Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Pre-College: Illustration: The Art of the Concert Poster"
July 5-8, 2022
 

Explore illustration as a counterpart to music through the art of the concert poster. Students will experiment with a variety of hands-on methods to develop imagery that interprets the lyrical content of their favorite artists. Spontaneous and stream of consciousness drawing and lettering exercises will be employed to invent narratives from instrumental music. The history of the concert poster will provide context and serve as inspiration for the students own projects. All participants are required to be masked, vaccinated, and boosted (if eligible).
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: James Heimer
Cost: $320
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Figure Drawing"
Tuesdays, July 5 - August 9, 2022
 

This course is for those who are new to figure drawing or who haven’t done it in a while. Methods will be introduced for gauging proportions and shapes along with study of basic anatomic structure and figure dynamics. Students will execute short, gestural drawings, as well as more developed extended studies, in order to build skills and knowledge.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $620
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Anatomy for Figurative Artists: Major Muscle Masses"
Tuesdays, July 5 - August 23, 2022
 

Alicia N. Ponzio is an experienced figurative sculptor and instructor, as well as the former director of Anatomy and Ecorche Programs at the Florence Academy of Art. She has taught artistic anatomy extensively to 2D and 3D artists as well as at Pixar Studios and The University of Calgary Medical School. Alicia creates figurative compositions in bronze, often using her knowledge of anatomy to work from imagination. This course is designed to offer students information that applies directly to their artistic practice and further their understanding of the forms that are inherent in the human body. There is also a View Only Option (No critique included) for $315.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Alicia Ponzio
Cost: $615 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Drawing the Urban Environment (Outdoor)"
Wednesdays, July 6 - August 10, 2022
 

Draw Philadelphia’s picturesque historic and commercial architecture, using fundamental observational drawing techniques to capture the world around you. Learn simple methods for applying the principles of linear and atmospheric perspective to your drawings, giving them dimension and depth. Students at all experience levels are welcome, with instruction designed to appeal both to those who enjoy portraying landscape subjects in the open air and to students seeking to hone their basic drawing skills. This course takes place in easy-to-access Central Philadelphia and University City locations. Restrooms are available near all sites. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Paint without fear"
July 7-14, 2022
 

Bonjour, join us and artist Gregory Wellman at our beautiful country house, La Salle, in Southern France for a 7 night painting holiday. Luxury accommodation, delicious meals with wine, a friendly environment and like minded people. Non painters are welcome. We will visit villages nearby, passing through glorious landscapes ablaze with Sunflowers. We will be winetasting at the Chateau, visiting wonderful farmer's markets plus a fabulous flea market. Groups are of 5 -10 artists enabling plenty of individual tuition, painting on location and in the studio. Gregory demonstrates in acrylic but invites artists to bring their preferred medium. His teaching style is encouraging and confidence building while developing skills and technique. Pack your paints and brushes and let's go!
 
Location: Toulouse, France
Instructor: Gregory Wellman
Cost: $1660
Sponsor: Painting holidays at La Salle
Website, email, 0033(0)562294520


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
July 10-19, 2022
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein air painting, art history/art theory lectures, touring, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our groups of eight participants and our teaching approach allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3570 (around US$ 2800) includes instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.) train ticket to Florence, and a guided tour to the Uffizi Museum. Testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2800
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Botanical Drawing & Painting Intensive"
July 11-15, 2022
 

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. Tuition includes a $10 materials fee for floral subjects, provided.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Linda Gist
Cost: $405
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Advanced Illustration in Mixed Media"
Mondays, July 11 - August 15, 2022
 

Examine historical and contemporary illustrated books for audiences of all ages. Develop a series of related images or picture book ideas through a series of class exercises in composition, perspective, and working in limited palettes. Demonstrations address perspective drawing challenges, working in mixed media, enhancing the written word, and working with photographic resources while avoiding the pitfalls of working associated with using photographic references.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kate Samworth
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing with Charcoal and Graphite Pencil"
Mondays, July 11 - August 15, 2022
 

Gain a firm foundation in classical drawing instruction using charcoal and graphite pencil. Working from still life subjects and natural forms through photo references, learn how to render texture, light, and contrast to create a sense of realism. Instruction will address not only line quality and shading, but also expressive addition and subtraction methods with brushes and kneaded erasers and techniques for mixing charcoal and graphite together for varied effects. Improve your drawing skills to encapsulate the world around you or to establish a firm grounding for further artistic study.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Alicia Mino
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Just Drawing"
Mondays, July 11-25, 2022
 

