Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Illustrated Books for Adults and Children (Online)"
September 21 - November 23, 2020
 

Illustrated books can be humorous, cinematic, quirky, and sometimes dark. Join author Molly Burnham and illustrator Kate Samworth for a course in shaping stories through words and images. Examine classic and contemporary treasures and be guided through a series of exercises to generate ideas and hone your communication skills. Rooted in Kate and Molly's dedication to a positive and creative class, exercises will encourage generating, exploring and revising ideas, as well as drawing and writing prompts that ask the students to explore character, setting and plot. This serious and yet playful class will be based on building the students' skills and confidence through inquiry and investigation.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kate Samworth & Molly Barnham
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Abstract Painting: Find Your Voice (Online)"
September 21 - November 29, 2020
 

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. Discussions delving into work of master painters will further inform and encourage your own art-making.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Learn Urban Sketching from photos live online"
September 21-23, 2020
 

For the last 12 years I have been traveling and living throughout Mexico. During this journey I sketched, painted, shown, sold my art and sketches. Also taught over 1000 workshops. It is a great way to learn to see the world through the eyes of an artist!- Extend your perception of the world- Improve your sketching abilities or discover them- Record the world around you in a more personal manner- Improve your observation- Understand the relationship between shapes- If a painter take your art to the next step with drawing- Keep a visual journal. Register early space is limited. Live online sketch along.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cristiana Mar
Cost: $99.00, 3 sessions
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Workshops
Website, email, 322-153-1906


"Painting from the Masters (Online)"
Tuesdays, September 22 - December 8, 2020
 

Deepen your understanding of oil painting through the traditional practice of studying and copying master works. Analyze the layers of paintings from different historical periods to understand each artist’s particular use of composition, space, color, and mark-making. Students will work from high-resolution images of master paintings and apply the great artists’ techniques to their own still life, landscape and/or portrait paintings. Each weekly Zoom class session will consist of an introductory lecture/demonstration, independent work time and individual critique. High resolution imagery and other content will be available through Canvas.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: $450, or $625 for 1.0 undergraduate credit
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting Over the Line 1 (Online)"
Wednesdays, September 23 - October 28, 2020
 

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 1 (Online)"
Thursdays, September 24 - October 22, 2020
 

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 to benefit those suffering from memory loss, depression, or PTSD. Discover how creativity can enrich your daily life. Under the guidance of Dona Duncan, artist and registered Art Therapist, practice light mediation and relaxation techniques to cultivate mindfulness, and express your thoughts and feelings through drawing and painting projects in a non-judgmental atmosphere.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Dona Duncan
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College: Writing Workshop - The Personal Essay (Online)"
September 26-27, 2020
 

The Personal Essay is central to many types of applications - college, art school and internships. But how do you make yourself stand out? How do you articulate what makes you a good fit for the program you are applying for? Whether you are applying to Harvard, Penn State or an elite academy like PAFA, you will have to write an essay that talks about yourself, your goals and what drives you as a student. We will focus on writing a first draft of a personal essay to a college of your choice. Good personal essays use description and imagery to let the reader viscerally experience the story. Learn to write a personal essay that truly stands out from the crowd.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Brian Heston
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Paint a Mexican Window Live Online"
October 6-7, 2020
 

Easy paint along live workshop online from a photo reference. The windows of Mexico make such a wonderful subject: full of character, colorful, ornate! In the context of the painting you will learn all it is to know about painting a painting in acrylics from start to finish. No experience needed! The Workshop is design for all levels of experience! Your painting will be as unique as you are. The photo is just a starting point. The creative license it's yours! Experienced and engaging Mexican painter Fernando Gonzalez will guide you (in English) through the secrets of painting a truly wonderful depiction of a Mexican window without copying the photo or his sketch! Register early space is limited.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $75.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Workshops
Website, email, 011-52- 322-153-1906


