Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Observational Perspective Drawing"
Tuesdays, September 21 - November 23, 2021
 

Perspective is at the heart of good drawing and painting, allowing us to translate the observable world into believable two-dimensional images and create invented spaces. Learn the fundamentals of linear perspective in clear, easy to-understand language, and apply these principles to still life, interiors and cityscape views. This course will utilize the online learning platform, Canvas, and include videos, lectures and assignments with regular instructor feedback, plus weekly live sessions via Zoom. Basic drawing experience recommended.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Editorial Illustration"
Tuesdays, September 21 - November 23, 2021
 

Explore image making as a means of communication. This intermediate class is ideal for artists who wish to experiment with narrative and conceptual imagery as well as graphic designers interested in a pictorial approach to visual communication. Students will learn to analyze current news and opinion writing to create imagery with a message. Concept development methods including written brainstorming, thumbnails, and preliminary sketches will be introduced. Techniques combining traditional and digital media will be explored. This is an ideal opportunity for newcomers to digital media and will bridge the gap between the page and screen. In addition to a studio component, students will engage in a number of professional practice discussions focused on the business side of the editorial market.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: James Heimer
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Oil Painting: All Levels"
Tuesdays, September 21 - October 26, 2021
 

This comprehensive oil painting class presents a wealth of information for students at all levels. Weekly instruction in the form of online video demonstrations, illustrated lessons, and live Zoom sessions is available in the student’s choice of beginner, intermediate, or advanced modules. Students can stay with a single level to progressively build their skills, or they can explore all the levels to pick-and-choose the lessons that best fit their interests or specific needs. The beginner’s module covers basics of alla prima and direct painting. Intermediate instruction focuses on color and the introduction of a wider range of painting methods. Advanced students learn to produce a tonal under-painting, glaze, scumble, and apply a velatura.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait & Figurative Painting"
Wednesdays, September 22 - December 8, 2021
 

Join renowned realist painter and PAFA alum Fred Danziger from his studio via Zoom for this live portrait and figurative painting course! Whether working from good photo sources or a live model, the essential elements of figurative realism remain the same: composition, color, and accurate representations of light, form, and space. Demonstrations will address effective set up of workspace, palette, and lighting; choosing a good photo source; and both grisaille underpainting and alla prima painting techniques. Students will work independently from a willing family member model or photo references, with individual critiques from the instructor. Aspects of the portrait will be emphasized – such as hair, hands, and obtaining a good likeness. Additional resources will be available through Canvas.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Fred Danziger
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting Over the Line"
Wednesdays, September 22 - October 27, 2021
 

Take your work to the next level under the guidance of artist/critic/mentor Kassem Amoudi in this live Zoom class. Expert instruction and advice from the instructor will push you to explore new possibilities and work more intuitively, allowing unplanned marks and passages to become artistic breakthroughs. Paint from personal subject matter to find your own visual language, informed by examples from contemporary and modern art. Painting experience recommended. Kassem will begin each class with a slide presentation/lecture focusing on how master artists through history have addressed color, harmony, focal points, space, mark making, paint application, and more, and how to apply these concepts to your own work.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Mindful Art-Making in Challenging Times"
Thursdays, September 23 - October 21, 2021
 

Cultivating mindfulness, or wakefulness, allows you to be fully present and aware of your actions, without feeling distracted and overwhelmed by other thoughts or outside influences. Art-making is a natural way of practicing mindfulness, and is especially important in these challenging times. Mindful art-making has been shown not only to reduce stress and improve communication skills, but also benefits those suffering from memory loss, depression, or PTSD. Discover how creativity can enrich your daily life under the guidance of Dona Duncan, registered art therapist and practicing artist, in this live Zoom class. Dona will guide you and a small group through light mediation and relaxation techniques to cultivate mindfulness, and help you express your thoughts and feelings through drawing and painting projects.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Dona Duncan
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Traveler’s Creative Sketchbook"
September 24, 2021
 

Ready to travel again? I know I am! Join me for this online workshop as we learn an exciting new way to bring your past travels home and prepare to enjoy future travel. Creating a travel sketchbook can enhance one’s experience and connection to this new world of exploration. Students will come home from their next trip with less photos, less stress and possibly some new ideas to incorporate into their everyday life and work. This class includes drawing, painting and writing, but no airport hassle, lost luggage or experience is necessary to learn Jane’s favorite Travel Sketchbook techniques!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Jane Barton
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Assemblage Art"
Fridays, September 24 - December 3, 2021
 

