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Design and Painting
April 27-29, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, Mike will demonstrate his process and approach to painting with a model morning paint demo. 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. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michael Carson
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $350 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Art at Lunch: How Illustrators Create Their Art
April 27, 2017 (12-1pm) — James Thompson, author of Painting America’s Portrait – How Illustrators Created Their Art, will present selected works from his book to illustrate how advances in image production and reproduction technologies changed the appearance of illustration art through the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Thompson will refer to works by Maxfield Parrish, Jessie Willcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green, and Alice Barber Stephens, artists who trained at PAFA and who highlight the Academy’s significance during the “Golden Age of Illustration”. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: James Thompson
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: Free
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
April 29 - May 6, 2017 (10am-6pm) — 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 in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 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 French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Portrait and Landscape Painting
May 1-3, 2017 (9:00 - 4:00) — In this workshop Stan will demonstrate every morning. Students have the option of working on portrait, or landscape, or any subject, throughout the workshop. Fundamentals of realism, impressionism and abstraction will be demonstrated and discussed during the week. The instructor will individually visit each student every day, helping the student edit their photos and plan and design their paintings. Egg tempera will be demonstrated in additon to watercolor. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Stan Miller
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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Understanding the Human Face
May 1-5, 2017 (8:30am-4:30pm) — 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! It benefits artists working in any medium who seek to accurately and naturalistically depict facial images. 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 study-oriented workshop will involve exercises in both drawing and sculpture. 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. Attendees will do multiple exercises to enhance discernment and comprehension of the human visage. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Karen T. Taylor, www.karenttaylor.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $950
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Drawing the Hand
May 6, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The hand can be one of the most intimidating things to draw. In this class, the student will get more comfortable with drawing them so that hands can be included in compositions instead of avoided! Anatomy of the hand will be discussed, as well as the way it moves, its basic shapes and proportions, and ways to simplify it for quick sketching. Students will practice what they’ve learned by drawing a model’s hands. This class will be drawing only, but questions about painting the hand will also be addressed. Start looking forward to drawing hands! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Rachel Bess, www.rachelbess.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting the Clothed Figure in the Environment: An Energized Start and Graceful Finish
May 9-12, 2017 — In this workshop, students will work from a live model to vigorously apply paint in simplified blocks. Using a limited palette, students will paint with both thin and thick paint, in conjunction with wiping paint out, to achieve a successful drawing. Students will then work on pushing values to paint in the fall of light and add a three dimensional effect. Using a grey toned canvas with paint scumbled over it, in conjunction with thick paint in the lighter areas, a fully realized figure can be achieved. Paint manipulation and brush handling will be discussed and demonstrated. Seth will discuss how this leads directly into a multiple layered studio figure painting. Seth will also discuss the similarity between painting from life and from photographs. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Seth Haverkamp
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $550 plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Advanced Level

Studying the Old Masters
May 15-19, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will provide the opportunity to deeply study an old master painting (figurative or portrait) and learn various processes of the old masters. Students will do a small color study of the chosen work, develop an accurate drawing to work from, and then create the final painting. This experience will provide a better understanding of the painting process, how to draw for an underpainting and explore several different approaches to creating a painting from start to finish. The workshop will also cover the painting process used throughout the 19th century and by illustrators such as Norman Rockwell and Dean Cornwell. Additionally, the course will cover how to apply modern tools to this process and your own work. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Howard Lyon, www.howardlyon.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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TJ Cunningham Paints the Live Figure, Outdoors
May 17-21, 2017 (9:30am to 4:30pm) — The focus of this workshop is learning to see reflected light and color in plein air figure painting. Working from a clothed model TJ Cunningham will demonstrate his process during daily demonstrations and then assist attendees as they complete their own paintings. This focused, five day workshop will be conducted out doors with live models. All levels of experience are welcome. Flesh-tones, drawing, gesture and basic anatomy will all be discussed. Visit website


Location: Ashburn, VA
Instructor: T J Cunningham
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Cost: $485
Email: Debra Keirce
Phone: 571-236-0047