"Paint a Mexican Door Live Online Workshop"
October 13-14, 2020
 

Do you love Mexico; do you love the old weathered wooden doors reminding you and making you dream of centuries ago? In this 2-day workshop you can paint your own Mexican door from a reference photo! In the context of the painting you will learn all it is to know about painting a painting in acrylics from start to finish. Workshop presented in English. Experienced and engaging painter Fernando Gonzalez will guide you through the secrets of painting a truly wonderful depiction of a Mexican door without coping the photo or his sketch! Your painting will be as unique as you are. The photo is just a starting point. The creative license it's yours! Register early! Space is limited!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $75.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Workshops
Website, email, 322-153-1906


"Live Online: Easy and fast flower painting hands on techniques"
October 15, 2020
 

Live online, 3 hours workshop. Are you a beginner or intermediate painter who would like to add more life and spark to their painting? Adding plants: flower pots, vines, bushes add life and color to any painting. Maestro Fernando Gonzalez is an experienced artist who taught hundreds of artists of all levels of experience how to paint and take their art to the next level. You can even paint along using existing painting that need some spank. Easy to apply techniques of how to paint flowers in pots, vines and bushes easy and fast. Register early space is limited.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $ 49.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Workshops
Website, email, 322-153-1906


"Live online: Understand the mystery of color value in painting"
October 20-21, 2020
 

Do want to improve your painting but don’t know where to start? Are your paintings flat lacking depth? Do you want to add dimension to your art? Do you have difficulties understanding the qualities of color value? In these 2 days live online workshop artist Fernando Gonzalez will show you how to unravel the mystery with hand on exercise of painting a simple subject in black, white and gays. You will use acrylic paints, brushes and pallet knife. A list of materials will be emailed to you along with the photo reference after you register. Register early space is limited.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: 2 sessions $75.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Workshops
Website, email, 322-153-1906


"Learn Urban Sketching from photos live online"
October 26-28, 2020
 

For the last 12 years I have been traveling and living throughout Mexico. During this journey I sketched, painted, shown, sold my art and sketches. Also taught over 1000 workshops. It is a great way to learn to see the world through the eyes of an artist!- Extend your perception of the world- Improve your sketching abilities or discover them- Record the world around you in a more personal manner- Improve your observation- Understand the relationship between shapes- If a painter take your art to the next step with drawing- Keep a visual journal. Register early space is limited. Live online sketch along.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cristiana Mar
Cost: $99.00, 3 sessions
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Workshops
Website, email, 322-153-1906


"Mindful Art-Making in Challenging Times 2 (Online)"
Thursdays, October 29 - December 3, 2020
 

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 to benefit those suffering from memory loss, depression, or PTSD. Discover how creativity can enrich your daily life. Under the guidance of Dona Duncan, artist and registered Art Therapist, practice light mediation and relaxation techniques to cultivate mindfulness, and express your thoughts and feelings through drawing and painting projects in a non-judgmental atmosphere.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Dona Duncan
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Paint a Mexican Window Live Online"
November 3-4, 2020
 

Easy paint along live workshop online from a photo reference. The windows of Mexico make such a wonderful subject: full of character, colorful, ornate! In the context of the painting you will learn all it is to know about painting a painting in acrylics from start to finish. No experience needed! The Workshop is design for all levels of experience! Your painting will be as unique as you are. The photo is just a starting point. The creative license it's yours! Experienced and engaging Mexican painter Fernando Gonzalez will guide you (in English) through the secrets of painting a truly wonderful depiction of a Mexican window without copying the photo or his sketch! Register early space is limited.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $75.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Workshops
Website, email, 011-52- 322-153-1906


"Painting Over the Line 2 (Online)"
November 4 - December 9, 2020
 

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


"Pre-College: Short Story Writing Workshop- Flash Fiction (Online)"
November 7-8, 2020
 

