Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Landscape in the Garden"
Thursdays, May 31 - June 28, 2018
 

Work en plein air at historic Bartram’s Garden, home of America’s first botanist, John Bartram. Learn to capture light and shadow; create a convincing sense of space; and depict trees, flowers and buildings. Drawing and painting techniques will be demonstrated for oil and gouache. Free parking and restrooms available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Larry Francis
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"In-Depth Watercolor - Session 1"
Fridays, June 1-29, 2018
 

Enrich your knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Thoroughly investigate a wide range of watercolor materials and techniques from your choice of landscape, still life, portrait, and figure subjects. Open to watercolorists of all levels and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills. 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: James Toogood
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting the Waterscape"
Fridays, June 1-29, 2018
 

The elusive nature of water has both captivated and challenged the artist. Unravel the techniques for the realistic depiction of bodies of water through study of masterworks in the PAFA museum, hands-on studio work, and plein air sessions at refreshing locations. Examine tactics for creating light and implying movement. Work in the painting medium of your choice.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Introduction to Art Journaling: Things Remembered"
Thursdays, June 7-28, 2018
 

Art journaling is a personally expressive form of record-keeping. Learn how to transfer your creative ideas on paper through engaging prompts and practical tips. Complement your writing with drawing and other media, including watercolor and watercolor pencil. With guidance from the instructor, draw from your life memories to create a unique depiction of your personal history.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Dressler Smith
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing and Painting: Open Studio - Session 1"
Saturdays, June 9 - July 7, 2018
 

Explore your personal drawing or painting projects with individual guidance in a supportive atelier-style environment. Work in your choice of any painting or drawing media from the still life, figure models, PAFA’s cast collection, skeleton models for anatomical study, or your own references. Old master and modern painting methods will be discussed. 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: Robert P. Waddington
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Gouache Painting - Session 1"
Saturdays, June 9 - July 7, 2018
 

Combining the fluidity of watercolor with the opacity and color-layering properties of oil, gouache is easily accessible for artists and illustrators of any medium or skill level. Portable, fast-drying, and easy-to-clean-up, it's also great for travel or limited working time and space. Learn the fundamental materials and techniques through still life, portrait, and outdoor views. Students can take Sessions 1 & 2 (10 weeks): $395 non-credit or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Allison Syvertsen
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Workshop"
June 16-17, 2018
 

Designed for those who wish to acquire or improve their basic watercolor painting skills. All materials and techniques will be discussed, including the selection of papers, brushes, and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Students will work from still-life, portrait models or their own source material. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Shodo: Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy"
Mondays, June 18 - July 23, 2018
 

Shodo originated in China 3,500 years ago and has developed as a fine art using simple tools: brush, ink and paper. Learn the various styles and techniques of Shodo along with its history and appreciation. Urauchi – the Japanese traditional paper-backing/mounting methods – will be used to enhance finished work. Tenkoku, or personal stamp making, will also be covered.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Mayumi Tomii
Cost: $225 + Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Plunge"
July 7-8, 2018
 

This workshop is designed for those with little or no experience in watercolor. Acquire a thorough grounding in basic watercolor techniques and materials, including papers, brushes and pigments. Learn transparent and opaque painting methods, and gain the confidence to continue to working with watercolor beyond the workshop. Take the plunge!
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Rosati, tonyrosatiprint.com
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Philadelphia Landscape"
Sundays, July 8 - August 5, 2018
 

Craft your personal vision of Philadelphia’s picturesque landscape. Learn to build form, mix color, and create space with perspective, light and shadow. Instruction will address tips for working onsite and the history of painting the city. Locations in North Broad, Roxborough, and West Philadelphia will offer parking, shade, provisions and facilities. All media welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Larry Francis
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Botanical Drawing and Painting"
July 9-13, 2018
 

Explore flowers and other natural forms, beginning with line and value drawing and progressing to full-color rendering in watercolor and mixed media. Topics will include sighting techniques, line quality, tone and value, creation of depth, composition, texture, and basic color. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Linda Gist
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Plein Air on the Delaware"
July 9-13, 2018
 

