Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"No Fear Portrait Drawing: Pencil & Chalk"
Tuesdays, November 2 - December 14, 2021
 

This class is designed to improve each artists ability to capture a subject’s likeness and expand on the design and style of their drawing technique. Produce a more recognizable likeness of their subject and explore different ways of improving their own style that can be applied to any subject matter. Students will learn principles of anatomical proportion and rendering techniques that help them improve their portrait ability using photographic references. Daily we will discuss the history of portrait art with examples and learn techniques to improve composition, lighting and rendering. This is an online course. When you register (and are paid in full), a Zoom link will be emailed to you.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Craig Carl
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"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, www.janebartonstudio.com
Cost: $125 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Drawing the Features of the Head"
November 6-7, 2021
 

Join this small-group live Zoom class where you can share images for critique & enjoy lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. This two-day weekend workshop is the first in a series of many dedicated to the human figure and will follow the same order that classically-trained artists have followed for centuries in their studies. Instructor and artist Jon DeMartin will guide students through a concentration on the features of the human face as preparation for drawing the human head. In the workshop, students can expect to develop skills for shading techniques and gain a more thorough understand of geometry, perspective, and anatomy– which are all vitally important in classical drawing.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Jon De Martin
Cost: $220
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Drawing: The Foundation of All Art Class"
Wednesdays, November 10 - December 17, 2021
 

No class on Nov 24. Using a variety of drawing tools students will create sketches and finished drawings from still life objects and a live model the last class. Learn the importance of light and shadow in 2-d work. This is an online course. Zoom link for class will be emailed to students a week before the class starts.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Fernando Soler
Cost: $150 Member | $180 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"No Fear Portrait Drawing: Pencil & Chalk"
Tuesdays, January 11 - February 15, 2022
 

This class is designed to improve each artists ability to capture a subject’s likeness and expand on the design and style of their drawing technique. Produce a more recognizable likeness of their subject and explore different ways of improving their own style that can be applied to any subject matter. Students will learn principles of anatomical proportion and rendering techniques that help them improve their portrait ability using photographic references. Daily we will discuss the history of portrait art with examples and learn techniques to improve composition, lighting and rendering. This is an online course. When you register (and are paid in full), a Zoom link will be emailed to you.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Craig Carl
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"No Fear Portrait Drawing: Pencil & Chalk"
Tuesdays, February 22 - March 29, 2022
 

This class is designed to improve each artists ability to capture a subject’s likeness and expand on the design and style of their drawing technique. Produce a more recognizable likeness of their subject and explore different ways of improving their own style that can be applied to any subject matter. Students will learn principles of anatomical proportion and rendering techniques that help them improve their portrait ability using photographic references. Daily we will discuss the history of portrait art with examples and learn techniques to improve composition, lighting and rendering. This is an online course. When you register (and are paid in full), a Zoom link will be emailed to you.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Craig Carl
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"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


"Figure Drawing Fundamentals"
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With this self-paced class you will enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule. There are 4 days of recordings available, 3 personal critiques from Patricia Watwood and lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. This workshop will teach the key steps to basic figure drawing. You’ll be learning two approaches and focusing on the torso. First, we will learn to draw the central axis and major forms of the torso to establish a good gesture with a realistic structure. Second, we will learn the basic block in and using shapes and angles to begin a drawing. This approach focuses on building 2-D perception and accurate proportion. Using these two approaches together makes a strong foundation for naturalistic life drawing.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Patricia Watwood
Cost: $290
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Figure Drawing Demo"
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Enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule and have lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. This demo features classical figurative artist Patricia Watwood as she demonstrates how to establish a good form gesture with a realistic structure. Students will learn techniques for the basic figure block-in and, using shapes and angles, begin a successful representational drawing of the male form. Patricia focuses on building 2-D perception and accurate proportion. Her method prioritizes aesthetic principles and technical rigor, balancing perception and design. Includes a discussion on what makes a strong foundation for naturalistic life drawing.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Patricia Watwood
Cost: $20
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


 

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