Beginner Level

Pastel Portraits and Beyond
May 19-21, 2017 (9am–4pm) — Create a finished 11" x 14" pastel portrait of your favorite subject(s), human or animal, using French Soft Pastels. Work from multiple photographs as well as Plein-air or natural backgrounds to build a free-flowing portrait in a meaningful setting. Final portraits will capture not only the spirit of your subject, but will reflect the memories and love for a particular natural backdrop. We’ll discuss using color composition to evoke emotion and how to build a pastel portrait from a charcoal sketch, adding hard pastels, then finalizing with soft French pastels. You will make your portraits "sing" on the final day with the application of highlights and light effects particular to the mood of your piece. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Marie Fritz Perry
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $350
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Loosen up with Big Brush Painting
May 20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — From small details to broad textured areas, this one-day oil painting class will help the student experience the array of marks a large brush can make. A morning demonstration will explore the ways big brush painting simplifies the painting process, creates more fluid brushwork and opens the door for a more individual interpretation. Students will paint from the costumed model. Fun and experimentation will be the order of the day. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Diane Eugster, dianeeugsterart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Portrait Study: Two & Three Dimensional
May 22-26, 2017 (9am-5pm) — Enrich your understanding of portraiture through 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: John Horn
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Kimberley Photography Adventure
May 22-28, 2017 (10am) — Explore the rugged beauty of the remote Australian outback on this challenging photographer's adventure. Experience life on a Kimberley cattle station, get to know colourful characters, access locations not open to the public, travel deep into the landscape and encounter unique wildlife. Stay in a Bush Hut or shared Bunkhouse room with one night camped at a private billabong. Activities include sunset champagne and canapés, barramundi fishing, bull buggy ride, whip cracking, aboriginal cave art, one night camp, final night party. View the itinerary and details online. Inclusions: 6 night's accommodation. All meals. 24 hour tea and coffee. Workshop tuition over five days. Land transfers. All activities as per the itinerary. Exclusions: Flights, Alcohol, Mandatory travel insurance. Visit website


Location: Wyndham, Australia
Instructor: Bewley Shaylor
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: $3295pp AUD
Email: Rachel Dillon

Beginner Level

Drawing the Portrait in Charcoal
May 25-26, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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 with be given to each student during each workshop. The technique of learning to see with an artist’s eye will be easy to learn and will strengthen your desire and willingness to take chances and be a more creative artist. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Remelle Tanhueco, www.remellefineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
May 27 - June 3, 2017 (10am-6pm) — 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 in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 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 French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Life Drawing
May 30 - June 27, 2017 (Tuesdays, 9am-5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: John Horn
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Cast and Figure Drawing - Session 1
May 30 - June 27, 2017 (Tuesdays, 6-9pm) — 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 in order to build their foundational drawing skills and apply this information to observational study of the life model. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $225
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Terra Cotta Figure Sculpture - Session 1
May 31 - June 28, 2017 (Wednesdays, 12-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $295, Lab Fee: $5
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Portrait Painting (Xaras) - Session 1
June 1-29, 2017 (Thursdays, 12-4pm) — 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. All levels welcome, but students registering for only Session 2 should have basic drawing and painting experience. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Ted Xaras
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $295
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Figure Drawing and Sculpture
June 1-29, 2017 (Thursdays, 6-9pm) — The combination of sculpture and drawing are ideal for understanding and capturing the gesture of the human figure. Investigate movement, rhythm and form through studies in charcoal, ink, paint, and collage, as well as in clay and plaster. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Steven Nocella
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $225
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Portrait Drawing and Painting - Session 1
June 1-29, 2017 (Thursdays, 6-9pm) — 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 only Session 2 should have basic drawing/painting experience. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $225
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Figure and Portrait Modeling
June 1-29, 2017 (Thursdays, 9am-5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: John Horn
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Intermediate Level
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Oil Painting: Inspiration and Design
June 2-5, 2017 — This four-day oil painting workshop presents the opportunity to paint directly from the model or a still life setup, and emphasizes the importance of having a clear idea for a painting. What is it you see that makes you want to paint something? Awareness of your inspiration guides the decisions you make as you paint. Lectures and demonstrations will reinforce an understanding of design, vision, and a lighthearted approach. Afternoons are studio time, with time for students to paint on their own and receive individual instruction. Appropriate for all levels; true beginners are advised to familiarize themselves with tools and materials, before class starts. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Aimee Erickson, www.aimeeerickson.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $680
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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The Figure in Florence - Pastel and Oil
June 3-11, 2017 — Experience the Renaissance city of Florence, Italy for 9 days while studying the figure with Margaret at The Florence Academy of Art studio. This trip is a combination of exploring the treasures of the city while learning how to perfect your pastel painting. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Margaret Dyer
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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Beginning Drawing: The Portrait
June 3 - August 5, 2017 (Saturdays, 10am-1pm) — Learn the fundamentals of drawing through one of art’s most compelling subjects: the portrait. Work in graphite, charcoal and conté to capture the spirit and likeness of a range of models while developing skills for all subjects. Suitable for both beginners and those with experience seeking to refine their skills. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Allison Syvertsen
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Classical Figure Drawing
June 4 - July 2, 2017 (Sundays, 9am-2pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Ernie Norcia
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $350
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Portrait Painting (Gury) - Session 1
June 5 - July 3, 2017 (Mondays, 9am-5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Al Gury
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Watercolor Adventures in Southwest France
June 5-12, 2017 — Castles, quaint villages, delicious French Cuisine, vineyards, luscious landscapes, painting, photography, sketching - a dream workshop in the breath-taking unspoiled region of the Lot Dordogne in Southwest France. Domaine du Haut Baran is a popular artist retreat in a restored 18th Century Manor Home with modern conveniences. It is also equipped with a complete modern studio where we can work all hours. Easels, tables, chairs, stools are provided. Maximum is 12 students. Janet and Steve Rogers are the instructors and both will be available throughout the trip to help and instruct. William and Rosalie Haas are our hosts. William will be our guide and friend to help us enjoy our painting and travel adventures. Demonstrations, individual help for all levels. Visit website