From the reclusive Joseph Cornell’s fantastical sculptures to Betye Saar’s complex revisioning of racist tropes, assemblage as a means of artistic expression could not be better suited for this time of social-distancing and tension. Assemblage intrinsically engages the unconscious while drawing on elements of design, whimsy, and chance to reflect a point of view and a moment in time. In this class, learn to transform everyday items, found objects, elements of nature, or memorabilia into three-dimensional sculpture and collage. Be guided through a different topic each week, delving into your own responses and ideas to create dramatic, humorous, emotional, and satirical works of art.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Colleen O’Donnell
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"On the Go, Ink & Color Wash (Online)"
September 25-26, 2021
 

Through three key landscape exercises, David will teach the ins and outs of his en plein air ink and color wash technique. He will show you how complicated landscape scenes can be abstracted, and distilled down to simplified, energetic sketches. You’ll be painting a Traditional European River Village, a California Headlands Lighthouse with Trekkers, and an Asian Buddhist Pagoda. During the workshop, David will also show you an alternative to using a painting palette.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Social Media for Artist"
September 25, 2021
 

Do you know how to promote your artwork on the Internet effectively? Kimberly Michael, artist and MVAL webmaster, gives a 1-day workshop on specific details of promoting your artwork on social media, by yourself. Establishing a body of artwork and make them accessible to buyers, as well as demonstrate an evolution in your artwork available to galleries. In this workshop, Kimberly will detail using your own photos to the best advantage with the free tools available on Facebook and Instagram. Additionally, she will go over what is involved in setting up a personal art website, touching on various online sites you can upload your artwork to, and how to decide what is best for you.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kimberly Michael
Cost: $65
Sponsor: MId-Valley Arts League
Website, email, 818-790-8535


"Abstract Painting: Experimentation, Exploration, Investigation"
Mondays, September 27 - November 29, 2021
 

This live Zoom class provides the perfect format to actively immerse yourself in the creative process. Explore the back-and-forth conversation you have with your materials and mark-making to create paintings that engage and even surprise you as they develop depth and visual resonance. Learn to hone your critical eye and personal intuition as you use color, mark, space, and texture as the means to encapsulate your unique artistic voice. Class discussions will be focused upon in depth investigations of master painters, and on informing and encouraging your practice, in order to help you make the paintings you want to make.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"'Surf, Sand and Paris' in Watercolor (Online)"
September 27-28, 2021
 

Each painting is pre-recorded allowing for close-ups and review if necessary. I will narrate it live to facilitate easy interaction with you. A 3-minute preview is on YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/y5ls2q7b. Fundamentals covered will include: working wet-in-wet, creating a strong composition, evoking a sense of light through the use of values, and manipulating color for its full expressive effect.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Reardon
Cost: $224 for 8 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Screenprinting from Home"
Tuesdays, September 28 - November 30, 2021
 

Screenprinting is the perfect process for making prints at home. Join Lisa Hamilton, PAFA Faculty and Print Shop Manager and learn how to select materials and set up a portable screenprinting station that can easily be tucked away when not printing. Explore low-tech processes using found-object and paper stencils, crayon resist, drawing fluid, and screen filler. All materials are safe and non-toxic, requiring a sink and yard hose for cleanup. All levels are welcome. Beginners will be guided through all aspects of the process including screen preparation, image development, and printing techniques. Printmakers with experience may propose independent projects.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Lisa Hamilton
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Creating Still Life Florals that are not Still"
Tuesdays, September 28 - October 12, 2021
 

Join Kathy as she explains her thinking when she begins a floral painting: -Why does she choose what she chooses -How important the block-in is -How important drawing skills are to allow you the freedom to have fun! The workshop will have a private Facebook group as its' classroom. Class will meet once a week for three weeks with a 3 hour Zoom session with painting demos and lectures. Kathy will post a prerecorded demo the day before the class where she will explain her process, everyone is encouraged to watch before the first class. The students will paint if they wish and post their paintings to the Facebook page for critique and discussions.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kathy Anderson, www.kathyandersonstudio.com
Cost: $300 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Color & Design in Gouache"
Thursdays, September 30 - December 9, 2021
 

Learn the essentials of color mixing and harmony using gouache paint (opaque watercolor) – essential information for artists in all media. Develop your understanding of value, color temperature, and simultaneous contrast through a series of guided exercises using limited palettes. Basic techniques of painting with gouache will also be covered including control of flow, paint application and brush work. Subjects will include repeat pattern design, perspective drawing, tessellations, and making copies of masterworks.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kate Samworth
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"'Blue Mood' in Watercolor (Online)"
October 2-3, 2021
 