Join Art League instructor Joyce Nagel for this intense 4-Week offering all about drawing. Each week, daily demonstrations will be given and each student will get individual help. Students will practice gestures and contour with focus on proportion, perspective and values!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Joyce Nagel
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"How to Find Your Ideal Art Buyer Online Workshop"
July 13, 2022
 

Join our online workshop with award-winning artist Samantha Messias and VAA artist mentor Karen van Hoey Smith. This session is for artists of all levels who would like to understand how to find their ideal art buyer to create multiple streams of income.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Cost: Free to premium members of the VAA, or £39.99
Sponsor: Visual Artists Association
Website, email, 01244952020


"Drawing Fundamentals Intensive"
July 18-22, 2022
 

If you’ve never drawn before, or your skills are a little rusty, then this class is for you. Learn to draw what you see with confidence. Study the still life, interior spaces, and human figure to master the drawing elements – shape, contour line, composition, light and shadow, texture and perspective. Note: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Phyllis Laver
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College: Drawing from Observation: Building on Fundamentals"
July 18-22, 2022
 

Students with foundational drawing experience as well as beginners will focus on building their observational skills. Using the still-life, cityscape and nude model as subjects, various visual tools will be used to help see relationships between objects and shapes. In addition, students will learn the characteristics and limitations of the picture plane to gain a better understanding of what it means to draw on the flat surface. Students will become aware of historical and contemporary drawing materials and techniques giving them insight to historical drawings and their artists. This class includes nude models. All participants are required to be masked, vaccinated, and boosted (if eligible).
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing the Figurative Subject"
July 25-27, 2022
 

In this three-day class, students will learn various drawing techniques from an accomplished draftsman and figure painter. Students will learn how to accurately measure the proportions of the head and figure while working from the model. Line, shape, and tonal relationships will be explored through exercises designed to strengthen anatomical understanding and the rendering of the forms of the subject. Students will be encouraged to work in a variety of drawing mediums and will be exposed to a variety of techniques for their application and use. Students may draw on white, toned, or black paper with charcoal, graphite, conte, or pastel. Length of pose will vary. Join us if you would like to draw this engaging subject from life!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $375 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Pre-College: Drawing for Comics"
July 25-29, 2022
 

In this course, students will be taught cartooning basics, studying drawing and inking techniques using a variety of professional tools. They will also be taught the language of sequential art (comics). Students will write a story based on real life or imagination, then design characters and environments to be used as they transform that story into a short-form comic. All participants are required to be masked, vaccinated, and boosted (if eligible).
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jeff Kilpatrick
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Just Drawing"
Mondays, August 1-22, 2022
 

Join Art League instructor Joyce Nagel for this intense 4-Week offering all about drawing. Each week, daily demonstrations will be given and each student will get individual help. Students will practice gestures and contour with focus on proportion, perspective and values!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Joyce Nagel
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Drawing Hands and Feet Workshop"
August 6-7, 2022
 

Designed for figurative artists and students of anatomy, this online workshop will explore the structural, anatomical, dynamic and aesthetic qualities of hands and feet. These highly mobile and expressive parts of the human figure are notoriously challenging for an artist to depict. Master the beautiful complexity of the extremities so you can promote their expressive potential and add credibility to your depictions of the human form. You will draw along with renowned artist and author Roberto Osti in this live Zoom workshop.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Expressive Head Drawing"
Saturdays, August 13-27, 2022
 

Zin Lim will share his unique charcoal drawing techniques, composition methods and ideas in the online lectures and demonstration. Week 1: You will learn about charcoal drawing material and various ways of application. Then, you will watch Zin’s demo and draw heads’ gestures in various angles and lightings along with Zin’s step by step progress. Week 2: Zin will provide lectures and demos about main principles of drawing; value, shape, edge. You will draw along and complete heads in full detail. Week 3: Instructor will provide lectures and demos about composition of drawing; staging, contrast, depth, and mood. You will draw along and complete a head in full detail. Instructor will give timely feedback and critique of your work.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Zin Lim
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Storytelling Through Illustration"
August 19-21, 2022
 

Draw: The best advice you’ve ever received. Mannerisms of our pet or someone we love. A very special day. In this workshop, students will develop their own set of images and characters via pen, colored pencil, watercolor, and crayon. We will develop and explore our own personal styles of drawing by completing exercises designed to inspire, play, and share. Participants will spend the weekend creating stories from these characters in addition to discussing the work of contemporary illustrators and their practices.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Williams
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Dazzling Florals in Colored Pencil"
August 26, 2022
 