Location: Puy l'Eveque, France
Instructor: Janet and Steve Rogers
Sponsor: Rogers Art
Cost: $2875.00
Email: Janet Rogers
Phone: 386-451-8441

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Intro to Figure Painting
June 5 - August 14, 2017 (Mondays, 6-9pm) — Paint in oil from the life model to make full-figure, head, and torso studies. Anatomy, composition, proportion, light and shadow, color, painting technique and history will be covered through lecture and demonstration. Basic drawing experience recommended (No class on July 3). Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Advanced Level

Painting the Figure from Photographs
June 5-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Ted Nuttall
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $720 by April 5th; $770 after April 5th
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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Dramatic Lighting for Portraiture
June 9-10, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This two-day workshop will cover methodology for rationalizing and capturing non-traditional lighting set-ups. This workshop will teach students to help create visual interest and mood in a drawing through various lighting techniques. Students will learn how to visualize and interpret light pattern in a simplistic more digestible method. Some of the topics that will be covered include: up lighting, soft lighting, backlighting, rim light, sharp and soft lighting, reflect light, high contrast, low contrast, fill light and basic camera techniques. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Matt Dickson, www.mattdickson.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Model, the Mood and More
June 14-16, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $350 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Portrait Sculpture
June 15-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Have you ever looked at a sculpture and wondered, “How did the artist do that?” In this three-day workshop, students will learn how to create a likeness in clay using a portrait model as the subject. As you sculpt, you will explore ways of creating a variety of moods. There will be instructor demonstrations throughout the workshop, including a demo of how to capture facial expressions. There will also be discussions on finishing your sculpture, applying cold patinas on fired clay, and simple mold making techniques. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Susan Henningsen
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Vibrant Color and Vital Energies: Mixed Media Figure Painting
June 19-21, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Capture the energy, vitality, and essence of the living model in layers of paint and pastel. Expand your observational skills in this workshop focused on painting and drawing from a live model. Using various underpainting strategies, spontaneous gestural mark-making, and playful color, create dynamic mixed media works of the figure. Each day you will spend approximately four to five hours painting and drawing from a live model. Different poses, vantage points, and lighting will be utilized. Demonstrations and lecture topics will include use of line, value, planar analysis, and how to apply color theory in your figurative works. Through relaxed and supportive critiques, you will gain insight and see improvement. Those with some drawing experience will benefit the most from this workshop. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Cynthia Hayes, www.CynthiaHayesArt.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Advanced Level

Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
June 24 - July 1, 2017 (10am-6pm) — 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 in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 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 French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Portrait in Pastels Workshop
June 24-25, 2017 (9am-5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Ted Xaras
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $215
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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"Watercolor Impressions - The Head & Figure" - Week II, Session II
June 26-30, 2017 (9:00am to 4:00pm) — Cloudcroft - a quaint mountain village in New Mexico - is the unique setting for this dynamic workshop. Janet Rogers is an award-winning Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society and others - and a professional and National Instructor. Janet shares easily her love of watercolors in a spontaneous "alla prima" and impressionistic style of interpreting the head and figure. Participants will learn a natural, fluid, gestural, intuitive approach in this exciting workshop, which is designed to help artists of all levels. Artists will learn new skills through many demonstrations, class instruction and painting time, one-on-one help, class "show & tell", and through fun and loose exercises. A no-fear zone! Janet is known for her passionate dedication in her workshops! Visit website


Location: Cloudcroft, NM
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: Cloudcroft Art Workshops
Cost: $495
Email: Linda Shiplett
Phone: 915-490-5071

