Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Oil Painting in Layers: Achieving Luminous Color & Depth"
Wednesdays, October 27 - December 8
 

The skill of building multiple layers of paint over an underpainting is as relevant today as it was in the earliest use of oil paint by Northern European artists, who recognized its tremendous potential toward achieving luminous optical effects. Elevate the color and realism of your own work by understanding and employing a broad range of layering techniques. Learn traditional underpainting techniques, clear and translucent layering methods, and wet-into-wet alla prima painting in this exciting and informative class. In addition, learn about artists’ palettes, the development of colors and mediums, the mass production of art materials, as well as display, storage, and health issues. Some oil painting experience is recommended. No class on November 24.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery & Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Pastel Drawing"
Fridays, October 29 - December 10
 

Learn everything you need to know about drawing with soft pastels! Instruction will cover technique, use of light and its effect on color, types of pastels available, paper selection for various effects, fixing and transporting finished drawings, and important safety issues. Work from the still life and/or your own photographs. All levels welcome! No class on November 26.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Joe Sweeney
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery & Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Collage Workshop"
October 30, 2021
 

Welcome to the wonderful world of collage! Collage is a flexible, adaptive way to work that can refresh your way of seeing and using materials. We will work with everyday materials such as magazines, old papers, old artwork (if available) and non-toxic, water-based supplies. We will discuss color and composition as we combine papers and mixed media to create our pieces. Includes both demonstrations and examples, as well as regular feedback from the instructor.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Fran Gallun
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Figure Drawing in Charcoal"
Thursdays, November 4 - December 2, 2021
 

Explore the rich tonal and expressive possibilities of charcoal with master draftsperson Patricia Traub in PAFA’s historic studios. Work from the life model in a four-week extended pose to learn the properties of vine, compressed, stick, pencil, hard, and soft charcoal to achieve both a delicate range of values and dramatic contrast of light and shadow. Instruction will address papers, the employment of different types of charcoal at various stages of drawing, blending/stumping techniques using tortillons, and the addition of sanguine for reflected lights. Basic figure drawing experience is recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Patricia Traub
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Drawing from Photographs"
November 6, 2021
 

Learn to create lively portrait drawings using photographs as inspiration and visual source. Starting with basic planes and volumes, you’ll build a strong three-dimensional foundation using line and light and shade. You’ll learn about the major structures of the head, the features of the face, and how to relate them to create a lively human presence. Tips and hacks to make the process go more smoothly will also be discussed. Drawing experience is helpful, but not required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: RA Friedman
Cost: $25
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery & Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Drawing in the Galleries: Lessons from the Masters"
Mondays, November 8 - December 13, 2021
 

Explore the galleries of the PAFA museum and learn to draw from the masterpieces on display! Students will get special access to the galleries and Cast Hall while the Museum is closed to the public to learn without distraction. Studying masterpieces of art from the past is an excellent introduction to the foundational skills of drawing. Students will analyze great drawings, paintings and sculptures from the museum collection for lessons in gesture, anatomy, proportion and form. Learn the value of rapid sketches as well as finished drawings. Students will experiment with a variety of drawing media and papers. By copying and interpreting the masters, students will gain a greater appreciation of the artists who came before us, while learning essential skills.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Morgan Dummitt
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Tempera Painting Workshop"
November 13, 2021
 

Artists from Ancient Egypt through Medieval Europe to American Masters such as Andrew Wyeth and James Gurney have used tempera – the technique of mixing dry pigments with egg yolk, glue or casein – to create paintings with intricate detail and luminous, jewel-like color. Learn all aspects of the medium including the characteristics of each binder, brushes and surfaces, mixing and storing paint, and both layered and direct, gestural, painting methods. Work from a still life or your own drawings and photographs.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Cost: $105
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 2675148647


"Doing What Comes Naturally: A Creativity Workshop"
December 4, 2021
 

Do you have the urge to make something but don't know where to start? Do you dabble and try different things but aren't getting anywhere? A series of practical, playful exercises will help you figure out what you like and how to get started doing it. Explore ways to recognize and value your unique, artistic gift. No previous experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Carol Cole
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery & Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Pinhole Photography"
December 11, 2021
 

Pinhole photography imparts a unique look and the process is both fascinating and fun. In this one-day workshop you'll learn to capture beautiful images on silver using nothing more than a tiny aperture and readily-available DIY materials. The workshop will cover basic theory and creative ways of working with the medium. You'll get to try out various pinhole photography techniques, including working with instant film and light painting. Participants will build their own highly-functional 35mm pinhole cameras and see how they can develop their film at home using a non-toxic coffee-based developer. All materials and necessary tools are provided.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: RA Friedman
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Mixed Media Watercolor Workshop"
December 18-19, 2021
 

Use India ink and watercolor to create drama and mystery from nocturnal and low-light subjects in this two-day, in-person workshop. Learn to develop a drawing on rag paper from photo references then layer ink and watercolor to develop a deep, rich surface. Add gouache and drawing media for contrast and definition.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Michael Kowbuz
Cost: $185
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Gouache Painting Workshop"
January 8-9, 2022
 

Learn the fundamentals of painting with gouache, an opaque watercolor paint in this two-day workshop. Painters of all levels will fall in love with it as a portable, fast-drying, and easy-to-clean-up alternative to oils – great for travel or limited working time and space. Explore color and painting techniques through still life and outdoor views.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Allison Syverstesn
Cost: $185
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Impasto Painting Workshop"
January 15-16, 2022
 

Learn how to turn a quick sketch or painted study into a fully-textured oil painting using basic painting tools and a high-chroma color palette. After planning out a still life with an underpainting, use thick layers of brushwork and palette knife strokes to make an expressive surface. Other techniques will include sanding multiple paint layers and building up dried paint for a sculptural effect. Make your masterpiece unique with the impasto techniques you learn in this workshop!
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jeanne O'Shell
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


 

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