Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"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


"Weekend Warriors Workshop"
May 5-6, 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


"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


"Anatomical Drawing with Roberto Osti"
May 19-20, 2018
 

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 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: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"Life Drawing"
Tuesdays, May 29 - June 26, 2018
 

This in-depth investigation of basic drawing issues explores the human figure. Emphasis will be placed on a thorough understanding of the body’s underlying geometry and anatomical structure. Learn to draw the figure as convincing volumetric form through the study of proportional accuracy, foreshortening, spatial relationships, and basic use of light and shadow. Full- or half-day. Half-day registration is available for this course, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 5 p.m., for $275 non-credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn, www.johnhornsculptor.com
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Cast and Figure Drawing - Session 1"
Tuesdays, May 29 - June 26, 2018
 

Working in the Academic tradition, students will study human anatomy, proportion and value with the goal of faithfully representing the figure. Students will work from PAFA’s collection of historic casts to build their foundational drawing skills and apply this information to observational study of the life model. All levels welcome. Students may take Sessions 1 & 2 (10 weeks): $395 non-credit or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Figure as Point of Departure - Session 1"
Wednesdays, May 30 - June 27, 2018
 

Tired of getting lost in the details of traditional figure painting? Then this class is for you! Learn expressive painting techniques to render the life model in a looser and more contemporary manner, creating a lively surface while boosting your creativity, technique and skill. All levels welcome. Students may take Sessions 1 & 2 (10 weeks): $395 non-credit or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi, kassemamoudi.com
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Painting - Session 1"
Wednesdays, May 30 - June 27, 2018
 

Investigate the structure of the human head through drawings and painted studies. Progress to finished paintings and address issues of likeness, composition, space and texture. Learn to better see and understand color to mix it more successfully – a useful skill for painting any subject matter. All levels welcome. Full- or half-day. Half-day registration is available for this course, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 5 p.m., for $275 non-credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Al Gury, www.algury.com
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Drawing and Painting - Session 1"
Wednesdays, May 30 - June 27, 2018
 

Learn to draw or paint the portrait with confidence through time-honored methods. Drawing instruction will guide students through a comprehensive understanding of the head structure, proportions and features toward achieving both a likeness and aesthetic effect. Extended poses will allow thorough study of both drawing and oil painting processes. All levels welcome, but students registering for Session 2 only should have basic drawing/painting experience. Students may take Sessions 1 & 2 (10 weeks): $395 non-credit or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Cost: $195
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


"Expressive Figure Modeling - Session 1"
Thursdays, May 31 - June 28, 2018
 

Sculpture and drawing go hand-in-hand when describing the human form. Work from observation of the life model in a variety of media, including clay, plaster, charcoal, and ink. Explore how the materials influence your perception and of the human figure, and how you can translate form toward greater expressive effect. Students may take Sessions 1 & 2 (10 weeks): $395 non-credit or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit + $20 lab fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Steven Nocella
Cost: $195 + Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Study: Two & Three Dimensional"
Thursdays, May 31 - June 28, 2018
 

Enrich your understanding of portraiture through drawing and sculpture. Mornings session will focus on creating a portrait head in clay, developing it from deep geometric structure to surface form. Afternoons will be devoted to drawing the portrait, informed by the exploration of its three-dimensional form. All levels welcome. Full- or half-day. Half-day registration is available for this course, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 5 p.m., for $275 non-credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn, www.johnhornsculptor.com
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Drawing Workshop"
June 2-3, 2018
 

Learn to create a finished portrait in pencil and charcoal that captures likeness and conveys expressive effect. Using a live model, the workshop will begin with a structural approach to the head and its features and progress to the study of anatomy, composition and value. Excellent for all levels.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn, www.johnhornsculptor.com
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing and Painting the Clothed Figure - Session 1"
Saturdays, June 2-30, 2018
 

Depicting the clothed and partially clothed model allows the opportunity to define character, imply a narrative, or just incorporate fabric and accessories. Explore gesture, structure and anatomy with graphite and charcoal, then progress to painting with limited and expanded palettes. Demonstration and references will address color mixing, rendering cloth, body language and the expressive inclusion of hands. Students may take Sessions 1 & 2 (10 weeks): $395 non-credit or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Meghan Cox, meghancox.net
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing the Portrait in Charcoal"
June 2-3, 2018
 