“The intensity of color and use of negative space as foundational is a signature of my work”. Carol will share her unique watercolor technique, painting from background to foreground, using dynamic and inventive color. You will realize 2 paintings: A flower and egg plants in a basket.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carol Carter
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Blues, Blues and Iridescent Blues! Portrait of An Iceberg (Online)"
October 4-6, 2021
 

Our painting will be a major lesson in the use of warm and cool blues and greens to show the great caverns and fissures carved out of the iceberg by the waves and currents of the North Atlantic. The forms turn and curve and retreat in and out of light and shadow. The iridescent pigments give a shimmer to the surface that is very effective in painting the textured surface of the ice. Designing shapes, new mixtures of pigments and the foundation of watercolor will all be covered in the class.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy
Cost: $249 for 9 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Staying Afloat in Watercolor"
October 5-25, 2021
 

WhatsApp Online. Capture the fleeting moments! David will show you the best way to tackle painting the rugged coastline, the sea with its character, the calm waters and boats in the beautiful harbor, and street scenes along the harbor and about the city offering movement, color and atmosphere. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results. David will give a pre-recorded lesson/demonstration with step-by-step notes each Tuesday. You will have a week to work on your painting, share it with David and receive personalized feedback. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Painting the Atmospheric Landscape – Oil or Acrylic"
Wednesdays, October 6-27, 2021
 

Learn the fundamental skills needed to transform flat, lifeless paintings into intriguing, depth-filled works of art. This 4-week online workshop is perfect for artists looking to understand how to put the concepts of shapes, values, edges, and color together to arrive at a successful painting. Students work from various photo references demonstrated weekly. Students will have the luxury of watching the class recording to paint along at their own pace. Homework encouraged and email support provided.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Edward Sprafkin, www.sprafkinart.com
Cost: $300 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Constructing a Painting in the Studio Setting"
Thursdays, October 7-28, 2021
 

In this online course, Joseph will take you through his process of constructing a painting from start to finish. Each day’s session will focus on one or two aspects of his painting process. Topics such as concept and subject matter generation, to explanation of materials, to the actual painting process will all be discussed and demonstrated. Students will be encouraged to work along with Joseph using reference that he will provide. Joseph will discuss what makes a good story, how do you decide what to paint, and how do you get the proper reference to work from. This will be an interactive class and students will be encouraged to ask questions throughout the process.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Joseph Lorusso
Cost: $400 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"'From Switzerland to Belgium' in Watercolor (Online)"
October 7-8, 2021
 

This online workshop is live, interactive and hands-on. Amid will demonstrate step by step, breaking up the process in manageable steps, giving you time to paint during the live session. You will be able to ask questions directly to Amid and get personal feedback. Learn how to paint the light and create mood in your watercolor paintings. Day 1: We will paint a scene of a walk along the canals of Ghent. Day 2: We will paint a scene of being on a wet road in Switzerland.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Amid El Haddad, www.amidelhaddad.com
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"How to paint boats, light and shadow in watercolor (Online)"
October 9-10, 2021
 

This online workshop is live, interactive and hands-on. Amit will demonstrate step by step, breaking up the process in manageable steps, giving you time to paint during the live session. You will be able to ask questions directly to Amit and get personal feedback. Day 1: We will paint a boat scene of Greece. Day 2: We will paint a boat scene of Malta.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Amit Kapoor, AWS, www.amitkapoorwatercolor.com
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"'Boats in Asian Landscapes' in Watercolor (Online)"
October 11-12, 2021
 

In this class Keiko will show you how to paint Asian landscapes using boats as a motif. Each day brings you a rich experience of learning fundamentals of her approach as she demonstrates her techniques thoroughly. She will explain everything and answer your questions in an easy-to-understand, friendly manner. In this interactive class, Keiko will show her process from composition in pencil to the watercolor painting, through a step-by-step demo each day. Reference photos will be provided prior to the start of class.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: $198 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Under Seascape - Watercolor (Online)"
October 14-16, 2021
 

Paint the world’s “inner-space” and some of its fantastical residents. Various techniques will be explored that lend themselves to expressing ourselves with watercolor on this thrilling subject. For this live-online painting workshop we will use photos furnished to you by e-mail. We will use this reference material with discretion to loosely evoke the world below the waves. There will be live demos through Zoom and still photos of the painting steps via e-mail, with instruction and critique throughout.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard
Cost: $249 for 9 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"'Umbrellas in Santorini' - Watercolor Painting"
October 16-17, 2021
 

