Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Expressive Figure Drawing with Bruce Samuelson"
June 23-24, 2018
 

Capture the vitality and gesture of the life model under the guidance of PAFA professor Bruce Samuelson, whose work combines a virtuosity of Old Masters-influenced draftsmanship with elegant abstraction. Hone your own approach to the figure, whether academic or expressive, through Samuelson’s individually-tailored instruction. Foundational principles of structure, anatomy, form and gesture will be presented through demonstration, critique, and discussion of master drawings, past and present. Work in the media of your choice including graphite, charcoal, pastel, and paint.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Bruce Samuelson
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Drawing, Section 1"
June 25-29, 2018
 

Ideal for teens who want to further their drawing skills and develop a strong body of work for their portfolios. Students will work in drawing media from the still life, PAFA’s historic cast collection, and portrait models to learn principles of composition, value, perspective, and drawing techniques.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sean Hildreth
Cost: For Credit: $425, Non-Credit: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing and Painting the Clothed Figure - Session 2"
Saturdays, July 7 - August 11, 2018
 

Depicting the clothed and partially clothed model allows the opportunity to define character, imply a narrative, or just incorporate fabric and accessories. Explore gesture, structure and anatomy with graphite and charcoal, then progress to painting with limited and expanded palettes. Demonstration and references will address color mixing, rendering cloth, body language and the expressive inclusion of hands. Students may take Sessions 1 & 2 (10 weeks): $395 non-credit or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Meghan Cox, meghancox.net
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Elementary Figure Drawing and Painting"
Mondays, July 9 - August 6, 2018
 

This structured approach to drawing and painting the figure from life includes topics such as anatomy, drawing methods, gesture, figure structure, palettes, and basic figure painting methods. This class is excellent for those interested in developing their painting and drawing portfolio. Full- or half-day. Half-day registration is available for this course, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 5 p.m., for $275 non-credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Al Gury, www.algury.com
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Botanical Drawing and Painting"
July 9-13, 2018
 

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: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Linda Gist
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Plein Air on the Delaware"
July 9-13, 2018
 

Paint the spectacular views of the Delaware River from the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing. Museum access offers the opportunity to tour the collection, see boat builders in action, and access the facilities. Includes a session on the river in the museum’s excursion boat, à la Claude Monet! Parking and use of the facilities will be available (Tuition includes museum admission).
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor:
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Drawing for Comics"
July 9-13, 2018
 

Learn step-by-step cartooning basics so you can create characters, tell a story from life or imagination, or build a portfolio. Create your own short story to be included in a collaborative comic book to take home at the end of class. Instruction includes insights on the comic book and animation industry.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jeff Kilpatrick, jeffrokilpatrick.blogspot.com
Cost: For Credit: $425, Non-Credit: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing in Color - Session 2"
Tuesdays, July 10 - August 7, 2018
 

Gain hands-on experience using various tr aditional and contemporary color drawing materials, including chalk, pastel and colored pencil. Presentation, lecture and demonstration will teach the applications and advantages of each medium. Observational study, as well as options to work from sketches, paintings, memory, and photography, will encourage students to develop their personal style. Students may take Sessions 1 & 2 (10 weeks): $395 non-credit or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Cast and Figure Drawing - Session 2"
Tuesdays, July 10 - August 7, 2018
 

Working in the Academic tradition, students will study human anatomy, proportion and value with the goal of faithfully representing the figure. Students will work from PAFA’s collection of historic casts to build their foundational drawing skills and apply this information to observational study of the life model. All levels welcome. Students may take Sessions 1 & 2 (10 weeks): $395 non-credit or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Self-Portrait Drawing"
Tuesdays, July 10 - August 7, 2018
 

The artist’s self-portrait can chronicle a life, imply a narrative or serve as a study. Create your own head and full-length self-portraits in this tradition, drawing from direct observation in graphite, charcoal, pastel and ink. Instruction addresses structure, volume and proportion, as well as styling, costuming, and lighting. Includes a discussion of self-portraits throughout history.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Phyllis Laver
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Drawing and Painting - Session 2"
Wednesdays, July 11 - August 8, 2018
 