Anyone who has the desire to learn the art of drawing is welcome to this two-day workshop. Students will learn how to focus on the fundamentals of drawing while building a strong foundation of the basic techniques such as shading, controlling tones and composition. Students will learn critical skills on how to see with an artist’s eye and capture what you see on paper. Individual assistance will be given to each student during the workshop. The technique of learning to see with an artist’s eye will be easy to learn and will strengthen one’s desire and willingness to take chances and be a more creative artist.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Remelle Tanhueco, www.remellefineart.com
Cost: $200 + $35 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Color for Painters"
Mondays, June 4 - July 2, 2018
 

An in-depth approach to understanding and mixing color for oil painting from the Chair of PAFA’s Painting Department and noted author of Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice. Explore history, palettes, mixing and application for still life, landscape, figure models, and interiors in a series of studio paintings. Full- or half-day. Half-day registration is available for this course, 9a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 -5p.m.., for $275 non-credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Al Gury, www.algury.com
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"Painting the Figurative Subject"
June 6-8, 2018
 

This class will feature the figurative subject in which each day will offer students a costumed model posed in a contextual setting. Guidance will be offered regarding shape, tone, and color. The related topics of procedure, technique, tools and materials, and much more will be also discussed. This workshop is not appropriate for the beginning student.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $350 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Bas-Relief Sculpture Art Workshop in Tuscany, Italy"
June 8-15, 2018
 

Improve your drawing, painting, and sculpting skills by learning the art of bas-relief sculpture (or compressed form); Also: better story-telling, composition, perspective and anatomy. Geared towards the beginner, but all levels are welcome. We meet in Florence, Italy, to study the Gates of Paradise and other great examples of relief sculpture. Then we travel together to Castelvecchio in the hills NW of Florence to learn surrounded by Nature. We will enjoy the local cuisine; have time for hiking or visiting the river, and watching fireflies after dark. Instructor Kelly Borsheim has been a full-time artist since Jan. 2001 and creates figurative sculpture, paintings, and murals. She wrote a book about her experiences as a street painter in Florence.
 
Location: Castelvecchio, Italy
Instructor: Kelly Borsheim
Cost: $650, housing not included, but very affordable
Sponsor: Kelly Borsheim
Website, email, 0039-334-245-0129


"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


"Power of Pastel Portrait Workshop"
June 9-10, 2018
 

Christine is known for her powerful depictions of light. This workshop focuses on better understanding and control of the medium while applying it to portraiture with an emphasis on understanding light. .This not a “demonstration in the morning” and then “do your own thing” the rest of the day” workshop. Christine’s 5-layer approach to understanding light and controlling the “power” of the pastel medium will help artists create well-designed works of art. Working with a model, students will learn how to take better photo references, adjusting to how to make a photo work as a reference for a painting while learning the differences between working from photos and from life. Paintings are finished from life. All levels welcome.
 
Location: PIttsburgh, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Christine Swann
Cost: $295
Sponsor: 3rd Street Gallery
Website, email, 724-612-2886


"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


"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
Cost: $725 before April 11, $775 after April 11
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"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


"Classical Figure Drawing and Painting with Juliette Aristides"
June 18-22, 2018
 

Learn to accurately and confidently draw and paint the human figure in oil with Juliette Aristides, renowned artist, founder and instructor of the Aristides Atelier at the Gage Academy of Fine Art in Seattle, and noted author of Classical Drawing Atelier, Classical Painting Atelier and other highly regarded drawing and painting texts. During this 5-day extended workshop, frequent demonstrations will break down the process of figure drawing and painting into clear and consecutive steps, along with individual instruction and critique each day. Develop a beautiful balance of proportion, value, color and edge which will help you accurately capture a likeness, and give power and presence to your work. Sharpen your observation, and take your skill to a new level!
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Juliette Aristides, aristidesarts.com
Cost: For Credit: $1200, Non-Credit: $950
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"Redefining the Art of Life"
June 21-23, 2018
 

Learn how to create a detailed miniature bust 1/3 life-size. This course is designed to give students an opportunity to work on one pose from a live model. Instruction will include armature creation and placement, creative composition, caliper reduction pointing techniques and detailing with professional oil based clay. Additional professional sculpting techniques will be demonstrated to add detailing for hair, clothing collars, etc. Each student will be working from a live model but invited to bring photos of subjects they would like to sculpt outside of the class for the instructor to review and for class discussion.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Roy W. Butler, www.roywbutler.com
Cost: $350 + $35 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"'Go Figure' in the Landscape"
June 22-24, 2018
 

Hosted by the Redwood Art Association in Eureka CA, this three day retreat will focus on the figure en plein air. Exercises to incorporate figures into a scene will be combined with more portrait like staging of models out of doors.
 