Good storytelling allows us to lose ourselves in different worlds by immersing us so thoroughly in the creative imagination of others that we momentarily suspend our disbelief. In this workshop, you will write immersive flash fiction – no more than 500 words! – that uses the best storytelling tools available. Take an idea from your own culture or lived experience, build on a comic or illustration you’re already working on, or compose a creative glimpse into a completely imagined world. Whatever your inspiration, you will learn to help your audience suspend their disbelief through great writing that eliminates clichés, uses active language, and develops compelling, unforgettable visual scenery.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Brian Heston
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Paint a Mexican Door Live Online Workshop"
November 10-11, 2020
 

Do you love Mexico; do you love the old weathered wooden doors reminding you and making you dream of centuries ago? In this 2-day workshop you can paint your own Mexican door from a reference photo! In the context of the painting you will learn all it is to know about painting a painting in acrylics from start to finish. Workshop presented in English. Experienced and engaging painter Fernando Gonzalez will guide you through the secrets of painting a truly wonderful depiction of a Mexican door without coping the photo or his sketch! Your painting will be as unique as you are. The photo is just a starting point. The creative license it's yours! Register early! Space is limited!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $75.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Workshops
Website, email, 322-153-1906


"Live Online: Easy and fast flower painting hands on techniques"
November 12, 2020
 

Live online, 3 hours workshop. Are you a beginner or intermediate painter who would like to add more life and spark to their painting? Adding plants: flower pots, vines, bushes add life and color to any painting. Maestro Fernando Gonzalez is an experienced artist who taught hundreds of artists of all levels of experience how to paint and take their art to the next level. You can even paint along using existing painting that need some spank. Easy to apply techniques of how to paint flowers in pots, vines and bushes easy and fast. Register early space is limited.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $ 49.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Workshops
Website, email, 322-153-1906


"Live online: Understand the mystery of color value in painting"
November 17-18, 2020
 

Do want to improve your painting but don’t know where to start? Are your paintings flat lacking depth? Do you want to add dimension to your art? Do you have difficulties understanding the qualities of color value? In these 2 days live online workshop artist Fernando Gonzalez will show you how to unravel the mystery with hand on exercise of painting a simple subject in black, white and gays. You will use acrylic paints, brushes and pallet knife. A list of materials will be emailed to you along with the photo reference after you register. Register early space is limited.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: 2 sessions $75.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Workshops
Website, email, 322-153-1906


"Learn Urban Sketching from photos live online"
November 23-25, 2020
 

For the last 12 years I have been traveling and living throughout Mexico. During this journey I sketched, painted, shown, sold my art and sketches. Also taught over 1000 workshops. It is a great way to learn to see the world through the eyes of an artist!- Extend your perception of the world- Improve your sketching abilities or discover them- Record the world around you in a more personal manner- Improve your observation- Understand the relationship between shapes- If a painter take your art to the next step with drawing- Keep a visual journal. Register early space is limited. Live online sketch along.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cristiana Mar
Cost: $99.00, 3 sessions
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Workshops
Website, email, 322-153-1906


"Paint a Mexican Door Live Online Workshop"
December 1-2, 2020
 

Do you love Mexico; do you love the old weathered wooden doors reminding you and making you dream of centuries ago? In this 2-day workshop you can paint your own Mexican door from a reference photo! In the context of the painting you will learn all it is to know about painting a painting in acrylics from start to finish. Workshop presented in English. Experienced and engaging painter Fernando Gonzalez will guide you through the secrets of painting a truly wonderful depiction of a Mexican door without coping the photo or his sketch! Your painting will be as unique as you are. The photo is just a starting point. The creative license it's yours! Register early! Space is limited!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $75.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Workshops
Website, email, 322-153-1906


"Live Online: Easy and fast flower painting hands on techniques"
December 3, 2020
 

Live online, 3 hours workshop. Are you a beginner or intermediate painter who would like to add more life and spark to their painting? Adding plants: flower pots, vines, bushe adds life and color to any painting. Maestro Fernando Gonzalez is an experienced artist who taught hundreds of artists of all levels of experience how to paint and take their art to the next level. You can even paint along using existing painting that need some spank. Easy to apply techniques of how to paint flowers in pots, vines and bushes easy and fast. Register early space is limited.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $ 49.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Workshops
Website, email, 322-153-1906


