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"Drawing from Photos"
Tuesdays, March 5 - April 9, 2024
 

Learn strategies to translate your photographs into drawings that both retain the photo’s realism and promote your personal expression. Using colored pencil, explore tactics for accurately translating your imagery to your drawing surface; identifying, mixing, and layering color to achieve vibrant effects; creating realism through the study of texture, light, and contrast; and employing addition and subtraction techniques to expand your range of mark-making. Work from your choice of photographic subject matter – a great option for students seeking to make art from personal experiences, capture family and friends who cannot pose for portraiture, or expand their interests and skills in landscapes, animals, or other subject matter. This course is excellent for beginners or those interested in colored pencil or photorealistic drawing techniques.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Alicia Mino
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painterly Pets"
Thursdays, March 7 - April 11, 2024
 

Dogs, cats, and other pets have sneaked their way into master drawings and paintings throughout the centuries. They have proven themselves to be important painterly subjects on their own or as a part of still lifes, portraits, domestic scenes, and other genres. Learn to find inspiration in your own furry family members to make them a meaningful part of your painting practice. Rather than a pet portrait or animal anatomy course, this class will explore ways of realistically and expressively depicting your animal, including them into other subjects as formal or personal elements, or even making them a part of abstract compositions. Line, gesture, movement, textural/optical effects, and compositional principles will be addressed. Open to all drawing and painting media.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Figure Drawing"
Fridays, March 8 - April 12, 2024
 

Practice a variety of fundamental figure drawing approaches while working from photographic references. Media and techniques include graphite on white paper, charcoal on white paper, charcoal and chalk on toned paper, reduction methods, and the trois crayons technique. Proportions and methods of measuring will be emphasized. Students will gain confidence in their representation of the human form and handling of materials as they draw alongside the instructor during live Zoom sessions. The online structure allows for an optimal overhead view of the instructor’s demonstration drawings and a focused but conversational community environment as students engage with the instructor and complete in-class work together.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Live Online: Urban Sketching with Ink and Watercolor"
March 23-24, 2024
 

In this engaging workshop, Vlad will not only demonstrate but also guide participants in honing their skills to craft captivating color sketches using waterproof ink pens and watercolors. Our emphasis will be on achieving immediacy in presentation, mastering composition, and, most importantly, channeling focused creativity to produce vibrant and impactful images that captivate the viewer's attention. • Every day Lessons • Demonstrations and step-by-step painting • Video on drawing: you will receive a free copy of video workshop "Basic Drawing for Outdoor Painter" • Recording: video recording of the class will be available to replay and practice for 30 days of your choice. • Digital high resolution photo References • Membership in our private FB group exclusively available to Yeliseyev's students
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 1-941-330-6865


"Elevating Artistry: Mastering Sketch and Watercolor"
Mar 27, May 1, Jun 5, Jun 25, Jul 31, Aug 28
 

Embark on a captivating 6-week live course led by artist Alex Hillkurtz, a renowned Hollywood storyboard artist and a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society. This interactive course will immerse you in the art of sketching and watercolor, encompassing a wide range of genres, from dramatic street scenes to vivid landscapes, dynamic figures, and intricate architectural details. Throughout this course, you'll delve into fundamental sketching concepts using pencil and pen techniques. You'll learn to capture spontaneous ideas, correct common sketching errors, master light and shadow for shape definition, utilize negative space effectively, and employ perspective to create depth. In addition, you'll discover how to add easy color washes to your sketches for added drama and impact.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Alex Hillkurtz
Cost: $545
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Online Figure Drawing via Zoom"
Every Wednesday
 

An international group meets online via Zoom every Wednesday (check your time zone). Short and long poses, from 5-10 minutes and 20-30 minutes. Each week I invite a new model to pose. There is always some music in the background that I'm sharing too. 2 hours session. No instruction. At the end of the session, we show each other the work. Friendly atmosphere, everyone is welcome!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Open session hosted by Tali Farchi
Cost: $15 per session
Sponsor: Artist Table
Website, email, 0031624903316


"Painting Music Online"
Every Thursday
 

“Painting Music” is an intuitive painting and drawing, open session for everyone. No painting or drawing skills are needed. Move your paint as the music tells you... on a canvas or in your sketchbook. I create a one-hour playlist of the different subjects each week. You may paint one painting or 10 or as much as you want. No rules. You may interpret the music as figurative or abstract, anything goes! The camera of your device will be pointed to the working area, so we can also see the progress, and be inspired. After the session, we look at each other's artwork and talk about the process.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Tali Farchi
Cost: $10 per session
Sponsor: Artist Table
Website, email, 0031624903316


"Drawing and Perspective"
video course
 

Learn with Thomas Schaller as he instructs on how to establish perspective and dimensionality in your work. Thomas W. Schaller AWS NWS TWSA ASAI, is an award-winning artist, architect, and author based in New York City. As a renowned architectural artist, he received a Graham Foundation Grant and was a two-time recipient of the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize. He has authored three books; the best-selling, and AIA award winner, Architecture in Watercolor (VNR – McGraw Hill) The Art of Architectural Drawing (J.Wiley and Sons), and Thomas W. Schaller, Architect of Light : Watercolor Paintings by a Master. (Penguin Random House)
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Thomas W. Schaller
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


 

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