In this workshop the subject “Umbrellas in Santorini”, George will show several of his techniques to achieve striking and successful watercolors, full of textures and contrasts.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: George Politis, RI, AWS
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Landscapes Unbound"
October 18-20, 2021
 

Sarah B. Hansen’s main objective in painting is to convey a connection to nature through its most elemental shapes. Using suggested patterns from an underlying texture, she captures this feeling by establishing strong color schemes, dynamic compositions, and gestural strokes using various tools. During the course of this workshop, Sarah will discuss the value of compositions, structure of natural forms, and development of color schemes. You will learn how to “see” landscape forms as masses of interlocking shapes and values, thus creating an abstract, yet recognizable landscape painting.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sarah B. Hansen, www.sarahbhansen.com
Cost: $395 in-person; $295 Zoom students
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"'The wild and rolling sea' in Watercolor (Online)"
October 18-19, 2021
 

Follow along with me as we look down on a wild seascape with all those lovely sea colours and paint them. I will guide you through each stage of the painting in bite sized chunks so that you can build up the picture with confidence and have a finished painting at the end of the sessions.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry Herniman
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Botanical Drawing & Painting"
Wednesdays, October 20 - November 24, 2021
 

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: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Linda Gist
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Holiday Commissions! Don’t Panic! We Have Your Back!"
Oct 22, Nov 5 and 12
 

So maybe you were feeling confident when you took the commission. You had a great block in. Thought you had it all worked out in your head. Then suddenly panic strikes! You’ve got a deadline and you’re stuck. Uh oh! SOS!! Don’t be alarmed. Everything (almost) is fixable and never as bad as it first appears. Johanne Mangi will help guide you through the rough patches so that you can deliver your best work in time for the holidays or special occasion. Limited enrollment for this online workshop.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Johanne Mangi
Cost: $300 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Plunge"
Saturdays, October 23 - December 4, 2021
 

Join Tony Rosati, Chair of the PAFA Print Department, and accomplished watercolorist in this live Zoom class designed for those with little or no experience in watercolor. Acquire a thorough grounding in basic watercolor materials and techniques, including papers, brushes and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Gain the the confidence to continue to work with watercolor beyond the workshop. Take the plunge; a lifeguard will be on duty!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Tony Rosati
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Mastering Acrylics"
Saturdays, October 23 - December 4, 2021
 

Master the fundamental materials and techniques of acrylic painting in just six weeks! Through a combination of online videos, illustrated lessons, and live Zoom sessions, learn to paint in the alla prima style, apply paint both opaquely and transparently, blend color and value, and employ various layering techniques. Color mixing and theory are also addressed, and a rich resource of information about the wide array of acrylic painting materials is provided. This course is appropriate for students at all levels, including beginners, but drawing experience is recommended. A weekly Zoom meeting will be held every Saturday, 10 - 11:30 a.m., beginning October 23.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Magic"
October 25-27, 2021
 

Learn to play, and have fun while doing the wonderful ‘work’ of art with internationally celebrated watercolorist, Stella Canfield! Stella will help you free yourself of the fear and judgment that so often prevent us from doing art. You will learn to relax and paint with your heart while exploring design, shapes, color, value and have fun doing it! You will feel immensely inspired and free of the myth-inflicted fear of watercolor. Stella will guide students working from their own photographs or sketches.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Stella Canfield
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Creative Photography: Find your Voice"
Wednesdays, October 27 - December 1, 2021
 

Explore who you are as a photographer and where you want to take your work in this intermediate-level project-focused course. Learn how to best combine your abilities and available resources toward creating a new body of work with message and impact, and presenting it to the viewer. Weekly assignments will include photo shoots, idea generation, proposal writing, and critiques. Ability with a digital or film camera and photo workflow is a prerequisite. Some technical issues will be addressed, but the core of the class is strengthening your creative outlook and practice. This is an asynchronous Canvas course with a weekly live Zoom session every Tuesday, 7 – 8 p.m.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: RA Friedman
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Mindful Art-Making in Challenging Times"
Thursdays, October 28 - December 2, 2021
 

