s the most difficult, demanding and rewarding of all the photography sub-genres. This course is designed to introduce you to the mindset, techniques, technical intricacies and emotional magic of the environmental portrait and leave you with exciting new tools to explore and expand your own artistic horizons. Rick’s work has been published commercially and editorially worldwide. His client list includes Forbes, ESPN, Rolling Stone, Wired, Sports Illustrated, Time, Gourmet, Oprah, Disney, Microsoft, Adidas, Chrysler, Chevron, State Farm and many more. He’s won many awards and been nominated for a Pulitzer and Magazine Cover of the Year.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Rick Dahms
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Alla Prima Clothed Figure & Portrait Painting"
October 18-21, 2018
 

This workshop is about painting the clothed figure and portrait alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. Then students will paint from the model. For the portrait, we’ll talk about the overall shape of the head and placing the features. Working on a toned ground, we’ll start by sketching and placing the subject on the canvas. Then we block in two simple values: light and dark tone. After that we begin adding mid-tones. By learning to simplify form, values and color, we begin to interpret and break down the figure into more understandable tones and shapes instead of becoming distracted by details. Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced. Visit davidshevlino.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David Shevlino
Cost: $500 Museum members/ $525 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain"
October 27 - November 3, 2018
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 €
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, +34 856 830 008


 

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