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Drawing the Head: Landmark and Anatomy Tools
June 28 - July 1, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop embraces a cross-disciplinary approach to drawing the head. Using methods classical artists have relied on 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 process. A portion of each day will be spent working from a live model to create finished drawings. In addition, you will also spend time working on a 3D clay head study, which will focus on understanding proportions, generalizing shapes, and identifying plane changes. These exercises will help you draw anatomically correct and proportional features. At the end of this workshop, you will have new tools to analyze and perfect your future work. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kate Borcherding
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $475, Non-Members: $510
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Figurative Structure and the Gestural Pose
June 28, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This one-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. Students 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. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Portrait Painting (Gury) - Session 2
July 5 - August 9, 2017 (Wednesdays, 9am-5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Al Gury
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Terra Cotta Figure Sculpture - Session 2
July 5 - August 2, 2017 (Wednesdays, 12-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $295, Lab Fee: $5
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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The Extended Pose
July 5 - August 9, 2017 (Wednesdays, 9am-5pm) — Draw or paint the life model in single morning/afternoon poses for the entire course in order to develop accurate form, measurement, 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $950, Non-Credit: $595
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Portrait Drawing and Painting - Session 2
July 6 - August 3, 2017 (Thursdays, 6-9pm) — 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 only Session 2 should have basic drawing/painting experience. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $225
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Écorché
July 7 - August 11, 2017 (Fridays, 9am-5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: John Horn
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $950, Non-Credit: $595
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Painting the Portrait with James Tennison
July 8-11, 2017 — During this four-day workshop we will be painting a head-and-shoulders portrait from a live model. On the first day I will give a demonstration of my painting procedure and will discuss my approach to capturing a likeness. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of accurate drawing, analyzing the planes of the head, determining correct values, mixing clean flesh tones and controlling hard and soft edges. On the following days, workshop participants will paint from the model and I will give personalized instruction and demonstrate as needed. Painting a portrait is no easy task and it is recommended that students have experience with drawing the head and painting in oils, but all who are truly interested in learning will be welcomed. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: James Tennison, www.jamestennison.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $600 plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Classical Figure Painting
July 9 - August 6, 2017 (Sundays, 9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Ernie Norcia
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Elementary Figure Drawing and Painting
July 10 - August 7, 2017 (Mondays, 9am-5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Al Gury
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Figure and Portrait Drawing in Ink
July 10 - August 7, 2017 (Mondays, 6-9pm) — From the Renaissance to the present, artists have favored the expressive qualities of drawing with ink. Experience both the fluid gestural brush applications and detailed reed pen drawing techniques. Focus on head studies and full figure work using both clothed and life models. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Phyllis Laver
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $225
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Beginning to Draw the Portrait in Charcoal
July 10-12, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Discover the intimate and compelling art of portraiture in this drawing workshop. Gain confidence and proficiency, as you learn to capture the portrait by first understanding the basic forms and then adding the details of your subject’s features. Through demonstrations, Stuart will share his approach in identifying the overall shape and rhythm of the head to give solidity and likeness to your drawing. You will have the opportunity to practice techniques through short poses of 25 minutes and long poses of 3 hours, bringing your work to the next level. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Stuart Fullerton, www.StuartFullerton.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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The Portrait and The Figure
July 11-13, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Explore the wonders of watercolor with an inspirational three-day workshop in Laguna Beach, California. Mary will cover the fundamentals of getting a likeness, planning dynamic compositions, mixing clean colors, achieving value balance and creating paintings with emotion. Her daily demonstrations from life and one-on-one assistance will guide you to making your best paintings ever. 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. Visit website