Location: Humboldt, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $425 for members, $475 for non-members (plus model fees)
Sponsor: Redwood Art Association
Website, email, 707-268-0755


"Expressive Figure Drawing with Bruce Samuelson"
June 23-24, 2018
 

Capture the vitality and gesture of the life model under the guidance of PAFA professor Bruce Samuelson, whose work combines a virtuosity of Old Masters-influenced draftsmanship with elegant abstraction. Hone your own approach to the figure, whether academic or expressive, through Samuelson’s individually-tailored instruction. Foundational principles of structure, anatomy, form and gesture will be presented through demonstration, critique, and discussion of master drawings, past and present. Work in the media of your choice including graphite, charcoal, pastel, and paint.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Bruce Samuelson
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Studio Portrait Photography"
June 23, 2018
 

Learn the tactics the pros use in the studio to create compelling portrait photographs. Use lighting creatively in order to enhance professional quality, create mood or adjust composition. Camera functions and techniques will be demonstrated and discussed.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Julia Staples, www.juliastaples.com
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Sculpture"
June 25-29, 2018
 

Explore clay modeling and expand your portfolio with three-dimensional work. Work from a life model to learn methods of terra cotta clay sculpture, focusing on anatomy, proportion, composition, and personal expression. Sculptures will be kiln-fired after the course ends. Note: This class will utilize nude models.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Cost: For Credit: $425, Non-Credit: $425, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Model, the Mood, and More"
June 26-28, 2018
 

Beautiful set-ups and good fun are promised as students work from the clothed model. Emphasis will be on creating a mood through composition. By posing the model in interesting environments, students will have the opportunity to explore the many facets of painting. The critical elements of a well-designed painting will be discussed including placement, values, edges, and brushwork. Students will be encouraged to incorporate mood and emotion into their paintings, allowing them to move beyond the “studio exercise phase” and into more exciting aspects of creating art.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Cost: $350 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Portrait"
June 29-30, 2018
 

This 2-day oil painting class is for the student wishing to gain experience and understanding of the painted portrait. Working from the model, students will be guided through the process of painting the portrait from life. Robert will cover the topics of drawing, color, composition, edges, and lighting the model.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $225 + $35 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figure Sculpture Workshop"
June 30 - July 1, 2018
 

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: $195 + Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing the Figure, Gesture, and the Extended Study"
July 2-3, 2018
 

This two-day workshop offers students an opportunity for exposure to drawing the gestural pose. Students will be offered a simplified understanding of the anatomy and structure of the figurative subject; They will work from the live model and poses will be short. With repetition of pose and the application of the simplified concepts, students will become more fluent in this time-honored practice. Students will draw from the model applying simplified concepts of anatomy and tone relationships which will be explained through lecture and demonstration. Poses will be of varying duration. Traditional drawing media and technique will also be explored.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $210 + $35 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Drawing and Painting the Clothed Figure - Session 2"
Saturdays, July 7 - August 11, 2018
 

Depicting the clothed and partially clothed model allows the opportunity to define character, imply a narrative, or just incorporate fabric and accessories. Explore gesture, structure and anatomy with graphite and charcoal, then progress to painting with limited and expanded palettes. Demonstration and references will address color mixing, rendering cloth, body language and the expressive inclusion of hands. Students may take Sessions 1 & 2 (10 weeks): $395 non-credit or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Meghan Cox, meghancox.net
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Elementary Figure Drawing and Painting"
Mondays, July 9 - August 6, 2018
 

This structured approach to drawing and painting the figure from life includes topics such as anatomy, drawing methods, gesture, figure structure, palettes, and basic figure painting methods. This class is excellent for those interested in developing their painting and drawing portfolio. Full- or half-day. Half-day registration is available for this course, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 5 p.m., for $275 non-credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Al Gury, www.algury.com
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Figure Painting Techniques of the Old Masters"
Mondays, July 9 - August 6, 2018
 

The powerful work of the old masters remains relevant today. Learn how to incorporate their methods into your own figure painting. Instruction and demonstration will cover Goya’s powerful use of light and dark, the complex color of Titian, the dynamic compositions of Degas, the brilliant technique of Velazquez, and the expressive light of Leonardo and Vermeer. All levels are welcome. Drawing experience required. Full- or half-day. Half-day registration is available for this course, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 5 p.m., for $275 non-credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ernie Norcia, norciaportraits.com
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Portraits from Life"
July 9-10, 2018
 

In this 2-day 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. 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 + $35 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"High School Intensive: Still Life & Portrait Painting"
July 9-13, 2018
 

Add color to your portfolio by developing your painting skills in oil or acrylic. Work from still life arrangements and portrait models to explore the fundamentals of painting including the selection and care of materials, painting techniques, and color mixing. Instruction will emphasize composition, value, and color relationships.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wilson, www.davidcampbellwilson.com
Cost: For Credit: $425, Non-Credit: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Self-Portrait Drawing"
Tuesdays, July 10 - August 7, 2018
 