Learn to draw or paint the portrait with confidence through time-honored methods. Drawing instruction will guide students through a comprehensive understanding of the head structure, proportions and features toward achieving both a likeness and aesthetic effect. Extended poses will allow thorough study of both drawing and oil painting processes. All levels welcome, but students registering for Session 2 only should have basic drawing/painting experience. Students may take Sessions 1 & 2 (10 weeks): $395 non-credit or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Life Painting and Drawing"
Thursdays, July 12 - August 9, 2018
 

Draw or paint the life model in single morning/afternoon poses for the entire course in order to develop accurate form, anatomy, value, color, creative composition and narrative. Lecture and discussion will address historical and contemporary methods/materials, supplemented by examples from the PAFA collection. All levels and all media welcome. Advanced students may work independently. Full- or half-day. Half-day registration is available for this course, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 5 p.m., for $275 non-credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Anatomical Drawing"
Fridays, July 13 - August 10, 2018
 

Understand human anatomy through lecture and drawing from the model. Topics include proportion, skeletal framework, superficial muscles, and the movement of the figure. Basic figure drawing experience recommended. Full- or half-day. Half-day registration is available for this course, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 5 p.m., for $275 non-credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn, www.johnhornsculptor.com
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing from Photographs"
Fridays, July 13 - August 10, 2018
 

The photograph can be a helpful resource to the artist, not only for capturing fleeting subjects, but also for creating varied visual and optical effects. Learn to incorporate photographic elements including depth of field, distortion, focus and contrast into drawing from life and your own source material. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Clarissa Shanahan, www.clarissashanahan.com
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing and Painting: Open Studio - Session 2"
Saturdays, July 14 - August 11, 2018
 

Explore your personal drawing or painting projects with individual guidance in a supportive atelier-style environment. Work in your choice of any painting or drawing media from the still life, figure models, PAFA’s cast collection, skeleton models for anatomical study, or your own references. Old master and modern painting methods will be discussed. Full- or half-day. Half-day registration is available for this course, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 5 p.m., for $275 non-credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Robert P. Waddington
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Book Illustration"
July 16-20, 2018
 

Learn the fundamentals of picture book illustration, including character and storyboard development, narrative and sequential drawing, and book design/ layout. Draw inspiration from book illustration over the centuries, from illuminated manuscripts to contemporary examples. Complete preparatory studies and finished illustrations based on published or personal text in graphite, colored pencil, and various water-media. Open to students entering 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades in Fall 2018. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kate Samworth, katesamworth.com
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing Materials and Papers with Patricia Traub"
July 20, 2018
 

Learn essential drawing practices from master artist Patricia Traub. Whether forming a foundation or looking to refine your craft, draftspeople of all levels will benefit from this combination lecture/hands-on workshop examining the variety of materials and papers for academic drawing. Learn how to effectively sharpen a graphite or charcoal pencil to a fine point, which eraser to choose, what a paper stump is for, and much more! Discover the range of drawing papers available from cardboard to cotton, including fine artists’ papers such as Fabriano and Hahnemühle, and learn how to select surfaces for metalpoint, graphite, conté and other materials. Original drawings will be presented as examples of each material and technique.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Patricia Traub
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Perspective Drawing: The City"
July 21-22, 2018
 

Capture the buildings and streets of the urban environment without rulers, complicated geometry or stress! Using basic sighting techniques and helpful guidelines, learn to create a convincing sense of three-dimensional space with just a sketchbook and pencil while you work at select downtown locations near PAFA.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan, kaplanpicturemaker.com
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Drawing, Section 2"
July 23-27, 2018
 

Ideal for teens who want to further their drawing skills and develop a strong body of work for their portfolios. Students will work in drawing media from the still life, PAFA’s historic cast collection, and portrait models to learn principles of composition, value, perspective, and drawing techniques.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sean Hildreth
Cost: For Credit: $425, Non-Credit: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Life Drawing"
July 30 - August 3, 2018
 

Figure drawing is one of the most time-honored methods of art training and a great way to rapidly produce valuable work for a portfolio. Work in charcoal and graphite directly from the life model in short and long poses, exploring gesture, proportion and anatomy. Prerequisite: Drawing - Section 1 (June 25-29) or Section 2 (July 23-27) or other basic drawing experience. Note: This class will utilize nude models.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Deirdre Murphy, www.deirdremurphyart.com
Cost: For Credit: $425, Non-Credit: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


 

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