Location: Laguna Beach, CA
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Anatomical Drawing
July 11 - August 8, 2017 (Tuesdays, 9am-5pm) — Understand human anatomy through lecture and drawing from the model. Topics include proportion, skeletal framework, superficial muscles, and the movement of the figure. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: John Horn
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Cast and Figure Drawing - Session 2
July 11 - August 8, 2017 (Tuesdays, 6-9pm) — 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 in order to build their foundational drawing skills and apply this information to observational study of the life model. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $225
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Torrit Grey Workshop: Still Life and Portrait
July 11-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Join nationally recognized portrait artist and Gamblin Dedicated Workshop Instructor Chris Saper for a fun and exciting three-day workshop using just Black, White, and Torrit grey pigments to explore and enhance your skills in seeing and handling values in oil painting. Both still life and live model portrait options will be available, so the class is well suited for painters of every level. This is a perfect class for both students who are new to oils, and for experienced painters who want structured opportunities to strengthen their skills. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Chris Saper, www.chrissaper.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Head Study
July 12, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will learn a variety of techniques to create a convincing head study. Jerry will provide a thorough investigation of the individual forms of the head and teach students how to make them come together as an integrated whole. Students will also learn to use an approach to help first identify the large shapes and then go into the details. The core of instruction will be focused on drawing, values, edges, planes of the head and composition. Before the workshop, a booklet of information will be emailed to all students to help prepare for the workshop. Students are instructed to bring their chosen medium. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jerry Salinas, www.salinasart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Alla Prima Figure Painting
July 13-16, 2017 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) — This class is about painting the figure alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. The class will paint from the model. Students will learn to look at the nude figure and see it in terms of large, overall basic shapes. Working on a toned ground, we’ll start by sketching and placing the subject on the canvas. Then we block in three simple values: light, dark and mid tone. By learning to simplify form, values and color, we begin to interpret and break down the figure into more understandable tones and shapes. This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: David Shevlino
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $595 (Plus model fee)
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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The Figure in the Landscape
July 13-16, 2017 — This workshop will focus on painting the figure in the landscape while exploring the differences between working indoors vs. outdoors. Light and color variables will be talked about in depth, as well as how to best use photography to serve as source material for studio work. Dan will demonstrate techniques to the group and also offer individual instruction. Two days will be spent working indoors and two outdoors. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Dan Schultz, DanSchultzFineArt.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $550 plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Portrait Painting Basics
July 15-16, 2017 (9am-5pm) — This comprehensive workshop covers all aspects of painting a traditional portrait. 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Ted Xaras
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $215
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Painting the Figurative Subject
July 17-19, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This three-day workshop, is for the student wishing to gain experience and understanding of the painted figurative subject. Working from the model, students will be guided through the process of painting the nude and clothed figurative subject from life. The topics of drawing, color, composition, edges, and lighting of the model will be examined. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $350 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Figure in Clay
July 20-22, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop investigates the human figure through a methodical and anatomical approach to sculpture. Through handbuilding from observation, you will gain an understanding of the planes of the figure, human expression, and body gesture. Join Robin as she discusses and demonstrates topics relating to human anatomy, skeletal structure, body proportions, pose, and gesture. Hands-on practice will provide experience and understanding in building internal armatures, observational skills, sculpturing techniques, and problem-solving. From clothed and nude models you will use a self-hardening clay to sculpt a head, torso, and full figure. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Robin L. Power, www.RobinPower.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $375, Non-Members: $410
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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The Master Copy: Gilbert Stuart and the Art of Portraiture
July 24-27, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Improve your painting skills through the time-honored tradition of copying a masterwork. Working from reproductions and referencing the original in PAFA’s collection, copy a portrait by Gilbert Stuart. Lectures, demonstrations, and gallery visits will supplement studio work. Materials, including panels and paint, will be provided. Limited to intermediate to advanced painters. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Patrick Connors, connorsfinearts.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $350, Lab Fee: $35
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Flowing Features
July 28, 2017 (9am–4pm) — If you’ve found creating facial features intimidating, this is the class for you! Explore creating features of the face with water soluble products including, pencils, drawing tools, pens, and watercolors. Create many studies of each feature before moving on to an intriguing portrait of your choice. Students will be guided through several exercises that will build upon each other that you can use as studies for your future portrait work! Be brave. Be Bold. Be adventurous! This class will go beyond the cutesy facial features but still add touches of whimsy and color. Demonstrations will focus on realism with a slant above fanciful. Explore how effective drawing what you see rather than what you believe you see is! Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $160
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Figure Sculpture Workshop
July 29-30, 2017 (9am-5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $215, Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Zen Painting
July 29-30, 2017 (9am–4pm) — In this unique workshop by Jodi Ohl, truly soothe your artistic soul through a ‘Zen-full’ Painting experience. Go beyond the doodle and create amazing surreal flowing shapes and patterns, full of drama and depth. Recharge your artistic spirit. Reconnect with inner peace. Relax. It’s just paint. Learn to free your mind while unleashing your Zen-ful artistic spirit! You’ll create several 6 x 6 pieces before diving into a larger main painting. Some of the many things we will be focusing on: Creating lines with drama, using shading and negative spaces to build depth, creating texture with writing instruments, how to incorporate water colors with acrylics, tips and techniques for working on unique surfaces, along with much, much more! Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $330
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Tina Garrett - 3 Starting Methods For Portraits
August 4-7, 2017 (9:30am to 4:30pm) — Would you like to paint beautiful portraits with the method that best suits you? Instruction is private, in my home studio, limited to 12 students. Tina will teach three starting methods, from the live model, to help you explore oil painting. Learn to see value, create form and understand edges to control your composition and create dramatic portraiture. Each day Tina will teach you how to organize your palette to mix realistic colors, values and temperatures for different skin types. Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to come and learn. Visit website


Location: Ashburn, VA
Instructor: Tina Garrett
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Cost: $495
Email: Debra Keirce
Phone: 571-236-0047

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Spontaneous Figure Painting
August 5-6, 2017 (9am-5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $215
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Speed Portrait Painting with Dominique Medici
August 5-6, 2017 — 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 short 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 of only 6 colors. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Dominique Medici, www.dominiquemedici.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $250 plus model fees
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Painting the Nude Figure in Oil
August 9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this class, students will learn to master the figure by working with the drawing of shapes, values, edges and color. Students will devote their time to painting the live model in multiple sittings. Throughout the class, students will learn the movement of light on the model and how to interpret it through the use of minimal values and temperature changes. Knowledge of the planes of the body will be thoroughly discussed. There will be a demonstration as well as plenty of individual attention for all. Before the workshop, a booklet of information will be emailed to students. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jerry Salinas, www.salinasart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Kimberley Artist's Adventure with Nada Murphy
August 13-19, 2017 (10am) — Explore the rugged beauty of the iconic Kimberley region on this challenging artist's adventure. Experience life on an outback cattle station, get to know colourful characters, access locations not open to the public, travel deep into the landscape and encounter unique wildlife. Stay in a Bush Hut or shared Bunkhouse room with one night camped beside a pristine, private billabong. Average 2 art workshop sessions per day over five days. Visit website