The artist’s self-portrait can chronicle a life, imply a narrative or serve as a study. Create your own head and full-length self-portraits in this tradition, drawing from direct observation in graphite, charcoal, pastel and ink. Instruction addresses structure, volume and proportion, as well as styling, costuming, and lighting. Includes a discussion of self-portraits throughout history.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Phyllis Laver
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Écorché"
Tuesdays, July 10 - August 7, 2018
 

Écorché is the three-dimensional study of human form by developing the bone and muscle structures beneath the skin. Working from the skeleton, students will model the underlying forms in clay on an armature. Excellent for both draftspersons and sculptors interested in a detailed study of human anatomy.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn, www.johnhornsculptor.com
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Cast and Figure Drawing - Session 2"
Tuesdays, July 10 - August 7, 2018
 

Working in the Academic tradition, students will study human anatomy, proportion and value with the goal of faithfully representing the figure. Students will work from PAFA’s collection of historic casts to build their foundational drawing skills and apply this information to observational study of the life model. All levels welcome. Students may take Sessions 1 & 2 (10 weeks): $395 non-credit or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Figure as Point of Departure - Session 2"
Wednesdays, July 11 - August 8, 2018
 

Tired of getting lost in the details of traditional figure painting? Then this class is for you! Learn expressive painting techniques to render the life model in a looser and more contemporary manner, creating a lively surface while boosting your creativity, technique and skill. All levels welcome. Students may take Sessions 1 & 2 (10 weeks): $395 non-credit or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi, kassemamoudi.com
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Painting - Session 2"
Wednesdays, July 11 - August 8, 2018
 

Investigate the structure of the human head through drawings and painted studies. Progress to finished paintings and address issues of likeness, composition, space and texture. Learn to better see and understand color to mix it more successfully – a useful skill for painting any subject matter. All levels welcome. Full- or half-day. Half-day registration is available for this course, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 5 p.m., for $275 non-credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Al Gury, www.algury.com
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Drawing and Painting - Session 2"
Wednesdays, July 11 - August 8, 2018
 

Learn to draw or paint the portrait with confidence through time-honored methods. Drawing instruction will guide students through a comprehensive understanding of the head structure, proportions and features toward achieving both a likeness and aesthetic effect. Extended poses will allow thorough study of both drawing and oil painting processes. All levels welcome, but students registering for Session 2 only should have basic drawing/painting experience. Students may take Sessions 1 & 2 (10 weeks): $395 non-credit or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Terra Cotta Sculpture"
Wednesdays, July 11 - August 8, 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. Full- or half-day. Half-day registration is available for this course, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 5 p.m., for $275 non-credit.
 
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 in Pastels"
Thursdays, July 12 - August 9, 2018
 

The immediate subtlety that can be achieved through soft and hard pastel is particularly suited for the portrait study. Learn historical and contemporary techniques of hatching, blending, layering and color mixing to rendering convincing portraits. Discussion and demonstration of various surfaces, pastels and mixed media techniques included. Drawing experience recommended. Full- or half-day. Half-day registration is available for this course, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 5 p.m., for $275 non-credit.
 
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


"Life Painting and Drawing"
Thursdays, July 12 - August 9, 2018
 

Draw or paint the life model in single morning/afternoon poses for the entire course in order to develop accurate form, anatomy, value, color, creative composition and narrative. Lecture and discussion will address historical and contemporary methods/materials, supplemented by examples from the PAFA collection. All levels and all media welcome. Advanced students may work independently. Full- or half-day. Half-day registration is available for this course, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 5 p.m., for $275 non-credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Expressive Figure Modeling - Session 2"
Thursdays, July 12 - August 9, 2018
 

Sculpture and drawing go hand-in-hand when describing the human form. Work from observation of the life model in a variety of media, including clay, plaster, charcoal, and ink. Explore how the materials influence your perception and of the human figure, and how you can translate form toward greater expressive effect. Students may take Sessions 1 & 2 (10 weeks): $395 non-credit or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit + $20 lab fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Steven Nocella
Cost: $195 + Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Anatomical Drawing"
Fridays, July 13 - August 10, 2018
 

Understand human anatomy through lecture and drawing from the model. Topics include proportion, skeletal framework, superficial muscles, and the movement of the figure. Basic figure drawing experience recommended. Full- or half-day. Half-day registration is available for this course, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 5 p.m., for $275 non-credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn, www.johnhornsculptor.com
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Figure Painting"
July 16-20, 2018
 