Cultivating mindfulness, or wakefulness, allows you to be fully present and aware of your actions, without feeling distracted and overwhelmed by other thoughts or outside influences. Art-making is a natural way of practicing mindfulness, and is especially important in these challenging times. Mindful art-making has been shown not only to reduce stress and improve communication skills, but also benefits those suffering from memory loss, depression, or PTSD. Discover how creativity can enrich your daily life under the guidance of Dona Duncan, registered art therapist and practicing artist, in this live Zoom class. Dona will guide you and a small group through light mediation and relaxation techniques to cultivate mindfulness, and help you express your thoughts and feelings through drawing and painting projects.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Dona Duncan
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Figure Drawing"
Thursdays, October 28 - December 9, 2021
 

Learn to draw the human figure with Roberto Osti, noted artist, educator and author of the just released Dynamic Human Anatomy: An Artist's Guide to Structure, Gesture, and the Figure in Motion! Practice a variety of fundamental figure drawing approaches while working from photographic references. Proportion, anatomy and methods of measuring will be emphasized. Media and techniques include graphite on white paper, charcoal on white paper, charcoal and chalk on toned paper, reduction methods, and the trois crayon technique. Gain confidence in your representation of the human form and handling of materials as you draw alongside the instructor during live Zoom sessions.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Calvin Liang Online OIl Painting"
October 28-30, 2021
 

Award-winning Californa Impressionist Calvin Liang is giving a 3-day online workshop with a focus on painting your favorite landscape from a photo. This workshop is a fundamental part of training the eyes to better understand the concept of composition, design, and color harmony. Calvin starts the workshop with a slide show to demonstrate how he uses photo references for his studio paintings. Calvin covers the areas: composition, warm and cool colors, soft and hard edges, simplification, different textures, and brushstrokes. He will also share his secrets of making his famous light and shadow paintings.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Calvin Liang
Cost: $395
Sponsor: MId-Valley Arts League
Website, email, 818-790-8535


"The Art of Watercolor with James Toogood"
Mondays, November 1 - December 6, 2021
 

Join James Toogood AWS/NWS/AAA, PAFA CE faculty, renowned watercolorist, and author of Incredible Light and Texture in Watercolor for a discussion of what is needed to paint truly great and successful watercolors. Referencing his own award-winning watercolor landscapes, cityscapes and portraits, James will present a thorough explanation of watercolor materials and techniques via Zoom. Topics will include the proper selection and preparation of your paper, brushes, color palettes as well as a thorough discussion of paint and pigment. As he takes you through the development of a painting, James will talk about how to develop a sense of light and atmosphere, and how to achieve a range of textural effects from glass, metal, stone, grass and water and more!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"'Tuscan Bistro' in Watercolor (Online)"
November 1-2, 2021
 

Join Cindy for a 2 day workshop as we virtually visit a spa town in sunny Tuscany. This small hilltop village, Bagno Vignoni, is a treasure that many travelers miss.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Color and Edge – Palette Knife Painting"
Tuesdays, November 2-23, 2021
 

Color, Contrast, Tone, and Expression! Strengthen your color and develop a more individual voice. This workshop is great for the artists who love both Contemporary and Impressionist painting. Explore an approach to palette knife painting that can be used for painting in the studio and from life.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Anton Nowels, www.antonnowels.com
Cost: $300 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Collage & Assemblage"
Tuesdays, November 2 - December 7, 2021
 

Explore the expressive potential of collage for producing both aesthetic imagery and philosophical statements. Experiment with a variety of materials including drawing and painting media, paper, cardboard, fabric, metal, photographs, and found objects; and combine them using assorted fastening techniques such as gluing, nailing/screwing, or sewing. Stimulate your creativity by responding to assigned problems and prompts, and critically examine the resulting compositions as well as the implied ideas. Realize the tentative or "trial and error" nature of the collage process as a means to discover and learn, and ultimately affirm, your unique and individual aesthetic assertions.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Steve Nocella
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting Over the Line"
Wednesdays, November 3 - December 8, 2021
 

Take your work to the next level under the guidance of artist/critic/mentor Kassem Amoudi in this live Zoom class. Expert instruction and advice from the instructor will push you to explore new possibilities and work more intuitively, allowing unplanned marks and passages to become artistic breakthroughs. Paint from personal subject matter to find your own visual language, informed by examples from contemporary and modern art. Painting experience recommended. Kassem will begin each class with a slide presentation/lecture focusing on how master artists through history have addressed color, harmony, focal points, space, mark making, paint application, and more, and how to apply these concepts to your own work.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Basic Color in Alla Prima Still Life Painting"
Wednesdays, November 3 - December 8, 2021
 