Paint the spectacular views of the Delaware River from the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing. Museum access offers the opportunity to tour the collection, see boat builders in action, and access the facilities. Includes a session on the river in the museum’s excursion boat, à la Claude Monet! Parking and use of the facilities will be available (Tuition includes museum admission).
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor:
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Fundamentals - Session 2"
Wednesdays, July 11 - August 8, 2018
 

Embrace the beauty and versatility of watercolor through a variety of approaches. Discussions and in-depth demonstrations will acquaint beginners and those with limited experience with the basic materials and techniques. Working from still-life subjects, students will be encouraged to engage with the medium to find their own personal means of expression. Students may take Sessions 1 & 2 (10 weeks): $395 non-credit or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor:
Cost: $195
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


"Introduction to Art Journaling: In Search of My Mother's Garden"
Thursdays, July 12 - August 2, 2018
 

Art journaling is a personally expressive form of record-keeping. Learn how to transfer your creative ideas on paper through engaging prompts and practical tips. Complement your writing with drawing and other media, including watercolor and watercolor pencil. With guidance from the instructor, draw from your life memories to create a unique depiction of your personal history.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Dressler Smith
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"In-Depth Watercolor - Session 2"
Fridays, July 13 - August 10, 2018
 

Enrich your knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Thoroughly investigate a wide range of watercolor materials and techniques from your choice of landscape, still life, portrait, and figure subjects. Open to watercolorists of all levels and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills. 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: James Toogood
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting in the Dark with Neysa Grassi"
July 14-15, 2018
 

Paint your way through the mystery and uncertainty of the art-making process through this intuitive, practical and empowering workshop with acclaimed artist and PAFA graduate faculty member, Neysa Grassi. Dispel the voices of criticism in your head, and learn to perceive doubt as a valid means of investigation rather than a destructive force. Work in gouache and mixed media on paper to discover the freedom that comes from making imagery without preconceived outcomes. Discussion of painting practices and critiques of students’ previous work will supplement studio activity. All instruction is presented on an artist-to-artist basis, whether participants are beginners or seasoned artists. References will include Phillip Guston, Alberto Giacometti, Outsider Art and other artists/movements.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Neysa Grassi
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Gouache Painting - Session 2"
Saturdays, July 14 - August 11, 2018
 

Combining the fluidity of watercolor with the opacity and color-layering properties of oil, gouache is easily accessible for artists and illustrators of any medium or skill level. Portable, fast-drying, and easy-to-clean-up, it's also great for travel or limited working time and space. Learn the fundamental materials and techniques through still life, portrait, and outdoor views. Students can take Sessions 1 & 2 (10 weeks): $395 non-credit or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Allison Syvertsen
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing and Painting: Open Studio - Session 2"
Saturdays, July 14 - August 11, 2018
 

Explore your personal drawing or painting projects with individual guidance in a supportive atelier-style environment. Work in your choice of any painting or drawing media from the still life, figure models, PAFA’s cast collection, skeleton models for anatomical study, or your own references. Old master and modern painting methods will be discussed. 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: Robert P. Waddington
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Book Illustration"
July 16-20, 2018
 

Learn the fundamentals of picture book illustration, including character and storyboard development, narrative and sequential drawing, and book design/ layout. Draw inspiration from book illustration over the centuries, from illuminated manuscripts to contemporary examples. Complete preparatory studies and finished illustrations based on published or personal text in graphite, colored pencil, and various water-media. Open to students entering 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades in Fall 2018. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kate Samworth, katesamworth.com
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Watercolor Painting"
July 23-27, 2018
 

Explore the vibrant and subtle possibilities of watercolor painting. Learn the fundamentals of the medium, including the selection of papers, brushes, and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Work from still life, photographs, portraits and the cityscape. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sherif Habashi, www.sherifhabashi.com
Cost: For Credit: $425, Non-Credit: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


 

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