Figure painting is one the most versatile and popular subjects taught at PAFA. Learn to paint the life model in oil/acrylic, focusing on human anatomy and proportions, paint handling, materials, and design. Prerequisite: Painting I: Still Life and Portrait (July 9-13) or prior basic painting experience. Note: This class will utilize nude models.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wilson, www.davidcampbellwilson.com
Cost: For Credit: $425, Non-Credit: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Sculpting the Portrait"
July 16-19, 2018
 

In this four day course, sculptor Jason Arkles leads the class in creating life sized portraits in clay from a living model, using the visual measurement techniques of the Sight Size method. Students will learn how to build clay portraits over an armature, relying almost entirely on measurements taken with the artist's eye, rather than with measuring tools like compasses. The result is a portrait that goes beyond a 'likeness' and towards a record of the artist's visual and emotional perception of the sitter – a true portrait. Instructor Jason Arkles will work alongside students throughout the duration of the course, providing a demonstration of techniques and practices for the entirety of the course.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Jason Arkles
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"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


"Portrait Painting Basics"
July 21-22, 2018
 

This comprehensive workshop covers all aspects of painting a traditional portrait in oil. Topics include achieving a likeness, modeling light and shade, mixing flesh tones and applying paint through various techniques. All participants will produce at least one finished portrait. Includes demonstrations and portrait history. Valuable information for all levels.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ted Xaras
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"Beginning Sculpting"
July 23-25, 2018
 

Never be afraid to sculpt again! Students will learn to build their own armature for the human body, attach clay, correct body proportions, and add action to their figures. Hal will provide step by step individual & class instruction as well as instructor demonstrations. Handouts will be provided. Students will leave class with a finished or nearly finished human sculpture in clay.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Hal Stewart, www.halstewartbronze.com
Cost: $300 + $35 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"High School Intensive: Life Drawing"
July 30 - August 3, 2018
 

Figure drawing is one of the most time-honored methods of art training and a great way to rapidly produce valuable work for a portfolio. Work in charcoal and graphite directly from the life model in short and long poses, exploring gesture, proportion and anatomy. Prerequisite: Drawing - Section 1 (June 25-29) or Section 2 (July 23-27) or other basic drawing experience. Note: This class will utilize nude models.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Deirdre Murphy, www.deirdremurphyart.com
Cost: For Credit: $425, Non-Credit: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting the Figure (all media welcome)"
July 30 - August 1, 2018
 

Award-winning artist, Peggi Kroll-Roberts worked as a fashion and advertising illustrator before making the transition into fine art. Using intense color and value to accentuate her subject, she moved into fine art with a bold palette, a love for small paintings and a very loose style that achieves a lot with a few very energetic brush strokes. She prefers to suggest reality than render it. Peggi will work with students in the medium of their choice - acrylic, watercolor, oil or gouache.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Peggi Kroll Roberts
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
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 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 + a lab fee of $25
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


"Drawing the Figure in Florence, Italy"
September 13-19, 2018
 

This workshop will be focused on both short and long pose charcoal drawings from life models. Demos and individual help will show students how to draw with beautiful line work; methods of placing different tones to render three dimensionally; design realistic works with supporting abstract elements; and the way to do drawing with painterly approaches. All levels welcome, but some experience helpful.
 
Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Henry Yan
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"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


"Alla Prima Clothed Figure and Portrait Painting"
September 17-21, 2018
 

This class is about painting a clothed model alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. We’ll spend some time on the whole figure and also the head/ features of the face. On the first morning there will be a demonstration, then the class will paint from the model. Students will learn to look at the head and figure and see it in terms of large, overall basic shapes with three simple values: light, dark and mid tone. This helps us to paint our subjects with greater clarity and directness. This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely and to paint their subject with greater economy.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: David Shevlino
Cost: $810
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Magical Oil Portraits"
September 28, 2018
 

The method I teach is classified as "alla prima" or “wet on wet”. We will use reference photos of portraits, prepare substrate, and create overall strokes to plan the face and fill in details in a manner that captures the essence of the face. Though we will use our intuition, this is more of a technical class where we observe deeply, measure accurately, and apply strokes of paint that are true to the colors and values of our subjects. We will discuss concepts of realism, while aiming for magical realism, where we look within to make adjustments to the paint that we transfer from our brushes to our substrates, to make real, the vision of what we are painting.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jenny Doh
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Frans Hals: Birth of the Painterly Portrait"
October 4-7, 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


"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


"Alla Prima Painting with a Focus on Abstraction"
November 5-7, 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.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Felicia Forte
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


 

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