This oil painting course focuses on learning a series of limited and full palettes, mixing for direct painting, and alla prima or wet-into-wet paint-handling. Color concepts such as tone, temperature, saturation, and atmosphere will be explored in each palette. Students will be guided through a series of focused procedures: analyzing the pigments of each palette, palette organization, mixing color, composing a painting, establishing a tonal design, applying large color masses, and using principles of oil viscosity to build form with wet-into-wet paint-handling. The class will consist of lecture and demonstration on Zoom, group critique, and independent studio practice. Students will paint from observation using their own still life arrangement.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Christine Lafuente
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Art Glass Still Life in Watercolor (Online)"
November 3-5, 2021
 

Painting glass in watercolor does not have to be intimidating. We will take a step by step approach to painting a glowing glass still life. In this class we will be painting colorful art glass in a still life setup.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Laurie Goldstein-Warren
Cost: $249 for 9 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Intermediate Bookbinding"
Thursdays, November 4 - December 9, 2021
 

A handmade book can be a work of art! Learn to make your own sketchbooks and journals with noted artist and PAFA/UArts faculty, Rosae Reeder. Begin with simple structures including pamphlet, accordion/concertina, single and double section sewn books and progress to more advanced codex structures like hard cover paired station binding with combination single sheets and sections, French twist binding, and long-stitch binding with paper wrapper.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Rosae Reeder
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Illustrated Letter"
November 4-18, 2021
 

Artists and authors have been illustrating their correspondence for centuries. Beatrix Potter sprinkled her letters with bunnies in the garden, Saint Exupery drew stars, Picasso, Victor Hugo, Gaugin, Corot and Van Gogh all combined words and pictures when writing to friends—just to name a few. Of course, these artists and authors didn’t have access to email or texts (thank goodness!) And although we do, I think it might be time for a “Slow Letter” movement, much like Slow Food, where we take the time and make the effort to communicate in a more creative, personal way. Join me as we explore this old idea, with words and pictures of our own. All skill levels welcome!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Jane Barton
Cost: $125 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"From Seen to Scene: A 365 Day Mentorship Program"
November 4, 2021 - November 4, 2022
 

Hosted by the Tucson Art Academy Online, this unique program combines a four-part modular system with guidance, feedback, and mentorship for an entire year…. a wonderful opportunity at a great value!! Study with California-based artist, Randall Sexton, who is nationally known for the color and expressive brushwork in his paintings of “everyday” scenes. This course is designed to encourage artists at all levels to explore new ways of seeing the world around them, to recognize the potential subject matter in everyday scenes, and how to translate that into paintings that share one’s unique vision. The success of any painting relies on a solid understanding of the basic principles of picture making in tandem with your creativity and passion.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Tucson Art Academy Online
Website, email


"Why Paint A Lion?"
Mondays, November 8-22, 2021
 

Guy Combes will demonstrate how he produces a simple oil painting, and also outline what his motivations are to choose wildlife as his subject, and explore ways that you can elevate your wildlife paintings to have more meaning, while remaining within the boundaries of realism. The first session will focus on subject and composition, and while reference will be provided for the exercise of rendering, students are encouraged to submit any images that have special significance to them. The second session will be a demonstration of technique in both real time and time-lapse video showing palette mixing, paint application, glazing and finishing. In the third session, students are encouraged to show their work, and considerate critique will be given.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Guy Combes
Cost: $300 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Tell a Story with your Palette Knife"
Tuesdays, November 30 - December 14, 2021
 

We all have a palette knife, but do we know how to use it? Michele will help you loosen up and create dynamic impressionistic paintings using her distinctive style. Weekly step-by-step guidance by Michele will help your paintings come to life. Learn to add energy and movement to your composition while telling a narrative. You will learn new and interesting ways to manipulate paint using your knife, brush and other creative tools. Michele will guide you in the process from start to finish, covering perspective and composition along the way. Join Michele in her action packed and fun process.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michele Byrne
Cost: $285 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Greeting Cards"
Thursdays, December 2 & 9, 2021
 

Everyone loves a hand-painted card, and it makes wonderful gift for the special people in our lives. Learn to easily draw and paint a few different designs. We will begin with the basics so no experience is needed. There will be demonstrations each morning and we will end with personal positive critiques. First week paint a flower with matching border and a snowy winter scene. Second week try your hand at whimsical animals.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Linda Pullinsi
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Color Matters Workshop"
December 3-5, 2021
 