Location: Wyndham, Australia
Instructor: Nada Murphy
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: $3295pp AUD
Email: Rachel Dillon
Phone: 61-8-93881513

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Figure and Portrait with Zhaoming Wu
August 19-22, 2017 — In this workshop, Zhaoming will teach a traditional “painterly” technique of oil painting. It will be applied to figure painting in an “alla prima” approach. Emphasis will be placed on composition, color and understanding light on form. It will include the process of producing appropriate values and edges to create mood and atmosphere. Students will be led into figure painting practice by observing Zhaoming’s demonstrations along with individual instruction, and critiques. Zhaoming’s understanding of classical techniques and superb draftsmanship has enabled him to paint in a loose manner, developing his own concept and personal style. His workshop is special and limited to a very few throughout the year. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Zhaoming Wu, www.zhaomingwu.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $780 plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Understanding the Figure through Clay
August 21-23, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Two-dimensional and three-dimensional artists alike will learn simple and engaging techniques to quickly assess, interpret, and create expressive sculpture in this figure-based workshop. Through this process, you will expand your observational skills and improve your proficiency in capturing the figure in any media. Observing a live, nude model, you will work quickly through multiple sculptures focused on proportion, composition, and design. Demonstrations and exercises will fill each day with one-on-one discussions attuned to skill level, personal goals, and individual expectations. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Audry Cramblit, www.AudryC.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $455, Non-Members: $490
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Discover a New Way of Seeing Color
August 21-25, 2017 (9am-4:30pm) — We'll start out the first two days doing still life study out of doors which will prepare us to tackle the landscape. Next two days we'll be on location painting the landscape. I'll be teaching the structure of the landscape - what is important to include as well as what to leave out. On the last day we'll do color studies of the figure (in the Hensche/Hawthorne "mudhead" tradition). We'll focus on the development of strong starts, and expressing the big masses, light key and aerial perspective with color. I'll be doing demos throughout the workshop. Each day you'll do a color study before lunch, followed by one or two color studies in the afternoon. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Camille Przewodek
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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Painting the Figure from Photographs
August 21-25, 2017 — Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. In this class, Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills confidence so you can 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. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Ted Nuttall
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $750
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Portrait Sculpture
August 24-25, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Gain invaluable insight and hone skills in observation, improving your understanding in identifying and capturing volume, form, and planes. These fundamentals of representing the human head will be emphasized and practiced before the refining of expression and gesture, resulting in portraits that are full of life. Working from a live model, you will focus on basic concepts of structure and anatomy. Discussions and demonstrations will address the use of specific tools and approaches to achieve accurate features and expressive gestures. You will create many quick sculptures, providing you with opportunities to practice these concepts. You can expect one-on-one feedback, tailored to your skill level, with the goal of advancing your proficiency in design and sculpting techniques. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Audry Cramblit, www.AudryC.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $355, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Watercolor Impressions
August 28 - September 1, 2017 — Fresh flowers in the studio will be the inspiration for the beginning of this dynamic workshop – progressing to the portrait and figure. Through a series of “fun” painting exercises, students will develop a more loose and natural approach – giving them an opportunity to be more spontaneous and expressive in their paintings. A few drawing exercises will be included for the portrait. We will work with photographs and progress to the model. Janet will demonstrate her intuitive approach throughout the workshop and work individually with each student. Some of the goals for the workshop will be to discover new color and design, applying transparent flesh tones, finding the “life” in paintings, and for students to experience their own unique “connections” in watercolor. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Janet Rogers, www.watercolorsbyrogers.com
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $595
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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"Carmel By The Sea" En Plein Air
August 28-31, 2017 (8:30am-4:30pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Carmel, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Cost: $600 for 3 Days, $800 for 4 Days
Contact: Rich Brimer
Phone: 831.620.2955