Colored pencil is blossoming as a gorgeous, easily-handled, non-toxic art medium. Kristy Kutch is the author of two colored pencil techniques books and is featured in four instructional films. She is an upbeat, supportive instructor who welcomes students with all levels of experience. With an emphasis on floral art with waxy (non-watercolor) pencils, students will undertake their own paintings, as these works are aptly called. Kristy offers demonstrations, personal attention, and a wealth of information. An array of materials, such as paper, blenders and sample pencils, will also be given to participants. Come and be inspired!
 
Location: Plymouth, Indiana
Instructor: Kristy Ann Kutch
Cost: $90
Sponsor: Heartland Artists' Organization
Website, email, 574-936-9515


"Back to Tradition"
August 26-28, 2022
 

Though there are more convenient tools available today, some artists still cherish an old-style, crow quill pen nib and a bottle of ink. Certain characteristics of this ancient medium are so charming that botanical artist, Heeyoung Kim, doesn’t want to trade them for the convenience of more modern technical pens. During this workshop, she will share her techniques and tips using selected seasonal botanical specimens as subjects. Drawing with permanent, black ink may seem intimidating, but with Heeyoung's step-by-step guidance, you will gain confidence and will experience the artistic versatility of this humble medium.
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
Instructor: Heeyoung Kim
Cost: $435 (OSA Members) / $495 (Non-Members)
Sponsor: Oregon Society of Artists
Website, email, (503) 228-0706


"Colored Pencil: Delicate to Dynamic"
September 12-15, 2022
 

Sharpen your colored pencils for workshop fun in historic, picturesque Lake Geneva, Wisconsin- post-summer rush but still during the mild September weather. Kristy Kutch, a supportive, upbeat teacher, is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil; she is also featured in 4 instructional DVDs. Included are many aspects of this medium and its compatible surfaces. Create effects ranging from soft, transparent, and aqueous to dense and dramatic. Harbor Shores Hotel, located on Geneva Lake, offers fantastic student discounts. Guests enjoy rooms featuring mini-fridges and microwaves. (Lodging reservations should be made separately: 888-746-7371. Mention this workshop for discount.) Bring an extra tote bag for samples; plan for this memorable fall workshop!
 
Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost: $295, including a class dinner and light snacks, drinks
Sponsor: Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops
Website, email, 219-874-4688


"Foundations in Classical Drawing & Painting"
September 19, 2022 to June 2023
 

My classical drawing and painting course is a sequential and comprehensive program offered online over the course of nine months. We start with incremental steps that build over time to gain the foundational skills and techniques required to create successful art. Interwoven throughout each project are discussions, demonstrations, and lectures, all designed to help you understand and apply what you are learning. After each lesson, artists, historians, and curators will join us for live lectures & discussions. This program is for all skill levels, whether you’ve always been interested in art, but never took the first steps, or if you’re a more experienced artist seeking a cohesive and sequential classical art education.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Juliette Aristides
Cost: $6,950
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Drawing to Painting"
Tuesdays, October 4 - November 22, 2022
 

Do you enjoy drawing, but are intimidated by paint? In this eight-week course, we'll explore diverse techniques and media that will give you the confidence you need to enable a smooth transition from drawing to painting. Find out why many common painting problems have their roots, and their solutions, in drawing. Topics include drawing with ink, the roles of value, understanding color, paint sticks and pastels, the expressive use of mark-making and more. This course is for people with some experience of drawing fundamentals, though beginners are also welcome.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Moninski
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Lush and Lively Colored Pencil"
October 10-12, 2022
 

The New Jersey shore beckons you! Explore the possibilities that can literally be drawn from the point of a colored pencil- or watercolor pencil! With vast choices of surfaces, blending tools, and techniques, colored pencil yields a tremendous range of effects: shimmer and shine, saturated intensity, sparkling highlights, even fluid, transparent effects. This promises to be an enjoyable workshop in a beautiful, historic Victorian mansion near the Atlantic Ocean. Kristy is an experienced, upbeat, supportive instructor who is the author of two colored pencil books and the featured artist in four DVDs. She has taught almost 300 workshops, readily making her students feel at home, whatever their experience.
 