Take your work to the next level under the guidance of artist/critic/mentor Kassem Amoudi in this live Zoom class. Many artists can feel frustrated in front of a blank canvas, unsure of how to start and what to paint. This workshop offers a step-by-step technique which will enable you to paint with confidence by tapping into your intuitive process and finding inspiration more easily. Explore new possibilities and work more intuitively, allowing unplanned marks and passages to become artistic breakthroughs. Demonstration of different drawing and painting techniques will enhance your knowledge of the process of painting. Students will utilize line, color and space and learn the power of editing to create busy/calm areas and focal points in their paintings.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Abstracting the Landscape"
Thursdays, January 6 & 13, 2022
 

Take your landscapes to an impressionistic and somewhat abstracted level to make them more painterly and exciting. Ms. Pullinsi will demonstrate color mixing for color harmony and basic structure. Week one will be the block in, week two will be the finishing touches. Students will paint landscapes from their own photo or paint along with the demo and learn both design strategies and exciting brushwork to create a work of art.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Linda Pullinsi
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Head Study of a Model in Costume"
February 2-5, 2022
 

This 4-day online workshop will focus on painting a model in costume and is designed for painters who have already had basic figure drawing and painting experience but would like to continue improving their craftsmanship and visual language. Instructor will be doing painting demonstration during the first week’s meeting; during the following three weeks, students will be asked to work on assignments using the same reference photo provided by the instructor. There will be individual critiques in front of the group during each week’s meeting, along with a short problem-solving demonstration by the instructor. Overall, students will be learning a painting process broken down to three steps, beginning with block-in and color relationships to the final adjustments of the finished painting.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Huihan Liu
Cost: $400 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstract Artist Retreat 2022"
August 6, 2022
 

This workshop scheduled for 2022 will focus on working in abstract while considering some basic fundamentals exploring composition, colour and expressive brushwork. In this workshop you will learn how to plan work as well as work intuitively to create a loose and confident painting which speaks to your unique style.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Cost: $80 online / $185 in-person
Website, email


"How to Mix Watercolors - Lavender en Provence, Plus Bonus Lesson"
Ongoing
 

Discover how to paint from watercolor basic mixing to composition to finished Valensole, Provence painting. Then enjoy a Bonus Quick Sketch Postcard Lesson. Cindy's step-by-step lesson includes the basics of how to easily mix watercolors to create the colors and values you want, a tracing of the scene to make it easy to draw out, and access anytime for a full year videos to take you through the process. Using just 6 colors in this lesson, you also receive Cindy's complete Watercolor Supply List with palette map and how to create a color wheel. Cindy also has a private Facebook Group Community where you can share your progress and get encouragement Cindy's circle of artists.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $29.97
Website, email, 541-420-9463


"Stop Motion Animation"
TBD (to be determined by your availability)
 

The Stop Motion Animation workshop guides you through the process to achieve a short stop motion animation film. This 4-session workshop held via Zoom is provided by ARTiClass by Agora Gallery, a contemporary art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea NY, since 1984. This unique and professional workshop will enable you to learn or improve your directing and story development skills from the super talented and experienced instructor, Bridget Johnson, while interacting & connecting with art lovers from all over the world! In addition to enjoying our professional standards and friendly easy-to-use website, our graduates can join our online community, be awarded with the gallery's representation benefits and be elected for the 2021 ARTiClass competition.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Bridget Johnson
Cost: $199
Sponsor: ARTiClass by Agora Gallery
Website, email, 212-226-4151


"Short Introduction to Drawing"
TBD (to be determined by your availability)
 

Short Introduction to Drawing provides an opportunity to try different techniques for creating contour drawings and bringing them up to life with colors. This 3-session workshop, held via Zoom, is provided by ARTiClass by Agora Gallery - a contemporary art gallery located in Chelsea NY since 1984. Learn or improve your drawing skills from the extremely talented and experienced instructor, Kinga Brassay, while interacting & getting encouragement from other art lovers from all over the world! In addition to enjoying our professional standards and friendly easy to use website, our graduates can join our online community, be awarded with the gallery's representation benefits and may be elected for the 2021 ARTiClass competition.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kinga Brassay
Cost: $199
Sponsor: ARTiClass by Agora Gallery
Website, email, 212-226-4151


"Self-Portrait Photography"
TBD (to be determined by your availability)
 