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Painting the Still Life and Figure in Oils, Gouache, or Watercolor
September 4-6, 2017 (9:30-4:30) — In this studio workshop we will address the fundamentals of Design, Drawing, Value and Color through simple exercises that will help us reach the point quickly. These create building blocks to move into a painting. Getting a good start is utmost important to a successful experience. Our subjects will be Still Life and the Costumed model. We will put in a lot of mileage, a key to finding your our voice in your work. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Peggi Kroll-Robers
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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Making the Best Portrait of Your Life
September 11-15, 2017 — Developing sensitivity, honing communication skills, and perfecting technical skills in order to create portraits that are deeply in tune with the human spirit is the goal of this workshop with acclaimed portrait photographer Paul Mobley. Participants have daily opportunities to practice their skills working first with experienced models and then with complete strangers. The ability to engage and build trust is the most important factor in portrait sessions, and Paul works individually with each participant to guide this process. By week’s end, participants have acquired the technical skills coupled with the ability to comfortably communicate and engage with a wide variety of people in order to collaborate on portraits from the soul. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Paul Mobley
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $1,250
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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The Figure in Pastels
September 11-15, 2017 — In Margaret’s workshops students are taught a traditional pastel painting technique. Working with clothed models, students will explore drawing, composition, anatomy, proportion, value, color and pastel application. Emphasis will be on developing form using light and shadow using Margaret’s easy step-by-step method. For those who are bewildered by color or are wanting to speed up and become less tight in their work, this is an excellent class to take. Students do not need prior pastel experience. Some drawing would be helpful, but not imperative. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Margaret Dyer
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $750
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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The Alla Prima Portrait
September 14-16, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The objective of this workshop is to learn to make convincing, sensitive portraits through a coherent, analytical approach to painting. While focusing on fundamentals of portrait painting in oil, you will also learn to see and understand your subject matter through proportion, form, value, and color. Through demonstrations and one-on-one conversations, Philip will introduce a variety of topics, including creating a strong likeness with accurate drawing, value understanding based on light phenomena, color mixing, edge manipulation, and cranial structure. Using a simple step-by-step process, you will paint one six-hour portrait each of the three days. This workshop is designed for painters with some experience in oil paint, however artists with less experience who prefer to work in grisaille are encouraged to participate. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Philip Salamone, www.PhilipSalamone.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Alla Prima Portrait Painting
September 15-17, 2017 (10am-5pm) — 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 on only the essentials, ultimately teaching 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. You will paint with the Zorn Palette, a limited primary color palette that allows for easier color harmony by eliminating the need to choose between cool or warm versions of each primary. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Felicia Forte, www.feliciaforte.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $480 plus model fee
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Painting & mixed media art retreats in 17th century château in SW Fr
September 16-23, 2017 (10am-6pm) — Mike Snow (painter/sculptor) & Liz Collins (painter/mixed media) join forces for a special joint artists retreat limited to a maximum of 10 people. Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, most meals and wine are included. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow & Liz Collins
Sponsor: Snow & White with Liz Collins
Cost: $1,695 (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

Intermediate Level

Drawing by Subtraction
September 18-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, you will explore using your eraser as an art medium through the process of subtractive drawing. By stripping away colored pencil washes and marks from a drafting film surface, you will expose hidden layers of value and texture as you work to produce a colored pencil portrait. Through a series of instructor-led additive and subtractive exercises you will rediscover and use a range of tones to visually define objects, create contrast, and render the intricate details of light and shadow. This method of working will help you identify and recognize the full range of values in the environment, while exercising critical thinking skills. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Tracy Frein, www.TracyFrein.faso.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Painting & mixed media art retreats in 17th century château in SW Fr
September 30 - October 7, 2017 (10am-6pm) — Mike Snow (painter/sculptor) & Liz Collins (painter/mixed media) join forces for a special joint artists retreat limited to a maximum of 10 people. Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, most meals and wine are included. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow & Liz Collins
Sponsor: Snow & White with Liz Collins
Cost: $1,695 (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Master Workshop with Juliette Aristides at Keppel Castle
October 2-6, 2017 — Learn still life painting and portrait painting from the live model. Juliette Aristides will be our instructor. Founder and instructor of the Aristides Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA, she teaches workshops both nationally and internationally. She is the author of The Classical Drawing Atelier, The Classical Painting Atelier, and Lessons in Classical Drawing published by Watson-Guptill, NY and a frequent contributor to Artist’s Magazine. Aristides’ work has been featured in magazines such as Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, American Artist, and Gulf Connoisseur Magazine. Visit website


Location: Laag-Keppel, Netherlands
Instructor: Juliette Aristides, aristidesarts.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $950 including lunch and model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
October 2-6, 2017 (9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) — This intensive class, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, is designed for individuals with little or no prior drawing training and perhaps believe that learning to draw well is only possible for those lucky people with “inborn talent”. However, it has been proven that the global skill of drawing any perceived object, person or place requires five basic component perceptual skills. These skills are the perception of edges, spaces, relationships, lights and shadows, and the whole or gestalt. Each day begins with a lecture on one of the five skills required. After lectures, students participate in drawing exercises, with Brian’s instruction, through the day. The class will end with a critique of the day’s session. Visit drawright.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Brian Bomeisler
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $1,600 for Museum members and non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Watercolor: Uniquely Contemporary Figurative Design
October 9-13, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — In Jeannie’s watercolor workshops she shares the many aspects of her art through versatile projects and extended experimentation. As a student you are encouraged and inspired to hone your own unique style and improve upon your current skills. You will also discover the freedom of intuitive painting and go beyond simple illustration to create paintings worthy of exhibition. Students will explore the interplay between the figurative subject(s) and their backgrounds, natural design in reference materials, effective cropping impact, pigment maintenance, intentional and spontaneous marks. Each day begins with a demo pertaining to the day’s project, such as exploring unconventional ways of representation, figures with obscured and intertwined backgrounds, etc. Artists receive plenty of personal attention and painting time. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire, www.jeanniemcguire.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid
October 16-20, 2017 (9 AM - 4 PM Mon - Thur 9 AM - 3 PM Friday) — 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. Visit website