Location: Island Heights, New Jersey
Instructor: Kristy A. Kutch
Sponsor: Ocean County Artists' Guild
Website, email, 732-998-8286


"Portrait Drawing in Charcoal"
Wednesdays, November 2-16, 2022
 

This workshop aims to develop your skills by guiding you through the steps of drawing a representational portrait. We will explore the charcoal medium and learn some key concepts of portrait drawing. Through step-by-step demonstrations, the instructor will cover the essential aspects of each step, starting from how to choose a good reference on the first day to fixing your own drawings through self-critiques on the last day. The goal in this workshop is to help everyone to step up in terms of skills and also the quality of your drawing. To participate in this class you will need a computer or a tablet (such as iPad) with internet access and an active Facebook account.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sookyi Lee
Cost: $300 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Studio Colombia Art & Eat - Art workshop in South America"
February 14-22, 2023
 

Join our eight-night art workshop and experience the stunning Caribbean coast from Puerto Colombia (Barranquilla) to Cartagena. Learn the fundamentals of perspective drawing and watercolors and have a taste of Colombian Caribbean food and culture. After an art class, try a "mojarra con arroz con coco" with a cold Colombian beer or an "aguardiente". Paint on the beach just like Gauguin was doing in Tahiti. Enjoy a street food tour, attend cooking demonstrations by local chefs and visit food markets. The price of CAD$ 2850 (around US$ 2220) includes instruction, eight-night double accommodation, all ground transportation, all breakfasts, one lunch, two great suppers including wine, one street food tour, cooking demonstrations, art supplies, and museum entrances. The perfect winter getaway!
 
Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 2220
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Colored Pencils: Delicate to Dynamic with Kristy Kutch"
March 24-25, 2023
 

Colored pencil is ideal for creating stunning art, all in a portable, non-toxic, neat form. Kristy Kutch is the author of two colored pencil techniques books and is featured in four instructional films. She is a positive, supportive instructor who welcomes students with all levels of experience. With an emphasis on floral art with waxy (non-watercolor) pencils, students will create paintings (as these works are aptly called) on both white and colored surfaces, from velvety to sanded. Effects can range from soft and delicate to richly pigmented. Kristy offers demonstrations, personal attention, and a wealth of information. An array of materials, such as papers, blenders and pencils, will also be given to participants (lunches included). Welcome spring with floral inspiration!
 
Location: Valparaiso, Indiana
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: The Art Barn School of Art
Website, email, 219-462-9009


"Vibrant, Versatile Colored Pencil"
July 14-16, 2023
 

This workshop focuses on "painting from a point", using a wide variety of colored pencils and compatible surfaces to create dynamic, vividly-drawn colored pencil paintings. Materials used include waxy/oily colored pencils as well as those remarkable “sleeper” products, watercolor pencils. Surfaces (provided) include papers, boards, even unique sanded papers. Featuring an abundance of free art supplies, this workshop is full to the brim with personal attention, demonstrations, tools, and techniques that are sure to increase your repertoire. Kristy Kutch, C.P.S.A. is an experienced, supportive workshop teacher, the author of two colored pencil technique books and the featured artist on four instructional films.
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
Instructor: Kristy Kutch, C.P.S.A.
Sponsor: Oregon Society of Artists
Website, email, 503-228-0706


"Rees Atelier"
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This remotely accessible course teaches classical drawing and painting and provides personal critiques and guidance. This self-paced program will give you the opportunity to build a foundation of skills that will last a lifetime while being directed down a path focused on your personal goals and ambitions. From tightly rendered realism to glazing, to impressionistic realism, no two artists are alike. No one program is right for everyone. So join me while we take the best of the foundation lessons from traditional ateliers and combine them with a deep dive into the methods and techniques that will help you become the artist you’ve always wanted to be.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Tim Rees
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Classical Figure Drawing Foundations"
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This methodical eight-week figure drawing course will teach you cornerstone principles for realist drawing of the human form. In this course, American figurative artist Patricia Watwood will introduce the essential components she uses to craft realistic figure drawings. First, Patricia will guide you through learning to use the central axis to establish a dynamic gesture with the pose. Next, she will teach the envelope and block-in, building your perceptual skills to see flat shapes, angles, and distances, and observing light and shadow patterns. Patricia will also lead you through understanding the primary structures of the torso and the basics of proportion, an essential in every figurative artist's toolbox. You will use male and female full-figure pose photo and video references.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Patricia Watwood
Cost: $465
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


 

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