Self-Portrait Photography provides the opportunity to explore the different ways to utilize self-portrait as a means of expressing yourself and gain tools for creating compelling self-portraits. This 2-hour meeting, held via Zoom, is provided by ARTiClass by Agora Gallery, a contemporary art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea NY since 1984. Learn or improve your self-portrait photography skills from the extremely talented and experienced instructor, Josefina Moran, while interacting with other art lovers from all over the world! In addition to enjoying our professional standards and friendly easy-to-use website, our graduates can join our online community, be awarded with the gallery's representation benefits and may be elected for the 2021 ARTiClass competition.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Josefina Moran
Cost: $25
Sponsor: ARTiClass by Agora Gallery
Website, email, 212-226-4151


"Acrylic Pouring"
TBD (to be determined by your availability)
 

Acrylic Pouring provides an opportunity to create your acrylic pouring masterpiece and achieve the best results with spectacular cell-like and lacey effects. This 3-session workshop, held via Zoom, is provided by ARTiClass by Agora Gallery, a contemporary art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea NY since 1984. This unique and professional workshop will enable you to learn or improve your acrylic pouring skills from the extremely talented and experienced instructor, Kristina Tonev, while interacting with other art lovers! In addition to enjoying our professional standards and friendly easy-to-use website, our graduates can join our online community, be awarded with the gallery's representation benefits and may be elected for the 2021 ARTiClass competition.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kristina Tonev
Cost: $199
Sponsor: ARTiClass by Agora Gallery
Website, email, (+1) 212-226-4151


"Creative Watercolor Portraits - Online Program"
Ongoing
 

Discover how to draw and paint the portrait in this online, access anytime program for a full year. Enjoy lessons that include how to mix skin tones, diagram the face, focus on capturing the eyes, as you paint through 5+ step-by-step portrait lessons. Plus enjoy live paint-along webinars and a group Facebook page for sharing. Join now to save with Cindy's Holiday offer.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $297
Sponsor: Cindy Briggs Art
Website, email, 541-420-9463


"Paint Tuscany in Watercolors"
Ongoing
 

Paint dreamy Tuscany from hilltop towns, vineyards and fields of poppies to simple olives and other Tuscan treasures. Select from 18+ lesson videos to paint from on your own time. Bonus Paint-alongs and Facebook community also included.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $279
Sponsor: Cindy Briggs Workshops
Website, email, 541-420-9463


"Encaustic and Photography E-Course"
ongoing
 

In this 21 video e-course you will get all the basics plus more in getting you up and working with encaustic paints and your photographs. Over 3 hours of video content plus a companion guide outlining some additional info on supplies used. • Sizing Panels • Working on Mounted and Embedded Prints • Direct and Indirect Fusing methods • Scraping to refine surface and shape • Image Transfers • Using oils • Using various types of photo paper • Hand Coloring on an image • much more!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $149
Sponsor: Sarah Rehmer | visual artist
Website, email


"Manuscript Consultations: Poetry, Fiction & Creative Nonfiction"
Online, Ongoing
 

Writers of all ages and levels of experience benefit from close reading and feedback on their work. Looking for support for your creative writing? Award-winning author Jacquelyn Thomas to the rescue! Short-form manuscripts – up to 25 pages of prose or 5 poems – will be returned to you in 7-10 days with: • written feedback in the form of an editorial/critique letter • in-manuscript comments with line edits • contact information for at least five publications seeking manuscripts similar to your work. Jacquelyn also will schedule a phone or virtual meeting with you to review and discuss feedback. Book-length manuscripts are welcome but will take longer to process. Consultation cost is $4/page. See our website for more information.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Jacquelyn Thomas
Cost: $4/page
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Basics of Encaustic"
Online ongoing
 

I cover studio safety and set up, as well a many tips and tricks in each lesson from my 17 years of working in encaustic and mixed media, and 12 years of teaching classes and workshops. Some of the topics we cover: Sizing Panels, Direct and Indirect Fusing methods, Scraping to refine surface and shape, Image Transfers, Using oils, Raised and Inset line work, and much more!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $119
Sponsor: Sarah Rehmer | visual artist
Website, email, (708) 680-6759


"Encaustic Mixed Media and Collage"
Online ongoing
 

I cover studio safety and set up, as well a many tips and tricks in each lesson from my 17 years of working in encaustic and mixed media, and 12 years of teaching classes and workshops. Some of the topics we cover: Sizing Panels, Direct and Indirect Fusing methods, Scraping to refine surface and shape, Image Transfers, Using oils, Using various types of paper, Mounting Paper to a panel and much more!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $149
Sponsor: Sarah Rehmer | visual artist
Website, email, (708) 680-6759


 

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