"Spontaneous Abstraction Workshop (Online)"
December 4-6, 2020
 

Take your work to the next level under the guidance of 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. Expert instruction and advice from the instructor will push students to explore new possibilities and work more intuitively, allowing unplanned marks and passages to become artistic breakthroughs. Students will utilize line, color and space as will learning 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


"Paint a Mexican Window Live Online"
December 8-9, 2020
 

Easy paint along live workshop online from a photo reference. The windows of Mexico make such a wonderful subject: full of character, colorful, ornate! In the context of the painting you will learn all it is to know about painting a painting in acrylics from start to finish. No experience needed! The Workshop is design for all levels of experience! Your painting will be as unique as you are. The photo is just a starting point. The creative license it's yours! Experienced and engaging Mexican painter Fernando Gonzalez will guide you (in English) through the secrets of painting a truly wonderful depiction of a Mexican window without copying the photo or his sketch! Register early space is limited.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $75.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Workshops
Website, email, 011-52- 322-153-1906


"Live online: Understand the mystery of color value in painting"
December 15-16, 2020
 

Do want to improve your painting but don’t know where to start? Are your paintings flat lacking depth? Do you want to add dimension to your art? Do you have difficulties understanding the qualities of color value? In these 2 days live online workshop artist Fernando Gonzalez will show you how to unravel the mystery with hand on exercise of painting a simple subject in black, white and gays. You will use acrylic paints, brushes and pallet knife. A list of materials will be emailed to you along with the photo reference after you register. Register early space is limited.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: 2 sessions $75.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Workshops
Website, email, 322-153-1906


"Learn Urban Sketching from photos live online"
December 21-23, 2020
 

For the last 12 years I have been traveling and living throughout Mexico. During this journey I sketched, painted, shown, sold my art and sketches. Also taught over 1000 workshops. It is a great way to learn to see the world through the eyes of an artist!- Extend your perception of the world- Improve your sketching abilities or discover them- Record the world around you in a more personal manner- Improve your observation- Understand the relationship between shapes- If a painter take your art to the next step with drawing- Keep a visual journal. Register early space is limited. Live online sketch along.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cristiana Mar
Cost: $99.00, 3 sessions
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Workshops
Website, email, 322-153-1906


"Watercolors-by-the-Sea Online Program"
Ongoing
 

Imagine painting by-the-Sea all year long with scenes from Greece to California, the Caribbean to Italy. Cindy takes you through 12 Step-by-Step Watercolor Lesson Modules with reference materials provided, plus 10 watercolor basics lessons to help you get started. Enjoy Bonus "Live" Paint-along Webinars plus a library of 5 Recorded Live Webinars. Experience group camaraderie on our private facebook group page. Price goes up on August 13, 2020. Teaching internationally for over 20 years, Cindy creates a fun learning experience as you discover how to paint your journeys.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $397
Sponsor: Cindy Briggs Workshops
Website, 541-420-9463


"Rita Kirkman's Virtual Open Studio Days"
Online and Ongoing via Zoom
 

Are you in a slump with your art and need an inspiration boost? Are you craving the company of like-minded artists? Do you want to learn more about pastel and love to learn by watching? Is a full length workshop not in your budget? Rita Kirkman’s Virtual Open Studio days are a casual cross between classes, demos and mentoring. Laid back and informal with lots of live Q&A, demonstrations and discussions on technique, process, and more! “Share my space and enjoy some creative companionship and conversation about anything you want to ask about pastel, or art, or how to cut glass, or how to sneak up on a cow, or... whatever.”
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Rita Kirkman, PSA, IAPS/EP
Cost: $10 / 1hr sessions, various dates
Website, email


"Mixed Media Soul Sparks (Online)"
every Monday
 

Please join me every Monday for Mixed Media Soul Sparks on my YouTube channel. These are free demos on my You Tube channel, so sign up to see them.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: Free
Website, email, 505-954-4179


 

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