Location: Charleston, SC
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid
October 23-27, 2017 (9 AM - 4 PM Mon - Thur, 9 AM - 3 PM Friday) — 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. Visit website


Location: Charleston, SC
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Oil Painting Workshop
November 10-12, 2017 — This three-day oil painting workshop will focus on specific observational skills to help you create more efficient, lively, and accurate alla-prima portrait paintings from life. Elizabeth will demonstrate time-saving techniques with a contemporary palette to achieve painterly results that reflect the sitter’s uniqueness. Emphasis will be placed on drawing and fresh color, with demos and helpful individual feedback throughout. Each day, new concepts will be discussed that will help build your skill set and application of paint. Special attention will also be given to anatomy and the dynamics of color and light. Each day we will work with a new model so we can practice achieving the individual characteristics that lead to a solid likeness and a successful portrait study. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Elizabeth Zanzinger, www.ezanzinger.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $450
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain
November 18-25, 2017 (10am-6pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Andalusia, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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David Shevlino Paints the Clothed Figure
March 8-11, 2018 (9:30am to 4:30pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Ashburn, VA
Instructor: David Shevlino
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Cost: $545
Email: Debra Keirce
Phone: 571-236-0047

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Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain
March 17-24, 2018 (10am-6pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Andalusia, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Painting From Life (Emphasis on Drapery & Folds) - Self Study
Ongoing — In this self-study online class, Painting from Life will emphasize the mechanics of material through color, temperature, and abstraction. In addition, Ron will break down the drapery into its anatomy: the 7 folds principle and the fold characteristics of certain fabrics. You will also observe texture and reflection of light on the weave of fabrics from velvety materials to cloth with sheen. Although this class is taught traditionally, students may work digitally on their own. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ron Lemen
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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2D Anatomy
Ongoing — In this online self-study course, students analyze the important muscles needed to create convincing figures and learn about surface anatomy such as the fat distribution and the fascia that surrounds every inch of the living form. Through thought out, easily understood assignments, the student better understands the living form of the model and is able to more easily create from the imagination. Most importantly, the student will have the confidence to edit the living model and therefore interpret more poetically what he/she sees to make their drawing or painting more personal. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Rey Bustos
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Drawing From Imagination
Ongoing — Prepare to learn about how to draw using critical thinking and visualization in this online self-study course. Master Artist Glenn Vilppu teaches you that drawing does not occur on paper, but in the mind. He offers a fascinating insight on how to draw analytically while still managing to make it life like. You will find out what it takes to communicate the story your drawing is trying to tell, and how it can be best expressed. This is a great class for all artists; it even includes Glenn’s critiques of student work in this classroom video experience. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Glenn Vilppu
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Beginning Composition
Ongoing — In composition, there are no standardized or predetermined rules. Beginning Composition will introduce students to a unique and proven method of learning the fundamental concepts of composition and visual literacy. Students will be exposed to information and demonstrations that will enable them to see problems and correct their own compositions and become more visually expressive. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Bill Perkins
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Fantasy Illustration
Ongoing — Explore the aspects of Fantasy Illustration, including the successful design of the fantasy elements in an illustration such as costumes, props and architecture. Improving the structure and underlying emotional impact, and the composition of the illustrations will be discussed. Composition of real and limited space (graphical space) will be compared and experimented with. Creature and human character design though posing and integration into the composition will also be explored. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Craig Elliott
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818*708-9232

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Visual Development Fundamentals
Ongoing — In this online self-study course, learn the critical components of making great Concept Art by studying Film, Animation, Games and Painting, as well as developing your own project to flex your artistic muscle. You will select a classic story to redesign by choosing a style and creating that world with much reference and sketching, leading to a final concept painting. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Peter Markowski
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Introduction to Creature Design
Ongoing — In this self-study Creature Design course, we will fully develop 2-3 creatures using guided creativity while grounding students with real-world plausibility. Students will learn early stage ideation, rendering and color techniques to create new and original creatures from a blank page, all the way to a finished portfolio piece. We will go over more grounded earthly creatures all the way to creatively designed aliens. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Eric Ryan
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Introduction to Character Design
Ongoing — Introduction to Character Design caters to those who are new to or at an intermediate level in terms of design knowledge when it comes to characters. We will be producing 3 characters (and their 3 variants) that fit together in the same world based off of classic archetypes. There will be a significant amount of freedom but the instructor will act as an Art Director to help make your work coherent and imaginative. This class is structured in a way that helps you have 3 or more portfolio worthy images showing competent character design. Prerequisites: Significant understanding of human anatomy, some level of knowledge of animal anatomy, a decent foundation in the fundamentals of drawings/painting. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Eric Ryan
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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